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News stories and features about the people who call this area home. Our primary focus is serving readers with news in the unique towns of Canyon Lake, New Braunfels, and Gruene in the heart of the Texas Hill Country.

water snake with tuber
Snakes that swim are a big obsession for residents and visitors alike -- but Brett Parker, who's teaching a snake safety course next month, says there's really nothing to worry about. He's only seen one, once, in all his years of kayaking. (Image courtesy of "Swimming with Snakes" by Bratayley on YouTube.)
particulate matter
According to Stop3009Vulcan Quarry, Comal County needs at least six official air-quality monitors because the county historically has exceeded the safe limits for particulate matter (PM) emissions. At a minimum, they say all new air-quality monitors should measure PM 2.5 dust and PM 10 dust.
Abigail Redin and PTA
Texas Student Hero award recipient Abigail Redin, fourth from left, was recognized for a Parent Teacher Student Association project. From left, Smithson Valley High School PTSA President Jennifer Backlund, Texas Parent Teacher Association President Sheri Doss, Comal ISD Council of PTAs Reflections Chair Jessica McAnally, Redin, Council Vice President Tracy Molina, Comal Independent School Board Member Michelle Ross, and Council President Shirley Koop.
clwsc water treatment plant
The Canyon Lake Shores Surface Water Treatment Plant features two ClariCone® clarifiers, each with the capacity to treat 3 million gallons of water a day. Image courtesy of Canyon Lake Water Service Company.
Mountain Valley Beats Canyon Middle School
Chase Anderson started as a catcher and ended as a pitcher in the battle against Canyon Middle School. (image courtesy of J.C. McConnell)
household hazardous waste
Bring a photo ID to verify residency and items like paint, gasoline, insecticide and bleach to Saturday's event.
water release
There are 135 students in Canyon Lake High School's Junior ROTC program. Recently, they competed in the grueling Island Challenge in Corpus Christi.
CLHS FFA State Champs Marketing
Canyon Lake High School's 2019 Texas FFA Marketing Plan state championship team seniors (l-r) Kenzy Hoffmann, Mackenzie Knipe and Mia Smith.
CLHS Cheerleaders Win UIL
Cheer Coach Nikki Duggan is leaving Canyon Lake High School for Hays High School in Buda. In January, Canyon Lake High School cheerleaders became 4A UIL Spirit State Champions under her direction.
Carmen Willey
One hundred and one-year-old local artist Carmen Willey will be honored at the Canyon Lake Art Guild's Lasting Impressions Art Show May 17-18. Here she shows student Adette Irish a painting she finished a month ago in anticipation of the art show.
Quarried limestone on a property in Shackelford County. Image courtesy of landsoftexas.com.
Image of Arundo courtesy of Hill Country Alliance.
Comal Special Education Program
Officials with the U.S. Department of Education will visit Comal ISD this week to review its special-education program.
jbsa rv park
JBSA Recreation Park at Canyon Lake features six types of lodging as well as RV spaces. Image courtesy of JBSA.com.
Guadalupe river
Guadalupe River just downstream from the Canyon Hydroelectric Plant. last October. Image courtesy of the Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority (GBRA).
Comal River after hevy rains
Last night's heavy rains forced officials with the City of New Braunfels to close the river to recreational activities.
Comal County Corrections Officer Capt. Greg Reese
Comal County Corrections Officer Capt. Gregg Reese explains the advantages of a career with the Sheriff's Office to students enrolled in Canyon Lake High School's criminal-justice class.
old powerhouse by Canyon Dam
Image by Jane Sharp.
baby deer nursing
The most commonly referred animals are baby birds and deer fawns. While most of these animals are picked up by well-meaning persons, it is important to realize that many such human-animal encounters are unnecessary and can even be detrimental to the wildlife concerned. Image by Canyon Lake wildlife photographer Jane Sharp.
Accessory Sale
Hundreds of accessories go on sale next weekend at Tye Preston Memorial Library. Funds raised by the Friends of TPML go directly to the library.
Precinct 108
County Commissioners created a new voting precinct for Canyon Lake after area growth pushed Precinct 105 out of compliance with Texas' elections code.
baby being immunized
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that routine childhood immunization prevented more than 26 million hospitalizations and 963,000 early deaths between 1994 and 2018.
birders at big sit
See how many birds you can spot from within a 17-foot circle on Saturday at the Big Sit at Guadalupe River State Park in Spring Branch.
Comal PTA President Shirley Koop with Andrew Kim
Comal ISD Council of PTAs President Shirley Koop, far left, and Comal ISD Supt. Dr. Andrew Kim, far right, say H.B. 281 would seriously harm programs and events that benefit all students.
Comal County Chief Appraiser Rufino Lozano
Rufino Lozano, chief appraiser for Comal Appraisal District, says appraised values on Comal County properties have increased because sales prices are up.
smart phones with iNaturalist app for bioblitz
Learn about nature with a smart phone app called iNaturalist and contribute to Comal County Conservation Alliance's ongoing iNaturalist Project, Comal County Gone Wild! Observations made by Canyon Lake residents also will contribute to a worldwide City Nature Challenge Bioblitz, April 26-29.
MVMS Kaleidoscope Fundraiser
Enjoy a night of dance with talent from Mountain Valley Middle School.
Canyon Lake Lions Club Spring Shrimpfest
Fresh gulf shrimp is so popular with Canyon Lake residents that Noon Lions have rebranded their annual spring fish fry as Shrimpfest.
HEB Exellence in Education Awards
Created in 2002, the H‑E‑B Excellence in Education Awards are designed to honor outstanding public school professionals and to thank them for their dedication and commitment.
Aerial view of Vintage Oaks
Vintage Oaks subdivision in New Braunfels, seen here from 20,000 feet according to its Facebook page, is just one of dozens of new developments accommodating the migration of hundreds of new Comal County residents.
Agenda for Jan. 24 Commissioners Court
Comal County Courthouse image courtesy of Comal County.
Canyon Lake Hawks Boys Soccer Team
Jorge DeLeon and Josh Szech on the offensive.
NPSOT booth at Earth Day
Expect lots of fun things for children at Be NICE to Earth Day along with a plant sale and great advice on landscaping from experts with the LIndheimer Chapter of the Native Plant Society of Texas.
Canyon Lake High Schools Boys Varsity Soccer Team
If they win the semi-final game in the 2019 Boys Soccer State Championship in Georgetown today, Canyon Lake High School Boys Varsity Soccer Team will advance to play in the final state championship game.
Vulcan Quarry Sign
Members of Stop 3009 Vulcan Quarry and Friends of Dry Comal Creek plan on testifying in favor of a Texas House bill that would hold Texas Commission on Environmental Quality's feet to the fire on aggregate-production operations like Vulcan Quarry.
Caleb Williams
Caleb Williams leads things off in Friday night's game against Boerne. Image courtesy of Mark Robinson, MJRPhotog.com.
canyon lake high school soccer team
Canyon Lake has now won 11 of their last 12 games and presently has a seven-game winning streak with all but one playoff contest, as an underdog. Image courtesy of Lynne Carpenter.
Hidden Valey Sports Park
A new website showcasing the beauty and history of Comal County parks like Canyon Lake's Hidden Valley Sports Park is live for residents to explore.
Comal ISD kindergarten students
Will your child be five-years-old on or before Sept. 1? Online registration for Comal ISD kindergarten opens April 15. Image by Comal ISD.
Comal County Commissioners Court
Comal County residents can now watch their commissioners consider county business beginning at 8:30 a.m. every Thursday morning.
Comal ISD Middle-School Students Learn to Stop the Bleed
Representatives from the Healthcare, Innovations and Sciences (H.I.S.) Centre in Bulverde visited every Comal ISD middle school in February to teach CPR, tourniquet and 911 protocols. Pictured from left are Kelsey Brown, Elizabeth Dillard and Ashley Hoppe.
Young girl playing guitar in band
Enjoy performances by area musicians while you eat crawfish and enjoy the libations at Billy's Ice. Funds raised support Crisis Center of Comal County.
Rep. Kyle Biedermann
A quarry bill authored by Canyon Lake's Texas House Rep. Kyle Biedermann (R-73) goes before the House Energy Resources Committee on Monday. Activists fighting the proposed Vulcan Quarry at SH 46 and FM 3009 urge residents to call legislators to support the measure.