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TCEQ grants air permit
Quarry opponents are suing Texas Commission on Environmental Quality for its November 2019 decision to grant Vulcan Materials the air-quality permit it needs to develop a 1,500-acre limestone rock quarry and rock-crushing operation in central Comal County. Image courtesy of Stop 3009 Vulcan Quarry.
Kristen Hoyt
Republican candidate Kristen Hoyt, who co-owns Corner Tubes in New Braunfels and doesn't own a boat, said she supported state boat registration at the county level long before opponent Patrick Aten did. Aten said he has supported boat registration since October 2019.
education station bingo
Education Station Bingo is back for another year at the 24th Annual Fun Fish! Children who visit all our fun education stations will have the opportunity to win family passes to local attractions such as Alamo Drafthouse New Braunfels, Animal World & Snake Farm Zoo, Stars & Stripes Drive-In Theatre New Braunfels, Natural Bridge Caverns and more.
communty garden
Joe Ed Lyles, better known as the garden/wildflower guy, is planning a community garden at Community Resource and Recreation Center of Canyon Lake's (CRRC) Mabel Jones Recreation Center. Image courtesy of seewhatgrows.org.
Comal ISD Bond 2020
The proposed bond package addresses rapid growth in Comal ISD, which anticipates the arrival of 6,700 new students over the next five years.
Rep. Kyle Biedermann meets with CLHS Criminal Justice students
Top row, l-r: Aiden Ballard, Mr. Tokarski, Madison Crowder, Krystal Cates, Kirsten Heckathorn, and State Rep. Kyle Biedermann, Texas House District 73. Kneeling, l-r: Brice Bartholomew, Sarah Shepard, Zachary Collins, and Jade Paz.
Smithson Valley High School Vocational Education Program
Students enrolled in a Principles of Construction class at Smithson Valley High School recently began working on a project. Pictured in back from left are Alexis Vazquez-Tinajero and Truitt Davidson; pictured lifting the platform from left are Edgar Sanchez, Rene Rivera and Zach Olson.
Comal County Safety Award
In this photo from 2019, Comal County’s Safety Committee was recognized in Commissioners Court for winning the 2018 Excellence in Safety Award. From left to right: Jail Captain Gregory Reese, Director of Facilities Management Mike Boursier, Emergency Management Coordinator Jeff Kelley, Texas Association of Counties Risk Control Consultant Joe Szewczyk, Human Resources Office Manager and Loss Control Coordinator Loretta Wallace, Road and Bridge Department Safety Coordinator Leili Samuelson, Director of Public Health Cheryl Fraser, Director of Human Resources Jerri Hettinger and Fire Marshal Kory Klabunde.
Canyon Lake
According to a report issued by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) in December 2019, Canyon Lake is the second-clearest reservoir in the state, based on something called "highest mean Secchi disk transparency."
Comal County Pct 1 Commissioners
Community activists fighting the proposed Vulcan Quarry at SH 46 and FM 3009 this week released a Voters Guide stating that incumbent Precinct 1 Commissioner Donna Eccleston, left, has "done nothing" meaningful to support her constituents, and urge voters to choose between Republican Richard Smith and Democrat Lindsay Poisel instead during the March 3 primary election. Eccleston said she's done everything she can under state law and is urging state representatives to make changes that would give commissioners zoning authority over unincorporated Comal County.
wildlife baby shower
Bring your checkbook! If you feel compelled to show up with a gift, fawn pellets, pecans, heating pads and birdseed also are appreciated.
Canyon Lake High School student Anise Christensen
Canyon Lake High School student Anise Christensen won fourth place for her sculpture at the Rodeo Austin student art contest. Her piece will be auctioned off in March and she will receive the proceeds.
Corona Virus
Image courtesy of the Centers for Disease Control and Inspection.
Canyon Lake High School girls softball team
Canyon Lake Hawks softball team competed against Blanco on Monday.
league of women voters-comal area
Commissioners Court on Thursday recognized the League of Women Voters, Comal Area, which is celebrating the 100th anniversary of its parent organization. Left to right: Commissioners Scott Haag and Kevin Webb; LWV-CA Publicity Director Jerrie Champlin; LWV-CA Vice President for Voters Services Ada Conlan; Commissioner Donna Eccleston; LWV-CA President Roxanna Deane; and LWV-CA members Daphne Spraitzar, Bob Baranowski, Marilyn Aden, Fran Hargrove and Jensie Madden. Far right is County Judge Sherman Krause.
Canyon Lake Hawks swim team
Hawks are in the water in San Antonio this weekend for UIL district competition.
Texas primary
Comal County has nearly 106,000 registered voters, a five-percent increase over the number of residents who registered to vote during the November 2018 elections. It's a 14 percent increase, to date, from the 92,389 people who registered for the 2016 presidential election.
Comal County tax office
Comal County Tax Office says there are many ways to pay property taxes, which are due by Jan. 31.
Texas House districts and party affiliation as of 2019
Texas House districts and party affiliation as of 2019. Source: Wikipedia.
Comal County Director of Public Health Ceryl Fraser
Comal County Director of Public Health Cheryl Fraser said the flu count is high and her office is keeping a close eye on the schools.
burn ban
On Friday the Keetch-Byram Drought Index (KBDI), which measures soil dryness, dropped to just above 500, the threshold at which the burn bans are typically implemented.
Vulcan Quarry
Vulcan Quarry opponents say carcinogenic air pollution, increased truck traffic, decreased property values, endangered water resources and other environmental impacts are the reasons they're fighting to block Vulcan Materials' plans for the old Eric White Ranch. Image courtesy of Stop 3009 Vulcan Quarry.
Mountain Valley Middle School Principal Dustin Davidsson with VFW.
Mountain Valley Middle School sponsored a Hawk Giving Tree for children-in-need. Pictured from left is Principal Dustin Davisson with VFW Post 8573 members Anna Connel, Robin McCleary, Denise Moore and Cherie McCann.
Comal County Republican Party Chair Sue Piner
On Wednesday, Comal County Republican Party Chair Sue Piner presided over a drawing to decide where Comal County Republican candidates' names will appear on the March 3, 2020 primary ballot. Democrats' ballot draw was held at a luncheon on Thursday after Commissioners Court.
Dale Adams with Hill Country Mattress Company
Hill Country Mattress Company owners Dale and Kristen Adams invite the community to register to win a free queen-size mattress and box springs at their Startzville store's grand opening on Saturday.
CRRC's Maureen Schein and Darin Zumwalt
McKenna Foundation Chief Executive Officer Alice Jewell surprised Community Resource and Recreation Center (CRRC)'s Maureen Schein and Darin Zumwalt with a $5,000 check honoring the charity's outreach.
texas voter registration card
Check your mail for an orange-colored voter registration card from Comal County Elections Office.
rainbow trout
Guadalupe Trout Unlimited is a non-profit, conservation organization whose mission is to conserve, protect, and restore North America’s trout and salmon fisheries and their watersheds for the benefit of future generations.
Guadalupe River Trout Fishing
This map shows the trout fishing area of the Guadalupe River between the Canyon Lake dam and the City of New Braunfels. Trout will be stocked at Guadalupe Park, Whitewater Camp, 4th Crossing, 3rd Crossing, and Camp Huaco Springs.
flu shot 2019
County officials say cases of influenza are increasing, with more than 70 confirmed cases the week ending Nov. 23, up from 41 the previous week and 19 the week before that.
master wellness program
Master Wellness volunteers will work with the county’s extension agents and other stakeholders to identify opportunities to make a difference in Comal County.
CRRC Food Pantry
Community Resource and Recreation Center of Canyon Lake (CRRC) Food Pantry clients can even shop for their own groceries in the new facility, which opened in late November.
Christmas lights
Christmas lights can be an elaborate affair -- or something as simple and elegant as these, which Travis Rohwedder strung on this New Braunfels home.
burn ban
A burn ban is now in effect for unincorporated areas of Comal County. Fire Marshal Kory Klabunde said during this time of year, fire and weather conditions can change rapidly due to a large fuel load, high winds and very low humidity.
Jingle for a Cause supports children like these, whose families are dealing with rare diseases, complex medical needs and disabilities.
race to the pantry
This year's Race to the Pantry benefits Community Resource and Recreation Center of Canyon Lake's (CRRC) Food Pantry. Runners should report to the starting line at 8 a.m. Dec. 21 at the CRRC Recreation Center, 125 Mabel Jones Dr.
comal isd students with safety officer
Comal Independent School District Andrew Kim, who has been reappointed to Texas School Safety Center Board of Directors, considers safety and security of students one of the most-important issues facing educators. Comal ISD is engaged in a number of activities and programs that it calls “foundational initiatives” which set the stage for ensuring the district is prepared for any situation, including lockdown alert systems, student ID badges, standard response protocol, classroom go-kits and local law-enforcement partnerships.
TCEQ commissioners
TCEQ commissioners will consider a Sept. 3 decision by State Office of Administrative Hearing (SOAH) that Vulcan Materials has met its burden of proof and should be awarded the draft air-quality permit it needs to proceed with its project in Comal County. Image courtesy of Stop 3009 Vulcan Quarry.
edwards family
Eleven-year-old Brendan Edwards and his mother, Melissa, were killed in a car accident on Nov. 10. Mountain Valley Middle School Principal Dustin Davisson said the Canyon Lake community can support the Edwards family by donating funds or making meals.
Carpool Karaoke with Andrew Kim
Comal ISD Superintendent Andrew Kim took a ride with Tiffany Newkirk, Comal ISD’s director of academic counseling, to learn more about the latest tool students can use to discover their true passions.
CRRC Building
Community Resource and Recreation Center of Canyon Lake (CRRC) will close its food pantry for a day next week for the move into this new building. After the move, clients will be able to select their own groceries.
Timone the dog
Meet Timone, described by owner Jane Sharp as part German Shepherd, part hunting dog/hound, and part schizophrenic. His decision to chase a buck chasing a doe through Sharp's backyard almost ended in disaster.
K9 therapy dog
Startzville Elementary students are asking for donations to support Operation K9 on Veterans Day.
Spring Ceek Gardens
Learn how to plant perennials and shrubs that need less water at Canyon Lake Water Service Company's Nov. 16-17 water conservation event at Spring Creek Gardens.