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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.

Bald eagle

by Sara Riggs Texas Master Naturalist Lindheimer Chapter Comal County is smack dab in the middle of the Central North American Flyway, which means we’ll be very busy tallying our …   More...
Hometown Holiday Parade

Parade organized by the New Braunfels Christmas Committee, which wanted to create an event that supports local businesses, creates new memories and brings families together to embrace …   More...
Man stands at Founders Wall at Headwaters of the Comal.

The public is invited to preview results of Phase 2 of the 16-acre Headwaters of the Comal project in New Braunfels from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 16 — not Dec. 9 as planned. Weather …   More...
2016 iPad

Need help? Bring your iPad in for a free consultation. First-come, first-serve. Call for an appointment or sign up at the Front Desk. Fifteen-minute sessions. …   More...
Poster explaining Medicare

Learn the ABC’s of Medicare with Kim Beasley from Alamo Area Council of Governments. Bring a sack lunch — coffee, tea and cookies provided. …   More...
Canyon Lake High School's robotics team.

The Canyon Lake High School robotics team wanted a bigger challenge. So it applied for and in December won the 2017 Texas Workforce Commission Grant Award for a Rookie Team. The grant allows …   More...
Members of the public learn about land conservation in Comal County.

Follow-up meeting to last month’s “Options for Land Conservation in Comal County.” Agenda includes discussion of individual visions and goal; agreement about how …   More...
Free health screening poster

The Healthcare Alliance of Providers and Partners for You (HAPPY) offers free Health Screenings and resource referrals to the citizens of Canyon Lake. Tricia Mathis RN and Greg Eckert …   More...

Classes prepare attendees to take the U.S. Citizenship test. Naturalization is an important milestone in the path toward U.S. citizenship. The decision to apply for citizenship is a very …   More...
Race to the Pantry flyer

The second annual Race to the Pantry 5 & 10K, benefiting CRRC, kicks off at 8 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 16 at the recreation center. Included in the event are a one-mile walk and a “Kids K.” …   More...
Canyon Lake Hawks girls volleyball players

by Hilltop Resporter Canyon Lake Lady Hawks improved to 11-2 after a win over Eagle Pass Winn on Tuesday night at the Hawk Nest, 50-29. It was a slow game as the Hawks finally started playing …   More...
Walmart pickup tower

Ho, ho, ho from the Walmart Supercenter in New Braunfels, recipient of one of just four “pickup towers” in the company’s Texas stores. The 16 by 8-foot pickup tower arrived …   More...
Christmas tree recycling

Christmas is coming and so is Christmas tree recycling. Here’s a look at a proposal about disposal of natural decorative holiday greenery and other items on the agenda for Comal County …   More...
santa village

by CRRC Staff Santa’s back at North Pole Village at the CRRC’s Recreation Center, 125 Mabel Jones Dr., Canyon Lake. CRRC Executive Director Darin Zumwalt dons a big top hat …   More...
Golden-cheeked warbler

Comal County’s one of the top 10 fastest-growing counties in the United States, and a loose coalition of concerned residents and activist groups think it’s time for residents to start …   More...
Master naturalist Josie Gonzalez.

by Sara Riggs Texas Master Naturalist Lindheimer Chapter No matter your background, if you are interested in learning more about Canyon Lake Gorge and then sharing your knowledge with …   More...
Comal County Tax Assessor-Collector Cathy Talcott

Comal County Tax Office has mailed out 2017 property tax statements, due upon receipt. The statements detail the taxes property owners owe based on property value determined by the Comal …   More...
Brannon Brooke and Jen Crownover

Press Release from Jen Crownover, Comal County Commissioner Pct. 4: “There’s been some confusion lately with the pending amendment election (on Nov. 7) and some flyers that have …   More...
Mountain Lion

Several threads on area Facebook pages and Next Door report possible sightings of mountain lions in the Canyon Lake area. MyCanyonLake.com checked in with Liz Bates, a New Braunfels-based …   More...
Poster for Brauntex Theatre's 50+ Theatre Program.

Brauntex’s 50+ Theatre program’s back by popular demand. It’s open to residents ages 50 and up from the New Braunfels area. Spaces limited so apply now. Learn acting …   More...
Comal County District Attorney Jennifer Tharp.

Comal is one of only three counties selected to receive a grant from the Texas Council on Family Violence (TCFV) that will be used to create a group of community and governmental agencies …   More...
Comal County's recycling center

Don’t call it mulch ado about nothing: All the mulch Comal County residents need is free for the taking as the county’s Recycling Center launches Mulch Madness in an effort to clear its …   More...
white tail buck

Late September marks beginning of rut season — the breeding period — for the omnipresent whitetail deer in Canyon Lake. The rut can be especially dangerous for Canyon Lake …   More...
Comal County tax rate chart

Commissioners Court approved the 2018 Comal County budget and a tax rate to fund it on Sept. 7, setting expenditures for next year at $95.38 million and the tax rate at 35.7921 cents per $100 …   More...
Foods in Keto Diet

Ann Childress, M.S. in nutrition, discusses the science behind eating ‘KETO.’ Library provides coffee, tea and cookies. Bring a sack lunch! A ketogenic diet, or keto diet, …   More...
Chief Darren Brinkkoeter

Veteran New Braunfels Fire Department Battalion Chief Darren Brinkkoeter was sworn in Sept. 20 as leader of Comal County Emergency Services District No. 3 (Canyon Lake Fire/EMS). He replaces …   More...
variety of produce

A retired New Braunfels landscaper now living in Startzville is growing 540 pounds of fresh fruits and vegetables to feed families served by non-profit Community Resource and Recreation …   More...
Teenagers in classroom.

Are you a teenager between ages of 13 and 17 and looking for ways to be involved and have a voice in the community? Explore opportunities and resources to become an active and informed citizen …   More...
Canyon Lake Dam.

Despite Harvey rains, Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority (GBRA) says current releases of 110 cubic feet per second (cfs) at Canyon Reservoir will be reduced to match the inflow of about …   More...
Bonjour

French Club meets 2 p.m. every Tuesday – right after French class at 1 p.m! …   More...
burn ban

Comal County Judge Sherman Krause lifted the unpopular outdoor burn ban Sunday morning. The Keetch-Byram Drought Index (KBDI), which measures soil dryness, dropped 346 points in one …   More...
Canyon Lake school teachers.

Hawk pride soared at Comal ISD’s back-to-school Convocation for the Canyon Lake High School feeder pattern Aug. 24. Teachers were treated to a barbecue meal as well as performances from …   More...
Comal ISD children sitting at back of school bus

The Texas Education Agency (TEA) released its “2017 Accountability Ratings” Aug. 15 and all 28 Comal ISD campuses were rated “Met Standard,” the highest rating for a campus. In …   More...
high school girls playing volleyball

No need to stand in line to purchase tickets at Comal ISD athletic events. All-Sports passes went on sale Aug. 9. To order yours through ticketracker.com, click here. It’s one-stop …   More...
Comal County Judge Sherman Krause

Public hearings on Comal County’s proposed 2018 budget are scheduled for 8:30 a.m. and 5:15 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 17 in Commissioners Court, located on the second floor,  Historic …   More...
Edwards Plateau savanna.

Wednesday, Aug. 9 — Comal County residents are watching the numbers this week to see how much longer the controversial burn ban will remain in effect following recent heavy rains …   More...
Map showing rain totals in Comal County.

Tuesday, Aug. 17 – Despite recent heavy rains, the burn ban remains indefinitely in effect for Comal County, Comal County Fire Marshal’s office said today. Keetch-Byram …   More...
CLWSC water treatment facility

Canyon Lake Water Service Company (CLWSC) on Tuesday announced Stage 1 rationing will begin Monday, Aug. 14 for all residential and commercial customers with the exception of those living …   More...
Woman riding horse.

Books open at 3:30 p.m. Posse starts running at 5 p.m From the website: “The purpose of the Comal County Sheriff’s Posse at its inception was to develop and maintain a group skilled …   More...
Texas Parks and Wildlife officials on boat in lake

Search teams have recovered the body of missing Houston resident Michael Talley, who died after a jet-ski incident on Canyon Lake Sunday afternoon. Texas Parks and Wildlife Department …   More...
Canyon Lake Hawks Football Team

by HilltopNewspaper.com Canyon Lake’s 10th year of competition starts this week as the three Fall sports teams start preparing for competition. The Hawk’s Volleyball squad scrimmages …   More...
Comal County Commissioners Consider 2017 Budget

Last Thursday, Comal County Judge Sherman Krause presented his $93 million 2018 budget to Commissioners Court. The proposal envisions a combined tax rate of 35.7921 cents per $100 assessed …   More...
Texas Master Naturalists at Canyon Gorge.

by Sara Riggs, Texas Master Naturalist Lindheimer (Comal) Chapter When you are out enjoying our local parks or trails and you see someone wearing a sage green t-shirt with a dragonfly and …   More...
Storm damage to Comal Cafe.

About that storm that ripped the roof off Comal Cafe . . . A microburst from a heavy storm ripped the roof off Comal Cafe on July 30. Check out the time-lapse video above for a look at a microburst …   More...