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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.

Boat ramp #5
There are 23 boat ramps located around Canyon Lake.
sunning lizard
A lizard suns himself on the shores of Canyon Lake.
Two women split screen
Debbie England, left, is the new president of Canyon Lake Animal Shelter Society. Sunni Stalbird, right, is vice president. The two were voted in by President Darrell and his wife Kelly Mayfield, a former vice president, at a CLASS board meeting Tuesday. Other members of an interim board that included England resigned and walked out of that meeting before the election, stating they had not received the paperwork necessary to make an informed decision about taking over the beleaguered shelter. Images from LinkedIn and Stalbird.
Night Sky
On May 20, Dorothy Arnold, owner of Dot's Hipcamp, will host a Land & Sky Celebration benefiting the Comal County Conservation Alliance and Comal Friends of the Night Sky.
Reelfly fishing adventures
Image by ReelFly Fishing Adventures in Canyon Lake.
Smithson Valley journalism teacher and yearbook adviser Margaret Edmonson says she is blessed to work for a school that values scholastic journalism and the role it plays in the community.
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House of CBD Grand Opening
Image courtesy of the Canyon Lake Art Guild.
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PEC truck
Image courtesy of Pedernales Electric Cooperative.
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texas two step
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boat ramp repairs
Comal County crews completed repairs to the dock at Boat Ramp #1 today and removed accumulated sediment.
boat ramps
Only one county-operated boat ramp is open in Canyon Lake. Image courtesy of Comal County Engineer's Office.
Molly Bursey
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limestone quarry
Adobe stock image of a limestone quarry. Image by Benny Trapp.
Bryant Shephard
Bryant Shephard, a 41-year-old New Braunfels High School teacher, is expected to transfer from Bexar to Comal County Jail. Jail image.
Will they or won't they? A new interim board of directors spearheaded by CASA CEO Normal Backwell say Canyon Lake Animal Shelter Society President Darrell Mayfield, left, and his wife, former Vice President Kelly Mayfield, fourth from left, will hand over keys to the shelter on Friday. Realtor Melissa Dobbins, former CLASS vice president, second from left, was so horrified by what she saw at CLASS that she stepped down five months after this image of a "new board" was taken on June 9, 2022.
trapped ferals
Volunteers with Animal Rescue Connections trapped 31 feral cats at two different locations on the morning of Aug. 21, 2022. After vetting, cats like these are either returned to their original location or adopted out as working cats.
red flag warning
Comal County is not currently included in the warning area.
Overlook Park
Canyon Lake's Overlook Park is famous for its panoramic views. File image.
edwards aquifer
The discharge location for the proposed Harrison Wastewater Treatment Facility is right over the Edwards Aquifer contributing zone and 2,000 feet upstream from the recharge zone. The aquifer is the sole source of drinking water for more than 1.5 million people in central Texas. Image courtesy of EdwardsAquifer.net.
Image courtesy of Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation.
River Road flag
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FFA Radio Team
Canyon Lake High School's FFA Radio Team placed fourth at state. From left: Dean Platt, Milo Martin-Rider and Katelynn Fields.
Comal County vista
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McKenna logo
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animal control
Canyon Lake Animal Shelter Society (CLASS) posted this image on its Facebook page Feb. 14 in honor of a Valentine's Day visit from Animal Control, which reports to the Comal County Sheriff's Office.
girl fishing
Image courtesy of the Water Oriented Recreation District of Comal County.
Comal Park
Comal Park. Facebook image.
A puppy awaits adoption at Canyon Lake Animal Shelter on Feb. 19. Facebook image courtesy of Canyon Lake Animal Shelter Society.
carrie isaac
Rep. Carrie Isaac, R-73, explains to students from Sts. Peter and Paul how Texas legislators work to represent them. Feb. 8 Twitter image.
Emily Pena
Canyon Lake High School Senior Emily Pena said her floral design class helps her to relax by focusing on flowers.
white bass
The white bass is commonly referred to as 'sand bass' in Texas. Image courtesy of YouTube's 903 Fishing.
Lab on couch
Have you seen this dog? Foster-to-adopt Ydalia Villasana, a Canyon Lake resident, said CLASS Vice President Kelly Mayfield took Shadow to a veterinary appointment on Wednesday and gave her away to a veterinary technician.
Two-month-old 'Bri,' a puppy pulled from Canyon Lake Animal Shelter by former Kennel Manager Jennifer Thompson, died over the weekend from parvovirus and distemper despite round-the-clock care from a local veterinarian. Although no one is certain that Bri contracted the viruses there, dozens of other puppies and dogs are believed to have died at the shelter due to lack of quarantine measures and routine vaccines.
Meet the women who spent 10 days making noodles for Friday's fundraiser; (l-r) Janet Marton, Becky Mitchell, Diane Fisher, Carol Bisset, Gini Ruthven, Debbie Drum and Pam Berry.
Map of current county parks courtesy of Comal County Engineer's Office.
Cage cleaning
Canyon Lake Animal Shelter Society (CLASS) President Darrell Mayfield cleans and sanitizes kennels. Feb. 5 Facebook image.
tree branches
Facebook image courtesy of Lindheimer Master Naturalist Brian Trock.
Former Canyon Lake High School teacher Orlando Naumann, 38, is in Comal County Jail. Image courtesy of Comal County Sheriff's Office.
frozen oak tree
Texas A&M Forest Service says all is not lost, offers tips on how to save trees like this one, located on the south side of Canyon Lake.