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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.
Lennar Home Bulverde
Lennar Homes plans to build 1,880 homes on 780 acres at its 4S Ranch in Bulverde. Lennar built this home in nearby Johnson Ranch.
Long library line
i voted stickers
For the first time ever, Comal County residents can cast their votes at any new Vote Center in the county.
early voting in Comal County
Turnout for early voting remained strong as of Friday. On Tuesday voters will have a chance to vote at any Vote Center in the county.
canyon lake varsity hawks
Canyon Lake High School Split End / Linebacker Kyle Wharton (#42) takes down the Lampasas running back. rr[Photo Credit: Mark Robinson / MJR Photography / www.mjrphotog.com]
Leon Dominick
Leon Dominick with the Lindheimer Chapter of the Native Plant Society of Texas says there's lots of fall color if you know where to look.
comal early voting
Voter turnout has been well above 2017 numbers – as in 250-500 percent higher each day, and already more than double the total number of in-person early voters for the entire 2017 election.
white tail buck
Wildlife Rescue & Rehabilitation's Communications and Development Manager Ava Donaldson warns deer are on the move for a number of other reasons besides the rut including changing  temperatures, hunting season, and foraging for food.
property taxes
Residents can make partial payments from now through Jan. 31. Any taxes left unpaid after Jan. 31 are subject to penalties and interest. Alex Slobodkin / Getty Images
man watering with soaker hose
Hand watering, or watering by soaker hose, bucket, and drip irrigation is allowed on any day between 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Image by Mahoney's Garden Center.
san antonio radar for Oct.25
Comal County Fire Marshal Kory Klabunde said the burn ban was lifted at 10:20 Friday morning after overnight rains associated with a cold front dumped between 1.5 to 4 inches of rain across Comal County. Image by News4SA TV.
woman tying apron
Anyone who prepares food in a restaurant or makes food at home for sale elsewhere is required to complete an accredited food-handling program. Image by Food Truck Empire.
Canyon Lake Hawks
Canyon Lake High School Quarterback / Linebacker Brandon Robinson (#4) closely covers a Burnet receiver, tipping the pass. File photo credit: Mark Robinson / MJR Photography.
trick or treating in Sattler, Texas
Need something warm to wear? Trick-or-treating in Sattler this Saturday includes a stop by the Coat Rack Ministry, which provides free jackets, hoodies, coats and sweaters to anyone who needs one.
university of county government
On May 14, University of County Government's Class of 2019 received high marks from Comal County commissioners. Enrollment is now open for the 2020 year.
Awana Program at First Baptist Church of Canyon Lake
Programs like "Awana" are part of what attracts families to First Baptist Church Canyon Lake, which breaks ground on a new, 15,000-square-foot fellowship hall and large, secure area for children and preschoolers on Sunday.
Comal County Commissioners Court
Comal County Commissioners Court.
Annalisa Peace
Annalisa Peace, executive director of the Greater Edwards Aquifer Alliance, says Proposition 8 would authorize a flood infrastructure fund (created by Senate Bill 7) to be managed by the Texas Water Development Board to be used for planning, seeking permits for, or constructing flood-related projects. This flood infrastructure fund will require no new taxes or bonds as money comes from a one-time distribution of $793 million from Texas' rainy day fund, which currently stands at $11 billion dollars.
Comal County Sheriff K-9 Unit
You won't find this cute dog on VOTE411.org but he did hang out, offline, with the Comal County sheriff.
early voting
Registered voters in Comal County can cast their ballots at any of six locations -- now called Vote Centers -- during the early voting period, which ends Nov. 1.
Canyon Lake Presbyterian fundraiser
The gorgeous sunset and view from Canyon Lake Presbyterian's stone patio were as big an attraction as the chili and live music at Wednesday night's Turkeys to Tables fundraiser for Community Resource and Recreation Center of Canyon Lake's food pantry.