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Suspect Killed in FM 306 Car Crash
Thirty-three-year-old New Braunfels resident Abby Lynn Houston was killed in a head-on collision on FM 306 in Canyon Lake Sunday afternoon while trying to evade Comal County sheriff's deputies.
road construction
Plan your drive around road pavers like these with a new, online map just posted to Comal County Engineer's website.
Johnson Ranch - Bulverde TX
The 1,000-home Johnson Ranch development, located several miles downstream from Indian Creek Ranch, has applied for a permit that would add 350,000 gallons per day of treated sewage into Cibolo Creek.
CCSO Deputy Killed in Crash
A Comal County Sheriff's Office transport deputy was killed in an automobile accident late Thursday afternoon in Schertz.
MVMS Students Compete in Geography Bee
Mountain Valley MS GeoBee finalists include Kaydence Hanna, Bobby Keene, Hunter Stearns, Katie Kasch, Sophia Balderas, Diego Herrera, Eliana Molina, Huntleigh Morast, Caroline Feucht and Ava Peralez
UPDATE: USACE Postpones Release Rate Increase
Water release rates from Canyon Reservoir will increase to 1,200 cubic feet-per-second on Tuesday morning.
Two Dead After Blaze Near Cranes Mill
Engine 55 responded to a fire in the 300 block of Dreamland this morning, along with Engine 52, Engine 51, Medic 53, and Battalion 51. Image courtesy of Canyon Lake Fire/EMS.
B.A.T.S. Takes on Wind Turbines
Learn how wind turbines could peacefully co-exist with bats at "Spying on Bats: Using New Technology to Understand Behavior and Reduce Impacts Caused by Wind Energy."
Learn How to Preserve Comal's Cultural Resources
Members of Comal County Historical Commission were sworn into office by Comal County Commissioners Court on Thursday.
Agenda for Dec. 6 Commissioners Court
Comal County Courthouse is decked out for the holiday season and Thursday's weekly commissoners court meeting.
Presbyterians Install Little Free Library
Canyon Lake Presbyterian Church's new outreach includes a Little Free Library in Chapman's Park.
Comal ISD Implements Clear-Bag Requirement
The new policy limits the type of bags carried into athletic venues, but does not impact items in pockets like keys, makeup, feminine products, phones, wallets and credit cards.
Comal County Master Gardener John Rayborn helped grow this watermelon in his organization's demonstration garden.
County Offers Free Christmas Tree Recycling
Let the county deal with your fading Christmas greenery. Free recycling through Jan. 19, 2019. Image by ABC Action.
USACE office
The federal government may shut down, but recreational areas and camp sites around Canyon Lake that are maintained by U.S. Army Corps of Engineers won't.
LWV-CA, Biedermann Discuss Legislative Issues
League of Women Voters-Comal Area sat down with state Rep. Kyle Biedermann, District 73, to discuss legislative priorities for 2019.
TCEQ Calls for Review of Quarry Air Permit
Texas Commission on Environmental Quality Commissioner Emily Lindley and Commission Chair Jon Niermann ordered further review of issues raised by an air-quality permit for Vulcan Quarry. Image courtesy of TCEQ.
Trout illustration
For anglers interested in tailrace fishing, TPWD will be stocking rainbow trout below several dams and spillways, which often have very cool water and provide excellent conditions for trout fishing. This year, TPWD will stock rainbow trout into the Canyon Tailrace on the Guadalupe River below Canyon Lake.
Don't Let Winds Fan Flames Thursday
Comal County Fire Marshal's Office warns there is a "huge fuel load" on the ground due to dormant grasses, and urges residents to extinguish all open flames in anticipation of high winds predicted for Thursday.
Trash Isn't Seasonal Along FM 306
These young residents of Horseshoe Fall Estates joined others from Comal County Conservation Alliance, Water Oriented Recreation District of Comal County, and two grown-up residents of Horseshoe Falls Estates -- in picking up 34 mesh bags of trash on Dec. 1.
Saturday's Christmas Parade in Sattler Canceled
Canyon Lake Noon Lions Club annual Christmas parade -- the largest in Comal County -- has been canceled due to anticipated heavy rains. Image by Canyon Lake Parrotheads' Facebook.
Don't Forget to Raise the Woof!
Lots of great pet furniture will be auctioned off Sunday at Krause's Cafe to Raise the Woof for Canine Classmates, which helps promote literacy at Startzville Elementary.
Learn About Groundwater, New Conservation Disrict
Comal Trinity Groundwater Conservation District is authorized to issue bonds and impose assessements, fees and surcharges, and to provide the county with a voice on Groundwater Management Area 9, a regional water planning group. Image courtesy of comaltrinitygcd.com.
Accessorize Your Pooch for Safety
Keep your dog safe, year-round, with a collar cover emblazoned with your phone number. Strangers can read it from a distance -- no need for them to worry about approaching a strange dog and reaching for a dog tag.
Jingle Across Canyon Dam, for a Cause
Last year, (l-r) area residents Aubree, who is still undiagnosed, joined Lacey, who has Kartagener syndrome, and Elizabeth, who has Rett Syndrome, in a festive stroll across Canyon Lake Dam during Jingle for a Cause.
Noble Firs Still Top the Christmas Tree List
Come for the Christmas tree, stay for the wreaths and other gifts.
Hawks Beat Austin Reagan 37-41
Marley Carrizales played her best game in a win over Austin Reagan. File photo by Karen Holmes.
Asperger, Autism Meetup for Teens Planned
Sattler resident Georgina Tennison wants teens like her son David, diagnosed with high-functioning autism at age 11, to be able to enjoy just hanging out with others who understand them and accept who they are.
flu shot
There have been 40 confirmed cases of influenza in Comal County over the last three weeks. County Director of Public Health Cheryl Fraser urges residents to get vaccinated. Image courtesy by WGLT.
Mark De Kiewiet
Area bee expert Mark De Kiewiet says a long, wet fall probably is to blame for the unusual number of bee swarms reported by area residents.
Comal midterms
With more than 61 percent of registered Comal County voters coming to the polls, 2018 blew away every midterm for at least the past 30 years.
No Price Tag, No Timeline for Dam Road
Nobody knows how much or what it will take to reopen Canyon Lake Dam's service road to pedestrians.
white tail buck
Watch for bucks to become more active during the 2018 "rut" which begins at the end of September.
filter_none Happy Trail
A new sign designates the beginning of the cut-through from Tye Preston Memorial Library to Canyon Gorge’s rock shop and outdoor learning center. From left: GBRA Chairman Rusty Brockman; GBRA General Manager Kevin Patteson; GBRA’s Happy Henry, who designed and help complete most of the trail; library board member Susan Bogle; and Library Director Roxanna Deane.
Free Thanksgiving Dinner This Thursday
Smoked turkey, ham and "all the fixins" will be served at this year's Free Thanksgiving Dinner at Startzville Elementary on Thursday. It's sponsored by PTA volunteers, who ladled out lots of gravy at last year's event.
Water Symposium Addresses Flooding Issues
Growth patterns have put large segments of Texans directly in the path of flood waters. Image by Comal County Office of Emergency Management.
Davisson with Golden Apple award
CISD Mountain Valley Middle School Principal Dustin Davisson gets to wear blue jeans every day in January after Jo Anne Johnson, PTA vice president of Membership, honored all teachers and support staff for joining the PTA.
There's Still Time to Raise the Woof
According to this Canine Classmate, some angels choose fur over wings to promote literacy for students in Canyon Lake elementary schools.
Fischer Christmas Market Set for Nov. 23-24
It may not be snowing Nov. 23 or 24 but it will be the season (anyway) for shopping at Fischer Christmas Market.
Learn To Stop Arguing Politics!
Two workshops focus on civility and the skills it takes to agree to disagree in otherwise heated political discussions -- even those at the Thanksgiving dinner table.
Jaynellen Kerr, resource specialist with Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority, manages daily operations at Canyon Lake Gorge and likes to remind residents they have a natural phenomenon right in their backyard -- and it's incredible.
No Midterm Surprises in Comal County
Incumbent Comal County Precinct 4 Commissioner Jen Crownover easily won reelection to her seat on Tuesday.
County Land Records, Plats Now Available Online
All official public records dating to the establishment of Comal County in 1846 are now available online at comallandrecordsonline.com. Here's the recorded transfer of property from Mr. Cloudt to Mr. Holzmann dated June 28, 1847.
Jacobs Creek teacherage landmark
Teacherages were dwellings either attached to a school or located nearby where school teachers and their families could live.