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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: DEA Public Affairs (202) 307-7977 Press Release DEA to accept electronic vaping devices and cartridges as part of National Prescription Drug Take Back Day WASHINGTON – With robust public participation over the course of 17 prior events, the National Prescription Drug Take Back Day Initiative continues to remove ever-higher amounts of opioids and other medicines from the nation’s homes, where they are vulnerable to misuse, theft or abuse by family members and
The mission of the Helping Hands Food Pantry is to create access to good, healthy food to those in need in our community and surrounding areas; as well as providing hope, and dignity to those residents, and by advocating to increase awareness of hunger in the community through collaborative action.
NEW BRAUNFELS — Comal County is helping provide a drop-off location for all Comal County residents’ household hazardous waste on Saturday, Oct. 19. County residents can drop off items such as paint, gasoline, insecticide or bleach in the parking lot of New Braunfels City Hall, 550 Landa St., from 8 a.m. to noon. Participants should enter the parking lot from Laurel Lane. To verify residency, residents are asked to bring a state-issued picture ID with current address. The last car in line at noon will be
Classes are held at the Tennis Center in Jumbo Evans Sports Park located off Hwy 281 N.
A Hill Country Getaway at Branch Neighborhood Grill Facebook278TwitterPinterestEmailSMSShare Grab a spot on the expansive patio at the family-friendly Branch Neighborhood Grill. Simply called “The Branch” by those in the know, this American-style grill turns out crispy fried onion chips, the cheesy griddled burgers and Gulf shrimp every which way. Catch live music on the oak tree-shaded patio while the kids tire themselves out on the playground – this spot is the perfect Texas Hill Country
The Bulverde Spring Branch Chamber of Commerce recently presented Mr. Electric with the Honor Award which recognizes the 10 year membership in the Chamber. The Chamber took this opportunity to visit with Matt & Lara Bruhn who purchased Mr. Electric of San Antonio, Bulverde, Boerne, and New Braunfels in February of 2019. They are excited to serve this area and look forward to meeting members of the community! Mr. Electric's expertise: panel upgradesindoor and outdoor lightingcode
Your local SmartStyle Hair Salon has a spooky good deal for the month of October!!! Come in on Tuesday or Wednesday for a $16.00 Haircut! You can book online, call the salon, or walk in for your great haircut! This haircut does not include a wash.**
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Original artwork created by a Comal Independent School District student will be featured on the cover of the Attainment Company’s 2020 catalog after being selected through an annual catalog cover contest. Jake Marks, a 20-year-old Comal ISD student in the district’s Life Bridges Transition Program, won the contest with his submission depicting this year’s theme, “What inspires me to learn?” In addition to his artwork being featured on the cover of the upcoming catalog, Marks also received $500 and is the
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, SEPTEMBER 30, 2019: NEW BRAUNFELS — The Comal County Extension Office’s monthly DIY Saturday series is taking a brief hiatus to welcome families for Kids Day in the Garden, a free open house featuring storytime, hands-on activities, a hay ride and more. The event will be 9-11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 12, at the county’s Extension Office, 325 Resource Drive, New Braunfels. Residents can call 830-620-3440 for more information. “With the weather hopefully cooling off, it’s time
Come by you local SmartStyle Hair Salon to take part in these hot deals! For the month of October we are doing all shampoo, conditioner, and styling products BOGO 50%!!! This includes all brands like Designline, Paul Mitchell, Redken, and Biolage!
The Comal Independent School District is one of three Texas school districts chosen by New Tech Network to launch a new initiative to improve college access. The multi-year initiative is supported by a Networks for School Improvement (NSI) grant. School teams from Comal ISD, Ector County Independent School District and El Paso Independent School District will work together to identify and address common problems that impact students in pursuing and succeeding in college. In this first year, 11 campuses
Patriot Dog Training is continuing to grow in the Bulverde area. Since expanding to the 681 Bulverde Rd location, so many owners get help with their pups. It is such a joy to watch these families build great bonds with their canine family members through training, boarding, and doggy daycare. One special family has been a particular recent highlight. At the beginning of 2019, Patriot Dog Training was selected as a trainer for a spectacular pup. The breeder, Taos Ford, has an incredible breed of Belgian
For the last three years, a Smithson Valley High School student has represented the Comal Independent School District as a Student of the Year candidate for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS), and the tradition continues with the launch of the 2020 campaign by a SVHS sophomore. The 2020 SVHS Student of the Year candidate is Avery Walker, who will represent the district in the fourth year of this leadership development and philanthropy program in which high school students are nominated and selected to
When you’re merely meeting expectations, you’ll never rock the reviews. You need to start at “good” and aim for “mind-blowing.” The good news is data from Yelp shows it's easier than you think. Today's customers are a little entitled. And it's not just the younger generation. Companies are using data to personalize their offerings and the customer experience to the point of appearing to be mind readers. This sets a precedent and expectation of something way beyond good customer service. You can't
Fifteen Comal ISD students participated in Education in Action’s 2019 Lone Star Leadership Academy C
Fifteen students in the fourth through the eighth grade represented the Comal Independent School District this summer in the 2019 Lone Star Leadership Academy camps. Nominated by their teachers, these young leaders were chosen to participate based on their leadership ability, academic success and involvement in school/community activities. The students representing communities across Texas traveled to Dallas/Ft. Worth, Austin/San Antonio and Houston/Galveston to take part in the camps.Avery Hime, a
The Kiwanis Club of New Braunfels welcomes the Charter Members of the SVHS Key Club, a leadership and community service club under the leadership of faculty advisors Debbie Shewbridge and Carol Speelman. The club is supported and sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of New Braunfels and its satellite club of Bulverde and Spring Branch. Kiwanians Jan Clark, Paul Barton, Keith Hutcherson, Mike Clark are Kiwanis Advisors to the Key Club and were on-hand at the club’s organizational meeting.
It's that time of year again, friends! The Bulverde United Methodist Church is hosting our famous pumpkin patch throughout the month of October, and there's lots of activities and fun to be had! The patch will be open from 8am-7pm each day in October. We are having three special Saturday events from 10am-2pm on October 5th (Chamber ribbon cutting, Bexar-Bulverde Fire Truck and a farmer’s market), October 12th (Trike-a-thon, games and bouncy house) and October 19th (Craft day, and kid’s costume party). We
CLEANGIE is excited to announce that we are BBB Accredited! CLEANGIE has always been committed to our customers, and now we’re committing to the Better Business Bureau’s Accreditation Standards, Standards for Trust to: Build Trust: Advertise Honestly: Tell the Truth: Be Transparent: Honor Promises: Be Responsive: Safeguard Privacy: and Embody Integrity. We are honored to qualify for such a designation that is not granted to all businesses who are invited to qualify.
The Comal Independent School District’s Board of Trustees met Thursday and officially approved the attendance boundaries for the district’s newest campus, Davenport High School (DHS), which is scheduled to open in August 2020. Located at 23255 FM 3009 just past Schoenthal Road in the Garden Ridge area, DHS will have the same attendance boundaries as Danville Middle School, which includes Morningside Elementary and Garden Ridge Elementary.“We are getting excited about opening Davenport next fall,” said Matt
Effective Wednesday, August 28, 2019, all areas served by CLWSC in Comal and Blanco counties will move to Stage 1 Water Restrictions. Below is a reminder of these rules: All landscape irrigation and grass watering by automatic, in-ground, or sprinkler systems must occur between 7:00am – 10:00am OR 7:00pm – 10:00pm depending on the last digit of your street address: 0, 2, 4, 6, 8 – Monday & Thursday1, 3, 5, 7, 9 – Tuesday & FridayNo address – Monday & FridayNo spray irrigation is allowed on Wednesday
The Texas Education Agency (TEA) released its 2019 Accountability Ratings today, and the Comal Independent School District earned a grade of “A” with a score of 92 in the state’s A-F accountability system. All 30 of Comal ISD’s campuses received passing grades with more than half earning an “A.” This score places Comal ISD among the top school districts in the state with only 257 districts out of a total of 1,022 earning an “A.” This overall rating is based on performance in three areas: Student
The Comal Independent School District received a District of Distinction award by the Texas Art Education Association (TAEA) on July 29. With only the top 2 percent of districts in the state receiving this inaugural distinction, Comal ISD is leading the way in providing a well-rounded education that advocates and integrates visual arts curriculum, inspires creativity and reaches all different learners.“Comal ISD has set the standard for visual arts advocacy, integrated visual arts curriculum and
The Texas Association of Broadcasters honored partners in service at the 2019 Annual Convention in Austin, Texas. The prestigious Bonner McLane Award was presented to The Hill Country’s own Ranch Radio Group for outstanding public service to local communities. Accepting the award on behalf of Ranch Radio Group’s four-station cluster were owners Mark and Susan Grubbs.“This award means a lot to our team,” Mr. Grubbs said, “as it recognizes the many, many hours, including weekends and after-hours that our
Growing up, the year 2020 felt so distant and it is a surreal feeling to know that we have passed the halfway point for 2019 and only have 5.5 months before the next year is upon us. These past six months went by quicker than a Ferrari on Autobahn and I’m excited to share what we’ve been up to at the center (and, if you haven’t had a chance to visit, what you’ve been missing)! I would like to thank all of our past and current volunteers, sponsors and donors for allowing us to continue our mission and to
Pilates By Design, LLC TO HOST POWER PILATES EDUCATION PROGRAMSPilates By Design, LLC Confirmed to Offer Power Pilates Certifications Starting September 6-8, 2019 Spring Branch, TX: Pilates By Design, LLC is pleased to announce their new hosting affiliation with Power Pilates, the leading educator of Classical Pilates. Pilates By Design, LLC will hold their first Power Pilates training, Core Mat I, on September 6-8, 2019. The Core Mat I program is the foundation of the Power Pilates method. Each subsequent
In Texas, it is estimated that there are 79,000 victims of sex trafficking each year. The average age a girl is first trafficked is 12-14. Eighty percent of Bexar County’s sex trafficking cases involve minors. San Antonio acclaimed athlete and volleyball coach April Fricke is cycling 1,103 miles along IH-10 corridor from Beaumont to El Paso, Texas May 6 through May 20 to raise awareness of human trafficking in Texas. Fricke will be half way through. Thank you to Texas MedClinic for being a Corporate
Personal branding is incredibly important these days. If you’re not marketing yourself and your career as part of your brand, you should be. Your personal image is critical to your business because customers and potential customers want to do business with people they know, like, and trust. Expanding your personal brand can help you connect on a deeper level with your audience and give them those three things. You may assume if you haven’t worked on your personal brand in the past that you don’t have one.
Drug disposal solutions tackle medication abuse; provide a safe way to dispose of unused drugs (Spring Branch, TX—12/17/18) – Spring Branch Pharmacy is partnering with Sharps Compliance, Inc. to combat the growing epidemic of prescription drug abuse by providing solutions to safely dispose of opioid painkillers and other unused medications. MedSafe® drug collection and disposal receptacle is now located in Spring Branch Pharmacy for the safe and anonymous disposal of unused or expired medicines and
The Comal Independent School District was notified in early April that it was selected as a semi-finalist for 2019 H-E-B Excellence in Education Awards. This is the first year that Comal ISD has entered the prestigious awards, which recognizes teachers, principals, school districts, early childhood providers and school boards from across the state of Texas. “This honor is a testament to the hard work and dedication that every teacher, staff member, administrator and parent gives every day to our
Wednesday, April 17, was National Signing Day for 14 student athletes from Smithson Valley High School who signed letters of intent to play their sport at the collegiate level in the fall.With family and friends joining in the celebration, the 14 SVHS Rangers took the next step in both their educational and athletic careers. The sports which these athletes will continue to pursue are as varied as the students themselves. Four will continue to play la crosse; two will run track; two will play football; one
The 4th Annual 2019 Bulverde Belle of the Ball Prom Dress Project was a smashing success! Our Boutique weekend started with a bang with girls waiting to get in when we opened the doors at 9:00! On Saturday morning, we had seven fitting rooms filled with giggling girls and a line through the Boutique awaiting their turns. Our community made sure that the girls had plenty of dresses to try on…we had approximately 700 dresses in stock. Sixty five girls purchased at least one dress and as a result,
While fencing was one of the first sports to by played in the Olympics, only a handful of Texas high schools have teams. High school students in the Comal Independent School District, however, are trying to change that, paving the way for the future of the sport in public schools.While fencing is not a UIL sponsored sport, it has become an important part of Comal ISD's intramural sports and now boasts teams at Memorial Early College High School (MECHS) and Canyon Lake High School (CLHS).In fact, these teams
The Comal Independent School District launched a pilot business program at Smithson Valley High School this past fall. The Business INCubator class was designed for students with an entrepreneurial spirit and a dream to own their own business one day. With a successful year almost completed, the district has announced that the program will be offered next year at Canyon High School and Canyon Lake High School as well as SVHS. The class gives students an opportunity to create and fully develop their own
Instead of running, dancing or exercising during physical education, athletics and dance class recently, every middle school student in the Comal Independent School District, that’s 5,642 total, learned hands-only CPR, tourniquet application and how to use the emergency 911 system. As part of the national Stop the Bleed initiative, Comal ISD partners with the Healthcare, Innovations, and Sciences (H.I.S.) Centre in Bulverde to teach students to “see something and do something.” “Control the Bleed is
The Law Office of Jason M. Rammel, P.C. now offers title insurance and closing services as an approved attorney for Texas Lone Star Title. Services include reviewing the title commitment, document preparation, resolution of title and closing issues, and conducting closings for residential, commercial, and farm and ranch transactions in Comal County and statewide. Closings can be conducted remotely or at our offices located in Faithville Park, 17080 Highway 45 W, Suite 108-B, Spring Branch, Texas. Jason
Comal Independent School District developed a pilot program at Canyon High School this year in response to the growing need for skilled workers in the construction industry. The Architecture/Construction graduation pathway has allowed students interested in a career in construction to literally, cinch up a tool belt, roll up their sleeves and work for a local construction company, gaining real-life experience.Both students and business partners agree; the construction pilot program at Canyon High is a big
Tree Lighting is a work of Art Want to enjoy your property and trees at night? Often when you think of outdoor lighting, you think of highlighting the features of your home. Trees are often a lower priority but tree lighting can make such a dramatic difference. Just one light can make your tree a piece of art! There are two main types of tree lighting; up lighting and down lighting. Up lighting involves placing lighting fixtures at ground level where the light shines up into the tree. The light is
High school students across the state compete throughout the year in rodeos, in order, to qualify for the State Finals Rodeo, and this year, three Comal Independent School District students did just that.Three students from Comal ISD have qualified for the Texas High School Rodeo Association’s (THSRA) Finals Rodeo for Region VI. They will compete June 8-15 in Abilene.Canyon High School senior Emily Becker, Smithson Valley High School junior Megan Miller and SVHS sophomore Hannah Wittig competed in 12
2019 totals this year for Kiwanis Diaper Drive for St Jude’s Children’s Ranch exceeded the drive last year thanks to the generous people of our communities with the donations of 11,976 Diapers and 16,474 wipes!This year we had two schools engaged in collection of diapers and wipes. Canyon Lake High School Student Council advisor Tina Platt contacted us after they read the article in the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung to be included in the drive. They collected 739 diapers and 536 wipes. Bracken Christen
Canyon Lake, TX – SJWTX, Inc., doing business as Canyon Lake Water Service Company (CLWSC), today announced the results of its inaugural customer survey. The survey found that overall 81% of customers indicated they are either satisfied or very satisfied with CLWSC service. Customers also gave CLWSC particularly high marks for the services it provides:90% of survey respondents say CLWSC provides excellent or good professional and friendly customer service89% of survey respondents they feel the
Mar. 1, 2019 — The Comal ISD Board of Trustees approved the 2019-2020 academic calendar during its February 27 board meeting. The District’s Calendar Committee, comprised of parents, students, teachers, and administrators spent the last several months developing two calendar options for the 2019-20 school year, taking into consideration the needs of students, staff and families, as well as any changes made at the state level. Comal ISD asked students, parents and staff to provide feedback regarding
Feb. 22 - Hoffmann Lane Elementary teacher Rishanne Frech and Spring Branch Middle teacher and coach Tyler Clements were named District Teachers of the Year for the Comal Independent School District. Frech was selected to represent elementary campuses, with Clements selected to represent secondary schools. Both District Teachers, along with 28 other teachers named Campus Teacher of the Year for their school, will be honored at Comal ISD’s annual Night of Stars banquet at the Freiheit Village Venue in
On January 26, 2019, Smithson Valley Family Dentistry celebrated their ONE YEAR in business!!! They have welcomed 1013 patients into their doors this past year, which is virtually unheard of for a brand new dental practice!! Dr. Jared Wright and his team are so thankful for a community that has embraced them, shared their experiences online, and been a part of this journey with them! They look forward to celebrating many more years!Smithson Valley Family Dentistry 18646 Forty-Six Parkway, Spring Branch,
January 22, 2019 – Two special guests made a visit to Kinder Ranch Elementary school on January 15, sharing their new children’s book All Around Us. Author Xelena Gonzáles and Illustrator Adriana M. Garcia spent the day showcasing their latest work to each grade level by reading the book and doing some Tai Chi, retelling the colorful story through movement. While Gonzáles read the book, Garcia worked on a secret illustration to share with the students. She selected one student from each group to bring to
, Kiwanis Diaper Drive for St. Jude's Children's Ranch kicks off on February 1, 2019. The month of February is designated as Have a Heart for the children most in need in our community. Join us in collecting diapers for them at the following locations in Bulverde/Spring Branch: Bracken Christian School, Broadway Bank, Bulverde Spring Branch Fire & EMS, Chick's Prime Meat Market, First United Bank, Massage Heights, Police Department of Bulverde, Rebecca Creek Baptist Church , Reliance
Congratulations to Sam Roberts of Sam Roberts Photography!!! In December, the San Antonio Photographers Organization had their annual awards banquet in Downtown San Antonio at a restaurant on the River Walk.Sam Roberts with Sam Roberts Photography was honored to walk away with a few awards from the local guild's End of the Year Image Competition.
Firefighter/Paramedic Legacy Continues to Give to OthersJennifer Achay Awarded Scholarship Spring Branch, TX, December 21, 2018 — The Brennan L. Livaudais Memorial Scholarship Committee selected Jennifer Achay as their 2018 award recipient. The Livaudais Scholarship was purposefully designed to assist those working toward a career in firefighting and paramedicine. Mr. Steve Stevenson, Chairman of the Board, said, “Jennifer is precisely the type of hard working, selfless individual we need in this
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, OCTOBER 30, 2018: NEW BRAUNFELS — A pair of initiatives in the Comal County Clerk’s Office have led to the online availability of hundreds of thousands of land records for public viewing. First, all official public records (OPR) dating to the establishment of Comal County in 1846 are now available for preview and potential purchase at comal.landrecordsonline.com. The records comprise deeds and deeds of trust, liens and lien releases, affidavits, water rights, easements, and
Expertise LLC, a research company from Seattle, WA has named SpyderwareTech.com, one of the top 19 “Best computer repair services for 2018”. Over two hundred and ninety-eight computer repair businesses throughout San Antonio and the Hill Country were validated and researched and SpyderwareTech.com made the list! Expertise LLC identifies the top service professionals in over 100 business categories across 1000 cities, covering 85% of the United States. To date, they have explored over 10 million business
Dr. Charlie C. Majdalani, DDS Special Care General Dentist Dr. Charlie C. Majdalani is a native Texan. He was born and raised in San Antonio, TX. and attended Antonian High School. He moved to Austin, TX to attend the University of Texas at Austin, where he earned a Biomedical Engineering degree. He then earned his Doctor of Dental Surgery at the UT Health Science Center at San Antonio in 2016. Dr. Majdalani’s training involved variety of experiences where he ultimately learned to
San Antonio urgent care pioneer Texas MedClinic opens 19th clinic in Spring BranchSeptember 4, 2018 Open 8 a.m.- 11 p.m. every day, clinic offers quality care, affordable price San Antonio, TX San Antonio urgent care pioneer Texas MedClinic continues growth in South Central Texas with the opening of its Spring Branch location, the 19th clinic in the urgent care chain. Located on US 281 South, a half mile north of the SH46 intersection, Texas MedClinic’s Spring Branch location is open 8 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Comal ISD Chief Financial Officer, David Andersen, reported a perfect score for Comal ISD on the Texas Education Agency’s FIRST report (School Financial Integrity Rating System of Texas) at its September Board Meeting. This year, the district received 100 out of a 100 possible points, earning a Superior Achievement rating for the seventeenth year in a row. The FIRST report ensures that all Texas public schools are held accountable for the quality of their financial management practices. Based on their
Comal ISD received a special visit from Alex Sheen on September 27, one that students from all four high schools and seven middle schools will not forget. Sheen is the founder of the worldwide social movement “because I said I would,” a nonprofit dedicated to the betterment of humanity through promises made and kept. It was the death of Sheen’s father Al, the man he looked up to most in life, that sparked the worldwide movement that is being filled one promise at a time today. While delivering Al’s eulogy
While 175,000 children ages 14 and under are diagnosed with cancer annually worldwide, more than 80 percent of U.S. childhood cancer patients are long-term survivors. Comal ISD students and families have been affected directly with this disease which is why we have gone gold for September and ask everyone to wear gold on Wednesday, Sept. 26. Here are a couple of student stories. Mo’s storyMaureen ‘Mo’ Colligan just turned 13, and she has been fighting cancer for almost two years. Her initial diagnosis of
The 39th Annual Awards were held on Sunday, August 12, 2018. It was an evening of delicious food and great entertainment. The St. Genesius Award, the highest award given by the Board of Directors, was awarded to Mona Klein of Bulverde. Mona has been the Corporate Manager at S.T.A.G.E. for the last 4 years. She has been instrumental in the remodeling of the theater, bringing online ticketing and credit card use to the patrons, and modernizing office programs and procedures. In addition, Mona worked to
Bulverde/Spring Branch Area Chamber of Commerce Recognized For Media and Communications Excellence Grapevine, TX—Local Chambers from across the state of Texas convened Tuesday, June 19, 2018 for the Texas Chamber of Commerce Executives (TCCE) Annual Excellence Awards. The awards honor organizations for exceptional efforts in marketing, communications and media outreach. Awards are judged in seven categories: Outstanding Chamber Map, Outstanding Brochure, Outstanding Magazine or Directory, Excellence