|Year in review |
Controlled Burn Turns into Brush Fire
A controlled burn in the River Chase subdivision got out of control. Canyon Lake Fire Chief Shawn Wherry said that fires like this concern him during these dry winter months because the dry vegetation turns into "fuel" for these kinds of controlled burns.
Golden Arches Coming to Canyon Lake
Michael Garrett of Midtex Oil confirmed that renovation to the Shell gas station at the intersection of FM 2673 and FM 3159 means that a McDonald's restaurant will be housed in the station's new convenience retail center currently under construction.
Garrett said that it will be a fully functioning McDonald's and eventually, as technology progresses, they would like to provide their customers the ease of making a food order from the fueling islands and have it waiting for them when they are finished fueling.
Free Electricity from PEC
Members of Pedernales Electric Cooperative (PEC) received something special to start the new year. All the electricity they used on New Year's Eve and New Year's Day was courtesy of the regional electric cooperative.
The free electricity was paid for in part by a refund of revenue that the Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA) overcollected from PEC members.
Local Soldier Assists in Fallujah Sweep
Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Caesar Gonzales, son of Amalia M. and Jesse Gonzales of New Braunfels, and more than 2,100 Marines and Sailors assigned to the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit recently joined the 15,000 service member sweep of Fallujah to ensure the security and stability in the cities of Kandari and Nasar Wa Salam, Iraq.
Thousands of Trout Move to the Guadalupe River
Fishermen were anxiously waiting for a truckload of trout from the San Marcos fishery to be dumped into the Guadalupe River just below the dam on South Access Road.
Because cold water is necessary for trout to survive, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department officials waited to restock the river while the recent temperature increased. Now with the water levels in Canyon Lake almost at normal, TPWD has decided to restock the river with more than 2,000 trout.
Three Canyon High School Students Go to NASA
Science, rockets, math and space led Canyon High School juniors Stef Paramoure, Lauren Hamilton and Will Hutchison to apply to this year's NASA High School Aerospace Scholar Program. The three scholars must complete 12 NASA lessons on the Internet before April, when they could be selected to attend a week-long, all-expenses-paid workshop at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston.
Times Guardian Receives Award
The Canyon Lake Chamber of Commerce named the Canyon Lake Times Guardian as its Business Member of Year at the organization's annual awards banquet at the Outback Hall. Owner and Publisher Don Johnson and Sales Manager Patti Kosters accepted the award from outgoing Chamber President Jeanne Slupik.
Burglars Take Cash, Meat, and Cigarettes
Super S Foods in Startzville was broken into last Monday morning. According to Alan Buxkemper, spokesperson for the grocery chain, the burglars used a cutting torch to cut through the metal receiving doors and entered the building.
Thieves stole meat and cigarettes and used the cutting torch to break into the ATM located at the front of the store. They made off with an undetermined amount of money.
Mountain Valley Says "No Bullies Allowed"
Bullying at school of some kind is common across the nation, but at Mountain Valley School, administrators are creating awareness to prevent such behavior by launching a series of "no bullying" seminars.
Principal Denise Kern said that there is no bully problem at the school, but wants to proactively educate students to maintain a safe environment.
Non-profit organizations discuss plans for acreage
A 13-acre plot next to the Community Resource and Recreation Center (CRRC) on South Access Road were under discussion for use by area non-profits.
The Corps of Engineers currently leases the acreage to Comal County, which wants to sublet the property to help community organizations bring more activities to the Canyon Lake Area.
Chairman of the advisory committee Jay Lewis said that the project is a long range plan that would initially result in new softball fields, a pavilion with an activities building, and a garden area with indigenous plant life.
SWAT aids in standoff
Comal County Sheriff's Office SWAT team members responded to a deputy's call for assistance at a residence in the Cypress Cove subdivision after neighbors reported a suspicious vehicle parked at a residence that was supposed to be empty.
When SWAT members could not establish communication with anyone inside the home for over two hours, they entered the building and arrested a 31-year-old man. He was charged with burglary of a habitation and unauthorized use of the motor vehicle, which had been reported as stolen in San Antonio a week earlier.
Canyon Lake mourns its first Iraq War casualty
Family and friends at Canyon Lake were shocked to hear of the death of Lance Cpl. Tony Leigh Hernandez, who was one of the Marines on the CH-53E Super Stallion that went down in Iraq last Wednesday, killing 31 soldiers.
Hernandez, 22, was a 2001 graduate of Smithson Valley High School where he was a member of the Navy ROTC. He joined the USMC in 2002 and was crew chief on the transport which was carrying soldiers from the lst Marine Division. According to military sources, the helicopter was conducting security operations near the Jordanian border when it went down near Rutbah, 220 miles west of Baghdad.
Commissioners discuss SOB's
Comal County commissioners and District Attorney Dib Waldrip considered the wording of regulations governing sexually-oriented businesses in the county. Waldrip warned county officials that certain language may not be sufficient to avoid court challenges by SOBs in the county. Current regulations require that sexually-oriented businesses be located at least 2,500 feet from churches and schools, and that the minimum employment age at an SOB must be 21.
Officials postponed making a decision to approve the regulations for two weeks, in order to review the wording.
TPWD sinks fish habitats in Canyon Lake
About 500 fish habitats were sunk in Canyon Lake by staff and volunteers from Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, Water Oriented Recreation District, and several other fishing groups in an effort to improve fishing around the lake.
The fish habitats are scientifically designed and GPS instruments were used to record the coordinates for the habitats since the fish in Canyon Lake are particular about where they "hang out." A spokesperson for WORD said that because the lake is so deep, temperature levels can vary dramatically. Fish like bass and crappie don't like the change in temperature and like to stay in an area where the temperature is consistent.
Investigators find evidence of arson
A fire at a construction site was unanimously ruled as arson by investigators at the scene near Comal Park in Startzville. On Jan. 31, an employee of Cajun Contractors arrived at the construction site and found the mobile office trailer engulfed in flames. Cajun was hired by Guadalupe Blanco River Authority (GBRA) to build a water pumping station as part of their Western Canyon Treatment Water Supply Project, which has been a controversial project with some of the Canyon Lake community.
Two days after the fire, officials at GBRA in Seguin received a letter with a San Antonio postmark identifying a local grassroots organization that is opposed to the pumping station as being responsible for setting the fire. Because the property belongs to the U.S. Corps of Engineers, it is standard procedure to have the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco & Firearms come in to investigate. The FBI was also part of the investigation
Two Rangers inked to football scholarships
Smithson Valley football stars Calvin Gore and Joe Pawelek signed letters of intent on national signing day. Gore signed to play football with Texas State, and Pawelek signed with Baylor to play football and baseball. Both were named to the Class 5A all-state football team this year.
Shanty doors shot out
The front door of The Shanty was shot out Saturday night. Comal County Sheriff's deputies dispatched to the bar at the corner of FM 2673 and FM 306 believe the front door glass had been shattered by a pellet gun.
Sparks ignite 30-acre blaze
Low humidity and a steady breeze quickly spread a fire on Muse Drive in Mystic Shores Monday. Construction workers were cutting rebar with a friction disk cutter when the sparks ignited the brush nearby.
Firefighters were on the scene for almost four hours tending to hot spots. Volunteer fire departments from Spring Branch, Bulverde and North Hays County came to assist Canyon Lake Fire/EMS with the blaze.
School buses at Rebecca Creek Elementary School were held for a short time after school because of concerns about buses driving in the subdivision.
Ace Hardware opening
The Canyon Lake Ace Hardware store on FM 2673 in Sattler invites the community to join them for their grand opening on Feb. 19. Featured for the opening is the Ace Hardware bag that gives customers 20 percent off anything that fits in the bag.
Berkman surprises Rahe Bulverde students
Houston Astros All-Star outfielder and Canyon High School graduate Lance Berkman surprised third and fourth graders at Rahe Bulverde Elementary this month when he made a guest appearance during their TAKS pep rally. Berkman told students about the importance of working hard, practicing, and studying to be successful.
TXDOT proposes 281 tollway
The Texas Department of Transportation brought out plans to rebuild US Highway 281 from Stone Oak Parkway to the Comal/Blanco county line as a tollway at a meeting held at the Guadalupe Valley Telecommunications Cooperative (GVTC) auditorium last week. More than 300 area residents viewed large-scale schematics of a proposed toll road infrastructure originating at Stone Oak Parkway in San Antonio.
Brush fire claims more than 50 acres
A controlled burn took a turn for the worse when the wind shifted directions and spread the fire over 50 acres at Demi John Ranch. According to the owner, Eloy Garcia, the heavy rainfall from September through November caused debris from the river to back up onto his property. He was able to remove the larger debris, but the small twigs and mulch were harder to clear, prompting him to start the burn. The weather conditions were ideal for keeping the burn under control, but when the wind began to change directions, it started to spread the fire. Garcia alerted the Spring Branch Volunteer Fire Department, which in turn called Canyon Lake Fire/EMS for backup. The fire was contained by firefighters.
Leist headed to Washington
Smithson Valley High School junior Cory Leist is one of seven Texas students selected to represent the state at this summer's Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation's Children's Conference in Washington, D.C.
Leist is one of 150 students selected from across the country to attend the Congress. He and fellow delegates will meet with Washington law-makers to help them "put a face" on diabetes and the need for a cure.
KIDFISH offers family quality time
KIDFISH organizers prepare for hundreds of children to line the banks of the Guadalupe River for their annual children's fishing event this weekend. Bait, tackle, and loaner rods are provided. The river will be stocked prior to the event to assure fun for all participants. Prizes are awarded in three age divisions, with winners advancing to the 2005 KIDFISH Classic, with a top prize of a $1,000 savings bond for the child.
Crash victims airlifted to hospital
Failure to control speed was determined to be the cause of a car accident in Sattler. A white Volvo driven by a San Marcos resident was traveling eastbound on FM 2673 through Sattler at a high rate of speed. As the Volvo traveled through the intersection at River Road, it came upon another vehicle making a right turn. Because of the high speed, the Volvo's driver did not have time to brake and instead veered to the left to avoid rear-ending the vehicle. This caused the driver of the Volvo to lose control and cut across the highway into the path of a pick-up truck driven by a Canyon Lake resident.
The passenger side of the Volvo took the brunt of the impact and emergency personnel had to cut off the top of the Volvo to get to the driver and his passenger, a woman from Canyon Lake. Both were airlifted to University Hospital in San Antonio, with the woman in critical condition. The driver of the Volvo died from his injuries.
CISD struggles with growing pains
The population in the Comal Independent School District has doubled in the last 14 years, with enrollments just over 12,500. The school board formed a 35-person Strategic Planning Committee to begin researching and analyzing information about future growth in the district. The committee members will study campus boundaries, current grade arrangements to maximize campus capacities, forecast and plan for enrollment growth, make recommendations for instructional arrangements for the new Canyon Lake High School and technology upgrades. Those suggestions from the committee will be presented to the school board in May.
SVMS Principal earns state award
Richard Kreiner, assistant principal at Smithson Valley Middle School, is the Texas Association of Secondary School Principals Region 13 Assistant Principal of the Year. The award recognizes his leadership at the middle school level.
Casteel files HB 2305 for farmers and ranchers
Representative Carter Casteel has filed legislation to give cities an alternative when seeking to annex farm and ranch land. House Bill 2305 allows cities to offer landowners of agricultural or wildlife management areas a development agreement instead of immediate annexation of the land.
Local residents among Red Coats on the Hill
More than 20 Republican women leaders from across the country made their voices heard at the U.S. Capitol on March 10 when they participated in the National Federation of Republican Women's Biennial Legislative Day. Local attendees were Jan Kennady, Lisa Roper, Patti Johnson, and Belinda Frisk. Dressed in the traditional garb of red jackets, the "red coats" were welcomed to Capitol Hill and briefed on social security and a variety of other congressional issues by U.S. Senators.
SVHS students design bridges for scholarships
Smithson Valley High School students Sawyer Croley, Jonathan Smartt, Raul Roberts, and Chris Oliver competed this year in West Point's Bridge Design Software contest and made it to the semifinal round. They, along with fellow student Kyle Jackson, made up three of the 89 semifinal qualifiers out of 13,000 initial teams. The competition included the design of a bridge based on the site, metals, dimension, and other variables.
Munoz no-hitter leads top-ranked Rangers
Smithson Valley softball pitching ace Taryn Munoz led the Rangers to a 2-0 victory over MacArthur by throwing an impressive no-hitter. Munoz is one of the top high school pitching prospects in the state.
Reward offered to find arsonist
A $2,000 reward is being offered by Crime Stoppers for information leading to the arrest and grand jury indictment of the person(s) responsible for the arson fire that destroyed a construction trailer owned by Cajun Contractors on Jan. 31. Deputy Fire Marshal Wayne Ellington and Marshal Littleton with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco & Firearms have completed their investigations into the cause of the blaze that destroyed the trailer. Investigators unanimously agree that the fire was intentionally set.
CLLL holds opening ceremonies
Canyon Lake Little League will be holding its opening ceremonies on Saturday at the Hidden Valley Sports Park. The league will dedicate the new fields during the ceremony, recognizing all of those who helped to make the new sports complex a reality. CLLL will recognize the many businesses and individuals who contributed to the opening of the new baseball/softball complex.
Canyon Lake student wins study abroad contest
Photography taken by Texas Lutheran University students returning from studying abroad or international mission trips are part of the third annual Study Abroad Photo contest and Show. Senior Jason Chesnut's photo, "Un Momento de Paz" (A Moment of Peace) won first place and the people's choice award in the People and Animals category. Chesnut, who is from Canyon Lake, took the photo during a campus ministry-sponsored mission trip to Honduras during spring break this year.
CROPwalkers make a world of difference
Nearly 300 people and pets, including the Canyon Lake Animal Shelter Society, showed their concern for world and local hunger issues by raising sponsorships and other funds for the fourth annual Canyon Lake Church World Service/Communities Reaching Out to People WALK. Early tabulations indicated that this was one of the biggest and best CROPwalks ever!
Partial solar eclipse visible
On April 8 the moon takes a bite out of the sun, producing a partial solar eclipse over our part of the world. For most of Texas, the eclipse begins after 4 p.m. and ends by 6 p.m. During the maximum eclipse around 5 p.m., about 20 percent of the sun will be eclipsed.
Fire destroys home by Potter's Creek
According to Deputy Fire Marshal Wayne Ellington, the structure by Potter's Creek Park was about 60 percent engulfed in flames when firefighters arrive on the scene. Firefighters battled the blaze for several hours but the home could not be saved. Losses amount to about $180,000.
Another home on Glenn Drive was a total loss from a fire that may have started from a faulty electrical plug near the kitchen. Damages to the burned mobile home were estimated to be about $70,000.
Students hospitalized after collision
According to DPS Cpl. Rich Alvarez, a 16-year-old Bulverde youth and his passenger were taken by AirLife to University Hospital after his Toyota Celica was struck by a Dodge Dually. Alvarez said that the youth misjudged the distance of the truck that was traveling on Smithson Valley Road as he was pulling out of Smithson Valley High School. EMS cut the youth out of the Celica and fought knee-deep grass and rocks uphill to deliver him to AirLife. There were no injuries to the driver of the truck and both the youth and his passenger are expected to recover.
Wine & Wildflower Trail event approaches
Over the last two weekends in April, 16 wineries will offer a tasting of wines borne from the same soil as wildflowers. Good food, new vintage tasting, music, art exhibits, wine seminars and even a hayride are planned for this special event.
Accident sends couple to hospital
An accident at the intersection of FM 3159 and FM 311 sent an elderly couple to University Hospital. Master Sgt. Tim Hardin with the U.S. Air Force, who witnessed the accident, used a crowbar to pry open the door on one of the vehicles. The couple was flown by AirLife to University Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
Cat impaled with arrow
A resident in the 10800 block of Rebecca Creek Road was outside feeding her cats when she discovered to her horror that one of her pets has been shot with an arrow. She took the cat to her veterinarian, who determined that the cat should be euthanized due to its extensive internal injuries. Comal County Sheriff's Deputies are investigating.
Rummage sale approaches
All Canyon Lake area individuals, organizations or groups are invited to participate in the "Mammoth Lake-Wide Rummage Sale." Participants' sales will be indicated on a special map along with a listing of their sale items.
Canyon Lake Levels Return to Normal
With combined help from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Mother Nature, the water level in Canyon Lake has returned to normal at about 909.15 above mean sea level. With the lake elevation near 909 feet, the flow into the Guadalupe River was reduced to about 180 cfs so that contractors working to clean up the river bed can begin work.
Easter weekend events at the lake and on the Guadalupe River have been curtailed because of the recent heavy rains that had increased the lake's level to almost 914 feet.
SVHS Teams Win District Titles
The Smithson Valley boys' golf team captured the District 27-5A golf title with an overall score of 611, while the Rangers' second team finished as the runner-up with a 650 tally.
Cervin will not step down
Despite a public outcry from her District 5 constituents, a TEA investigation and a censure from her peers, school board trustee Rose Cervin holds fast to her seat and said she will not step down.
Cervin had an extensive interview with the Times Guardian and said that she will not talk negatively about her peers, school Superintendent Nancy Fuller, or the district because it would only add fuel to the fire raging about her position on the board.
Chamber hosts 7th Annual BBQ Cook-Off
The Canyon Lake Chamber of Commerce was able to raise almost $20,000 from its annual barbecue cook-off at the Rio Raft Co. on River Road. Competition among 36 cooking teams uncovered some prize-winning barbecue and made the cook-off a huge success.
ASE recognized by Canyon High computer class
A.S. Electronics in New Braunfels, and its owner, Sharon Anderson, were recently honored by the Canyon High computer science department for their unselfish support of student interns like Josh Manning.
Manning has spent this semester doing computer repairs, upgrades and building new systems at ASE. He spent about 12-15 hours per week at the business and plans to continue to dabble in computers part-time while he attends college.
Partnership revives old saloon
The old Hancock Saloon on the north side of Canyon Lake on FM 306 sat empty for five years until it was purchased last February by GEX Development. The new owners changed the name of the corner to Canyon Park Plaza, and they plan on making the highest and best use of this prime property overlooking the lake.
Community Thanks Cops
"Flash your lights when you pass a sheriff's car," said President of the Comal County Citizen's Sheriff Academy Alumni Scott Watson. Watson announced that the group, formed in 2003 to support the Sheriff's Office will observe and celebrate Law Enforcement Week in May.
Trotter named SVHS principal
Chris Trotter, principal of Creekview High School in the Carollton-Farmers Branch ISD in the Dallas area, is the new principal of Smithson Valley High School. He was recommended by Superintendent Nancy Fuller and approved by the school board.
Bulverde Mayor Resigns
Mayor Bill Cole submitted his resignation last week citing ill health as the reason. He said it had been a privilege and honor to serve as Bulverde's mayor and praised the city staff for their excellence and thanked the current city council for their integrity and honesty.
Baker, Homes unseat CISD Incumbents
Frank Baker and Donna Homes will serve three-year terms on the Comal Independent School District school board after unseating incumbents Mark Smith and John Bertelsen.
Miss River Fest 2005
Crystal Golden was crowned Miss River Fest 2005 at the Dam Red Barn on Saturday. The event benefited freedom on Texas rivets an urged stopping privatization of a natural resource.
Cabin fire ruled arson
Deputy Fire Marshal Wayne Ellington said a fire to cabin #5 at Mountain Breeze Campground was determined to be intentionally set using an accelerant. Paul Rich, owner of the campground said the lodgers had reserved cabin #5 since January and that about a year ago a male had passed away in the cabin. The motorcycle that was propped up against the cabin was also burned along with the building. It appeared that the fire may have been some type of Viking funeral rite. Ellington said that the investigation would continue even though a suspect had been named.
Drugg named Rec Center director
It takes a lot of energy to keep up with the community's growing interest in the CRRC on South Access Road, and Kristi Drugg is just the kind of person who can keep in step. CRRC Executive Director Eleanor Preston said that Drugg stood out as a candidate because she has good business sense and shares the same vision that the CRRC has for the recreation center. She added that Drugg's positive personality enhances the experience people have when they visit the center. Drugg began as the director on May 1.
Crawford appointed interim superintendent
In a 4-1 vote Saturday the CISD school board appointed Dr. Marvin Crawford as its interim superintendent. Nancy Fuller, the current superintendent, announced her retirement effective the end of June and will help Crawford make the transition.
Structure fire causes $7,000 in damages
Canyon Lake Fire/EMS responded to a fire in the 100 block of Chapman Parkway and arrived to find flames in multiple areas of a manufactured home. Fire investigators are pursuing a lead in the case and are hopeful that this will result in an arrest of the person(s) responsible for setting the blaze.
Goodson, O'Connor earn commendations
Bulverde Chief of Police Royce Goodson and Lt. Donna O'Connor were awarded a certificate and ribbon for Meritorious Service. They are credited with saving countless lives and personal property by creating a "rolling roadblock" that led to the apprehension of a man who was driving recklessly at a high rate of speed through several counties in our area.
VFW Post 8800 holds Memorial Day service
Memorial Day is a very special day to remember, honor and commemorate those gallant men and women who fought and died in defense of our freedom, and to honor those who survived the many American wars. The VFW Post 8800 in Startzville will hold a service on May 30 to honor and remember, with gratitude, all veterans who paid the supreme sacrifice.
CISD graduates 800
Comal Independent School District is graduating more than 800 seniors this year. Between Canyon and Smithson Valley High schools, seniors received more that $4.3 million in college and local scholarships. About $168,000 of that total comes from local organizations, companies and associations.
Memorial Day weekend kicks off summer tourism
Vehicles snaked down FM 306 for almost two miles from the intersection at FM 2673. Coming down the hill, just past Purgatory Road, traffic bottle-necked at the information rest area as tourist lined the roadway with cars and RV's, hauling boats, jet-skis and campers. The Guadalupe River was congested as well with tubers and rafters taking a much anticipated dip in the cold water.
Holiday weekend keeps crews on alert
Texas DPS troopers and many other police agencies are increasing patrols over the holiday weekend to stop drunk drivers, speeders and seat belt violations.
Students outperform peers on TAKS test
CISD students continue to outperform their peers at the regional and state levels on the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills test. Preliminary TAKS scores were recently released by the TEA on exams that were more rigorous, included large numbers of special education students taking the test for the first time, and had higher mastery standards.
SVHS tech students win 22 awards
The Technology Student Association students at Smithson Valley High School earned 22 Best in State awards, 60 first-place blue ribbons, 44 second-place ribbons and 46 third-place awards. Several students earned multiple Best in State awards.
Bill Brown students perform on KLRN-TV
Bill Brown Elementary's first Performing Arts Celebration Day was a huge hit as students and teachers performed as actors, dancers, and musicians. The day concluded with a school concert that included a pianist, a sing-along, and the Canyon Middle School Topcats dance team. KLRN-TV's "Cat Paws" show was on hand to film students for a future episode on the popular show. Kortnee Lamarre, the school's music and theatre teacher, coordinated the special day.
Former mayor of Bulverde dies
William (Bill) Cole, Jr., 60, resident of Bulverde dies on June 4 with his beloved wife at his bedside at home. Cole served as the Mayor of the City of Bulverde from Nov 2002 until May 2005. He contributed significantly to the formation of the Bulverde Police Department and he was instrumental in the development of several major ordinances, including the subdivision, building, and dark sky ordinances.
Petition to incorporate Startzville filed
A petition containing 62 signatures to bring the incorporation of the Startzville community at Canyon Lake to a vote was handed over to Comal County Judge Danny Scheel on Monday. The petition was spearheaded by William (Buckeye) Woolley, proprietor of Buckeye's Ice House in Startzville.
Attorney for Woolley, Paul Swearingen, said that residents wanted to incorporate to protect the identity of the Startzville area and to prevent annexation attempts by San Antonio. Some residents feel that the petition is pushing the community too fast into a decision that requires extensive research and planning.
Smithson Valley Baseball loses in state final
The Smithson Valley baseball team came up just one game short, losing 5-2 in the state final to Rockwall. The Rangers finished the year with a 28-8 record and finished second in District 26-5A and second in the state Class 5A Tournament.
Ace pitcher Kendall Volz was named to the all-state team.
Lake Canyon Yacht Club hosts national regatta
Local sailor performed well in the 2005 Catlina-22 National Championship held at Canyon Lake, according to regatta chairman Bob Gross. Gross was one of many who competed in the five-day event, which raised money for the Canyon Lake Youth Sailing Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to introducing kids to the sport of sailing who would not typically have access.
CHS freshman wins car for perfect attendance
Bobby DeLong, a freshman at Canyon High, was the winner of a 1998 Ford Escort from Bluebonnet Ford in the school's perfect attendance incentive program. His name was drawn from all of the students who had perfect attendance this year. Texas Highways tabs Guadalupe River State Park
Texas Highways readers know they can count on the magazine to recommend cool places to go year around, but in July, most tourists are looking for a place chill out, literally. The cover story, "Idyll Pleasures on the Guadalupe" is about Guadalupe River State Park, near Boerne, where magnificent limestone cliffs trace the river's path as it sluices, gurgles, and cascades in cool, clear emerald splendor.
Arrive early to enjoy annual parade
The 15th Annual Startzville Memorial VFW Post 8800 Fourth of July parade begins at 11 a.m. on Monday, and parade organizers are encouraging the public to be in place along the FM 2673 parade route early so they won't get blocked out by street closings.
Adding to this year's festivities is a flyover at the parade's beginning by up to four World War II-styled aircraft from the Commemorative Air Force out of San Marcos.
Awards for the floats and businesses will be presented by Post Commander Tom Kilpatrick at the Post 8800 on FM 2673, at a barbeque meal that is open to the public following the close of the parade.
Parker calls for review of eminent domain
Comal County Commissioner Gregory Parker, of Precinct 3, is calling on city, county and state officials to revisit the eminent domain laws in light of the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision giving wide latitude for cities, counties, and other governments with eminent domain authority to seize private property.
Compiled by staff writer Crystal Gottfried
See part 2 of the Year In Review in next week's Times Guardian!
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