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Top Stories This Week - June 23, 2016

Fun-filled weekend in Comanche

If you participated in just part of the many activities around the community held this past weekend, you were busy.
On Monday of last week, the Community Rehab volunteers started working on 12 homes in Comanche, De Leon and Gustine. Two hundred twenty-five volunteers put in a hard week’s work in the blazing sun and accomplished an amazing amount of improvements on these homes.
Last Thursday at the second Jams in June on the square, local vocalist Carissa Cole caressed our ears with her sweet, pure voice and guitar. (This Thursday from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. on the shady side of the courthouse you can hear John Young of Stephenville perform.)

2016 Dairy BreakfastDairy Breakfast Big Success: Comanche County dairy producers served a total of 755 plates which included 100 children plus their teachers from summer school. They cooked 1350 scrambled eggs together with 24 lbs of cheese, 1,400 biscuits and 1,300 sausage patties. They used a total of 18 lbs of butter, served 500 ice cream cups and 300 yoghurts, 40 cantaloupes, 18 lbs of strawberries, and 12 pints of blueberries and squirted 10 large cans of whipping cream on top of the fruit cups. Also, a big 40 lbs block of cheddar cheese was cut up.


4 North Parade Float4 North Event Center took home the grand prize of $250 building off of the “Country Legends” theme and going with one of Texas’ favorite sons Willie Nelson. Even their truck featured Willie Nelson’s iconic braids.




Rodeo Trick RiderTRICK RIDERS DAZZLE CROWD: Pictured is trick rider Sadie Lynn of Weatherford, Texas on her horse “Sundown.” Saturday’s crowd was estimated at over 1,100.

Roger Preston SimmonsHamilton man charged with armed robbery

Identified in a police lineup, Roger Preston Simmons, a 31-year-old white male from Hamilton, has been charged with aggravated robbery after a Monday morning incident at Comanche Pharmacy, 501 N. Austin Street in Comanche.
Shortly after 8:00 a.m. on Monday the pharmacy received a call asking if they had a certain prescription narcotic in stock. Around 8:30 a.m. a man carrying a handgun entered the store and demanded that particular prescription drug.
Pharmacist owner Ben Knudson, wife Pam, and two grandchildren were in the store at the time.
Knudson gave the suspect the drugs and immediately called the police after the robber left the pharmacy.

Thefts in County over weekend

Two thefts occurred in Comanche County this past weekend. One took place at the PAR Country Club and the other in the Chicken Express parking lot in Comanche.
Two golf carts were stolen out of a shed at PAR Country Club. Someone cut a lock and a chain off their storage shed.
There is a surveillance video and the Comanche County Sheriffs Office is investigating.
There may be some leads already developing as our press deadline is approaching.
Around 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, in the Chicken Express parking lot located at 1213 E Central Ave, Comanche, several pieces of landscaping equipment were stolen from Quality Lawn Care.

PEG Penny Auction, June 25

By Nancy Tindol
PEG's annual Penny Auction is this Saturday, June 25. Doors open at the high school at 5:00 p.m., and the auction starts at 6:00 p.m. Concessions are available to buy throughout the night. A list of the items to be auctioned off are in the Chief this week so you can start your wish list. Many new items are in this year’s auction.

Community Rehab Project GroupCommunity Rehab Project wraps up successful week

By Toney Prather
Community Rehab Project 2016 was held successfully during the week of June 12 – 17. More than 225 volunteers completed renovations including painting, roofing, siding, wheelchair ramps, and windows on 12 homes during the week. Other volunteers worked in food preparation, delivery, and other needed positions. Volunteers came from Comanche County and various locations throughout Texas and Oklahoma.
Projects were located in Gustine, Comanche, and De Leon and were completed thanks to dedicated workers dealing with the week’s hot, humid weather.
The materials used in the projects came from private donations and registration fees paid by the volunteers. That’s right - the volunteers paid for the opportunity to work! Each evening, worship time was provided by Justin Moore and Aaron Austin.

Jams in June, Thursday

Comanche is in for a real treat as the Jams in June concert series will feature Jon Young on the Comanche Square June 24 starting at 6:30 p.m.
Texas native, Jon Young from Stephenville is a songwriter that dabbles in multiple genres while maintaining great lyrics and stage presence.
He has recently played at the Whiskey Girl Saloon in Fort Worth, Cafe J in Lubbock and the Boom Town Jam in Ranger, Texas.
Catch some of Jon’s music at and his Facebook page at
This is one Jams in June concert you do not want to miss on the Comanche Square on the 23rd.

Kailei Gaines Rodeo Queen2016 RODEO QUEEN: Kailei Gaines was crowned the Comanche Rodeo Queen at Saturday night’s performance. Terry Barnes presented her with a bouquet of roses. Also pictured are Jodi Daniel Gaines, former queen in 1993 and 1997 and Linda Burton Rippetoe, the first rodeo queen.

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