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Top Stories This Week - July 30, 2015

Comanche 4-H Junior Rodeo Friday and Saturday

By Rachel Hilliard
It's time again for the Comanche 4-H Junior Rodeo! Come out to the Comanche Arena on July 31 and August 1– this Friday and Saturday night– starting at 7:00 pm, for all the action!
We will kick things off with bull riding and wind up with roping on both nights. Throw in some barrel racing, pole bending, goat tying and a flag race, and it will be loads of fun! Tommy Green is our stock contractor again this year, and he is sure to bring some great animal athletes.
If you love the Mutton Bustin’ it will be Saturday night only, starting a little early at 6:30 pm!
There will be event buckles given to the winner in each age group, and there will also be all-around cowboy and cowgirl buckles and high point boy and girl awards in each age group. We will also have a youngest rider award each night.
On Friday night we will have the last rides from 2014 Miss Rodeo Comanche, Lizzy Stewart, and princess, Whitnie Tabor Ratliff. Later they will crown the 2015 winners!
Don’t miss Mackenna Carr singing the National Anthem! There is something for everyone. Don't miss it! Y'all come! Adult tickets are $5, kids under 12 are $3, and kids under 6 are free. We will also have a great concession stand. So come out, bring the whole family, and make a night of it!

Calf RopingDON’T MISS THE CALF ROPING on both Friday and Saturday nights at the Comanche 4-H Junior Rodeo.

Police warn citizens of counterfeit bills

Comanche County citizens need to be aware of counterfeit money that has been detected in the City of Comanche.
Reports are of counterfeit money being passed at convenience stores over the past several days. Counterfeit bills have turned up in denominations of $5, $10, $20 $50 and $100.
Comanche Police Chief Bruce Bradshaw said the person or persons are convicted, it is a third degree felony. This can mean jail time up to ten years or no less than two. A fine can be levied up to $10,000.
Counterfeit bill production and passing it will be reported to the Secret Service of the U.S. Treasury Department. Federal charges can also handed down to the perpetrators.

Pat & Trellise BrennanBRENNAN WINES WIN TWO DOUBLE GOLD MEDALS: Out of 6,417 wine entries from 28 states entered in the most prestigious wine competition in the U.S., the 2015 San Francisco International Wine Competition, Brennan Vineyards was the only Texas winery, ever, to win two Double Golds in a single year using Texas fruit. Pat and Trellise Brennan are pictured in front of their winery on South Austin Street with the winning wines, Brennan Vineyards Tempranillo 2013 and Mourvedre Dry Rose 2014. The Mourvedre grapes were from the Newburg Vineyard and sixty percent of the Tempranillo grapes came from the Newburg Vineyard with forty percent from a Cross Plains vineyard. Earlier this year, the Rose won a “Chairman’s Award” at the Riverside (CA) Wine Competition. With 30 acres of grapes, Brennan Vineyards grow 10 varieties of grapes: Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Mourvedre, Muscat of Alexandria, Nerod’Avola, Ruby Cabernet, Syrah, Semillon, Tempranillo, and Viognier. The San Francisco International Wine Competition included five categories of wine: sparkling, white, pink, red, and dessert.


101st Annual Peach & Melon Festival opens Tuesday

The 101st De Leon Peach & Melon Festival will kick off next Tuesday, August 4 and run through Saturday, August 8.
Many events are scheduled for a fun-filled week.
The gates to the Festival grounds will open each day at 5:00 p.m.
On August 4, the De Leon Study Club, as the club has done for many years, will host the Queen Candidates’ Tea at 3:00 p.m. At 7:00 p.m. Little Miss De Leon will be selected, and at 9:30 the P&M Queen will be named.
Wednesday is a full day with the judging of the cakes, peach desserts, and melon and fruit entries starting at 11:00 a.m. The Street Parade is set for 7:00 p.m. At 8:30 a Kids Tractor Pull is scheduled. A melon and cake auction will start at 9:00 p.m. at the Festival stage.
On Thursday, for you music lovers, Tommy Hooker, Jake Hooker, and Juston Trevino will be performing starting at 9:00 p.m.
On Friday, the roaring of tractors will begin when the ever popular Tractor Pull starts at 7:30 p.m. At 9:00, be entertained by the Los Pasajeros.

Grand Jury returns thirty-seven indictments

Brenda Dickey, District Clerk, was presented with the following indictments returned by the Comanche County Grand Jury on July 24, 2015:
* Thomas Dewayne Boyd, Jr., Dublin, unauthorized use of motor vehicle
* Clinton James Easter, Cisco, theft of cattle
* Shawni Lee Hargraves, Clyde, theft, State jail
* Fabian Hernandez, De Leon, unauthorized use of motor vehicle
* Francisco Hernandez, Eastland, AGG assault with deadly weapon, 2nd degree
* Taryn Jade Newby, Comanche, prohibited substance in correctional facility, 3rd degree
* Lydel Justin Parr, De Leon, AGG assault public servant, 1st degree
* Phillip Wayne Perez, Gorman, DWI 3rd or more, 3rd degree

CNB hosting Friday hamburger lunch benefiting school students

There is a special need in Comanche County schools that is much greater than many of us may realize. Between 60 to 70 percent of our school-age young people are in need of monetary assistance in order to be ready for the first day of school scheduled for Monday, August 24.
Comanche National Bank is sponsoring a Hamburger Lunch by donation to raise funds for all of our county youth who will need school supplies, school clothes, new shoes and backpacks before the first day of the 2015-2016 school year. The lunch is set for Friday, July 31 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the Comanche National Bank parking lot. County schools include youth who attend Comanche ISD, De Leon ISD, Gustine ISD, or Sidney ISD.

Comanche football two-a-days start Monday, August 3

Comanche ISD athletic director, Stephen Hermes-meyer, has announced Comanche Indian football two-a-day workouts will begin on Monday, August 3. Coach Hermesmeyer says he hopes to have around 62 high school athletes report. “We would like to field three teams if we get a few more to report.”
Workouts will be in two sessions, the first from 7:00 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. followed by a 20-minute break. The second session starts at 8:50 a.m. and ends around 11:00 a.m.
Coach Hermesmeyer says the public is welcome to watch workouts. The first day of pads will be Friday, August 7.

The OttenbeigsGerman family, recent Allen house guests

By Nancy Wilkerson
A young couple from Bonn, Germany, a city located along the banks of the Rhine River, Reiner and Stefanie Ottenbeig, and their blond, blue-eyed children, seven-year-old Carla and two-year-old Ben, visited their Comanche friends, retirees Joe and Doni Allen last week. The Allens are retirees who have lived in their lakefront home in the Mercer Preserve on Lake Comanche since 2006.
Before Doni retired, she was a public school teacher in Crane, and it was there that she and Stefanie became friends. Stefani was a 16-year-old German exchange student who served as Doni’s lab assistance in 1994-1995.
Reiner works for a large telecom company, Deutsche Telekom headquartered in Bonn. Stefanie and Reiner met at Telekom where she had worked for 15 years before they married. Not surprisingly, they got married in a castle in Germany, a country with many castles, especially along the Rhine River.

FRIENDS FROM GERMANY VISIT COMANCHE: Joe and Doni Allen of Comanche had as their houseguests last week the Ottenbeigs from Bonn, Germany. Doni, left, is pictured with Reiner and Stefanie Ottenbeig and their children, Ben and Carla.

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