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Top Stories This Week - November 26, 2015

Christmas activities start Friday

The Comanche Chamber of Commerce, along with community volunteers, have announced a big list of holiday events that should kick off this Christmas season in grand fashion.
First, this Friday, November 27, be on the square just before dark and see the Musical Light Show come to life, which will certainly get the 2015 Christmas Season in Comanche County off to a festive start. Take a stroll around the courthouse and listen to the music or stay cozy in your vehicle and tune your radio to 87.9 FM. (Weather permitting, there will also be Christmas Caroling.)
Also this Friday, November 27, be sure to stroll by the Higginbotham Building and see Revitalize Comanche’s Decorated Windows of Christmases Past.

Christmas Lights on the SquareDon’t miss Friday’s musical light show coming to life on the Square just before dark.








Christmas ParadeLighted Christmas Parade begins Saturday at 6:15 pm.

Square to light up with music, Friday evening

Volunteers have been working the last two or three weeks getting all four sides of the Comanche County Courthouse decorated for the musical light show ceremony that is set for this Friday at dark. The show will run throughout the Christmas season.
Each side of the courthouse is decorated with four different themes which include “The Grinch Who Stole Christmas,” “Santa’s Reindeer Stable,” “Winter Wonderland,” and “The Ribbon Tree.”
According to Katy Reynolds, on each side of the courthouse, the Light Show 2015 will have an addition from last year’s show. “On the south Dancing Tree side we area adding two 10-foot tall spiral trees. Each tree has 3,360 lights. The west Whoville side has new color changing light bulbs for the large tree. We have added Charlie Brown, Snoopy, and Linus in between Santa’s Workshop and Whoville to share the real meaning of Christmas. The north Santa’s Workshop side has a lighted ferris wheel with multiple characters riding on it. The east Winter Wonderland side has a 10-foot angel with moving wings. We have also added two snow machines that will run on Friday and Saturday early evenings,” she said.

Six have died locally in line of duty...
Local law enforcement agencies planning police memorial

By Bruce Bradshaw, Chief of Police
Police Officer Memorial Day was established on October 1, 1961 to honor peace officers that lost their lives in the line of duty. Congress asked then president, John F. Kennedy, to designate May 15 in honor of fallen officers. The bill was signed into law on October 1, 1962. The Comanche County area Law Enforcement Agencies are in the process of taking donations for the placement of a Memorial to all the Officers killed in the line of duty from Comanche County.
There have been six Law Enforcement Officers who lost their lives while performing duties for Comanche County.

Sherman SidesSides seeking re-election as Precinct 3 Commissioner

Sherman Sides has announced his candidacy for re-election for Comanche County Commissioner, Precinct 3. Sides made the following announcement:
“I am Sherman Sides and I am seeking re-election to the office of Commissioner Precinct 3. I am a conservative Democrat and will be running in the Democratic Primary. I have enjoyed serving the citizens of Precinct 3 and Comanche County for these past seven years. I will keep doing my best with your tax money at the Courthouse and also striving to improve the roads in my precinct. There is major flood damage to the roads, and it will take time and money for the repairs to be made. The County Commissioners are working closely with FEMA to repair the roads. I will continue to work the Commissioners’ Court and all elected officials to make improvements for Comanche County. I thank you for your past support and I would appreciate your vote in the upcoming election.”

Traffic Detection CameraTraffic detection cameras installed at intersections

TxDOT public information officer, Andrew Carlson, at the Brownwood District office, reported the activity at the intersections on the square involved traffic signal upgrades and routine maintenance.
A contractor’s crew hired by TxDOT was installing new traffic detection cameras which allow the computers that control the traffic lights to “see” when traffic is waiting for a green light, and also which specific lanes the traffic is in. These cameras are not “red light cameras” and they serve no traffic enforcement purpose, and they do not record anything. Carlson added, “Their sole purpose is to detect traffic for the proper operation of the signals.” He said the contractor also performed routine maintenance on several signal heads.

THESE ARE NOT RED LIGHT CAMERAS you saw being installed last week at the intersections at Houston and Central and Austin and Central, but are cameras that allow the computers that control the traffic lights to see when traffic is waiting for a green light.

Patrick AdamsHow did this passion for history begin?

By Bradley Wilkerson
Many Comanche residents and visitors know from the war memorabilia exhibit at the Comanche Community Center during the Veterans Day week celebration that there is a certain man that has a real passion for history and specifically the World War II Pacific Theater. This man is a Comanche High School U.S. History teacher and his name is Patrick Adams. Patrick’s family is from Coleman, Texas and Patrick himself was born and raised in Houston. Patrick graduated from the University of Houston with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Studies Composite. He started teaching in the Pasadena Independent School district as a World History teacher and later moved to World Geography and ESL World Geography. He also developed history curriculum and reviewed curriculum for the district and added GT certification and LPAC certification.
His parents retired to Coleman County where his extended family has lived since the early 1870s. He followed them and began teaching at Coleman High School as a Life Skills teacher, earning his Special Education certification. He then transitioned back to Geography and GT/Honors U.S. History and again developed curriculum for Social Studies. Mr. Adams has now been teaching at Comanche High school for three years.

World War II ArtifactsWorld War II artifacts from CHS U.S. History teacher, Patrick Adams, on display during student-led “U.S. Alive in ‘45” traveling WWII exhibit.

CYC Basketball sign-up underway

Lucus McAliley, Comanche Youth Council president, reminds all parents of boys and girls first grade through sixth grade of the upcoming basketball season.
Registration is now underway and will continue through December 1. A registration form can be found in this week’s Chief. Forms can be turned in at the Chamber of Commerce office or mailed to P.O. Box 153. You can also register online at
McAliley says coaches are still needed. If you are interested, a coaching application can be found on the CYC website.
There will be three leagues each for both boys and girls teams, first and second graders, third and fourth graders, and fifth and sixth graders.

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