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Top Stories This Week - August 18, 2016

Preserving Comanche County history
Old Cora receives ten interpretative plaques

On Wednesday, August 10, new interpretive plaques were installed at Old Cora. Comanche County provided funding for the plaques and installed them.
These are reprints of the original plaques which were created by James Patrick, AIA, in 1984 to provide on-site interpretation of the building. Patrick, an historical architect, did extensive research on the original townsite of Old Cora and on the cabin itself when Comanche County reacquired the historic cabin in 1983. The Old Cora Commission relocated it to its present site on the square.
Special thanks to the following: Judge James Robert Arthur and County Commissioners, Corky Underwood, Russell Gillette, Sherman Sides, and Jimmy Dale Johnson for providing funding for the plaques; Clint Seider and Roy Diaz from Precinct 1 and Commissioner Underwood, for installation; Kyle Riley from Riley Studio for graphic posters; and Margaret Dudley.

Old Cora Project GroupAFTER 32 YEARS, the original interpretive plaques created by James Patrick, AIA were reprinted, framed, and re-mounted on the outside walls of Old Cora Courthouse last Wednesday, August 10. Pictured are the individuals who had a part in the project. They are, from left, County Judge James R. Arthur, Roy Diaz and Clint Seider, both from Precinct 1, Margaret Dudley with the Old Cora Commission, County Commissioner Corky Underwood, and Kyle Riley of Riley Studios.





Old Cora PlaquesNEW OLD CORA COURTHOUSE INTERPRETIVE PLAQUES were mounted last week, replacing the original ones which had deteriorated over the past 32 years. Pictured are Clint Seider from County Precinct 1 and Margaret Dudley, with the Old Cora Commission.

Frank Ben SmithOut-of-state fugitive caught in DeLeon

On August 13 a warning went out to the City of DeLeon and surrounding area in regards to a fugitive from Missouri facing charges of sexual abuse. Shortly after this warning was released DeLeon citizens and the police department were on the lookout for the fugitive identified as Frank Ben Smith, 55, of Carthage, Missouri.
According to the City of DeLeon Facebook page, he was spotted August 13 by the railroad tracks near the baseball fields in DeLeon. Smith ran from an officer and entered some thick brush to lose the officer. Smith ended up shirtless and identified as wearing blue shorts.
DeLeon Police Officer Allan Wendt later found the suspect and placed him under arrest on the DeLeon Festival Grounds around 4:00 p.m., August 14. Citizen’s tips proved to be very helpful in locating the wanted fugitive Frank Ben Smith. Comanche County Sheriff’s Office and Texas Department of Public Safety also assisted in the arrest.

School year opens next week for all Comanche County students

Comanche County public school students will be returning to classes for the 2016-2017 school year next Monday, August 22, and Wednesday, August 24.
Below are specific times and instructions for all of the area schools:
Comanche ISD
The Comanche ISD will begin classes on Monday, August 22. The facilities will not open until 7:10 am. If parents have special circumstances that require their children to be dropped off before this time, they are encouraged to contact their school to make arrangements.
Comanche Early Childhood Center
Headstart and Early Headstart students will attend classes at the Highland Street campus. For the first two weeks of school, all classes will be a half day, from 7:30 am to 12:00 pm. After two weeks, Early Headstart classes will be from 7:30 am to 2:30 pm, and Headstart classes will be from 7:30 am to 2:45 pm.
Comanche Elementary
Comanche Elementary students (Pre-K through 5th grade) will start classes on August 22, with the first bell ringing at 7:55 am.
There will now be three dismissal times for the Elementary. Pre-K through 1st grade will dismiss at 3:10 pm, 2nd and 3rd grade will dismiss at 3:25 pm, and 4th and 5th grade will dismiss at 3:35 pm. The route to drop off and pick up students will remain the same as last year.
Comanche Junior High
H. R. Jefferies Junior High is eagerly awaiting the arrival of the 6th, 7th, and 8th graders on Monday, August 22. The bell rings at 7:55 am, with the tardy bell ringing at 8:00 am. Dismissal is at 3:40 pm.
Parents, please drop-off and pick-up your student on the west side of the Junior High building.
Comanche High School
Comanche High School first bell will be at 7:55 am on Monday, August 22. Classes will dismiss at 3:45 pm.
Students who drive their vehicles to school will be required to display their parking permit.
Sidney ISD
Sidney ISD will begin the new year on Monday, August 22, with the the bell ringing at 8:00 am, and classes dismissing at 3:30 pm. A bus route will be running to Comanche.
Gustine ISD
School starts on Wednesday, August 24, with classes beginning at 7:45 am. Dismissal will be at 3:38 pm.
There will be a Meet the Teacher for all classes on Monday, August 22 from 6:00-7:00 pm at the school. There will also be a Meet the Tigers on August 22 at 7:00 pm at the Pavilion.
Premier of Comanche
School will begin on Monday, August 22, at 8:00 am. The school buildings will open at 7:30 a.m. Classes will dismiss at 2:30 pm daily, will optional tutorial classes running from 2:30-3:00 pm. Staff will remain until 3:30 pm.
There will be an Open House on Thursday, August 18 at 6:30 pm. New students are encouraged to bring all their records so that they can be registered before classes start.

CISD PersonnelComanche Independent School District 2016-2017 Personnel

Misleading report leads law enforcement on wild goose chase

On August 12 a report of a one vehicle rollover on Texas Highway 36 towards Gustine came into Comanche County dispatch. So this lead to several Texas Department of Safety patrol vehicles, EMT and other county law enforcement in search of the wreck. Soon several law enforcement vehicles were driving all around county roads of off Hwy 36 searching for this so-called wreck which was never found. And the reason behind this was that the caller was mistaken.
Comanche County Sheriff’s Office reported that a truck driver saw a car have a blowout and thought the car had rolled over because a lot of dust had flown up. Law enforcement found a blown tire near the said location but no car.
A false alarm or report to 911 is a Class A misdemeanor with a fine up to $4,000 and up to one year in county jail.

CHS Indians travel to Llano Thursday for final scrimmage

The Comanche Indians will close out their scrimmage schedule when they journey to Llano this Thursday to take on the Yellow Jackets. The varsity scrimmages at 7:00 p.m. preceded by the junior varsity at 6:00 p.m.
Indian coach Stephen Hermesmeyer says this should be a strong test for the Indians. Llano is a small Class 4A school and reached Area competition in last season’s playoffs. They are returning six offensive and seven defensive starters from a 4-8 squad.
The Yellow Jackets’ offense will be spearheaded by running back Mason Greenwood (185 lbs.). Last season, he totaled 1,057 rushing yards, 9 TDs and 38 catches for 307 yards. Junior quarterback Ben Walling (180) passed for 397 yards and three touchdowns in limited action as a sophomore.

Comanche County Pow-Wow adds new attractions

The 35th Annual Comanche County Pow-Wow is set for September 24 and 25. Here are some new games to keep the whole family entertained.
The Comanche Chamber of Commerce and the Comanche Youth Council have teamed up to offer a Kickball Tournament September 25 at the Comanche City Park Baseball Fields. The registration will be $100 which will be $10 per person for a team of ten or more. Also, there will be a horseshoe and washer tournament September 25. Price per team for the tournament will be $20. Call the chamber at 325-356-3233 or email for more information on these events.
Another new event will be a Fiddle Contest held on September 25. Registration for the contest will begin that day at 11:30 a.m. with the music starting at 12:30 p.m. More music will be provided September 24 with a concert featuring Callahan Divide with special guest Koe Wetzel and the Konvicts. This show will be located in the Comanche Rodeo Grounds, and advanced tickets can be picked up at the Comanche Depot for $12, or payment can be made at the gate for $15 tickets.

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