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Top Stories This Week - October 20, 2016

Early voting opens Monday, October 24

Ruby Lesley, county clerk and early voting clerk, has announced that registered voters can early vote in the General Election to elect U.S. Presidential Electors, and Members of the Legislature, and state, district, county and precinct starting Monday, October 24 through November 4.
Early voting by personal appearance will be conducted each weekday at the Comanche County Courthouse Basement-Room B102 between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. beginning October 24 and ending on November 4.
Extended hours will be on October 24 and October 28 from 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. in the Courthouse Basement-Room B102 and in the De Leon City Hall October 26 and November 2 from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Drugs found on junior high school campus

On Friday, October 7, at 2:45 p.m., the Comanche Police Department Resource Officer Elda McDonald responded to a report of illegal activity, delivery of marijuana, at the H. R. Jefferies Junior High School.
The incident allegedly involved three junior high students involved in delivering, selling and buying marijuana while on school grounds.
Also responding to the call were Police Chief Bruce Bradshaw and Assistant Chief Kelly Davis. Officer Brian Dirickson and his K-9 dog were brought to the school. No additional illegal narcotics were found.
The three students were released to their parents and were advised that this case would be forwarded to the Comanche County Juvenile Justice Court for further disposition.
CISD Superintendent Gary Speegle stated that by law he could not comment on this specific incident and the punishment for the involved students.

Police town hall meeting addresses drugs

This past Monday evening the Comanche Police Department hosted a town hall meeting at the Comanche Community Center to talk about drug distribution in Comanche, TX.
Chief of Police Bruce Bradshaw stated that the department is currently using Problem-oriented policing which is an analytic method used by police to develop strategies that prevent and reduce crime. According to under the POP model, police agencies are expected to systematically analyze the problems of a community, search for effective solutions to the problems, and evaluate the impact of their efforts (National Research Council 2004). POP represents police-led efforts to change the underlying conditions at hot spots that lead to recurring crime problems. It also requires police to look past traditional strategies and consider other possible approaches for addressing crime and disorder. Today, it is one of the most widely used strategies among progressive law enforcement agencies.
A common method used in this policing is the SARA model (Scanning, Analysis, Response and Assessment). The police zones implemented by the Comanche Police Department will help in this area.
The Comanche Police Department is fully staffed with 11 full-time officers and two reserve officers. Also, a sergeant investigator position has been filled to investigate narcotics in the community, and this individual is currently undergoing training.

Regional Cross Country QualifiersREGIONAL CROSS COUNTRY QUALIFIERS: Pictured, left to right, are Maiden Gracy Schulte, and Indians Alan Schulte and Marco Ramirez who qualified for the Regional Cross Country meet to be held in Lubbock on Saturday, October 29. Both Gracy and Alan finished in fourth place and Marco was ninth.

Comanche FFA Booster Club to hold annual Fish Fry

By Della Hicks
Comanche FFA Booster Club’s Annual Fish Fry will be held on Monday, October 24th from 5:30–8:30 p.m. at Cook’s Fish Barn on Hwy 36, with the Live Auction beginning at 6:30 pm. All proceeds from this annual event will benefit the students of Comanche FFA.
FFA members have been working hard in their ag science classes to prepare items for the live auction. Alan Schulte is pictured inspecting his work on a gun rack which will be one of the many items up for auction. Along with projects built by Comanche FFA students, items donated by local businesses and individuals as well as lots of delicious desserts will be offered.
The Comanche FFA Booster Club and FFA students would like to encourage everyone to come out and join them for a delicious fish meal as well as live and silent auction fun to help earn money to support Comanche FFA.

Descendants of Ranger "Wash" McCollumDESCENDANTS OF TEXAS RANGER “WASH” McCOLLUM (1853-1932) are pictured at Oakwood Cemetery last Saturday at a Former Texas Ranger Association Cross Ceremony. They are, from left, Jerry Foreman, Nancy Foreman Hazelrigg, Al Mitchell, retired Texas Ranger Captain of Midland, Carl Weathers of Lubbock, (back) Michael McCollum, Rector McCollum, Kathleen McCollum and Kathleen McCollum. Many indirect descendants were present at the ceremony from many different areas of the state.
See related pictures on Page 12A

City reports sales tax rebate increase

The City of Comanche reported a sales tax rebate increase for the first time in a four-month period. The city received an October rebate payment of $68,057.28, up 7.41% compared to the October 2015 rebate of $63,356.58. Comanche still shows a 2.53% decline in year-to-date tax rebates with a ten-month total of $661,089.25 compared to $678,264.30 in the previous year.
The City of De Leon had an October rebate of $20,665.22, down 9.26% from the previous October. Year-to-date, De Leon is up 8.73% over the first ten months of 2015 with a $231,626.81 total.
Gustine had a whopping 38.94% October rebate with a total of $1,806.58. Year-to-date, Gustine is down 26.18% with a ten-month rebate total of $15,518.35.

Indians vs Clyde in district shootout

The Comanche Indians journey to Clyde this Friday night to take on the undefeated and state-ranked Bulldogs. Kickoff is at 7:30 p.m. Both Comanche and Clyde are unbeaten in district play. Clyde in the Harris Ratings’ state-ranked number twelve team.
Indian Coach Stephen Hermesmeyer says Clyde is a very good football team and deserving of their ranking.
The Bulldogs are 6-0 entering the contest. Pre-district victories came over Brownfield 48-32, Eastland 20-15, Ballinger 58-7 and Coleman 29-22. Their game against Cisco was cancelled because of weather. In district play Clyde defeated Merkel 50-0 and Early 72-14.
Coach Hermesmeyer says Clyde’s offense is very explosive. They have averaged 46 points per game.
The Bulldog offense is led by senior quarterback Tanner Riley (5’10”, 155). He is one of the leading passers in the Big Country with 1,688 yards and 21 touchdowns. He is deadly accurate, completing 114 of 160 passes with only one interception.

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