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Top Stories This Week - July 2, 2015

Fireworks prohibited in the City of Comanche

By Kevin Burch, City of Comanche Fire Marshal/Code Enforcement
This is a reminder that City of Comanche Ordinance, Article III Division 2, Section 6-96 prohibits casting, throwing or firing any type of fireworks within the city limits of Comanche.
If you are caught using fireworks, you may be fined, and all fireworks in your possession can be confiscated. The party packs that are sold in stores containing poppers and confetti shooters are allowed because they are not listed as combustible fireworks.
If you have any questions please call me, Kevin Burch, City of Comanche Fire Marshal at 325-356-2616. Please be safe and have a fun July 4th weekend.

New Museum SignNew signage for Comanche County Historical Museum

According to museum board president, Garry Steele, the board is very happy to finally get a sign for the museum, one that is tall enough to see from from the Dingwall Overpass on US Highway 377/67.
Responsible for the construction of the signage frame, as well as the pole and LED lighting installation, were a number of museum volunteers who gave of their time and expertise to complete the project. Steele added, “Due to the lack of funds, I painted the frontier picture for it. The cost of professional signage was way out of our budget.”

Comanche ISD takes steps to increase state funding

By Rick Howard, Superintendent
In Board action last week, the Comanche ISD Board of Trustees took the first steps necessary to increase state funding for the district next year. The strategy is known as a “Tax Swap Election” and requires voter approval to restructure the existing tax rates without changing the total tax rate for property owners! A similar strategy has been successfully implemented by 398 districts across the state since 2006, including our neighbor Early ISD, last year. Forty-three percent of all the districts in the state of Texas have held these kinds of elections with an 86% passing rate.
School funding is a very complicated and technical process that cannot be fully explained in a short news article but here are a few facts to help explain the Tax Swap Election: there are 2 kinds of school taxes in Comanche ISD—Maintenance and Operations (M&O) and Interest and Sinking (I&S). They are set annually by the school board in a publicized meeting and combine to create the total school tax rate for a property owner. This past year, the rates have been $1.04 for M&O and $0.20973 for I&S for a total tax rate of $1.24973 per $100 valuation of a taxable property (less exemptions). Home owners over the age of 65, have their school property taxes frozen on their homestead at the level they were assessed in the year of their 65th birthday unless they make significant improvements to their property later.

Putting up flags at the CourthouseAMERICAN VOLUNTEERISM IN ACTION FOR JULY 4TH: Volunteers, young and old, are pictured installing American flags, 80 in all, around Comanche County Courthouse which will be on display starting July 1 through July 6. In addition, a large lighted flag will be displayed on the south side of the courthouse which will light up each evening at dark and going through sunrise. The Comanche Chamber of Commerce and the Comanche County Christmas Committee are sponsoring this July 4th displays. The Chamber office extends a huge thank you to all who have made the lighting and flag display possible which includes the commissioners, Jeff Bahler, Clint Tunnell and Katy Reynolds with the Comanche Country Christmas committee.

Prosperity Bank hosting Cookout and Chamber Mixer on July 2nd

By Christine Tandy Perkins, Executive Director, Chamber of Commerce
Member Mixer
We encourage you to attend the Chamber’s Member Mixer, which will be held on Thursday, July 2 at 12:00 noon at Prosperity Bank.
As a member, you’ll find that the mixer offers creative business and great networking opportunities. A photo will be made of the new members for the newspaper.
4th of July Cookout
Along with the Member Mixer, Prosperity Bank will also be holding a 4th of July Cookout on Thursday, July 2 from 11:00 am-1:00 pm.
Hot dogs, and all the fixings, will be served.
Donations to the Russell Reynolds Scholarship Fund will be accepted at the cookout.

Declaration of Independence reading July 2nd, at Courthouse

By Jud Woodley
Criminal Defense Lawyers practicing in Comanche County are planning an Annual Fourth of July Public Reading of the Declaration of Independence at 10:30 am on July 2, 2015. The Reading will take place on the north side of the courthouse in Comanche. Our hope is that all citizens who are able will attend the reading, and celebrate our Country's freedoms with us.
A like reading, conducted by members of the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association (TCDLA), will be held outside almost every courthouse across Texas!
To learn more about this event please contact Jud Woodley at 325-356-2502 or

More showers move across county

More showers moved across Comanche County over the past week. These showers added more water to tanks and creeks already full from recent heavy rains. With all the rains over the past few weeks, the Burn Ban will remain off over Comanche County.
Rain reports ranged from a high of 2.50 inches at Soda Springs, to a low of 0.00 inches at Amity and Energy. The City of Comanche saw about 0.90 of an inch of rain.
With this rainfall, the county has an official total of 26.04 inches for the year, which is 9.01 inches above the normal annual rainfall through the fourth week of June (total reported by Corp of Engineers).

Read To MeLibrary begins new Read-To-Me Program for young children

By Margaret Dudley
Beginning Wednesday, July 8, 2015, Comanche Public Library is launching a new Read-To-Me program for younger children and a parent or caregiver.
Research shows that children benefit from being read to at an early age. Children ages 3, 4, and 5, along with a parent or caregiver, are invited to attend. The program is free of charge.
Stories, music, games, and visits from local heroes will be included each week. The content is designed to be entertaining, and to expand the young child’s imagination. A parent, caregiver, or older sibling will be expected to accompany the child.
Please call the library at 325-356-2122 to sign your child up for the program.
The program will be held from 10:00 to 11:00 am on July 8, 15, 22, and 29, at the Comanche Public Library, located at 311 North Austin in Comanche.

Loading WatermelonsCantaloupe Truck
Two Comanche County melon and cantaloupe producers, Rodney Stephens of Indian Creek Farms and Kinley Sorrels of Sorrells Farms, report this year’s crops of watermelon and cantaloupe are of high quality. “There’s a shortage on watermelons this year which will affect the price,” Stephens said. Sorrells said they had a good crop, but they were hard to manage because the large amount rainfall this spring. Sorrells Farms’ primary market is United Supermarkets headquartered in Lubbock and many private marketers from as far away as Oklahoma and the Texas Valley. Pictured at top in one of the Sorrells’ fields picking and loading melons are Gayland Sorrells, back, Alan Schulte, middle, and Jeremy Bostick. Pictured below are workers for Indian Creek Farms Jeron Conine, back, and Ryan Stephens filling a truck with cantaloupe at the loading station located west of Gustine.

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