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Top Stories This Week - May 14, 2015

Proctor Lake over capacity

What a difference a year makes for the elevation of Proctor Lake. It was just last year that the lake level was reaching a record breaking low that was under 1150 feet. And six months ago the lake was 12.66 feet low standing at 29.1 percent of capacity. The lowest level in the history of Proctor Lake was in September of 2000 with a marking of 1142.20 feet.
These glorious rains of April and May have pushed Proctor Lake’s elevation to 3.55 feet above the 1162 foot conservation level. Who would have ever thought about that after this fairly lengthy drought.
This is the first time Proctor Lake has been over conservation level since early 2012. The all time high record for Proctor Lake occurred on May 2, 1990 with a mark of 1197.62 feet.
The Corps of Engineers is currently releasing 11 cubic feet per second which accounts to 7.0848 gallons per day.

Proctor DamThe US Army Corps of Engineers now releasing water at Proctor Lake






Fishing Pier PreviouslyFishing Pier Now
What a difference the rains make: Currently all boat ramps and piers are open.
On March 19, 2015 all Proctor boat ramps were closed.

Memorial Day Observance

On Monday, May 25, 2015 Mayor Ronnie Clifton and the City of Comanche will host a Memorial Day Observance at the entrance of Comanche High School. The observance will begin at 9:30 a.m. The program will include the singing of patriotic songs and a brief message.
This observance is open to the public, and the City of Comanche extends a special invitation for anyone to come and pay tribute to the fallen heroes of this great land. All veterans and the families of veterans are especially welcome to come and pay tribute to those who made the ultimate sacrifice on behalf of their country .

Pickett, Riley, and Schwartz top CHS grads

This year, Comanche High School has two students who will be honored as Valedictorians of the Class of 2015. They had the exact same grade point average. Valedictorians are Kaylee Pickett and Dylan Riley. The Salutatorian is Sandra Schwartz.
Kaylee Guin Pickett, Comanche graduating senior and daughter of Casey Hamann, was named as Valedictorian of the Class of 2015 with a GPA of 5.28157 on a 6 point scale. Kaylee plans to attend Lubbock Christian University and major in Biology/Pre-Pharmacy.
Dylan Paige Riley, Comanche graduating senior and daughter of Randall and Susan Riley, was named as Valedictorian of the Class of 2015 with a GPA of 5.28157 on a 6 point scale. Dylan plans to attend Texas A&M University and major in Interdisciplinary Studies.
Sandra Denise Schwartz, Comanche graduating senior and daughter of Melanee Schwartz, was named as Salutatorian of the Class of 2015 with a GPA of 5.27750 on a 6 point scale. Sandra plans to attend Texas Tech University and major in Biology.

Kaylee Pickett
Kaylee Pickett

Dylan Riley
Dylan Riley
Sandra Schwartz
Sandra Schwartz

Graduation Exercises

Comanche High School
Graduation Exercises: Friday, May 22, 2015 at 8:00 pm in Indian Stadium
Gustine High School
Baccalaureate: Wednesday, May 27, 2015 at 7:00 pm.
Graduation Exercises: Saturday, May 30, 2015 at 6:00 pm
Sidney ISD
Graduation Exercises: Friday, May 29, 2015 at 8:00 pm.
Premier High School
Graduation Exercises: Thursday, May 28, 2015 at 7:00 pm at the New Life Pentecostal Church.

CHS Maidens face Shallowater in regional softball semifinals

The CHS Maidens will face the Shallowater Mustangs in Regional Semifinals this Thursday and Saturday.
The best of three series will be in Hermleigh, the site of both Comanche and Shallowater’s Quarterfinal wins. Game 1 is set for Thursday at 6:00 p.m. Game 2 is scheduled for Saturday at 5:00 p.m. and Game 3, if necessary, at 7:00 p.m.
Shallowater enters the contest with a 16-6 season record. They were 4-2 in District play.

Regional Quarterfinal ChampionsRegional Quarterfinal Champions: The CHS Maidens defeated Clyde in a long drawn out series. They will face Shallowater this Thursday and Saturday in Hermleigh, TX. Pictured are back row from left, Rachel Ripley , Ariel Harbour, Madeline Hufstutler, Jilian Hufstutler; middle row, from left, Rylie McGinnis, Bailey Williams, Ashley Jones, Kendra Gillam, Gaby Sanchez, Caleigh Gee; front row, from left, Diana Landa, Mia Alvarado, Kymberlee Strickland, Kaylee Pickett, and Madison Hagood.

Gustine Homecoming/Rodeo Thursday, Friday & Saturday

Those dedicated volunteers in Gustine are very busy tending to the final details before their annual four-day 2015 Gustine Homecoming and Junior Rodeo. Activities kick off this Thursday, May 21 and run through May 23.
The Homecoming Committee and Rodeo Committee have put together a huge array of activities for the young and the young-at-heart. (Please see a complete Schedule of Events elsewhere in this edition of The Chief.)

CHS Awards Night planned for May 20

Comanche High School will recognize students who have excelled in their endeavors this school year at its annual Awards Night on Wednesday, May 20 in the CHS Commons area at 7:00 p.m.
This date has been changed from the original date of Thursday, May 21st due to the Maiden softball playoff game.

CHS Honor Medals to be awarded

Comanche High School will honor students who have maintained a 4.0 grade point average for the 2014-2015 school year at their annual Honor Medal Award Ceremony. The ceremony will be held on Wednesday, May 20 at 6:00 pm in the CHS Commons area. The public is invited to attend.

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