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Top Stories This Week - August 27, 2015

Indians host Clyde Bulldogs in football season opener

The CHS varsity Indians will open their 2015 football campaign this Friday night when they take on the Clyde Bulldogs in Indian Stadium. Kickoff is at 7:30 p.m.
Indian head coach and athletic director Stephen Hermesmeyer states that this should be a very big challenge right out of the gate. “They are very athletic and very strong at the skill positions.” He added, “We’ve got to have a great attitude and give tremendous effort this week. We must be willing to out work them in all phases of the game … out hit, out hustle, out work, the Bulldogs!”
The Bulldogs are returning 17 lettermen from last year’s 5-6 playoff team, including eight offensive and six defensive starters.
Clyde’s offense is led by junior quarterback Tanner Riley who threw for 2,122 yards and 29 touchdowns last fall. Coach Hermesmeyer says Riley is small at 135 pounds but throws really well. “We can expect lots of passing and they do an excellent job on executing quick screens.”

2015 Varsity Indian Football Team2015 CHS VARSITY FOOTBALL TEAM: Pictured are members of the Comanche High School varsity football team, front, from left, Ethan Wilson (6), Jose Briseno (2), Ronnie Rodriguez (66), Jaylon Moya (17), Robert Brooks (40), Michael Constancia (5), Alfredo Cervantes (75), Weston Conine (63), Javier Jimenez (52); second row, from left, Mason Lorta (44), Brandon Garcia (4), Kade Mercer (25), Oscar Garcia (21), Bryson Wright (8), Ezquiel Campos (50), Bryce Massingill (20), Zach Williams (3), Payton Nance (7), Pedro Bernal (72); third row, Cale Wallace, Jose Lombrana (65/81, Hunter Ellis (55), Fabian Zuniga (9), Dylan Thedford (30), Jayton Fizer (78), Michael Garcia (64), Ty McCullough (11), Angel Garza (80), Casey Beaty (14); back row, from left, coaches Thomas Hughes, Daniel Sanchez, Chase Richardson, Tyler Talley, Richard Pringle, Marty Wyatt, Stephen Hermesmeyer, Jeff Roemisch and Eddie Pettit.

Comanche ISD opening enrollment 1,298
Up 54 students over last year’s opening

Comanche ISD’s opening day school enrollment of 1,298 students is up 54 students from last year’s student count of 1,244.
This year’s enrollment showed for the sixth straight year to show an increase. The highest enrollment figure was in the 2003-2004 school year with 1,413 opening day students.
Most of the gain occurred in the two elementary campuses. The elementary campus on FM 3381 had the largest increase, up 28 students. The elementary campus on Highland had a 21 student increase, most coming from the new Early Headstart Program that had 25 enrollees.

Stayde Long First DayFIRST DAY OF SCHOOL AT COMANCHE ISD: Stayde Long and his dad David Long were all smiles on Monday morning at Comanche Elementary for Stayde’s first day of kindergarten for the 2015-2016 school year.

Sidney enrollment count down six

Opening school enrollment at Sidney ISD on Monday, August 24, 2015 showed 143 students, down 6 from 2014.
Several more students are expected to enroll over the next few days.

Gustine showing 25 student decrease

Opening school enrollment at Gustine ISD on Monday, August 24, 2015 showed 192 students. This shows a decrease of 25 under last year’s count of 217.

Premier School enrollment up

The Premier School of Comanche begins its ninth year of operation with an enrollment of 53 students. This is up eleven students from their 2014 enrollment of 42.

County plans lower tax rate, City tax rate to remain same

The proposed Comanche County tax rate is being lowered and the City of Comanche tax rate is going to stay the same.
The City of Comanche had a tax rate of $.709905 per $100 in 2014 and the governing body of the City of Comanche has proposed to keep this same rate for 2015.
This rate exceeds the effective tax rate of $.693643 per $100 and state law requires that two public hearings be held by the governing body before adopting the proposed tax rate. These hearing will be held at 12:01 pm on September 3 and 14 at the Comanche EDC building on 115 W. Grand. The public is urged to attend these hearings
The proposed tax for Comanche County is for $.723652 per $100. This rate is lower than the preceding year’s rate of $.766556 per $100 and matches the current effective rate. Therefore a hearing is not required. Also during the Comanche County Commissioners Court meeting on Monday County Judge James R. Arthur said, “We can drink up and raise a glass, no higher taxes”.

Early Voting begins Monday for CISD tax ratification

Early Voting to begin Monday, August 31, 2015 for the Comanche Independent School District Tax Ratification Election
The board of Directors of the Comanche Independent School District has ordered a Tax Ratification Election to be conducted September 12, 2015. Early voting will begin August 31, 2015 and continue thru September 8, 2015. Early voting will be conducted in the Courthouse basement, Room B102. Voting will be conducted each day from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.
Voting on Election Day September 12, 2015 will be conducted at the Comanche High School Gym from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm.
Applications for a ballot by mail may be submitted to Ruby Lesley, Comanche County Clerk, and 101 W. Central Ave., Comanche, TX 75442.

Graffiti appearing on local buildings

A rash of graffiti has appeared on a number of buildings on and near the square of Comanche in recent days.
According to Chief of Police, Bruce Bradshaw, anyone with information that could lead to the arrest and conviction of these perpetrators will remain anonymous and possibly receive a reward.
A person who commits this offense without the consent of the owner has committed a Class B misdemeanor, if the damage is less than $500; a Class A misdemeanor if the amount of the loss is $500 or less than $1,500; a state jail felony if the amount of loss is $1,500 or less than $20,000; a felony of the third degree if the amount of loss is $20,000 or less than $100,000; a felony of second degree is amount of loss is $100,000 but less than $200,000; or a felony of the first degree if the amount of the pecuniary loss is $200,000 or more.

Mazurek Building GraffitiGraffiti found on backside of Charles Mazurek’s Tax office on West Grand.







C.J.'s GraffitiOn rear side of former C.J.’s Diner.

BURN BAN in effect

Due to current conditions, Comanche County Judge, James R. Arthur, has ordered the Burn Ban in effect, effective immediately on August 10th, 2015, for all Comanche County.

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