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Top Stories This Week - February 11, 2016

CHS Maidens playoff bound

The CHS varsity Maidens slipped into a tie for first place in District 7-3A with a 59-46 loss to Brady here on Friday. A packed house was on hand to see the Maidens at 6-0 take on the 5-1 Lady Bulldogs.
Coach Diana Salinas said the Maidens played really hard, but couldn’t overcome Brady’s hot start.
“They came out and hit four first quarter 3-pointers and hit two more in the second.”
Brady led 19-11 after one quarter and was up 34-20 at the half. The Maidens outscored Brady by a point in the second half but it was too little too late.
Coach Salinas said the Maidens were cold from outside and didn’t capitalize when Brady turned the ball over. She stated that Rylie McGinnis had a great night on the offensive boards.

2016 Maiden Baskteball TeamPLAYOFF-BOUND CHS MAIDENS: Pictured are, front, left to right, Emily Tindol, Monique Alvarado, Autumn Bill, Marisa Arreola; back, left to right, Rylie McGinnis, Many Carter, Jilian Hufstutler, and Molly Stephens.

City Council tables Municipal Development District proposal

by Bradley Wilkerson
Unofficial minutes compiled by The Comanche Chief.
The Comanche City Council met on February 8, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. in the EDC building on 115 West Grand Ave. All the city council members Jimmy Cuellar, Fredda Jones, Jerome Hall, Robert Cobb and Jeffrey Jacinto were all present. The city administrator, Rob Evans, and the mayor, Ronnie Clifton were also present, along with a larger than normal number of Comanche citizens. After a prayer by Darwin Dickerson and the Pledge of Allegiance the regular meeting began with citizen comments.
The comparison of the Type A Economic Development Corporation to a Municipal Development District (MDD) item is what brought supposedly the larger crowd of citizens and some spoke on behalf of the program they favored. First Marvin McKinnon spoke in favor of the Municipal Development District stating that the Type A EDC had $355,000 and has managed that money wisely but were projected to spend $775,000 on future projects in the upcoming months that is concerning to him. He also stated that Brownwood and Early have the MDD designation on their ballot and that Comanche needs a MDD to help compete for those projects. Next, Craig Hill, a Type A EDC board member, spoke in favor of keeping a Type A EDC stating that the guidelines they use are helpful and that the MDD has no guidelines and could pose problems. He also stated about how the Type A EDC has helped with the city water, sewage and street improvements in Comanche. He also stated that McKinnon’s dollar values may be a little off and welcomed him and anybody else to talk about those numbers. He also stated that what’s good for those towns may not be good for Comanche and he would like the Type A EDC to stay in Comanche. After the citizen comments were finished the meeting continued to the regular agenda
Jacinto abstained from approving the January 29 special meeting minutes stating that he was not made aware of the meeting in a timely manner. The other members approved the January 29 minutes and unanimously approved the January 11 minutes. The department head reports were also approved and then the meeting became interesting



BURN BAN extended 90 days

Due to current conditions, Comanche County Judge, James R. Arthur, has ordered the Burn Ban in effect, from February 8th, 2016, for all Comanche County for the next 90 days.

Early voting opens Tuesday for Democratic and Republican primaries
Samples ballots on page 6A and 10A...

Early voting will open on Tuesday, February 16, for Comanche County registered voters in the Democratic and Republican primaries.
The General Primary Election will allow the two parties to nominate Presidential electors, members of Congress, members of the Legislature, and state, district, county, and precinct officers.
You may early vote by personal appearance Monday through Friday in the Comanche County Courthouse, Courthouse Basement-Room B102 between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.
Early voting will have extended hours conducted on February 24 and February 25 from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Early voting will end on February 26 at 4:30 p.m. The General Primary Election will be held on March 1.

Feb. 19 is filing deadline for City/School/Hospital boards

Friday, February 19 is the filing deadline for the city, school and hospital boards.
This past week the City of Comanche had two candidates file for positions on the City Council. Fredda Jones announced for reelection, along with Richard Ashton, who is seeking a first term.
There are three positions open on the City Council. Robert Cobb had previously announced. Reports are that nine people have picked up packets for council positions.
Sheila Stephens has filed for reelection for Place 7 on the ISD Board, along with Rachel Hilliard for Place 6 on the board.

Fredda JonesJones seeks re-election to Comanche City Council

Fredda Davis Jones, a retired Comanche ISD teacher and currently co-owner of Texansunited.com, has announced her candidacy for the Comanche City Council. The election is Saturday, May 7.
Fredda has lived in Comanche County for almost six decades, and she has been married to husband, Rickey, for most of that time.The couple has two children, Dusty, husband of Donna Clark Jones and Julie, married to Wesley Dale Young. They have five grandchildren, Colten, Caden, Presley, Gavin, and Trevin.


Richard AshtonRichard Ashton announces for Comanche City Council

Richard Ashton has filed for election to the Comanche City Council. He is retired from oil operations, farming and ranching. He holds a degree in Business Administration and has an honorary PhD in Horticulture.
He is best known for his writing. He has authored several books on fruit growing and has written numerous magazine articles. He presently writes the Garden Talk column that appears in the Chief.
Richard states, “I would bring a unique prospective to the council with all my experience, including some hands on experience with zoning and planning. One thing is that with my experience with Federal and State Grants, perhaps we could get money to improve the city without any extra taxes. Grants do not have to be paid back. I would love to see some street improvement, as long as it does not raise taxes, and I would work towards that goal as well as all city improvements and operations.”

Candidate Forum set for Feb. 17th

By Inv. Robert Jolley
On Wednesday, February 17 at 7:00 p.m., the Comanche County Law Enforcement Association will be hosting a candidate forum at the Comanche Community Center, located at 100 Indian Creek Drive.
A dinner of brisket, beans and potato salad will be served at 7:00 p.m., followed by the candidates speaking.
Everyone is invited to attend. If possible, please bring a side dish to complement the meal or a dessert.

Century Old QuiltCENTURY OLD QUILT IN HERITAGE PARK AUCTION: This century old quilt, held by Comanche Chamber of Commerce's Brooke Stewart, was made by Lula Davis, one of Allie Davis Tate's sisters in the early 1900s. Bill and Allie Tate moved to Comanche in about 1920, bringing their six children with them from "Tater Hill." Bill opened a blacksmith shop, which stood on the site currently occupied by the Wellness Center. He operated it until his retirement in the 1950s. “Tater Hill” is located in the Newburg community.

Molly StephensWINS TOP HONOR AT FORT WORTH STOCK SHOW: Molly Stephens’ Polled Hereford, “Moose,” was named the 2016 Champion Polled Hereford Steer, one of six chosen to compete out of thousands for the overall champion at the Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo. “Moose,” a 1,348-pound Polled Hereford steer, earned a champion title. Molly, a CHS junior, led “Moose” through the Sale of Champions Auction where the steer brought $42,000.00, which she plans to use toward showing another steer next year and going to college after she graduates. Pictured, left to right, are Mark Copus, Kraig and LaDonna Kaesee, Ronnie Stephens, Phyllis and Lynn Landrum, Mark and Lynlee Krotzer, Rodney and Sheila Stephens, Molly Stephens, Danice Shout (Comanche Ag Advisor), Roy Shackelford, Emmalee Krotzer, Bailee Krotzer and Ryan Stephens.

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