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Top Stories This Week - August 25, 2016

Comanche ISD opening enrollment 1,332
Up 34 students over last year’s opening

Comanche ISD’s opening day school enrollment of 1,332 students is up 34 students from last year’s student count of 1,298.
This year’s enrollment showed for the seventh 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 Junior High campus and the Elementary campus. The Junior High had the largest increase, up 29 students. The Elementary campus had a 22 student increase.
The Comanche High School campus had a 14 student decrease over last year’s opening date, and the Comanche Early Childhood Center campus had a decrease of 3 students from 2015.

First Day of SchoolFIRST DAY OF THE 2016-2017 COMANCHE ISD SCHOOL YEAR: Poncho Reyes accompanied his two daughters to Comanche Elementary Monday morning for their first day of school. Sophia is in pre-kindergarten, and Dalia is in kindergarten.

Sidney enrollment count down four

Opening school enrollment at Sidney ISD on Monday, August 22, 2016 showed 139 students, down 4 from 2015.
Several more students are expected to enroll over the next few days.

Premier School enrollment down seven

The Premier School of Comanche begins its tenth year of operation with an enrollment of 46 students. This is down seven students from their 2015 enrollment of 53.

New Officer Ernest HastingsErnest Hastings new City Police Officer

On Monday, August 22, 2016 the Comanche Police Department hired Ernest Hastings to fill the position of police officer. Ernest comes to the Comanche Police Department from Caddo Mills, Texas. He is forty-four years old, and has twelve years of service to our country in the United States Army. He has four children, ranging in ages from twenty-two to eight years of age.
His twenty two year old daughter is currently working on her Masters degree at the University of Texas in San Antonio, and his eighteen year old son will be entering basic recruit training in October for the United States Marine Corps. Ernest’s ten and eight year old children will be moving with him to Comanche and attending Comanche ISD.
Ernest is a certified Texas Peace Officer and will go directly to the field training program. It is anticipated that Ernest will finish his field training and be patrolling on his own at the first of October.

NEW CITY POLICE OFFICER: Assistant Police Chief Kelly Davis recently welcomed Officer Ernest Hastings to the police force.

Proposed Flat Top Wind highlights Commissioners’ Court

By Bradley Wilkerson
The Comanche County Commissioners’ Court met for a regular meeting on August 22, 2016 at 9:00 a.m. inside the Comanche County Courthouse. All four commissioners were present including Commissioner Precinct 1- Gary D. “Corky” Underwood, Commissioner Precinct 2- Russell Gillette, Commissioner Precinct 3- Sherman Sides, and Commissioner Precinct 4- Jimmy Dale Johnson.
After a touching invocation by County Judge Bob Arthur praying for families who have recently lost their loved ones and asking protection for first responders and school children beginning school. Next the minutes were approved from the last meeting and the first item on the agenda began.
This item pertained to the discussion on the proposed Flat Top Wind 1, LLC tax abatement for Comanche County. This would be a ten year tax abatement if approved. Craig Adair with Pioneer Green Energy was on hand to give an overview of the project and answer any question the commissioners or the public had.
Adair stated that the proposed project would mainly be composed in Mills County where approximately 80 wind turbines will be constructed while Comanche County would only house approximately 12 wind turbines.

Rep. Conaway to hold Town Hall in Comanche

U.S. Representative K. Michael Conaway (R-Texas) will hold a town hall meeting at the Comanche Chamber of Commerce, located at 304 S. Austin St. in Comanche, from 2:00–3:00 pm. on Wednesday, August 31, 2016.
The town hall is open to the public and members of the media.

2016 Varsity Indian Football TeamIndians host Ballinger Friday in season opener

The CHS varsity Indians will open their 2016 football campaign this Friday night when they take on the Ballinger Bearcats in Indian Stadium. Kickoff is at 7:30 p.m.
Indian head coach and athletic director Stephen Hermesmeyer says the team is excited and ready to kickoff their season.
Ballinger is returning six offensive and eight defensive starters of last season’s 6-5, bidistrict squad. They are predicted to finish second or third in District 3-3A DII.

2016 COMANCHE INDIAN VARSITY FOOTBALL TEAM: Pictured are the members of the 2016 Indian football team, front row, from left, Nacho Rios (63), Michael Constancia (5), Matthew Hamilton (54), Pedro Bernal (72), Joseph Rivera (7), Alfredo Cervantes (75), Jose Juarez (88), Jameson Allen (22), Ronnie Rodriguez (66), Ethan Wilson (6); second row, from left, Bronte Hermesmeyer (8), Kade Mercer (25), Moses Garcia (68), Kendel Beck (77), Jeremy Bostick (44), Oscar Garcia (21), Joseph Gilligan (62), Colton Wilson (30), Trevor Higginbotham (1), Colton Roberts (2), Javier Jimenez (52); third row, from left, Cale Wallace, trainer, Zach Williams (3), Angel Garcia (80), Hunter Ellis (55), Gavin Farrar (45), Gerardo Rios (78), Grayland Jackson (9), head coach and athletic director, Stephen Hermesmeyer, Matthew Garcia (79), Ty McCullough (11), Jayton McGinnis (4), Casey Beaty (14), Bryce Massingill (20), and Ezequiel Campos (50); coaches, Tyler Elliott, Jason Brock, Thomas Hughes, Marty Wyatt, Richard Pringle, Tyler Talley, Daniel Sanchez, Jeff Roemisch, and Eddie Pettit.

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