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Top Stories This Week - September 29, 2016

Storm threatened Pow Wow; still a success

By Bradley Wilkerson
The storm-shortened Pow-Wow did not disappoint even though most Sunday events had to be canceled. There were over 6,000 people in attendance Saturday at the 35th Annual Comanche County Pow-Wow and fun was had by all.
Food vendors, arts and craft vendors and specialty booths had long lines all day long as patrons walked around the Comanche City Park. It appeared that the children had the best time enjoying the camels and the U.S. Corps of Engineers mascot, Bobber. There was also plenty of treats and refreshing drinks for all the kids to enjoy. Many of the children got their exercise by playing knockerball all day long.
The New Life Pentecostal stir fry and the Cajun chicken on stick food booth seemed to have the longest lines for the food vendors. But there was something for everyone to enjoy at the Pow-Wow with either a hearty meal or a sweet treat.
Large crowds gathered around the Sahawe Indian Dancers for their great performances and when they were done, crowds strolled over to the Texas Camel Corps and took pictures with the live camels.

Barnie McBee BBQ Coof Off Winners35th Annual Barnie McBee BBQ Cook Off grand winners: The overall grand champion of the cook off was Robert Gott, right and reserve champion went to Landon Patterson, center. Jackie Boykin, left was the Lonestar Barbecue Association head judge. The Steve Clemons family donated prizes totally $500.








Pow Wow Best Of Show Car ShowBEST OF SHOW AT COMANCHE CO. CAR SHOW: Valgene Horak and wife Linda of Brenham with their 1957 Stepside Chevrolet Pickup was voted Best of Show at the Pow Wow. The pickup was also voted the Best Pickup entry. There were over 160 cars at this year’s show.




Pow Wow Art Show WinnersPOW WOW ART SHOW WINNERS: Pictured are entries in the 2016 Pow Wow Art Show and Sale who were judged the best in their categories. They are, from left, Reba Watson, Best of Show; April Davis, Best of Professional; Wendy Charlton, Best of Novice; Lane Dowell, Best of Youth; and Jennifer Hansom, Best of Advanced.

Weekend rains cover county

Over the weekend, welcome rains have covered the county with more needed precipitation. These rains are helping to keep the county out of its “Abnormally Dry” rating. The Burn Ban remains off.
Rain reports ranged from a high of 2.80 inches at Duster and the Gap Community, to a low of 1.00 inch at Gustine, Energy and Proctor. The City of Comanche saw about 1.50 inches of rain.
With this rainfall, the county has an official total of 32.71 inches for the year, which is 9.35 inches above the normal annual rainfall through the fourth week of September (total reported by Corp of Engineers). The Corp of Engineers reported 2.37 inches at Lake Proctor.
The Corp of Engineers at Lake Proctor also reported that the lake level stands at 1161.04 ft. nvgd. This is 0.96 ft below the conservation level.

Wild chase ends in arrest

Eric Akin, age 22, was arrested on September 22 on North Lane Street initially on a warrant from Tom Green County for unauthorized absence from a correctional facility and an alleged possession of a controlled substance on person while being patted down. The substance is believed to be methamphetamines.
The arrest was made possible by both the Comanche Police Department and the Comanche County Sheriff’s Office.
Akin was first seen by Comanche County Deputy Partin driving a white Jeep Cherokee on West Grand near West Mary Street in Comanche. Deputy Partin pulled Akin over. He reportedly then fled on foot. Deputy Partin, along with Comanche Police Officer Ruelas could not locate Akin. Shortly, Comanche Police Officer Elda McDonald responded and located Akin at a residence on North Lane Street. He was handcuffed by McDonald and assisted by Officer Ruelas.
Akin was then taken to the Comanche County Jail and charged with possession of a controlled substance and unauthorized absence from a correctional facility in Tom Green County.

White-tailed archery season opens Saturday

Archery season on white-tailed deer will open this Saturday, October 1 with the legal hunting hours from one-half hour before sunrise to one-half hour after sunset. Bow season will end on November 4, the day prior to the general deer season.
Texas Parks and Wildlife game warden Mike Alexander said the deer are in really good body condition due to the plentiful rains. He also noted that the deer have a lot of cover this year and might be harder to locate. He added, “I’m expecting an exceptional season.”

PAR CC hosts celebration

A true area community gathering will take place October 1 at the PAR Country Club in Comanche. PAR is bringing Comanche, DeLeon and Dublin, together for a great appreciation event called The Swine & Nine.
The celebration will include a nine-hole par-3 tournament two-person scramble. The tournament will include a $50 closest to the pin challenge on every hole, chipping challenge with $100 payouts and a new Ford F-150 could be won on hole number five with a hole in one.
Following the tournament, there will be a pig roast, live music and live auction with a raffle. Also, there will be a special putting contest benefitting the local sports boosters.

Model T Ford Club coming to City Park Wednesday

You might see some Ford Model T’s driving around the area this week. Space City T’s, the Ford Model T Club of Houston will be hosting their Texas T Party in Stephenville with events planned around the area September 26 through October 2. On Wednesday, September 28 they will be in Dublin from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at the Dublin Bottling Works building. Then they will drive on over to Comanche for lunch at the Comanche City Park from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Next they will head on to DeLeon to tour the Terrill Antique Car Museum from 12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Here is the press release from Model T Ford Club of America. In keeping with the tradition of the past 39 years, Space City T’s, the Houston Chapter of the Model T Ford Club of America is hosting their 39th Annual Texas T Party in Stephenville, Texas from Wednesday, September 28th through Saturday, October 1st, 2016. This is the second time our group will hold the event in Stephenville. The first time was in 2005. Over 75 Model T Fords and participants from all over Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Florida, California and beyond will be celebrating the history of the Model Tin Erath County and the surrounding areas.

Farmers Market this Saturday

Once again the Comanche Farmers Market will take over the Comanche County Courthouse Square parking lot, as the first Saturday of the month rolls around on October 1. The market will kick off at 8:00 a.m. and end at 12:00 p.m.
Last month many great vendors provided homegrown beef, fruit, honey, and oils. Also, there will be many locals selling their fantastic homemade arts and crafts.
For vendors wanting to be part of the action contact (325)330-3666 or message on Facebook @ComancheFarmersMarket. You do not want to miss all the great stuff at the Comanche Farmers Market October 1.

Senior Citizens Center Quilt RaffleSENIOR CITIZENS CENTER QUILT RAFFLE: This beautiful quilt will be raffled off at the Annual Comanche Senior Citizens Stew Supper which will be held October 27. Tickets will be sold at the Comanche Senior Citizens Center located at 209 W. Duncan Avenue, Comanche with hours Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Tickets will be $1.00 for one ticket or $5.00 for six. So, come on out and donate to this worthy cause.


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