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Top Stories This Week - July 28, 2016

Gary SpeegleSpeegle named lone finalist for CISD Superintendent

In board action Monday night, Gary Speegle was named to replace Rick Howard as the Superintendent of Comanche ISD. A mandatory 21-day waiting period will end on August 15 when the board will meet to formally complete the process.
Mr. Speegle comes from Gorman ISD where he has been superintendent for the past 2½ years but he started his career in Comanche as a teacher and coach in 1989. After 9 years here he moved to Goldthwaite where he coached and taught 8 years before moving into school administration. He served as the principal at Goldthwaite Middle School for 2 years and then as the high school principal there for 5½ years.

102nd Annual De Leon Peach and Melon Festival to open Tuesday

For the 102nd year in De Leon, the annual Peach & Melon Festival will be a week of fun, food, fellowship and entertainment for all ages.
On Tuesday, August 2 the De Leon Study Club will host the Peach & Melon Queen candidates at an afternoon tea starting at 3:00 p.m. That evening at 7:00 pm. at the Festival Stage, Little Miss De Leon will be named, followed at 9:30 p.m. with the selection of the Peach & Melon Queen.
On Wednesday, August 3, 4-H Club members will enter their cakes for judging at 11:00 a.m. at the Festival Stage. At 12:00 noon, peach desserts will be judged followed by the judging of melons and fruit.
The big Street Parade in downtown De Leon will kick off at 7:00 p.m. At 8:30 p.m ., the Kids Tractor Pull will start at the Festival grounds. The Melon and Cake Auction starts on the Festival Stage at 9:00 p.m.
Thursday will include an evening of dancing and musical entertainment with Jody Nix and the Texas Cowboys. His music is true Texas Country Western swing. It starts at 8:00 p.m. and ends at 12:00 midnight. Admission to the grounds is $3.00. Cover charge for the dance is $10.00. (BYOB, but no glass containers, please.)

Football, band, cross country and volleyball workouts to open Monday, August 1st

Football
Comanche ISD athletic director Stephen Hermesmeyer announces Comanche Indian football workouts will begin on Monday, August 1. Coach Hermesmeyer expects around 65 high school athletes to report. “We are hoping that a few more will report. We’d really like to field three teams. Most of our district opponents will field three squads.”
Workouts will be in two sessions. The first will be from 7:00 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. followed by a 20-minute break. The second session will be about 1 ½ hours.
Band
The Comanche High School Band will start practice for the new year on August 1. All members are to meet in the High School Commons at 8:30 am.
Cross Country
Comanche High School cross country coach Aven Talley announces high school varsity and junior varsity workouts will begin on Monday, August 1 at 7:00 a.m.
Volleyball
Coach Traci Pettit announces the 2016 volleyball workouts will open on Monday, August 1. Coach Pettit expects about 30 CHS girls will report.

Football PracticeINDIAN FOOTBALL WORKOUTS START MONDAY: Coach Stephen Hermesmeyer expects around 65 high school football players to be on hand Monday morning at 7:00 a.m. for the opening practice.

Comanche crime and City news

By Bradley Wilkerson
On Sunday, July 24, 2016, the Comanche Police Department took a report of graffiti being spray painted on the Comanche water tower located on Northwest Hwy. 36 near Wright Ave. It appeared that the perpetrators used a vehicle to back up to the fenced in area to climb over the fence. The graffiti painted was that of a male genital appendage.
A home was vandalized in the evening hours on July 22. An individual threw a pear through the front window of the house and shattered glass all in the family room. This occurred on N. Elm St. in Comanche around 9:20 p.m. If anyone has any information concerning the identity of the suspects in both cases, please call the Comanche Police Department at 325-356-3074.
A few weeks ago someone threw an object and broke a back window of a car near Duncan Ave. and Ross St. in Comanche. So people keep an eye out in this neighborhood for vandals.

CNB hosting Friday hamburger lunch benefiting school students

Sixty to 70 percent of the school children in Comanche County schools are in need of monetary assistance in order to be ready for the first day of school.
Comanche National Bank is sponsoring a Hamburger Lunch by donation to raise funds for all of our county youth who will need school supplies, school clothes, new shoes and backpacks before the first day of school. Lunch is set for 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Comanche National Bank.

Texas sales tax holiday is Aug. 5-7

Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar reminds shoppers they can save money on certain items priced for less than $100 during the state's annual sales tax holiday. This year, the sales tax holiday is scheduled for Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 5-7.
The law exempts most clothing, footwear, school supplies and backpacks priced below $100 from sales tax, saving shoppers about $8 on every $100 they spend during the weekend.

90 Day BURN BAN in effect

WHEREAS, the Commissioners Court has determined that circumstances present in all or part of the unincorporated area of the county create a public safety hazard that would be exacerbated by outdoor burning;
IT IS HEREBY ORDERED by the Commissioners Court of Comanche County that all outdoor burning is banned in the unincorporated area of the county to begin July 25, 2016, for 90 days from the adoption of this Order, unless the restrictions are terminated earlier based on a determination made by the Texas Forest Service or this Court. This Order is adopted pursuant to Local Government Code 352.081, and other applicable, statutes. This order does not prohibit outdoor burning activities related to public health and safety that are authorized by the Texas Commission on Environmental
Quality for (1) firefighter training; (2) public utility, natural gas pipeline or mining operations; (3) planting or harvesting of agricultural crops; or, (4) burns that are conducted by a prescribed burn manager certified under Section 153.048, Natural Resources Code, and meet the standards of
Section 153.047, Natural Resources Code.
In accordance with Local Government Code 352.081 (h), a violation of this Order is a Class C misdemeanour, punishable by a fine not to exceed $500.00.
The County Judge may rescind this Order upon a determination that the circumstances that required the Order no longer exist.
ADOPTED this 25th day of July, 2016, by a vote of 4 ayes and 0 nays.
County Judge James Arthur
Attest: County Clerk Ruby Lesle
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