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‘Tis the season for holiday cocktail parties with bountiful buffets. As you gather with friends, family and coworkers to celebrate - and chances are you’ll do this more than once - be mindful of healthy eating habits.

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Hello, from THE COMANCHE COUNTY HISTORICAL MUSEUM!

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Gatesville is near Fort Hood, one of the largest military installations in the world and the military presence is always in the city.

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The Community Thanksgiving Service at Eastside Baptist Church was almost at full capacity, Sunday evening. There was much beautiful music and an amazing duet by two of our most talented pianists, Paula Howard and Pam Bates, inspirational words, and lots of fellowship among long-time-no-see f…

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I was on one of the dusty roads in Terligua’s ghost town riding in Mimi Webb Miller’s Checker Cab when a young girl flagged us down, ran over to Mimi and told her in an excited voice, “We’ve just found a house here. We’re moving from Austin next month.” There’s a reason Terlingua is known as…

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Hello from THE COMANCHE COUNTY HISTORICAL MUSEUM!

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How about our CHS Indians last Friday! We couldn’t be prouder of the players, the coaching staff, our school, and our loyal fans! What a game . . . what a heartbreaker! To lose by one point when it was predicted that the Indians would lose by 20 something points is incredible!

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Hello from THE COMANCHE COUNTY HISTORICAL MUSEUM!

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There’s a place in Stamford you just can’t pass by. You have to stop and go in. Big letters on the front of the building spell out Fried Pies. A big sign near the yellow front door advertises fried pies and laundry pickup. The building used to be a wholesale warehouse that stored candies and…

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I always like to be in Northeast Texas in the fall because it usually has outstanding autumn color. This year it didn’t. Mother Nature didn’t cooperate. People said it has been dry and windy and the leaves came down early. But that didn’t keep Winnsboro from holding its annual Autumn Trails …

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Hello from THE COMANCHE COUNTY HISTORICAL MUSEUM!

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Hello from THE COMANCHE COUNTY HISTORICAL MUSEUM!

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There are some important events and their dates to remember . . .

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“Last time I checked I think we have furniture in almost every state in the US and 14 foreign countries. We’ve even shipped rocking chairs to Poland.”

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Hello from THE COMANCHE COUNTY HISTORICAL MUSEUM!

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The Fall season brings a lot of fun things - pumpkin spice, Halloween, com mazes and cooler weather! Another wonderful thing about fall is grocery stores tend to sell more winter squash!

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It’s time to put that extra blanket on your bed since the temperature has plummeted, and enjoy Fall, my favorite time of the year! And it’s a especially a good time to look around Comanche County for spectacular Autumn leaves. Please send us some photos if you see one of those special, spect…

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Some people say Terlingua has the brightest moon in Texas. “You can read a book by the moon out here,” says Bill Ivey, owner of the Terlingua Ghost Town. “At times you can almost read a book by the stars. I’ve seen people walking to their car at night, stop and look up. They’ve never seen th…

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I have a small horned toad made of spoons and forks. It is a clever piece of whimsical art produced by Roger Stanley who lives on a ranch near Cleburne. “We call it Bent Wheel because we found an old bent wheel and put it on a gate,” says Roger. When I met him for the interview, the first th…

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Hello from THE COMANCHE COUNTY HISTORICAL MUSEUM!

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Hello from THE COMANCHE COUNTY HISTORICAL MUSEUM! Today is October 12, 2019.

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Ben Campbell of Palestine is a baseball fan. But there was a gentleman in his town who was a legendary baseball fan. Since Ben is a historian he looked into this man. His name was Hyman Pearlstone who owned a wholesale grocery business in Palestine. He was a successful businessman and a civi…

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The Comanche Public Library, located at 311 N. Austin in Comanche, is sponsoring the following programs on Friday, October 18th! Anyone who is interested in attending any of these programs is encouraged to call the Library at 325.356.2122 or email us at comanchepl@verizon.net to register. I …

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There are 8 planets orbiting the Sun. The inner 4 are vastly different than the outer 4. The inner planets, or terrestrial planets, are rocky and relatively small. Found closest to the Sun is Mercury, only 0.4 AU (36 million miles) from the Sun. It has no atmosphere and is the smallest of al…

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Hello from THE COMANCHE COUNTY HISTORICAL MUSEUM! Yes, it seems pretty cool outside. I thought it was so nice and cool both Saturday and Sunday out at the POW-WOW. Of course, we were sitting under the PECAN TREES, and also under the tents for the Museum displays. We had a wonderful time out …

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Hats off to all our Comanche County 4-H members, their parents, leaders, and those businesses and individuals in our community who continue to support our youth. Thank you to all. (Please see our Special 4-H Section in this week’s Chief.) Thanks also to those loyal advertisers who support th…

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When Cynde Aguilar was growing up in Colorado City she had thoughts of becoming a teacher. But when her mom became a police dispatcher she had second thoughts. “These law enforcement guys were so nice,” says Cynde.

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You don’t need to spend a fortune to be physically active. In fact, you can be active in many ways without spending any money. You don’t need special exercise equipment other than comfortable walking shoes. Here are a few ideas to help get you moving for free!

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Pat Neff was governor of Texas from 1921 to 1925. His accomplishments include establishing Texas Tech and the Texas State Parks System (the first park is Mother Neff State Park). “He was followed by Ma Ferguson as governor,” says David Scott of Gatesville, who spent 15 years doing research a…

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On average, Americans spend about 12 minutes eating breakfast each day, with more and more of those eating occasions happening on the go. Living in such a high-paced society, it can be hard to spend enough time making sure “the most important meal of the day” is well balanced with nourishing foods.

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The Birmingham Forest Golf Club is on 100 acres of land on the edge of Rusk. It has mostly been known as the Birmingham Golf Club, because it is located on what was once a community named New Birmingham that produced iron ore. “We’re thinking about changing the name back to its original, Bir…

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There are more things happening in Cranfills Gap, Texas than in most major cities. It was settled by Norwegians and four families from Norway maintain homes in Cranfills Gap. “They come here about 4 times a year,” says Gap resident Sandi Carlson. “They travel all over Texas and know more abo…

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Hello from THE COMANCHE COUNTY HISTORICAL MUSEUM. No, I am not trying to write another LONESOME DOVE, but many in our area will be surprised to learn about how many cattle drives were formed in Comanche County, most of them going to Kansas.

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Were you happy and celebrating over the outcome of last weekend’s football games? There was jubilation in the air after the Indians’ very exciting overtime victory over the Breckenridge Buckaroos!

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To our area crafters: if you love animals and would like to help our animals, animal control officer and local animal shelter out, please donate a craft item for the Comanche Animal Shelter booth at the Comanche County Pow Wow.

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Hello from THE COMANCHE COUNTY HISTORICAL MUSEUM. I apologize that I was ill and missed being at the Museum last Weekend.

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Robert Lewis of Colorado City collects bottles, arrowheads and coins. But of all his hobbies, there is one he likes the best. He makes fiddles.

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There’s a guy who rides a horse around the Fort Worth Stockyards who looks, talks and acts like John Wayne. He also takes part in a staged gunfight by the Legends of Texas group. His name is Jack Edmondson and he is more than a cowboy. He is a scholarly historian who has portrayed Travis, Bo…

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Food packages often feature words and claims that can be misleading. If you know the definitions of those words, you can avoid being misled or confused by package claims. Here are a few common words you may see on food packages:

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I asked my wife where she wanted to go this summer. She said, “Someplace cool.” So we went to Iceland, the western most part of Europe. The capital city of Reykjavik is the most northern capital city in the world. In preparing for the trip we watched several videos but none were as beautiful…

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Congratulations and many, many kudos to those who orchestrated the emergency plan after the major water line break in Comanche.

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With many thanks to RADIO STATION KCOM, Comanche, they have invited me to come in on Friday at 12:00 am to tape a radio program about Comanche County history. I have tried to keep these stories told in a time line. Right now, I am on the WAR BETWEEN THE STATES. Yes, The Civil War. Many peopl…

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Growing up, everyone ate PB&J sandwiches and an apple for lunch. Today’s lunch boxes (or recyclable bags) look a lot different - especially for kids like my own who have no interest in sandwiches. Whether your kids simply don’t like sandwiches or can’t eat them because they’re allergic t…

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