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Thursday, August 20, 2009 De Leon Free Press — De Leon, Texas 76444 Volume 119, No. 8

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LAW ENFORCEMENT WAS ALREADY THERE. On Monday afternoon, Comanche County Sheriff’s Deputy Bryan Butler was involved in a traffic accident on Hwy. 16 South near the Downing community, in which he collided with DeLeon resident Bobby Skaggs. Neither man was seriously injured, although Skaggs’ pickup, which was pulling a small cattle trailer, was damaged severely in the incident. According to witnesses, Butler was attempting to locate a suspicious person when the accident occurred.

Saddle Up For The DeLeon Open Rodeo

Special to the Free Press

This Friday and Saturday, August 21-22, the DeLeon Rodeo Association will present the 1st Annual DeLeon Open Rodeo at the tractor pull arena at the Community Park.

GETTING READY FOR THE RODEO. Brad Ballenger and Jason Clark, in the tractors above, were among those who were hard at work this week getting things ready for the rodeo this weekend at the tractor pull arena at the new park.

The gates will open at 6:00 p.m., with the Grand Entry at 8:00 p.m.

This will be the first DeLeon Open Rodeo in more than 30 years.

Even though the Peach and Melon Festival just wrapped up, the fun just keeps coming. The DeLeon Rodeo Association members have been hard at work getting the fairgrounds transformed into a full-blown rodeo facility.


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Meet the Bearcats

The DeLeon Athletic Booster club is hosting “Meet the Bearcats" on Thursday, August 20, at 6:30 p.m. at Bearcat Stadium.

DABC will serve a Hamburger Supper from 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., as well as selling memberships and merchandise prior to the introduction of all fall sports high school athletes, cheerleaders, band members and coaches. We will also recognize the Cubcat Cheerleaders. This will be followed the lighting of the “D” by the Class of 2010.

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Awbrey Named New Free Press Publisher

Jon Awbrey was named as publisher of the DeLeon Free Press effective August 17.

Awbrey replaces former publisher Jerry Morgan, who will continue to be associated with the newspaper in a non-staff capacity. Morgan had served as publisher since 1999.

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Alcohol at Tractor Pull Dominates City Council

Members Discuss Crackdown on 4-Wheelers,

Golf Carts, etc. on City Streets


A complaint from Sue Pittman about alcohol and related safety issues was presented to the DeLeon City Council during the citizen’s presentation portion of the most recent council meeting, Thursday, August 13, 2009.

All council members -- Gayle Stroud, Bobby Schuman, Billie Lightfoot, Pauline Villarreal, Lee Childers and Mayor Danny Owen -- were present for the meeting.

Also present were Karen Wilkerson, city administrator-secretary; Ray Helberg, emergency management coordinator for Comanche County; Linda Levens, chamber executive director, and Police Chief Ralph Dickey.

Although no action was taken, the complaint did generate considerable discussion later on.

“I may be in the wrong place,” Pittman said, “but my concern is about the lack of safety at the tractor pull. I have attended every tractor pull for the past 12 years and this year has got to have been the most disastrous safety issue I’ve ever seen in my life. …

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NEW STAFF. The new DISD staff for the 2009-2010 school year were introduced during a campus-wide meeting, Monday, August 17 at the high school cafetorium. Left to right, back row, Brian Ramsey, social studies/athletics; Gary Alford, high school science/coach; Teresa Salinas, elementary instructional aide; Chris Stone, elementary instructional aide; Carol McKee, instructional aide; Lauren Neer, high school biology; and Shanna Lewis, kindergarten. Left to right, front row, Randy Green, maintenance; Amy Ramsey, technology/coach; Rica Smith, pre-k; Christie Owen, PE instructional aide; and Crystal Rose, high school english & speech.

Danny Owen, the Mayor of De Leon, has a personal website.

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Scott Hall has creating an Internet website with history & photos of our town.

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