"Welcome to Comanche"

The new LED "Welcome to Comanche" sign was dedicated to Steve Bolton on July 2. His family, friends, Chamber members and more were there as Kelli Bolton cut the ribbon. Bolton had everyone sign part of the ribbon and said she was putting it in a shadow box.

The people of Comanche took some time out of their day to remember Steve Bolton, the former owner and editor of the Comanche Times, who passed away almost a year ago.

The reason for the gathering was to dedicate the new “Welcome to Comanche” sign, the sign is also a digital billboard which can be used for ads, community event reminders and important notices. 

Steve, as a chamber member, worked to get the new sign going and passed before it was up. City Manager Chuck Ralls said he and Steve worked closely together to get the sign right.

“This sign was a vision of Steve’s,” Ralls said. “When I first got here, he said ‘Chuck, we really need something at the entrance of the city that can highlight our community, that highlights our events.’  As we continued to advance, things just got better and better.”

Ralls and Bolton worked to have the sign just so, even using the same type of stones already in the park.

“This is all possible because of Steve’s vision and unfortunately he is not here to celebrate it with us but he’s looking down and hopefully we can honor him and his legacy of promoting Comanche,” Ralls said.  “I am thankful for what he meant to the community and all his many contributions to the community — his mentorship and friendship that he had with me and many of you.”

Kelli jokingly said “ditto” to Ralls statements but then added her own words.

“I just want to thank everybody in the city — he wanted a legacy for his children and this is perfect,” she said.