So Long But Not Goodbye
by Todd Brooks Kelli Bolton’s introduction to the newspaper business was quick and total immersion. In 2000, she married Comanche Times owner and publisher Steve Bolton. She was a teacher and knew nothing about the newspaper business. “He dragged me in and taught me well and the kids, too,” Kelli said. “They started learning to insert and volunteering around the community doing Chamber of Commerce stuff. By the time my son graduated high school, he had four pages of volunteer stuff on his resume.” Steve and Kelli had a whirlwind romance. They met online and their first date was a blind date at the state wrestling tournament in Oklahoma City in February 2000. Kelli was living in Beggs at the time and was teaching at her alma mater. The first date went well and the next weekend, he saw her in Lawton where she was attending AP Calculas training class. The weekend after that he brought her home to meet his mother and then popped the question. They were married in July. She got a job with the Waurika School District and taught there four years before transferring to Comanche. Her children, Ben and Veronica, both attended school in Comanche all the way through graduation. Her initial responsibilities included bookkeeping and email. “I did not realize how much work or time went in making a newspaper,” Kelli said.
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