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Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Tentative 2015 RHS Homecoming Schedule Set

Cheerleaders and bonfire at the 2013 Homecoming.
It's not too early to start making plans to attend this year's RHS/RCHS Homecoming in September. Here's what the Homecoming Committee has come up with so far. It's still tentative with some tweaking possible, but should be accurate for the most part.

Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sept. 17-19
“Lots of things have changed, but Plowboy Pride remains the same!”

7:00    Bonfire, Tailgating, & Fireworks--North of Railroad Tracks—Come cheer with the Plowboy Cheerleaders and Band. Food and glow items for sale! Bonfire will begin at sundown, approx. 7:30. (Feel free to add wood/brush to the designated area starting August 10th) Call Max at 575-799-0812 for questions.

1:30    Exes Reception at Special Events Center lobby—Registration, refreshments, visit with exes, meet students, tour the school.
2:50    Pep Rally—in old Gym—Former Cheerleaders and all Exes will be recognized.
You are invited to bring your instrument and play along with the band.
4:00-7:00 Potato Bake in Cafetorium benefiting Girls' Athletics.
6:30 Meet and Greet for all ex-Cheerleaders in Special Events Concession Room.
7:30 Plowboys vs. Jim Ned Watch as Roscoe ex Jake Freeman coaches the Plowboys to a Big Win against the Indians!! Homecoming Court will be announced and the band will perform during halftime.
7:30-8:30 Registration at front gate
8:30-9:30 Registration, coffee, refreshments Special Events Concession Room

*** Check sites below for after-game activities—SCHEDULE YOURS NOW!

9:00 Coffee & Donuts at the Community Center on Broadway—registration, and morning reception—join the parade after the last parade entry & continue the route to RCHS! Museum will be open Saturday.
10:00 Parade—THEME: PURPLE POWER! Entries line up behind The Lumberyard at 9:15—Parade begins at Highway 608 on Broadway, then west to Oak St., then south to RHS!! All entries welcome! Categories: walking groups (scouts, dance, ball clubs etc.), horse groups, music groups, favorite pets, bicycles, floats, vehicles (inc. golf carts), and large machinery. Call Max (above) if questions. LET’S SEE PURPLE!!!
11:00 ALL Plowboys converge at RCHS in the cafetorium for door prizes, tours, presentations, Roscoe history slide show, & visiting in Decade Theme Classrooms for pictures/videos of the past, memory board, yearbooks, etc.
11:00-2:30 STEM Academy Tour. See why RCHS leads in education with the addition of this program for science, technology, engineering, and math!!
11:30-1:30 Lunch Plan to eat at RCHS cafetorium (menu and price to be announced).

Check sites below for Saturday Evening Parties & Events.


Website:   Twitter: @rchsevents
Snapchat: rchshomecoming
Instagram: rchshomecoming                            



Pictured from left to right (back row): Camden Boren, Dr. Dan Hunter, Logan Wicker, Kenneth “Ray” Bohall, and Nolan Reeves. Left to right (front row): Murissa Horton, Samantha “Sammi” Stewart, Brena Robison and Mrs. Shelley Gunter (Ag Science Teacher).
The Roscoe Future Farmers of America (FFA) chapter brought home a state win in the Junior Team Division in Animal Systems in the Agriscience Fair at the 87th Annual Texas FFA Convention held in Corpus Christi week before last. Camden Boren and Murissa Horton (both classified as freshmen at the time of the contest) brought home the state win. They have qualified to compete in the National FFA Agriscience Fair contest (pending summer judging advancement) in Louisville, Kentucky in October of 2016. Kenneth “Ray” Bohall also competed at the state level in the Senior Individual Division in Animal Systems.

Dr. Dan Hunter, Assistant Commissioner for Water and Rural Affairs for Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA), was the keynote speaker at the Agriscience Fair banquet when Boren and Horton received the award. Dr. Hunter has an extensive background in agriculture, is an enormous supporter of FFA, grew up in Roscoe, and graduated from Roscoe High School.



On Wednesday, July 15, at approximately 4 p.m., Sgt. Steven Spencer stopped a vehicle on Interstate 20 at the 236 mile marker post. During a routine questioning of the driver and passenger of the vehicle, he detected the possibility of criminal activity. Chief Felix Pantoja was called to the scene to assist Spencer in watching the individuals as he performed a search of the vehicle. During the search Spencer located in undisclosed locations three separate bundles of marijuana. The driver, a man from Georgia, and the passenger, a woman from Odessa, were taken into custody and booked into the Nolan County Jail for felony possession of marijuana over 4 ounces but less than 5 pounds.


John Spaulding with his AR-15 beside RVFD Fire Chief Gary Armstrong.

John Spaulding is the winner of the AR-15 rifle in the Roscoe Volunteer Fire Department raffle held on July 4.



Baseball season is over for Roscoe’s little league teams, who went to the state playoffs but were unable to come home this year with the gold.

The Freshman League Astros (ages 10-12) finished fifth at the playoffs in Presidio. They lost their first game to Cross Plains 7-2 before beating Harker Heights by a score of 24-2. Unfortunately, however, they were eliminated when they lost their next game to Comanche 6-2.

The Midget League Tigers (ages 9 and under) finished seventh at the playoffs in Bangs, losing their first game to Presidio 15-5. In their second game against Ballinger, they overcame a 7-0 deficit in the last inning to take the lead 8-7 but then lost when Ballinger scored two runs in the bottom of the inning to beat them 9-8.

Even with the playoff losses, though, both teams had successful seasons overall with the Astros finishing with a 9-3 record in the Colorado City league, while the Tigers wound up at 8-4.

(I was unable to get the results of Roscoe’s playoff team at Colorado City in time to include in this posting.)



Two great bands are featured Friday night at the Lumberyard when Shinyribs opens for “Red Dirt” singing star Wade Bowen and Band.

Kevin Russell of Shinyribs
Shinyribs is one of the fastest-moving bands in the Texas scene right now. They exploded onto the Austin scene at Ray Benson’s club, The Rattle Inn, and have been drawing large crowds ever since. Led by Kevin Russell, their most recent album, Okra Candy, follows their first two, Well After Awhile, and Gulf Coast Museum.

Wade Bowen
Bowen, originally from Waco and a Texas Tech grad, has grown in popularity over the years and now has a large following.  His albums include Try Not to Listen (2002), The Blue Light Live (2004), Lost Hotel (2006), If We Ever Make It Home (2008), Live at Billy Bob’s Texas (2010), and The Given (2012).  Top singles include “Saturday Night,” “To Live is to Fly,” “Trouble,” “God Bless This Town,” and “Songs About Trucks.”

Shinyribs will open at 8:00, and Wade Bowen and Band will take the stage at 10:00.

Saturday night’s show will feature Two Tons of Steel. For more information and reservations, contact the Lumberyard at 325-766-2457.



I was out of town for 12 days starting on Sunday, July 12, and I noticed the difference in the weather as soon as I got back. Instead of the mild highs, such as 89° or 90°F, which we had in the first part of July, the temperatures had ratcheted up to 95°- 98° in the afternoons and about 75° instead of 71° or so for the early morning lows.

The current weather pattern should continue for at least the next week or so—highs in the mid to upper nineties and lows in the mid seventies.  There is a slight chance of rain on Saturday, but other than that just more of what we’ve been getting—plenty of sunshine with clear to partly cloudy skies and winds out of the south—in other words, typical summer weather.



Funeral services were held at Champion Baptist Church on Saturday, July 18, for Fairy Lynn Wright, 88, who passed away on July 13 in Lewisville. Interment followed at Roscoe Cemetery.

She was born in Loraine on September 10, 1926, and was a lifelong resident of the Roscoe area before moving to Lewisville in March 2014. She was a member of Champion Baptist Church and a graduate of Highland High School. She graduated from Hardin-Simmons University with a degree in Education and was a member of the Hardin-Simmons Cowgirls. Fairy's first teaching job was at Ira, then Highland and Roscoe Schools. She was also a Paul Harris Fellow of Rotary International.

Survivors include her sons, Jimmy Greg Wright and wife, Cherry, of Highland Village and Mark Daniel Wright and wife, Diana, of Roscoe; daughter, Maxi Lynn (Wright) Houser and husband, Donald, of Sinton, Texas; brother, Douglas Mahon of Snyder; six grandchildren; and fourteen great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, E.O. and Mozell (Newton) Wright; her husband, Max Wright; granddaughter, Allison Wright; and a baby sister, Lucy Mahon.

Pallbearers were her grandsons: Greg Wright, Channon Cain, Aaron Wright, Dax Davila, Jason Martin, and Raef Wright. Honorary pallbearers were Daylon Althof, Herbert WIlliams, Rudy Raughton, and Doyle Sanders.



Funeral services were held at Roscoe Church of Christ on Tuesday, July 21, for Anna Joyce Freeman Buckner, 88, of Sweetwater, who passed away Sunday, July 19, at Nolan Nursing and Rehab. Interment followed at Roscoe Cemetery under the direction of McCoy Funeral Home.

Anna was born to Lula Mae Stevens and Joseph Roy “Jack” Freeman in Trent on April 7, 1927. She lived and attended school at Trent until 1943, her sophomore year, when the family moved to Hale Center. She attended the last half of her sophomore year and her junior year there. She then moved to Roscoe with her family, where she attended her senior year, graduating in 1946. She attended schooling for Western Union in Springfield, Missouri, and worked for them in Corpus Christi. Then transferring to Silver City, New Mexico, she worked until returning to Roscoe and married Douglas Lynn Buckner on February 14, 1948. In 1952 she moved with her family to Hobbs, New Mexico, where she was a wife and mother. They moved to Carlsbad, New Mexico, in 1957 when Doug was made Manager for Tootie’s Cashway Super Markets. They moved back to Hobbs in 1958. Then they moved to Odessa, where Doug worked as Assistant Supervisor for Tootie's . In 1969 they moved to Martin, Texas, when Doug went to work for Allsup’s 7-11 convenience store. In 1971, she started to work with Doug at Allsup's 7-11 in Martin. In 1972 they moved to Roscoe, where they owned and operated Doug's Town and Country Grocery and Market until 1978. They sold and moved to Lake Brownwood, building a convenience store, which they owned and operated, until selling in 1991, after Doug suffered a stroke in October 1990. Joyce and Doug came to Sweetwater in 1992 to help in Buck's Restaurant, for her son, Mike and wife Sandy. She retired in 1997 and went home to Lake Brownwood. In 1992 they sold their home and moved to Sweetwater. Joyce was a Christian. She was a member of May Church of Christ in May, Texas, until moving to Sweetwater in 2002. She was a member of the Roscoe Church of Christ.

Survivors are children, Jerry Lynn Buckner and wife Margery Buckner of Albuquerque, New Mexico, Danny Wayne Buckner of Lake Brownwood, Michael Douglas Buckner and wife Sandy of Sweetwater, Jack Allan Buckner and wife Jennifer of Amarillo, and Donna Kaye Sharp of Lubbock; grandchildren, Ron Hines of Sweetwater, Michael Joe Buckner of Sweetwater, Jack Allan Buckner II and wife Jennifer of Amarillo, Randal Charles Buckner and wife of Memphis, TN, David Sharp and wife Evalena of Lubbock, Daniel Sharp and wife Emeral of Alpine, Christye Michele Buckner Whitmore of San Diego, CA, Winona Michele Buckner of Albuquerque, NM, Jennifer Lynn Buckner of Phoenix, AZ, and Mollie Blackburn of Amarillo; sisters, Maretha Myrle and husband Donald Kelley of Abilene, Melba Faye and husband Garland Marth of Roscoe, and Billye Ruth and husband Odis Sessions of Seven Points, TX; along with numerous great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Lula Mae Stevens Freeman and Joseph Roy “Jack,” and brothers Jerland Fred Freeman and Luther Warren Ashford, three nephews, and two nieces.

Pallbearers were Ronald Hines, Steve Hagerman, Kenny Kelley, Stanley Kelley, Ricky Kelley, and Tim Kelley.


Wednesday, July 8, 2015

The Rains Just Keep Coming

Cottonwood Creek overflows its banks at Kenny Landfried's farm. (Photo by Kenny Landfried)
In Seattle, where it’s always raining and the joke is that the natives have webs between their toes, it’s dry—so dry they’re having their worst drought in years. And along with the drought, temperatures are soaring with the hottest June on record extending into July. The ninety-degree days are pretty hot for a city where air conditioners are scarce and anything above 80° is considered a heat wave. Meanwhile, here in west Texas, the land of horned toads, dust storms, and prickly pears, we’ve had one of the mildest springs and early summers in years, and the rains just keep falling.

Yesterday we got our biggest rain of the year so far with reports of anywhere from three and a half inches on the lower end up to over seven inches on the high side. Cottonwood Creek went over its banks, and all the dry lakes around Roscoe are now full of water.

The official total here in town, recorded at Kenny Landfried’s residence in east Roscoe, was 3.75”, but others in west and south Roscoe reported amounts of about 4.5”, going all the way up to over five inches. In short, it’s wet, really wet, and with the rains we’ve had previous to this one, it will be a while before things dry out. I’ve heard more frogs croaking in the last two months than any time I can remember, and with the mosquitoes already Texas-sized before this rain, there’s no telling how big they’ll get and how many there will be in the next couple of weeks.

The past week didn’t start out this way. After the rain of last Tuesday, the sun came out and temperatures returned to the high eighties and low nineties in the afternoons. The celebration on July 4th was hot, but not too hot, with a high of 89° that afternoon. The high for the week came on Monday when the mercury rose to 93°, which, if I’m not wrong, is the hottest temperature we’ve had so far this year. Yesterday’s high was only 76°. Lows during the week were in the high sixties and low seventies.

The meteorologists say there’s still a 50% chance of rain today, after which the weather will return to normal tomorrow and through the weekend with sunshine, partly cloudy skies, southerly winds, and no rain in the forecast. Afternoon temperatures will be in the upper eighties or lower nineties and lows will be around 70°.



No other details are available yet, but Roscoe High School’s Homecoming for this year has been set for the weekend of September 17, 18, and 19. So if you’re a RHS (or RCHS) ex, start making plans now to attend.

We'll be looking for you there!



An emotional moment, slinging mud, and red dirt - all in a day for the City of Roscoe's Fourth of July Celebration.
Posted by Dustin Tatro, Videographer on Saturday, July 4, 2015

This video clip by Dustin Tatro ran on the KTAB-TV five o'clock news on July 4.

Roscoe has done it again! Starting with the ten o’clock parade down Broadway and continuing through the day and evening all the way to the fireworks show, a large crowd of both locals and visitors enjoyed themselves—and our nation’s independence—in a variety of ways.

The morning parade, which started the annual celebration, was as impressive as always with its assortment of firetrucks, antique cars, mud vehicles, floats, and bicycle, motorcycle, and horseback riders—along with other odd and assorted entries. None of the kids watching went away without plenty of the candy thrown by parade participants. During the day, visitors bought food and shopped for merchandise from street vendors along Broadway and Cypress Streets, examined historical artifacts and photographs in the Roscoe Historical Museum, visited the garage sale at the Community Center, or enjoyed another great Plowboy Mudbog at the baseball field.  And in the evening, Old Town Park and Cypress Street were full of people with their coolers and lawn chairs, who enjoyed the music of Nine Mile Mountain and Cody Canada & the Departed, followed by perhaps the best fireworks show ever.  In short, it was another great day not only for the city but also for everyone who attended.


There was no Grand Marshal for this year’s parade. Instead, the parade was dedicated to two young men, Toby Nash and Devon Freeman, whose lives were tragically cut short before their time. In a brief ceremony at the intersection of Broadway and Cypress, a marine in dress uniform presented each of the men’s mothers with a yellow rose.

Here are the Parade winners:

Best Semi – Jason Freeman
Best in Show – Patty McBride
Best Western – Max Tomlin
Most Patriotic – Glass and Ledbetter families
Best Overall Float – American Legion Ladies’ Auxiliary
Best Antique Car – J. H. Tollison
Best Motorcycle – Johnny Rose, American Legion Riders
Best Little Rider / Bicycle – Kyle Martin

The Roscoe Parade Committee would like to thank everyone for coming out and starting the 4th of July celebration with our parade. Special thanks to Cody Thompson and the City Boards for sponsoring it. Thanks also to all the participants and to our local businesses for their donations: Vicki's Gifts, The Wildflower, McVey's Nursery, Integra Care Home Health and Hospice, Trinity Pumping Units of Midland, 1st Financial Bank of Sweetwater, Sonic, Doug Sitter of State Farm Insurance, TSTC, Rocking S Cantina, Morgan Real Estate, and Cindy Smith of Texas Farm Bureau. Thank you to our volunteers who helped make the parade a success: Zela and Staci Armstrong, Dustin Tatro, Jessica Stein and her girls, Roscoe Police Department, Roscoe VFD, Keegan as Simon the Fire Dog, Sgt. Castillo of the Marine Corps, and Janice Boil for judging the parade entries. Thank you to Skinny Kenny for providing and driving our Parade Marshal car.



The Plowboy Mudbog was everything it was billed to be with a strong field of 48 competitors from all over west Texas and the Panhandle as well as Oklahoma and New Mexico. A large crowd estimated at 800-1000 enjoyed the show, and all proceeds from admissions and the concession stand went to benefit the Roscoe Little League.

Plowboy Mudbog Results:

Street Class
1. Nick Joyner         Floydada         Black 2008 Chevy Pickup  304’ 9”
2. Marie Hall           Abilene            White 2010 Chevy Pickup  294’ 5”
3. Chuck Harvey     Sweetwater      Green 1995 Jeep                 289’ 2”

Super Street Class
1. Michael Hatfield  Noble, OK        Blue 1995 Chevy S10         366’ 2”
2. Ronald Walker     Yukon, OK       Red 1994 Chevy S10          363”
3. Jennifer Davis      Seminole          Orange 1984 Toyota         343’ 5”

Modified Street Class
1. Shannon Mollette Rotan                Yellow Suzuki                   388’ 2”
2. Nick Pantoja          Roscoe              Red 1986 Ford Bronco   315’ 9”
3. George Guerra       Colorado City  Blue 1984 Dodge             314’

Super Modified Class
1. Donny Scott         Hobbs, NM      Gray Ford Ranger      Cleared Pit
2. Justin Davis         Seminole         Blue Toyota Pickup    Cleared Pit
3. Brian Robbins     Hobbs, NM     Orange 1971 Ford             365’ 2”

Open Class
1. Arden Alvarez    Colorado City Blue 2000 Chevy S10   Cleared Pit
2. Jim Martinez     Ballinger         Black/Green Custom    Cleared Pit
3. Abel Alvarez       Colorado City Orange/White Jeep CJ7     398’



Earl Thomas Conley
Another country great is coming to the Lumberyard on Friday. This time it’s Earl Thomas Conley, the country singer with more number one hits in the 1980s than anyone else, more than Wayland Jennings, Willie Nelson, Charley Pride, Randy Travis, or George Strait. Eighteen No. 1’s: “Fire and Smoke,” “Somewhere Between Right and Wrong,” “Your Love’s On The Line,” “Holding Her and Loving You,” “Don’t Make It Easy For Me,” “Angel In Disguise,” “Chance Of Lovin’ You,” “Honor Bound,” “Love Don’t Care Who’s Heart It Breaks,” “Nobody Falls Like A Fool,” “Once In A Blue Moon,” “I Can’t Win For Losin’ You,” “That Was A Close One,” “Right From The Start,” “What She Is,” “We Believe In Happy Endings” (with Emmylou Harris), “What I’d Say,” and “Love Out Loud.”

Originally from Ohio, Conley began singing while in the Army, and after his discharge moved to Nashville, singing classic country sounds influenced by such artists as Merle Haggard and George Jones. While launching his own career, he saw Conway Twitty and Mel Street have success with songs that he wrote. His first number one hit was in 1981 and the others continued through the ‘80s. In 1991 he got out of the recording business due to burnout and Nashville’s turn to a more progressive sound.

He returned to music in 1997 and has been going strong since. And although he hasn’t had any top hits in recent years, everyone who’s seen him says he still puts on a great show.

For reservations and more information, contact the Lumberyard at 325-766-2457.



There will be no posting of the Roscoe Hard Times for the next two weeks as I will be driving to California to meet my eldest daughter and granddaughter in San Francisco for a couple of days before going to Napa Valley for my youngest daughter’s wedding.  After all the festivities there, my eldest daughter, granddaughter, and I will visit Yosemite Park and other points of interest on our drive back to Texas. The next posting should be on Wednesday, July 29.



Next Tuesday, July 14, two free movies will be shown at the Roscoe Community Center and everyone is invited. Guests are welcome to bring their own bean bags or chairs or sit in the ones provided at the Community Center.

The movies are free, but don’t forget to bring some money for snacks as the concession stand will be open.

The first movie, starting at 7:00pm is Boxtrolls. The second, starting at 9:00pm is Woman in Gold, starring Helen Mirren and Ryan Reynolds.

For more information, contact Community Center Director Gail Presley at 325-518-4135.


Wednesday, July 1, 2015

City Prepares for Big July 4th Celebration on Saturday

A city worker hangs a flag banner in anticipation of the July 4th celebration.
Final preparations are underway for Saturday’s big July 4th Celebration, and the event’s organizers are planning a day to remember.

The day will begin with a parade down Broadway at ten o’clock, followed by the Plowboy Mudbog at George Parks Field, with the gates opening at eleven and the event beginning at twelve.

After the parade, street vendors will be open and selling food and other wares along Broadway, Cypress, and Old Town Park, and the Roscoe Historical Museum will be open for visitors. The Roscoe Community Center will also be open with vendors and food.

The Roscoe Express will be available to shuttle people free of charge between downtown and the Plowboy Mudbog during the afternoon.  There will also be free swimming from 1-5pm at the City Swimming Pool.

Music will begin “on the bricks” of Cypress next to the bank at six o’clock with the new and improved Nine Mile Mountain band, followed at eight by the well-known “red dirt” band Cody Canada and the Departed, followed by the ever popular fireworks show.

Here are more details about the various events of the day:


Parade organizers invite your participation.  They are looking for creativity and variety.  Float awards will be presented to best overall, best western, and most patriotic. Prizes will also be awarded to the best semi, best antique vehicle, best motorcycle, and best bicycle.

The parade will start at 10:00am.  Line-up will be on West Broadway at 9:30am, and judging will be at 9:45am.

For more information, call Valerie Pruitt at 325-338-4666.


This year’s Plowboy Mudbog at George Parks Field will feature mudboggers from Hobbs, NM, El Paso, Amarillo, Colorado City, Snyder, Ballinger, Roscoe, and elsewhere, so the competition should be fierce.

Registration for entrants begins at 9:30am Saturday morning at the northwest corner of the baseball field at Second and Sycamore Streets.  The driver entry fee is $30.

Entries will be in five classes:

1.    Street: 35” tires and under with limited engine modification
2.    Super Street: 35” with engine vac under 13”
3.    Modified: 36” to 39” with limited engine modification
4.    Super Modified: 36” to 39” with engine vac under 13”
5.    Open: 40” and over.

Since there’s an advantage in going last rather than first, each mud vehicle makes two runs, with the second run in reverse order from the first.

The public gate will open at 11:00am with the mudbog beginning at noon.  Admission is $5 for adults and $2 for kids from 8 to 14.  Children 7 and under are free.  Proceeds will benefit the Roscoe baseball little league. The Little League will also run the concession booth.

Time permittting, there will also be a Plowboy Mudbog “Dash for Cash,” an entertaining event featuring kids running through knee-deep mud.

For more information, see the Plowboy Mudbog Facebook page, or contact Felix Pantoja at 325-514-8384.


The Roscoe Community Center will be open with vendors and food. A good place to do some shopping and get out of the heat, it also has clean restrooms.


Swimming at the Roscoe City Pool will be free of charge from 1:00-5:00pm.  The City Pool is located at 4th and Cedar Streets next to the City Park.


The Departed: Steve Littleton, Jeremy Plato, Chris Doege, Cody Canada
The music stage will be set up on Cypress Street between the Roscoe State Bank and Old Town Park.  Nine Mile Mountain will open the show at around six o’clock.  They will be followed at eight o’clock by this year’s feature act, Cody Canada and the Departed, who will play until 9:30 or so.

Cody Canada was the lead singer of the “red dirt” band, Cross Canadian Ragweed, from 1994 to 2010, but in 2011, he and bass guitarist Jeremy Plato along with two others formed The Departed and have been playing under that name since.

The Departed released their first album, This is Indian Land, in 2011, Adventus in 2012, and their latest, HippieLovePunk, in October, 2014.  Canada also released a solo-acoustic album, Some Old, Some New, Maybe a Cover or Two, in 2013. Popular singles by Canada include “17,” “Sister,” “Cold Hard Fact,” “Set It Free,” and others.


The fireworks show, organized, as always, by City Councilman Robert McBride, will be a memorable event that fittingly tops off the day. The show begins at about 9:40pm and will be done at about ten o’clock.

Those who are still not done celebrating can then go to the Lumberyard, where there will be live music and dancing until 1:00am.

So, if you're in the area, make plans to attend, bring lawn chairs and coolers, and help us celebrate the country’s independence on Saturday!



Next Tuesday, July 7, two free movies will be shown at the Roscoe Community Center and everyone is invited. Guests are welcome to bring their own bean bags or chairs or sit in the ones provided at the Community Center. The movies are free, but don’t forget to bring some money for snacks as the concession stand will be open.

The first movie, starting at 7:00pm, will be the animated Paddington. The second, starting at 9:00pm, is When the Game Stands Tall, starring Jim Caviezel and Laura Dern.

For more information, contact Community Center Director Gail Presley at 325-518-4135.



Water was standing everywhere yesterday morning.
We got a surprise early yesterday morning. Although the weather forecasters gave the area no chance of rain and there was nothing to speak of on the radar earlier in the evening, clouds north of Snyder started making up after sundown and a front continued to build. Then, shortly after 2am a cool, strong wind blew in and was almost immediately followed by thunder, lightning, and a heavy downpour. By then, the front extended all the way past Odessa in the west and as far as Cisco and Eastland in the east with thunderstorms almost everywhere as it passed through.

 At my house well over an inch of rain fell in about a half-hour before letting up somewhat. By the time it was over around 5am, there was 2.14” in my rain gauge, and, as I found out later, that was not an unusual amount for the Roscoe area. As always, some got more and others less, depending on location, but almost everyone got a substantial amount, i.e., somewhere between a little less than an inch up to three inches.

Roscoe weatherman Kenny Landfried recorded an official 1.64” at his home in east Roscoe, but most of the people I talked to in south Roscoe had from two to two and a half inches.  The Pyron area also got that amount as did farms west and southwest of town, although I was told the rainfall was somewhat lighter south of Champion as well as just northwest of town. In any case, water was standing everywhere today, and the streets are once again covered with big puddles and, in some places, pools of water.

Roscoe’s official total for the month of June was 4.11” and for the year so far is 16.99”.

Other than yesterday morning’s thunderstorm, though, the week was typical for this time of year with partly cloudy skies, south or southeast winds, and temperatures of around 90°F in the afternoons, cooling off to around 70° at sunrise.  The forecast for the coming week is for more of the same with sunny to partly cloudy skies, highs in the low nineties, and lows in the low seventies.

There is a 20% chance of rain on Friday, but none otherwise, so the July 4th celebration on Saturday should be hot and dry, although with the way the weather’s been going so far this year, I wouldn’t bet the ranch on it.


Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Roscoe Baseball Teams Advance to State Tournament

The Freshman League Astros. (Photo by Rick Salazar)

Two Roscoe little league teams, the Astros (ages 10-12) and the Tigers (ages 9 and under) will advance to the State Tournament. The Astros will play in Presidio and the Tigers in Bangs with competition for both starting on July 20. Both teams will play two games a day, and teams that lose twice are eliminated. The tournament will last all that week.

The Astros, whose record in the Colorado City league is 9-3, are coached by Kenny Hope, Billy Murphy, and KC Hope.

The Midget League Tigers. (Photo by Rick Salazar)
The Tigers have an 8-4 record in their league. They are coached by Chris Hall, Brian Bankhead, and Steven Rains. 

The teams are raising money for the trip by doing some kind of fundraiser every weekend until then. They will also have a booth downtown and one at the Plowboy Mudbog during the July 4th celebration.



Next Tuesday, June 30, two free movies will be shown at the Roscoe Community Center and everyone is invited. Guests are welcome to bring their own bean bags or chairs or sit in the ones provided at the Community Center.

The movies are free, but don’t forget to bring some money for snacks as the concession stand will be open.

The first movie, starting at 7:00pm, will be Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb, starring Ben Stiller, Robin Williams, and Owen Wilson. The second movie, starting at 9:00pm, is Black or White, starring Kevin Costner and Octavia Spencer.

For more information, contact Community Center Director Gail Presley at 325-518-4135.



Prophets & Outlaws
Prophets & Outlaws, a Southern Rock band with soul, will be at the Lumberyard Friday evening. The band, which has built up a following throughout Texas and Oklahoma, has a passion for the Blues while embracing their country roots.

Nine Mile Mountain will play on Saturday night. For more information and reservations, contact the Lumberyard at 325-766-2457.



This aerial photo by David Duncan shows just how green the Roscoe area is.
The weather this past week was more in line with what you’d generally expect of west Texas this time of year, i.e., sunny skies with scattered summer clouds, gentle to breezy south winds, and warm to hot temperatures. The recent rains have caused the humidity to still be higher than usual, but even it is dropping day by day into a range more normal for this region.

The effects of the recent rains are also still with us in other ways. Mosquitos are everywhere, and many of them are Texas-sized. There are also a lot of baby frogs hopping around here and there. The dry weather of the past week, however, allowed farmers to get most of their cotton planted, and the little plants just coming up look strong and healthy. Lawns around town are also looking nicer as residents have been able to mow their grass.

Temperatures have been consistent for the past six days, with highs ranging from Thursday’s 90°F to Saturday’s 87°, and lows from Friday’s 71° to yesterday morning’s 67°. The forecast is for more of the same with afternoon temperatures rising two or three degrees over what we had this past week. Conditions on Saturday will drop temperatures a few degrees and bring a 20%-30% chance of precipitation for that day and evening. Otherwise, it should once again be sunny, partly cloudy, and dry with little to no chance for rain.



Funeral services were held at 2:00pm yesterday at the First Baptist Church for Arlon Wayne “Arlo” Orman, 86, who passed away in his home on Friday, June 19. Military graveside services followed at the Roscoe Cemetery.

Arlo was born on November 21, 1928, in Beeville, Texas, and lived in Roscoe most of his life. He was a graduate of Roscoe High School and a lifelong member of First Baptist Church. He was a farmer in Nolan County for at least 62 years. He was a United States Army Veteran serving in the Korean War. He was a past member of the Roscoe Lions Club, an avid domino player, loved to tell jokes and was one who never met a stranger. Arlo loved his family and his church, never missing Sunday School in over 40 years.

Survivors include his wife, Janelle Orman of Roscoe; three children, Janice Stuart of Sweetwater, Lonnie Orman and his wife, Leola, of Roscoe; and Arlene Hartman of Sweetwater; seven grandchildren, Tammy Stracener of Sweetwater, Dustin Orman of Roscoe, Christianson Hartman of Roscoe, Angela Stuart of Sweetwater, Eden Baker of Roscoe, Landon Orman of Roscoe, and Jacoby Johnson of Gun Barrel City, Texas; and seven great-grandchildren, Austin Freeman, Justin Gardner, Kolby Evans, Jacie Baker, Elyn Baker, Charlie Arlon Hartman and Scarlett Hartman.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Arlon, Sr., and Grace Kate (Duncan) Orman, a brother, Floyd Orman, and several uncles and cousins.


Wednesday, June 17, 2015

The Rains Just Keep Coming

If this weather keeps up, this year could well go down in local history as The Year It Rained. This past week, we’ve had three or four light rains and one heavy one, which came on Saturday night and dropped between 1.5 and 3 inches over the Roscoe area.  Here in town, people I talked to reported getting between 1.7” and 2.25”.  Kenny Landfried's official total was 1.71'.

Roscoe didn’t get anything on Friday, but one person told me he got three-quarters of an inch south of town, forcing him to postpone planting cotton.

On Sunday, it rained again in amounts ranging from .6” west of town to just a tenth or so east of town with the official total .31". Then yesterday in two showers, I had a total of .22", while Kenny Landfried had an official total of .24".  I don’t know what others got yesterday, but enough has fallen this past week that no one is complaining about a lack of moisture, and we may not be done yet.

Many, but not all, farmers say they’ve got their cotton planted. Some are still waiting for their fields to dry up, and others who have planted have enough water standing in places to drown the cotton that was just coming up.  Even so, the general mood is upbeat, and people are smiling. Many of those with cattle talk of building up their herds since there is an abundance of grass.

The warmest temperatures came last week before the rains came. On Wednesday, it got up to 92°, on Thursday 93°, and on Saturday 90°.  The highs for all the other days were in the eighties with yesterday’s 81° the lowest maximum for the week. Lows ranged from the mid-sixties to the low seventies.

The best chance of rain for the coming week is this afternoon with forecasters giving us a 40% chance of more precipitation.  That drops to 20% tomorrow and 10% on Saturday, when standing water should be evaporating and people able to mow their lawns once again. High temperatures should range from today’s projected 79° to Sunday and Monday’s 89°. Lows will be around 70° all week.

Tropical storm Bill has made landfall and will most likely dump a lot more rain on places east of us, but we are unlikely to get much, if anything, from it.  Maybe it’s just as well.



The Chevy Tahoe with the copper roll on top.

Just about the time the big storm was blowing in on Saturday night, Roscoe Police received a call about a suspicious vehicle in the ditch on FM 608 at CR 105 about four miles south of Roscoe. Police Chief Felix Pantoja went out to investigate and found a white Chevy Tahoe with a huge roll of copper on top of the vehicle. The driver, wearing a company uniform and hard hat, told him that he’d had a blowout while on his way to deliver the copper to the company yard in Sweetwater.

Pantoja tried to contact someone from the company who could verify the driver’s story, but was unable to reach anyone at that late hour. Pantoja took the man’s name, Vicente Vargas, which matched the name on his company shirt and hard hat, and took photos of him and the vehicle. In the meantime, Vargas, 48, called for a tow truck and had the Tahoe towed to the Stripes station in Roscoe. Then, since Pantoja had no grounds to hold him, he released him.

The next morning, Lynn Turner, who lives not far south of the location where the Tahoe's blowout occurred, phoned the Nolan County Sheriff’s Office to report a large pile of scrap metal and several tools by his barn. Sheriff’s deputies along with Pantoja went out to investigate, and as they were doing so, Pantoja noticed the white Chevy Tahoe with the copper spool still on top of it going south on FM 608 toward Maryneal. The Sheriff’s deputies then stopped the driver, and upon contacting the company, learned that he had been fired in May but the company had not taken back his company shirt and hard hat.

Nolan County Sheriff’s officers then arrested him for felony theft of precious metal and booked him into the Nolan County Jail.



Roscoe 4-H students show off their ribbons won at the State Roundup in College Station.
Roscoe Collegiate students participating in the Nolan County 4-H recently attended the State 4-H Roundup in College Station and returned home with many honors in the Science, Engineering & Technology Competition sponsored by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension.

Senior division

1st - Juan Sanchez, Olivia Saddler, Samantha Ortega

Animal Science

1st - Ray Bohall
2nd - Spencer Little
3rd - Aaron Thomas

Intermediate Division

Animal Science
2nd - Joshua Stegge and Alfonso Islas

Plant Science
2nd - Jaci Alexander and Jaleigh Morales

State Best

1st - Juan Sanchez, Olivia Saddler, Samantha Ortega
3rd - Ray Bohall



Starting next Tuesday, June 23, free movies will be shown at the Roscoe Community Center and everyone is invited. Guests are welcome to bring their own bean bags or chairs or sit in the ones provided at the Community Center. The first movie will be shown at 7:00pm and be followed by a second one at 9:00pm.

And although the movies are free, don’t forget to bring some money for snacks as the concession stand will be open.

The two movies to be shown next Tuesday are the animated film Penguins of Madagascar, followed by McFarland USA starring Kevin Costner.

For more information, contact Community Center Director Gail Presley at 325-518-4139.



Another big weekend is planned for the Lumberyard with two great bands. On Friday night, Tommy Hooker will play in Roscoe for the first time, and on Saturday, the Turnpike Troubadours will also make their Lumberyard debut.

Tommy Hooker
Tommy Hooker labels himself a “Lifelong Singer and Musician of Real Texas Dancehall Music.” Born in 1953 in Arkansas and raised in Pecos, he began performing in 1967 in his brother’s band in Alpine.  He played in bands in Monahans, Fort Stockton, and Alpine before moving to Dallas and playing in clubs there. In 1981, he formed the Tommy Hooker Band and played throughout west Texas. Now, he is a regular act at Pearl’s Dancehall and Saloon in the Fort Worth Stockyards, where he packs the house. He plays traditional Texas Honky Tonk and Western Swing music made for dancing.

The Turnpike Troubadours
On Saturday night, the “Red Dirt” Turnpike Troubadours will be the Lumberyard’s featured act. Originally from Oklahoma, they were influenced by Cross Canadian Ragweed and Jason Boland but have developed their own sound. From their Oklahoma beginnings, they have worked their way up from small clubs to sellout crowds in such major music venues as Cain’s Ballroom in Tulsa, the Firehouse Saloon in Houston, and Antone’s in Austin. They have three studio albums: Bossier City, Diamonds & Gasoline, and Goodbye Normal Street. Popular singles include “Before the Devil Knows We’re Dead” and “Gin, Smoke, and Lies,” which you can listen to by clicking here.

For more information and reservations, contact the Lumberyard at 325-766-2457.


Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Mayor, Two Council Members Sworn in for New Terms

City Attorney Zollie Steakley swears in Ken Brawley, Pete Porter, and Robert McBride.

At last night’s monthly City Council meeting at City Hall, Mayor Pete Porter and two Council Members, Ken Brawley and Robert McBride, were sworn in and began new terms.  The Mayor’s term is for four years, and Council Members’ are for two.

The Council also appointed Ken Brawley as Mayor Pro-Tem and heard a request from Feliciana Campa about a persistent water leak at 301 N. Cypress.  It also received reports from City Manager Cody Thompson and Roscoe Police Chief Felix Pantoja.

Thompson reported that with the recent dry weather the City has begun patching the potholes in City streets while also dealing with water and sewer problems. City workers have also been mowing grassy areas around town.  One of the emergency sirens has been repaired, and a new sewer tap is being made for the new restroom in the Fire Department building.

Plans are underway for re-opening the old truck stop just west of town on the south side of I-20, and the new owners have made inquiries about the availability of City sewer lines.  The City can put in a small lift station and by boring under I-20 connect with the lift station by the new STEM building.  An estimate on the price for the new owners is being made.

Water and sewer improvements are being put together for bidding within the next thirty to sixty days. The remaining water funds will be used for boring and leak repair.

The City will receive a supply of mosquito spray on Friday and will begin spraying around town next week.

The City Hall will be closed on Friday, July 3, in observance of the Fourth of July.



A broken pump has caused the City Pool to be closed.
It’s been a rough start for the City Swimming Pool this summer. The pool was ready for opening on May 30, but after one day of operation prior to opening, one of the pumps burned up, and, as it was original with the pool, it couldn’t be replaced with a new one because no new ones could be found that would fit.

So, the old pump had to be sent to Lubbock to be rebuilt. However, it is back now and has been re-installed, so the pool is once again operational and will be open for business starting tomorrow.



Cody Canada & the Departed are the featured band for the free concert and street dance.
With only a little more than three weeks left until July 4, organizers are busy making sure everything is ready in downtown Roscoe for another blockbuster celebration of our nation’s independence.

The format will be similar to those of years past. Here’s the schedule for the day:

10am                                  Parade (line-up at 9:30)

10am-6pm                       Roscoe Historical Museum

10am-10pm                     Vendors open

10am-7pm                        Kids area open

12pm-finish                     Plowboy Mudbog (baseball field)

1pm-5pm                          Free Swimming at City Pool

12pm-9:30pm                 Music / Free Concerts

6pm-8pm                         Nine Mile Mountain (street dance)

8:pm-9:30pm                 Cody Canada and the Departed

9:30-10pm                       Fireworks Show

It’s not too early to begin making plans now to enjoy the day in historic downtown Roscoe.  Bring yourself, family, friends, folding chairs, coolers, and whatever else you need to celebrate another great July 4!



RCHS students Cassandra Chavira and Jasmine Chavira will travel to NASA’s Johnson Space Center this summer to participate in the High School Aerospace Scholars project.  Nominated by their state legislator, the Chaviras are two of 2700 high school juniors across Texas to be a part of the project.

Selected students completed eight web-based assignments during the school year and will apply their newfound knowledge to work as a team to design a mission to Mars. The onsite experience at NASA includes a tour of Johnson Space Center (JSC) facilities and briefings by NASA subject matter experts. These scholars will conclude their experience by presenting their proposals at a brunch to their parents, members of the Texas Legislature, Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, Rotary NASA, and JSC Senior Management.

The State of Texas in partnership with JSC and the Texas educational community, developed HAS in 1999 to encourage more students to pursue studies and careers in STEM subjects. More than 8000 students across Texas have participated in the program since its inception.

With this program, NASA continues its tradition of investing in the nation’s educational programs.  It is directly tied to the Agency’s major education goal of attracting and retaining students in STEM disciplines critical to NASA’s future missions, which include missions to Mars and beyond.



The Randy Rogers Band
One of the largest crowds of the summer is expected Friday night when the high-flying Randy Rogers Band returns for their second engagement at the Lumberyard.  Four of their previous five albums have made it into the top ten on the US country charts, and their most recent, Homemade Tamales (2014), reached number 11.

The band got its start in San Marcos and recorded its first album in 2002.  Since then, they have produced Rollercoaster (2004), Just a Matter of Time (2006), Randy Rogers Band (2008), Burning the Day (2010), and Trouble (2013), along with two other live albums in addition to Homemade Tamales (2014) . Rogers’ most recent venture, Hold My Beer, Volume 1, just released, is a joint project with Wade Bowen.

The band’s top singles include “Too Late for Goodbye,” “In My Arms Instead,” “One More Sad Song,” “Kiss Me in the Dark,” “One More Goodbye,” and “Satellite.”

Opening band is Aaron Einhouse beginning around 8:00pm with the Randy Rogers Band taking the stage at about 9:30. For reservations or more information, contact the Lumberyard at 325-766-2457.



Summer clouds over Roscoe.
Dry, sunny weather doesn’t sound like it would be news for west Texas, but with the all the rains and cloudy skies we’ve had this spring, it was a needed change from a very wet May.  Farmers welcomed the opportunity to plant cotton and combine wheat.

Temperatures remained a bit below normal for this time of the year with the high for the week yesterday’s 90°F. All the other days had highs ranging from 86° to 89°. Lows ran from 63° to 71°.

If today’s predicted high of 95° is reached, it will be the hottest day of the year so far. The outlook for the rest of the week is for highs in the low to mid-nineties and lows in the low seventies. There is a good chance of rain this weekend beginning on Friday with 20%, then increasing to 30% on Saturday, 40% on Sunday, and dropping back to 30% on Monday. Humidity will remain high throughout the week.



Beverly S. Farquhar, 68, of Roscoe, passed away on Friday, June 5, at Hendrick Medical Center in Abilene. As per her wishes, her body will be cremated.  No services are planned at this time. Arrangements are under the direction of Cate-Spencer & Trent Funeral Home.

Beverly was born on December 8, 1946, in Little Rock, Arkansas, to E.C. and Veda (Riffle) Wright.  She worked for many years before retiring.  She was a Catholic and a devoted mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother to her family, who lovingly called her "Mema."

She is survived by three daughters, Annett Bromley of Roscoe, Veda Hayes and husband Doug of Tuscaloosa, Alabama, and Billi Tompkins of New Iberia, Louisiana; two sons, Jerry Bromley and wife Patricia of Santa Anna, and Tim Bromley and wife Susan of Roscoe; thirteen grandchildren, Steven Rains, Tommy Scott, Michael Hayes, Veda Hayes, Amber Craig, Wesley Parish, Alexis Ditto, Donald Bromley, Daniel Bromley, Brandon Bromley, Brittnie Steele, Kyle Bromley, and Tyler Bromley; seventeen great-grandchildren; and a sister-in-law, Sharon Farquhar of Sweetwater.


Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Devon Freeman Killed in Louisiana Car Wreck

Devon Freeman as RCHS Homecoming King in September 2011.
Devon Freeman, 21, a 2012 RCHS graduate, was fatally injured shortly after 2am on Friday, May 29, when his 2011 Toyota Camry rear-ended a 2012 Peterbilt 18-wheeler on US 190 westbound at the intersection of LA 1 in Pointe Coupee Parish, about 15 miles west of Baton Rouge.

He was unrestrained at the time of the crash and was pronounced deceased at the scene by the Pointe Coupee Coroner’s Office.  The driver of the truck, Derrick L. Hall, 47, of Baker, Louisiana, was wearing his seatbelt and not injured.



The Nolan County Sheriff’s Office is reporting that on Saturday, May 30, at approximately 11:30pm, deputies responded to reports of a burglary of vehicles in the 100 block of Cypress Street in Roscoe. It was reported that an unknown person or persons used force and entered four vehicles. Once inside the thieves took purses, cash, and other financial documents. The combined value of the items taken and damage to the vehicles is estimated at approximately $5,500.

On the same night, Burritos Zacatecas on Main Street across from the Post Office was also broken into with many items taken.

The Nolan County Sheriff’s Office and Crime Stoppers is asking for your assistance to help locate the person(s) responsible. If you have information regarding these crimes or any other crime, call the Nolan County Sheriff’s Office at 325-235-5471 or to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 325-235-TIPS (8477). You can also submit an anonymous tip online. Nolan County Crime Stoppers offers a reward of up to $1,000.00 for information that leads to the arrest and filing of charges against the person(s) responsible for these or any other unsolved felony crimes.



Roscoe Police assisted in a one-vehicle accident that occurred yesterday afternoon at the overpass just west of Roscoe at Mile 235.  A small, white, four-door Chevrolet carrying a man, woman, and three children apparently struck the concrete on both sides of the bridge before coming to a stop.

Two of the injured, one with life-threatening injuries, were airlifted away from the scene by helicopter, while the other three were taken away by ambulance.



The 34th Annual Country Showdown will showcase local and area talent at the Lumberyard this Saturday, June 6. Sponsored in this area by Sweetwater radio station KXOX, the Country Showdown is a national event that gives aspiring country music artists a chance to launch their professional careers.

The Country Showdown is open to both vocal and instrumental performers and welcomes individual acts or groups with up to seven members. Acts must not have performed on a record charted in Billboard’s Top 100 Country format within eighteen months preceding the local competition. To ensure fairness, a uniform judging system is used on all levels of competition. Judges for this year’s competition include 2014’s National Winner, Crystal Yates! A $20 entry fee is required of all acts.

Saturday’s winner will have the opportunity to compete at Billy Bob’s Texas in Fort Worth against other regional winners, and the winner there gets a trip to Nashville and a chance to win $100,000, along with other benefits.

The show begins at 7:00pm and is free of charge.

All entries must be received NO LATER THAN 5:00pm TODAY, JUNE 3. Entry forms are available at the Lumberyard or by calling KXOX at 325-236-6655. For more information visit, or call the Lumberyard at 325-766-2457.



Storm clouds over Roscoe last Thursday. 
On Thursday and Saturday we got two more rains.  Here in Roscoe, weatherman Kenny Landfried recorded .45” on Thursday night and early Friday morning and .73” on Saturday (although he notes that he got 1.5” for the same rain at his farm northwest of town).  The town total of 1.18” for the two brings a total of 5.81” for the month of May while others in areas around Roscoe report well over six inches total.

Many cities in Texas are reporting that this was their wettest May on record, and the Weather Channel says it was the wettest May on record for both Texas and Oklahoma. Roscoe, however, has had three years since 1936 in which May was wetter than this year: 1982 with 10.92”, 1957 with 7.81”, and 1994 with 6.94”.

Since Saturday, we’ve been drying out although we got a little more precipitation yesterday morning, with an official .05”. Others reported getting as much as a tenth of an inch. Temperatures have still been relatively mild, with the high temperature coming last Wednesday at 88°F.  The lowest maximum was 68° on Saturday.  Lows ranged from 59° on Saturday and Sunday to 65° last Wednesday.

Starting today, however, and continuing on for the next week, we will experience our first typical summer weather with plenty of sunshine, highs of around 90°, and lows in the mid-sixties. In fact, today could be our first 90° day in almost two months.  The last one was on April 7, when the temperature rose to 91°. There is also no rain in the immediate forecast, which is not a bad thing. Farmers can use a few days like this to get their cotton planted and wheat harvested. Ranchers are just happy that there’s water in the stock tanks and the grass is green and growing.

Since the NOAA weather forecast was so accurate for the spring, which they predicted would be wetter than normal, I thought I would take a look at what they are projecting for the next three months, which you can see in the two charts below.  The map on the left shows the precipitation possibilities for June, July, and August; the one on the right shows projected temperatures.  As you can see, they expect west Texas to continue to receive above average precipitation and below average temperatures through August.  We’ll have to see if they’re as good at predicting the next three months as they were for the last three.

(Click image to enlarge.)


Funeral services are at 10:00am this morning, June 3, at Roscoe Church of Christ for Devon Reece Freeman, 22, who passed away on May 29 in Point Coupee Parish, Louisiana. Interment will follow at Roscoe Cemetery.

Devon was born January 1, 1994, in Abilene. He lived in Nolan County and Roscoe most of his life. He graduated in 2012 from Roscoe Collegiate High School, where he played Roscoe Plowboy football for four years and was regional qualifier in Texas in the pole vault two years and was state qualifier in Florida. After graduation he went to work for the Union Pacific Railroad as a Signalman. Devon was a member of the Roscoe Church of Christ and the Brotherhood of Railroad Signaling. He loved hunting, fishing, tractor pulling, and mud bogging, and most of all he loved children.

Survivors include his parents, Christy and Jason Freeman of Roscoe; brother, Dillon Freeman of Roscoe; sister, Dakota Freeman of Roscoe; maternal grandmother, Sue Smith of Sweetwater; maternal great-grandmother, Willo Dean Ellis of Liberty; paternal grandmother, Linda Freeman of Roscoe; paternal great-grandmother, Elnor Freeman of Roscoe; uncles and aunts, Brian and Jami Smith of Balch Springs, Texas; Jake and Lindsay Freeman of Roscoe, Jerri Freeman of Dallas; Joni Freeman of Sweetwater; nephews and niece, Brody and Jaline Freeman of Roscoe; Brian Smith, Jr., of Balch Springs; and numerous other aunts, uncles, cousins, and family friends.

Devon was preceded in death by his paternal grandfather, Freddy Freeman, on June 6, 2007, and his maternal grandfather, Jimmy Don Smith, on August 2, 2012.

Pallbearers are Riley Teltschik, Juan Solis, Eric Padilla, Ty McGlothlin, Zach Gutierrez, Brett Rodriguez, Gabriel Medellin, and Joe Luis Aguayo.



Funeral services will be at 11:00am tomorrow, June 4, at Hillside Christian Church, 6202 Milwaukee Avenue, Lubbock, for Toby Branon Nash, 32, who passed away Friday, May 29.

Toby was born on May 29, 1983, in Sweetwater. On July 28, 2012, he married the love of his life, Erin Pirkle, at the First Baptist Church in Lubbock. He graduated from Roscoe High School in 2001, where he was a standout football player, making first-team all-state as a defensive lineman and all-district as a fullback.  He later earned a bachelor’s degree from Hardin-Simmons University, where he played football for four years. As a high school and later college football player he learned the disciplines of commitment and sacrifice that would carry into serving two tours of duty in Iraq with the Marine Corps. Professionally he served as West Texas Regional Sales Manager for NOVA Medical Centers.

Survivors include his wife, Erin Nash; daughter, Ryan Kate, due in July; mother, Debbie McIntire and husband, Allan; sister, Katie McIntire; brother, Tommy and Betsy Nash; paternal grandmother, Mary Nash; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Phil and Missy Pirkle; niece, Regan Nash; nephew, Jet McIntire; and brother-in-law, Jeff Pirkle; several uncles, aunts, and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his paternal grandfather, Robert Nash.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial donation for daughter Ryan Kate may be made at any Wells Fargo Bank to the Toby Nash Memorial Fund. Condolences may be expressed at Lake Ridge Chapel & Memorial Designers.