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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

City to Apply for $275k Grant for Sewer Improvements


At its monthly meeting last Tuesday, the Roscoe City Council authorized applying for a state grant of $275,000 to improve City sewer lines. It also heard the City Manager’s update on current City works and the Police Chief’s police activity report for the month of December.

City Manager Cody Thompson told the Council that City workers have been patching streets at least once a week and will continue to do so. They have cleaned up the burn pile on Front Street as well as on Kade Johnson’s property where the Homecoming bonfires were. They have also been busy repairing water leaks resulting from the recent hard freezes.

Work with TCEQ (Texas Commission on Environmental Quality) continues on finalizing the closure of the old wastewater sewer plant, while wastewater line improvements will not begin until late March.

The recent mailout of letters to City residents about lead and copper was a minor incident resulting from two of the ten locations going slightly over allowable limits. The TCEQ is being extra cautious in light of the recent publicity concerning contaminated water in Flint, Michigan.

Roscoe Collegiate ISD is working with a committee to secure the Shelansky Building for the school’s EduDrone Center. On the City’s north side, Carl Childers is dealing with prospective developers for a travel center on his property along US 84.

Police Chief Felix Pantoja told the Council that during the month of December, the Department received 81 calls for assistance, made 4 arrests, dealt with 3 vehicle collisions, and filed two criminal cases with the D.A.'s office.

The Council then discussed and agreed to apply for a Texas Community Block Grant of $275,000 from the Texas Department of Agriculture. The funds are needed for continued City sewer line improvements.

The Council also approved the City’s first quarter investment report.

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PLOWBOYS NAMED TO 2A ALL-BIG COUNTRY FOOTBALL TEAM

Jose Ortega, Francisco Garcia, Paul Pantoja, Matt Buckley.
The Plowboy football team, which advanced to the playoffs and won two games before being eliminated in the Regional Finals, had some of its best players named to the Abilene Reporter-News 2016 2A All Big-Country football team.

Jose Ortega made the first team as a utility player on defense and the second team as a wide receiver on offense. Francisco Garcia made the first-team offense as a running back, and Paul Pantoja made the first-team defense as a lineman.

Matthew Buckley made the second-team offensive line, and Brayden Beal made honorable mention as quarterback.

Here are the named Plowboys along with their significant stats, as reported by the Abilene Reporter-News:

First Team Offense: Francisco Garcia (Jr., 5’9”, 175) Running Back, Rushed for 1508 yards and 23 TDs on 247 carries.

First Team Defense: Paul Pantoja (Jr., 6’0”, 215) Defensive Line. Finished with 71 tackles, 15 tackles for loss, 8 sacks, 4 forced fumbles, and 2 fumble recoveries.

First Team Defense: Jose Ortega (So., 5’ 7”, 155) Utility, had 79 tackles, 12 tackles for loss, 11 pass breakups, and 2 forced fumbles from his position in the Plowboys’ secondary.

Second Team Offense: Matthew Buckley (Sr., 6’1”, 250) Offensive Line. Graded at 90% with 37 pancake blocks and one sack allowed to earn District Lineman of the Year honors.

Second Team Offense: Jose Ortega (So., 5’ 7”, 155) Wide Receiver, Had 48 catches for 814 yards and 13 TDs.

Honorable Mention: Brayden Beal, Sr., Quarterback; Jose Ortega, So., Defensive Back.

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ROSCOE COMMUNITY CENTER NEWS

A nice crowd enjoyed lunch at the Community Center on Sunday.

THIRD SUNDAY OF THE MONTH LUNCH
Our First “THIRD SUNDAY LUNCH” was a success!  We would like to thank everyone who came and joined us.
Our next meal is planned for February 19, 2016, 11:30am-1:30pm.
So mark your calendars!!!

COMMUNITY GARAGE SALE
The Community Center will be hosting a Roscoe Community Garage Sale.
Saturday, February 4, 2016, 8am to 3pm

If you are interested in renting an indoor space to set up your items, please contact Connie Baize at 325-338-1287 for more information.

COMMUNITY CENTER RENTALS
We currently running a Rental Special for the months of January, February and March:

Mon. - Thu.:    $50 per Hour (min. of 2 hrs.) with $150 deposit
Fri., Sat., & Sun.:   all day $300 rent with $150 deposit
                           ½ day (4 hrs. or less) $200 rent + $150 deposit
(Please note that all deposit refunds are subject to a $50 non-refundable fee.)

Call Misty Reynolds for more information – 325-338-1005

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ROSCOE COLLEGIATE ISD PICKUP STOLEN FROM STEM CENTER

The Roscoe Police Department is reporting the theft on early Monday morning of a white, four-door Chevrolet pickup from its location at the STEM Center off the I-20 service road just west of town.  The vehicle belongs to the school and has the school logo on both sides. The fence enclosing it received extensive damage when whoever was driving the pickup rammed the fence in order to reach the open road.

Anyone with information about this incident should call the Roscoe Police Department at 325-514-8384 or Crime Stoppers at 325-235-8477.

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PLOWGIRLS FALL TO HASKELL, STAMFORD, HAWLEY

Bonnie Wilkinson drives for a layup against Haskell. (Photo by Zane Graves.)

The Plowgirls were defeated by Haskell and Stamford last week--and then barely lost a heartbreaker by one point against Hawley in Hawley last night.

Tuesday, January 10
Haskell 71 - Plowgirls 21

Scores by quarters:
Haskell             19        41        57        71
Plowgirls            2          7        13        21

Plowgirl scoring: Jaci Alexander 6, Kinzie Buchanan 4, Bergan Trevino, Jovana Peña 3, Veronica Cuellar 2, Bonnie Wilkinson 2.

Friday, January 13
Stamford 81 - Plowgirls 70

Stamford            2        38        58        81
Plowgirls           11        23        41        70

Cuellar 22, B. Wilkinson 19, Jaleigh Morales 9, Buchanan 6, Trevino 6, Lyndi Wilkinson 4, Karina Cisneros 3, Alexander 2, Peña 1.

Tuesday, January 17

Hawley 49 - Plowgirls 48
Hawley             14        27        39        49
Plowgirls          12        21        36        48

Cuellar 14, B. Wilkinson 11, Alexander 7, Buchanan 7, Morales 4, Peña 3.

The Plowgirls' next game is at home against Anson on Friday.

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PLOWBOYS FALL TO HASKELL, STAMFORD

Tuesday, January 10
Haskell 36 - Plowboys 31

Haskell              13        20        26        36
Plowboys            6        16        28        31

Plowboy scoring: Johnathan Cuellar 10, Jayden Gonzales 6, Jose Ortega 5, Brandon Lavalais 5, Jack Phillips 3, Brayden Beal 2.

Thursday, January 13
Stamford 62 - Plowboys 33

Stamford           16        28        47        62
Plowboys             5        17        22        33

Plowboy scoring: Ortega 9, Clemente Aguayo 6, Phillips 5, Cuellar 4, Gonzales 3, Beal 2, Lavalais 2, Cam Boren 2.

The Plowboys next play Anson at home Friday evening.

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BRI BAGWELL PLAYS THE LUMBERYARD SATURDAY

Bri Bagwell.
Texas Country singer and songwriter Bri Bagwell will warm the crowd at the Lumberyard Saturday night as she makes her first ever indoor appearance there. She is scheduled to begin at around 8:30pm

Bri Bagwell, who grew up in Las Cruces, NM, has been singing since childhood, originally performing with her twin brothers, and now travels the Texas honky-tonk circuit. She has been to Nashville and hopes to become country music’s next superstar. Her musical influences include Miranda Lambert, Patty Griffin, and Johnny Cash. This video features her singing her single “Whiskey.”

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

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WEATHER REPORT: A MIXED BAG WITH SOME RAIN

Fog enveloped Roscoe on Saturday and Sunday.
The past week or so has run the gamut as far as weather is concerned. Last week began with unseasonably warm weather with the high temperature on Monday a pleasant 72°F, on Tuesday 74°, and on Wednesday 82°. But then a front moved through bringing clouds and temperatures that dropped steadily until Saturday when the high was only 35° and the low 30°. Saturday and Sunday were both foggy, and on Sunday afternoon a thunderstorm arrived bringing with it rain along with an abundance of lightning and thunder, which is not normal for January.

I got 1.3” here at my house although Kenny Landfried’s official total for Roscoe was only 1.08”. Monday the sun broke out but the day was still predominantly cloudy with a high of 60°. Then yesterday afternoon a light rain fell for a few hours. By the time it was over, I’d recorded another .74” (Kenny Landfried recorded an official .70"). That makes my total rainfall for Sunday and yesterday a substantial 2.04”. If you add the rain we got on January 1 and 2, which at my house came to .3”, the total for the month so far is 2.38”. That’s over twice the normal average of .98” for the entire month of January, and we still have two more weeks to go.  In short, it’s wet in and around Roscoe. There are puddles all over town, area dry lakes are not dry, and they may stay that way for a while.

The outlook for the rest of this week and the beginning of next is for warmer temperatures and more sunshine than we’ve had lately—although this weekend is forecast to be mostly cloudy. Skies should be clear with highs in the sixties through the first part of next week, after which the highs will drop into the fifties. And, if the weathermen are right, we probably won’t see any more rain for the rest of the month.

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Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Down Memory Lane: A Tribute to Malcolm Hammack

Note: This is an updated version of a Hard Times article that ran in January 2011.)

As the Christmas holidays draw to a close and the New Year begins, football is always in the air—or should I say ‘on the air’?—with an endless supply of games. The college bowl games seem to start earlier every year, with the initial bowls pitting also-rans from smaller leagues all the way up to the national championship game between Alabama and Clemson next Monday night. 

And if all that is not enough football for you, the NFL playoffs begin in earnest this weekend with two games on Saturday and two more on Sunday. What better time then to remember perhaps the best football player ever to come out of Roscoe?

The Plowboys have had many football stars over the years—I hesitate to name them for fear of leaving someone out—but none more prominent than Malcolm Hammack (known professionally as Mal), the only ex-Plowboy who has ever enjoyed an extended career in the NFL. Not only did he start twelve years for the Cardinals, he was also a college standout for the Florida Gators and a member of the University of Florida Athletic Hall of Fame.

Always known here as Malcolm, he was born in Roscoe on June 19, 1933, to Mr. and Mrs. Bob Hammack and lived here until graduating from Roscoe High in 1951. His father worked for many years on the track gang of the Roscoe, Snyder & Pacific Railway, and the family home was on 302 Bois d’Arc Street.

As a boy growing up in Roscoe, Malcolm was a member of the Boys Club, going on Boys Club trips and playing softball on Boys Club teams. While in high school, he was the top pitcher for the 1951 Boys Club State Champion softball team as well as a star running back for the Roscoe Plowboys.

After graduating from Roscoe High, he played for the Arlington State Junior College Rebels, where he was good enough to attract the attention of Florida coach Bob Woodruff, who offered him a scholarship to transfer to Florida. He played the next two years as a running back for the Florida Gators and was an  all-Southeast Conference selection in 1954, his senior year. After college he was drafted into the army and played on the army team in Fort Ord, California.

He was then selected by the Chicago Cardinals as the 26th overall pick in the 1955 NFL draft and stayed with the Cardinals for his entire 12-year pro career, moving with them to St. Louis in 1960. He was a starter at fullback and played in the same backfield as Ollie Matson and John David Crow. Known for his versatility, he also played linebacker when called upon and was the special-teams captain, returning kickoffs and punts.

In 1958 he returned to the University of Florida in the off-season to finish his bachelor’s degree. After retiring from football in 1966, he remained in St. Louis, where he was a sales representative for a shoe company and a color announcer on radio broadcasts of the Cardinals’ football games. He died on July 19, 2004, at the age of 71.

I can still remember watching television in the Boys Club hall with other boys when the Cardinals played and the cheers we gave when he made a good play. He was “our” football player, and we all felt a sense of pride when the announcers had something good to say about him, which they often did.

During the years he was playing in the NFL, he often came back to Roscoe to see his parents, and, when he did, he usually dropped by the Roscoe Times office to see George Parks and visit for a while. I worked there at the time and was flattered that he always remembered me by name and took the time to say something to us kids while he was there.

In short, he was a heck of a football player, a good role model, and an all-around nice guy. May we have more like him!


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ROSCOE COMMUNITY CENTER
Will be hosting a
Hamburger Steak Lunch
     (Includes dessert &drink)
Sunday -January 15, 2017
11:30am-1:30pm
Tickets $8 adults
$5 children 6 & under

Proceeds of the meal will go toward kitchen repairs

If you have questions, please contact
Elisha Jowers , president 325-277-4113
Connie Baize, secretary. 325-338-1287

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PLOWBOYS FIND ROUGH GOING IN EULA TOURNEY, VS. ALBANY

The Plowboys may be a superior team when it comes to football, but so far they haven’t been able to achieve that status in basketball. At least, that’s the way it appears since they hung up their cleats and put on their basketball shoes last month, and the games they played this past week didn’t do anything to dispel that notion. 

Part of the problem in the Eula Tournament was the size of the schools they were playing. With the exception of Poolville, whose student enrollment is similar to Roscoe’s, they found themselves pitted against larger schools with larger players.

Then, yesterday evening they lost to Albany in a non-district game 45-22.

Childress 76 – Plowboys 22

Scoring by quarters:

Childress          30        41        64        76
Plowboys             7        14        19        22

Plowboy Scoring: Jayden Gonzales 9, Jose Ortega 7, Jack Phillips 3, Brayden Beal 2.

Poolville 60 – Plowboys 33

Poolville          18        32        49        60
Plowboys         11        20        29        33

Plowboy Scoring: Ortega 11, Johnathon Cuellar 8, Gonzales 7, Clemente Aguayo 2, Cam Boren 2, Phillips 2, Junior Martinez 1.

Clyde 80 – Plowboys 20

Clyde               29        46        70        80
Plowboys          4           9        18        20

Plowboy scoring: Gonzales 6, Beal 5, Cuellar 3, Boren 2. Martinez 2, Ortega 2.

Tolar 51 – Plowboys 35

Tolar                16        26        44        57
Plowboys         10        16        28        35

Plowboy scoring: Ortega 17, Cuellar 6, Boren 4, Brandon Lavalais 3, Phillips 3, Beal 2.

Albany 45 - Plowboys 22

Albany              10        20        34        45
Plowboys            5         7         12        22

Plowboy scoring: Ortega 14, Gonzales 6, Cuellar 4.


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PLOWGIRLS RUNNERS-UP IN EDEN TOURNAMENT, DEFEAT ALBANY, 43-33

After defeating Eden in their opening game of the Eden Tournament, the Plowgirls won their second game against Bronte 44-34, but fell to Robert Lee in the championship game 71-44. Then, yesterday evening they were victorious over Albany 43-33 in a game played in Roscoe. 

Scoring by quarters:

Plowgirls 44 – Bronte 34

Plowgirls            9        30        38        44
Bronte                 2          8         17        34

Plowgirl scoring: Jaleigh Morales 13, Bonnie Wilkinson 10, Kenzie Buchanan 8, Jaci Alexander 7, Veronica Cuellar 4.

Robert Lee 71 - Plowgirls 44

Robert Lee       23        40        60        71
Plowgirls            8        22        37        44

Cuellar 13, Buchanan 10, Wilkinson 10, Morales 4, Jovana Pena 4, Alexander 2, Bergan Trevino 1.

Plowgirls 43 - Albany 33

Plowgirls         11          26         30       43
Albany              5           20         24       33

Cuellar 14, Wilkinson 9, Morales 5, Pena 4, Alexander 2, Buchanan 2, Trevino 2, Lynzie Atkison 1.



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Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Happy New Year!

A REVIEW OF ROSCOE IN 2016

Here’s hoping you are still basking in the glow of a merry Christmas! I know I am. But now that Christmas is over, it’s almost time to welcome the new year and close the books forever on the old one.  Before we do, though, now is a good time for us to look back at 2016 and remember what kind of year it’s been for the city of Roscoe. 

Festivals and the Music Scene

Tanya Tucker at the Lumberyard.
A good place to start is with the city festivals—the Spring Fling in April, the Independence Day Celebration on or around July 4th, and the West Texas Wind Festival in October. These festivals have been around long enough now that people in surrounding communities associate them with Roscoe, and there are many of them who, along with the Roscoe folks, always make a point to attend them and enjoy the music, fireworks, and other events that accompany them.

This year’s Spring Fling featured noted Texas singer and songwriter Robert Earl Keen, who performed on the stage at the Lumberyard while shoppers enjoyed the open houses of Roscoe’s downtown businesses or visited the museum. As usual, the Independence Day Celebration in July was a day to remember. It began with the Roscoe Lions Club’s pancake breakfast followed by the July 4th parade down Broadway. At noon, the Plowboy Mudbog got underway at the baseball field while street vendors filled the downtown area. Texas Tech’s Masked Rider was on hand with his black horse, and live music at the free concert featured country singer Sunny Sweeney. As always, the event was capped off by an impressive fireworks show. At the tenth annual West Texas Wind Festival in October, the Cooder Graw band was the main act for the street dance, and the Roscoe Volunteer Fire Department once again held its annual “BBQ in the Wind” cookoff with its $1500 first prize. The Plowboy Mudbog entertained the crowd at the baseball field, and the day was once again capped off by the fireworks show.

Roscoe’s reputation as a major music venue for the Big Country was once again confirmed by the live performances of nationally-known music artists and groups. Most prominent among these were Tanya Tucker and the Charlie Daniels Band, whose appearances filled the Lumberyard with crowds easily exceeding Roscoe’s population. Other performers also drew large audiences. These included such country greats as Marty Stuart and the Fabulous Superlatives, the Mavericks, LoneStar, Bobby Flores, and Terri Clark, as well as “Red Dirt” artists and others like Josh Abbott, Stoney LaRue, Cody Canada, Jamie Richards, Aaron Watson, Roger Creager, Charlie Robison, and Jason Boland. The online magazine RV Life wrote a very complimentary article about Roscoe’s music scene as well as some of its other positive aspects. You can access it by clicking here.

Roscoe School


The school is always the heart of small towns in west Texas, and Roscoe is no exception. What is exceptional about Roscoe’s school are its unique accomplishments in recent years and its contributions to rural education in the state of Texas. In May, 30 graduates received their diplomas. Six of these were early graduates who had finished after the fall semester, and 23 of the other 24 received their Associate’s Degrees from Western Texas College in Snyder along with their high school diplomas. Roscoe is unique among Texas high schools in the percentage of its graduating seniors who finish high school and community college at the same time.

It is also in the forefront of technology instruction and this fall it began a new program in drone instruction, repair, and certification in a joint venture with Strat-Aero International, Inc., which specializes in military and commercial drones. In this area it inspects wind turbine blades with camera-mounted drones. In exchange for providing instruction to RCHS students, the company has established its local office on the south side of the school grounds in the old ag science building.

Roscoe’s 4-H Club had one of its students, high school junior Francisco Garcia, chosen to represent Texas as its 4-H Ambassador to Washington, DC. He made his second trip to that city in October, where he taught drone skills to DC students and was featured in an article in the news magazine U.S. News & World Report.

The STEM Center saw its first full year of use, and in November, a large crowd of professionals—educators, legislators, attorneys, veterinarians, geneticists, and specialists from various other fields—were on hand to attend the first STEM advisory meeting and receive updates on RCISD’s P-20 System Model for Student Success.

In May, the bond proposal for a new $5 million Early Childhood Center was rejected by voters in a close election. Nevertheless, in August Supt. Kim Alexander and the RCISD School Board came up with a Plan B by purchasing the old Town & Country Grocery building on Main Street, which after remodeling will house the school’s Montessori Early Childhood Center. The purchase and conversion of the building will cost about $1 million, paid for with a 15-year note through the RCISD operating fund. The Montessori program, recognized everywhere as a superior and successful method of instruction, will give Roscoe’s pre-K and primary students a leg up in preparing them for subsequent grades.

Roscoe High School exes converged on the school and town in September for Homecoming and a weekend of renewing old friendships and seeing old classmates that in some cases they hadn’t seen since high school.

The Plowboys once again had a successful year in football, going all the way to the Regional Finals before being eliminated in the playoffs by Seagraves, a team they had defeated earlier in the year. Several of their players made the All-District and All-Big Country teams, and wide receiver and defensive back Jose Ortega was selected as a defensive back to the 2A All-State second team.

City Progress


The City of Roscoe also made progress this year with the addition of three new businesses. Sanders, Inc., had its official opening with a ribbon-cutting ceremony in March. An agricultural supply company specializing in seeds, feed, crop protection, chemicals, and fertilizer, it is located on 4620 County Road 111 in newly erected buildings just north of the Co-op gin northwest of town.

The other two new businesses are both located in south Roscoe along Interstate 20. Both opened on the same week in November. The 235 Travel Stop is in the newly remodeled building that formerly housed the Truck and Travel truck stop on the south side of I-20 across from the STEM Center. Owned by Zul Menin, it services trucks and has a restaurant and convenience store. The other new business is the Tex-Mex Restaurant on FM 608 nest to I-20 in the building that was most recently Retta Mae’s restaurant and originally the Dairy Queen. It specializes in Mexican and American cuisine and is owned by Marco Alba of Pecos.

Cotton and the Weather


For the second year in a row, this area got enough rain for a bumper cotton crop if we’d just got the rains at the right time, but, for the second year in a row, we didn’t. Even so, the yield has been larger than expected, so we’ll take what we got. The official rainfall total for this year was 28.97 inches. Although it's not as much as the 33.55 inches we got last year, it easily exceeds Roscoe’s annual average for the past 81 years (when official totals began in 1936), which is 21.87 inches.

Currently, Roscoe’s Central Rolling Plains Co-op gin has ginned 38,700 bales with 548 modules on the lot and 1295 still in the fields. Gin manager Larry Black is now estimating that the final tally for the season will be over 80,000 bales. This will be more than last year's 75,636 and double 2014's 32,274. It will also exceed 2013’s 71,849 and 2012’s 66,985. He is hoping to be done ginning by mid-February.

Other facts about 2016 from the official records of Roscoe weatherman Kenny Landfried, are these: The last freeze in the spring came on April 2, when the temperature fell to 30°F, and the first freeze this fall was on November 19, when it dropped to 30°. In general, the year was mild with fewer extremes than usual, at least until last Sunday, December 18, when the temperature fell to 9°, the coldest temperature since January 7, 2014, when it dropped to 7°. The hottest was the 103° recorded on July 8. There were 20 triple-digit days this summer, ten in July and ten in August. This compares to the 6 100°+ days of last year, the 14 of 2014, 16 of 2013, 34 of 2012, and 81 of 2011.

Despite some setbacks, things continue to move in the right direction for Roscoe, and with continued hard work, creative thinking, and a little bit of luck, the coming year may well continue the trend. In any case, have a Happy New Year, and here’s wishing you all a healthy and prosperous 2017!

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ROSCOE’S WIND ENERGY SUCCESS ATTRIBUTED TO RICK PERRY

A farmer works in his fields near Roscoe, Texas. Roscoe is home to one of the largest wind farms in the world, and wind energy grew substantially during Gov. Rick Perry’s time in office. (Photo by Tom Pennington, Ft. Worth Star-Telegram.)

Read more here: http://www.mcclatchydc.com/news/politics-government/white-house/article121395088.html#storylink=cpy
Roscoe’s wind farms are still being featured in the national news. The most recent article, written by Alex Daugherty of the McClatchy news service and published on December 16, appeared in newspapers all across the United States. A copy was sent to me by former Roscoan Mike Mayes, who read it in his local paper, the Sherman Herald-Democrat.

This latest article puts an interesting twist on the development of the Roscoe wind farms and the revival of what Roscoe Mayor Pete Porter referred to as a once dying west Texas town. It attributes the city’s and state’s success to former Governor Rick Perry, now President-elect Donald Trump’s choice for Secretary of Energy. And how did Perry achieve this feat? By simply by staying out of the way and not interfering. By not establishing a bureaucracy or making developers jump through hoops to obtain up to 30% of their construction costs from the federal government, Perry paved the way for the state’s wind energy success.

The article includes quotes from Mayor Porter and from Rod Wetsel, long-time Sweetwater oil and gas lawyer. Wetsel thinks Perry can be a successful Secretary of Energy if he continues to stay out of the way and not rock any boats.

The article is available online and can be accessed by clicking here.

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PLOWGIRLS RESUME BASKETBALL WITH VICTORY AT EDEN

School may still be out for the holidays, but the Plowgirls have resumed their basketball season, and yesterday evening picked up a 60-49 victory over Eden in their first game in the Eden Tournament.


The Plowgirls play Bronte this morning at 9:00, and, if they win, will face Robert Lee in the championship game.

The scoring by quarters went like this:

Plowgirls 60 – Eden 49

Plowgirls          16        22        42        60
Eden                    6        16        31        49

Veronica Cuellar and Bonnie Wilkinson led the Plowgirls in scoring with 16 points apiece, while Kenzie Buchanan had 14, Jaleigh Morales 7, Jaci Alexander 5, and Karina Cisneros 2.

The Plowboys resume their season today with their first game of the Eula Tournament.

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BLACK DIRT REVIVAL TO PLAY NEW YEAR’S EVE PARTY AT THE LUMBERYARD

The Black Dirt Revival.
The Lumberyard will be rocking Saturday night as it brings in the New Year with the live music of the Black Dirt Revival. Members of the band include Jamie Tollison (rhythm/vocals), Robbie Nolan (bass/vocals), James Sturdivant (lead/vocals), and Shane Winslett (drums).

Cover charge is $10. For reservations or more information, contact the Lumberyard during business hours at 325-766-2457.

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WEATHER REPORT: MILD AND RELATIVELY PLEASANT
The sunset Friday night. (Photo by Lonnie Orman.)
Compared to the previous week with its extremes of 79°F for the high and 9° for the low in a two-day span along with some fierce wind, this past week was relatively mild and pleasant and uneventful. There were some strong south breezes on Christmas morning with sustained winds up to 37mph and gusts up to 47mph, but by 2pm they had diminished considerably and by 5pm were essentially calm.

Otherwise, there was nothing remarkable about the weather, considering it was the first official week of winter. Except for Thursday when the high was 50°, all the afternoon highs were in the sixties, the highest coming on Saturday and Sunday at 68°. The low temperatures were yesterday’s 35° and Thursday’s 37°. All the others were in the forties and fifties. Skies were overcast most of the time with the sun peeking out only now and then.

Today should be the warmest we’ve had in a while as morning clouds clear off and the afternoon sun warms the temperature to around 74°. It won’t last, though, as the clouds and cooler weather return on tomorrow and Friday with highs in the low fifties and lows around forty. The sun will come back out for the weekend and highs will once again warm into the sixties.

There is no precipitation in the forecast.

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Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Merry Christmas!


Christmas card from the early 1930s.
Merry Christmas!  Here’s hoping you’ll be enjoying this special holiday with family and friends this time around. I’m also hoping you’ve been a good boy or girl this year and Santa doesn’t bring you switches or lumps of coal. If you get a new BB or pellet gun, please let me remind you to be careful. Those things can put your eye out!

One of the most comforting aspects of the Christmas season is the continuity of the holiday and its familiar practices through the years--Christmas lights, carols and other Christmas music, manger scenes, the Christmas tree, Santa Claus, the exchange of gifts, the gatherings of family members, Christmas dinner, and so on. At the same time, it’s also interesting to note the changes that have come to the celebration over the decades.

Mary Edna Worthy (1918-2009), who taught English and other subjects in Roscoe High School from the 1940s into the 1960s, also wrote about many of her memories growing up as a member of Roscoe’s Baptist Church. The following, one of those, is an excerpt about the Christmas celebrations at church during her childhood. She describes the Baptist experience, but all the Roscoe churches of that time had somewhat similar celebrations, whether Church of Christ, Lutheran, Methodist, Catholic, or Presbyterian. Her memories highlight the community spirit embodied in those celebrations at a time when many families didn’t have the money to have a proper celebration at home.

ROSCOE IN YEARS GONE BY: CHRISTMAS CELEBRATIONS AT CHURCH
by Mary Edna Worthy

For those of us who were children in the 1920's and 1930's Christmas activities at Church seemed to assume, perhaps, a greater importance than they do for children today. Indeed, during the Great Depression, Christmas functions at Church were about the only Christmas festivities many children had. Preparations, of course, began far in advance of Christmas Eve. The W. M. U. conducted rummage sales each Saturday during the harvest season. At that time, cotton was harvested by hand, and large groups of migrant workers from the Rio Grande Valley came in each autumn. Roscoe had several business establishments, and Saturday was a very busy day. The migrants did not work on Saturday and spent the day downtown. The Church ladies did a thriving business, and dedicated a portion of their profits to prepare for Christmas. They bought red, stiff mesh material and cut and sewed stocking-shaped bags. These bags were filled with apples, oranges, and nuts, which at least two local grocers sold to the churches at reduced prices. One certain deacon always furnished a large supply or garishly colored candy to be added to the socks. The candy always seemed to be a great favorite with the children and, I suspect, with the deacon

Meanwhile, the Girls' Auxiliary met in the home of their sponsor, Miss Fay Dunn, to make tree decorations. Paper chains were made from red and green school construction paper; fresh cranberries were strung like beads on thread; and yards of popped corn strings were made. There were no electric tree lights, but each Sunday School class would be asked to donate a few glass balls. A pasteboard star would be cut, and covered with carefully hoarded tinfoil wrappers from Hershey candy bars—no aluminum foil was available then—and then edged in shiny tinsel. To our childish eyes, this star, when placed in the top of the tree, was the ultimate decoration-

The tree itself was a cause of much speculation and excitement. A few days before Christmas most of the men of the Church, marshaled by J. E. “Shorty” Clayton, piled on Mr. Clayton's dray and were pulled by his team of trusty mules to pastures south of town to find a cedar tree suitable for use at Church. The tree had to be as large as possible and of a symmetrical shape. This often involved hikes over several pastures before one could be found to suit their fancy. Once the tree was selected it was chopped down, loaded on the dray, and hauled back to town. On one notable occasion, a particularly impressive specimen was brought in, only to prove too large to go through the doors. It was trimmed down enough to be pulled through the doors, but when it lost some of its branches, it also lost some of its splendor

On Christmas Eve morning enough volunteers left their busy home activities to come and decorate the tree. Those families who did not have a tree at home usually brought their children's gifts and placed them on or about the tree. Those families who did have trees at home usually produced at least a token gift for their own children. Most Sunday School classes usually had a modest gift for their teachers, and the teachers sometimes had gifts for their pupils. I still have a small New Testament which Miss Beatrice Kerby (later Boston) gave to members of her junior girls' class. There was usually a free-will cash offering for the pastor.

The program usually consisted of a reading of the second chapter of St. Luke, traditional Christmas carols, some secular songs and poems, and a visit from Santa Claus. For years the role of Santa was, by common consent, played by J. E. "Shorty” Clayton- It was a role for which he was well suited, and one which he admittedly thoroughly enjoyed. Besides, he owned an elegant red plush Santa Claus suit, complete with shiny black boots, a cap and pack, and a luxuriant set of white whiskers. He called each child's name in a loud voice and happily distributed each gift and bag of fruit and candy.

Through the years this writer has seen dozens of Santa Clauses in schools, stores, and parades, and the passage of many years has taken away that child's sense of excitement occasioned by a visit from Santa Claus. Yet, taking all that into account, I think that most modern Santas lack the flair and panache brought to the role by Shorty Clayton.

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ROSCOE CHRISTMAS PARADE

Santa rode the Roscoe Express in last year's Christmas parade.
Saturday, December 24

Line-up at 6:00pm – Start time 6:30pm

Begins at 400 Block of Broadway, proceeds west to Cypress Street, turns south at Cypress, and ends in front of City Hall.

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ROSCOE LIVESTOCK SHOW 2016 RESULTS

(Editor’s note: Due to a medical emergency I had last Wednesday morning, I was unable to put this in last week’s issue. I do so now with an apology for its lateness.)

These are the results of the Roscoe FFA Stock Show held at the RCISD Ag Barn on Saturday, December 10.

Poultry

Exhibitors:
              Anselma Acuna
              Madison Gonzalez

 Showmanship
               Madison Gonzalez

Rabbits

Exhibitors
               Kayla Justiss
               Abigail Meadows

Showmanship
               Kayla Justiss

Lambs

Class 1 – Medium Wool
               1st – Tait Fullwood
               2nd – Ty Fullwood
               3rd – Ty Fullwood

Grand Champion Lamb
               Tait Fullwood

Reserve Champion Lamb
               Ty Fullwood

Sr. Lamb Showmanship
               Tait Fullwood

Swine

Class 1 – Lightweight Purebred (76 – 110 lbs)
               1st –  Zeke Murphy (Spot)
               2nd – Aiden Richburg (Spot)
               3rd – Lauren Herrera (Duroc)

Class 2 – Heavyweight Purebred (125 – 206  lbs)
               1st – Zeke Murphy (Berkshire)
               2nd – Aiden Richburg (Duroc)
               3rd – Dax Drake (Hereford)
               4th – Jake McCoy (Duroc)

Class 3 – Lightweight Cross (116 - 131 lbs)
               1st – Justin Herrera
               2nd – Lauren Herrera
               3rd – Kaylee Palacios
               4th – Aiden Richburg

Class 4 – Heavy weight Cross (133 - 178 lbs)
               1st – Kaylee Palacios
               2nd – Justin Herrera
               3rd – Aiden Richburg
               4th – Dax Drake
               5th – Montana McCoy

 Grand Champion Swine
               Kaylee Palacios with Heavyweight Cross

Reserve Champion Swine
               Justin Herrera with Lightweight Cross

Jr. Swine Showmanship
               Justin Herrera

Sr. Swine Showmanship
               Kaylee Palacios

Pee Wee Show Exhibitors
               Diana Collie-Brickel
               Dylan Dosser
               Davis Drake
               Kason Gunter
               Kaycee Gunter
               Jonathan Herrera
  
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PLOWGIRLS LOSE TO HAWLEY, ANSON

The Plowgirls lost both of their last basketball games before the Christmas break, one to Hawley on December 13, the other to Anson on December 16. Here is the scoring by quarters of each, followed by individual scoring:

Hawley 65 – Plowgirls 44

Hawley         18       34      48      65
Plowgirls      15       24      36      44

Veronica Cuellar 16, Jaleigh Morales 14, Bonnie Wilkinson 7, Baylor Trevino, Jaci Alexander, Pena 2.

Anson 58 – Plowgirls 44

Anson          10       25      36      58
Plowgirls       8       17      22      44

Cuellar 5, Morales 9, Wilkinson 16, Jaci Alexander 7, Lynzie Atkison 3, Ba. Trevino 3, Be. Trevino 1.

The Plowgirls are off for the holidays and will resume their schedule December 27-29 with games in the Eden Tournament.

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“GLOBE THEATRE” MYSTERY SOLVED

The Globe Theatre photo in the Hardin-Simmons collection.
Last week, I posted for the Roscoe Historical Museum’s Photo of the Week a picture of the old Globe Theatre that is part of Hardin-Simmons historical photograph collection. Someone has labeled the photo as being of a building in Roscoe. I thought this must be in error because I’d never heard any mention of a Globe Theatre in Roscoe, and the building was too grand for no one to at least remember talk of its existence. However, since I had no evidence one way or the other, I asked for help in solving the problem.

And I got it. Alert Hard Times reader David Maloney, who’s the husband of the former Jamie Sasin of Roscoe, provided the answer in the message he sent me. He says,

It seems that the "Globe Theatre" shown was actually the Old Globe Theatre at the 1936 Texas Centennial Exposition at Fair Park in Dallas. Strangely enough, years ago, I was searching through the Hardin-Simmons photo collection for info on Roscoe's St. George Hotel, and ran across the Globe's photo. Like you, I thought something was amiss with the location in the theatre's description.

In the link below, if you click on the "GM Building" postcard to the left of the "Old Globe Theatre" card, you can get a larger perspective of the fair's site, which includes the theatre.

http://www.watermelon-kid.com/places/FairPark/centennial/centennial_pcards1.htm

Another postcard, with different coloring:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/christianspenceranderson/8294748147/in/photostream/


So, there it is. The labeling of the Globe Theatre as being in Roscoe was indeed a mistake, and thanks to David, we now know it was actually in Dallas. Mystery solved.

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WEATHER REPORT: WINTER WARMTH AND BITTER COLD

This past week was marked by wild swings in the weather. The only constant was the complete absence of precipitation. On Friday the temperature rose to a balmy 79°F, yet on Sunday, only two days later, it had dropped to a high of only 25° and a low of 9°. At times the wind howled and the wind chill went below zero. Plants that had survived the first freeze were laid low this time around. In my garden, this single-digit freeze finished off my arugula, oregano, Swiss chard, rosemary, and parsley, all which had come through the first freeze with flying colors.

Since Sunday there’s been a gradual warming trend with Monday’s high of 39° warming to yesterday’s 63°. The forecast high for this afternoon is 69°. However, tomorrow will be cloudy and cooler with a high of only 46°. On Friday there is a 50% chance of morning rain along with a predicted high of 60°. Saturday’s high will be 65°, and Christmas Day should be windy and warm with a high of 67°, followed by a couple of days with highs in the fifties and decent weather for those who need to be on the roads as they make their return journeys.

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† HELEN JOYCE MARTIN

Funeral services were held for Helen Joyce Martin, 79, at 2:00pm on Monday, December 19, at the Roscoe Church of Christ with Royce D. Clay, Jr., and Dan Boren officiating. Interment followed at Champion Cemetery under the direction of McCoy Funeral Home. She passed away on Friday, December 16, at Hendrick Medical Center in Abilene.

She was born to Johnny B. and Inez Evelyn (Walter) Cotton on October 28, 1937, in McCulloch County and moved to Roscoe from Voca, Texas, in 1946. She married John O. Martin on August 24, 1956, in Roscoe. Helen was a member of the Roscoe Church of Christ, worked as tax collector for the Highland School District and Nolan County Tax Appraisal District and had worked for the Roscoe State Bank. She enjoyed painting, sewing and crocheting.

Helen is survived by her husband of sixty years, John O. Martin of Roscoe, daughter Amy Boyd and husband Kent of Loraine; sons, Don Martin and wife Debbie of Roscoe and Larry Martin and wife Carola of Sweetwater; and her sister, Linda Juhan of Atlanta, Georgia. She is also survived by her grandchildren, Kassie Alexander and husband Jake, Derick Merket, Kara Johnson and husband Kade, Tyler Martin, Tanner Martin and wife Morgan, Kaylee Martin, Corynn Martin and Christa Martin; and four great-grandchildren.

Helen was also preceded in death by her brother, Jimmy Ray Cotton, and a grandson, Trevor Martin.

Pallbearers were her grandchildren: Kassie Alexander, Derick Merket, Kara Johnson, Tyler Martin, Tanner Martin, Kaylee Martin, Corynn Martin and Christa Martin.

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† WILLOFAE M. ELROD

Funeral services for Willofae M. Elrod, 91, of San Angelo, were held at 10:00am on Monday, December 12, at Harper Funeral Home Chapel with Dr. James Hassell officiating. A private burial followed the service. She passed away on Wednesday, December 7, in San Angelo.

She was born in Nolan County on September 23, 1925, to William Patrick and Fraulein Mayes. She attended Roscoe High School where she was a cheerleader, twirler and played clarinet in the band. She met the love of her life, Festus Elrod, in the 7th grade at Roscoe, and they were married in 1943, after he returned from serving his country in WWII.

The couple moved to Lubbock, where he attended Texas Tech University and she worked at several jobs including GTE and JC Penney. Then they moved to San Angelo, where they made their home and retired. They had two daughters and one son. When her children were born, she became a stay at home mom and spent her time caring for her family. She was a lifelong member of the First Baptist Church where she was on the cradle roll and sang in the choir. She also volunteered in the Shannon Hospital Gift Shop.

When her youngest daughter, Sheila, was killed in a robbery at a jewelry store in San Angelo in 1980, she became one of the founders of the local chapter of the Compassionate Friends in San Angelo, an organization for parents whose children have died. She helped many by listening to them and empathizing and relating to their loss.

She was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis around the age of 33 and was an inspiration to all who knew her by her perseverance and determination to not let this disease destroy her life.

She was a loving mother and wife and was preceded in death by her husband, Festus, her children, Gary Pat and Sheila Gay Elrod, her parents, and an infant brother, William Patrick Mayes, Jr.

Willofae is survived by her brother, T. Mike Mayes and wife Ola, of Sherman, and her oldest daughter, Diana Elrod, of San Angelo; her grandchildren, Wes Noyd and wife, Paige, of Cibolo, TX, Eric Elrod, of Weatherford, OK, and Sheila Frances Elrod, of San Angelo. She was also blessed with two great grandchildren, Kayleigh and Gavyn Noyd; and many dear friends.

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Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Randi Sulls Perishes in House Fire

Randi Sulls.
A tragic house fire at 1009 Fourth Street early Saturday morning took the life of Randi Sulls, 36, who was caught inside her mobile home as it was destroyed by fire. Her husband, Randy Sulls, and 11-year-old daughter both escaped and survived the blaze.

The fire, most likely electrical, broke out at about 1:00am on a frigid night with a temperature in the mid-twenties. Randi, the first to notice it, woke her husband, who was burned as he ran barefoot through the house to rescue his 11-year-old daughter. After doing so, he then ran outside thinking his wife was right behind him, but she had either not come out or had gone back into the house, possibly to save their puppies. He then tried to re-enter the house, but by then the blaze was too strong.

DPS troopers responded and were soon joined by the Roscoe and Sweetwater Police and Fire Departments along with the Nolan County Sheriff’s Office. By the time the first emergency units arrived, the house was engulfed in flames. Both the father and daughter were taken to Rolling Plains Memorial Hospital and treated for burns and smoke inhalation. They were released from the ER later that morning.

The investigation is ongoing and the State Fire Marshal’s Office is also involved as is customary when there is a death. Other emergency responders included the American Red Cross and the City of Roscoe.

Randi Sulls, who had been living here for fourteen months with her family, was an employee at the Roscoe Stripes station and had many friends, all of whom remembered her for generosity to those less fortunate.

To help the family defray expenses for the funeral, which will take place in Roscoe, several benefits have been planned, and everyone is encouraged to pitch in.

The first took place yesterday at the Legacy Tattoo Parlor on Cypress Street.

This Friday, December 16, a Memorial Service will be held in the Roscoe Community Center from 5:00-8:00pm.

On Saturday, December 17, a Brisket Benefit will be put on by the Roscoe Little League at ?

On Monday, December 20, a Bake Sale in front of the Stripes station will be held from 11:00-3:00pm. Donations will be accepted at all of these events. They may also be made by clicking here. at this website: https://www.gofundme.com/please-help-us-with-funeral-expense

For more information, contact Andi Hall at 325-721-7130 or Angela at 325-232-4015.
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CITY COUNCIL APPROVES ENGINEERS, GRANT MANAGERS FOR SEWER LINE PROJECT

City Manager Cody Thompson reports to the Council at last night's meeting.
At its monthly meeting in City Hall last night, the Roscoe City Council approved Enprotec/Hibbs & Todd, Inc., (eHT) of Abilene for engineering services for the City’s sewer-line replacement project and A & J Howco Services of Lubbock to manage the grant work necessary to procure funding for the project. The contract for the latter will be contingent upon receiving grant funds from the Texas Department of Agriculture.

The Council also approved the sale of Block 67, Lot 4, spaces 1-10 of the Roscoe Cemetery to Young, Fox, and Coleman, Ltd., and approved the annual Christmas Parade in downtown Roscoe. It also heard public works updates from City Manager Cody Thompson and the monthly Police report from Police Chief Felix Pantoja.

Thompson reported that the City’s Christmas decorations are up for the holiday season and that sanitary sewer improvements will begin sometime after the first of the year. The estimated completion time for the entire project is approximately one year. In the next couple of months, the City also plans on doing some necessary concrete work around town, including a slab at the City Barn and a number of street and driveway repairs.

Pantoja gave the Council a full report on the fire last week that took the life of Randi Sulls and thanked all the emergency services that participated. These included the DPS Highway Patrol, Roscoe Volunteer Fire Department, Sweetwater Fire Department, Nolan County Sheriff’s Department, American Red Cross, the Texas State Fire Marshal, and the City of Roscoe, as well as the Roscoe Police Department. He also provided a review of Police activity in the month of November. And, because he is also in charge of the Christmas Parade, he gave the Council the particulars of that event, which will be on December 24 starting at 6:00pm.

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JOSE ORTEGA NAMED TO 2A ALL-STATE SECOND TEAM; FRANCISCO GARCIA, PAUL PANTOJA RECEIVE HONORABLE MENTION

Jose Ortega (Football photos by Tamara Alexander.)
Plowboy sophomore Jose Ortega has been named a back on the second-team defense of the 2016 Texas Associated Press Sports Editors Class 2A all-state high school football team. This year’s selections were released Sunday, and voting was based on players’ regular-season performances.

Francisco Garcia

Plowboys receiving Honorable Mention were junior Francisco Garcia as an offensive running back and junior Paul Pantoja as a defensive lineman.
Paul Pantoja
Congratulations are due all three, as it is an honor to receive statewide recognition as one of the better players in the class.

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ROSCOE COLLEGIATE ISD JOINS DISTRICTS ACROSS TEXAS CALLING FOR REPEAL OF A-F SCHOOL RATING SYSTEM

RCISD Press Release: Monday, December 12, 2016

Roscoe Collegiate ISD’s Board of Trustees unanimously approved a resolution at its meeting on Monday, December 12, 2016 concerning the A-F accountability rating system for Texas public schools.

The resolution calls on the Texas Legislature to repeal the A-F letter-grade school/district rating system that will be implemented in the 2017-18 school year as part of House Bill 2804, passed by the Legislature in 2015.

The resolution notes that, despite A-F rating systems being implemented in 16 other states, there is no evidence that these systems have helped to improve student or school performance. It points out that the majority of the grades assigned by the A-F rating system will be based on students’ scores on the STAAR, a standardized test viewed as unreliable for accurately measuring student learning, and that an overwhelming majority of Texans recently surveyed by the State Board of Education have said they do not want standardized test scores to serve as the primary basis for Texas’ school accountability system.

The resolution also notes the flaws of A-F systems: They require a complex set of rules and calculations to combine a multitude of disparate measures into a single, “simple” letter grade that cannot be supported with explanation, are useless for providing feedback that could be used for improvement, and usually align with the wealth or poverty of the students in the school.

The resolution offers an alternative to the A-F rating system: development of a community-based accountability system that empowers districts to design their own systems of assessment and accountability that, while meeting general state standards, allows innovation and customization to match the needs and interests of the local community.

“The Roscoe Collegiate Independent School District (RCISD), as a member of the TASA School Transformation Network, the Texas High Performance Schools Consortium, and a designated District of Innovation has local accountability goals of 90%+ Associate Degreed Graduates, symbolic of true college readiness, 90%+ STEM Certified Graduates, symbolic of true workforce readiness, and 100% of graduates carrying STEM Research Projects, symbolic of true graduate school readiness. RCISD refuses to acknowledge this attempt by the State to reduce the accomplishments of the District to a single letter grade assigned by the State, based predominantly upon standardized test scores, that are believed to be seriously lacking in both validity and reliability, in terms of defining meaningful student outcomes that can only be accomplished as a result of deep and meaningful learning experiences. Therefore, as co-chair of the Texas High Performance Schools Consortium, it is my pleasure to join the other co-chair, Dr. Greg Smith, superintendent of Clear Creek ISD, in becoming two of the first school districts in Texas to publicly urge the Texas Legislature to repeal the A-F School Rating System in Texas.”

Dr. Kim Alexander, Superintendent
Roscoe Collegiate ISD
325-766-3629, kda@roscoe.esc14.net


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PLOWBOYS WIN ONE, LOSE TWO IN BLACKLAND DIVIDE INVITATIONAL

The Plowboys got a chance to hone their basketball skills this past weekend at the Blackland Divide Invitational Tournament held in the gymnasium of the RCISD Special Events Center Thursday through Saturday.

On Thursday, their first game was a victory over Ira, 38-30. Jose Ortega was the Plowboys’ leading scorer with 19 points. The second game on Friday, was a loss to Coleman 77-22. In that game Jayce Phillips led the Plowboys with 5 points, followed by Junior Martinez with 4, Clemente Aguayo 4, Johnathon Cuellar 4, Ortega 2, Brayden Beal 2, and Jayden Gonzales 1. The third game, a battle for third place, was also a loss as Bronte downed the Plowboys 33-27. Ortega led the Plowboy scoring with 11, Cuellar had 5, Gonzales 5, Beal 4, Cade Garrett 1, and Martinez 1.

The teams finished in this order:

1.      TLCA (San Angelo)
2.      Coleman
3.      Bronte
4.      Roscoe
5.      Anson
6.      Ira
7.      Guthrie
8.      Highland

The Plowboys are now off for the holidays. They won’t play again until December 28-30 when they participate in the Eula Varsity Tournament.

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TWO TONS OF STEEL, UGLY SWEATER CONTEST AT LUMBERYARD FRIDAY NIGHT

Two Tons of Steel.
The best band in San Antonio, Two Tons of Steel, will be on hand for the Ugly Sweater Contest at the Lumberyard Friday night. The band, which got its start in the mid-nineties, is still one of that city and area’s favorite bands. It has won “Band of the Year” twelve times and the San Antonio Current’s “Best Country Band” ten times. The group has also released eight albums and appeared on the cover of Billboard magazine. Top singles include “Sedated,” “Hold Over Me,” “Your Kiss,” and “Crazy Heart.”

The judges for the Ugly Sweater Contest will be the Two Tons of Steel band members. For reservations or more information, contact the Lumberyard at 325-766-2457.

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WEATHER REPORT: FIRST SNOW OF THE SEASON

The view from my front yard last Thursday afternoon.
The Roscoe area got its first snow of the season on Thursday morning. It wasn’t a lot, just a good dusting really, but it was enough to make roads slick for a while. And while they were was, the conditions caused several wrecks and vehicles in the ditches. I had an early appointment in Abilene, and it was slow going on I-20 for everyone, including the 18-wheelers, until Trent, where the blowing snow ceased and vehicles were able to resume normal, or almost normal, speeds.  By Friday afternoon the snow had all melted, although skies remained overcast and temperatures remained low until Saturday when it warmed up to 58°F. The lows for the week were on Thursday and Friday when the mercury dropped to 24° one day and 26° the next.

Then on Sunday afternoon the high of the week, 67°, came with clear skies and a brisk southwest wind. Since then, the weather’s been cooling a bit again. Monday’s high was 61°, and yesterday’s was 51°. The lows yesterday and this morning were 32° and 34° respectively.

The coming week is going to be something of a weather roller-coaster. This morning’s temperature is only 29°, and the high will be only in the mid-fifties, but the forecast for Friday is for a high of 77° and one of 66° on Saturday with both days accompanied by strong winds. Conversely, Sunday’s high will be only 29° and the low a frigid 16°, and that’s before you factor in the wind chill. Then, next Wednesday the 20th, the prediction is for a 60% chance of a wintry mix, which should make those last shopping trips to Abilene a harrowing adventure. It appears then, that we’ll have a little bit of everything in the week leading up to Christmas.

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† BEATRICE D. STACK

Funeral services are being held at Champion Baptist Church this morning, December 14, at 10:00am for Beatrice D. (Reed) Stack, 86, of Champion, who passed away Saturday evening, December 10, at her home following a lengthy battle with cancer. Burial will follow at Champion Cemetery.

She was born in Hobart, Oklahoma, and spent most of her adult life in Vinita, Oklahoma. She was the daughter of Omer Austin and Alta Mae Reed, of Vinita. She married Harris Jackson “Joe” Stack of Columbia, South Carolina, on February 15, 1959. She worked as a dental assistant for several years in Vinita before her marriage. She and her husband lived in Barber’s Point, Hawaii, until his retirement from the Navy, then moved with him to Jacksonville, Florida, until returning to Vinita, Oklahoma, where she worked in the County Assessor’s office for 20 years and was a member of Trinity Baptist Church of Vinita. In 2001, she moved to Champion to be near her grandchildren. She was a member of Champion Baptist Church for 15 years and served as church clerk and co-teacher of the Ladies’ Sunday School Class. She volunteered as a Monday Angel and weekend hostess at the Samaritan House in Colorado City for over 10 years. She enjoyed cooking, sewing, gardening, and collecting bells.

She is survived by her daughters, Carol Parsons and husband Bruce, of Champion, Texas; Margaret Glass and husband Frank, of Pelham, Alabama; a sister, Dorothy Pippin, of Skiatook, Oklahoma; two brothers, Conaly Reed and wife Alice, of Rio Rancho, New Mexico, and Dale Reed of Glendale, Arizona; grandchildren Douglas and Jennifer Parsons of Tyler; William Parsons and fiancé Sarah Wells of Plano; Richard and Kayla Parsons of San Angelo; Joanna Parsons and her “future fiancé,” Jascha Baugbog, of San Marcos; step-grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Alta and Omer Reed, one sister, Peggy (Reed) Ginnings, and her husband, Harris Jackson Stack, who died on December 28, 1992.

The family wishes to thank the gracious love and care given Bea in the last six months of her life by the nurses, care givers, chaplain, and others of Kindred Hospice of Lubbock.

Pallbearers will be the Deacons of the Champion Baptist Church.

If you wish to make a memorial donation, the family suggests the Samaritan House, 1325 Westpoint, Colorado City, TX 79512, or the building fund of Champion Baptist Church, 3217 FM 2319, Roscoe, TX 79545.

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† RANDI SUZANNE SULLS

Randi Suzanne Sulls, 36, passed away on Saturday, December 10, 2016 at her residence in Roscoe, Texas.

Memorial Services will be from 5 to 8 p.m. on Friday, December 16, 2016 at the Roscoe Community Center in Roscoe, Texas. A graveside service will be at a later date.

Mrs. Sulls was born on January 30, 1980 in Kenton, OH. She married Randy Lynn Sulls on 10/31/2012 in Athens, Tennessee. Randi had worked at Stripes in Roscoe the past 5 months living in Roscoe the last fourteen months. She was a graduate of Cosmetology School and a homemaker.

Survivors include: Husband- Randy Lynn Sulls of Roscoe, TX; Daughter- Kaylynn Goeppinger of Roscoe, TX; Son- Michael Anthony Scott of Mt. Vernon, OH; Mother- Margaret Hamilton of Calhoun, TN; Brother- Anthony Lee Smith of Mt. Vernon, Oh; Sisters- Lateresa Sue Johnston of Calhoun, TN, Shannon Kay Williams of Calhoun, TN; 2 Step-sisters- Shelly Lynn Hamilton of Mt. Vernon, OH and Traci Green of Mt. Vernon, OH.

She was preceded in death by her father, Oliver Randall Scott, Jr. in 1998 and her step-father, Michael Hamilton in 1999.

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