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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

West Texas Wind Festival This Saturday


T. G. Sheppard
Plans are being finalized for the eleventh annual West Texas Wind Festival this Saturday, and organizers are expecting a large crowd, especially for the free concert and the fireworks show.

The downtown streets will be lined with vendors all afternoon and evening, and the downtown shops will be open for business. The Roscoe Historical Museum will also be open, and the Roscoe Express Shuttle will be on hand to take people to and from selected parking areas, the Plowboy Mudbog, and downtown all afternoon at no charge.

The Plowboy Mudbog competition begins at noon at the baseball field at Second and Sycamore in east Roscoe. It will go on until 4 or 5pm depending on the number of entries. Admission is $5 for adults (17 and older) and $3 for kids (11-17), with free admission for children (10 and under).  Proceeds from gate and concession stand will benefit the Roscoe Collegiate High Class of 2018.

The Roscoe Collegiate School will be holding an open house Saturday afternoon at the Edu-Drone office in the Shelansky Building. Edu-Vet will also be in the same building to answer questions and inform visitors about the program, and the Early Childhood Center on South Main Street will be open for tours.

Lyndall Underwood & the Dusty Creek Band.
Music for the free concert and street dance on Cypress Street will begin at six with Lyndall Underwood & the Dusty Creek Band.

Then at around eight, American country singer/songwriter T. G. Sheppard will take the stage. A country music legend, he has had 21 No. 1 hits on the U.S. Country charts, including eight consecutive number ones between 1980 and 1982 and over thirty others in the top ten. He has also been named one of the top 100 country artists of all time.

No. 1 hits include among others “Devil in the Bottle,” “Last Cheater’s Waltz,” “I’ll Be Coming Back for More,” “War is Hell (on the Home Front Too),” “I Loved Them Every One,” “Faking Love,” and “Slow Burn.”

The fireworks show will follow Sheppard’s performance at about 9:40pm and conclude this year’s Wind Festival, although those who aren’t ready to go home yet can move over to the Lumberyard, where Lyndall Underwood & the Dusty Creek Band will play until midnight with no cover charge.

Plowboy Mudbog

As always, mudboggers will be coming in from near and far to try their vehicles in Roscoe’s blackland mud at the Plowboy Mudbog,

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

Entries will be in six 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.
  6. Tractor Wheels  
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. Street and Super Street classes will do both their runs first, and then the rest of the classes will follow in order.

The public gate will open at 11:00am with the mudbog competition beginning at noon.  Admission is $5 for adults (17 and older) and $3 for kids (11-17), with free admission for children (10 and under).  Proceeds from the gate and concession stand will benefit the RCHS Class of 2018.

Spectators are encouraged to bring sun block, canopy, and lawn chairs. For more information, see the Plowboy Mudbog Facebook page, or contact Felix Pantoja at 325-514-8384.

Downtown Schedule:

6:00pm/7:30pm – Dusty Creek Band
7:40pm – Announcements - Giveaways
8:00pm – T. G. Sheppard & Band
9:40pm – Fireworks Show
10:00pm – Event Ends

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PLOWBOYS RIP ROBY 47-6

Nick Limones (12) runs behind the block of Rey Martinez (74). (Photo by Tamara Alexander.)
It was a long night for the Lions. They came into Friday night’s game undefeated with a 5-0 record and high hopes of defeating the Plowboys—or, failing that, at least playing them a close game. But the Plowboys were ready for them, and, as the game wore on, it became more and more apparent that neither was going to happen.

Blame it on Friday the 13th if you will, but when a school like Roby has only around half the students as the other schools in its district,* their game results are likely to be negative, as they were Friday evening. The Roby boys played hard throughout the game, and their quarterback showed both talent and grit, but the game was an uphill battle for the Lions from the outset.

*Texas Football lists the District 4-2A-II school enrollments for grades for 9-12 as follows: Seagraves 154, Tahoka 153, Roscoe 138, Plains 127, Hamlin 115, Roby 74.

The first possessions of both teams were stopped by interceptions, but then about mid-quarter the Plowboys put together a drive that ended with a Jayden Gonzales pass to Clemente Aguayo for a one-yard touchdown, and the Plowboys led 6-0. The next time the Plowboys got the ball they scored again, this time on a 48-yard pass play from Gonzales to Brandon Lavalais. After missing his first extra-point kick, Jose Ortega succeeded on the second, and the Plowboys led 13-0.

Roby came back, though, with a drive early in the second quarter that ended with an 8-yard Kyler Covington run around right end to the end zone. The extra-point attempt failed, but the Lions were still in the game, behind by seven, 13-6. The Plowboys responded on their next possession when Gonzales hit Jose Ortega with a 14-yard scoring pass that made the score 19-6. And before the quarter was over, they got another touchdown when Francisco Garcia broke a couple of tackles on his way to a 62-yard touchdown run that gave the Plowboys a commanding halftime lead of 27-6.

The Plowboys made two more touchdowns in the third quarter to put the game out of reach. The first was a 5-yard pass from Gonzales to Garcia and the second a 5-yard Garcia run that made the score 41-6. They got another in the fourth on a 52-yard Garcia run to make the final score 47-6.

For the game, the Plowboy offense made 493 total yards to Roby’s 155 and 24 first downs to Roby’s 8. Jayden Gonzales completed 15 of 32 passes for 177 yards and 4 TDs. Brandon Lavalais caught 4 passes for 73 yards and 1 TD, Jose Ortega 3 for 39 and 1 TD, Francisco Garcia 3 for 36 and 1 TD, and Clemente Aguayo with 4 for 28 and 1 TD. Diego Garza had 1 catch for 11 yards. The leading rusher was Garcia, who had 14 carries for 232 yards and 1 TD, Nick Limones had 5 carries for 41 yards, Gonzales 3 for 22, and Ortega 2 for 21.

Leading the defense was Parker Payne with 7 tackles, followed by Garrett Bowers with 6, Paul Pantoja with 5, Ortega with 4½, Aguayo with 4, Garza with 3½, Limones with 3, and others with 2 or 1.

The Plowboys are now 4-2 on the season and 1-0 in district, while Roby is 5-1 and 0-1.

 Plowboys vs. Cowboys at Plowboy Field Friday

The Plowboys will play at home again Friday night, this time against Plains, another district foe. The Cowboys are currently 2-3 on the year and coming off a 21-14 loss to Hamlin in their district opener on Friday. They have victories over Smyer and Sudan and losses to Lubbock Christian and Wink, as well as to Hamlin.

Kickoff at Plowboy Stadium is at 7:00pm.

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PLOWBOY, TWO PLOWGIRLS QUALIFY FOR REGIONAL IN CROSS COUNTRY

Alfonso Islas

Victoria Martinez and Riley Sheridan (Photos by Tamara Alexander)
Plowboy Alfonso Islas, Jr., and Plowgirls Riley Sheridan and Victoria Martinez will be competing at the Regional Cross-Country Meet in Lubbock on October 23. All three qualified at the District 8-2A meet at the Anson Golf Course on October 10.

Alfonso, a junior, finished ninth in the varsity boys’ 5K run with a time of 20:53.09. Riley, a freshman, placed fifth in the girls’ varsity 3200-meter run with a time of 13:40.40, and Victoria, also a freshman, placed tenth in the same race with a time of 14:31.23. Runners had to finish in the top ten to advance to the regional meet. Fifteen boys competed in the boys’ 5K run, and 43 girls competed in the girls’ 3200-meter run.

Kadee Martinez won the JV girls’ 3200-meter run, and several other Plowboys and Plowgirls competed in the 7th, 8th, JV, and varsity races.

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ROSCOE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL’S FALL FESTIVAL THIS FRIDAY

A contestant throws rings on bottles at a previous fall festival.

The Roscoe Elementary School is holding its annual Fall Festival this Friday, October 20, 5:00-7:00pm, at Circle Drive in front of the Elementary School building.

As always, there will be activities of all kinds, prizes, and games of luck and skill, including a cake walk, bingo, snacks, and much more to make the festival a fun evening for everyone. Proceeds benefit the Roscoe Elementary School.

The festival will precede the Plowboys’ home football game with the Plains Cowboys.

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RCHS ONE OF THIRTY SCHOOLS INVITED TO JOIN GLOBAL LEARNING NETWORK

Roscoe Collegiate High School has been designated a “World-Leading Learner” and is one of thirty schools worldwide to join the Global Learning Network.

The following is the official press release of the Global Learning Network:

Roscoe Collegiate High School Among 30 Schools Named “World-Leading Learners” and Invited to Join Global Learning Network

Roscoe Collegiate High School to Join the Global Learning Network’s 2017 Cohort of 30 Schools from the United States, Singapore, Switzerland, Germany, South Korea, and Canada

Roscoe, TX – October 16, 2017 – Today, Roscoe Collegiate High School was named a 2017 World-Leading Learner and invited to join the Global Learning Network (GLN), a community of educators from exemplary schools that develop, practice, and share innovative approaches to education that ensure their students are prepared for career and lifelong success.

In December, leaders from Roscoe will head to Boston and meet school leaders from the U.S., Singapore, Switzerland, Germany, South Korea, and Canada for the Global Learning Network’s 2017 Convening of World-Leading Learners: Rethinking Education for the 21st Century, co-hosted by America Achieves and the OECD.

“We’re thrilled to join the Global Learning Network and to be recognized by America Achieves and the OECD,” said Dr. Kim Alexander, Superintendent of Roscoe Collegiate Independent School District. “I’m so proud of our work in Roscoe and look forward to sharing our approach to rural innovation and career preparation with leaders from school around the world, and learn how other schools are preparing their students for success beyond the classroom.”

“We are witnessing the most significant and fast-paced economic change in recent global history. We need to recognize the significant implications these changes have on the workforce and the knowledge and skills students will need for their future careers,” said Jon Schnur, Executive Chairman of America Achieves, which runs the Global Learning Network. “Schools need to change as the world is changing. This year’s cohort is made up of exemplary schools from around the world that are adapting to prepare their students to be successful in a fast-changing labor market. I’m looking forward to meeting the leaders of these schools at the Global Learning Network Convening in December.”

“Modern schools need to help all students achieve their highest potential, and to play active roles to shape societies and economies of future in a changing world.  We look forward to the convening of world-leading learners to share the best practices between schools and explore new ways for schools to develop as learning organizations”, said Andreas Schleicher, Director for Education and Skills and Special Advisor to the Secretary-General of the OECD.

America Achieves’ Global Learning Network, in partnership Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), invited a cohort of 30 high schools from around the world to participate in the Global Learning Network’s 2017 Convening of World-Leading Learners: Rethinking Education for the 21st Century. In the United States, state departments of education and partner organizations nominated schools for this opportunity. Once nominated, schools were interviewed, and 17 schools were selected from 7 states. Outside of the U.S., 13 schools from 5 countries were invited by the OECD. Each school was selected for their strong progress in at least one of the following categories:
  • Excellence - schools that exhibit high academic achievement;
  • Equity - schools that are reducing the achievement gap between racial and socioeconomic groups;
  • Innovation - schools that are aligning classroom outcomes with local labor market skills that are crucial to success in the 21st century economy.
For more information about the Global Learning Network and the 2017 cohort of World-Leading Learners, please visit www.globallearningnetwork.americaachieves.org

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BUSINESS US 84 CLOSED AT RAILROAD CROSSING TODAY AND TOMORROW

The Cypress railroad crossing downtown.
Business US 84 at Cypress Street will be closed for street repairs today and tomorrow at the railroad crossing in downtown Roscoe. The Union Pacific Railroad is making some long-needed street repairs there, and the temporary closing will necessitate a detour for anyone who uses the crossing to enter or leave Roscoe.

County Road 111, where the Co-op Gin and Sanders are located, will be the easiest way to enter town for travelers coming from the northwest, while those who want to cross the railroad tracks from the east can use Cemetery Road (CR 104) just east of American Legion Post 227.

The Union Pacific has already been working on the crossing at night, as some have learned the hard way. Barring any unexpected delays, they expect to be done by tomorrow evening.

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WEATHER REPORT: COOL, CLEAR, AND BEAUTIFUL

Clear skies over Front Street during Monday's sunset.
The past week has moved from the warmer days of the latter part of last week to decidedly cooler weather that started on Sunday and has continued up to the present.

Thursday, Friday, and Saturday had warm afternoons and almost perfect evenings. The high temperatures were 87°F on Thursday, 91° on Friday, and 88° on Saturday with clear skies. Early Sunday morning a cold front moved through, dropping the temperature and bringing a strong north wind. The high on Sunday was only 73° with winds from 15 to 26mph and gusts up to 36mph. It also brought a light shower that measured less than a tenth of an inch, hardly enough to mention.

Monday and yesterday were beautiful with almost no wind and highs of 70° and 80° respectively. Early morning temperatures were chilly, however, with a low of 41° on Monday and 44° yesterday.

Today should be warmer with sunshine, a few clouds, and a high of 84°.  Tomorrow and Friday will be a bit cooler with highs of 79° and 81° and the south wind picking up on Friday and Saturday to around 20mph. The weather for the Wind Festival on Saturday should be warm and windy with an afternoon high of 88°. Another norther is due late Saturday or early Sunday, and temperatures will be considerably cooler with a high of only 74° and lows dropping from Saturday morning’s 64° to Sunday’s 51°.

There is no rain in the forecast.

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† ALFONSO PANTOJA

Holy Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:00am tomorrow, October 19, at St. Joseph’s Mission in Loraine for Alfonso Pantoja, 78, of Roscoe, who passed away at his home Monday, October 16. Father Michael Udegbunam will officiate. Rosary is today at 7:00pm at McCoy Chapel of Memories in Sweetwater.

Alfonso was born August 2, 1939, in Loraine to Felix and Florencia Pantoja. He married Maria Diaz on January 4, 1958, in Loraine. He was a member of Saint Joseph's Mission Catholic Church in Loraine. Alfonso was a Tejano trumpet player, a truck driver, a farmer, and a painter. He attended school in Loraine. He loved going to anything for his grandkids and also enjoyed mud bogging.

Survivors are his wife, Maria Pantoja; sons, Tony Pantoja of Kerrville, James Pantoja and wife Connie of Arlington, Ray Pantoja and wife Gabby of Arlington, David Pantoja and wife Lus of Roscoe, Felix Pantoja of Roscoe, and Ruben Pantoja and wife Leslie of Maypearl; daughters, Martha Ensenia and husband Paul of Sweetwater and Isabell Moore of Roscoe; 24 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Pallbearers are Anthony Pantoja, Zeke Ensenia, Fernando Pantoja, Kevin Pantoja, Vincent Pantoja, and Dominic Pantoja. Honorary Pallbearers are Sam Pantoja and Anthony Torres.

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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

City Gets Windmill as New Landmark

The windmill on the northeast corner of Broadway and Main.
A windmill donated by Scott and Jay Etheredge is the latest addition to downtown Roscoe. Located at the intersection of Main Street and Broadway, it was raised on Thursday by Ivey Windmill, 7-Wells Pump of Colorado City, and Roscoe City employees. Help from 7-Wells Pump was needed because of the windmill’s large size. It does not pump water from the ground but is purely ornamental with a system that recirculates water.

It is an Aermotor brand windmill that was built in Sweetwater before that company moved to Mexico and then to San Angelo. The Etheredges purchased it in the fifties from Singleton Hardware in Roscoe and used it on their farm until it was taken down to make way for a wind turbine. It is 30 feet tall with a 12-foot blade. There is also a 500-gallon concrete tank, and railroad rails will be laid to outline the area’s perimeter.

Interestingly, it is only about a half-block from where the original City windmill and public watering trough once stood on the west side of Main (just north of Burritos Zacatecas). The old windmill was raised in the 1890s and taken down in 1911 after the old downtown water tower was installed and put in use.

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PLOWBOYS MAUL MENARD 32-14

Brandon Lavalais (10) runs after catching a pass in the fourth quarter. (Football photos by Tamara Alexander)
The Plowboys scored early and often in Menard Friday night to break the Yellowjackets’ four-game winning streak. Jayden Gonzales threw two touchdown passes in the first quarter and one in the second, and Francisco Garcia ran for another TD in the second, while the defense shut out the Yellow Jackets both quarters to put the Plowboys up 26-0 at halftime. They then cruised to a 32-14 victory in the second half. Menard is now 4-2 on the year and the Plowboys are 3-2.

The game was less than a minute and a half old when Gonzales hit Jose Ortega with a pass on a play that covered 71 yards for the game’s first score. The two-point conversion failed, but the Plowboys were up 6-0 with a lead they would never relinquish. Their second score came later in the quarter on another Gonzales pass, this one a 26-yarder to Micheal Wright. Once again, the conversion attempt failed, and the score remained 12-0.

In the second quarter, Francisco Garcia ran 21 yards for the Plowboys’ third touchdown. Gonzales then passed to Brandon Lavalais for a successful two-point conversion to make the score 20-0. Then, shortly before the half, Gonzales completed another scoring pass to Micheal Wright, this one covering 29 yards. The conversion failed, but the score was 26-0 for a commanding halftime Plowboy lead.

Menard got on the scoreboard in the third quarter to narrow the score to 26-8, but the Plowboys responded with a 20-yard touchdown run by Nick Limones. Once again, the conversion attempt was no good, but the score was now 32-8, which was also the score at the end of three quarters.

Menard got another touchdown shortly before the end of the game to make the final score 32-14.

Roscoe amassed 456 total yards of offense to Menard’s 238. Jayden Gonzales completed 14 of 23 passes for 298 yards and 3 TDs with no interceptions. Jose Ortega led the receivers in yardage with 3 catches for 92 yards and 1 TD; Brandon Lavalais had 4 catches for 73 yards, and Clemente Aguayo 3 for 57. Micheal Wright had only 2 catches for 55 yards but both were for TDs, and Nick Limones also caught two for 21 yards.

Limones was also the leading rusher with 9 carries for 91 yards and 1 TD; Garcia had 8 for 59 and 1 TD, Ortega 2 for 23, and Gonzales 4 for -15.

Limones also had the most tackles with 8½. Ortega had 7½, Aguayo 4, and Parker Payne 3½. Several others had two or fewer.

Plowboys Open District Play at Home Friday Against Undefeated Roby

The non-district season is now done, and the Plowboys’ remaining five games will determine their place in the playoffs. District play begins Friday when undefeated Roby comes to Plowboy Field.

The Lions are a surprising 5-0 and coming off a last-minute 21-20 win over Springlake-Earth. They have now defeated five teams they lost to last year and will no doubt be confident and determined to prove the pundits wrong with another victory, this one over the Plowboys. And if you don’t believe that, check out this article and video that appeared in the Abilene Reporter-News this week.

However, like Menard last week and unlike the Plowboys, their non-district schedule included no larger schools or 2A-II powers, so it is difficult to know just how good they really are. They return seven starters on both sides of the ball and are led on offense by quarterback Kyler Covington and an experienced line. Still, if the Plowboys bring their A game, they should be able to break Roby’s win streak.

Kickoff is at 7:00pm.

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CITY COUNCIL CONDUCTS ROUTINE BUSINESS AT MONTHLY MEETING

Council Members deliberate at last night's meeting
At its monthly meeting in City Hall yesterday evening, the City Council heard the City Manager’s report and approved a two-month contract extension for cemetery maintenance.

City Manager Cody Thompson reported that the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) has told him that the school zone signage for Main Street near the Early Childhood Center should be up by the end of the week.

The City is preparing for the West Texas Wind Festival on Saturday, October 21, and will pick up the fireworks for the fireworks show on Friday. The Festival is now only 11 days away and will include the Plowboy Mudbog, live music with country legend T. G. Sheppard as the headliner for the free concert, vendors on Cypress and Broadway and at the Community Center, and a great fireworks show.

Local native rock from the Young Ranch has been placed in the area of the windmill and mural at the intersection of Main and Broadway. The windmill has now been raised along with a water pump and circular water tank and is now in operation.

The work currently going on behind the old McFaul Garage (and future Cotton Belle) and VP Tires is a company currently working on the sewer line that comes from the lift station on the city’s north side. They should be done by the end of the week.

Three companies have requested information regarding the commercial corner of Young Farm Estates. The goal is to have a firm commitment within the next 90 days. All the new residences at the Young Farm Estates are now being lived in or are spoken for.

Paul and Susan Dent have purchased the old Smacker’s building from Kelly Etheredge. Their plans are to continue to rent the building for functions, and they have kept Kelly as booking agent.

The Council also heard from Roscoe Cemetery maintenance man Skeet Kimbrell and approved his request to extend his current contract to include the months of October and November. During the winter months, the City will use its own workers to handle tree trimming and clearing of limbs and other debris.

The Council also approved a fireworks show and the closing of parts of Broadway and Cypress for the West Texas Wind Festival.

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LEE ROY PARNELL AT LUMBERYARD SATURDAY NIGHT, LESLIE TOM TONIGHT

Lee Roy Parnell
It’s another big week at the Lumberyard with singer/songwriter Lee Roy Parnell coming to town for a big show Saturday night. Opening for Parnell will be the Scooter Brown Band. Also, country singer Leslie Tom and her band will be at the Lumberyard tonight for a cover-free Wednesday night of live music.

Singer/songwriter Lee Roy Parnell was born in Abilene and raised in Stephenville. His father performed with Bob Wills, and Lee Roy performed at age 6 on Wills’s radio show. In 1986, he moved to Nashville to pursue his musical career.

He released his self-titled debut album in 1990, but his first hits came in 1992 with his album Love Without Mercy with its title song as well as “What Kind of a Fool Do You Think I Am” and “Tender Moment,” all of which made the top ten. He had two more the following year, “On the Road” and “I’m Holding My Own.” Other Parnell hits in this era include “A Little Bit of You,” which reached No. 2, “When a Woman Loves a Man,” “Heart’s Desire,” and “Mama, Screw Your Wig on Tight,” which was nominated for a Grammy in 1997 for Best Country Instrumental.

Over his career, Parnell has released nine albums, and eighteen music videos.

The Scooter Brown Band
Opening for Parnell will be the Texas “Red Dirt” Scooter Brown Band from Houston. They’ll be promoting their new CD, American Son. Brown is an ex-Marine who served a combat tour in Iraq with some songs that reflect that experience.

Since 2009, the band has produced four albums: Between Hell & Texas, Live in Big Texas, Valor, and now American Son. Singles include “American Son,” “Make It Out Alive,” “Between Hell & Texas," "When the Whiskey Starts Talking,” and “Time is Money.”

The Scooter Brown Band will take the stage around 7:30.

Leslie Tom
Country singer Leslie Tom from Denver will make a special appearance at the Lumberyard this evening as she begins a road tour of Texas. This will be her first visit to Roscoe, and there will be no cover charge. The show will begin around 8:30.

One of her singles is “Didn’t Think Twice,”  and here’s her version of “Stand by Your Man” from an appearance at the Hard Rock Café in Denver.

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WEATHER REPORT: COLD FRONT BRINGS CHILLY WEATHER

Monday's sunrise.
After warm weather over the weekend, a cold front moved through on Monday and gave the area another taste of fall weather, which has continued up to the present. Highs were in the 80s with lows in the 60s and upper 50s until Monday when the high dropped to 78°F. The low yesterday morning was only 46°, and yesterday’s high only 64°. High temperature for the week was Sunday's 91°.

It should be warmer today with a high of around 74° and even warmer tomorrow with sunny skies and highs of 88° on Friday and Saturday.

Another cold front is due on Sunday along with a 70% chance of rain. The highs on Sunday and Monday will be only about 69° with lows of 50°, but skies will clear on Monday with temperatures warming to 77° on Tuesday and into the low eighties in the days following. Lows will also warm to around 60°.

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† JOSHUA DELL WALDON

Joshua Dell “Josh” Waldon, 34, passed away Thursday, October 5, at his home.

Funeral services were held at 10:00am on Monday, October 9, at First United Methodist Church of Roby with Reverend Loran Rule officiating. Interment followed at Roby Cemetery with McCoy Funeral Home of Sweetwater in charge of arrangements.

Josh was born July 24, 1983, in Stamford and was a graduate of Roby High School. He was an ASC certified auto mechanic and owned and operated Waldon Automotive in Sweetwater for many years. He loved drag racing, riding his motorcycle, and most anything outdoors. He was the President of the Nolan County Cruisers Car Club in Sweetwater. He married Shyla Jo (Robertson) Byrne October 1, 2016, at their home in Nolan County. He lived in Fisher and Nolan Counties most of his life.

He is survived by his wife, Shyla Waldon, of Sweetwater; daughter, Mackenzie Waldon of Roby; son, Kaden Waldon of Roby; step-children, Weston and Bubba Byrne of Roby and Joley Byrne of Ralls; his mother, Bonnie Waldon of Plano; brother, Shelton Waldon of Sand Springs; sister, Chrissie Ratliff and husband Dustin of Rankin; maternal grandmother, Reba Kidd of Roscoe; nieces, Hailey and Hanna Waldon and Lacy Ratliff; and father-in-law and mother-in-law, Randy and Carolyn Robertson of Lovington, New Mexico.

Josh is preceded in death by his father, Buddy Scott Waldon; maternal grandfather, Woodrow Kidd; and paternal grandparents. Dub and Lenora Waldon.

Pallbearers were Ricky Hendricks, Juan Leva, Efrain Espinoza, Daniel Boyd, Brandon Ashford and Kevin Stuart.

Honorary pallbearer was Jacob Kenyon.

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† PHILIP RONALD FRY

Ronnie Fry, 76, was born on July 19, 1941, in Sweetwater and raised in Roscoe as a Roscoe Plowboy. He was a 1959 graduate of Roscoe High. He passed away on Friday, October 6.

He worked for RS&P Railroad, Xerox, and Aim Insurance. Ronnie and Jim Davidson passionately owned a BMW motorcycle dealership for 10 years. He was currently employed with the Texas Cotton Ginners Trust. He was a member of the Aggies Century Club and an avid model train and BMW motorcycle enthusiast. He and Jan enjoyed travelling across the U.S. by BMW motorcycle and train.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Marie Gardner, a son, Brian, and a brother, Roger.

He is survived by his wife, Jan; son, Jeff Fry and wife, Samantha; sister, Fairy and husband, Daniel; first wife, Digi Turner Fry; sister-in-law, Jerry Sharp, and her husband, Don.

A Celebration of Life Venue was held at 1:00pm yesterday at Cagle Steaks Restaurant in Lubbock.

Ronnie, a well-respected friend and colleague, will be missed by all who knew him.

Please visit www.resthavenfuneralhome.com for online tributes and further details.

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Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Anson Tops Plowboys in Shootout 43-40

The Plowboy defense buries the Anson ball carrier. (Football photos by Tamara Alexander)
In a close game from start to finish with multiple lead changes, Anson held on to defeat the Plowboys 43-40 at Plowboy Field Friday evening. Anson is now 3-2 on the season while the Plowboys are 2-2. Despite the loss and some obvious mistakes, the Plowboys showed a lot of grit against a larger team and made some excellent plays.

Both teams went three and out on their opening series, but Anson got on the scoreboard first on a 6-yard pass and went up 7-0. The Plowboys responded on their next possession when Jayden Gonzales scrambled and hit Brandon Lavalais with a 20-yard pass over the middle. Lavalais caught it in stride, broke free, and raced down the left sideline for a TD on a play covering 85 yards. The two-point conversion attempt was no good, but the score narrowed to 7-6, which was also the score at the end of the first quarter.

In the second quarter, Francisco Garcia capped a Plowboy drive with a four-yard touchdown run, and after another failed conversion attempt, the Plowboys led 12-7. Anson came right back with a 68-yard touchdown run followed by two extra points to go up 15-12. Then it was Roscoe’s turn for another drive, this one capped by Gonzales’s one-yard run. This time the Plowboys made the extra points and re-took the lead 20-15. They extended it to 28-15 the next time they got the ball when Gonzales hit Jose Ortega on a 79-yard pass play. Shortly before the half, though, Anson got another touchdown and narrowed the score to 28-21.

Anson received the second-half kickoff and got a 65-yard TD run in their first offensive series to tie the score 28-28. The Plowboys answered when Gonzales hit Andrew Deleon on a 6-yard pass, and after the failed conversion, the Plowboys led 34-28. Anson regained the lead with another touchdown and two-point conversion to go up 36-34, which was the score at the end of three.

Anson scored another touchdown early in the fourth quarter for their biggest lead of the evening at 43-34, but the Plowboys narrowed it to 43-40 when Garcia went over from the one. With just 3:41 and no time outs remaining, they tried an onside kick, but the Tigers recovered. The Plowboys still had a chance if they stopped Anson with a three-and-out, but on third down the Tigers made a first and were then able to run out the clock for a 43-40 win.

Scoring by quarters:
                          1           2          3          4         T
Anson              7          14        15          7        43
Roscoe            6          22         6          6        40

A look at the stats shows both teams with six touchdowns, but Anson converted more extra points for the margin of victory. The Plowboys led Anson in other categories. They had 511 total yards on 75 plays to Anson’s 352 yards on 58 plays and 21 first downs to Anson’s 14.

For the game, Jayden Gonzales completed 14 of 28 passes for 352 yards and 3 TDs with 1 interception. He was also the leading rusher with 79 yards on 12 carries and 1 TD, while Francisco Garcia had 74 yards on 21 carries with 2 TDs. Brandon Lavalais led the receivers with 4 catches for 156 yards and 1 TD, while Jose Ortega caught 3 for 102 yards and 1 TD. Andrew Deleon had the other TD on a 6-yard catch.

On defense, Tait Fullwood had 6 tackles and 2 assists. Parker Payne, Nick Limones, and Clemente Aguayo had 4 each, and several others had 3 or 2.

The Plowboys travel to Menard this week for their final non-district match-up. The Yellow Jackets are 4-1 on the season and obviously improved over last year, but it’s hard to get a bead on just how good they are since they haven’t played any schools larger than they are nor any recognized powers. They lost their opener to Cross Plains 28-20, but have reeled off four straight victories since then over Baird, Rocksprings, Leakey, and Miles, all by margins of at least 17 points. Last Friday, they beat Miles 27-6, so the Plowboys can’t take them lightly despite victories over them in previous years.

Kickoff is at 7:30pm.

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RCHS ROYALTY CROWNED AT HALFTIME OF FOOTBALL GAME

Football Sweetheart Mariann Rainey and Football Beau Clemente Aguayo.
Friday night was Mum Night, and this year’s RCHS royalty was crowned at halftime of Friday evening’s football game. This year’s Football Sweetheart is Mariann Rainey, and her Beau is Clemente Aguayo.  Nominees for Football Sweetheart were Allison Acebedo, Iris Gonzalez, Arizona Guevara, and Mariann Rainey, and nominees for Football Beau were Clemente Aguayo, Tristan Brooks, Tait Fullwood, and Parker Payne.

Band Sweetheart Jovana Peña and Band Beau Ty Fullwood.
The Band Sweetheart is Jovana Peña and Band Beau is Ty Fullwood. Nominees for Band Sweetheart were Olivia Madden, Jovana Peña, and Liberty Saenz, and nominees for Band Beau were Andrew Deleon, Ty Fullwood, and Josh Stegge.

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ROSCOE COMMUNITY CENTER NEWS


Third Sunday of the Month Lunch
October 15, 11:30-1:30
Menu: Hamburgers with all the trimmings, dessert, and drink - $6

Community Center Christmas Trades Day
Saturday, November 11, 8am-4pm
Sunday, November 12, 1pm-5pm
We will have lots of vendors! So be ready to start your Christmas shopping!

Community Center Rentals
Book now for your Holiday Parties!!
Call Misty Reynolds – 325-338-1005

Cookbook
We are in the process of putting a cookbook together with recipes from the Roscoe community cooks!! So please send your recipes and include your name to:

Roscoe Community Center
P. O. Box 152
Roscoe, TX 79545

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WEATHER REPORT: MIXED BUT GENERALLY MILD

Monday's sunset.
There’s been a little bit of everything since last week. The cloudy skies and rainy weather from the previous week continued through Friday, and, when all was said and done, most areas had between two and three inches for the whole spell. The football game at Plowboy Field Friday evening was played in a mist that turned to drizzle for a while and then cleared in the second half. Saturday was free of precipitation, but another shower fell on Sunday. High temperatures through Friday were in the sixties but warmed to 76°F Saturday when the sun came out for a while in the afternoon. Since Sunday, the afternoon temperatures have peaked in the eighties with the week’s high yesterday at 85°.

Today’s high is projected to be 81° with a 40% chance of showers this evening. The chances diminish to 10% tomorrow, which should be partly cloudy with a high of 82°, and the temperature on Friday will rise to 87°. Saturday will be cooler at 79° with cloudy skies and a 40% chance of rain, followed by a sunny Sunday with a high of 89°. Lows will be in the mid to high sixties all week.

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Wednesday, September 27, 2017

T. G. Sheppard to Perform at West Texas Wind Festival

T. G. Sheppard.
Folks attending this year’s West Texas Wind Festival on Saturday, October 21, will get a rare treat—a chance to see country music legend T. G. Sheppard at the free concert and street dance “on the bricks” in downtown Roscoe.

American country singer/songwriter T. G. Sheppard (born William Browder in Tennessee) has had 21 No. 1 hits on the U.S. Country charts, including 8 consecutive number ones between 1980 and 1982, over thirty others in the top ten, and has been named one of the top 100 country artists of all time.

At the age of 15, he ran away from home to Nashville to become a country singer. He recorded his first No. 1 hit with the song “Devil in the Bottle” in 1975, and its follow-up, “Trying to Beat the Morning Home,” also went to No. 1. In those early years, he became friends with Elvis Presley, who gave him his first tour bus, giving him the confidence and means to hit the road for the first time.

By 1987, he had produced a dozen more No. 1 songs including “Last Cheater’s Waltz,” “I’ll Be Coming Back for More,” “War is Hell (on the Home Front Too,” “I Loved Them Every One,” “Faking Love,” and “Slow Burn.”

His most recent accomplishment has been his 2015 album Legendary Friends & Country Duets, a duet CD with some of music’s biggest icons including Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, George Jones, Jerry Lee Lewis, Conway Twitty, Kelly Lang, Ricky Skaggs, The Oak Ridge Boys, Englebert Humperdink, Lorrie Morgan, Crystal Gayle, Delbert McClinton, Mickey Gilley, and others. He says this is the music he is most proud of. The 90-minute DVD filmed at the sessions was awarded Best Music Documentary at the Tele Awards in Los Angeles.

This year’s Wind Festival will also feature the Plowboy Mudbog, the usual downtown street scene with vendors, and another great fireworks show.  Lyndall Underwood and the Dusty Creek Band will also play at the Lumberyard after the fireworks, so make plans now to attend.

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PLOWBOY TUFF TRUCK & DEMO DERBY WINNERS NAMED

Roscoe Police Chief Felix Pantoja takes a turn at the Tuff Truck course.

The summer sun was hot on Saturday afternoon, but it was no hotter than the action on the field with vehicles of all shapes and sizes losing bumpers, fenders, and tailgates as they negotiated the Tuff Truck course and smashing one another into submission in the demolition derby. Most of the drivers were from the local area, but one was from Elkhart, Indiana.

The winner of the Tuff Truck competition was Roscoe’s Nick Pantoja in his ’84 Ford F150, while Bo Oleson of Sweetwater in his ’76 Buick was the last car running in the Demolition Derby, followed by Nick Pantoja in his ’89 Lincoln Town Car and Nathan Evans of Snyder in his ’98 Ford Crown Victoria.

Police Chief Felix Pantoja demonstrated his driving skills for the crowd while Robert McBride beat all comers in the drag races in his stock Jeep. And a good time was had by all who attended.

Proceeds benefitted the Roscoe Volunteer Fire Department and Jayteens, and the organizers wish to thank the sponsors: SJ Auto Sales, Pickrell Wrecker, and Legacy Tattoo Parlour.

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KIDS LEARN ABOUT BUGS ON FIELD TRIP TO 69 RANCH

Third-graders David Villa and Henry Herrera are ready to catch some bugs. (Photo by Marca Gibson)
Third, fourth, and fifth grade kids from Roscoe, Highland, and Blackwell learned about bugs on a field trip last week to the 69 Ranch near Maryneal. They heard a talk from entomologist Dr. Paul Martin from Seguin, who even ate a cricket. He also explained about the bugs that benefit the Rolling Plains farmers.

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ROSCOE LIONS CLUB FISH FRY BEFORE FOOTBALL GAME FRIDAY

The Roscoe Lions Club is sponsoring a fish fry at the school cafeteria Friday evening. Details are given below:


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PLOWBOYS FACE ANSON HERE FRIDAY

Clemente Aguayo makes a dash for the end zone against Albany. (Photo by Tamara Alexander)
After a week off, the Plowboys resume their football season Friday evening with a non-district game against Anson at Plowboy Field. Dave Campbell’s Texas Football has predicted the Tigers to win District 4-2A-I this year, while the Plowboys are 2A division II.

However, the two teams’ records so far make the match-up look like a good one, and it should be a good test for the Plowboys before entering district play. The Plowboys are 2-1 with road victories over Haskell and Early and a home loss to Albany, while Anson is 2-2 with home victories over Hamlin 35-14 and Haskell 47-24 and losses on the road to Jim Ned 55-16 and Albany 55-13.

Anson’s experience with Albany Friday night looks a lot like the one Plowboys’ had the week before. The Tigers ran back the opening kickoff for a TD to go up 7-0 and then didn’t score again until the fourth quarter as the Lions quickly recovered and dominated the game. Albany led 35-7 at the half and 48-7 at the end of three.

To win, the Plowboy defense will need to contain Anson’s quarterback Drew Hagler, who rushed for 105 yards on 25 carries against Albany and completed 9 of 17 passes for 59 yards. The Plowboy offense will need good blocking as well as strong running from Francisco Garcia and an efficient passing game. And both sides of the ball should be ready for a tough, hard-fought game.

Kickoff is at 7:30pm.

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WEATHER REPORT: SUMMER HEAT TURNS TO COOL RAIN

Dark, rainy skies over Roscoe this morning.

It’s been only a few days, but it’s already hard to believe that at the demolition derby on Saturday afternoon I heard people complaining about the heat. Since then the weather has changed with sunny skies becoming increasingly cloudy with intermittent drizzle and light rain. Daily highs have also steadily dropped. Starting with last Wednesday’s 99°F, the high fell on Thursday to 96°, Friday, 92°, Saturday 89°, Sunday 80°, Monday 77°, and yesterday 74°. Today’s high is forecast to be only 66°. Lows have also steadily dropped from Wednesday’s 72° to this morning’s 61°.

Light rain began on Sunday with a shower of .16”. On Monday, light rain and an afternoon shower yielded another quarter- to half-inch or so, and yesterday was cool, cloudy, and wet with a light rain varying from sprinkles to light showers and back to sprinkles again. Areas west of town seemed to get less, as little as a quarter-inch, with more to the east with .82” at Avenger Field and as much as an inch and a half in Sweetwater. Roscoe weatherman Kenny Landfried recorded .13” on Sunday, .39” on Monday, and .58” by ten o’clock last night.

There are reports of multiple accidents between Roscoe and Sweetwater this morning, so if you must get on I-20, please be sure to drive carefully.

The cool, rainy weather is forecast to last through Friday morning at which time skies should begin to clear and temperatures to slowly rise. There is a 90% chance for more rain today diminishing to 70% tomorrow and Friday morning. (This is a good thing as the Plowboys are playing here Friday evening.) Today’s high will be around 66°, tomorrow’s 67°, and Friday’s 64°. The weekend will be partly cloudy with Saturday’s high set at 73° and Sunday’s 81°. Sunny weather returns on Monday with the highs next week all in the low eighties with lows of around 60°. There is almost no chance of rain next week.

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† DENA FAYE TROUTT

Funeral services for Dena Faye Troutt, 89, of Roscoe, were held at 10am on Friday, September 22 at First Baptist Church with Reverend David Draper officiating. Interment followed at Lone Wolf Cemetery. She   passed away at Nolan Nursing and Rehab on Tuesday, September 19.

Dena was born January 24, 1928, in Sweetwater, and married LaRoy Troutt on January 27, 1945, also in Sweetwater. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Roscoe for many years. She loved gardening and cooking. She worked for Dr. Terry at Johnson Hospital in Loraine, at Roscoe Nursing Home, and at Walls Sewing Factory in Roscoe. She took care of all family members that became ill or had poor health.

Survivors are her daughters, Rita Fried and husband Ray of Sweetwater, and Vickie Haynes and husband Jarvis of Roscoe; grandchildren, Koti Lindsey and husband Cole of Sweetwater, Chris Fried and wife Jamie of Cooper, Carli Posey and husband Stephen of Kyle, and Barb Devries and husband Peter of Wichita, Kansas; great-grandchildren, Sully, Sutton, Finn, Claire, Walker, Colt, and Baylie; and sister, Martha Campbell of Amarillo, as well as nieces, nephews and cousins.

Dena was preceded in death by her husband, LaRoy Troutt; daughter, Linda McDaniel; grandson, Phil Haynes; and brother, A. B. Fitzgerald.

Pallbearers were Ray Fried, Jarvis Haynes, Chris Fried, Stephen Posey, Cole Lindsey, Sully Templeton, and Sutton Templeton.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to First Baptist Church of Roscoe, 401 Main St., Roscoe, TX 79545.

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† WANDA ADAMS WOMBLE

Funeral services will be at 10:00am tomorrow at McCoy Chapel of Memories in Sweetwater with Rev. James Womble presiding for Wanda Adams Womble, 86, of Maryneal, who passed away Monday, September 25, at Sweetwater Healthcare Center. Interment will follow at the Maryneal Cemetery. A family visitation will be held from 6 to 8 P.M. today at McCoy Funeral Home.

Wanda was born January 28, 1931, in Maryneal, to Henry Buster and Jewell (Jennings) Adams. She was a lifelong resident of Maryneal and graduated from Highland High School in 1948. She married P.A. Womble, Jr., May 21, 1949, in Sweetwater. A lifelong member of the Maryneal Baptist Church, she was very active and supportive of her church, community, school, Veterans of Foreign War Sweetwater Post #2479, and the American Legion Auxilary. She was president of the Highland P.T.A. in the 1960’s. She enjoyed sewing for family and friends, camping, and fishing.

Survivors include her husband of 68 years, P.A. Womble, Jr. of Maryneal; a son, John Womble and wife Sandy of Maryneal; two daughters, Gena Davis and husband Truman of Sweetwater, and Julie Hurn and husband Acey of Sweetwater; six grandchildren, Adam Womble of Keller, Lisa Merket Galvan and husband Manuel of Ballinger, Michael Sager and wife Jennifer of Sweetwater, Laura Merket Leath and husband Rex of Wasilla, Alaska, Josh Womble and wife Kit of Sweetwater, and Kevin Sager and wife Stephanie of Sweetwater; fourteen great grandchildren, Kaylee and Brodie Womble of Keller, Amber, Ashlie, and Cameron Galvan all of San Angelo, Hartley Sager of Sweetwater, Jeffrey Leath and wife Isabel, Wesley, Joshua and Wylie of Wasilla, Alaska, Konnor Womble of Sweetwater, Bailey, Brianna and Buster Sager of Sweetwater. Also surviving are thirteen step-grandchildren and eleven step-great grandchildren, numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her parents and a sister, Virginia Muncy, on October 3, 2015.

Pallbearers will be Jerry Muncy, Terry Muncy, Cameron Galvan, Daniel Davis, Doyn Hartman, Craig Diddle, Steve Ford.

Honorary Pallbearer will be Randy Merket.

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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Plowboy Tuff Truck & Demolition Derby Here Saturday

A Tuff Truck races through the obstacles in April.
The competition will be fierce in north Roscoe this weekend at both the Plowboy Tuff Truck contest and the Demolition Derby. Both events will feature Roscoe drivers--and at least one female in the Demolition Derby--as well as several entries from elsewhere.

The Tuff Truck event involves vehicles running an obstacle course for speed, and the Demolition Derby pits drivers crashing their cars into one another until only one is still able to run.

The event will be held just northwest of the railroad tracks on Business 84 at Cypress Street downtown. Gates will open at 2:30pm. Admission is $5 at the gate with ages 12 and under getting in free. Proceeds will benefit the Roscoe Volunteer Fire Department, and the concession stand will be run by the Jaycee Teens Club.

The event is sponsored by Crane Service, SJ Auto Sales, Pickrell Wrecker, and Legacy Tattoo.

For rules and other information check the Plowboy Tuff Truck & Demo Derby Facebook page.

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ALBANY HUMBLES PLOWBOYS 52-12

An Albany ball carrier heads for an opening in the Plowboy defense.
Few football-savvy Plowboy fans went to the game Friday evening expecting to see the Plowboys defeat the Albany Lions. After all, the Lions, ranked first in the region and third in the state in Class 2A-II, were coming in with resounding victories over Colorado City and Dublin, both decent 3A teams.

Instead, most fans just hoped for a competitive game with a spirited showing by the home team, one that suggested they could at least stay on the field with the best in their class. Unfortunately, that didn’t happen as Albany dominated the game from start to finish.

Albany scored on all three of their first-quarter drives. After the Plowboys received the kickoff and were held and forced to punt, the Lions drove the ball down the field and scored their first touchdown on a 3-yard run less than four minutes into the game. The extra-point kick was good, and they were up 7-0. Following the kickoff, they held the Plowboys again, got the ball and put together a second-drive similar to the first with a similar result. This time they scored on an 18-yard pass, kicked the point, and went up 14-0. When the Plowboys stopped the run, Albany passed, and when the Plowboys stopped the pass, they ran. They have an accurate quarterback with big, fast receivers, as well as big running backs who can break tackles—and all this behind a strong line. After their third drive of the quarter, they were up 21-0.

The highlight of the evening for the Plowboys happened early in the second quarter. On a third down from the Plowboy 44, Jayden Gonzales hit Clemente Aguayo with a short pass over the middle. Aguayo broke free, and the race was on as he headed for the end zone with an Albany defender in close pursuit. He was tackled just as he hit the right pylon for the touchdown, and the Plowboys were on the scoreboard. They got two tries for the extra points as Albany committed a penalty on the first, but were unsuccessful with both, and the score was 21-6. The Lions then scored two more TDs before the quarter ended and at halftime were up 35-6 with the game essentially over.

After scoring twice more in the third quarter, the Lions were ahead 49-6 and at that point sent in the substitutes. The only remarkable things that happened after that were a 42-yard Albany field goal that split the uprights with plenty of distance and a game-ending Plowboy touchdown by Francisco Garcia on an 8-yard run up the middle to make the final score 52-12.

Albany dominated the stats as they did the game, gaining 24 first downs to the Plowboys’ 12 and 414 total yards to the Plowboys 250. For the Plowboys, Jayden Gonzales completed 12 of 21 passes with 1 interception. Clemente Aguayo led the receivers with 4 catches for 74 yards and 1 TD; Brandon Lavalais caught 3 for 33 yards, Jose Ortega 2 for 11, and Junior Martinez 3 for 5. Francisco Garcia led the rushers with 22 carries for 89 yards and 1 TD, Gonzales had 7 for 20, Nick Limones 2 for 16, and Ortega 1 for 2.

On defense, Parker Payne had 6½ tackles; Nick Limones, Paul Pantoja, and Cade Garrett each had 6; Diego Garza had 5, and several others had fewer.

The Plowboys are now 2-1 on the year. They have a week to lick their wounds and recover as they have an open date this weekend. Their next game is next Friday, September 29, with Anson at Plowboy Field in another non-district matchup.

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ROSCOE HARD TIMES MARKS SEVENTH YEAR OF PUBLICATION

Caden Smith (12) follows the blocking of Michael Massey (69) in 2010.
This month marks the seventh anniversary of the publication of the Roscoe Hard Times. The blog’s first reporting of Roscoe news was on September 10, 2010, with an account of the Roscoe-Stamford football game in Mustang Bowl. Seven years may not sound like a very long time, but the photo that accompanied the article shows that it’s been a while, what with Caden Smith carrying the ball while following the blocking of Michael Massey. Since then, both have graduated from high school and college and been working in their respective professions for a while now.

At first, I didn’t know how often I wanted to report the news, so I just posted it as soon as I got it. But after a couple of months, I found it was just easier both for me and the readers to publish it once a week. As a result, I’ve been posting it on Wednesday mornings ever since, minus two or three times a year when I’m off on vacation or when I have visiting family in town.

In April of 2013, the Sweetwater Reporter contacted me and asked if I’d be willing to send them articles for a weekly page they were planning that featured Roscoe news. They wanted to publish it on Thursdays and call it the “What’s Happening in Roscoe” page. This worked out nicely with the Wednesday posting of the Hard Times, so for the princely sum of $25 per week, I started sending them articles I’d written for the Hard Times along with accompanying photos. I’ve been doing that for four and a half years now, and it’s been a nice arrangement for both them and me.

I liked it because it got several old friends off my back who wanted me to come out with a print edition because they didn’t have the means or know-how to access the blog. And for the Reporter, it was a way of keeping their Roscoe subscribers and maybe picking up a few new ones. However, just this past week, they notified me that they’re going in a new direction and will be cutting out some regular features, and “What’s Happening in Roscoe” will be among them. The last one will appear next Thursday, September 28.

Far be it from me, however, to criticize this move. I know that small town newspapers are having trouble staying afloat these days when practically everyone has instant internet access in their purse or pocket—and the Sweetwater Reporter is no exception. In a way, though, the change is unfortunate because those of us who like to clip printed articles that feature us or our loved ones will no longer have the opportunity when they’re ones that originally appeared in the Hard Times.

The move, however, will have no bearing on my regular Wednesday morning postings of the Roscoe Hard Times. My plans are to continue as long as I have the energy and will to do so. It’s my way of giving back to the community in a way that keeps me busy and mentally active, something we retired folks need.

Anyway, thanks to all you readers who regularly check the Hard Times to find out what’s going on in Roscoe.  You make me feel useful and keep me on my toes.

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AT THE LUMBERYARD: TWO TONS OF STEEL TOMORROW, MICKY & THE MOTORCARS SATURDAY

The Lumberyard will be hopping this weekend with Two Tons of Steel taking the stage tomorrow night with no cover charge, and Micky and the Motorcars coming to town Saturday.

Two Tons of Steel
San Antonio’s favorite Texas Country band, Two Tons of Steel, has been popular in the Hill Country for over twenty years. In the Alamo City, they've won “Band of the Year” twelve times and the San Antonio Current’s “Best Country Band” ten times. Every summer they play the summer-long event “Two Ton Tuesday Live from Gruene Hall," which draws over 10,000 fans annually. They have released eight albums and appeared on the cover of Billboard magazine. Top singles include “Sedated,” “Hold Over Me,” “Your Kiss,” and “Crazy Heart.” This event is on the Lumberyard as there will be no charge for entry.

Micky & the Motorcars
Micky and the Motorcars, a hot alternative Texas country band originally from Idaho now based in Austin, return for an encore performance at the Lumberyard Saturday night. The band has released seven mainstream albums: Ain’t in It for the Money (2004). Careless (2007), Naïve (2008), Live at Billy Bob’s Texas (2009), Raise My Glass (2011), Hearts from Above (2014), and Across the Pond: Live in Germany (2015). Top singles include “Carolina Morning,” “July, You Are a Woman,” “Careless,” and “Hearts from Above.”

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

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REMAINS OF DOCTORS J. W. AND T. D. YOUNG AND WIVES MOVED TO ROSCOE CEMETERY

The remains of Dr. and Mrs. J. W. Young and Dr. and Mrs. T. D. Young have been moved from the Sweetwater to the Roscoe Cemetery. Since they all spent the bulk of their adult lives in Roscoe, their family thought it fitting that their remains should be here with those who loved, honored, and respected them during their lives.

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WEATHER REPORT: SUNNY SKIES, SUMMER HEAT

Yesterday's late Summer sky.
Despite the fact that the kids are back in school and football season is well underway, autumn does not officially begin until this Friday, September 22, the day of the fall equinox. And the weather we’ve had this past week has been a stark reminder that summer is still with us. On Thursday, the high was 100°F, and last Wednesday and yesterday weren’t far behind at 96°. Today will also will provide no relief with a forecast high of 98°. The lows have also been warm, mostly in the seventies.

It seems that this year we got our September weather in August, and now we’re getting August in September. And it’s not just the temperature. August, which is typically dry, had several showers this year, and September, which is typically the second wettest month in west Texas (after May), has been bone dry.

According to the meteorologists, we’ve got four more days of 90° or more before the fall weather begins on Sunday with its predicted high in the eighties, followed by a week of rainy weather when highs will be only in the seventies with lows around 60° and dropping into the upper fifties. Chances for precipitation will vary from 60% to 80% next Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday—or at least that’s what they’re saying at this time.

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Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Plowboys Corral Early Longhorns 20-13

Jose Ortega (2) runs for yardage against Early in the first quarter.
The Plowboys spoiled Early High’s homecoming celebration with a 20-13 victory over the Longhorns Friday evening. An improved Early team was looking for its second straight victory, but fell short as the Plowboys proved too much for them for the second year in a row.

After a scoreless first quarter, the Plowboys struck first in the second when Jayden Gonzales hit Jose Ortega with a 23-yard pass for a touchdown. Gonzales then passed to Cade Garrett for a two-point conversion and the Plowboys were up 8-0. Early then responded with a scoring drive of their own, and after the extra-point kick trailed by only a point, 8-7. The next time the Longhorns got the ball, they scored again with a 38-yard pass play for their only lead of the game. Their extra-point try was no good, but they were still ahead 13-8. Roscoe got the ball back shortly before halftime and regained the lead when Francisco Garcia went over from the one. The extra-point try failed, but the Plowboys were back in front 14-13, which was the score at the half.

In the third quarter, Jose Ortega broke free for an 85-yard touchdown run, and the Plowboys extended their lead to seven 20-13. There was no scoring in the fourth quarter by either side, and at game’s end the Plowboys had chalked up their second victory in two tries.

The Plowboys made 26 first downs to Early’s 22. They also led in total yardage with 441 yards (222 rushing and 219 passing) to Early’s 316 (70 rushing and 231 passing). Early also had 3 turnovers to none for the Plowboys. The Plowboy defense once again held firm and played a major role in the victory.

On offense, Gonzales completed 14 of 37 passes for 219 yards and one TD, and Jose Ortega led the Plowboy rushing with 96 yards in 2 rushes and one TD, while Garcia had 82 yards in 33 rushes and one TD. Gonzales also had 38 yards in 11 carries. Leading the receivers was Brandon Lavalais with 9 catches for 131 yards, while Ortega had 3 for 77 and 1 TD, and Junior Martinez had 2 for 30.

On defense, Ortega had 7 tackles and Cade Garrett 5, while Joel Guia, Nick Limones, and Tristan Brooks all had 4. Several others had 3, 2, or 1.

This weekend the Plowboys will have their home opener against Albany, which is likely to be their toughest opponent before the playoffs. Texas Football’s pre-season ranking for the Lions in state for 2A-II was third behind only Tenaha and Bremond, both recent state champs, and the THSCA (Texas High School Coaches’ Association) currently ranks the Lions number one for 2A-II Region II. They beat Colorado City 21-0 in their first game and Dublin 61-21 last week. Both are 3A schools.

Kickoff at Plowboy Field is at 7:30pm Friday.

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CITY COUNCIL APPROVES 2017-18 BUDGET WITHOUT RAISING TAXES OR CITY FEES

City Manager Cody Thompson reports to the Council at yesterday's meeting.
At its monthly meeting in City Hall yesterday evening, the Roscoe City Council set the 2017-2018 tax rate, adopted the new City budget, and approved the budgets for the City’s A and B Tax Boards. It also heard City updates from the City Manager and the monthly Police Report from the Police Chief, as well as a request from Ronald Kimbrell, who maintains the Roscoe Cemetery.

The City budget for the new fiscal year starting October 1 contains no change in fees for water, sewer, or trash pickup and actually slightly lowers the property tax rate. Since the overall property valuation will be a little greater, the City tax rate will drop from the current $.797715 per $100 valuation to $.791344 per $100 to raise the same amount of revenue as this year. Thus, most property owners will see no tax increase if their property valuation hasn’t changed. The Council also approved the 2017-18 budgets for the City’s A and B Tax Boards, keeping them virtually the same as this year.

City Manager Cody Thompson reported to the Council that City workers will clean the filters of the Reverse-Osmosis Water Treatment Plant sometime around the end of this month. The City is also working with a contractor on identifying the most feasible lines to replace with the remaining sanitary sewer funds.

The City is still waiting on TxDOT (Texas Department of Transportation) to install school zone signage on Main Street around the new Early Childhood Center. The City has submitted all necessary paper work to the State, whose responsibility it is to do anything concerning FM 608, which is a state road.

In the mural lot on Main Street and Broadway, the City will be putting up a 40-foot working windmill donated by Scott and Jay Etheredge. The windmill will have a metal trough below in which it re-circulates water.

The ten-acre tract in east Roscoe, just across Broadway from American Legion Post No. 227, will be the location of a new Oncor substation. Construction is already underway there.

Thompson also reminded the Council that planning is underway for the West Texas Wind Festival on Saturday, October 21. T. G. Sheppard will be the headline act for the free concert, and the usual live music, Plowboy Mudbog, downtown vendors, fireworks show, and other activities will be festival features. Next Saturday, September 23, the Plowboy Tuff Truck and Demolition Derby will be held on the City’s north side. Proceeds will benefit the Roscoe Volunteer Fire Department, and the concessions will be run by the Jayteens.

Roscoe Police Chief Felix Pantoja then gave the Police Report for August, saying there were 111 total calls for assistance, 28 traffic warnings, and 14 City Ordinance violation warnings. He said that although no citations were issued this past month for traffic and ordinance violations, the same could not be said for this month since police plan to be tougher with offenders.

Ronald Kimbrell, the Roscoe Cemetery’s maintenance man, requested an extension on his contract with the City, which runs out this month. By law, the Council couldn’t act on the request this month, but will settle the matter next month.

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CALEB DEAN WINS SPICEWOOD DEMOLITION DERBY

Caleb Dean with his trophy beside his '73 Chevy Impala.
Competitors in the upcoming Plowboy Demolition Derby were put on notice of the competition they’ll be facing next Saturday, September 23, when Caleb Dean won the Full-Size Championship at the Spicewood Destruction Derby last week. The exciting action of that contest, which lasted a total of 13 minutes, 11 seconds, is captured in this video.



Dean’s car, a ’73 Chevy Impala, was painted yellow and referred to as 88. The car he plans to drive in the Roscoe derby is a ’76 Cadillac Deville, which will also be painted yellow and numbered 88. His fiancée, Kimberly Stowe, whom you might call the Danica Patrick of the area demolition crowd, will be driving the ’73 Impala but with a new paint job, probably pink.

The Plowboy Tuff Truck & Demolition Derby is next Saturday, September 23, and will start at 2:30pm in the open field just off Business 84 on Roscoe’s north side. For details, see notice in left-hand column.

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WEATHER REPORT: MILD WEATHER COMES TO AN END

Flags were limp yesterday afternoon as winds were calm.

The Roscoe area experienced another week of temperate weather, but the forecasters say that is all coming to an end as temperatures return to summer-like levels for at least the next week or so.

This past week was another week of nice, mild sunny weather with gentle breezes. Afternoon highs never got out of the eighties until yesterday with its return to the nineties. The high before that was 86°F on Thursday while the weekend highs never got above 85°. Evenings were nice with light winds and mild temperatures. Lows were in the high fifties or low sixties all week. The low temperature for the week was Monday’s 58°.

That all began to change yesterday afternoon when the mercury rose to 93°. Today’s high should be around 96° and tomorrow’s a sweltering 100°. That should be good for the cotton but uncomfortable for people since we’ve all grown used to the milder temperatures in the past couple of weeks. Friday’s high is forecast to be 96° and Saturday’s 93° before dropping to 91° for Sunday and Monday and 92° for Tuesday. Lows will also be higher, either in the low seventies or upper sixties for all the coming week.

Once again, there is no rain in the forecast.

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† LARRY MONROE WILLIAMS

Funeral services were held at 11:00am yesterday at First Baptist Church of Roscoe for Larry Monroe Williams, 67, who went home to heaven Saturday, September 9, from his home in Roscoe with his family by his side. Burial followed in the Roscoe Cemetery. Larry fought a brave battle with cholangiocarcinoma for over two years.

He was born February 12, 1950, in Sweetwater, the son of Herbert and Mary Lois Boston Williams of Roscoe. Larry married his high school sweetheart, Virginia Alexander, on July 24, 1971, at First Baptist Church of Roscoe. He graduated as valedictorian of the class of 1968 at RHS. After high school, he attended and graduated Cum Laude from Baylor University in 1972. He was in the Acapella choir, Kappa Nu fraternity, and Alpha Chi and Beta Gamma Sigma honor societies. He passed his CPA exam in 1972 and worked for Haskin and Sells Accounting Firm and Gulf Life Holding Company in Dallas. He moved back to Roscoe and became a partner in Riggs and Wooten in Sweetwater in 1974. In 1977, he began to farm full time with his father as W-2 Farms. Recently he was farming with his brother, Wes Williams, as Vista Farms 2.

Larry served on the Roscoe School Board for 15 years. He served on the 10th District Farm Credit Council and the Central Rolling Plains Cooperative board in Roscoe for 23 years. He was currently a member of the Roscoe State Bank board of directors as well as a board member of the Plains Cotton Cooperative Association since 2005, serving as chairman of the audit and warehouse committees. He was also a deacon at First Baptist Church of Roscoe, serving the past 39 years. He was a member of the Sweet Water Emmaus Community. Larry had a beautiful singing voice, singing solos, duets, and quartets since his teenage years. Two favorite songs requested for him to sing were “O Holy Night” at Christmas and “Feel the Nails” at Easter.

Survivors include his wife of 46 years, Virginia of Roscoe; three daughters: Amanda (Mandy) Williams of Belton, Stacey Williams Kelley of Keller, Christy Williams Fairey and husband Mac of Moody; one son: Jeremy Williams and wife Brandi of Keller; six grandchildren: Madison and Kelsey Fairey, Christopher and Hailey Kelley, and Riley and Avery Williams; father and step-mother Herbert and Mary Kerby Williams of Roscoe; brothers Randy Williams and wife Fonda of Bosque County, TX and Wes Williams and wife Shelly of Roscoe; sisters Nancy Althof and husband Daylon of Roscoe and Judy Suggs and husband Jay of Roscoe. Larry was preceded in death by his mother, Mary Lois Williams, and grandparents Mr. & Mrs. John Boston and Mr. & Mrs. William Edward Williams.

Pallbearers were Larry Black, David Duncan, Vernon Duncan, John Jay, Wayne McFaul, Allen McIntire, Miguel Montealvo, Eddie Smith, Bryan Studdard, and Randy Whorton.

Donations may be made to First Baptist Church of Roscoe, PO Box 626, Roscoe, TX 79545 or Hendrick Hospice Care, 1651 Pine Street, Abilene, TX 76051.

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