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Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Young Farm Estates Holds Subdivision Preview, Begins Sale of Lots

The entrance to Young Farm Estates.
The Young Farm Estates, Roscoe’s new housing development, has begun selling lots for new homes following a “Meet and Greet” session on Tuesday, August 18, at the Lumberyard. A crowd of eighty prospective homeowners, builders, vendors, and city and county officials attended and were taken on a tour of the property in north Roscoe, while at the Lumberyard, there were drinks, food, and door prizes donated by local merchants.

Lots for new homes in the subdivision are currently available for $24,900 to $34,900, and one of the five prospective home builders, Pat Donahue, has homes available for viewing in Abilene  similar to the ones he will build in Roscoe. He will be happy to discuss plans and pricing and to walk prospective homeowners through the process. Locations of the homes in Abilene are listed on the Young Farm Estate Facebook page.

Homes in the Young Farm Estates will be subject to deed restrictions created to protect the investments of homeowners and to maintain a high level of quality of homes built in the subdivision. Examples include a requirement that homes have an 80% masonry exterior and restrictions against parking 18-wheelers or farm equipment in the driveways or streets.

The Young Farm Estates office is located at 10 Cypress Street across from the Lumberyard in downtown Roscoe. For more information, visit the Young Farm Estates Facebook page or call 325-766-3319.



Plowboys pass against Hawley in a scrimmage two years ago.
The scrimmages are history and pre-season practices almost over, as the Plowboys open their 2015 season Friday evening at Plowboy Field against a tough 2A, division 1, opponent, the Hawley Bearcats.

A playoff team last year, the Bearcats could be even stronger this time around. Their sophomore quarterback, Quay Stokes, was named last year’s Big Country Newcomer of the Year, and Dave Campbell’s Texas Football picks Hawley to finish second in a district that includes perennial powers Stamford and Windthorst.  They return six starters on offense and seven on defense.

The Plowboys will counter with new quarterback, Brayden Beal, and a veteran team that includes ten offensive and eleven defensive starters, among them two-way standouts Vincent Pantoja (RB, LB), Max Nemir (RB, S), Kevin Lavalais (WR, DB), Javier Leanos (WR, DB), Rafael Aguayo (OL/DL), Ryland Madrid (OL/DL), Clayton Chadwick (OL/DL), and others.

Kickoff is at 7:30pm.



RCHS Special Events Center
Parents, grandparents, and the general public are invited to attend Roscoe Collegiate High School’s Open House for the Junior High and High School grades next Tuesday, September 1.

The event will begin at 6:00pm in the Special Events Center and will include meetings with the teachers of these grades along with tours of the classrooms and other facilities.



On Friday evening at approximately 7pm, Roscoe Police Sgt. Steven Spencer initiated a traffic stop on I-20 at the 236 mile marker in Roscoe. Upon speaking with the driver, a man listing an address in Big Spring, Spencer noted signs of possible criminal activity. During routine questioning, he learned that the driver was currently on parole for manufacturing and delivery of methamphetamine.

Due to the driver's actions and mannerisms, Sgt. Spencer called for assistance from Roscoe Police Chief Felix Pantoja. Upon Pantoja’s arrival, Spencer requested consent to search the vehicle but was denied.

The Sweetwater Police Department was then called to the scene. Sgt. Rob Holman arrived and performed a roadside K9 open-air sniff operation, which yielded a positive alert for narcotics. Upon opening the vehicle, Spencer quickly located a large amount of methamphetamine and paraphernalia used in its consumption.

The driver was taken into custody but began complaining of chest pains and difficulty breathing. EMS was called to the scene, and Pantoja assisted in transporting the man to the Rolling Plains Emergency Room. Upon release and medical clearance, Sgt. Spencer booked the man into the Nolan County Sheriff’s Office jail for felony possession of methamphetamine.



Aaron Watson
The Lumberyard’s second big tripleheader of the summer is a Texas Country extravaganza featuring Aaron Watson along with Cory Morrow and Hunter Hutchinson.

Watson, who was born in Amarillo, launched his music career while a student at ACU and still calls Abilene home. His first CD, Aaron Watson, was released in 1999, and since then he has produced ten more, among them The Honky Tonk Kid, San Angelo, Barbed Wire Halo, Angels & Outlaws, The Road & the Rodeo, and Real Good Time. Top singles include “That Look,” “July in Cheyenne,” “Real Good Time,” “Raise Your Bottle,” “Shut Up and Dance,” “Lips,” and “Barbed Wire Halo.”

Cory Morrow
Cory Morrow is a “red dirt” Texas Country singer/songwriter who developed his musical style as a student at Texas Tech before moving to Austin to pursue music as a career. Since 1997, he has produced 15 albums including Outside the Lines, Vagrants and Kings, and Songs We Wish We’d Written (with Pat Green). His most recent, released this year, is The Good Fight. Top singles include “Texas on My Mind” (with Pat Green), “Beat of Your Heart,” “He Carries Me,” and “Big City Stripper.”

Hunter Hutchinson
Hunter Hutchinson is an up-and-coming young singer/songwriter from Abilene currently a sophomore at Texas Tech. He has played at the Firehouse and Blue Light in Lubbock as well as clubs in Abilene and has produced one album, Texas Too.

Hutchinson will open the show at 7:00pm followed by Morrow and then Watson. For reservations or more information, phone the Lumberyard at 325-766-2457.



The storm clouds on Sunday afternoon.
We got a surprise shower on Sunday afternoon. Rain was not in the forecast, but a big cloud made up right over Roscoe and rained for a while before moving north and also hitting places in Fisher County. Kenny Landfried reported an official .62” at his home in east Roscoe, and Darrell Aljoe, who lives east of him, got three-quarters of an inch, but in south Roscoe where I live it was more like a half-inch. Pyron, northwest of town, had 1.2” and the Champion area got about an inch, but the measurements really varied in different areas with some getting nothing at all.

Yesterday, a big thunderhead made up southeast of town and came over Roscoe just about sundown with thunder and high winds. It didn’t rain here in town, although amounts between .2" and a half-inch fell west of town, and it may have rained more elsewhere. I haven't yet heard.

Other than that, the weather has been typical for August with highs generally in the nineties and lows mostly in the seventies. It even dropped into the sixties last Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. The high temperature for the past week was 98°F on Saturday and the low was Thursday morning at 61°.

The forecast is for continued August heat with highs in the mid to upper nineties and lows in the mid to lower seventies. There is little to no chance of rain forecast before next Wednesday, but the  outlook for next weekend is for a 40%-50% chance of precipitation.



Services were held at 2:00pm on Saturday, August 22, at McCoy Chapel of Memories for Lillie Jean Williams, 55, who died at her home in Sweetwater on Sunday, August 16. Burial followed at the Sweetwater Cemetery.

Lillie was born December 22, 1959, in Sweetwater and was a lifelong area resident. She worked at Rolling Plains Memorial Hospital for many years.

She is survived by her mother, Minnie Ola Williams; her loving partner and friend, Arthur Starling; brothers Robert Williams and wife LaVerne of Roscoe, Sherman Williams of Sweetwater, and Thurman and Charles Williams of Abilene, Hilly Williams and wife Elsie of Amarillo, and Billy Williams, also of Amarillo; sisters, Dimple and husband Willie Williams of Sweetwater, Linda Williams of Sweetwater, Donna Kay Williams of Roby, and Pearl Williams of Sweetwater; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

She was preceded in death by her father, Hill Williams, and husband, Roy Williams.

Pallbearers were Jeremy Thompson, Travis “KeKe” Wallace, Nicholas Williams, Damian Williams and Otis Williams.


Tuesday, August 18, 2015

No Roscoe Hard Times This Week

Dear Readers,

Due to family considerations there will be no Hard Times this week. Initially, I thought I'd be able to spend these last three days with my daughter and granddaughter and still be able to gather the news and write the Hard Times, but it hasn't worked out that way.  They are leaving for Mongolia at noon today to start the new school year. I am taking them to D-FW this morning and won't see them again until at least next summer, if then. 

I plan to resume regular posting of the Hard Times again next week. Here's wishing you a nice week!

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

2015 Student Enrollment at RCISD Breaks 600

School began in the Roscoe Collegiate ISD on Monday morning, and once again the total enrollment is up over last year, just as it has been for the past four years. In fact, this year’s 618 students in all grades from pre-K through 12 is an increase of 45 students over last year’s 573  and the most that Roscoe has seen in many years.

The school’s steady growth can be seen in the opening enrollment figures for the previous four years along with the current enrollment:
                          Grades         2011      2012       2013      2014      2015
Elementary      pre-K - 6      234        284         338        359        403*
Junior High        7-8                31           53           78          98          80*
High School       9-12               98        110          110         116         135
Totals                pre-K - 12     363        447         526        573         618

This year’s figures in Elementary and Junior High are adjusted in the above table so that the grades correspond with previous years. However, this year the sixth grade is now part of Junior High, so the 38 sixth graders should be added to the 80 seventh and eighth graders to make a total of 118 students in Junior High and subtracted from the 403 in Elementary to make a total of 365 students in pre-K through fifth grade.

As in recent years, the increase in the number of students is due to the number of transfers from nearby towns who want to take advantage of the education that RCISD provides. This year’s total number of transfers is 260 students.



Cheerleaders and Cheer Pals lead a yell at last year's Plowboy Preview.
The annual Plowboy Preview will be held tomorrow, August 15, with a hamburger cookout behind the east stands starting at 6:00, with burger, chips, and drink costing $6.  Then at 7:00pm, this year’s football players, coaches, cheerleaders, and band will be introduced in front of the east stands.


Plat for Young Farm Estates Phase 1. (Click to enlarge.)
 The sale of lots in Phase 1 of the Young Farm Estates housing development on Roscoe’s north side  begins at 10:00am on Monday, August 17, at its office at 10 Cypress Street across from the Lumberyard. Lots will sell for $25,000 to $30,000.

A preview of the subdivision for prospective homeowners, builders, vendors, and financial institutions will be held on Tuesday, August 18, in the Lumberyard from 6:00 to 9:00pm. For more information, call Roscoe City Hall during business hours at 325-766-3871.



The Plowboys' first scrimmage of the season is at Haskell on Friday.
Fans can get their first look at this year’s Plowboys in action at a scrimmage with Haskell in Haskell on Friday starting at 6:00pm.  Their first action in Roscoe will come next Friday, August 21, when they scrimmage Munday at Plowboy Field, also starting at 6:00pm.



City Manager Cody Thompson addresses the City Council at last night's meeting.
Business was conducted quickly and efficiently at the monthly meeting of the Roscoe City Council at City Hall yesterday evening. A complaint about a persistent water leak on North Cypress Street by resident Lucan Campa was essentially withdrawn because city workers have already begun dealing with it, and the remaining agenda was shorter than usual.

City Manager Cody Thompson gave the Council an update on recent and upcoming City and County activities:

Recycled asphalt was placed on the caliche road next to the Stone Tower RV Park to eliminate the dust caused by traffic.

The leak on North Cypress has been repaired, but it will take a week to ten days before the area is completely cleaned since everything must be allowed to dry and the excavation filled.

Drilling on the injection well next to Smartt Move LLC just off US 84 will begin within the next two weeks.

Most of the drainage areas have been mowed to increase drainage, and a water pump has been replaced at the west booster plant by the new R. O. water plant.

The County’s annual seal coat program will not reach Roscoe until around the first of September.

The Council then approved the parade and bonfire for this year’s Roscoe High School Homecoming. The parade will line up on Main Street from Front to Broadway and proceed down Broadway to Oak and from there all the way to the school. The bonfire will be located in the same place it was last year, just east of the Stone Tower RV Park.

The council also set the date for their first budget workshop at 7:00pm next Thursday, August 20, before adjourning.



Billy Bob Thornton and the Boxmasters
Another blockbuster Friday night is in the works this weekend at the Lumberyard with three popular bands—The Boxmasters featuring Billy Bob Thornton, Cody Jinks, and Zane Williams.

Of the three groups, the one with the best known celebrity is the Boxmasters with Billy Bob Thornton. Thornton has achieved Hollywood stardom, earning an Academy Award as a screenwriter, nominations for an Oscar and several Emmy Awards as an actor, and his own star in the Hollywood Walk of Fame.  He is best known as the writer, director, and star actor of Sling Blade but also starred in Bad Santa, the science fiction film Armageddon and the crime drama Simple Plan. He was also married to and divorced from Angelina Jolie. Films he has written besides Sling Blade include A Family Thing and The Gift, and he has also directed several films including Daddy and Them, All the Pretty Horses, and Jayne Mansfield’s Car.

He is also a singer and songwriter with four solo albums and is the vocalist of the Boxmasters, a blues rock band.

Cody Jinks
Cody Jinks is a popular country singer from Fort Worth. His album Adobe Sessions contains song such as “Cast No Stones” and “Loud and Heavy.” His appearance on Ray Benson’s Texas Music Scene is available here.

Zane Williams
Zane Williams is a country singer and songwriter who has toured in Missouri, Alabama, and Texas and has produced five CDs. His song “Hurry Home” was selected as the Maxell Song of the Year in the John Lennon Songwriting Contest, and his album The Right Place was co-produced with Radney Foster. His most recent album, Texas Like That, with ten songs he wrote was produced this year. Music videos include “Overnight Success” and “Jayton & Jill.”

Zane Williams will open the show at 7:00pm followed by Cody Jinks at about 8:30 and the Boxmasters at about 10:15. For reservations and more information, contact the Lumberyard at 325-766-2457.



Dryland cotton is holding up well despite the high temperatures.
There’s no two ways about it. This past week has been hot with triple-digit or 99°F afternoons and morning lows in the mid to high seventies. The highs for the week were the 102° days on Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday. There wasn’t even a hint of rain.

The coming week should also be hot but not quite as hot as the past one. High temperatures should drop by four to eight degrees and lows should drop three or four. There is a 20% to 30% chance of rain on Friday and Saturday, followed by afternoons with only 93° or 94° highs. It will be nice to see some break in this typical August heat, especially if it involves rain and cooler weather.

NASA is reporting that the meteor showers that always occur in August should be especially good this year. They should be at their peak tonight starting around midnight and lasting until dawn, so if you’re somewhere where there are no electric lights, give your eyes about twenty minutes to get used to the darkness and keep them on the darkest part of the sky, and you should see a nice display of shooting stars.


Wednesday, August 5, 2015

2015 Plowboys Begin Football Workouts

Plowboys ran some pass plays at Tuesday morning's practice.
Are you ready for some football? Since Monday morning, this year’s edition of the Roscoe Plowboys is preparing for the 2015 football season with workouts at Plowboy Stadium. Practices are from 6:00-10:00am this week, but when school starts at RCHS next week, they will shift to after school.

Their first scrimmage is next Friday, August 14, with the Haskell Indians in Haskell. The following Friday, August 21, they will scrimmage Munday here in Roscoe as a final warmup for their season opener against Hawley on August 28.

Dave Campbell’s Texas Football, considered the authoritative publication for high school football in Texas, predicts the Plowboys will finish second in district to Winters, this year’s pre-season favorite. Here is how its writers see the District 6-2A-II teams winding up:

          1. Winters Blizzards
          2. Roscoe Plowboys
          3. Miles Bulldogs
          4. Menard Yellow Jackets
          5. Roby Lions
          6. Bronte Longhorns

However, Coach Jake Freeman and his Plowboys know that pre-season predictions are often wrong, and they are optimistic that Roscoe can take the title this year. This is the third year for the team to play in Coach Freeman’s system, so the players know how it works and are familiar with it. They are also an experienced team, returning ten starters on offense and eleven on defense.

With last year’s quarterback Cutter Davila lost to graduation, junior Brayden Beal will now take the reins and run the offense. Coach Freeman says the play calls will take advantage of Beal’s skills by including more run options and quick passes.

Players to watch include wide receivers Kevin Lavalais and Javier Leanos, running backs Vincent Pantoja and Max Nemir, linebacker Rafael Aguayo, and defensive end Ryland Madrid. Texas Football is projecting Pantoja to be the district’s offensive MVP.

The coaching staff this year includes the following:
          Jake Freeman – Head Coach and Defensive Coordinator
          Zane Graves – Offensive Coordinator
          Johnny Martin – Defensive Ends and Running Backs
          Chuck Cathey – Offensive Line and Defensive Tackles
          Jordan Morales – Wide Receivers and Secondary
          Ryan Dillon – Linebackers and Wide Receivers

And here is the Plowboys’ 2015 football schedule:

Date                   Opponent                               Site                   Time
August 14          Haskell (scrimmage)          Haskell             6:00pm
August 21          Munday (scrimmage)         Roscoe              6:00pm
August 28          Hawley                                  Roscoe              7:30pm
September 4      Hamlin                                 Hamlin             7:30pm
September 11     Junction                               San Angelo      7:30pm
September 18     Jim Ned (Homecoming)  Roscoe              7:30pm
September 24     Eldorado                             Eldorado          7:30pm
October 2            OPEN
October 9           *Miles                                   Miles                 7:30pm
October 16         *Winters                               Roscoe              7:30pm
October 23         *Roby                                    Roby                 7:30pm
October 30        *Menard                               Menard             7:30pm
November 6      *Bronte                                 Roscoe              7:30pm

Junior High / Junior Varsity
August 14          Haskell (scrimmage)         Haskell              5:00pm
August 21          Munday (scrimmage)        Roscoe               5:00pm
August 27          Hawley (JV)                        Hawley              6:00pm
September 3      Hamlin (JV)                       Roscoe               6:00pm
September 10    Junction                              San Angelo       4:00pm
September 17    Jim Ned                               Jim Ned            4:30pm
September 24    Eldorado                             Eldorado           4:30pm
October 1            OPEN
October 8          *Miles                                   Roscoe              4:30pm
October 15        *Winters                               Winters             4:30pm
October 22        *Roby                                    Roscoe              4:30pm
October 29        *Menard                               Roscoe              4:30pm
November 5      *Bronte                                 Bronte               4:30pm



The future James Wells Drive at Young Farm Estates.
The sale of lots in Phase 1 of the Young Farm Estates housing development on Roscoe’s north side will begin at 10:00am on Monday, August 17, at its office at 10 Cypress Street across from the Lumberyard. Lots will sell for $25,000 to $30,000.

A preview of the subdivision will be held on Tuesday, August 18, in the Lumberyard from 6:00 to 9:00pm. For more information, call Roscoe City Hall during business hours at 325-766-3871.



The site of the injection well under construction in north Roscoe.
A waste-water injection well approved by the Texas Railroad Commission is being dug on Roscoe’s north side next to the Smartt Move LLC offices, just east of the Young Farm Estates property.

The well, owned by Cord Johnson of Granbury, will cost somewhere between $1,400,000 and $1,700,000 and be from 4400 to 7700 feet deep when completed. It will have a modular office next to it and will employ local workers where possible.



The Roscoe First United Methodist Church is sponsoring a free swim party with food at the Roscoe City Pool tomorrow, Thursday, August 6, from 7:00 to 9:00pm.

Everyone is invited. Bring your family and friends and meet new friends as we get ready to start a new school year!



School starts back for Roscoe Collegiate ISD this coming Monday, August 10. The early start is due to the need for the high school to coordinate its graduation dates with Western Texas College in Snyder.

Drivers should be aware that children will be walking to and from school next week and that school zone regulations will be in effect.



Meet this year’s football team, coaches, cheerleaders, and band at the Plowboy Preview behind the east stands at Plowboy Field next Thursday, August 13, at 7:00pm. Burgers, chips, and drinks will be available.



Beau Taylor & Spur 644 at the Lumberyard.
Beau Taylor & Spur 644 will play at the Lumberyard Friday evening, and on Saturday the featured band is Wildfire.

Next Friday, August 14, the Lumberyard will host another big show when Billy Bob Thornton (of Sling Blade fame) and his band, the Boxmasters, come to town. Opening bands are Zane Williams and Cody Jinks.

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



Yesterday's sunset.
The Roscoe area has seen a lot of unusual weather this year, but this past week was just about as typical as you can get for late July and early August—and the forecast is for more of the same.

There was a 30% chance of rain on Saturday when a mild front blew through, but nothing ever materialized. Then on Monday morning there was a brief teaser that lasted just long enough to get the ground wet, but that was it. Otherwise, highs were in the upper nineties, lows in the mid-seventies, skies mostly clear, and winds from the south or southeast—just what you would expect for this time of year.

Temperatures will actually be a little hotter in the coming days. Highs are projected to be around 102° through Sunday with lows in the mid to upper seventies. Prevailing winds will be from the south, and there is no rain in the forecast. It’s August in west Texas.



Funeral services were held on Friday, July 31, at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in Sweetwater for Juan (JJ) Solano, Jr., 23, who passed away on July 27 at Covenant Medical Center in Lubbock. Interment followed at Roscoe Cemetery.

JJ was born on October 24, 1991, in Abilene. He was a graduate of Roscoe High School, where he was a member of the Spanish Club, Drama Club, Roscoe Plowboy Band, and Color Guard.  He was awarded 1st place solo in music at UIL. He attended Texas Tech University for the past 3 years and was a Zumba instructor there. He was a member of Holy Spirit Parish Church and had worked at the Stripes store in Roscoe for the past five summers.

Survivors include his parents, Adelita Solano of Sweetwater and Juan Solano, Sr., of Roscoe; brother, Jeremy Ray Solano of Roscoe; sister, Alexis Marie Solano of Roscoe; paternal grandfather, Guadalupe Solano of Rogers, Texas; aunts, Delia Beltran of Sweetwater, Dalia Rodriguez and husband, Antonio, of Kenedy, Eulalia Anchando of Rogers, and Angela Jeske of Rogers; uncles, Ray Mendez of Odessa, Felix Solano, Jr., of Rogers; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents and his paternal grandmother.

Pallbearers were Antonio Rodriguez, David Reyes, Tavares Hines, Elliott Beltran, A.J. Renteria, and Ray Mendez.


Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Tentative 2015 RHS Homecoming Schedule Set

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

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

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

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

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

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

Check sites below for Saturday Evening Parties & Events.


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



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

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



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


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

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



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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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



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

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



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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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


Wednesday, July 8, 2015

The Rains Just Keep Coming

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

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

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

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

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



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

We'll be looking for you there!



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

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

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

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


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

Here are the Parade winners:

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

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



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

Plowboy Mudbog Results:

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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



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



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

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

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

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


Wednesday, July 1, 2015

City Prepares for Big July 4th Celebration on Saturday

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

Entries will be in five classes:

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

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

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

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

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


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


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


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

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

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


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

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

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



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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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