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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

20 RCHS Seniors Graduate at Saturday Commencement

The Class of 2015: Bottom: Elisa Herrera, Samantha Ortega, Danielle Dean, Jesenia Pena, Makayla Porter, Olivia Saddler, Roxanne Covarrubias; Middle: Gabriel Alvarez, Korie Rogers, Matthew Davila, Mireya Sanchez, Juan Sanchez, Jake Wilson, Burke Zimmerman; Top: Chase Cathey, Nicholaus Hermosillo, Domonic Pantoja, Antonio Gallegos, Mia Herrera, Phillip Ballenger. (Photo by Debbie Nevins)
Twenty RCHS students officially completed their high school careers by receiving their diplomas in a commencement ceremony at the Special Events Center Saturday evening.  But what’s even more impressive is the fact that eighteen of those twenty, or 90%, of the Class of 2015 had received their Associate’s Degrees from Western Texas College in Snyder the night before, a remarkable accomplishment both for the students and the school.

RCHS WTC Graduates. (Photo by Debbie Nevins)
Here is a list of the graduating seniors with an asterisk beside the names of those who also completed the requirements for their Associate’s Degree:

Gabriel Alvarez
Phillip Ballenger *
Chase Cathey *
Roxanne Covarrubias *
Matthew Davila *
Danielle Dean *
Antonio Gallegos *
Nicholaus Hermosillo *
Elisa Herrera *
Mia Herrera *
Samantha Ortega *
Jesenia Pena *
Makayla Porter *
Korie Rogers *
Olivia Saddler *
Juan Sanchez *
Mireya Sanchez *
Jake Wilson *
Burke Zimmerman

Top Ten Graduates: Front: Korie Rogers, Samantha Ortega, Danielle Dean, Matthew Davila, Nicholaus Hermosillo; Back: Chase Cathey, Jesenia Pena, Jake Wilson, Makayla Porter, Antonio Gallegos. (Photo by Debbie Nevins)


Chase Cathey, Valedictorian, and Korie Rogers, Salutatorian. (Photo by Debbie Nevins)
The RCHS Valedictorian this year is Chase Cathey, who finished high school with an overall grade average of 95.16. He plans to attend Angelo State University and major in Business Administration of Information Systems.

The Salutatorian is Korie Rogers, who had an overall grade average of 93.74.  She plans to attend Texas Tech and major in Finance.



Plowgirl Lyndi Wilkinson wasn’t able to manage the 60.93 seconds she got in the 400 meter run at the Regional Meet, but her time of 61.78 at the UIL State Track & Field Meet in Austin on Friday was still good enough for her to finish fifth in state in the 2A division.  The winner was Ryley Haynes of Seymour with a time of 59.55 seconds.

Congratulations, Lyndi, and better luck next year!



Confiscated marijuana on the hood of a Roscoe Police vehicle.
Just six days after a $200,000 bust, the Roscoe PD has once again "hit them where it hurts" with another drug bust. On Friday afternoon, Sgt. Steven Spencer made a routine traffic stop on Interstate 20 in Roscoe, during which he noticed several indicators that raised his suspicion of criminal activity.

 After the driver, a man from El Paso, consented to a vehicle search, Spencer located paraphernalia, which by State law, gave him authority to perform a more detailed search. In an undisclosed location, Spencer found $25,000 worth of marijuana. The El Paso man was transported to the Nolan County Sheriff’s Office for possession of marijuana of over 5 but less than 50 lbs. The 20 bundles of narcotics and vehicle were seized by the Roscoe PD, and the El Paso man's bond was set at $7500.

This second seizure in less than a week will continue to fund the Department with staffing and the latest state of the art equipment, all cost free to the city and citizens. In the past year, the department has added two additional highly qualified and experienced part-time officers, patrol vehicles, and equipment--all to better serve the citizens of Roscoe and made available due to seizures Sgt. Spencer has filed for the Roscoe PD.



Grass is green and puddles fill the streets all over Roscoe.
This week has been very much like the week before: relatively mild temperatures for this time of year with high humidity (97% with fog this morning) and intermittent rain showers.  On late Thursday night and early Friday morning, weatherman Kenny Landfried recorded .49”, and on Saturday afternoon another .25”.  Then on late Monday night and early yesterday morning .85”.  In areas west of town and around Inadale and Wastella, most people I talked to got more, somewhere between 1.2” and 1.5”. All over west Texas a lot of rain is falling and lakes are seeing their highest levels in years. Highs have generally been in the eighties and lows in the low to mid-sixties.  The high for the past week came on Monday with 87°F and the low on Sunday morning at 59°.

The coming week should be more of the same.  Daily humidity will range from 75%-88%, and there is at least a 40% chance of rain from now until noon on Sunday.  That will increase to 60% tomorrow as a cold front moves through.  The high tomorrow is projected to be only 65° with a low of 56°.  The rest of the week will see highs in the upper seventies to about eighty with lows in the sixties, unusually mild for late May in west Texas.

Back in January, the NOAA forecast more rain than usual for the southwestern states based on El Niño, and that forecast has certainly been accurate.  Although we haven’t had any gully washers like they have in the panhandle and places east of here, there has been an abundance of moisture, and it appears we haven’t seen the end of it yet.



SSgt. Gary W. Jeffries
Army Staff Sgt. Gary Jeffries, 37, was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 8th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Carson, Colorado.  He died on January 28, 2008, in Mosul, Iraq, of wounds sustained when his unit encountered an improvised explosive device during convoy operations. Also killed were Sgt. James E. Craig, Spc. Evan A. Marshall, Pfc. Brandon A. Meyer and Pvt. Joshua A.R. Young.

More than 800 troops gathered inside a movie theater on the Army’s Forward Operating Base Marez to eulogize the five soldiers killed. The memorial was attended by top American commanders in Iraq, including Gen. David Petraeus.

Jeffries was a 1990 graduate of Roscoe High School.  In the 1990 Gleaner, he jokingly willed to underclassmen his camouflage jacket, his intelligence, his ability to fix a carburetor and change oil, and his cowboy boots. He joined the Army in 1997 and was on his fourth deployment overseas—and his third in Iraq—when he was killed.


Wednesday, May 13, 2015

City Council Learns of Major Leak and Repair in City Water Line

City Manager Cody Thompson updates City Council on recent City activity.
A twelve-day water leak in the City water line and its repair were the main topic at last night’s City Council meeting at City Hall.  According to City Manager Cody Thompson, the leak was causing the loss of approximately 200,000 gallons of water per day.  However, it was not detectable because the water was not coming to the surface but going directly into the sewer system, causing a severe burden on the lift station and sewer plant.

After engineers were unable to locate the problem, a leak detection company was called and found a major leak at the manhole on Second Street across from the baseball park restroom.  An eight-inch transite AC pipe had broken, causing the rupture of the eight-inch sewer line next to the manhole.  Once located, the leak was repaired, and now all is back to normal. During the ordeal, the R-O water plant was shut down but is now back in normal operation.

Thompson also informed the Council that all three of the new state-financed houses in town are now 100% complete and in possession of the owners, Lupe Kidd, Herminia Garcia, and Eugene Griffith.

Work at the City Swimming Pool continues and should be completed by next Friday, May 22.  The pool is scheduled to open for the summer on Saturday, May 30.

City Hall will be closed on Monday, May 25, in observance of Memorial Day.

Two loads of asphalt have been delivered to the City yard, but patching cannot begin until the streets are dry.

Police Chief Felix Pantoja presented the monthly police report to the Council.



Authorities confirm that the Roscoe Police Department has made yet another large narcotics bust on Interstate Highway 20 in Roscoe.

On Saturday afternoon at approximately 6 p.m. Roscoe PD Sergeant Steven Spencer made a traffic stop of a vehicle for a traffic violation. Upon contact with the driver, a woman listing her address in Indiana, Officer Spencer noted discrepancies in her travel itinerary and other indicators of possible criminal activity. The woman consented to a search of her vehicle, during which Spencer located approximately 150 bundles of contraband which later tested positive to be marijuana.

The Indiana woman was transported to the Nolan County Jail where she was charged with possession of marijuana, being over 50 pounds but less than 2,000 pounds, a felony 2 in the State of Texas. The marijuana is estimated to have a street value of approximately $200,000 once in Indiana.



On Monday evening, May 4, Roscoe students from grades 7-12 received awards, and FFA officers for the 2015-2016 school year were inducted at the STEM Banquet at Roscoe School. Students attending the banquet are members of at least one of three RCISD organizations: the FFA, the 4-H Club, and the BEST robotics program.

After the opening ceremony conducted by this year’s FFA officers, FFA awards were presented. The robotics team then did their marketing presentation.  This year’s team included Caleb Ward, Braiden Moore, Jose Chavira, Camden Boren, Austin Willman, Caty Chavira, and Madison Mims. Robotics awards and recognition were then given to the robotics teams.

The 4-H Club recognitions and awards followed with first, second, and third place prizes awarded teams from grades 7-12 for their posters and presentations.

The FFA then inducted their new officers for 2015-2016:

Cassie Chavira, President               Nolan Reeves, Reporter
Murissa Horton, Vice President    Samantha Stewart, Historian
Hayley Bridges, Secretary              Morgan Bowers, Sentinel
Alejandra Solis, Treasurer              Tait Fullwood, Voting Delegate
Logan Wicker, Advisor                    Michaela Horton, Chaplain
Derek Creed, Parlamentarian

The FFA closing ceremony and Gallery Walk concluded the evening activities.  



The Bellamy Brothers
This weekend, two more legendary country bands will be at the Lumberyard. The Bellamy Brothers return for an encore performance on Friday evening, and Restless Heart will play here for the first time on Saturday.

The Bellamy Brothers, David and Howard, have been performing together since 1968 and over the years have established themselves as one of the noted musical groups in the country.  Even if you’re not a big country and western fan, you’ll be familiar with many of their songs. “Let Your Love Flow,” released in 1976, hit number one on the pop charts in both the U.S. and Europe, and their country classic, “If I Said You Had a Beautiful Body, Would You Hold It Against Me,” also was a crossover number one hit.  It was also named the 1979 “Song of the Year” in the UK.

The pair also had a string of hits in the eighties and nineties, including such songs as “Redneck Girl,” “Santa Fe,” “Old Hippie,” and others.  In 2005 they recorded Angels & Outlaws, Volume 1, a compilation album with Dolly Parton, George Jones, Tanya Tucker, Alan Jackson, and Montgomery Gentry, while more recent albums include The Anthology, Volume 1, with the single, “Guilty of the Crime,” and a CD of gospel music entitled Jesus Is Coming.

The opening band, Nine Mile Mountain, will begin the show at 8:00, and the Bellamy Brothers will take the stage around 9:30pm.

Restless Heart
On Saturday night, Restless Heart will make their first appearance ever at the Lumberyard, arriving fresh from a date at Billy Bob’s in Fort Worth the night before.  This group from Nashville, which recently embarked on its “30 Years and Still Restless” tour of the country, have an impressive history, placing over 25 singles on the charts over the years – with six consecutive #1 hits, four albums certified Gold by the RIAA, and a wide range of awards from many organizations – including the Academy of Country Music’s Top Vocal Group trophy.

Audiences often sing along with the band’s record-shattering string of hits, songs such as “I’ll Still Be Loving You,” “Fast Movin’ Train,” “The Bluest Eyes in Texas,” and “When She Cries.”  On its website, band member Larry Stewart says the group still has a lot of history to make. “We are still at the top of our game when it comes to singing and playing together.  We’ve got some projects we’re working on, and we want to put the Restless Heart brand out to music fans again—to let them know we’re still here and making good music.”

Live music begins at 8:00pm with the Colton O’Neil Band, and Restless Heart will take the stage around 9:30pm.

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



Rain falls in my driveway this morning.
The weather for the past week has been relatively mild for this time of year and, since a norther moved through Sunday night, downright cool with more humidity in the air than usual.  This past week, some rain fell on three days.  Last Wednesday my rain gauge measured .04”, just enough to make everything wet; on early Saturday morning I had .16” more and heard of some who got a half-inch; and then early yesterday morning, I had .4”, which was almost the same as the .39” weatherman Kenny Landfried got in east Roscoe.  However, west of town as much as two inches was reported.  Inadale got three-quarters of an inch, and just northwest of Roscoe a little less: .65”.

And the rain doesn’t seem to be finished yet.  My rain gauge has .46" since midnight, and there could very well be more before the day is done.  Continued cool temperatures are forecast for today with a high this afternoon of 73°.  Chances for rain diminish to 30% tomorrow and 20% Friday but go back up to 40% on Saturday, increasing to 50% Saturday night.  Then the chances drop to 20% on Sunday and the days following before another front comes in the latter part of next week when the chances go back up again.

Temperatures will go back up to around 83° tomorrow afternoon and the highs through the weekend will be similar.  Lows will be in the low to mid-sixties.



Services for Jesse Wayne Fullwood, 75, will be at 2:00pm on Friday, May 15, at Roscoe Church of Christ.  Interment will follow at the Roscoe Cemetery.  A resident of Roscoe, he passed away on Sunday, May 10, at Rolling Plains Memorial Hospital in Sweetwater.

Visitation will be from 6:00 to 8:00pm tomorrow evening, May 14, at McCoy Funeral Home in Sweetwater.

Mr. Fullwood was born in Blackwell on October 5, 1939. On January 19, 1963, he married Patricia J. Floyd. He was a member of the Roscoe Church of Christ and farmed most of his life. He graduated from Highland High School in 1959 and attended Texas Tech, Abilene Christian University, and Sul Ross University. Jesse was a lifelong resident of Nolan County.

Survivors include his wife, Patricia Fullwood of Roscoe; two sons, Curt Duane Fullwood and wife, Carol, of Munday, and Gary Lynn Fullwood and friend, Deni Rea, of Sweetwater; two daughters, Janice Fullwood of Roscoe and Cheryl Reyes and husband, Leroy, of San Diego, CA; one brother, Eugene Fullwood and wife, Letha, of Roscoe; seven grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; along with numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Raymond and Irene Fullwood, a granddaughter, Chelsea Ann Fullwood, on July 6, 2012; a sister, Maxine Martin, in 2014; and a brother, Donald Fullwood, in 2013.

Pallbearers are Joseph Shirley, Jarrett Fullwood, Grant Fullwood, Curt Fullwood, Gary Fullwood and Jimmy Joy.


Wednesday, May 6, 2015

RCHS Becomes National Leader with 90% Associate Degrees for Graduating Seniors

Editor's note: Back in 2011, when RCISD Superintendent Kim Alexander told me that the school’s goal was to achieve 90% Associate’s Degrees for its graduating seniors, I thought the goal was not only a lofty one but quite possibly out of reach.  Nevertheless, in subsequent years the school’s numbers in that regard have always increased from the year before, and this year the goal has actually been achieved.  Here is the official press release just released yesterday:


On Friday, May 15, 2015, 18 of the 20 Roscoe Collegiate High School seniors will receive the Associate Degree from Western Texas College one day prior to receiving their high school diplomas on Saturday, May 16. When Roscoe Collegiate became the first rural school-wide Early College in Texas back in 2009, the goal then was to become the national leader in college readiness by graduating 90% or more of its senior classes with the Associate Degree by 2015 and beyond. Completion rates for the Associate Degree have also grown steadily from one student in 2010, to 52% of the 2011 Class, 58% of the 2012 Class, 73% of the 2013 Class, 89% of the 2014 Class, to 90% of the Class of 2015.

When asked about the 90% plateau, Roscoe Superintendent, Dr. Kim Alexander, had this to say, “We’ll celebrate this accomplishment for a day or two, and then realize just how many challenges lie ahead, and get right back to work. Obviously, the bigger the ship the harder it is to turn, and we have over 50 8th graders moving into high school next year, with most of the classes below them much closer to 50 students than 20. Also, as a STEM Academy since 2012, we have a similar goal of becoming the national leader in workforce readiness with 90% or more of our graduates leaving Roscoe with an industry-recognized Biomedical or Engineering STEM Certification through a paid student apprenticeship experience by 2017. It’s a little bit like running in front of a freight train. We’ll probably be okay if we keep on sprinting, but if we slow down, we’re going to get run over.”



Roscoe Collegiate junior high and high school students were honored for their academic achievements at the Academic Awards Banquet on Thursday evening, April 30.

Best All-Around Students

Grade         Girl                                         Boy
  12      Samantha Ortega                    Chase Cathey
  11      Cassie Chavira                         Max Nemir
  10      Karina Cisneros                      Caleb Ward
   9       Murissa Horton                      Camden Boren
   8       Madison Mims                       Will Thomas
   7       Jaci Alexander                        Tristan Baker

Outstanding Work Ethic

Grade         Girl                                         Boy
  12      Danielle Dean                         Juan Sanchez
  11      Caty Chavira                            Lin Xiao
  10      Bergan Trevino                       Johnathon Cuellar
   9       Iris Gonzalez                           Jose Chavira
   8       Michaela Horton                    Alfonso Islas
   7       Jaleigh Morales                      Roman Garza

Student Advisory Committee

Morgan Bowers                                  Max Nemir
Isaiah Olvera                                      Adrian Ortega
Brayden Beal                                      Chase Cathey
Jovanah Guzman                               Danielle Dean
Austin Willman                                  Mia Herrera
Magali Casas                                      Juan Sanchez
Cassie Chavira

Associate’s Degrees from Western Texas College

Phillip Ballenger                                Samantha Ortega
Chase Cathey                                      Jesenia Pena
Roxanne Covarrubias                        Selena Perez
Cutter Davila                                      Makayla Porter
Danielle Dean                                     Korie Rogers
Antonio Gallegos                               Olivia Saddler
Nich Hermosillo                                 Juan Sanchez
Elisa Herrera                                      Mireya Sanchez
Mike Herrera                                      Jake Wilson

Early Graduates

Phillip Ballenger
Jake Wilson (First RCHS student ever to complete requirements for Associate’s Degree in 3 years)

Welding Certificates from Texas State Technical College

Rafael Aguayo                                    Max Nemir
Clayton Chadwick                             Anthony Ortegon
Derek Creed                                       Vincent Pantoja
Erick Huidobro                                  A. J. Renteria
Pablo Huidobro                                 Bernardo Villa
Kevin Lavalais                                   Luis Villa
Javier Leanos                                     Lin Xiao
Spencer Little



Officer Steven Spencer has been promoted to Sergeant.

Police Chief Felix Pantoja has hired Kelsey Alexander, 31, an investigator for the Colorado City Police Department, as a second part-time officer for the Roscoe Police Department.  The other one is Charles Summers.  She is the first woman ever on the Roscoe Police Force.  Part-time work is funded by drug forfeiture money.

In an incident that occurred one morning last week, the Odessa Police Department requested Roscoe Police to aid them in detaining an Odessa kidnapping suspect and his victim, a 9-year-old boy, who were reportedly at the Stripes station in Roscoe.  Roscoe Police then detained two adult males and a boy.  One of the men, the boy’s biological father, had picked his son up on his way to school and was eastbound on I-20.  Upon notifying the Odessa Police, they learned that the boy’s mother had been arrested on a charge unrelated to the kidnapping, and that the Ector County District Attorney was asking that no charges be filed in the interest of the child, who remained in the custody of his father.

A welder and trailer were stolen from Roscoe Rentals on 1001 Oak Street early on the morning of Friday, May 1.  However, they were recovered yesterday.  No charges have yet been filed as the investigation is ongoing.



LUBBOCK, Apr. 29 — A 55 year-old Roscoe, Texas, man appeared in federal court today before U.S. Magistrate Judge Nancy M. Koenig and pleaded guilty to a felony offense stemming from a fraudulent invoicing scheme he ran while working at Chevron Pipe Line Company, announced, John Parker, Acting U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Texas.

Gerald Allen Williams pleaded guilty to a criminal information charging one count of wire fraud. He faces a maximum statutory penalty of 20 years in federal prison and a $250,000 fine. Judge Koenig ordered that he remain on bond pending sentencing, a date for which was not set.

According to documents filed in the case, Williams worked as a Project Coordinator at Chevron Pipe Line Company’s Roscoe, Texas, facility. He was responsible for ensuring the completion of several construction and maintenance projects.

E.D. Walton Construction Company (EDW) out of Snyder, Texas, was a Chevron contractor that performed various construction and maintenance projects for Chevron.

Sometime around 2006-2007, according to plea documents filed, Williams approached EDW about a fraudulent invoicing scheme. EDW would create fictitious invoices and submit them to Chevron through the Arriba System, Chevron’s system for receiving and paying invoices. Williams would approve the fictitious invoices for payment, and the fictitious invoices would be processed for payment to EDW. Once EDW received payment for the fictitious invoices, it would pay Williams, in cash, the exact amount of the fictitious invoice. EDW did not receive any of the proceeds from the fictitious invoicing; Williams received all the proceeds. The scheme continued until approximately December 2011.

Williams admitted that he knowingly devised or intended to devise the scheme to defraud Chevron of money by means of false and fraudulent invoices. He further admitted he acted with the specific intent to deceive or cheat Chevron into thinking that EDW had completed various construction and maintenance projects for Chevron, when in fact, Williams knew EDW had not completed those projects.

The FBI investigated the case. Assistant U.S. Attorney Jeffrey R. Haag is in charge of the prosecution.

(reproduced verbatim from the U. S. Dept. of Justice website)



Plowgirl Lyndi Wilkinson finished a close second in the girls’ 400 meter dash at the Regional 2A Track Meet in Odessa last week.  In doing so, she has qualified for the State Track and Field Meet at Mike Myers Track Complex in Austin next Friday, May 14.

She ran her best time of the year, 60.93 seconds, at the Regional Meet, just behind Haevyn Risley from Canadian, who won the event with a time of 60.15 seconds.

Congratulations, Lyndi, and good luck in Austin!



Co-op President Steve Moore at last night's meeting.
The Central Rolling Plains Co-op held its annual membership meeting with a meal and door prizes at the Roscoe School Cafetorium last night.  Items of business included the manager’s report, regional reports, audit report, and election of two directors and two advisory board members.

Members learned that although last year was a down year compared to the year before, it was still a profitable one, and dividend and equity retirement checks were handed out at the end of the meeting.

There were two elections.  Kenny Landfried and Leslie Rannefeld were both re-elected to three-year terms on the Senior Board, and James Parrott and Scott Etheredge were re-elected to one-year terms on the Advisory Board.

The $100 prize of the annual bale guess in which members at the Co-op Gin’s Open House in October guess how many bales the gin will produce was won by Jim Boston, whose guess of 30,147 was the closest without exceeding the actual amount of 32,274.

There was a full house at the Co-op's annual meeting.



Kyle Park
Country singer Kyle Park from Austin makes his debut at the Lumberyard Friday evening. Both a singer and songwriter, he writes and produces his own songs, which might loosely be termed a part of the current Texas Country genre.

Born in Austin in 1985, he formed a band while a student at Texas State University in San Marcos.  His first album, Big Time, was released in 2005, and since then he has produced five others, the most recent being Beggin’ for More, released in 2013.  His single “The Night is Young” reached number one on the Texas Country Charts in 2013.  Three other singles, “Fit for the King,” “Long Distance Relationship,” and “Turn That Crown Upside Down,” were all Top Ten hits on the Texas Music Chart.

He will take the stage around 9:30pm.  Opening for him at 8:00pm is Ashliegh Lisset.

The Uncle Lucius Band
On Saturday night, the featured band is Uncle Lucius, whose fourth album is scheduled for release on June 9.  Their eclectic musical style has been described as “Southern rock for the thinking man,” and their singles, “And You Are Me,” “Keep the Wolves Away,” and “Pick Your Head Up” can be heard on this webpage.  They will be preceded by the opening band, The Dix Hat Band from Lubbock.

For more information, contact the Lumberyard during business hours at 325-766-2457.



The rain has been falling all around us for the last couple of days.  Lubbock is flooded, Tahoka got seven inches of rain, and the Brazos is overflowing its banks in Justiceburg.  But here we’ve had more promise than actual results.  We’ve been treated to thunder and lightning, but so far not much else. Early yesterday morning, we got a light rain off and on that didn’t last long and was pretty well finished by the time the sun rose.  My battery-powered rain gauge, which I’ve got working again, registered a total of .18”, and most people I’ve talked to got somewhere between a tenth and a quarter of an inch.  But the forecasters are giving us a 40% chance of more precipitation all the way up to Sunday afternoon, so I may be able to give a better report this time next week.

Temperatures have once again been mild for this time of year.  The high for the week was only 82°F on Saturday and Sunday, and lows were once again in the fifties and low sixties.  That pattern shouldn’t change in the immediate future. Highs through the coming week should be in the low to mid eighties with lows in the sixties through the weekend.

The long range forecast is for more good chances of rainfall next week, so with any kind of luck we’ll be getting more precipitation soon.



A graveside service will be at 2:00pm tomorrow, Thursday, May 7, at Roscoe Cemetery for Bill Faught, 78, who passed away on Saturday, May 2, at Coronado Nursing Home in Abilene.  He was a former resident of Roscoe and Sweetwater.

Billy was born in Roscoe on June 24, 1936, and went to Roscoe schools growing up.  He lived in Roscoe most of his life and only later in Sweetwater and Abilene.  He ran the movie projector at the Texas Theater and Midway and Rocket drive-in theaters for many years.

He is survived by his nephews, Charles Harding and Curtis Harding; his niece, Patricia Arch; and his sister-in-law, Jewell Foreth, all of Albany, Texas.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Orville and Marie Faught; and four brothers, Buryl Faught, Kenneth Faught, Royston Faught, and Dean Harding.


Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Cinco de Mayo Celebration Downtown This Saturday

Horsemen ride down Broadway in the Cinco de Mayo parade.
This year’s Cinco de Mayo celebration will be this Saturday, May 2, in downtown Roscoe.  The parade down Broadway begins at 10:00am and the festivities will continue until 10:00pm with the windup of the street dance.

This year’s event focuses on family and children, and from noon to 3pm there will be children’s games and piñatas.  A DJ will play recorded music on Cypress Street from noon to 5pm, and this year’s feature band, El Nuevo Privilegio de JoseAntonio Hernandez, will be playing live for the free concert and street dance from 5pm to 10pm.  (Click here to hear his song "Enamorado De Ti.")

For more information, contact Jesse Gonzalez at 325-721-3442.



Last Wednesday at the 2A Area Track Meet at McMurry University in Abilene, two Plowboys and one Plowgirl qualified to move on to the Region 1 track meet at Ratliff Stadium in Odessa this weekend.

Max Nemir finished third in the boys’ 300 meter hurdles with a time of 41.28 seconds, Kevin Lavalais finished fourth in the boys’ 200 meter dash with a time of 23.5 seconds, and Lyndi Wilkinson finished second in the girls’ 400 meter dash with a time of 1:02.74.

Here’s hoping all three can advance to state!



John Michael Montgomery
Another country music great will play the Lumberyard when John Michael Montgomery makes his first appearance ever in Roscoe Friday evening.  Montgomery, whose numerous hits have made him a favorite with country fans everywhere, has been recording since 1992 and is still going strong.

Born and raised in Kentucky, Montgomery came from a musical family and was a member of the family band before signing with Atlantic Records and releasing his debut album, Life’s a Dance, which contained his first number 1 hit, “I Love the Way You Love Me,”  In all, he’s recorded eleven studio albums and one compilation album, three of them multi-platinum (Life’s a Dance, Kickin’ It Up, and John Michael Montgomery), one platinum (What I Do the Best), and two gold (Leave a Mark and Brand New Me).

Over the years, he’s also had over thirty singles on the Billboard country charts, of which seven have reached number 1: “I Love the Way You Love Me,” “I Swear,” (Click here for video) “Be My Baby Tonight,” "If You've Got Love," "I Can Love You Like That," "Sold (The Grundy County Auction Incident)," and "The Little Girl." Thirteen others have reached the top 10, including “Hold On to Me,” “Letters from Home,” “Home to You,” and “Friends.”

Saturday night will feature the up-and-coming Dix Hat Band from Lubbock, whose debut single “In and Out” (Click here for video) hit the charts last year.  Their first album, Red Dime, is due out this week.

For tickets and more information, phone the Lumberyard during business hours at 325-766-2457.



Youtube video taken from US 84 by Smoke0258 (53 seconds).

Roscoe made the national news again last week, this time for a tornado that touched down north of Loraine and went east, crossing US 84 this side of Wastella before breaking up.  Landon Orman says that the tornado that crossed FM 608 north of town was a separate unreported tornado that didn't last long before breaking up.  The video of the tornado shown the next day on ABC's Good Morning America and the CBS Morning News with Charlie Rose was taken by Scott Etheredge.  Luckily, there was no one hurt and little to no damage—or if there was, I didn’t hear about it.

The rest of the week was not as exciting, but was eventful nevertheless with somewhere around another inch of rain falling on Friday.  Amounts varied according to location of course, but the official amount recorded by Kenny Landfried for Roscoe was .82”.  There was also a bit of precipitation just after midnight early Monday morning, around .06”, and another .13” early yesterday morning.  There were plenty of clouds around for more, but, once again, most of the rain fell elsewhere.

Temperatures were once again mild for this time of year.  The high since last Wednesday was the 85°F recorded Sunday afternoon.  The lowest high was yesterday’s 54° following the cold front that moved in on Monday.  Lows varied from last Thursday morning’s 62° down to this morning’s 42°.

The forecast is for clear skies and steadily warming temperatures through Saturday with partly cloudy skies on Sunday and Monday.  Today’s high will be only around 73°, but tomorrow’s should be back to about 80°, increasing steadily to Sunday’s 85°.  Lows will be in the fifties or low sixties.  There is no rain in the immediate forecast, but another front is due midweek next week, and right now the weathermen are giving us a 70% chance for more rain when it does arrive.



Graveside services were held at 2:00pm on Monday, April 27, for Paul Verlin Hagerman, 81, who died on Saturday, April 25, at Rolling Plains Memorial Hospital in Sweetwater.

Mr. Hagerman married Deborah Hall on November 7, 1977, in Progresso, Mexico. He moved to Roscoe from Spearman when he retired in 1997. A heavy equipment operator, he worked for B & B Farm Industries and owned Hagerman Services in Spearman for many years. He was a Methodist.

Verlin is survived by his wife Deborah Hagerman of Roscoe; three sons: Steven Hagerman and wife Pat of Roscoe, Leon Hagerman and wife Amy of Plainview, and Robert Hagerman and wife Cathy of Pampa; four daughters: Paula Taylor of Fargo, SD, Verla Kunselman and husband Jim of Plainview, Valerie Huber and husband Mark of Amarillo, and Kathy Hagerman of Amarillo; sixteen grandchildren and twelve great grandchildren. He has a sister, Rita Butler of Graham, OK, and two brothers, Dale Hagerman and Glen Hagerman and wife Vickie, both of Oklahoma City; numerous nieces, nephews, family and friends.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Leonard and Ellen Hagerman; his wife Lucille; a son Larry; and three brothers: Charles, Billy Joe, and Leon.


Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Casey Donahew, Asleep at the Wheel at Lumberyard This Weekend

Casey Donahew and Band.
It’s another big weekend at the Lumberyard.  On Friday, popular Texas Country singer Casey Donahew makes his debut in Roscoe, and on Saturday, nine-time Grammy Award winners Asleep at the Wheel return for an encore performance.

Singer and songwriter Casey Donahew, originally from Burleson, began his singing career in 2002 and since then has built up a large fan following on the Texas bar circuit.  His Texas Country style is similar to that of Pat Green, Randy Rogers, and Robert Earl Keen.  His six CDs include one live and five studio albums, including Moving On, Double-Wide Dream, and Standoff.  Popular singles include “One Star Flag,” “White Trash Story,” “Double-Wide Dream,” “Small Town Love,” “Let Me Love You,” and “Whiskey Baby.”

Asleep at the Wheel
Appearing on Saturday evening are nine-time Grammy Award winners Asleep at the Wheel.  Led by Ray Benson, who also hosts the television series Texas Music Scene, the group has been a fixture of Texas music since the seventies, appearing on Austin City Limits a record ten times.  They have been named the Best Country Music Band by Rolling Stone magazine, toured Europe, performed for George and Laura Bush, and appeared in the movies Roadie and Wild Texas Wind.  They are members of the Texas Music Hall of Fame and have received numerous other major awards.  Their western swing music always brings out the dancers, and tunes like “Cotton-Eyed Joe” and others always make for a fun evening.

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



Whitney Williams is inducted into ΒΓΣ, business honor society at Texas Tech.
Whitney Williams, daughter of Wes and Shelly Williams who was salutatorian of last year’s graduating class at RCHS and also a state silver medalist on the Plowgirls’ 4 x 400 relay team, has just received another honor, this time from the Rawls College of Business at Texas Tech.

She has been inducted into ΒΓΣ (Beta Gamma Sigma), the international honor society for business students.  Membership requirements include that a student must be in the top 10% of a bachelors or masters business program and they are inducted toward the end of their degree program.  Whitney is already a senior at Tech.  While membership is highly selective, Beta Gamma Sigma is the largest alumni group in the world for graduates of business programs. It is a member of the Association of College Honor Societies and a major emphasis is to foster ethical business leadership.  

Congratulations, Whitney!



RCHS had three students participating in the 14th Annual TAPT (Texas Association for Pupil Transportation) State Speech Contest in Waco on Monday.  They were Cutter Davila, Caleb Ward, and Murissa Horton.  Caleb Ward finished in third place, which came with a $200 scholarship.

Congratulations to all three for advancing to the state finals, and congratulations to Caleb, who finished third!



The 2015 RCHS Masquerade Prom for grades 9-12 will be from 8-12pm on Saturday at the Roscoe Community Center.  Tickets are $9 at the door.



Several RCHS athletes, both Plowboys and Plowgirls, are competing in the Area Track Meet at McMurry University in Abilene today.  Results will be posted here next week.



Hail in my yard last Thursday.
On Thursday afternoon it hailed here in town three times, the first time with the sun shining.  A big cloud moved in from the southwest and dumped the hail along with some rain before it moved on to the northeast.  The hail wasn’t large enough to do much damage, however.  Most of it was marble-sized, but there were a few about the size of a fifty-cent piece (anybody remember those?) and ¼” to ½” thick, shaped like a hockey puck.  Here in the south part of town .65” of rain fell, but it was less west of town.  The next day there was also a good chance of more rain, but the storm clouds missed us, dropping rain on  places east of Roscoe and points east all the way to Fort Worth and Dallas.

Since then the weather has been generally partly cloudy and mild.  There was some thunder last night but no rain.  Temperatures have been milder than normal for this time of year with highs ranging from 80°F on Thursday, Saturday, and yesterday and 70° on Monday.  Lows ranged from 61° on Thursday to 46° on Monday. In general, we are having pretty spring weather—wheat looks good in the fields, wildflowers are blooming, weeds are growing, and people are out mowing their lawns more than usual.  And I probably shouldn’t say this for fear of creating some kind of jinx, but so far this spring there hasn’t been a single sandstorm. I can’t remember the last time that’s happened.

The forecast is for somewhat warmer temperatures this coming week with a 20% chance of rain this evening and tomorrow increasing to 40% tomorrow evening and night.  Highs are predicted to be in the mid-eighties through the weekend with lows in the mid-fifties to low sixties.

A good chance for more rain is predicted for next weekend.



Holy Mass of Christian Burial was at 10:00am on Saturday, April 18, at Holy Spirit Parish Catholic Church for Matilda Alvarez Saavedra, 62, of Roscoe. Interment followed at Roscoe Cemetery.  She passed away at Hendrick Medical Center in Abilene on Monday, April 13.

Matilda was born in July 2, 1952, in Blanco. She moved to Roscoe from Sweetwater the same year she married Benigno Saavedra. She worked as an LVN at Rolling Plains Memorial Hospital, Simmons Memorial Hospital, Sweetwater Health Care, and Holiday Retirement Center. Also active with family planning in the community, she was a member of Holy Parish Catholic Church, where she was very active until her health began to fail.

Survivors include her husband, Benigno Saavedra of Roscoe; son, Julian Saavedra and wife, Nancy, of Midland; sisters, Mary Perez and husband, Frankie, of Sweetwater; Josie Hernandez and husband, Joe, of Sweetwater; brother, Santos Alvarez and wife, Kim, of Copperas Cove; and grandson, Xavier Saavedra of Midland.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Prajedesa and Adela Alvarez, and her son, Martin Saavedra.

Pallbearers were Florentino Saavedra, Julian Saavedra, Johnny Sepeda, Jonathan Hernandez, Mario Perez, and Chris Ramirez.



Funeral services for Charles Edward Ratliff, Jr., 83, will be held tomorrow, April 23, at 10:30am at the First Baptist Church in Roscoe with Dan Boren officiating.  Interment will follow at the Roscoe Cemetery.  He died in Seguin on Monday, April 20.

Charles Ratliff was born on September 10, 1931, in Slidell, Louisiana. He moved throughout Texas and Louisiana with his family before settling down in Roscoe in the seventh grade.  He married Verlia Jones in 1949.  They then raised a family of three children.  He worked for Lone Star Industries in Maryneal for more than 37 years, working in the lab and as a safety supervisor.  Upon retirement, he worked for 22 years as a substitute teacher in the Roscoe Schools.  His and his wife’s contributions to the Roscoe Schools over the years were recognized by the naming of facilities in their honor, the Ratliff Library in the Elementary School building and the Charles Ratliff Press Box at Plowboy Field, an honor recently bestowed upon him in commemoration of his 45 years of service as public address announcer for junior high, junior varsity, and varsity football games and track meets.

Charles was preceded in death by his wife, Verlia, in March 2013 and two brothers, Jesse and Tommy.  He is survived by three children, Mike Ratliff and wife Jolie of Austin, Larry Ratliff and wife Diane of Seguin, and Connie Drake and husband David of Whitney; five grandchildren, Stephen Ratliff and wife Diana of Dallas, Julie Wood and husband Caleb of Dallas, Lindsey Ratliff of Odessa, Jenny Childress and husband Kyle of Kyle, Texas, and Alison Pruett of Dallas; and five great-grandchildren, Carter, Issac, and Brooks Wood of Dallas; Landon Evans of Odessa, and Kennedy Childress of Kyle.  He is also survived by two sisters, Mary Ann Stocker and Delores Ratliff.

Pallbearers will be his grandchildren, Stephen and Diana Ratliff, Lindsey Ratliff, Julie and Caleb Wood, Jenny and Kyle Childress, and Alison Pruett.

Visitation will be from 6:00 to 8:00pm today, April 22, at McCoy Funeral Home in Sweetwater.  Online condolences may be expressed at  In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the Roscoe Public School Library or Plowboy Booster Club.


Wednesday, April 15, 2015

City Council Awards Bids, Approves Cinco de Mayo Celebration

City Manager Cody Thompson addresses the Council at last night's meeting.
Among other actions at its monthly meeting last night, Roscoe’s City Council named the winners of the bids for City waste disposal, swimming pool operation, and cemetery maintenance.  They also approved a Cinco de Mayo celebration and parade to be held on May 2.

Knox Waste Services, the company which currently operates the City’s waste disposal, was selected to continue its operation for the next five years, primarily because most Roscoe residents are satisfied with the job they’ve been doing for the past few years.  They were challenged by Republic Services, whose costs and services were similar to those of Knox Waste Services.

The current custodian of the Roscoe Cemetery, Harold Gruden, who chose not to apply for another term, will be replaced by Mark Garcia of Sweetwater, who is also currently employed by Smartt Move LLC in Roscoe.  The City Swimming Pool will once again be operated this summer by Kalyn Presley Tate, who ran the pool last year.

Roxanna Reyna spoke for the group who requested and received the City Council’s permission to hold its annual Cinco de Mayo celebration in downtown Roscoe on Saturday, May 2.  The event will run from 10am to 10pm with the parade down Broadway at 11am.  This year’s celebration will differ from last year’s in its focus on family and children with children’s music, children’s games, and clowns.

City Manager Cody Thompson also gave his monthly public works update to the Council.  He reported that the City Water Treatment Plant has been operating as planned for the past three to four weeks delivering R. O. water with no problems.  He also said the City has been hauling and using recycled asphalt from the US 84 highway area and that the City will once again work with the County in the annual sealcoating of streets this May and June.

The park fence by the swimming pool will be completed by the end of this month, and the ballpark lights at George Parks Field will be repaired within the next couple of days with the help of ECM Electric’s cherry picker truck.

EHT Engineering of Abilene is working with the Texas Water Development Board on the City’s sanitary sewer line improvements currently underway, and the City has informed the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality that cleanup of the old sanitary sewer plant will begin within the next sixty to ninety days.



A number of Plowboys and Plowgirls did well enough at last week’s District 7-2A meet in Stamford to advance to the Area Meet at McMurry University in Abilene next Wednesday, April 22.  In order to qualify, athletes had to finish in one of the top four places in each event.

Max Nemir won first place in the boys’ 300 meter hurdles with his best time of the year, 41.11 seconds; the Plowboys’ 4 x 400 meter relay team also won their event with a time of 3:33.28; and the Plowboys’ 4 x 100 meter relay team came in second with a time of 45.15.  Kevin Lavalais also came in second in the 200 meter dash with a time of 23.56.

Lyndi Wilkinson was the star for the Plowgirls, winning the Triple Jump with a distance of 34’ 11½”, her best result yet, and finishing second in the girls’ 400 meter dash with at time of 1:02.06.  Magali Casas  qualified for the Area Meet by clearing 7’ 4” in the Pole Vault, good enough for fourth place.

The Area Meet will determine qualifiers for the Regional Meet at Ratliff Stadium in Odessa on Saturday, May 2.

Here are the complete results of the District Meet for the Plowboys and Plowgirls:


Event                           Place       Athlete                    Time/Distance 
200 meter dash             2          Kevin Lavalais              23.56
400 meter dash             7          Pablo Huidobro            56.32
300 meter hurdles        1          Max Nemir                     41.11
4 x 100 meter relay       2          Roscoe                           45.15
    (Ryland Madrid, Max Nemir, Javier Leanos, Kevin Lavalais)
4 x 200 meter relay       6          Roscoe                          1:38.14
    (Eric Huidobro, Javier Leanos, Pablo Huidobro, Ryland Madrid)
4 x 400 meter relay        1          Roscoe                         3:33.28
   (Juan Solis, Max Nemir, Javier Leanos, Kevin Lavalais)
Shot Put                           5           Anthony Ortegon         39’ 5¼”
Discus Throw                  7           Anthony Ortegon         108’ 3”


Event                           Place       Athlete                    Time/Distance 
400 meter dash             2          Lyndi Wilkinson           1:02.06
1600 meter run              6          Alejandra Solis             6:16.50
                                           8          Allison Acebedo           6:48.20
3200 meter run             6          Allison Acebedo           15:28.32
100 meter hurdles         6          Magali Casas                  20.32
4 x 400 meter relay       5          Roscoe                             4:17.40
   (Karina Cisneros, Lyndi Wilkinson, Dani Dean, Murissa Horton)
Pole Vault                        4          Magali Casas                   7’ 4”
Triple Jump                    1          Lyndi Wilkinson            34’ 11½”
Shot Put                           8          Arizona Guevara           24’ 1”
                                           9          Alex Guia                         22’ 5”
Discus Throw                 11        Arizona Guevara              65’ 7”
                                          13        Alex Guia                          49’ 6”



Roscoe Lions Club softball team in 1963 or 1964.
Several of the questions raised about the two old photographs featured in last week’s post have been answered by readers with good memories.  Doc Pietzsch phoned to say that the team was indeed made up of members of the Roscoe Lions Club and that their opponent was a team from the American Legion whose players also dressed in female outfits.  He said the teams played one another every year for three or four years at the Roscoe baseball field, and the reason was to raise money for charity.

Billy Joe Jay said that the name of the unidentified player in the team photo was Joe Sneed, former owner of Sneed’s Drug Store, and Ken Brawley, whose parents were sitting in the ’58 Chevy in the second photo, was able to pinpoint the year of the photos to 1963 or 1964.



Rain falls on Monday afternoon.
The big weather event for the week was the rain that gently fell off and on for most of the day on Monday.  It had been a while since we'd had a good rain, so when the skies on Sunday were covered with low clouds and there was a 50% chance of precipitation, everyone was hopeful that something would happen.  So, it was frustrating that every time a little shower would begin, it would also cease within a couple of minutes, doing nothing more than wetting the sidewalks.  Thus, Monday’s showers were a welcome contrast.  Area totals for the day ranged from a little over a half-inch to an inch and a half.

In east Roscoe, weatherman Kenny Landfried recorded an official total of .83”, but noted that he got 1.4” on the family farm northwest of town.  In south Roscoe, Ken Brawley had .98”, and areas south of town got totals ranging from .57” to .87”, although I understand that the Champion area got more.  Avenger Field five miles east got .66”.  In any case, everyone got enough to be temporarily satisfied and looking forward to more since the forecast is for a 50% chance of rain tomorrow and 40% for Friday.

Temperatures were mild for this time of year with the high for the week at 84°F on Sunday, but the rest of the week saw highs only in the seventies and sixties.  The outlook is for a high today of about 81°, which should be warmer than the rest of the week through Monday, when the highs are all predicted to be in the seventies and lows in the fifties.

The long range forecast is for another good chance of rain next week.  So, with all the chances we’re getting now, maybe the ground will be in good shape when planting season begins.


  Terri Clark put on a great show at the Lumberyard Friday evening.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Terri Clark, Gary P. Nunn at Lumberyard Friday Evening

Terri Clark
At the Lumberyard, the stars just keep coming.  Less than two weeks after Merle Haggard played on the new stage there, country and western music fans will be treated this Friday night to two more accomplished performers with the appearances of Terri Clark and Gary P. Nunn.

Gary P. Nunn, who will open for Terri Clark, is a member of the Texas Hall of Fame, and in 2007 Gov. Rick Perry appointed him an official Music Ambassador for Texas.  He has been a fixture in the Texas music scene since the seventies when he formed the Lost Gonzo Band and played with Willie Nelson, Michael Murphy, and Jerry Jeff Walker.

His fame as a performer is matched, if not exceeded, by his songwriting skills.  What self-respecting Texan can’t sing along to “I want to go home with the armadillo, good country music from Amarillo and Abilene” from his “London Homesick Blues”?  He’ll be singing that, “What I like about Texas,” “Terlingua Sky,” and others, including songs from his latest album, One Way or Another.

Gary P. Nunn
Terri Clark, originally from Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada, moved to Nashville to launch her music career and issued her first single, “Better Things to Do,” in 1995.  Since then, she has recorded ten studio albums, four compilation albums, one live album, and 37 singles.

Six of her singles have made it to number one on country music charts: “Girls Lie Too,” “You’re Easy on the Eyes,” “If I Were You,” “Poor, Poor Pitiful Me,”  “Emotional Girl,” and “In My Next Life.”  Other hit singles include “Now That I Found You,” “I Just Wanna Be Mad,” and, more recently, “Some Songs,” the title song of her latest CD.  She lives in Nashville and currently co-hosts America’s Morning Show on Nash FM with Blair Garner and Chuck Wicks.

For more information and reservations, contact the Lumberyard during business hours at 325-766-2457.  Saturday night’s show will feature Aaron Einhouse and Band.



Dustin Lynn Heady, 25, originally of Stephenville, was killed in a one-vehicle accident three miles north of Snyder at about 11:00pm Saturday night.

At 11:14pm, DPS and emergency personnel responded to the crash scene, where they found a 1999 Lexus sedan facing south in the median of the highway.  DPS reported that for an unspecified reason, the southeast bound driver ran off the left side of the roadway and struck a guardrail in the median.  His car was facing south when DPS arrived.  The road was wet, and he was not wearing a seatbelt.

Heady was living with his grandparents, Richard and Diana Heady, north of Roscoe in Fisher County and  working for his uncle, Ricky Heady of Champion.  He was planning to manage an auto parts store in Colorado City and was in the process of purchasing a home in Loraine.



Both Plowboys and Plowgirls competed last week against a strong field at the Lone Wolf Relays in Colorado City.  Here are the results.


Event                           Place       Athlete                            Time
200 meter dash             4             Kevin Lavalais              23.15
4 x 100 relay                  4             Roscoe                         45:22.0
   (Ryland Madrid, Max Nemir, Javier Leanos, Kevin Lavalais)
4 x 400 relay                  2             Roscoe                              3:34
   (Juan Solis, Max Nemir, Javier Leanos, Kevin Lavalais)

Team Results: 1. Snyder, 2. Colorado City, 3. Clyde, 4. Haskell, 5. Stanton, 6. Anson, 7. Sweetwater, 8. Roscoe, 9. Midland Christian, 10. Coahoma.


Event                           Place          Athlete                     Time (Distance)
400 meter dash             3             Lyndi Wilkinson           1:03
800 meter run               6             Danielle Dean               2:49
1600 meter run             4              Alejandra Solis             6:19
4 x 400                            4               Roscoe                           4:41
Triple Jump                   1               Lyndi Wilkinson         32’10½”

Team Results: 1. Clyde, 2. Colorado City, 3. Snyder, 4. Stanton, 5. Anson, 6. Haskell, 7. Sweetwater, 8. Roscoe, 8. Coahoma.

The District 7-2A meet was in Stamford yesterday, but results were not available to me at posting time.



Bottom: Tommy Huff, Glenn Pitts, Billy Whorton, Harold Haynes, Bernard Shelansky, Walter Driver, William Haney.  Top: George Parks, ? , John McKay, Arliss Haynes, Landrum Medlock, Clyde Jay, Glenn Roenfeldt, Russell Haney. (Click photo to enlarge.)

This week, Vickie Haynes lent the Roscoe Historical Museum a couple of old photographs from about 1960 or so that have me and others scratching our heads about just what exactly they represented.  Taken at the baseball field, both photos show a group of Roscoe’s most prominent men of the time dressed as female softball players.

Since the Roscoe Lions Club was active back then, and most, if not all, of the men in the photos were members, they may have been involved in some Lions Club activity.  However, no one thus far has been able to confirm that.  Speculation is that they may have been playing a softball game with one of Roscoe’s female softball teams, specifically the Roscoe Sluggers.  However, when I phoned Lois Brawley, one of that team’s surviving members, and asked her if she recalled playing a group of men in female outfits, her answer was no.  She did say, though, that her memory now is not what it once was, so it may well have happened and she’s simply forgotten about it.

In any case, if any of you who see these photos can fill us in on what the occasion was, I’d appreciate your input.



The City of Roscoe’s Spring Clean-Up this year will be from Monday, April 13, through Saturday, April 18.  Hours of operation will be from 9am to 7pm, and the location will be on Front and Bois d’Arc Streets, on the block just north of the Plowboy Center Lodge on Broadway.

There will be three huge dumpsters and one dumpster for tires.  All household trash must be delivered and deposited within the dumpsters.  There will be no separate piles for metals or tree limbs and brush.  Items not allowed in the dumpsters include paint, oil, oil filters, chemical containers, or tree limbs.  Air conditioners and refrigerators must be tagged landfill acceptable.  There will be no curb service.

The Spring Clean-Up is for City of Roscoe residents only.  Before using the facility, you will be required to show a City of Roscoe water bill or other identification clearly showing you are a Roscoe resident.



This year’s Independence Day Celebration will be on Saturday, July 4.  The event will last from 10am to 10pm and will include a parade, kids’ area with bounce houses, Plowboy Mudbog, street vendors, a free concert and street dance with live music, and a fireworks show.

The featured band for the free concert and street dance this year is Cody Canada and the Departed.  So, mark your calendar and make plans now to attend.



Lorenzo Rangel, Sr., recently received a plaque from Kim Alexander for thirty years of faithful service driving a tractor for Alexander Ag.



Miz Cheevus, the Abilene Reporter-News’ venerable gossip columnist, mentioned these Roscoe activities in her column on Monday:

The Lumberyard over in Roscoe has been quite busy with bookings by popular bands. Country legend Merle Haggard performed March 29. It was an ideal setup for the “Young” cousins to gather at the newly redecorated Childers Farm Office across the street for a little visiting before going over to hear the music.

Carl Childers, Sheila Young Fox and Diane Young Coleman, of Austin, had just attended the funeral in Sweetwater of their cousin James Wells Young III, third-generation steward of the Y5 Ranch and musician extraordinaire.

Others present included host Jose Delucchi; his mother, Edith, who was visiting from Peru; Roy Helen Ackers, accompanied by Tom Laughlin; Gerald and Christie Galbraith; Don Paige and Beth Doan; Ted and Eva Grisham, from Midland; Woody and Lee Ruth Gilliland, who were introducing Jan Smith, whose husband is Steve Smith (they are most helpful to the West Texas Rehabilitation Center in Sweetwater); and Meredith J. Riney, who just passed the law exam.

Vickie’s Gifts in Roscoe now is owned by daughter Koti Lindsey (Miz C sniffs out essentials like shoes and gifts). Roy Helen saw Christie Galvan, administrative assistant to Kirby Andrews, president of First Financial Bank in Sweetwater.



The buds are out on the McBrides' old mesquite tree, above, but not on mine. (Photo by Patty McBride)
We’ve had typical spring weather this past week, and the forecast is for more of the same this coming week.  There was no precipitation.  On Saturday, there was a cloud with thunder and lightning but nothing more.  That could change this weekend, though.

The temperature hit 90°F on Thursday, but a cold front moved in, and Friday’s high was down to 74° and Saturday’s was 65°.  But then it began warming again, and by yesterday the temperature was back up to 91°.  More importantly, lows were in the fifties or sixties except for Saturday morning when the temperature dropped to 44°.  Chances for a late freeze are diminishing with each passing week, and none is forecast for the coming week.

Today’s and tomorrow’s highs should be a little cooler at 85° and 83° respectively.  However, another cool front should arrive on Friday morning, dropping the high that afternoon to 72° and bringing with it a 40% chance of rain, which will last until midday on Sunday.  The forecast lows from now through the weekend will all be in the fifties and sixties.



A funeral service will be held for Dustin Lynn Heady, 25, in the Erath County Cowboy Church in Stephenville at 2pm on Friday, April 10, with Rev. Werth Mayes officiating.  He will be buried at Round Mountain Cemetery north of Roscoe in Fisher County on Saturday, April 11, at 2pm.

Dustin was born on January 2, 1990, and died in an auto accident on Saturday, April 4.

Survivors include his father, Tony Heady and wife, Pamela, of Stephenville; mother, Angela Gifford and husband, Toby, of Stephenville; maternal grandparents, Jim and Angie Gourley, of Clifton; paternal grandparents, Richard and Diana Heady of Roscoe; and brothers, Trotter Heady of Corpus Christi and Parker Heady of Stephenville. He is also survived by his uncle Ricky and aunt Christine Heady of Champion; uncle Tracy and aunt Holly Stevens of Folsom, CA; and aunt Sherry Bascom of Odessa, and several cousins.

Condolences may be expressed on the website of the Lacy Funeral Home of Stephenville.