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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

New Roscoe Businesses Hold Ribbon Cuttings

Roscoe has two new businesses in town, The Turquoise Toad and the Roscoe Thrift Store, and both held their Grand Openings on Friday morning with ribbon-cutting ceremonies.

The Turquoise Toad


Ribbon cutting at the Turquoise Toad.
The Turquoise Toad at 101 Cypress on the south side of the Shelansky building specializes in furniture and home decor.  Its owners, Connie Baize and Kori Underwood, rescue and sell old furniture, often repurposing it in some way.   Everything in the shop is made from recycled material, and they also refurnish furniture for the public.

They are open on Fridays and Saturdays from 8am-4pm.  For more information visit the Turquoise Toad Facebook page or phone 325-338-1287.

The Roscoe Thrift Store


Ribbon cutting at the Roscoe Thrift Store.
The Roscoe Thrift Store is on 509 Broadway in the same location that Tita’s Restaurant and the Dairy Fluff used to be.  Owned and operated by Aurora Rangel, it has quite a selection of clothing, collectibles, antiques, and various other items at reasonable prices.

It is open on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 10am to 5pm and on the first Saturday of the month from 10am-2pm.  For more information, visit the Roscoe Thrift Store Facebook page or phone 432-202-4665.


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WEST TEXAS WIND FESTIVAL ENJOYED BY ALL

Nine Mile Mountain and Radney Foster at the free concert and street dance.

On a beautiful fall Saturday afternoon and evening, both local folks and visitors from surrounding communities gathered for a good time at the City of Roscoe’s eighth annual West Texas Wind Festival.  Street vendors once again lined Cypress, Broadway, and Old Town Park; the Roscoe Historical Museum hosted a large number of guests; and downtown businesses were filled with patrons.

At George Parks Field, the Plowboy Mudbog was in progress, and the sound of mud vehicles gunning their engines as they made their way through the black Roscoe mud could be heard from several blocks away.  Around the firehouse and the Community Center, cooks vied for glory and cash awards at the “BBQ in the Wind” Cookoff sponsored by the Roscoe Volunteer Fire Department.

As afternoon turned to evening and the sun went down in the west, music filled the downtown air at the free concert and street dance.  Two excellent country music groups, Nine Mile Mountain and Radney Foster, entertained the crowd, and many danced “on the bricks” while others were content to enjoy the scene from their lawn chairs or along the low walls of Old Town Park.

The fireworks show was once again a crowd pleaser as it officially closed the festivities, although the party went on at the Lumberyard for many of the grownups, who went there to continue the celebration by dancing and listening to yet another excellent band, The Shiny Ribs.

Thanks are due, once again, to the organizers of the event, whose hard work and careful planning produced another memorable time for all.


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"BBQ in the Wind" Cook Off Winners

The $1500 Fuller Foods Grand Prize went to Two Peas in a Pod.

Pork
1. Bar Ditch
2. Keeping Up with the Jones
3. Two Peas in a Pod

Ribs
1. SWS Cookers
2. Son of a Dink
3. BBQ Brew Crew

Steak
1. Two Peas in a Pod
2. Redneck Mother
3. BBQ Brew Crew 


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Plowboy Mudbog Winners

2014 Plowboy Mudbog winners. (Photo by Patty McBride)
Street Class
1. Chuck Harvey
2. David Smallwood
3. Tony Pantoja

Super Street
1. Fletch Rivera
2. Adam Gomez
3. Lus Pantoja

Modified
1. Tanner Parks
2. Caleb Dean
3. Nick Pantoja

Super Modified
1. Abel Alvarez
2. Branden Oden
3. Daryl Haag

Open
1. Russell Reid
2. Matt Hall
3. Arden Alvarez


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PLOWBOYS FALL TO WINTERS 32-15


The Winters Blizzards lived up to their advance billing as the team to beat in District 6-2A II as they overpowered the Plowboys 32-15 Friday in Winters to go up 2-0 in district play and 6-1 on the year.  The Blizzard quarterback, Jimmy John Ripley, proved to be too much to handle as he rushed for 206 total yards with two long runs in the first half to set up one TD and score another.

Winters opened the scoring on their first drive when Ripley ran for seventy yards to set up a 3-yard scoring run by Michael Chavis.  The extra-point attempt failed, and the Blizzards had the early lead at 6-0.

The Plowboys came back midway through the second quarter with a long drive to take the lead.  After Kevin Lavalais intercepted a Ripley pass, the Plowboys drove down the field to a first and goal.  Winters stopped them on three plays, but on the fourth Cutter Davila hit Lavalais in the end zone for a touchdown.  Isaiah Gonzales’ extra-point kick was good and the Plowboys were ahead 7-6.

The lead didn’t last long, though, as Ripley ripped off a 62-yard TD run to put Winters back on top.  Once again, though, the Blizzard extra-point attempt failed, and Winters led at halftime 12-7.

In the third quarter, Winters took a commanding lead when Stephon Cleghorn scored on a 23-yard run.  The extra-point kick was good, and the score at the end of three was 19-7.

After another Winters touchdown in the fourth quarter, the Plowboys scored their final TD of the evening on a 24-yard Vincent Pantoja run.  Davila then passed to Rafael Aguayo for the extra points to make the score 25-15.  Winters then scored once more to make the final score 32-15.

Pantoja again led the Plowboys in rushing with 156 yards in 28 carries.  Davila completed 15 of 25 passes with no interceptions for 169 yards, and Max Nemir led all receivers with 82 yards on three catches.

Roscoe is now 3-4 on the year and 1-1 in district play.  If they can take care of business against 1-6 Roby at Plowboy Field this Friday, they will still be in good shape to make the playoffs.  The Lions are coming off a 44-28 loss to Menard in Roby Friday night.

Kickoff is at 7:30pm.


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LUMBERYARD TO HOST FUNDRAISER FOR KEITH BREWER SATURDAY


This Saturday evening, October 25, the Lumberyard will host “Party with a Purpose,” a fundraiser for Keith and Jeanne Nayfa Brewer to help with expenses involved with Keith’s long battle with cancer.

The benefit will feature a fish fry, auction, live music from three different bands, and dancing for a donation of $15 at the door plus $5 a plate.  Donations can also be made at the First Financial Bank in Sweetwater or by calling Rebecca Sells at 325-338-3005 or Vicki Scott at 940-357-1456.

The event begins at 6:00pm.


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WEATHER REPORT: MILD AND BEAUTIFUL


Autumn sunset.
There’s been no rain, but otherwise the weather has been beautiful and remarkably stable.  The old adage “If you don’t like the weather, just wait a few minutes,” generally holds true for west Texas, but not since last Thursday, when a cool front moved through.  Temperatures fell, and since then we’ve had some of the nicest weather you’d ever want to experience.  Highs have ranged from 75° to 80°, and lows have been in the mid to upper fifties.  It was a bit breezy in the afternoon on Friday and Saturday, but mornings and evenings were calmer, and winds have been light since then.

We can expect more nice weather through the weekend.  There’s a 20% chance of rain today increasing to 30% tonight followed by 20% again tomorrow.  Highs will remain around 80° and lows in the fifties with light southeast winds 5-10mph through Sunday.  Today and tomorrow skies will be mostly cloudy, changing to mostly sunny on Friday and Saturday, and sunny on Sunday.


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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

West Texas Wind Festival on Saturday

Radney Foster
Plans are being finalized for the eighth annual West Texas Wind Festival, and organizers are expecting a large crowd, especially for the free concert and the fireworks show.  As usual, the downtown streets will be lined with vendors all afternoon and evening, and kids’ bounce houses and inflatables will be in the park.

The Plowboy Mudbog will be at George Parks Field in the afternoon, and the competition should be fierce as always with mud vehicles from several cities, including Hobbs, NM.

The Roscoe Express Shuttle will be on hand to take people to and from the baseball field, selected parking areas, and downtown all afternoon at no charge.

Music for the free concert and street dance will begin downtown at about four with Roscoe's own Lyndall Underwood and the Dusty Creek Band.  They will be followed by another local favorite band, Nine Mile Mountain, at around six.

Then at 8:15 country music singer and songwriter Radney Foster will take the stage. Foster, a native Texan born in Del Rio, began his music career as a songwriter in Nashville, where he met Bill Lloyd in the mid 1980s.  Together they co-wrote several successful songs and began performing as a duet.  Between 1986 and 1990, they recorded three studio albums and had nine singles hit the country charts before parting ways to pursue solo careers.

In 1992, Foster released his album Del Rio, TX 1959, which produced the hits “Just Call Me Lonesome,”  “Nobody Wins,” “Easier Said Than Done,” and “Hammers and Nails.”  Since then, he has released ten albums and several hit singles including “The Running Kind,” “Texas in 1880” (with Pat Green), “Everyday Angel,” and “Louisiana Blue.”  His latest album, Everything I Should Have Said, released this past May, contains the single, “Whose Heart You Wreck (Ode to the Muse).”

The fireworks show will follow Foster's performance at about 9:45 and conclude this year’s Wind Festival, although those who aren’t ready to go home yet can move over to the Lumberyard, where the music will go on until midnight.  There will be no cover charge.

Here are details for the events of the day:

BBQing in the Wind Cookoff (around the Fire House and Community Center):


Cooks at work.
First Place Steak Prize: $1500 from Fuller Foods, Colorado City

Categories:
16 oz. Rib Eye Steak
Pork Spare Ribs
Pulled Pork

Schedule:
6:00pm (Friday)  – Setup begins
8:00am (Saturday)  – Meat inspection begins
10:00am – Cooks’ meeting
3:00pm – Pulled Pork turn in
4:00pm – Rib Eye Steak turn in
5:00pm – Pork Spare Ribs turn in

Contestants must enter all three events to enter the Steak category.  Cost for all three is $150.  Cooking fuel may be wood, gas, or charcoal.  Dry camper spaces only. No hookups. No electricity per cook site.  One camper, one vehicle, up to 12' x 12' cover, and up to two pits in cooking area are allowed.

The Fire Department will supply a public electricity and water station.

All proceeds go to the Roscoe Volunteer Fire Department.  For more information, contact Gary Armstrong at 325-235-4110.

Plowboy Mudbog (at George Parks Field on Second and Sycamore Streets):


Bug Nasty.
9:30am – Driver registration begins
11:00am – Public gate opens
12:00 noon – First run begins

Kids 8 and under – Free; Ages 9 to 14 – $2; Ages 15 & up $5.  


All proceeds benefit the Roscoe Little League.

Downtown:


Street scene on Cypress.
All afternoon: Kids' area with bounce houses and inflatables.
4:00pm - 5:45pm  Dusty Creek Band
6:00pm - 7:30pm Nine Mile Mountain Band
7:45pm – Announcements of Cookoff and Mudbog winners
8:15pm – Radney Foster
9:45pm - Fireworks


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PLOWBOYS PLEASE EXES, THUMP MILES 26-8


The Plowboys overcame an early deficit to win going away.
An RHS ex, former Plowboy, and good friend, whose name will not be mentioned here, told me he left  Plowboy Field right after Miles scored the first touchdown of the game Friday evening.  And, really, who could blame him?  It was cold, wet, and windy, the kickoff had been delayed thirty minutes because of lightning, and, as he noted, the Miles players were noticeably larger and apparently faster and better, judging from the speed and ease of their touchdown drive that opened the game.

However, the rest of the game was a different story as the Plowboys dug in, reversed Miles’ early momentum, and wound up entertaining the Homecoming crowd with a decisive victory over the Bulldogs 26-8.

It was all Miles in the beginning, though.  After receiving the kickoff, the Bulldogs moved all the way down the field in only three plays.  Miles’ Cody Krueger hit Garrett Kalina with a 5-yard touchdown pass, and Miles was up 6-0.  The extra-point attempt failed, but a penalty was called on the Plowboys, and on their second try Krueger passed to Ivan Tirado for two, and the Bulldogs were up 8-0.

After a couple of unproductive series for both teams, Roscoe finally got on the scoreboard when Cutter Davila hit Rafael Aguayo with a 12-yard touchdown pass.  Pedro Huidobro’s extra-point kick was no good, though, and Miles led 8-6.  At this point it now looked like anyone’s game.  The Plowboys’ defense had stiffened, and Miles was no longer dominating as they had at the outset.

The Plowboys took the lead in the second quarter on a 21-yard pass play from Davila to Vincent Pantoja.  The extra-point attempt once again failed, and the Plowboys were ahead 12-8.  Roscoe then took a commanding lead later in the quarter when Davila completed a short pass to Pantoja, who broke a couple of tackles and raced 74 yards down the sideline for another Plowboy TD.  This time the extra-point kick was good, and the Plowboys led 19-8, which was the score at halftime.

Defenses on both teams dominated a scoreless third quarter, but the Plowboys scored on the first play of the fourth when Davila completed another touchdown pass, this one a 45-yarder to Javier Leanos.  Huidobro’s extra-point kick was good, and the Plowboys had a commanding lead at 26-8.

Another Plowboy drive near the end of the quarter put the Plowboys on Miles’ two-yard line, but instead of trying to punch it in, the Plowboy quarterback took a knee, ending the game and leaving the final score  26-8.

The leading rusher for the Plowboys was Vincent Pantoja with 119 yards in 24 carries.  Davila was 13 for 17 in passing for 287 yards and 4 TDs with no interceptions, and Leanos was the leading receiver with 5 catches for 112 yards.

Both the Plowboys and Miles are now 3-3 on the year, but, more importantly, the Plowboys are now 1-0 in district play.  Their next opponent is Winters in Winters this Friday.  The Blizzards, 5-1 on the year and 1-0 in district, were the pre-season favorite to win District 6-2A II.  Their only loss for the year so far was to Hamlin, and they are coming off a 47-0 district win over Roby in Roby last Friday.


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JOHN JAY TO CHAIR INDEPENDENT TEXAS BANKERS' BOARD OF DIRECTORS


John Jay
Austin-- John Jay, president of the Roscoe State Bank since 1990, is the new Chairman of the Board of IBAT, the Independent Bankers’ Association of Texas.  He officially accepted the position for 2014-2015 during the association’s 40th annual convention in Fort Worth on September 28-30.

He joins Chairman-Elect Rogers Pope, Jr. of Texas Bank and Trust in Longview and Secretary-Treasurer Darla Rooke of Junction National Bank in Junction. New board members include Joe Kim King of Texas County Bancshares in Brady, Sam Munafo of Inter National Bank in McAllen and Doug Streater of Extraco Banks, N.A. in Temple.

Austin-based IBAT represents Texas community banks and has more than 2,000 independent banks and branches in 700 Texas communities. Additional information about the organization and its new board of directors can be found at www.ibat.org.

John Jay is a Roscoe High School graduate and member of the Class of 1977.


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CITY COUNCIL HOLDS MONTHLY MEETING


Cody Thompson updates the City Council.
At its monthly meeting last night in City Hall, the Roscoe City Council heard updates on various projects around town as well as the September report from the Roscoe Police Department.  It also established guidelines for the approval of artwork, memorials, and signage on City property.

City Manager Cody Thompson reported on several current City activities.  He said that construction of the three community houses is on schedule and that Atmos gas contractors began work yesterday on the Young Farm Estates and plan to be done in about two weeks.  He also reported that delays by the electrical contractor Oncor is seriously holding up development of the Stone Tower RV Park in north Roscoe and could impact progress on Young Farm Estates.

The City has closed on the purchase of the Guelker building for the Police Department and is ready for this weekend’s West Texas Wind Festival.

Roscoe Community Center director Helen Perry and president Felix Pantoja have both resigned after performing exemplary service to the City and will be replaced by Gail Presley and Connie Baize.  Inquiries concerning the Community Center should henceforth be addressed to Gail Presley at 325-518-4135.

Police Chief Felix Pantoja reported on Police Department activity for the month of September.  There were 96 total calls, 3 burglary cases cleared, 2 arrests, 4 citations, and 3 dogs taken to the pound in Sweetwater.  The Department also assisted other law enforcement agencies on 12 occasions.

The Council passed a motion that all artworks, signage, and memorials on City property first be approved by the Council.


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NEW SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM, AUBREY’S ARMY, ESTABLISHED FOR RCHS SENIORS

Roscoe, TX - October 14, 2014 – Aubrey’s Army, a new scholarship program available to seniors currently enrolled at Roscoe Collegiate High School, will begin accepting applications this week.

Aubrey’s Army is an organization dedicated to the memory of Aubrey Ryan Renteria. The organization was established to honor its namesake’s spirit of generosity and selflessness through projects that will improve the community and serve its neighbors.

Students from Roscoe Collegiate High School's class of 2015 who are selected to become members of Aubrey’s Army will be eligible for a scholarship to be awarded at the end of the academic year. Throughout the year, participants will engage in a number of community service projects. Projects might

include improving public areas, assisting the elderly with yard work, or collecting food and clothing for the needy.

This is an especially significant year to begin this scholarship given that it would have been Aubrey’s senior year. It is fitting that the first recipients be Aubrey’s own classmates.

Interested students may submit applications at www.aubreysarmy.org/apply. Deadline is November 1.

Donations for the 2014-2015 scholarship program can be made by visiting
www.aubreysarmy.org/donate.

For additional information, please visit aubreysarmy.org or contact Abel Romero at abel.romero@aubreysarmy.org.


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MICKY & THE MOTORCARS AT THE LUMBERYARD FRIDAY NIGHT

Micky and the Motorcars

Micky and the Motorcars, a hot alternative Texas country band from Austin, will return for an encore performance to the Lumberyard Friday night.  The band has released five mainstream albums: Careless (2007), Naïve (2008), Live at Billy Bob’s Texas (2009), Raise My Glass (2011), and Hearts from Above (2014).  Top singles include “Carolina Morning,” “July, You Are a Woman,” Careless,” and “Hearts from Above.”

The group will take the stage at around 9:30.  For more information, call the Lumberyard at 325-766-2457.


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WEATHER REPORT: COOL, WET, AND WINDY

Hail west of Roscoe on Friday.  (Photo by Allen Richburg)
Weather for the past week was changeable with both warm and cold and wet and dry, but the lasting impression, at least for me, was that it was cool, wet, and windy.  Last Thursday’s warm, sunny weather brought a high of 89° and a low of 67°, but all that changed on Friday as a front moved in with clouds, and an early evening shower of about a tenth of an inch fell here in town.  West of town, however, small to quarter-sized hail fell along with precipitation of a half to three quarters of an inch, and it felt downright cold at the football game with gusts from the north of up to 32mph and temperatures dropping into the upper fifties.

On Saturday the high was only 61°, which on Sunday climbed to 86°.  On Monday, however, another cold front hit with a shower of .14" here in town, and the high was back down to 69°.  Yesterday it was back up to 74° and today should be around 82° before rising to about 90° tomorrow.  Friday and Saturday should be somewhat cooler with highs of around 80°, but skies should be sunny and winds light, so the outlook is good for a nice day for the West Texas Wind Festival.

There is no rain in the forecast.


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Wednesday, October 8, 2014

RHS Homecoming 2014 This Weekend

The old High School building, where most exes spent their high school years.
Roscoe High School exes will gather from far and wide this weekend for RHS Homecoming 2014.  This will be the first time Homecoming has been held on consecutive years, but teacher Katie Heaps and current high school students have organized a full three-day event and are ready for the festivities to begin.

Thursday


Cheerleaders at last year's bonfire.
Homecoming 2014 will begin tomorrow evening at about 7:00pm with the bonfire on Young Farm Estates property in north Roscoe just east of FM 608.  Tailgating is encouraged, cheerleaders and the band will be on hand, and there will be food, drinks, and glow items available for sale.  The fire will be set as soon as the sun goes down and will be followed by fireworks.

Friday

Then on Friday at 1:00pm the Exes Reception will be held in the new Special Events Center.  RHS alums will be able to visit with old classmates and friends, enjoy refreshments, chat with students, and tour the new facilities.


An afternoon pep rally in the old gym will precede the game.
At 2:50pm the Pep Rally will be held in the old gym to get the Plowboys pumped for their football game with Miles.  Exes will be recognized.  From 4:30 to 7:00pm folks will gather in the Cafetorium for more visits during the Plowgirl Potato Bake, which costs $6 per plate and benefits Plowgirls’ Athletics.

The Plowboys open district play with Miles.
Kickoff for the football game with the Miles Bulldogs will be at 7:30pm at Plowboy Field.  This will be the Plowboys’ first district game, and it should be a good one.  During halftime, the Homecoming King and Queen will be crowned and the Homecoming Court announced.  There will also be a photo booth where pictures can be taken and purchased.

After the game, teenagers will gather for the high school dance at the Community Center while adults make their way to the Lumberyard to hear the Blackland Bullet Company, featuring Plowboy Exes Jady Underwood (1998) and Toby Young (1998).  The $10 per person cover/donation will go to the Roscoe Collegiate Scholarship Fund.

Saturday


On Saturday morning all the activities will be in the Cafetorium.  The Meet & Greet begins at 8:30 with coffee, donuts, visits with other exes, tours of the school led by students, door prizes, and awards.

Robotics demonstration in the Cafetorium.
At 10:00, the Robotics Team will do a demonstration, students will make presentations, and the History 1301 class will present a short history of Roscoe.  At 10:30 student Tech Wizards will be available to help old Luddites learn how to stay connected with family and friends through the use of Facebook and Facetime.

The morning activities will be followed by the Enchilada Lunch (enchilada casserole, beans, rice, salad, drink, dessert), which runs from 11:30am to 1:30pm.  Advance tickets are $7, and tickets at the door are $8.

Lunch will be followed by the Exes’ Guys & Gals Basketball Game, from 2:00 to 5:00 in the Plowboy Gymnasium.  Tickets are $3 for adults and $1 for students.  The concession stand will be open, and proceeds will benefit the Athletic Department.  Those interested in playing should sign up via the link on the Facebook page.



The downtown Homecoming Parade will begin at 3:00pm with the lineup at 2:30 on Broadway in front of the old Nitzsche Welding Shop.  A special feature will be the bicycle decorating contest for elementary school students.

During the afternoon the Roscoe Historical Museum downtown will be open for visitors.


Gordon Miles and Leslie Huff at the Lumberyard.
At 8:00pm Open Mic begins outside at the Lumberyard, where you and others will be able to impress the audience with your undiscovered vocal talents.  Then at 9:30 the Purple Spirit Band featuring RHS exes Leslie Huff (1973), Gordon Miles (1974), Billy Joe Jay (1971), and Kenny Zimmerman (1974) will take the stage.

Other activities include the Roscoe 2nd Saturday Trade Days from 8:00-4:00 at the Roscoe Community Center.  Several vendors will be set up there along with the concession stand.   You can also visit local businesses, pick up a punch card, and be entered in a drawing for a gift basket valued at over $200.  You can visit participating merchants Friday and Saturday until 2:30.  The drawing will be held at the Lumberyard, right before Open Mic at 8:00pm.  You need not be present to win.

Class parties will also be held on Saturday night.  For more information, consult the Roscoe Homecoming Facebook page.

In short, there should be plenty to do for everyone this weekend.  We hope you can make it and look forward to seeing you there.


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CENTRAL ROLLING PLAINS CO-OP HOSTS OPEN HOUSE

Hamburger lunch at the cotton gin last Thursday.
The Central Rolling Plains Co-op held its annual open house last Thursday with a hamburger lunch at the gin northwest of town.  Gin Manager Larry Black gave a short address to the members present and updated them on recent developments regarding the gin.

Members also wrote down their guesses for the number of cotton bales to be ginned this year, and a $100 prize awaits the person who gets the closest without going over.


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WEATHER REPORT: A LATE TASTE OF SUMMER

Last night's moonrise in the eastern sky.
Last Wednesday the high was 91°F, the first time it had been as high as 90° since September 10, and after all the mild weather we’d been having, it felt like we were back in summer again.  The rest of the week, though, was cooler with highs in the low eighties and lows in the fifties. On Sunday, however, warmer weather was back with a high of 88°, then 89° on Monday and all the way up to 94° yesterday.

These high temperatures should continue for the next three days with highs approaching 90° and lows in the mid sixties.  Then a cool front will move through Friday night, bringing with it a 40% chance of precipitation. 

Afternoon temperatures on Saturday will get only into the mid seventies with a low that night of around 60°.  During the day there will be a 30% chance of precipitation, diminishing to 20% that evening.  On Sunday and Columbus Day, skies will be sunny and afternoon temperatures will return to the mid eighties with morning lows in the lower sixties. 


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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Plowboys Dispatch Eldorado 20-12

The Plowboy defense at Eldorado Friday night. (Photo by Lus Pantoja)
The Plowboys returned to their winning ways Friday night when they defeated the Eldorado Eagles in Eldorado 20-12.  The game was the Plowboys’ final contest before opening district play at Homecoming against Miles on October 10.

The Plowboys opened the scoring early when Max Nemir scooped up an Eldorado fumble and returned it 20 yards for a touchdown.  The extra-point kick failed, but the Plowboys were up 6-0.  Eldorado came right back and drove down the field, scoring on a 15-yard pass. Their extra-point kick was also no good, and the score was tied 6-6.  


However, the Plowboys answered less than a minute later when Brayden Beal hit Kevin Lavalais with a pass that was good for 39 yards and another Plowboy TD.  Once again the attempted extra-point kick failed, making the score 12-6 Roscoe.  That ended the scoring for the first quarter.

In the second quarter, Eldorado tied the score on an 8-yard run.  Once again their extra-point attempt was no good, and at halftime the score was 12-12.

Roscoe went ahead to stay on the opening drive of the third quarter when quarterback Brayden Beal broke free on a 49-yard touchdown run.  He then passed to Isaiah Gonzales for two extra points, putting the Plowboys out front 20-12.  There was no more scoring for the rest of the third quarter or in the fourth, and the Plowboys came away with the victory.

Vincent Pantoja led Roscoe’s rushing with 109 yards in 18 carries.  In passing, Brayden Beal completed 15 of 22 for 68 yards and one TD with no interceptions, and Kevin Lavalais led Plowboy receivers with 3 catches for 44 yards and one TD.

The Plowboys are now 2-3 on the season.  They have an open date this Friday and will return to Plowboy Field for their opening district game with Miles next Friday, October 10.


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ELEMENTARY SCHOOL’S FALL FESTIVAL THIS FRIDAY

Everyone is invited to participate in Roscoe Elementary School’s Fall Festival, which is this Friday evening, October 3, from 6:00-8:00pm.  There will be fun, games, homemade ice cream, hot dogs, booths, a bounce house, bingo, prizes, and activities of all kinds to make the festival a fun evening for everyone.

The event will be located at Circle Drive in front of the Elementary School building.


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BLOOD BANK SEEKS VOLUNTEER DONORS FOR BLOOD DRIVE

The Meek Blood Donation Bus
The Meek Community Blood Bank of Abilene is looking for volunteers to donate blood next Tuesday, October 7, from 10:00am to 3:00pm.  The Bloodmobile will be located on 7th Street in front of the Roscoe Collegiate High School Special Events Center.  Donations will take approximately 30-45 minutes, and donors are advised to eat a good meal and drink plenty of fluid beforehand.  

In addition to knowing their donations could help save a life, donors will receive a free T-shirt.  To reserve a sign-up time or for questions, phone Nick Anthony, CD, of College Chiropractors at 325-766-3423.  Walk-up donors are also welcome.


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DUCKS UNLIMITED AT LUMBERYARD SATURDAY

Prophets & Outlaws will provide the music at Ducks Unlimited.
The annual Ducks Unlimited dinner and auction will be held at the Lumberyard this Saturday, October 4.

Doors open at 5:30pm, and the barbecue dinner is at 6:00pm, followed by both silent and live auctions along with door prizes.

Live music will be provided by Prophets & Outlaws.

Tickets, available at the door, are $35 per person, $45 for couples, and $25 for green wings (17 and under). Tickets include membership in Ducks Unlimited, the barbecue dinner, three drinks per person, and cover charge for the live music.  

Ducks Unlimited is an international nonprofit organization dedicated to the conservation of wetlands and associated upland habitats for waterfowl, other wildlife, and people.

For more information, call Jason Glenn at 325-513-2654.


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FIGHT FOR THE CURE WALK/RUN-A-THON A BIG SUCCESS

Participants at the Walk/Run-a-thon at Plowboy Field..
The recent Fight for the Cure Walk/Run-a-thon in honor of Cynthia Black held at Plowboy Field on Saturday, September 20, turned out to be quite a success.  Organizer Shella Arnwine requested that we post the following thank you note:

I want to thank each and every one who participated and donated to the Run/Walk-A-Thon on Saturday.  There were several people who were out of town and couldn't make it to run but donated money for the cause.  We ran a total of 496 miles and have raised $3,241 so far.   People are still bringing in money, so it is going up still!!  I am super excited and happy with the support of our community!

I also want to thank the local businesses who stepped in and donated prizes for the event: Wildflower Boutique, Vicki's Gifts, Blackland Smokehouse, Lumberyard, West Texas Rock Resources, and Southern Belle Salon.

Thanks Again,
Shella Arnwine


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WEATHER REPORT: BEAUTIFUL FALL WEATHER


Autumn sunrise. (Photo by Ken Brawley)
It’s been an uneventful week as far as the weather goes, and that’s not a bad thing considering the big rains we got previously.  Skies have been cloudier than normal and temperatures mild with highs between 80°F and 83° and lows in the low to mid sixties all week, at least up until yesterday when the sun broke through and the mercury rose to 88°.  Today should be even hotter with a projected high of 91°, the first time it’s been as high as 90° since September 10, three weeks ago.

However, tomorrow should be cooler with a high of 83° and a low in the mid fifties tomorrow night as a light cool front moves in.  Friday’s high will be only in the upper seventies, and the weekend weather should be beautiful with highs in the low to mid eighties, lows in the low sixties, and clear to partly cloudy skies.

There is a 20% chance of thunderstorms today and tomorrow, but no predicted precipitation after that.


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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

More Rains Soak Roscoe Area

The remnants of Hurricane Odile made it all the way to west Texas this past week and dropped more rain in the area.  We didn’t get rain in the amounts that fell in Mitchell and Scurry Counties, where there were flood and flash flood warnings on Sunday, but there was enough to make just about everyone happy.

Here in town we totaled about 3.25” in rains that fell on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.  If you add that to the 1.25” we got the previous week, the total comes to a substantial 4.5” of rain that fell slowly enough to completely soak the ground, and even more fell in areas northwest, west and south of town.  Kenny Landfried recorded an official 4.29" at his home in east Roscoe. 

Snyder and Colorado City got more rain than Roscoe did. On Monday evening, the Colorado River at Colorado City crested at five feet above flood stage, and in Scurry County the water level of Lake J. B. Thomas has risen about 33 feet, making it 45% full and at a level not seen since 1987.  Water will continue to flow into it for the remainder of the week.

On top of that, meteorologists are now predicting that the El Niño weather pattern will bring a wet winter to west Texas with abundant chances for rain starting next month and extending into next February.

Because of the almost continuous cloudy skies, temperatures were mild the entire week with the high since last Thursday yesterday’s 83°F.  The forecast for the rest of the week is for continued mild temperatures with highs around 80° or in the upper seventies, lows in the low sixties, and partly cloudy skies.  There is a 20% chance of rain through Friday.


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JIM NED COMEBACK DOOMS PLOWBOYS 18-17


After leading for practically the entire ball game, the Plowboys surrendered two fourth-quarter touchdowns, and the Jim Ned Indians came away with a homecoming victory 18-17.  It was a tough loss for the Plowboys, now 1-3 on the year.

The Plowboys scored first midway through the first quarter when Vincent Pantoja struck paydirt from two yards out.  Pablo Huidobro kicked the extra point, and Roscoe was up 7-0.  But Jim Ned came right back and answered with a 30-yard TD run by Peyton Polston.  However, the extra-point kick failed and at the end of the first quarter the Plowboys were ahead 7-6.

The Plowboys went out in front 14-6 in the second quarter on a 2-yard Dominic Pantoja run and another Huidobro extra point, and that was the score at halftime.  They then extended their lead in the third quarter on a 33-yard Huidobro field goal, and had what appeared at the time to be a comfortable lead.

However, the fourth quarter belonged to the Indians.  Peyton Polston went over from the one and narrowed the gap to 17-12 after the extra-point kick failed.  The Indians then held the Plowboys, and with 4:10 left in the game, Polston scored his third touchdown of the evening on a 30-yard run, putting Jim Ned up 18-17.  The extra-point attempt was again unsuccessful, but it didn’t matter as the Plowboys were unable to mount a comeback and wound up losing by a point.

Vincent Pantoja led the Plowboys in rushing with 97 yards on 26 carries, and Brayden Beal was 9 for 14 in passing for 73 yards with no interceptions.  The leading receiver was Rafael Aguayo with 5 catches for 48 yards.

Next up for the Plowboys is Eldorado in Eldorado Friday evening.  Like the Plowboys, the Eagles are now 1-3 on the year after losing to TLCA (Texas Leadership Charter Academy) 27-0 in San Angelo last week.

Kickoff is at 7:30pm.


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ROSCOE MAN INDICTED FOR METHAMPHETAMINE POSSESSION


Felipe Ramirez III, 26, of Roscoe was recently indicted for possession with intent to deliver between 4 and 200 grams of methamphetamine, a first degree felony.  The indictment was part of a much larger investigation and drug bust conducted by Roscoe Police and other law enforcement agencies earlier this year.  The investigation began back in January when Roscoe Police were informed that large amounts of methamphetamine were being brought into Roscoe and distributed into other areas.

In February, during surveillance of a local residence, Roscoe Police obtained a search warrant and seized a large amount of methamphetamine, cash, guns, and packaging materials, resulting in the arrest of several individuals who were already under federal investigation for conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine.

Two weeks later, a Roscoe police officer stopped a vehicle on I-20 and during a subsequent search located documents implicating the individuals in the car as being part of the same ongoing federal investigation.

In May, a federal grand jury handed down twenty-one federal indictments for individuals from Lubbock, Colorado City, Brownwood, Roscoe, and Sweetwater.  The individuals pleaded guilty and were recently sentenced in Lubbock. 


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DUCKS UNLIMITED AT LUMBERYARD ON SATURDAY, OCTOBER 4

The annual Ducks Unlimited dinner and auction will be held at the Lumberyard on Saturday, October 4.  

Doors open at 5:30pm, and the barbecue dinner is at 6:00pm, followed by both silent and live auctions along with door prizes.  

Live music will be provided by Prophets & Outlaws.

Tickets are $35 per person, $45 for couples, and $25 for green wings (17 and under). 

For more information, call Jason Glenn at 325-513-2654. 

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FLU SHOTS AVAILABLE AT COMMUNITY CENTER ON TUESDAY, OCTOBER 14

Roscoe Community Center
The Sweetwater-Nolan County Health Department will be administering this year’s flu vaccine at the Roscoe Community Center from 1:30-4:00pm on Tuesday, October 14.  The cost for adults is $20 (Medicare Part B accepted) and $10 for children (6 mos.-18 yrs.) with no insurance (Medicaid and CHIPS accepted).

Children with private insurance are referred to their physician unless their insurance does not pay for vaccines.  Children may be vaccinated for $20 using the Health Departments private stock vaccine.

Pneumonia vaccine will also be available for $100 (Medicare accepted).

For more information, call 325-235-5463.


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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Plowboys Down Junction in San Angelo 14-6

Plowboys start from deep within their own territory.  (Photo by Benivamondez)
The third time’s the charm.  After falling in their first two games this year, the Roscoe Plowboys got their first win of the season Friday night over the Junction Eagles 14-6.  The game was played at a neutral site, San Angelo Stadium, with both teams traveling some distance to get there.

The victory was a solid one for the Plowboys.  After a scoreless first quarter, the Plowboys scored first on an 18-yard run by Vincent Pantoja right before halftime.  Pablo Huidobro kicked the extra point, and the Plowboys led at the half 7-0.

Pantoja scored again in the third quarter on a 4-yard run, and after another Huidobro extra-point kick, the Plowboys were up 14-0.  Junction finally got on the scoreboard in the fourth quarter on a 3-yard run, but their extra-point attempt failed, and the score, 14-6, turned out to be the final one.

Vincent Pantoja led the Plowboys with 143 yards rushing and 2 TDs on 27 carries.  Brayden Beal completed 6 of 16 passes for 104 yards with 3 interceptions, and Kevin Lavalais led all receivers with 4 receptions for 58 yards.

The Plowboys travel to Tuscola this Friday to play Jim Ned.  The Indians, a 3A-Division 1 school, are coming off a 32-18 loss to Anson in Anson last Friday and will be looking for a victory at home.

Kickoff is at 7:30pm.


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PLOWGIRLS FINISH SECOND, PLOWBOYS THIRD, AT HAMLIN CROSS COUNTRY MEET

In a meet that included several area schools such as Anson, Hamlin, Hawley, Lueders-Avoca, Munday, Hermleigh, Merkel, Seymour, and others, the Plowboys and Plowgirls did quite well with the Plowgirls finishing second to Merkel and the Plowboys finishing third at the Hamlin Cross Country Meet on Saturday.  Additionally, the Eighth Grade girls finished in first place while the Seventh Grade girls finished in second place.

Leaders for the varsity Plowgirls were Lyndi Wilkinson, Alejandra Solis, and Karina Cisneros.  For the varsity Plowboys it was Juan Garcia followed by Jetly Hobdy, and Braiden Moore.

Leaders for the first-place eighth grade girls were Bonnie Wilkinson, Jazmine Alvarez, and Michaela Horton, and for the seventh grade girls Madison Hickson, Jaci Alexander, and Jaleigh Morales.

This weekend the Cross Country teams will participate here in Roscoe in the Race for the Cure.


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BOBBY FLORES & BAND AT LUMBERYARD SATURDAY

Bobby Flores
Texas swing artist and Grammy Award winner Bobby Flores and his Yellow Rose Band will make their debut at the Lumberyard this Saturday, September 20.

Perhaps best known as the former fiddle player for Ray Price, Bobby Flores has also had quite a career on his own both as a featured performer and as a session musician.  He has been playing professionally since the age of seven and has studied music theory and classical violin at Trinity University.

He has composed and performed in TV commercials and won numerous awards, among them induction into the Texas Western Swing Hall of Fame.  His recording of “I Wonder Who’ll Turn Out the Lights” is featured in the Tommy Jones movie Three Burials.  He and his band Angel Fire opened for George Strait, Garth Brooks, Tanya Tucker, Conway Twitty, and others.  His Yellow Rose Band features three fiddles and some of the world’s best musicians.

His most recent album is Fast Company.  Others include Eleven Roses, Christmas in Ol’ San Antone, Neon Nights, Direct from Blanco County, Too Many Rivers, Festival Favorites and Just for the Record.

Tickets are $13 in advance and $15 at the door.  Nine Mile Mountain will open at 8:00pm and Bobby Flores will take the stage around 9:45.  For more information, phone the Lumberyard at 325-766-2457.


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WEATHER REPORT: COOL AND CLOUDY WITH SOME RAIN


Skies were cloudy for most of the week.
Last Wednesday the temperature topped out at 99°F, but the next day a cold front blew in and since then it’s been generally overcast and cooler than normal.  On Friday, we got another nice rain.  Lyndall Underwood got 1.25” on the west side of town, while others got more or less depending on the location.  In general, more fell west of town than east of town, and south more than north.  On Sunday, it rained just enough to get the ground wet, about 0.05” or so, and that was it for the precipitation.

Highs from Thursday through Sunday were in the seventies with lows in the fifties, except for Saturday when it got up only to 64°.  Monday and yesterday were warmer with highs of 86° and 82° respectively and lows of 68° and 71°.

The possibility of more rain is in the forecast with clouds from the Pacific hurricane Odile heading this way.  There’s a 40%-50% chance of rain today and tomorrow, diminishing to 30%-40% on Friday, and 20%-40% on Saturday.  High temperatures will be in the low to mid eighties and lows in the mid to upper sixties. 


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ROSCOE HARD TIMES BEGINS FIFTH YEAR

In some ways it’s hard to believe, but the Roscoe Hard Times has been providing the Roscoe news for over four years now and with this post begins its fifth.  In that first post on September 9, 2010, I announced my intention to regularly provide Roscoe news to current and former Roscoans by way of a blog on the Internet.  I followed it a couple of days later with my first news report, an account of the Roscoe-Stamford football game, and the Hard Times has been in business ever since.  

At first, I didn’t have any regular day to post and just put up the news as I received it.  But after a month or so, I found it easier to do it all on a weekly basis and settled in to posting on Wednesday mornings and have stuck to that schedule since then.  

Over time the readership has steadily grown, and with the help of Google Analytics, a free service provided by Google, I’m able to see how many readers the blog has and where they are located.  So, for example, the Hard Times had 355 hits, or visits, this past week, which is pretty normal.  As you might expect, about half of these come on Wednesdays with the rest scattered out pretty evenly over the rest of the week.

The vast majority of these visits come from computers located in the US, 96% to be precise, but there are always a few from far-flung parts of the globe.  I’m not surprised when the Hard Times gets hits from Norway or Mongolia since my brother and his wife, kids, and in-laws live in Norway and my daughter lives in Mongolia.  But in the past month, the blog also has been visited by people in India, Peru, Chile, France, Germany, Great Britain, Nigeria, Malaysia, Azerbaijan, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, and others.  Of course, there is no way to know which of these are former Roscoe folks and which are computer users who just happen in some way to stumble across the Hard Times as they surf the Internet.

Almost from the outset, I had requests from people who don’t use computers, mostly older folks, to provide a print version, but that would have turned the venture into a full-time job with all sorts of expenses and complications, and I never seriously considered it.  However, about a year and a half ago, the editor of the Sweetwater Reporter asked if I’d be willing to provide stories for a “What’s Happening in Roscoe” page every Thursday, and I’ve been happy to do that since it solves the problem for the people who don’t use computers.

When I started the blog, I had no idea or thoughts about how long I’d keep it up—and I still don’t.  I guess I’ll just continue for as long as I consider the reward greater than the effort.  It’s my way of giving back to the community in a way that keeps me busy and mentally active, so I’m happy to do it.

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


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REVISED HOMECOMING SCHEDULE 

For more information and details visit the Roscoe Homecoming 2014 Facebook page.

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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

City Council Approves Purchase of Downtown Building for Police Department

Cody Thompson addresses the City Council at last night's meeting.
At its monthly meeting last night, the Roscoe City Council approved the purchase of the Guelker Building just across the street from City Hall.  The building used to house Meares’ Flower Shop and, more recently, Brooklin’s Heavenly Treasures.  The purchase price was $20,000.  It will be the location for the Roscoe Police Department, which will pay for most of the interior improvements with drug-forfeiture funds.  

The Police Department, currently located on the second floor above City Hall, is lacking in a number of ways but, most significantly, does not conform to ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) guidelines because it is accessible only by climbing a long flight of stairs.  The Guelker Building does not have that problem.  It has wheelchair access and is also easy reached from the alley.

The Council also approved new water rates for the coming year, which will be slightly higher because of the added expense of running the new reverse-osmosis water plant.  There will be a minimum increase of $4 per household on the monthly bill along with an increase of 50¢ per 1000 gallons.  Council members agreed that these modest increases are a small price to pay for the purer R-O water and the more stable water pressure that the new plant provides.

The Council set the tax rate for 2014-15 to be the same as it is this year, and property owners will see no tax hike unless their property valuation increases.  The Council also approved the proposed budgets for the Type A and B boards.

City Manager Cody Thompson informed the Council of water and sewer updates for the building projects on the north side as well as for the STEM Research Center just west of town.  Police Chief Felix Pantoja gave his city police report for the month of August, citing 97 calls, 3 arrests, 3 vehicle collisions, and an unspecified number of citations as the computer file is currently offline and inaccessible.

The Council also heard the complaints of Roscoe resident Lix Bex, who is unhappy with the uneven ways vehicles receive red tags (as abandoned vehicles) in the city.


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CITY ANNEXES PROPERTY EAST OF TOWN


Newly annexed property now within Roscoe City Limits.
Acceding to the request of a landowner to annex his farm property to the City of Roscoe, the City has done so, and said property is now within the Roscoe City Limits.  The farm land comprises some 195 acres on two tracts of land on either side of Interstate 20 just west of County Road 152 between Roscoe and Sweetwater. 

The City has also annexed the right of way on Interstate 20 from the previous city limits just east of the old sewer ponds at County Road 104 (Cemetery Road) all the way east to County Road 152, west of Sweetwater Steel.

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CHARLES PERRY GETS ROSCOE AND NOLAN COUNTY VOTES ON WAY TO STATE SENATE VICTORY

Election volunteers await voters in the Community Center yesterday.
Voters in Roscoe and Nolan County voted pretty much the same way the entire district did in electing Charles Perry (R) to fill the vacated seat of District 28 in the Texas State Senate.  Roscoe, Nolan County, and District 28 all gave Perry more votes than they did the rest of the field.  Local candidate Greg Wortham (D), former Sweetwater mayor, got a fourth of the Roscoe vote, and a third of the Nolan County vote, but only 13%, or about an eighth of the district vote.

Here are the totals (both early voting and election day) for Precinct 6 (Roscoe), Nolan County, and the entire District:

Candidate               Precinct 6          Nolan County         District 28

Jodey Arrington  11 (13.1%)           76 (8.1%)            12,956 (30.27%)

E. M. Garza               2 (0.2%)              6 (0.6%)                  347 (0.81%)

Delwin Jones            0 (0.0%)              2 (0.2%)                 675 (1.57%)

Kerry McKennon     3 (0.4%)             9 (1%)                    357 (0.83%)

Charles Perry          49 (58.3%)      523 (56%)           22,849 (53.39%)


Greg Wortham        21 (25%)          318 (34%)             5,605  (13.09%)

Totals                         84                         934                           42,789


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PLOWBOYS LOSE HOME OPENER TO HAMLIN 49-21, JUNCTION NEXT

After dropping their first game to Hawley 46-14 in Hawley, the Plowboys played their second game Friday night in the friendly confines of Plowboy Field.  However, they were up against a strong Hamlin squad, and ultimately the results were roughly similar to the previous week as the Pied Pipers prevailed 49-21.

After a scoreless first quarter, Hamlin broke the game open in the second with four touchdowns, three of them by running back Tyrone Johnson, who gave the Plowboys fits all evening long.  The bright spot for Roscoe came after Hamlin’s third TD when Max Nemir ran back the ensuing kickoff for 81 yards and a touchdown.   At halftime the score was 28-7.

Following another long Johnson touchdown run for the Pied Pipers early in the third quarter, the Plowboys scored again on a 19-yard run by Vincent Pantoja.  But Hamlin’s Johnson followed with another TD, and at the end of three it was Hamlin 42-Plowboys 14.

The Plowboys got another TD in the fourth quarter when Luis Villa recovered a Pied Piper fumble in the end zone.  However, Hamlin put up 7 more points on another Johnson run to make the final score 49-21.

Plowboy quarterback Brayden Beal was 9 for 19 in passing for 80 yards with one interception.  Vincent Pantoja was the Plowboys’ leading rusher with 123 yards and one TD.  Javier Leanos had 2 rushes for 20 yards; Kevin Lavalais 3 for 15; and Max Nemir 1for 11.

Hamlin quarterback  Caymon Georges had 15 completions in 24 attempts with 2 TDs and 2 interceptions.  Tyrone Johnson led the Pied Piper rushers with 14 carries for 248 yards and 5 touchdowns.  He also had one pass reception for a TD.

The game with Junction will be played at San Angelo Stadium in San Angelo, so it is not a home game for either team.  Like the Plowboys, the Eagles are 0-2 after falling to Ingram Moore 49-25 and Grape Creek 53-46.

Kickoff is at 7:30pm.

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NINTH GRADERS LEARN ABOUT COURT SYSTEM WITH MOCK TRIAL

Prosecution and defense teams at yesterday's mock trial at the Nolan County Courthouse.
You may remember the classic short story “The Most Dangerous Game,” for decades a perennial favorite for high school English classes.  In the story, a General Zaroff loves to hunt “the most dangerous game,” i.e., people, and when Sanger Rainsford falls off a yacht and swims to Zaroff’s island, he becomes Zaroff’s prey, but in a turn of events manages to elude the General and in the end apparently kills him in his own bedroom.

Kelly Jo Sexton’s ninth-grade English class read this story and used it as the basis for a mock trial, which took place yesterday in the Nolan County Courthouse with local attorneys assisting and teaching the students about courtroom protocol and procedures.

The prosecution consisted of students acting on behalf of Roscoe Collegiate High School in charging Sanger Rainsford with murder while the defense argued that he acted in self defense and was therefore innocent.  In presenting their cases, both teams had an opening statement, questions and cross examinations of witnesses, and a closing statement.

Local lawyers who volunteered to help were Assistant D.A. Barrett Thomas, who aided the prosecution, Chris Hartman and Ricky Thompson, who acted as judge and jury, and Meghan Strickland, who aided the defense.  The Court Reporter was also there recording the proceedings.  The entire ninth-grade class got involved, either as members of the prosecution or defense teams or as actors representing witnesses, detectives, or the defendant Rainsford.

The verdict of the two judges was a split decision, in effect a hung jury, but the final outcome is a group of high school kids who now know a lot more about how criminal trials are actually conducted, thanks to the lawyers who donated their time and expertise.


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MAN KILLED IN SWEETWATER CAR CHASE WAS WANTED FOR ROSCOE BURGLARIES

Merced Flores, 32, of Sweetwater, the man who led Nolan County law enforcement officers on a high-speed car chase Monday through the streets of Sweetwater before crashing into a tree and being killed, was wanted for crimes committed earlier in the Roscoe School parking lot.

At about 1:30pm on Monday the Roscoe Police Department received a call from the Roscoe ISD reporting suspicious activity by a male driving a silver sports car in the student parking lot.  When school personnel attempted to accost him, he jumped in the vehicle and fled.  It turns out that the car, a silver Camaro, had earlier been reported as stolen in Colorado City.

Three student vehicles had been burglarized.  Roscoe Police then notified other local law enforcement officers to be on the lookout for the suspect vehicle.  Within a few minutes, it was located on West Broadway in Sweetwater.  An officer conducted a traffic stop and ordered the driver to step out of the vehicle.  Instead, the driver attempted to flee, leading officers on a chase involving speeds of over 100mph and the eventual fatal crash.  He was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident at about 2:15pm.


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WEATHER REPORT: RAIN AND A TASTE OF FALL


Evening skies. (Photo by Eden Baker)
Although the weather last week began as a continuation of the relentless dry August heat, a cold front that blew in on Saturday lowered temperatures and finally brought some welcome rain to the parched west Texas earth.  High temperatures on Saturday and Sunday were 76°F and 79° respectively, and both days had some early morning precipitation.

The shower on Saturday morning was really just a teaser, dropping about .15” here in town with similar amounts recorded in the countryside around.  But the rain that fell shortly before dawn on Sunday was more substantial, significantly so in some areas.  The amount that fell varied widely, depending upon the location.  The Aljoes, just northeast of town, had a two-day total of .4”, while Avenger Field, five miles east, got only .17”.  The Pyron area, northwest of town, also got only .4”, and a farm north of Loraine totaled .6”.  On the other hand, a farm just east of Loraine recorded 3.4”, and areas around and south of Champion got from 2.8” to 3”.  The Bakers north of Roscoe got over an inch, as did Kenny Landfried on his Cottonwood Creek farm northwest of town with 1.02”.  Amounts also varied here in town.   Kenny Landfried recorded Roscoe’s official .78” total on the east side of town while Helen Perry had 1.6” on the north side and Ken Brawley on the south side got an even 1”.

Sunny skies and heat returned on Monday, which had a high of 90°, and yesterday with a high of 96°.  Today’s high should be about like yesterday’s, but another cold front is due tonight bringing with it cooler temperatures and a 40% chance of rain.  Tomorrow’s high will be only about 82°, and there will be a 40% chance of rain.  The highs on Friday and Saturday will  be only in the mid seventies with a 50% chance of precipitation on Friday.  Lows will be in the mid to low sixties. Temperatures will remain mild through Sunday.  Both Saturday and Sunday should be dry.


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† SONNY JAMES HERMOSILLIO, SR.

A Memorial Service was held on Saturday, September 6, at Trinity Baptist Church in Sweetwater for Sonny James Hermosillio, Sr., 38, who died on Monday, September 1, at Hendrick Medical Center in Abilene.

He was born in Colorado City on March 27, 1976, and attended schools in Roscoe and Grand Prairie.  He moved back to Sweetwater from Lubbock two years ago.  He was a truck driver for Underwood Farms.

Survivors include his daughter, Inez Hermosillio of Sweetwater; sons Sonny Jr., Lewis Ray, Damian, and Jacob Ray Hermosillio, all of Sweetwater, and Adrian James Hermosillio of San Antonio; father, John Hermosillio, Sr., of Roscoe; mother, Hope Villegas of Grand Prairie; brother, John Hermosillio, Jr., of Roscoe; sisters Melissa Sarabia of Roscoe, Debbie Cuellar of Loraine, Hope Hermosillio of Grand Prairie; granddaughter, Samantha Hermosillio of Sweetwater; paternal grandparents, Felipe and Solia Hermosilliio of Roscoe and maternal grandfather Adolph Villegas of Wastella.


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† EVELYN SCHATTEL CLIFTON


Funeral services were held on Wednesday, September 3, at St. Stephens Episcopal Church in Sweetwater for Evelyn Schattel Clifton, 88, who died on Sunday, August 31, in Fredericksburg.  Burial followed at Lone Wolf Cemetery.

Mrs. Clifton was born December 11, 1925, in Scurry County to Emil and Louise Schattel and graduated from Pyron High School in 1944, where she was a member of the basketball team.  She married Billy Joe Clifton in the Scurry County home of her parents on May 10, 1947.  She was a beloved wife, mother, and grandmother and a member of St. Stephens Episcopal Church in Sweetwater and St. Barnabas Episcopal Church in Fredericksburg.  The Evelyn Clifton Farm recently received recognition by the Texas Department of Agriculture for 100 years of continuous years of family farming.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Billy Joe Clifton on April 17, 1998; her daughter, Lisa Ann Clifton Bowman on April 27, 2014; her brothers, John Schattel, Leo Schattel, Walter Schattel, and Eugene Schattel; and her sister, Della Light.

She is survived by her daughter, Cynthia Clifton Grinslade of Fredericksburg; son-in law Ricky Bowman of Hermleigh; granddaughters Stacy Jenschke and husband Craig of Fredericksburg,, Talia Jaryszak and husband Rick of Abilene, Shelly Davis and husband Edward of Odessa, and Chaile Allen and husband Dusty of Shreveport, LA; along with six great grandchildren;  brother, Ernest Schattel and wife Janet of Roscoe, and sister-in-law Fern Schattel of Sweetwater.

Pallbearers were Craig Jenschke, Rick Jaryszak, Ed Davis, Dusty Allen, Morris Light and Emil Schattel.


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