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Wednesday, January 16, 2019

West Virginia Educators Tour Roscoe Schools

West Virginia University President E. Gordon Gee in Roscoe yesterday.
Top educators from West Virginia were in town Monday and yesterday to tour Roscoe’s educational facilities, talk to school administrators, teachers, and students, and learn as much as possible about Roscoe’s P-20 program, which they will replicate in West Virginia starting this fall.

Recognizing Roscoe’s P-20 program as a promising, innovative approach to rural education, they plan to adopt its main features and adapt them to the specific needs of rural schools in their state. They will begin by implementing a pilot program in the Van schools of Boone County and then expand from there to other rural state schools.

They are particularly interested in the early emphasis of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) subjects, which begins in the third grade with research projects and continues seamlessly through grade 12; the collaboration with community colleges and universities, which allows and encourages students to earn an Associate Degree while in high school and both eases and promotes student transition from secondary school to higher education; and the focus on providing career training and teaching skills that benefit the students while fulfilling the employment opportunities and needs of the area they live in.

A veritable who’s who of top West Virginia educators attended the meeting—West Virginia University President E. Gordon Gee, Vice Provost Paul Kreider, Dean of Agriculture Ken Blemings, Potomac State College President Jennifer Orlikoff, Pierpont Community & Technical College President Johnny Moore, and several other Vice Presidents, Deans, Directors, and Professors—as well as such state legislators and educators as West Virginia State Superintendent Steve Paine, State Board of Education Vice President Miller Hall, State Treasurer John Perdue, State Delegate Rodney Miller, and State Senator Ron Stallings. Administrators from Boone County included County Superintendent Jeff Huffman, Assistant Superintendent Lisa Beck, the Van School Principals and others.

President and CEO of the National 4-H Council Jennifer Sirangelo came from Washington, DC, to participate.

On the Texas higher education side were Texas A&M professors Glenn Shinn, Gary Briers, and Jean Madsen; Texas Tech Ag Ed & Communications Chair Steve Fraze and Ag Ed Professor Matt Baker; West Texas A&M VP for Strategic Initiatives Brad Johnson, and Western Texas College President Barbara Beebe.

Participants from Roscoe Collegiate included Superintendent Kim Alexander, Counselor Marsha Alexander, Provost Andy Wilson, Extension Program Specialist Roxanna Reyna, Principals Greg Althof and Crystal Althof, and several others.

Speakers at the introductory meeting included Roscoe’s Kim Alexander, Marsha Alexander, Andy Wilson, Greg Althof, and Crystal Althof. At the 11:00 meeting, the audience heard from Dr. Alexander, WV Treasurer Perdue, WVU President Gee, WV State Superintendent Paine, and National 4-H President & CEO Jennifer Sirangelo, as well as Agri-Life Extension Agent Roxanna Reyna.

A 4th grade group then presented its research project, followed by 8th graders and high schoolers, who presented theirs.

Groups then toured the Roscoe Collegiate Campus and the Early Childhood Montessori School, as well as the Edu-Nation facilities: Collegiate Chiropractic, Edu-Maker, Edu-Vet, Edu-Weld, and Edu-Drone. The tours were followed by breakout sessions of teachers, K-12 administrators, and higher ed officials and administrators.

As many aspects of Roscoe’s P-20 program as possible were presented within the time available, and the West Virginia group went away impressed with the school’s initiatives and the abilities and enthusiasm of its students.



Mighty Good Promo from Outpost Pictures on Vimeo.

Roscoe cowboy and master cutting-horse trainer Buster Welch will be featured in an upcoming documentary on the history and development of cutting horses, as can be seen in this official six-minute trailer for the film, “Mighty Good: The Story of the Horse that Made America.”

For more information regarding the making and release of the documentary, consult the “Mighty Good” website, available by clicking here.



The Nolan County Junior Livestock Show begins today in the Nolan County Coliseum and concludes on Saturday afternoon.

Here is the schedule of events:

Jan. 16   Broilers, Rabbits, Sheep & Goats Weigh-In, 4:00pm

Jan. 17   Steers & Swine Weigh-In and Heifer Check-In, 9:00am
                 2019 Market Rabbit Show & Market Broiler Show, 3:00pm
                 2019 Market Goat Show & Market Lamb Show, 5:00pm

Jan. 18  Nolan County Livestock Judging Contest, 10:00am
                 2019 Breeding Heifer Show & Market Steer Show, 2:00pm
                 2019 Market Swine Show 4:00pm

Jan. 19  Nolan County Honorary Show, 9:30am
                 2019 Luncheon, 11:00am
                 2019 Awards & Premium Sale, 12:30pm



Jaci Alexander drives to the basket against Albany. (Basketball photos by Tamara Alexander)
The Plowgirls had a rough two games this past week, losing both. Albany beat them on Friday in Albany 47-31, and they lost last night to the state-power Haskell Maidens 58-14.

Also included below are the Plowgirls’ stats for last Tuesday’s game with Hawley, which weren’t received before posting time last Wednesday.

Plowgirls 48 – Hawley 25

Scores by quarters:
                                           1          2           3          4
               Plowgirls          15        28        33        48    
               Hawley               2           6        15        25

Individual Plowgirl scoring: Victoria Martinez 15, Veronica Cuellar 8, Bonnie Wilkinson 7, Jaci Alexander 6, Shauna McCambridge 4, Sadie McCambridge 4, Riley Sheridan 2.

Albany 47 – Plowgirls 31

                Albany              11         27        38        47
                Plowgirls            4         12        21        31

Individual Plowgirl scoring: Wilkinson 13, Martinez 6, Sh. McCambridge 6, Sa. McCambridge 2, Sheridan 2, Jovana Peña 2.

Haskell 58 – Plowgirls 14

                 Haskell              13        30        42        58
                 Plowgirls             0          5         10        14

Individual Plowgirl scoring: Sheridan 4, Sa. McCambridge 2, Alexander 2, Peña 2, Wilkinson 2, Cuellar 2.

The Plowgirls are now 13-11 on the season and 1-3 in district play. Their next game is with Cross Plains in Cross Plains on Friday followed by Stamford in Stamford next Tuesday. Tipoff for both games is at 6:30pm following the JV Boys games.



Jose Ortega (12) in Albany Friday evening.
The Plowboys lost two district games this past week, losing to Albany 48-27 in Albany on Friday and to Haskell last night at home. Here are the scores by quarters and the individual scoring stats for both games.

Albany 48 – Plowboys 27

Scores by quarters;
                                            1          2          3          4
               Albany               11        20        35        48
               Plowboys            2          8        19        27

Individual Plowboy scoring: Caleb Gray 9, Jayden Gonzales 7, Jose Ortega 5, Gage Turnbow 2, Brayan Medina 2, Ryan Highsmith 2.

Haskell 48 – Plowboys 33

               Haskell              14        26        39        48
               Plowboys            4          9         17         33

Individual Plowboy scoring: Gonzales 9, Brandon Lavalais 7, Medina 6, Gray 3, Ortega 3, Hunter Anglin 3, Highsmith 2.

The Plowboys’ next game is with Cross Plains in Cross Plains Friday evening, followed by Stamford in Stamford next Tuesday. Tip-off for both games is at 8:00pm, following the varsity girls’ games.  


On National Law Enforcement Day, January 9, the kids at Roscoe Montessori Early Childhood Center honored our local law enforcement by making goody bags. Kids took pictures with Texas DPS troopers, Sweetwater Police, and Roscoe Police.



This morning's fog.
The past week has been essentially uneventful as far as the weather is concerned, maybe a little warmer than normal for January, but not much. The only weather events were some rain on Friday and a cold front that moved through on Sunday. But the rain was light—Roscoe weatherman Kenny Landfried recorded an official .19”—and the front relatively mild, dropping Sunday’s low to 27°F and the high to 34°. The high temperature for the past seven days was Thursday’s 60°.

We are now entering what is generally the coldest time of the year for North America—the third and fourth weeks of January. But you wouldn’t know it from the forecast. Today’s high is projected to be 67°, tomorrow’s 65°, and Friday’s 69° while the lows for those three should be 43°, 49°, and 34° respectively. The weekend will be cooler with a high on Saturday of 42°, but a strong north wind will bring the wind chill down to much less. Sunday should be nicer with only a light west breeze and a high of 50°, and Monday’s high will be back up to 57°.

Skies will be mostly cloudy until Saturday, and there is no rain or other precipitation in the forecast.


Wednesday, January 9, 2019

City Council Hears Reports, Approves Actions

Police Chief Felix Pantoja addresses the City Council.
Yesterday evening’s City Council meeting included a public hearing, the monthly Police Report, the discussion and passing of some action items and the tabling of others.

The previously announced public hearing was to hear and consider discussion about abandoning and closing two streets which have been designated as streets but never used as such. These are the portions of Eighth and Ninth Streets lying between and intersecting Cedar and Hickory Streets. People living next to the location were notified of the proposal, but no one came to the hearing or otherwise objected. As a result, the Council approved the abandonment and closing of the designated area.

City Manager Cody Thompson was unable to attend the meeting, so the usual Public works and water and sewer updates were not given and will be postponed until next month’s Council meeting.

Police Chief Felix Pantoja gave the monthly Police Report for December. The Department received 97 total calls and dealt with 3 traffic crashes and one burglary. Its officers issued 13 citation warnings and issued five citations, plus 3 for dogs at large.

Pantoja was unable to give the annual racial profile report, and the report has been postponed to next month’s meeting.

He also asked the Council to approve the opening of a Chapter 59 drug fund bank account, explaining that the Department had sold its license plate reader for $3500 but was not allowed to place that money in the general fund. The Council then approved the opening of such an account. Pantoja said some of that money would be used immediately to buy two Kevlar bullet-proof vests, two body cameras, and a taser, all of which the Department needs.

The Council also considered setting a date for this year’s 4th of July celebration but tabled a decision until next month so it could get input from the City Manager and City B Board. It also tabled until later any discussion of the City website since the webmaster, Benny Cornett, was not at the meeting.



Jose Ortega once again made the All-District first team.
The Abilene Reporter-News recently published its Big Country All-District Football Teams. Making the 7-2A Division II first team was senior Jose Ortega, who was selected as a utility player (WR, DB, LB). He was also named to the second team as a punter.

Ortega thus closes out his stellar high school football career by making first-team All-District for three years, also All-State and the All-Big Country Super Team (i.e., all classes) second team and District Defensive MVP in 2017, and All-Big Country 2A in 2016. He received honors as a wide receiver, defensive back and kicker, and in 2015 he was the only freshman in the district to make all-district honorable mention.

On the All-District second team, three Plowboys made the offensive squad: Jayden Gonzales, Sr., quarterback; Junior Martinez, Jr., wide receiver; and Ray Martinez, Sr., lineman. Six Plowboys made the defensive second team: Garrett Bowers, Jr., tackle; Gary Shaw, Sr., end; Jacob Rainey, So., inside linebacker; Nick Limones, Sr., outside linebacker; and Barrett Beal, So., safety.



Bonnie Wilkinson (23) dribbles past an opponent. (Basketball photos by Tamara Alexander)
The Plowgirls lost their opening district game to Stamford in a nailbiter Friday evening, falling 43-42. 

                                          1           2          3           4
               Stamford          8          20        32        43
               Plowgirls          6           21        31        42

Individual Plowgirl scoring: Victoria Martinez 12, Bonnie Wilkinson 11, Jaci Alexander 6, Shauna McCambridge 4, Veronica Cuellar 4, Riley Sheridan 3, Jovana Peña 2.

The game received feature coverage in the Abilene Reporter-News. The article by sportswriter Stephen Garcia is available by clicking here

Yesterday evening, the Plowgirls beat Hawley 48-25 in the Special Events Center to even their district record to 1-1. At posting time, however, I had not yet received the stats, so they are not included here. 

The Plowgirls' next game is with Albany in Albany Friday evening. The game begins at 6:30 following the JV boys' game.



Plowboys Brayan Medina (11) and Ryan Highsmith (21) hustle up the court.
The Plowboys lost on Friday evening to Post 47-23 and defeated Forsan 49-40 last night. Both games were non-district and both were played at the Special Events Center.

Post 47 - Plowboys 23

                                         1          2          3           4
             Post                   17        32        40        47
             Plowboys           5        18         23        23

Individual Plowboy scoring: Caleb Gray 6, Jose Ortega 5, Hunter Anglin 5, Jayden Gonzales 3, Brandon Lavalais 2, Brayan Medina 2.

Plowboys 49 - Forsan 40

              Plowboys           2        16         34        49
              Forsan               16       24        37         40

Individual Plowboy scoring: Ortega 15, Gonzales 8, Lavalais 8, Highsmith 8, Medina 5, Junior Martinez 5. 

The Plowboys open district play on Friday with Albany in Albany. The game begins at 8:00pm following the varsity girls' game.



Ex-Roscoe farmer Clifford Etheredge has a new book out. This time it’s a book of poetry entitled Poems from a Tractor Seat

Other books by Etheredge include A Hundred Years of Rattlesnake Hunting, Rhymes and Reasons, and To Lose an Arm.

Poems from a Tractor Seat is a paperback edition published by Porcchetta Publishing of San Antonio. It is available on for $19.95.


Nolan County Coliseum, Sweetwater

Jan. 16 Broilers, Rabbits, Sheep & Goats Weigh-In, 4:00pm

Jan. 17 Steers & Swine Weigh-In and Heifer Check-In, 9:00am
             2019 Market Rabbit Show & Market Broiler Show, 3:00pm
             2019 Market Goat Show & Market Lamb Show, 5:00pm

Jan. 18 Nolan County Livestock Judging Contest, 10:00am
             2019 Breeding Heifer Show & Market Steer Show, 2:00pm
             2019 Market Swine Show 4:00pm 

Jan. 19 Nolan County Honorary Show, 9:30am
             2019 Luncheon, 11:00am
             2019 Awards & Premium Sale, 12:30pm



Dawn yesterday morning.
After cold days last Wednesday and Thursday, temperatures rose into the sixties over the weekend with highs of 63°, 68°, 67°, and 66° for Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday. Lows ranged from the mid-thirties to mid-forties, and skies were intermittently sunny or cloudy. Outside of a sprinkle, there was no precipitation. The southwesterly winds were breezy at times, but were generally in the 10-15mph range, so it was usually nice enough to be outside.

The outlook is for continued mild weather with highs in the fifties and lows above freezing through the weekend. On Friday there is an 80% chance of rain, but precipitation is unlikely on other upcoming days. There is no extreme weather in the current forecast.


Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year, everybody! Here’s hoping you’ve had a nice holiday break and are ready to greet the new year with optimism and the will to make 2019 another great year!

Like all the other years before it, 2018 Anno Domini is now history, never to return. But, before we leave it behind, a review of some of its events is in order. So, let’s take a look at it from the perspective of the west Texas town we all have in common.

Roscoe is unusual in many ways, and its impact on the rest of the world has always been greater than a community of 1300 should rightfully have. Like Garrison Keillor, who speaks of his fictitious town of Lake Wobegone, we tend to think of Roscoe as a place “where all the women are strong, all the men are good-looking, and all the children are above average.”

Festivals and the Music Scene

Buster Welch and Mayor Pete Porter on Buster Welch Day.
Our town is special in many ways, and one of them is in our city celebrations. These include an annual Spring festival, the 4th of July celebration, and the West Texas Wind Festival in October. This year was no exception. Spring Super Saturday this year honored Buster Welch, one of the best-known cowboys in the country for the past half-century. As a rider, horse trainer, and rancher, he is nationally known and is a member of just about every Hall of Fame in that area of life.

The celebration was held at the Lumberyard on the occasion of his 90th birthday and attended by a huge crowd of well-wishers. Country music legend Johnny Bush provided the entertainment, and Mayor Pete Porter proclaimed the occasion Buster Welch Day, citing Mr. Welch’s many lifetime accomplishments.

The July 4th Celebration once again had all the familiar events it has come to be known for—the Lion’s Club Pancake Breakfast, the Independence Day Parade, the Plowboy Mudbog, the downtown street vendors, the free concert and street dance, and the fireworks show. This year’s featured live music act was Restless Heart, who put on a great show. As usual, a large crowd of Roscoe residents and Big Country visitors were on hand.

The West Texas Wind Festival in October was also attended by a large crowd with Nashville musician T. Graham Brown the headline act for the free concert and street dance. Unfortunately, the scheduled Plowboy Mudbog had to be canceled because its venue, the baseball field, was underwater from the record-breaking rains of the previous weeks.

Besides the nationally known musicians who perform at the city festivals, Roscoe is also known throughout the area and state as a country-music mecca where famous singers perform at the outdoor stage of the Lumberyard. Along with legendary country singers such as Ray Price, Charlie Pride, Merle Haggard, Mel Tillis, Charlie Daniels, Tanya Tucker, and others who have sung there in previous years, this year’s biggest performer had to be Wynonna Judd, whose appearance on July 6 more than doubled the population of Roscoe for a few hours. She enjoyed the event as much as anyone, and both she and her fans made the most of her appearance despite a short shower that drenched everyone right before her show began. 

She wasn’t the only celebrity at the Lumberyard in 2018, though. Others, such as Johnny Rodriguez, Neal McCoy, Pat Green, Wade Bowen, Steve Helms, the Dirty River Boys, and Micky & the Motorcars, also drew large crowds.

Roscoe School

Roscoe’s school system once again was hailed as one of the most innovative and accomplished in the state. As in previous years, almost all its graduating seniors had already received their Associate Degrees from Western Texas College before being awarded their high school diplomas. In doing so, the ones going on to universities saved themselves and their parents thousands of dollars in tuition fees by having all their general requirements out of the way, and they as well as the others received training in STEM fields that enhance their employment opportunities for rewarding careers.

The P-20 system used by RCISD has been hailed by educators and professors all over the state, and this year the state of West Virginia is applying the Roscoe system to some of its public schools to increase their quality. Roscoe’s certification programs are also receiving general praise. Edu-Drone students learn to repair and fly drones, leading to FAA Certification for commercial drone flight, and the school is partnering with Office Depot to spread its curriculum to other schools in the nation. Edu-Vet students benefit from working in a pet clinic with on-site veterinarians.

This year, the certification initiative also added a new program called Edu-Make It, which trains students to use CNC (computer numeric control) technology and design with AutoCad software for 3-D printers and plasma cutters. Also new is Edu-Weld, where students learn to weld and earn American Welding Society certifications, assuring them opportunities for better salaries and career potential.

In January, RCISD’s initiative with Western Texas and Texas A&M received the Collaboration Award at the A&M Vice Chancellor’s Awards in Excellence ceremony. In March its three-day meeting with area educators as well as officials from the Texas Education Agency and the U. S. Department of Education increased its exposure and was featured in this KTAB newscast.

Throughout the year, many other Texas school districts sent representatives to the school to learn more about its program.

In November, the school was awarded a $432,000 grant to support its work in educational innovation by the Greater Texas Foundation, a private philanthropic group dedicated to improving Texas public school education.

And last month, Texas Education Commissioner Mike Morath visited the school for the first time. After viewing its facilities and learning more about its P-20 program, he declared it “quite possibly the absolute best” practice in public schools in Texas. A description of his visit was covered in a December 11 article in the Abilene Reporter-News, which can be viewed by clicking here.

In short, Roscoe’s school continues to receive kudos and make waves for its innovations in the field of public education. For this reason, it continues to grow, and this year its total number increased to over 630 students, including the pre-K students going to the Early Childhood Montessori Center.

The Roscoe Wind Farms

The Lithium-Ion Battery System at Inadale Wind Farm.
For more than a decade now, Roscoe has also been known nationally and internationally for its wind farms. Although its wind farm may no longer be the largest in the country, it still receives more than its share of attention in the national media. 

Last year, the wind energy company E.On put its first lithium battery station for wind turbines on its Inadale Wind Farm, and in January, NBC and MSNBC both produced news segments about wind energy in the Roscoe area. The MSNBC one aired on Friday, February 23, and the NBC one on Sunday, February 25, right before the Olympics and was thus seen by a much larger audience. The MSNBC segment can be accessed by clicking here. The NBC segment can be seen by clicking here.

City Progress

Heady Auto Parts store at 1022 S. Main Street.
Roscoe added one new business this year, the Heady Auto Parts store at 1022 S. Main, across from the Stripes station and convenience store. It is owned and operated by Ricky Heady, who also has Carquest auto parts stores in Colorado City and Merkel. 

A Mexican restaurant, El Tejano Grill, opened at Cypress and Broadway downtown in April but closed in late August. It will re-open when proper personnel can be found to help run it.

Roscoe’s merchants had their most successful Christmas Open House yet in November. This event, which is held on a Sunday afternoon before Thanksgiving, kicks off the Christmas shopping season with refreshments and prizes and draws shoppers from all over the Big Country.

The City has improved its sewer system this year and the Texas Department of Agriculture has approved a Texas Community Block Grant of $275,000 for continued sewer line improvements. These will be for new lines in south Roscoe.

Direct descendants of Dr. & Mrs. J. W. Young, Sr. at dedication ceremony.
In February, Memorial Park on the corner of Broadway and Cypress placed a new monument to honor two early Roscoe citizens, Dr. J. W. Young, Sr., and his wife, Iona Kearse Young, for their lifetime contributions to the community. 

Cotton and the Weather

The Central Rolling Plains Co-op Gin.
Along with the good, sometimes there also comes the not so good, which would be a generous way to describe this year’s cotton crop. During the record harvest of the year before, the weather was sunny and dry, just the way the farmers wanted it. 

Unfortunately, after the cotton was all stripped and in, the weather stayed dry. From January through June, the official total for Roscoe was only 6.93”, far below what was needed for young cotton. And the total for July was only 0.41” more, which meant a bust for this year’s dryland crop. The rain finally did come in September with a monthly total of 4.99”. It then broke the record in October with a total of 13.83”, the most for that month since official records began in 1936.

The total precipitation for 2018 was 31.53 inches, close to 10 inches over the annual average—and eight inches more than last year’s 23.68” when we had a record crop—which underscores the sad truth that it’s not just how much rain you get, but also when you get it.

As of last Thursday, the Central Rolling Plains Co-op Gin had produced only 13,626 bales with almost all of those coming from irrigated fields. That’s less than an eighth of last year’s total of 111,599 bales and is the least amount of any year since 2011. The good news is that the rain we’ve got in October and since will provide plenty of ground moisture for this year’s crop, so if we can just get some timely rains in 2019, the cotton crop will once again be in good shape.

Other facts about Roscoe’s 2018 weather from Kenny Landfried’s official records are these. The last spring freeze was the 28°F on the morning of April 8. Then on April 13, just five days later, the high was 98°. The first triple-digit day was May 27, when the high reached 104°. May had four hundred-degree days, June eleven, July fifteen, and August two for a total of 32 days in which the temperature was 100° or higher. That’s the most since 2012, which had 34 such days. The hottest temperature was 109° on July 20, and the coldest was 5° on January 1. The first fall freeze was on November 13, when the mercury fell to 21°.



Traffic accident at S. Main and South Service Road last Wednesday.

On Wednesday, December 26, at approximately 12:21pm, the Roscoe Police Department and Roscoe Volunteer Fire Department was dispatched to the South Main Street and South Service Road intersection in Roscoe to a traffic crash involving a white Chevrolet suburban driven by an 84-year-old male and a red Freightliner semi-truck driven by a 40-year-old male.

According to investigator Sergeant Shane Baxter, the red semi-truck was traveling north on Main Street, and the white suburban was traveling west on the South Service Road. The driver of the suburban failed to stop and yield right-of-way to the semi-truck at the intersection. The suburban then struck the trailer of the semi-truck on the back axles. The driver of the white suburban was transported by ambulance to Rolling Plains Memorial Hospital in Sweetwater.



The Plowgirls display their trophies at Anson.
The Plowgirls finished 2018 with a flourish, winning three games and losing one at the Anson Varsity Basketball Tournament last week. Their only loss was in the tournament finals to Vega, currently ranked number four in the state. Their victories were over Anson, Waxahachie Life, and Borden County.

Bonnie Wilkinson, Sr., and Shauna McCambridge, Fr., made the All-Tournament Team.

Here are the scores by quarters and individual scoring for each of the games:

Plowgirls 49 – Anson 35

                                            1           2           3           4
               Plowgirls            6         25         36         49
               Anson                11         18         23         35

Individual Plowgirl scoring: Riley Sheridan 12, Victoria Martinez 9, Bonnie Wilkinson 9, Veronica Cuellar 8, Shauna McCambridge 5, Sadie McCambridge 4, Jovana Peña 2.

Plowgirls 48 – Waxahachie Life 43

                Plowgirls            6         17         32         48
                Waxa. Life          7         10         22         43

Individual Plowgirl scoring: Wilkinson 14, Sh. McCambridge 10, Martinez 8, Sa. McCambridge 7, Cuellar 7, Peña 2.

Plowgirls 40 – Borden County 38

                Plowgirls            13         22         31         40
                Borden County   6           9         28         38

Individual Plowgirl scoring: Martinez 17, Wilkinson 8, Sh. McCambridge 8, Sa. McCambridge 4, Sheridan 3.

Vega 58 – Plowgirls 22

                 Vega                 10         30         45         58
                Plowgirls            2           8          10         22

Individual Plowgirl scoring: Wilkinson 8, Sh. McCambridge 8, Martinez 4, Sheridan 2.

The Plowgirls are now 12-7 on the year. Their next game is tomorrow evening here at home against Stamford. Tip-off is at 6:15pm following the JV game.



The Plowboy basketball team lost twice in the Anson Varsity Tournament last week, once to the Wylie JV team and once to Wellington. 

Here are the scores by quarters followed by the individual Plowboy scoring for each game.

Wylie JV 56 – Plowboys 39

                                             1          2            3           4
                Wylie JV           14         30         43         56
                Plowboys            6         17         28         39

Individual Plowboy scoring: Jose Ortega 10, Junior Martinez 7, Hunter Anglin 6, Brayan Medina 6, Jayden Gonzales 5, Caleb Gray 2, Jacob Rainey 2, Ryan Highsmith 1.

Wellington 57 – Plowboys 27

                  Wellington       12         23         43         57
                  Plowboys            9         15         22         27

Individual Plowboy scoring: Anglin 6, Medina 5, Highsmith 4, Gonzales 3, Gray 3, Gage Turnbow 2, Martinez 2, Ortega 2.

The Plowboys play next with Post at Post tomorrow evening. Tipoff is at 7:30pm following the JV game.



The rainbow over Roscoe on Thursday afternoon.
The forecast for today and tomorrow is calling for freezing rain, snow, and low temperatures. A winter advisory issued by the National Weather Service in San Angelo went into effect at 3:00am last night and continues until 6:00pm tomorrow. Freezing rain and sleet across West Central Texas is forecast through late tonight with snow or sleet accumulations of 2 to 4 inches possible tomorrow. Highest ice accumulations forecast in Nolan, Taylor, and Callahan Counties. Freezing drizzle possible through the morning then freezing rain beginning this afternoon to late tonight, before transitioning to snow and/or sleet tomorrow morning. Ice and accumulating snow will make for hazardous driving conditions, especially on bridges and overpasses. Power outages are possible. Be prepared for slippery roads and limited visibilities, and use caution while driving.

I think the weather advisory is telling us that winter is officially here and will be acting like it for the next couple of days. That’s something of a change from the weather we’ve had for the past week or so. It was 60°F on Christmas Day and 69° the day after that. On Thursday, the high dropped to 49° as a front moved through, and we got .25” of rain. The weekend was cold with highs of 34° and 33° on Friday and Saturday with lows of 27° and 26°. Monday warmed back up to a high of 57°, and .31” more of rain fell. Yesterday another front moved in with high winds, and the high was back down to 33°. This morning’s low was 23°.

After today and tomorrow’s freezing rain and snow, the sun should come back out on Friday and warm the temperature to a 57° high. Saturday and Sunday should be even warmer with more sunshine and highs of 61° and 62° and lows of 40° on Saturday and 49° Sunday.

Any more precipitation after tomorrow is unlikely.



Graveside services for Rosell Baxter, 83, of Sweetwater, were held on Saturday, December 22, at Garden of Memories with Rev. Bill Scott officiating, followed by burial. Cate-Spencer & Trent directed arrangements. She passed away on Wednesday, December 19, at Sweetwater Healthcare Center.

Rosell was born on April 14, 1935, in Rochester to Albert and Gracie (Brooks) Hammonds. She was a member of Broadway Baptist Church in Sweetwater. She worked as cafeteria manager for SISD for many years before retiring.

She is survived by two daughters, Deborah Gilbreath and husband Darrel of Clyde and Rhonda Ivey and husband Roger of Roscoe; grandchildren, Amanda King and husband Jeremy, Chrisi Warner and husband Kris, Heather Garrison and husband Grady, Hillary Miles and husband Britt, and Clint Ivey; eight great grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Dewey Baxter; parents, Albert and Gracie Hammonds; and four sisters, Oleta Worsham, Margaret Bell, Clara Gibson, and Yuvone Kendrick.

The family would like to express its sincere appreciation to the staff at Sweetwater Healthcare for their loving care of Rosell.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hendrick Hospice.



Funeral services for Barbara Ann (Karonika) Reed, 72, of Roscoe were at 2:00pm Saturday, December 29, at McCoy Chapel of Memories with Rev. Juanelle Jordan officiating, followed by interment at Roscoe Cemetery. She passed away on Thursday, December 27, at Hendrick Medical Center in Abilene.

Barbara was born July 3, 1946, in Houston and graduated from Roscoe High School in 1964. She married Kenneth Reed in April of 1966. She attended Howard College and Cisco Junior College in Abilene for one year each and graduated from TSTC in Sweetwater in 1975 and became a Licensed Vocational Nurse. She was on the Dean’s List at all three campuses. She worked geriatric nursing and was Director of Nurses and Assistant Director of Nurses at area nursing homes. Barbara also worked for PPI for over 12 years as a Program Director. She served two terms on the Roscoe City Council and was a past president of American Legion Ladies Auxiliary, Post #227, at Roscoe. She loved animals and would leave out food and water for the many strays.

Barbara is survived by her husband, Kenneth, of the home; son, Scotty Reed and wife Tara of Corinth, Texas; three grandchildren, Tripp, Briana and Brody Reed, all of Corinth; and two sisters, Tonia Fowler of Lubbock and Becky Bowen of Roscoe. She also is survived by three nieces, one nephew, two great nephews and three great nieces. She also leaves behind her beloved dog, Blue.

She is preceded in death by her father, Frank Karonika, in 2003; mother, Florence Johnson in 2008; brother, Donald Johnson in 2010, and sister, Pat Karonika, in 2011.

Pallbearers were Phil Strother, Tripp Reed, Ted Kinsey, Sr., Ted Kinsey, Jr., David Mueller, and Russell Graham.


Wednesday, December 26, 2018

No Roscoe Hard Times This Week

Dear Readers,

There will be no Roscoe Hard Times this week due to a houseful of family in for the holidays and ongoing problems with AT&T and the internet. Dealing with those two issues (happily with the first, not so much with the second) has left me with insufficient time to gather this week’s news and write it up.

The blog will resume next week with a review of 2018 for Roscoe as well as any news of local events that occur between now and then.

Until then, here’s wishing you all a Happy New Year and the best of everything in 2019!

Edwin Duncan
Roscoe Hard Times


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