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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

City Council Awards Bids, Approves Cinco de Mayo Celebration

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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


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


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



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

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



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

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

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

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


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

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Terri Clark, Gary P. Nunn at Lumberyard Friday Evening

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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



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


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

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


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

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

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



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

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

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

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



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

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

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



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

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



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



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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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



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

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

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

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


Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Large Crowd Attends Roscoe Spring Super Sunday


What a day it was on Sunday!  Large crowds were seen in all the Roscoe businesses, and visitors from all over west Texas gathered to get a chance to see country-music legend Merle Haggard and the Strangers perform on the Lumberyard’s new stage.

The Roscoe Historical Museum was open, and from noon to about four o’clock there was a steady stream of visitors who came in out of curiosity—as well as to get out of the hot sun and 90° weather outside.  Many put bills in the donation box, and all seemed to enjoy the eclectic collection of historical artifacts and photographs of old Roscoe that the museum offers.

Downtown businesses like the Blackland Smokehouse, the Lumberyard, and the Wildflower Boutique were full of people, as were the businesses on Main Street like Vickie’s Gifts, the Southern Belle Salon, and Main Street Antiques, which was open for the first time ever.  The Highland High seniors and juniors were selling at bargain prices various small hardware items that they had received as a donation from Higginbotham-Bartlett in Sweetwater, and Burritos Zacatecas sold tacos from their taco stand across from the Post Office.  The Community Center sold meals and had some vendors. McVey’s Native Nursery was open on the north side, as was Peppy’s Mexican Imports on Main, and the Roscoe Thrift Store on east Broadway.

The Roscoe Express shuttle operated all afternoon, carrying visitors from one business to the next.

At the Lumberyard, the music started at three.  Jamie Richards and his band, generally headliners in their own right, kicked off the live music and played for over an hour and a half.  They were followed by the Playboys Special Edition, which consisted of some of Bob Wills’ old band members along with a talented young female fiddler.  They played all the old Bob Wills songs, and old-time Western Swing filled the air as dancers two-stepped on the dance floor.

After about a half-hour break, they were then followed by Merle Haggard’s band, the Strangers.  Haggard’s son Noah entertained the crowd with his vocals for an extended set followed by another intermission.  And then, at about eight-twenty, what everyone had been waiting for finally arrived as country-music legend Merle Haggard made his way onto the stage and up to the microphone.  He then played and sang non-stop for the rest of the evening.  Each song was followed by cheers from the crowd, and many sang along with him as he performed songs that all his fans know by heart.  Still spry at 77, his voice is not as strong as it once was, but that didn’t seem to matter to anyone as every song he sang—songs such as “Mama Tried,” “Today I Started Loving You Again,” “Silver Wings,” “I Think I’ll Just Stay Here and Drink,” “Tonight the Bottle Let Me Down,” and “Okie from Muskogee”—brought back memories of the past and over the years have become a part of the fabric of our lives.

By ten o’clock it was all over, but the day was one that will be long remembered by all who attended, and one that adds to Roscoe’s reputation as a small town that exemplifies the vitality, character, and spirit of west Texas.



The City of Roscoe invites one and all to its annual Easter Egg Hunt at 2:00pm this Saturday, April 4, in Old Town Park across from City Hall.  As in past years, hunts are planned for three separate age groups: 0-3 years old, 4-7 years old, and 8-12 years old.

Please bring cameras and baskets for goodies.  For more information, contact City Hall during business hours at 325-766-3871.



RCHS one-act play cast and crew 2014-15.
The RCHS one-act play cast and crew finished their season on Saturday at the district meet in Stamford and, although they won’t be advancing to regional this year, were the recipients of several awards. Cassie Chavira was selected to the All-Star Cast, Caleb Ward won the Technical Award, and Isaiah Gonzales made the Honorable Mention Cast.

Roscoe’s one-act play was entitled “The Small World of Millie McIvor” by Ronald Burke.  The directors were Gay-Lynn Moses and Vanessa Galvan, and the actors were Cassie Chavira, Samantha Ortega, Adrian Ortega, Isaiah Gonzales, Danielle Dean, Caty Chavira, and Nolan Reeves.  Crew members were Spencer Little and Caleb Ward.

The plays in competition were from Albany, Anson, Hamlin, Haskell, Hawley, Roscoe, Stamford, and Winters.



Roscoe students will probably think it’s Good Friday for more reasons than one as the schools will be out at 1:30pm on Friday in honor of the holiday.  They will return at the regular time on Monday morning.



Plowboys and Plowgirls have competed in two meets over the last two weeks, one the Cottonwood Creek Relays in Roby, and the other the San Angelo Relays, which had numerous larger schools competing against the Plowboys and Plowgirls.  The information for it may not be complete, but it was all that was available to me.

Cottonwood Creek Relays

Plowboys competed against athletes from the following high schools: Blackwell, Borden County, Crosbyton, Hawley, Hermleigh, Highland, Ira, Lueders-Avoca, Roby, Roscoe, Rotan, Sterling City, Throckmorton, Westbrook.


Event                              Place       Athlete                            Time

100 meter dash                5           Pablo Huidobro             12.08
200 meter dash                2          Kevin Lavalais                23.62
400 meter dash                6          Pablo Huidobro             56.11
4 x 100 relay                      2           Roscoe                            45.56
    (Ryland Madrid, Max Nemir, Rafael Aguayo, Kevin Lavalais)
4 x 200 relay                     5           Roscoe                           1:40.18
    (Eric Huidobro, Rafael Aguayo, Ryland Madrid, Pablo Huidobro)
4 x 400 relay                     1           Roscoe                           3:39.2
    (Juan Solis, Max Nemir, Luis Villa, Kevin Lavalais)
300 meter hurdles           2           Max Nemir                     42.85


Plowgirls competed against athletes from the following high schools: Blackwell, Borden County, Hawley, Hermleigh, Highland, Ira, Jayton, Lueders-Avoca, Roby, Rotan, Sterling City, Trent, Westbrook.

Event                              Place       Athlete                            Time

 400 meter dash                1          Lyndi Wilkinson           1:06.01
800 meter run                  3          Karina Cisneros            2:48.54
                                             5          Dani Dean                      2:53.09
1600 meter run                3          Allison Acebedo             6:36.75
3200 meter run                5          Allison Acebedo           14:54.97
4 x 400 relay                     2          Roscoe                             4:37.73
    (Dani Dean, Lyndi Wilkinson, Karina Cisneros, Emily Whiteley)
Triple Jump                       6           Lyndi Wilkinson           30’ 2½”
High Jump                         4           Emily Whiteley                 4’ 6”

San Angelo Relays


Event                              Place       Athlete                           Time

100 meter dash                24        Pablo Huidobro             12.99
                                            26        Rafael Aguayo                13.02
                                            30        Luis Villa                         13.33
200 meter dash                 3         Kevin Lavalais               23.10
400 meter dash               17         Pablo Huidobro             58.01
                                            27          Juan Huidobro             61.01
300 meter hurdles           7          Max Nemir                     42.4
4 x 100 relay                      8          Roscoe                            44.9
   (Ryland Madrid, Max Nemir, Javier Leanos, Kevin Lavalais)
4 x 200 relay                   12           Roscoe                         1:36.4
   (Eric Huidobro, Rafael Aguayo, Pablo Huidobro, Ryland Madrid)
4 x 400 relay                    11           Roscoe                         3:37.4
   (Juan Solis, Max Nemir, Javier Leanos, Kevin Lavalais)
Discus throw                   19          Anthony Ortegon         93’ 9”


Event                              Place       Athlete                            Time

100 meter dash               26        Lena Martinez               15.63
                                           28        Bergan Trevino              15.94
                                           29        Angelica Castillo            17.44
200 meter dash              29        Lena Martinez                32.01
                                           31        Bergan Trevino               33.70
400 meter dash                7         Lyndi Wilkinson           1:04.5
300 meter hurdles         20        Magali Casas                  1:04.82
4 x 400 relay                   10         Roscoe                            4:17.40
(Danielle Dean, Lyndi Wilkinson, Karina Cisneros, Mireya Sanchez)
Triple jump                      6          Lyndi Wilkinson         31’1.25”
Pole vault                        10          Magali Casas                    6’ 6”
Shot put                           19          Arizona Guevara        23’ 8½”



The Texas Red Oaks have budded out.
The weather this past week was typical for this time of year—warm for the most part with one cooling front that arrived with strong, gusty winds on Sunday afternoon during Roscoe’s Spring Super Sunday.  In about two hours’ time, the temperatures dropped from an uncomfortably hot 89° to around 62° with a strong breeze.  Then, yesterday we had a couple of light showers that didn’t amount to much as most of the storm missed Roscoe.  I heard a couple of reports of light hail south of town and at Lake Sweetwater.  There were also reports of up to a quarter of an inch east of here, but here in town we got just enough to get the ground wet.  

We haven’t had anything close to a freeze in the past couple of weeks, and there’s nothing drastic forecast for the coming week—so I’m going to go out on a limb here and fearlessly forecast that the danger of a late freeze is behind us, and all the fruit trees around Roscoe stand a good chance of actually bearing fruit this year.  Algerita berry bushes are blooming on area ranches, and I’m looking forward to picking some when they get ripe.

Today’s high of around 84° will be surpassed by tomorrow’s predicted high of 91°.  Then, another cold front will move through early Friday, and the high will drop down to 68° with a low of 46°, followed by similarly cool weather on Saturday.  Then, we’ll get steadily warming temperatures in the days following.

There is no rain in the immediate forecast.


Funeral services for Steven R. Smith, 67, were held at 12:00 on Saturday, March 28, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 10351 N. Bayhill Drive, Cedar Hills, Utah.  Interment followed at Eastlawn Cemetery in Provo, Utah.

Steve was born July 10, 1947, in New York City to Arel and Ruth Smith.  He later lived in Oklahoma and Texas and moved with his family to Roscoe when he was fifteen.  He was a 1967 graduate of Roscoe High School. After a year of college in Texas, he moved to Utah and graduated from Brigham Young University with a business degree.  He worked for years at Nature’s Sunshine, a health products company, and later started another very successful nutritional company, SuLin International.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Linda, his mother Ruth, father Arel, and brother Bobby.  He is survived by his wife, Rosemarie; sisters, Anna Mae (John) Peptis, Charlene (Mike), and Shelly (Paul) Romero; and brother, Kenneth Williams of Sweetwater; his children, Brandon (Tonia) Smith, Stefanie (Gabe) Birrer, Darrell Billie, Kathy (Matt) Taranto, Dana Smith, Brianne (Nate) Hovey, Steven B. Smith, Jason (Melissa) Nielson, Allyse (Patrick) Sedivy, Marisa (Joel) Wright, Josh (Shannan) Nielson, Jared (Lacey) Nielson, Jessica (Craig) Hayward; and 42 grandchildren.



A graveside service for Robert “Bobby” Donald Dyer, 62, was held at 2:00pm on Saturday, March 28, at Roscoe Cemetery.  He passed away on Wednesday, March 25, in San Angelo.

He was born on September 30, 1952, in Sweetwater and moved with his family at age 9 to Roscoe.  He was a 1970 graduate of Roscoe High School.  He attended Western Texas College and then went on to Angelo State, where he graduated with a degree in accounting.  He served on several boards in Roscoe, including the Roscoe Improvement Board, and was a Roscoe City Councilman for twelve years.  He was a past member of the Roscoe Lions Club and a member of the First Baptist Church in Roscoe.

Survivors include his mother, Allie Bea Dyer, of Roscoe; brother, Jim Dyer and wife, Diana, of San Angelo; nieces, Kimberly Dyer Fisher and husband, Jarrad, of Stillwater, OK, and Kasey Mahan and husband, Cody, of Richardson.

He was preceded in death by his father, Arthur Dale Dyer, on February 9, 2002.


Wednesday, March 25, 2015

City Ready for Roscoe's Spring Super Sunday

Merle Haggard
Spring has arrived, and to celebrate it, the City of Roscoe is throwing its Spring Festival this Sunday, March 29.  Roscoe retailers will be open from noon to 6pm, the museum will be open, the Community Center will be selling hamburgers and hot dog meals, and  the Lumberyard will host what should be its greatest day of country music yet with Jamie Richards and band, the Playboys Special Edition Band, and country legend Merle Haggard and his band, The Strangers.  Live music begins at three and will go on to about 10pm.

The Lumberyard has now completed its remodeling, and red-dirt country music star Stoney LaRue was the first to play on the new stage, which he did Saturday night.  The new stage is located on the north wall about four feet above ground level, which allows people at tables a good view of the performers, as people standing near the band won’t block the view for others. The new arrangement also creates extra room on the dance floor for those who want to dance.  The lighting and sound are also better than before. 

Unlike the free concerts on the streets, however, this one won’t be free as the price of the performers won’t allow it.  For ticket information and reservations, call the Lumberyard during business hours at 325-766-2457.

Roscoe businesses will have open houses that day from noon until 6:00pm, and the Roscoe Express will be carrying patrons from location to location free of charge.  Participating businesses are the Blackland Smokehouse, Burritos Zacatecas, Main Street Antiques, McVey’s Native Nursery, Mexico Lindo, Pepe’s Imports, the Rockin’ S Cantina, Roscoe Thrift Store, Southern Belle Salon, the Lumberyard, the Wildflower Boutique, and Vickie’s Gifts.



The Roscoe Community Center
The Roscoe Community Center will be open and serving hamburger and hot dog meals this coming Sunday from 12:00-6:00pm. Meals will consist of a hamburger or hot dog, chips, a soft drink, and dessert.

So, if you want to eat some good food while helping out a good cause, please go on by.  All proceeds will go to help fund new flooring for the Community Center.

For more information, contact Gail Presley at 325-518-4139.



The smoke at dawn on the second day of Spring.
“Injun Robert” McBride has built his sunrise fire on the second day of spring 2015, and the direction of the smoke—from the north and northwest to south and southeast—is an auspicious sign of better crops in this area than we had last year.

As you may recall, in 2012 “Injun Robert” revived the ancient practice of Plains Indians of using the direction of the wind on the first day after the first day of spring as a means of foretelling the success of crops for the coming year.

If the wind that carried the smoke upward was from the east or northeast, crops would be plentiful. A north or northwest wind foretold average yields, a west wind was bad, a southwest wind worse, and a south wind the worst of all.

This ritual was known in the Comanche language as Taba’na Yuan’e or the “Sunrise Wind” ceremony.  It was observed around 1880 by a Mr. Crim, who was in charge of the mule teams used in building the T&P railway across west Texas.  While in the Van Horn area on the morning of March 22, he noticed puffs of smoke coming from all the Indian huts in sight.  He asked what was going on and was told that the Indians were seeing what kinds of crops they would have that year by building a fire just before dawn and then, as the sun appeared, observing which direction the wind blew the smoke.  This was always done on the morning after the first day of spring.

In the early 1970s George Parks, editor of the Roscoe Times, learned of the ceremony, which was still being performed annually in Muleshoe by old Mr. Crim’s son, referred to by the locals there as “Injun John.”  “Injun George” found out the particulars from “Injun John” and replicated them here for many years until shortly before his death in 1983.  In addition to observing the smoke, “Injun George” added a rain dance around the fire in hopes that the dance would lessen the effects of a bad forecast and increase those of a good one.

Last year, “Injun Robert” tried to mitigate the wind’s forecast of an inferior crop by introducing another Native American practice by adding a “rain turtle” to the ceremony.  It involved drawing a turtle on the ground with a stick and then spitting on its back.  However, as is evident by the number of fields that were never even stripped of their cotton last year, we can rule out the “rain turtle,” or at least “Injun” Robert’s version of it as completely ineffective, and this year it was omitted.

In any case, this year’s crop should at least be an average one, and with the rains the area has received thus far, we certainly seem to be heading in the right direction.



Kim Norris
Kimberely Nicole Norris, 22, a 2011 graduate of Roscoe High School, suffered a brain aneurysm and died on March 19 in Hawaii.  She was a member of the 2008-2009 state runner-up Plowgirl basketball team and a varsity cheerleader her senior year.

A senior at the University of Hawaii, she was majoring in fashion and was employed at Hooters.  Although her life was cut short, she was able to help others through organ donation.

A Kimberely Nicole Norris Texas Celebration of Life will be held at the First Methodist Church in Spur this Saturday, April 4, at 5:00pm with Larry Burton officiating.  Visitation will be at the church from 1pm-5pm, and the funeral service begins at 5:00pm.

Shelbi Williams has set up a fund online, the Kimberely Nicole Norris Love Fund, to help out her family with medical expenses.  To locate it, just google Kimberely Nicole Norris or click here.



Wildflowers in Duncan Meadow, formerly known as my back yard.
There’s no getting around it—spring is here. It officially arrived last Friday, March 20, at 5:45pm CDT with the vernal equinox, when day and night are exactly the same, twelve hours each, and the sun rises exactly in the east and sets exactly in the west.

But more to the point, the signs of spring are also back—the temperatures are warming up, trees are budding out, wildflowers are beginning to bloom, and, since Monday, the buzzards are back in the west Texas skies.  Of course, the old mesquites are still in winter mode.  They seem to be telling us that just because we’re in a new season doesn’t necessarily mean we won’t get any more cold weather.

The past week had a little of everything, including a nice slow rain that fell intermittently on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday with area amounts varying from three-quarters of an inch to an inch and a quarter depending upon location.  Weatherman Kenny Landfried got an official total of .82" at his home on the east side of town, while gauges on the south side recorded about an inch.  In any case, the fields are wet, and the farmers are smiling.

The coolest days were on Friday and Saturday, when skies were cloudy and rainy with highs of 52° and 54° respectively.  The warmest days were Monday and yesterday when skies were sunny and the highs were 84° and 85° respectively.

The forecast for the next few days is for sunny skies and generally warm temperatures.  Today should be a repeat of yesterday with a high of 86°F, but tonight will be cooler with a low of 42° as a front moves through.  Tomorrow’s high will be only about 64°, but Friday’s high will be back to 73°, and Saturday’s should be 80°.

The outlook for Spring Super Sunday should be sunny with a high of 83° and a low of 55°.  There is no more rain in the forecast.



Graveside services were held at the Roscoe Cemetery on Saturday, March 21, at 2:30pm for longtime Nolan and Taylor County farmer/rancher Billie K. Compton, who passed away on Thursday, March 19,  after a lengthy illness.

Born to Jeff Davis and Billie Porter in Roscoe, she was preceded in death by her parents, her two sisters and her husbands, M.L. Compton and John L. Massey. She is survived by her three children, Sharon London and husband Larry, Susan Massey, and Mike Massey; five grandchildren: Britt London, Blake London, Brooke Dignan, Alex Massey, and Michael Merritt Massey; eleven great-grandchildren, and brother-in-law, Dean Perkins of San Angelo.

The family would like to extend gratitude to her private caregivers, Home In Stead and Hospice, for their devotion to her care. In lieu of flowers, the family requests any donations be made to the Alzheimer’s Association and Envoy Hospice. Condolences may be expressed online at McCoy Funeral Home of Sweetwater. 



Services were held at 2:00pm on Thursday, March 19, at McCoy Chapel of Memories in Sweetwater for Steven Lomas, 56, who passed away on Monday, March 16. Interment followed at Roscoe Cemetery.

Mr. Lomas was born on May 6, 1958, in Del Rio. On July 15, 1979, he married Norma Delgado in Sweetwater. Steven loved animals and never put himself before others.

Survivors include his wife, Norma Delgado of Roscoe; daughter, Norma Stewart and husband, Christopher, of Three Rivers, TX; sons, Steven Lomas, Jr., and wife, Amanda, of Roscoe; Donald Lomas and wife, Krystal, of Roscoe; Carlos A. Lomas and wife, Heather, of Roscoe; Anthony Lomas and wife, Heather, of Roscoe; 11 grandchildren; brothers, Richard Lomas and wife, Eva, of Roscoe; Joe Lomas of Abilene; Alex Lomas of Sweetwater; Harvey Lomas of Roscoe; Eloy Lomas and wife, Mary, of Roscoe; Carlos Lomas of Sweetwater; Art Lomas and wife, Sylvia, of Sweetwater; Baldimore Lomas of Roscoe; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister.



Peggy Patty, 78, passed away on Sunday, March 15 at Hendrick Medical Center in Abilene. She was a resident of Roscoe. No public services were held.

Peggy was born on February 27, 1937, in Burnet. She moved to Sweetwater in 1972 and lived there until she moved to Roscoe in 1986.  She was a member of Avondale Baptist Church and a past member of the Ladies Auxiliary VFW Post 2479 and American Legion Post 227. She worked for the Dairy Queen, Corp. as a manager, Southwest Canvas, and Larry's Tire Center in Roscoe as a bookkeeper. Peggy loved her trips to the casinos, especially when she won!

Survivors include her daughters Joyce Kingston and husband, Johnnie, of Roscoe; Sherry Baugh and husband, Price, of Roscoe; and Pat Lorentz of Fort Pierce, Florida; her brother, Jimmy Williamson and wife, Jo, of Hermleigh; 7 grandchildren; 8 great-grandchildren; 14 great-great-grandchildren; 2 great-great-great-grandchildren and her wife-in-law, Audrey Massingill of Amarillo.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Roy L. and Burthina (Henkell) Williamson, and a daughter, Melba Dee Milholland, on April 17, 2002.



James Wells Young, III, passed from this life on Saturday, March 21, 2015 at the age of 60.

Graveside services will be held 10:00 A.M., Thursday, March 26, 2015 at Sweetwater Cemetery with Pastor Brian Brownlow officiating.  Burial will follow.  Arrangements are under the direction of Cate-Spencer & Trent Funeral Home.

He was born on November 21, 1954, in Sweetwater, Texas, to J Wells and Louise Young, Jr.

Wells was a guitarist and keyboardist extraordinaire.  He traveled the country in several bands and made friends wherever he went.  He was also a rancher, leaving a lasting impact on the Y5 Ranch as the third generation steward of the land.

He is survived by his daughter, Ashleigh Young and her husband Brett Oliphant; by his sister, Gay Ann Young; grandsons, Ashton, Noah, and Jacob Stanford; and grandpuppies, Sookie, Lyla, and Oscar.  Other survivors include three nieces, Kearsie Wylie, Rebecca Day, and Katie Young; and one nephew, Jason Young.  Wells also leaves behind several cousins and countless friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Thomas Flack Young.

Family will receive friends at the funeral home on Wednesday, March 25, 2015 from 6:00-7:30pm.


Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Kim Alexander to Receive ACU Teacher Education Award

Kim Alexander
Roscoe School Superintendent Kim Alexander is the recipient of the 2015 Grover C. Morlan Medal.  According to the announcement on the ACU website, the ACU Department of Teacher Education awards the medal each year to an alumnus who has made significant contributions to the field of education.

The announcement cites Dr. Dana Pemberton, Chair of the ACU Teacher Education Department, who said, “Under Alexander’s leadership, Roscoe administrators and teachers have transformed learning on all levels.  The Roscoe Collegiate System’s model is built on the belief that when structured correctly, all students, regardless of socio-economic, demographic, cultural, or technological background, can be college and career-ready on completion of their 12th grade year.”

The article goes on to note RCISD’s membership in the Texas High Performance Schools consortium and its role in serving as a model for rural schools in other districts.

Under Alexander's leadership, RCHS graduating seniors, in ever increasing numbers, have earned Associate's Degrees from Western Texas College in Snyder along with their high school diplomas.  Last year, 17 of 21 did, and this year's numbers will be comparable.  Also, in November the Administrative Leadership Institute at Texas A&M presented its first-ever Texas School District Excellence Award to Roscoe Collegiate ISD.

Roscoe is also a leader in establishing a viable STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) program for rural schools, and the new STEM research center now being built at RCISD will house this initiative.

Dr. Alexander will receive the award at the 2015 Morlan Award Dinner at 6:30pm tomorrow, March 19, in the Hunter Welcome Center.  Tickets are $20 per person and can be purchased by e-mailing Cathy Ford at or calling 325-674-2112.



Stoney LaRue

This Saturday night, March 21, red-dirt icon Stoney LaRue and his band, the Arsenals, will be in town to play on the new large stage at the Lumberyard.  This will be the first show on the new stage, which is on the north wall and will allow people sitting at tables to view the band and at the same time clear the dance floor for dancing. They will follow Mark McKinney and Band, who will kick off the live music at around 8:00pm. LaRue and the Arsenals will follow at about 9:30.

Born in Texas but raised in Oklahoma, LaRue is famous for developing the Red Dirt sound along with friends Cody Canada, Jason Boland, and Brandon Jenkins. His 2005 CD, “The Red Dirt Album,” reached the Billboard sales charts its debut week, and in 2006 he released the best seller “Live at Billy Bob’s.” In 2011 he achieved acclaim for his 2011 CD, “Velvet,” and his latest album, “Aviator,” released this past October, has received accolades in Nashville as well as Texas. It climbed to number 17 on the US Country Music Chart and 15 on the Indie Chart. There is also a video of its title song, “Aviator,” which you can view by clicking here, or his ever popular “Oklahoma Breakdown” by clicking here.

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



The new units at Plowboy Center Lodge.
The Plowboy Center Lodge at 1006 Broadway has done so well since opening that it is adding two new site-built rooms and a laundromat with three washers and dryers for use by tenants as well as the public.

For availability and prices, contact Max Watt at 575-799-0812.



Roscoe's Robotics Team in San Antonio last week.
Roscoe Collegiate High’s Robotics Team is back from a busy weekend at the Alamo Regional FIRST Robotics Competition in San Antonio.  The competition featured sixty teams from across the United States.

Roscoe was selected to compete in the playoffs for the sixth alliance, who defeated the number three alliance, but then lost to the eventual second-place alliance.



City Water Works on West Broadway.
Since last Wednesday, reverse-osmosis water is once again flowing through the City water lines.  This is a welcome development because residents have been getting unfiltered water since a faulty membrane first caused the shutdown of the reverse-osmosis process before Christmas.  Then, the ice storms caused breakage that compounded the situation and caused further delay in getting the plant back to its normal operation.

The plant is now undergoing a 45-day test period monitored by the TECQ (Texas Commission on Environmental Quality) to see that it is functioning properly.  The manufacturers, Johnson Control,  have an employee on hand to train City workers and will do quarterly routine maintenance on the membrane, the part that caused the problem.

The bottom line is that the problems are fixed and, once again, we’re getting good, clear water.



Elmer Gray when he was a Plowboy.
They’re tearing down the old Elmer Gray Stadium at Abilene Christian University and replacing it with a new one.  However, the new track and field stadium will also bear the ex-Plowboy’s name.

Elmer Gray, a 1928 graduate of Roscoe High, won state in the mile run at a time when schools were not divided into classes. He went on to run track for Abilene Christian and was a two-time finalist in the half-mile at the NCAA championships in 1931 and 1932 and the first Wildcat ever to compete in the U.S. Olympic trials in 1932.

After college, he went into real estate in Houston, where he made his fortune.  He made a large donation in 1969 for major improvements to the ACU track, and the Board of Trustees voted to name the stadium in his honor.

According to an article in the Abilene Reporter-News that appeared on Sunday, demolition of the old stadium begins today and is scheduled to be complete in time for a meet on Saturday, April 11, when New Mexico, TCU, and Texas Tech will compete with the Wildcats.



After taking the week off for Spring Break last week, the Plowboys’ and Plowgirls’ track and field teams will resume their season on Friday when they compete in the Cottonwood Creek Relays at Roby.The meet begins at 3:00pm.

The Junior High team will compete in Roby on Thursday.  Their meet begins at 3:30pm.



Monday's sunset.
It’s been a nice week for the weather with no rain to speak of, but warm days, clear skies, and mild evenings for the most part.  The highs were consistently in the high sixties with only Monday afternoon breaking the pattern when it got up to 78°F.  The lows were around 50° except for Sunday morning’s low of 44°.  Yesterday was cloudy all day, and when the wind shifted to the north around noon and the winds got up, it actually felt cool, especially when compared to the day before.  There was a chance for rain, but it unfortunately never materialized.

Today should continue the pattern with a high of about 66° and a low of 48°.  Tomorrow will be warmer with a high of 76°.  Then tomorrow night brings a 50% chance of rain, which will diminish to 40% on Friday and during the morning on Saturday.  Skies should then clear with highs of around 70° on Sunday and Monday with lows in the forties.



Military graveside services were held at 10:00am on Monday at Roscoe Cemetery for Monroe F. Rannefeld, Sr., 93, who passed away on March 13 in Big Spring. He was a resident of Roscoe.

Mr. Rannefeld was born in Roscoe on May 24, 1921. On December 21, 1946, he married Laura Pauline Wilson. A member of the First Salem Lutheran Church in Roscoe, he was also a member of the American Legion, Disabled American Veterans, and the VFW.

Survivors include his wife, Pauline Rannefeld of Roscoe; son, Freddy Rannefeld and wife, Noma, of Sweetwater; daughters, Connie Holder and husband, Steve, of Springfield, MO; and Cindy Watts and husband, Speight, of Sweetwater; four grandchildren: Laura Presley, Crystal Rea and her husband, Randall; Dwane Watts and his wife, Angela; and Corey Holder; nine great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Arno and Bertha Rannefeld; his brother, Elgin Rannefeld; his sister, Nora McCracken; and his grandson, Michael David LeCroy.

Honorary Pallbearers were Brandon Presley, Brittany Presley, Austin Moreland, Kendall Rea, Leslee Shaw, Erica Jones, Zachary Schultz, Adrianna Schultz and Lauren Wise.


Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Charles Ratliff Honored in Press Box Dedication at Plowboy Field

Charles Ratliff poses with family following press box ceremony.
No one could have ever guessed on Wednesday evening—when the temperature dropped to 22° and blowing sleet iced up windshields and roads—just how nice the weather would be less than two days later for the press box dedication preceding the Blackland Divide Relays. But on a beautiful, sunny Friday afternoon seemingly made for the occasion, the Roscoe School’s longtime football and track announcer, Charles Ratliff, was honored with a plaque and the permanent placement of his name on the press box at Plowboy Field.

Before a large crowd of adults and students in the stands, the Plowboy cheerleaders led an original cheer in honor of Mr. Ratliff.  Then Roscoe School Superintendent Kim Alexander and former coach Wes Williams addressed the crowd, both praising his longtime service as an announcer and his unswerving loyalty as a Plowboy fan.  He began announcing football games and track meets in 1967 and with only a couple of short breaks since then has continued all the way up to the present.

After presenting him with a plaque, Coach Williams handed Mr. Ratliff the microphone.  Admitting that he’d never been at a loss for words, Mr. Ratliff then thanked everyone, telling them he was honored to have been able to do the work that he’s done for so long, saying however that he doesn’t consider it work when he enjoys it as much as he has.

After a well-deserved round of applause, Coach Williams told him it was time to make an announcement and so he did, saying into the mike, “Second call for varsity girls’ 800 meter run; second call for varsity girls’ 800 meter run.” The show was over, the track meet had begun, and it was back to business for Mr. Ratliff.



City Accountant Ricky Bowman presents annual audit report to City Council.
At its monthly meeting in City Hall yesterday evening, the City Council had a full agenda, hearing several updates and passing several action items.

City Manager Cody Thompson informed the Council of recent and planned City activities.  Once things dry up enough to do some dirt work, the City, possibly along with the County, will work on finally closing up the old sanitary sewer plant just east of town.  This needs to be to done soon to conform with TCEQ (Texas Commission on Environmental Quality) requirements.

Starting this morning City workers will attend a start-up and training meeting at the Water Treatment Plant.  Recent tests indicate that City water is significantly harder than the contractors first thought, and some adjustments will have to be made in light of the fact.  Reverse-osmosis water should be back online within the next week or so.

The City will sponsor an Easter Egg Hunt for the third year in a row.  It will be on Saturday, April 4, at 2pm in Old Town Park, across from City Hall.  The hunt is for toddlers up to 13-year-olds.

Thompson and Carl Childers have been to two Big Country Home Builders Association meetings in Abilene, and there is growing interest in building homes on the Young Farm Estates.  The recent wet weather has delayed construction on curbs and gutters at the Young Farm Estates, and it will now likely be late April before the sale of lots begins.

New fencing around the park by the City swimming pool is underway and should be done by the end of this month.  So should Emrick Wilson’s landscaping project behind City Hall.

The City received two complaints this past month, one concerning stray cats and the other about underage curfew.

Police Chief Felix Pantoja then gave the Council the Police Department’s Racial Profile Report for 2014.  During the year, Roscoe Police issued 40 citations, 21 to Caucasians, 13 to Hispanics, 5 to African-Americans, 1 to Asians, and 0 to Middle-Eastern and Native Americans.

The Council then passed several action items.  City Accountant Ricky Bowman presented the annual audit report for the City, and after some discussion the Council approved it.

The Council also decided to open bids for residential and commercial waste disposal.  Advertisements for the bid will run in the Sweetwater Reporter on Saturday, March 14, and Saturday, March 21.  The current contract with Knox Waste Services will be used as the bid document with a notation and an area for additional services that may be offered to the City.  Bids will be accepted until Tuesday, March 24, at which time the sealed bids will be opened and reviewed.  The bid will be awarded at the next Council meeting on Tuesday, April 14.

The Council approved advertising for cemetery bids for 2015, as the current custodian, Harold Gruden, is giving up the position.  The City will also advertise for bids for running the City Pool this summer.  Both these advertisements will run in the Sweetwater Reporter at the same time as the waste disposal bids do, i.e., March 14 and 21.

The Council also set the dates and times for this year’s Spring Clean-up.  It will run from 7am to 7pm starting on Monday, April 13, and concluding on Saturday, April 18.



Kevin Lavalais (second from left) anchors the 4 x 200 relay for the Plowboys.
Athletes from seventeen area schools were at Plowboy Field on Friday to compete in the first big track event of the year, the Blackland Divide Relays.  Besides Roscoe, the other schools participating were Anson, Baird, Bronte, Coahoma, Colorado City, Hamlin, Haskell, Hawley, Highland, Miles, Loraine, Roby, Snyder, Stamford, Sterling City, and Tuscola Jim Ned.

The field events were not held because of soggy field conditions and anticipated bad weather, which never made it to Friday.  In fact, the weather was surprisingly beautiful with sunshine, clear skies, little wind, and a temperature of around fifty-five degrees.

The only event won by the Plowboys was Kevin Lavalais’s victory in the 400 meter dash, while Max Nemir came in second in the 300 meter hurdles.  The highlight for the Plowgirls was Lyndi Wilkinson’s second-place finish in the girls’ 400 meter dash.  In the JV competition, Jet Hobdy finished second in the 3200 meter run.

Here are the results for the events in which Plowboys or Plowgirls scored points:


Event                             Place      Athlete (Team)               Best Time
400 meter dash               1             Kevin Lavalais                  52.35
300 meter hurdles          2             Max Nemir                       43.39
4 x 100 m. relay               4             Roscoe “A”                        45.09
      (Eric Huidobro, Max Nemir, Javier Leanos, Kevin Lavalais)
4 x 200 m. relay               5            Roscoe “A”                     1:41.04
      (Eric Huidobro, Ryland Madrid, Pablo Huidobro, Javier Leanos)
4 x 400 m. relay               3            Roscoe “A”                     3:42.00
      (Pablo Huidobro, Max Nemir, Eric Huidobro, Kevin Lavalais)


400 meter dash               2          Lyndi Wilkinson              1:02.71
4 x 400 relay                    5           Roscoe “A”                       4:17.40
     (Murissa Horton, Alejandra Solis, Karina Cisneros, Lyndi Wilkinson)

Plowboy JV Boys

800 meter run                3            Juan Solis                         2:22.53
                                           5           Isaiah Gonzales                 2:24.24
                                           6           Clemente Aguayo             2:26.02
1600 meter run              3            Jet Hobdy                           5:43.13
                                           4            Juan Solis                          5:46.03
3200 meter run              2            Jet Hobdy                         12:41.72
110 meter hurdles          5            Johnathon Cuellar               20.75
4 x 100 m. relay              3            Roscoe “A”                         3:59.91
    (Vincent Pantoja, Diego Garza, Brayden Beal, Isaiah Gonzales)



There will be no School Board election for Roscoe Collegiate ISD this year.  Five people applied for the three open four-year terms, but two of those, Dan Pulattie and Tessa Kirkland, were disqualified for not filling out the applications entirely as required.

Both applicants filed on the final day before the deadline, Friday, February 27, and the Board Secretary then had five days after the deadline to review and certify the applications as complete.  When he reviewed them on the following Monday, he discovered that Pullatie’s and Kirkland’s were incomplete.  Since there is a state rule that no amendments may be made to applications after the filing deadline, the school’s attorney advised the Board that the incomplete applications would have to be disqualified.

This left only three applicants for the three four-year terms, namely the incumbents Wes Williams, Frankie Santiago, and Jason Freeman.  Therefore, no election is necessary, and they will join the other board members—Steve Anthony, Bryan Heaps, Cheyenne Smith, James Arnwine, and David Pantoja—to comprise the full Board.



Several Plowgirls have been named to District 6-2A II’s All-District basketball teams:

First Team – Olivia Saddler
Second Team – Samantha Ortega
Honorable Mention – Mia Herrera, Danielle Dean, Selena Perez

Academic All-District – Danielle Dean, Samantha Ortega



Starting today, several RCHS students are spending the second half of their Spring Break in San Antonio at the Alamo Regional FIRST Robotics Competition.  The meet begins today and will conclude on Saturday.

The FIRST Robotics Competition is an annual competition that challenges high school students—working alongside professional mentors—to design and build a robot of their own and compete in a “Sport for the Mind” that measures the effectiveness of each robot, the power of teamwork and collaboration, and “Gracious Professionalism.”  Students build and program their own robots against a field of competitors and experience the excitement of science, engineering, technology and innovation.



Roscoe Schools are sponsoring an Elementary Basketball Tournament to take place on Saturday, April 18th.  There will be three grade divisions: K-2 Boys and K-2 Girls; 3-4 Boys and 3-4 Girls; and 5-6 Boys and 5-6 Girls.  The fee for each team is $100 with three games guaranteed. The first six teams in each division will be accepted.  Entry fees and signed released forms may be turned in April 18 before the first game.  Registration deadline is Friday, April 3.

For registration and release forms and more information, contact Tamara Alexander at or 325-766-3327.



With the approach of spring and tornado season, the Nolan County Skywarn Storm Spotters will hold a training session on Monday, March 23, at 6:00pm in Room 120 of the Temple Dickson Engineering Building at Texas State Technical College.  The public, law enforcement, fire departments, and amateur radio operators are all invited to attend.

The session is being hosted by the NCARA Radio Association.  For more information, contact Roscoe Fire Chief Gary Armstrong at 325-235-4110.



After some seriously bad winter weather last Wednesday, winter seemed to suddenly disappear, and it now appears we may have finally turned the corner with nothing but spring before us.

The winter weather advisory given for last Wednesday and Thursday turned out to be 100% accurate.  On Wednesday afternoon a cold front blew in with sustained high winds of 25mph and gusts up to 32mph that dropped  temperatures from a high of 56°F down to 22° in just a couple of hours.  With the cold came sleet that was almost horizontal and stung your face when it hit it.  Anybody outside was hurrying to do whatever they had to do so they could get back inside as quickly as possible.  Then on Friday, less than two days later, there couldn’t have been a nicer day for the Blackland Divide Relays at Plowboy Field—sunny skies, light south breezes, and temperatures in the mid-fifties.

Since then, it’s been very springlike with lows in the forties and highs in the fifties or sixties.  There was a light rain yesterday morning of about a quarter of an inch.  Roscoe weatherman Kenny Landfried recorded a total of .28”, and that amount combined with last Wednesday’s .08” and Thursday’s .27” brings the total for the week to .63”.

The nice weather we’ve been having should continue almost unchanged for the rest of this week and into the first part of next. Skies should be partly cloudy with afternoon highs in the mid-sixties to lower seventies and lows in the mid-forties.  There’s no forecast of a chance for precipitation until the middle of next week.  It’s rare that west Texas gets a forecast this consistent, especially in the spring.  We’ll just have to see how it plays out.

So enjoy the nice weather.  After what we’ve been through for the past few weeks, it’s about time.



Robert Ray Sosebee, 86, died on Monday, March 9, at his home in Roscoe. No services are planned at this time. McCoy Funeral Home of Sweetwater is in charge of cremation arrangements.