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Wednesday, May 15, 2019

RCHS Names 2019 Valedictorian, Salutatorian

Alfonso Islas                                             Caleb Gray




At Roscoe Collegiate High School, the grades are in and have been averaged. The valedictorian for the Class of 2019 is Alfonso Islas, Jr., and the salutatorian is Caleb Gray.

Alfonso’s final four-year average is 99.22. He plans to go to Texas Tech and major in Mechanical Engineering. Caleb’s final average is 95. He plans to attend Hardin-Simmons and major in Pharmacy. He also plans to run track there.

Both have already received their Associate Degrees from Western Texas College, where both were members of the honor society, Phi Theta Kappa.


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CITY COUNCIL LINES UP FUNDING FOR SEWER, WATER LINE IMPROVEMENTS


Cody Thompson addresses the City Council at yesterday's meeting.
At its monthly meeting in City Hall yesterday evening, the City Council committed to providing assurances of the repayment of a major loan from the Texas Water Development Board, selected the contractor for the City’s sewer-line replacement project, directed the City Manager to sign a contract for a City Swimming Pool operator, and heard monthly progress reports from the City Manager and Police Chief.

The City Council’s previous application for a state loan from the Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) was approved on condition that it issue combination tax and surplus revenue certificates of obligation. The TWDB will fund the water-line replacement project with a $2,287,950 loan of which $1,950,000 will have to be repaid at around 1½%-2% interest. So, the Council unanimously approved a formal intention to issue the said certificates at its regular meeting in July.

Scott Hay of Enprotec/Hibbs & Todd engineers of Abilene reported on the work that firm has done for the City in finding a contractor to do the City’s sewer-line replacement project. He recommended that the City accept the low bidder, Flint Stone Services LLC of Cisco, saying they have done competent work for e/HT in the past. The Council approved his recommendation. The project will require an additional $41,000 dollars beyond the $211,300 amount awarded in the block grant in order to complete the project all the way from 3rd Street south to the I-20 service road, and the Council also approved committing that amount.

The Council reviewed the application of Dulce Karina Aguayo to manage the City Pool this summer and directed the City Manager to accept her letter of intent.

City Manager Cody Thompson reported that the City and County will not be doing the sealcoat program this summer as the raw materials required are too expensive for the County. Instead, the City will buy more asphalt for street patching and is planning for more concrete intersections.

Police Chief Felix Pantoja gave the monthly Police Department Report for the month of April. The month was busier than usual with 126 calls for help. There were two arrests, 5 vehicle crashes, 10 traffic warnings issued, 3 citations for City ordinance violations, and 2 citations for traffic violations. He also reported on a scam and the passing of counterfeit money.

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FORMER ROSCOE COLLEGIATE STUDENT, DR. JOSE RANGEL, BECOMES P-20 STANDARD BEARER
by Kim Alexander

Jose Rangel is awarded his Doctor's Degree at Angelo State University.
Roscoe Collegiate Independent School District (RCISD) has a new standard bearer for Collegiate Edu-Nation: A P-20 System Model for Student Success. Dr. Jose Rangel, who is a 2013 graduate of RCISD and Western Texas College and a 2016 graduate of Angelo State University, received his Doctor of Physical Therapy Degree on Saturday, May 11 during the 2019 Angelo State University Spring Commencement. In doing so, Dr. Rangel became the first Roscoe student to complete grade level 20 of the P-20 System Model, a Model for high student expectations, leading to high student aspirations and outcomes.

Dr. Rangel’s accomplishment, as a first-generation college attendee, is significant because it confirms that the Edu-Nation Model for a community-based accountability system consisting of college degrees symbolic of college readiness, STEM certifications symbolic of workforce readiness and student research symbolic of lifetime learning is effective. Dr. Rangel’s head start on college was a result of his Early College experience here in RCISD. His aspiration for becoming a physical therapist emerged as a direct result of his STEM Academy apprenticeship experience under Dr. Nick Anthony at Collegiate Chiropractic, located here on the campus of RCISD. His capstone research project entitled “A Comparison of Hip and Lower Extremity Muscle Activation between Two Variations of the Lunge Experience” was cultivated by his research experience here in RCISD.

Dr. Jose Rangel is a perfect example of what a student can accomplish when provided with the appropriate educational circumstances, encouragement and expectations. As a result of his tenacity and perseverance (Grit Factor), Dr. Rangel has become the role model for future Edu-Nation students from rural Texas and the U.S.

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CENTRAL ROLLING PLAINS CO-OP HOLDS ANNUAL MEETING


Co-op members filled the school cafetorium yesterday evening.
The Central Rolling Plains Co-op held its annual membership meeting yesterday evening at the Roscoe School Cafetorium with a supper catered by 350 Café and door prizes. Approximately 180 members attended, including industry guests.

Items of business included the manager’s report, regional reports, audit report, and election of three directors and two advisory board members. Dividend checks were handed out at the end of the meeting.

There were two elections. Steve Moore, Ralph Stirl, and Scott Etheredge were re-elected to three-year terms on the Senior Board, and Roddy Alexander and Tanner Martin were re-elected to one-year terms on the Advisory Board.

The $100 prize of the annual bale guess in which members at the Co-op Gin’s Open House in October guess how many bales the gin will produce was won by Ricky Bowman, whose guess of 23,250 was the closest without exceeding the actual amount of 23,372.

Checks will be mailed to shareholders who did not pick up their checks at the meeting.


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HEADY AUTO PARTS HAS RIBBON CUTTING


Ricky Heady cuts the ribbon at Heady Auto Parts.
Heady Auto Parts, now open at 1018 South Main Street in Roscoe, had its official ribbon-cutting ceremony on Thursday morning at 10:00am. Located across from the Stripes station, the store is in the same location as the former Hagerman’s NAPA Auto Parts store. It is owned by Ricky Heady, who also has auto parts stores in Colorado City and Merkel.

The store is open from 7:30am-5:30pm Monday through Friday, and from 7:30am-12:00 on Saturday. It has been remodeled and enlarged. Parts are available for diesel trucks, tractors and farm equipment as well as smaller vehicles, and hydraulic hoses can be built. Many hardware tools and items and plumbing parts are also available.

The store phone number is 325-766-3995. We wish the owner and employees success and the best of luck.

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JASON BOLAND AT THE LUMBERYARD FRIDAY, COPPER CHIEF SATURDAY


Jason Boland and the Stragglers
It’s another big weekend at the Lumberyard as Jason Boland & the Stragglers return to town Friday, and Copper Chief makes its debut here Saturday.

As all “Red Dirt/Texas Country” fans know, Jason Boland and his band have been and still are one of most popular groups dominating the Texas music scene. The group got its start in Stillwater, Oklahoma, in 1998 and released its first album, Pearl Snaps, in 1999.  Since then, they have gone on to produce six more studio albums: Truckstop Diaries (2001), Somewhere in the Middle (2004), The Bourbon Legend (2006), Comal County Blue (2008), Rancho Alto (2011), Dark & Dirty Mile (2013), and Squelch (2015), along with two live albums: Live and Lit at Billy Bob’s Texas (2002) and High in the Rockies (2010).

Popular singles include “Proud Souls,”  “Comal County Blue,” “Tulsa Time,” “Rich, Young Dumb Nymphomaniac,” and “Pearl Snaps.”


Copper Chief
Copper Chief is an up-and-coming central Texas band from Austin. Since the release of their self-titled CD Copper Chief in 2017, they’ve been playing to steadily growing crowds across the state.

Their sound is all their own. Influenced by Texas Red Dirt, it is part southern Rock, part country blues, soul, and southern grit, and a really a blend of all those with “three-part harmonies” and a lot of energy, according to lead singer Mike Valliere.

Singles include “Down to the River,” “Jericho,” “Muddy Water,” “Faster than the Flame,” and currently on Texas radio, “Body Aches.”

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

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BONNIE WILKINSON TO ACU, JAYDEN GONZALES TO McMURRY

 Jayden Gonzales                                    Bonnie Wilkinson
Bonnie Wilkinson and Jayden Gonzales signed athletic letters of intent last week with Bonnie committing to Abilene Christian, where she will run track and participate in the triple jump, while Jayden will go to McMurry University as a pole vaulter.

Both participated at the State Track Meet in Austin last week, but neither came away with a medal this time around. Both, however, were completing stellar high school track careers with Bonnie winning state in the Triple Jump in 2017, and Jayden breaking the all-time Plowboy record in the pole vault earlier this spring.

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ATHLETES RECEIVE HONORS AT ATHLETIC BANQUET


Several Plowboy and Plowgirls received honors at the recent Athletic Banquet on Thursday, May 2. Four sports were recognized: football, cross country, basketball, and track and field. Here are the main ones:

Football

Plowboy of the Year: Jose Ortega
Football Fighting Heart: Jayden Gonzales
Special Teams: Junior Martinez
Mr. Defense: Ryan Highsmith
All District 1st Team: Jose Ortega, Utility Player (Wide Receiver, Defensive Back, Linebacker).

All District 2nd Team: Junior Martinez, WR/Defensive Back; Jacob Rainey, Inside Linebacker; Nick Limones, Outside Linebacker; Gary Shaw, Defensive End; Garrett Bowers, Defensive Tackle; Barrett Beal, Safety; Jose Ortega, Punter; Jayden Gonzales, Quarterback; Junior Martinez, Wide Receiver; Rey Martinez, Offensive Line.

Academic All-District Football: Jacob Rainey, Caleb Gray, Andrew Deleon, Nick Limones, Jayden Gonzales, Barrett Beal, Tristan Baker, Junior Martinez, Gage Turnbow.

Basketball

Plowgirls

All District 1st Team: Shauna McCambridge, Bonnie Wilkinson
All District 2nd Team: Veronica Cuellar
Honorable Mention: Jovana Peña

MVP: Sadie McCambridge
Fighting Heart: Veronica Cuellar
Defense Player: Sadie McCambridge
Plowgirl of the Year: Shauna McCambridge

Academic All District: Riley Sheridan, Jovana Peña, Kadee Martinez, Sadie McCambridge, Shauna McCambridge, Jaci Alexander, Veronica Cuellar, Bonnie Wilkinson.

Plowboys

Plowboys of the Year Basketball: Caleb Gray and Jayden Gonzales

Cross Country

Regional Qualifiers/Plowgirls of the Year: Riley Sheridan, Victoria Martinez
Regional Qualifiers/Plowboys of the Year: Aidan Hermosillio, Tyler Guelker, Caleb Reed

Track & Field

Plowboys

Plowboys of the Year Track: Caleb Gray and Jayden Gonzales

State Qualifier: Jayden Gonzales, Pole Vault
Regional Qualifiers: Jayden Gonzales, Pole Vault; Tristan Baker, 110 meter hurdles; Brandon Lavalais, Shot Put; Plowboy 4 x 200 meter relay: Tyler Guelker, Caleb Gray, Jaythan Coale, Gary Shaw; 4 x 100 meter relay: Tyler Guelker, Brayan Medina-Solis, Zachary Parrott, Caleb Gray.
Academic All-District: Junior Martinez, Tristan Baker, Jaythan Coale

Plowgirls
Plowgirl of the Year: Bonnie Wilkinson

State Qualifier: Bonnie Wilkinson, Triple Jump

Regional Qualifiers: Bonnie Wilkinson, Triple Jump, 400 meters; Plowgirl 4 x 400 meter relay: Jaci Alexander, Victoria Martinez, Sadie McCambridge, Bonnie Wilkinson.

Scholarships

Britt Paty Memorial Award: Gary Shaw
Clyde Jay Scholarship: Veronica Cuellar, Andrew Deleon, Jovana Peña, Jose Ortega
Charles and Verla Ratliff Scholarship: Kadee Martinez, Jayden Gonzales

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WEATHER REPORT: COLD, RAINY, THEN BEAUTIFUL

The flags at school were completely limp yesterday afternoon.
Up until Monday, the weather this past week felt more like March than May with some downright chilly days and nights. Last Wednesday’s high of 80°F was as warm as it got for the rest of the week. A cold front dropped Thursday’s high to 64°, and Friday’s to only 51°, accompanied by a brisk north wind that kept wind-chill temperatures in the forties.

Then, early Saturday morning about five o’clock a shower accompanied by thunder and lightning dropped about a half-inch in the area. Kenny Landfried recorded an official total of .47” for the town. Saturday was also cool with a high of 61° before Sunday turned out to be absolutely gorgeous with a high of 75°, mostly sunny skies, and almost no wind at all. Monday and Tuesday were similarly beautiful. Skies were mostly sunny, breezes light to nonexistent, and afternoon highs of 80° Monday and 83° yesterday.

The forecast for today and the rest of the week is for warmer temperatures. The highs for today, tomorrow, and Friday will be around 85° with sunshine and a return of the south wind, especially on Friday. Saturday will be slightly cooler with a high of 81°, gusty winds, and a 60% chance of morning showers. Lows will be warm at around sixty.

The rest of the weekend should be sunny and windy with a Sunday high of about 85°.


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† JOHN O. MARTIN


Funeral services for John O. Martin, 86, of Roscoe were held at Roscoe Church of Christ yesterday with Royce Clay and Tyler Martin officiating. Interment followed at the Champion Cemetery under the direction of McCoy Funeral Home. He passed away at his home on Saturday, May 11.

John was born September 29, 1932, in Grant, Oklahoma, to the late George and Annie (Scott) Martin. He had lived in Roscoe area since 1935 and was a graduate of Highland High School. He married Helen Joyce Cotton on August 24, 1956, in Roscoe. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and was stationed in Germany. He was a member of the Roscoe Church of Christ.

Surviving him are his daughter Amy Boyd and husband Kent of Loraine; sons, Don Martin and wife Debbie of Roscoe, and Larry Martin and wife Carola of Sweetwater; grandchildren, Kassie Alexander and husband Jake, Derick Merket, Kara Johnson and husband Kade, Tyler Martin and wife Morgan, Tanner Martin and wife Morgan, Kaylee Martin, Corynn Martin, and Christa Martin; six great grandchildren; and brother George Martin of Abilene.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Helen in 2016; grandson, Trevor Don Martin; sisters Mary Elizabeth Monroe, Printy Rankin, Donna Vernon, and Sue Nell Noel; and a brother, J.T. Martin.

Pallbearers were Derick Merket, Tyler Martin, Kade Johnson, Jake Alexander, Tanner Martin and Michael Hazard.

In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to The Children’s Home of Lubbock, P.O. Box 2824, Lubbock, TX 79408.


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Wednesday, May 8, 2019

RCHS Seniors Receive Associate Degrees

Front row l-r: Olivia Madden, Jasmine Foster, Coltin Watts, Gage Turnbow, Ty Fullwood, Josh Benner, Blake Dean, Veronica Cuellar, Kadee Martinez, Liberty Saenz, Bonnie Wilkinson, Jovana Peña, Sara Arenivez; back row l-r: Xavier Frith, Austin Lara, Arthur Pope, Andrew DeLeon, Joshua Stegge, Alfonoso Islas, Nick Limones, Amanda Sanchez, Jayden Gonzales, Caleb Boren and Caleb Gray.
Twenty-six Roscoe Collegiate High School seniors received their Associate Degrees from Western Texas College in Snyder yesterday morning, May 7.

Here are the names of the students receiving their degrees:

Sara Arenivaz                            Nicholas Limones
Josh Benner                              Adrian Lomas
Caleb Boren                               Olivia Madden
Veronica Cuellar                       Kadee Martinez
Blake Dean                                 Jose Ortega
Andrew Deleon                          Jovana Peña
Jasmine Foster                          Arthur Pope
Xavier Frith                                Liberty Saenz
Ty Fullwood                               Amanda Sanchez
Jayden Gonzales                       Josh Stegge
Caleb Gray                                  Gage Turnbow
Alfonso Islas                               Coltin Watts
Austin Lara                                 Bonnie Wilkinson

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NEW PROGRAMS ALLOW STUDENTS TO COMPLETE BACHELOR’S DEGREES HERE IN ROSCOE

Anna Hatton, Recruiter, TTU College of Education; Brandi Sullivan, Iris Gonzalez, Alejandra Solis, all Roscoe students; and Marsha Alexander, Roscoe CISD Dean of Academics.
In keeping with Superintendent Kim Alexander’s long-time goal of bringing the university to students here in Roscoe, two universities—Texas Tech and West Texas A&M—are beginning new programs that will allow local students to complete their bachelor’s degrees here in Roscoe.

The students in the photo above will be completing a one-year, fast-track teacher preparation program through the Texas Tech University College of Education at Roscoe Collegiate ISD beginning this fall.

This program, known as ITeachTech, helps those who already have an Associate of Arts in Teaching degree become a top-notch certified teacher and obtain a bachelor’s degree from Texas Tech University in just one year. This program combines online courses with practicum experiences in the student’s local community.

Students will receive one-on-one classroom coaching, intense clinical experiences, and rigorous academic preparation. They will complete the program in June 2020 and graduate in August 2020 from Texas Tech University.

The first cohort for the West Texas A&M University program begins in June. Its first group will be current Roscoe graduates who have the Associate degree. However, plans are to expand the program in the future to local people who for one reason or another started but never completed their four-year degrees.

Through the Innovation Degree Program, they will be able to resume their education here in Roscoe. Classwork will be completed online but students and advisers will meet regularly, giving students the advantages of personal staff attention, local support, and the encouragement of classmates. Students may be able to apply past learning to create a customized degree in business, agriculture, and more.

Tuition fees will be among the most affordable in Texas, and West Texas A&M’s undergraduate online programs rank #1 in Texas and #18 nationally for quality and affordability.

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TOP STUDENTS HONORED AT ACADEMIC BANQUET

The top boys and girls from each of the four high school classes and three junior high classes were named at the annual RCISD Academic Banquet held in the School Cafetorium yesterday evening.

There were two categories for each grade, Best All Around Student and Outstanding Work Ethic. Here are the students who received the awards:

Best All Around Student         Outstanding Work Ethic
High School
12th Grade
   Boy: Nicholas Limones                 Boy: Jayden Gonzales
   Girl: Kadee Martinez                     Girl: Veronica Cuellar

11th Grade
   Boy: Martin Luna                          Boy: Tristan Baker
   Girl: Becca Shaw                            Girl: Shayden Tinkler

10th Grade
   Boy: Caleb Reed                             Boy: Arthur Villa
   Girl: Hannah Ward                        Girl: Gabby Dyck

9th Grade
   Boy: Hayden Baker                       Boy: Tyler Guelker
   Girl: Arwen Elmore                       Girl: Marcella Saenz

Junior High
8th Grade
   Boy: Jaden Alexander                   Boy: Jacob Blain
   Girl: Cameron Greenwood           Girl: Malena Munn

7th Grade
   Boy: Parker Gleaton                      Boy: Morgan Turnbow
   Girl: Kady Ornelas                         Girl: Kenzie Danner

6th Grade
   Boy: Ivan McCann                         Boy: Carson Caldwell
   Girl: Ana Islas                                 Girl: Vonnie Watts

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AMERICA ACHIEVES EDUCATOR NETWORKS FEATURES ROSCOE PROGRAM

The America Achieves Educator Networks, which recently included Roscoe school’s P-20 program in a report along with other innovative programs in New Orleans, Atlanta, and the Silicon Valley, has now included a detailed description of all facets of its program in a new report featured on its website.

The 25-page report describes in depth the school’s plan to create college and career-ready graduates through a program that begins in pre-K and continues through elementary, junior high, and high school seamlessly into higher education. In doing so, it explores the school’s focus on higher education and its partnerships with Western Texas College and four-year universities, its degree and certification programs, and its incentives that keep students engaged and motivated.

It also discusses the various initiatives of Edu-Nation, i.e., Edu-Vet, Edu-Weld, Edu-Drone, and Edu-Make It, along with its robotics program and College Chiropractic. It describes its successes as well as its goals.

A link to the report may be found on the America Achieves Educator Networks website (“Read the Roscoe School Profile”), or the article itself may be accessed by clicking here.

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ROSCOE COLLEGIATE HOSTS 2ND ANNUAL BLACKLAND DRONE RACES
by Dusty White

On May 3rd, Roscoe Collegiate ISD hosted its 2nd Annual Blackland Drone Races. This year it doubled in size as far as participants go, with students from Roscoe, ATEMS, Christoval, Snyder, & Bridgeport all competing. There was a total of 47 racers total, up from the 27 participants in last year’s race.

There were two different racing events, the first being a Line of Sight race with Parrot Mambo drones. Skiron from ATEMS won that event, with Rutik from Snyder ISD getting second and Talon from Snyder getting 3rd. In the afternoon we moved to Plowboy Stadium to race Parrot Bebops. Horizon from ATEMS won that event, with Eli from Christoval getting 2nd. BryFly from ATEMS won 3rd in the Bebop races.

During the Bebop races, there were also racers showing off their custom racing quads by doing freestyles in between races. The race day was a huge success, with all schools committing to coming back next year. 

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WARNING: COUNTERFEIT $20 BILLS IN AREA

The Roscoe Police Department wishes to advise everyone to be on the lookout for counterfeit $20 bills, which are being used to purchase items in local stores.

If you suspect you have a counterfeit bill, please contact the Police Department dispatch at Nolan County at 325-235-5471.

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WEATHER REPORT: MORE RAIN

Friday's storm cloud shortly before it hit. (Photo by Eden Baker)
It’s been a big week for rain in Roscoe and surrounding area with two big storms. The first came last Friday evening. The storm was interesting in that the cloud built back to Roscoe from the east. Compared to places east of us, including Sweetwater, where there was hail and flooding, we got off relatively light, but, even so, there was some pea-sized hail in places and varying amounts of rainfall. Here in town, the official total was two inches, but I heard reports of as little as under an inch to more than three and a half inches depending on location.

The second rain came early this morning, starting around five o’clock and lasting for a little over an hour. It arrived with much thunder and lightning, and was very intense at times. I haven’t spoken with anyone yet, but considering the size of the storm, it’s safe to say that most places probably got around 1½ to 2 two more inches. Kenny Landfried recorded an official 1.23" for here in town, but there were flash flood warnings posted for this area this morning.

Since the rain on Friday, it’s been relatively cool with forecasts for scattered showers almost every day, but with little falling before last night. The high temperature since last Wednesday was Monday afternoon’s 82°F. The weekend was cool with mostly clouds and highs of 69° on Thursday and Saturday, and 76° on Friday. Sunday warmed up to 79°, followed by Monday’s 82° and yesterday’s 80°. Lows haven’t been all that low, though. The low for the week was Saturday morning’s 54°.

Today should be sunny for a change with a high of 83°, which should dry things out a bit. But tomorrow will see a considerable fall in temperature as a norther moves through and drops the day’s high to 65° and the morning low to 45°, which will be cooler than we've had for some time. Friday and Saturday will also be cool with north winds and highs in the low sixties. There is also a 40% chance of showers on Friday. Sunday and Monday will be warmer with highs of 74° and on Tuesday there’s a 50% chance for more rain.

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† CLIFFORD GEROME BURNETT

Services for Clifford Gerome Burnett, 85, of Roscoe will be at 2:00pm Friday at Roscoe Church of Christ with Randall Smith officiating. Interment will follow at Roscoe Cemetery with Bobby Soules officiating. Mr. Burnett passed away on Monday, May 6, in Weatherford.

Visitation will be tomorrow from 6:00-8:00pm at McCoy Funeral Home in Sweetwater.

Cliff was born on February 12, 1934, in Sweetwater to Vilonger G. and Winona M. (Hutto) Burnett. A graduate of Roscoe High and former Plowboy, he married Ellen Rae Thomas on June 3, 1955, in Roscoe. She passed away July 3, 1996. He was a dirt contractor who lived in Roscoe and Nolan County most of his life. He was a member of the Roscoe Church of Christ.

He is survived by his son, Brad Burnett and wife, Ida Mae, of Weatherford; daughter, Dee Waller of Atlanta, Georgia; sisters, Annie Crozier of Abilene, Valeree Cherry of Carlsbad, New Mexico; grandchildren, Lucky Hollingsworth; Emery Luther; Zane, Keeley, and Brant Burnett; Georgia, Graceland, and Joey Waller; and five great-grandchildren.

He was also preceded in death by a granddaughter, Misty Hollingsworth; sister Imogene Good; and brother John R. “Buddy” Burnett.

Pallbearers will be Brant Burnett, Danny Kincaid, Rocky Kincaid, Johnny Soules, Jimmy Walters, and Rodney Ernest.

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Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Fire Destroys Richburg Farrowing House

The farrowing house after the roof collapsed.
A devastating fire last Thursday night at the Richburg farm west of Roscoe destroyed the farrowing barn Allen Richburg used to breed, raise and house his show pigs. 

The damage was extensive enough that he is selling off his bred sows and boars, including many of those bred by Richburg Show Pigs. He has suspended his hog raising operation and doesn’t know when he will be able to resume.

The Roscoe Volunteer Fire Department responded to a 911 call made by someone who spotted the blaze while driving on I-20 Thursday night. Roscoe firemen paged out at 3:14am, while Sweetwater firemen and the Nolan County Sheriff’s Department arrived somewhat later. According to the official report, the barn was a total loss, and the blaze killed two sows, thirty-one piglets, and several kittens. One kitten was rescued but died later. Cause of the fire has still not yet been determined but is possibly electric.

Allen Richburg says he has been overwhelmed by the responses and kindnesses received following the accident. He wants to thank all of those who responded with prayers and sympathy on Facebook as well as all the Roscoe and Sweetwater firemen and Sheriff’s Department officers along with others who made donations or otherwise helped out.


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BONNIE WILKINSON, JAYDEN GONZALES HEADED FOR STATE

Bonnie Wilkinson does the Triple Jump in an earlier meet.
Bonnie Wilkinson and Jayden Gonzales qualified for the State Finals at the Region 1-2A Track and Field Meet at South Plains College in Levelland last weekend. 

For Bonnie, who missed last year’s state finals because of an injury, it will be a return to Austin and a chance to repeat her win in the Triple Jump, which she accomplished there in 2017. In fact, her distance in last week’s meet was her best yet at 37’ 5½”, farther even than her state-winning jump of 36’11½” in 2017.

For Jayden, it will be his first trip to the State Finals, but he also will have a chance for a medal after tying for the highest Pole Vault in both the Area and Regional Meets. At last week’s meet, his vault of 13’ 2” tied for the best, but he was beaten in a subsequent “jump-off.” He also broke the school record with his 14’ 3” vault in the Area Meet, beating by 3 inches the old record set by Shae Sanford in 1993.

None of the other Plowboys or Plowgirls finished in the top or runner-up spots and so did not qualify to advance. Nevertheless, they can still consider their seasons successful as they made it to the Regional Meet before bowing out.

Here are the complete results for the Roscoe athletes:

Plowboys


Event                            Place          Athlete              Time/Distance
110 meter hurdles         12        Tristan Baker                 17.63
4 x 100 meter relay       10        Plowboys                        45.29
(Tyler Guelker, Jaythan Coale, Andrew Deleon, Gary Shaw)
4 x 200 meter relay        7        Plowboys                      1:46.13
(Tyler Guelker, Caleb Gray, Jaythan Coale, Gary Shaw)
Shot Put                           8        Brandon Lavalais          43’ 4¼”
Pole Vault                        2        Jaydon Gonzales            13’ 3”

Plowgirls

400 meter dash              5        Bonnie Wilkinson        1:00.58
4 x 400 meter relay       8        Plowgirls                        4:25.72
(K. Martinez, Sa. McCambridge, V. Martinez, B. Wilkinson)
Triple Jump                    1         Bonnie Wilkinson         37’ 5½”

The 2019 UIL Track and Field State Championships will be held next weekend, May 10-11, at the Mike A. Myers Track Complex in Austin.


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PCCA PUBLICATION FEATURES BANKHEAD FAMILY

 
This is the photo that appears in the PCCA Commentator article.
PCCA Commentator, the magazine of the Plains Cotton Co-op Association (PCCA), is currently featuring the Bankhead family in an article entitled “Bankhead Family Grounded in Faith and Conservation.”

Written by Jayci Cave, the article describes changes the Bankhead family of Champion—Randall, Mary, and son-in-law Scott Schuchard—have made to their farming methods over the last few years. Their switch from the old, conventional methods to new ones that focus on replenishing the soil, such as no-till farming and the use of cover crops, earned Randall the honor of being named the 2018 Texas Soil and Water Conservation Board Outstanding Conservation Farmer.

In the article, the family members are interviewed, and some of their answers reveal their belief in co-ops, including Roscoe's Central Rolling Plains Co-op, and descriptions of some of their methods for improving and sustaining the soil, along with some of the problems involved.

The article may be found in this month’s issue of the magazine. It is also available online at https://www.pcca.com/article/bankhead-family-grounded-in-faith-and-conservation/.


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CINCO DE MAYO CELEBRATION THIS SUNDAY


The Cinco de Mayo Celebration and Scholarship Dinner will be held this Sunday, May 5, at Roscoe Collegiate High School.

Dinner and student presentations will last from 11:30am to 2:30pm, while the carnival will run from 1:00-5:00. There will be plenty of fun and activities including a bounce house, face painting, mini-mercado, paletas, music, lotería (Spanish bingo), cakewalk, and other activities.

There will also be student displays and presentations, door prizes, tours, and more.

The dinner of Mexican pile-on, drink, and dessert will be $8 for adults, $6 for kids 4-10, and free for children under four. Proceeds will benefit senior scholarships.


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WEATHER REPORT: BEAUTIFUL SPRING WEATHER


Yesterday's sunset.
The weather this past week has been just about as nice as it gets in west Texas. We didn’t get any rain, but with the showers of the previous week, things were still somewhat wet, the sun was shining, wildflowers were in bloom, grass was growing at record pace, temperatures were mild, and the winds were relatively light for this time of year. In short, it was nice and would be nicer if we had a few months of this kind of weather every year.

High temperature for the week was on Saturday afternoon, which topped out at 88°F. Sunday wasn’t far behind with a high of 86°. Highs reached the eighties every day except Thursday which topped out at 76°. The week’s low temperature came on Thursday morning at 51°. Other daily lows were around 60°.

The forecast is for a high of 82° this afternoon, but that will change as clouds roll in with a 50% chance of thunderstorms this evening and tonight. Tomorrow winds will shift to the northeast and the 50% chance for showers will increase to 60% on Friday before dropping to 20% for the weekend. Termperatures will reach only 68° on Friday and 75° Saturday before returning to the low eighties on Sunday and Monday.

Forecasts for next week are also mild with more chances of rain toward the end of the week.


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† FIDEL “PANCHO” ALBARRAN

A mass of Christian Burial for Fidel Albarran, 59, of Colorado City will be held tomorrow, May 2, at 10:00am at St. Ann’s Catholic Church with Father Michael Udegbunam officiating. Burial will follow at the Mitchell County Cemetery. He passed away peacefully on Sunday, April 28, at his home surrounded by loved ones after a long courageous battle with cancer.

He was born on May 25, 1959, in Guanajuato, Mexico, to Eusebio and Angela Carillo Albarran. A communicant of St. Ann’s Catholic Church in Colorado City, Fidel was known as a hard-working man who loved God and his family. He was caring and passionate and was the type of person who would give the shirt off his back to anyone who needed it. A jack-of-all-trades, he was originally a roofer in Mitchell County, but many will remember him from his 15 years of working for the City of Roscoe.

In his spare time, he spent time with his grandchildren, who were motivators for him to fight the good fight against cancer for so many years. You could find him practicing baseball with them, getting their swimming pool ready, or driving them here and there on the golf cart. He also enjoyed watching the Texas Rangers and Dallas Cowboys.

Fidel is survived by his wife of 34 years, Frances Albarran; sons Philip Castro and wife Linzee, and Diego Albarran; daughter, Brenda Martinez and husband Macario; grandchildren Lanee Castro, Mikell, Hunter, Novah, and Elijah Martinez, all of Colorado City; brothers Alberto Albarran and wife Esperanza of Mexico, David Albarran and wife Mikaela of Mexico, Eusebio Albarran, Jr., and wife Luz of North Carolina and Alfonzo Albarran of Mexico; sisters, Paulina Perez and husband Joe of Snyder, Reina Guerrero and husband Raul of Mexico, Josefina Francisco-Campos of Mexico, Bertha Comacho and husband Luis of Mexico, and Carmen Albarran of Jacksboro; several nieces, nephews, cousins, and dear friends are also left behind to cherish his memory.

He was preceded in death by his parents and by a grandson Ethan Martinez who passed in 2007.


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Wednesday, April 24, 2019

School Hosts Spring STEM Advisory Meeting

Roscoe School Superintendent Kim Alexander at Monday's meeting.
A large crowd was on hand at the RCISD STEM Center Monday evening to view student work and hear updates from several speakers on STEM initiatives. The audience included school board members, university faculty, administrators from Hamlin and Throckmorton, whose schools are adopting the Roscoe P-20 model, as well as local school officials, faculty, students, and others.

Before the beginning of the formal program, attendees reviewed the capstone research projects of RCHS seniors and spoke with them about the information presented on their displayed posters.

Roscoe Superintendent Kim Alexander began the evening meeting by reviewing the key aspects of Roscoe’s P-20 program—the Montessori model for the early grades, the focus on project-based learning and integration of technology, and the eventual attainment of associate degrees and industry-recognized certifications for needed workforce skills to produce college and career-ready high-school graduates. He also summarized the goals of Edu-Nation and its effects on rural education, as well as fund-raising efforts and initiatives to spread the program, including an upcoming meeting with University of Kentucky officials and visits from several interested Texas school districts.

In the absence of Dr. Brad Johnson of West Texas A&M, Dr. Alexander summarized that university’s plans to create a distributed education program in Roscoe that dovetails with RCHS efforts to bring four-year classes and bachelor’s degrees to rural settings such as Roscoe. The new program is a reality, and some Roscoe seniors are already planning to take college classes here in Roscoe in the fall. Texas Tech is also initiating a “Grow Your Own Teacher” program that will make similar offerings.

RCHS students Caleb Boren and Hannah Ward presented their national award-winning projects, and embryologist Alfonso Islas described the Roscoe vet center’s program and goals for cattle aspiration along with its hands-on training for RCHS STEM students.


Greg Wortham of New Amsterdam Global Solutions spoke of recent efforts and strategies to attain USDA funding for a hotel and convention center next to US 84 in north Roscoe. If successful, the center will also serve as state and national headquarters of Edu-Nation and house the non-traditional distributed bachelor’s degree program. 

Dr. Glenn Shinn of Texas A&M spoke of developing a P-20 system manual for student success. He and Dr. Gary Briers of Texas A&M then briefly then closed the evening program with an interactive brainstorming session with the audience to get everyone to think creatively about the effects of rural school transformation on local politics, economy, social life, technology, and the environment.

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ROSCOE FFA STUDENTS HEADED FOR STATE FINALS

The Roscoe FFA Veterinary Science team (Athena Newman, Hannah Ward, Caleb Boren, and Arwen Elmore) placed fifth in the Area II FFA contest at Tarleton State University. They will compete in the State Finals at Texas A&M on May 4.

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BLACKLAND SMOKEHOUSE TO HOST KEAN-FM FRIDAY

Abilene country radio station KEAN 105-FM will be broadcasting its “Rudy on the Road” show from 12-1pm on Friday from the Blackland Smokehouse in downtown Roscoe. Along with the show will be free giveaways and free hotdogs. Be there during that time, and you may just find yourself on the radio!


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LITTLE TEXAS AT LUMBERYARD FRIDAY

The Spring season is underway at the Lumberyard, and another big show will be this Friday evening when Little Texas comes to town.

Best known for such hits as “What Might Have Been” and “God Blessed Texas,” the group has been around since 1991 when they released their first album, First Time for Everything, with the single, “Some Guys Have All the Love,” a top ten hit. They followed in the ‘90s with six more top ten singles, including “My Love,” which hit number one. Their album Big Time was certified double platinum, Kick a Little platinum and First Time for Everything gold. However, after producing two more albums, Greatest Hits and Little Texas, the group broke up and disbanded in 1997.

They got back together seven years later with a change in lineup and released The Very Best of Little Texas: Live and Loud and a studio album, Missing Years. Their most recent release is Young for a Long Time from 2015. Top singles besides those mentioned above are “What Were You Thinkin’,” “I’d Rather Miss You,” “Kick a Little,” and “Amy’s Back in Austin.”

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


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WEATHER REPORT: MORE RAIN


There were puddles on Broadway yesterday afternoon.
The Roscoe area got another nice rain yesterday and last night. First a light shower fell at around 11 o’clock and then a second heavier one an hour or so later. By six o’clock yesterday, Kenny Landfried had recorded .91” in town and .97" at his farm just northwest of town. Then, he got .45" more last night to bring the town's total to 1.36" for both yesterday and so far today. 

Add this 1.36" to the .77" we got in town on April 6 and the 1.78" on April 13, and that brings the April total so far to 3.91", or almost four inches, which is more than double Roscoe's normal April average of 1.51".

I haven’t talked to anyone who lives south of town, but from the looks of the radar map and all the thunder and lightning in the south yesterday, that area was the beneficiary of considerably more than what fell in town, as the heaviest clouds all seemed to be south of Roscoe and moving east. I did hear that Nolan got about three inches in thirty minutes last night and that there is water everywhere there.

Up until yesterday, the area weather was generally unremarkable for this time of year. Last Thursday and Friday were relatively cool with breezy north winds and highs of 71°F both days. Saturday was noticeably warmer with bright sunshine and south winds for the City Easter Egg Hunt. Sunday was summerlike with a 91° high and a low of 60°, while Monday was cloudy and much cooler with a high of only 74°.  Then came yesterday with its cool winds and nice rain.

The forecast is for an 80% chance of more showers today before the drying out begins. Today's high is projected to reach only 59°. Normal weather returns tomorrow with partly cloudy skies and a high of 80° and a light north wind. Friday will be sunny with a high of 79° and a low of 60°. Saturday and Sunday will return to winds from the southwest and warmer temperatures with a high of 86° on Saturday and 88° on Sunday.

In the long range forecast, the rain may return next Wednesday with a 40% chance of precipitation.

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† DOROTHY MARIE WADE

Funeral services for Dorothy Marie (Butler) Wade, 92, of Roscoe are this morning at 10:00am at First Baptist Church in Roscoe with Reverend David Draper officiating and McCoy Funeral Home directing. Burial will follow at Roscoe Cemetery. She died on Friday, April 19.

She was born to J. H. and Mollie Butler on April 6, 1927, in Roscoe. She and her husband, J. B. Wade, Jr., lived in Trent, Merkel, and Roscoe. The joys of their lives were their family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband, J. B., and son Eddie.

Her family would like to thank the nurses, doctors, and other staff at Hendricks Collier 5th floor for the loving care given during her short stay.

Pallbearers are Steve Anthony, Don Martin, Scott Pearce, Bill Treadaway, Garland Haygood, and Ray Fried.

Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church of Roscoe or to West Texas Rehab in Abilene.


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Wednesday, April 17, 2019

City Council Approves Loan Request for Water Line Improvements

City Manager Cody Thompson speaks to the City Council.
At its monthly meeting in City Hall last night, the Roscoe City Council approved the request for a $1,965,000 loan from the Texas Water Development Board supplemented with $337,950 in Green Funds (which do not have to be repaid) for a total of $2,302,950. The Council also heard the City works update from the City Manager, received the City Police report for month of March, and approved other routine items.

After much discussion, the Council approved the request for the loan to improve the City’s water system. In recent years, the City has been increasingly plagued with its antiquated water lines that frequently break, leak, and cause corrosion in the water that passes through them. It has also at times recorded lead and copper violations. The loan and the state supplement will allow the necessary upgrading of the lines and provide healthier water to City residents. The loan will also permit the upsizing of PVC pipelines to replace older lines that have become too small to handle the required number of service connections. The City is also experiencing up to 42% water loss with its deteriorating water lines. In short, the improvements in the lines are not just optional but necessary as the City moves into the future. Work on line replacement will begin in about a year and, when it does, will require a monthly increase in the water, trash, and sewer bill of around $20 per household.

City Manager Cody Thompson updated the Council on current City works, saying this year’s Spring Clean-Up was successful and one of the busiest ever. He reminded members that the City Easter Egg Hunt at Old Town Park will be this Saturday beginning at 2pm and that City Hall will close at noon on Friday in observance of Good Friday.

The Council also received the Police Report for the month of March. The Department received 122 calls, issued 5 citations and 14 warnings, and handled 5 vehicle crashes.

The Council also approved some routine items, among them the annual denial of a proposed change of rates of Oncor Electric Delivery Company.


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CITY EASTER EGG HUNT SATURDAY AT 2:00


The City’s annual Easter Egg Hunt will be this Saturday, April 20, in Old Town Park, across from City Hall, starting at 2:00pm. Everyone is invited to attend, and all children encouraged to participate. Hunts will be divided into three age groups: 0-3, 4-7, and 8-12.

Bring cameras and baskets for goodies. The Easter Bunny will be there. For details, contact City Hall at 325-766-3871.


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PLOWBOYS SECOND IN AREA MEET, SEVERAL QUALIFY FOR REGIONAL

Tristan Baker finished second in the 110 meter hurdles. (Photos by Tamara Alexander.)
The Plowboys finished second at the Area Track & Field Meet in Mertzon last Wednesday, April 10, and several Plowboys and Plowgirls qualified for the Regional Meet in Lubbock next Friday, April 26.

Both male and female athletes from the twelve schools of Districts 7-2A and 8-2A competed. Here’s how the teams finished:

Men: 1) Stamford, 2) Roscoe Collegiate, 3) Cross Plains, 4) Ozona, 5) Winters, 6) Miles, 7) Albany, 8) Eldorado, 9) Christoval, 10) Hawley, 11) Forsan, 12) Haskell.

Women: 1) Haskell, 2) Christoval, 3) Stamford, 4) Eldorado, 5) Hawley, 6) Albany, 7) Miles, 8) Roscoe Collegiate, 9) Forsan, 10) Cross Plains, 11) Winters, 12) Ozona.

Jayden Gonzales won the pole vault with a height of 13’ 4”. A vaulter from Hawley also cleared the bar at 13’ 4”, but Gonzales was awarded first place for fewer misses. Tristan Baker finished second in the 110 meter hurdles after another runner knocked over one of his hurdles and he was allowed another run alone. He finished with his best time of the year at 17.02 seconds. Also finishing second were Brandon Lavalais in the shot put, Caleb Gray in the 200 meter dash, and the Plowboy 4 x 200 meter relay team. The Plowboy 4 x 100 meter relay team also qualified for Regional with a third place finish.

For the Plowgirls, Bonnie Wilkinson won the triple jump with a distance of 36’ 4”, her best so far this year. She was second in the 400 meter dash at 1:01.93 and ran the final leg of the fourth-place Plowgirl 4 x 400 meter relay team, which was just enough for them to qualify for Regional.

Here are the complete results for the Plowboys and Plowgirls:

Plowboys
Event                            Place          Athlete              Time/Distance

100 meter dash              8          Gary Shaw                        11.57
200 meter dash              2          Caleb Gray                       23.15
                                          6           Jaythan Coale                 24.18
1600 meter run              6          Caleb Reed                    5:34.85
3200 meter run             5           Caleb Reed                  12:06.26
110 meter hurdles         2           Tristan Baker                  17.02
4 x 100 meter relay       3           Plowboys                          44.72
(Tyler Guelker, Jaythan Coale, Andrew Deleon, Gary Shaw)
4 x 200 meter relay      2           Plowboys                       1:33.84
(Tyler Guelker, Caleb Gray, Jaythan Coale, Gary Shaw)
4 x 400 meter relay      6           Plowboys                       3:41.41
(Tyler Guelker, Brayan Medina, Zachary Parrott, Caleb Gray)
Shot put                          2           Brandon Lavalais           43’ 9”
High jump                      7           Tristan Baker                    5’ 8”
Pole vault                        1           Jayden Gonzales             14’ 3”

Plowgirls

Event                            Place          Athlete               Time/Distance
200 meter dash             5          Sadie McCambridge         27.44
400 meter dash             2          Bonnie Wilkinson          1:01.93
800 meter run               5          Victoria Martinez           2:43.15
1600 meter run             7          Riley Sheridan                6:46.86
4 x 400 meter relay      4          Plowgirls                          4:23.11
(Jaci Alexander, V. Martinez, Sa. McCambridge, B.Wilkinson)
Triple Jump                   1           Bonnie Wilkinson            36’ 4”

(Complete results for the Area Meet are available here.)

The Regional Meet will be in Lubbock next Friday, April 26. It will be followed by the State Meet in Austin on Friday and Saturday, May 10-11.


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TxDOT PUBLIC MEETING AT SCHOOL TOMORROW  

A public meeting to discuss the proposed improvements to the US Highway 84-Interstate 20 interchange area will be at the Roscoe School Cafetorium tomorrow, April 18, from 5:00-7:00pm. Local residents can meet the TxDOT project team, learn more about the proposed changes, review possible alternatives, ask questions, and provide input on the proposed project.

Anyone interested in this project, which will ultimately affect everyone who drives these roads, is encouraged to attend. The meeting is an informal open house, and plans and maps of the affected area will be available for reference.


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SPRING STEM ADVISORY MEETING ON MONDAY

The annual Spring STEM Advisory Meeting will be held at the STEM Center this coming Monday, April 22, starting at 6pm. (Student-led tours & poster displays begin at 5pm for those interested.)

Participants include RCISD Supt. Kim Alexander, Principal Greg Althof, and Provost Andy Wilson. Presentations will be made by high school students Andrew Deleon, Caleb Boren, and Hannah Ward.

Principal speakers for the evening are Trent McKnight of AgriCorp, Tom Luce of Texas 2036, Elizabeth Sobel of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, Brad Johnson of West Texas A&M, Glen Shinn of Texas A&M, and Gary Briers of Texas A&M.


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CINCO DE MAYO CELEBRATION SET FOR MAY 5

Roscoe Collegiate High School Spanish students will be hosting a Cinco de Mayo Celebration and Scholarship Dinner on Sunday, May 5th at the high school.

There will be a bounce house, face painting, mini Mercado, paletas, music, lotería (Spanish bingo), cakewalk and other activities. Students will be presenting throughout the dinner as well. The carnival is from 1:00 to 5:00 and the dinner and presentations will run from 11:30-2:30. There will be student work on display, door prizes, tours of the new areas, and student presentations.

Dinner includes Mexican Pile On, drink and dessert. Price of the dinner is $8.00 for adults and $6.00 for kids 4-10. Kids under four are free. Proceeds benefit senior scholarships. Everyone is invited.


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GRETCHEN WILSON AT LUMBERYARD SATURDAY

Gretchen Wilson
“Hell, Yeah!” The Lumberyard will be all jacked up Saturday night when redneck woman Gretchen Wilson is here for the party. A legend who’s changed the way female singers are seen in country music, she’s brought an attitude that’s been much appreciated over the years.

Born in Pocahontas, Illinois, in 1973, she started her singing career with a bang with the release of her single, “Redneck Woman,” in 2004. The song rose so rapidly in the charts that she was still broke when it hit number 1. The song won her a Grammy Award for the Best Female Country Performance, and her first album, Here for the Party, sold over five million copies earning her a 5x Multi-Platinum rating. That year, she was also named the CMA Female Vocalist of the Year, the ACM Top Female Vocalist, and ACM Top New Artist. She has been one of the top names in country music ever since.

Albums include Here for the Party, All Jacked Up, One of the Boys, I Got Your Country Right Here, Right on Time, Under the Covers, Christmas in My Heart, and Ready to Get Rowdy. She has put 13 singles on the Billboard country charts, including “Redneck Woman,” “Here for the Party,” “When I Think About Cheatin’,” “Homewrecker,” “California Girls,” “Work Hard, Play Harder,” and “All Jacked Up.” In all, she has sold more than 8 million records worldwide.

She will take the stage around 9 o’clock on Saturday evening. For reservations or more information, contact the Lumberyard at 325-766-2457. This is a rare opportunity to see her and a performance you won’t want to miss.


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WEATHER REPORT: HEAT, COLD, WIND, AND A NICE RAIN


Yesterday's sunset.
There was a little bit of everything in the weather this past week, a summerlike day that required air conditioning, followed by a cold front that required heating, a nice spring rain followed by sunny skies, and then cloudy skies yesterday to top off a week of constant change.

The hottest day of the past week came last Wednesday when the mercury topped out at 94°F. I had to turn on my air conditioner for the first time this year. Then on Saturday, a cold front blew through, dropping temperatures considerably. The high on Saturday was 54°, but that was right after midnight. The high on Saturday afternoon was only 41°, but it felt like only 30° with the accompanying 25mph north wind that kept up all day and into the night. 


The good news was that the forecasters were right about the rain that fell early Saturday morning. Here in town, Kenny Landfried recorded an official 1.78”. However, he got 2.3” at his farm west of town, and others I talked to reported amounts in the 1.5-2.5” range. The rain was welcome and has put the ground in nice shape for planting.

Sunday was a nice change with sunny skies and an afternoon high of 69°. Monday was windy but warmed up to 82°, and then yesterday was cloudy and gloomy all day with a strong south wind and a high of 70°.

The forecast for the next few days is for sunny to partly cloudy skies, continued high winds, high temperatures in the seventies and eighties, lows in the fifties, and little to no chance of rain before next Tuesday.


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† JUANITA SANTIAGO


Holy Mass of Christian Burial for Juanita “Ani” Santiago, 75, was held yesterday, April 16, at 10:00am at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church with Father Nilo Nalugon officiating. Interment followed at Roscoe Cemetery under the direction of McCoy Funeral Home. A Prayer Vigil was held at 6:30pm Monday by Deacon David Mendez with Rosary at 7:00pm by Lupe Medellin. She was called home to be with Jesus on Friday, April 12.

Juanita was born on July 5, 1943, in Mitchell County and was a lifelong resident of Nolan County. She worked for Pace Packing Company for four years and Walls Industries for two years. She was a longtime member of Holy Spirit Catholic Parish and was an avid Texas Ranger and Dallas Cowboy fan.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Ralph and Susie Santiago, and one brother-in-law, Frank Gomez.

She is survived by five brothers and sisters, Tommy Santiago and his wife, Helen, of Edinburg; Mary Herrera and her husband, Adolf, of Roscoe; Ramona Gomez of Sweetwater; Minnie Castro and her husband, Eddie, of Roscoe; and Frankie Santiago and his wife Sheila, of Roscoe. She is also survived by five nephews, six nieces, seven great-nephews, and fourteen great-nieces, all of whom she loved, fed, and cared for as her own. She had no children of her own, but only because, according to her family, the Lord knew she would help raise so many others. She was a precious treasure to all, and the loss of her hospitality, holiday desserts, and homemade tortillas will leave a tremendous void with anyone fortunate enough to have experienced them.

Pallbearers were Peter Lopez, Andy Gomez, Eric Herrera, Moses Herrera, Kevin Lavalais and Brandon Lavalais.


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† DANNY RAY ALLRED

Funeral services for Danny Ray Allred, 68, will be held tomorrow, April 18, at 2:00pm at the Roscoe Church of Christ with Dan Boren and Philip Tomlin officiating. Interment will follow at Roscoe Cemetery. A family visitation will precede the funeral at 1:00pm at the Church of Christ. He passed away on Monday, April 15.

Danny was born on July 12, 1950, in Big Spring to William Reedy and Rosa Lee Allred. After graduating high school, he joined the U. S. Army and served during the Vietnam War era.  After the military, He worked as an engineer for Union Pacific Railroad for 36 years until his retirement. He married Mary Boardman on December 16, 1989, in Lamesa. He was a lifelong member of Church of Christ in Roscoe, where he was known as “The Candyman.” (He cherished his church family). He was a member of Sweetwater Rifle and Pistol Club and a volunteer for Nolan County 4-H,  He loved to fish and hunt, spend time with his family, and support Roscoe High School sports.

Danny is survived by his wife, Mary Allred of Roscoe; daughters, Cindy Grayson and husband Jim of Elmendorf, Texas, and Marquita Helmer and husband Wesley of Merkel; “sons of the heart,” Billy Allred and wife Maria of Taylor, Roger Trescott and wife Kelly of Whittier, Alaska; grandsons, Colt Helmer of Tulsa, Oklahoma, and John Houston Grayson of Elmendorf; granddaughter, Candice Grayson of Big Spring; brother, John Roy Allred and wife Bonnie of Big Spring; sister, Darlene Lujan of Big Spring; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents William Reedy and Rosa Lee Allred; grandson, Jay Helmer; and “son of the heart,” Bruce Hollis.

Pallbearers will be John Ruben Herrera, Caden Smith, John Grayson, Colt Helmer, Allen Pharis, and Neal Gotcher.


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