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Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Alisa Setliff Killed in Collision on US 84

Alisa Setliff
Alisa Setliff was killed last Wednesday afternoon when the minivan she was driving was struck by another driver, who apparently lost control of his vehicle on the wet pavement. The collision occurred just north of Roscoe on US Highway 84. Ms. Setliff was westbound at the time, and the SUV of the other driver, who was headed east, slid across the ccnter median and crashed into her vehicle. She was pronounced dead at the scene. Unconfirmed reports suggest that the other driver has been charged with DWI by the Texas Department of Public Safety in an ongoing investigation.

Ms, Setliff was a popular former nurse for the Sweetwater Independent School District who left her position in order to spend more time with her family. According to a news release by KTAB/KRBC, the reason she was chosen by her colleagues for an East Ridge Elementary School award in 2012 was her sense of humor, love of students, and cheerful disposition.

For more on her lasting influence on others, the Big Country Homepage has a nice article about her, which you can access by clicking here.

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PLOWBOYS RESUME FOOTBALL ON FRIDAY IN ANSON

The Plowboys got a break from football this past week with an open date after losing the previous week to Albany 48-7. They will resume again this Friday with a game against the Anson, a team won their first three games this year before falling to Albany 34-0 last week in a game that was called at halftime because of lightning. However, the Plowboys cannot take the them lightly because the Tigers beat Jim Ned 40-20, Haskell 38-10, and Hamlin 46-17.

This will be the Plowboys’ next-to-last non-conference game. It will be played in Anson. Kickoff is at 7:30pm.

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NINTH GRADERS LEARN ABOUT COURT SYSTEM WITH MOCK TRIAL

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

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

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

Local lawyers who volunteered to help were Jeanie Fuller, Peter Lopez, and Ricky Thompson. The entire ninth-grade classes got involved, either as members of the prosecution or defense teams, as actors representing witnesses, detectives, or the defendant, or as members of a news crew that reported on the trial.

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

Teachers involved in the project were Kelly Jo Sexton, Carol Parsons, and Kellie Seals. Students on the defense team were Becca Shaw, Shayden Tinkler, Landry Turnbow, Michael Wright, Brooklyn Thomasson, Baylor Trevino; and on the prosecution team: Jaleigh Morales, Melissa Montealvo, Rebecca Shaw, Kaylee Palacios, Hagen Payne; on the jury were Jaythan Coale, Cera Cuellar, Giselle Herrera, Joel Guia, Karen Herrera, Damian Aquayo, Kinzie Buchanan, Isaac Gonzales, Kamren Fisher; and on the news crew: Jaci Alexander, Gerardo Garcia-Solis, Roman Garza, Tristan Baker, Leandra Deleon, Hunter Anglin, Michael Arce, John Herrera, Garrett Bowers, Ryan Highsmith.

Those acting as characters from the story were Jesus Martinez as Rainsford, Martin Luna as Whitney, Alex Pantoja as the cultural expert, Esperanza Sanchez as the captive, and Wyatt McCoy and Brayan Medina-Soliz as the detectives.

Prosecution and defense at the mock trial.
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COMMUNITY CENTER FLEA MARKET & BAKE SALE ON SATURDAY

Roscoe Community Center.
This Saturday, September 24, from 9:00am to 4:00pm, the Roscoe Community Center will hold a flea market and bake sale. Vendor spaces are available for only $25 for this event. There is no fee for attendees to come shop. The bake sale proceeds will go towards our renovations fund.

The concession area will be open, serving biscuits and gravy for breakfast and hamburgers and hot dogs for lunch.

Anyone who would like to bake something and donate it or would like to be a vendor, please contact Elisha Jowers @ 277-4113 or Misty Reynolds @ 338-1005.

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RANDY ROGERS BAND RETURNS TO LUMBERYARD SATURDAY NIGHT

The Randy Rogers Band
Despite the lateness of the booking, a large crowd is expected Saturday night when the high-flying Randy Rogers Band returns for another engagement at the Lumberyard.  Six of their last seven albums have made it into the top ten on the US country charts, and the other one reached number 11.

The band got its start in San Marcos and recorded its first album in 2002.  Since then, they have produced Rollercoaster (2004), Just a Matter of Time (2006), Randy Rogers Band (2008), Burning the Day (2010), Trouble (2013), and Homemade Tamales (2014). Two albums, Hold My Beer, Volume 1 (2015) and Watch This (2016), are joint ventures with Wade Bowen. Rogers’ most recent CD, just released this year, is Nothing Shines like Neon.

The band’s top singles include “Too Late for Goodbye,”  “In My Arms Instead,”  “One More Sad Song,”   “Kiss Me in the Dark,”  “One More Goodbye,”  “Satellite,”  and “Neon Blues.”

The Randy Rogers Band will take the stage at about 9:30pm. For reservations or more information, contact the Lumberyard at 325-766-2457.
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WEATHER REPORT: MORE RAIN AND A RETURN TO SUMMER HEAT

Eden Baker got this photo of lightning during last Friday's thunderstorm.
The latter part of last week brought more showers with more or less rain, depending on the day and area. Here in town Roscoe weatherman recorded 0.05” on Wednesday, 0.62 on Thursday, and 0.15 on Saturday for a total of .82”. However, considerably more than that fell west and north of town, where totals of 1.8” and more were not unusual. The air was humid and high temperatures were in the mid-eighties.

Skies cleared on Sunday and temperatures rose. Sunday’s high of 91° was higher than any from the previous week, and Monday’s 94° and yesterday’s 93° felt even hotter than that because of the high humidity. The rest of the week will have highs in the low nineties with lows a degree or two either side of seventy. Right now forecasters are saying our next chance of rain is on Saturday and Sunday when the percentages go up to 80%.

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† ALISA LYNETTE SETLIFF

Funeral Services were held at 2:00pm on Sunday, September 18, at Sweetwater First United Methodist Church for Alisa Lynette Setliff, 51, who passed away on Wednesday, September 14, in an automobile accident. Burial followed at Roscoe Cemetery.

Alisa was born on August 29, 1965, in Loraine to Springer Gordon and Irene (Brooks) Smith. She married Shannon Setliff on June 12, l999, in Sweetwater. She worked as an LVN for Rolling Plains Memorial Hospital, Hoyt House, Home Health Care, and was a school nurse for SISD. She also helped with the family cleaning business.

Alisa was a Christian woman who loved her Lord and was so considerate of others. She never met a stranger. Her family was the joy of her life. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, daughter and sister.

She is survived by husband, Shannon Setliff of Roscoe; mother, Irene McDonald and husband Randy of Alvord, Texas; five children, Jared Davis and Nicole of Roscoe, Auston Davis of Sweetwater, Andrew Davis of San Angelo, and Cameron Setliff and Chase Setliff, both of Roscoe; two grandsons, Jayden Seth Davis and Jeremiah Cole Davis; sister, Jana Haby of Garland; step-sister, Crystal McDonald of Wichita Falls; and two nephews, Eddie Haby and John Ryan Gauna; and father-in-law and mother-in-law, Gary and Janet Setliff of Sweetwater.

She was preceded in death by her father, Springer Gordon Smith.

Pallbearers were Shannon Setliff, Auston Davis, Andrew Davis, Jared Davis, Cameron Setliff, and Chase Setliff. Honorary pallbearer was Jayden Davis.

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Wednesday, September 14, 2016

City Council Approves Water Bill Hike, Property Tax Cut

City Manager Cody Thompson addresses the Council at last night's meeting.

At its monthly meeting yesterday evening, the City Council approved an across-the-board increase of $8 per household in the City water/sewer/garbage fee. It also slightly lowered the tax rate for appraised property in the City. Both changes are effective October 1, when the 2016 fiscal year begins, although the water bill increase won't show up until the November bill. The Council also approved the City budget for the 2016 fiscal year.

Ordinance No. 133, passed unanimously by the Council, presents the new monthly rates for water, sewer, and garbage. All are the same as last year except for the first 3000 gallons of water, which will now cost $29.06 instead of $21.06 per household. Costs for the use of over 3000 gallons, sewer costs per bathroom, and garbage pickup per cart or dumpster will all remain unchanged.

The increase is necessary because of the increased cost of operating the new reverse-osmosis water treatment plant. Cleaning of the membranes (i.e., filters) at the plant involve the use of expensive chemicals, and new filters, which must be purchased every five or six years, cost $35,000 to $45,000 each. In addition, the electricity bill at the plant is now about $24,000 per year. The good news of course is the higher level of the quality of City water, which we all now enjoy and benefit from.

Ordinance No. 134, also passed unanimously, involves a change of the City’s property tax rate from .801180 per $100 valuation to .797715 per $100. The change reflects the amount needed to raise the required revenue for the 2016 fiscal year beginning in October. The amount will remain the same as 2015, but the drop in rate is offset by the increase in the appraisals.

Funding for the City’s Type A (Industrial  Development) and Type B (Community Development) Boards will remain the same as last year, i.e., $25,000 for the Type A Board and $50,000 total for the Type B Board. These allotted amounts are funded by City sales taxes of .05% for the B Board and .025% for the A Board with another .025% going to street expenditures. The Council also approved the addition of Kade Johnson to the B Board.

City Manager Cody Thompson also announced the hiring of a new City employee, Jeffrey Snider.

Police Chief Felix Pantoja also gave the Police Report for August. There were 102 total calls, 3 vehicle crashes, 3 cases filed, and 5 calls for public assistance. He also had 7 calls involving rattlesnakes and wants City residents to be aware that snakes are in town and on the move.

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YOUNG FARM ESTATES TO HOLD OPEN HOUSES FOR NEW HOMES THIS WEEKEND

116 James Wells Drive.

Two new homes at Young Farm Estates, one at 112 Tom Dobbins and the other at 116 James Wells, are now finished and will be available for inspection at Open Houses to be held this weekend.

An Open House for school personnel, business owners, and the City Council will be on Thursday, September 15, from 4:00-6:00pm. Another for realtors will be from 11:00am-1:00pm, also on Thursday.

Open House for the general public is on Saturday, September 17, from 4:00-6:00pm.

The home on 112 Tom Dobbins Drive was built by Donahue Homes of Abilene (325-370-1105) and is for sale at $193,500. The one on 116 James Wells Drive was built by Elegancia Homes of Abilene (325-260-1385). Its sale price is $189,000.

112 James Wells Drive.

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ALBANY OVERPOWERS PLOWBOYS, 48-7

The Plowboys scored first in this game when Brayden Beal hit Clemente Aguayo with a 7-yard touchdown pass midway through the first quarter. Jose Ortega kicked the extra point, and the Plowboys led 7-0. At that time, no one knew that it would be the last score Roscoe made for the rest of the evening, but it was.

Albany quickly recovered and went on to win going away. The Lions, who have played in the state finals for the past two years and are currently ranked number 3 in class 2A-II, showed why on both sides of the ball. On defense, they shut out the Plowboys the rest of the way while scoring 48 unanswered points on offense.

Albany made 24 first downs to the Plowboys’ 5 and 553 total yards to the Plowboys’ 235. They led at halftime 28-7. Here was the scoring by quarters:

Albany             7          21        14        6
Roscoe             7           0          0        0

Beal had a decent game passing, completing 12 of 19 for 192 yards and one TD, but the Lions shut down the Plowboy run game with Francisco Garcia managing only 28 yards in 18 carries. Ortega led the Plowboy receivers with 5 catches for 106 yards, while Aguayo had 4 for 64 yards and 1 TD,

The Plowboys have an open date this weekend, so they won’t be playing again until next Friday, September 23, when they face another tough foe, Anson, at Plowboy Field who is currently undefeated but faces Albany themselves this weekend.

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ROSCOE FIREMEN MAKE 9-11 TRIBUTE WALK


Five Roscoe Volunteer Firemen honored the fallen in New York on 9-11 with a Tribute Walk this past weekend. They began at the Roscoe Fire Station and walked the eight miles to the Sweetwater Fire Station in full bunker gear. Firemen making the walk were Keegan Pruitt, Luis Lopez, Mike Rosas, Logan Durrett, and Jessica Stein.

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COMMUNITY CENTER ANNOUNCES UPCOMING EVENTS

Friday evening's free movie at the Community Center is Zootopia.
Friday, September 16, Free Movie Night, 6:00-8:00pm.

The featured film is the Disney animated movie, Zootopia. The concession stand will be open to purchase hotdogs, popcorn, candy, Dr Pepper, and water. Fliers are going out in elementary backpacks on Wednesday. Everyone is invited. Bring your own comfy chair, beanbag, or blanket. We will have chairs already set up as well.

Saturday, September 24, Flea Market and Bake Sale, 9:00am-4:00pm.

Vendor spaces are available for only $25 for this event. There is no fee for attendees to come shop. The bake sale proceeds will go towards our renovations fund. Anyone who would like to bake something and donate it or would like to be a vendor, please contact Elisha Jowers @ 277-4113 or Misty Renolds @ 338-1005.

Friday, September 30, Pre-Game Chili Dinner. 5:00-7:00pm.

This is a fundraiser towards our renovations fund. Come eat HOMEMADE Chili and all the fixin’s, before you watch our Plowboys beat Menard!! (In next week's edition the meal’s price will be provided).

All these events will be held in the Roscoe Community Center at 100 Bois d’Arc Street. If you have any questions, call Elisha Jowers at 325-277-4113.

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MIKE AND THE MOONPIES AT THE LUMBERYARD SATURDAY NIGHT

Mike and the Moonpies.

Mike and the Moonpies, a popular Texas Country band from Austin, will make their debut at the Lumberyard Saturday night. They regularly play such Austin venues as The Broken Spoke and the White Horse. On a typical evening, they will play their own songs as well as those recorded by artists such as George Strait, Willie Nelson, Gary Stewart, Bob Seger, and Doug Sahm.

Texas Music Magazine had this to say about them, “No matter where you catch Mike and the Moonpies, they make any joint feel like a good ol’ Texas honky-tonk. Just make sure you come ready to dance.”

Their debut album, The Real Country, was followed by The Hard Way, and their most recent CD is entitled Mike and the Moonpies. YouTube videos include “Never Leaving Texas,” “Mockingbird,” and “Smoke ‘Em If You Got Em.”

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

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WEATHER REPORT: SOME RAIN WITH CHANCES FOR MORE

Eden Baker took this photo of lightning during the storm last weekend.

For the chances for precipitation we were given for several days this past week, we wound up with precious little. In town we got only about a tenth of an inch, although there were some areas around Roscoe that got more while others got none at all. High temperatures ranged from 95°F on Thursday to only 80° on Saturday and lows ranged from Friday morning’s 74° to Sunday morning’s 61°. Skies ranged from completely sunny to completely overcast with most days being partly cloudy.

Meteorologists are giving us good chances for rain (from 30% to 90%) for the coming week. The 90% chances are predicted for Sunday. Highs for the entire week should be in the mid-eighties and lows in the mid to upper sixties, which is typical for the last official week of summer.

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† MARY KATHERINE SMITH

Services for Mary Katherine Smith, 91, were held at 10am on Monday, September 12, at the First United Church of Fritch with burial at 2pm yesterday in Sweetwater Cemetery. She passed away on Friday, September 9.

Katherine was born November 26, 1924, in Pyron to Lois and Linn McGlothlin. She married Elmer Lowell Smith on November 23, 1945, in Arkansas City, Kansas. She was a charter member of First United Methodist Church of Fritch. She enjoyed bowling, fishing, golfing and bridge.

She is preceded in death by her parents; brother, JZ McGlothlin; sister, Aetna Taylor; niece and nephews, James Taylor, Dennis Taylor, Sonja McGlothlin and Stanley McGlothlin.

She is survived by her husband, Elmer Lowell Smith, of the home; nieces and nephews, Doug Taylor and wife Jenene, L.B. Taylor and wife Martha, all of Sweetwater, Linda Wade and husband Orin of Midland, Bruce McGlothlin of Roscoe, Lora Mae Sanger of Greenville, and Eddie McGlothlin and wife, Sherry, of Roscoe.

Her memory may be honored with a gift to the First United Methodist Church of Fritch or to a charity of choice.

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Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Plowboys roll over Early, 41-20

Plowboys set to run a play against Early at Friday's Homecoming game.
The Homecoming crowd that filled the Plowboy stands Friday evening went away happy as the Plowboys jumped out to an early lead and then cruised to a convincing win over the Early Longhorns, 41-20. The score doesn’t really indicate how much the Plowboys dominated the game, though. By the latter part of the third quarter, the score was 41-0, and the game was completely out of reach for the Longhorns. They did score the last three touchdowns, one of them right before the game was over, but by then the points were essentially meaningless.

The Plowboys scored on their first drive of the evening when Brayden Beal hit Jose Ortega on an 8-yard scoring pass. Ortega kicked the extra point, and Roscoe was ahead 7-0. Then an Early player muffed the ensuing kickoff, and a Plowboy recovered. After a quick drive of about forty yards, Francisco Garcia broke through the line at the one for the second TD. The Plowboys planned to kick the extra point, but when holder Beal was unable to get the ball down in time, he threw it to Austin Willman instead for a two-point conversion. The game was less than four minutes old, and the Plowboys were already ahead 15-0. That did, however, end the scoring for the first quarter as neither side was able to mount a successful drive.

In the second, Roscoe’s defense once again held Early scoreless, while the offense scored two more touchdowns. The first was another pass from Beal to Ortega, this one for 11 yards. The second was another Garcia score on a 34-yard run. The halftime score was 29-0.

Roscoe scored the first two touchdowns of the third quarter, one on a two-yard Garcia run up the middle, and the other on a 59-yard run in which Garcia was never touched. That ended the Plowboys' scoring for the evening. The Longhorns made their first score of the game toward the end of the quarter, and then made two more in the fourth, both of them on long passes, but by then it didn’t matter.

Roscoe dominated the stats, running 90 plays to Early’s 58, making 24 first downs to Early’s 9, and amassing 406 total yards (304 rushing and 102 passing) to Early’s 196. Brayden Beal completed 12 of 26 passes for 102 yards and 2 TDs. Francisco Garcia led Plowboy rushers with 4 TDs and 148 yards on 23 carries, Diego Garza had 60 on 8, and Beal had 51 on 14. Jose Ortega led the receivers with 6 receptions for 60 yards and two TDs, while Garcia caught 4 for 36 yards.

On defense, Clemente Aguayo led in number of tackles with 5 plus 1 assist, Austin Willman and Cade Garrett both had 3 with 2 assists, Tait Fullwood 2 with 4 assists, Paul Pantoja 2 with 3 assists, and Ortega 2 with 1 assist.

Here is the scoring by quarters:

Plowboys          15        14         12          0 – 41
Early                   0          0          0        20 – 20

This Friday, September 9, the Plowboys will face what may be the toughest opponent they’ll see all year, the Albany Lions, in Albany. The Lions have gone all the way to the state finals the last two years, and judging by the scores of their first two games, they appear to be equally formidable this year. They beat Colorado City 34-12 their first game and Dublin 39-8 this past Friday. They are currently ranked third in state in 2A-II in both MaxPreps and Dave Campbell’s Texas Football.

Kickoff is at 7:30.

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RHS/RCHS EXES ENJOY HOMECOMING 2016

Parade Marshal Jay Tarrant in the Homecoming Parade.
Roscoe High exes from all locations and walks of life reported a fun time at Homecoming 2016 last weekend. There were plenty of venues and ways to meet up with old classmates and plenty of activities to participate in.

Whether it was at the Friday pep rally, potato bake, evening coffee, football game, or singing by Anna Mae Smith Peptis at the Lumberyard, or the Saturday morning Lions Club coffee downtown, the Homecoming parade, spaghetti lunch with door prizes and silent auction, afternoon shopping, visits to the Roscoe Historical Museum, the evening barbecue, or entertainment by Leslie Huff at the Lumberyard, all provided opportunities for renewing old friendships and seeing many acquaintances for the first time in years.

The one common thread that binds us exes all together is the time we spent as teenagers in Roscoe and the memories of our formative years, the teachers we learned from, and our activities, accomplishments, agonies, and shenanigans as we made the transition from childhood to the world of adults, along with the classmates we shared those experiences with. And it is always interesting to learn what’s happened to everyone and to find out what they’re doing now.

Our thanks go out to the Homecoming Committee, especially Connie McIntire Baize and Teresa McFaul Watson, as well as all the others who took the time and trouble to make this event a success. We also appreciate all the exes who made the effort to come back, reminisce with us, and once again touch base and make new memories.

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HOMECOMING ROYALTY CROWNED AT HALFTIME OF FOOTBALL GAME

Football Sweetheart Bergan Trevino and Football Beau Johnathon Cuellar.
The 2016 Homecoming royalty was crowned at halftime of Friday evening’s football game. This year’s Football Sweetheart is Bergan Trevino, and her Beau is Johnathon Cuellar. Nominees for Football Sweetheart were Karina Cisneros, Bergan Trevino, and Lyndi Wilkinson, and nominees for Football Beau were Brayden Beal, Johnathon Cuellar, and Austin Willman.

Band Sweetheart Alex Guia and Band Beau Quentin Saddler.
The Band Sweetheart is Alex Guia and Band Beau is Quentin Saddler. Nominees for Band Sweetheart were Melanie Arenivaz, Katelyn Collins, and Alex Guia, and nominees for Band Beau were Justin Gardner, Quentin Saddler, and Saxton Stewart.

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POLICE REPORT: GUN SHOT REPORTED AT CITY PARK SATURDAY

On Saturday, September 3, at approximately 11:45pm, a young male showed up at Rolling Plains Memorial Hospital emergency room with a gunshot wound to the foot. He reported that he was assaulted by four or possibly five assailants, who got out of a white pickup truck of unknown make or model, knocked him to the ground, and beat him up. Then he said one of them pulled a gun and shot him in the foot.

At this time no suspects have been arrested due to victim’s unwillingness to cooperate with law enforcement. A search of the park was conducted. However, no evidence was uncovered or located.

The victim’s identity is being withheld at this time. The alleged incident is still under investigation by the Roscoe Police Department.

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NEW HAIR STYLIST, MANICURIST AT SOUTHERN BELLE SALON

The Southern Belle Salon.

Southern Belle Salon on 200 Main Street has a new hair stylist and manicurist in addition to owner Eden Baker. She is Stephanie Devaney, and she does hair color, cuts, and styles as well as nails. In addition to appointments, she also welcomes walk-ins. For an appointment, call her at 325-665-7038.

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ROGER CREAGER AT LUMBERYARD SATURDAY

Roger Creager
Roger Creager, a Texas Country artist, returns for his second engagement ever at the Lumberyard on Saturday night.

Creager, who holds a degree in business from Sam Houston State and a degree in agriculture from Texas A&M, is a native of Corpus Christi but got his start in music in the late ‘90s while at Texas A&M. To date he has released seven albums, including Long Way to Mexico (2003), Live Across Texas (2004), Here It Is (2008), Surrender (2012) and Road Show (2014).

Popular singles include “The Everclear Song,” “For You I Do,” “Gulf Coast Time,” “Long Way to Mexico,” “Things Look Good Around Here,” and “I’m From the Beer Joint.”

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

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WEATHER REPORT: ANOTHER RAIN AND A RETURN TO HEAT

Saturday morning sky.
We got another rain on Thursday that was more in some places than others. Here in town, the official amount recorded by weatherman Kenny Landfried was .66”. That was more than west of town which got about a half-inch or even less, but not as much as north of town which got over an inch and considerably more in some places.

The weather cooperated for the Homecoming festivities with partly cloudy skies and moderate temperatures. Friday’s high was 84°, Saturday’s 87°, and Sunday’s 88°. But yesterday it was back up to 91°, and today, tomorrow, and Friday will be a return to the kind of heat we experienced in late July and early August. Today’s high will be about 94°, tomorrow’s 96°, and Friday’s 95° with sunny skies, southwest winds, and morning lows in the mid-seventies.

That will all change on Saturday when a front moves through, dropping the high to about 80° and the low to 63° with cloudy skies and an 80% chance of rain. That opportunity will be short-lived, though, as the chances for precipitation drop back to 0%-10% on Sunday and Monday along with a return to warmer afternoon temperatures of around 90°.

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Wednesday, August 31, 2016

RHS/RCHS 2016 Homecoming This Weekend

Roscoe High and Roscoe Collegiate High exes will gather in town this weekend to celebrate Homecoming 2016. Graduates from several decades will get chances to see old classmates and renew acquaintances with friends they once knew well and saw on a daily basis. And there will be plenty to do as this year’s Homecoming Committee has planned a number of activities, starting with registration and the pep rally Friday afternoon, a Potato Bake in the Cafetorium from 4:00-7:00, followed by the football game between the Plowboys and Early Longhorns at 7:30pm, and coffee and refreshments from 8:30-9:30 in the Special Events Center. After the game, RHS ex Anna Mae Smith Peptis will be singing at the Lumberyard until midnight.

On Saturday morning, the Roscoe Lions Club will host coffee and doughnuts from 8:30-9:30, followed by the Homecoming Parade at 10:00. Then from 11:30-1:30 a spaghetti lunch will be served in the Cafetorium. From 1:00-2:30 there will be a program, school tours, and a silent auction at the school, and from 2:30-4:00 shops will be open downtown for shopping, and the Roscoe Historical Museum will also be open. At 6:30 the classes of ’76 and ’86 will host an alumni reunion and dinner downtown open to all graduating classes.

Some individual classes will also be hosting parties Saturday evening, while at the Lumberyard, RHS ex Leslie Huff is bringing his band from Austin for everyone who loves to hear good music and maybe get in a dance or two.

In short, there should be lots to do and plenty of chances to have a good time reliving old memories and catching up with friends and acquaintances you haven’t seen in a while.

Here’s the final schedule:

 FRIDAY – SEPTEMBER 2

            1:30-2:30 pm - Exes and Friends Reception and Registration at the Special Events Entrance. Hosted by RCHS Avid Class

            2:45 pm - RHS Pep Rally in the Old Gym

            4:00-7:00 pm - Potato Bake benefiting Girls Athletics in the Cafetorium

            7:30pm - ROSCOE PLOWBOY FOOTBALL -  Roscoe vs Early

            8:30-9:30pm - Exes and Friends Fellowship and Registration - Special Events Concession Area - Refreshments and catching up with old friends

10:00pm-12am - Lumberyard Entertainment – Featuring RHS Alumna: Anna Mae Smith Peptis.
 There will be a $5 cover charge to cover Homecoming Expenses.

SATURDAY – SEPTEMBER 3

            8:30am-9:30am - Exes and Friends Coffee and Doughnuts – Hosted by Roscoe Lions Club at Kelly’s Place, downtown corner of Broadway and Main Street

            10am - Homecoming Parade: Roscoe Now and Then
Parade Marshal: Jay Tarrant
            Parade route:  Broadway to Elm Street to High School

            11:30am-1:30pm - Spaghetti Lunch - $8
Hosted by Roscoe State Bank
Tickets available at all events and the door. Everyone is invited.
            1:00-2:30 pm - Program, School Tours, Door Prizes, Silent Auction and visiting with classmates.

             2:30-4:00pm - Visit Downtown: Tour Roscoe Museum and shopping.

             9pm-11:30pm - Lumberyard Entertainment featuring RHS Alumnus:
Leslie Huff and Austin's Elite
Cover Charge: $10

The Holiday Inn Express in Sweetwater is offering a discount rate for rooms Friday and Saturday. Call 325-235-3500 and reference  “Roscoe Homecoming.”

If you need any further information or have a reunion you would like us to post, please contact us by e-mail:  rhshomecoming@hotmail.com.

  The Homecoming Committee is always looking for new members.
 There are many ways you can help and not live in Roscoe.

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ROSCOE HOMECOMING PARADE
Saturday, September 3, 10am

We are looking for float and other entries for the homecoming parade.

Theme is Roscoe Now and Then

Entries will line up on Gin Parking Lot (Front and Main Street) at 9:15am. The parade will begin at the corner of Main and Broadway, go west to Elm Street and will end at RCHS.

All entries are welcome – walking groups (scouts, dance, clubs, etc.) horses, music groups, pets, bicycles, floats, class floats, vehicles, golf carts, vintage cars, monster trucks and large machinery.

Call Teresa at 325-280-1960 for more information.

COME JOIN IN THE FUN AND LET'S SEE LOTS OF PURPLE!
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JAY TARRANT CHOSEN AS THIS YEAR’S PARADE MARSHAL

Parade Marshal Jay Tarrant: Then and Now.
The 2016 Homecoming Committee has chosen your friend and mine, Jay Tarrant, to be the Grand Marshal of this year’s Homecoming Parade. One of the nicest guys anyone could hope to know, he was chosen for his decades-long dedication to the Roscoe School District.

Jay served Roscoe Independent School District as a custodian for thirty years, retiring from his official duties in 1999. However, he continues to work part-time with the district during football, basketball, and track seasons, where he does whatever he’s asked and welcomes visiting coaches, players, and fans to the school.

Jay has lived his whole life in Roscoe. He attended Roscoe Elementary and Junior High and graduated from High School in 1965. After graduation, he attended SMU for two years, then returned to Roscoe. He was employed by Phil Haynes at H&H Feedlot before going to work for the Roscoe Schools in 1969.

He enjoys playing his guitars, researching family genealogy, and watching the History Channel.

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The Lumberyard in Roscoe
Welcomes Two Roscoe Exes 
to perform September 2 and September 3

Friday-9:30pm-1130pm
ANNA MAE (SMITH) PEPTIS

Anna Mae, a 1968 Roscoe High School graduate, has been singing since the age of 4. She has had a band for several years and performed at many functions throughout Kansas, Colorado, Nebraska, New York & Florida. She currently lives in Brester, Kansas.

Saturday – 9:30-11:30pm
LESLIE HUFF AND “AUSTIN’S ELITE” BAND

Leslie Huff grew up in Roscoe and is a 1972 RHS graduate. He was active in the Roscoe Band from 5th grade through graduation.  He had his own band throughout Junior High and High school.

He enjoys singing, songwriting, and playing many instruments.  He wrote and recorded “Population 1490,” a song about Roscoe. He has been a part of the Abilene, Austin, and Nashville music scene since 1975 and is currently an award-winning public and private school music educator.

He will be performing with the Austin’s Elite Band members:

            Kyle Brock – Bass Guitar
            Kevin Conway—Drums
            Rick Barden – Keyboard and Vocals
            James Trimmier – Saxophone
            Bill Browder – Guitar
            Lee Thomason – Trumpet

Make plans to attend both nights and enjoy some good music!!!

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ALUMNI REUNION AND DINNER
Saturday, September 3
6:00pm

The classes of 1976 and 1986 are co-hosting an RHS Alumni Reunion and Dinner. It is open to all graduating classes of Roscoe High School.
The dinner will be on Saturday, September 3, at Kelly’s Place on the corner of Main and Broadway in downtown Roscoe.The meal will consist of brisket, chicken, and sausage with all the trimmings, dessert, tea, coffee and water.

Ticket prices are $15 per person. We will start serving at 6pm.For those of you not interested in the meal, there will be snacks and plenty of room for visiting with classmates and old friends.
For more information, call Tim Thompson at 325-207-5597 or Teresa McFaul Watson at 325-280-1960.
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HASKELL OVERTAKES PLOWBOYS WITH SECOND HALF SURGE 42-41

Francisco Garcia (33) runs for good yardage in the first quarter.
This was a football game that lived up to its advance billing. The two teams, both playoff contenders last year and both predicted to be in the playoffs again this year, gave the fans at Plowboy Field Friday evening all the excitement they could ask for. According to all the pre-game information about them, the two teams were evenly matched, and that’s the way the game played out.

I was on the sidelines getting photos, and a man from the Abilene Reporter-News who was doing the same told me around the end of the first quarter, “The winner of this game may be the team that has the ball last,” and I had to agree with him. The lead went back and forth throughout the game, and the only time either team led by more than one touchdown was right before halftime when Roscoe went ahead by two, 35-21.

In the end, the only difference in scoring was the Plowboy’s final extra-point attempt that bounced off the right upright and fell just on the wrong side of the crossbar as Haskell came away with a one-point victory, 42-41.

It was a game the Plowboys could have won had it not been for three turnovers, each of them costly. The first came at the end of a long Plowboy drive to open the game. After moving all the way down the field with a good mix of passes and runs, the Plowboys thought they’d ended the drive with a touchdown when Francisco Garcia ran the ball over from the five. But a holding penalty on the play moved them back to the fifteen, and on the next play a Brayden Beal pass was intercepted by a Haskell defender who ran the ball all the way down the field for an apparent touchdown. The Indians were penalized for excessive celebration, but scored on the following play, and instead of the Plowboys being up by a touchdown, they were down by one.

The second came early in the second half. Right before halftime, the Plowboys scored on a 17-yard Beal run and went up by two touchdowns, 35-21. The Indians received the second half kickoff but were stopped and forced to punt. Once again, the Plowboys drove down the field into Haskell territory, and if they’d scored again, they would have gone ahead by three TDs, which might have been enough to put the game out of reach, but a second interception also killed that drive just like it had the opening one. The Indians then went on to score the first touchdown of the second half and were right back in the game, down only by seven, 35-28. From that point on, they seemed to have the momentum for the rest of the second half.

The third came with only two minutes left in the game. The Plowboys were down by a point, 42-41, but had driven into Haskell territory. On a fourth and seven, Beal went back to pass but was forced to scramble to avoid the pass rush. He changed directions and sprinted to his left where he saw an opening and managed to move the ball past the first-down marker, but when he was tackled, the ball was knocked loose and a Haskell defender recovered. The Indians then proceeded to make a first down and were able to run out the clock to secure the victory.

Despite the outcome, the Plowboys showed a lot of promise. They were able to move the ball consistently against a good team, and several of the players had good games. The offensive line looked generally solid, and Francisco Garcia showed with several strong runs that he will be a force this season. For the evening he had 4 TDs and a total of 231 yards rushing on 29 carries. Beal had a rough night, but he will be back. He can pass and also run, and receivers Jose Ortega, Diego Garza, Nick Limones, and freshman Junior Martinez, who scored the Plowboys’ first TD on a long pass reception, should develop into a fine receiving corps.

The defense will have to tighten up both on pass defense and against the run as the six touchdowns scored against them indicates. There were several missed and broken tackles, and they had trouble against the sweeps that Haskell relied on. But it was after all the first game of the season, and the Plowboy coaches will be working with them to make the necessary improvements.

One surprise of the evening was the play of Haskell’s Alec Roewe, who despite playing his first game ever at quarterback, had an almost flawless evening, rushing for 186 yards and 3 TDs while passing for the three others with 13 completions of 18 attempts. We’ll have to wait and see how the season plays out, but if he keeps it up, Haskell could turn out to be better than predicted.

(Note: After writing this paragraph, I see that the Abilene Reporter-News named Roewe the Big Country Player of the Week Monday for his performance against Roscoe.)

Scoring by quarters:

Haskell             14          7        7          14
Roscoe               7        28        0            6

The Plowboys can get on the winning track Friday night against Early at Homecoming. The Longhorns are 3A-Div. I, so they are a considerably larger school than Roscoe (2A-Div. II), but they fell to Bangs (3A-Div. II) Friday night 34-8. So, whatever the Plowboys lack in student population and probably size, they’ll be looking to overcome it with ability and determination.

Kickoff is at 7:30.

An Abilene Reporter-News article about the Haskell-Roscoe game is accessible by clicking here.

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ROSCOE POLICE NEWS: CHRIS BOYD ARRESTED

Police Chief Felix Pantoja reports that Christopher Devon Boyd, who has been on the run since being charged with sexual assault of a minor in Roscoe in July, is now in custody after being located and arrested in Travis County.

Before the arrest warrant for sexual assault was issued, Boyd was free on bond on a capital murder charge from an incident that occurred in Snyder in 2013.

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WEATHER REPORT: STILL COOLER, STILL NO BIG RAIN

August evening sky
The weather this past week has been pretty much the same as the week before: cooler and more humid than usual, along with lots of clouds and good chances for precipitation but nothing more than a few light showers here and there. Here in town we had four brief showers, the largest being the .24” that fell on Friday and the other three all less than a tenth of an inch, although more fell in other locations. Still, farmers and ranchers in this area are still waiting for a substantial rain, such as some that have recently fallen in the panhandle and other parts of west Texas.

The good news is that chances for a good rain are still possible through Saturday. Today’s chances are set at only 20%, but that goes up to 60% for tomorrow and Friday and 50% on Saturday.

The high temperature since last Wednesday morning was Wednesday afternoon’s 92°, and the low was Friday morning’s 66°. The only other high to reach 90° was Thursday’s 91°. Since then, the highs have been in the mid to high eighties with lows at 68° or 69°, and that should continue through Saturday. Humidity will remain above average, between 65% and 70%.

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Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Plowboys Open 2016 with Haskell Here Friday

Brayden Beal runs for yardage in game at Plowboy Field last year.
Are you ready for some football? The two-a-days are history, the warm-up scrimmages with Munday and Hawley are done, and, ready or not, the Plowboys open their 2016 season against the Haskell Indians at Plowboy Field Friday night.

The non-district match was originally scheduled to be in the Sammy Baugh Classic tomorrow night at Mustang Bowl in Sweetwater, but a scheduling mix-up occurred, and the game time and location have been changed to Friday here in Roscoe.

Haskell will be a tough opponent. With a senior-heavy squad, the Indians return nine defensive and seven offensive starters from last year’s 7-4 playoff team that fell in bi-district to state finalist Albany. As with Roscoe, Dave Campbell’s Texas Football magazine picks them to finish second in their 2A-II district.

However, they will be breaking in a new quarterback, so if the Roscoe defense can pressure him from the start, that will definitely increase the Plowboys’ chances of winning. It won’t be easy though, as Haskell has a big, experienced offensive line.

The Plowboys will counter on offense with returning quarterback Brayden Beal, who’s coming off a breakout year in which he threw for 40 TDs and over 3000 yards. He’ll be looking for returning receiver sophomore Jose Ortega, as well as wideouts Diego Garza and freshman Junior Martinez, while running back Francisco Garcia plans to keep defenses honest with a strong running game. The Plowboy line with Roady Mann, Matt Buckley, Isaias Aguilar, and others will open the holes and provide the blocking. On defense, the Plowboys are led by end Paul Pantoja, linebacker Austin Willman, and several other defensive standouts.

This should be a close, hard-fought game between two teams that appear to be evenly matched, at least on paper. Kickoff is at 7:30pm.

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HOMECOMING NOMINEES SELECTED

The nominations for Homecoming Royalty have been made:

          Band Beau                             Band Sweetheart
          Justin Gardner                          Melanie Arenivaz
          Quentin Sadler                          Katelyn Collins
          Saxton Stewart                          Alex Guia

          Football Beau                       Football Sweetheart
          Brayden Beal                             Karina Cisneros
          Johnathon Cuellar                    Bergan Trevino
          Austin Willman                         Lyndi Wilkinson

The winners will be crowned at halftime of the Homecoming football game.

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HOMECOMING NEWS

Homecoming is set for Friday, September 2, and Saturday, September 3, 2016.

Schedule of events:

FRIDAY – SEPTEMBER 2

            1:30-2:30 pm - Exes and Friends Reception and Registration at the Special Events Entrance
Hosted by RCHS Avid Class

            2:45 pm - RHS Pep Rally in the Old Gym

            4:00-7:00 pm - Potato Bake benefiting Girls Athletics in the Cafetorium

            7:30pm - ROSCOE PLOWBOY FOOTBALL -  Roscoe vs Early

            8:30-9:30pm - Exes and Friends Fellowship and Registration - Special Events Concession Area - Refreshments and catching up with old friends

10:00pm-12am - Lumberyard Entertainment – Featuring RHS Alumna: Anna Mae Smith Peptis.
 There will be a $5 cover charge to cover Homecoming Expenses.

SATURDAY – SEPTEMBER 3

            8:30am-9:30am - Exes and Friends Coffee and Doughnuts – Hosted by Roscoe Lions Club at Kelly’s Place, downtown corner of Broadway and Main Street

            10am - Homecoming Parade: Roscoe Now and Then
Parade Marshal: Jay Tarrant
            Parade route:  Broadway to Elm Street to High School

            11:30am-1:30pm - Spaghetti Lunch benefiting Roscoe Homecoming Committee

            1:00-2:30 pm - Program, School Tours, Door Prizes, Silent Auction and visiting with classmates.

             2:30-4:00pm - Visit Downtown: Tour Roscoe Museum and go shopping.

             9pm-11:30pm - Lumberyard Entertainment featuring RHS Alumnus:
Leslie Huff and Austin's Elite
Cover Charge: $10

The Holiday Inn Express in Sweetwater is offering a discount rate for rooms Friday and Saturday. Call 325-235-3500 and reference  “Roscoe Homecoming.”

If you need any further information or have a reunion you would like us to post, please contact us by e-mail:  rhshomecoming@hotmail.com.

The Homecoming Committee is always looking for new members.
There are many ways you can help and not live in Roscoe.

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 ROSCOE HOMECOMING PARADE
Saturday, September 3, 10am

We are looking for float and other entries for the homecoming parade.
Theme is Roscoe Now and Then

Entries will line up on Gin Parking Lot (Front and Main Street) at 9:15am. The parade will begin at the corner of Main and Broadway, go west to Elm Street and will end at RCHS.

All entries are welcome – walking groups (scouts, dance, clubs, etc.) horses, music groups, pets, bicycles, floats, class floats, vehicles, golf carts, vintage cars, monster trucks and large machinery.

Call Teresa at 325-280-1960 for more information.

COME JOIN IN THE FUN AND LET'S SEE LOTS OF PURPLE!

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ALUMNI REUNION AND DINNER
Saturday, September 3
6:00pm

The classes of 1976 and 1986 are co-hosting an RHS Alumni Reunion and Dinner. It is open to all graduating classes of Roscoe High School. 

The dinner will be on Saturday, September 3, at Kelly’s Place on the corner of Main and Broadway in downtown Roscoe.

The meal will consist of brisket, chicken, and sausage with all the trimmings, dessert, tea, coffee and water. Ticket prices are $15 per person. We will start serving at 6pm.

For those of you not interested in the meal, there will be snacks and plenty of room for visiting with classmates and old friends.

For more information, call Tim Thompson at 325-207-5597 or Teresa McFaul Watson at 325-280-1960.

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TWO TONS OF STEEL RETURNS TO LUMBERYARD SATURDAY

Two Tons of Steel
San Antonio’s favorite Texas Country band, Two Tons of Steel, returns to the Lumberyard Saturday night. Led by front man Kevin Geil, they’ve been popular in the Hill Country for over twenty years. In the Alamo City, they have won “Band of the Year” twelve times and and the San Antonio Current’s “Best Country Band” ten times. Every summer they play the summer-long event “Two Ton Tuesday Live from Gruene Hall," which draws over 10,000 fans annually.

They have released eight albums and appeared on the cover of Billboard magazine. Top singles include “Sedated,” “Hold Over Me,” “Your Kiss,” and “Crazy Heart.”

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

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WEATHER REPORT: COOL FOR AUGUST, A LITTLE RAIN

This morning's sunrise.

It’s been another week of delightfully cool weather for August with more promise of rain than actual results. Afternoon highs were generally in the eighties with lows in the low seventies or upper sixties, and on Saturday the high was only 77°F. The high since last Wednesday came yesterday, which topped out at 90°, and the low came on Sunday morning when the temperature dropped to 64°.

There were 40% to 60% chances for rain Thursday through Monday, but all the big rains missed us. Roscoe weatherman Kenny Landfried recorded 0.39” of precipitation on Friday, 0.08” on Saturday, and 0.20" Monday, although it rained somewhat more than that west of town. I heard of 0.70” on Monday, but there may have been more than that in some other areas.

The forecast is for sunny skies and highs of 91° today and tomorrow, but from Friday through Monday highs will once again be in the upper eighties with partly cloudy skies and a good chance of rain through Tuesday with chances of 40% Saturday, 60% on Sunday and Monday, and 40% on Tuesday. Here’s hoping we get a good rain on at least one of those days.

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† PATRICIA JUNE FULLWOOD

Services for Patricia June Fullwood, 73, will be at 2:00pm today, August 24, at Roscoe Church of Christ with Dan Boren officiating. Interment will follow at Roscoe Cemetery. She passed away at her residence near Roscoe on Saturday, August 20.

Ms. Fullwood was born in Lubbock on January 30, 1943. She married Jesse Wayne Fullwood in Roscoe on January 19, 1963. She was a member of the Roscoe Church of Christ and had worked at Highland Schools in the dietary department. She had lived near Roscoe since 1956.

Survivors include her sons, Curt Duane Fullwood and wife, Carol, of Munday; Gary Fullwood and wife, Deni, of Sweetwater; also, Grant Fullwood and wife, Stephanie, of Brownwood; daughters, Janice Diane Fullwood of Abilene; Cheryl Lyn Reyes and husband, Leroy, of San Diego, CA; and Demi Fullwood Shirley of Roscoe; sister, Shirley Kay Floyd Nichols of Jayton; five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Jesse Wayne Fullwood (May 10, 2015), a granddaughter, Chelsea Ann Fullwood (July 6, 2012); and her parents, Burnice (Bunk) and Zelna (Criswell) Floyd.

Pallbearers are Curt Fullwood, Gary Fullwood, Grant Fullwood, Jarrett Fullwood, Kendall Rea, and Hugh Raney.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to an account set up at First Financial Bank to offset the funeral costs.

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Wednesday, August 17, 2016

School Board Approves New Montessori Early Childhood Center on Main Street

Architect's depiction of the new RCISD Montessori Early Childhood Center.
After much deliberation at its monthly meeting, the RCISD School Board has unanimously approved the creation of a Montessori Early Childhood Center at the old Town & Country Shopping Center building on Main Street. The building will be purchased and converted into several classrooms to house Pre-K and Kindergarten.

Classroom space for the primary grades is already overcrowded with the teachers’ workroom and the back of the Verna Ratliff Elementary School Library necessarily being converted to classrooms this year. With projected increases in student enrollment in the primary grades in coming years, some solution is necessary, either through the purchase of temporary buildings or the creation of a separate Early Childhood Center. With the bond issue for a new $5 million center failing in May, this seemed like the next best way to go.

The Town & Country Shopping Center in 1971
The purchase and conversion of the old Town & Country building will cost about one million dollars. The fifteen-year note will be paid for through the RCISD operating fund with a time warrant.

The change to the Montessori system is already being successfully implemented in a couple of Texas school districts, a rural one at Marfa and a large one in Longview, both visited by a team of RCISD administrators and early childhood and elementary teachers. After extensive research, they consider it critical to move to the Montessori method of instruction for pre-K and kindergarten children. A study of current data indicates that as a group our primary students are not where they need to be, especially in reading, by grade 3. Since such a deficiency typically lasts through the following grades and beyond, it is important that it be rectified as early as possible.

The Montessori Early Childhood Program is the established leader in doing just that, especially for economically disadvantaged children, of which Roscoe has many and is projected to have more in the future. The Montessori Program involves a move from a half day to a full one for pre-K students. It also requires more space for storage of manipulatives and hands-on types of activities. However, a move to the program will benefit the children involved in ways that last them for the rest of their lives. And, as RCISD is one of the state and national leaders in educational innovation, the move will also strengthen its program for subsequent grades.

Superintendent Kim Alexander has set the target date for the opening of the new center at one year with instruction beginning there in August 2017.

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PLOWBOYS SCRIMMAGE HAWLEY HERE TOMORROW

Plowboys at Two-a-Days. (Photo by Chase Cathey)
After getting their first taste of competition at a scrimmage with Munday last Thursday, the 2016 Plowboys will have their second and final scrimmage with Hawley at Plowboy Field tomorrow. The Bearcats will be a tough opponent. They were an area finalist in 2A-Div. 1 last year, going 5-0 in district play and 10-2 on the year. This year, they are picked by Dave Campbell’s Texas Football to finish second in a tough district that includes Post, Stamford, and Anson. The scrimmage, which will include both JV and varsity teams, begins at 6:00pm.

The Plowboys are also featured this week on the popular website Big Country Homepage. The two-minute video clip, published last Thursday and entitled “Roscoe Looks to Plow Through 2016,” may be accessed by clicking here.

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PLOWBOY PREVIEW DISRUPTED BY SUDDEN SHOWER

2016 Plowboys are introduced in the new gym.
The clouds were high with clear skies all around, and most of those attending this year’s Plowboy Preview had just settled in at one of the tables behind the east stands to chow down on a hamburger, chips, drink, and watermelon when suddenly the 100° afternoon was disrupted by a hard shower. At first, many stayed where they were, thinking that it would quickly play out. But it didn’t, and in almost no time everyone was running for cover to get out of the rain. It persisted long enough to drop almost .4” and force this year’s Plowboy Preview to be held in the new gym.

Even so, spirits remained high. Any rain in August is generally welcomed, and the shower did cool things off. And those who looked at the eastern sky couldn’t have missed the beautiful rainbow that appeared there. That has to be a good sign for anyone who believes in omens.

In the gym, the Cheer Pals’ energy and exuberance set the tone, and Plowboy fans were introduced to the cross country track team, the junior varsity football players, the cheerleaders, the football coaches, the Plowboy Band, and, finally, the 2016 Varsity Plowboys. May they all have the best of success this year!

The rainbow at Plowboy Preview.
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HOMECOMING NEWS

Homecoming is set for Friday, September 2, and Saturday, September 3, 2016.

Schedule of events:

FRIDAY – SEPTEMBER 2

            1:30-2:30 pm - Exes and Friends Reception and Registration at the Special Events Entrance

            2:45 pm - RHS Pep Rally in the Old Gym

            4:00-7:00 pm - Potato Bake benefiting Girls Athletics in the Cafetorium

            7:30pm - ROSCOE PLOWBOY FOOTBALL -  Roscoe vs Early

            8:30-9:30pm - Exes and Friends Fellowship and Registration - Special Events Concession Area - Refreshments and catching up with old friends

10:00pm-12am - Lumberyard Entertainment – Featuring RHS Alumna: Anna Mae Smith Peptis.
 There will be a $5 cover charge to cover Homecoming Expenses.

SATURDAY – SEPTEMBER 3

            8:30am-9:30am - Exes and Friends Coffee and Doughnuts – Hosted by Roscoe Lions Club at Kelly’s Place downtown corner of Broadway and Main Street

            10am - Homecoming Parade: Roscoe Now and Then
            Parade route:  Broadway to Elm Street to High School

            11:30am-1:30pm - Spaghetti Lunch benefiting Roscoe Homecoming Committee

            1:30-2:30 pm - Program, School Tours, Door Prizes, Silent Auction and visiting with classmates.

             2:30-4:00pm - Visit Downtown: Tour Roscoe Museum and go shopping.

             9pm-1am - Lumberyard will have Entertainment and Dancing.

The Holiday Inn Express in Sweetwater is offering a discount rate for rooms Friday and Saturday. Call 325-235-3500 and reference  “Roscoe Homecoming.”

If you need any further information or have a reunion you would like us to post, please contact us by e-mail:  rhshomecoming@hotmail.com.

The Homecoming Committee is always looking for new members.
There are many ways you can help and not live in Roscoe.

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 ROSCOE HOMECOMING PARADE
Saturday, September 3, 10am

We are looking for float and other entries for the homecoming parade.

Theme is Roscoe Now and Then.

Entries will line up on Gin Parking Lot (Front and Main Street) at 9:15am. The parade will begin at the corner of Main and Broadway, go west to Elm Street and will end at RCHS.

All entries are welcome – walking groups (scouts, dance, clubs etc) horses, music groups, pets, bicycles, floats, Class Floats, vehicles, golf carts, vintage cars, monster trucks and large machinery.

Call Teresa at 325-280-1960 for more information.

COME JOIN IN THE FUN AND LET'S SEE LOTS OF PURPLE!

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ROSCOE EX COMES HOME TO ENTERTAIN AT LUMBERYARD
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 2 

Anna Mae (Smith) Peptis will sing at The Lumberyard after the Homecoming Football game on Friday night, September 2.

Anna Mae was born in Sweetwater and grew up in Roscoe. She is a 1968 Roscoe High School graduate and was a cheerleader in 1967 and 1968. She began singing in public at the age of 4, where she sang at the West Texas Opry.

She had a band for several years in northwest Kansas, performing at the Kansas State Fair, reunions, weddings, birthdays, funerals, and even cattle drives. In addition to Kansas, she has spent the past 25 years performing in Colorado, Nebraska, New York and Florida. Anna Mae says “Music is my love…and my life.”
She now lives in Brester, Kansas, and has 7 children and 11 grandchildren. She says she has sung to her children and grandchildren from their birth.

Make plans to come to The Lumberyard on Friday, September 2 and enjoy her talent!

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WEATHER REPORT: A LITTLE RAIN, A BREAK IN THE HEAT

The eastern sky Friday evening.
Two noteworthy changes in the weather occurred this past week. First was the shower we got on Thursday evening, which disrupted the Plowboy Preview at school, and second was the welcome break in the heat. The total in my rain gauge came to .36” although some places west of town got a half-inch. The cool front that moved through shifted breezes to the north after a month or so of winds from the south or southeast. Temperatures fell from a steady daily diet of highs from 97° to 100° and lows in the mid to upper seventies to highs of around 90° and lows of around 70°. The change was enough to make being outside an ordeal to being manageable and on some days even pleasant, especially in the mornings.

The high for the week came on Thursday before the front at 100°; the low came this morning with a temperature of only 62°. The high on Sunday was 87° and Monday 89°.

Of course the shower on Thursday was welcome but not enough to break the dry spell we’ve been enduring since late June and early July. The rains predicted for the weekend fell in all directions around our area but managed to miss us almost completely.

However, starting tomorrow our chances for precipitation increase to 50% and then to 60% on Friday with similar chances through the weekend and into the first part of next week. So there’s a good chance we’ll get that needed rain sometime in the next few days. At least let’s hope so. Temperatures are projected to continue to be below average for this time of year. Highs should be in the eighties with lows of seventy or the upper sixties.

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†WILLA DEAN HODGES MUNROE

A memorial service was held on August 6 at Woodhaven Presbyterian Church in Irving for Willa Dean Hodges Munroe, 86, a mother, professional fashion illustrator, aviation advocate, and lover of all things that fly, who earned her wings just before midnight on July 28.

She was born on May 16, 1930, in Loraine to Clifton and Grace Hodges. She spent her youth in Roscoe and was a 1948 graduate of Roscoe High. She then moved to Denton, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in art from Texas Women’s University. A job offer took her to Austin, where she met Donald Mitchell Munroe. They were married January 1, 1954, in Roscoe.

Willa is preceded in death by her husband, Donald Mitchell Munroe, Jr.; father and mother, Clifton and Grace Hodges; infant brother, William; sisters Alma Jean Sealy and Annell Campbell; and stepson Donald Munroe III.

She is survived by sons Clifton H. Munroe and Phillip T. Munroe; stepson William F. Munroe and his wife, Laurie; brother-in-law Kirk Munroe; daughter-in-law Karla Munroe; twelve grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

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