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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Rains Boost Cotton Crop

Saturday evening's storm moves in from the southwest.
This week’s showers couldn’t have come at a better time for this year’s dryland cotton crop, and area farmers are breathing a sigh of relief over the rains that have fallen since Saturday. One referred to them as a “million-dollar” rain for the area. Ranchers also welcomed it, of course, but the cotton had reached the point that if it didn’t get a rain soon, all its early promise was going to be lost as it withered under the relentless August heat. This is not to say that decent weather won’t also be needed from now until the harvest, but at least the area is still on course for a great crop.

The first rain came seemingly out of nowhere at midday on Saturday, and although some forecasters were giving the area as much as a 30% chance of rain for the day, most people were caught by surprise by the storm’s suddenness and ferocity as it blew in from the west. One minute the sun was shining brightly as it had been for days, and then the storm hit with thunder, lightning, high winds, and sheets of rain. It then moved on east, but while it lasted, it dropped as much as two inches. Roscoe weatherman Kenny Landfried recorded 1.66” while others had more or less, depending on location. The sun came back out, and most assumed that that was it.

But that evening just about sunset, another storm blew in, this one from the southwest, and like the earlier one, it came in with a bang—thunder, lightning, and wind. The downpour didn’t last as long though, and it tapered off to a gentle rain before moving on. Totals for this one were generally less than an inch—Kenny Landfried got .77”, while I had .86”, but combined with the earlier rain, it gave most area locations somewhere around an inch and a half to two inches or more for the day.

Then yesterday morning more rain fell, and the weather was cool and cloudy all day with a light rain falling most of the time. The temperature never got out of the seventies, and the official rainfall total was .81” for the day. Not everyone got that much, but most would agree that what they got the past few days has been enough to make a real difference for the plant life in these parts. And the puddles in town are as big as they ever get, short of a flood.

The forecast is for a return to normal August weather for the next couple of weeks. Skies will be sunny today with a high of around 95°F. Tomorrow and Friday are predicted to be cloudier but with highs still in the mid-nineties. Then on Saturday, skies will clear again and highs of around 95° are forecast for the next week or so with lows of around 73°. Chances for rain are 20% or less for the foreseeable future.

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PLOWBOY PREVIEW TOMORROW AT PLOWBOY FIELD

Cheer Pals lead a cheer at a previous Plowboy Preview.
The annual Plowboy Preview will be held tomorrow, August 17, with a hamburger cookout behind the east stands starting at 6:00, with burger, chips, and drink costing $6.  Then at 7:00pm, this year’s football players, coaches, cheerleaders, and band will be introduced in front of the east stands.

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PLOWBOYS SCRIMMAGE AT HOME WITH MUNDAY FRIDAY

Fans can get their first look at this year’s Plowboys in a scrimmage with Munday at Plowboy Field Friday starting at 6:00pm. Next week they’ll take on Hawley in Hawley for their final warmup before starting their season with the Haskell Indians in Haskell on September 1.

Here is the Plowboy football schedule for 2017:

Date                 Opponent         Location           Time
Aug. 18            Munday**         Home               6:00pm
Aug. 24            Hawley **         Away                6:00pm
Sept.   1            Haskell              Away                7:00pm
Sept.   8            Early                  Away                7:30pm
Sept. 15            Albany               Home                7:30pm
Sept. 22            Open
Sept. 29            Anson                Home               7:30pm
Oct.    6             Menard              Away               7:30pm
Oct.  13             Roby*                Home                7:00pm
Oct.  20             Plains*              Home               7:00pm
Oct.  27             Seagraves*        Away               7:00pm
Nov.   3             Tahoka*             Home              7:00pm
Nov. 10             Hamlin*            Away                7:00pm
                        ** = Scrimmage
                        *   = District Game

As the schedule shows, the Plowboys play three of their five district games at home, but the two that may be the most significant, Seagraves and Hamlin, are both away games. Because of the long distances needed for travel, all district games will begin at 7:00pm.

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STUDENT ENROLLMENT AT ROSCOE REMAINS CONSTANT FOR SECOND CONSECUTIVE YEAR

After experiencing steady growth from 2011 to 2015, the Roscoe Collegiate Independent School District has seen its initial fall enrollment level off now for the past two years. As of Monday, the total enrollment at RCISD was 611, seven more than last year at the same point but down seven from 2015, the year before. The largest growth this year has been in the Early Childhood classes.

                           Grades                    2015              2016            2017
Elementary        pre-K – 5                365               347             358*
Junior High        6-8                          118                123              121
High School        9-12                        135                134              132
Totals                  pre-K – 12              618               604              611

* This figure counts the pre-K students who have enrolled but not yet attended their first class because 4-year-olds begin next Monday, August 21, and 3-year-olds the following Monday, August 28.

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FUNDRAISER FOR DOUG RICHBURG AT VFW SATURDAY

Doug Richburg
A fundraiser for Doug Richburg will be held this Saturday at the VFW. All monies collected from all sources go to benefit Doug and his medical expenses and needs. There will be door prizes and an auction of donated items by individuals and businesses. Music begins at 2:00pm and lasts until at least midnight.

Free entry lasts until 7:30pm and is $10 after that. A BBQ sandwich meal provided by Big Boys BBQ will be served from 4:30-7:30pm.

If you have something to donate for a door prize or for the auction, or if you would like to make a money donation, contact Mark Wayne Hagood or Brenda Sutton Stevens by Facebook private message. They can arrange for an item to be picked up.

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“IF WORD GOT OUT, WOOD THEY COME,” ABILENE REPORTER-NEWS PUBLISHES ARTICLE ON LUMBERYARD

(Photo by Greg Jaklewicz)
The Abilene Reporter-News published another nice article on the Lumberyard and its importance as a west Texas music venue, this one by staff writer Greg Jaklewicz. It appeared in Friday’s paper and was accompanied by several photos. You can access it by clicking here.

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ROSCOE COMMUNITY CENTER NEWS

3RD SUNDAY LUNCH
There will be NO 3rd Sunday Lunch on August 20.
The next lunch is scheduled for September 17

COOKBOOK NEWS
The center is putting together a cookbook with all recipes from all the great cooks in our community. If you would like to submit a recipe, please get them to any board member or mail them to

Roscoe Community Center
P.O. Box 152
Roscoe TX 79545

GENERAL RCC NEWS

Our next scheduled meeting is set for September 11 at 6:00pm at the Community Center.
We invite anyone who might be interested in being part of the Community Center. We have several community service projects in the works and need people to help make them successful.

For more information call President Shawn Scott at 325-242-2687 or visit with any Board member.

COMMUNITY CENTER RENTALS
Several dates open for rentals, so call and book your next event
Call Misty @ 325-338-1005

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CAMERAN NELSON AT LUMBERYARD TOMORROW NIGHT

Cameran Nelson
Yes, you read that right. Country singer Cameran Nelson will be playing live at the Lumberyard in an unusual Thursday night appearance tomorrow night. Nelson is originally from Haskell but now calls Blanco home. He’s lived all over Texas and studied music at South Plains College in Levelland.

His first full-length album, Happy to Beer, was released in 2013 and nominated for three Texas music awards: Male Vocalist, Rising Star, and Record of the Year. His single “35 Runs Both Ways” was a multi-week #1 on the Texas Regional Radio Report and the Texas Music Chart. His current project, Good Thing Going, has produced two more #1 hits with “Shotgun,” and “You Can Still Wear White.” And his  single, “Little That We’re Livin’ On,” has also received radio play.

Cover charge is $10. For reservations and more information, contact the Lumberyard at 325-766-2457.

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Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Early Childhood Center Marks New Beginning for Pre-Schoolers

The Early Childhood Center on Main Street.

Classes start tomorrow for Roscoe’s Schools, and with them an exciting new program begins for pre-schoolers. The Montessori method, developed and proven in expensive private schools in the U.S. and elsewhere, will for the first time be available to public school students here in Roscoe at no extra charge.  Similar programs in Dallas cost over $11,000 a year per student, and that’s without extended stay in the afternoons.

The new program will provide students an approach which emphasizes active learning, independence, and cooperation, and instruction is designed to coincide with each child’s unique pace of development. Teachers must be trained and certified in the Montessori method, as RCISD’s all are.

The new Early Childhood Center has been designed specifically for Montessori’s classroom requirements. These include more space for storage of manipulatives and hands-on types of activities.

This fall the Early Childhood Center has six classes, each composed of about twenty-one 3-, 4-, and 5-year-olds. Five-year-olds begin tomorrow, four-year-olds August 21, and three-year olds August 28. The teachers are Kristin Bohay, Dana Elmore, Katherine Jackson, Kristi Martin, Rhonda Wilson, and Jana Young. They are all excited to be involved in this new program. Classes are from 7:55am-2:30pm, M-F.

Early success in reading and math has positive repercussions throughout all subsequent grades, as do positive attitudes toward learning, and the Montessori method is a proven system for achieving these goals for children of all backgrounds and abilities. Its implementation will strengthen the scholastic level of Roscoe’s schools from the students’ first exposure and provide them a lifelong benefit.

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PRACTICES BEGIN FOR 2017 PLOWBOY FOOTBALL

Plowboy linemen work out Monday morning.

Are you ready for some football? On Monday morning, the 2017 edition of the Roscoe Plowboys began fall workouts at Plowboy Field. Morning practices continued through this morning, but, since school starts tomorrow, they will be cut short, and Coach Jake Freeman will have to be satisfied with afternoon practices from now on.

The Plowboys’ first scrimmage will be at home next Friday, August 18, at 6:00pm against Munday. The following Friday, August 24, they will scrimmage against Hawley in Hawley in preparation for their season opener with the Haskell Indians on September 1.

Dave Campbell’s Texas Football, the premier publication for high school football in Texas, predicts the Plowboys will finish second in district to Hamlin, this year’s pre-season favorite. Here’s how its writers see District 4-2A-II winding up:

1.      Hamlin Pied Pipers
2.      Roscoe Plowboys
3.      Seagraves Eagles
4.      Tahoka Bulldogs
5.      Plains Cowboys
6.      Roby Lions

However, the Plowboys have won the title before after being predicted not to win, year before last being a prime example, and they are optimistic they can do it again, just like the 2015 Plowboys did. They are returning eight starters on both offense and defense.

With last year’s quarterback, Brayden Beal, lost to graduation, the Plowboys will be breaking in a new player at that position. And while nothing is written in stone yet, Jayden Gonzales (5’8” 160) has been taking the reps with the first team, while Junior Martinez (6’1” 180) also works out at the position. Several Plowboy linemen graduated last year, so the offensive line will probably be going through some growing pains in the first few games, but the players at the skill positions show a lot of promise, and the defense looks solid.

Players to watch include Jose Ortega (5’7” 160), who was 2A All Big-Country last year at wide receiver and defensive back, Francisco Garcia (5’9” 185), 2A All Big-Country running back; lineman Paul Pantoja (6’ 0” 225), 2A All Big-Country; Junior Martinez WR/DB, linebacker Tait Fullwood (5’9” 165), lineman Parker Payne (6’1” 210), WR Micheal Wright, DT Joel Guis, WR Diego Garza, LB Cade Garrett, LB Coltin Watts, C Rey Martinez, OL Garrett Bowers, and CB Brandon Lavalais.

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CITY COUNCIL MEETING SHORT AND SWEET

The Roscoe City Council had no significant action items on the agenda at its monthly meeting at City Hall yesterday evening. They did, however, hear the monthly report on City works as well as the monthly Police report.

City Manager Cody Thompson reported that seal-coating is currently in progress and that 7th Street from Main to Ash Streets was seal-coated yesterday. The awarded sanitary sewer project is now complete, and the City has $142,000 left over. On Friday, a project meeting will be held to discuss additional work and the Reverse Osmosis Water Treatment Plant.

The grant application applied for to the State ranked tenth, but only the first seven were funded, so according to that ranking, Roscoe should be funded in 2018.

Additional policing will be in the new school zone areas Thursday around the Early Childhood Center on Main Street.

The City Council will hold its annual budget workshops next Tuesday and Thursday, August 15 and 17, at 7:00pm.

This year’s West Texas Wind Festival has penciled in T. G. Sheppard as the feature performer at the free concert. The Plowboy Mudbog will also be held then.

The City has made claims for insurance money on a water pump that was recently struck by lightning and for a wrecked City vehicle.

The City Council also heard the Police Report for the month of July from Police Chief Felix Pantoja.

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SATURDAY FESTIVAL FEATURES DALE WATSON, DALLAS MOORE, & OTHERS

Dale Watson

A host of performers will be at the Lumberyard this Saturday when Dale Watson, Dallas Moore, Bonnie Montgomery, Billy Don Burns, Josh Morningstar, and Richie Allbright come to town for the Ameripolitan Outlaw Music Festival, an annual show that was in Austin last year.

Dale Watson will be singing tunes such as “Tonight the Bottle Let Me Down” and “I Lie When I Drink,”  Dallas Moore will sing his “Outlaw Country” and “Raisin’ Hell and Slingin’ Gravel.” Billy Don Burns will do “Lonesome 77203” while Bonnie Montgomery, Josh Morningstar, and Richie Allbright also have their turns at the mike.

The show begins at 6:00pm. For reservations or more information, contact the Lumberyard at 325-766-2457.

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WEATHER REPORT: COOL WEATHER BUT LITTLE RAIN

Thunderhead in southeast sky on Sunday afternoon.

The past week saw showers in some local areas but in Roscoe itself, there was little precipitation as had been predicted. On Sunday, areas north and northwest of town got measurable rainfall, somewhere between a quarter and half inch, Some areas west of town also got rain, but others got none, and the dryland cotton still needs a good August rain.

Temperatures rose into only the 80s on last Wednesday and Thursday, but then on Friday it climbed to 94°F, on Saturday to 98°, and on Sunday to 99°. But then after the cold front moved through Sunday evening, temperatures dropped and we’ve had wonderfully cool weather for August the past two days. Highs on Monday and yesterday were only 83° while lows since Sunday have been in the sixties.

Today’s high will be warmer at 90° and tomorrow’s, Friday’s and Saturday’s even warmer at 95° or 96°. There are no chances of rain before Sunday, when the percentage climbs to 40%. Let’s hope this time we get something substantial, enough to make everybody smile.

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† VIRGINIA GARCIA GUERRERO

Virginia Garcia Guerrero, 89, of Roscoe went to rest with her Lord and Savior on Tuesday, August 8, 2017.

Services will be at 2:00pm on Thursday, August 10 at McCoy Chapel of Memories with Dr. Chris Stephens officiating. Interment will follow at Roscoe Cemetery. Family visitation will be Wednesday from 6:00 until 8:00pm. McCoy Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

She is survived by three sons, Jessie Guerrero and wife Susan, Margarito Guerrero, and Joe Guerrero; five daughters, Patricia Da Silva and husband Jonimar, Laurie Willman and husband Gus, Yolanda Lansford and husband Wayne, Maria Soto and husband Joe, and Virginia Rangel. She is also survived by two brothers, Juan and Amado Garcia; one sister, Tana; and numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren.

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Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Jessie Marth, Roscoe's Oldest Resident, to Turn 103

Jessie Marth
Roscoe’s oldest citizen, Jessie Marth, will celebrate her 103rd birthday, next Thursday, August 9.

She won’t be having a big party this year, but well-wishers are welcome to send birthday greetings to her at 1200 12th Street in Roscoe.

Happy Birthday, Jessie!

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TWO KILLED IN HEAD-ON COLLISION SUNDAY ON US 84

Two men, Bobby Jack Moody, 85, of Abilene and Stephen Joshua Arndt, 34, of Clyde were killed instantly in a head-on collision that occurred in the northbound lane of US 84 about a mile north of Roscoe around 6:25 Sunday morning. Moody was driving south in a 2013 Dodge Caravan and crossed over into the northbound lane, where he crashed head-on into a 2015 Subaru Impreza driven by Arndt.

Both men were pronounced dead at the scene. Both were wearing seat belts at the time of the collision. The accident is still under investigation.

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NEW FACULTY FOR 2017-18 AT RCISD

New Principals John Bolton, RCHS, and Crystal Althof, Roscoe Elementary.
Lindsay Mann, Kalyn Tate, Glenn Wortham, Katherine Jackson, Kristin Bowhay, Shawn Speck, Dana Elmore, Scott Riley, Tanner Mann.
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SCHOOL ZONE TO BE INSTALLED IN FRONT OF EARLY CHILDHOOD CENTER ON MAIN STREET NEXT WEEK

The Early Childhood Center on Main Street.
Next Thursday a school zone will be put into effect for the new Early Childhood Center on Main Street. It will extend on Main from Seventh Street to the I-20 access road and will likely have a speed limit of 25mph. The work and its expenses will be handled by the State since FM 608 is a state highway.

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CRYSTAL GAYLE AT LUMBERYARD FRIDAY, BRUCE ROBISON SATURDAY

It’s another big summer weekend at the Lumberyard with country great Crystal Gayle on Friday night and Bruce Robison on Saturday.

Crystal Gayle
Crystal Gayle, the little sister of Loretta Lynn, was born Brenda Gail Webb, the youngest child in a poor coal-mining family. While growing up, she learned to play guitar and sing backup and toured with her sister while still in high school. She changed her name to Crystal Gayle when she signed a record deal with Decca Records. Her first top ten hit, “Wrong Road Again,” came in 1974, and her first number one hit, “You Never Miss a Real Good Thing,” came in 1976.

Her most famous hit, “Don’t It Make My Brown Eyes Blue,” came the following year, and in the following decade, she had many big hits, both country and crossover, and won many awards. She received a Grammy for Best Female Country Vocal Performance and was the Country Music Association’s “Female Vocalist of the Year” in both 1977 and 1978. She is a member of the Grand Ole Opry, has received a Lifetime Achievement Award from NAMM, and has her own star in the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

During a long career, she has produced 28 albums. Top singles include “Don’t It Make My Brown Eyes Blue,” “You and I” (with Eddie Rabbitt), “When I Dream,” “Let Me Be There,” “The Sound of Goodbye,” “Talking in Your Sleep,” “Half the Way,” and many others.

Bruce Robison
Bruce Robison, the brother of Charlie Robison, is better known as a songwriter than individual performer, and songs of his that have hit number one include Tim McGraw’s “Angry All the Time” and the Dixie Chicks’ “Travelin’ Soldier.” But he wants to change all that and is currently on tour to promote his new solo LP Bruce Robison & the Back Porch Band, which received this popular review in The Rolling Stone.

Currently, his most popular performances have been with his wife, Kelly Willis. They include “Angry All the Time,” “Long Way Home,” and “Leaving.”

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

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ENEZ ENSENIA ANNOUNCES PUBLICATION OF CHILDREN’S BOOK


Roscoe resident Enez Ensenia has published a children’s story, Sourpuss Longbottom, categorized at Amazon under Fairy Tales, Folk Tales, and Myths. The print edition is available on Amazon for $6.00, and the e-book for Kindle is $2.99.

For more information, click here.


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WEATHER REPORT: SUMMER HEAT, THEN COOLER—WITH A TOUCH OF RAIN

Cloudy skies over Roscoe this morning.
After eleven consecutive days in which the temperature reached 95°F or more culminating in Friday and Saturday’s 100° maximums, the heat finally abated somewhat with Sunday’s high of 94°, Monday’s 89°, and then yesterday’s 79°. There was a 60% chance for rain yesterday, and the meteorologists were right in that we did get some rain. However, it was only enough to settle the dust and no more. I got .08” in the afternoon and then .02” more last night for a grand total of .1”—not enough to matter in the greater scheme of things. Area farms didn't get much more, and some didn't get any.

The next few days will be cooler, though, and that is a welcome change. Today’s high is forecast to be 83° under cloudy skies, tomorrow’s 91° and sunny, and then 87° and 89° with clouds for Friday and Saturday but little possibility of rain.

The good news, however, is that the chances for precipitation are high for all next week starting on Sunday. Let’s hope the forecasters are right and we get enough to make a difference this time.

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Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Jason D. Williams & Lucky Tubb Play Lumberyard Saturday for West Texas Rehab's Don Richburg Scholarship

Jason D. Williams and Band
The Lumberyard will be rocking this weekend with two great performers. Jason D. Williams plays boogie-woogie piano in a way not seen since the style was perfected in the fifties by Jerry Lee Lewis, the man said to be his father. Williams is the adopted son of Baptist missionaries, hence his last name, and his talent at the piano is phenomenal. In fact, he was the piano player in Great Balls of Fire, the movie of Jerry Lee Lewis’s life starring Dennis Quaid. He never rehearses his shows but just plays in response to the crowd. His 2014 album Hillbillies and Holy Rollers was recorded at Sun Studios in Memphis. He has appeared in numerous TV shows and played backup for Johnny Rivers, Dale Watson, Billy Ray Cyrus, and others.

To confirm that he's a chip off the old block, check out his version of “Whole Lot of Shakin’ Goin’ On” by clicking here.

Lucky Tubb
The show will feature both him and Lucky Tubb, a great nephew of country great Ernest Tubb. Tubb’s music is a lot less rock & roll and a lot more country,  as  this video of “Damn the Luck” demonstrates.

The performance is for a good cause since proceeds will benefit West Texas Rehab’s Don Richburg Scholarship fund. People in Roscoe all remember Don, a local farmer who was a guard for the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier when he served in the military and the father of Allen Richburg. His work with West Texas Rehab over the years is the reason for the scholarship, which is given to deserving students connected with that organization. More details are provided in an article and video on the Big Country Homepage. Both can be accessed by clicking here.

So, contribute to a worthy cause and come on out for what should be a memorable evening at the Lumberyard. With a great show in store, you’ll be glad you did.

Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 on the day of the show. Tables are $150. For reservations and more information, contact the Lumberyard at 325-766-2457.

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SCHOOL STARTS AUGUST 10, TAX-FREE WEEKEND IS AUGUST 11-13 

Don't remind the kids, but the start of school is just around the corner. The Roscoe Collegiate Independent School District begins its fall semester on Thursday, August 10. The early start for Roscoe is done so its finish in May will be more in sync with that of Western Texas College in Snyder, which offers many of the classes the RCHS students take. 

Since most schools start the following week, the State of Texas's tax-free weekend for school supplies and clothing is that weekend, August 11-13. For details, consult the Texas Comptroller's Office by clicking here.

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OUT OF THE WHIRLWIND: A NOVEL OF EARLY-DAY ROSCOE

(This article is an update of one that appeared in the Hard Times on February 29, 2012.)

Maurine Whorton in 1914 and the cover of her novel published in 1975.

A while back I learned that someone had written a novel set in Vista*, the early-day precursor to Roscoe, and, when I did, I immediately went online and did a search for it.  I located a hardback copy for ten dollars at a bookstore in North Carolina, ordered it, received it a few days later, and read it.

It was written by Maurine Whorton Redway, a graduate of Roscoe High School and member of the class of 1914.  Her father, Daniel Boone Whorton, was one of the first settlers of the area, and much of the novel is based on family stories Maurine heard while growing up.

The story begins in 1890 with the arrival of the Hunter family at Stop 53 west of Sweetwater.  Stop 53 is the author’s fictional name for Katula, the original name for what is now Roscoe. The main character, Boone Hunter, is obviously based on the author’s father, and his family closely resembles the Whorton family that came to Roscoe at that time.

At first just a boxcar used as a depot, Stop 53 was a water stop for the T&P trains that came through.  Their steam engines had to stop for water about every ten miles, so depots were set at each of the stops, and most of them later became communities: Cisco, Baird, Clyde, Abilene, Tye (originally called Tebo), Merkel, Trent, Eskota, Sweetwater, Roscoe, Loraine, Colorado City, etc.

When the Hunters arrive from Georgia in a boxcar to buy a farm and settle on the cheap, rich, newly available land of the Blackland Divide, only one other family lives by the depot, the Fullers, and they immediately become friends.

As the story progresses, the Hunter family undergoes all the trials and tribulations encountered by early day settlers—drought, tornadoes, ice storms, wild animals, rattlesnakes, and worst of all, a group of rowdy cowboys led by the scoundrel Buck Brooks.  These remnants of the open range drink whisky, run wild, and oppose the coming of the “nesters” who want to civilize the area, cultivate the land, raise families, build churches, and start communities.

While the story is fictional with the plot elements and characterization that make a novel a novel, it is laced with a lot of the early history of the area and provides the reader with a pretty good picture of what it must have been like to live in Roscoe in those early days when it was still known as Vista.

When the author describes the first church meetings taking place upstairs in the community’s only store, and the first school as just a bare building with desks paid for by fund raisers such as box dinner auctions, she is no doubt basing her descriptions on fact.

Sometimes she throws in long forgotten tidbits of history that are a revelation to read.

One example is the Johnson grass seed that Boone Hunter brings back from his first trip to Colorado City in 1890.  Given to him by a farmer there, he is told that it will be good for grazing, but Boone has read that it is hard to get rid of, a fact substantiated that same year when the Texas legislature passed a law prohibiting the sale or gift of Johnson grass seeds.

Characters in the story include the Long family whose farm was southeast of town and Germans from the German settlement west of town, both obviously based on historical fact.  

The story builds to a wild climax with a shootout and a big fire, after which peace is restored and the locals move into the twentieth century with high hopes for the future of their growing community.

Although the novel, published in 1975, never won a Pulitzer Prize or any other major literary awards, it is a rewarding read for anyone interested in the settling of this area and life as it was in the 1890s in Vista and early Roscoe.

     * The first inhabitants of Roscoe originally called their new community Vista, but when they applied for a post office in 1891, they were told that there was already a town in Texas by that name, so they decided to call it Roscoe instead.

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About the author: Born in Roscoe in 1898, Maurine Whorton grew up here and graduated from Roscoe High in 1914.  She later earned a B.A. from the University of Texas and an M.A. from Washington University in St. Louis.  She taught in Texas high schools for twenty-six years before joining the faculty at SMU, where she taught history for five years.

Her other books are Early Texas Homes, Marks of Lincoln on Our Land, and Marks of Lee on Our Land.  She died in 1981 and was buried in the Roscoe Cemetery.  Roscoe relations include the Whortons, Jays, and Frys.

Maurine Whorton Redway. Out of the Whirlwind: A West Texas Saga. San Antonio: Naylor, 1975.

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WEATHER REPORT: JULY HEAT

Southeast skies on Sunday.
Unlike other parts of the year when variations in the weather typify this area, late July is almost always the same, and this year appears no different. Winds are from the south, skies are partly cloudy, and the weather is relentlessly hot with 95° to 100° temperatures in the afternoons cooling off to somewhere around 70° to 75° in the early mornings. Showers are possible but not likely.

And that’s just the kind of weather we got this past week. We did get a shower on Sunday in some places. Here in town I got a quarter of an inch, while Kenny Landfried reported an official .31”. Some places got a bit more while others didn’t get any. The high for the week was Saturday’s 101° and the low was 64°, also on Saturday.

The forecast for the rest of this week is for more of the same with highs of 96° or 97° and lows of 73° or 74°. Starting on Sunday the weather should cool off somewhat and stay that way for the rest of next week when highs will be only in the upper eighties and lows in the upper sixties. There’s also a good possibility of rain with chances ranging from 30% to 60% all week. At least, that’s the forecast for now. Let’s hope the Weather Channel is right and we get a shower or two.

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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

City Council Hears Reports on City Works

Whitney Underground workers set a manhole at 9th Street yesterday.
At its monthly meeting in City Hall last Tuesday, the City Council was updated on City works currently in progress as well as plans for the immediate future.

City Manager Cody Thompson reported that work on Seventh Street will resume next week and will be done by the first week of August. The street will then be sealcoated along with other City and County streets and roads.

Work on the sanitary sewer project is on schedule. New lines and manholes are currently being laid in the alley between Cypress and Bois d’Arc Streets and has progressed as far as Tenth Street.

The City’s B Board has allocated funds to have a mural painted on the west wall of the former McFaul’s Garage on Broadway. The artist, Calina Mishay Johnson, is the same person who recently painted the mural on the building behind Smacker’s on Main Street.

The City Council will update the City ordinance on the keeping of chickens in Roscoe at next month’s meeting. The ordinance will conform to the recently passed Texas Senate Bill 1620, which mandates that Texas towns and cities allow residents to raise chickens. Individual municipalities may limit the number of chickens over six that a household may raise. They also may prohibit breeding and the raising and keeping of roosters, and may also set a minimum distance between a coop and residential structure.

The City Council will hold its next budget workshop right after the next regular City Council meeting, probably Thursday, August 10.


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HANNAH WARD PLACES FIRST IN TEXAS AGRISCIENCE FAIR

by Shelley Gunter

Texas FFA Vice President John Smithwick, Hannah Ward, Agriscience Fair Supt. Dr. Rudy Ritz, and the ExxonMobil Gold Sponsor.
Corpus Christi.– Hannah Ward of the Roscoe FFA Chapter placed first in the Texas FFA Agriscience Fair at the 89th annual Texas FFA State Convention held July 10-14 in Corpus Christi.

Ward participated in the Animal Systems category, division one. The Agriscience Fair fuses the traditional science fair with agriculture. FFA members conduct cutting edge agricultural research to compete in categories such as biochemistry and microbiology, environmental science, zoology, botany and engineering.

The Agriscience Fair was made possible by the ExxonMobil Corporation. State award winners in each category will receive a scholarship from the Richard Wallrath Education Foundation.

The 89th annual Texas FFA Convention recorded approximately 12,000 members and guests. Members of the state’s largest agricultural youth leadership organization spent the week attending leadership workshops, participating in events and activities, being recognized for their achievements, and serving as the legislative body for the Texas FFA Association.

The Texas FFA is the nation’s largest state FFA association with a membership of more than 119,000. FFA gives students the opportunity to apply practical classroom knowledge to real world experiences through local, state and national competitions. For more information about the Texas FFA, visit www.mytexasffa.org.

If Ward’s project passes preliminary judging at the end of July by the National FFA Organization, Ward will be headed to the National FFA Convention in October to compete against other Agriscience projects across the United States.


Roscoe FFA members at State Convention. Back: Logan Wicker, Hannah Ward, Nolan Reeves, Caleb Boren, Kayla Justiss, Abigail Meadows. Middle: Tait Fullwood, Kaylee Palacios, Morgan Bowers. Front: Zeke Murphy, Becca Shaw.
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FOOTBALL CAMP FOR GRADES 2-9 SET FOR JULY 24-25


This year’s school football camp for grades 2-9 will be held on Monday, July 24, and Tuesday, July 25 from 6:00-8:30pm at Plowboy Field. Registration begins at 4pm on the 24th. Camp is free of charge, and campers will be provided with a camp t-shirt that allows them free admission to all home Plowboy games.

For questions and concerns, contact Plowboy head football coach Jake Freeman at 325-721-0892.


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JASON WILLIAMS AND LUCKY TUBB TO SING AT LUMBERYARD ON JULY 29 FOR WEST TEXAS REHAB DON RICHBURG SCHOLARSHIP

Jason Williams, the son of Jerry Lee Lewis, and Lucky Tubb, the great nephew of Ernest Tubb, will perform at a special concert at the Lumberyard on Saturday, July 29, to raise money for the Don Richburg Scholarship at the West Texas Rehab Center.

Details are provided in an article and video on the Big Country Homepage. Both can be accessed by clicking here


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PLOWBOY MUDBOG FEATURED IN ABILENE REPORTER-NEWS’ BIG COUNTRY JOURNAL SLIDESHOW

A photographer for the Abilene Reporter-News was on hand at the Plowboy Mudbog on July 1 and got some excellent photos of the event. They have been posted in the Reporter-News’ Big Country Journal, which you can access by clicking here


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JO DEE MESSINA AT LUMBERYARD SATURDAY


Jo Dee Messina
Country music great Jo Dee Messina will make her first appearance ever at the Lumberyard Saturday night. Over the past two decades, she has had nine number one singles on the Billboard country charts, been nominated for two Grammy awards, had two Platinum and three Gold-certified albums, and been honored by the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music. She is also the first female country singer to have three number one songs from the same album.

Born and raised in Massachusetts, she always loved country music, and after playing local clubs in the northeast, she moved to Nashville when she was 19. In 1996 she released her first album, Jo Dee Messina, which had two top ten hits and was certified Gold by the RIAA. Her second album, I’m Alright (1998), sold over two million copies and was certified Platinum. It had three number one singles. Her third album, Burn (2000), contained the hit singles “That’s the Way” and “Bring on the Rain.” Since then, she’s released three more studio albums and five EPs and other albums. Her latest CD is entitled Me.

Top singles include “Bring on the Rain” (with Tim McGraw), “Bye Bye,” “My Give a Damn’s Busted,” “I’m Alright,” “Heads Carolina, Tails California,” and “Stand Beside Me.” Her latest is “Noel.”

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


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WEATHER REPORT: HOT AND DRY

Summer clouds over Roscoe yesterday.
This past week was typical July weather for west Texas, sunny and partly cloudy, winds from the south, hot days, and warm nights. It wasn’t scorching with triple-digit numbers as July sometimes is, but it was definitely summer. The high temperature for the week was Saturday’s 95°F and the low Sunday’s 69°. Other than Sunday when showers threatened and actually produced some rainfall west of town, about a half-inch, it was dry as July typically is. The lowest high was also on Sunday when the temperature rose to only 90°.

The forecast is for more of the same with the highs for the next nine days within a degree either way of 95° and lows of 73° or 74°. And according to the Weather Channel website, the next chance of rain is not until July 31 when the chances rise to 10%.

The recent thunderstorm on July 4 was devastating for about 5000 acres a few miles west of town, where the hail was more intense than elsewhere. A lot of baby cotton was wiped out either partially or completely, and we extend our condolences to the farmers of the affected area.


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† FOREST HESS

Funeral services were held 11am Saturday, July 15, at First Baptist Church in Roscoe for Forest Hess, 90, of Roscoe, who passed away Wednesday, July 12, at Lynn County Hospital in Tahoka. Interment followed at Hillside Memorial Gardens in Snyder under the direction of McCoy Funeral Home.

Forest was born July 22, 1926, in Inadale to the late David and Bernice (Simmons) Hess. He married Norma Lacy on December 26, 1946, in Lubbock.

He is survived by his wife, Norma Hess of Roscoe; sons, Jimmy Hess and wife Vickie of Lubbock, and Bruce Hess and wife Maureen of Slater, Missouri; daughters, Cathy Mitchell and husband Byron of Ropesville, and Lois Chambliss and husband Terry of San Angelo; ten grandchildren and eleven great- grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to a favorite charity or to the Benevolent Fund at First Baptist Church of Roscoe, 401 Main St., Roscoe, TX 79545.


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Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Large Crowd Enjoys July 4th Celebration

The fireworks show.

The July 4th celebration was once again a huge success for the city of Roscoe. From the Lions Club Pancake Breakfast in the morning to the fireworks show that evening, people gathered to enjoy the day and celebrate the nation’s independence. Downtown, street vendors sold food, drinks, and merchandise on Cypress and Broadway, kids played in the park or swam free at the swimming pool, and the Roscoe Historical Museum was open and received many visitors.

At the baseball field, the Plowboy Mudbog was in full swing as drivers from all over the Big Country and as far away as Dallas and New Mexico tried their hands at driving their mud vehicles through the blackland slush. In the evening, a huge crowd estimated at around 3500 was on hand for the free concert and the fireworks show.

And afterwards, many continued the celebration at the free music and dance at the Lumberyard. As far as I could tell, everyone who attended had a good time.



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ROSCOE'S THREE LITTLE LEAGUE TEAMS QUALIFY FOR STATE PLAYOFFS

The Astros are going to the playoffs.

All three of the Roscoe Little League teams that play in the Colorado City League are going to the State Playoffs, two of them to Colorado City and one to Groesbeck, which is east of Waco. The playoffs will be later this month. The freshman Astros (ages 12-14) qualified by winning their division, the Brewers (ages 10-12) finished second in theirs, and the Rangers (age 9 and under) won theirs.

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ROSCOE LIONS CLUB THANKS ALL WHO ATTENDED PANCAKE BREAKFAST

Tables were full at the Pancake Breakfast Saturday morning.
The Roscoe Lions Club would like to thank everyone who came out and supported the Pancake Breakfast during Roscoe’s Independence Day Celebration! All the money raised will go towards the Club’s civic and charitable projects. We hope everyone enjoyed the breakfast as much as we enjoyed preparing it, and we hope to see you all again!

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THE PARADE WINNERS

Max Tomlin was one of the Parade winners.

Here are the winners of the various categories of parade entries:

Best Antique Vehicle: Dean Sells
Best Bicycle: Lydia Draper
Best 4-Wheeler: Dakota Freeman
Best Motorcycle: Keith Willman
Best Western: Max Tomlin
Best Semi: Stealth Trans. & Crop Production
Best Overall Float: Roscoe Little League
Most Patriotic: The Medicine Place
Biggest Truck: Toby Walker “Back Door Muddin’”

The July 4th Parade would like to thank the Lumberyard for sponsoring the event and the following for goodie bags: Sonic Drive-In, First National Bank, Vickie’s Gifts, Wildflower Boutique, TSTC, Compass Hospice, Kindred Hospice, Medicine Place, Rockin’ S Cantina, Roscoe Fire Department, Hagerman’s Auto Parts, State Farm Insurance.

Thanks also to the Department of Public Safety, Roscoe Fire Department, Roscoe Police Department, and Nolan County Sheriff’s Office, who let the kids look at and climb in the vehicles and engines.

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PLOWBOY MUDBOG WINNERS


Here are the top three finishers in each of the vehicle classes of this year’s Plowboy Mudbog. Distances are listed unless the vehicle cleared the pit, in which case the times in seconds are given.

Street
1. Jeff Walker               Corinth             “Mudstang”        302’ 9”
2. Kevin Weinrick       Granbury          Chevy Blazer      297’ 4”
3. Braden Walker        Corinth              “Mudstang”        293’ 1”

Modified
1. Jared Waters            Hobbs, NM        “Mistress”           372’
2. James Nelson           Hobbs, NM        “Mistress”           371’
3. David Smallwood     Rotan                 “Mudslut”           369’

Super Modified
1. Wacey Daniel             Big Spring         “Green-Go”      7.3 sec.
2. Anthony Montgomery Big Spring      “Green-Go”     9.5 sec.
3. Raymond Martinez Colorado City  Dodge Dakota  10.75 sec.

Open
1. Jeremy Sisk          Sweetwater    “Harley Worth It”  14.06 sec.
2. Toby Walker        Midland           “Karma”                18.56 sec.
3. James Pantoja      Roscoe            “Nothing Sacred”    448’

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LUMBERYARD WEEKEND: WADE BOWEN FRIDAY, SAM RIGGS SATURDAY

It’s summertime, and these hot July nights are perfect for outside shows, country music, cold beverages, dancing, and seeing the singers whose music you love. Two of those singers will be at the Lumberyard this weekend—Wade Bowen on Friday night and Sam Riggs on Saturday.

Wade Bowen

Bowen, originally from Waco and a Texas Tech grad, has grown in popularity over the years and now has a large following. His albums include Try Not to Listen (2002), The Blue Light Live (2004), Lost Hotel (2006), If We Ever Make It Home (2008), Live at Billy Bob’s Texas (2010), and The Given (2012), Wade Bowen (2014), and Then Sings My Soul: Songs for My Mother (2016).  He’s also produced two CDs with fellow Texas Country artist Randy Rogers—Hold My Beer, Vol. 1 (2015) and Watch This (2016).

Top singles include “Trouble,” “Songs About Trucks,” “Who I Am,” “Mood Ring,” and “Why Can’t You Love Me.”

Sam Riggs
Sam Riggs will be making his first appearance ever at the Lumberyard. He’s an Austin-based singer/songwriter who’s receiving more recognition than ever. He learned his finger-picking style from Ray Wylie Hubbard, and after playing in cafes and bars in and around Austin, he released two extended plays before his first studio album, Outrun the Sun, in 2013. Its first two singles made the top ten on the Texas Music Chart, and the video for “When the Lights Go Out” hit number one on CMT’s Pure 12-Pack Countdown. He was named Artist of the Year at the first Texas Magazine Texas Music Awards, and his second album, Breathless, debuted last year at number 12 on the Billboard Country Albums chart. His popularity is increasing, and his shows are drawing ever larger crowds.

Singles include “The Lucky Ones,” “When the Lights Go Out,” and “Hold On and Let Go.”

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

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WEATHER REPORT: HOT WEATHER, SOME RAIN, HAIL

Friday showers. (Photo by Chris Brawley)

It’s been a week for typically hot summer weather with mostly sunny skies, two days that hit triple digits, and the rest all reaching 90°F or above. The most potentially significant event of the week, however, came yesterday afternoon at about 4:00pm, when a cloud unexpectedly made up practically overhead and then rained for about a half-hour, more or less depending on the location. The moisture of course was welcome, but this shower also came with high winds and hail. Here in town, my rain gauge recorded .60” with some wind, but not enough to cause much, if any, damage. There was also some hail, but it never got larger than pea or marble size.

Hailstones that fell on Allen Richburg's farm west of town.
West of town, however, the storm was more intense. The rain fell harder, the wind was higher, and the hail was thicker and in some cases larger. Some was even golf-ball sized. I was told that on I-20 cars pulled over and those who could took shelter under overpasses. In many fields, the cotton is still small enough that the hail and high winds could cause considerable damage. I haven’t talked to enough people yet to know just how much the crop was affected or in what areas damage was done other than west of town. After the rain stopped, I went out and checked my garden, but as far as I could tell, here in town the damage was minimal.

Yesterday’s rain wasn’t the only one we got this past week. At about 4:30 early Saturday morning we also got a shower. On that one, my rain gauge recorded .40”. So, combined with yesterday’s .60”, I got an even inch for the two showers. Kenny Landfried got only .28” in his gauge in east Roscoe.

And that’s really about it for weather events. The hottest days came on Thursday and Friday, which both reached 101°. The coolest maximum came on Saturday, when the high was only 90°. Lows were all within two degrees of 70° except for Saturday with a low of 64°. Sunday, Monday, and yesterday all had highs of 95° or 96°.

Today’s high should be slightly cooler at 92°, tomorrow’s 93°, and then the next seven days are forecast to have highs of 94° to 96° and lows of 72° or 73° with partly cloudy skies. Today and tomorrow have a 20% chance of precipitation, but the weekend and the next week or so are given a 0% chance with the exception of Sunday with 20%. Skies will be mostly sunny.

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† INA GLORIA (GABLER) ALTHOF

Ina Gloria (Gabler) Althof, 89, of Roscoe passed away Sunday, July 2, at Hendrick Hospice Center in Abilene.
The family celebrated her life on Saturday, July 1, by having her 90th birthday party with friends and family. A video of 90 years of memories was shared by all.

A graveside service was held on Monday, July 3, at Roscoe Cemetery with Reverend Steve Carter, a family friend, and special music by Daylon and Nancy Althof. McCoy Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Ina was born July 6, 1927, in Roscoe. She married Raymond Althof October 14, 1944, in Roscoe. She was a homemaker, farmer, lifelong resident of Roscoe, and lifetime member of First Salem Lutheran Church. She served as leader of youth, Luther League and Sunday School, and served on the ALCW women’s board and the board committee to help build the new Lutheran Church in Roscoe. She also served on the first board committee to help build the Roscoe Community Center. She received an award for “Outstanding Conservation of Soil, Water and Related Resources” in 1993, “Conservation Homemaker Award” in 1994, and County 4-H Chairman. She loved to have lots of company and cooking, quilting, needlework and embroidering, and loved social gatherings and making cakes for her cottage friends.

Ina is survived by her daughters, Maxine Watt and husband Tom of Roscoe, and LeAnna Pitts and husband Danny of Streetman, Texas; four grandchildren, Bryan Watt and wife Shannon of Amarillo, Vikki Woody and husband Brandon of Aiken, South Carolina, and Kellie and Britney Pitts of Dallas; five great-grandchildren, Layton, Levi, Lane, and Lauryn Woody and Aiden and Abbigail Watt.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Arthur Gabler August 1, 1987; Anna Lydia (Sauer) Gabler October 19, 1988; her husband, Raymond, October 26, 2009; sister, Gladys Ona Morris Johnson, January 4, 2000; and her brother, O.C. Gabler, September 11, 2003.

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Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Roscoe Celebrates July 4th This Saturday

Shooter Jennings is only one of many musicians in town this weekend.
Final preparations are underway for Saturday’s big July 4th Celebration, and the event’s organizers are planning a day to remember.

The day will begin at 8am with the Roscoe Lions Club Pancake Breakfast in the open building just west of the Smackers building on Broadway. Then at ten o’clock the parade will come down Broadway, followed by the Plowboy Mudbog at George Parks Field, with the gates opening at eleven and the event beginning at twelve.

During the afternoon, street vendors will be open and selling food and other wares along Broadway, Cypress, and Old Town Park, and the Roscoe Historical Museum will be open for visitors.

The Roscoe Express will be available to shuttle people free of charge between downtown and the Plowboy Mudbog during the afternoon.  There will also be free swimming from 1-5pm at the City Swimming Pool.

Music will begin “on the bricks” of Cypress next to the bank at four-thirty with Aaron Einhouse followed by Saints Eleven at six o’clock. From eight to nine-thirty, Scooter Jennings will take the stage and will play until the ever popular fireworks show at about 9:45.

Here are more details about the various events of the day:

THE PANCAKE BREAKFAST

The Lions Club Pancake Breakfast will start at 8am and end at 10am before the start of the parade. Pancakes, bacon, sausage, coffee, and juice will be served for $5/plate in the empty building next to the former Smacker’s CafĂ© on Broadway. All proceeds from the ticket sales and breakfast will be used to support the Roscoe Lions Club charitable activities for the year.

THE PARADE

Once again, parade organizers invite your participation. They are looking for creativity and variety. Float awards will be presented to best overall, best western, and most patriotic. Prizes will also be awarded to the best antique vehicle, best motorcycle, and best semi. Anything is welcome!

The parade will start at 10:00am.  Line-up will be on West Broadway at 9:30am, and judging will be at 9:45am.

For more information, call Valerie Pruitt at 325-338-4666.

THE PLOWBOY MUDBOG

This year’s Plowboy Mudbog at George Parks Field will feature mudboggers from as far away as Dallas, Amarillo, and New Mexico. Registration for entrants begins at 9:30am Saturday morning at the northwest corner of the baseball field at Second and Sycamore Streets.  The driver entry fee is $30.

Entries will be in five classes:

1.    Street: 35” tires and under with limited engine modification.
2.    Super Street: 35” with engine vac under 13”.
3.    Modified: 36” to 39” with limited engine modification.
4.    Super Modified: 36” to 39” with engine vac under 13”.
5.    Open: 40” and over.

Since there’s an advantage in going last rather than first, each mud vehicle makes two runs, with the second run in reverse order from the first.

The public gate will open at 11:00am with mudbog action beginning at noon. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for students 11 to 16. Kids 10 and under are free.  Proceeds will benefit the Roscoe Baseball Little League. The Little League will also run the concession booth.

Time permitting, there will also be a Plowboy Mudbog “Dash for Cash,” an entertaining event featuring kids running through knee-deep mud.

Spectators are encouraged to bring sun block, mosquito repellent, canopy, and lawn chairs. For more information, see the Plowboy Mudbog Facebook page, or contact Felix Pantoja at 325-514-8384.

CITY SWIMMING POOL

Swimming at the Roscoe City Pool will be free of charge from 1:00-5:00pm.  The City Pool is located at 4th and Cedar Streets next to the City Park.

For more information, contact Isabel Moore at 325-514-9416.

THE FREE CONCERT AND STREET DANCE

The music stage will be set up on Cypress Street between the Roscoe State Bank and Old Town Park. Aaron Einhouse will open the show at around four-thirty, followed by Saints Eleven at around six. They will be followed at eight o’clock by this year’s feature act, Shooter Jennings and band, who will play until 9:30 or so.

Aaron Einhouse is a regular on the Texas music circuit. Here is his single “Oh, Susannah” as he and his band performed it on the TV series Texas Music Scene.

Saints Eleven is a Dallas/Denton band who sang at this year’s Outlaws & Legends Music Fest in Abilene. Their music, which lead singer Jeff Grossman calls Americana, is not unlike Texas Country/Red Dirt. They have three albums: I'll Be Fine, I Told You, and Coming Back Around.

Singer/songwriter Shooter Jennings is the son of country-music legend Waylon Jennings and a star in his own right. Over a long career, he has produced several albums and performed or had his songs performed in TV shows and movies. He has also recorded songs with Billy Ray Cyrus, Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, Wanda Jackson, and others.

FIREWORKS SHOW

The fireworks show, organized, as always, by City Councilman Robert McBride, will be a memorable event that fittingly tops off the day. The show begins at about 9:40pm and will be done at about ten o’clock.

Those who are still not done celebrating can then go to the Lumberyard, where there will be live music free of charge by the Black Lillies and dancing until 1:00am.

So, if you're in the area on Saturday, make plans to attend, bring lawn chairs and coolers, and help us celebrate the country’s independence!

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PIT BULL ATTACKS LOCAL WOMAN ON MORNING JOG

Mari Cornett was viciously attacked at 3rd and Cedar by a pit bull while on her early morning jog last Thursday morning, June 22. She was badly bitten and received multiple wounds. She was taken to Rolling Plains Memorial Hospital where she was treated and released.

The dog’s owner, Julie Villa, is receiving a citation for not properly penning the dog. She is also responsible for all medical bills for the victim plus veterinarian fees for putting the dog down and having the head sent to Austin for rabies testing. Fortunately, the results were negative.

Police Chief Felix Pantoja would once again like to remind Roscoe residents to follow the law regarding leash laws and at-large dogs. Recently, several dogs have been seen running loose, and their owners are legally responsible for any damage they may cause. Vicious dogs may in certain cases be classed as deadly weapons and their attacks as third-degree felonies.

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REWARD OFFERED FOLLOWING BURGLARY SOUTHWEST OF ROSCOE

Mike Massey’s house six miles southwest of Roscoe was burglarized in the early morning hours of Thursday, June 22, and several valuable items, mostly collectibles, were taken. Massey is offering a $5000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the perpetrator.

If you have any information that will lead to the solution of this crime, please contact the Nolan County Sheriff’s Office at 325-235-5471 or Mike Massey directly at 325-514-0829.

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LUMBERYARD CELEBRATES THE 4TH WITH KYLE PARK FRIDAY, BLACK LILLIES AFTER FIREWORKS SATURDAY– NO COVER!

The Black Lillies.
When the City’s fireworks show is over at about ten o’clock Saturday night, it may be time for the kiddies and old folks to go home, but the grown-ups who want to continue the celebration are in for a real treat. The Lumberyard has booked a name band, The Black Lillies, and is going all out by inviting everyone to a late-night dance with no cover charge. That’s right—the Lumberyard is footing the bill on this one. It’s a first for them and should be a great way for everyone to wrap up a great Independence Day party in Roscoe.

The Black Lillies are an Americana band from Knoxville, Tennessee, who have been around since 2009. They are led by Cruz Contreras and originally made an impact on the Tennessee music scene with their album Whiskey Angel, which was nominated for the tenth annual Independent Music Awards in 2010. The following year they produced 100 Miles of Wreckage, which peaked at no. 11 on the Americana radio charts. Their third CD, Runaway Freeway Blues (2013) was on in the Americana Music Association’s top five for over five months, and their most recent album, Hard to Please, reached #30 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart. Popular singles include “Same Mistakes” and “Smokestack Lady.”
 
Kyle Park
On Friday night, Kyle Park will begin the weekend music fest with a return engagement at the Lumberyard. He writes and produces his own songs, which might loosely be termed a part of the current Texas Country genre. Born in Austin in 1985, he formed a band while a student at Texas State University in San Marcos. His first album, Big Time, was released in 2005, and since then he has produced five others, the most recent being Beggin’ for More, released in 2013. His single “The Night is Young” reached #1 on the Texas Country Charts in 2013. Three other singles, “Fit for the King,” “Long Distance Relationship,” and “Turn That Crown Upside Down,” were all Top Ten hits on the Texas Music Chart.

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

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WEATHER REPORT: A COOL SPELL AND RAIN (FOR SOME)

Puddles at 4th and Cypress yesterday.
Although the weather was varied this past week, it was marked by some unusually cool weather for the beginning of summer, strong chances for rain that didn’t pan out, and then, finally, on Monday, by a shower that didn’t last long but really poured down while it did.

The days leading up to the weekend continued last week’s trend of hot weather. Thursday’s high was 99°F, followed by Friday’s 103°. But then the anticipated cold front arrived, bringing rain to some areas in the vicinity but not to Roscoe. The temperature dropped quickly and refreshingly, though, and fell from over a hundred down into the seventies in less than an hour. The cool temperatures then hung around all weekend until yesterday when the numbers began rising again. Lows that had been at 75° on Friday morning were down to 63° on Saturday, and the difference was noticeably pleasant. Morning temperatures remained in the sixties until this morning, and I took advantage of them by opening my home’s windows and outside doors.

The weekend chances for rain were high, anywhere from 40% to 70%, but the rains never materialized until Monday afternoon, when a storm cloud approached from the southwest and hit Roscoe with a quick, hard shower. I got .6” in my rain gauge, but I talked to some people from Maryneal who said they got 3½ inches and others from Wastella who said they didn’t get a drop. Kenny Landfried recorded an official .35" in east Roscoe and got 1.45" on his farm on Cottonwood Creek northwest of Roscoe. So, the amount people got in this case really did depend on the location because the rainfall and amounts weren’t general.

Yesterday the temperature warmed back up to 90°, today will continue the trend with an anticipated 94°, and tomorrow should top out at around 101°, so our brief break from the heat is apparently over. The weekend will be only slightly cooler with a Friday high of 97°, and 95° on Saturday and Sunday. Lows will be in the low to mid-seventies.  Chances of rain are at 20% through Monday and 0% after that.

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