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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.



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.



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

Schedule of events:


            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.


            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:

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


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.



Saturday, September 3

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.



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.



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.



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.


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.



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.



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.


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

Schedule of events:


            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.


            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:

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


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.




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!



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.



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.


Wednesday, August 10, 2016

City Council Hears Complaints, Conducts Business

City Manager Cody Thompson addresses the City Council.
At its monthly meeting in City Hall yesterday evening, the City Council heard complaints from Bryan Sheridan about sewer problems and from Bandera neighborhood residents about poor drainage from rains. It also heard public works updates from the City Manager, approved the parade route for the Roscoe High Homecoming, and set a date for the Council’s budget workshop.

Roscoe resident Bryan Sheridan complained of a sewer problem at his home that has been ongoing for some time, explaining that raw sewage sometimes enters the basement bathtub and overflows causing considerable damage and an overwhelming odor when it does. City Manager Cody Thompson responded that he was well aware of the problem and would do what he could to alleviate it. He said the only real progress will come when the City undertakes extensive sanitary sewer line improvements starting in November. At that time, workers will be able to set the City line lower than it is now and lower than the line going from Sheridan’s home, which is currently level with the City line.

Thompson told Bandera residents that the City will attempt to alleviate their drainage woes by placing a 18" culvert in the southeast corner of that development, which will allow water to drain to the south. He said Cheyenne Smith is filing a right-of-way permit with the State Highway Department that allows them to install the culvert that will let excess water flow into the drainage ditch on the west side of FM 608.

Thompson reported to the Council that City workers have cleaned up the fallen tree limbs in town and have been patching potholes in the streets. Seal coating of City streets by the City and County, starting with Second Street, will begin later this week. Plans for the sanitary sewer improvements will be submitted for approval this month, bids for the job will be opened in October, and construction should begin in November.

He and other City employees will attend a mandatory TEDC (Texas Economic Development Council) school in Lubbock on August 25 and 26. He also reported that Joseph Galvan is no longer employed by the City of Roscoe.

The Council then approved the parade route submitted by the Homecoming Committee and set the City’s budget workshop for Monday, August 22, at 7:00pm.



The steady increases in RCISD student enrollment seen in the past five years have leveled off this year and, in fact, show a slight decrease from 2015 in total enrollment. Enrollment for all grades, pre-K through 12, this year is 604, down by 14 from last year’s initial enrollment of 618. Here are the figures for the two years:

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

The biggest dropoff for any grade was in kindergarten, where this year’s enrollment of 36 is 19 below last year’s 55. None of the other grades had increases or decreases of more than ten.



Cheerleaders and crowd at a previous Plowboy Preview.
The annual Plowboy Preview will be held tomorrow, August 11, with a hamburger cookout behind the east stands starting at 6:30pm, with burger, chips, and drink costing $6.  Then at about 7:15, this year’s football players, coaches, cheerleaders, and band will be introduced in front of the east stands.

On Friday, the Plowboys will scrimmage Munday in Munday starting at 6:00pm.



The Lewis Snyder Memorial at Main and Broadway.
Thursday, August 4, marked the fiftieth anniversary of the senseless killing of Roscoe nightwatchman Lewis Snyder by a young man from Sweetwater who had gone on a spree after reportedly taking a hallucinogenic drug. Snyder, who had worked most of his life for the Roscoe, Snyder & Pacific Railway, had retired but took on the nightwatchman’s job to help cover medical expenses for his ailing wife. The killer, Mark Richard Harris, 15, was apprehended in Fort Worth and later tried. He was convicted and received a ten-year probated sentence.

On Thursday, one of Mr. Snyder's daughters, Mrs. Ethel Champion of San Angelo, placed the memorial on the northeast corner of Main and Broadway, near where he was shot and killed. You can see it there.

Editor’s note: In the years before Roscoe had a Police force, the City employed a nightwatchman as its chief law enforcement officer during the night. During the day, that duty was handled by the City Marshal.



Christopher Boyd
An arrest warrant has been issued by Roscoe Police Department and the District Attorney’s office for a local man, Christopher Devon Boyd, 21. The warrant alleges sexual assault of a minor that occurred in Roscoe in July. He has yet to be arrested and is believed to be in hiding in Abilene.

He is currently free on bond on a capital murder charge from an incident that occurred in Snyder in 2013. If you have any knowledge of his whereabouts, contact law enforcement at 325-235-5471.



Jessie Marth with four generations of her descendants on Sunday.
Friends and family gathered at the Salem Lutheran Church on Sunday afternoon to celebrate the 102nd birthday of Roscoe’s oldest citizen, Mrs. Jessie Marth. Still spry, she enjoyed the cake and the attention of everyone who had come to help her celebrate the completion of yet another year.

She was born on August 9, 1914, near Waxahachie in Ellis County and came to Roscoe with her family during the depression. She married Rudolph Marth on December 19, 1934, and they were together until he passed away in 1982. They had two children, Donald and Frances.

In addition to her life as a farm wife and mother, she is a member of the First Salem Lutheran Church. She was the first woman to serve on its Church Council and taught Sunday School for many years. She is a former member of the Friendship Club, the Home Demonstration Club, and the Bridge Club, and has served as a 4-H leader. She also volunteered at the Roscoe Care Home. She made quilts and afghans for each of her children and grandchildren. She also had the privilege of drawing plans for and having two homes built, one in 1950 and the other in 1970.

Here’s wishing her many more happy, healthy, and fruitful years!



There were two significant errors in the 2016 Plowboy schedule posted last week. One concerns the date and site of the Haskell game and the other the time for the beginning of the district games. The Haskell game will be played on Friday here in Roscoe instead of Sweetwater on Thursday in the Sammy Baugh Classic. And this year, because of the long distances between the schools, all district games will begin at 7:00pm instead of 7:30pm, which is when all non-district games will start.

So, disregard last week’s posting of the 2016 Plowboy football schedule, and use this one instead:

          Date                 Opponent        Location              Start Time
          Aug. 12            Munday**        Munday                6:00
          Aug. 18            Hawley **        Roscoe                  6:00
          Aug. 26            Haskell             Roscoe                  7:30
          Sept.  2             Early                Roscoe                   7:30
          Sept.  9             Albany              Albany                  7:30
          Sept. 16            OPEN
          Sept. 23            Anson              Anson                    7:30
          Sept. 30            Menard           Roscoe                   7:30
          Oct.  7               Roby*              Roby                      7:00
          Oct. 14              Plains*             Plains                    7:00
          Oct. 21              Seagraves*      Roscoe                  7:00
          Oct. 28             Tahoka*           Tahoka                  7:00
          Nov.  4              Hamlin*           Roscoe                  7:00

** = Scrimmage
* = District Game
The September 2 game with Early is at Homecoming.



The northeast sky during Monday's sunset. Photo by David Duncan.
It’s been another week of blistering heat, clear to partly cloudy skies, south to southeast winds, and no rain. Temperatures varied from highs of 100°F on Thursday to yesterday’s 96° with lows from 77° on Thursday and Monday to 74° on Saturday. On Monday night and yesterday morning there were big rains north of us but nothing around here until last night when a front from the west almost made it to Roscoe and left us with a sprinkle. It momentarily got the sidewalks wet but was not enough to be measureable. And today, tomorrow, and Friday should follow suit with highs of 98° to 100° and lows in the mid to upper seventies.

However, forecasters are currently giving us an 80% chance of rain on Saturday, 60% on Sunday, and 40% on Monday. High temperatures on those days should drop into the mid to low eighties with lows as cool as 69° on Monday morning. Let’s hope they’re right. We could sure use some rain and cooler weather for a change.



A memorial service for Carol Wilkins Moore, 67, will be held at 4:00pm on Friday, August 26, aboard the White Light Yacht of Huntington Beach, California, and her ashes will be scattered at sea, as she wished.

She passed away at her home in Fountain Valley, California, Sunday morning, August 7, surrounded by love for her by her husband; her sister, Marselle Sloane; and her sister’s daughter and namesake, Lisa Carol.

She was born on June 8, 1949, in Roscoe and was a 1967 graduate of Roscoe High School. She was a CNE analyst for one company for fourteen years as computer network support for hospitals nationally.

She is survived by her husband, Dr. John Moore; her sister, Marselle Sloane; her brother Berry Wilkins; nine nieces and nephews; and a large extended family.

In Lieu of flowers please donate to your favorite charity or Orange Coast Memorial Foundation, Fountain Valley, California. 


Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Tanya Tucker at Lumberyard Friday Night

Country great Tanya Tucker.
West Texans will get a rare opportunity Friday night to see country singing legend Tanya Tucker at the Lumberyard.  And Tanya Tucker will get a rare opportunity to see West Texans again. In a recent interview she explained, “I’ve wanted to go back to West Texas for a while now. It feels like coming home. I’m really looking forward to having a good time.”

Tanya Tucker, who was born in Seminole, was a child singing prodigy whose recording of “Delta Dawn” at the age of 13 launched her into the national spotlight, a position she has maintained ever since. In the ‘70s she was a teen star, singing such songs as “What’s Your Mama’s Name,” “Blood Red and Goin’ Down,” “Lizzie and the Rainman,” and “Would You Lay with Me.” In the ‘80s, there were “I Won’t Take Less Than Your Love,” “If It Don’t Come Easy,” and “Strong Enough to Bend,” along with many others. In the ‘90s, there were singles like “Hangin’ On,” and in 1994, she was the halftime performer at the Super Bowl. In 1997 she was inducted into the Texas Music Country Hall of Fame, and in 2009 her album My Turn climbed the billboard country charts. Considered an Outlaw country artist, she is ranked No. 9 on CMT’s Dozen Greatest Outlaws and is the only woman on the list.

She has won numerous awards over her long career, from Top New Female Vocalist in 1972 to one of the 40 Greatest Women of Country Music in 2002. She has also been nominated for ten Grammy Awards.

She has never married but has had relationships with many fellow entertainers, among them Merle Haggard, Don Johnson, Andy Gibb, and Glen Campbell.

Opening for her Friday night will be Jake Penrod, whose resemblance and ability to sound like Hank Williams, Sr., has been one of his greatest assets. His band, the Honky Tonk Cowboys, is made up of former members of Hank Thompson’s Brazos Valley Boys and Bob Wills’ Texas Playboys. Expect Jake to sing hits by Ray Price, Johnny Bush, and Faron Young, as well as those by Hank Williams. He will take the stage around 7:00pm.

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



Plowboys do stepping drills at Plowboy Field yesterday morning.
Since Monday, this year’s edition of the Roscoe Plowboys has been rising early for 6:30am practices as they begin preparing for the 2016 football season. They are hoping to build on the stunning success of last year’s team that lost its first four games before turning its season around with an eight-game winning streak and a trip to the Regional Finals before falling to Iraan.

It won’t be easy, though, with the new district re-alignments. The Plowboys find themselves this year in District 4-2A DII, which also contains Seagraves, whose team made the State Semi-Finals last year, as well as with Hamlin, which always manages to field good teams. Dave Campbell’s Texas Football, the annual publication considered to be the last word on Texas football, has made its predictions for all the high school districts, and here is its forecast finish for the Plowboys’ new district:

          1. Seagraves
          2. Roscoe
          3. Hamlin
          4. Tahoka
          5. Plains
          6. Roby

However, that’s just a guess, and Texas Football predicted that the Plowboys would finish second in district last year, too. Instead, they won the district outright with a perfect 5-0 record, and they will be looking to do the same again this year. They return five starters on both offense and defense and have several younger prospects coming up who are ready to compete on the varsity level.

The Plowboys will be led by senior quarterback Brayden Beal (5’9”, 165), who threw for 40 TDs and over 3000 yards last year. His accomplishments have been noticed by sportswriters, and Texas Football predicts he will be the district’s offensive MVP. Much of his success, however, will depend on his supporting cast, both the blockers and receivers.

Players to watch include wide receiver Jose Ortega (5’7”, 160), running backs Francisco Garcia (5’10”, 185) and Diego Garza (5’9”, 155), and linemen Matt Buckley (6’0”, 245), Paul Pantoja (5’11”, 200), and John Castillo (6’2”, 295). Pantoja really came on at the end of the season last year and will lead the defense this year along with safety Juan Solis (5’9”, 150).

Other Plowboys expected to be much improved this year include Austin Willman, Roady Mann, Isaias Aguilar, Santiago Guia, Parker Payne, Tait Fullwood, and Clemente Aguayo.

Keeping with his philosophy of scheduling tough non-district games, Head Coach Jake Freeman has lined up another murderer’s row of area powerhouses to test the Plowboys’ mettle and hone their skills before they begin district play. Here’s the 2016 schedule:

          Date                 Opponent         Location
          Aug. 12            Munday**        Munday
          Aug. 18            Hawley **        Roscoe
          Aug. 25            Haskell             Sweetwater
          Sept.  2             Early                Roscoe
          Sept.  9             Albany             Albany
          Sept. 16            OPEN
          Sept. 23            Anson              Anson
          Sept. 30            Menard           Roscoe
          Oct.  7               Roby*              Roby
          Oct. 14              Plains*             Plains
          Oct. 21              Seagraves*      Roscoe
          Oct. 28             Tahoka*           Tahoka
          Nov.  4             Hamlin*           Roscoe

** = Scrimmage (6:00pm start)
* = District Game (Regular season games start at 7:30pm)

The September 2 game with Early is at Homecoming.



The Roscoe Community Center is under new leadership. The person to contact for building rentals is Misty Bruns-Reynolds at 325-338-1005, and the new President, Elisha Jowers, should be contacted for any other questions or concerns regarding the Center. Her number is 325-277-4113.

Community Center volunteers are proud to announce that they are bringing Bingo Night to the Center, coming in September. More details will follow soon.

They are also beginning the process of renovating the building. A new foam layer has already been sprayed on the roof, which should improve both the sound and insulation as well as preventing leakage, and Phase 1 of the renovations should be completed by August 10. Pictures and details will be provided as the improvements are made.

The Community Center volunteers would like to thank all the Roscoe businesses, residents, and rentals for all the help they’ve provided.



Note: School begins on Monday. Please drive accordingly.

Mon., August 8 – Classes begin

Thu., Aug. 11 – Plowboy Preview, 6pm

Fri., Aug. 12 – First Plowboy scrimmage at Munday, 6pm

Thu., Aug. 18 – College classes begin

Fri., Aug. 18 – Plowboy scrimmage vs. Hawley @ Roscoe, 6pm

Fri., Sat., Sept. 2-3 - RHS/RCHS Homecoming



Vickie's Gifts will hold its Grand Re-Opening on Friday evening from 6:00-8:00pm to coincide with the appearance of Tanya Tucker at the Lumberyard. In addition to a look at the shop after its re-modeling, guests will be treated to a live DJ and refreshments.

In addition, other downtown businesses including The Blackland Smokehouse, The Wildflower Boutique, and Main Street Antiques, will also be open to 8:00pm.



On Monday, TxDOT crews began maintenance work on westbound I-20 near exit 238A east of Roscoe. Some delays can be expected along with intermittent closures while repairs are underway. If possible, drivers should use an alternate route while work is being completed, which is expected to take about one week.

TxDOT reminds drivers to always drive to conditions and to be especially watchful for crew members and large, slow-moving equipment in work zones.

For more information, contact Mary Belle Turner at 325-676-6817 or



The sunset on Sunday.
It’s been another hot, dry week with almost no change from the week before. We are indeed in the dog days of August. Daily highs have typically been in the upper nineties with winds from the south or southeast, clear to partly cloudy skies, and morning lows in the mid-seventies. The high for the week was 99°F on Monday and yesterday, and the low was 72° on Friday morning.

The forecast is for more of the same. The predicted highs for today and tomorrow are 100° with lows of 76° both days. And the highs for the coming week range from 98° to 100° with forecast lows at either 75° or 76°. And there is a 0% chance of rain in the forecast.



Graveside services were held June 25th in Greensburg, KS, for Elnora Althof Peters, 87, who passed away on June 22 at the Schowalter Villa in Hesston, KS.  A memorial service was held on July 6 at Koerner Heights Church in Newton, KS.

Elnora was born on July 11, 1928, in Roscoe, the daughter of Edwin and Esther Kiphen Althof. She graduated from Roscoe High School in 1945 and married Arnold Kenneth Peters in Roscoe on May 21, 1946.

She and Arnold made their home on a farm outside Greensburg shortly after being married. There they farmed, raised cattle and hogs, and operated a grade A dairy for many years. They also started the Dairy Delite in Greensburg.

She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Greensburg for 45 years, where she was the organist and pianist. Elnora and Arnold spent winters in South Texas for 17 years. They moved to Newton in October 2002. Arnold died on December 18, 2003.

While living in Newton, she attended Koerner Heights Church and was a member of the KCH Auxiliary. She loved cooking, sewing, and embroidering, and authored two cook books.

Survivors include two daughters, Joyce Martens and husband Lowell of Newton, KS, and Arnetta Boyce and husband Ed of Allen, KS; sister Frances Hughes of Roscoe; brother Edwin Althof, Jr., and wife Johnnie of Henrietta, Texas; eight grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren; and two sons-in-law, Ed Fenton of Topeka and John Ford of Newton.

Elnora is preceded in death by her parents; husband; two daughters, Peggy Jean Fenton and Dorothy Ann (Lane) Ford; three brothers, Wilbert, Raymond and Clarence Althof; grandson, Donald Barker; and great-grandchildren Adison and Austin Martens.


Wednesday, July 27, 2016

RCHS 2016 Homecoming Set for September 2-3

Roscoe exes at last year's pep rally.
The RCHS Homecoming Committee has announced that this year’s homecoming has been set for the first weekend of September, specifically Friday, September 2, and Saturday, September 3.

Here is the tentative schedule of events for the two days:

Friday, Sept. 2

1:30-2:30pm  Registration, reception & refreshments - Special Events Entrance

2:45pm  Pep Rally – Old Gym

4:00 – 7:00pm  Potato Bake benefiting Girls’ Athletics – Cafetorium

7:30pm  Roscoe Plowboys vs Early Longhorns

8:30-9:30pm  Registration, coffee and fellowship – Special Events Concession Area

10:00 pm Entertainment by Anna Mae Smith Peptis at The Lumberyard

Saturday, Sept 3

8:30-9:30am  Registration, coffee and donuts at Kelly’s Place on Broadway, hosted by Roscoe Lions Club

10:00am  Parade  -  Parade route from Broadway, Oak Street to High School

11:30am-1:30pm  Lunch and Program – RCHS Cafetorium, entertainment by Anna Mae Smith Peptis, and Tours of STEM Academy

1:30-2:30pm  Reminiscing with classmates and friends

2:30-4:00pm  Tour of Roscoe Museum, shopping in downtown Roscoe

9:30pm-1:00am  Entertainment and dancing at The Lumberyard


Homecoming Committee members Teresa McFaul Watson and Connie McIntire Baize also report that the RHS classes of 1976 and 1986 are hosting a reunion for all Roscoe alumni on Saturday, September 3, with a barbecue supper beginning at 6:00pm. The menu includes brisket, sausage, chicken, pinto beans, potato salad, garden salad, and desserts. Drinks include tea, lemonade, water, and coffee.

If you plan to attend, please RSVP as soon as possible so organizers can make sure there is plenty of food. Cost is $15.00 per person. Contact Connie, Teresa, or Tim Thompson if you would like to prepay for your tickets.

All Roscoe alumni are welcome to attend, and even if you don't plan to eat, there will be areas for you to visit with classmates and catch up with old friends.

Organizers also say that Holiday Inn Express in Sweetwater is offering special rates for the weekend! Make plans to attend, and please share this information with others! For more information, consult the Roscoe Homecoming or the Roscoe High School Friends Facebook pages.



RCHS Robotics team at San Antonio earlier this year.
Roscoe High School’s Robotics Team is sending 11 students to Texas UIL’s first-ever FIRST state robotics championship this weekend at the Austin Convention Center to compete against 31 other Texas schools of all classes, almost all of them larger.

The Abilene Reporter-News was in town last week to describe Roscoe’s preparations for the upcoming event and to interview Roscoe’s players and coaches for a front-page article written by Timothy Chipp. It ran in the Reporter-News on Sunday. You can access the article and a video clip, also by Chipp, by clicking here.

The Plowbots will be competing in a game called Stronghold, which involves negotiating an obstacle course with two other allies to attack a castle. They play several rounds with different allies, and the teams with the most points at the end of the game are the winners.


Mon., Aug. 1 – Plowboy football two-a-days begin, 6:30am

Mon., August 8 – Classes begin

Thu., Aug. 11 – Plowboy Preview, 6pm

Fri., Aug. 12 – First Plowboy scrimmage at Munday, 6pm

Thu., Aug. 18 – College classes begin

Fri., Aug. 18 – Plowboy scrimmage vs. Hawley @ Roscoe, 6pm



Summer sky.
There’s nothing unusual to report about this week’s weather since it has been just about as typical for this time of year as it could possibly be—with the possible exception of the higher humidity, around 50%. Skies have been clear to partly cloudy with breezes from the south or southeast, afternoon highs have been in the mid to upper nineties, and early morning lows have been in the mid-seventies. The highs for the week were 99°F on Sunday and Monday, and the low was 73° yesterday morning.

The outlook for the coming week is for more of the same. There is a 20% chance of thundershowers through Friday with a 0% chance thereafter. The weather will also be a little cooler through Friday. Today and tomorrow are projected to have highs of only 93° with Friday’s rising to 95°, but then on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday they should be back in the upper nineties. Humidity will continue somewhat higher than normal at around 50%.

A break in the heat with some precipitation would be nice, but it doesn’t appear very likely.


Wednesday, July 20, 2016

City Council Hears Reports, Deals with Bandera Drainage Problems

The City Manager discusses drainage with a group of Bandera residents.
At its monthly meeting Thursday evening, Roscoe’s City Council once again tackled the drainage woes experienced in the Bandera development south of I-20 and tried to come up with an acceptable way to alleviate the problem. City Manager Cody Thompson presented the Council and Bandera residents with a map of the housing development showing the results of a survey conducted by Cheyenne Smith. The relative elevations show no clear path for water runoff. The low point is in the southwest corner of the development, and the high point is in the northeast, just the opposite of what is needed.

Thompson said that one possibility would be the insertion of a 36” culvert in the southeast corner, which would allow water to cross under FM 608 and drain southward. Another would be the building of a berm along the south and west sides to block water coming in from the adjacent cotton field, although this would depend on the agreement of the field's owner. And although Thompson also told residents that he and Commissioner Willman will do what they can, the City and County are not ultimately responsible for the situation as the development was built without proper regard to satisfactory drainage before the area was part of the City.

Police Chief Felix Pantoja gave the Roscoe Police Report for the month of June, informing the Council that there had been 84 total calls, 1 arrest, 3 crash reports, and 2 citations. He also said that the Department has hired a new part-time officer, Michael Redwine, who will share duties with part-time officer Dickie Summers.

Thompson reported that the City’s Independence Day Celebration on July 2 was another success with over 2000 people in town on Friday night and about 3500 on Saturday. There were no problems of any consequence on either day, and all the events from the pancake breakfast, parade, Plowboy Mudbog, street vendors, free concert, street dance, and fireworks show were apparently enjoyed by all who attended.

Thompson also informed the Council that he now has his C water license and City worker Joe Vick has his D water license after attending classes and taking tests. He also reported that the owner of the old Truck and Travel Truck Stop will be putting in a lift station as a part of its renovation.

The City and County will be seal-coating City streets and country roads for the next thirty days, including areas of Second and Third Streets, which badly need it.

Budget workshops will take place in mid-August.

The Council also approved the appointment of Alissa Parrott to the 4-B Tax Board, as well as a resolution to participate with Atmos Cities Steering Committee and authorizing a payment of 2.5 cents per capita to fund regulatory and related activities to Atmos Energy Corporation.



Returning Plowboy quarterback Brayden Beal was interviewed last week on the evening news shows of KTAB-TV and KRBC-TV. The report indicates he is confident and ready to lead this year’s Plowboys to another winning season.

You can read the resulting article on the Big Country Homepage by clicking here.

The Plowboys will begin preparing for the 2016 season with practices beginning August 1.



Extensive remodeling is underway at Vicki's Gifts.
Vickie’s Gifts has been closed all this week for remodeling but should re-open again tomorrow. Remodeling, however, will continue with a Grand Re-Opening tentatively scheduled for about August 5.

Once finished, the shop’s front door will be in a new location, and there will be additional space for merchandise.



The Roscoe Lions Club would like to say “Thank You!” to everyone who came out to the July 4th Pancake Breakfast and to the many who purchased raffle tickets. These were very successful events for our club and would not have been possible without your generosity. We look forward to giving back to our community and hope that you will continue to support the Roscoe Lions Club.

Roscoe Lions Club – Shane Tomlin



RCHS 2016 Varsity Cheerleaders
The Roscoe Varsity Cheerleaders are selling business ads for the 2016-2017 football programs. There are also $25 ads for parents who would like to show their support for their child. If you would like to purchase an ad, please contact a cheerleader or Linda Hatcher at RCHS. Thanks so much for your support!



The Lumberyard kicks off the weekend with Bri Bagwell and the Banned Friday night followed by a command presentation of Bobby Flores and his Yellow Rose Band on Saturday.

Bri Bagwell
Bri Bagwell, who grew up in Las Cruces, NM, has been singing since childhood, originally performing with her twin brothers, and now travels the Texas honky-tonk circuit. She has been to Nashville and hopes to become country music’s next superstar. Her musical influences include Miranda Lambert, Patty Griffin, and Johnny Cash. This video features her singing her single “Whiskey.”

Bobby Flores
Perhaps best known as the former fiddle player for Ray Price, Texas swing artist and Grammy Award winner Bobby Flores has also had quite a career on his own both as a featured performer and as a session musician. He has been playing professionally since the age of seven and studied music theory and classical violin at Trinity University.

He has composed and performed in TV commercials and won numerous awards, among them induction into the Texas Western Swing Hall of Fame. His recording of “I Wonder Who’ll Turn Out the Lights” is featured in the Tommy Jones movie Three Burials. He and his band Angel Fire have opened for George Strait, Garth Brooks, Tanya Tucker, Conway Twitty, and others. His Yellow Rose Band features three fiddles and some of the world’s best musicians.

His most recent album is Fast Company. Others include Eleven Roses, Christmas in Ol’ San Antone, Neon Nights, Direct from Blanco County, Too Many Rivers, Festival Favorites, and Just for the Record.

Tickets are $10 for Bri Bagwell and $15 for Bobby Flores. For reservations and more information, phone the Lumberyard at 325-766-2457.



Eden Baker took this photo of Thursday's spectacular sunset.
For the past couple of weeks, area residents have endured relentless heat and the dry weather typical of mid-July in this part of the world. I wasn’t here to experience the rogue sandstorm that hit the area on Tuesday, July 5, but I have heard plenty about it. The unusual event occurred because of the collapse of a cloud in the Snyder area, which increased the heat and produced high winds gusting up to 60mph. The result was an extended sandstorm that destroyed or damaged much of the young cotton around Roscoe.

A few days later on July 9, a thunderstorm produced anywhere from a trace to a half-inch, depending on location, but other than that, there has been little to no precipitation, generally clear skies, and daily winds from the south to southeast. High temperatures have ranged from 94° to 100°F with lows consistently in the mid-seventies.

The outlook for the coming week is for more of the same. Highs will be in the upper nineties, lows in the mid-seventies, humidity in the 40%-50% range—high for this area, with warm breezes from the south or southeast. There is no rain in the forecast.


Wednesday, July 13, 2016

No Roscoe Hard Times This Week

There will be no Roscoe Hard Times this week. I returned from a trip to the Canary Islands Monday night and haven't had the time or energy to gather the news. The blog will resume next week.
                                                                                        --Edwin Duncan


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