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Wednesday, October 12, 2016

West Texas Wind Festival This Saturday

Cooder Graw, this year's featured band for the free concert and street dance.
Plans are being finalized for the tenth annual West Texas Wind Festival, and organizers are expecting a large crowd, especially for the free concert and the fireworks show. The weather is predicted to cooperate with sunny skies and a high in the upper eighties.

As usual, the downtown streets will be lined with vendors all afternoon and evening, and the Roscoe Historical Museum will be open. The Roscoe Express Shuttle will also be on hand to take people to and from selected parking areas and downtown all afternoon at no charge. Cooks will be barbecuing around the Fire House and Community Center most of the day.

The South Austin Moonlighters will open the free concert at 6:00pm.
Music for the free concert and street dance in Cypress Street will begin at six with the South Austin Moonlighters. They are a group of established musicians and songwriters who consider themselves and their music “True Americana,” a band that blends country, blues, folk, and rock. They are regulars at such Austin venues as The Saxon Pub and Threadgill’s, and Gruene Hall, just up the road. Singles include “You, Love, & Me,” “To Love Somebody,” and “Little Rain.”

They’ll be followed by about fifteen minutes of announcements and the cookoff results.

Then at around eight, Cooder Graw will take the stage. This band refers to its country/alternative  music as “loud country.” Best known for its song “Llano Estacado,” the group formed in 1998 and, unlike most bands, was made up from the start of members in their late thirties to early fifties. The lead singer, Matt Martindale, was the assistant DA of Gray County and guitarist Kelly Turner managed a manufacturing plant in Slaton.

They originally called themselves Coup de Grace, but since another band already had that name, they changed theirs to the Texas pronunciation of the original name, Cooder Graw. They produced several CDs, their first being Home at the Golden Light and toured extensively, becoming a major influence on the Texas scene, but in 2006 they broke up with a couple of members going back to their previous professions. Then in 2012, they got back together again, picked up two new members and have been performing ever since. Since re-uniting, they have produced two CDs, Front of House Live, and their latest CD, Cooder Graw: Love to Live By. Videos that exemplify their style include "Better Days," "Llano Estacado," "Motel Lights," and their latest, "Love to Live By."

The fireworks show will follow Cooder Graw’s performance at about 9:40 and conclude this year’s Wind Festival, although those who aren’t ready to go home yet can move over to the Lumberyard, where the music and celebration will go on until midnight.  There will be no cover charge.

Here are details for the RVFD Steak Cookoff and Plowboy Mudbog:

6th Annual "BBQ in the Wind" Steak Cookoff

First Place Steak Prize:

Sponsored by the Lumberyard and Young Farm Estates

16 oz. Rib Eye Steak
Pork Spare Ribs
Pulled Pork

Cooking fuel: wood, gas, or charcoal
6:30-8:30pm (Friday)/8:00am (Saturday) – Meat inspection begins
10:00am – Cooks’ meeting

Turn-in times:
3:00pm – Pulled Pork
4:00pm – Pork Spare Ribs
5:00pm – Rib Eye Steak

Dry camper spaces only. No hookups. One camper, one vehicle, up to 12' x 12' cover, and up to two pits in cooking area are allowed.

$150 for all 3 events. Must enter all 3 events to enter Steak category.

All proceeds go to the Roscoe Volunteer Fire Department.

Plowboy Mudbog

As always, mudboggers will be coming in from as far away as Hobbs, NM, the Panhandle, and several area towns to try their vehicles in Roscoe’s blackland mud, so competition will be fierce.

Registration for entrants begins at 9:30am Saturday morning at the northwest corner of George Parks Baseball Field at Second and Sycamore Streets.  The driver entry fee is $30.

Entries will be in six 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.
6.    Tractor Wheels  

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. Street and Super Street classes will do both their runs first, and then the rest of the classes will follow in order.

The public gate will open at 11:00am with the mudbog competition beginning at noon.  Admission is $5 for adults (17 and older) and $3 for kids (11-17), with free admission for children (10 and under).  Proceeds from gate and concession stand will benefit the Roscoe Volunteer Fire Department.

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, canopy, and lawn chairs. For more information, see the Plowboy Mudbog Facebook page, or contact Felix Pantoja at 325-514-8384.

For more information, contact Gary Armstrong at 325-235-4110.

Downtown Schedule:

6:00pm/7:30pm – The South Austin Moonlighters
7:40pm – Announcements of Cookoff Winners, give aways
8:00pm – The Cooder Graw Band
9:40pm – Fireworks Show
10:00pm – Event Ends



For the second week in a row, the Plowboys faced a weak team that was no match for them. They jumped out to a 21-0 lead over Roby in the first quarter and never looked back as they amassed a 45-0 lead at halftime, causing the coaches to agree to run the clock nonstop in a shortened second half.

It’s hard to fault Roby’s players. They do the best they can with what they have, but their high school enrollment is just a little over half of Roscoe’s (and less than half of Seagraves’ and Tahoka’s), and they just don’t have that many players to choose from. For the past two or three years, they’ve been hanging on, hoping for some increase in enrollment, I suppose. However, it’s just not happening, and, like Rotan did a couple of years ago, they’re going to have to face reality and go six-man if they ever want to have any future football success.

And it will be sad when it happens, just as it was with Rotan. Over the decades, the rivalries between the Plowboys and their Fisher County neighbors to the north have always been spirited, resulting in some great games—with the Plowboys winning some and the Lions or Yellowhammers winning others. But school enrollments are constantly changing, some growing while others shrink. And Roby is unfortunately one of the latter.

All three Plowboy TDs in the first quarter were pass plays, the first an 8-yarder from Brayden Beal to Diego Garza, the second a 27-yarder from Beal to Francisco Garcia, and the third a 64-yarder from Beal to Garza. In the second quarter, Garza scored on a 10-yard run, Clemente Aguayo scored on a 1-yard pass from Beal, and Garcia scored on a 2-yard run.

Then, Juan Garcia kicked a 35-yard field goal to make the score 45-0. That’s a pretty good distance for a high school kicker. Garcia was also 7 for 7 with his extra-point kicks, so it appears that the Plowboys now have a competent kicking game, which will be an asset as they move into more competitive games.

Francisco Garcia also scored in the third quarter on a 1-yard run to finish the Plowboy scoring, followed by Roby’s lone touchdown in the game.

The scoring by quarters was like this:

Plowboys          21        24        7          0
Roby                   0          0        8          0

For the evening, Brayden Beal completed 17 of 27 passes with no interceptions for 249 yards and 4 TDs. Francisco Garcia ran 11 times for 52 yards and 3 TDs, and Diego Garza ran twice for 20 yards. Garza led all receivers with 4 catches for 89 yards and 2 TDs, Junior Martinez caught 2 for 58 yards, Garcia 4 for 49 and 1 TD, Aguayo 4 for 46 and 1 TD, and Jose Ortega 2 for 6.

On defense, Juan Garcia and Tait Fullwood both had 5 tackles, Matt Buckley 3, Austin Willman and Jose Ortega 2, and several players had one.

The Plowboys are now 3-3 on the season and 1-0 in district play.

The Plowboys play their second district game this week with Plains in Plains. Why we’re in a district with Plains is beyond me because it’s 158 miles from Roscoe, so it will be a long trip for the players, band, and cheerleaders, as well as Plowboy fans making the trip. The Cowboys are 2-4 so far this year with victories over Smyer and San Jacinto Christian Academy (Amarillo). They are 0-1 in district, coming off a bad loss to Hamlin in Hamlin last week 55-0.

As with all district games this year, kickoff will be at 7:00pm.



City Manager Cody Thompson reports to the City Council.
At its monthly meeting at City Hall yesterday evening, the Roscoe City Council heard City Manager Cody Thompson report that the bidding schedule for sanitary sewer line improvements has been set. He also reported on other current City projects, and Roscoe Police Chief Felix Pantoja gave the Police Report for the month of September. The Council then passed some routine action items before adjourning.

Thompson has set the schedule for obtaining a contract for the sanitary sewer line improvements. As required by law, public notice will be given twice, once on October 14 and once on October 21, in the Sweetwater Reporter. Bidding will open on November 3, and the City Council will award the bid at its next monthly meeting on November 8.

Thompson reminded the Council that with the new fiscal year beginning on October 1, the $8 monthly raise for City water will be reflected on the November bills. Tax statements and cemetery donation requests will also go out.

City workers have mowed the cemetery and clean-up there is ongoing. Someone has volunteered to paint the gateway to the entrance to the cemetery. City workers are also making an extra effort to clean up the town this week for Saturday’s Tenth Annual West Texas Wind Festival.

Police Chief Felix Pantoja reported that the Department received 116 calls during the month of September and had two vehicle crash reports, as well as a report of an attempted kidnapping. The Department also managed to recover two shotguns stolen from a break-in at one of the Pecan Street Apartments.

Pantoja also reported that on Monday RHS alum and ex-marine Damian Deleon graduated from the West Central Texas Law Enforcement Academy in Abilene. He has now been employed to a full-time position with the Sweetwater Police Department.

The City Council then approved the 2015-16 fourth quarter investment report. They also granted a fireworks permit for the West Texas Wind Festival and approved the closing of downtown streets for the same event.



The Roscoe Police Department is placing on inactive status the alleged attempted kidnapping case reported September 28 by an Elementary student of RCISD.

Thanks to the help and quick response by the Department of Public Safety, Nolan County Sheriff’s Department, Sweetwater Police Department, and TSTC Police Department, extreme efforts were made to apprehend the purported suspect.

There have been no witnesses nor additional information to substantiate the student statement. RCISD appears to have sufficient security to prevent such an occurrence from taking place.

Felix Pantoja, Chief
Roscoe Police Department



Clear skies at dawn this morning.
The mild, dry weather from last week continued into this one, and we have had some beautiful, sunny days. There hasn’t been a cloud in the sky for two days, and today should be no different. Weekend temperatures were mild with a 73°F high on Friday, 71° on Saturday, and 76° on Sunday with lows around 50°. On Monday the high rose to 81° and yesterday to 88°. Today it should reach 90° before a front moves through dropping tomorrow morning’s low to 51° and tomorrow’s high to only 70°.

The heat will return on Friday, however, with a projected high of 85° and 90° for the Wind Festival on Saturday. Sunday’s high should reach 93° and Monday’s a blistering 95°. Lows will be in the upper sixties.

There is a 20% chance of showers tomorrow and Friday, 0% otherwise.



Gaynell (Cleckler) High, 83, passed away in Sweetwater Saturday, October 8, 2016. Services are pending with McCoy Funeral Home in Sweetwater.


Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Menard No Challenge for Plowboys, 62-0

Francisco Garcia races into the end zone for a TD in the first quarter.
This is a game that probably shouldn’t have been played. Last year, Menard and the Plowboys were both undefeated in district when they met in Menard to decide the championship. And, although the Yellowjackets were a pretty good team otherwise, they couldn’t cover the pass, and the Plowboys beat them handily, 49-13. But that was last year, when they were a senior-heavy team. This year, they are rebuilding and came into Roscoe with an 0-5 bunch that might be a good match for our JV boys. In short, it was no contest.

The Plowboys scored the first two TDs before many fans had found a place to sit. On their first possession, Francisco Garcia broke through the middle and ran 41 yards to paydirt, and after a Juan Solis extra-point kick, the Plowboys were up 7-0. After the kickoff, the Plowboys intercepted a pass and were right back in business. They quickly moved down the field, Garcia went over from the 5, and with another Solis kick Roscoe was up 14-0. Fewer than four minutes were gone on the clock, and the Plowboys had already made clear who would win this game. A short time later, they scored again on a 13-yard pass from Brayden Beal to Jose Ortega, and the first quarter ended with the Plowboys ahead 21-0.

The second quarter was no different. Garcia scored two more touchdowns, running through large holes and breaking tackles, and Diego Garza made two more, both on 13-yard passes from Beal. The defense held the Yellowjackets to only two first downs for the entire half, and the halftime score was 49-0.

The Menard coaches threw in the towel, and in the 11-man version of the mercy rule agreed to let the clock run without stopping for the entire second half. Consequently, the half was quickly over but not before the Plowboys scored two more TDs to make the final score 62-0.

Scoring by quarters was as follows:

Roscoe             21        28        7          6 – 62
Menard              0          0       0          0  –  0

Francisco Garcia led all Plowboy rushers with 135 yards on 12 carries, Jayden Gonzales had 58 on 4 carries, Nick Limones 1 carry for 31, Diego Garza 4 for 7, Brayden Beal 1 for 3, and Jose Ortega 1 for 2. Passing, Beal completed 11 of 15 passes for 228 yards, 0 interceptions, and 4 TDs; and Gonzales had 1 for 1 for 20 yards. Ortega led Plowboy receivers with 4 catches for 118 yards and 2 TDs, Garza had 4 for 81 and 2 TDs, Limones had 1 for 20, Garcia 2 for 19, and Junior Martinez 1 for 10.

On defense, Clemente Aguayo and Tristan Brooks led all tacklers, each with 6, while Tait Fullwood had 5. Several others had 2 and many others 1.

Roscoe is now 2-3 on the year.

Roscoe plays its first district game against Roby in Roby on Friday. It should be a soft opening because like Menard, the Lions are struggling this year. They are currently 0-5 and lost to Springlake-Earth 27-0 last Friday. Their closest game so far was a 34-32 loss to Ranger on September 9.

Kickoff is at 7:00pm. Please note that because of the distances between the schools this year, all district games will begin at 7:00 instead of 7:30.



Nick Pantoja celebrates beside his '87 Lincoln Town Car after winning the "Twisted Metal Mayhem" Demolition Derby in Belton.
Nick Pantoja and Caleb Dean have won first and second place respectively in a field of eighteen at the recent “Twisted Metal Mayhem” Demolition Derby at the Bell County Expo Center in Belton. The event was a feature of the 2016 Central Texas State Fair.

Besides the champion’s trophy and belt buckle, Pantoja also brought home the 1st Place Cash Prize of $2500. His sponsors were VP Tire Company, Vaquero Analytical Services, Sweetwater Collision Center, A-1 Auto Parts, and I-Deal Motors.

Nick Pantoja, Champion, and Caleb Dean, Runner-Up, at the Demo Derby.
Dean, who finished second, came away with a trophy and a $1000 Cash Prize. His sponsors were VP Tire Company, A-1 Auto Parts, and Vaquero Analytical Services.

The two will next try their luck at a demolition derby in Amarillo.



The Roscoe Police Department is investigating an alleged attempted kidnapping that occurred at approximately 4:00pm on Wednesday, September 28, at Roscoe School. An Elementary School student stated to Roscoe Police that a skinny, white male with long, black hair in a ponytail attempted to carry the student away from in front of the school cafeteria area. The student said that the suspect was not in a vehicle.

Police Chief Felix Pantoja called in help from other law enforcement agencies, including the Nolan County Sheriff’s Office, Department of Public Safety, Sweetwater Police Department, and TSTC Police Department, to help locate the suspect and provide extra patrol for the safety of the community.

The student could not provide additional information nor have any witnesses come forward in this incident. The case is still under investigation.

Also, on Friday night, September 23, the Roscoe Police Department received a call saying students were on top of the school buildings. Upon arrival, Officer D. Summers located and detained four juveniles. He then contacted a school representative, who requested he arrest them and file charges.  He then contacted the legal guardians of each. The juveniles were cited and then released to their guardians.



The Charlie Daniels Band put on a great show for over two thousand people at the Lumberyard Saturday night. The weather was just about perfect, and Charlie Daniels, who will celebrate his eightieth birthday later this month, played his fiddle, sang, and performed with an energy that belied his age.

This video is of his signature song, “The Devil Went Down to Georgia.” It was his final song of the show.



The Hoppers

The nationally famous gospel singing group, The Hoppers, will be coming to First Baptist Church in Roscoe on Sunday, October 16. The show will start at 6:00pm. Please feel free to join us for this exciting event!

This Southern gospel group, formed in 1957 in Madison, North Carolina, has performed around the world and been featured on the Gaither Homecoming Tours. They were recently inducted into the GMA Gospel Music Hall of Fame.

For more information, please visit or



Roscoe Elementary School will hold its annual Fall Festival in front of the Elementary School from 5-7pm on Friday, October 21, just before the Plowboy football game with Seagraves at Plowboy Field.

As usual, there will be a number of exciting games where participants can win prizes of various kinds. These will include bingo, guess what, cake walk, Plowboy football toss, pick a pumpkin, horseshoes, ping pong toss, and many others.

There will also be face painting, a tattoo booth, a bounce house, and a snack bar where customers can buy grilled hot dogs and homemade ice cream.

Tickets are $1, $5, $10 or $20.



The Roscoe Community Center will sell hot dogs, frito pies, and nachos as well as sweet treats and cold drinks during the Wind Festival on October 15. They will also have some games for the kids much like the ones at festivals where they purchase tickets to be used in the games. All proceeds will go to the Community Center renovations fund.

The Center wants to thank everyone who supported them by attending the Chili Dinner last Friday night!

The Community Center also plans to raffle off a hunting gun as well. The tickets will be sold now through November. More details will be provided next week.

The Community Center will have its regular session board meeting this coming Monday, October 10, at 7:00pm at the Center. We still need volunteers!



A new day in old Roscoe.

When we got the big rain and cool spell recently, I heard several people say they hoped the sun would come back out and warm everything up. Those who did got their wish this past week—because that’s exactly what happened. Since Saturday, highs have been in the eighties and skies have been sunny. Yesterday afternoon, the high reached 89°F, today’s should hit 92°, and tomorrow’s should be around 89°. Lows will be in the sixties.

However, on Friday everything will change, and we’ll back into cooler and rainier weather as a cold front arrives. The high Friday will reach only about 65°, and there will be a 60% chance of rain on Friday morning. Once the front moves through, though, the sun will come back out and temperatures will once again rise to afternoons of 80° or more with morning lows in the lower sixties.


Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Charlie Daniels "Birthday Bash" at the Lumberyard Saturday Night

The Charlie Daniels Band.
Country music legend Charlie Daniels, who will turn 80 this month, is appearing for the first time ever at the Lumberyard Saturday night, and a large crowd will be on hand to welcome him.

Daniels became a national star with his 1979 recording of “The Devil Went Down to Georgia,” although his 1973 hit, “Uneasy Rider,” had reached No. 9 on the Billboard Hot 100, and he was already well known among musicians working as a Nashville session fiddler. Over a lifetime of recording, he has been a major influence on country, bluegrass, and Southern rock. He has been inducted into the Grand Ole Opry and the Country Music Hall of Fame.

Over the years, he has recorded 32 studio albums, 18 compilation and live albums, and 4 Christmas albums, many of them reaching the top ten on country music charts. Songs he is best known for besides “The Devil Went Down to Georgia” and “Uneasy Rider” include “Drinkin’ My Baby Goodbye,” “Simple Man,” “Long Haired Country Boy,” “In America,” “Boogie Woogie Fiddle Country Blues,” “The Legend of Wooley Swamp,” “This Ain’t No Rag, It’s a Flag,” and “Stll in Saigon.”

The Scooter Brown Band
Opening for Charlie Daniels is the Scooter Brown Band, who describe their music as “American Grit.” Four of their videos can be seen by clicking here. They will take stage at 8:00pm and be followed by the Charlie Daniels Band at about 9:45.

For tickets and reservations, contact the Lumberyard at 325-766-2407.



The big rain everyone in the region had been waiting for came on Saturday afternoon. Like last year, it came too late to produce a bumper cotton crop for farmers, but was welcomed nevertheless. The amounts were greatest southeast of town, as Jason Freeman recorded 5.8” on his place. Southwest of town, the old Duncan home place got 4.4”, Keith Johnson reported 5.5”. And, although Jeremy Baker got 3”, most other places north and northwest like Wastella, Inadale, and Pyron, were under 3”.

Here in town Roscoe weatherman Kenny Landfried rccorded 3.6” in east Roscoe while Anna Mae McBride got 4” at her home in south Roscoe. In any case, it was a big rain, full of lightning and crashing thunder, and it never let up until late Saturday night. Because of the rain and lightning, the big show with Randy Rogers at the Lumberyard had to be called off and re-scheduled for a later date.

The storm came with and was followed by some seriously cool weather, our first of the year. Sunday with its high of 67° was downright chilly with drizzle, mist, and north winds all day long. And Monday with its high of 68° wasn’t much better. These days seemed colder than the temperature might suggest since the highs all last week were in the nineties or high eighties, so the drop was over twenty degrees

The forecast for the rest of the week is for sunshine and warmer temperatures with highs in the mid-seventies or low eighties. Saturday with its projected high of 80° and 0% chance of rain should be perfect for the Charlie Daniels Band at the Lumberyard.



It was another rough week for the Plowboys on the gridiron. They lost their starting quarterback, Brayden Beal, when he got the finger on his throwing hand smashed between two helmets during practice and, as a result, was unable to throw passes. He was replaced by his backup, sophomore wide receiver Jose Ortega. Also, Anson was coming off a shellacking the week before by state power Albany, and the team was anxious to prove to the home folks that they could rebound and were still in the hunt for another playoff run.

The Tigers jumped out to a 14-0 lead in the first quarter and extended it to 21-0 by halftime with their QB Caden Baker running over for all three TDs. Roscoe didn’t get on the scoreboard until the fourth quarter when Ortega hit Francisco Garcia with a 7-yard scoring strike to make the score 24-6. Anson got their final score in the fourth quarter when Baker passed to Mason Davis for an 11-yard TD. Roscoe’s final score was an 18-yard pass from Ortega to Clemente Aguayo.

The Plowboys weren’t helped by five turnovers, three of them interceptions and the other two fumbles. They were otherwise able to move the ball, making 22 first downs, 175 rushing yards, and 148 passing.

Garcia led all Plowboy rushers with 127 yards in 31 carries, while Ortega completed 15 of 23 passes for 148 yards and two TDs. Receiver Clemente Aguayo caught 5 passes for 71 yards and one TD. J. Garcia led the defense with 7 tackles. He was followed by Austin Willman and Cade Garrett, both with 5.

Here is the scoring by quarters:

Anson               14        7         3         7 - 31
Roscoe               0        0         0       14 - 14

The Plowboys play their final non-district game here at home Friday night against Menard. The Yellowjackets are currently 0-5 after being defeated by Miles last weekend, 46-0. Kickoff is at 7:30.



This pre-game Chili Supper from 5:00-7:00pm on Friday is a fundraiser towards the Community Center renovations fund. Come eat HOMEMADE Chili and all the fixin’s before you watch our Plowboys beat Menard!! Price is $8 (including drink and dessert) for adults, and $6 for students. If you have any questions, call Elisha Jowers at 325-277-4113.



116 James Wells Drive
The two new homes at Young Farm Estates, one at 112 Tom Dobbins and the other at 116 James Wells, are now finished and will be available for inspection at an Open House from 2:00-4:00pm Saturday afternoon.

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

112 Tom Dobbins Drive


Bruce McGlothlin, 73, who lives southwest of town near the Mitchell County line, has reportedly been bitten on the hand by a rattlesnake. By press time, I had been unable to find out more about this incident.


Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Alisa Setliff Killed in Collision on US 84

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

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

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



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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Prosecution and defense at the mock trial.


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

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

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



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

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

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

The Randy Rogers Band will take the stage at about 9:30pm. For reservations or more information, contact the Lumberyard at 325-766-2457.


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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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


Wednesday, September 14, 2016

City Council Approves Water Bill Hike, Property Tax Cut

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



116 James Wells Drive.

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

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

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

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

112 James Wells Drive.



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

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

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

Albany             7          21        14        6
Roscoe             7           0          0        0

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

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



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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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



Mike and the Moonpies.

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

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

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

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



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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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


Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Plowboys roll over Early, 41-20

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

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

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

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

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

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

Here is the scoring by quarters:

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

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

Kickoff is at 7:30.



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

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

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

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



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

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



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

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

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



The Southern Belle Salon.

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



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

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

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

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



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

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

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


Wednesday, August 31, 2016

RHS/RCHS 2016 Homecoming This Weekend

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

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

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

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

Here’s the final schedule:


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

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

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

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

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

  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.



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

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

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

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


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


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

Saturday – 9:30-11:30pm

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

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

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

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

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


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.


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Scoring by quarters:

Haskell             14          7        7          14
Roscoe               7        28        0            6

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

Kickoff is at 7:30.

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



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

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



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

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

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


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