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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Plowboy Tuff Truck & Demolition Derby Here Saturday

A Tuff Truck races through the obstacles in April.
The competition will be fierce in north Roscoe this weekend at both the Plowboy Tuff Truck contest and the Demolition Derby. Both events will feature Roscoe drivers--and at least one female in the Demolition Derby--as well as several entries from elsewhere.

The Tuff Truck event involves vehicles running an obstacle course for speed, and the Demolition Derby pits drivers crashing their cars into one another until only one is still able to run.

The event will be held just northwest of the railroad tracks on Business 84 at Cypress Street downtown. Gates will open at 2:30pm. Admission is $5 at the gate with ages 12 and under getting in free. Proceeds will benefit the Roscoe Volunteer Fire Department, and the concession stand will be run by the Jaycee Teens Club.

The event is sponsored by Crane Service, SJ Auto Sales, Pickrell Wrecker, and Legacy Tattoo.

For rules and other information check the Plowboy Tuff Truck & Demo Derby Facebook page.

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ALBANY HUMBLES PLOWBOYS 52-12

An Albany ball carrier heads for an opening in the Plowboy defense.
Few football-savvy Plowboy fans went to the game Friday evening expecting to see the Plowboys defeat the Albany Lions. After all, the Lions, ranked first in the region and third in the state in Class 2A-II, were coming in with resounding victories over Colorado City and Dublin, both decent 3A teams.

Instead, most fans just hoped for a competitive game with a spirited showing by the home team, one that suggested they could at least stay on the field with the best in their class. Unfortunately, that didn’t happen as Albany dominated the game from start to finish.

Albany scored on all three of their first-quarter drives. After the Plowboys received the kickoff and were held and forced to punt, the Lions drove the ball down the field and scored their first touchdown on a 3-yard run less than four minutes into the game. The extra-point kick was good, and they were up 7-0. Following the kickoff, they held the Plowboys again, got the ball and put together a second-drive similar to the first with a similar result. This time they scored on an 18-yard pass, kicked the point, and went up 14-0. When the Plowboys stopped the run, Albany passed, and when the Plowboys stopped the pass, they ran. They have an accurate quarterback with big, fast receivers, as well as big running backs who can break tackles—and all this behind a strong line. After their third drive of the quarter, they were up 21-0.

The highlight of the evening for the Plowboys happened early in the second quarter. On a third down from the Plowboy 44, Jayden Gonzales hit Clemente Aguayo with a short pass over the middle. Aguayo broke free, and the race was on as he headed for the end zone with an Albany defender in close pursuit. He was tackled just as he hit the right pylon for the touchdown, and the Plowboys were on the scoreboard. They got two tries for the extra points as Albany committed a penalty on the first, but were unsuccessful with both, and the score was 21-6. The Lions then scored two more TDs before the quarter ended and at halftime were up 35-6 with the game essentially over.

After scoring twice more in the third quarter, the Lions were ahead 49-6 and at that point sent in the substitutes. The only remarkable things that happened after that were a 42-yard Albany field goal that split the uprights with plenty of distance and a game-ending Plowboy touchdown by Francisco Garcia on an 8-yard run up the middle to make the final score 52-12.

Albany dominated the stats as they did the game, gaining 24 first downs to the Plowboys’ 12 and 414 total yards to the Plowboys 250. For the Plowboys, Jayden Gonzales completed 12 of 21 passes with 1 interception. Clemente Aguayo led the receivers with 4 catches for 74 yards and 1 TD; Brandon Lavalais caught 3 for 33 yards, Jose Ortega 2 for 11, and Junior Martinez 3 for 5. Francisco Garcia led the rushers with 22 carries for 89 yards and 1 TD, Gonzales had 7 for 20, Nick Limones 2 for 16, and Ortega 1 for 2.

On defense, Parker Payne had 6½ tackles; Nick Limones, Paul Pantoja, and Cade Garrett each had 6; Diego Garza had 5, and several others had fewer.

The Plowboys are now 2-1 on the year. They have a week to lick their wounds and recover as they have an open date this weekend. Their next game is next Friday, September 29, with Anson at Plowboy Field in another non-district matchup.

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ROSCOE HARD TIMES MARKS SEVENTH YEAR OF PUBLICATION

Caden Smith (12) follows the blocking of Michael Massey (69) in 2010.
This month marks the seventh anniversary of the publication of the Roscoe Hard Times. The blog’s first reporting of Roscoe news was on September 10, 2010, with an account of the Roscoe-Stamford football game in Mustang Bowl. Seven years may not sound like a very long time, but the photo that accompanied the article shows that it’s been a while, what with Caden Smith carrying the ball while following the blocking of Michael Massey. Since then, both have graduated from high school and college and been working in their respective professions for a while now.

At first, I didn’t know how often I wanted to report the news, so I just posted it as soon as I got it. But after a couple of months, I found it was just easier both for me and the readers to publish it once a week. As a result, I’ve been posting it on Wednesday mornings ever since, minus two or three times a year when I’m off on vacation or when I have visiting family in town.

In April of 2013, the Sweetwater Reporter contacted me and asked if I’d be willing to send them articles for a weekly page they were planning that featured Roscoe news. They wanted to publish it on Thursdays and call it the “What’s Happening in Roscoe” page. This worked out nicely with the Wednesday posting of the Hard Times, so for the princely sum of $25 per week, I started sending them articles I’d written for the Hard Times along with accompanying photos. I’ve been doing that for four and a half years now, and it’s been a nice arrangement for both them and me.

I liked it because it got several old friends off my back who wanted me to come out with a print edition because they didn’t have the means or know-how to access the blog. And for the Reporter, it was a way of keeping their Roscoe subscribers and maybe picking up a few new ones. However, just this past week, they notified me that they’re going in a new direction and will be cutting out some regular features, and “What’s Happening in Roscoe” will be among them. The last one will appear next Thursday, September 28.

Far be it from me, however, to criticize this move. I know that small town newspapers are having trouble staying afloat these days when practically everyone has instant internet access in their purse or pocket—and the Sweetwater Reporter is no exception. In a way, though, the change is unfortunate because those of us who like to clip printed articles that feature us or our loved ones will no longer have the opportunity when they’re ones that originally appeared in the Hard Times.

The move, however, will have no bearing on my regular Wednesday morning postings of the Roscoe Hard Times. My plans are to continue as long as I have the energy and will to do so. It’s my way of giving back to the community in a way that keeps me busy and mentally active, something we retired folks need.

Anyway, thanks to all you readers who regularly check the Hard Times to find out what’s going on in Roscoe.  You make me feel useful and keep me on my toes.

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AT THE LUMBERYARD: TWO TONS OF STEEL TOMORROW, MICKY & THE MOTORCARS SATURDAY

The Lumberyard will be hopping this weekend with Two Tons of Steel taking the stage tomorrow night with no cover charge, and Micky and the Motorcars coming to town Saturday.

Two Tons of Steel
San Antonio’s favorite Texas Country band, Two Tons of Steel, has been popular in the Hill Country for over twenty years. In the Alamo City, they've won “Band of the Year” twelve times 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.” This event is on the Lumberyard as there will be no charge for entry.

Micky & the Motorcars
Micky and the Motorcars, a hot alternative Texas country band originally from Idaho now based in Austin, return for an encore performance at the Lumberyard Saturday night. The band has released seven mainstream albums: Ain’t in It for the Money (2004). Careless (2007), Naïve (2008), Live at Billy Bob’s Texas (2009), Raise My Glass (2011), Hearts from Above (2014), and Across the Pond: Live in Germany (2015). Top singles include “Carolina Morning,” “July, You Are a Woman,” “Careless,” and “Hearts from Above.”

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

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REMAINS OF DOCTORS J. W. AND T. D. YOUNG AND WIVES MOVED TO ROSCOE CEMETERY

The remains of Dr. and Mrs. J. W. Young and Dr. and Mrs. T. D. Young have been moved from the Sweetwater to the Roscoe Cemetery. Since they all spent the bulk of their adult lives in Roscoe, their family thought it fitting that their remains should be here with those who loved, honored, and respected them during their lives.

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WEATHER REPORT: SUNNY SKIES, SUMMER HEAT

Yesterday's late Summer sky.
Despite the fact that the kids are back in school and football season is well underway, autumn does not officially begin until this Friday, September 22, the day of the fall equinox. And the weather we’ve had this past week has been a stark reminder that summer is still with us. On Thursday, the high was 100°F, and last Wednesday and yesterday weren’t far behind at 96°. Today will also will provide no relief with a forecast high of 98°. The lows have also been warm, mostly in the seventies.

It seems that this year we got our September weather in August, and now we’re getting August in September. And it’s not just the temperature. August, which is typically dry, had several showers this year, and September, which is typically the second wettest month in west Texas (after May), has been bone dry.

According to the meteorologists, we’ve got four more days of 90° or more before the fall weather begins on Sunday with its predicted high in the eighties, followed by a week of rainy weather when highs will be only in the seventies with lows around 60° and dropping into the upper fifties. Chances for precipitation will vary from 60% to 80% next Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday—or at least that’s what they’re saying at this time.

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Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Plowboys Corral Early Longhorns 20-13

Jose Ortega (2) runs for yardage against Early in the first quarter.
The Plowboys spoiled Early High’s homecoming celebration with a 20-13 victory over the Longhorns Friday evening. An improved Early team was looking for its second straight victory, but fell short as the Plowboys proved too much for them for the second year in a row.

After a scoreless first quarter, the Plowboys struck first in the second when Jayden Gonzales hit Jose Ortega with a 23-yard pass for a touchdown. Gonzales then passed to Cade Garrett for a two-point conversion and the Plowboys were up 8-0. Early then responded with a scoring drive of their own, and after the extra-point kick trailed by only a point, 8-7. The next time the Longhorns got the ball, they scored again with a 38-yard pass play for their only lead of the game. Their extra-point try was no good, but they were still ahead 13-8. Roscoe got the ball back shortly before halftime and regained the lead when Francisco Garcia went over from the one. The extra-point try failed, but the Plowboys were back in front 14-13, which was the score at the half.

In the third quarter, Jose Ortega broke free for an 85-yard touchdown run, and the Plowboys extended their lead to seven 20-13. There was no scoring in the fourth quarter by either side, and at game’s end the Plowboys had chalked up their second victory in two tries.

The Plowboys made 26 first downs to Early’s 22. They also led in total yardage with 441 yards (222 rushing and 219 passing) to Early’s 316 (70 rushing and 231 passing). Early also had 3 turnovers to none for the Plowboys. The Plowboy defense once again held firm and played a major role in the victory.

On offense, Gonzales completed 14 of 37 passes for 219 yards and one TD, and Jose Ortega led the Plowboy rushing with 96 yards in 2 rushes and one TD, while Garcia had 82 yards in 33 rushes and one TD. Gonzales also had 38 yards in 11 carries. Leading the receivers was Brandon Lavalais with 9 catches for 131 yards, while Ortega had 3 for 77 and 1 TD, and Junior Martinez had 2 for 30.

On defense, Ortega had 7 tackles and Cade Garrett 5, while Joel Guia, Nick Limones, and Tristan Brooks all had 4. Several others had 3, 2, or 1.

This weekend the Plowboys will have their home opener against Albany, which is likely to be their toughest opponent before the playoffs. Texas Football’s pre-season ranking for the Lions in state for 2A-II was third behind only Tenaha and Bremond, both recent state champs, and the THSCA (Texas High School Coaches’ Association) currently ranks the Lions number one for 2A-II Region II. They beat Colorado City 21-0 in their first game and Dublin 61-21 last week. Both are 3A schools.

Kickoff at Plowboy Field is at 7:30pm Friday.

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CITY COUNCIL APPROVES 2017-18 BUDGET WITHOUT RAISING TAXES OR CITY FEES

City Manager Cody Thompson reports to the Council at yesterday's meeting.
At its monthly meeting in City Hall yesterday evening, the Roscoe City Council set the 2017-2018 tax rate, adopted the new City budget, and approved the budgets for the City’s A and B Tax Boards. It also heard City updates from the City Manager and the monthly Police Report from the Police Chief, as well as a request from Ronald Kimbrell, who maintains the Roscoe Cemetery.

The City budget for the new fiscal year starting October 1 contains no change in fees for water, sewer, or trash pickup and actually slightly lowers the property tax rate. Since the overall property valuation will be a little greater, the City tax rate will drop from the current $.797715 per $100 valuation to $.791344 per $100 to raise the same amount of revenue as this year. Thus, most property owners will see no tax increase if their property valuation hasn’t changed. The Council also approved the 2017-18 budgets for the City’s A and B Tax Boards, keeping them virtually the same as this year.

City Manager Cody Thompson reported to the Council that City workers will clean the filters of the Reverse-Osmosis Water Treatment Plant sometime around the end of this month. The City is also working with a contractor on identifying the most feasible lines to replace with the remaining sanitary sewer funds.

The City is still waiting on TxDOT (Texas Department of Transportation) to install school zone signage on Main Street around the new Early Childhood Center. The City has submitted all necessary paper work to the State, whose responsibility it is to do anything concerning FM 608, which is a state road.

In the mural lot on Main Street and Broadway, the City will be putting up a 40-foot working windmill donated by Scott and Jay Etheredge. The windmill will have a metal trough below in which it re-circulates water.

The ten-acre tract in east Roscoe, just across Broadway from American Legion Post No. 227, will be the location of a new Oncor substation. Construction is already underway there.

Thompson also reminded the Council that planning is underway for the West Texas Wind Festival on Saturday, October 21. T. G. Sheppard will be the headline act for the free concert, and the usual live music, Plowboy Mudbog, downtown vendors, fireworks show, and other activities will be festival features. Next Saturday, September 23, the Plowboy Tuff Truck and Demolition Derby will be held on the City’s north side. Proceeds will benefit the Roscoe Volunteer Fire Department, and the concessions will be run by the Jayteens.

Roscoe Police Chief Felix Pantoja then gave the Police Report for August, saying there were 111 total calls for assistance, 28 traffic warnings, and 14 City Ordinance violation warnings. He said that although no citations were issued this past month for traffic and ordinance violations, the same could not be said for this month since police plan to be tougher with offenders.

Ronald Kimbrell, the Roscoe Cemetery’s maintenance man, requested an extension on his contract with the City, which runs out this month. By law, the Council couldn’t act on the request this month, but will settle the matter next month.

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CALEB DEAN WINS SPICEWOOD DEMOLITION DERBY

Caleb Dean with his trophy beside his '73 Chevy Impala.
Competitors in the upcoming Plowboy Demolition Derby were put on notice of the competition they’ll be facing next Saturday, September 23, when Caleb Dean won the Full-Size Championship at the Spicewood Destruction Derby last week. The exciting action of that contest, which lasted a total of 13 minutes, 11 seconds, is captured in this video.



Dean’s car, a ’73 Chevy Impala, was painted yellow and referred to as 88. The car he plans to drive in the Roscoe derby is a ’76 Cadillac Deville, which will also be painted yellow and numbered 88. His fiancée, Kimberly Stowe, whom you might call the Danica Patrick of the area demolition crowd, will be driving the ’73 Impala but with a new paint job, probably pink.

The Plowboy Tuff Truck & Demolition Derby is next Saturday, September 23, and will start at 2:30pm in the open field just off Business 84 on Roscoe’s north side. For details, see notice in left-hand column.

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WEATHER REPORT: MILD WEATHER COMES TO AN END

Flags were limp yesterday afternoon as winds were calm.

The Roscoe area experienced another week of temperate weather, but the forecasters say that is all coming to an end as temperatures return to summer-like levels for at least the next week or so.

This past week was another week of nice, mild sunny weather with gentle breezes. Afternoon highs never got out of the eighties until yesterday with its return to the nineties. The high before that was 86°F on Thursday while the weekend highs never got above 85°. Evenings were nice with light winds and mild temperatures. Lows were in the high fifties or low sixties all week. The low temperature for the week was Monday’s 58°.

That all began to change yesterday afternoon when the mercury rose to 93°. Today’s high should be around 96° and tomorrow’s a sweltering 100°. That should be good for the cotton but uncomfortable for people since we’ve all grown used to the milder temperatures in the past couple of weeks. Friday’s high is forecast to be 96° and Saturday’s 93° before dropping to 91° for Sunday and Monday and 92° for Tuesday. Lows will also be higher, either in the low seventies or upper sixties for all the coming week.

Once again, there is no rain in the forecast.

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† LARRY MONROE WILLIAMS

Funeral services were held at 11:00am yesterday at First Baptist Church of Roscoe for Larry Monroe Williams, 67, who went home to heaven Saturday, September 9, from his home in Roscoe with his family by his side. Burial followed in the Roscoe Cemetery. Larry fought a brave battle with cholangiocarcinoma for over two years.

He was born February 12, 1950, in Sweetwater, the son of Herbert and Mary Lois Boston Williams of Roscoe. Larry married his high school sweetheart, Virginia Alexander, on July 24, 1971, at First Baptist Church of Roscoe. He graduated as valedictorian of the class of 1968 at RHS. After high school, he attended and graduated Cum Laude from Baylor University in 1972. He was in the Acapella choir, Kappa Nu fraternity, and Alpha Chi and Beta Gamma Sigma honor societies. He passed his CPA exam in 1972 and worked for Haskin and Sells Accounting Firm and Gulf Life Holding Company in Dallas. He moved back to Roscoe and became a partner in Riggs and Wooten in Sweetwater in 1974. In 1977, he began to farm full time with his father as W-2 Farms. Recently he was farming with his brother, Wes Williams, as Vista Farms 2.

Larry served on the Roscoe School Board for 15 years. He served on the 10th District Farm Credit Council and the Central Rolling Plains Cooperative board in Roscoe for 23 years. He was currently a member of the Roscoe State Bank board of directors as well as a board member of the Plains Cotton Cooperative Association since 2005, serving as chairman of the audit and warehouse committees. He was also a deacon at First Baptist Church of Roscoe, serving the past 39 years. He was a member of the Sweet Water Emmaus Community. Larry had a beautiful singing voice, singing solos, duets, and quartets since his teenage years. Two favorite songs requested for him to sing were “O Holy Night” at Christmas and “Feel the Nails” at Easter.

Survivors include his wife of 46 years, Virginia of Roscoe; three daughters: Amanda (Mandy) Williams of Belton, Stacey Williams Kelley of Keller, Christy Williams Fairey and husband Mac of Moody; one son: Jeremy Williams and wife Brandi of Keller; six grandchildren: Madison and Kelsey Fairey, Christopher and Hailey Kelley, and Riley and Avery Williams; father and step-mother Herbert and Mary Kerby Williams of Roscoe; brothers Randy Williams and wife Fonda of Bosque County, TX and Wes Williams and wife Shelly of Roscoe; sisters Nancy Althof and husband Daylon of Roscoe and Judy Suggs and husband Jay of Roscoe. Larry was preceded in death by his mother, Mary Lois Williams, and grandparents Mr. & Mrs. John Boston and Mr. & Mrs. William Edward Williams.

Pallbearers were Larry Black, David Duncan, Vernon Duncan, John Jay, Wayne McFaul, Allen McIntire, Miguel Montealvo, Eddie Smith, Bryan Studdard, and Randy Whorton.

Donations may be made to First Baptist Church of Roscoe, PO Box 626, Roscoe, TX 79545 or Hendrick Hospice Care, 1651 Pine Street, Abilene, TX 76051.

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Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Plowboys Defeat Haskell 44-14 in Opener

The Plowboy defense buries the Haskell ball carrier. (Photo by Tamara Alexander)

The Plowboys won their first game of the season Friday evening, defeating Haskell in Haskell 44-14. Roscoe jumped out to an early lead and never looked back in outplaying an inexperienced team with a new coach and several new starters.

The scoring began in the first quarter when Jayden Gonzales hit Jose Ortega with a touchdown pass of 21 yards, followed by a two-point conversion to put the Plowboys up 8-0. Later in the quarter Gonzales hit Ortega with another scoring pass, this time from 10 yards out. The conversion attempt was good again, and at the end of the quarter, the Plowboys were up 16-0.

They extended their lead in the second quarter with two more touchdowns. The first was a pass from Gonzales to Junior Martinez in a play that covered 31 yards. An extra-point kick followed and the Plowboys extended their lead to 23-0. The second was another Gonzales pass to Ortega, this one for 8 yards. The extra-point kick was once again good, and the Plowboys led at halftime 30-0. On defense, the Plowboys dominated Haskell throughout the first half and held the Indians scoreless.

Haskell didn’t get on the scoreboard until the third quarter when the Indians capped a drive with a one-yard run for a touchdown followed by a successful extra-point kick to get on the scoreboard but still trailing 30-7. However, they narrowed the score to 30-14 shortly thereafter when one of their players intercepted a pass and returned it 51 yards for a touchdown. That was as close as they ever got, though, as Francisco Garcia scored on a 29-yard run later in the quarter to put the Plowboys in front 37-14.

In the final quarter, Junior Martinez made his second TD of the game on a pass play from Gonzales that covered 41 yards, closing out the scoring for the evening with the Plowboys winning 44-14.

The Plowboy defense played strong throughout the game, limiting the Indians to 56 yards rushing and 71 yards passing for a total of only 127 offensive yards and one TD. Jose Ortega led the defense with 9 tackles and one interception. Paul Pantoja had 5 tackles, and Joel Guia and Junior Martinez both had four tackles. Martinez also had an interception.

On offense, Gonzales completed 14 of 25 passes for 139 yards and 5 TDs, while Garcia rushed for 210 yards and one TD on 27 carries. Ortega had 6 receptions for 45 yards and 3 TDs, and Martinez had 5 catches for 90 yards and 2 TDs.

The Plowboys face a much tougher opponent this Friday when they go up against Early in a second straight away game. Roscoe beat the Longhorns 40-21 at homecoming last year, but this year could be a different story. Early, a suburb community of Brownwood, is steadily growing and now has a population of over 3000 and a 3A division I high school with 375 students, i.e., over 2½ times the students of RCHS. They are in the same district as Comanche, Clyde, and Merkel.

They defeated Bangs 35-7 in their season opener last week, but it is difficult to know how good they are. Bangs, a 3A-II school, is a perennial loser at football, winning only two games in the past two years, and Early has a similar history, also winning only twice in the past two years. However, their Junior Varsity was 7-3 last year, and their QB Ryan Trumpler led the team in touchdowns, rushing, and passing. He is now the varsity’s starting quarterback, and many of his teammates are also off that winning JV team. In any case, their lopsided win over Bangs last week indicates they are a better team than they were last year. Whether they’re good enough to beat the Plowboys this time around is something we’ll find out Friday.

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ROSCOE’S RURAL MAIL CARRIER DAVID DUNCAN RETIRES AFTER 37 YEARS

David Duncan at his retirement party in the Post Office Friday.

After 37 years with the U. S. Postal Service, Roscoe’s rural mail carrier, David Duncan, is moving on to a new phase of life after retiring on Friday. He says he’ll be spending more time in his shop in town working on his pet projects there but will be doing essentially the same things he’s doing now—just more of them.

He began supplementing his farm income in 1980 by working as a substitute at the Post Office, a position he held until 1990, when Roscoe’s rural mail carrier Bob Emerson died. He then took over full time and his been delivering the mail ever since.

He says he’s delivered mail to five generations of the J. B. Cotton and Martin family, and to four generations of others. He probably knows more people in and around Roscoe—and where they live—than anyone else and will be missed on his daily runs by most if not all the country folks he’s served over the years.

Here’s wishing you a happy retirement, David!

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This is the new commercial for Young Farm Estates. All three houses on the site are now taken with two occupied and the other to be moved into soon. Plans are underway for the construction of more homes in the development.

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WEATHER REPORT: COOLER WEATHER

North winds had the flags at school flapping yesterday.
It’s been a relatively uneventful week for the weather on the local level with mostly sunny days and clear nights, even though on the national level the big news remains hurricanes. Folks in southeast Texas and southwest Louisiana are just now beginning to deal with the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey and all its flooding while in Florida they’re battening down the hatches in anticipation of Hurricane Irma, which at the moment is barreling toward Florida as a Category 5 storm with 185mph winds.

We did get a little precipitation on Saturday. My rain gauge says we got .28” but weatherman Kenny Landfried recorded only .10” from the same shower. Temperatures remained a bit cooler than usual for this time of year. The high for the week was 93°F on Saturday and Monday’s high was 90° but the other days all saw highs in the mid to upper eighties with lows in the sixties.

Yesterday afternoon a cold front blew in with some blustery winds that cooled things off considerably. The high was 83°, but that was before the temperature started dropping. By seven o’clock it was down into the seventies and served as a reminder that fall is on the way. This morning it was down to 59°.

The outlook is for continued temperatures that are slightly below normal. The forecast high for today is 83° although tomorrow should be a bit warmer at 87°. The days following will all see highs in the mid to upper eighties with lows in the low sixties.

And, once again, there is no rain in the forecast.

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† DIANA LYNN CANTRELL CONNOR

Diana Lynn Cantrell Connor, the most gung-ho Aggie who never attended A&M, the most indulgent mother who never had her own child, and the toughest fighter who never threw a punch, died on Friday, September 1, 2017, in Bryan, surrounded by family and friends. She was 61.

Diana was born in Sweetwater on August 24, 1956. When she was two, her family moved to Cooper, Texas, where they lived until moving to Roswell, NM in 1967. In 1971 the family moved back to West Texas, and Diana graduated from Cooper High School in Abilene in 1974. She attended TCU, graduating in 1978 with a degree in home economics, after which she went to work for the Texas Agricultural Extension Service as a home demonstration agent for Johnson County in Cleburne. In 1980 she moved home to Abilene to work as an electric living consultant with West Texas Utilities.

A lifelong Baptist, she met her future husband Mike Connor in Sunday school at the First Baptist Church. They were married in 1986. In 1989 Diana and Mike moved to Dallas, where she worked as an administrator for the Junior League. After moves to Tulsa in 1994 and Longview in 2000, the Connors settled in Bryan in 2003. Diana worked as a membership investment representative for the B-CS Chamber of Commerce from 2005 until 2011. Her outgoing personality made her tremendously successful, just as it won her legions of friends at every stop along her journey in life.

That journey was never easy. At age thirteen Diana was diagnosed with Type I diabetes, a disease which over the decades led to two organ transplants, open-heart surgery, the loss of a leg, and countless hospital stays. Her steadfast perseverance in the face of adversity and her refusal to complain about the lousy hand fate had dealt her would be remarkable enough. But even more extraordinary is the fact that she never let her physical hardships define her. Faced with challenges that would defeat a lesser person, she viewed each new health crisis as a bothersome nuisance to get past so that she could resume the urgent business of living.

For Diana, living meant helping others. Unable to have children of her own, she became a substitute mom and mentor to dozens of young people. She and Mike became the foremost boosters of the A&M Singing Cadets, a group to which her husband and brother had both belonged. For her many services, including the creation of an endowment to buy class rings for needy members, she was named an Honorary Singing Cadet, the organization’s highest honor. She likewise became a fanatical supporter and beloved friend of the A&M women’s basketball team, never missing a home game and traveling with the team to many tournaments and championship games. The number of home-cooked meals she served to Singing Cadets and basketball players would be impossible to count. Diana also became mom-away-from-home for many children of friends and relatives who attended A&M. That support for Aggies included Diana and Mike quietly paying a cousin’s entire way through A&M and launching him on a successful career.

As Diana’s health grew more precarious in her final two years, she summoned even greater determination to live with purpose and enthusiasm. A trip to Tennessee to root for the Aggie football team landed her in a Nashville hospital, which mostly irritated her because she had to miss the game. Typically, she insisted that Mike still attend. Her many trips chaperoning the Singing Cadets included a trip to Boston and New York just before her final illness. There was exactly zero chance that she going to miss the Cadets’ performance in downtown Manhattan or their visit with President George H. W. Bush in Kennebunkport.

After having her leg amputated, she was thrilled to be fitted with a prosthesis that briefly gave her new mobility. Only two weeks before her death, despite her family’s concerns, she made the trip to Dallas-Fort Worth for a reunion with old Tulsa friends. While in Fort Worth she insisted that her nephew Calvin show her his new fourth-floor dorm room at TCU, even though she was confined to a wheelchair. The next day she attended her final sporting event, cheering the Texas Rangers on to victory over the Astros. Clearly, nobody could tell Diana Connor what to do, although she never hesitated to set the rest of us straight when she thought her way was the right way. Her kid brother thought she was bossy, but in fact she just didn’t have time for foolishness.

Diana’s zest for life and her service to others were exceeded only by her devotion to her husband and best friend Mike. Few couples have ever shared so many of the same passions, and their marriage set an example for others to follow. Diana did not wear her Christian faith on her sleeve, but it enabled her to face the end with the same courage and resilience that characterized her entire life. Hers was truly a life well-lived, and she will be sorely missed by all who knew her.

Diana was preceded in death by her father-in-law Harold Connor of Daingerfield and is survived by her husband Michael Connor; her parents Jimmie and Mary Lynn Cantrell of Abilene and formerly of Roscoe; her mother-in-law Laverne Connor of Bryan; and her brother Gregg Cantrell, sister-in-law Stephanie Cole, and nephews Calvin and Nolan Cantrell of Fort Worth.

A memorial service will be held at the First Baptist Church of Bryan on Thursday, Sept. 7, at 2 p.m. at the First Baptist Church of Bryan. Visitation to immediately follow.

The family requests donations be made in her honor to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (jdrf.org).

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Note: The memorial service for Diana Cantrell Connor will be livestreamed Thursday from First Baptist Church Bryan.  The Singing Cadets of Texas A&M will sing, and the women’s basketball coach will speak—among others.

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Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Plowboys Open Season in Haskell Friday

Jose Ortega (2) catches a pass and runs for yardage against Haskell last year.
After the August workouts and a couple of tough scrimmages against Munday and Hawley, the Plowboys begin their official 2017 football season Friday night against Haskell in Haskell.

They also opened their season last year against Haskell. That game was in Roscoe, and the Indians spoiled the Plowboys’ home opener with a come-from-behind 42-41 victory. This year’s Plowboys will be looking to avenge that loss, and the odds are good that they’ll be able to do it.

The Indians are rebuilding this year with only four returning starters. They also have a new coach in Brian Hodnett, whose 6-5 Jacksboro team advanced to the playoffs in 3A-II last year. The Indians will be breaking in a new quarterback on offense, and their defense will have to adjust quickly against the more experienced Plowboy offense.

The Plowboys’ new quarterback, Jayden Gonzales, will have returning receivers to throw to in Junior Martinez, Diego Garza, and 2A All-Big Country Jose Ortega, and All-Big Country running back Francisco Garcia is back for his senior season. He will be running behind an essentially new offensive line, but one that has shown improvement. On defense the Plowboys appear solid and quick, so if the team plays up to its potential, Haskell could be in for a long evening.

Kickoff is at 7:00pm.

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The Abilene Reporter-News interviewed Head Coach Jake Freeman last week. The video is available here. The paper also ran a photo gallery of the Plowboys’ third week of practice available here.

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EDU-VET PET CLINIC OPENS AT STEM CENTER

Dr. Betsy Oesch at the Edu-Vet Pet Clinic.

Roscoe now has a pet clinic. It officially opened on Monday at the RCISD STEM Center, and has two working veterinarians, Dr. Betsy Oesch, and Dr. John Dedwylder. Dr. Oesch will be on-site Monday through Friday from 8am-5pm, and Dr. Dedwylder will be on-site on Tuesdays. The Office Manager is Leslie Cathey.

The clinic is open for services to dogs, cats, and other small companion animals. It also supplies advanced reproduction techniques for cattle. Next summer it will open an equine division along with medical services for food animals. Roscoe students will benefit from working with the veterinarians and be able to obtain experience and certification.

For information and appointments, phone 325-766-3529. The Edu-Vet website is at www.edu-vetroscoe.com, and the Facebook page is at Edu-Vet Pet Hospital.

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PLOWBOY TUFF TRUCK & DEMOLITION DERBY TO BE HELD HERE SEPTEMBER 23

Jeromie Baugh in the Tuff Truck competition in April.
The Plowboy Tuff Truck & Demolition Derby returns to Roscoe for an encore performance on Saturday, September 23. The Tuff Truck event involves vehicles running an obstacle course for speed, and the Demolition Derby pits drivers crashing their cars into one another until only one is still able to run.

The event will be held just northwest of the railroad tracks on Business 84 at Cypress Street downtown. Gates will open at 2:30pm. Admission is $5 at the gate with ages 12 and under getting in free. Proceeds will benefit the Roscoe Volunteer Fire Department, and the concession stand will be run by the Jaycee Teens Club.

The event is sponsored by SJ Auto Sales, Pickrell Wrecker, and Legacy Tattoo.

For rules and other information check the Plowboy Tuff Truck & Demo Derby Facebook page.

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JAMES STURDIVANT TO PLAY ACOUSTIC AT THE LUMBERYARD SATURDAY

James Sturdivant
James Sturdivant, a member of the Black Dirt Revival band, willl be playing acoustic guitar and singing at the Lumberyard Saturday night.

There is no cover charge. For more information, contact the Lumberyard at 325-766-2457.

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WEATHER REPORT: COOL LIKE FALL PLUS A LITTLE MORE RAIN

The moon and sun at yesterday's sunset.
The big news in the weather this week is Hurricane Harvey, which slammed into Corpus Christi and then decided to park over Houston and leave more rain there than has ever fallen at one time in U.S. history. Harvey will probably wind up doing more damage to Houston than Katrina did to New Orleans. The whole country has looked on in amazement as the rain just keeps falling there.

Here in Roscoe we got a hard shower last Friday that was more intense in some places than others. Weatherman Kenny Landfried got only .28” on the east side of town, but some people in south Roscoe were reporting over an inch from the same shower. In any case, it was enough to create puddles all over town and keep the grass and weeds growing.

Of course, any rain whatsoever in Roscoe always counts as weather news, but the real news for the past week is how mild it’s been. Late August is typically just about as hot as it ever gets around here with 100°F temperatures more the norm than the exception. But this past week has had some of the coolest temperatures you’ll ever see for this time of year. The high for the past seven days has been 86° with the lows dropping into the sixties every night, culminating in this morning’s 57°. The sun has been out every day, so it hasn’t been this cool just because it was overcast the whole time.

The forecast is for more of the same. The highs today and tomorrow are predicted to be 86° under sunny skies. Friday and Saturday should be slightly warmer with highs of 89°, and lows should continue to be somewhere in the sixties. There is no rain in the forecast.

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Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Roscoe School Open House on Monday, New Vet Crew to be Introduced

by Dr. Kim Alexander, RCISD Superintendent
Roscoe Collegiate ISD will be hosting an Open House on Monday, August 28, at 6:00pm. We hope everyone will be able to attend as we introduce the new Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Betsy Oesch; the new Veterinary Technician, Rebecca Randall; and the new Office Manager, Leslie Cathey.

The Open House will begin in the cafeteria and expand from there with tours of Collegiate Edu-Vet at the STEM Research Center, Edu-Drone in the Shelansky Building, and the Montessori Early Childhood Center on Main Street.

Collegiate Edu-Vet, located at the STEM Research Center, will officially open on Monday at 8am. Initially, the Veterinary Hospital will provide a complete line of companion animal services, as well as supply all the advanced reproduction techniques for cattle. The plan is to open the equine division next July, along with the food animal line of medical services.

Collegiate Edu-Drone, located at the downtown Shelansky Building, is also officially open providing a full line of pilot training curriculum leading to FAA Certification for commercial drone flight. Also, Collegiate Commercial Drone is officially open to fulfill all your commercial drone requests, including agricultural data collection and real estate cinematography.

We hope you will all come out and support these RCISD business partnerships, established to provide meaningful STEM workforce certifications, along with paid apprenticeship opportunities for our students. RCISD is also currently working with Texas A&M and Texas Tech Universities to provide additional education opportunities in the form of four-year and graduate degrees to students from Roscoe and surrounding areas.

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PLOWBOYS LOOK PROMISING IN SCRIMMAGE WITH MUNDAY

Munday gets set to run a play against the Plowboys at Friday's scrimmage.
The Plowboys pretty much played Munday to a draw in their first scrimmage at Plowboy Field on Friday, but that’s not a bad thing. Dave Campbell’s Texas Football lists the Moguls as the favorites to win district 7-2A II and adds that “Munday will once again be a threat to do postseason damage.” So, the Moguls were a good test for the new 2017 Plowboys, their mettle, and their progress in playing winning football against a tough opponent.

At first it appeared that Munday would outplay the Plowboys, who were generally unable to move the ball on their first offensive series. Initial nervousness and missed assignments no doubt played a part. At the same time, Munday had some good plays and long gainers in theirs. But the next time the Plowboys had the ball, Francisco Garcia broke free up the middle to race 75 yards for a TD, and the Plowboys settled down and played good football the rest of the afternoon.

Throughout the scrimmage, the Plowboy defense looked strong. Munday had some tall receivers that gave the pass defenders trouble, but the Plowboys stopped the Moguls’ running game all afternoon with solid hits and strong pursuit. And the offense seemed to get better as time went on. By the end of the scrimmage, if anyone had the upper hand, it was the Plowboys.

They will have a chance to work out some of the kinks again tomorrow afternoon when they take on Hawley, a 2A Division I team in the same district as Anson and Post. Once again, they’ll be facing a formidable opponent. Last year the Bearcats were a 2A-1 area finalist with an 8-4 record. Returning seven starters on both sides of the ball, their quarterback is Quay Stokes, last year’s Abilene Reporter-News All Big Country 2A Player of the Year, who was personally responsible for 51 TDs both running and passing. The scrimmage is at Hawley and begins at 6:00pm.

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PLOWBOY PREVIEW DRAWS LARGE CROWD

Players and fans enjoyed the burger supper at Plowboy Preview.

For the second year in a row, the Plowboy Preview was held indoors because of the threat of inclement weather, but that didn't damping the enthusiasm of either players or fans. After a burger supper in the cafetorium, everyone went to the Special Events Center, where the Cheer Pals performed along with the cheerleaders, and the band, the cross-country team, and the football teams and coaches were introduced. A large crowd of fans cheered them on before ending the evening with the school song.

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LYNDALL UNDERWOOD RETURNS TO THE LUMBERYARD SATURDAY

Lyndall Underwood & the Dusty Creek Band

Roscoe’s own Lyndall Underwood and his Dusty Creek Band will be back at the Lumberyard for the first time in a while Saturday night. Since their last appearance there, they’ve played in venues all over the region and even been the feature band on a cruise ship to the Caribbean.

As always, they’ll be playing dance-friendly traditional country music, perfect for two-stepping. They’ll open around 9:30pm. Cover charge is $10.

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

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WEATHER REPORT: A DRYING OUT, A SOLAR ECLIPSE, AND A LITTLE RAIN

Eden Baker got this great shot of the approaching front last night.
After the rains of the previous week, this past one saw the sun come out, the puddles dry up, and the temperatures rise. Every day since last Wednesday reached over 90°F with the hottest day being yesterday at 95°, while lows ranged between 69° and 73°.

Monday was the day of the solar eclipse, and although the moon didn’t completely blot out the sun like it did in other parts of the country, it did cover over half of it here at its maximum coverage. Many Roscoe folks had homemade eclipse viewing devices like cardboard boxes or cards with holes poked in them, while others had welding masks for viewing. It began here at 11:33am, reached its peak at 1:01pm, and was completely over at 2:30. There wasn’t a cloud in the sky, but the eclipse did dim the brightness of the midday sun enough that it was noticeable. It also created some strange shadows under the trees. We won’t see another one until April 2024, and that one won’t be total in Roscoe, either. But the moon will cover more of the sun here than this one did.

Last night a front blew in from the northwest, dropping temperatures into the sixties, and a light rain fell for a while. My rain gauge recorded .14”, the same amount that Kenny Landfried got for the official total. The forecast is for lower temperatures for the coming week with highs ranging from today’s 84° to Saturday’s 79° before warming back up to Monday’s 86° and Tuesday’s 87°. There’s a 50% chance of thunderstorms today, 50% tomorrow, and 90% Friday, diminishing to 40% Saturday and 10% Sunday. Lows should be in the mid-sixties the entire week.  

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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Rains Boost Cotton Crop

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

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

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

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

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

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PLOWBOY PREVIEW TOMORROW AT PLOWBOY FIELD

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

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PLOWBOYS SCRIMMAGE AT HOME WITH MUNDAY FRIDAY

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

Here is the Plowboy football schedule for 2017:

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

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

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STUDENT ENROLLMENT AT ROSCOE REMAINS CONSTANT FOR SECOND CONSECUTIVE YEAR

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

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

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

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FUNDRAISER FOR DOUG RICHBURG AT VFW SATURDAY

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

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

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

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

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

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ROSCOE COMMUNITY CENTER NEWS

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

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

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

GENERAL RCC NEWS

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

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

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

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CAMERAN NELSON AT LUMBERYARD TOMORROW NIGHT

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

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

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

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Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Early Childhood Center Marks New Beginning for Pre-Schoolers

The Early Childhood Center on Main Street.

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

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

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

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

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

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PRACTICES BEGIN FOR 2017 PLOWBOY FOOTBALL

Plowboy linemen work out Monday morning.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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CITY COUNCIL MEETING SHORT AND SWEET

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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SATURDAY FESTIVAL FEATURES DALE WATSON, DALLAS MOORE, & OTHERS

Dale Watson

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

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

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

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WEATHER REPORT: COOL WEATHER BUT LITTLE RAIN

Thunderhead in southeast sky on Sunday afternoon.

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

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

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

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† VIRGINIA GARCIA GUERRERO

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

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

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

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