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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Plowboys' Season Ended on Wink's Fourth Quarter Comeback, 36-28

It was a tough way to end the season. Playing in Big Spring in the bitter cold and outplaying Wink for most of the game, the Plowboys faltered in the fourth quarter, and the Wildcats played just well enough to win 36-28 with two late touchdowns.

The game started off right for the Plowboys.  On the second play from scrimmage, Kevin Lavalais took a  Cutter Davila pass and raced into the end zone to complete a 70-yard pass play.  After a successful Eric Huidobro kick for the extra point, the Plowboys were ahead 7-0.  Wink came right back, though, with a 41-yard touchdown pass.  However, their extra point attempt failed, and the score was 7-6.  Before the quarter was over, Vincent Pantoja broke loose on a 46-yard run, which with another successful extra-point kick put the Plowboys out front, 14-6.

In the second quarter the Plowboys drove all the way to the Wink 16-yard line only to see the ball knocked from Davila’s hands all the way to midfield where a Wildcat recovered it.  Wink then drove down the field for their second touchdown and, with a successful two-point conversion, tie the game at 14-14.

Max Nemir returned the ensuing kickoff 34 yards, and shortly thereafter Davila hit Lavalais with another scoring pass, this one for 31 yards.  Huidobro’s extra-point kick was again good, and at halftime the Plowboys led 21-14.

Wink received the second half kickoff and drove the ball down the field for another Wildcat TD, and with a successful 2-point conversion moved ahead of the Plowboys for the first time by the score of 22-21.  However, the Plowboys once again answered.  On a fourth and 3, Davila hit Nemir with a 31-yard pass play for another score.  The extra-point kick was good, and the Plowboys were back in front 28-22.

Then came the fateful fourth quarter.  Wink regained the lead on a 52-yard run and a two-point conversion to go ahead 30-28.  Roscoe couldn’t get any drives going, and Wink did, scoring another TD to go up 36-28.  Wink’s defense then took over and held the Plowboys off for the rest of the game.

It wasn’t the best way to end the season, but the Plowboys went farther this year than most people ever thought they would.  Despite being picked to finish last in district by Texas Football magazine and others, they wound up tied for second and won the tie-breaker to be the official runner-up to Winters, the district champs.  They also made the playoffs for the first time since 2010 and in doing so put the program back on a positive track.  Let’s hope their success carries over to next year’s team and even greater accomplishments in the future.



Sam Ortega shoots a free throw in last night's game with Colorado City.
In a game played at home last night, the Plowgirls played with spirit but showed early season form as they fell to the Lady Wolves from Colorado City, 51-36.

The Lady Wolves jumped out to an early lead in the first quarter, but the Plowgirls fought back and by the end of the quarter had narrowed the margin to one, as Colorado led 10-9.  Then in the second quarter the Plowgirls outscored the Lady Wolves 12 to 9 to lead at the half by two, 21-19.

In a low scoring third quarter the Lady Wolves regained the lead and at the end of three were up 27-24.  The fourth quarter was all Colorado, however, as they outscored the Plowgirls by ten to win the game, 51-36.

High scorer for the Plowgirls was Mia Herrera with 12, followed by Olivia Saddler with 11, Selena Perez 6, Danielle Dean 4, and Sam Ortega 3.

In the early game, Colorado’s JV team beat the JV Plowgirls 30-14.  Roscoe scorers were Acebedo and Trevino, both with 5, and Wilkinson and Whitley, both with 2.

The Plowgirls’ next games will be at the Lueders-Avoca tournament Thursday through Saturday while the JV Plowgirls play at a tournament in Cross Plains.  They will both return to play Westbrook here at home next Tuesday.

The Plowboys will also play their first basketball game of the season against Westbrook here next Tuesday.  The JV Plowgirls start at 4:00, the JV Plowboys at 5:15, the varsity Plowgirls at 6:30, and the varsity Plowboys at 8:00.



Thanksgiving Dinner at the Community Center last year.
If you want to enjoy a good Thanksgiving dinner but not the hassle of fixing it, or if you just want to visit with friends after church, the solution to your problem is at the Roscoe Community Center, which is hosting a Thanksgiving Dinner with turkey, dressing, and all the trimmings this Sunday, November 23, from 11:00am to 3:00pm.

There is no charge for the dinner, but donations will be accepted, and all are invited.  Along with the Thanksgiving Dinner, there will also be a bake sale.



Snowfall on Sunday afternoon. 
This past week has been generally cold and windy, and on Sunday we got our first snow of the year.  It didn’t last long, but it created havoc while it did.  It was preceded by enough precipitation to freeze over the highways with black ice and cause numerous wrecks on I-20 all the way from here to Abilene and points east.  In one case, a woman who totaled her car just south of Roscoe wound up spending the night at the Plowboy Center Lodge.  Her husband, who drove out from Dallas, reported that I-20 looked like a “war zone” with cars turned over or in ditches, wrecks with multiple vehicles, and so on.  By the next afternoon, however, the snow and ice were all gone except in a few shady spots.

The days this past week warmed up somewhat in the afternoon sun—it got up to 64° Saturday afternoon for the week's high.  But the nights and early evenings were either chilly or downright cold, especially when it was windy.  The low was 21° on Sunday and none of the daily lows for the week were above freezing.  Wind chills were often way below that.

A warming trend is forecast for the rest of this week with a 58° high this afternoon and highs in the sixties through Sunday.  Lows should be in the forties and fifties through Saturday.  

 On Friday night and Saturday, there is a 50% chance of rain. 



Services were held at the First Baptist Church for Willard McFaul, 85, on Saturday, November 15, followed by interment in the Roscoe Cemetery.  His last train departed this earthly station on Wednesday, November 12, at Hendrick Medical Center in Abilene.

His journey on the rails of life began on July 20, 1929, in Kaufman County, Texas. In 1945 he reached his destination, Roscoe, where he lived the remainder of his life. He was a 1947 graduate of Roscoe High School. He and his high school sweetheart had a long, happy marriage of 65 years. They were married on November 25, 1948. Willard worked over 40 years on the railroad. He began his career with the Roscoe, Snyder and Pacific Railroad where he worked 33 years. He then worked eight years for the Texas Northwestern Railway Co. in Sunray, Texas, and several years for National Railcar and Eagle in Roscoe. He enjoyed pheasant hunting on the Texas Plains and deer hunting in Colorado. His greatest joy in life was bringing a smile, a chuckle or hardy laugh to friends, family, even strangers, with a joke or humorous story. Someone once said that Willard was the Will Rogers of his era. “He never met a man he did not want to like.”  He was a member of the First Baptist Church, where he welcomed folks each Sunday morning with a warm handshake, a bulletin, and a funny saying. He was also a member the Sweetwater Men's Bible Class and was a Mason who had received his 50 year pin.

He is preceded in death by his parents, four brothers, and two sisters. He cherished the journey with those he leaves awaiting their ticket into heaven: wife, Emily McFaul of Roscoe; son Wayne McFaul and wife Annette of Gilmer, Texas; daughter Susie Alford and husband Jerry of Roscoe; daughter Cathi McFaul of Mansfield, Texas. Also, four grandchildren: Justin McFaul and wife Lindsey, Misti DeLoera and husband Armando, Jonathan McFaul and wife Jamie, and Jerad Alford and wife Candace, as well as nine great grandchildren and a trainload of friends and family. Surely now he is “satisfied with the status quo.”

Pallbearers were Justin McFaul, Jonathan McFaul, Jerad Alford, Armando DeLoera, Bryan Heaps, and Tommy Frierson.


Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Shoppers Flock to Christmas Open House

Vickie's Gifts was full of shoppers during Christmas Open House.
Cars lined the streets of downtown Roscoe on Sunday afternoon as a largely female crowd partook of some early Christmas cheer and good bargains at several Roscoe businesses.  Sales were brisk as a large number of shoppers showed up to enjoy the event, and the Roscoe Express, the City’s “People’s Tram” transported many of them from one store to another.

Kelsey Drake of Roscoe was the winner of the Grand Prize, a gift basket with something in it from each of the participating businesses: Vickie’s Gifts, the Wildflower Boutique, the Lumberyard, Southern Belle Salon, Rockin’ S Cantina, McVey’s Nursery, and the Turquoise Toad.  

The City also extended its monthly Trades Day event in the Community Center to include Sunday afternoon as well as Saturday.



The Plowboys are District 6-2A-II runners-up as everything fell in place for them Friday night.  They beat Bronte, Winters beat Menard, and Miles beat Roby, which was the only possible way for the Plowboys to wind up second in district.  But they did, and now they’re headed to the playoffs.

They drew first blood at their game in Bronte when Vincent Pantoja ran the ball into the end zone from four yards out.  The kick was good, and the Plowboys were ahead 7-0.  The Longhorns came right back and tied it up 7-7 on a forty-yard run, but that was Bronte’s high point of the evening, as the Plowboys took the lead for good when Cutter Davila hit Kevin Lavalais on an 84-yard scoring pass play.   The kick was again good, and at the end of one Roscoe led 14-7.

The second quarter was all Plowboys.  Davila hit Lavalais for another touchdown, this one on a play covering 85 yards.  The kick was no good, but the Plowboys now led 20-7.  Later, Pedro Huidobro kicked a 21-yard field goal to make it 23-7.  Then Davila hit Isaiah Gonzales for a 24-yard touchdown pass to give the Plowboys a 30-7 halftime lead.

Bronte scored first in the third quarter to make the score 30-14, but Pantoja answered with his second TD of the evening on a 65-yard run to make the score 37-14 at the end of three.  In the fourth quarter Bronte scored on a 3-yard run to narrow the gap to 37-20, but later Davila completed a 25-yard pass to Lavalais for his third TD of the evening.  After the kick, the Plowboys led 44-20, and that was the game’s final score.

Pantoja was the Plowboys’ leading rusher with 168 yards and two TDs in 25 carries.  Davila completed 13 of 20 passes  for 350 yards and 4 TDs with one interception, and Lavalais was the leading receiver with 5 catches for 191 yards.  On defense, he also had two interceptions.

The Plowboys’ first playoff game is tomorrow night at Memorial Stadium in Big Spring against Wink.  Like Roscoe, Wink is 5-5 on the year, but the Wildcats finished 2-2 in their district while the Plowboys were 3-2.  

The only common opponent for the two teams this year was Eldorado.  The Plowboys beat them 20-12 in a close game while Wink lost to them 49-48, also in a close game.  Both games were played in Eldorado.  On paper, then, it appears that the Plowboys and Wildcats are pretty evenly matched, so it should be a good game.  The team that wins will probably be the one that can handle the cold weather the best.  The forecast temperature for the game is near freezing, so if you’re planning to attend, be sure to bundle up.

Kickoff is at 7:00pm.  Even though the teams are playing at a neutral site, the Plowboys have been designated as the visitors, so people attending the game should sit on the visitors’ side.  Go, Plowboys!



After their presentation, students posed for a photo with City officials.
The City Council got a treat at its monthly meeting Monday evening when a group of RCHS FFA students did a presentation on the use of drones in agriculture, explaining how they can increase efficiency and cut farming expenses while helping the environment.  The benefit of drones is already being experienced in places like Idaho and Australia, but Texas currently has very strict laws concerning the private use of drones, so it may be a while before they can be used here for agriculture.  Students participating in the presentation were Rainee Ruddick, Cutter Davila, Gabriel Alvarez, Chase Cathey, and Olivia Saddler.

City Manager Cody Thompson reported some operational problems at the R-O Water Treatment Plant caused by a faulty check valve, which resulted in some filter membranes getting soaked with chlorine.  The fault was with the manufacturers, so they will replace the membranes at their expense.  There are also some electrical problems that remain to be fixed.

Thompson also said the City had planned to use a special camera to scope the inside of all the sewer lines, using $60,000 left over in the fund for the sewer-line replacement program, but the old lines, many of them eighty to a hundred years old, were so clogged with debris that extra money would be needed, extra money that the City doesn’t have.  Instead, the City will scope as much as it can with the available funds.  That will allow the scoping of about half  of the City lines.

Thompson also reported that the natural gas lines have now been installed at Young Farm Estates, and Oncor will start on the electrical lines this week.  The Stone Tower RV Park and its washateria will also be open shortly, and the construction of the three houses being financed by the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs is coming along on schedule.



The Plowboys may still be playing football, but the weather has turned cold and basketball season has just begun for the Plowgirls.  Unfortunately, they lost their opening game last night to Robert Lee, 37-28.

The first half was close.  The Plowgirls were ahead by two at the end of the first quarter, 7-5, but fell behind in the second and at the half Robert Lee led 15-12.  The third quarter belonged to the Lady Steers (?) as they outscored the Plowgirls 13-4 and jumped out to a 28-16 lead.  The Plowgirls outscored them in the fourth quarter 12 to 8, but by then it was too late, and Robert Lee won by 9, 37-28.

High scorer for the Plowgirls was Mia Herrera with 9, followed by Olivia Saddler with 8, Sam Ortega with 5, Danielle Dean with 3, and Selena Perez with 3.

The Plowgirls’ next game is next Tuesday, November 18, at home against Colorado City.  The varsity game is scheduled to start at 6:30pm (JV girls at 4:00), but that could change. 



Ice in the birdbath.
The area got its first taste of winter with a cold front that blew in Monday night about midnight with rapidly falling temperatures and winds gusting up to 39mph.  In one hour the temperature went from 67° to 43°, a drop of twenty-four degrees, and by yesterday morning it was down to 30° to 32°, depending on location.  Then, the first hard freeze since last winter came early this morning as the temperature fell to 25°.  The high today is forecast to be only about 33° with a low tomorrow morning of around 22°.  Already, Monday afternoon’s 81° seems like a distant dream.

Tomorrow should also be very cold with a projected high of 35° and a low of about 25°.  Friday will be about ten degrees warmer with a high of 45° and a low of 35°.  Then, Saturday should be sunny and nice with a high of 60° before another front moves through, causing Sunday’s high to be only in the mid forties with a low of around thirty.

No rain has fallen in the past week, and none is in the forecast.  


Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Blackland Smokehouse Under New Ownership

Amanda and Cole Fullwood
Cole and Amanda Fullwood are the new owners of the Blackland Smokehouse in downtown Roscoe.  They bought the restaurant from Randy and  Fonda Williams last Monday and took over the operation on Tuesday.  They are planning no major changes and will be serving the same barbecue the Blackland Smokehouse has come to be known for.

They will be serving something special on Fridays.  This past week it was pulled pork tacos.  Their hours are 11:00am-2:00pm Tuesdays through Fridays, Friday evenings from 5:00-8:00pm, and Saturdays from 11:00-2:30pm.

Cole, the son of Scott and Lisa Fullwood, graduated from Highland High School in 2005.  Amanda is from Sweetwater and graduated from Sweetwater High, also in 2005.



Shoppers in the Wildflower Boutique at last year's Open House.
Christmas Open House, the Sunday afternoon shopping event that went over so well last year, is back for an encore.  Between 1:00 and 5:00pm, it will include most of Roscoe’s downtown businesses: Vickie’s Gifts, Wildflower Boutique, Southern Belle Salon, the Turquoise Toad, the Lumberyard, McVey’s Nursery, and possibly others.

The event features shopping, refreshments, and door prizes.

The Roscoe Community Center will also host Trades Day that afternoon as well as the day before at its regular time of 8am-4pm.  To reserve a spot or for more information, contact Connie Baize at 325-338-1287.



The Plowboy offense against Menard Friday evening.
Roscoe’s tendency to start slowly cost them Friday night, as they let a good team like Menard (7-1 on the year coming into the game) get a quick jump on them that they were never able to overcome.  On Menard’s third play from scrimmage, their big running back Grant Emmons ran for about sixty yards down the field before being stopped, and two plays later he ran it in for a TD from nine yards out.  The extra point was good, and the Yellow Jackets were ahead 7-0.

Roscoe responded with a long drive down the field deep into Menard territory, but then Vincent Pantoja fumbled, a Yellow Jacket caught the loose ball on the bounce and dashed down the sidelines 70 yards for another touchdown.  The extra point was again good, and the score at the end of the quarter was 14-0 Menard.  Then, a couple of minutes later, Menard scored another TD when Eddie Duque ran to paydirt from 21 yards out.  After the extra point, the Yellow Jackets were up 21-0, despite the fact that the two teams seemed to be fairly evenly matched otherwise.

The final minutes of the second quarter were all Roscoe, though, as they scored two touchdowns, the first a 56-yard pass play from Cutter Davila to Kevin Lavalais, and the second a 24-yard run by Pantoja.  The momentum had shifted, and what had looked like a rout was now a ball game.  At halftime, the score was 21-14 Menard.

Menard received the second half kickoff and drove down the field into Plowboy territory.  Roscoe then held them for three consecutive plays, but then on a fourth and goal from the 21, Menard scored again on a touchdown pass to Emmons.  The extra point was no good, but the Yellow Jackets had extended their lead to 27-14.  Nevertheless, the Plowboys once again fought back and before the end of the third quarter scored again, this time on a four-yard pass from Davila to Max Nemir.  The extra point attempt was no good, but the score was now 27-20.

In the fourth quarter, Menard scored their final TD on a 39-yard run by Emmons.  They then attempted a two-point conversion that failed.  At the time, it didn’t seem to make any difference, but it could turn out to have major implications in determining the district runner-up, as you shall read below.  In any case, that pretty well finished off the Plowboys for the evening, who were unable to score any more, and Menard ran the clock out to win the game 33-20.

However, despite the 13-point loss to Menard, there is still a chance that the Plowboys could wind up as district runner-up, although for that to happen, three games this weekend will have to end a certain way; namely, Winters must beat Menard, Miles must beat Roby, and Roscoe must beat Bronte.

Winters and Menard play one another for the district title in Menard on Friday.  Winters is currently 4-0 in district play while Menard is 3-1, their district loss coming at the hands of Miles last week 36-10.  If Menard beats Winters, then they both finish 4-1 in district and are the champion and runner-up.  On the other hand, if Winters wins, they will be outright district champs, and Menard will be 3-2 along with Roscoe and Miles, assuming that Miles (2-2) beats Roby (1-3) and Roscoe (2-2) beats Bronte (0-4).

In case of such a three-way tie, the tiebreaker is computed like this: a team that beats another by 15 points gets +1, a team that loses to another by 15 gets -1, and any other win counts as 0.  Miles beat Menard 36-10 for +1, but lost to Roscoe 26-8 for -1, so Miles winds up with 0.  Roscoe beat Miles 26-8 for +1 and lost to Menard 33-20 for 0, so Roscoe winds up with +1.  Menard beat Roscoe 33-20 for 0 and lost to Miles 36-10 for -1, so Menard winds up -1.  So, then, if Menard loses to Winters to finish district play at 3-2, Miles beats Roby to finish 3-2, and Roscoe defeats Bronte also to finish 3-2,  then Roscoe will win the tiebreaker and will qualify for the playoffs as the district runner-up.

The Plowboys’ final regular season game is with Bronte in Bronte Friday evening.  Kickoff is at 7:30pm, and the Plowboys need to win.  Go, Plowboys!



Roscoe Police Officer Steven Spencer made another bust on I-20 last week.  On Thursday afternoon, he conducted a traffic stop of a vehicle in which the driver was a 27-year-old man from Pennsylvania.  The actions of the driver caused Spencer to suspect illegal activity, and he obtained consent to search the vehicle.  In a natural void in the trunk area, he located a large bundle that turned out to be marijuana.  He arrested the driver, who was then booked by the Nolan County Sheriff’s Office on a state jail felony (6 months to 2 years and a $2,000-$10,000 fine) charge for possession of more than four ounces and less than five pounds of a controlled substance.

Officer Spencer also wants everyone to be aware of a new kind of scam that is currently being used on people, especially the elderly.  Criminals are using the Internet to locate obituaries in which they can learn of relationships that intended victims have.  They will then contact someone and say that some relative is in the hospital or jail in some place like Mexico or Jamaica and needs money immediately to save their lives or to get out of jail or something similar.  The victim is urged to wire them money, but of course the money goes to the criminals.  This scam has been perpetrated on people in Nolan County.  Officer Spencer also wants to remind people never to give out vital information about themselves (social security or credit card numbers, bank account numbers, internet usernames or passwords, etc.) to anyone who contacts them and asks for it, even if they say they are from a bank or other legitimate organization or corporation.  A real bank will never ask someone to disclose that kind of information over the telephone. 



Voters and Election Volunteers in the Community Center yesterday.
Surprise, surprise.  The Republicans took almost all the state offices in yesterday's General Election.  If you thought Wendy Davis would win the Governor's race or Leticia Van de Putte the Lieutenant Governor's, or that Kinky Friedman would become Texas Commissioner of Agriculture via write-in votes, then you're obviously delusional.  

However, I don't think you could have expected as close a race as the one for Nolan County Judge.  With just 16 provisional votes countywide remaining to be verified, Whitley May (R) has a three-vote lead over Peter Sheridan (D) at 1312 to 1309.

Despite the general lack of suspense, there was a big turnout for a midterm election for Nolan County Precinct 6 in the Community Center yesterday.  In all, there were 331 votes in Precinct 6 and 2,714 countywide.  Here's the breakdown for the main races:

                                                                     Precinct 6         Nolan County
U. S. Senate
John Cornyn (R)                                                268                          2046

David Alameel (D)                                               47                             417
Rebecca Paddock (L)                                            7                               78
Emily Sanchez (G)                                                   4                               26

U. S. House of Representatives
Randy Neugebauer (R)                                     247                          1955
Neal Marchbanks (D)                                            63                           490

Chip Peterson (L)                                                   16                             144

Greg Abbott (R)                                                   273                          2088
Wendy Davis (D)                                                    51                             471
Kathie Glass (L)                                                         4                               26
Brandon Parmer (G)                                                1                               15

Lieutenant Governor
Dan Patrick (R)                                                     258                           1985
Leticia Van de Putte (D)                                        61                            485
Robert Butler (L)                                                        9                              90
Chandrakantha Courtney (G)                                0                                7

Nolan County Judge
Whitley May (R)                                                    178                         1312
Peter Sheridan (D)                                                152                         1309

District Clerk
Jamie Clem (R)                                                      225                          1834
Jerry Lou Hunt (D)                                               100                           758



Chris Cagle
Your only chance to see country music star Chris Cagle live could very well be his appearance at the Lumberyard Friday night.  The noted Nashville songwriter and singer is on an American tour and will stop over here on his way from a show in Houston to another in Kansas.

Born in De Ridder, Louisiana, Cagle grew up in Sugar Land and Baytown, Texas.  After graduating from high school, he attended UT-Arlington for a year and performed at nearby clubs.  In 1994, he moved to Nashville, where he worked odd jobs until he got his start writing songs for David Kersh.  His first album, Play It Loud (2000) featured “My Love Goes On and On,” which reached number 15 on Hot Country Songs, and “I Breathe In, I Breathe Out,” which reached number one.

Since then, he has produced four more studio albums: Chris Cagle, Anywhere But Here, My Life’s Been a Country Song, and Back in the Saddle, as well as one compilation, The Best of Chris Cagle. 

Top singles include “My Love Goes On and On,” “Laredo,” “I Breathe In, I Breathe Out,” “What a Beautiful Day,” “Chicks Dig It,” “Miss Me Baby,” “What Kinda Gone,” “Got My Country On,” and Let There Be Cowgirls.”

The show begins at around 9:30.  Tickets are $20. For reservations or more information, phone the Lumberyard at 325-766-2457.



Yesterday's rain created a big puddle in my driveway.
It’s been a mixed bag for the weather this past week with some days sunny, some partly cloudy, and some completely cloudy.  High temperatures have varied from 80°F last Thursday to only 64° yesterday—and that was at midnight.  During the day yesterday, temperatures were mostly in the high forties.  Lows have ranged from 61° on Monday to 40° Saturday morning.  Winds went from light breezes up to Friday to downright windy (with gusts in the 30-36mph range) starting on Saturday and continuing through yesterday.

But of course the big news for the week was the rain we got, starting at about 3:00am early yesterday morning and continuing all day long yesterday.  It varied between a drizzle and light rain most of the day with only occasional heavier downpours, but it all added up to somewhere between one and a half and two inches, enough to drench everything and create puddles all over town and in the fields.

The forecast is for continued cool and mostly cloudy weather today with a high of 58° and a low of 42° with a 20% chance of more rain.  Tomorrow the sun will come back out and high temperatures will rise into the upper sixties and remain that way through the weekend.  Lows will be in the forties.

After today, no more chances of precipitation are in the forecast.


Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Happy Halloween!

Halloween is Friday evening, so remember to buy some trick-or-treat candy if you haven’t already done so, and keep in mind that kids will be trick-or-treating and walking the streets before and after sundown.

The First Baptist Church will have a “Trick or Trunk” event on Friday from 6:00-7:00pm.



The Plowboy defense held Roby scoreless in the second half.
After losing to Roby three years in a row, the Plowboys enjoyed a little payback Friday night as they dominated the second half and finished with a convincing 30-14 victory over the Lions.

The Plowboys opened the scoring in the first quarter with a 14-yard touchdown pass from Cutter Davila to Kevin Lavalais.  However, the extra-point attempt, a kick by Isaiah Gonzales, failed.  It would be the first of five futile attempts by the Plowboys to make extra points during the game.  Nevertheless, the Plowboys were ahead 6-0.  Roby came right back, though, with a long drive capped by Sterling Dowden’s touchdown run from two yards out.  Roby’s extra-point attempt also failed, and the score was tied 6-6.

The Lions took the lead in the second quarter on a six-yard run by Ridgdon Terry.  The pass for extra points from Terry to Braeden Groat was complete, and Roby was ahead 14-6.  The Plowboys responded with another successful drive and a 16-yard TD run by Vincent Pantoja.  The extra point attempt again failed, leaving the score at 14-12 Roby.  Pantoja made another touchdown in the latter part of the quarter on a 9-yard run, though, and at halftime the Plowboys were up 18-14.

The Plowboy defense shut out Roby for the entire second half while Roscoe scored two more touchdowns, one in the third quarter on a 12-yard pass from Brayden Beal to Kevin Lavalais and one in the fourth on a 12-yard run by Pantoja to make the final score 30-14.

The Plowboys are now 4-4 on the year and 2-1 in district.  This Friday, they face a tough matchup as undefeated Menard comes to town.  The Yellow Jackets are 2-0 in district and 7-0 on the year.  They are also coming off an open week, so on paper the Plowboys’ chances for victory don’t look that good.  However, they didn’t look good for the Redskins in Dallas Monday night, either, and look at what happened there.  As ESPN sportscaster Chris Berman likes to point out, “That’s why they play the game!”  Consider also that Friday night is Hallowe’en.  Anything can happen.  Go, Plowboys!

Kickoff is at 7:30pm.

Correction:  I have learned that the Abilene Reporter-News' stats on Menard's record is wrong.  They didn't have an open date last week as stated in the Reporter-News' online Go Friday Night.  Instead, they played Miles last week and lost to them 36-10.  This means they have a district loss, so if the Plowboys beat them tomorrow night, they will be in the driver's seat for finishing second in district, assuming they can beat Bronte next week.  

Cutter Davila passes to Kevin Lavalais for the first Plowboy TD against Roby Friday evening.



Plowtech, Roscoe Collegiate High’s robotics team, qualified for regional competition in Dallas at the district BEST meet held at TSTC on Saturday.  The team finished second overall and received the following awards:

Best Robot Design
Best Built Robot
1st Place Engineering Notebook
1st Place Exhibit and Interview
2nd Place Marketing Presentation
2nd Place Spirit and Sportsmanship
3rd Place Robot Contest

Here’s wishing the team a great finish in Dallas!



Plowgirls Lyndi Wilkinson and Alejandra Solis qualified for the regional meet and the Plowgirls as a team came in fourth at the district meet in Hamlin last week.  The Plowboys also finished fourth but had no regional qualifiers.

The Junior High boys finished first as a team.  Individually, Tagen Atkins was first, Alfonzo Islas second, Ethan Morris fourth, and Isaac Olvera fifth.

The Eighth Grade Girls finished second as a team.  Individually, Bonnie Wilkinson was second, Madison Mims seventh, and Michaela Horton ninth.

The Seventh Grade girls also finished second as a team.  Individually, Jaci Alexander was fourth, Jaleigh Morales sixth, and Leanara Deleon eighth.



Aaron Watson
Another great Texas country singer makes his debut at the Lumberyard this Saturday evening, November 1, when Aaron Watson comes to town.  Watson should be a great fit for the Lumberyard since he has a reputation of being an audience-friendly artist who sticks around after the show to meet and greet everyone, sign autographs, take photos, and the like—just like Ray Price, Mel Tillis, and other similar-minded performers have done.  And there is no doubt that he will put on a good show.

Although he was born in Amarillo, Watson launched his music career while a student at ACU and still calls Abilene home. His first CD, Aaron Watson, was released in 1999, and since then he has produced ten more, among them The Honky Tonk Kid, San Angelo, Barbed Wire Halo, Angels & Outlaws, The Road & the Rodeo, and Real Good Time.  

Top singles include “That Look,” “July in Cheyenne,” “Real Good Time,” “Raise Your Bottle,” “Shut Up and Dance,” “Lips,” and “Barbed Wire Halo.”

Watson will take the stage at 9:15 or 9:30.  Tickets are $13 in advance and $15 at the door.  For reservations or more information, phone the Lumberyard at 325-766-2457.



The cotton harvest has begun. (Photo by Jeremy Baker)
A light shower of about .15” fell last Wednesday, but then the skies cleared, and since then they’ve been mostly or completely sunny.  By Friday, the temperature was up to 86°F, and for the next few days we had a late warm spell with highs in the upper eighties or lower nineties and lows in the sixties.  The hottest day was Monday with a high of 91°.

A cold front moved in early yesterday morning around 2:00am, and things have cooled off considerably since then.  The high yesterday was only 72° with a north wind, and the low this morning was 49°.  The next few days should be similar with partly cloudy skies, highs in the seventies, and lows in the fifties.  The long range forecast is for a 30% chance of rain on Monday increasing to 40% Monday night.



Funeral services were held at Lamar Street Baptist Church on Saturday, October 25, for Dorothy L. (Hestand) Young, 71, who passed away at her home in Sweetwater last Wednesday, October 22.  Interment followed at the Roscoe Cemetery.

Dorothy was born in Roscoe on January 22, 1943, and lived in Roscoe and Sweetwater all of her life. She was a Flower Designer and had worked for Roscoe Flower and Gift Shop and the Flower Box. A member of the Lamar Street Baptist Church, she was also an RHS graduate and member of the Class of 1961.

Survivors include her husband, Sam Young, Sr., of Sweetwater; sons, Sam Young, Jr. and wife, Colette, of Joshua, TX; and Brad Young and wife, Sondra, of Kyle, TX; brother, David Hestand and wife, Donna, of LaJunta, CO; brother-in-law, Edgar Nance of Yuma, AZ; 2 grandchildren, Brandon William of Joshua, TX, and Danielle Williams of Rio Vista, TX; and 3 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Marlin L. and Mattie Lou (Campbell) Hestand; her sisters, Margaret Baker and Betty Nance; a brother-in-law, Don Baker; and a nephew, Dallas Ruminer.

Pallbearers were Lamar Street Baptist Church Deacons Jimmy Davis, Randy Hanes, Jack Kennedy, Raymond Lambert, Scott Lambert, Norman Massey and Clint Parks.  Honorary Pallbearers were Deacons Jerry Browning, Dale Finch, and Larry Wilke.



Services will be held at 2:00pm today, October 29, at Faith Lutheran Church in Sweetwater for Jean Zetzman, 87, who passed away at Rolling Plains Memorial Hospital on Monday, October 27.  Interment will follow at Roscoe Cemetery.

She was born on April 3, 1927, in Ford County, Texas, and graduated from Pyron High School in 1945. On May 16, 1945, she married Raymond Zetzman and moved to Roscoe. She was a past member of First Salem Lutheran Church in Roscoe and currently a member of Faith Lutheran Church in Sweetwater. Jean served on the Roscoe City Council for many years and served as Mayor. She worked for Potter and Jay Insurance Agency for twenty years as secretary and salesperson of insurance. She also worked for the R. S. & P. Railroad for two years and the Nolan County Sheriff’s Department as Jailer for ten years. She was involved in farming with her husband most of her life. Jean was honored as being named Roscoe Citizen of the Year.

Survivors include her daughters, Carrie Blaschke and husband, Russell, of Abilene; Jerrie Gee and husband, Larry, of Sweetwater; and Sherry McGlothlin and husband, Eddy, of Loraine; seven grandchildren: Chris Kinsey and Janie, Suzanne Hamm and Shane, William McCloskey, Justin Gee and Lacey, Jarrod Gee and Brandie, Bobby McGlothlin, Angela and Scott McGlothlin; twelve great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren; a sister, Evelyn Dixon of Fort Worth; and a brother, Billy Raymond “Jack” Schoppa of Saint Jo, Texas.

She was preceded in death by her parents, August Louis and Minnie (Schulze) Schoppa, and her husband, Raymond Mitchell Zetzman, on December 9, 2012.

Pallbearers are Chris Kinsey, Christopher Kinsey, Shane Hamm, Justin Gee, Jarrod Gee and Bobby McGlothlin. Honorary pallbearers are William McCloskey and Scott McGlothlin.


Wednesday, October 22, 2014

New Roscoe Businesses Hold Ribbon Cuttings

Roscoe has two new businesses in town, The Turquoise Toad and the Roscoe Thrift Store, and both held their Grand Openings on Friday morning with ribbon-cutting ceremonies.

The Turquoise Toad

Ribbon cutting at the Turquoise Toad.
The Turquoise Toad at 101 Cypress on the south side of the Shelansky building specializes in furniture and home decor.  Its owners, Connie Baize and Kori Underwood, rescue and sell old furniture, often repurposing it in some way.   Everything in the shop is made from recycled material, and they also refurnish furniture for the public.

They are open on Fridays and Saturdays from 8am-4pm.  For more information visit the Turquoise Toad Facebook page or phone 325-338-1287.

The Roscoe Thrift Store

Ribbon cutting at the Roscoe Thrift Store.
The Roscoe Thrift Store is on 509 Broadway in the same location that Tita’s Restaurant and the Dairy Fluff used to be.  Owned and operated by Aurora Rangel, it has quite a selection of clothing, collectibles, antiques, and various other items at reasonable prices.

It is open on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 10am to 5pm and on the first Saturday of the month from 10am-2pm.  For more information, visit the Roscoe Thrift Store Facebook page or phone 432-202-4665.



Nine Mile Mountain and Radney Foster at the free concert and street dance.

On a beautiful fall Saturday afternoon and evening, both local folks and visitors from surrounding communities gathered for a good time at the City of Roscoe’s eighth annual West Texas Wind Festival.  Street vendors once again lined Cypress, Broadway, and Old Town Park; the Roscoe Historical Museum hosted a large number of guests; and downtown businesses were filled with patrons.

At George Parks Field, the Plowboy Mudbog was in progress, and the sound of mud vehicles gunning their engines as they made their way through the black Roscoe mud could be heard from several blocks away.  Around the firehouse and the Community Center, cooks vied for glory and cash awards at the “BBQ in the Wind” Cookoff sponsored by the Roscoe Volunteer Fire Department.

As afternoon turned to evening and the sun went down in the west, music filled the downtown air at the free concert and street dance.  Two excellent country music groups, Nine Mile Mountain and Radney Foster, entertained the crowd, and many danced “on the bricks” while others were content to enjoy the scene from their lawn chairs or along the low walls of Old Town Park.

The fireworks show was once again a crowd pleaser as it officially closed the festivities, although the party went on at the Lumberyard for many of the grownups, who went there to continue the celebration by dancing and listening to yet another excellent band, The Shiny Ribs.

Thanks are due, once again, to the organizers of the event, whose hard work and careful planning produced another memorable time for all.


"BBQ in the Wind" Cook Off Winners

The $1500 Fuller Foods Grand Prize went to Two Peas in a Pod.

1. Bar Ditch
2. Keeping Up with the Jones
3. Two Peas in a Pod

1. SWS Cookers
2. Son of a Dink
3. BBQ Brew Crew

1. Two Peas in a Pod
2. Redneck Mother
3. BBQ Brew Crew 


Plowboy Mudbog Winners

2014 Plowboy Mudbog winners. (Photo by Patty McBride)
Street Class
1. Chuck Harvey
2. David Smallwood
3. Tony Pantoja

Super Street
1. Fletch Rivera
2. Adam Gomez
3. Lus Pantoja

1. Tanner Parks
2. Caleb Dean
3. Nick Pantoja

Super Modified
1. Abel Alvarez
2. Branden Oden
3. Daryl Haag

1. Russell Reid
2. Matt Hall
3. Arden Alvarez



The Winters Blizzards lived up to their advance billing as the team to beat in District 6-2A II as they overpowered the Plowboys 32-15 Friday in Winters to go up 2-0 in district play and 6-1 on the year.  The Blizzard quarterback, Jimmy John Ripley, proved to be too much to handle as he rushed for 206 total yards with two long runs in the first half to set up one TD and score another.

Winters opened the scoring on their first drive when Ripley ran for seventy yards to set up a 3-yard scoring run by Michael Chavis.  The extra-point attempt failed, and the Blizzards had the early lead at 6-0.

The Plowboys came back midway through the second quarter with a long drive to take the lead.  After Kevin Lavalais intercepted a Ripley pass, the Plowboys drove down the field to a first and goal.  Winters stopped them on three plays, but on the fourth Cutter Davila hit Lavalais in the end zone for a touchdown.  Isaiah Gonzales’ extra-point kick was good and the Plowboys were ahead 7-6.

The lead didn’t last long, though, as Ripley ripped off a 62-yard TD run to put Winters back on top.  Once again, though, the Blizzard extra-point attempt failed, and Winters led at halftime 12-7.

In the third quarter, Winters took a commanding lead when Stephon Cleghorn scored on a 23-yard run.  The extra-point kick was good, and the score at the end of three was 19-7.

After another Winters touchdown in the fourth quarter, the Plowboys scored their final TD of the evening on a 24-yard Vincent Pantoja run.  Davila then passed to Rafael Aguayo for the extra points to make the score 25-15.  Winters then scored once more to make the final score 32-15.

Pantoja again led the Plowboys in rushing with 156 yards in 28 carries.  Davila completed 15 of 25 passes with no interceptions for 169 yards, and Max Nemir led all receivers with 82 yards on three catches.

Roscoe is now 3-4 on the year and 1-1 in district play.  If they can take care of business against 1-6 Roby at Plowboy Field this Friday, they will still be in good shape to make the playoffs.  The Lions are coming off a 44-28 loss to Menard in Roby Friday night.

Kickoff is at 7:30pm.



This Saturday evening, October 25, the Lumberyard will host “Party with a Purpose,” a fundraiser for Keith and Jeanne Nayfa Brewer to help with expenses involved with Keith’s long battle with cancer.

The benefit will feature a fish fry, auction, live music from three different bands, and dancing for a donation of $15 at the door plus $5 a plate.  Donations can also be made at the First Financial Bank in Sweetwater or by calling Rebecca Sells at 325-338-3005 or Vicki Scott at 940-357-1456.

The event begins at 6:00pm.



Autumn sunset.
There’s been no rain, but otherwise the weather has been beautiful and remarkably stable.  The old adage “If you don’t like the weather, just wait a few minutes,” generally holds true for west Texas, but not since last Thursday, when a cool front moved through.  Temperatures fell, and since then we’ve had some of the nicest weather you’d ever want to experience.  Highs have ranged from 75° to 80°, and lows have been in the mid to upper fifties.  It was a bit breezy in the afternoon on Friday and Saturday, but mornings and evenings were calmer, and winds have been light since then.

We can expect more nice weather through the weekend.  There’s a 20% chance of rain today increasing to 30% tonight followed by 20% again tomorrow.  Highs will remain around 80° and lows in the fifties with light southeast winds 5-10mph through Sunday.  Today and tomorrow skies will be mostly cloudy, changing to mostly sunny on Friday and Saturday, and sunny on Sunday.


Wednesday, October 15, 2014

West Texas Wind Festival on Saturday

Radney Foster
Plans are being finalized for the eighth annual West Texas Wind Festival, and organizers are expecting a large crowd, especially for the free concert and the fireworks show.  As usual, the downtown streets will be lined with vendors all afternoon and evening, and kids’ bounce houses and inflatables will be in the park.

The Plowboy Mudbog will be at George Parks Field in the afternoon, and the competition should be fierce as always with mud vehicles from several cities, including Hobbs, NM.

The Roscoe Express Shuttle will be on hand to take people to and from the baseball field, selected parking areas, and downtown all afternoon at no charge.

Music for the free concert and street dance will begin downtown at about four with Roscoe's own Lyndall Underwood and the Dusty Creek Band.  They will be followed by another local favorite band, Nine Mile Mountain, at around six.

Then at 8:15 country music singer and songwriter Radney Foster will take the stage. Foster, a native Texan born in Del Rio, began his music career as a songwriter in Nashville, where he met Bill Lloyd in the mid 1980s.  Together they co-wrote several successful songs and began performing as a duet.  Between 1986 and 1990, they recorded three studio albums and had nine singles hit the country charts before parting ways to pursue solo careers.

In 1992, Foster released his album Del Rio, TX 1959, which produced the hits “Just Call Me Lonesome,”  “Nobody Wins,” “Easier Said Than Done,” and “Hammers and Nails.”  Since then, he has released ten albums and several hit singles including “The Running Kind,” “Texas in 1880” (with Pat Green), “Everyday Angel,” and “Louisiana Blue.”  His latest album, Everything I Should Have Said, released this past May, contains the single, “Whose Heart You Wreck (Ode to the Muse).”

The fireworks show will follow Foster's performance at about 9:45 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 will go on until midnight.  There will be no cover charge.

Here are details for the events of the day:

BBQing in the Wind Cookoff (around the Fire House and Community Center):

Cooks at work.
First Place Steak Prize: $1500 from Fuller Foods, Colorado City

16 oz. Rib Eye Steak
Pork Spare Ribs
Pulled Pork

6:00pm (Friday)  – Setup begins
8:00am (Saturday)  – Meat inspection begins
10:00am – Cooks’ meeting
3:00pm – Pulled Pork turn in
4:00pm – Rib Eye Steak turn in
5:00pm – Pork Spare Ribs turn in

Contestants must enter all three events to enter the Steak category.  Cost for all three is $150.  Cooking fuel may be wood, gas, or charcoal.  Dry camper spaces only. No hookups. No electricity per cook site.  One camper, one vehicle, up to 12' x 12' cover, and up to two pits in cooking area are allowed.

The Fire Department will supply a public electricity and water station.

All proceeds go to the Roscoe Volunteer Fire Department.  For more information, contact Gary Armstrong at 325-235-4110.

Plowboy Mudbog (at George Parks Field on Second and Sycamore Streets):

Bug Nasty.
9:30am – Driver registration begins
11:00am – Public gate opens
12:00 noon – First run begins

Kids 8 and under – Free; Ages 9 to 14 – $2; Ages 15 & up $5.  

All proceeds benefit the Roscoe Little League.


Street scene on Cypress.
All afternoon: Kids' area with bounce houses and inflatables.
4:00pm - 5:45pm  Dusty Creek Band
6:00pm - 7:30pm Nine Mile Mountain Band
7:45pm – Announcements of Cookoff and Mudbog winners
8:15pm – Radney Foster
9:45pm - Fireworks



The Plowboys overcame an early deficit to win going away.
An RHS ex, former Plowboy, and good friend, whose name will not be mentioned here, told me he left  Plowboy Field right after Miles scored the first touchdown of the game Friday evening.  And, really, who could blame him?  It was cold, wet, and windy, the kickoff had been delayed thirty minutes because of lightning, and, as he noted, the Miles players were noticeably larger and apparently faster and better, judging from the speed and ease of their touchdown drive that opened the game.

However, the rest of the game was a different story as the Plowboys dug in, reversed Miles’ early momentum, and wound up entertaining the Homecoming crowd with a decisive victory over the Bulldogs 26-8.

It was all Miles in the beginning, though.  After receiving the kickoff, the Bulldogs moved all the way down the field in only three plays.  Miles’ Cody Krueger hit Garrett Kalina with a 5-yard touchdown pass, and Miles was up 6-0.  The extra-point attempt failed, but a penalty was called on the Plowboys, and on their second try Krueger passed to Ivan Tirado for two, and the Bulldogs were up 8-0.

After a couple of unproductive series for both teams, Roscoe finally got on the scoreboard when Cutter Davila hit Rafael Aguayo with a 12-yard touchdown pass.  Pedro Huidobro’s extra-point kick was no good, though, and Miles led 8-6.  At this point it now looked like anyone’s game.  The Plowboys’ defense had stiffened, and Miles was no longer dominating as they had at the outset.

The Plowboys took the lead in the second quarter on a 21-yard pass play from Davila to Vincent Pantoja.  The extra-point attempt once again failed, and the Plowboys were ahead 12-8.  Roscoe then took a commanding lead later in the quarter when Davila completed a short pass to Pantoja, who broke a couple of tackles and raced 74 yards down the sideline for another Plowboy TD.  This time the extra-point kick was good, and the Plowboys led 19-8, which was the score at halftime.

Defenses on both teams dominated a scoreless third quarter, but the Plowboys scored on the first play of the fourth when Davila completed another touchdown pass, this one a 45-yarder to Javier Leanos.  Huidobro’s extra-point kick was good, and the Plowboys had a commanding lead at 26-8.

Another Plowboy drive near the end of the quarter put the Plowboys on Miles’ two-yard line, but instead of trying to punch it in, the Plowboy quarterback took a knee, ending the game and leaving the final score  26-8.

The leading rusher for the Plowboys was Vincent Pantoja with 119 yards in 24 carries.  Davila was 13 for 17 in passing for 287 yards and 4 TDs with no interceptions, and Leanos was the leading receiver with 5 catches for 112 yards.

Both the Plowboys and Miles are now 3-3 on the year, but, more importantly, the Plowboys are now 1-0 in district play.  Their next opponent is Winters in Winters this Friday.  The Blizzards, 5-1 on the year and 1-0 in district, were the pre-season favorite to win District 6-2A II.  Their only loss for the year so far was to Hamlin, and they are coming off a 47-0 district win over Roby in Roby last Friday.



John Jay
Austin-- John Jay, president of the Roscoe State Bank since 1990, is the new Chairman of the Board of IBAT, the Independent Bankers’ Association of Texas.  He officially accepted the position for 2014-2015 during the association’s 40th annual convention in Fort Worth on September 28-30.

He joins Chairman-Elect Rogers Pope, Jr. of Texas Bank and Trust in Longview and Secretary-Treasurer Darla Rooke of Junction National Bank in Junction. New board members include Joe Kim King of Texas County Bancshares in Brady, Sam Munafo of Inter National Bank in McAllen and Doug Streater of Extraco Banks, N.A. in Temple.

Austin-based IBAT represents Texas community banks and has more than 2,000 independent banks and branches in 700 Texas communities. Additional information about the organization and its new board of directors can be found at

John Jay is a Roscoe High School graduate and member of the Class of 1977.



Cody Thompson updates the City Council.
At its monthly meeting last night in City Hall, the Roscoe City Council heard updates on various projects around town as well as the September report from the Roscoe Police Department.  It also established guidelines for the approval of artwork, memorials, and signage on City property.

City Manager Cody Thompson reported on several current City activities.  He said that construction of the three community houses is on schedule and that Atmos gas contractors began work yesterday on the Young Farm Estates and plan to be done in about two weeks.  He also reported that delays by the electrical contractor Oncor is seriously holding up development of the Stone Tower RV Park in north Roscoe and could impact progress on Young Farm Estates.

The City has closed on the purchase of the Guelker building for the Police Department and is ready for this weekend’s West Texas Wind Festival.

Roscoe Community Center director Helen Perry and president Felix Pantoja have both resigned after performing exemplary service to the City and will be replaced by Gail Presley and Connie Baize.  Inquiries concerning the Community Center should henceforth be addressed to Gail Presley at 325-518-4135.

Police Chief Felix Pantoja reported on Police Department activity for the month of September.  There were 96 total calls, 3 burglary cases cleared, 2 arrests, 4 citations, and 3 dogs taken to the pound in Sweetwater.  The Department also assisted other law enforcement agencies on 12 occasions.

The Council passed a motion that all artworks, signage, and memorials on City property first be approved by the Council.



Roscoe, TX - October 14, 2014 – Aubrey’s Army, a new scholarship program available to seniors currently enrolled at Roscoe Collegiate High School, will begin accepting applications this week.

Aubrey’s Army is an organization dedicated to the memory of Aubrey Ryan Renteria. The organization was established to honor its namesake’s spirit of generosity and selflessness through projects that will improve the community and serve its neighbors.

Students from Roscoe Collegiate High School's class of 2015 who are selected to become members of Aubrey’s Army will be eligible for a scholarship to be awarded at the end of the academic year. Throughout the year, participants will engage in a number of community service projects. Projects might

include improving public areas, assisting the elderly with yard work, or collecting food and clothing for the needy.

This is an especially significant year to begin this scholarship given that it would have been Aubrey’s senior year. It is fitting that the first recipients be Aubrey’s own classmates.

Interested students may submit applications at Deadline is November 1.

Donations for the 2014-2015 scholarship program can be made by visiting

For additional information, please visit or contact Abel Romero at



Micky and the Motorcars

Micky and the Motorcars, a hot alternative Texas country band from Austin, will return for an encore performance to the Lumberyard Friday night.  The band has released five mainstream albums: Careless (2007), Na├»ve (2008), Live at Billy Bob’s Texas (2009), Raise My Glass (2011), and Hearts from Above (2014).  Top singles include “Carolina Morning,” “July, You Are a Woman,” Careless,” and “Hearts from Above.”

The group will take the stage at around 9:30.  For more information, call the Lumberyard at 325-766-2457.



Hail west of Roscoe on Friday.  (Photo by Allen Richburg)
Weather for the past week was changeable with both warm and cold and wet and dry, but the lasting impression, at least for me, was that it was cool, wet, and windy.  Last Thursday’s warm, sunny weather brought a high of 89° and a low of 67°, but all that changed on Friday as a front moved in with clouds, and an early evening shower of about a tenth of an inch fell here in town.  West of town, however, small to quarter-sized hail fell along with precipitation of a half to three quarters of an inch, and it felt downright cold at the football game with gusts from the north of up to 32mph and temperatures dropping into the upper fifties.

On Saturday the high was only 61°, which on Sunday climbed to 86°.  On Monday, however, another cold front hit with a shower of .14" here in town, and the high was back down to 69°.  Yesterday it was back up to 74° and today should be around 82° before rising to about 90° tomorrow.  Friday and Saturday should be somewhat cooler with highs of around 80°, but skies should be sunny and winds light, so the outlook is good for a nice day for the West Texas Wind Festival.

There is no rain in the forecast.