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Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Fire Department to Hold Raffle for Barbecue Pit

Barbecue Pit to be raffled off at Wind Festival
The Roscoe Volunteer Fire Department will be selling raffle tickets at its booth at the Wind Festival on Saturday, October 15, for a beautiful barbecue pit built and donated by Stewart Williams.  

This is your chance to win a barbecue pit as well as to support your local firefighters, who have been busy enough, to say the least, over the past few months. 

A $1 donation will get you one chance, and a $5 donation will get you six chances.  Tickets may also be purchased before the festival from local firefighters.  

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



8:00am – Cook’s meeting. Deadline to enter Cookoff.
9:30am – Registration for Plowboy Mudbog contestants begins.
10:00am – Vendors, Kids’ area open
11:00am – Public gate for Plowboy Mudbog opens
12:00 – 5:00pm – Plowboy Mudbog at George Parks Field
4:00pm – Judging for steaks, ribs, chicken in Cookoff
5:30-7:30pm – Free Concert begins with Lawless Flatz
7:30pm – Cookoff prizes awarded
8:00-8:45pm – Free Concert continues with Bellamy Brothers
8:45-9:05pm – Fireworks Show
9:05-10:00pm – Free Concert continues with Bellamy Brothers
10:00pm – Festival Ends

Contacts for more information:

Vendors – Kelly Etheredge, 325-725-0756
Barbecue Cookoff – Gary Armstrong, 325-235-4110
Plowboy Mudbog – Felix Pantoja, 325-514-8384, or David Pantoja, 325-280-1917
Free Concert and Street Dance – Kelly Etheredge, 325-725-0756
Roscoe City Hall – 325-766-3871

More details are available in last week's edition of the Roscoe Hard Times.



After a week off, the Roscoe Plowboys will open district play this Friday, October 7, at Plowboy Field against the Hamlin Pied Pipers, who also had an open date this past week. 

The Pied Pipers were pre-season picks of both the Abilene Reporter-News and Dave Campbell’s 2011 Texas Football magazine to win District 7A-II, so the Plowboys will have their hands full. 

Hopefully, the Plowboys' grueling pre-district games will give them the experience they need to handle their district foes and make it to the playoffs once again.  Kickoff  is at 7:30pm.



Funeral services were held last week in Yuma, Arizona, for Betty Jean Nance, who passed away on Sunday, September 25.

She was born Betty Jean Hestand on September 26, 1935, in Roscoe and married Edgar Nance, Sr.  She graduated from Roscoe High School in 1954.  Survivors include her husband, Ed, Sr. of Yuma; sons Ed Jr. of Yuma, John of Eugene, Oregon, and Robert of Tucson; daughter Rebecca of Yuma; brother David Hestand of La Junta, Colorado; and sister Dorothy Young of Sweetwater. 



Antonio Quintana, 95, passed away at home on Sunday, October 2.  Services were held yesterday, October 4, at Immaculate Heart of Mary in Sweetwater followed by interment in the Roscoe Cemetery.

Antonio was born May 10, 1916, in Shafter, Texas.  He moved to Mitchell County in 1932, married Cecilia Santiago on November 13, 1936, in Loraine, and farmed and lived west of Roscoe for the rest of his life.  He is survived by sons Rosalio S. (Chale) of Waxahachie, Jose S. (Bill) of Roscoe, and daughter Eufelia Quintana of Roscoe; six grandchildren; and ten great-grandchildren.    


Willie Arpe Crow, 82, died yesterday, October 4.  Arrangements are pending with McCoy Funeral Home.



The Reel Deal Game Room, which opened on August 3 in Doc Daily's old office on Main Street, has closed its doors and ceased operations.



The area experienced some cooler weather this week with two mild cold fronts.  Last weekend saw high temperatures in the eighties and lows around sixty followed by a couple of days that got up into the low nineties.  These were followed however by the last couple of days, when temperatures dropped back to maximums in the upper eighties and lows in the high fifties. 

The forecast is for cooler weather this weekend with increasing chances for showers starting at 20% today and increasing to 30% on Friday evening, 40% on Saturday, and 50% on Saturday night, decreasing to 40% on Sunday and 20% on Sunday night.



The drought is apparently having an effect on the local wildlife as more animals have been seen in and around town lately.  Nolan Martin, the manager of the Lumberyard cafĂ© on Cypress, reports that he has seen the following animals downtown: raccoon, possum, skunk, silver fox, and red fox, and on Monday David Duncan saw two pronghorn antelopes just a couple of miles west of town.  Apparently, the search for food and water is causing the animals to stray from their usual haunts.  

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