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Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Kevin Allen Killed in Abilene Traffic Accident

Kevin Dale Allen, 38, of Godley, formerly of the Roscoe area and a graduate of Highland High, died at the scene of a one-vehicle crash in Abilene at 2:00am on Sunday morning.

The driver, Kelsey Lynn Clark, 21, of Throckmorton, was traveling north on the Winters Freeway when her 2004 Ford F-250 pickup hit a median concrete barrier, veered across the road, crashed over a guard rail on the overpass above North 10th Street, and landed on the street below. 

Two other riders, John Logan Scarlett, 24, and Dillon Davis Rankin, 24, both of Throckmorton, received life-threatening injuries and remain in intensive care at Hendrick Medical Center.  Three other riders, also from Throckmorton, were treated for minor injuries and released. 

Earlier in the day, the Throckmorton football team had won the state six-man championship game in Abilene, and the group was out celebrating the victory.  Allen reportedly had just gotten a ride with them to go back to his motel room.

Funeral services for Kevin Dale Allen will be held today at 2:00pm at the Roscoe Church of Christ, followed by interment in the Champion Cemetery. 

Born on August 11, 1973, in Sweetwater, he grew up near Champion and was a graduate of Highland High School.  He also attended Angelo State University and the University of Texas at Arlington.  He married Amanda Jayne Ringenberg on March 27, 2006, in Las Vegas, Nevada.  They had lived for two years in Godley, just south of Fort Worth, where he was the owner of the Christ First Transportation Company.

He is survived by his wife, Amanda, of Godley; parents, Johnny and Marna Allen of Roscoe; brother Brent Allen and wife Michelle of Roscoe; sister Angela Allen of Sweetwater; one nephew, Jason of Sweetwater, and four nieces, Sierra, Hannah, Karlie, and Taylor, of Roscoe.  He was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Gracen May Allen, in December 2008.



The City of Roscoe’s engineering firm, Enprotec / Hibbs & Todd of Abilene, held a required public hearing at the monthly City Council meeting last night at City Hall.  Engineer Mark McHan gave a report on the projected plan for constructing the new reverse-osmosis water treatment plant at Broadway and Cedar Street and fielded questions and concerns of the Council Members and other citizens present. 

McHan explained that once the plant is finished, the purified water will be mixed with regular well water both for consumption as well as for the sake of the water lines.  Completely pure water would eat away the minerals already lining the insides of the water lines and cause leaks.  

At the same time, some minerals are needed for human consumption, just not nearly as many as are in the water now, especially the nitrites.  The engineers also said the treated water will be much more appliance friendly than the current water is. 

Construction for the plant is now projected to run from July 2012 to completion in April 2013.  There should be no tax increase and no or only minimal increase in city water rates. 

The City Council also briefly discussed a proposed ordinance to regulate conditions of mobile homes and travel trailers moving into the city.  This would include anchoring and skirting requirements as well as other conditions.  No actions were taken, but the topic will be on the agenda for January’s Council Meeting. 



Both Roscoe Collegiate High School’s FFA Stock Show and the City of Roscoe's Christmas Parade will be this Saturday, December 17.

The Stock Show will be at the School Barn on the School Farm, beginning at 10:00am.  It will feature competition in cattle, pigs, goats, and lambs.  Lunch will be followed by a dessert auction in which cakes and pies go to the highest bidder, with proceeds benefiting the Roscoe FFA.  The RCHS agriculture teacher, J. J. Caswell, is in charge of the event.

The Christmas Parade will be in downtown Roscoe at 1:00pm.  Line-up for participants will be at 400 E. Broadway at 12:30pm.

Santa Claus will be available for children in the Roscoe Community Center immediately following the parade.  Parade marshal is Roscoe Chief of Police, Felix Pantoja.  For more information, call 325-514-8384.



Roscoe is one of 42 communities featured in the latest edition of the Texas Midwest Guide, with a page of its own in a booklet designed for visitors to the area.  

The guide showcases the life and points of interest in the various cities of the region.  It includes community information and an events calendar as well as lists of museums, motels, RV parks, and recreation facilities.  The Roscoe Historical Museum is included, and the Lumberyard is Roscoe’s lone advertiser. 

An online version of the guide is available by clicking here.



The Roscoe Plowgirls pulled off another last-minute victory last night in Albany, defeating the Lady Lions 33-32 in double overtime.  The Plowgirls led 12-8 at halftime, but Albany came back in the second half to tie the score 27-27 at the end of regulation. 

In the first overtime, each team got only a single basket, but in the second, the Plowgirls got three points while Albany got only two.  High scorers for the Plowgirls were Lynnsi Moses with 12 and Sara Kingston with 11.

This past weekend the Highland Lady Hornets won their own Highland Hilltop Classic Tournament by first defeating the Plowgirls 45-13 on Friday and then Garden City 36-25 on Saturday.  In the championship game, Highland was led by Kara Hughey with 11 points and Sierra Allen with 10.

The Plowgirls lost to Loraine 58-55 in the consolation game.  Lynnsi Moses had 21 points for Roscoe and Faith Boren 12. 

The Plowgirls have an away game with the Lady Buffaloes in Cross Plains on Friday.  It will be their last action before the holiday break.


In last night’s boys’ game, the Albany Lions beat the Plowboys 56-12. Jesus Leanos was Roscoe’s leading scorer with 6 while Keeston Ford had 4.  The halftime score was 36-6.

The Plowboys also lost to Highland 37-31 in the tournament at Highland last weekend.  Ethan Wilson had 15 points and Ron Covington 11 for the Hornets, while Keeston Ford led the Plowboys with 19 points and Jesus Leanos had 8.



My brother Joe, who lives on the Norwegian coast, would have felt right at home if he’d been in Roscoe this past week, because the weather was cold, cloudy, gloomy, and grey with a mixture of fog, mist, and drizzle for practically the entire time.  Lows up until Tuesday were generally in the mid-thirties with highs in the forties and low fifties. 

There was even some rain early Saturday morning, two to three-tenths of an inch, depending on location.  On Monday and Tuesday, temperatures rose considerably with lows only in the fifties and highs of around sixty.  The forecast calls for a chance of rain today before the skies clear up somewhat for the weekend. 


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