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Wednesday, April 25, 2012

A Good Time Had By All at Spring Fling

1100 Springs provided the music for the street dance. (Click Play button to watch.)

On a day when the weather couldn’t have been more perfect, folks from Roscoe and surrounding areas spent the afternoon and evening enjoying themselves in downtown Roscoe at the second annual Spring Fling.

The First Annual Screw Terlingua Chili Cookoff kicked off the celebration in the outdoor area of the Lumberyard with contesting teams filling the air with aromas of several varieties of chili ranging from traditional to highly creative—but all of them good, as I can testify since I was one of the five judges.

The proceeds for the cookoff, almost $600, went to the Open Door Center, Roscoe’s non-profit child care facility. 

Street vendors on Cypress Street sold their wares—spuds, tacos, burritos—while the Fire Department sold raffle tickets for a new barbecue pit to be given at the Independence Day Celebration on July 7.

Tio Muñoz was the lucky winner of the 42” flat-screen HD television set raffled off by the RCHS senior class to raise money for the Blowout, their upcoming post-graduation party.

The Roscoe Historical Museum was open and featured a display for the Roscoe, Snyder & Pacific Railway with mementos and a new photo album that includes a 22-page written history of the railroad. Also new to the museum was a digital picture frame which showed a succession of about a hundred photos of early-day Roscoe.

Music for the street dance "on the bricks" between the Roscoe State Bank and Old Town Park was provided by 1100 Springs, a country band from Dallas, and the fireworks show came off without a hitch and was enjoyed by all.

Once 1100 Springs finished their second set at about ten o’clock, the official festivities were over, but many of the adults who weren’t ready yet to call it a night moved on to the Lumberyard, where Roscoe’s own Lyndall Underwood & the Dusty Creek Band entertained the crowd on the outdoor stage until midnight.

All in all, it was a thoroughly enjoyable day and one which no doubt is enhancing Roscoe’s growing reputation in the Big Country as a community full of life and activity.



Some of the best athletes in West Texas were in Roscoe on Friday as track and field stars, all regional qualifiers, from thirty area 1A, 2A, and 3A high schools participated in the Wes Williams Regional Qualifiers Meet at Plowboy Field.

Three Plowboys—Jesus Leanos, Devon Freeman, and Eduardo Gallegos—and one Plowgirl, Jacinda Morales, competed in the meet.

Jacinda Morales was first in the Girls 800 Meter Run with a time of 2:25.96, second in the 400 Meter Dash with a time of 1:03.89, and fifth in the 200 Meter Dash with a time of 28.77.

Jesus Leanos was second in both the Boys 1600 and 3200 meter runs.  His time in the former was 5:06.92 and 11:02.29 in the latter.

Devon Freeman was third in the Pole Vault with a vault of 12’6”, and Eduardo Gallegos was fourth in the 400 meter dash with a time of 53.42.

The meet was the final warm up for the Region II-A Meet taking place this Friday and Saturday in Elmer Gray Stadium at Abilene Christian University in Abilene.  


The Roscoe Wind Farm has once again appeared in the national media.  This time it was part of a PBS documentary celebrating Earth Day on Sunday entitled “Powering the Planet.”  It showed on KNCT-TV, Direct TV's PBS station, but not on KERA-TV, the PBS channel provided on Dishnet.  However, the segment entitled "Yes, In My Back Yard," about Roscoe and an island in Denmark, is now available on the Internet.

You can watch it by clicking on the Play arrow in the screen below.  The segment is nine minutes long, and the part about Roscoe doesn’t really kick in until about four minutes in, but if you have time, try watching the whole thing.  You can view it full screen by clicking on the square in the bottom right part of the screen below.

The Weather Channel Series, "Turbine Cowboys," also featuring footage of the Roscoe Wind Farm and interviews with local personalities, has also begun with two segments airing on the Weather Channel last night.  The episodes are not available on line, but the trailer for one of the episodes featuring Roscoe can be seen by clicking here.



The opening ceremonies for the Roscoe Little League Association will be this Saturday, April 28th, at 10:00am at George Parks Field. All teams and team members will be introduced, with team scrimmages to follow.  The concession stand will be open with food and drinks.

The ceremonies were originally scheduled to take place this past Saturday but had to be postponed as the field was not ready because of extensive sod work.



Roscoe Collegiate High School will be hosting its annual Cinco de Mayo Celebration and Scholarship Dinner on Friday, May 4th, at the high school.
There will be a bounce house, face painting, mini-Mercado, paletas, music, lotería (Mexican bingo), cakewalk, and other games for all ages.  Students will be presenting throughout the dinner as well. 

The carnival is from 4:00-8:00pm, and the dinner and presentations will run from 5:00-7:30.

There will be student work on display, door prizes, tours of the new areas, and student presentations.
Dinner includes Mexican Pile On, drink and dessert.  Price of the dinner is $6.00 for adults and $4.00 for kids 4-10.   Kids under four are free.  Proceeds benefit senior scholarships.


The weekend was perfect for the Spring Fling with sunny skies, a calm to light breeze, and afternoon temperatures in the seventies.  Since then, there’s been a steady warming trend with highs in the mid-eighties.

Today’s high, however, is predicted to go over 100°F for the first time this year, and tomorrow is supposed to be more of the same before temperatures begin cooling off slightly as we move into the weekend.  There is also a 20% chance of rain predicted for Saturday and Sunday.



Linda Yvonne Tidwell, 63, died on April 19, 2012, at Hendrick Medical Center in Abilene and was cremated. She lived in Abilene and was formerly of Roscoe.

Linda Yvonne Pietzsch was born on September 30, 1948, in Sweetwater. A civil service records manager at Dyess Air Force Base for 36 years, she had lived in Abilene since 1977. She was a graduate of Roscoe High School and the University of Maryland University College. She was a member of First Salem Lutheran Church in Roscoe.

Linda is survived by her daughter, Debbie Tidwell, of Abilene and her brother, Ronnie Pietzsch, of Colorado City.  She was preceded in death by her parents, Wilbert E. and Mildred L. Pietzsch.

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James Franklin “Buster” Dunn, 83, passed away last Thursday at the Texas State Veterans Home in Big Spring.  A public visitation was held on Monday morning at McCoy Funeral Home in Sweetwater and was followed by a military burial with honors at the Texas State Veterans Cemetery in Abilene.

He was born on January 4, 1929, in Crowley, Texas, and attended schools in Roscoe and Colorado City while growing up and TSTI in later life. He enlisted in the Army Air Force in 1946 and completed jump school as a volunteer for the 11th Airborne.  He married Wanda Martin in 1954 in Roscoe, where they lived and raised three children.  He was employed as a welder by the Roscoe, Snyder & Pacific Railway before retiring in 1987.

Buster was preceded in death by his parents; his sisters, Allie Pearl Haney and Peggy Richburg; and his wife, Wanda Dunn.

He is survived by his daughters, Kay Hunter and Terri Griffin, and son, Hank Dunn; four grandsons, one granddaughter, two great-granddaughters, and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. 

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Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Saturday's Spring Fling to Feature Fireworks, Fun, and Country Music

1100 Springs from Dallas will play the street dance on Saturday.
The City of Roscoe will celebrate the coming of Spring this Saturday with its second annual Spring Fling downtown.  

Highlights include street vendors on Cypress Street and Broadway, a kids’ area with a bounce house and other inflatables in Old Town Park, a chili cookoff at the Lumberyard, a street dance “on the bricks” with the country music band 1100 Springs, and a fireworks show to top it all off. 

Sponsored events will begin with the First Annual Screw Terlingua Chili Cookoff. Check-in and set-up begins Saturday morning at 8:30am at the Lumberyard on 7 Cypress Street.  Judging will be from 3:30-4:30, and awards will be presented at 5:30.  

At last count, sixteen teams have already entered and more are expected to apply between now and the deadline on Friday.  The entry fee is $25.  Entry forms and information about rules and regulations are available at the Lumberyard.

Other activities run from 5:00 to 10:00pm. 

The street dance with 1100 Springs will begin at 7:45pm.  Their first set will run to just before the fireworks show at 9:00.  Then, following the fireworks, they will return and play until 10:00. 

Those who aren’t ready to stop celebrating at 10:00 can continue at the Lumberyard, where Lyndall Underwood and the Dusty Creek Band will be playing on the outdoor stage starting at 10:00. 

The Lumberyard will actually begin its festivities the night before with the return of Jake Hooker and the Outsiders on the outdoor stage starting at 9:00pm.

Given decent weather, it should be a great weekend with plenty of music, activities, and opportunity of fun for all.  



Plowboy alums prepare to run a play against Commerce in Cowboys Stadium.
A football team composed of Plowboy exes won a thrilling overtime victory 13-12 over the Commerce Tiger exes in Arlington on Friday.  The victory was an impressive one when you consider that Commerce is a 3A school and was therefore drawing from a much larger base of ex-football players than 1A Roscoe.

In the game, the Plowboys scored early in the first quarter but failed to get the point after. They held that lead until almost the end of the third quarter when Commerce made a TD but also failed to get the extra point.

The score remained tied until the end of regulation and went into overtime. The Plowboys made a touchdown and extra point, and Commerce responded with a TD of their own.  But then the Tigers failed on a two-point conversion attempt, ending the game in favor of the Plowboys 13 to 12.

The game was one of a series hosted by the Dallas Cowboys and Texas Alumni Football.  Alumni teams of Texas high schools were pitted against one another with games being played in the world’s premier football stadium—Cowboys Stadium in Arlington.  

Games were played in full pads with full contact and four twelve-minute quarters.  Each team had to have a minimum of 35 players on its roster in order to participate.

The Plowboy team included the following alumni from the ‘80s,’90s,’00s,and ‘10s:

Eric Robinson, Buster Frierson, Chris Hernandez, J. R. Abrigo, Jerry Chavira, Jim Watts, Jimmy Jones,  Nathan Hartkopf, Marcial Saenz, Moses Herrera, Gabriel Cruces, Armando Villa, Lewis Villa, Jesse Ochoa, Jared Ochoa, Jarrod Robinson, Lamont Thompson, Jacob Villanueva, Jared Villanueva, Michael Hermosillio, Michael Hernandez, Michael Brazil, Rueben Pantoja, David Pantoja, T. J. Rogers, Chris Gonzales, Tony Valenzuela, Juan Abrigo, James Pantoja, Simon Torres, Keith Hardin, Tate Mayfield, Travis Wright, Zack Green, Lavon Reese, Mckenzie Tillman, Derek Reese, Justin Gonzales, Skylar Stone, and Shawn Kincaid.  Sammy Ruiz was the coach.



Several Roscoe Plowboys and Plowgirls qualified for the upcoming Regional Finals at the Districts 9 and 10 1A Area Meet at Garden City last Thursday.  

For the Plowboys, Jesus Leanos was second in the 3200 Meter Run with a time of 11:10.08 and third in the 1600 Meter Run with a time of 5:05.20.  Devon Freeman was second in the Pole Vault with a vault of 12’, and Eduardo Gallegos was fourth in the 400 Meter Dash with a time of 52.66. 

Dillon Freeman also competed but failed to qualify in the 300 Meter Hurdles, finishing eighth.

For the Plowgirls, Jacinda Morales was second in the 800 Meter Run with a time of 2:27.04 and third in the 400 Meter Dash with a time of 1:03.06. 

Plowgirls who competed but failed to qualify included Torrey Willman, who was sixth in the 100 Meter Hurdles;  Amber Craig, seventh in the 3200 Meter Run and eighth in the 1600 Meter Run; and Alura Renteria eighth in the 3200 Meter Run.

The Plowboys tied for 7th place out of 21 participating high schools, and the Plowgirls were 13th out of 18 participating high schools.

Both Plowboys and Plowgirls will participate in the Regional Qualifiers Track Meet to be held on the new track here in Roscoe on Friday.


Due to extensive sod work on the playing field at George Parks Field needing more time to mature, the Roscoe Little League opening ceremonies are postponed until Saturday the 28th of April.


Following a Saturday characterized by high winds and a high of 89°F, a cold front hit early Sunday morning lowering the temperature to 49° and dropping rain on the area for about a half hour before moving on.  Rainfall varied from four-tenths to three-quarters of an inch, depending on location.

Since then, there’s been nothing but sunshine with afternoon temperatures climbing into the seventies and eighties.  The forecast is for more of the same.



Burial in the Roscoe Cemetery followed a private family memorial service last week for Nora Faye Grantham , 68.  She died on Monday, April 9, at her home in Sweetwater.

Nora Faye Berry was born February 15, 1944, in Sweetwater.  She grew up in Roscoe and lived here most of her life.  She married Gerald Wayne Grantham on April 9, 1976, in Big Spring.  A beautician, she owned and operated Nora’s Beauty Shop in Roscoe.  She was also a co-owner of Mustang Oil Change and worked for Southwest Canvas in Sweetwater.  She was also a driver for a railroad transport company. 

Survivors include her daughter, Donna Jo Sims of Sterling, Colorado; son, Greg Sims of Euless; brother, Bob Berry of Roscoe; eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

City Prepares for Spring Fling Next Saturday, April 21

1100 Springs, a country music band from Dallas, will play for the street dance at the Spring Fling.
Event organizers are currently finalizing plans for the City of Roscoe’s second annual Spring Fling, which will take place in downtown Roscoe next Saturday, April 21.

The headline band for the street dance “on the bricks” on Cypress Street will be 1100 Springs, a popular country music band from Dallas, currently working on their ninth CD.  Recent CDs include “Midway,” “Eight the Hard Way,” “This Crazy Life,” and “Best of the Early Years.”

They will play two sets, the first starting at 7:45pm and running to just before the fireworks show at 9:00.  Then, following the fireworks, they will return and play until 10:00.  Some of their music can be heard by clicking here.

As with other recent city events, there will be a children’s area with bounce houses and other inflatables, along with the usual street vendors selling foods, crafts, and other items.

This year’s Spring Fling will also feature its first annual chili cook-off.  Over a dozen teams have already entered and more are expected.  The entry fee is $25 and all entries must be in by April 20th.  Entry forms and information about the rules and regulations are available at the Lumberyard Restaurant on 7 Cypress Street.

Besides the first, second, and third prizes awarded by the judges, a People’s Choice Award will be given to the team selling the most $1 tickets for tastes of teams’ chili entries.  A Showmanship Award will also be given.

All proceeds will go to Roscoe’s non-profit Open Door Day Care Center, located at the Methodist Church. 
Judging will take place at 4:30 and winners will be announced at 5:30.  

For more information, call Kelly Etheredge at 325-725-0756 or the Lumberyard at 325-766-2457.



Jesus Leanos won both the 1600-Meter and 3200-Meter Runs, and Dillon Freeman won the 300-Meter Hurdles at the 9A District Meet in Albany last week, while several other Plowboys and Plowgirls also qualified for tomorrow’s Area Meet in Garden City. 

Leanos’s winning time for the 1600-Meter Run was 5:04.64 and for the 3200-Meters was 10:54.94.  Freeman’s time in the 300-Meter Hurdles was 43.81.

Other Plowboys who qualified for the Area Meet were Devon Freeman, who was second in the Pole Vault at 12’06”, and Eduardo Gallegos, who came in fourth in the 400-Meter Dash (52.66).

Plowgirls who qualified for Area include Jacinda Morales, second in the 800-Meter Run at 2:29.88 and third in the 400-Meter Dash with a time of 102.96.  Amber Craig was third in the 3200 Meters (14:04.96)  and fourth in the 1600 Meters (6:17.96), while Alura Renteria was fourth in the 3200 Meters (14:20.60).  Torrey Willman was fourth in the 100-Meter Hurdles (18.21).

After the Area Track Meet in Garden City comes the Regional Qualifiers Track Meet next Friday, April 20, here in Roscoe, followed by the Regional Track Meet on Friday, April 27, at ACU in Abilene. 



The opening ceremonies for the Roscoe Little League Association will be on Saturday, April 21st, at 10:00am at George Parks Field. All teams and team members will be introduced, with team scrimmages to follow. Concession will be open with food and drinks. 

Please come out and help support these boys and girls as they kick off the 2012 baseball season.  



At last night’s City Council Meeting, Council Members approved Andy Wilson and Patty McBride’s application to run the City Swimming Pool this summer.  Wilson is the Principal of Roscoe Elementary School and McBride, also a Roscoe resident, teaches in Colorado City.  Both have previous experience at the Roscoe Pool.

Christy Bowen and Bonnie Robinson also applied to run the pool but were unsuccessful in their bid.

In other business at last night’s meeting, the City Council approved a request for a Cinco de Mayo celebration in downtown Roscoe with a parade and street dance on Saturday, May 5.

They also proclaimed April as Fair Housing Month and May 4 as Generation Texas Day.


City Manager Cody Thompson reported at last night’s City Council Meeting that last week’s Spring Cleanup was a success.  

Approximately 140 residents disposed of 68 tons of debris and 120 yards of brush.  Additionally, three forty-foot bins of tires were collected for recycling.   



Rain fell twice in the past week.  Unfortunately, both times were brief and of little consequence.  The first, on Saturday evening, promised much more with dark clouds, thunder, lightning, and high winds, but the thunderstorm managed to miss Roscoe almost entirely with rainfall of only one or two tenths of an inch in most places and none at all in others.

Nevertheless, high winds from the storm managed to do some damage.  A grain storage building on Front Street owned by Randall Smith lost its metal roof to a strong downblast of wind at about 6:20pm.  The roof landed in a crumpled heap on a nearby truck and on the ground nearby. 
The second rain fell early yesterday morning with most places in Roscoe once again getting a tenth or two.   These rains, although welcome, are not nearly enough.  What the area needs is a good two or three inch rain that will provide some deep moisture for this year’s crops.

Besides the two rains, the temperatures for the week were just about as good as you could want for this time of year with highs of around eighty and lows around sixty.  Most days were sunny or partly cloudy, and breezes were generally light. 

The forecast is for more of the same with a 20% chance of thunderstorms through the weekend.


Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Roscoe Featured in Weather Channel Series Beginning April 17

The Roscoe Wind Farm is once again the focus of a program on wind energy.
Many of you will recall the film crew from Los Angeles headed by a David DeAngelis that was in Roscoe for a couple of weeks last November.  They did a lot of filming and interviewing while they were here and told us at the time they thought the programs they were creating would air on the Weather Channel sometime this spring.

Now it’s official.  Last week the Weather Channel announced that on April 17, it will launch its new series “Braving the Elements” with a four-part series entitled “Turbine Cowboys.”  Roscoe and the Roscoe Wind Farm, which have already received much attention in the national and international media, will once again be featured as one of the episodes focuses on the Roscoe Wind Farm, one of the world’s largest. 

The exact date for the episode about Roscoe has not yet been posted but will be made available here in the Hard Times as soon as it is known. 

The “Braving the Elements” series will run on Tuesday evenings starting at 8:00pm, and the “Turbine Cowboys” portion will have episodes entitled "Climbing School," "Extreme Alaska," "Saved by Wind," and "Amazed in Mexico."
The show featuring Roscoe will no doubt be the one entitled "Saved by Wind," which has this subtitle: "Learn how the town of Roscoe, Texas transformed from a dying farm town to a thriving community in this web exclusive clip from Turbine Cowboys, the brand new series on The Weather Channel.”

You can access the 3-minute, 33 second video preview on the Weather Channel’s Turbine Cowboy home page by clicking here.

If you watch the video, you will notice that the show’s producers sometimes get Roscoe mixed up with Sweetwater, misspell Cliff Etheredge’s name, and commit a couple of other minor errors, but these glitches are more than made up for with some good images and descriptions of Roscoe and the surrounding area. 

Seeing the video preview is enough to whet interest in learning what the full thirty-minute program is going to be like.   

In addition, Roscoe will also be getting some footage in a documentary celebrating Earth Day entitled “Powering the Planet,” set to show on most PBS stations on Sunday, April 22.   I haven’t seen the schedule for KERA-TV, the local PBS station, past April 15 but will also inform you about it as soon as I find out.  

An online summary of the PBS documentary says that part of it is about West Texas citizens “who have taken sustainability into their own hands by becoming stakeholders in wind turbines.”  That sounds like us. 

Stay tuned for more details.



Smackers Café, which re-opened just a little over two weeks ago, is once again closed after extensive damage caused by a fire that broke out in the back of the café last week.  

The fire, thought to be electrical in origin, was discovered around eleven o’clock on Tuesday, March 27, and both Sweetwater and Roscoe Fire Departments responded to the blaze.  The fire apparently started near a freezer and may have been the result of faulty wiring.

Having just opened, the Lamberts had not yet obtained fire insurance, so they are bearing the full brunt of the expense and are not certain about when, or if, they’ll be re-opening any time soon. 



Plowgirl Jacinda Morales notched up two more victories in last Thursday’s Lone Wolf Relays at Colorado City, winning both the 400 and 800-meter races.  Her time in the 400 was 1:03.9 and in the 800 2:29.3.

Other Plowgirls who did well include Amber Craig, who was second in the 3200-meter run with a time of 14:22.9 and fourth in the 1600 meters with a time of 6:23.14, and the 1600-meter relay team (Jacinda Morales, Katie McIntire, Whitney Williams, Olivia Rovig), who finished third with a time of 4:42.19. 

The Plowgirls came in fifth place with an overall total of 55 points.

The Plowboys finished in eighth place in the boys’ division with an overall total of 38 points.  Jesus Leanos was second in the 3200-meter run with a time of 11:02.29, and Devon Freeman was second in the pole vault with a vault of 11’0”.  Landon Jones was third in the discus with a throw of 108’4”. 

Teams competing in the meet included Sweetwater, Snyder, Forsan, Coahoma, Seminole, Grape Creek, Roscoe, Munday, and Colorado City.

Both the Plowgirls and Plowboys will participate in the District Track Meet, which starts today in Albany and resumes on Friday.



David Wayne Pritchard, 47, formerly of Neosho, Missouri, died on Thursday, March 22, at his home following a short illness.  Graveside services were held on March 28 at Burkhart Cemetery in Missouri.

David was born February 13, 1965, in Stella, Missouri.  He served in the US Navy from 1986 to 1990, and currently owned and operated D and A Construction.  He married Amy Bradshaw on October 8, 1992, in Miami, Oklahoma.

Survivors include his wife Amy and five children: Eric Shane Pritchard, Bobby Lee Henderson, Brady Don Henderson, Kimberly Erin Wylie, and Casey Renae Pritchard; as well as 17 grandchildren and numerous uncles, aunts, and cousins. 

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After experiencing a hot weekend with unseasonal highs of 93°F on Friday, 94° on Saturday, and 95° on Sunday, the weather cooled to a high of 89° on Monday and only 77° yesterday.  The daily lows similarly dropped from 68° on Sunday morning to only 51° on Tuesday.

There was no precipitation, and although the rainfall of first three months has been enough to make everything green and bring out the wildflowers, area lakes are still down, and everyone could use a good rain.

Unfortunately, there is none in the immediate forecast until the weekend when there will be a 30% chance. 


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