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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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