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Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Independence Day Celebration an All-Day Crowd Pleaser

A rainbow graces the downtown sky at Saturday's celebration.
A large crowd of local folks and visitors filled the streets of Roscoe all day long on Saturday as the city celebrated Independence Day with a parade, street vendors, inflatables for the kids, a Plowboy Mudbog, and a street dance with live music followed by the traditional fireworks show.  Events filled the hot summer day from morning to night.

(Video 1 - The parade and kids playing on the inflatables.)

The day kicked off with a big parade down Broadway at ten o’clock with a wide variety of floats, vehicles, and participants.  This year’s Parade Marshals were Johnny and Billie Martin, Betty Sasin, Frank Young, and Doyle Sanders.  Parade Judges were Mayor Pete Porter and Vershal Smith. 

The parade’s prize winners for the listed categories were as follows:

     Antique Car - Red Sportster
     Western Float - Kristie Martin (Loraine)
     Bicycle - Nate Bennett
     Patriotic Float - American Legion Ladies Auxiliary
     Mud Bog Truck - No Mojo
     Overall Float - the Barrel Train
     ATV's & Motorcycles - Gator with Flags
     Farm Implement - Chris Hagerman’s John Deere Tractor

Donating to the prize winners’ gift bags were the following businesses and organizations: Vickie’s Gifts, Pizza Hut, Sonic, Hagerman’s Auto, Roscoe Volunteer Fire Department, Compass Hospice of Big Spring, and the Plowboy Mudbog Association.

Parade organizer Valerie Pruitt extends special thanks to marshal drivers Shorie Henderson, Patty McBride, and Doyle Sanders and to Zela and Staci Armstrong for their help with the parade.  

The Sweetwater Reporter ran an article and full-page pictorial on the Roscoe parade in its Monday edition.

The Roscoe Volunteer Fire Department held a raffle for a very nice homemade barbecue pit, and the winner was someone from San Angelo. 

A variety of food, arts and crafts, and other vendors were on hand selling their wares, and the inflatables in Memorial Park were enjoyed by kids of various age groups.

(Video 2 - The Plowboy Mudbog with clips of selected entries.)

Participation and attendance at the Plowboy Mudbog exceeded all expectations.  A crowd of about a thousand braved the summer heat to see some of the best mud vehicles and drivers in this region attempt to successfully navigate the Roscoe blackland mud, and a record 57 contestants in five different classes extended the time of the event from noon to late in the afternoon. 

The open class was a special treat as a few of its drivers made it all the way through the course without bogging down, and monster machines like No Mojo, Bug Nasty, and Head Hunter were real crowd pleasers.

Here are the Plowboy Mudbog first-place prize winners:

     CLASS                  VEHICLE                 (OWNER/DRIVER)
     Street Class         Blue Jeep                  (Harley Rich)
     Super Street        Black/Blue Chevy   (Marcelo Martinez)
     Modified               Black Blazer             (Glenn Owens)
     Super Modified    Jeep                          (Arden Alvarez)
     Open                     Head Hunter            (Charley Rich)

Abilene Reporter-News reporters and photographers were on hand to record the event, and on Sunday the paper published an article about it, which you can access by clicking here.

The Big Country website also features a video on Roscoe's celebration, which is accessible here.

(Video 3 - Greg Maldo & Band, Curtis Potter & Band, Fireworks)

Starting at six o’clock, live music filled the air from a stage set up between the Roscoe State Bank and Old Town Park as couples danced in the street.  Greg Maldo & Band from Lubbock opened for Big Country music star Curtis Potter, who brought along special guest Justin Trevino. 

A crowd estimated at somewhere between 2500 and 3000 was on hand that evening for the live music and the fireworks show that followed. 

As usual, the event organizers did an excellent job and deserve the thanks of everyone who attended the activities and enjoyed the day.



On Sunday night it rained.  It was welcomed everywhere as it came at an opportune time, but almost everyone I talked to would greatly appreciate more. 

Amounts varied according to location.  Here in town, most folks got about a half-inch.  I had .65” in my rain guage, the City Shop on Pecan Street had .75”, Kenny Landfried on the east side got .42”, and Lyndall Underwood on the west side got about the same.

Heavier rains fell west and southwest of town with 1.85” at Brownlee, 1.8” at Champion, two inches at Daylon Althof’s, and 1.65” at David Duncan’s three miles west of town.  Kenny Landfried reported 2.5” on his farm near Cottonwood Creek.  

North of town generally got less than an inch and in some cases much less. Area farms in Fisher County got little or nothing. 

Farmers are hoping for more as the chance of rain is still in the forecast today and tomorrow.



Services for Charles D. Richburg, 79, are being held at 10:00am this morning at the First United Methodist Church in Roscoe followed by interment in the Roscoe Cemetery.  He died on Saturday, July 7, at Hendrick Medical Center in Abilene.

Mr. Richburg was born in Loraine on May 11, 1933, and married Peggy Dunn on December 30, 1955, in Hart.  He was a member of the Lions Club and the Roscoe Volunteer Fire Department as well as the First United Methodist Church, where he was an administrator for the Sunday School.  He served in the United States Army during the Korean war.

He is survived by his sons Lance Richburg and Doug Richburg, both of Sweetwater; daughter Billye Sue Richburg Hughes of Roscoe; sisters Cindy Wilson of Fredericksburg and Margaret Vaughn of Abilene; grandchildren Heather Schriber; Tommy, B. J., and Allie Hughes; Rachel, Dylan, Kaci, Emily, and Molly Richburg; and Kyndal and Corbin Knapp; nine great-grandchildren; and girlfriend Carol Greenway.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Peggy Richburg; and brothers Don Richburg and Jerry Richburg.

Pallbearers will be B. J. Hughes, Tommy Hughes, James Parrott, Allen Richburg, Charles Wilson, and Donnie Horne.


Holy Mass of Christian Burial will be held for Delman M. Pieper, 92, at 10:00am tomorrow, July 12, at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church followed by interment in the Roscoe Cemetery.  Mr. Pieper passed away on Monday at the Sweetwater Healthcare Center.

He was born on February 19, 1920, in Oglesby, Texas, and graduated from Pyron High School in 1938.  He then attended Texas Tech for one year and, later, attended Anderson Aircraft School near Burbank, California, where he completed a certificate for aircraft construction.  He was employed in that field for two years by Lockheed Aircraft before returning home and then working for the Army Air Corps in Roswell, NM, as a civil servant.  In 1945 he married Edith Brom, and they moved to Wastella, where he then farmed until 1985. 

A member of Holy Family Catholic Church, he served on several local boards including the Roscoe School Board, Inadale Co-op Gin, Rolling Plains Compress, and Nolan County Farm Bureau.

He is survived by his wife, Edith Pieper of Sweetwater; daughter Janice Tiemann and husband Harold of Yorktown; son Gary Pieper and wife Frances of Roscoe; grandchildren Christopher Pieper and Amy Webb; Jacob, Melody, and Nathan Tiemann; and two great grandchildren; three brothers, Arnold Lee Pieper of Loraine, Carl Pieper of Clyde, and Travis Pieper of Odessa; and two sisters, Velma Nader of Fort Worth and Jewel Harris of Borger.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Samuel and Myrtle Pieper, sister Orene Cummings, and brothers Barnett Pieper, Arnold Pieper, and Robert Duane Pieper.



Services for Chelsea Ann Fullwood, 17, of Dayton, Texas, will be at 2:00pm Saturday, July 14, at the Roscoe Church of Christ followed by interment in the Roscoe Cemetery.  She died on Friday, July 6, in Liberty, Texas.

She was born November 19, 1994, in Abilene to Gary Lynn and Tracy Ann Fullwood, and had lived in the Colorado City and Dayton areas the past few years.

She is survived by her mother and stepfather, Tracy and Russell Antonucci of Dayton; her father and stepmother, Gary and Anita Fullwood of Big Spring; her brother, Jarrett Fullwood of Dayton; stepbrothers and sisters Matthew Eric Arellano, Adrian Lee Arellano, Felicia Monique Arellano, Adriana Jolene Martinez and Mia Preseas Silva; grandparents Ted and Peggy Kimbrell, Jesse and Patty Fullwood, and Russell and Joanne Antonucci, as well as numerous other relatives and close friends. 


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