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Wednesday, September 19, 2012

U. S. Senate Candidate Paul Sadler Visits Roscoe

Seated left to right: Roscoe City Councilman Robert McBride; Glenn Wortham, Executive Director of the Texas Wind Energy Clearinghouse; Tony Lara, Nolan County Commissioner, Precinct 4.  Standing left to right: Greg Wortham, Mayor of Sweetwater; U. S. Senate Candidate Paul Sadler; and Terry Willman, Nolan County Commissioner, Precinct 6. 
Paul Sadler was in town last week for lunch at the Lumberyard.  A Democrat and Member of the Texas House of Representatives for six terms, he is now running for the U. S. Senate against Republican Ted Cruz.

Texas Monthly magazine has named him one of Texas’ Ten Best Legislators on four different occasions, and the Dallas Morning News an “Outstanding Legislator” twice.  As former Chair of the House Public Education Committee, he has also earned the John B. Connally “Award for Excellence in Education.”

A guest of Sweetwater Mayor Greg Wortham and several other local dignitaries, he made a point of introducing himself to everyone in the Lumberyard during his brief stay in Roscoe.



Gene Watson
At its meeting in the City Hall on Thursday, the Promotion Committee set plans for this year’s annual West Texas Wind Festival, and the show should be bigger than ever. 

The headliner for this year’s event is country music star Gene Watson.  Known in the music business as a “singer’s singer,” Gene Watson has been recording since the sixties and is looked up to by such younger stars as Alan Jackson, Brad Paisley, Lee Ann Womack, and Randy Travis.  

His recorded hits include “Fourteen Carat Mind,” “Love in the Hot Afternoon,” “Farewell Party,” “Memories to Burn,” “Got No Reason Now for Going Home,” and others. 

You can listen to him sing some of his hits by clicking here

The opening band for the evening will be the Tennessee Stiffs from Austin.

In addition to the free music show, there will be a Plowboy Mudbog at George Parks Field, food and craft vendors on Cypress and Broadway, a kid’s area with bounce houses, and a fireworks show.  

The Fire Department will also host a barbecue cookoff with a first place steak prize of $1500, donated by Fuller Foods of Colorado City, along with prize money for other categories. 

More details will be available after the Promotion Committee meets again on September 27.   Food and craft vendor applications are available at the City Hall.  For more information, call City Hall at 325-766-3871 or Kelly Etheredge at 325-725-0756.  For more cookoff information, call Gary Armstrong at 325-933-0318.



The past week was one in which rain was on again and off again.  Last Thursday saw a general rainfall in the whole region with everyone getting something and most getting somewhere between a half-inch and an inch.  Then Saturday was cloudy, grey, and drizzly all day with most places getting another quarter-inch or so. 

Here in Roscoe, I got .6” on Thursday and .25” on Saturday for a total of .85”.  On the east side of town, Kenny Landfried got almost the same with an official total of .81” for both days.  North and east of town Jeremy Baker got an inch and Darrell Aljoe .8”.  Northwest of town Wastella got an inch and Kenny Landfried got .9” at his Cottonwood field.  Southwest of town Mike Massey also got .9”. 

The most I heard of was the two inches that fell on the Adams Ranch near Maryneal, and the inch and a half near Lake Trammell.  Then early yesterday morning it rained again southwest of town, with two inches falling three miles south of Champion.   The rest of the area, including Roscoe, missed out, though.

Temperatures were unseasonably cool for almost the entire week.  Highs were in the sixties on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.  On Sunday, the temperature rose to 79°F and on Monday 84°, but yesterday got up only to 74°.  Lows were in the mid to high fifties, and mornings were cloudy and cool. 

The forecast is for a return to sunny skies and warmer temperatures.  The high today should be in the mid-eighties and around ninety for tomorrow and the days following.  Lows should be around sixty.  There is no rain in the forecast.  



The Plowboys once again came up short with a loss Friday night to the Miles Bulldogs, who broke into the win column for the first time this year after two losses.  The final score was 46-0.

After a scoreless first quarter, the Bulldogs pulled away in the second, scoring four touchdowns and tacking on a field goal on the last play of the half to go up 30-0 at halftime.

They scored two more touchdowns in the third quarter along with another field goal to go up 46-0.   The fourth quarter was once again scoreless as the Miles subs got some playing time.

For the evening, the Bulldogs racked up 471 yards rushing and 48 passing for a total of 519, while the Plowboys had 46 yards rushing and 46 passing for a total of 92.  

The Plowboys have an open date this week and will begin district play next week at Baird against the Bears.



Friday night’s game with Miles was memorable for two reasons:  1) It was the Plowboys’ first game ever on Plowboy Field’s new Astroturf; and 2) by losing the game, the Plowboys set a new all-time record for consecutive losses over a multi-year span. 

The Plowboys’ last victory came on November 10, 2010, with a 53-7 victory over the Rotan Yellowhammers.  The following week, they lost in the playoffs to Munday to finish the 2010 season.  Then last year, 2011, they were 0-10, and so far this year they are 0-3, which adds up to fourteen consecutive losses, a new record.

The previous record for consecutive losses was thirteen, first set in the mid-fifties by the ’53, ’54, and ’55 Plowboys.  The ’53 Plowboys lost their last two games, the ’54 Plowboys went 0-10, and the ’55 Plowboys lost their first game before breaking the streak in their second game with a 25-7 victory over Tuscola.  They then went on to go 5-5 for the year.

That string of thirteen consecutive losses was then tied by the ’89 and ’90 Plowboys.  The ’89 Plowboys lost their last three, and the ’90 Plowboys went 0-10 before the ’91 Plowboys broke the streak with a first-game victory over Forsan, 14-6. 

In a hundred years of football at Roscoe High (records begin in 1912), these are the all-time records for losing.  

Lone Star Football lists Roscoe’s all-time won-lost record at 519 victories, 365 losses, and 32 ties for an overall winning percentage of 60%.  


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