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Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Country Music Legend Ray Price to Play Here Friday Night

Ray Price

Folks from all over the Big Country will be converging on Roscoe Friday night when country music great Ray Price brings his act to the outdoor stage of the Lumberyard.  In a year that’s already seen several noted country stars perform here—Asleep at the Wheel, the Bellamy Brothers, Johnny Rodriguez, Mel Tillis, and others—Ray Price will be the biggest name yet.

Both a songwriter and singer, his songs have been a big part of the history of country music for the past half century and have had a major and lasting influence on the genre.  These include “Faded Love,” “Night Life,” “Burning Memories,” “Release Me,” “For the Good Times,” “Crazy Arms,” “Heartaches by the Number,” “The Other Woman,” “My Shoes Keep Walking Back to You,” and many others.

A native Texan, he got his start singing on KRBC radio in Abilene in 1948 after getting out of the Marines.  He joined the Big D Jamboree in Dallas shortly thereafter and then moved on to Nashville.  He roomed there for a while with Hank Williams, had his first major hit in 1954 with “Release Me,” and formed his band, The Cherokee Cowboys, many of whom went on to become stars in their own right:  Roger Miller, Willie Nelson, Darrell McCall, Johnny Paycheck, and Johnny Bush.

A member of the Country Music Hall of Fame, he has won grammies and other prestigious awards, appeared on countless TV shows, and collaborated with the best singers in the business.

Tickets are $15 each, and the weather forecast is for temperatures in the sixties.  All the tables are sold out, but there is still room for you to bring your own chair. 



Former RS&P employees Royce Walker, Bob Brothers, Donald Menn and Willard McFaul beside the new marker.
It’s been several years since Suzie Alford initiated efforts to get a Texas Historical Marker in Roscoe dedicated to the Roscoe, Snyder & Pacific Railway, but yesterday her dream finally became a reality when the City of Roscoe conducted a ceremony commemorating the newly placed marker. 

Her father, Willard McFaul, a lifelong employee of the RS&P, was on hand to reminisce and to read a poem he wrote about the time a confused young man tried to hijack the train and take it to General Robert E. Lee. 

Other long time employees of the railroad were also present and spoke, and several City Council Members and other local officeholders attended, along with other interested parties.  The proceedings concluded with a proclamation by Mayor Pete Porter dedicated to the once prosperous short line that contributed so much to the local community and surrounding area.



Eduardo Gallegos runs 68 yards for a Plowboy TD in the first quarter.
In a hard fought game on Friday night, the Plowboys hung with the Cross Plains Buffaloes for three quarters but were finally worn down by the hard running of Blake Hutchins, and in the end Cross Plains pulled away to win 27-12 and remain undefeated in district play. 

Hutchins, a big 200-pound running back, was essentially the whole show for the Buffaloes.  He carried the ball more than the rest of the team combined and finished the evening with 230 yards rushing on 33 carries.

He started the contest with a bang by running 87 yards for a touchdown on the third play of the game.  He then followed his run by kicking the extra point and the Buffaloes had an early 7-0 lead.

The Plowboys, however, answered on the next series when Eduardo Gallegos broke free for a 68-yard touchdown run.  The extra point attempt was no good, and the score was 7-6. 

Later in the quarter, the Plowboys mounted another long drive and scored another touchdown when Gallegos went over from the one.  Again the extra point attempt failed, and the Plowboys led 12-7.

Unfortunately, that would be the end of scoring for the Plowboys.  Shortly before halftime, Hutchins scored again on a three-yard run.  His extra point kick failed, and the score at halftime was Cross Plains 13-Roscoe 12.

Hutchins ran for another touchdown toward the end of the third quarter and another in the fourth on a drive that started on the Plowboy nine after a dropped punt.  The final score was 27-12.

Nevertheless, the Plowboys played hard the entire game and are clearly improved from the first three games of the season.  Eduardo Gallegos finished the evening with 109 yards rushing on nine attempts, and quarterback Cutter Davila passed for 136 yards with 13 completions to five different receivers on 37 attempts. 

Several players stood out on defense, among them Rafael Pantoja, Landon Jones, Esteban Benivamondez, and Vincent Pantoja.

The Plowboys are now 1-1 in district play.  Unfortunately, they have the task of facing state power Albany in Albany this Friday night.  Kickoff is at 7:30pm.



Children sing in the cafetorium at Roscoe School's Open House.
There wasn’t a free parking place in any of the parking lots or any empty chairs in the cafetorium yesterday evening when the Roscoe School held its annual open house to what may have been the largest crowd ever. 

The program began with songs from children in the early grades, followed by this year’s high school seniors introducing themselves one by one and telling the audience their plans for the future following graduation.  About three quarters of them plan to receive an Associate’s Degree this spring along with their high school diploma.

Following an introduction to this year’s faculty, the assembly in the cafetorium broke up, and parents got to visit their children’s classrooms and they and other visitors see all the new facilities at the school, including the new gymnasium and all the rooms in the new building. 


Front row l to r: Terry Armstrong, Robert Hoffman, Charles Armstead, Elsie Armstead, Gary Armstrong, Zela Armstrong, Virg Pruitt, Justin Moffett, Chad Dornbusch & Willie James; top row l to r: Keegan Pruitt, Mike Rosas & Rebecca Mardis.
In support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the Roscoe Fire Department will be wearing pink department shirts all month.  Since one of their family members is recovering from breast cancer, they want everyone to know that they support her and everyone else affected by the disease.



There’s no getting around it—autumn is upon us. 

The weather last week was already cool before another cold front blew in and really chilled things down.  The football game last Friday evening, played in the fifties, was a clear indication that a seasonal change was in the air, and it was downright nippy outside at the Johnny Bush concert at the Lumberyard on Saturday night with temperatures in the low forties and a brisk north breeze. 

Jackets and coats came out of the closet and got their first use in months, and I took advantage of the change Saturday evening by making some corn bread for the first time since last spring.  The high on Sunday was only 46°, and early the next morning we got our first light frost of the year when Kenny Landfried, Roscoe’s weatherman, recorded an official low of 32°F at his home on East Broadway.

Yesterday was much warmer with a high of 85° and a low of 53°.  Today will be cooler with a high in the low seventies but will drop only into the sixties tonight.  Highs for tomorrow and through the weekend will be in the eighties with lows in the sixties.

There will be a 30% chance of showers on Friday night and a 20% chance over the weekend. 


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