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Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Willman Re-Elected as County Commissioner

Voting was brisk at the Community Center.
In yesterday's General Election, Roscoe's Terry Willman was re-elected to his position as Nolan County Commissioner, Precinct 1, gaining 616 total votes (or 55%) to challenger Jerry Hulcy's 499 (49%).   

In Precinct 6, i.e., Roscoe's precinct, Willman got 401 votes (67%) to Hulcy's 201 (33%).

In the other races in yesterday's election, here's how voting went in Precinct 6, Roscoe's Precinct:

1.    President & Vice President of the United States:
       Mitt Romney & Paul Ryan (R)         447         (74%)
       Barack Obama & Joe Biden (D)        149         (25%)
       Gary Johnson & Jim Gray (Lib)          10           (2%)

2.    U. S. Senator from Texas
       Ted Cruz (R)                                          396         (69%)
       Paul Sadler (D)                                      167         (29%)
       John Myers (Libertarian)                   15            (3%)

3.    U. S. Representative for District 19:
       Randy Neugebauer (R)                      438         (81%)
       Chip Peterson (Libertarian)             101         (19%)

4.    State Railroad Commissioner:
       Christi Craddick  (R)                          374         (70%)
       Dale Henry (D)                                     163          (30%)

In the Nolan County Bond Election, all three propositions passed, with Precinct 6 and  countywide results as follows:

                                                         Precinct 6      Nolan County Total
1.    $4,020,000 for Courthouse repair and renovations
                             For:                    325   (62%)            2825    (69%)
                             Against:            199   (38%)            1242    (31%)
2.    $10,245,000 for construction of a new County Jail
                             For:                    284   (53%)            2236    (55%)
                             Against:            251   (47%)             1839    (45%)

3.    $1,425,000 for construction of new Sheriff’s Offices
                             For:                    247   (48%)            2043    (51%)
                             Against:            269   (52%)             1999    (49%)

A total of 612 voters (or 58.6% of the total eligible)  cast their ballots in Precinct 6 yesterday.

Luke Rovig carries the ball against the Pied Pipers
Hamlin took care of business at home Friday night by putting away the outmatched Plowboys 58-7, making the Pied Pipers 6-0 in district and setting the stage for their big game Friday night against the Albany Lions, also 6-0, for the district championship. 

The Pied Pipers came out smoking and got on the scoreboard first with a 16-yard TD run by Darius Lee, followed shortly thereafter by a 13-yard touchdown pass from Lambert to Hall to go up 14-0.

The Plowboys responded with a 4-yard Luke Rovig run and a Rafael Pantoja kick to cut the lead to 14-7. 

Unfortunately, that would end the night’s scoring for the Plowboys as Hamlin took command of the game and pulled away with a third touchdown in the first quarter and four more in the second.  The halftime score was 48-7. 

For the evening, Plowboy quarterback Luke Rovig did a good job as a replacement for Cutter Davila, who was out with a concussion suffered in the Gorman game.  Rovig completed 10 of 20 passes for 47 yards and one interception and was also the Plowboys’ leading rusher with 95 yards in 16 carries.  Zack Longoria had 56 yards in five rushing attempts, and Eduardo Gallegos had 35 yards in 15 attempts.

The Plowboys are now 2-4 in district play.  Their final game of the season will be Friday night at Plowboy Field against the Roby Lions, who have a 3-3 district record and are coming off a 45-25 home victory over Gorman.

Kickoff is at 7:30pm.


Plowgirl Whitney Williams passes to Shelby Brown.
Last night, after the Plowgirls’ junior varsity team came from behind to win at the buzzer 34-32 over the Eula JV, no one could have expected the varsity game to be half as thrilling—but it was. 

In the first regular season game ever in the new gymnasium, the Roscoe Plowgirls won a thrilling overtime victory over the always dangerous Eula Lady Pirates 36-34.

With a little over six minutes remaining in the fourth quarter, the Lady Pirates were ahead 30-18 and cruising to what appeared to be a certain victory.  But the Plowgirls started taking advantage of their scoring opportunities on offense while shutting Eula down with a stifling defense—and  mounted an impressive 13-0 run to go ahead 31-30 with less than a minute to play in regulation. 

However, a Eula player made a free throw in the final seconds to tie the score 31-31, and the game went to overtime.

The Plowgirls jumped out to a 34-31 lead and then slowed the game down, but Eula fought back, and with Plowgirls ahead 35-33 and only eight seconds left to play, a Lady Pirate went to the free throw line to shoot two.  She made the first one, and her coach called a time out. 

When play resumed, she shot the second, missed it, and Plowgirl Stina Tomlin got the rebound and was fouled.  With only two and a half seconds left, she made one of two free throws to make the score 36-34.  The Lady Pirates then tried to get off a final shot but the buzzer sounded first, and the game was over. 

Carolina Perez led the scoring for the Plowgirls with 10 points, while Eva Aguayo had 8, Mirian Solis 7, Torrey Willman 5, Faith Boren 3, and Stina Tomlin 1.

The Plowgirls’ next game will be at 2:00 on Saturday afternoon at Coahoma.


Have you run into a personal problem that you don’t know how to handle? 

Starting with next week’s issue, you’ll have the opportunity to get excellent advice from a knowledgeable, savvy woman of the world who can set you straight on family issues, romantic relationships, etiquette, problems at work, and other quandaries of life.  Think of her as something like Ann Landers or Abigail Van Buren, only better. 

She’s a Roscoe resident and, although it’s not her real name, her nom de plume is Juliette.  Letters sent to her along with her responses will appear in the Hard Times the following week. 

For the time being, send your requests for advice to, and I will forward them to Juliette.



If the students at Roscoe Collegiate High School were the United States electorate, Mitt Romney would be the new President-elect.  In a mock election held at the school this week, students had to present valid ID’s to be eligible to vote, a requirement that kept several from casting their ballots. 

Here are the results of the high school’s mock election for President of the United States:
       Mitt Romney (Republican)          63    57%
       Barack Obama (Democratic)       42    38%
       Virgil Goode (Constitution)             1      1%
       Gary Johnson (Libertarian)             1      1%
       Jill Stein (Green)                                  1      1%
       Voided Ballots                                       3      3%
       Total Possible Voters                 157    100%   
       Total Voters                                    111       71%



The only precipitation for the week was a brief, light rain at midnight Saturday night, but it barely got the sidewalk wet before stopping.  For the most part, the weather was absolutely gorgeous with sunny skies, cool mornings, and warm afternoons.  Highs were in the seventies with lows of around fifty. 

Today should be more of the same with highs moving into the lower eighties tomorrow and into the weekend.  On Sunday a cool front will lower the high down to about seventy and a low of forty, and Monday the high will be only sixty with a low that night in the thirties.  

There is a 20% chance of rain on Sunday.



Kevin David Mueller, 23, died Thursday November 1, at his residence in Hiram, Georgia. Holy Mass of Christian Burial was held on Monday at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church, followed by interment in the Roscoe Cemetery.

Kevin was born March 7, 1989, in San Angelo and moved to Roscoe in 1996. He was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church in Sweetwater.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Anna Lee Mueller, on April 2, 2011; his uncle Steven Mueller; maternal grandfather, Roy Shiller; uncle Michael Shiller, and aunt Janice Shiller.

Survivors include his father, David Mueller of Roscoe; sister, Stefanie Howard, and husband Jake of Midland; brother, Todd Mueller of Lubbock; paternal grandparents, James and Rose Mueller of Ballinger; maternal grandmother, Judith Shiller of Miles; two nephews, Cody Howard and Nick Howard of Midland; numerous aunts, uncles and cousins; and his girlfriend, Nancy Hutanu of Hiram, Georgia.

Memorials may be made to Shades of Hope Treatment Center, P.O. Box 639, Buffalo Gap, Texas 79508. 


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