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Wednesday, February 6, 2013

City Proposes North Side Annexation

The proposed northeast annexation is north of the railroad, south of US 84 and east of FM 608.
A public hearing on the City of Roscoe’s proposed annexing of some 178 acres on the City’s north side will be held at the monthly City Council meeting at City Hall next Tuesday evening, February 12.  

If approved, the city limits will be extended to include the property in question, which is currently owned mostly by Carl Childers and lies just east of FM 608 between the Union Pacific railroad tracks and US 84.  

Current plans are for industrial development next to the railroad tracks, residential in the interior, and commercial along US 84.   

The City Council meeting begins at 7:00pm.  For more information, contact City Hall at 325-766-3871.



Rodney Crowell
Next Thursday, February 14, another country music great will appear at the Lumberyard here in Roscoe.  This time it’s Grammy Award winner Rodney Crowell, and he and his band are the feature act for the Valentine’s Day dance that evening.  His performance here will follow a sold-out show at the Troubadour in Hollywood, California.

Known both as a songwriter and singer, Crowell has achieved fame in both fields.  He has written songs recorded by Waylon Jennings, Rosanne Cash, Johnny Cash, Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band, Emmylou Harris, Wynonna Judd, and others. 

As a singer, he achieved lasting fame with his 1988 album, Diamonds & Dirt, which had five consecutive No. 1 singles during a 17-month span in 1988-89: “It’s Such a Small World” (a duet with his wife, Rosanne Cash), “I Couldn’t Leave You If I Tried,” “She’s Crazy for Leavin’,” “After All This Time,” and “Above and Beyond.”  

Other hits of his include “Ridin’ Out the Storm,” “Stars on the Water,” “Earthbound,” “What Kind of Love,” and “Lovin’ All Night.”

In 1998, he and his ex-father-in-law Johnny Cash recorded “I Walk the Line (Revisited),” and in 2008 he released his album Sex and Gasoline.  Last year Vanguard Records released Songs by Rodney Crowell and Mary Karr.  Crowell performs four tracks on the album (one as a duet with Kris Kristofferson).  The rest are performed by Norah Jones, Rosanne Cash, Emmylou Harris, Vince Gill, Lee Ann Womack, and Lucinda Williams.

He is currently at work on a duets album with Emmylou Harris scheduled for release early next year.

The show will begin at 8:30pm, the cover charge is $10, and tables are available for reservation.  For more information, call the Lumberyard at 325-766-2457.



Damage caused to the back of the Renteria home by last night's fire.
Both the Roscoe and Sweetwater Fire Departments battled a blaze that broke out at about 10:30 last night in the back of the Armando Renteria residence on 110 Ash Street and caused extensive damage.  The cause of the blaze is as of yet undetermined.
Note: An account has been opened for Sweetwater Policeman Armando Renteria and his family at Sweetwater Regional Federal Credit Union.  Donations may also be dropped off at the Sweetwater Fire Department and the Police Department. The Credit Union's number is 325-235-4319.

Luke Rovig shoots a jumper against Loraine last night.
The Plowgirls and Plowboys both won one and lost one this past week in basketball, losing to Highland and defeating Loraine.

At Highland last Friday, the Plowgirls lost to the district-leading Lady Hornets for the second time.  The final score was 39-17.  The Plowgirls led 8-4 at the end of one quarter, but then Highland took the lead in the second quarter and led the rest of the way.  The halftime score was 15-10 Highland.

High scorers for the Plowgirls were Faith Boren with 7 and Carolina Perez with 4.  Sierra Allen led the Lady Hornets with 13 points, and Hannah Allen had 11.

Then last night the Plowgirls easily defeated the Lady Bulldogs of Loraine 50-16.  The game was a blowout as the Plowgirls led 15-0 at the end of one and 35-3 at the half.

High scorers for the Plowgirls were Boren with 21 and Eva Aguayo with 8.  

The Plowgirls have now finished district play in second place with a 7-3 record.  They now move on to the playoffs, where their first opponent will be Sterling City.  The game will be on Monday at Winters High School.  Tipoff is at 6:30pm.

The Plowboys could have—and some say should have—won against Highland Friday night, but they lost a close one 38-36 after leading at halftime 18-17. 

High scorers for the Plowboys were Jesus Leanos with 19 and Cutter Davila with 8.  Ethan Wilson led the Hornets with 10 points, followed by Laramie Thompson with 9.

Then last night the Plowboys beat Loraine 60-44 in a game that was close for almost three quarters.  There were several lead changes in the second and third quarters, and the halftime score was 29-29.  Toward the end of the third quarter, however, the Plowboys wore the Bulldogs down and pulled away, leading by six 44-38 at the end of the quarter and then outscoring Loraine 16-6 in the fourth quarter.

High scorer for the Plowboys was Davila with 20, followed by Jesus Leanos with 17.  The Plowboys play Hermleigh in Hermleigh on Friday and finish their season at home next Tuesday against Westbrook.



Kane Peavy, a junior at Roscoe Collegiate High School, has been selected to be a National Youth Correspondent to the 2013 Washington Journalism and Media Conference at George Mason University in July.

He will join a select group of 250 students from across the country to participate in an intensive week-long study of journalism and media.  He was chosen based on academic accomplishments and a demonstrated interest and excellence in journalism and media studies.

The conference features prominent journalists, CEO’s of major media outlets, university faculty, and recent college graduates successfully entering the field.  National Youth Correspondents  engage in hands-on experiential learning by solving problems and exploring the creative, practical, and ethical tensions inherent in journalism and media. 



The blades of the wind turbines were hardly moving yesterday.
The weather for the past week has been pretty consistent: sunny skies, south and southwest breezes, highs in the sixties or low seventies and lows in the high thirties and low forties with one exception, the low of 28°F recorded last Friday morning.  There was no rain or any other kind of precipitation.

Yesterday was one of those rare days with hardly any wind at all.  The wind turbines around Roscoe were either still or rotating so slowly that you had to look at them for a moment to make sure they were moving.

On Saturday, February 2, the groundhog Punxatawney Phil predicted an early spring for the folks in Pennsylvania, and Bee Caves Bob, the armadillo who does the same for the state of Texas, reportedly also predicted not only an early spring but also a wet one.  Let's hope he's right—at least about the rain.  We could sure use some.



Services will be held at 2:00pm today at McCoy Funeral Chapel of Memories in Sweetwater for Bob Drake, 84, who died on Monday, February 4, at the Sweetwater Healthcare Center.  Burial will follow at the Sweetwater Cemetery.

He was born on September 27, 1928, in Midland to Frank and Arrie Drake.  A graduate of  Midland High School, he also attended Austin State College in Sherman.  He served in the U. S. Army and the Texas National Guard.  He married Lanelle Calvert on April 21, 1952, in Midland, and they moved to Roscoe in 1958, where they raised three sons.  He worked and retired from Lone Star Cement Plant after forty years of service. He was active in civic affairs and a long time member of the Roscoe Volunteer Fire Department.

He is survived by his wife, Lanelle Drake of Roscoe; sons, John and Janet Drake of Oklahoma City, Rob and Rosa Drake of Menard, and David and Connie Drake of Lake Whitney; brother-in-law Frank Moore; sister-in-law Barbara Drake; seven grandchildren and five great grandchildren.

Three siblings preceded him in death, Bill Drake, Frankie Blair, and Joan Moore.

Pallbearers will be his grandsons.  Honorary pallbearers are Rudy Raughton, Charles Ratliff, and Jack Cox.  Memorials may be sent to Sweetwater Healthcare Center in Sweetwater or West Texas Rehab in Abilene.



A memorial service was held at 11:00am on Saturday at the First United Methodist Church for Jose Manuel Galvan, 53, who died on Tuesday, January 29, at Rolling Plains Hospital in Sweetwater.  He was cremated.

He was born on July 30, 1959, in Corpus Christi and was married to Maria M. Galvan for many years.  He was a mechanic, chef, and carpenter.

Survivors include his daughters, Christie Galvan of Roscoe, Adriana Verastegui and husband Albert of Japan, and Veronica Galvan of Tacoma, Washington; son, Joseph Galvan and wife Elizabeth of Sweetwater; mother, Maria L. Galvan of Roscoe; sisters, Juanita Garcia and husband Daniel of Roscoe, Gracie Garza and husband Luis of Edinburg, Mari Cornett and husband Benny of Roscoe, and Patty Hamilton and husband Lance of Justin; former wife Maria M. Galvan; nine grandchildren and several nephews, nieces, and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his father, Catarino Galvan, on June 15, 2011.



Funeral services will be at 10:00am tomorrow, February 7, at the First Baptist Church for Stanley W. Pieper, 71, who passed away yesterday at Sweetwater Healthcare Center.  Burial will follow at the Roscoe Cemetery.

He was born on June 15, 1941, in Roscoe to Ruben Barnett and Mildred Flogene (Williams) Pieper.  A retired farmer and building contractor, he was a member of the First Baptist Church, a former president of the Roscoe Jaycees and of the Roscoe Athletic Booster Club, and a former volunteer Fireman of the Roscoe Fire Department.  He was also voted Outstanding Young Man of America.

He is survived by his companion, Barbara Maaske of Sweetwater; three children, Sonya Massey of Roscoe, Randy Pieper and wife Laura of Blackwell, and Britt Pieper of Sweetwater; brothers, Donnie Jones of Denton, and John Pieper and wife Nancy of Flower Mound; sisters, Dale Metcalf and husband Jeff of Denton and Barbara Evans and husband Steve of Hamlin; six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; and numerous aunts and uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Ruben Barnett and Mildred Flogene Pieper; wife, Gladys Pieper; and one brother, Terry Pieper.

Pallbearers will be Robert L. Pieper, Ron E. Williams, Randy Williams, Tommy Meredith, Mike Brown, and Jerry Riggs.

Honorary pallbearers are Keith Cleckler, Larry Williams, Dale Parker, Frank Ed Cleckler and Buzz Parsons.


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