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Wednesday, March 13, 2013

City of Roscoe Spring Clean-Up Begins Monday

The City of Roscoe’s annual Spring Clean-Up is next week.  Beginning on Monday, March 18, and running through Saturday, March 23, the hours of operation will be from 9:00am to 7:00pm. 

The venue will be different this year, though.  Unlike previous years, when drop-offs were at the recycling center just north of the railroad tracks, this year they will be at the old sanitary sewer plant on the north side of the I-20 service road between Cemetery Road and S. Main Street.

Dumpsters will be located inside the fenced facility, and all trash should be deposited in them.  Separate areas will be designated for tree and brush limbs and for metal objects.

Items which may not be placed in containers are as follows: paint, oil, oil filters, chemical containers, and tree limbs.  Air conditioners and refrigerators must be tagged land-fill acceptable.  There will be no curb service.

Since the Spring Clean-Up is for Roscoe residents only, anyone dropping off anything must show a City of Roscoe water bill.


With a large junior high track meet on Thursday evening and an equally large high school meet Friday afternoon at Plowboy Field, spectators got to see some of the best athletes in the smaller schools of the Big Country put on quite a show at the Blackland Divide Relays.  

Schools represented included Bronte, Blackwell, Cross Plains, Garden City, Hamlin, Hawley, Highland, Hermleigh, Ira, Jim Ned, Loraine, Munday, Robert Lee, Roby, Roscoe, Rotan, Stamford, Trent, and Winters.

Several Roscoe athletes scored points.  Plowgirl Olivia Saddler was first in the 100 meter hurdles, and the Plowgirls’ 4 x 100 relay team came in third.  For the Plowboys, Jesus Leanos was second in the 3200 meter run and third in the 1600 meters.

Sheldon Hall of Highland won first in the 800 meter run and second in the 400 meter dash.  

Here is a listing of Plowboys and Plowgirls who scored points at the Friday meet:

Athlete                          Place             Event                              Time/Length

Olivia Saddler                  1                100 meter hurdles                17.63

Torrey Willman             5                100 meter hurdles                 18.50

Olivia Saddler                 6                300 meter hurdles                 55.54

Carolina Perez                4                Shot put                                      31’0”

Plowgirls – 1) W. Williams 2) O. Rovig 3) O. Saddler 4) E. Aguayo
                                              3                4 x 100 meter relay              54.84

Plowgirls – 1) W. Williams 2) O. Rovig 3) T. Willman 4) E. Aguayo
                                              6                4 x 400 meter relay                  4:49

Eduardo Gallegos          3               400 meter dash                     56.29

Jesus Leanos                   3               1600 meter run                         5:20

Jesus Leanos                    2               3200 meter run                       11:20

E. Benivamondez           3               110 meter hurdles                  19.19

Dillon Freeman               5               300 meter hurdles                 46.18

Dillon Freeman               4               Pole vault                                      9’0”

Plowboys – 1) E. Gallegos 2) L. Jones 3) L. Rovig 4) S. Toliver
                                               4               4 x 100 meter relay                 46.91

Plowboys – 1) Z. Longoria 2) D. Freeman 3) L. Rovig 4) S. Toliver
                                               5               4 x 200 meter relay               1:42.11

Plowboys – 1) E. Gallegos 2) L. Jones 3) D. Freeman 4) S. Toliver
                                               3               4 x 400 relay                               3:40



At last night’s meeting in City Hall, the City Council cancelled the proposed May 13 election for a new Council member to replace Ken Brawley, whose term expires this spring.  Since only one person, Suzie Alford, applied for the position, an election was not necessary.  Alford will begin a two-year term in May.


City Manager Cody Thompson has just learned that the proposed plans and specifications for Roscoe’s reverse -osmosis water treatment plan have finally been given a green light by the Texas Commission for Environmental Quality.  A formal letter will now be sent to the Texas Water Development Board, and once they approve it, a bid date for the project will be set, most likely around the end of April.

With a little bit of luck, the water treatment plant should be a reality by the end of this year.



There was ice in the birdbath on Monday morning.
There’s not a lot to say about the weather of the past week.  In short, it was sunny, breezy, and dry.   Highs ranged from the upper fifties to the mid-seventies, and lows from 57°F on Saturday morning to 25° on Monday morning.  

Last week’s forecast for weekend rain amounted only to enough to get the sidewalks wet, which surprised some because it was Rattlesnake Roundup weekend.  As someone said, “If it doesn’t rain during the Rattlesnake Roundup, then we may not get any rain.”

Although the first three months of the year tend historically to be fairly dry in Roscoe, that fact is small consolation to many of the farmers I’ve talked to, who are more than ready for some precipitation.  So far this year, we’ve had a total of only about 1.2”, and there is none in the forecast.  

Highs for the upcoming days should be in the seventies warming up to the eighties all weekend and then dropping back down to the seventies the first part of next week.  Predicted lows are for the upper forties tonight followed by several days of lows in the fifties.



Funeral services were held at 2:00pm on Sunday at the First Baptist Church for Verlia Ratliff, 81, who died last Wednesday, March 6. Interment followed in the Roscoe Cemetery.  

She was born on August 9, 1931, in Rusk, Texas, and moved with her family to Roscoe her senior year of high school.  She married Charles Ratliff on July 16, 1949, and together they raised three children: Mike, Larry, and Connie.

She is survived by her husband, Charles; sons, Mike Ratliff and wife Jolie of Austin; Larry Ratliff and wife Diane of Seguin; daughter, Connie and husband David Drake of Lake Whitney; grandchildren and spouses, Stephen and Diana Ratliff of Dallas, Julie and Caleb Wood of Dallas, Lindsey Ratliff of Odessa, Jenny and Kyle Childress of Kyle, and Alison Pruett of Waco; four great-grandchildren; brothers and sisters, Glen Jones of Sweetwater, Etta Barnes of DeSoto, Charlie Jones of Sweetwater, and Joy Jones of Leander; and many nephews and nieces.


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