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Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Rockin' S Cantina Liquor Store Now Open

The Rockin' S Cantina liquor store and gift shop.
The Rockin’ S Cantina liquor store and gift shop opened for business yesterday morning.  Located on 810 12th Street, just west of the Shell Station on the access road to I-20 west, it is owned and run by Tarrah and Jason Stewart. 

Besides a large selection of liquor, beer, and wine, the Rockin’ S Cantina also has a variety of canned vegetables, school spirit T-shirts, jewelry, and other gift items.

There is an outside 24-hour ice machine and reverse-osmosis water dispenser (1 and 5 gallon) that takes cash or credit cards.  The store also has drive-thru service. 

Hours of operation are 10:00am-9:00pm Monday through Saturday.  The phone number is 325-766-3655.

An official Grand Opening and barbecue will be held soon.


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McVEY'S NATIVE NURSERY OPENS ON NORTH SIDE


McVey's Native Nursery
McVey’s Native Nursery, previously located in Maryneal, has set up shop on Roscoe’s north side and is now open for business.  Located on 300 N. Ash Street, it is around the curve on Business 84 just northwest of the railroad track crossing. 

Owned by Regina and Joe Brad McVey, the nursery specializes in native plants and sells flowers, trees, shrubs, and other plants.  Native annuals include Martha Gonzales roses, Texas sage, and lantana; native trees—Mexican white oak, Texas redbud, and burr oak; and native shrubs—Texas sage, yucca, and crepe myrtle, among others. 

You can also buy other flowers such as geraniums, petunias, and moss rose; vegetables like tomatoes and peppers; and herbs such as parsley, basil, dill, and thyme. 

A garden shop is not ready yet but is on the way.  It will include such gardening supplies as organic fertilizers and pesticides, bird feeders and baths, potting soil, Tula hats, and other items.  Locally made organic soaps and jellies are also in the works.

The McVeys also do landscaping. 

Operating hours at the nursery are 8:00am-5:30pm Monday through Friday and 8:00-12:00 on Saturday.  The phone number is 325-370-3815.


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WORK BEGINS ON NEW US 84 OVERPASS


J. H. Strain & Sons of Tye are doing the repair work.
Construction finally began last week on the eastbound US 84 overpass that has been out of commission ever since a truck slammed into it last September, almost six months ago.  The target date for completion is now set at four months.

In the meantime, there will be some daytime closures that necessitate the use of detours for westbound I-20 traffic.  Eastbound US 84 traffic will keep on using the detours it has for the past few months, meaning that trucks will continue to take the short cut through Roscoe to get to eastbound I-20.

It will be interesting to see if the new intersection of US 84 and I-20 is a significant safety improvement over the old one, whose bloody history earned it the title of “Destruction Junction.”  


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ROSCOE FEATURED IN 2013 TEXAS MIDWEST GUIDE 

Roscoe is once again one of the towns featured in the Texas Midwest Guide, which functions as a tourist and information guide for the Big Country.  Copies of the guide are distributed to area hotels, motels, chambers of commerce, Texas travel information centers, and convention and visitors’ bureaus.   The guide includes 45 cities in the area extending to Munday on the north, Hico on the east, Menard on the south, and Colorado City on the west. 

Roscoe’s city page with photo highlights is on page 107, a prose description is on page 132, and our three downtown events—the Spring Fling, Independence Day Celebration, and West Texas Wind Festival—are included on pages 138-140 under Annual Events of the Texas Midwest.

Page 15 is made up of ads for four Roscoe businesses: the Lumberyard, Blackland Smokehouse, Vickie’s Gifts, and the Wildflower Boutique.

Copies of the guide are available at City Hall and the Lumberyard, and an online edition is accessible by clicking here. There is also a free app at Amazon, Google, and Apple app stores.


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EASTER EGG HUNT IN OLD TOWN PARK ON SATURDAY, MARCH 30
 
The City of Roscoe is sponsoring an Easter Egg Hunt full of fun and surprises for children ten years old and under.  It will be on Saturday afternoon, March 30, from 4:00-5:00pm in Old Town Park, across the street from City Hall and the Roscoe State Bank. 

For more information, contact City Hall at 325-766-3871.

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RHS CLASS OF ’65 SEEKS THOSE INTERESTED IN AN ALASKAN CRUISE IN SEPTEMBER

Several members of the RHS Class of 1965 have made plans to go on an Alaskan cruise in September, but they need more people to sign up in order to make their dream a reality.

For those who may be interested in making the trip with them, here is the relevant information:

The cruise (inside passage Glacier Bay) will be on the Holland-America ship Zuiderdam.  It will depart Vancouver, B.C., Canada, on September 21 and stop at the following ports: Tracy Arms, Juneau, Skagway, Glacier Bay, and Ketchikan, all in Alaska; Astoria, Oregon; and return to San Francisco on October 1.

Rates per person based on double occupancy cabins and including meals, entertainment, activities, port charges, government fees, and taxes, are $1109 to $2299, depending on the type of cabin booked.  Each cabin will receive at least $100 on-board credit. Airfare is not included in these prices.

If you are interested, call Kay Hallman at 325-235-8594 or e-mail her at kayhallman@gmail.com  by April 1. 


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WEATHER REPORT: IT’S SPRING!


The oak trees in my yard have budded out.
To paraphrase the old song, spring is bustin’ out all over.  Trees are budding out, flowers and bushes are blooming, I’ve planted greens in my garden, we’ve had our first ninety-degree day, and astronomical spring officially arrived this morning at 6:02am.   

The ninety-degree day came on Saturday, when the mercury rose to 92°F after getting as high as the mid-eighties on Thursday and Friday.  A cold front came through Saturday night, so Sunday was cooler with a high of 72° and a low of 41°, but Monday had a high of 84°, while yesterday saw another front that brought the high down to 75° and the low to 45°.

Today should also be cool with a high of 69° and a low tonight in the mid-fifties.  Tomorrow afternoon will see a return to the eighties along with a 20% chance of thunderstorms.  However, Friday and Saturday will be cooler with highs in the upper sixties and a low of around forty--and Sunday and Monday may have highs only in the fifties with lows in the lower thirties. 


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