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Wednesday, May 8, 2013

George Thomas Home South of Town Burns to Ground

What used to be the Thomas house.
Another house was destroyed by fire late last Wednesday night.   This time it was George Thomas’s nice brick home on the east side of FM 608 less than a mile south of Roscoe. 

Roscoe firemen arrived at the scene too late to save it.  Since Mr. Thomas has moved to a nursing home, the house was unoccupied, as were the two other country homes that have recently burned down.  

Once again, arson is suspected, and the State Fire Marshal was called in to investigate the cause of the blaze.

Anyone with information about any of these fires should call City Hall at 325-766-3871 or Crime Stoppers at 325-235-8477.



Artist's depiction of the Capstone STEM Center.
This Saturday, May 11, will be election day for the proposed passage of a $3.5 million school bond to build a Capstone STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) Research Center at the school's ag farm. 

Voting will take place from 7:00am-7:00pm in the Roscoe Collegiate ISD Cafetorium at 1301 W. 7th Street.  Early voting terminated yesterday. 

Detailed information and discussion about the proposed center with its labs and classrooms may be found at the RCHS STEM Bond Election Information Page on Facebook.  

If you have questions, call the RISD Administration Office at 325-766-3629.



Riders and horses in the Saturday parade down Broadway.
Cinco de Mayo was observed last weekend with a supper and activities at Roscoe School Friday evening, Zumba “on the bricks” and a parade downtown Saturday morning, and a street dance and live music downtown Saturday night. 

A large crowd was on hand for the Mexican pile-on supper and a variety of entertainment in the school cafetorium, and there was also a carnival along with games, music, snacks, and other treats.  All proceeds went to senior scholarships.

On Saturday morning, there was a lively session of Zumba, led by Zin member Alejandra Garza, in the street next to Old Town Park.  It was followed by a parade down Broadway with riders on horseback along with various vehicles from which candy was thrown to the kids. 

Then that evening a large crowd enjoyed the vendors and street dance downtown with music provided by Lunaco, a band from Abilene.



The City of Roscoe is now accepting applications for operation of the City Swimming Pool this summer.  The pool will be open from around the first week of June through the first week of August.

Deadline for submissions at City Hall is next Tuesday, May 14, at 4:30pm.  The City Council will then select this year’s operators at its monthly meeting at 7:00 that evening. 

For more information, call City Hall at 325-766-3871 during business hours.



Monday's light rain was enough to get the ground wet.
It was a cool week for this time of year, more like what you’d expect for March than the first week of May.

Highs were in the seventies with lows of around forty through the weekend.  Thursday and Friday both had lows of only 37°F, and Saturday's Cinco de Mayo festivities were conducted in pleasant weather, clear skies, and only light breezes.  Sunday and Monday were similar. 

On Monday afternoon, there was just enough rain to get everything wet, .04 of an inch to be exact according to my rain gauge.  Yesterday, however, was sunny and warm with a high of 86°. 

The outlook for today and tomorrow is for more of the same with highs in the mid eighties and a 20% chance of rain, increasing to 30% on Friday and back to 20% Saturday.  Highs on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday will be in the seventies with lows in the fifties. Then Monday and Tuesday will be warmer with highs back in the eighties and lows in the sixties.


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