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Wednesday, September 25, 2013

RHS Exes Return This Weekend for Homecoming 2013

Most exes went to the old high school building used from 1938 to 2010.
Roscoe High School exes will be coming from far and wide this weekend to renew acquaintances and friendships with old classmates they once knew well and saw on a daily basis.  There will be plenty of things to see and do as they do so: a bonfire, a football game, school tours, coffees, lunches, door prizes, a library dedication, a downtown parade, an exes’ basketball game, and live music from exes’ bands.  There will also be several class reunion parties at various locales.  A large crowd is expected since the homecomings are held only once every three years, the last being in 2010.

The bonfire east of FM 608 in north Roscoe will kick off the celebration tomorrow evening at 7:30.  Then on Friday afternoon, after a reception for exes in the high school’s AVID room, there will be a pep rally in the gym and a baked potato supper in the cafetorium, followed by the football game with Baird and the halftime crowning of the football and band sweethearts along with their beaus. 

After the game, some will convene for coffee in the cafetorium while others move to the Lumberyard downtown, where three different exes’ bands will provide the entertainment until midnight.  Chris Baker (’04) will open at 9pm; at 10:30 Leslie Huff (’73) of the band Duck Soup will play with his old classmates, Gordon Miles (’74), Kenny Zimmerman (’74) and Billie Joe Jay (’71); and at 11:00 it will be Lyndall Underwood (’79) of the Dusty Creek Band.

On Saturday morning, coffee and donuts will be served at the “meet and greet” in the cafetorium.  Students will be on hand to lead guided tours of the new classrooms and facilities, door prizes and exes awards will be given, and the Plowbots, the school’s robotics team, will demonstrate their skill with robots.  The Ratliff Elementary Library will also be dedicated.

An enchilada lunch will be served in the cafetorium from 11:30-1:30, and the Roscoe Historical Museum downtown will open at 2:00.  The Homecoming Parade down Broadway will be at 3:00pm, and the Exes’ Guys & Gals basketball game will follow at 5:00pm in the Special Events Center.

Later, downtown at the Lumberyard, exes can demonstrate their vocal skills with the “open mike” session that starts at 8:00pm.  Then at 9:30 Whiskey Flats (Tyler Moses ’10 and Jared Porter ’07) will take the stage, followed at 11:00 by the Blackland Bullet Company (Toby Young ’98 and Jady Underwood ’98). 

For more information and a complete program of events, consult the Roscoe Homecoming Facebook Page, which you can access by clicking here



The official groundbreaking for the Young Farm Estates will be celebrated next Tuesday, October 1, at 6:00pm on the property’s location in north Roscoe, just east of FM 608 and south of US 84.  It will mark the beginning of Nolan County’s first major housing development in forty years. 

Phase 1 of the project consists of the development and sale of seventy lots, ranging from 1500 to 2200 square feet each.  All utilities will be underground.  Concrete curbs and gutters, asphalt roads, and a nice entrance are features of the subdivision.

Everyone is invited to this historic event for Roscoe, Nolan County, and the Tri-County area.  Free food and drinks will follow the ceremony.  For more information, call 325-766-3319.



Traffic crawls past wrecked vehicles on I-20 west Thursday morning.
For the third week in a row there has been a wreck at “Destruction Junction” just east of Roscoe.  The most recent one occurred on Thursday morning on I-20 west when a maroon pickup pulling a white hatchback lost control on a wet road as it approached the US 84 bridge.

The pickup struck the guard rail, which completely went through the pickup’s back seat.  Both the driver and passenger were taken to Rolling Plains Memorial Hospital and hospitalized. 

Construction workers working on the bridge stopped to help first responders right after the crash, and the Roscoe Volunteer Fire Department also helped out, along with others.

Folks, here’s a word of warning—the curve just before the underpass on I-20 west is dangerous when wet.  Since last September, there have been two fatal truck wrecks in addition to this nonfatal one, and all occurred as drivers lost control at the curve when the road surface was wet.  So, always slow down when approaching the underpass in rainy conditions—or better yet, take the US 84 exit just before that, and come into Roscoe that way.  



The nominees for Football Sweetheart and Beau and Band Sweetheart and Beau at the Homecoming Court have been named.  They will all appear during halftime of Friday evening’s football game, where the winners will be named.

Football Sweetheart nominees are Eva Aguayo, escorted by Dillon Freeman; Shelby Brown, escorted by Zachary Longoria; Ashton Payne, escorted by Jesus Leanos; and Whitney Williams, escorted by Shelton Toliver.  The escorts are also nominees for Football Beau.

Band Sweetheart nominees are Jacinda Cedillo, escorted by Tito Arce; Danielle Dean, escorted by Juan Sanchez; and Korie Rogers, escorted by Antonio Gallegos.  The escorts are the nominees for Band Beau.

Flower Bearers are Dakota Freeman and Emeril Talamantez, and Crown Bearers are Jace Arnwine and Calum Underwood.



This article appeared in the September 23 Reporter-News.
Sportswriter Evan Ren interviewed Roscoe’s new head football coach, Jake Freeman, in this week’s “Big Country Q & A” series, and the article, entitled "Back where it all started," was published in the sports section of Monday’s Abilene Reporter-News

I have not been able to access the article on the Internet, but the video of the interview done on August 28 may be available here.  



Rain fell on Thursday and Friday with about three-quarters of an inch total for the two days in most places around Roscoe.  Champion got a little more, about an inch, but that was no surprise as that area has been getting more precipitation than everywhere else all year long.

Autumn officially arrived on Sunday, and the weather has responded appropriately with cooler temperatures, especially at night and in the early morning.  Highs have been in the upper eighties with lows in the upper fifties.

The outlook is for more of the same today and slightly hotter tomorrow with a high just over ninety and a low in the mid-sixties.  Friday should be a little cooler than that, and on Saturday there is a 50% chance of rain.  If we do get a shower, let’s hope it doesn’t happen during the Homecoming Parade.


Graveside rites for Larry Don McBurnett, 72, of Bryan were held at the Roscoe Cemetery on Monday at 1:00pm, following funeral services at the Westminster Presbyterian Church in Bryan.  He died on Tuesday, September 17, at Bravos Valley Hospice. 

He was born in Roscoe on July 9, 1941, to John Byron McBurnett and Oletha Bell McBurnett. He graduated from Roscoe High in 1959 and then attended nursing school at Methodist Hospital of Nursing in Lubbock. After getting his nursing licenses, he joined the Army in 1965 and received his CRNA license at the Presidio School of CRNA in San Francisco. 

He served in Vietnam and then moved to Bryan in 1971, where he joined the Bryan Anesthesia Group. He worked in several Brazos Valley Hospitals including St Joseph, Humana, which became the MED, and others. He was a member of the Westminster Presbyteriian Church. He enjoyed scuba diving and Aggie football and was a member of the 12th man foundation.
Larry was preceded in death by his parents, John Byron and Oletha Bell McBurnett; brother Johnny B McBurnett; sister Jo Alice McBurnett Langston; nephews Dorn and Dana Langston and Arnie McBurnett.

Survivors include his son, Corbin McBurnett of Albuquerque NM; daughter, Kelli McBurnett of Hobbs NM; sisters, Jeannie McBurnett of Bryan and Sandra Hunt of Big Spring; and granddaughter, Alyssa Renee McBurnett of Albuquerque NM.

Pallbearers at Roscoe were John Strother, Bobby Berry, Jay T. Soules, Edwin Duncan, Clifford Burnett and Larry Cornoyer.

Donations may be made to Bravos Valley Hospice and Davita Dialysis in College Station.


1 comment:

  1. It will be good to see all those old Plowboys back in town. Who remembers the Clodhoppers?


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