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Wednesday, October 9, 2013

City Council Approves $1,040,000 Bond for Sewer Line Upgrade

Cody Thompson discusses sewer upgrade with City Council.
At its monthly meeting last night, the City Council approved the issuance of a $1,040,000 bond to upgrade the City water and sewer lines, primarily in the south Roscoe neighborhood north of I-20.  The old lines, most of them over 60 years old, are in bad shape, broken in some places, and clogged with tree roots in others.  The old shallow six-inch lines will be replaced with new eight-inch ones, and 37 new manholes will be created for ease of maintenance and repair. 

As required by law, the Council also resolved to publish public notice on October 7 and 11 of the intention to issue the $1,040,000 bond. Additionally, they officially expressed their intent to reimburse the costs of the project.

The plan for the Stone Tower RV Park at Young Farm Estates. (Click to enlarge.)
The Council also approved the plat for a new five-acre RV park at Young Farm Estates.  It will be located just east of FM 608 in north Roscoe in the area next to the new road near the old circular stone tower.   Known as the Stone Tower RV Park, it is a project of 2LM Enterprises and will have spaces for 54 RVs.  It will have city water and sewer as well as a permanent 8’ fence surrounding it as required by city ordinance.  It will also follow city ordinances regarding street widths and spacing between RVs. 

City Manager Cody Thompson addressed complaints from Rex Hirt, Jason Freeman, and James Cleckler concerning the overgrowth of weeds and debris at the new sewer farm southeast of town.  Thompson explained that the City recently cleaned up the area to allay their concerns.

Thompson also informed the Council that the general contractor, Associated Construction Partners of Boerne, expects to be onsite next week to begin work on Phase 1 of the new water treatment plant project.  Initially, they will remove the old well-head slabs, make piping modifications, and get their under-slab conduits in place in preparation for installation of the new computerized SCADA system that will monitor and regulate the City water flow. 



Moe Bandy is the featured singer at the Wind Festival.
Preparations are underway for the seventh annual West Texas Wind Festival, to be held next Saturday, October 19.  As usual, the downtown streets will be lined with street vendors, and bounce houses and other inflatables for the kids will be in the park.   

The day will begin with the Roscoe Elementary “Run with the Wind” 5K run.  This year will also feature a one-mile run around the school.  Registration for both events starts at 9:00am.  The entry fee for the 5K run is $25, and for the mile run, $15.

The fourth annual “BBQing in the Wind” steak cookoff will also begin Saturday morning, starting with the meat inspection at 8:00am.  The cooks’ meeting will be at 10:00, and the turn-in times for chicken, rib eye steak, and ribs will be at 3:00, 4:00, and 5:00pm respectively.  Entry fee for all three events is $120, and the prize for the winning steak will be $1500 from sponsor Fuller Foods of Colorado City.  For more information, contact Gary Armstrong at 325-235-4110.

The Plowboy Mudbog will once again be at the baseball field with registration beginning at 10am and the first run at noon.

The free concert and street dance “on the bricks” will begin at 6:00pm with the up-and-coming group Rance Norton and the Cadillac Cowboys.  They impressed everyone with their musical skills recently when they opened for Mel Tillis at the Lumberyard.

Then at 8:30pm, country music legend Moe Bandy and band will take the stage.  This will be his first appearance in Roscoe and should be a performance you don’t want to miss.

The evening will then be capped off by the fireworks show, which begins at 9:30pm.

The festival will have something for everyone, so make plans now to attend.  More details will follow in next week’s Hard Times.  For more information, contact Roscoe City Hall at 325-766-3871.



Cutter Davila calls a play in Buffalo territory.
It was a tale of two halves at Cross Plains Friday night.  The first half decisively belonged to the Plowboys as they fought their way to a 31-14 lead with their passing game and a strong defense.  Unfortunately, the second half belonged even more decisively to the Buffaloes as they scored 42 unanswered points and won going away, 56-31. 

The game started well for the Plowboys as they stopped the Buffaloes on downs and drove down for a score with Max Nemir going over from the one.  Cross Plains came back, though, with a 59-yard touchdown pass, tying the score at 7-7, which was how the first quarter ended.

In the second quarter, the Plowboys had the Buffaloes on their heels, scoring four touchdowns to Cross Plains’ one.  First, Cutter Davila passed to Shelton Toliver for a 61-yard touchdown.  Then, Nemir scored the next two touchdowns, the first on a 5-yard pass from Davila and the second on another 1-yard run.  Cross Plains responded with a 75-yard TD run before Roscoe closed out the scoring for the quarter on a 10-yard pass from Davila to Toliver.  The Plowboys failed to make the extra points on any of the touchdowns, though, and the halftime score was 31-14.

The Plowboys received the second half kickoff and moved into Buffalo territory, but were stopped on a couple of incomplete passes to Toliver.  The Buffalo defender was all over him both times, but for some reason the referees failed to call pass interference.  Cross Plains took over and almost immediately scored on a 75-yard pass from Stephenson to Branch.  That shifted the momentum, and Cross Plains got on a roll that the Plowboys were unable to stop.  They went on to score three more touchdowns in the quarter and got two more in the fourth to make the final score 56-31.

Big plays killed the Plowboys all night.  Cross Plains completed only 3 passes the entire game, but all three went for long touchdowns, the first for 59 yards, the second for 75, and the third for 79.  They also had touchdown runs of 75, 64, 22, and 19 yards, along with a 38-yard interception return.

Roscoe was also hurt by their lack of a running game, totaling only 3 yards on 18 carries.  Cross Plains made some halftime adjustments that worked out in their favor, and, as they were a bigger team, they also wore the Plowboys down as the game went on.

The Plowboys are now 1-1 in district and 2-3 on the year.  Their next opponent is Albany at Plowboy Field on Friday night.  The Lions are the district powerhouse.  They are currently 5-0 on the year and 2-0 in district, averaging 48 points per game to their opponents’ 7.



On Thursday evening, the Plowboys Junior Varsity team performed a feat rarely achieved in modern-day football.  They beat the same team by the same score for the second week in a row.  And the score wasn’t something simple like 7-0 or 7-6.  No, it was 38-0.  What are the odds of that happening?

Just to play the same team two weeks in a row is a rarity these days.  The circumstance came about because the Plowboys’ scheduled game with Baird the previous Thursday fell through, and the Cross Plains JV agreed to take them on.  So, the Plowboys JV traveled to Cross Plains and beat them there 38-0, as reported in last week’s Hard Times.

Then, this past Thursday, they took on the Cross Plains JV at Plowboy Field in the two teams’ regularly scheduled game, and once again the Plowboys JV won by the same score, 38-0.

Juan Sanchez opened the scoring for the Plowboys on a 2-yard run.  He then caught a pass from Brayden Beal for the conversion, putting Roscoe up 8-0.  Later in the quarter, Sanchez scored again, this time on a 5-yard run.  The conversion was no good, and the score at the end of the first quarter was 14-0.

Beal scored on a 28-yard run in the second quarter, followed by Johnathon Cuellar’s 3-yard run and 2-point conversion.  Then, Austin Willman forced a safety for the Plowboys, making the halftime score 30-0.

In the third quarter, Sanchez scored again from 5 yards out and also ran for the conversion, and the Plowboys were up 38-0.  There was no scoring in the final quarter.

Next opponent for the Plowboys JV is the Albany JV in Albany tomorrow evening.  Kickoff is at 6:30.



Even though we don’t get the spectacular colors from the trees like they do up north, fall is definitely with us now.  Days are getting shorter, and nights and early mornings have cooled down into the fifties, while  afternoon temperatures are more bearable than they were just a couple of weeks ago.

Last Friday’s summerlike high of 88°F and low of 68° cooled down to Saturday’s 76° and 54° respectively as a front moved through.  Sunday’s high was also 76° and the low was 49°, the first time since last spring that we’ve had any temperatures in the forties.  A warming trend followed with Monday’s high of 80° and yesterday’s 82° with lows for both days at 55°.

Today should see an afternoon high of around 84° with a low tonight of around 58°.  Tomorrow and Friday should have similar temperatures, and so should the weekend, although Saturday, Sunday, and Monday will also bring a 20% chance of precipitation. 


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