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Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Christmas Open House on Sunday a Huge Success

Shoppers check out the wares at the Wildflower Boutique on Sunday.  (All Open House photos are courtesy of Patty McBride.)
Cars lined the streets of downtown Roscoe on Sunday afternoon as a largely female crowd partook of some early Christmas cheer and good bargains at several Roscoe businesses.  Sales were brisk as a larger than anticipated number of shoppers showed up to enjoy the event.

Participating businesses included the Wildflower Boutique, Lumberyard, Plowboy Center Lodge, Vickie’s Gifts, Southern Belle Salon, Purple Passion Salon, Rockin’ S Cantina, and McVey’s Nursery. 



City Manager Cody Thompson updates the City Council on public works.
At its monthly meeting last night, the City Council authorized the issuance of Certificates of Obligation amounting to $1,040,000 for City water and sewer line improvements.  It also awarded the sale of the certificates to the Texas Water Development Board.  City Manager Cody Thompson told the Council that the Texas Water Development Board says they can sell them at from 1.9% to 2.1% interest.

Thompson also gave the Council an update on the progress of the improvements currently underway on the water and sewer lines and the water treatment plant.  The SCADA system is nearing completion and will soon be online.  He and the contractors meet at City Hall on the first Tuesday of each month to discuss their work and report on progress. 

Thompson said that the approximately $250,000 remaining from the original $1,765,000 loan-forgiveness “loan” from the Texas Water Development Board for the water treatment plant will be used this spring to repair and upgrade water lines. 

Thompson also reported that Gordon Nemir has purchased two acres of land just east of the Stone Tower RV park in north Roscoe and plans to put storage units there. 

The City Council also discussed and approved the City’s fourth quarter investment report.



The Plowboys had a tall order for the game with Roby Friday night—win by 15 points to continue their season and move on to bi-district play.  Unfortunately, it turned out to be an order they couldn’t fill, and their season ended on a down note as Roby jumped out to an early lead and never looked back, winning handily 40-14.

On a cold, drizzly evening in Roby, the Lions came out ready to play, scoring on a 70-yard pass play on their opening series to go up 6-0.  They then made two more touchdowns before the quarter was done and were ahead 20-0.  In the second quarter, they scored two more on passes and at halftime led 34-0. 

The Plowboys got on the scoreboard with a 14-yard TD run by Jesus Leanos in the third quarter and got another touchdown on a 9-yard Brayden Beal pass to Shelton Toliver in the fourth, but it was too little, too late. 

Brayden Beal led the Plowboys in rushing with 51 yards in 8 carries.  He also completed 9 of 14 passes for 94 yards with one interception. Cutter Davila completed 7 of 20 for 87 yards with no interceptions.  Leading receivers for the Plowboys were Shelton Toliver with 10 catches for 107 yards and Leanos with 5 catches for 65 yards.

Roby is now 6-4 on the year and finishes district play in third place with a 5-2 record.  They now move on to a playoff game, while the Plowboys end their season with a 4-6 record overall and 3-4 in district.   

The district champions are the Albany Lions who beat Hamlin, the runner-up, 17-14 Friday night on a late fourth-quarter field goal. 



In their home opener on Saturday evening, the Plowgirls lost a close one to Coahoma 40-36, but then last night they rebounded with a win in Robert Lee 50-38.

The Plowgirls led for most of the game against Coahoma before losing in overtime. Jumping out to an early lead, they ended the first quarter ahead 15-10, and at halftime they were up 26-17.  

At the end of three the score was still 30-20 Roscoe, but the Bulldogettes rallied in the fourth quarter with 14 points to the Plowgirls’4, tying the game at 34 and sending it into overtime.  They then outscored Roscoe 6-2 to win 40-36.  High scorer for the Plowgirls was Olivia Saddler with 10 points.

Then last night, the Plowgirls led the entire game to beat Robert Lee 52-38.  The score after one was 14-4 and at halftime was 33-12.  High scorers were Eva Aguayo with 21 and Samantha Ortega with 10, while Olivia Saddler and Whitney Williams both had 5.

The Plowgirls’ JV team also won one and lost one, falling in a close game to the Coahoma JV 21-20 and easily defeating the Robert Lee JV 41-10.  

High scorer for the Plowgirls in both JV games was Magali Casas.  She made 12 points in the Coahoma game and 17 against Robert Lee.  In the Robert Lee game, Caty Chavira had 7, and both Shirley Sanchez and Lyndi Wilkinson had 5.

The Plowgirls’ next action is with Winters here at home Friday evening.  The JV game starts at 5:00 and the varsity game at 6:15.



Roscoe got its first freeze of the year early this morning.  The temperature at daybreak was  25°F.  The freeze was pretty late in coming considering all the predictions I heard from various people about how we were going to have an early one this year.  But it’s the middle of November now, so that’s pretty normal for these parts.

It’s been cold and windy since a norther blew in about 3:00am early yesterday morning.  Yesterday the winds were blowing 15-25mph and were downright nippy, but they’ve died down to practically nothing this morning.

We had a light frost last Thursday.  It got down to 34° here in town, and Lyndall Underwood just west of town had 33°.  There was also some drizzle but not enough to register in the rain gauge.  The weekend was nice, though, with beautiful weather on Saturday and Sunday.   The temperature on Saturday afternoon was 75°.  It was a little cooler on Sunday but still very nice. 

The forecast is for sunny skies and a warming trend up to the weekend, when the highs should be back in the mid seventies with lows in the fifties.  There is no rain in the forecast.



Funeral services were held at 3:00pm on Saturday, November 9, at the Cate-Spencer & Trent Chapel for Lowell Wray Snowden Abeita, 59, who passed away last Tuesday, November 5.  Burial followed at the Sweetwater Cemetery.

He was born on April 16, 1954, in Gallup, NM, to Alvin Patrick Abeita and Helen Hays and was raised by Eva Snowden.  He married Carol Beck on September 16, 1972, in Sweetwater.  A Baptist, he worked as a welder for Sweetwater Machine Shop and also worked for A-1 Auto Parts.

He is survived by his wife, Carol Abeita of Roscoe; two sons, Brandon Abeita and Noah Abeita, both of Roscoe; daughter, Tera Trotter and husband Michael of Roscoe; five grandchildren: Iven Abeita, Thea Abeita, Krysten Abeita, Kenzi Trotter and Alec Trotter; two great-grandchildren, Mason Wray Staggs and Jase Wyatt Staggs; mother-in-law, Charlene Wrenn of Sweetwater; two sisters, Leona Abeita and Vickie Abeita; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, and  nephews.

Pallbearers were Joe Montemayor, Jr., Spider Whorton, Joe Rodriguez, Wrangler Little, Alec Trotter, Donnie Willman, Lonnie Orman, and Allan McGowan.


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