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Wednesday, January 15, 2014

City Council Receives Updates on City Projects

Cody Thompson addresses Council at last night's meeting.
At the monthly meeting at City Hall yesterday evening, the Roscoe City Council received updates on several City plans and projects. 

City Manager Cody Thompson reported that the City’s Type A and B Boards have recently been obtaining prices for different possible projects.  One would be the stuccoing of the east wall of Memorial Park on Broadway and Cypress as well as possibly the north wall of Old Town Park.  The Boards are also looking at locations to put a farmer’s market with a roofed area and electrical outlets.  They are open to suggestions and solicit citizen input.  If you have any good ideas, please contact City Hall at 325-766-3871.

City workers have recently been cleaning up lots around town and patching streets.  They plan to work on Cypress Street at the I-20 service road and have it fixed and seal-coated by summer.  Line improvements for the water treatment plant are moving along as planned, and a SCADA remote monitor is currently being installed in City Hall, which will greatly improve the monitoring of water pressure to city lines. 

Survey crews will be in town this week to survey manholes and sanitary sewer lines as part of the $1,040,000 plan to improve water and sewer lines on the city’s south side.    

The Council also approved Police Chief Felix Pantoja’s state-required annual racial profile report.



The Coliseum is once again host to scenes like this one from last year's show.
The Nolan County Junior Livestock show is underway at the Nolan County Coliseum with the weigh-in for steers and heifers taking place yesterday.  Here’s the schedule for today and the rest of the week:

1 p.m. - Swine weigh-in
4 p.m. - Broilers, rabbits, sheep and goats weigh-in
6 p.m. - Steer show, followed by heifer show

4 p.m. - Goat show, followed by lamb show
5 p.m. - Rabbit show, followed by broiler show

Friday, January 17
4:30 p.m. - Swine Show

Saturday, January 18
10 a.m. - Honorary show
11 a.m. - Lunch
1 p.m. - Awards followed by premium sale

Roscoe FFA Director and Ag Teacher J. J. Caswell says that Roscoe FFA and 4H students will be represented in all categories with 10 steers, 4 heifers, 32 swine, 2 pens of rabbits, 2 pens of chickens, 7 goats, and about 20 sheep.



Plowboy Shelton Toliver continues to reap post-season honors with another all-star team selection.  This time it’s the Abilene Reporter-News All-Big Country Class 1A Football Team. The Plowboy wide receiver’s 78 pass receptions for 978 yards and 17 touchdowns have been too good to overlook. 

In recent weeks, he has also been named to the Associated Press Sports Editors’ Class 1A All-State second team, and the All-District 7-1AII first team, chosen by the district’s coaches. 

In addition to Toliver’s first-team selection, two other Plowboys received honorable mention on the Reporter-News All-Big Country Class A Team.  They are quarterback Cutter Davila and linebacker Max Nemir.



The Plowgirls defeated Ira’s Lady Bulldogs in Roscoe Friday evening 45-39, but fell to Highland last night 70-22.

In the Ira game, the Plowgirls were ahead 10-8 after the first quarter and by halftime had increased it to 23-10.  At the end of three it was 33-17 Roscoe.

Sam Ortega’s 19 points led the Plowgirls’ scoring.  Eva Aguayo had 12 points, Selena Perez 6, Sunshine Saddler 5, Whitney Williams 2, and Ashton Payne 1.

In the Highland game, the Plowgirls were overwhelmed by an outstanding Highland team.  At the end of one, the score was 21-5,  and at halftime it was 37-10.

Plowgirl scoring was as follows: Dani Dean 5, Saddler 4, Aguayo 3, Ortega 3, Perez 3, Williams 2, and Mia Herrera 2.

The Plowgirls’ next game is at home on Friday against Loraine.



The Plowboys are now 1-1 in district play after losing to Ira on Friday night and beating Highland last night.

The Ira Bulldogs overpowered the Plowboys in their district opener in Roscoe, 62-29.  Ira jumped out to an 18-4 first quarter lead and by halftime has increased it to 37-13.  After three quarters the score was 52-20.

High scorer for the Plowboys was Javier Leanos with 13, followed by Jesus Leanos with 6. Cutter Davila and Kevin Lavalais both had 3, and Anthony Ortegon and Shelton Tolliver both had two.

Then last night the Plowboys got their first district win against Highland 39-33.  Jesus Leanos led the scoring for Roscoe with 14 points, while Javier Leanos had 12.  Luis Villa had 6, Chase Cathey 3,  Davila 2, and Ortegon 2.  

Their next game will be with Loraine here on Friday evening.  Tip-off is at 8:00.



This week the Nolan County Crime Stoppers has selected a burglary in Roscoe as its Crime of the Week.  This burglary occurred in the 400 block of Elm Street sometime between December 13 and January 5, and two jewelry boxes full of jewelry were taken.

Unfortunately, this was not the only burglary that occurred in Roscoe during the holidays.  There were two others in the 800 block of Bois d’Arc and another in the 300 block of Pecan.  In addition, a generator was stolen from the back of a pickup on the city’s north side near Sweetwater St. and North Bois d’Arc. 

The investigation of all these crimes is ongoing by the Roscoe Police Department and the Nolan County Sheriff’s Office.  If you have any information about any of them, please notify Crime Stoppers at 325-235-TIPS.  You may be in line for a reward of up to $1000 if the information leads to the arrest and filing of charges against the person or persons responsible.

Roscoe Police Chief Felix Pantoja also wants to give Roscoe residents fair warning that in coming weeks City Police will be picking up loose dogs and issuing citations to their owners.



Safety lighting will be installed on I-20 to make this area safer.
In an ongoing effort to improve safety, the Texas Transportation Commission recently approved nearly $424,000 for a project to install additional safety lighting on I-20 at US 84 a mile east of town.

Willis Electric Co. of Abilene has been awarded the project, which will add lighting to about three miles of roadway in the area. Work is expected to begin this spring.



Both flag and flagpole got a workout during Sunday's high winds.
The area was on the wrong side of the 50% chance of rain forecast for last Friday as there was no precipitation at all. Instead, skies were clear, and temperatures over the past week have been warmer than average for this time of year with highs generally in the sixties and lows in the thirties.  Sunday was the exception when the high was 77°F and the low was 50° with high southwest winds that had gusts up to 39mph, prompting a fire advisory.  The year’s first reddish skies could be also seen above the horizon.

The forecast for the coming days is for more of the same with highs in the sixties and lows in the thirties, except for Friday which will be a little cooler.  Skies will be clear and sunny every day, and there is no rain in the forecast.



Holy Mass of Christian Burial will be tomorrow at 10:00am at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in Sweetwater for Maria Ellen Saenz, 57, who passed away on Sunday, January 12, at Hendrick Medical Center. Interment will follow at the Roscoe Cemetery.

Mrs. Saenz was born in Brady on June 23, 1956, and married Jose Alberto Saenz on June 10, 1976, in Ralls. She moved to Roscoe from Nebraska in 1986. She was a member of Saint Albert Catholic Church and was a Sunday School teacher and a member of the Guadalupanas. She was a homemaker and had worked as a cook at the Dairy Queen, at the Roscoe Co-op Gin, as a Certified Nurse’s Aide, a custodian at TSTC, prison guard and school bus driver. Before the decline of her health, she was active as a Roscoe Plowboy Booster, Nolan County 4-H Booster, and for the Boys Scouts of America.

Survivors include her husband, Jose Alberto Saenz of Roscoe; sons Marcial Saenz and wife, Armida, Mario A. Saenz and wife, Lee, and daughter Estella Saenz, all of Roscoe; sisters Estella Lira of Haskell, Diana Rivera of Sweetwater, Julia Vera of Georgia, and Maria Pomposa Martinez of Haskell; brothers Epifanio Cuellar, Jr., of Crosbyton, Andy Cuellar and Vicente Cuellar, both of Ralls; as well as nine grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, three sisters, and several aunts and uncles.

Rosary will be held this evening at 7:00 p.m. at McCoy Chapel of Memories. Online condolences may be expressed at


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