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Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Roscoe's Spring Clean-Up Next Week

The City of Roscoe's annual Spring Clean-Up will begin on Monday, March 17, and run through Saturday, March 22. Hours of operation will be 9:00am-7:00pm.

Drop-offs will be at the old sanitary sewer plant on the north side of the I-20 service road between Cemetery Road and S. Main Street.

Dumpsters will be located inside the fenced facility, and all trash should be deposited in them. Separate areas will be designated for tree and brush limbs and for metal objects.

Items which may not be placed in containers are as follows: paint, oil, oil filters, chemical containers, and tree limbs. Air conditioners and refrigerators must be tagged land-fill acceptable. There will be no curb service.

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



Cody Thompson gives City Manager's report to the Council.
The City Council heard complaints and the City Manager’s report and approved a couple of action items at their monthly meeting last night at City Hall.

Frank Villegas, who lives on the City’s north side, complained about the loose dogs there and requested that the City enforce its laws to correct the problem.  He also urged the Council to sealcoat the caliche roads on that side of town.  City Manager Cody Thompson referred the dog problem to the Roscoe Police Department and assured Villegas that the City has plans to sealcoat all the unpaved streets in town but reminded him that the City is limited to the money available.  He did say that the City and County will be sealcoating streets again in May and June this year and they will keep Villegas’ concerns in mind when they do so.

Thompson also gave the Council his monthly report.  He mentioned that the Texas Department of Community Affairs has finally approved the paper work for three new homes to be built in Roscoe with the Department’s financial assistance.  The program provides the three successful applicants up to about $80,000 each to tear down their old, substandard home and replace it with a new one.  The Department provides the financing, and the owners pay back whatever portion their income allows.  These three owners are Herminia Garcia, Lupe Kidd, and Eugene Griffith.

Thompson told the Council that work at the Young Farm Estates is back on track and also said that work on the Stone Tower RV Park should begin with the next thirty to sixty days.  There is a growing interest in the north side’s new land available for development, and, although nothing is definite yet, the landowner, Carl Childers, has been receiving inquiries from investors about the possibility of putting in a convenience store, a dollar store, a fracking sand operation, and other commercial ventures on the property.

Thompson reminded the Council that TxDOT (Texas Dept. of Transportation) is beginning major improvements on US 84 from FM 608 just outside Roscoe all the way to the Mitchell County line on the other side of Wastella.  During these improvements, traffic will be re-routed to the westbound lanes while the eastbound lanes are under construction.  Besides adding more inside shoulder space in places, the $11.5 million project includes resurfacing the westbound lanes.

Contractors for the Water Treatment Plant met with the City last Tuesday, and the tracking is a little ahead of schedule.  Testing should begin as early as May or early June.  Currently, the contractors are working on easements and other prospective water-line improvements.

Police Chief Felix Pantoja gave the Police Report for the month of February. 

The Council approved a County mutual aid agreement for the various city fire departments in Nolan County.  It also approved the advertising of bids for an operator for the City Swimming Pool this summer.



Jesus Leanos wins the 3200 meter run with a time of 11:22.9.
Roscoe competed with several area schools Friday at the annual Blackland Divide Relays at Plowboy Field.  High schools sending both boys and girls included Baird, Hamlin, Hawley, Jim Ned, Roby, Roscoe, and Winters. 

Several local athletes performed well at the meet.  Kevin Lavalais won the 400 meter dash, Jesus Leanos the 3200 meter run, and Plowgirl Sunshine Saddler the 100 meter hurdles.

Plowboys who scored points in the meet with event, finish, time or distance:

200 m. dash:     3.    Shelton Toliver    23.78
400 m. dash:     1.    Kevin Lavalais     55.36
800 m. run:       4.    Braiden Moore    2:26.2
1600 m. run:     2.    Jesus Leanos       5:09.7
3200 m. run:     1.    Jesus Leanos       11:22.9  

                                2.    Luis Villa             11:55.5
110 m. hurdles: 2.    Dillon Freeman  17.8  

                                 3.    Cutter Davila   20.9
300 m. hurdles: 2.    Max Nemir   43.5 

                                  4.    Dillon Freeman   45.2
4 x 100 m. relay: 2. (Vincent Pantoja, Kevin Lavalais, Max Nemir, Shelton Toliver)  46.7
4 x 200 m. relay: 4. (Pantoja, Freeman, Rafael Aguayo, Davila)  1:43.8
4 x 400 m. relay: 2. (Nemir, Lavalais, Moore, Toliver)  3:45.4

Plowgirls who scored points:

800 meter run:     2.    Danielle Dean     2:48.9

                                    4.    Samantha Ortega     3:05.4
                                     5.    Alyssa Chavez     3:10.1
1600 meter run:   3.    Karina Cisneros     6:35.7
3200 meter run:   3.    Karina Cisneros    14:09

                                     4.    Alejandra Solis    14:32
100 m. hurdles:     1.    Sunshine Saddler    16.49
4 x 100 m. relay:   2.    (Whitney Williams, Lyndi Wilkinson, Sunshine Saddler, Eva Aguayo) 54.5
4 x 200 m. relay:   2.    (Williams, Wilkinson, Mireya Sanchez, Aguayo) 1:57.5
4 x 400 m. relay:   2.    (Williams, Wilkinson, Saddler, Aguayo) 4:32.4
Pole Vault:                3.    Eva Aguayo    7’ 0"
Triple Jump:             5.    Samantha Ortega   29’ 3.75”
Shot Put:                    4.    Selena Perez     24’ 6” 

                                        5.    Mia Herrera    24’  
                                        6.    Caty Chavira    23’ 7”
Discus Throw:          6.    Caty Chavira   65’10”

Plowboys and Plowgirls will compete next at the Pied Piper Relays in Hamlin on Saturday.



The City of Roscoe’s B Board met on Monday and set this year’s program for Spring Fling and the Fourth of July celebration.

Spring Fling will be on Saturday, April 26.  It will begin around 5:00pm and end around 10:00pm.  Live music will be downtown “on the bricks” between City Hall and Old Town Park.  Street vendors will be on Cypress and Broadway, and there will be a chili cookoff.  Starting around 7:00pm the free concert and street dance will begin.  The headline band will be Rance Norton and the Cadillac Cowboys, who opened for Moe Bandy at the West Texas Wind Festival.  They play traditional country dance music.  Their performance will be followed by a fireworks show.

The Fourth of July celebration will be on Saturday, July 5.  Events will begin around 10:00am with the parade and will finish at around 10:00pm with the fireworks show.  There will be a kids’ area with bounce houses, and food and craft vendors will line the streets.  The Plowboy Mudbog will be at the baseball field.  There will be live music, a free concert, and street dance with the headline band Jason Boland and the Stragglers a "red dirt" group.  The celebration will conclude with the fireworks show.

So make your plans now to attend these popular Roscoe festivals.



Several Plowgirl basketball players have received District 13-A these all-district honors:
Defensive Player of the Year – Eva Aguayo
First Team All-District – Sam Ortega, Sunshine Saddler
All-District Honorable Mention – Shelby Brown, Ashton Payne, Selena Perez, Whitney Williams
Academic All-District – Eva Aguayo, Cassie Chavira, Amber Craig, Ashton Payne, Sunshine Saddler, Whitney Williams



Suzy Bogguss
Country music star Suzy Bogguss will make her first appearance at the Lumberyard on Friday night.  She  began her career in the 1980s as a solo singer. In the 1990s, she released one platinum and three gold albums and charted six top ten singles, winning the Academy of Country Music's award for Top New Female Vocalist and the Country Music Association's Horizon Award.

Her hit songs include “Outbound Plane,” “Aces,” “Letting Go,” “Drive South,” “Just Like the Weather,” and “Hey, Cinderella” among others.  She has released eight albums and performed at the White House.  The show begins about 9:30.  Cover charge is $20.

Dave Perez of the Tejas Brothers
Then on Saturday night, the ever popular Tejas Brothers return to Roscoe and the Lumberyard.  In 2011, they performed at the city’s Spring Fling and have also played at the Lumberyard.  Their distinctive Tex-Mex sound and energetic performances have brought them acclaim throughout the state.  Hit songs include “Boogie Woogie Mamacita,” “Love Me or Leave Me Alone,” “Wiggle,” and “I Can’t Sleep.”  Cover charge is $10.



Yesterday's west wind kept skies dusty and flags flapping.

It's March in west Texas and the weather has been showing it with daily changes in temperatures, dusty skies, and high winds.  Last Friday was a beautiful warm, sunny day, although a little breezy, for the Blackland Divide Relays in the afternoon and perfect for the Gene Watson performance at the Lumberyard that evening.  The high that day was 80°F.

Saturday, however, was considerably cooler with a biting north wind that had gusts up to 32mph.  Sunday was gorgeous with a high of 62° and hardly any breeze at all, and Monday was even warmer when the temperature climbed to 75°.  Then yesterday was even warmer at 87°.  However, the skies were dusty and there were high west winds all day.  Last night, the temperature dropped as winds shifted to the north and howled all night long.  Gusts were up to 46mph and temperatures dropped to 38° with the wind chills down to 30° or so.

The forecast  is for a high of 56° today and steadily warming temperatures tomorrow and Friday, when the high should be in the low to mid seventies and a low in the mid forties.  Saturday should be similar to Friday, while Sunday should be cooler with a high in the sixties and a low in the thirties.

There has been no precipitation, nor is there any in the forecast.



Holy Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 1 p.m. today, March 12, at Immaculate Heart in Sweetwater for Isidro Gonzalez, 94, who died Saturday, March 8, at Nolan Nursing and Rehab in Sweetwater.

He was born May 15, 1919, in San Fernando, Mexico, and married Angelina Araquez on March 23, 1941, in Matamoros, Mexico.  He had lived in Roscoe since 1958.  He was a farmer by trade and also worked at the cotton gins. A member of the Catholic Church, he was preceded in death by a son, Enrique Gonzalez, and a daughter, Maria Gonzalez.

Survivors include his wife, Angelina Gonzalez of Roscoe; six sons, Salvador Gonzalez of Sweetwater, Isidro Gonzalez, Jr. of Colorado City, Jose Gonzalez of Sweetwater; Juan Gonzalez of Sweetwater, Jessie Gonzalez of Sweetwater, and LeRoy Gonzalez of Roscoe; 11 daughters, Maria Granado of Roscoe, Adelina Guerrero of Roscoe, Connie Amaya of Roscoe, Lupe Gomez of Sweetwater, Maggie Gomez of Sweetwater, Betty Rendon of Roscoe, Mary Segura of Sweetwater, Gloria Woodward of Sweetwater, Rosa Mary Gonzalez of Ft. Worth, Ninfa Chavira of Abilene, and Martina Gonzalez of Roscoe; 76 grandchildren, 158 great grandchildren, and 25 great-great grandchildren.

Pallbearers will be Salvador Gonzalez, Sid Gonzalez, Jose Gonzalez, Juan Gonzalez, Jessie Gonzalez, and LeRoy Gonzalez.


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