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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Asleep at the Wheel, Stoney LaRue to Perform in Roscoe This Weekend

Asleep at the Wheel
Roscoe’s growing reputation as the music Mecca of West Texas will be reinforced this weekend when two highly popular country music artists, Asleep at the Wheel and Stoney LaRue, return for encore performances at the Lumberyard.

Appearing on Friday evening are nine-time Grammy Award winners Asleep at the Wheel.  Led by Ray Benson, who also hosts the television series Texas Music Scene, the group has been a fixture of Texas music since the seventies, appearing on Austin City Limits a record ten times.  They have been named the Best Country Music Band by Rolling Stone magazine, toured Europe, performed for George and Laura Bush, and appeared in the movies Roadie and Wild Texas Wind.  They are members of the Texas Music Hall of Fame and have received numerous other major awards. 

Cover charge for Asleep at the Wheel is $15 in advance and $18 on the day of the show.  Their performance begins about 9:30pm.

Stoney LaRue
Then on Saturday night red-dirt icon Stoney LaRue and his band, the Arsenals, will be in town. Born in Texas but raised in Oklahoma, LaRue is famous for developing the Red Dirt sound along with friends Cody Canada, Jason Boland, and Brandon Jenkins. His 2005 CD, “The Red Dirt Album,” reached the Billboard sales charts its debut week, and in 2006 he released the best seller “Live at Billy Bob’s.”  More recently, he has achieved acclaim for his 2011 CD, “Velvet.”

Cover charge for Stoney LaRue is $12 in advance and $15 on the day of the show. The Remains from Brownwood will be the opening band. They will take the stage around 8:00pm, and Stoney LaRue will come on at around 9:30.  

For more information, phone the Lumberyard at 325-766-2457.



Finding an egg at last year's city Easter Egg Hunt.
The City-sponsored Easter Egg Hunt is this Saturday, April 19, from 2:00-4:00pm at Old Town Park across from City Hall on Cypress Street. Hunts are planned for three separate age groups: 0-3 years old, 4-7 years old, and 8-12 years old. Everyone is invited.

Please bring cameras and baskets for goodies.  For more information, contact City Hall during business hours at 325-766-3871.



Max Nemir passes the baton to Kevin Lavalais in the 4 x 400 meter relay, an event the Plowboys won.
At the District 13-1A Track Meet in Highland last Thursday, several Plowboys and Plowgirls qualified for the Area Track Meet, which will also be held at Highland this Friday, April 18.  To qualify for Area, athletes had to finish in one of the top four places.  Here is the list of those who did:


Event                       Place          Athlete                            Time/Distance
3200 meter run          1         Jesus Leanos                                 11:22.02
                                           2         Luis Villa                                       11:44.95
                                           3         Javier Leanos                               11:52.12
1600 meter run           1         Jesus Leanos                                   5:14.95
                                           3         Luis Villa                                          5:22.63
800 meter run             1        Braiden Moore                                2:10.43
400 meter dash           1        Kevin Lavalais                                    53.85
110 meter hurdles      1        Dillon Freeman                                   16.46
300 meter hurdles     1        Max Nemir                                           41.93
4 x 100 meter relay   1        Roscoe                                                  44.97
     Dillon Freeman, Kevin Lavalais, Max Nemir, Shelton Toliver
4 x 200 meter relay   2        Roscoe                                               1:37.57
     Rafael Aguayo, Jesus Leanos, Javier Leanos, Shelton Toliver
4 x 400 meter relay    1       Roscoe                                               3:37.41
     Max Nemir, Kevin Lavalais, Braiden Moore, Shelton Toliver
Shot Put                           2        Anthony Ortegon                        37’ 3½"

Alejandra Solis won the 1600 and 3200 meter runs.

Event                       Place          Athlete                            Time/Distance
3200 meter run           1         Alejandra Solis                                14:11.6
                                            4         Karina Cisneros                            15:55.69
1600 meter run            1         Alejandra Solis                                 6:21.90
                                             3        Karina Cisneros                               6:44.21
800 meter run               1        Danielle Dean                                   2:42.68
100 meter hurdles       3        Sunshine Saddler                                16.66
4 x 100 meter relay     2        Roscoe                                                   52.77
     W. Williams, L. Wilkinson, O. Saddler, E. Aguayo
4 x 200 meter relay    2         Roscoe                                               1:55.56
     W. Williams, S. Ortega, M. Sanchez, E. Aguayo
4 x 400 meter relay    1         Roscoe                                              4:20.76
     W. Williams, L. Wilkinson, O. Saddler, E. Aguayo
Pole Vault                        4         Eva Aguayo                                         7’ 0”   

The Area 13-1A and 14-1A meet will begin at 9:00am with the 3200 meter run, followed by field events from 9:30-12:00.  Running finals will begin about 2:30 and end about 4:45.  Presentation of team awards will follow.



The 1892 Poll List. (Click to enlarge.)
Gene and Sherry Cox have donated to the Roscoe Historical Museum a valuable old city artifact, the poll list of a general election held on November 8, 1892, the same year the town changed its name from Vista to Roscoe.  At that time, Roscoe was in Precinct 1 of Nolan County.

The poll lists 39 men in Roscoe’s precinct who voted in the election.  Women, of course, didn’t vote in those days.  Of the men listed, several names are recognizable:  E. B. McBurnett, who moved to the Roscoe area in 1881; D. B. Whorton, who has descendants still living in Roscoe; G. C. Spires, who owned the first store in town; C. S. Knott, a. k. a. Professor Knott, Roscoe’s first schoolteacher; W. G. Goode, J. R. Lagow, and several others. 

Mr. and Mrs. Cox also donated a large blown-up photo of downtown Roscoe that was on a penny post card dated October 23, 1906.  They bought both items at the estate sale of J. B. Cooper, Jr.  Both these artifacts will be on display at the Museum during Spring Fling on April 26.



Pepper  plants killed by yesterday morning's freeze.
The weather proceeded in typical Jekyll-Hyde fashion this past week with summerlike highs followed by a cold front that dipped below the 32° mark long enough to wipe out the peppers and most of the tomato plants I transplanted into my garden last week.  Winds for the week ranged from calm to high with sustained high winds of 33mph on Sunday with gusts up to 44.

From Thursday through most of Sunday, temperatures were balmy with afternoon highs in the upper eighties and lower nineties and lows in the sixties.  On Saturday and Sunday there were wind advisories and fire weather warnings.  Then on Sunday night a windy cold front blew in, and by Monday morning the mercury had dropped to 36°.  The high on Monday was only 55°, but after all the warm weather of the days preceding, it felt colder than that. 

On Monday evening a freeze warning was issued for the Big Country, and by Tuesday morning local temperatures had dropped anywhere from 24° to 32°, depending on location.  Roscoe's weatherman, Kenny Landfried, recorded an official 24° at his home in east Roscoe and believes it may be some kind of record for this time of year.  David Duncan had a low of 28° at his home three miles west of town. 

Yesterday’s high was 65°, and today and tomorrow will be slightly warmer with highs in the lower seventies and lows in the fifties.   Friday and Saturday will be similar, but on Saturday there is also a 30% chance of thunderstorms.  Sunday and the first part of next week will see afternoon highs back in the mid eighties with lows in the upper fifties.


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