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Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Big Rain Drenches Area

Rain fell for about an hour on Saturday afternoon.
Farmers and ranchers were all smiling this past weekend as Roscoe got a much needed rain.  It fell over four days, soaked the parched earth, and broke the drought that has plagued the area for the past few months.  The croaking of frogs was music to the ears, and farmers will be planting cotton just as soon as they can get into the wet fields.

It started slowly on Friday afternoon with a light rain of about a quarter inch.  Then on Saturday afternoon, it really came down in a shower that lasted for about an hour, dropping about 1¾” in town and more than that elsewhere.  On Sunday, another light shower added to the total, and on Monday the rain concluded with anywhere from a tenth to over an inch depending on the area.

All told, most areas around Roscoe got about three inches, more in some places, less in others.  Kenny Landfried recorded an official total of 2.47”, but that was on the light side of what most people reported, even here in town.  In south Roscoe, Nerissa Jay reported 2.75”, and I had almost 3”.  Pyron and Wastella northwest of Roscoe got 3.1”, and the Champion area southwest of town got 3.4”-3.8” with places south of there reporting over 4”.  Northeast of town, Cristal Aljoe got 3”, and people north of town reported getting about the same or slightly more. 

In any case, it came at just the right time, starting off the cotton season on a positive note.



Dignitaries from Roscoe and Sweetwater were on hand Friday morning for ribbon-cutting ceremonies at two new local businesses, Smartt Move LLC, and Robinson Truck and Tractor Service.

Smartt Move LLC, located at 1000 N. US Hwy. 84, just north of the American Legion, is a family-owned trucking company that moves hazardous waste, fracking water, and other similar loads.  It also has locations in Snyder, Sweetwater, Granbury, and Pleasanton.  The office and shop in Roscoe has been open for about eight months.  The phone number is 325-236-1100. 

Robinson Truck and Tractor Service is on 409 E. Broadway in the building that formerly housed Duvall’s Stripper Repair.  It has been operating from that location since last June.  The phone number is 325-669-0450.



Voters at the Community Center yesterday.
Yesterday's primary runoff election was fairly light in Precinct 6, Roscoe's precinct, and in Nolan County as a whole.  Counting early voting, mail-ins, and voting at the Community Center, there was a total of 108 votes in Precinct 6.

Here are the results for both Precinct 6 and for Nolan County:


District Clerk                          Precinct 6                         Nolan County
Jamie Clem                                    35                                       477
Connie Jamison                            61                                       308  

Lieutenant Governor
David Dewhurst                            42                                       290
Dan Patrick                                     50                                       466

Attorney General
Ken Paxton                                    46                                        331
Dan Branch                                    45                                        396

Commissioner of Agriculture
Tommy Merritt                            47                                        312
Sid Miller                                        33                                        340

Railroad Commissioner
Wayne Christian                           40                                        320
Ryan Sitton                                     42                                        340


U. S. Senator
David Alameel                                 5                                         44
Kesha Rogers                                   7                                         52

Commissioner of Agriculture
Jim Hogan                                         5                                          58
Richard "Kinky" Friedman        7                                          44



Weston Richburg, left, with his uncle Allen Richburg.
Earlier this month, when Colorado State center Weston Richburg was chosen number 43 in the NFL draft by the New York Giants, there were cheers in Roscoe.  Weston is the son of former Plowboy Danny Richburg and the grandson of Don and Frances Richburg.

He is the latest in the Richburg family to make his mark as a football player.  Others include former Plowboy Nathan Richburg, an offensive tackle at Texas Tech; Aubrey Richburg, also a former Red Raider lineman; Kyle Herm, a quarterback at Rice; and Seth Doege, a quarterback for the Red Raiders now with the Saskatchewan Roughriders of the Canadian Football League.
All are descendants of John and Molly Richburg, as are Chris Richburg, a former Texas Tech baseball player who was drafted by the Cincinnati Reds, and Adrien Richburg, who plays volleyball for Baylor.

As a senior at Colorado State, Weston Richburg was team captain and made all the calls for the offensive line.
Weston Richburg is from Bushland, a small town just west of Amarillo that plays 2A football.  At Colorado State, he made first-team All-Mountain West and set a Colorado State record for consecutive games played at 50, starting with his first game ever as a freshman.  He played in this year’s Senior Bowl and was the first center chosen in the NFL draft.

We wish him the best of luck with the Giants!



The Josh Abbott Band.
After hosting a big crowd at the “Flip Tops and Tank Tops” benefit last Saturday night, the Lumberyard is preparing for another big show this weekend with the appearance of the Josh Abbott Band, a popular group originally from Lubbock.

The Band was formed in 2006 and began touring in 2008.  They released their first album, Scapegoat, in 2009 and followed it with She’s Like Texas in 2010.  Their first sellout crowd was at Billy Bob’s in Fort Worth in 2010, when they sold 6000 tickets.  Their third album, Small Town Family Dream, was released in 2012.  The Band's singles include “Road Trippin’,” “Oh, Tonight,” (with Kacey Musgraves), “Touch,” and “She Will Be Free.”

Tickets are $17 in advance and $20 at the door.  For more information call the Lumberyard at 325-766-2457.



Susan Neves, 64, wife of former Roscoe resident Ernest Neves, passed away in Abilene on Monday, May 26.

A memorial is planned for June 14 in Burkett, Texas, where she resided.



  1. I wish more people would take time to vote.

  2. Hey Snake,
    Modern technology is fantastic. When I can sit here in my room in Norway and follow the thunderheads and storm warnings across West Texas, it's pretty fantastic. I just go to the National Weather Service*s radar from San Angelo, Midland and Lubbock. It's nearly like being on Bois d Arc Street.
    Glad y'all got a good rain. Now it's just to hope for a 3-incher at the last of July.


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