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Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Bellamy Brothers to Play at Lumberyard Friday Night

The Bellamy Brothers
The Bellamy Brothers, who drew such a large crowd to the West Texas Wind Festival a couple of years back, are returning to Roscoe Friday night for an encore performance at the Lumberyard.

The brothers, David and Howard, have been performing together since 1968 and over the years have established themselves as one of the noted musical groups in the country.  Even if you’re not a big country and western fan, you’ll be familiar with many of their songs. “Let Your Love Flow,” released in 1976, hit number one on the pop charts in both the U.S. and Europe, and their country classic, “If I Said You Had a Beautiful Body, Would You Hold It Against Me,” also was a crossover number one hit.  It was also named the 1979 “Song of the Year” in the UK. 

The pair also had a string of hits in the eighties and nineties, including such songs as “Redneck Girl,” “Santa Fe,” “Old Hippie,” and others.  In 2005 they recorded Angels & Outlaws, Volume 1, a compilation album with Dolly Parton, George Jones, Tanya Tucker, Alan Jackson, and Montgomery Gentry, while more recent albums include The Anthology, Volume 1, with the single, “Guilty of the Crime,” and a CD of gospel music entitled Jesus is Coming.

The show starts at 9:30pm, and there will be a $20 cover charge.

On Saturday night, the featured band is the Midnight River Choir from Austin.  Cover charge is $10.

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



Jessie Marth poses for a photo with some of her great-grandchildren.
A large crowd of friends and relatives was on hand at the Community Center Sunday afternoon to honor Roscoe’s oldest citizen, Jessie Marth, as she celebrated her one-hundredth birthday.  Still spry, she obviously enjoyed having so many of her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren around to help her celebrate her big day.

Mayor Pete Porter read a proclamation officially designating June 15 as “Jessie Marth Day” and presented her with a framed copy of the proclamation.

She was born on August 9, 1914, near Waxahachie in Ellis County and came to Roscoe with her family during the depression.  She married Rudolph Marth on December 19, 1934, and they were together until he passed away in 1982.  They had two children, Donald and Frances.

In addition to her duties as a farm wife and mother, she is a member of the First Salem Lutheran Church.  She was the first woman to serve on its Church Council and taught Sunday School for many years.  She is a member of the Friendship Club, the Home Demonstration Club, and the Bridge Club, and has served as a 4-H leader.  She also volunteered at the Roscoe Care Home.  She made quilts and afghans for each of her children and grandchildren.  She also had the privilege of drawing plans for and having two homes built, one in 1950 and the other in 1970.

Here’s wishing her many more happy, healthy, and fruitful years!



Dave Campbell’s 2014 Texas Football will hit the magazine racks this weekend, and the Plowboys’ head coach, Jake Freeman, has received word that the venerable publication is picking Roscoe to finish last in District 6-2A-II. 

For those of you who don’t already know, Roscoe is in a new district this year with a 2A classification.  The new classification is not because of an increase in student population, but because the Texas UIL now calls schools of Roscoe’s size 2A, Division II, not 1A, Division II, as in the past. 

Here is Dave Campbell’s predicted order of finish for the new district:

1.    Winters
2.    Menard
3.    Roby
4.    Bronte
5.    Miles
6.    Roscoe

Coach Freeman says he loves this prediction and vows that the Plowboys will have a good time proving it wrong.  He mentions that in his senior year, Roscoe was also picked to finish last and wound up winning district. 

We look forward to seeing this year’s team doing the same.



The Funky Flamingo Snow Cone stand.
There’s a new snow cone stand in Roscoe.  Yesterday, Funky Flamingo Snow Cones opened for business next to the Rockin’ S Cantina on the service road to I-20 West in south Roscoe.  An extension of the Cantina, it offers 45 different snow cone flavors in three different sizes: Small for $1.50, Medium for $2.25, and Large for $3.00.

In addition to snow cones, the Funky Flamingo sells sodas, bottled water, pickles, and more.  For more information, phone 325-766-3655, or check out the Funky Flamingo Facebook page.



Plowboys Jesus Leanos and Shelton Toliver participated in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes All-Star Festival last week.  Leanos, who was selected to play in the FCA All-Star Basketball Game in Brownwood, scored three points for the North in a losing cause as the South won 79-66. 

Toliver caught one eight-yard pass for the North as his team beat the South 14-11 in the Big Country All-Star Classic Football game Saturday night in Abilene.



Eden Baker took this photo of last week's approaching dust storm at her home north of Roscoe.
Last Wednesday evening about seven o’clock an old-time dust storm blew into Roscoe full of sound and fury but signifying nothing more than a big time false alarm.  It sprinkled just enough to cover my car with little dots of mud where the dust stuck to the wet spots.  The wind got really high, though, with gusts up to 60 mph, enough to break a big limb off one of my trees—and a really big limb off one of Jeannie McBurnett’s old hundred-year-old trees at the big white house at Third and Cypress Streets.

Then on Saturday night just after midnight, another unexpected storm front blew in, bringing with it about an inch of rain throughout most of the area around Roscoe.  The official total recorded by Roscoe weatherman Kenny Landfried was 1.1”.  With the ground already pretty saturated, it was enough to refill all the major puddles around town.

Other than those two events, the weather has been pretty typical for early summer with sunny skies and highs of around 90°F and lows from the mid sixties to mid seventies.  The high for the week was last Wednesday’s 96°. 

The forecast is for more of the same with sunny or partly cloudy skies, high temperatures of around 90° and lows around 70°.  There is a 20% chance of rain extending from today through the weekend.


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