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Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Independence Day Celebration is Saturday

Jason Boland & the Stragglers are the featured band at the free concert.
Preparations are being finalized for the City of Roscoe’s July 4th celebration, which takes place this Saturday, July 5.  Here are the major events of what is shaping up to be another great fun-filled day:

The Independence Day Parade

The party starts early with a parade down Broadway starting at 10:00am.  Parade line-up is at 9:30 at the starting point at Cedar and Broadway.  The parade will come down Broadway from the west and conclude at George Parks Field in east Roscoe.

The Roscoe Historical Museum

The museum, which contains photos, stories, and memorabilia of old Roscoe, will be open from around 10:00am to 6:00pm.

Street Vendors

Vendors will be on Broadway and Cypress Streets as well as in Old Town Park across from City Hall.  They will begin setting up at 10:00am and be open until the end of the fireworks show at around 10:00pm.  Everything from food and drink of various kinds to jewelry, clothing, and other merchandise will be available.

Kids’ Area

Bounce houses and other inflatables will be in Old Town and/or Memorial Park for the kids from about 10:00am to 6:00pm.

The Plowboy Mudbog

The Plowboy Mudbog at George Parks Field should be bigger and better than ever this year.  Entrants will be coming from as far away as Hobbs and Roswell, NM, El Paso, and Dalhart as well as from local communities.  Former open class winners such as Headhunter and Bug Nasty from Hobbs will compete along with some new contestants with monster vehicles.

Registration for entrants is from 8:00-10:00am at the northwest corner of the baseball field at Second and Sycamore Streets.  The driver entry fee is $30.

The public gate opens at 11:00am and competition begins at 12:00 noon.  It will conclude when all vehicles of the different classes have made two runs, probably around 6:30pm or so.

The concession stand will be open throughout and will be run this year by the Roscoe Little League.

Admission for kids 7 and under is free; from ages 8 to 14 is $2.00; and from ages 15 and up is $5.00.  All proceeds go to the Roscoe Little League.

Swimming Pool

Swimming at the Roscoe City Pool will be free of charge from 1:00-5:00pm.  The City Pool is located at 4th and Cedar Streets next to the City Park.

Free Concert and Street Dance

The free concert and street dance will be on Cypress Street between City Hall and Old Town Park in downtown Roscoe.  Live music will begin at 6:00pm with Nine Mile, a popular band from Sweetwater featuring Jamie Tollison on vocals.  The band plays traditional country music made for dancing.

They will be followed at 8:00pm with the headline act for the evening, Jason Boland and the Stragglers.  One of the most popular of the “Red Dirt/Texas Country” bands now dominating the Texas music scene, the group got its start in Stillwater, Oklahoma, in 1998 and released its first album, Pearl Snaps, in 1999.  Since then, they have gone on to produce six more studio albums: Truckstop Diaries (2001), Somewhere in the Middle (2004), The Bourbon Legend (2006), Comal County Blue (2008), Rancho Alto (2011), and Dark & Dirty Mile (2013), along with two live albums: Live and Lit at Billy Bob’s Texas (2002) and High in the Rockies (2010).

This will be your only chance ever to see them free of charge, so make sure not to miss them.  They will play to about 9:30pm.

The Fireworks Show

This year’s firework show will begin at the close of the free concert and street dance.  It should also be bigger and better than ever and will be a fitting conclusion to another great celebration of our country’s independence.

After Hours Party

Those who want to continue celebrating after City festivities close with the fireworks show may do so at the Lumberyard, where another local band, the Blackland Bullet Company, will be playing on the outdoor stage.  Admission is free and the party will go on until 1:00am.

The People’s Tram

During the afternoon a people’s tram will shuttle people back and forth between the Plowboy Mudbog at the baseball field and downtown.  It will also be free of charge.

Everyone planning to attend the free concert and fireworks show is encouraged to bring their own folding chairs and coolers.  So come on out and listen to the live music, visit with friends, eat, drink, and enjoy yourselves at another memorable Independence Day Celebration in downtown Roscoe.



Jake Hooker & the Outsiders
The July 4th weekend in Roscoe begins Friday evening, July 4, with the return of the ever popular Jake Hooker and the Outsiders at the Lumberyard.  Hooker and his band, masters of Texas Country Swing, always bring a big, enthusiastic crowd.

Jake Hooker was born listening to the traditional country music of his father’s west Texas country band.  He began playing the bass at the age of seven and formed his own band when he was fourteen.  After studying music theory at South Plains College in Levelland, he moved to Fort Worth in 1998, where he quickly became a local favorite.

Since then, he and his band have produced seven albums, Jake Hooker & the Outsiders (Live - 2000), Jake Hooker & the Outsiders (Live – 2002) sets 1 and 2, You Had a Call (2003), Faded Lights (2005), The Outsider (2007), Lost Along the Way (2009), and One Man World (2011).

Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door.  For more information, call the Lumberyard at 325-766-2457.



Roscoe Police Officer Steven Spencer made two significant arrests last Wednesday, the first involving a highway drug bust of two men and a woman, and the second the location and detention of a San Angelo man wanted for injury to a child.

Around 8pm on June 25, Officer Spencer pulled over a car on I-20 for speeding.  The driver, a man from Odessa, showed unusual signs of nervousness, and a woman passenger, also from Odessa, acted in ways that convinced Spencer that criminal activity was taking place.  During a roadside investigation, Spencer learned that the other passenger in the car, a man from San Antonio, was wanted in Bexar County and took the man into custody.

Spencer obtained consent for a search and found an undisclosed amount of cocaine and marijuana, weighing scales, and materials used for packaging and distributing.  The Odessa woman claimed ownership of the cocaine and was arrested for possession with intent to distribute.  The San Antonio man was booked for the Bexar County warrant and both were taken to the Nolan County Jail.

Earlier on the same day and working with the Tom Green County Sheriff’s Office, Spencer located a San Angelo man wanted in that area for injury to a child.  Tom Green authorities quickly obtained an arrest warrant, and, as soon as the judge signed it, contacted Spencer, who arrested the man for first-degree felony injury to a child, an 18-month old in a San Angelo hospital with multiple fractures and contusions allegedly sustained in a series of beatings from the man.  The suspect was taken into custody and prearranged bond set at $500,000.  He is currently awaiting transport back to Tom Green County.

Roscoe Police also responded to a family violence assault at 530 Ash Street, where they arrested Tony Leyba, 18, at about 2:30am on Monday.



The road gravel near the Community Center used to sealcoat the streets.
The City of Roscoe and Nolan County are currently sealcoating various city streets in town with the City furnishing the road gravel and asphalt and the County providing the equipment and manpower.  Already completed are North Ash, North Bois d’Arc, and Sweetwater Streets in north Roscoe and Tenth Street from Cedar to Ash Streets in south Roscoe.

The City has also just finished improvements to Cypress Street at the west I-20 service road, where recent rains created a big pool of water that impeded traffic.



Eden Baker took this shot of last Wednesday's rainbow.
Roscoe lived up to its name of wind capital of the world the past few days with almost unceasing strong winds from the south-southeast from last Thursday up until yesterday morning.  Thursday’s sustained high winds of 18mph with gusts up to 25mph increased to Friday’s 31mph with gusts up to 39, Saturday’s 31 and 38 respectively, Sunday’s26 and 33, Monday’s 29 and 34 and yesterday morning’s 21 and 30.  The next few days, however, should be calmer as winds will to diminish to 5-10mph.

The past week was also marked by mostly sunny skies and more traditional summer heat.  Highs have been in the low to mid nineties with lows in the mid seventies.  So, all the puddles in town left by the previous rains have now dried up, and the area feels more like it usually does for this time of year.

The good news is that there is a 20% chance of precipitation later today, a 50% chance tonight, and a 20% chance again tomorrow.  Beyond that, we should experience typical mid summer heat with highs in the mid nineties and lows in the low seventies through the weekend and days following.



Services were held in Broadway Baptist Church of Sweetwater on Monday for Richard Glen McIntire, 62, who passed away at his home in Sweetwater last Wednesday, June 25.  Interment followed at the Roscoe Cemetery.

He was born on November 7, 1951, in Loraine and lived in Nolan County all of his life.  He loved to farm cotton and was an IBEW Journeyman Electrician who spent thirty years in the electrical field.  He was a Baptist.

Survivors include his son, Richie McIntire of Price, Utah; daughters, Nicole Carpenter of Loraine and Robbin Baker of Sweetwater; mother, Marcia McIntire of Sweetwater; sister, Melanie Houston of Sweetwater; brother, Van McIntire of Eugene, Oregon; eight grandchildren; and long time companion, Shirley Baker of Sweetwater.

He was preceded in death by his father, Glen Ivron McIntire, in 2007; his first wife, Debbie Teaff in 1976, and his second wife, Dorothy Eaton.


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