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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Johnny Rodriguez Returns to Lumberyard Saturday Night

Johnny Rodriguez
It looks like another big weekend for music in Roscoe as Rance Norton and the Cadillac Cowboys will play at the Lumberyard on Friday night, and Johnny Rodriguez returns for an encore performance Saturday.

Country music great Johnny Rodriguez, who always draws a large crowd, will be playing here for the third time.  His former number one hits on the country chart include “You Always Come Back to Hurting Me,” “Ridin’ My Thumb to Mexico,” “I Just Can’t Get Her Out of My Mind,” “Just Get Up and Close the Door,” and “Love Put a Song in My Heart.”  He was inducted into the Texas Country Music Hall of Fame in 2007 and year before last released a new album, Johnny Rodriguez: Live from Texas.

Tickets for Johnny Rodriguez are $13 in advance and $15 at the door.

Rance Norton and the Cadillac Cowboys
Rance Norton and the Cadillac Cowboys were the headline band at the Spring Fling earlier this year.  They have also opened here for Mel Tillis and Moe Bandy.  Norton’s two CDs, True Country and Here We Go Again, are filled with traditional country music.  As Norton says, “If it doesn’t have a fiddle or steel guitar, it isn’t country music.”

Tickets for Rance Norton and the Cadillac Cowboys are $10.  For more information, call the Lumberyard at 325-766-2457.



Post Commander Donnie Willman presents Kevin Pantoja with a Certificate of Appreciation.
Roscoe’s Frost-Whittington American Legion Post 227 honored this year’s local Boys State participants with an awards dinner Saturday evening at the Post.  The three boys, Matthew Davila and Laramie Cathey from Roscoe and Kevin Pantoja from Highland, were sponsored by the local Post for the annual trip to Austin to participate with other Boys State selections from all over the state.

Kevin Pantoja reported to the assembled crowd some of his experiences on the trip and was presented with a Certificate of Appreciation by Post Commander Donnie Willman.  The boys were selected by the quality of essays on their qualifications and reasons for wanting to attend Boys State.

American Legion Boys State is among the most respected and selective educational programs of government instruction for high school students. It is a participatory program where each student becomes a part of the operation of his local, county, and state government.  Texas Boys State is held in Austin every summer and lasts for five days.  This year’s dates were June 8-June 13.

American Legion Post 227, which sponsors the boys’ attendance, sincerely thanks the Roscoe State Bank, the Loraine State Bank, the Sweetwater Jaycees, and the Sweetwater Jaycee Roosters for their generous donations.  They also received help from Brookshire’s Supermarket in Sweetwater and Fullers Foods in Colorado City in helping to pay for the food.



A white, 43-year-old man from the Houston area caused a stir at the I-20 overpass next to Stripes on Saturday afternoon when he threatened to commit suicide by jumping off the overpass.  He was upset because he was separated from his family and couldn't see them.

Jerry Williams, a local resident, spoke with the man and talked him out of committing suicide.  Roscoe Police then took the man to Rolling Plains Memorial Hospital in Sweetwater for evaluation by their Mental Health Unit. 



Young cotton.
The summer heat which was here for most of the week abated somewhat yesterday as a cool front moved through, dropping high temperatures from the mid to upper nineties down to a more pleasant 85°F.  The high for the week was 98° on Monday, and there was no rain.  It sprinkled on Monday just enough to get the sidewalk wet, but that was it.

Today should be mostly cloudy with a high back up into the mid nineties, and there is a 60% chance for rain tonight.  Forecasters are also giving us a 50% chance of precipitation tomorrow and tomorrow night.  It would be a great thing for this country if we could get a good rain right now.  Rains are hard to come by in July, and this would definitely be a good time for the cotton and feed crops.

By the weekend we should be back into typical July weather with highs in the mid nineties, lows in the mid seventies, sunny skies, and winds from the south.


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