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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

New Roscoe Businesses Hold Ribbon Cuttings

Roscoe has two new businesses in town, The Turquoise Toad and the Roscoe Thrift Store, and both held their Grand Openings on Friday morning with ribbon-cutting ceremonies.

The Turquoise Toad

Ribbon cutting at the Turquoise Toad.
The Turquoise Toad at 101 Cypress on the south side of the Shelansky building specializes in furniture and home decor.  Its owners, Connie Baize and Kori Underwood, rescue and sell old furniture, often repurposing it in some way.   Everything in the shop is made from recycled material, and they also refurnish furniture for the public.

They are open on Fridays and Saturdays from 8am-4pm.  For more information visit the Turquoise Toad Facebook page or phone 325-338-1287.

The Roscoe Thrift Store

Ribbon cutting at the Roscoe Thrift Store.
The Roscoe Thrift Store is on 509 Broadway in the same location that Tita’s Restaurant and the Dairy Fluff used to be.  Owned and operated by Aurora Rangel, it has quite a selection of clothing, collectibles, antiques, and various other items at reasonable prices.

It is open on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 10am to 5pm and on the first Saturday of the month from 10am-2pm.  For more information, visit the Roscoe Thrift Store Facebook page or phone 432-202-4665.



Nine Mile Mountain and Radney Foster at the free concert and street dance.

On a beautiful fall Saturday afternoon and evening, both local folks and visitors from surrounding communities gathered for a good time at the City of Roscoe’s eighth annual West Texas Wind Festival.  Street vendors once again lined Cypress, Broadway, and Old Town Park; the Roscoe Historical Museum hosted a large number of guests; and downtown businesses were filled with patrons.

At George Parks Field, the Plowboy Mudbog was in progress, and the sound of mud vehicles gunning their engines as they made their way through the black Roscoe mud could be heard from several blocks away.  Around the firehouse and the Community Center, cooks vied for glory and cash awards at the “BBQ in the Wind” Cookoff sponsored by the Roscoe Volunteer Fire Department.

As afternoon turned to evening and the sun went down in the west, music filled the downtown air at the free concert and street dance.  Two excellent country music groups, Nine Mile Mountain and Radney Foster, entertained the crowd, and many danced “on the bricks” while others were content to enjoy the scene from their lawn chairs or along the low walls of Old Town Park.

The fireworks show was once again a crowd pleaser as it officially closed the festivities, although the party went on at the Lumberyard for many of the grownups, who went there to continue the celebration by dancing and listening to yet another excellent band, The Shiny Ribs.

Thanks are due, once again, to the organizers of the event, whose hard work and careful planning produced another memorable time for all.


"BBQ in the Wind" Cook Off Winners

The $1500 Fuller Foods Grand Prize went to Two Peas in a Pod.

1. Bar Ditch
2. Keeping Up with the Jones
3. Two Peas in a Pod

1. SWS Cookers
2. Son of a Dink
3. BBQ Brew Crew

1. Two Peas in a Pod
2. Redneck Mother
3. BBQ Brew Crew 


Plowboy Mudbog Winners

2014 Plowboy Mudbog winners. (Photo by Patty McBride)
Street Class
1. Chuck Harvey
2. David Smallwood
3. Tony Pantoja

Super Street
1. Fletch Rivera
2. Adam Gomez
3. Lus Pantoja

1. Tanner Parks
2. Caleb Dean
3. Nick Pantoja

Super Modified
1. Abel Alvarez
2. Branden Oden
3. Daryl Haag

1. Russell Reid
2. Matt Hall
3. Arden Alvarez



The Winters Blizzards lived up to their advance billing as the team to beat in District 6-2A II as they overpowered the Plowboys 32-15 Friday in Winters to go up 2-0 in district play and 6-1 on the year.  The Blizzard quarterback, Jimmy John Ripley, proved to be too much to handle as he rushed for 206 total yards with two long runs in the first half to set up one TD and score another.

Winters opened the scoring on their first drive when Ripley ran for seventy yards to set up a 3-yard scoring run by Michael Chavis.  The extra-point attempt failed, and the Blizzards had the early lead at 6-0.

The Plowboys came back midway through the second quarter with a long drive to take the lead.  After Kevin Lavalais intercepted a Ripley pass, the Plowboys drove down the field to a first and goal.  Winters stopped them on three plays, but on the fourth Cutter Davila hit Lavalais in the end zone for a touchdown.  Isaiah Gonzales’ extra-point kick was good and the Plowboys were ahead 7-6.

The lead didn’t last long, though, as Ripley ripped off a 62-yard TD run to put Winters back on top.  Once again, though, the Blizzard extra-point attempt failed, and Winters led at halftime 12-7.

In the third quarter, Winters took a commanding lead when Stephon Cleghorn scored on a 23-yard run.  The extra-point kick was good, and the score at the end of three was 19-7.

After another Winters touchdown in the fourth quarter, the Plowboys scored their final TD of the evening on a 24-yard Vincent Pantoja run.  Davila then passed to Rafael Aguayo for the extra points to make the score 25-15.  Winters then scored once more to make the final score 32-15.

Pantoja again led the Plowboys in rushing with 156 yards in 28 carries.  Davila completed 15 of 25 passes with no interceptions for 169 yards, and Max Nemir led all receivers with 82 yards on three catches.

Roscoe is now 3-4 on the year and 1-1 in district play.  If they can take care of business against 1-6 Roby at Plowboy Field this Friday, they will still be in good shape to make the playoffs.  The Lions are coming off a 44-28 loss to Menard in Roby Friday night.

Kickoff is at 7:30pm.



This Saturday evening, October 25, the Lumberyard will host “Party with a Purpose,” a fundraiser for Keith and Jeanne Nayfa Brewer to help with expenses involved with Keith’s long battle with cancer.

The benefit will feature a fish fry, auction, live music from three different bands, and dancing for a donation of $15 at the door plus $5 a plate.  Donations can also be made at the First Financial Bank in Sweetwater or by calling Rebecca Sells at 325-338-3005 or Vicki Scott at 940-357-1456.

The event begins at 6:00pm.



Autumn sunset.
There’s been no rain, but otherwise the weather has been beautiful and remarkably stable.  The old adage “If you don’t like the weather, just wait a few minutes,” generally holds true for west Texas, but not since last Thursday, when a cool front moved through.  Temperatures fell, and since then we’ve had some of the nicest weather you’d ever want to experience.  Highs have ranged from 75° to 80°, and lows have been in the mid to upper fifties.  It was a bit breezy in the afternoon on Friday and Saturday, but mornings and evenings were calmer, and winds have been light since then.

We can expect more nice weather through the weekend.  There’s a 20% chance of rain today increasing to 30% tonight followed by 20% again tomorrow.  Highs will remain around 80° and lows in the fifties with light southeast winds 5-10mph through Sunday.  Today and tomorrow skies will be mostly cloudy, changing to mostly sunny on Friday and Saturday, and sunny on Sunday.


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