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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

West Texas Wind Festival on Saturday

Radney Foster
Plans are being finalized for the eighth annual West Texas Wind Festival, and organizers are expecting a large crowd, especially for the free concert and the fireworks show.  As usual, the downtown streets will be lined with vendors all afternoon and evening, and kids’ bounce houses and inflatables will be in the park.

The Plowboy Mudbog will be at George Parks Field in the afternoon, and the competition should be fierce as always with mud vehicles from several cities, including Hobbs, NM.

The Roscoe Express Shuttle will be on hand to take people to and from the baseball field, selected parking areas, and downtown all afternoon at no charge.

Music for the free concert and street dance will begin downtown at about four with Roscoe's own Lyndall Underwood and the Dusty Creek Band.  They will be followed by another local favorite band, Nine Mile Mountain, at around six.

Then at 8:15 country music singer and songwriter Radney Foster will take the stage. Foster, a native Texan born in Del Rio, began his music career as a songwriter in Nashville, where he met Bill Lloyd in the mid 1980s.  Together they co-wrote several successful songs and began performing as a duet.  Between 1986 and 1990, they recorded three studio albums and had nine singles hit the country charts before parting ways to pursue solo careers.

In 1992, Foster released his album Del Rio, TX 1959, which produced the hits “Just Call Me Lonesome,”  “Nobody Wins,” “Easier Said Than Done,” and “Hammers and Nails.”  Since then, he has released ten albums and several hit singles including “The Running Kind,” “Texas in 1880” (with Pat Green), “Everyday Angel,” and “Louisiana Blue.”  His latest album, Everything I Should Have Said, released this past May, contains the single, “Whose Heart You Wreck (Ode to the Muse).”

The fireworks show will follow Foster's performance at about 9:45 and conclude this year’s Wind Festival, although those who aren’t ready to go home yet can move over to the Lumberyard, where the music will go on until midnight.  There will be no cover charge.

Here are details for the events of the day:

BBQing in the Wind Cookoff (around the Fire House and Community Center):

Cooks at work.
First Place Steak Prize: $1500 from Fuller Foods, Colorado City

16 oz. Rib Eye Steak
Pork Spare Ribs
Pulled Pork

6:00pm (Friday)  – Setup begins
8:00am (Saturday)  – Meat inspection begins
10:00am – Cooks’ meeting
3:00pm – Pulled Pork turn in
4:00pm – Rib Eye Steak turn in
5:00pm – Pork Spare Ribs turn in

Contestants must enter all three events to enter the Steak category.  Cost for all three is $150.  Cooking fuel may be wood, gas, or charcoal.  Dry camper spaces only. No hookups. No electricity per cook site.  One camper, one vehicle, up to 12' x 12' cover, and up to two pits in cooking area are allowed.

The Fire Department will supply a public electricity and water station.

All proceeds go to the Roscoe Volunteer Fire Department.  For more information, contact Gary Armstrong at 325-235-4110.

Plowboy Mudbog (at George Parks Field on Second and Sycamore Streets):

Bug Nasty.
9:30am – Driver registration begins
11:00am – Public gate opens
12:00 noon – First run begins

Kids 8 and under – Free; Ages 9 to 14 – $2; Ages 15 & up $5.  

All proceeds benefit the Roscoe Little League.


Street scene on Cypress.
All afternoon: Kids' area with bounce houses and inflatables.
4:00pm - 5:45pm  Dusty Creek Band
6:00pm - 7:30pm Nine Mile Mountain Band
7:45pm – Announcements of Cookoff and Mudbog winners
8:15pm – Radney Foster
9:45pm - Fireworks



The Plowboys overcame an early deficit to win going away.
An RHS ex, former Plowboy, and good friend, whose name will not be mentioned here, told me he left  Plowboy Field right after Miles scored the first touchdown of the game Friday evening.  And, really, who could blame him?  It was cold, wet, and windy, the kickoff had been delayed thirty minutes because of lightning, and, as he noted, the Miles players were noticeably larger and apparently faster and better, judging from the speed and ease of their touchdown drive that opened the game.

However, the rest of the game was a different story as the Plowboys dug in, reversed Miles’ early momentum, and wound up entertaining the Homecoming crowd with a decisive victory over the Bulldogs 26-8.

It was all Miles in the beginning, though.  After receiving the kickoff, the Bulldogs moved all the way down the field in only three plays.  Miles’ Cody Krueger hit Garrett Kalina with a 5-yard touchdown pass, and Miles was up 6-0.  The extra-point attempt failed, but a penalty was called on the Plowboys, and on their second try Krueger passed to Ivan Tirado for two, and the Bulldogs were up 8-0.

After a couple of unproductive series for both teams, Roscoe finally got on the scoreboard when Cutter Davila hit Rafael Aguayo with a 12-yard touchdown pass.  Pedro Huidobro’s extra-point kick was no good, though, and Miles led 8-6.  At this point it now looked like anyone’s game.  The Plowboys’ defense had stiffened, and Miles was no longer dominating as they had at the outset.

The Plowboys took the lead in the second quarter on a 21-yard pass play from Davila to Vincent Pantoja.  The extra-point attempt once again failed, and the Plowboys were ahead 12-8.  Roscoe then took a commanding lead later in the quarter when Davila completed a short pass to Pantoja, who broke a couple of tackles and raced 74 yards down the sideline for another Plowboy TD.  This time the extra-point kick was good, and the Plowboys led 19-8, which was the score at halftime.

Defenses on both teams dominated a scoreless third quarter, but the Plowboys scored on the first play of the fourth when Davila completed another touchdown pass, this one a 45-yarder to Javier Leanos.  Huidobro’s extra-point kick was good, and the Plowboys had a commanding lead at 26-8.

Another Plowboy drive near the end of the quarter put the Plowboys on Miles’ two-yard line, but instead of trying to punch it in, the Plowboy quarterback took a knee, ending the game and leaving the final score  26-8.

The leading rusher for the Plowboys was Vincent Pantoja with 119 yards in 24 carries.  Davila was 13 for 17 in passing for 287 yards and 4 TDs with no interceptions, and Leanos was the leading receiver with 5 catches for 112 yards.

Both the Plowboys and Miles are now 3-3 on the year, but, more importantly, the Plowboys are now 1-0 in district play.  Their next opponent is Winters in Winters this Friday.  The Blizzards, 5-1 on the year and 1-0 in district, were the pre-season favorite to win District 6-2A II.  Their only loss for the year so far was to Hamlin, and they are coming off a 47-0 district win over Roby in Roby last Friday.



John Jay
Austin-- John Jay, president of the Roscoe State Bank since 1990, is the new Chairman of the Board of IBAT, the Independent Bankers’ Association of Texas.  He officially accepted the position for 2014-2015 during the association’s 40th annual convention in Fort Worth on September 28-30.

He joins Chairman-Elect Rogers Pope, Jr. of Texas Bank and Trust in Longview and Secretary-Treasurer Darla Rooke of Junction National Bank in Junction. New board members include Joe Kim King of Texas County Bancshares in Brady, Sam Munafo of Inter National Bank in McAllen and Doug Streater of Extraco Banks, N.A. in Temple.

Austin-based IBAT represents Texas community banks and has more than 2,000 independent banks and branches in 700 Texas communities. Additional information about the organization and its new board of directors can be found at

John Jay is a Roscoe High School graduate and member of the Class of 1977.



Cody Thompson updates the City Council.
At its monthly meeting last night in City Hall, the Roscoe City Council heard updates on various projects around town as well as the September report from the Roscoe Police Department.  It also established guidelines for the approval of artwork, memorials, and signage on City property.

City Manager Cody Thompson reported on several current City activities.  He said that construction of the three community houses is on schedule and that Atmos gas contractors began work yesterday on the Young Farm Estates and plan to be done in about two weeks.  He also reported that delays by the electrical contractor Oncor is seriously holding up development of the Stone Tower RV Park in north Roscoe and could impact progress on Young Farm Estates.

The City has closed on the purchase of the Guelker building for the Police Department and is ready for this weekend’s West Texas Wind Festival.

Roscoe Community Center director Helen Perry and president Felix Pantoja have both resigned after performing exemplary service to the City and will be replaced by Gail Presley and Connie Baize.  Inquiries concerning the Community Center should henceforth be addressed to Gail Presley at 325-518-4135.

Police Chief Felix Pantoja reported on Police Department activity for the month of September.  There were 96 total calls, 3 burglary cases cleared, 2 arrests, 4 citations, and 3 dogs taken to the pound in Sweetwater.  The Department also assisted other law enforcement agencies on 12 occasions.

The Council passed a motion that all artworks, signage, and memorials on City property first be approved by the Council.



Roscoe, TX - October 14, 2014 – Aubrey’s Army, a new scholarship program available to seniors currently enrolled at Roscoe Collegiate High School, will begin accepting applications this week.

Aubrey’s Army is an organization dedicated to the memory of Aubrey Ryan Renteria. The organization was established to honor its namesake’s spirit of generosity and selflessness through projects that will improve the community and serve its neighbors.

Students from Roscoe Collegiate High School's class of 2015 who are selected to become members of Aubrey’s Army will be eligible for a scholarship to be awarded at the end of the academic year. Throughout the year, participants will engage in a number of community service projects. Projects might

include improving public areas, assisting the elderly with yard work, or collecting food and clothing for the needy.

This is an especially significant year to begin this scholarship given that it would have been Aubrey’s senior year. It is fitting that the first recipients be Aubrey’s own classmates.

Interested students may submit applications at Deadline is November 1.

Donations for the 2014-2015 scholarship program can be made by visiting

For additional information, please visit or contact Abel Romero at



Micky and the Motorcars

Micky and the Motorcars, a hot alternative Texas country band from Austin, will return for an encore performance to the Lumberyard Friday night.  The band has released five mainstream albums: Careless (2007), Na├»ve (2008), Live at Billy Bob’s Texas (2009), Raise My Glass (2011), and Hearts from Above (2014).  Top singles include “Carolina Morning,” “July, You Are a Woman,” Careless,” and “Hearts from Above.”

The group will take the stage at around 9:30.  For more information, call the Lumberyard at 325-766-2457.



Hail west of Roscoe on Friday.  (Photo by Allen Richburg)
Weather for the past week was changeable with both warm and cold and wet and dry, but the lasting impression, at least for me, was that it was cool, wet, and windy.  Last Thursday’s warm, sunny weather brought a high of 89° and a low of 67°, but all that changed on Friday as a front moved in with clouds, and an early evening shower of about a tenth of an inch fell here in town.  West of town, however, small to quarter-sized hail fell along with precipitation of a half to three quarters of an inch, and it felt downright cold at the football game with gusts from the north of up to 32mph and temperatures dropping into the upper fifties.

On Saturday the high was only 61°, which on Sunday climbed to 86°.  On Monday, however, another cold front hit with a shower of .14" here in town, and the high was back down to 69°.  Yesterday it was back up to 74° and today should be around 82° before rising to about 90° tomorrow.  Friday and Saturday should be somewhat cooler with highs of around 80°, but skies should be sunny and winds light, so the outlook is good for a nice day for the West Texas Wind Festival.

There is no rain in the forecast.


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