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Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Cinco de Mayo Celebration Downtown This Saturday

Horsemen ride down Broadway in the Cinco de Mayo parade.
This year’s Cinco de Mayo celebration will be this Saturday, May 2, in downtown Roscoe.  The parade down Broadway begins at 10:00am and the festivities will continue until 10:00pm with the windup of the street dance.

This year’s event focuses on family and children, and from noon to 3pm there will be children’s games and piñatas.  A DJ will play recorded music on Cypress Street from noon to 5pm, and this year’s feature band, El Nuevo Privilegio de JoseAntonio Hernandez, will be playing live for the free concert and street dance from 5pm to 10pm.  (Click here to hear his song "Enamorado De Ti.")

For more information, contact Jesse Gonzalez at 325-721-3442.



Last Wednesday at the 2A Area Track Meet at McMurry University in Abilene, two Plowboys and one Plowgirl qualified to move on to the Region 1 track meet at Ratliff Stadium in Odessa this weekend.

Max Nemir finished third in the boys’ 300 meter hurdles with a time of 41.28 seconds, Kevin Lavalais finished fourth in the boys’ 200 meter dash with a time of 23.5 seconds, and Lyndi Wilkinson finished second in the girls’ 400 meter dash with a time of 1:02.74.

Here’s hoping all three can advance to state!



John Michael Montgomery
Another country music great will play the Lumberyard when John Michael Montgomery makes his first appearance ever in Roscoe Friday evening.  Montgomery, whose numerous hits have made him a favorite with country fans everywhere, has been recording since 1992 and is still going strong.

Born and raised in Kentucky, Montgomery came from a musical family and was a member of the family band before signing with Atlantic Records and releasing his debut album, Life’s a Dance, which contained his first number 1 hit, “I Love the Way You Love Me,”  In all, he’s recorded eleven studio albums and one compilation album, three of them multi-platinum (Life’s a Dance, Kickin’ It Up, and John Michael Montgomery), one platinum (What I Do the Best), and two gold (Leave a Mark and Brand New Me).

Over the years, he’s also had over thirty singles on the Billboard country charts, of which seven have reached number 1: “I Love the Way You Love Me,” “I Swear,” (Click here for video) “Be My Baby Tonight,” "If You've Got Love," "I Can Love You Like That," "Sold (The Grundy County Auction Incident)," and "The Little Girl." Thirteen others have reached the top 10, including “Hold On to Me,” “Letters from Home,” “Home to You,” and “Friends.”

Saturday night will feature the up-and-coming Dix Hat Band from Lubbock, whose debut single “In and Out” (Click here for video) hit the charts last year.  Their first album, Red Dime, is due out this week.

For tickets and more information, phone the Lumberyard during business hours at 325-766-2457.



Youtube video taken from US 84 by Smoke0258 (53 seconds).

Roscoe made the national news again last week, this time for a tornado that touched down north of Loraine and went east, crossing US 84 this side of Wastella before breaking up.  Landon Orman says that the tornado that crossed FM 608 north of town was a separate unreported tornado that didn't last long before breaking up.  The video of the tornado shown the next day on ABC's Good Morning America and the CBS Morning News with Charlie Rose was taken by Scott Etheredge.  Luckily, there was no one hurt and little to no damage—or if there was, I didn’t hear about it.

The rest of the week was not as exciting, but was eventful nevertheless with somewhere around another inch of rain falling on Friday.  Amounts varied according to location of course, but the official amount recorded by Kenny Landfried for Roscoe was .82”.  There was also a bit of precipitation just after midnight early Monday morning, around .06”, and another .13” early yesterday morning.  There were plenty of clouds around for more, but, once again, most of the rain fell elsewhere.

Temperatures were once again mild for this time of year.  The high since last Wednesday was the 85°F recorded Sunday afternoon.  The lowest high was yesterday’s 54° following the cold front that moved in on Monday.  Lows varied from last Thursday morning’s 62° down to this morning’s 42°.

The forecast is for clear skies and steadily warming temperatures through Saturday with partly cloudy skies on Sunday and Monday.  Today’s high will be only around 73°, but tomorrow’s should be back to about 80°, increasing steadily to Sunday’s 85°.  Lows will be in the fifties or low sixties.  There is no rain in the immediate forecast, but another front is due midweek next week, and right now the weathermen are giving us a 70% chance for more rain when it does arrive.



Graveside services were held at 2:00pm on Monday, April 27, for Paul Verlin Hagerman, 81, who died on Saturday, April 25, at Rolling Plains Memorial Hospital in Sweetwater.

Mr. Hagerman married Deborah Hall on November 7, 1977, in Progresso, Mexico. He moved to Roscoe from Spearman when he retired in 1997. A heavy equipment operator, he worked for B & B Farm Industries and owned Hagerman Services in Spearman for many years. He was a Methodist.

Verlin is survived by his wife Deborah Hagerman of Roscoe; three sons: Steven Hagerman and wife Pat of Roscoe, Leon Hagerman and wife Amy of Plainview, and Robert Hagerman and wife Cathy of Pampa; four daughters: Paula Taylor of Fargo, SD, Verla Kunselman and husband Jim of Plainview, Valerie Huber and husband Mark of Amarillo, and Kathy Hagerman of Amarillo; sixteen grandchildren and twelve great grandchildren. He has a sister, Rita Butler of Graham, OK, and two brothers, Dale Hagerman and Glen Hagerman and wife Vickie, both of Oklahoma City; numerous nieces, nephews, family and friends.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Leonard and Ellen Hagerman; his wife Lucille; a son Larry; and three brothers: Charles, Billy Joe, and Leon.


1 comment:

  1. I wish I could go back in time and get some of that $54 an acre land.


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