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Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Large Crowd Attends Roscoe Spring Super Sunday


What a day it was on Sunday!  Large crowds were seen in all the Roscoe businesses, and visitors from all over west Texas gathered to get a chance to see country-music legend Merle Haggard and the Strangers perform on the Lumberyard’s new stage.

The Roscoe Historical Museum was open, and from noon to about four o’clock there was a steady stream of visitors who came in out of curiosity—as well as to get out of the hot sun and 90° weather outside.  Many put bills in the donation box, and all seemed to enjoy the eclectic collection of historical artifacts and photographs of old Roscoe that the museum offers.

Downtown businesses like the Blackland Smokehouse, the Lumberyard, and the Wildflower Boutique were full of people, as were the businesses on Main Street like Vickie’s Gifts, the Southern Belle Salon, and Main Street Antiques, which was open for the first time ever.  The Highland High seniors and juniors were selling at bargain prices various small hardware items that they had received as a donation from Higginbotham-Bartlett in Sweetwater, and Burritos Zacatecas sold tacos from their taco stand across from the Post Office.  The Community Center sold meals and had some vendors. McVey’s Native Nursery was open on the north side, as was Peppy’s Mexican Imports on Main, and the Roscoe Thrift Store on east Broadway.

The Roscoe Express shuttle operated all afternoon, carrying visitors from one business to the next.

At the Lumberyard, the music started at three.  Jamie Richards and his band, generally headliners in their own right, kicked off the live music and played for over an hour and a half.  They were followed by the Playboys Special Edition, which consisted of some of Bob Wills’ old band members along with a talented young female fiddler.  They played all the old Bob Wills songs, and old-time Western Swing filled the air as dancers two-stepped on the dance floor.

After about a half-hour break, they were then followed by Merle Haggard’s band, the Strangers.  Haggard’s son Noah entertained the crowd with his vocals for an extended set followed by another intermission.  And then, at about eight-twenty, what everyone had been waiting for finally arrived as country-music legend Merle Haggard made his way onto the stage and up to the microphone.  He then played and sang non-stop for the rest of the evening.  Each song was followed by cheers from the crowd, and many sang along with him as he performed songs that all his fans know by heart.  Still spry at 77, his voice is not as strong as it once was, but that didn’t seem to matter to anyone as every song he sang—songs such as “Mama Tried,” “Today I Started Loving You Again,” “Silver Wings,” “I Think I’ll Just Stay Here and Drink,” “Tonight the Bottle Let Me Down,” and “Okie from Muskogee”—brought back memories of the past and over the years have become a part of the fabric of our lives.

By ten o’clock it was all over, but the day was one that will be long remembered by all who attended, and one that adds to Roscoe’s reputation as a small town that exemplifies the vitality, character, and spirit of west Texas.



The City of Roscoe invites one and all to its annual Easter Egg Hunt at 2:00pm this Saturday, April 4, in Old Town Park across from City Hall.  As in past years, hunts are planned for three separate age groups: 0-3 years old, 4-7 years old, and 8-12 years old.

Please bring cameras and baskets for goodies.  For more information, contact City Hall during business hours at 325-766-3871.



RCHS one-act play cast and crew 2014-15.
The RCHS one-act play cast and crew finished their season on Saturday at the district meet in Stamford and, although they won’t be advancing to regional this year, were the recipients of several awards. Cassie Chavira was selected to the All-Star Cast, Caleb Ward won the Technical Award, and Isaiah Gonzales made the Honorable Mention Cast.

Roscoe’s one-act play was entitled “The Small World of Millie McIvor” by Ronald Burke.  The directors were Gay-Lynn Moses and Vanessa Galvan, and the actors were Cassie Chavira, Samantha Ortega, Adrian Ortega, Isaiah Gonzales, Danielle Dean, Caty Chavira, and Nolan Reeves.  Crew members were Spencer Little and Caleb Ward.

The plays in competition were from Albany, Anson, Hamlin, Haskell, Hawley, Roscoe, Stamford, and Winters.



Roscoe students will probably think it’s Good Friday for more reasons than one as the schools will be out at 1:30pm on Friday in honor of the holiday.  They will return at the regular time on Monday morning.



Plowboys and Plowgirls have competed in two meets over the last two weeks, one the Cottonwood Creek Relays in Roby, and the other the San Angelo Relays, which had numerous larger schools competing against the Plowboys and Plowgirls.  The information for it may not be complete, but it was all that was available to me.

Cottonwood Creek Relays

Plowboys competed against athletes from the following high schools: Blackwell, Borden County, Crosbyton, Hawley, Hermleigh, Highland, Ira, Lueders-Avoca, Roby, Roscoe, Rotan, Sterling City, Throckmorton, Westbrook.


Event                              Place       Athlete                            Time

100 meter dash                5           Pablo Huidobro             12.08
200 meter dash                2          Kevin Lavalais                23.62
400 meter dash                6          Pablo Huidobro             56.11
4 x 100 relay                      2           Roscoe                            45.56
    (Ryland Madrid, Max Nemir, Rafael Aguayo, Kevin Lavalais)
4 x 200 relay                     5           Roscoe                           1:40.18
    (Eric Huidobro, Rafael Aguayo, Ryland Madrid, Pablo Huidobro)
4 x 400 relay                     1           Roscoe                           3:39.2
    (Juan Solis, Max Nemir, Luis Villa, Kevin Lavalais)
300 meter hurdles           2           Max Nemir                     42.85


Plowgirls competed against athletes from the following high schools: Blackwell, Borden County, Hawley, Hermleigh, Highland, Ira, Jayton, Lueders-Avoca, Roby, Rotan, Sterling City, Trent, Westbrook.

Event                              Place       Athlete                            Time

 400 meter dash                1          Lyndi Wilkinson           1:06.01
800 meter run                  3          Karina Cisneros            2:48.54
                                             5          Dani Dean                      2:53.09
1600 meter run                3          Allison Acebedo             6:36.75
3200 meter run                5          Allison Acebedo           14:54.97
4 x 400 relay                     2          Roscoe                             4:37.73
    (Dani Dean, Lyndi Wilkinson, Karina Cisneros, Emily Whiteley)
Triple Jump                       6           Lyndi Wilkinson           30’ 2½”
High Jump                         4           Emily Whiteley                 4’ 6”

San Angelo Relays


Event                              Place       Athlete                           Time

100 meter dash                24        Pablo Huidobro             12.99
                                            26        Rafael Aguayo                13.02
                                            30        Luis Villa                         13.33
200 meter dash                 3         Kevin Lavalais               23.10
400 meter dash               17         Pablo Huidobro             58.01
                                            27          Juan Huidobro             61.01
300 meter hurdles           7          Max Nemir                     42.4
4 x 100 relay                      8          Roscoe                            44.9
   (Ryland Madrid, Max Nemir, Javier Leanos, Kevin Lavalais)
4 x 200 relay                   12           Roscoe                         1:36.4
   (Eric Huidobro, Rafael Aguayo, Pablo Huidobro, Ryland Madrid)
4 x 400 relay                    11           Roscoe                         3:37.4
   (Juan Solis, Max Nemir, Javier Leanos, Kevin Lavalais)
Discus throw                   19          Anthony Ortegon         93’ 9”


Event                              Place       Athlete                            Time

100 meter dash               26        Lena Martinez               15.63
                                           28        Bergan Trevino              15.94
                                           29        Angelica Castillo            17.44
200 meter dash              29        Lena Martinez                32.01
                                           31        Bergan Trevino               33.70
400 meter dash                7         Lyndi Wilkinson           1:04.5
300 meter hurdles         20        Magali Casas                  1:04.82
4 x 400 relay                   10         Roscoe                            4:17.40
(Danielle Dean, Lyndi Wilkinson, Karina Cisneros, Mireya Sanchez)
Triple jump                      6          Lyndi Wilkinson         31’1.25”
Pole vault                        10          Magali Casas                    6’ 6”
Shot put                           19          Arizona Guevara        23’ 8½”



The Texas Red Oaks have budded out.
The weather this past week was typical for this time of year—warm for the most part with one cooling front that arrived with strong, gusty winds on Sunday afternoon during Roscoe’s Spring Super Sunday.  In about two hours’ time, the temperatures dropped from an uncomfortably hot 89° to around 62° with a strong breeze.  Then, yesterday we had a couple of light showers that didn’t amount to much as most of the storm missed Roscoe.  I heard a couple of reports of light hail south of town and at Lake Sweetwater.  There were also reports of up to a quarter of an inch east of here, but here in town we got just enough to get the ground wet.  

We haven’t had anything close to a freeze in the past couple of weeks, and there’s nothing drastic forecast for the coming week—so I’m going to go out on a limb here and fearlessly forecast that the danger of a late freeze is behind us, and all the fruit trees around Roscoe stand a good chance of actually bearing fruit this year.  Algerita berry bushes are blooming on area ranches, and I’m looking forward to picking some when they get ripe.

Today’s high of around 84° will be surpassed by tomorrow’s predicted high of 91°.  Then, another cold front will move through early Friday, and the high will drop down to 68° with a low of 46°, followed by similarly cool weather on Saturday.  Then, we’ll get steadily warming temperatures in the days following.

There is no rain in the immediate forecast.


Funeral services for Steven R. Smith, 67, were held at 12:00 on Saturday, March 28, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 10351 N. Bayhill Drive, Cedar Hills, Utah.  Interment followed at Eastlawn Cemetery in Provo, Utah.

Steve was born July 10, 1947, in New York City to Arel and Ruth Smith.  He later lived in Oklahoma and Texas and moved with his family to Roscoe when he was fifteen.  He was a 1967 graduate of Roscoe High School. After a year of college in Texas, he moved to Utah and graduated from Brigham Young University with a business degree.  He worked for years at Nature’s Sunshine, a health products company, and later started another very successful nutritional company, SuLin International.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Linda, his mother Ruth, father Arel, and brother Bobby.  He is survived by his wife, Rosemarie; sisters, Anna Mae (John) Peptis, Charlene (Mike), and Shelly (Paul) Romero; and brother, Kenneth Williams of Sweetwater; his children, Brandon (Tonia) Smith, Stefanie (Gabe) Birrer, Darrell Billie, Kathy (Matt) Taranto, Dana Smith, Brianne (Nate) Hovey, Steven B. Smith, Jason (Melissa) Nielson, Allyse (Patrick) Sedivy, Marisa (Joel) Wright, Josh (Shannan) Nielson, Jared (Lacey) Nielson, Jessica (Craig) Hayward; and 42 grandchildren.



A graveside service for Robert “Bobby” Donald Dyer, 62, was held at 2:00pm on Saturday, March 28, at Roscoe Cemetery.  He passed away on Wednesday, March 25, in San Angelo.

He was born on September 30, 1952, in Sweetwater and moved with his family at age 9 to Roscoe.  He was a 1970 graduate of Roscoe High School.  He attended Western Texas College and then went on to Angelo State, where he graduated with a degree in accounting.  He served on several boards in Roscoe, including the Roscoe Improvement Board, and was a Roscoe City Councilman for twelve years.  He was a past member of the Roscoe Lions Club and a member of the First Baptist Church in Roscoe.

Survivors include his mother, Allie Bea Dyer, of Roscoe; brother, Jim Dyer and wife, Diana, of San Angelo; nieces, Kimberly Dyer Fisher and husband, Jarrad, of Stillwater, OK, and Kasey Mahan and husband, Cody, of Richardson.

He was preceded in death by his father, Arthur Dale Dyer, on February 9, 2002.


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