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Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Terri Clark, Gary P. Nunn at Lumberyard Friday Evening

Terri Clark
At the Lumberyard, the stars just keep coming.  Less than two weeks after Merle Haggard played on the new stage there, country and western music fans will be treated this Friday night to two more accomplished performers with the appearances of Terri Clark and Gary P. Nunn.

Gary P. Nunn, who will open for Terri Clark, is a member of the Texas Hall of Fame, and in 2007 Gov. Rick Perry appointed him an official Music Ambassador for Texas.  He has been a fixture in the Texas music scene since the seventies when he formed the Lost Gonzo Band and played with Willie Nelson, Michael Murphy, and Jerry Jeff Walker.

His fame as a performer is matched, if not exceeded, by his songwriting skills.  What self-respecting Texan can’t sing along to “I want to go home with the armadillo, good country music from Amarillo and Abilene” from his “London Homesick Blues”?  He’ll be singing that, “What I like about Texas,” “Terlingua Sky,” and others, including songs from his latest album, One Way or Another.

Gary P. Nunn
Terri Clark, originally from Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada, moved to Nashville to launch her music career and issued her first single, “Better Things to Do,” in 1995.  Since then, she has recorded ten studio albums, four compilation albums, one live album, and 37 singles.

Six of her singles have made it to number one on country music charts: “Girls Lie Too,” “You’re Easy on the Eyes,” “If I Were You,” “Poor, Poor Pitiful Me,”  “Emotional Girl,” and “In My Next Life.”  Other hit singles include “Now That I Found You,” “I Just Wanna Be Mad,” and, more recently, “Some Songs,” the title song of her latest CD.  She lives in Nashville and currently co-hosts America’s Morning Show on Nash FM with Blair Garner and Chuck Wicks.

For more information and reservations, contact the Lumberyard during business hours at 325-766-2457.  Saturday night’s show will feature Aaron Einhouse and Band.



Dustin Lynn Heady, 25, originally of Stephenville, was killed in a one-vehicle accident three miles north of Snyder at about 11:00pm Saturday night.

At 11:14pm, DPS and emergency personnel responded to the crash scene, where they found a 1999 Lexus sedan facing south in the median of the highway.  DPS reported that for an unspecified reason, the southeast bound driver ran off the left side of the roadway and struck a guardrail in the median.  His car was facing south when DPS arrived.  The road was wet, and he was not wearing a seatbelt.

Heady was living with his grandparents, Richard and Diana Heady, north of Roscoe in Fisher County and  working for his uncle, Ricky Heady of Champion.  He was planning to manage an auto parts store in Colorado City and was in the process of purchasing a home in Loraine.



Both Plowboys and Plowgirls competed last week against a strong field at the Lone Wolf Relays in Colorado City.  Here are the results.


Event                           Place       Athlete                            Time
200 meter dash             4             Kevin Lavalais              23.15
4 x 100 relay                  4             Roscoe                         45:22.0
   (Ryland Madrid, Max Nemir, Javier Leanos, Kevin Lavalais)
4 x 400 relay                  2             Roscoe                              3:34
   (Juan Solis, Max Nemir, Javier Leanos, Kevin Lavalais)

Team Results: 1. Snyder, 2. Colorado City, 3. Clyde, 4. Haskell, 5. Stanton, 6. Anson, 7. Sweetwater, 8. Roscoe, 9. Midland Christian, 10. Coahoma.


Event                           Place          Athlete                     Time (Distance)
400 meter dash             3             Lyndi Wilkinson           1:03
800 meter run               6             Danielle Dean               2:49
1600 meter run             4              Alejandra Solis             6:19
4 x 400                            4               Roscoe                           4:41
Triple Jump                   1               Lyndi Wilkinson         32’10½”

Team Results: 1. Clyde, 2. Colorado City, 3. Snyder, 4. Stanton, 5. Anson, 6. Haskell, 7. Sweetwater, 8. Roscoe, 8. Coahoma.

The District 7-2A meet was in Stamford yesterday, but results were not available to me at posting time.



Bottom: Tommy Huff, Glenn Pitts, Billy Whorton, Harold Haynes, Bernard Shelansky, Walter Driver, William Haney.  Top: George Parks, ? , John McKay, Arliss Haynes, Landrum Medlock, Clyde Jay, Glenn Roenfeldt, Russell Haney. (Click photo to enlarge.)

This week, Vickie Haynes lent the Roscoe Historical Museum a couple of old photographs from about 1960 or so that have me and others scratching our heads about just what exactly they represented.  Taken at the baseball field, both photos show a group of Roscoe’s most prominent men of the time dressed as female softball players.

Since the Roscoe Lions Club was active back then, and most, if not all, of the men in the photos were members, they may have been involved in some Lions Club activity.  However, no one thus far has been able to confirm that.  Speculation is that they may have been playing a softball game with one of Roscoe’s female softball teams, specifically the Roscoe Sluggers.  However, when I phoned Lois Brawley, one of that team’s surviving members, and asked her if she recalled playing a group of men in female outfits, her answer was no.  She did say, though, that her memory now is not what it once was, so it may well have happened and she’s simply forgotten about it.

In any case, if any of you who see these photos can fill us in on what the occasion was, I’d appreciate your input.



The City of Roscoe’s Spring Clean-Up this year will be from Monday, April 13, through Saturday, April 18.  Hours of operation will be from 9am to 7pm, and the location will be on Front and Bois d’Arc Streets, on the block just north of the Plowboy Center Lodge on Broadway.

There will be three huge dumpsters and one dumpster for tires.  All household trash must be delivered and deposited within the dumpsters.  There will be no separate piles for metals or tree limbs and brush.  Items not allowed in the dumpsters include paint, oil, oil filters, chemical containers, or tree limbs.  Air conditioners and refrigerators must be tagged landfill acceptable.  There will be no curb service.

The Spring Clean-Up is for City of Roscoe residents only.  Before using the facility, you will be required to show a City of Roscoe water bill or other identification clearly showing you are a Roscoe resident.



This year’s Independence Day Celebration will be on Saturday, July 4.  The event will last from 10am to 10pm and will include a parade, kids’ area with bounce houses, Plowboy Mudbog, street vendors, a free concert and street dance with live music, and a fireworks show.

The featured band for the free concert and street dance this year is Cody Canada and the Departed.  So, mark your calendar and make plans now to attend.



Lorenzo Rangel, Sr., recently received a plaque from Kim Alexander for thirty years of faithful service driving a tractor for Alexander Ag.



Miz Cheevus, the Abilene Reporter-News’ venerable gossip columnist, mentioned these Roscoe activities in her column on Monday:

The Lumberyard over in Roscoe has been quite busy with bookings by popular bands. Country legend Merle Haggard performed March 29. It was an ideal setup for the “Young” cousins to gather at the newly redecorated Childers Farm Office across the street for a little visiting before going over to hear the music.

Carl Childers, Sheila Young Fox and Diane Young Coleman, of Austin, had just attended the funeral in Sweetwater of their cousin James Wells Young III, third-generation steward of the Y5 Ranch and musician extraordinaire.

Others present included host Jose Delucchi; his mother, Edith, who was visiting from Peru; Roy Helen Ackers, accompanied by Tom Laughlin; Gerald and Christie Galbraith; Don Paige and Beth Doan; Ted and Eva Grisham, from Midland; Woody and Lee Ruth Gilliland, who were introducing Jan Smith, whose husband is Steve Smith (they are most helpful to the West Texas Rehabilitation Center in Sweetwater); and Meredith J. Riney, who just passed the law exam.

Vickie’s Gifts in Roscoe now is owned by daughter Koti Lindsey (Miz C sniffs out essentials like shoes and gifts). Roy Helen saw Christie Galvan, administrative assistant to Kirby Andrews, president of First Financial Bank in Sweetwater.



The buds are out on the McBrides' old mesquite tree, above, but not on mine. (Photo by Patty McBride)
We’ve had typical spring weather this past week, and the forecast is for more of the same this coming week.  There was no precipitation.  On Saturday, there was a cloud with thunder and lightning but nothing more.  That could change this weekend, though.

The temperature hit 90°F on Thursday, but a cold front moved in, and Friday’s high was down to 74° and Saturday’s was 65°.  But then it began warming again, and by yesterday the temperature was back up to 91°.  More importantly, lows were in the fifties or sixties except for Saturday morning when the temperature dropped to 44°.  Chances for a late freeze are diminishing with each passing week, and none is forecast for the coming week.

Today’s and tomorrow’s highs should be a little cooler at 85° and 83° respectively.  However, another cool front should arrive on Friday morning, dropping the high that afternoon to 72° and bringing with it a 40% chance of rain, which will last until midday on Sunday.  The forecast lows from now through the weekend will all be in the fifties and sixties.



A funeral service will be held for Dustin Lynn Heady, 25, in the Erath County Cowboy Church in Stephenville at 2pm on Friday, April 10, with Rev. Werth Mayes officiating.  He will be buried at Round Mountain Cemetery north of Roscoe in Fisher County on Saturday, April 11, at 2pm.

Dustin was born on January 2, 1990, and died in an auto accident on Saturday, April 4.

Survivors include his father, Tony Heady and wife, Pamela, of Stephenville; mother, Angela Gifford and husband, Toby, of Stephenville; maternal grandparents, Jim and Angie Gourley, of Clifton; paternal grandparents, Richard and Diana Heady of Roscoe; and brothers, Trotter Heady of Corpus Christi and Parker Heady of Stephenville. He is also survived by his uncle Ricky and aunt Christine Heady of Champion; uncle Tracy and aunt Holly Stevens of Folsom, CA; and aunt Sherry Bascom of Odessa, and several cousins.

Condolences may be expressed on the website of the Lacy Funeral Home of Stephenville.


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