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Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Mayor, Two Council Members Sworn in for New Terms

City Attorney Zollie Steakley swears in Ken Brawley, Pete Porter, and Robert McBride.

At last night’s monthly City Council meeting at City Hall, Mayor Pete Porter and two Council Members, Ken Brawley and Robert McBride, were sworn in and began new terms.  The Mayor’s term is for four years, and Council Members’ are for two.

The Council also appointed Ken Brawley as Mayor Pro-Tem and heard a request from Feliciana Campa about a persistent water leak at 301 N. Cypress.  It also received reports from City Manager Cody Thompson and Roscoe Police Chief Felix Pantoja.

Thompson reported that with the recent dry weather the City has begun patching the potholes in City streets while also dealing with water and sewer problems. City workers have also been mowing grassy areas around town.  One of the emergency sirens has been repaired, and a new sewer tap is being made for the new restroom in the Fire Department building.

Plans are underway for re-opening the old truck stop just west of town on the south side of I-20, and the new owners have made inquiries about the availability of City sewer lines.  The City can put in a small lift station and by boring under I-20 connect with the lift station by the new STEM building.  An estimate on the price for the new owners is being made.

Water and sewer improvements are being put together for bidding within the next thirty to sixty days. The remaining water funds will be used for boring and leak repair.

The City will receive a supply of mosquito spray on Friday and will begin spraying around town next week.

The City Hall will be closed on Friday, July 3, in observance of the Fourth of July.



A broken pump has caused the City Pool to be closed.
It’s been a rough start for the City Swimming Pool this summer. The pool was ready for opening on May 30, but after one day of operation prior to opening, one of the pumps burned up, and, as it was original with the pool, it couldn’t be replaced with a new one because no new ones could be found that would fit.

So, the old pump had to be sent to Lubbock to be rebuilt. However, it is back now and has been re-installed, so the pool is once again operational and will be open for business starting tomorrow.



Cody Canada & the Departed are the featured band for the free concert and street dance.
With only a little more than three weeks left until July 4, organizers are busy making sure everything is ready in downtown Roscoe for another blockbuster celebration of our nation’s independence.

The format will be similar to those of years past. Here’s the schedule for the day:

10am                                  Parade (line-up at 9:30)

10am-6pm                       Roscoe Historical Museum

10am-10pm                     Vendors open

10am-7pm                        Kids area open

12pm-finish                     Plowboy Mudbog (baseball field)

1pm-5pm                          Free Swimming at City Pool

12pm-9:30pm                 Music / Free Concerts

6pm-8pm                         Nine Mile Mountain (street dance)

8:pm-9:30pm                 Cody Canada and the Departed

9:30-10pm                       Fireworks Show

It’s not too early to begin making plans now to enjoy the day in historic downtown Roscoe.  Bring yourself, family, friends, folding chairs, coolers, and whatever else you need to celebrate another great July 4!



RCHS students Cassandra Chavira and Jasmine Chavira will travel to NASA’s Johnson Space Center this summer to participate in the High School Aerospace Scholars project.  Nominated by their state legislator, the Chaviras are two of 2700 high school juniors across Texas to be a part of the project.

Selected students completed eight web-based assignments during the school year and will apply their newfound knowledge to work as a team to design a mission to Mars. The onsite experience at NASA includes a tour of Johnson Space Center (JSC) facilities and briefings by NASA subject matter experts. These scholars will conclude their experience by presenting their proposals at a brunch to their parents, members of the Texas Legislature, Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, Rotary NASA, and JSC Senior Management.

The State of Texas in partnership with JSC and the Texas educational community, developed HAS in 1999 to encourage more students to pursue studies and careers in STEM subjects. More than 8000 students across Texas have participated in the program since its inception.

With this program, NASA continues its tradition of investing in the nation’s educational programs.  It is directly tied to the Agency’s major education goal of attracting and retaining students in STEM disciplines critical to NASA’s future missions, which include missions to Mars and beyond.



The Randy Rogers Band
One of the largest crowds of the summer is expected Friday night when the high-flying Randy Rogers Band returns for their second engagement at the Lumberyard.  Four of their previous five albums have made it into the top ten on the US country charts, and their most recent, Homemade Tamales (2014), reached number 11.

The band got its start in San Marcos and recorded its first album in 2002.  Since then, they have produced Rollercoaster (2004), Just a Matter of Time (2006), Randy Rogers Band (2008), Burning the Day (2010), and Trouble (2013), along with two other live albums in addition to Homemade Tamales (2014) . Rogers’ most recent venture, Hold My Beer, Volume 1, just released, is a joint project with Wade Bowen.

The band’s top singles include “Too Late for Goodbye,” “In My Arms Instead,” “One More Sad Song,” “Kiss Me in the Dark,” “One More Goodbye,” and “Satellite.”

Opening band is Aaron Einhouse beginning around 8:00pm with the Randy Rogers Band taking the stage at about 9:30. For reservations or more information, contact the Lumberyard at 325-766-2457.



Summer clouds over Roscoe.
Dry, sunny weather doesn’t sound like it would be news for west Texas, but with the all the rains and cloudy skies we’ve had this spring, it was a needed change from a very wet May.  Farmers welcomed the opportunity to plant cotton and combine wheat.

Temperatures remained a bit below normal for this time of the year with the high for the week yesterday’s 90°F. All the other days had highs ranging from 86° to 89°. Lows ran from 63° to 71°.

If today’s predicted high of 95° is reached, it will be the hottest day of the year so far. The outlook for the rest of the week is for highs in the low to mid-nineties and lows in the low seventies. There is a good chance of rain this weekend beginning on Friday with 20%, then increasing to 30% on Saturday, 40% on Sunday, and dropping back to 30% on Monday. Humidity will remain high throughout the week.



Beverly S. Farquhar, 68, of Roscoe, passed away on Friday, June 5, at Hendrick Medical Center in Abilene. As per her wishes, her body will be cremated.  No services are planned at this time. Arrangements are under the direction of Cate-Spencer & Trent Funeral Home.

Beverly was born on December 8, 1946, in Little Rock, Arkansas, to E.C. and Veda (Riffle) Wright.  She worked for many years before retiring.  She was a Catholic and a devoted mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother to her family, who lovingly called her "Mema."

She is survived by three daughters, Annett Bromley of Roscoe, Veda Hayes and husband Doug of Tuscaloosa, Alabama, and Billi Tompkins of New Iberia, Louisiana; two sons, Jerry Bromley and wife Patricia of Santa Anna, and Tim Bromley and wife Susan of Roscoe; thirteen grandchildren, Steven Rains, Tommy Scott, Michael Hayes, Veda Hayes, Amber Craig, Wesley Parish, Alexis Ditto, Donald Bromley, Daniel Bromley, Brandon Bromley, Brittnie Steele, Kyle Bromley, and Tyler Bromley; seventeen great-grandchildren; and a sister-in-law, Sharon Farquhar of Sweetwater.


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