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Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Tentative 2015 RHS Homecoming Schedule Set

Cheerleaders and bonfire at the 2013 Homecoming.
It's not too early to start making plans to attend this year's RHS/RCHS Homecoming in September. Here's what the Homecoming Committee has come up with so far. It's still tentative with some tweaking possible, but should be accurate for the most part.

Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sept. 17-19
“Lots of things have changed, but Plowboy Pride remains the same!”

7:00    Bonfire, Tailgating, & Fireworks--North of Railroad Tracks—Come cheer with the Plowboy Cheerleaders and Band. Food and glow items for sale! Bonfire will begin at sundown, approx. 7:30. (Feel free to add wood/brush to the designated area starting August 10th) Call Max at 575-799-0812 for questions.

1:30    Exes Reception at Special Events Center lobby—Registration, refreshments, visit with exes, meet students, tour the school.
2:50    Pep Rally—in old Gym—Former Cheerleaders and all Exes will be recognized.
You are invited to bring your instrument and play along with the band.
4:00-7:00 Potato Bake in Cafetorium benefiting Girls' Athletics.
6:30 Meet and Greet for all ex-Cheerleaders in Special Events Concession Room.
7:30 Plowboys vs. Jim Ned Watch as Roscoe ex Jake Freeman coaches the Plowboys to a Big Win against the Indians!! Homecoming Court will be announced and the band will perform during halftime.
7:30-8:30 Registration at front gate
8:30-9:30 Registration, coffee, refreshments Special Events Concession Room

*** Check sites below for after-game activities—SCHEDULE YOURS NOW!

9:00 Coffee & Donuts at the Community Center on Broadway—registration, and morning reception—join the parade after the last parade entry & continue the route to RCHS! Museum will be open Saturday.
10:00 Parade—THEME: PURPLE POWER! Entries line up behind The Lumberyard at 9:15—Parade begins at Highway 608 on Broadway, then west to Oak St., then south to RHS!! All entries welcome! Categories: walking groups (scouts, dance, ball clubs etc.), horse groups, music groups, favorite pets, bicycles, floats, vehicles (inc. golf carts), and large machinery. Call Max (above) if questions. LET’S SEE PURPLE!!!
11:00 ALL Plowboys converge at RCHS in the cafetorium for door prizes, tours, presentations, Roscoe history slide show, & visiting in Decade Theme Classrooms for pictures/videos of the past, memory board, yearbooks, etc.
11:00-2:30 STEM Academy Tour. See why RCHS leads in education with the addition of this program for science, technology, engineering, and math!!
11:30-1:30 Lunch Plan to eat at RCHS cafetorium (menu and price to be announced).

Check sites below for Saturday Evening Parties & Events.


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Pictured from left to right (back row): Camden Boren, Dr. Dan Hunter, Logan Wicker, Kenneth “Ray” Bohall, and Nolan Reeves. Left to right (front row): Murissa Horton, Samantha “Sammi” Stewart, Brena Robison and Mrs. Shelley Gunter (Ag Science Teacher).
The Roscoe Future Farmers of America (FFA) chapter brought home a state win in the Junior Team Division in Animal Systems in the Agriscience Fair at the 87th Annual Texas FFA Convention held in Corpus Christi week before last. Camden Boren and Murissa Horton (both classified as freshmen at the time of the contest) brought home the state win. They have qualified to compete in the National FFA Agriscience Fair contest (pending summer judging advancement) in Louisville, Kentucky in October of 2016. Kenneth “Ray” Bohall also competed at the state level in the Senior Individual Division in Animal Systems.

Dr. Dan Hunter, Assistant Commissioner for Water and Rural Affairs for Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA), was the keynote speaker at the Agriscience Fair banquet when Boren and Horton received the award. Dr. Hunter has an extensive background in agriculture, is an enormous supporter of FFA, grew up in Roscoe, and graduated from Roscoe High School.



On Wednesday, July 15, at approximately 4 p.m., Sgt. Steven Spencer stopped a vehicle on Interstate 20 at the 236 mile marker post. During a routine questioning of the driver and passenger of the vehicle, he detected the possibility of criminal activity. Chief Felix Pantoja was called to the scene to assist Spencer in watching the individuals as he performed a search of the vehicle. During the search Spencer located in undisclosed locations three separate bundles of marijuana. The driver, a man from Georgia, and the passenger, a woman from Odessa, were taken into custody and booked into the Nolan County Jail for felony possession of marijuana over 4 ounces but less than 5 pounds.


John Spaulding with his AR-15 beside RVFD Fire Chief Gary Armstrong.

John Spaulding is the winner of the AR-15 rifle in the Roscoe Volunteer Fire Department raffle held on July 4.



Baseball season is over for Roscoe’s little league teams, who went to the state playoffs but were unable to come home this year with the gold.

The Freshman League Astros (ages 10-12) finished fifth at the playoffs in Presidio. They lost their first game to Cross Plains 7-2 before beating Harker Heights by a score of 24-2. Unfortunately, however, they were eliminated when they lost their next game to Comanche 6-2.

The Midget League Tigers (ages 9 and under) finished seventh at the playoffs in Bangs, losing their first game to Presidio 15-5. In their second game against Ballinger, they overcame a 7-0 deficit in the last inning to take the lead 8-7 but then lost when Ballinger scored two runs in the bottom of the inning to beat them 9-8.

Even with the playoff losses, though, both teams had successful seasons overall with the Astros finishing with a 9-3 record in the Colorado City league, while the Tigers wound up at 8-4.

(I was unable to get the results of Roscoe’s playoff team at Colorado City in time to include in this posting.)



Two great bands are featured Friday night at the Lumberyard when Shinyribs opens for “Red Dirt” singing star Wade Bowen and Band.

Kevin Russell of Shinyribs
Shinyribs is one of the fastest-moving bands in the Texas scene right now. They exploded onto the Austin scene at Ray Benson’s club, The Rattle Inn, and have been drawing large crowds ever since. Led by Kevin Russell, their most recent album, Okra Candy, follows their first two, Well After Awhile, and Gulf Coast Museum.

Wade Bowen
Bowen, originally from Waco and a Texas Tech grad, has grown in popularity over the years and now has a large following.  His albums include Try Not to Listen (2002), The Blue Light Live (2004), Lost Hotel (2006), If We Ever Make It Home (2008), Live at Billy Bob’s Texas (2010), and The Given (2012).  Top singles include “Saturday Night,” “To Live is to Fly,” “Trouble,” “God Bless This Town,” and “Songs About Trucks.”

Shinyribs will open at 8:00, and Wade Bowen and Band will take the stage at 10:00.

Saturday night’s show will feature Two Tons of Steel. For more information and reservations, contact the Lumberyard at 325-766-2457.



I was out of town for 12 days starting on Sunday, July 12, and I noticed the difference in the weather as soon as I got back. Instead of the mild highs, such as 89° or 90°F, which we had in the first part of July, the temperatures had ratcheted up to 95°- 98° in the afternoons and about 75° instead of 71° or so for the early morning lows.

The current weather pattern should continue for at least the next week or so—highs in the mid to upper nineties and lows in the mid seventies.  There is a slight chance of rain on Saturday, but other than that just more of what we’ve been getting—plenty of sunshine with clear to partly cloudy skies and winds out of the south—in other words, typical summer weather.



Funeral services were held at Champion Baptist Church on Saturday, July 18, for Fairy Lynn Wright, 88, who passed away on July 13 in Lewisville. Interment followed at Roscoe Cemetery.

She was born in Loraine on September 10, 1926, and was a lifelong resident of the Roscoe area before moving to Lewisville in March 2014. She was a member of Champion Baptist Church and a graduate of Highland High School. She graduated from Hardin-Simmons University with a degree in Education and was a member of the Hardin-Simmons Cowgirls. Fairy's first teaching job was at Ira, then Highland and Roscoe Schools. She was also a Paul Harris Fellow of Rotary International.

Survivors include her sons, Jimmy Greg Wright and wife, Cherry, of Highland Village and Mark Daniel Wright and wife, Diana, of Roscoe; daughter, Maxi Lynn (Wright) Houser and husband, Donald, of Sinton, Texas; brother, Douglas Mahon of Snyder; six grandchildren; and fourteen great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, E.O. and Mozell (Newton) Wright; her husband, Max Wright; granddaughter, Allison Wright; and a baby sister, Lucy Mahon.

Pallbearers were her grandsons: Greg Wright, Channon Cain, Aaron Wright, Dax Davila, Jason Martin, and Raef Wright. Honorary pallbearers were Daylon Althof, Herbert WIlliams, Rudy Raughton, and Doyle Sanders.



Funeral services were held at Roscoe Church of Christ on Tuesday, July 21, for Anna Joyce Freeman Buckner, 88, of Sweetwater, who passed away Sunday, July 19, at Nolan Nursing and Rehab. Interment followed at Roscoe Cemetery under the direction of McCoy Funeral Home.

Anna was born to Lula Mae Stevens and Joseph Roy “Jack” Freeman in Trent on April 7, 1927. She lived and attended school at Trent until 1943, her sophomore year, when the family moved to Hale Center. She attended the last half of her sophomore year and her junior year there. She then moved to Roscoe with her family, where she attended her senior year, graduating in 1946. She attended schooling for Western Union in Springfield, Missouri, and worked for them in Corpus Christi. Then transferring to Silver City, New Mexico, she worked until returning to Roscoe and married Douglas Lynn Buckner on February 14, 1948. In 1952 she moved with her family to Hobbs, New Mexico, where she was a wife and mother. They moved to Carlsbad, New Mexico, in 1957 when Doug was made Manager for Tootie’s Cashway Super Markets. They moved back to Hobbs in 1958. Then they moved to Odessa, where Doug worked as Assistant Supervisor for Tootie's . In 1969 they moved to Martin, Texas, when Doug went to work for Allsup’s 7-11 convenience store. In 1971, she started to work with Doug at Allsup's 7-11 in Martin. In 1972 they moved to Roscoe, where they owned and operated Doug's Town and Country Grocery and Market until 1978. They sold and moved to Lake Brownwood, building a convenience store, which they owned and operated, until selling in 1991, after Doug suffered a stroke in October 1990. Joyce and Doug came to Sweetwater in 1992 to help in Buck's Restaurant, for her son, Mike and wife Sandy. She retired in 1997 and went home to Lake Brownwood. In 1992 they sold their home and moved to Sweetwater. Joyce was a Christian. She was a member of May Church of Christ in May, Texas, until moving to Sweetwater in 2002. She was a member of the Roscoe Church of Christ.

Survivors are children, Jerry Lynn Buckner and wife Margery Buckner of Albuquerque, New Mexico, Danny Wayne Buckner of Lake Brownwood, Michael Douglas Buckner and wife Sandy of Sweetwater, Jack Allan Buckner and wife Jennifer of Amarillo, and Donna Kaye Sharp of Lubbock; grandchildren, Ron Hines of Sweetwater, Michael Joe Buckner of Sweetwater, Jack Allan Buckner II and wife Jennifer of Amarillo, Randal Charles Buckner and wife of Memphis, TN, David Sharp and wife Evalena of Lubbock, Daniel Sharp and wife Emeral of Alpine, Christye Michele Buckner Whitmore of San Diego, CA, Winona Michele Buckner of Albuquerque, NM, Jennifer Lynn Buckner of Phoenix, AZ, and Mollie Blackburn of Amarillo; sisters, Maretha Myrle and husband Donald Kelley of Abilene, Melba Faye and husband Garland Marth of Roscoe, and Billye Ruth and husband Odis Sessions of Seven Points, TX; along with numerous great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Lula Mae Stevens Freeman and Joseph Roy “Jack,” and brothers Jerland Fred Freeman and Luther Warren Ashford, three nephews, and two nieces.

Pallbearers were Ronald Hines, Steve Hagerman, Kenny Kelley, Stanley Kelley, Ricky Kelley, and Tim Kelley.


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