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Wednesday, August 12, 2015

2015 Student Enrollment at RCISD Breaks 600

School began in the Roscoe Collegiate ISD on Monday morning, and once again the total enrollment is up over last year, just as it has been for the past four years. In fact, this year’s 618 students in all grades from pre-K through 12 is an increase of 45 students over last year’s 573  and the most that Roscoe has seen in many years.

The school’s steady growth can be seen in the opening enrollment figures for the previous four years along with the current enrollment:
                          Grades         2011      2012       2013      2014      2015
Elementary      pre-K - 6      234        284         338        359        403*
Junior High        7-8                31           53           78          98          80*
High School       9-12               98        110          110         116         135
Totals                pre-K - 12     363        447         526        573         618

This year’s figures in Elementary and Junior High are adjusted in the above table so that the grades correspond with previous years. However, this year the sixth grade is now part of Junior High, so the 38 sixth graders should be added to the 80 seventh and eighth graders to make a total of 118 students in Junior High and subtracted from the 403 in Elementary to make a total of 365 students in pre-K through fifth grade.

As in recent years, the increase in the number of students is due to the number of transfers from nearby towns who want to take advantage of the education that RCISD provides. This year’s total number of transfers is 260 students.



Cheerleaders and Cheer Pals lead a yell at last year's Plowboy Preview.
The annual Plowboy Preview will be held tomorrow, August 15, with a hamburger cookout behind the east stands starting at 6:00, with burger, chips, and drink costing $6.  Then at 7:00pm, this year’s football players, coaches, cheerleaders, and band will be introduced in front of the east stands.


Plat for Young Farm Estates Phase 1. (Click to enlarge.)
 The sale of lots in Phase 1 of the Young Farm Estates housing development on Roscoe’s north side  begins at 10:00am on Monday, August 17, at its office at 10 Cypress Street across from the Lumberyard. Lots will sell for $25,000 to $30,000.

A preview of the subdivision for prospective homeowners, builders, vendors, and financial institutions will be held on Tuesday, August 18, in the Lumberyard from 6:00 to 9:00pm. For more information, call Roscoe City Hall during business hours at 325-766-3871.



The Plowboys' first scrimmage of the season is at Haskell on Friday.
Fans can get their first look at this year’s Plowboys in action at a scrimmage with Haskell in Haskell on Friday starting at 6:00pm.  Their first action in Roscoe will come next Friday, August 21, when they scrimmage Munday at Plowboy Field, also starting at 6:00pm.



City Manager Cody Thompson addresses the City Council at last night's meeting.
Business was conducted quickly and efficiently at the monthly meeting of the Roscoe City Council at City Hall yesterday evening. A complaint about a persistent water leak on North Cypress Street by resident Lucan Campa was essentially withdrawn because city workers have already begun dealing with it, and the remaining agenda was shorter than usual.

City Manager Cody Thompson gave the Council an update on recent and upcoming City and County activities:

Recycled asphalt was placed on the caliche road next to the Stone Tower RV Park to eliminate the dust caused by traffic.

The leak on North Cypress has been repaired, but it will take a week to ten days before the area is completely cleaned since everything must be allowed to dry and the excavation filled.

Drilling on the injection well next to Smartt Move LLC just off US 84 will begin within the next two weeks.

Most of the drainage areas have been mowed to increase drainage, and a water pump has been replaced at the west booster plant by the new R. O. water plant.

The County’s annual seal coat program will not reach Roscoe until around the first of September.

The Council then approved the parade and bonfire for this year’s Roscoe High School Homecoming. The parade will line up on Main Street from Front to Broadway and proceed down Broadway to Oak and from there all the way to the school. The bonfire will be located in the same place it was last year, just east of the Stone Tower RV Park.

The council also set the date for their first budget workshop at 7:00pm next Thursday, August 20, before adjourning.



Billy Bob Thornton and the Boxmasters
Another blockbuster Friday night is in the works this weekend at the Lumberyard with three popular bands—The Boxmasters featuring Billy Bob Thornton, Cody Jinks, and Zane Williams.

Of the three groups, the one with the best known celebrity is the Boxmasters with Billy Bob Thornton. Thornton has achieved Hollywood stardom, earning an Academy Award as a screenwriter, nominations for an Oscar and several Emmy Awards as an actor, and his own star in the Hollywood Walk of Fame.  He is best known as the writer, director, and star actor of Sling Blade but also starred in Bad Santa, the science fiction film Armageddon and the crime drama Simple Plan. He was also married to and divorced from Angelina Jolie. Films he has written besides Sling Blade include A Family Thing and The Gift, and he has also directed several films including Daddy and Them, All the Pretty Horses, and Jayne Mansfield’s Car.

He is also a singer and songwriter with four solo albums and is the vocalist of the Boxmasters, a blues rock band.

Cody Jinks
Cody Jinks is a popular country singer from Fort Worth. His album Adobe Sessions contains song such as “Cast No Stones” and “Loud and Heavy.” His appearance on Ray Benson’s Texas Music Scene is available here.

Zane Williams
Zane Williams is a country singer and songwriter who has toured in Missouri, Alabama, and Texas and has produced five CDs. His song “Hurry Home” was selected as the Maxell Song of the Year in the John Lennon Songwriting Contest, and his album The Right Place was co-produced with Radney Foster. His most recent album, Texas Like That, with ten songs he wrote was produced this year. Music videos include “Overnight Success” and “Jayton & Jill.”

Zane Williams will open the show at 7:00pm followed by Cody Jinks at about 8:30 and the Boxmasters at about 10:15. For reservations and more information, contact the Lumberyard at 325-766-2457.



Dryland cotton is holding up well despite the high temperatures.
There’s no two ways about it. This past week has been hot with triple-digit or 99°F afternoons and morning lows in the mid to high seventies. The highs for the week were the 102° days on Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday. There wasn’t even a hint of rain.

The coming week should also be hot but not quite as hot as the past one. High temperatures should drop by four to eight degrees and lows should drop three or four. There is a 20% to 30% chance of rain on Friday and Saturday, followed by afternoons with only 93° or 94° highs. It will be nice to see some break in this typical August heat, especially if it involves rain and cooler weather.

NASA is reporting that the meteor showers that always occur in August should be especially good this year. They should be at their peak tonight starting around midnight and lasting until dawn, so if you’re somewhere where there are no electric lights, give your eyes about twenty minutes to get used to the darkness and keep them on the darkest part of the sky, and you should see a nice display of shooting stars.


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