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Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Young Farm Estates Holds Subdivision Preview, Begins Sale of Lots

The entrance to Young Farm Estates.
The Young Farm Estates, Roscoe’s new housing development, has begun selling lots for new homes following a “Meet and Greet” session on Tuesday, August 18, at the Lumberyard. A crowd of eighty prospective homeowners, builders, vendors, and city and county officials attended and were taken on a tour of the property in north Roscoe, while at the Lumberyard, there were drinks, food, and door prizes donated by local merchants.

Lots for new homes in the subdivision are currently available for $24,900 to $34,900, and one of the five prospective home builders, Pat Donahue, has homes available for viewing in Abilene  similar to the ones he will build in Roscoe. He will be happy to discuss plans and pricing and to walk prospective homeowners through the process. Locations of the homes in Abilene are listed on the Young Farm Estate Facebook page.

Homes in the Young Farm Estates will be subject to deed restrictions created to protect the investments of homeowners and to maintain a high level of quality of homes built in the subdivision. Examples include a requirement that homes have an 80% masonry exterior and restrictions against parking 18-wheelers or farm equipment in the driveways or streets.

The Young Farm Estates office is located at 10 Cypress Street across from the Lumberyard in downtown Roscoe. For more information, visit the Young Farm Estates Facebook page or call 325-766-3319.



Plowboys pass against Hawley in a scrimmage two years ago.
The scrimmages are history and pre-season practices almost over, as the Plowboys open their 2015 season Friday evening at Plowboy Field against a tough 2A, division 1, opponent, the Hawley Bearcats.

A playoff team last year, the Bearcats could be even stronger this time around. Their sophomore quarterback, Quay Stokes, was named last year’s Big Country Newcomer of the Year, and Dave Campbell’s Texas Football picks Hawley to finish second in a district that includes perennial powers Stamford and Windthorst.  They return six starters on offense and seven on defense.

The Plowboys will counter with new quarterback, Brayden Beal, and a veteran team that includes ten offensive and eleven defensive starters, among them two-way standouts Vincent Pantoja (RB, LB), Max Nemir (RB, S), Kevin Lavalais (WR, DB), Javier Leanos (WR, DB), Rafael Aguayo (OL/DL), Ryland Madrid (OL/DL), Clayton Chadwick (OL/DL), and others.

Kickoff is at 7:30pm.



RCHS Special Events Center
Parents, grandparents, and the general public are invited to attend Roscoe Collegiate High School’s Open House for the Junior High and High School grades next Tuesday, September 1.

The event will begin at 6:00pm in the Special Events Center and will include meetings with the teachers of these grades along with tours of the classrooms and other facilities.



On Friday evening at approximately 7pm, Roscoe Police Sgt. Steven Spencer initiated a traffic stop on I-20 at the 236 mile marker in Roscoe. Upon speaking with the driver, a man listing an address in Big Spring, Spencer noted signs of possible criminal activity. During routine questioning, he learned that the driver was currently on parole for manufacturing and delivery of methamphetamine.

Due to the driver's actions and mannerisms, Sgt. Spencer called for assistance from Roscoe Police Chief Felix Pantoja. Upon Pantoja’s arrival, Spencer requested consent to search the vehicle but was denied.

The Sweetwater Police Department was then called to the scene. Sgt. Rob Holman arrived and performed a roadside K9 open-air sniff operation, which yielded a positive alert for narcotics. Upon opening the vehicle, Spencer quickly located a large amount of methamphetamine and paraphernalia used in its consumption.

The driver was taken into custody but began complaining of chest pains and difficulty breathing. EMS was called to the scene, and Pantoja assisted in transporting the man to the Rolling Plains Emergency Room. Upon release and medical clearance, Sgt. Spencer booked the man into the Nolan County Sheriff’s Office jail for felony possession of methamphetamine.



Aaron Watson
The Lumberyard’s second big tripleheader of the summer is a Texas Country extravaganza featuring Aaron Watson along with Cory Morrow and Hunter Hutchinson.

Watson, who was born in Amarillo, launched his music career while a student at ACU and still calls Abilene home. His first CD, Aaron Watson, was released in 1999, and since then he has produced ten more, among them The Honky Tonk Kid, San Angelo, Barbed Wire Halo, Angels & Outlaws, The Road & the Rodeo, and Real Good Time. Top singles include “That Look,” “July in Cheyenne,” “Real Good Time,” “Raise Your Bottle,” “Shut Up and Dance,” “Lips,” and “Barbed Wire Halo.”

Cory Morrow
Cory Morrow is a “red dirt” Texas Country singer/songwriter who developed his musical style as a student at Texas Tech before moving to Austin to pursue music as a career. Since 1997, he has produced 15 albums including Outside the Lines, Vagrants and Kings, and Songs We Wish We’d Written (with Pat Green). His most recent, released this year, is The Good Fight. Top singles include “Texas on My Mind” (with Pat Green), “Beat of Your Heart,” “He Carries Me,” and “Big City Stripper.”

Hunter Hutchinson
Hunter Hutchinson is an up-and-coming young singer/songwriter from Abilene currently a sophomore at Texas Tech. He has played at the Firehouse and Blue Light in Lubbock as well as clubs in Abilene and has produced one album, Texas Too.

Hutchinson will open the show at 7:00pm followed by Morrow and then Watson. For reservations or more information, phone the Lumberyard at 325-766-2457.



The storm clouds on Sunday afternoon.
We got a surprise shower on Sunday afternoon. Rain was not in the forecast, but a big cloud made up right over Roscoe and rained for a while before moving north and also hitting places in Fisher County. Kenny Landfried reported an official .62” at his home in east Roscoe, and Darrell Aljoe, who lives east of him, got three-quarters of an inch, but in south Roscoe where I live it was more like a half-inch. Pyron, northwest of town, had 1.2” and the Champion area got about an inch, but the measurements really varied in different areas with some getting nothing at all.

Yesterday, a big thunderhead made up southeast of town and came over Roscoe just about sundown with thunder and high winds. It didn’t rain here in town, although amounts between .2" and a half-inch fell west of town, and it may have rained more elsewhere. I haven't yet heard.

Other than that, the weather has been typical for August with highs generally in the nineties and lows mostly in the seventies. It even dropped into the sixties last Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. The high temperature for the past week was 98°F on Saturday and the low was Thursday morning at 61°.

The forecast is for continued August heat with highs in the mid to upper nineties and lows in the mid to lower seventies. There is little to no chance of rain forecast before next Wednesday, but the  outlook for next weekend is for a 40%-50% chance of precipitation.



Services were held at 2:00pm on Saturday, August 22, at McCoy Chapel of Memories for Lillie Jean Williams, 55, who died at her home in Sweetwater on Sunday, August 16. Burial followed at the Sweetwater Cemetery.

Lillie was born December 22, 1959, in Sweetwater and was a lifelong area resident. She worked at Rolling Plains Memorial Hospital for many years.

She is survived by her mother, Minnie Ola Williams; her loving partner and friend, Arthur Starling; brothers Robert Williams and wife LaVerne of Roscoe, Sherman Williams of Sweetwater, and Thurman and Charles Williams of Abilene, Hilly Williams and wife Elsie of Amarillo, and Billy Williams, also of Amarillo; sisters, Dimple and husband Willie Williams of Sweetwater, Linda Williams of Sweetwater, Donna Kay Williams of Roby, and Pearl Williams of Sweetwater; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

She was preceded in death by her father, Hill Williams, and husband, Roy Williams.

Pallbearers were Jeremy Thompson, Travis “KeKe” Wallace, Nicholas Williams, Damian Williams and Otis Williams.


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