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Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Bobby Bare to Play Free Concert at West Texas Wind Festival

Bobby Bare
Country great Bobby Bare, whose song “Detroit City” is well known to almost everyone, will be the featured performer at the free concert and street dance of this year’s annual West Texas Wind Festival next Saturday. The planned appearance of John Conlee had to be canceled because of a scheduling conflict, and City Manager Cody Thompson was able to book Bare as his replacement. Bare, who says he hasn’t been in west Texas in about thirty years, is looking forward to revisiting the area and doing the show.

Over the years, Bobby Bare has produced a multitude of hit albums and singles and has received numerous national awards. Besides “Detroit City,” which earned him a Grammy Award for Best Country & Western Recording in 1963, his hit singles also include “500 Miles Away from Home,” “Four Strong Winds,” “Talk Me Some Sense,” “(Margie’s at) The Lincoln Park Inn,” “The Winner,” “Streets of Baltimore,” “God Bless America Again,” “Miller’s Cave,” “Come Sundown,” “How I Got to Memphis,” “Please Don’t Tell Me How the Story Ends,” “Sylvia’s Mother,”  “Marie Laveau,” “No Memories Hangin’ Round” (with Rosanne Cash), “Numbers,” “Tequila Sheila,” and many others.

Starting with his first album, “Detroit City” and Other Hits in 1963, he has produced a total of 22 albums at RCA, Mercury, and Columbia, among others. His most recent is Darker Than Light produced by Plowboy Records in 2012.

In 1998 he formed the band Old Dogs with his friends Jerry Reed, Mel Tillis, and Waylon Jennings. He has also done some acting. He was in a western movie, A Distant Trumpet, with Troy Donahue as well as a few episodes of the TV series No Time for Sergeants.

In 2013, he was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame along with Kenny Rogers.

He will take the stage on Cypress Street in downtown Roscoe at 8:00pm and play until about 9:30, followed by the fireworks show. This could be your only chance ever to see him perform—and certainly your only chance ever to see him free of charge—so make plans now to attend the West Texas Wind Festival in downtown Roscoe next Saturday, October 17.



The cross-country military convoy that went through Roscoe in 1920.
In August 1920 a military convoy came down Broadway through downtown Roscoe on its way from Washington, DC, to San Diego, California. Following the route of the old Bankhead Highway (later US 80), it consisted of 50 vehicles, 32 officers, and 160 enlisted men under Col. John F. Franklin. Its purpose was to assess the practicality of motorized transport and its place in the US Army. The trip covered over 3300 miles and took 116 days to complete.

Now, 95 years later, the Military Vehicle Preservation Association is sponsoring the 2015 MVPA Bankhead Highway Cross-Country Convoy, which will consist of some sixty military vehicles and follow as closely as possible the same route of the 1920 convoy. The convoy began on September 19 in Washington, DC, and traveling at top speeds of 35 mph, will take 29 days to complete its journey to San Diego.

The MVPA Bankhead Highway Convoy in Georgia in September 2015.
The convoy will stay overnight at the Nolan County Coliseum in Sweetwater tonight and come through Roscoe some time tomorrow morning on its way to its next overnight stop in Midland. It will make its way from Sweetwater past Avenger Field down the old Bankhead Highway next to the railroad track and come into Roscoe on east Broadway. From there it will go through town and make the turn on Business I-20 just west of town out to I-20, where it will go through the underpass and continue on to downtown Loraine on the south service road of I-20, formerly the old Bankhead Highway.

The convoy has been received with fanfare on its route through the southern states to Dallas and Fort Worth and points west and will be a sight worth seeing if you can manage it.



Jose Ortega (2) carries the ball in the game against Jim Ned.
The Plowboys begin 6-2A-II District play Friday evening with an away game at Miles. The Bulldogs are 2-3 on the year after beating Rocksprings and Nueces Canyon and losing to Irion County, Coahoma, and Forsan. Like the Plowboys, they had an open date last week.

The outcome of this contest is important for both teams as Winters, the pre-season favorite, hasn’t performed up to expectations, putting the district up for grabs, and both Miles and Roscoe are major contenders. Both the Plowboys and Bulldogs (avg. 32 points per game) have potent offenses, so the game is likely to be a high-scoring affair.

Kickoff is at 7:30pm at Bulldog Field in Miles.



Roscoe's first module of 2015, harvested by Lonnie Orman on September 30. (Photo by David Duncan)
Roscoe farmer Lonnie Orman harvested Roscoe’s first cotton module of the year last Wednesday, September 30, on a farm northeast of Roscoe owned by the Faust sisters, Teresa and Tracy. It was just the first of several modules he stripped that day. He said it is the first time he ever harvested any cotton in the Roscoe area in September.

The module was taken to the Central Rolling Plains Co-op Gin, where it produced the area’s first bale of the year, for which Orman will receive a $100 prize.


Members at the Co-op Open House at the Gin Thursday.
The Central Rolling Plains Co-op held its annual open house last Thursday with a hamburger lunch at the gin northwest of town.  Gin Manager Larry Black gave a short address to the members present and invited everyone to look over the gin’s recent enhancements.

Door prizes were awarded, and members also wrote down their guesses for the number of cotton bales to be ginned this year, with a $100 prize awaiting the person who gets the closest without going over the total.



A mud vehicle tries to conquer the squishy blackland mudbog Saturday.
(Photo by Patty McBride)
Here are the results of the various vehicle classes participating in the Plowboy Mudbog held last Saturday at George Parks Field to benefit the Roscoe Volunteer Fire Department:

Street Class
1. Anthony Montgomery  Big Spring     ’82 Brown Chevy      359’1”
2. Kyle Bradshaw              Aspermont    ’85 Orange Blazer     351’ 1”
3. Rachel Bradshaw          Aspermont   ’89 Aqua Chevy         345’ 7”

Modified Class
1. Shannon Mollette  Rotan          Yellow Suzuki Samurai   388’ 11’
2. Max Likens          Roswell, NM ’73 Green Ford Bronco    378’ 2”
3. Caleb Dean             Roscoe           ’79 Cream/Brown F250   378’

Super Modified Class
1. Phillip Garcia            Colorado City   ’79 Gray Chevy  Cleared Pit
2. Raymond Martinez  Colorado City   ’89 Black Dodge     422’ 3”
3. Branden Oden           Colorado City   ’85 White S-10       203’ 7”

Open Class
1. Arden Alvarez      Colorado City   Blue S-10                      7.15 sec.
2. James Pantoja     Roscoe              Yellow Landcruiser    15.65 sec.
3. Jeremy Sisk          Sweetwater       2000 Red S-10          16.86 sec.



Charlie Robison
Another Red Dirt/Texas Country double-header is in store for patrons of the Lumberyard Saturday night when Phil Hamilton and Charlie Robison come to town.

Singer/songwriter Charlie Robison, 51, is probably best known for his single “My Home Town.” A native Texan who grew up on a ranch near Bandera, he began his musical career in Austin in the late eighties when he played in various bands.  He went solo and released his first album, Bandera, in 1996, followed by Life of the Party (1998), Unleashed Live (2000), Step Right Up (2001), Live (2003), Good Times (2004), Beautiful Day (2009), Live at Billy Bob’s Texas (2012), and his latest CD, High Life (2013).

Besides “My Hometown,” his best known singles include “I Want You Bad,” “Barlight,” “Poor Man’s Son,” and “Walter.”

Phil Hamilton.
Phil Hamilton’s single, “Hold on Tight,” from his latest CD, Live at the Whiskey Girl Saloon, recently hit the top ten in Texas Country. Hamilton, also known as Philthy, is well known in the Metroplex. His latest single, “Dirty Love,” is currently being played on the radio. His debut CD was Nothing to Lose (2009), followed by Renegade Rock n Roll (2012), which yielded three hit singles, “Bad,” “Running,” and “Back of a ’73.”

Phil Hamilton will start the show at 8:00pm and be followed by Charlie Robison at about 10:00. For more information and reservations, contact the Lumberyard at 325-766-2457.



This morning's sunrise.
The past few days have been refreshingly cool as days get shorter and we move into the new season. It wasn’t that way last Thursday, though, when the temperature reached 91°F. That night, however, a cool front moved in and temperatures dropped. The highs for the next four days were 79°, 83°, 79°, and 75° with lows of 60°, 55°, 54°, and 59°.

Yesterday, however, was much warmer with an afternoon high of 86°. Skies were generally sunny or only partly cloudy all week, but on Monday morning it was cloudy with what you might call a heavy sprinkle for a couple of hours, enough to make the sidewalks wet. My rain gauge recorded a total of .06”.

We should get some rain in the next couple of days, though. There is an 80% chance of precipitation tonight, a 60%-70% chance tomorrow, and a 50% chance on Friday. The high today should be about 84°, but Thursday through Saturday will be cooler with highs in the mid to upper seventies and lows in the mid to low sixties. Skies will clear on Sunday and warmer weather will return with forecast highs of 85° on Sunday and 89° on Monday.



The Going Home Celebration of life for Virginia Adams Muncy, 87, of Maryneal will be at 2:00pm on Friday, October 9, at McCoy Chapel of Memories in Sweetwater with Jeff Jenkins officiating. She entered into eternal rest on Saturday, October 3. Burial will be in Maryneal Cemetery.

Virginia Ruth Adams was born in Maryneal on August 25, 1928, to Buster and Jewell Adams. She was a life-long resident of Maryneal. She married Billy Drake Muncy of Slidell, TX, in Maryneal on August 21, 1948. She and Billy were involved in ranching in Nolan County their entire married life. Gin, to help supplement the family income, worked in Sweetwater in the 1970s for Fashion Shoes. In the 1980’s she began filling in for the postmaster in Maryneal and ultimately served as Maryneal’s Postmaster for 13 years before she retired in 1991.

Gin was always active in the community and the county. A 1946 graduate of Highland High School, she remained a loyal supporter of Highland School playing the piano for graduations and Highland Halloween Carnivals over the years, cooking hamburgers and frying pies with the booster club, and helping with Highland homecoming planning for decades. She was an active member of the Maryneal Community Center and always helped with event and fundraiser planning for the community. She was a musician and would make an instrument of music out of almost anything, frequently filling crystal water glasses with water and playing them. She began playing the piano at age 4, taught by her mother. She played by ear. “If you can hum it, I can play it,” she’d say. Her mother had to make her quit playing as a child, having to remind her to eat and play somewhere else! She wrote music, poetry, and history of the family, the community, Highland School, and was a contributor to Nolan County’s history. She loved this country and patriotic music. She was a faithful member of the Maryneal Church of Christ her entire life. Her greatest joy in life was her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren; they called her GinMama. GinMama was an avid quilter and all the grandchildren got a quilt when they married and a baby quilt for each child they had. Her last quilting project was hand and footprint blocks for each of her 23 great grandchildren. She enjoyed life with gusto. Her hands and mind were always busy with some project. She continued to mow her own grass well into her 80’s. She loved having drop-in visitors but said, “If you’re coming to see my house, make an appointment!” She always had a dog or three around. They were her companions and she treated them like they were kids!

She is survived by a daughter, Cherry Muncy Wright and husband, Jimmy of Highland Village, TX; two sons, Jerry B. Muncy and wife, Lana of Keller; and Terry L. Muncy and wife, Marla of Sweetwater; seven grandchildren: Greg Wright and wife, Christina of Burleson; Nikki Wright Martin and husband, Jason of Grand Prairie; Leslie Muncy of Keller; Cody Muncy and wife, Misty of Maryneal; Mandi Muncy Bartlett and husband, Ki, of Venus, TX; Jennifer Muncy Montgomery and husband, Derek of Burleson; and Randel Muncy Stone and husband, Jeff of Maryneal; 23 great grandchildren: Ryan Wright, Reagan Wright, Raef Wright, Madilyn Martin, Kennedy Martin, Max Martin, Paul Rothe, Basil Rothe, Garrett Muncy, Levi Muncy, Ty Lane Muncy, Drew Muncy, Jaden Muncy, Jackson Bartlett, Kiley Bartlett, Presley Montgomery, Avery Montgomery, Sydney Montgomery, Hallee Montgomery, Maddox Stone, Easton Stone, Nolan Stone and Hudson Stone. She is also survived by her sister, Wanda Womble and husband, P.A. Womble of Maryneal; a niece, Gena Sager of Maryneal; a nephew, John Womble of Maryneal; and a niece, Julie Womble Hurn of Maryneal; and a host of other extended family and friends in the community.

She was preceded in death by a grandson, Travis Blake Muncy, in 1982; her father, Buster Adams, in 1987; her husband, Billy Muncy, in 1987; and her mother, Jewell Jennings Adams, in 1991.

The family will accept visitors tomorrow, October 8, at McCoy Funeral Home in Sweetwater from 6:00 to 8:00pm.

Pallbearers will be her grandsons: Greg Wright, Cody Muncy, Jason Martin, Derek Montgomery, Jeff Stone, Ki Bartlett, Garrett Muncy, Raef Wright and Paul Rothe.

In lieu of flowers, the family would welcome and appreciate donations to the Maryneal Church of Christ, Maryneal Community Center, Maryneal Cemetery fund, Maryneal Volunteer Fire Department, or charity of your choice.


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