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Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Plowboys Down Haskell, Hamlin in District Play

Javier Leaños (4) brings the ball upcourt against Hamlin Friday evening.
The Plowboys won two more district games this past week, winning both games at home. They defeated Hamlin 47-40 on Friday and Haskell 50-36 last night. They are now 3-3 in district play. Here are the scores by quarters along with the Plowboys' individual scoring.

Plowboys 47 – Hamlin 40

Plowboys            9        26        34        47
Hamlin              15        23        31        40

Javier Leaños 20, Rafael Aguayo 10, Jose Ortega 7, Brayden Beal 2, Kevin Lavalais 2, Isaiah Gonzales 2, Johnathon Cuellar 2.

Plowboys 50 – Haskell 36

Plowboys            5        22        35        50
Haskell              13        20        23        36

Leaños 22, Aguayo 13, Ortega 6, Gonzales 6, Lavalais 3.

Next up are Stamford in Stamford on Friday and Winters in Winters next Tuesday.



Veronica Cuellar takes a long shot. She made 28 points against the Lady Pipers.
The Plowgirls lost two more district games this past week, falling to Hamlin 62-37 on Friday and to Haskell 52-34 last night. They are now 0-6 in district play.

Hamlin 62 – Plowgirls 37

Hamlin               8        20        41        62
Plowgirls          12        26        31        37

Veronica Cuellar 28, Pena 4, Bergan Trevino 2, Bonnie Wilkinson 2.

Haskell 52 – Plowgirls 34

Haskell             10        25        42        52
Plowgirls            9        16        19         34

B. Wilkinson 14, Trevino 7, Pena 5, Alejandra Solis 4, Cuellar 4.

Next up for the Plowgirls are Stamford in Stamford on Friday and Winters in Winters next Tuesday.



(Photo by Rachel Shipp)
Landry Turnbow had the Grand Champion Steer, Kaylee Palacios the Grand Champion Hampshire Swine, and Lynzie Atkinson the Reserve Champion Goat at the Nolan County Livestock Show in the Nolan County Coliseum this past weekend.

Here are the results for all the Roscoe Collegiate ISD FFA or 4-H students who participated in the show with their names and places their entries finished:

Alfonso Islas                 12
Derek Creed                  13
Kaleb Bohall                 14

Light Weight
Darbee Drake                7
Jaci Stewart                  11
Jaci Lawson                  12
Isabel Ortega                13

Lynzie Atkinson            1  (Reserve Champion Goat)
Jaci Stewart                  2
Lynzie Atkinson            3

Finewool Light Weight
Tait Fullwood               4
Lynzie Atkinson            5

Finewool Medium Weight
Ty Fullwood                 4

Finewool Cross Medium Weight
Lynzie Atkinson           4

Southdown Heavy Weight
Lynzie Atkinson           3

Medium Wool Light Weight
Ty Fullwood                 2

Medium Wool Heavy Weight
Lynzie Atkinson           3

Heavy Weight
Landry Turnbow           1  (Grand Champion Steer)

Duroc Medium Weight
Max Nemir                    5
Derek Creed                  8

Hampshire Medium Weight
Brena Robison              3
Derek Creed                  4
Daxton Drake               7

Hampshire Heavy Weight
Kaylee Palacios             1  (Grand Champion Hampshire)
Justin Herrera              2

WOPB Heavy Weight
Kaylee Palacios             3
Max Nemir                    4
Phoenix Walker            6

BOPB Light Weight
Derek Creed                  7

BOPB Heavy Weight
Zeke Murphy                1
Zeke Murphy                7

Cross Heavy Weight
Max Nemir                    2
Kaylee Palacios             3
Justin Herrera              4



Tom Griffith has moved his Griffith Tax Services to a new office located at 100 Cypress Suite A. Entry to the office is through the front door of the Mexico Lindo Restaurant. The door will be unlocked at times when the restaurant is closed and Griffith Tax Services is open.



Isaac Castro (R) will be the featured guest at a Town Hall meeting at the Roscoe Community Center next Wednesday at 5:00pm. Castro, a lawyer in Hamlin and the town’s former mayor, is running for State Representative of District 71, which comprises Nolan, Taylor, and Jones Counties.

The current representative, Susan King, R-Abilene, will not seek another term. She is running for the State Senate District 24 seat being vacated by Troy Fraser, R-Horseshoe Bay, who is retiring.

Everyone is invited to attend.



Roscoe students get an early release at 12:45pm today as the teachers will hold a workshop in the afternoon. Normal times resume again tomorrow.



Yesterday's sunset.
There were no drastic weather events to report this past week, nothing but the kind of weather you typically expect for January in west Texas. Skies were clear to partly cloudy, and daily highs ranged from 45° on Monday to 65° last Thursday and also yesterday. Lows ranged from Monday morning’s 23° to last Thursday's 42°. Otherwise, highs were generally in the fifties or thereabouts and lows were in the thirties or upper twenties. Winds were breezy all week.

The forecast is for more of the same. Today’s high could reach 60° with highs predicted in the fifties until Sunday when it is forecast to hit 65°. Lows will be at or just below freezing on Thursday and Friday but warm into the forties on Saturday and Sunday.

Skies will be clear or partly cloudy, and there is no precipitation of any kind in the forecast.



A Memorial Service for Eula Dean “Deany” Downs, 87, will be held at Martha Bowman United Methodist Church in Macon, GA, at 2:00pm on Saturday, January 23. She passed away in Macon, where she had been a resident since 2004.

Deany was born on March 27, 1928, in Rogers, NM. She was one of four children of J.H. and Maude Vincent and lived on their farm until they moved to Sudan, Texas. She loved music and played the coronet in the Sudan High School Band and also played the piano. She majored in music at the University of New Mexico. She met and married Robert E. Downs on January 9, 1949. They raised their two children, Robert and Karen, in Roscoe.

She was active in women’s social organizations and served as church organist at the First United Methodist Church for many years. She also served as a den mother to the cub scouts and was always active in the life of her family. She worked as a bookkeeper at the local elevator and later as bookkeeper and office manager for three different surgeons, all of whom still remained in touch with her. She later retired, but remained in Roscoe until moving to Macon in 2004. While in Macon, she remained socially active with the activities at the Gables where she lived as well as staying true to her love of music by serving as pianist for the Nan Freeman Sunday School Class.

She was preceded in death by Robert E. Downs, her husband of 35 years; and is survived by her two brothers, Coye of Baltimore, MD, and Kenneth of Lubbock; and her sister, Leota Harley of Midland. She is also survived by her two children, Robert (Bob) and wife, Jeanie, of Yorktown, VA, and Karen Rogers and husband, John, of Macon; as well as six grandchildren and five great grandchildren, along with numerous nieces and nephews.

The family will have a Viewing at Hart’s Mortuary on Friday, January 22, from 5pm to 7pm. The family requests memorials be sent to Martha Bowman United Methodist Church, or to Daybreak, PO Box 204, Macon, GA, 31202.

Hart’s Mortuary at the Cupola ( has charge of arrangements.



Funeral services for Walter “Buddy” Lee Clements, Jr., 87, were held at McCoy Chapel of Memories in Sweetwater at 2pm on Tuesday, January 12, followed by interment at Sweetwater Cemetery. He passed away on Thursday, January 7, at Sweetwater Health Care.

Mr. Clements was born in Blackwell on October 8, 1928. On February 25, 1950, he married Doris Henderson in Sweetwater. He was a member of Lamar Baptist Church and had lived in Roscoe for the past 59 years. He was employed by El Paso Natural Gas Company for 35 years in plant operations. Then, after retiring he worked for Pri-Corp Prison at Avenger Village for four years. Buddy farmed and ranched from 1967 to 2007. He was a veteran of World War II serving in the U.S. Air Force for four years in Japan.

Survivors include his wife, Doris Clements of Roscoe; sons, Larry Clements of Roscoe, Jacky Ray Clements and wife, Betty, of Batesville, Arkansas; sisters, Joann Priest of Eastland and Ruby Dressler of Iowa Park, TX; six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren, along with numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Walter Lee Clements, Sr., on August 13, 1987, and Minnie Anne Bayless on March 18, 2000; his son, Walter Lee Clements III on December 22, 2006; and two sisters, Virginia Carter and Helen Mearse.

Pallbearers were Dale Finch, Randy Hanes, Raymond Lambert, Norman Massey, Don Kite and Jimmy Davis. 

Ed: My apologies for missing this last week.



Graveside services for Mary Jo Collins, 69, will be at 2:00pm on Saturday, January 23, at Garden of Memories Cemetery, Sweetwater, with Dr. Perry Collins officiating. She passed away on Monday, January 17, at Rolling Plains Hospital in Sweetwater.

Ms. Collins was born on September 10, 1946 in Roscoe and grew up there. She was a graduate of Highland High School. Jo lived most of her life in Sweetwater and worked at Staton’s Pharmacy as a Pharmacy Assistant and later at U.S.G. as a Lab Technician. She was a member of Fourth and Elm Church of Christ, ABWA, and the Purple Hats Club. Jo loved watching the Dallas Cowboys. She will be missed by many friends, neighbors and family.

Survivors include her sons, Steven Collins of Katy, Dr. Perry Collins and wife, Cassie Collins, of Plainview; daughter, Misty Baron of Abilene; sister, Martha Rae Blair of Abilene; and five grandchildren, Emily Collins, Zachary Collins, Brooklyn Collins, Chandler Collins and Kristen Collins.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Alvin L. Smith on September 5, 1976, and Eula Dolly Fry Smith on November 24, 2006.

Pallbearers will be Steve Collins, Dr. Perry Collins, Cory Stroman, Larry Denton, Gary Setliff and Ron Baron.

The family will receive friends at McCoy Funeral Home from 12:30 to 1:45pm on Saturday, January 23.



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