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Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Isaiah Gonzales, Ray Bohall are 2016 RCHS Valedictorian, Salutatorian

Isaiah Gonzales                                             Ray Bohall 
The grades have been averaged and the top RCHS 2016 graduates have been named. This year’s valedictorian is Isaiah Gonzales, who completed his high school work with an overall grade average of 94.2. The salutatorian is Ray Bohall, whose final average was 92.9.

The following is a list of the top ten 2016 graduates, all of whom are part of the group of twenty-four seniors who also just graduated with Associate’s Degrees from Western Texas College in Snyder:

1. Isaiah Gonzales
2. Ray Bohall
3. Cassie Chavira
4. Teresa Herrera
5. Rafael Aguayo
6. Caty Chavira
7. Adrian Ortega
8. Lin Xiao
9. Hannah Hobdy
10. Vincent Pantoja

Commencement ceremonies are at 7:00 this Friday evening, May 20, at the RCHS Special Events Center. We extend our heartiest congratulations to all this year’s graduates for all the hard work they’ve put in to prepare themselves for life after high school!



Kim Alexander reads statement at Monday's School Board meeting.

In the wake of the failed bond election on May 7, Monday evening’s regular monthly School Board meeting at the RCHS Administration Building was anything but “business as usual.” Superintendent Kim Alexander read a three-page statement entitled “Media response to e-mail regarding bond propaganda,” and several RCHS taxpayers were on hand to voice complaints concerning the failed bond and the controversial e-mail sent out just prior to the election.

Supt. Alexander’s statement begins by pointing out all the progress the school has made in recent years and the state and national recognition it has received for its Early College program and its progress with STEM certifications. It also mentions that these achievements have resulted in considerable growth in the numbers of students enrolled, especially through transfers, causing the resulting overcrowding and need for additional instructional space, including the Early Childhood Center that was just voted down.

It then explains Supt. Alexander’s reasons for sending out the controversial e-mail, primarily to counteract misinformation being spread on social media by one unnamed individual, but the explanations may prove to be controversial as well. In fact, one of the taxpayers at the meeting strongly objected to the statement, saying that part of it makes wrong implications about those who found the e-mail offensive.

Supt. Alexander’s statement is available in its entirety by clicking here.

The meeting continued with public comments from about half a dozen people, most of them objections to  the e-mail, although one urged that the school cease its unchecked acceptance of large numbers of transfers.

Afterwards, the board tended to normal business. One item of interest was their acceptance of the retirement of Billy Arpe, who has been a great asset to the school during his tenure as welding instructor.

After the public business was completed, the board went into closed session.



Although neither won a medal, both Kevin Lavalais and Bonnie Wilkerson finished strong enough to score points at the state track meet in Austin last weekend. Kevin finished fifth in the 2A 100 meter dash with a time of 11.13 seconds to score 2 points for the Plowboys, and Bonnie finished sixth in the 400 meter dash in 61.37 seconds to score 1 point for the Plowgirls.

In the 1A Division, Highland’s Hannah Allen finished fourth in the 100 meter hurdles with a time of 16.0 seconds, and Hornet Jon Basye finished sixth in the high jump with a leap of 6’ 2”.



Jacob Tiemann, RCISD’s Director of Early College High School and STEM, will be in Baltimore tomorrow to present Roscoe’s Early College and STEM programs in a session at the U.S. News STEM Solutions National Leadership Conference.

His presentation will be in a session entitled “Early College High School: A Tried and True Track.” Two other panelists, Tony Habit, the President of North Carolina’s New Schools, and Radcliffe Sadler, Associate Analyst at IBM and graduate of Pathways in Technology Early College High School in Brooklyn, NY, will also make presentations.



John Jay (in leather chair) speaks with Rep. Randy Neugebauer.
Roscoe State Bank President and CEO John Jay recently went to Washington to meet with legislators and regulators about the need for community bank regulatory relief as part of IBAT’s (Independent Bankers Association of Texas) 24th Annual Congressional Visit. In total, 120 representatives of the Texas community banking industry took IBAT’s message to Capitol Hill during this trip.

Jay and other IBAT members urged co-sponsorship of key pieces of legislation to allow regulators the ability to right-size new regulations based on a bank’s risk profile, place greater Congressional oversight on the activities of the CFPB and raise the data security standards for merchants handling sensitive payment information.



Precinct 6 voting on Tuesday is in the Community Center.

Early voting for the primary party runoffs began on Monday and will continue through this Friday, May 20, at the County Clerk’s Office in the Nolan County Courthouse. Election Day is next Tuesday, May 24. Registered voters in Precinct 6, which includes Roscoe, will cast their ballots at the Roscoe Community Center between 7:00am-7:00pm.

Voting is by party. Republicans will vote for one of the following in the contests in which a runoff is necessary from the outcome of the Primary Election on March 1:

U. S. Representative, District 19:
            Jody Arrington
            Glen Robertson

Railroad Commissioner:
            Wayne Christian
            Gary Gates

Judge Court of Criminal Appeals, Place 2:
            Mary Lou Keel
            Wayne Wheless

Judge Court of Criminal Appeals, Place 5:
            Brent Webster
            Scott Walker

Democrats have only one runoff to consider, that of Railroad Commissioner:
            Cody Garrett
            Grady Yarbrough

Don’t forget to bring a photo ID.



At the district FFA contest in Ira last week, the Roscoe team did quite well. In CDE contests for Veterinary Science (Joshua Benner, Caleb Boren, Jovanah Guzman, and Alfonso Islas Jr) received first in the Lone Wolf district. They were 2nd in the district for Horse Judging (Logan Wicker, Morgan Bowers, Jaleigh Morales, and Riley Sheridan). Cassie Chavira placed 2nd in Senior Prepared - Agribusiness speaking, and Nolan Reeves placed 1st in Soil Stewardship speaking. Cassie and Nolan will advance to the Area contest on May 20.

Here are the RCHS Officers for 2016-2017:

President: Nolan Reeves
Vice President: Logan Wicker
Secretary: Currently unfilled
Treasurer: Tait Fullwood
Reporter: Morgan Bowers
Sentinel: Haley Bridges

Advisor: Shelley Gunter



The Bellamy Brothers.

The ever-popular Bellamy Brothers, David and Howard, will be back in town Friday evening for a return engagement at the Lumberyard.

The two have been performing together since 1968 and over the years have established themselves as one of the noted musical groups in the country. Even if you’re not a big country and western fan, you’ll be familiar with many of their songs. “Let Your Love Flow,” released in 1976, hit number one on the pop charts in both the U.S. and Europe, and their country classic, “If I Said You Had a Beautiful Body, Would You Hold It Against Me,” was also a crossover number one hit.  It was also named the 1979 “Song of the Year” in the UK.

The pair also had a string of hits in the eighties and nineties, including such songs as “Redneck Girl,” “Santa Fe,” “Old Hippie,” and others.  In 2005 they recorded Angels & Outlaws, Volume 1, a compilation album with Dolly Parton, George Jones, Tanya Tucker, Alan Jackson, and Montgomery Gentry, while more recent albums include The Anthology, Volume 1, with the single, “Guilty of the Crime,” and a CD of gospel music entitled Jesus Is Coming.

Opening for the Bellamy Brothers is the Black Dirt Revival, who will take the stage about 8:00pm and play to 9:30. For reservations or more information, contact the Lumberyard at 325-766-2457.



Last Wednesday's sunset. (Photo by Eden Baker)

We had a little bit of everything this past week, but the general trend was for cooler weather and more rain. Last Wednesday had a high of 90°F, but that was as warm as it got all week as a cold front moved in early Thursday, bringing with it a good rain. It began about 5:00am and lasted for an hour or so. I got 1.92”, while Kenny Landfried recorded an official 1.88”. Some places west and northwest of town got over two inches. Friday was warm with an 83° high, and about ten-thirty that evening the rain started falling again. This time I had .92” and Kenny had an official .85”.

Saturday and Sunday felt downright cold with a high on Saturday of only 65° with a strong north wind and 70° on Sunday. On Monday the sun came out, and it was a beautiful day, although windy, with a high of 83°. Yesterday was cool and cloudy with intermittent drizzle, enough to make things muddy and make you run your windshield wipers when driving, but not enough to measure in the rain gauge.

Last night at about two, the southern end of a long band of clouds passed overhead, and it rained for about ten minutes before moving on. My rain gauge measured .28”, and since then I've got .02" more to make an even .3" so far today. I haven't heard yet what others got but suspect for most it was about the same. I also heard it rained north of town earlier  yesterday evening, but I don't know how much.

The forecast is for a high today of only 55° or so along with a 60% chance of rain today and 50% tonight. Tomorrow will warm up to 65° with a 50% chance of rain during the day diminishing to 30% that night, while Friday will be sunny with a high of 81°. The weekend weather should be nice with highs on Saturday and Sunday in the low eighties. There is also a 40% chance of rain on Sunday and Monday.


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