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Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Tanya Tucker at Lumberyard Friday Night

Country great Tanya Tucker.
West Texans will get a rare opportunity Friday night to see country singing legend Tanya Tucker at the Lumberyard.  And Tanya Tucker will get a rare opportunity to see West Texans again. In a recent interview she explained, “I’ve wanted to go back to West Texas for a while now. It feels like coming home. I’m really looking forward to having a good time.”

Tanya Tucker, who was born in Seminole, was a child singing prodigy whose recording of “Delta Dawn” at the age of 13 launched her into the national spotlight, a position she has maintained ever since. In the ‘70s she was a teen star, singing such songs as “What’s Your Mama’s Name,” “Blood Red and Goin’ Down,” “Lizzie and the Rainman,” and “Would You Lay with Me.” In the ‘80s, there were “I Won’t Take Less Than Your Love,” “If It Don’t Come Easy,” and “Strong Enough to Bend,” along with many others. In the ‘90s, there were singles like “Hangin’ On,” and in 1994, she was the halftime performer at the Super Bowl. In 1997 she was inducted into the Texas Music Country Hall of Fame, and in 2009 her album My Turn climbed the billboard country charts. Considered an Outlaw country artist, she is ranked No. 9 on CMT’s Dozen Greatest Outlaws and is the only woman on the list.

She has won numerous awards over her long career, from Top New Female Vocalist in 1972 to one of the 40 Greatest Women of Country Music in 2002. She has also been nominated for ten Grammy Awards.

She has never married but has had relationships with many fellow entertainers, among them Merle Haggard, Don Johnson, Andy Gibb, and Glen Campbell.

Opening for her Friday night will be Jake Penrod, whose resemblance and ability to sound like Hank Williams, Sr., has been one of his greatest assets. His band, the Honky Tonk Cowboys, is made up of former members of Hank Thompson’s Brazos Valley Boys and Bob Wills’ Texas Playboys. Expect Jake to sing hits by Ray Price, Johnny Bush, and Faron Young, as well as those by Hank Williams. He will take the stage around 7:00pm.

For tickets and reservations, contact the Lumberyard at 325-766-2457.



Plowboys do stepping drills at Plowboy Field yesterday morning.
Since Monday, this year’s edition of the Roscoe Plowboys has been rising early for 6:30am practices as they begin preparing for the 2016 football season. They are hoping to build on the stunning success of last year’s team that lost its first four games before turning its season around with an eight-game winning streak and a trip to the Regional Finals before falling to Iraan.

It won’t be easy, though, with the new district re-alignments. The Plowboys find themselves this year in District 4-2A DII, which also contains Seagraves, whose team made the State Semi-Finals last year, as well as with Hamlin, which always manages to field good teams. Dave Campbell’s Texas Football, the annual publication considered to be the last word on Texas football, has made its predictions for all the high school districts, and here is its forecast finish for the Plowboys’ new district:

          1. Seagraves
          2. Roscoe
          3. Hamlin
          4. Tahoka
          5. Plains
          6. Roby

However, that’s just a guess, and Texas Football predicted that the Plowboys would finish second in district last year, too. Instead, they won the district outright with a perfect 5-0 record, and they will be looking to do the same again this year. They return five starters on both offense and defense and have several younger prospects coming up who are ready to compete on the varsity level.

The Plowboys will be led by senior quarterback Brayden Beal (5’9”, 165), who threw for 40 TDs and over 3000 yards last year. His accomplishments have been noticed by sportswriters, and Texas Football predicts he will be the district’s offensive MVP. Much of his success, however, will depend on his supporting cast, both the blockers and receivers.

Players to watch include wide receiver Jose Ortega (5’7”, 160), running backs Francisco Garcia (5’10”, 185) and Diego Garza (5’9”, 155), and linemen Matt Buckley (6’0”, 245), Paul Pantoja (5’11”, 200), and John Castillo (6’2”, 295). Pantoja really came on at the end of the season last year and will lead the defense this year along with safety Juan Solis (5’9”, 150).

Other Plowboys expected to be much improved this year include Austin Willman, Roady Mann, Isaias Aguilar, Santiago Guia, Parker Payne, Tait Fullwood, and Clemente Aguayo.

Keeping with his philosophy of scheduling tough non-district games, Head Coach Jake Freeman has lined up another murderer’s row of area powerhouses to test the Plowboys’ mettle and hone their skills before they begin district play. Here’s the 2016 schedule:

          Date                 Opponent         Location
          Aug. 12            Munday**        Munday
          Aug. 18            Hawley **        Roscoe
          Aug. 25            Haskell             Sweetwater
          Sept.  2             Early                Roscoe
          Sept.  9             Albany             Albany
          Sept. 16            OPEN
          Sept. 23            Anson              Anson
          Sept. 30            Menard           Roscoe
          Oct.  7               Roby*              Roby
          Oct. 14              Plains*             Plains
          Oct. 21              Seagraves*      Roscoe
          Oct. 28             Tahoka*           Tahoka
          Nov.  4             Hamlin*           Roscoe

** = Scrimmage (6:00pm start)
* = District Game (Regular season games start at 7:30pm)

The September 2 game with Early is at Homecoming.



The Roscoe Community Center is under new leadership. The person to contact for building rentals is Misty Bruns-Reynolds at 325-338-1005, and the new President, Elisha Jowers, should be contacted for any other questions or concerns regarding the Center. Her number is 325-277-4113.

Community Center volunteers are proud to announce that they are bringing Bingo Night to the Center, coming in September. More details will follow soon.

They are also beginning the process of renovating the building. A new foam layer has already been sprayed on the roof, which should improve both the sound and insulation as well as preventing leakage, and Phase 1 of the renovations should be completed by August 10. Pictures and details will be provided as the improvements are made.

The Community Center volunteers would like to thank all the Roscoe businesses, residents, and rentals for all the help they’ve provided.



Note: School begins on Monday. Please drive accordingly.

Mon., August 8 – Classes begin

Thu., Aug. 11 – Plowboy Preview, 6pm

Fri., Aug. 12 – First Plowboy scrimmage at Munday, 6pm

Thu., Aug. 18 – College classes begin

Fri., Aug. 18 – Plowboy scrimmage vs. Hawley @ Roscoe, 6pm

Fri., Sat., Sept. 2-3 - RHS/RCHS Homecoming



Vickie's Gifts will hold its Grand Re-Opening on Friday evening from 6:00-8:00pm to coincide with the appearance of Tanya Tucker at the Lumberyard. In addition to a look at the shop after its re-modeling, guests will be treated to a live DJ and refreshments.

In addition, other downtown businesses including The Blackland Smokehouse, The Wildflower Boutique, and Main Street Antiques, will also be open to 8:00pm.



On Monday, TxDOT crews began maintenance work on westbound I-20 near exit 238A east of Roscoe. Some delays can be expected along with intermittent closures while repairs are underway. If possible, drivers should use an alternate route while work is being completed, which is expected to take about one week.

TxDOT reminds drivers to always drive to conditions and to be especially watchful for crew members and large, slow-moving equipment in work zones.

For more information, contact Mary Belle Turner at 325-676-6817 or



The sunset on Sunday.
It’s been another hot, dry week with almost no change from the week before. We are indeed in the dog days of August. Daily highs have typically been in the upper nineties with winds from the south or southeast, clear to partly cloudy skies, and morning lows in the mid-seventies. The high for the week was 99°F on Monday and yesterday, and the low was 72° on Friday morning.

The forecast is for more of the same. The predicted highs for today and tomorrow are 100° with lows of 76° both days. And the highs for the coming week range from 98° to 100° with forecast lows at either 75° or 76°. And there is a 0% chance of rain in the forecast.



Graveside services were held June 25th in Greensburg, KS, for Elnora Althof Peters, 87, who passed away on June 22 at the Schowalter Villa in Hesston, KS.  A memorial service was held on July 6 at Koerner Heights Church in Newton, KS.

Elnora was born on July 11, 1928, in Roscoe, the daughter of Edwin and Esther Kiphen Althof. She graduated from Roscoe High School in 1945 and married Arnold Kenneth Peters in Roscoe on May 21, 1946.

She and Arnold made their home on a farm outside Greensburg shortly after being married. There they farmed, raised cattle and hogs, and operated a grade A dairy for many years. They also started the Dairy Delite in Greensburg.

She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Greensburg for 45 years, where she was the organist and pianist. Elnora and Arnold spent winters in South Texas for 17 years. They moved to Newton in October 2002. Arnold died on December 18, 2003.

While living in Newton, she attended Koerner Heights Church and was a member of the KCH Auxiliary. She loved cooking, sewing, and embroidering, and authored two cook books.

Survivors include two daughters, Joyce Martens and husband Lowell of Newton, KS, and Arnetta Boyce and husband Ed of Allen, KS; sister Frances Hughes of Roscoe; brother Edwin Althof, Jr., and wife Johnnie of Henrietta, Texas; eight grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren; and two sons-in-law, Ed Fenton of Topeka and John Ford of Newton.

Elnora is preceded in death by her parents; husband; two daughters, Peggy Jean Fenton and Dorothy Ann (Lane) Ford; three brothers, Wilbert, Raymond and Clarence Althof; grandson, Donald Barker; and great-grandchildren Adison and Austin Martens.


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