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Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Charlie Daniels "Birthday Bash" at the Lumberyard Saturday Night

The Charlie Daniels Band.
Country music legend Charlie Daniels, who will turn 80 this month, is appearing for the first time ever at the Lumberyard Saturday night, and a large crowd will be on hand to welcome him.

Daniels became a national star with his 1979 recording of “The Devil Went Down to Georgia,” although his 1973 hit, “Uneasy Rider,” had reached No. 9 on the Billboard Hot 100, and he was already well known among musicians working as a Nashville session fiddler. Over a lifetime of recording, he has been a major influence on country, bluegrass, and Southern rock. He has been inducted into the Grand Ole Opry and the Country Music Hall of Fame.

Over the years, he has recorded 32 studio albums, 18 compilation and live albums, and 4 Christmas albums, many of them reaching the top ten on country music charts. Songs he is best known for besides “The Devil Went Down to Georgia” and “Uneasy Rider” include “Drinkin’ My Baby Goodbye,” “Simple Man,” “Long Haired Country Boy,” “In America,” “Boogie Woogie Fiddle Country Blues,” “The Legend of Wooley Swamp,” “This Ain’t No Rag, It’s a Flag,” and “Stll in Saigon.”

The Scooter Brown Band
Opening for Charlie Daniels is the Scooter Brown Band, who describe their music as “American Grit.” Four of their videos can be seen by clicking here. They will take stage at 8:00pm and be followed by the Charlie Daniels Band at about 9:45.

For tickets and reservations, contact the Lumberyard at 325-766-2407.



The big rain everyone in the region had been waiting for came on Saturday afternoon. Like last year, it came too late to produce a bumper cotton crop for farmers, but was welcomed nevertheless. The amounts were greatest southeast of town, as Jason Freeman recorded 5.8” on his place. Southwest of town, the old Duncan home place got 4.4”, Keith Johnson reported 5.5”. And, although Jeremy Baker got 3”, most other places north and northwest like Wastella, Inadale, and Pyron, were under 3”.

Here in town Roscoe weatherman Kenny Landfried rccorded 3.6” in east Roscoe while Anna Mae McBride got 4” at her home in south Roscoe. In any case, it was a big rain, full of lightning and crashing thunder, and it never let up until late Saturday night. Because of the rain and lightning, the big show with Randy Rogers at the Lumberyard had to be called off and re-scheduled for a later date.

The storm came with and was followed by some seriously cool weather, our first of the year. Sunday with its high of 67° was downright chilly with drizzle, mist, and north winds all day long. And Monday with its high of 68° wasn’t much better. These days seemed colder than the temperature might suggest since the highs all last week were in the nineties or high eighties, so the drop was over twenty degrees

The forecast for the rest of the week is for sunshine and warmer temperatures with highs in the mid-seventies or low eighties. Saturday with its projected high of 80° and 0% chance of rain should be perfect for the Charlie Daniels Band at the Lumberyard.



It was another rough week for the Plowboys on the gridiron. They lost their starting quarterback, Brayden Beal, when he got the finger on his throwing hand smashed between two helmets during practice and, as a result, was unable to throw passes. He was replaced by his backup, sophomore wide receiver Jose Ortega. Also, Anson was coming off a shellacking the week before by state power Albany, and the team was anxious to prove to the home folks that they could rebound and were still in the hunt for another playoff run.

The Tigers jumped out to a 14-0 lead in the first quarter and extended it to 21-0 by halftime with their QB Caden Baker running over for all three TDs. Roscoe didn’t get on the scoreboard until the fourth quarter when Ortega hit Francisco Garcia with a 7-yard scoring strike to make the score 24-6. Anson got their final score in the fourth quarter when Baker passed to Mason Davis for an 11-yard TD. Roscoe’s final score was an 18-yard pass from Ortega to Clemente Aguayo.

The Plowboys weren’t helped by five turnovers, three of them interceptions and the other two fumbles. They were otherwise able to move the ball, making 22 first downs, 175 rushing yards, and 148 passing.

Garcia led all Plowboy rushers with 127 yards in 31 carries, while Ortega completed 15 of 23 passes for 148 yards and two TDs. Receiver Clemente Aguayo caught 5 passes for 71 yards and one TD. J. Garcia led the defense with 7 tackles. He was followed by Austin Willman and Cade Garrett, both with 5.

Here is the scoring by quarters:

Anson               14        7         3         7 - 31
Roscoe               0        0         0       14 - 14

The Plowboys play their final non-district game here at home Friday night against Menard. The Yellowjackets are currently 0-5 after being defeated by Miles last weekend, 46-0. Kickoff is at 7:30.



This pre-game Chili Supper from 5:00-7:00pm on Friday is a fundraiser towards the Community Center renovations fund. Come eat HOMEMADE Chili and all the fixin’s before you watch our Plowboys beat Menard!! Price is $8 (including drink and dessert) for adults, and $6 for students. If you have any questions, call Elisha Jowers at 325-277-4113.



116 James Wells Drive
The two new homes at Young Farm Estates, one at 112 Tom Dobbins and the other at 116 James Wells, are now finished and will be available for inspection at an Open House from 2:00-4:00pm Saturday afternoon.

The home on 112 Tom Dobbins Drive was built by Donahue Homes of Abilene (325-370-1105) and is for sale at $193,500. The one on 116 James Wells Drive was built by Elegancia Homes of Abilene (325-260-1385). Its sale price is $189,000.

112 Tom Dobbins Drive


Bruce McGlothlin, 73, who lives southwest of town near the Mitchell County line, has reportedly been bitten on the hand by a rattlesnake. By press time, I had been unable to find out more about this incident.


Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Alisa Setliff Killed in Collision on US 84

Alisa Setliff
Alisa Setliff was killed last Wednesday afternoon when the minivan she was driving was struck by another driver, who apparently lost control of his vehicle on the wet pavement. The collision occurred just north of Roscoe on US Highway 84. Ms. Setliff was westbound at the time, and the SUV of the other driver, who was headed east, slid across the ccnter median and crashed into her vehicle. She was pronounced dead at the scene. Unconfirmed reports suggest that the other driver has been charged with DWI by the Texas Department of Public Safety in an ongoing investigation.

Ms, Setliff was a popular former nurse for the Sweetwater Independent School District who left her position in order to spend more time with her family. According to a news release by KTAB/KRBC, the reason she was chosen by her colleagues for an East Ridge Elementary School award in 2012 was her sense of humor, love of students, and cheerful disposition.

For more on her lasting influence on others, the Big Country Homepage has a nice article about her, which you can access by clicking here.



The Plowboys got a break from football this past week with an open date after losing the previous week to Albany 48-7. They will resume again this Friday with a game against the Anson, a team won their first three games this year before falling to Albany 34-0 last week in a game that was called at halftime because of lightning. However, the Plowboys cannot take the them lightly because the Tigers beat Jim Ned 40-20, Haskell 38-10, and Hamlin 46-17.

This will be the Plowboys’ next-to-last non-conference game. It will be played in Anson. Kickoff is at 7:30pm.



The jury is sworn in at the mock trial.
The classic short story “The Most Dangerous Game,” has for decades been a perennial favorite for high school English classes.  In the story, a General Zaroff loves to hunt “the most dangerous game,” i.e., people, and when Sanger Rainsford falls off a yacht and swims to Zaroff’s island, he becomes Zaroff’s prey, but in a turn of events manages to elude the General and in the end apparently kills him in his own bedroom.

Roscoe’s ninth-grade English classes read this story and used it as the basis for a mock trial, which took place last Wednesday in the Nolan County Courthouse with local attorneys assisting and teaching the students about courtroom protocol and procedures.

The prosecution consisted of students acting on behalf of Roscoe Collegiate High School in charging Sanger Rainsford with murder while the defense argued that he acted in self-defense and was therefore innocent.  In presenting their cases, both teams had an opening statement, questions and cross examinations of witnesses, and a closing statement.

Local lawyers who volunteered to help were Jeanie Fuller, Peter Lopez, and Ricky Thompson. The entire ninth-grade classes got involved, either as members of the prosecution or defense teams, as actors representing witnesses, detectives, or the defendant, or as members of a news crew that reported on the trial.

The verdict of the two judges was a split decision, in effect a hung jury, but the final outcome is a group of high school kids who now know a lot more about how criminal trials are actually conducted, thanks to the lawyers who donated their time and expertise.

Teachers involved in the project were Kelly Jo Sexton, Carol Parsons, and Kellie Seals. Students on the defense team were Becca Shaw, Shayden Tinkler, Landry Turnbow, Michael Wright, Brooklyn Thomasson, Baylor Trevino; and on the prosecution team: Jaleigh Morales, Melissa Montealvo, Rebecca Shaw, Kaylee Palacios, Hagen Payne; on the jury were Jaythan Coale, Cera Cuellar, Giselle Herrera, Joel Guia, Karen Herrera, Damian Aquayo, Kinzie Buchanan, Isaac Gonzales, Kamren Fisher; and on the news crew: Jaci Alexander, Gerardo Garcia-Solis, Roman Garza, Tristan Baker, Leandra Deleon, Hunter Anglin, Michael Arce, John Herrera, Garrett Bowers, Ryan Highsmith.

Those acting as characters from the story were Jesus Martinez as Rainsford, Martin Luna as Whitney, Alex Pantoja as the cultural expert, Esperanza Sanchez as the captive, and Wyatt McCoy and Brayan Medina-Soliz as the detectives.

Prosecution and defense at the mock trial.


Roscoe Community Center.
This Saturday, September 24, from 9:00am to 4:00pm, the Roscoe Community Center will hold a flea market and bake sale. Vendor spaces are available for only $25 for this event. There is no fee for attendees to come shop. The bake sale proceeds will go towards our renovations fund.

The concession area will be open, serving biscuits and gravy for breakfast and hamburgers and hot dogs for lunch.

Anyone who would like to bake something and donate it or would like to be a vendor, please contact Elisha Jowers @ 277-4113 or Misty Reynolds @ 338-1005.



The Randy Rogers Band
Despite the lateness of the booking, a large crowd is expected Saturday night when the high-flying Randy Rogers Band returns for another engagement at the Lumberyard.  Six of their last seven albums have made it into the top ten on the US country charts, and the other one reached number 11.

The band got its start in San Marcos and recorded its first album in 2002.  Since then, they have produced Rollercoaster (2004), Just a Matter of Time (2006), Randy Rogers Band (2008), Burning the Day (2010), Trouble (2013), and Homemade Tamales (2014). Two albums, Hold My Beer, Volume 1 (2015) and Watch This (2016), are joint ventures with Wade Bowen. Rogers’ most recent CD, just released this year, is Nothing Shines like Neon.

The band’s top singles include “Too Late for Goodbye,”  “In My Arms Instead,”  “One More Sad Song,”   “Kiss Me in the Dark,”  “One More Goodbye,”  “Satellite,”  and “Neon Blues.”

The Randy Rogers Band will take the stage at about 9:30pm. For reservations or more information, contact the Lumberyard at 325-766-2457.


Eden Baker got this photo of lightning during last Friday's thunderstorm.
The latter part of last week brought more showers with more or less rain, depending on the day and area. Here in town Roscoe weatherman recorded 0.05” on Wednesday, 0.62 on Thursday, and 0.15 on Saturday for a total of .82”. However, considerably more than that fell west and north of town, where totals of 1.8” and more were not unusual. The air was humid and high temperatures were in the mid-eighties.

Skies cleared on Sunday and temperatures rose. Sunday’s high of 91° was higher than any from the previous week, and Monday’s 94° and yesterday’s 93° felt even hotter than that because of the high humidity. The rest of the week will have highs in the low nineties with lows a degree or two either side of seventy. Right now forecasters are saying our next chance of rain is on Saturday and Sunday when the percentages go up to 80%.



Funeral Services were held at 2:00pm on Sunday, September 18, at Sweetwater First United Methodist Church for Alisa Lynette Setliff, 51, who passed away on Wednesday, September 14, in an automobile accident. Burial followed at Roscoe Cemetery.

Alisa was born on August 29, 1965, in Loraine to Springer Gordon and Irene (Brooks) Smith. She married Shannon Setliff on June 12, l999, in Sweetwater. She worked as an LVN for Rolling Plains Memorial Hospital, Hoyt House, Home Health Care, and was a school nurse for SISD. She also helped with the family cleaning business.

Alisa was a Christian woman who loved her Lord and was so considerate of others. She never met a stranger. Her family was the joy of her life. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, daughter and sister.

She is survived by husband, Shannon Setliff of Roscoe; mother, Irene McDonald and husband Randy of Alvord, Texas; five children, Jared Davis and Nicole of Roscoe, Auston Davis of Sweetwater, Andrew Davis of San Angelo, and Cameron Setliff and Chase Setliff, both of Roscoe; two grandsons, Jayden Seth Davis and Jeremiah Cole Davis; sister, Jana Haby of Garland; step-sister, Crystal McDonald of Wichita Falls; and two nephews, Eddie Haby and John Ryan Gauna; and father-in-law and mother-in-law, Gary and Janet Setliff of Sweetwater.

She was preceded in death by her father, Springer Gordon Smith.

Pallbearers were Shannon Setliff, Auston Davis, Andrew Davis, Jared Davis, Cameron Setliff, and Chase Setliff. Honorary pallbearer was Jayden Davis.


Wednesday, September 14, 2016

City Council Approves Water Bill Hike, Property Tax Cut

City Manager Cody Thompson addresses the Council at last night's meeting.

At its monthly meeting yesterday evening, the City Council approved an across-the-board increase of $8 per household in the City water/sewer/garbage fee. It also slightly lowered the tax rate for appraised property in the City. Both changes are effective October 1, when the 2016 fiscal year begins, although the water bill increase won't show up until the November bill. The Council also approved the City budget for the 2016 fiscal year.

Ordinance No. 133, passed unanimously by the Council, presents the new monthly rates for water, sewer, and garbage. All are the same as last year except for the first 3000 gallons of water, which will now cost $29.06 instead of $21.06 per household. Costs for the use of over 3000 gallons, sewer costs per bathroom, and garbage pickup per cart or dumpster will all remain unchanged.

The increase is necessary because of the increased cost of operating the new reverse-osmosis water treatment plant. Cleaning of the membranes (i.e., filters) at the plant involve the use of expensive chemicals, and new filters, which must be purchased every five or six years, cost $35,000 to $45,000 each. In addition, the electricity bill at the plant is now about $24,000 per year. The good news of course is the higher level of the quality of City water, which we all now enjoy and benefit from.

Ordinance No. 134, also passed unanimously, involves a change of the City’s property tax rate from .801180 per $100 valuation to .797715 per $100. The change reflects the amount needed to raise the required revenue for the 2016 fiscal year beginning in October. The amount will remain the same as 2015, but the drop in rate is offset by the increase in the appraisals.

Funding for the City’s Type A (Industrial  Development) and Type B (Community Development) Boards will remain the same as last year, i.e., $25,000 for the Type A Board and $50,000 total for the Type B Board. These allotted amounts are funded by City sales taxes of .05% for the B Board and .025% for the A Board with another .025% going to street expenditures. The Council also approved the addition of Kade Johnson to the B Board.

City Manager Cody Thompson also announced the hiring of a new City employee, Jeffrey Snider.

Police Chief Felix Pantoja also gave the Police Report for August. There were 102 total calls, 3 vehicle crashes, 3 cases filed, and 5 calls for public assistance. He also had 7 calls involving rattlesnakes and wants City residents to be aware that snakes are in town and on the move.



116 James Wells Drive.

Two new homes at Young Farm Estates, one at 112 Tom Dobbins and the other at 116 James Wells, are now finished and will be available for inspection at Open Houses to be held this weekend.

An Open House for school personnel, business owners, and the City Council will be on Thursday, September 15, from 4:00-6:00pm. Another for realtors will be from 11:00am-1:00pm, also on Thursday.

Open House for the general public is on Saturday, September 17, from 4:00-6:00pm.

The home on 112 Tom Dobbins Drive was built by Donahue Homes of Abilene (325-370-1105) and is for sale at $193,500. The one on 116 James Wells Drive was built by Elegancia Homes of Abilene (325-260-1385). Its sale price is $189,000.

112 James Wells Drive.



The Plowboys scored first in this game when Brayden Beal hit Clemente Aguayo with a 7-yard touchdown pass midway through the first quarter. Jose Ortega kicked the extra point, and the Plowboys led 7-0. At that time, no one knew that it would be the last score Roscoe made for the rest of the evening, but it was.

Albany quickly recovered and went on to win going away. The Lions, who have played in the state finals for the past two years and are currently ranked number 3 in class 2A-II, showed why on both sides of the ball. On defense, they shut out the Plowboys the rest of the way while scoring 48 unanswered points on offense.

Albany made 24 first downs to the Plowboys’ 5 and 553 total yards to the Plowboys’ 235. They led at halftime 28-7. Here was the scoring by quarters:

Albany             7          21        14        6
Roscoe             7           0          0        0

Beal had a decent game passing, completing 12 of 19 for 192 yards and one TD, but the Lions shut down the Plowboy run game with Francisco Garcia managing only 28 yards in 18 carries. Ortega led the Plowboy receivers with 5 catches for 106 yards, while Aguayo had 4 for 64 yards and 1 TD,

The Plowboys have an open date this weekend, so they won’t be playing again until next Friday, September 23, when they face another tough foe, Anson, at Plowboy Field who is currently undefeated but faces Albany themselves this weekend.



Five Roscoe Volunteer Firemen honored the fallen in New York on 9-11 with a Tribute Walk this past weekend. They began at the Roscoe Fire Station and walked the eight miles to the Sweetwater Fire Station in full bunker gear. Firemen making the walk were Keegan Pruitt, Luis Lopez, Mike Rosas, Logan Durrett, and Jessica Stein.



Friday evening's free movie at the Community Center is Zootopia.
Friday, September 16, Free Movie Night, 6:00-8:00pm.

The featured film is the Disney animated movie, Zootopia. The concession stand will be open to purchase hotdogs, popcorn, candy, Dr Pepper, and water. Fliers are going out in elementary backpacks on Wednesday. Everyone is invited. Bring your own comfy chair, beanbag, or blanket. We will have chairs already set up as well.

Saturday, September 24, Flea Market and Bake Sale, 9:00am-4:00pm.

Vendor spaces are available for only $25 for this event. There is no fee for attendees to come shop. The bake sale proceeds will go towards our renovations fund. Anyone who would like to bake something and donate it or would like to be a vendor, please contact Elisha Jowers @ 277-4113 or Misty Renolds @ 338-1005.

Friday, September 30, Pre-Game Chili Dinner. 5:00-7:00pm.

This is a fundraiser towards our renovations fund. Come eat HOMEMADE Chili and all the fixin’s, before you watch our Plowboys beat Menard!! (In next week's edition the meal’s price will be provided).

All these events will be held in the Roscoe Community Center at 100 Bois d’Arc Street. If you have any questions, call Elisha Jowers at 325-277-4113.



Mike and the Moonpies.

Mike and the Moonpies, a popular Texas Country band from Austin, will make their debut at the Lumberyard Saturday night. They regularly play such Austin venues as The Broken Spoke and the White Horse. On a typical evening, they will play their own songs as well as those recorded by artists such as George Strait, Willie Nelson, Gary Stewart, Bob Seger, and Doug Sahm.

Texas Music Magazine had this to say about them, “No matter where you catch Mike and the Moonpies, they make any joint feel like a good ol’ Texas honky-tonk. Just make sure you come ready to dance.”

Their debut album, The Real Country, was followed by The Hard Way, and their most recent CD is entitled Mike and the Moonpies. YouTube videos include “Never Leaving Texas,” “Mockingbird,” and “Smoke ‘Em If You Got Em.”

For reservations or more information, contact the Lumberyard at 325-766-2457.



Eden Baker took this photo of lightning during the storm last weekend.

For the chances for precipitation we were given for several days this past week, we wound up with precious little. In town we got only about a tenth of an inch, although there were some areas around Roscoe that got more while others got none at all. High temperatures ranged from 95°F on Thursday to only 80° on Saturday and lows ranged from Friday morning’s 74° to Sunday morning’s 61°. Skies ranged from completely sunny to completely overcast with most days being partly cloudy.

Meteorologists are giving us good chances for rain (from 30% to 90%) for the coming week. The 90% chances are predicted for Sunday. Highs for the entire week should be in the mid-eighties and lows in the mid to upper sixties, which is typical for the last official week of summer.



Services for Mary Katherine Smith, 91, were held at 10am on Monday, September 12, at the First United Church of Fritch with burial at 2pm yesterday in Sweetwater Cemetery. She passed away on Friday, September 9.

Katherine was born November 26, 1924, in Pyron to Lois and Linn McGlothlin. She married Elmer Lowell Smith on November 23, 1945, in Arkansas City, Kansas. She was a charter member of First United Methodist Church of Fritch. She enjoyed bowling, fishing, golfing and bridge.

She is preceded in death by her parents; brother, JZ McGlothlin; sister, Aetna Taylor; niece and nephews, James Taylor, Dennis Taylor, Sonja McGlothlin and Stanley McGlothlin.

She is survived by her husband, Elmer Lowell Smith, of the home; nieces and nephews, Doug Taylor and wife Jenene, L.B. Taylor and wife Martha, all of Sweetwater, Linda Wade and husband Orin of Midland, Bruce McGlothlin of Roscoe, Lora Mae Sanger of Greenville, and Eddie McGlothlin and wife, Sherry, of Roscoe.

Her memory may be honored with a gift to the First United Methodist Church of Fritch or to a charity of choice.


Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Plowboys roll over Early, 41-20

Plowboys set to run a play against Early at Friday's Homecoming game.
The Homecoming crowd that filled the Plowboy stands Friday evening went away happy as the Plowboys jumped out to an early lead and then cruised to a convincing win over the Early Longhorns, 41-20. The score doesn’t really indicate how much the Plowboys dominated the game, though. By the latter part of the third quarter, the score was 41-0, and the game was completely out of reach for the Longhorns. They did score the last three touchdowns, one of them right before the game was over, but by then the points were essentially meaningless.

The Plowboys scored on their first drive of the evening when Brayden Beal hit Jose Ortega on an 8-yard scoring pass. Ortega kicked the extra point, and Roscoe was ahead 7-0. Then an Early player muffed the ensuing kickoff, and a Plowboy recovered. After a quick drive of about forty yards, Francisco Garcia broke through the line at the one for the second TD. The Plowboys planned to kick the extra point, but when holder Beal was unable to get the ball down in time, he threw it to Austin Willman instead for a two-point conversion. The game was less than four minutes old, and the Plowboys were already ahead 15-0. That did, however, end the scoring for the first quarter as neither side was able to mount a successful drive.

In the second, Roscoe’s defense once again held Early scoreless, while the offense scored two more touchdowns. The first was another pass from Beal to Ortega, this one for 11 yards. The second was another Garcia score on a 34-yard run. The halftime score was 29-0.

Roscoe scored the first two touchdowns of the third quarter, one on a two-yard Garcia run up the middle, and the other on a 59-yard run in which Garcia was never touched. That ended the Plowboys' scoring for the evening. The Longhorns made their first score of the game toward the end of the quarter, and then made two more in the fourth, both of them on long passes, but by then it didn’t matter.

Roscoe dominated the stats, running 90 plays to Early’s 58, making 24 first downs to Early’s 9, and amassing 406 total yards (304 rushing and 102 passing) to Early’s 196. Brayden Beal completed 12 of 26 passes for 102 yards and 2 TDs. Francisco Garcia led Plowboy rushers with 4 TDs and 148 yards on 23 carries, Diego Garza had 60 on 8, and Beal had 51 on 14. Jose Ortega led the receivers with 6 receptions for 60 yards and two TDs, while Garcia caught 4 for 36 yards.

On defense, Clemente Aguayo led in number of tackles with 5 plus 1 assist, Austin Willman and Cade Garrett both had 3 with 2 assists, Tait Fullwood 2 with 4 assists, Paul Pantoja 2 with 3 assists, and Ortega 2 with 1 assist.

Here is the scoring by quarters:

Plowboys          15        14         12          0 – 41
Early                   0          0          0        20 – 20

This Friday, September 9, the Plowboys will face what may be the toughest opponent they’ll see all year, the Albany Lions, in Albany. The Lions have gone all the way to the state finals the last two years, and judging by the scores of their first two games, they appear to be equally formidable this year. They beat Colorado City 34-12 their first game and Dublin 39-8 this past Friday. They are currently ranked third in state in 2A-II in both MaxPreps and Dave Campbell’s Texas Football.

Kickoff is at 7:30.



Parade Marshal Jay Tarrant in the Homecoming Parade.
Roscoe High exes from all locations and walks of life reported a fun time at Homecoming 2016 last weekend. There were plenty of venues and ways to meet up with old classmates and plenty of activities to participate in.

Whether it was at the Friday pep rally, potato bake, evening coffee, football game, or singing by Anna Mae Smith Peptis at the Lumberyard, or the Saturday morning Lions Club coffee downtown, the Homecoming parade, spaghetti lunch with door prizes and silent auction, afternoon shopping, visits to the Roscoe Historical Museum, the evening barbecue, or entertainment by Leslie Huff at the Lumberyard, all provided opportunities for renewing old friendships and seeing many acquaintances for the first time in years.

The one common thread that binds us exes all together is the time we spent as teenagers in Roscoe and the memories of our formative years, the teachers we learned from, and our activities, accomplishments, agonies, and shenanigans as we made the transition from childhood to the world of adults, along with the classmates we shared those experiences with. And it is always interesting to learn what’s happened to everyone and to find out what they’re doing now.

Our thanks go out to the Homecoming Committee, especially Connie McIntire Baize and Teresa McFaul Watson, as well as all the others who took the time and trouble to make this event a success. We also appreciate all the exes who made the effort to come back, reminisce with us, and once again touch base and make new memories.



Football Sweetheart Bergan Trevino and Football Beau Johnathon Cuellar.
The 2016 Homecoming royalty was crowned at halftime of Friday evening’s football game. This year’s Football Sweetheart is Bergan Trevino, and her Beau is Johnathon Cuellar. Nominees for Football Sweetheart were Karina Cisneros, Bergan Trevino, and Lyndi Wilkinson, and nominees for Football Beau were Brayden Beal, Johnathon Cuellar, and Austin Willman.

Band Sweetheart Alex Guia and Band Beau Quentin Saddler.
The Band Sweetheart is Alex Guia and Band Beau is Quentin Saddler. Nominees for Band Sweetheart were Melanie Arenivaz, Katelyn Collins, and Alex Guia, and nominees for Band Beau were Justin Gardner, Quentin Saddler, and Saxton Stewart.



On Saturday, September 3, at approximately 11:45pm, a young male showed up at Rolling Plains Memorial Hospital emergency room with a gunshot wound to the foot. He reported that he was assaulted by four or possibly five assailants, who got out of a white pickup truck of unknown make or model, knocked him to the ground, and beat him up. Then he said one of them pulled a gun and shot him in the foot.

At this time no suspects have been arrested due to victim’s unwillingness to cooperate with law enforcement. A search of the park was conducted. However, no evidence was uncovered or located.

The victim’s identity is being withheld at this time. The alleged incident is still under investigation by the Roscoe Police Department.



The Southern Belle Salon.

Southern Belle Salon on 200 Main Street has a new hair stylist and manicurist in addition to owner Eden Baker. She is Stephanie Devaney, and she does hair color, cuts, and styles as well as nails. In addition to appointments, she also welcomes walk-ins. For an appointment, call her at 325-665-7038.



Roger Creager
Roger Creager, a Texas Country artist, returns for his second engagement ever at the Lumberyard on Saturday night.

Creager, who holds a degree in business from Sam Houston State and a degree in agriculture from Texas A&M, is a native of Corpus Christi but got his start in music in the late ‘90s while at Texas A&M. To date he has released seven albums, including Long Way to Mexico (2003), Live Across Texas (2004), Here It Is (2008), Surrender (2012) and Road Show (2014).

Popular singles include “The Everclear Song,” “For You I Do,” “Gulf Coast Time,” “Long Way to Mexico,” “Things Look Good Around Here,” and “I’m From the Beer Joint.”

For reservations or more information, contact the Lumberyard at 325-766-2457.



Saturday morning sky.
We got another rain on Thursday that was more in some places than others. Here in town, the official amount recorded by weatherman Kenny Landfried was .66”. That was more than west of town which got about a half-inch or even less, but not as much as north of town which got over an inch and considerably more in some places.

The weather cooperated for the Homecoming festivities with partly cloudy skies and moderate temperatures. Friday’s high was 84°, Saturday’s 87°, and Sunday’s 88°. But yesterday it was back up to 91°, and today, tomorrow, and Friday will be a return to the kind of heat we experienced in late July and early August. Today’s high will be about 94°, tomorrow’s 96°, and Friday’s 95° with sunny skies, southwest winds, and morning lows in the mid-seventies.

That will all change on Saturday when a front moves through, dropping the high to about 80° and the low to 63° with cloudy skies and an 80% chance of rain. That opportunity will be short-lived, though, as the chances for precipitation drop back to 0%-10% on Sunday and Monday along with a return to warmer afternoon temperatures of around 90°.


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