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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.


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