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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.


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