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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Plowgirls, Plowboys Qualify for Regional Track & Field Meet

Plowgirls' 4 x 400 meter relay team, left to right: Bonnie Wilkinson, Jaci Alexander, Lyndi Wilkinson, Jaleigh Morales. (Track photos by Tamara Alexander.)
At the 2A Area Meet at McMurry in Abilene last Wednesday, several Plowgirls and Plowboys qualified for the Regional Meet in Odessa.

The Area Meet combined two districts, 2A-7 and 2A-8, and fourteen schools. Albany once again won the boys’ division with 152 points, and Haskell the girls’ with 83. The Plowgirls finished sixth with 53 points and the Plowboys thirteenth with 10.

For the Plowgirls, Bonnie Wilkinson won the Triple Jump, finished second in the 400 meters, and was on the 4 x 400 relay team that also finished second. Lyndi Wilkinson won the 800 meters and was also on the 4 x 400 relay team. Kinzie Buchanan was the runner-up in the Shot Put. Unfortunately, the Plowgirls 4 x 100 relay team was disqualified.

For the Plowboys, Jayden Gonzales was third in the Pole Vault and Micheal Wright fourth in the Triple Jump.

Here are the athletes who qualified for the Region 1 Meet in Odessa:

Plowgirls

Event                         Place            Athlete               Time/Distance  
400 meters                   2           Bonnie Wilkinson                59.93
800 meters                   1            Lyndi Wilkinson              2:28.49
4 x 400 meter relay     2           Plowgirls                            4:13.06
     (J. Alexander, L. Wilkinson, J. Morales, B. Wilkinson)
Shot Put                         2           Kinzie Buchanan                 33’ 6”
Triple Jump                  1            Bonnie Wilkinson               35’ 5”

Plowboys

Pole Vault                      3           Jayden Gonzales                  11’ 6”
Triple Jump                  4           Micheal Wright                    39’ 5”

The Regional Meet in Odessa is next Friday and Saturday, April 28-29. Region 1 is made up of eight districts and forty-nine teams. Only the first two finishers in each event will qualify for the State Meet in Austin, May 11-13.

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TEXAS FOOTBALL SAYS PLOWBOYS ARE TEAM TO WATCH

The Plowboys downed Sudan in this Bi-District playoff last fall.
Dave Campbell’s Texas Football has been the premier publication for Texas high school football for the past half-century or so, and their latest issue mentions the Plowboys as one of the teams to watch in 2A-II Region 1 this coming fall. The article by sportswriter Brady Keane says that District 4-2A-II was the toughest in the Region last year with three teams—Roscoe, Hamlin, and Seagraves—all advancing deep into the playoffs.

Those three schools will all be tough again this fall, but he gives the nod to the Plowboys as the district favorites because of the strong group of players returning. Several are mentioned by name: Jayden Gonzales and Junior Martinez, who will be competing for time at quarterback, running back Francisco Garcia, wide receiver Jose Ortega, linebacker Tait Fullwood, defensive end Parker Payne, and defensive lineman Paul Pantoja. The illustration accompanying the article is of Francisco Garcia.

The other two schools Texas Football considers Region 1 favorites are Wellington and Memphis. The article is online and may be accessed by clicking here.

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2017 ROSCOE FFA TEAMS EXCEL IN COMPETITION
By Shelley Gunter

2017 Vet Science Team: Kayla Justiss, Caleb Boren, Morgan Bowers. (Not pictured: Alfonso Islas)
Roscoe FFA had a great CDE (Career Development Event) season this year.  Cotton, Entomology, Horse, Livestock, and Veterinary Science teams competed.  The Veterinary Science team consisted of Caleb Boren, Morgan Bowers, Alfonso Islas, Kayla Justiss, and Jovanah Guzman, as alternate. The following are some of the highlights of the season:

West Texas A&M University CDE
Horse Judging
Logan Wicker -19th out of 287 individuals

Veterinary Science
Team - 10th out of 65 teams
Kayla Justiss - 19th out of 189 individuals

Clarendon College CDE 
Veterinary Science
Team - 5th out of 55 teams
Alfonso Islas - 9th out of 146 individuals

Parker County CDE  
Veterinary Science
Team - 4th out of 163 teams

Tarleton State University CDE
Veterinary Science
Team - 63rd out of 247 teams

Angelo State University CDE
Veterinary Science
Team - 4th out of 71 teams and 2nd in Area II FFA
Alfonso Islas - 2nd out of 276 individuals
Qualified for state FFA contest on April 29 at Texas A&M University

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EASTON CORBIN DEBUTS AT LUMBERYARD FRIDAY

Easton Corbin
The Lumberyard is happy to announce that country singer Easton Corbin is now on tour in Texas and on Friday evening will make his first ever visit to Roscoe.

Corbin is originally from Florida. He got his start there a decade ago when he entered a local music contest and the organizers recognized his talent. Contacts in Nashville were notified, and the Mercury Nashville label signed him in 2008. The next year, he released his debut single, “A Little More Country Than That,” (Click title for video) and his career took off when the song hit number 1 on the Country Music charts. His second single, “Roll with It,” also hit number 1, and his third, “I Can’t Love You Back,” released in 2011, was another hit. His first CD, Easton Corbin (2010), reached number 4 on the US Country album charts. In 2012 “Lovin’ You Is Fun” reached number 5 and was the lead-off to his second album, All Over the Road (2012). The single by the same name reached number 3 in 2013. His third album, About to Get Real (2015), contains the singles “Clockwork,” and “Baby Be My Love Song.” He released “A Girl Like You” earlier this year and is currently at work on a fourth album.

The Parker McCollum Band
Opening for Corbin is Austin-based singer/songwriter Parker McCollum, whose music is compared to Charlie Robison’s. McCollum’s first full-length album, The Limestone Kid, was released in 2015. His singles include “High Above the Water,” and “Meet You in the Middle.”

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

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Upcoming Events:

ROSCOE FFA BANQUET
Friday, April 21
STEM Center, 6:00pm
Contact Shelley Gunter
325-766-3327

ROSCOE ACADEMIC BANQUET
Tuesday, April 25, 6:00pm - Roscoe Cafetorium
Tickets $10 - Catered by River Smith’s
RSVP by Monday, April 24
325-766-3327

RCHS ATHLETIC BANQUET
Thursday, April 27, 6:00pm
Tickets $10 at High School Office
Catered by Blackland Smokehouse
325-766-3327

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1967 RHS GRADS TO CELEBRATE 50TH ANNIVERSARY

The Roscoe High School Class of 1967 will meet May 19-20 at the Holiday Inn Express in Sweetwater to celebrate the 50th anniversary of its graduation.  The first planned activity is dinner at Bucks on Friday, May 19th at 7:00pm.

Most of the activities will be at the Holiday Inn. Call Holiday Inn at 325-235-3500 for reservations.  For other information, call Jackie Smith at 806-773-9923.

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WEATHER REPORT: NICE WEATHER AND A LITTLE MORE RAIN

April clouds.
We’ve had another week of beautiful spring weather. It seems like more than a week now, but early last Thursday morning a nice, slow rain of about a half-inch fell over the Roscoe area, with some places getting a little more and others a little less. Roscoe weatherman Kenny Landfried recorded an official .44” here in town. Since then it’s been mostly sunny and occasionally windy, but not too bad. Temperatures have been mild all week. The highs from Thursday through Sunday were in the upper seventies and since then in the low to mid-eighties. The high for the week was yesterday at 84°F and the low was 58° on Thursday morning and yesterday morning.

It will be warmer than that today through Friday. Today’s high is forecast to be 87°, tomorrow’s 85°, and Friday’s 91° with lows around 62°. Then on Saturday a cold front will move through with sharp north winds and temperatures dropping considerably. Saturday’s high will be only about 68° and windy with a low of 46°, but Sunday should climb back into the seventies and by Tuesday it will be back into the nineties before dropping back into the eighties for the rest of the week.

Unfortunately, there is no rain in the forecast.

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Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Charley Pride, Tuff Trucks Make Spring Super Saturday a Success

Charley Pride at the Lumberyard Saturday night.
Finding a parking space anywhere close to the Lumberyard was not an easy feat Saturday night as folks from all over the Big Country were in town to see country music great Charley Pride. And he and his band put on a show that pleased just about everyone who witnessed it. He performed with an energy seldom seen in octogenarians, and many in the crowd joined him in singing some of his legendary hits.

The weather cooperated with temperatures in the mid-seventies at show time, and the crowd of over 2000 was one of the largest ever to attend a concert at the Lumberyard. Many got to meet the man at a “meet & greet” before the show, and he was friendly and gracious to all who did.

Part of the crowd at the Lumberyard Saturday night. (Photo by Sheree Herd)
Here is a video with some of the songs he sang and has long been known for:



Earlier in the day, shoppers hit many of Roscoe’s retail outlets or visited the Roscoe Historical Museum before witnessing the Tuff Truck competition and Crash-Up Derby just north of the railroad tracks. It was the first time in Roscoe for either event, and, like the Charley Pride show, was also enjoyed by all who watched it. There was no shortage of action, and many vehicles went out of commission in both events, including the overturning of the entry of the Roscoe Police Department, driven by no other than Roscoe’s Police Chief, Felix Pantoja, who managed to escape unscathed. The Roscoe Volunteer Fire Department was the beneficiary of the proceeds, which amounted to almost $900.

Driver James Pantoja in the Tuff Truck race.
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JODEY ARRINGTON, SID MILLER SPEAK AT LUMBERYARD

U. S. Rep. Jodey Arrington at the Lumberyard Monday.
A crowd of about 70 was on hand Monday morning in the Lumberyard to hear U.S. Representative Jodey Arrington and Texas Commissioner of Agriculture Sid Miller speak about the current situation regarding cotton and beef.

Rep. Arrington spoke of the urgent need to include cotton in the new farm bill just as the other commodities are. It was taken out of the group in the last farm bill to avoid political controversy with “developing” countries like Brazil and China, a move causing significant losses for American farmers. Arrington said cotton should be treated just as the other commodities are and not singled out.

Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller.
Ag Commissioner Sid Miller spoke of his recent trip to Israel, where he successfully promoted Texas beef. He said the exports will begin once the procedure for making the beef kosher is implemented. He also mentioned the huge amount of potential trade with China for Texas beef.

Before their public meeting at the Lumberyard, Rep. Arrington visited the EduDrone office in the Shelansky Building and learned about some of the innovative programs of the Roscoe Collegiate ISD.

The event was sponsored by Richard Kemp’s Farm & Ranch Report, a daily program on Abilene radio station KGLD.FM 106.9, “The Country Giant.”

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SEVERAL ROSCOE ATHLETES QUALIFY FOR AREA TRACK & FIELD MEET

At the District 2A-8 Track & Field Meet in Albany on Thursday, several Plowgirls and Plowboys qualified for this afternoon’s Area Meet at McMurry in Abilene.

Seven schools participated in the District 2A-8 Meet: Albany, Anson, Hamlin, Haskell, Hawley, Roscoe Collegiate, and Stamford. Albany won the boys’ varsity division with 209 points, and Haskell won the girls’ with 128 points. The Plowboys finished seventh with 21 points and the Plowgirls fifth with 82.

The Plowgirls finished first in four events. Bonnie Wilkinson won the 400 meters and the Triple Jump, Lyndi Wilkinson won the 800 meters, and the Plowgirls’ 4 x 400 meter relay team (Jaci Alexander, Lyndi Wilkinson, Jaleigh Morales, and Bonnie Wilkinson) also finished first.

The first four finishers in each event move on to the Area Meet. Here are the Roscoe athletes who did so:

Plowgirls

Event                           Place        Athlete                   Time/Distance
400 meters                    1          Bonnie Wilkinson         1:00.49
800 meters                    1          Lyndi Wilkinson           2:23.20
4 x 100 meter relay      4          Plowgirls                           52.64
          (J. Alexander, L. Wilkinson, J. Morales, B. Wilkinson)
4 x 400 meter relay      1          Plowgirls                         4:11.58
          (J. Alexander, L. Wilkinson, J. Morales, B. Wilkinson)
Shot Put                         2          Jaleigh Morales               32’ 6”
                                         3          Kinzie Buchanan            31’ 9½”
Triple Jump                   1          Bonnie Wilkinson           35’ 10”

Plowboys

Pole Vault                     2          Jayden Gonzales               12’
Triple Jump                 4          Micheal Wright                  38’ 1”

Today’s Area Meet pits athletes from Districts 2A-8 and 2A-7. District 2A-7 comprises seven schools: Christoval, Eldorado, Forsan, Irion County, Miles, Ozona, and Winters. The first four finishers in each event at the Area Meet will advance to the Regional Meet in Odessa on April 28-29. The top two finishers in each Regional event will then advance to the State Meet in Austin May 11-13.

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CITY COUNCIL HEARS REPORTS, ONCOR RATE REQUEST

Police Chief Felix Pantoja gives the Police Report as Council Members Helen Perry, left, and Suzie Alford look on.
At its monthly meeting in City Hall yesterday evening, the City Council heard reports from the City Manager and Police Chief and denied a request for a rate hike by Oncor. the electric company.

City Manager Cody Thompson reported on the success of Spring Super Saturday, saying that a crowd of about 200 attended the Tuff Truck and Crash-Up Derby competition on Saturday afternoon and over 2000 were at the Lumberyard for the Charley Pride and Jamie Richards concerts. Roscoe’s retailers reported doing a brisk business during the day, and the Roscoe Express shuttled guests from one business to another.

Thompson also commented on the success of the Ag Summit at the Lumberyard Monday morning. A crowd of around 80 people heard U.S. Representative Jodey Arrington and Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller give talks on their recent actions concerning cotton and cattle. The City’s Spring Clean-Up was also a success with lots of activity and few snags. Tonnage will be announced at next month’s meeting.

Work on the City sewer upgrade by Whitney Underground Utilities began yesterday and will go on for the next few months. There is also a plan in place to repair some driveways at Fourth and Cedar Streets this week.

The City’s annual Easter Egg Hunt will be in Old Town Park downtown starting at 2:00pm on Saturday.

The City will advertise for applications for the job of City Swimming Pool manager for the summer.

Police Chief Felix Pantoja then gave the Council the Police Report for the month of March. He said there were 97 total calls, 23 traffic warnings and 3 citations, 15 ordinance violations regarding trash and debris, and three crash reports.

A representative of Oncor spoke to the Council about a rate hike that is being requested by the company, its first since 2011. The City rejected the request, but an increase of the monthly bill is likely, something like $6 or $7 for the average user.

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CITY OF ROSCOE EASTER EGG HUNT SATURDAY AFTERNOON

The Easter Bunny will be in downtown Roscoe Saturday afternoon.
The City-sponsored Easter Egg Hunt is this Saturday, April 15, starting at 2:00pm at Old Town Park across from City Hall on Cypress Street. Hunts are planned for three separate age groups: 0-3 years old, 4-7 years old, and 8-12 years old. Everyone is invited.

Please bring cameras and baskets for goodies.  For more information, contact City Hall during business hours at 325-766-3871.

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CITY SEEKS SUMMER MANAGER FOR CITY SWIMMING POOL

The City of Roscoe is now accepting applications for manager of the City Swimming Pool for the summer. Possible applicants should contact City Hall during business hours at 325-766-3871 for details.

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COMMUNITY CENTER

The Community Center would like to remind everyone that there will be no Third Sunday Dinner on April 16 because the third Sunday of this month is Easter.

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LADIES’ AUXILIARY SAYS THANKS

The Ladies’ Auxiliary of American Legion Post 227 wants to thank all the ladies who donated baked goods to the Ladies’ Auxiliary Bake Sale.

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WINNERS OF TUFF TRUCK COMPETITION AND CRASH-UP DERBY ANNOUNCED

Driver Caleb Dean crashes into his final opponent in the Crash-Up Derby.
The Tuff Truck competition winner on Saturday afternoon was Nick Pantoja and the winner of the Crash-Up Derby was Caleb Dean. Both are from Roscoe.

Here are the positions and times of the entries in the Tuff Truck competition:

        1.      Nick Pantoja        1:14
        2.      Levi Purcell         1:22
        3.      Caleb Dean          1:28
        4.      Caleb Dean          1:29
        5.      Jessop Reynolds  1:31
        6.      Benjamin Allen   1:32
        7.      James Pantoja      1:45
        8.      Cody Tepera        1:46
        9.      Shawn Scott        2:02
      10.     Jeromie Baugh     DNF

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WEATHER REPORT: TYPICAL SPRING WEATHER

Yesterday's sunset.

There was nothing really remarkable about the weather we had this past week. According to the meteorologists, we had a 50% chance of rain on Sunday, but we got nary a drop. I guess you could say that, too, is also typical of west Texas. We had some warm and some cool weather. Spring Super Saturday was warm with the temperature peaking at 88° with a southwest wind. It was a bit warm to be in the sunshine watching Tuff Trucks and the Crash-Up Derby, but it was just about perfect at 9:30 that evening when Charley Pride took the stage. The afternoon wind had diminished considerably, and the almost full moon lit up the sky.

The high temperature for the week came the following day when it got up to 89°F, but a cold front came in Monday morning, the wind shifted to the north, and the high temperature that afternoon was only 73°. Yesterday’s was 76°, and today’s will be only about 72°. Even though these temperatures are a bit below average for mid-April, it appears that the April freeze many were predicting after the thunder in January will most likely not come to pass. Temperatures for the coming week will be similar to what we’re experiencing now with extremes in neither direction.

According to the Weather Channel website, this area has an 80% chance of rain tonight and early tomorrow morning, but that will diminish to 10% by tomorrow night.

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Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Spring Super Saturday This Weekend

Country Legend Charley Pride
Spring has arrived, and to celebrate it, the City of Roscoe is throwing its Spring Festival this Saturday, April 8. Roscoe retailers will be open from noon to 7pm, the museum will be open, and the Lumberyard will host what should be another great day of country music with the Jamie Richards Band opening around 6:00pm, and country great Charley Pride, who is making his first appearance ever in Roscoe, beginning around 8:30pm.

Unlike the free concerts on the streets, however, this one won’t be free as the price of the performers will be covered by the Lumberyard. Advance tickets are $45 or $50 on the day of the show, and tables are $440. For reservations, call the Lumberyard during business hours at 325-766-2457.

Jamie Richards
Roscoe businesses will have open houses that day from noon until 7:00pm, and the Roscoe Express will be carrying patrons from location to location free of charge. Participating businesses are the Blackland Smokehouse, Burritos Zacatecas, Main Street Antiques, McVey’s Native Nursery, Pepe’s Imports, the Rockin’ S Cantina, Roscoe Thrift Store, Southern Belle Salon, the Lumberyard, the Wildflower Boutique, and Vickie’s Gifts. Also, the Ladies’ Auxiliary for American Legion Post 227 will be having a garage and bake sale at the Southern Belle Salon on Main Street.

Word is out that three female drivers have entered this week's competition.
Instead of the usual mudbog, this year’s vehicle competitions will feature two new events—Plowboy Tuff Truck and the Crash-Up Derby. Tuff Truck involves vehicles racing around a course with obstacles to see who can complete it with the best time, while the Crash-Up Derby is a demolition derby in which cars crash into one another until only one is left that is still mobile. These contests will take place on the old Planters’ Gin lot just northwest of the railroad tracks on Cypress Street downtown. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for school students except for kids under 12, who get in free. There will be a concession stand, and all proceeds will go to benefit the Roscoe Volunteer Fire Department. Action begins at 4pm.

For drivers' information and rules, call Caleb at 325-436-9497 or Nick at 325-320-4518. For other information, phone Felix at 325-514-8384.

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PLOWGIRLS FINISH FIRST AT COTTONWOOD RELAYS, PLOWBOYS THIRD

In their final outing before the district meet at Albany tomorrow, the Plowgirls won the girls’ division at the Cottonwood Relays in Roby on Friday while the Plowboys finished third. Nine schools competed in both boys’ and girls’ contests: Highland, Hermleigh, Jayton, Lueders-Avoca, Roby, Roscoe, Trent, Water Valley, and Westbrook. In addition, Wilson competed in the boys’ division, and Baird competed in the girls’.

The Plowgirls’ 131 total points easily outpaced second-place Roby’s 99, while Water Valley won the varsity boys’ division with 108 points. Highland was second with 89, and the Plowboys third with 86. The Plowboys JV finished first in the junior varsity competition.

Here are the individual results for the varsity Plowgirls and Plowboys who finished in the top six places of their events:

Plowgirls

Event                        Place       Athlete(s)                   Time/Distance
Discus                          1          Veronica Cuellar              96’5”
Shot Put                      2          Kinzie Buchanan             32’10”
                                      5          Veronica Cuellar              30’6”
                                      6          Jaleigh Morales               29’8”
Triple Jump                1          Bonnie Wilkinson           34’10”
                                      4          Lyndi Wilkinson              31’2”
High Jump                  6          Baylor Trevino                 4’ 6”
3200 Meters               3          Allison Acebedo              15:27.60
1600 meters                1           Karina Cisneros              6:20.83
                                       4          Allison Acebedo              6:41.16
800 meters                  1           Lyndi Wilkinson             2:33.98
                                       4          Karina Cisneros               2:54.80
400 meters                   1          Bonnie Wilkinson           1:01.16
100 m. hurdles            6          Lynzie Atkison                 21.86
300 m. hurdles            3          Lynzie Atkison                 56.84
4 x 100 m. relay           1          Plowgirls                           52.04
   (J. Alexander, L. Wilkinson, J. Morales, B. Wilkinson)
4 x 200 relay                5          Plowgirls                           2:09.31
   (J. Alexander, B. Trevino, J. Morales, Ortega Solis)
4 x 400 m. relay           1          Plowgirls                          4:14.28
   (J. Alexander, L. Wilkinson, J. Morales, B. Wilkinson)

Plowboys

Triple Jump                  1          Micheal Wright              40’7”
Pole Vault                      1          Jayden Gonzales            11’6”
100 meters                    5          Micheal Wright              12.02
200 meters                    1          Francisco Garcia            24.08
800 meters                    1          Braiden Moore               2:14.44
4 x 100 m. relay            3          Plowboys                         46.21
    (Jose Ortega, Micheal Wright, Jayden Gonzales, Jr Martinez)
4 x 400 m. relay            1            Plowboys                        3:44.92
    (Jose Ortega, Micheal Wright, Jayden Gonzales, Jr Martinez)

Roscoe will host the Jr. High district track meet on Saturday.

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ROSCOE MAN PLEADS GUILTY, RECEIVES 8-YEAR SENTENCE

Christopher Devon Boyd, 22, who was charged with sexual assault of a child in Roscoe last July, waived his right to a trial by jury in District Court on Thursday and pled guilty to the charge. Judge Glen Harrison sentenced him to eight years in prison. He will also have to register as a sex offender for life.

Charges against him of capital murder in Snyder and of kidnapping in Sweetwater are still pending.

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BLOOD BANK SEEKS VOLUNTEER DONORS FOR BLOOD DRIVE


The Meek Community Blood Bank of Abilene is looking for volunteers to donate blood this Friday, April 7, from 9:00am to 2:00pm.  The Bloodmobile will be located on 7th Street in front of the Roscoe Collegiate High School Special Events Center.  Donations will take approximately 30-45 minutes, and donors are advised to eat a good meal and drink plenty of fluid beforehand.

To reserve a sign-up time or for questions, call Nick Anthony, CD, of College Chiropractors at 325-766-3423.  Walk-up donors are also welcome.

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REGISTRATION BEGINS APRIL 12 FOR NEW RCISD MONTESSORI EARLY CHILDHOOD CENTER

The future Early Childhood Center at Tenth and Main Street.
In August, Roscoe Collegiate ISD will open its new Early Childhood Center on 10th and Main Street for 3, 4, and 5 year-olds. Children will learn in a comprehensive learning environment using the Montessori method, a successful approach which emphasizes active learning, independence, and cooperation. Instruction is designed to remain in harmony with each child’s unique pace of development and emphasizes individuality and independence in learning. The Roscoe Collegiate Montessori Early Childhood Center will offer full-day instruction, and an extended school day may be an option for some students as well.

Registration for the 2017-18 school year begins April 12 and 13 and will continue throughout the summer for students who are not already enrolled in Roscoe Collegiate ISD. Transfers from other school districts are welcome and students will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.

For more information, contact Roscoe Elementary School at 325-766-3323.

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COMMUNITY CENTER NEWS


THIRD SUNDAY OF THE MONTH LUNCH
Due to the 3rd Sunday being Easter Sunday
We will not be having out lunch in April.
Next 3rd Sunday lunch will be May 21.

COMMUNITY CENTER RENTALS
For Center Rentals
 Call Misty Reynolds– 325-338-1005
 
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WEATHER REPORT: RAIN, WIND, AND A COOL FRONT

Hail in my front yard on Saturday.
The Roscoe area got a much-needed rain this past week. It began with a shower early Wednesday morning totaling .76” in my rain gauge. Then on Saturday afternoon a hailstorm that came out of nowhere hit, but the hail was relatively light and did little damage. The total for Saturday was .68". Then on Sunday .56" more fell to bring a total of 2.00” for the week. In east Roscoe, Kenny Landfried recorded the city's official total of 2.16". Most people I talked to had around two inches—some more, some less. The Champion area and points west generally got more than Roscoe, while east of town got a little less.

Monday was beautiful with sunshine, but then yesterday was marked by a strong west wind with sustained breezes of 29mph with gusts up to 41. A cool front moved through about sundown, and this morning the temperature at dawn was down to 41°. The rain was more than welcome as it was the first we’d had in a while. The high temperature for the week was Friday’s 88°, and the low was this morning’s 41°. Sunday’s high was only 49°.

The forecast high for today is only 67°, but that will warm up to 74° tomorrow, 77° Friday, and 86° for Spring Super Saturday and 86° again on Sunday. There is no more rain in the immediate forecast.

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Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Preparation for City Sewer Line Improvements Begins

Freshly unloaded manholes on Sixth Street.
If you saw workers unloading large, circular concrete manholes in or around alleys in south Roscoe yesterday, you were seeing the first phase of the sanitary sewer line improvements that will be going on in town this year. Equipment, materials, and supplies are currently being delivered, and work will begin in earnest on Tuesday, April 11. It will then go until completion, which should take about six months—more or less depending on the weather and other factors. Whitney Underground Utilities of Valley Mills is the company in charge of replacing the old sewer lines from the 1940s and '50s and replacing them with new ones. Theirs was the lowest qualified bid at $581,787.

The old lines need to be replaced to eliminate exfiltration, or leakage, of sewage from the old lines, which can get into and contaminate the water table, and infiltration, or water entering the lines from rains, which unnecessarily causes a larger volume to be cleaned and filtered, which increases expenses. The new lines will also provide better service to residents. They will be set deeper than the old ones and have more manholes for easier access to problem areas.

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SPRING CLEAN-UP ENDS FRIDAY

The Spring Clean-Up dumpsters by the City Shop on 3rd and Laurel.
The City of Roscoe’s annual Spring Clean-Up is underway and will continue until Friday evening. Hours of operation are from 8am to 7pm. The three dumpsters are located just east of the City Shop on Third and Laurel Streets. City Manager Cody Thompson reports more activity this year than usual as dumpsters have been filled repeatedly.

As always, there are items that may not be placed in the containers. These include paint, oil, oil filters, chemical containers, and tree limbs. Air conditioners and refrigerators must be tagged land-fill acceptable.  There is no curb service, and since the Spring Clean-Up is for Roscoe residents only, anyone dropping off anything must be prepared to show a City of Roscoe water bill or other proof of Roscoe residency.

For more information, contact City Hall during business hours at 325-766-3871.

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WILKINSON SISTERS LEAD ROSCOE AT POST TRACK MEET

Once again, as they’ve been doing all season, the fleet-footed Wilkinson sisters, Bonnie and Lyndi, led Roscoe’s track teams, this time on Friday at the Bold Gold Caprock Relays in Post. In a meet with nine teams (Colorado City, Lubbock Roosevelt, Post, Idalou, New Deal, Roscoe Collegiate, Lamesa, Plains, and Sweetwater), all of them but Plains larger schools than Roscoe, the Plowgirls finished a respectable fifth.

Bonnie won the triple jump and was third in the 400-meter dash, while Lyndi finished second in the 800-meter run, and both were on the Plowgirl relay teams that finished second in the 4 x 400 meters and fourth in the 4 x 200 meters.

For the Plowboys, Jayden Gonzales finished second in the pole vault with a vault of 11½ feet.

Here are the complete results for the Plowgirls and Plowboys:

Plowgirls

Event                          Place        Athlete                   Time/Distance
Triple Jump                   1          Bonnie Wilkinson           36’7"
800 meter run              2          Lyndi Wilkinson           2:33.67
400 meter dash            3          Bonnie Wilkinson         1:03.64
4 x 400 m. relay           2           Plowgirls                        4:22.50
   (Jaci Alexander, L. Wilkinson, Jaleigh Morales, B. Wilkinson)
4 x 200 m. relay           4           Plowgirls                         1:58.57
   (Morales, L. Wilkinson, Alexander, B. Wilkinson)

Plowboys

Pole Vault                      2          Jayden Gonzales              11’6”

Next up for both Plowboys and Plowgirls are the Cottonwood Relays in Roby this Friday, March 31. This will be their last meet before the District Meet in Albany next Thursday, April 6.

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HUGE CROWD ENJOYS RANDY ROGERS BAND AT LUMBERYARD SATURDAY NIGHT

Randy Rogers at the Lumberyard Saturday night.
Roscoe’s population more than doubled Saturday night as some 1800 country music fans from all over the Big Country were at the Lumberyard for the Randy Rogers concert. And, despite all the high winds of the preceding days, it was a perfect evening for the outdoor event.  The winds were almost calm the entire evening with temperatures ranging from the mid-seventies earlier to the high sixties later.

The show was a make-up for the originally scheduled event by the band last fall that was canceled because of a pouring rain.

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FFA JUDGING TEAMS OFF TO WEEKEND MEETS IN CANYON, CLARENDON

The RCHS FFA Judging Teams will participate in two invitational meets this weekend, the first at West Texas A&M University in Canyon on Friday, and the second at Clarendon College in Clarendon on Saturday.

Here are the teams and members of each:

Horse Judging
Jasmine Foster
Kayla Justiss
Rebecca Shaw
Logan Wicker

Livestock
Lynzie Atkison
Tait Fullwood
Reese Kiser
Abigail Meadows
Zeke Murphy

Cotton
Cade Garrett
Giselle Herrera
Ainsleigh Nelson
Mariann Rainey
Nolan Reeves

Vet Med
Caleb Boren
Morgan Bowers
Jovanah Guzman
Alfonso Islas
Kayla Justiss

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WEATHER REPORT: WIND, RAIN, AND A TORNADO

There's a puddle in my driveway this morning.
It’s been a wild week for the weather. First, there were some seriously high winds on Thursday and Friday with winds of 37mph on Friday with gusts up to 50mph, and then there was last night’s storm that came in from the southwest with lightning, thunder, and strong winds. A tornado warning was issued at 9:30pm after radar indicated rotation, and wind gusts of 73mph were reported 11 miles southwest of Sweetwater. Residents of northwest Nolan County as well as anyone on I-20 between miles 233 and 266 were warned to “Take cover now!” and from some of the posts I saw on Facebook, many of my friends did just that. However, I missed it because I didn’t have the television or radio on, so I didn’t find out about it until later.

There were reports of a tornado four or five miles south of town moving east. It apparently didn’t cause any significant damage that I’ve heard about, but it scared several people in the area, and one person said her car was hit by a traffic sign.

Along with the high winds and tornado, last night’s storm brought some rain, which started when the storm hit and lasted off and on until about 1am. I haven't heard yet from others in areas around Roscoe except for one report of 1.3" west of town and one of 2.3" in Mitchell County. Here in town my rain gauge recorded .76”, which makes this month’s total rainfall by my reckoning .84” (I also had .06" on Wednesday and .02" on Friday), which is below the 1.12” average for March. But, no matter how much it was, we’ll take it. At least it’s a start, and maybe we’ll get more in April.

Temperatures this past week were milder than the week before. The high was Sunday’s 82°F, and highs were in the seventies on four days. The low dipped to 44° on Friday and again on Monday.

Today’s high is predicted to reach only 65°, tomorrow’s will warm up to 79°, and Friday’s to 87° before cooling back to 79° on Saturday, and 68° on Sunday. Lows will be in the fifties or upper forties.

There is a 50% chance of rain on Sunday.

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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Spring Clean-Up Begins Saturday

Dumpsters will be just east of the City Shop on 3rd and Laurel.
Roscoe’s annual Spring Clean-Up begins this Saturday, March 25, and will run through next Friday, March 31. This year it is being held next to the City Shop at 3rd and Laurel Streets, near the baseball field. Hours of operation are 8:00am to 7:00pm.

There will be three large dumpsters just east of the City Shop, two for all debris and one for tires. Items which may not be placed in containers are as follows: paint, oil, oil filters, chemical containers, and tree limbs.  Air conditioners and refrigerators must be tagged land-fill acceptable.  There is no curb service, and since the Spring Clean-Up is for Roscoe residents only, anyone dropping off anything must be prepared to show a City of Roscoe water bill or other proof of Roscoe residency.

For more information, contact City Hall during business hours at 325-766-3871.

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INJUN ROBERT SAYS 2017 CROP OUTLOOK NOT SO GOOD

The dawn wind was from the southwest.
As he has in years past, “Injun Robert” McBride performed the “Sunrise Wind” ceremony at dawn yesterday morning, March 21, the first day after the beginning of Spring, and saw a brisk southwest breeze blow the smoke of his fire to the northeast. According to the ancient lore of the Plains Indians, that outcome foretells a below-average crop for this year.

Those unfamiliar with the ritual may appreciate some background information to understand its import. Known in the Comanche language as Taba’na Yuan’e, or “Sunrise Wind” ceremony, it was a traditional practice of the Plains Indians long before the white man came. It was observed around 1881 by a Mr. Crim, who oversaw the mule teams used in building the T&P railway across west Texas. While in the Van Horn area on the morning of March 22, he noticed puffs of smoke coming from all the Indian huts in sight. He asked what was going on and was told that the Indians were seeing what kinds of crops they would have that year by building a fire just before dawn and then, as the sun appeared, observing which direction the wind blew the smoke.  This was always done on the morning after the first day of spring.

According to legend, an east or northeast wind meant a "very good” year, north or northwest "average," west or southwest "poor," and south or southeast "very bad.”

In the early 1970s George Parks, editor of the Roscoe Times, learned of the ceremony, which was still being performed annually in Muleshoe by old Mr. Crim’s son, referred to by the locals there as “Injun John.” “Injun George” learned the particulars from “Injun John” and replicated them here for many years until shortly before his journey to the happy hunting grounds in 1983. In addition to observing the smoke, “Injun George” added a rain dance around the fire in hopes that it would lessen the effects of a bad forecast and increase those of a good one.

In 2012, “Injun Robert” revived the tradition, even adding a “rain turtle” in 2014, although he abandoned it for 2015 since it didn’t seem to help. As with “Injun George” before him, his predictions have been mostly but not always accurate. Here’s his record so far with the annual number of bales ginned at the Central Rolling Plains Co-op used as his measure of success. (Since the gin’s opening in 2007, the Co-op has ginned an annual average of 62,172 bales.)

            Year         Wind            Prediction      Bales Ginned
            2012     Northwest        Average           66,985
            2013     Southwest        Poor                 71,849
            2014     Southwest        Poor                 32,274
            2015     Northwest        Average           75,636
            2016     Southwest        Poor                 87,827
            2017     Southwest        Poor                    ?

A look at the predictions reveals a couple of anomalies, one in 2013 and the other this past year, 2016. In both, a southwest wind portended a poor crop. But the 71,849 bales in 2013 at worst would have to be classed “average,” and almost everyone would agree that last year’s 87,827 bales was in no way a “poor” year.

It's enough to make one wonder how accurate the Indians were with their predictions. We’ll just have to wait and see how this year turns out. Let’s hope it’s wrong again!

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ROSCOE DEBATERS BREAK EVEN IN UIL STATE FINALS

RCHS debaters Alfonso Islas and Josh Stegge
Roscoe Collegiate High School’s debate team of sophomores Josh Stegge and Alfonso Islas, who won the District Championship back in January, didn’t win state last week in Austin, but they did do well enough to break even in their matches with other state finalists, winning two matches and losing two.

They beat Thorndale and Crawford and lost to Centerville and Malakoff Cross Roads—not bad for a couple of sophomores in Roscoe’s first year of debate competition. I think we can call that a win.

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RCHS ONE-ACT PLAY TEAM, A TOP DISTRICT FINISHER, MOVES ON TO BI-DISTRICT

Roscoe's One-Act Play team.
At the UIL District meet in Anson on Wednesday, March 8, the RCHS One-Act Play team was one of the top three finishers, which qualifies them to move on to the Bi-District competition at Irion County High School tomorrow. The schools in district competition were Albany, Anson, Hamlin, Haskell, Hawley, Roscoe, and Stamford, and the other two teams to advance are Haskell and Stamford.

Roscoe students received these individual honors:

Best Actor Award – Caleb Ward
All-Star Cast Award – Jovana Pena
Technical Crew Award – Johnny Cuellar

The name of the play is “Wait Until Dark” by Frederick Knott.

Cast members include Braiden Moore, Nolan Reeves, Caleb Ward, Jovana Pena, Parker Payne, Jaci Alexander, Christian Acuna, Arthur Pope, and Bonnie Wilkinson. Crew members are Jose Chavira, Johnny Cuellar, and Lyndi Wilkinson. Director is Gay-Lynn Moses, and Co-Director is Vanessa Galvan.

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JODEY ARRINGTON & SID MILLER TO MEET & GREET AT THE LUMBERYARD APRIL 10

Jodey Arrington                                          Sid Miller
U. S. Congressman Jodey Arrington and Texas Commissioner of Agriculture Sid Miller will be in Roscoe at the Lumberyard on Monday, April 10, from 9am to 3pm to meet with area farmers, ranchers, and other interested citizens. They will discuss the upcoming farm bill and provide other information.

The event is being sponsored by Richard Kemp’s Farm & Ranch Report of KGLD.FM 106.9, "the Country Giant," in Abilene.

Everyone is invited, so come meet your Congressman and Commissioner of Agriculture.

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PLOWGIRL/PLOWBOY RESULTS FROM PIPER RELAYS

The Piper Relays in Hamlin on Saturday saw the participation of 29 schools: Abilene Christian, Albany, Aspermont, Borden County, Breckenridge, Bronte, Childress, Chillicothe, Clyde, Colorado City, Cross Plains, Hamlin, Hawley, Home School, Jayton, Knox City, Merkel, Munday, Rankin, Roby, Roscoe, Rotan, Santa Anna, Seymour, Shallowater, Snyder, Spur, Stamford, Water Valley.

Here are the results for Plowgirls and Plowboys who finished in the top six of their events:

Plowgirls

Event                           Place       Athlete                      Time/Distance
400 meter dash            2          Bonnie Wilkinson                  1:02.29
800 meter run              2          Lyndi Wilkinson                    2:34.21
4 x 100 m. relay            3          Plowgirls                                    52.63
4 x 400 m. relay           2          Plowgirls                                 4:23.02
Triple Jump                  2          Bonnie Wilkinson                  35’8½”

Plowboys

Triple Jump                   6          Micheal Wright                          39’

The Plowgirls and Plowboys will participate in the Badger Relays at Merkel tomorrow afternoon.

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HUGE CROWD EXPECTED FOR RANDY ROGERS AT LUMBERYARD SATURDAY, BRI BAGWELL FRIDAY

The Randy Rogers Band.
The Randy Rogers Band will be in town Saturday night for the Lumberyard’s first big show of the spring. The popular appeal of the band is evident not only in the size of the crowds at their live performances, but also in the success of their albums.

Since 2008, they have released four studio albums, and all four have made it to the top five on the US country charts: The Randy Rogers Band (2008), Burning the Day (2010), Trouble (2013), and Nothing Shines Like Neon (2016).  Their live album Homemade Tamales – Live at Floore’s (2014) reached number eleven and the band has also also produced two other CDs with Wade Bowen, Hold My Beer, Vol. 1 (2015) and Watch This (2016), the first peaking at number 4.

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.” (Click title to watch video.)

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

Bri Bagwell.
Texas Country singer and songwriter Bri Bagwell will be at the Lumberyard Friday night as she makes up for missing a show earlier this year.

Born and raised in Las Cruces, NM, she has been singing since childhood, originally performing with her twin brothers.  She now travels the Texas honky-tonk circuit. She has been to Nashville and hopes to become country music’s next superstar. Her musical influences include Miranda Lambert, Patty Griffin, and Johnny Cash. This video features her singing her single “Whiskey.”

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

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WEATHER REPORT: WINDY AND UNSEASONABLY WARM

Yesterday's front moves through.
It was a typical week for March in west Texas as regards the wind. That is to say, it was windy every day with southerly winds of anywhere from 10 to 25mph with gusts up into the thirties on most days. Temperatures, on the other hand, were much warmer than average for the last official week of winter. Since Thursday, the highs have been in the eighties, and on Monday and yesterday they were 90°F and 91° respectively, some twenty degrees above the norm. Lows were within a degree or two of sixty during the same six-day stretch.

Yesterday afternoon we got a break from the heat when a cool front moved through around six o’clock. First it clouded over and in just a short while there was lightning and thunder, the first we’ve heard in about a month. Then we actually got some precipitation. It wasn’t a lot—my rain gauge measured .06”, which means it did little more than get the sidewalk wet—but it was nice while it lasted since it’s the first we’ve had all month. It also caused the temperature to drop about 15 degrees, and the cooler breeze felt nice.

Today will be a little cooler than the past few days, but it will still top out at about 85°. Tomorrow’s high will be only about 80°, Friday’s 73°, and Saturday’s 79° before returning to the eighties for Sunday and the beginning of next week. There is a 60% chance of rain currently forecast for next Wednesday, but nothing more than 10% between now and then.

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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

City Council Hears City Plans, Police Report, Awards Cemetery Bid

Cody Thompson addresses the Council at yesterday's meeting.
At its monthly meeting at City Hall yesterday evening, the Roscoe City Council got updates on City projects and plans, as well as the monthly Police report. It also accepted a cemetery maintenance bid and approved plans to open bidding for the management of the City Swimming Pool this summer.

City Manager Cody Thompson updated the Council on plans for Spring Super Saturday on April 8. The event will run from 11am to 7pm for all retailers and until 11:30pm for the Lumberyard. The Roscoe Express will shuttle visitors to local businesses, and the Roscoe Historical Museum will be open.

This year’s celebration will introduce two new exciting events in a new venue. In the open area just northwest of the railroad tracks on Cypress and across Business US 84 from McVey’s Nursery, a Tuff Truck Competition will open the festivities as drivers tackle obstacles and race for time, followed by a Crash Up Derby, which is simply a demolition derby by another name. All proceeds will benefit the Roscoe Volunteer Fire Department. Then live music will begin at 5pm at the Lumberyard with popular country singer Jamie Richards & Band, followed by country legend Charley Pride, this year’s star of the show. It should be quite a memorable evening.

Thompson also announced that the City’s annual Easter Egg Hunt in Old Town Park, across the street from City Hall, will be on Saturday, April 15, from 2:00 to 3:30pm.

Work has progressed at the City Shop, where a concrete slab for a new equipment building has been poured. City workers have also built forms for new sidewalks and will be busy pouring cement for driveways and sidewalks the next couple of weeks. Preparations are also underway for Spring Clean-up which this year will be from March 24-31. Dumpsters for trash, tree limbs, debris, and tires will be just east of the City Shop on 3rd and Laurel Streets near George Parks baseball field.

Applications for funding of water lines by the Texas Water Development Board have been completed, and sanitary sewer line improvements will soon begin. Tire stops have been installed in the city parking lot across Broadway from the Blackland Smokehouse and the Wildflower Boutique.

Roscoe Police Chief Felix Pantoja gave the Council the Police report as well as a mandatory racial profiling form, which documents the ethnicities of drivers stopped by the Roscoe police.

The Council approved the bid of Skeet Kimbrell of Roscoe to take charge of maintenance of the Roscoe Cemetery. It also approved the placement of advertisements for the management of the City Swimming Pool for the summer. For more information, contact City Hall at 325-766-3871.

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LARRY BLACK NAMED TEXAS AGRICULTURE CO-OP GINNER OF THE YEAR

Roscoe Gin Manager Larry Black
At its state meeting in Frisco on Monday, the TACC (Texas Agriculture Cooperative Council) named Larry Black its 2016 Ginner of the Year. Black is the Manager of the Central Rolling Plains Co-op’s Roscoe Gin and has been since 2002. The Roscoe Gin has undergone considerable remodeling and upgrading during his tenure, and it broke its record this year for number of bales ginned in a single season.

Congratulations, Larry, on a well-deserved honor!

Central Rolling Plains Co-op Board of Directors: Roddy Alexander, Leslie Rannefeld, Kenny Landfried, Larry Black, Ralph Stirl, Steve Moore, James Parrott, Larry Williams. Not pictured: Rolan Petty, Scott Etheredge, Ricky Bowman.
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CENTRAL ROLLING PLAINS CO-OP COMPLETES GINNING SEASON

The Central Rolling Plains Co-op Cotton Gin.
The 2016 cotton crop is in. The Central Rolling Plains Co-op Cotton Gin completed its ginning season last Wednesday, March 8, as it produced its final bale. That’s a little late as far as finishing the season usually goes, but this year’s late freeze extended it and increased the yield. Back in October at the gin’s open house dinner, most of those who wrote down their predictions for this year’s number of bales underestimated what this year’s result would be. The final total is 87,827 bales, even more than Gin Manager Larry Black expected, and a new record for the Roscoe Gin. The 109,991 bales in 2007 includes some 40,000 bales that were ginned in Inadale, the last year that gin was open,

 Here’s how this year’s total compares to the gin’s output for the previous nine years:

                                             2007           109,991
                                             2008             57,184
                                             2009             39,626
                                             2010             70,379
                                             2011               9,966
                                             2012             66,985
                                             2013             71,849
                                             2014             32,274
                                             2015             75,636
                                             2016             87,827

Since the ten-year average for the gin including 2016 is 62,172 bales, this year’s total is 25,655 bales, or 34%, above the average.

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PLOWBOYS, PLOWGIRLS HOST BLACKLAND DIVIDE RELAYS

Karina Cisneros, far right, finished second in the 1600 meter run.
The Blackland Divide Relays at Plowboy Field Friday afternoon was a chilly affair with a sharp northeast wind and temperatures in the upper fifties. Even so, there was a large crowd on hand to view the events.

The varsity boys’ teams finished in this order: Munday, Post, Stamford, Merkel, Colorado City, Roby, Hawley, and Roscoe. The varsity girls’ teams finished in this order: Post, Merkel, Munday, Stamford, Roscoe, Colorado City, Jayton, Roby, and Eula.

Bonnie Wilkinson once again stood out for the Plowgirls. She won two events, the 400-meter dash and the triple jump, and was on the Plowgirls’ 4 x 400-meter relay team, which placed second, and the 4 x 100-meter relay team, which finished fourth. Her sister Lyndi was first in the 800-meter run and was also a member of the two Plowgirl relay teams. Karina Cisneros finished second in the 1600-meter run.

Here is a listing of the Plowboys and Plowgirls who finished in the top six of their events, along with their best time or distance, whether seed or final.

Plowboys

Event                  Place          Athlete                     Time/Distance     
800 meter run     4             Braiden Moore               2:10
4 x 100 relay          6             Plowboys “A”                  47.52
  (Jose Ortega, Micheal Wright, Jayden Gonzales, Junior Martinez)
4 x 400 relay        4             Plowboys “A”                 3:47.47
  (Jose Ortega, Braiden Moore, Micheal Wright, Junior Martinez)
Triple Jump         4            Micheal Wright              38’ 2½”

Plowgirls
400 meter dash    1          Bonnie Wilkinson          1:01.42
800 meter run      1           Lyndi Wilkinson            2:32.91
                                 6          Karina Cisneros              2:51.41
1600 meter run    2           Karina Cisneros             6:17.73
4 x 100 relay          4          Plowgirls “A”                   52.84
  (Jaci Alexander, Lyndi Wilkinson, Anahi Ortega Solis, Bonnie Wilkinson)
4 x 400 relay         2           Plowgirls “A”                  4:17.40
  (Jaci Alexander, Lyndi Wilkinson, Lynzie Atkinson, Bonnie Wilkinson)
Triple Jump          1            Bonnie Wilkinson           34’ 3¾”
Shot Put                 6            Kinzie Buchanan             29’ 1”
Discus Throw       4            Veronica Cuellar             90’ 1”

The Plowgirls and Plowboys’ next meet is the Piper Relays in Hamlin this Saturday, March 18. The Plowboys JV is off for Spring Break. They will resume in Merkel on Tuesday, March 21.

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THIRD SUNDAY OF THE MONTH LUNCH THIS SUNDAY
March 19, 11:30-1:30
Menu: Hamburger meal, dessert, and drink - $6 per plate
Roscoe Community Center

COMMUNITY CENTER RENTALS
Call Misty Reynolds – 325-338-1005

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TEXAS AG COMMISSIONER POSTPONES ROSCOE VISIT

Sid Miller
Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller, who planned to lunch with local farmers and ranchers at the Lumberyard next Monday, has had to postpone the visit to an unspecified future date. His previously planned trip to Israel was unexpectedly moved forward a few days, causing him to cancel all his other plans for the first part of next week.

For more information, call 325-701-7823.

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Matthew Buckley placed fourth in his weight class at the Regional Powerlifting Meet in Lubbock last week.

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WEATHER REPORT: SPRING TEMPERATURES, BEAUTIFUL SUNSETS

The old cotton house at sunset.
The weather was a mixed bag this past week with some miserable weather as well as some that was gorgeous. It was also a week of bright nights as the full moon came on Sunday and the days immediately preceding and following all had moonlit night skies. And, since it was also the week in which Daylight Savings Time began, we’ve all been learning to adjust to the extra hour of darkness in the early morning and the corresponding extra hour of sunlight in the evening.

Wednesday and Thursday’s warm afternoons changed to Friday, Saturday, and Sunday’s chilly ones with strong breezes from the northeast. Sunday morning there was a fog thick enough to get everything wet, but the weekend forecast for rain turned out to be wrong. Yesterday afternoon turned out to be gorgeous with a high of 77°, the wind becoming calm in the evening, and the western skies having a beautiful sunset. The high for the week was Thursday’s 81°F, and the low was Sunday morning’s 38°.

The outlook is for a warming trend with a 71° high today, followed by 77° tomorrow, and then six days in a row with highs reaching into the eighties and lows within two or three degrees of 60°. Rain is unlikely as the forecast chances are either 0% or 10%. The first official day of Spring this year falls on March 20, i.e., next Monday.

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† PEDRO MEDINA

Holy Mass of Christian Burial for Pedro Medina, 39, of Roscoe was on Monday, March 13, at Saint Albert’s Catholic Church in Roscoe. He passed away at his residence on Friday, March 10. Burial followed at Roscoe Cemetery under the direction of McCoy Funeral Home.

Pedro had lived in Roscoe the past fourteen years and worked for Eagle Rail Car. He was a member of Saint Albert’s Catholic Church.

He is survived by his wife, Maria Solis; two sons, Brayn Medina and Pedro Medina, Jr.; a daughter, Venessa Medina; and his parents, Silvestre and Isidra Medina, all of Roscoe; a brother, Martin Medina & wife Gloria of Chicago, IL; two sisters, Adriana Medina & husband Filimon Carros of Mexico and Maria-De-Lourdes Medina & husband Reimundo Raigosa of Mexico.

Pallbearers were Brayn Medina, Alex Ortega, Miguel Ortega, Silvestre Medina, Manuel Palos, Pasquel Solis.

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† ALICE P. DENMAN

Graveside services for Alice P. Denman, 77, of Paris, will be held today, March 15, at Union Grove Cemetery by Bright-Holland Funeral Home with Patrick Cannon officiating. She passed away on Monday, March 13, at her home.

Mrs. Denman, the daughter of Henry Alexander & Pearl Vaughn Turner, was born Jan. 7, 1940, in Wood County, Texas. Her career with the Roscoe Independent School District spanned a number of years before her retirement. She was a member of the Roscoe Baptist Church.Her parents, three sisters, and two brothers preceded her in death.

Survivors include her husband, Ray Denman, whom she married on December 22, 1961, building fifty-five years of family and memories; three sons, Mark Denman of Reno, Texas, Matt Denman & wife Lisa of Reno, and Greg Denman & wife Sheila of Crawford; grandchildren, Molly Denman, Ross Denman, Raegan Denman, and Rylee Denman; along with several nieces & nephews and a host of friends.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, www.stjude.org or mailing address: 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105. Ph. 800-822-6344

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