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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

City to Apply for $275k Grant for Sewer Improvements

At its monthly meeting last Tuesday, the Roscoe City Council authorized applying for a state grant of $275,000 to improve City sewer lines. It also heard the City Manager’s update on current City works and the Police Chief’s police activity report for the month of December.

City Manager Cody Thompson told the Council that City workers have been patching streets at least once a week and will continue to do so. They have cleaned up the burn pile on Front Street as well as on Kade Johnson’s property where the Homecoming bonfires were. They have also been busy repairing water leaks resulting from the recent hard freezes.

Work with TCEQ (Texas Commission on Environmental Quality) continues on finalizing the closure of the old wastewater sewer plant, while wastewater line improvements will not begin until late March.

The recent mailout of letters to City residents about lead and copper was a minor incident resulting from two of the ten locations going slightly over allowable limits. The TCEQ is being extra cautious in light of the recent publicity concerning contaminated water in Flint, Michigan.

Roscoe Collegiate ISD is working with a committee to secure the Shelansky Building for the school’s EduDrone Center. On the City’s north side, Carl Childers is dealing with prospective developers for a travel center on his property along US 84.

Police Chief Felix Pantoja told the Council that during the month of December, the Department received 81 calls for assistance, made 4 arrests, dealt with 3 vehicle collisions, and filed two criminal cases with the D.A.'s office.

The Council then discussed and agreed to apply for a Texas Community Block Grant of $275,000 from the Texas Department of Agriculture. The funds are needed for continued City sewer line improvements.

The Council also approved the City’s first quarter investment report.



Jose Ortega, Francisco Garcia, Paul Pantoja, Matt Buckley.
The Plowboy football team, which advanced to the playoffs and won two games before being eliminated in the Regional Finals, had some of its best players named to the Abilene Reporter-News 2016 2A All Big-Country football team.

Jose Ortega made the first team as a utility player on defense and the second team as a wide receiver on offense. Francisco Garcia made the first-team offense as a running back, and Paul Pantoja made the first-team defense as a lineman.

Matthew Buckley made the second-team offensive line, and Brayden Beal made honorable mention as quarterback.

Here are the named Plowboys along with their significant stats, as reported by the Abilene Reporter-News:

First Team Offense: Francisco Garcia (Jr., 5’9”, 175) Running Back, Rushed for 1508 yards and 23 TDs on 247 carries.

First Team Defense: Paul Pantoja (Jr., 6’0”, 215) Defensive Line. Finished with 71 tackles, 15 tackles for loss, 8 sacks, 4 forced fumbles, and 2 fumble recoveries.

First Team Defense: Jose Ortega (So., 5’ 7”, 155) Utility, had 79 tackles, 12 tackles for loss, 11 pass breakups, and 2 forced fumbles from his position in the Plowboys’ secondary.

Second Team Offense: Matthew Buckley (Sr., 6’1”, 250) Offensive Line. Graded at 90% with 37 pancake blocks and one sack allowed to earn District Lineman of the Year honors.

Second Team Offense: Jose Ortega (So., 5’ 7”, 155) Wide Receiver, Had 48 catches for 814 yards and 13 TDs.

Honorable Mention: Brayden Beal, Sr., Quarterback; Jose Ortega, So., Defensive Back.



A nice crowd enjoyed lunch at the Community Center on Sunday.

Our First “THIRD SUNDAY LUNCH” was a success!  We would like to thank everyone who came and joined us.
Our next meal is planned for February 19, 2016, 11:30am-1:30pm.
So mark your calendars!!!

The Community Center will be hosting a Roscoe Community Garage Sale.
Saturday, February 4, 2016, 8am to 3pm

If you are interested in renting an indoor space to set up your items, please contact Connie Baize at 325-338-1287 for more information.

We currently running a Rental Special for the months of January, February and March:

Mon. - Thu.:    $50 per Hour (min. of 2 hrs.) with $150 deposit
Fri., Sat., & Sun.:   all day $300 rent with $150 deposit
                           ½ day (4 hrs. or less) $200 rent + $150 deposit
(Please note that all deposit refunds are subject to a $50 non-refundable fee.)

Call Misty Reynolds for more information – 325-338-1005



The Roscoe Police Department is reporting the theft on early Monday morning of a white, four-door Chevrolet pickup from its location at the STEM Center off the I-20 service road just west of town.  The vehicle belongs to the school and has the school logo on both sides. The fence enclosing it received extensive damage when whoever was driving the pickup rammed the fence in order to reach the open road.

Anyone with information about this incident should call the Roscoe Police Department at 325-514-8384 or Crime Stoppers at 325-235-8477.



Bonnie Wilkinson drives for a layup against Haskell. (Photo by Zane Graves.)

The Plowgirls were defeated by Haskell and Stamford last week--and then barely lost a heartbreaker by one point against Hawley in Hawley last night.

Tuesday, January 10
Haskell 71 - Plowgirls 21

Scores by quarters:
Haskell             19        41        57        71
Plowgirls            2          7        13        21

Plowgirl scoring: Jaci Alexander 6, Kinzie Buchanan 4, Bergan Trevino, Jovana Peña 3, Veronica Cuellar 2, Bonnie Wilkinson 2.

Friday, January 13
Stamford 81 - Plowgirls 70

Stamford            2        38        58        81
Plowgirls           11        23        41        70

Cuellar 22, B. Wilkinson 19, Jaleigh Morales 9, Buchanan 6, Trevino 6, Lyndi Wilkinson 4, Karina Cisneros 3, Alexander 2, Peña 1.

Tuesday, January 17

Hawley 49 - Plowgirls 48
Hawley             14        27        39        49
Plowgirls          12        21        36        48

Cuellar 14, B. Wilkinson 11, Alexander 7, Buchanan 7, Morales 4, Peña 3.

The Plowgirls' next game is at home against Anson on Friday.



Tuesday, January 10
Haskell 36 - Plowboys 31

Haskell              13        20        26        36
Plowboys            6        16        28        31

Plowboy scoring: Johnathan Cuellar 10, Jayden Gonzales 6, Jose Ortega 5, Brandon Lavalais 5, Jack Phillips 3, Brayden Beal 2.

Thursday, January 13
Stamford 62 - Plowboys 33

Stamford           16        28        47        62
Plowboys             5        17        22        33

Plowboy scoring: Ortega 9, Clemente Aguayo 6, Phillips 5, Cuellar 4, Gonzales 3, Beal 2, Lavalais 2, Cam Boren 2.

The Plowboys next play Anson at home Friday evening.



Bri Bagwell.
Texas Country singer and songwriter Bri Bagwell will warm the crowd at the Lumberyard Saturday night as she makes her first ever indoor appearance there. She is scheduled to begin at around 8:30pm

Bri Bagwell, who grew up in Las Cruces, NM, has been singing since childhood, originally performing with her twin brothers, and 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.



Fog enveloped Roscoe on Saturday and Sunday.
The past week or so has run the gamut as far as weather is concerned. Last week began with unseasonably warm weather with the high temperature on Monday a pleasant 72°F, on Tuesday 74°, and on Wednesday 82°. But then a front moved through bringing clouds and temperatures that dropped steadily until Saturday when the high was only 35° and the low 30°. Saturday and Sunday were both foggy, and on Sunday afternoon a thunderstorm arrived bringing with it rain along with an abundance of lightning and thunder, which is not normal for January.

I got 1.3” here at my house although Kenny Landfried’s official total for Roscoe was only 1.08”. Monday the sun broke out but the day was still predominantly cloudy with a high of 60°. Then yesterday afternoon a light rain fell for a few hours. By the time it was over, I’d recorded another .74” (Kenny Landfried recorded an official .70"). That makes my total rainfall for Sunday and yesterday a substantial 2.04”. If you add the rain we got on January 1 and 2, which at my house came to .3”, the total for the month so far is 2.38”. That’s over twice the normal average of .98” for the entire month of January, and we still have two more weeks to go.  In short, it’s wet in and around Roscoe. There are puddles all over town, area dry lakes are not dry, and they may stay that way for a while.

The outlook for the rest of this week and the beginning of next is for warmer temperatures and more sunshine than we’ve had lately—although this weekend is forecast to be mostly cloudy. Skies should be clear with highs in the sixties through the first part of next week, after which the highs will drop into the fifties. And, if the weathermen are right, we probably won’t see any more rain for the rest of the month.


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