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Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Charley Pride to Highlight "Spring Super Saturday" with Lumberyard Performance

Charley Pride
It’s official. Country legend Charley Pride is coming to Roscoe on April 8 as the featured performer for this year’s "Spring Super Saturday." He will bring his famous voice and sing some of the songs that made him famous: “Is Anybody Goin’ to San Antone,” “Crystal Chandeliers,” “Kiss an Angel Good Morning,” “Just Between You and Me,” “Does My Ring Hurt Your Finger,” along with 24 others that made it to number one on the Billboard Country Music chart and 23 additional ones that made the top 10.

He’s a member of the Grand Ole Opry and the Country Music Hall of Fame, has won several Grammys, and was featured in last year’s CMA Awards. His lifetime achievements are too numerous to mention, but it is interesting to note that he was a baseball player before he was a professional singer and was a star in the Negro League. He’s still an avid baseball fan and a part-owner of the Texas Rangers.

In short, you don’t want to miss this opportunity to see one of most famous country singers of the past half-century. For reservations or more information, contact the Lumberyard at 325-766-2457.

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SHELANSKY BUILDING TO HOUSE EDU-DRONE CLASSROOM, OFFICES

The Shelansky Building
Starting soon, the downtown Shelansky Building will be the new home of part of RCISD’s Collegiate Edu-Drone, LLC. A creativity center that will serve as the pilot training and simulation classroom will be located in the main room of the building, while the smaller offices will serve as office space for drone-related businesses. Greg Wortham, who also serves as adjunct faculty for business/ marketing for RCISD, will have an office in the complex. So will local area commercial drone pilots who will work with the program by providing on the job experience to students working toward drone pilot certification. The old Nitzsche Welding Building on Broadway will continue to be used as the pilot-training lab for drone instruction in a windless environment. The Edu-Drone program will be in the building starting with the fall semester.

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ROSCOE COLLEGIATE ISD TO OPEN NEW MONTESSORI EARLY CHILDHOOD CENTER
by Andy Wilson
RCISD Elementary School Principal

In August of this year, Roscoe Collegiate ISD will open its new early childhood center for three, four, and five-year-old children. Roscoe Collegiate Montessori Early Childhood Center will offer a comprehensive early learning environment using the Montessori method. The Montessori method of instruction is an approach to learning which emphasizes active learning, independence, and cooperation. Instruction is designed to remain in harmony with each child's unique pace of development. Montessori emphasizes individuality and independence in learning.

Roscoe Collegiate Montessori Early Childhood Center will offer full-day instruction for three, four, and five-year-old students. An extended school day may be an option for some students as well. Registration for the 2017-2018 school year will begin on April 12th and 13th and continue throughout the spring and 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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TEXAS AG COMMISSIONER TO BE IN ROSCOE MONDAY, MARCH 20

Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller.
Sid Miller, the Texas Agriculture Commissioner, will be at the Lumberyard from 11am-1pm on Monday, March 20. The event is being hosted by Farm and Ranch Report of Abilene radio station KLGD, “The Country Giant,” 106.9. Farmers, ranchers, and other interested parties are invited to attend. KLGD reporter Richard Kemp broadcasts the daily Farm & Ranch Report Monday through Saturday at 12:15am and 6:15am.

For more information, call 325-701-7823. To reserve a seat, call 325-766-2457.

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PLOWBOTS HAVE MEET TO REMEMBER AT HUB CITY REGIONAL IN LUBBOCK

Editor’s note: The Roscoe Plowbots had a great meet in Lubbock, finishing first of 46 teams in the qualifying matches, and even though their alliance didn’t go on to win the meet championship, they impressed everyone with their performance. Dan Boren, one of their two coaches, wrote this detailed account, presented here as he wrote it.

Where is Roscoe?
By Dan Boren

On March 1st, the First Robotics Competition (FRC) team 3366—the Roscoe Plowbots traveled to Lubbock to compete in the Hub City Regional event. The event was host to 46 teams from the states of California, Oklahoma, Colorado, and Texas. The contest was also international with teams from Mexico and Turkey also participating.

The Plowbots arrived in Lubbock as last year’s Hub City Finalists, losing in the championship match on a last minute call by the referees. The game’s theme this year is Steamworks, which focused on early steam engines and modes of early flight. The game required teams to deliver gears to the airship in the center of the game field that would allow rotors to be turned, which would turn propellers allowing for “flight.” Additionally, teams were given the opportunity to “lift-off” with the airships by climbing a 4-foot rope during the last 30-seconds of the 3-minute match. Perhaps the most challenging aspect of this year’s game is the method of fueling the airship. The fuel is represented by 5-inch plastic balls that have to shoot in one of two openings of the “steam boiler.” The game pits a red alliance against a blue alliance each of which is made of three teams. During the 83 qualification rounds, the teams play with different combinations of teams in order to reach an overall individual ranking.

The matches for each regional begin on Friday and are completed on Saturday. Last Friday, the Plowbots played 9 matches. In those matches, the Plowboys finished with a record of 9-0. That record put the Plowbots in first place in the 46-team field. Having never finished higher than 17th in the qualification round, the Plowbots found themselves in that favorable, but unfamiliar position. So unfamiliar, that the primary question being asked was, “Where is Roscoe?” and “Where did team 3366 come from?” Saturday morning, team 3366 had just two matches to go to finish as the number one qualifier. However, during their 10th match, one of their alliance members lost connection to the communication system, so the Plowbots’ alliance had to compete 2 on 3 against the other alliance. The result was the first loss of the tournament. The loss dropped the Plowbots to 3rd overall with less than 10 total matches to go. That is when the excitement really escalated.

In match 79, the new number one team, 118—the Robonauts, from Crystal Creek, Texas, a perennial powerhouse, was upset in their last match moving the Plowbots up to number 2, behind team 1477-Texas Torque out of Conroe, Texas. The only chance the Plowbots had to reclaim the number one slot was to not only win their last match, but to score at least 301 points, which would give them the tie breaker of total points scored over Texas Torque. During the Plowbots’ breathtaking final match, they scored a grand total of 305 points, with those last 50 points coming in the last tenth of a second, giving the Plowboys their number one ranking in the qualifying matches. The Plowbots playoff alliance was upset by the eventual champions of the Hub City Regional, but that doesn’t take away from the great accomplishment of the David and Goliath story of the 2017 Hub City Regional. As a result of this competition, many more around the robotics world now know “Where Roscoe is!”

The win Saturday will undoubtedly qualify the Plowbots for the UIL State Championships May 17-20 in Austin. The team will travel to Dallas this week to compete in their only other scheduled regional at the Irving Convention Center.

The Plowboys are coached by instructors Dan Boren and John Cox. Team members include Driver—Camden Boren, Navigator—Braxton Parrott, Pilot—Becca Shaw, “Gearman”—Tristan Brooks, Lead Mechanic—Martin Luna, Game Analysts—Brayan Medina-Solis and Ryan Highsmith; and Scouts—Caleb Ward, Christian Acuna, Arizona Guerra, and Riley Sheridan.

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PLOWBOYS, PLOWGIRLS RESULTS FOR TIGER RELAYS IN ANSON

At the Tiger Relays in Anson on Friday, the Plowboys finished fifth, the Plowgirls fourth, and the JV Plowboys second in a field of seven schools: Anson, Hamlin, Haskell, Hawley, Roby, and Roscoe Collegiate for the men’s teams, and Trent instead of Roby for the women’s.

First-place winners for the Plowboys included Junior Martinez in the Triple Jump, and for the Plowgirls, Bonnie Wilkinson in three events—the Triple Jump, the 400 meter run, and as a member of the Plowgirls’ 4 x 400 meter relay team that also finished first.

Here are the Plowboys and Plowgirls who placed in the top 6 for any event:

Plowboys

Event                           Place    Athlete(s)                     Time/Distance
400 meter run               2          Michael Wright             57.77
800 meter run               2          Braiden Moore              2:13.32
4 x 400 m. relay            2          Plowboys                         3:48.50
Pole Vault                       2          Jayden Gonzales           10’6”
Triple Jump                   1          Junior Martinez             40’6”

Plowgirls

400 meter run               1          Bonnie Wilkinson         1:04.59
                                          3          Anahi Ortega Solis        1:11.15
800 meter run               2          Lyndi Wilkinson           2:37.52
1600 meter run             4          Karina Cisneros            6:24.59
                                         6          Magdalena Garcia         6:42.90
300 m. hurdles             3          Lynzie Atkinson             57.68
4 x 100 m. relay            4          Plowgirls                         53.34
4 x 400 m. relay            1          Plowgirls                         4:26.46
Shot Put                         4          Veronica Cuellar            28’4”
                                         5          Kinzie Buchanan            28’
Discus                            4          Veronica Cuellar             82’4”
Triple Jump                  1          Bonnie Wilkinson           36’7¾”
                                         4          Lyndi Wilkinson             33’0¼”

On Friday Roscoe Collegiate will host the Blackland Divide Relays at Plowboy Field.

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DAVISSON BROTHERS BAND AT THE LUMBERYARD FRIDAY NIGHT

The Davisson Brothers Band.
A little bit of West Virginia will be in town Friday night when the Davisson Brothers Band kicks off the Spring season at the Lumberyard. It should also be a great way to start off Rattlesnake Roundup weekend. The weather outlook is fine, and the Davisson Brothers Band rocks with a unique sound, one that fuses country, southern rock, and bluegrass.  Check out their single “Jesse James,” by clicking here, or hear what they’re saying in Nashville about the band by clicking here.

For reservations or more information, contact the Lumberyard at 325-766-2457.
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WEATHER REPORT: IT’S BEGINNING TO LOOK A LOT LIKE SPRING

The Texas Red Oak in my front yard is budding out.
It may be a little early on the calendar to be proclaiming that spring has arrived, but with each passing day that’s what it’s beginning to look and feel like. The peach and apricot trees have been blooming for a couple of weeks, but since they are notorious for starting too early, that in itself doesn’t mean a lot. But now, other trees have also begun to bud out, and we haven’t had any freezing weather in about a month. Spring fires are ravaging parts of the panhandle, and yesterday morning the skies in Roscoe were filled with smoke that a norther brought down all the way from the fires around Amarillo. Seventy and eighty degree afternoons are becoming more frequent, southwest winds are blowing, and the lowest low temperature in the Weather Channel’s 10-day outlook for this area is the 43°F forecast for Saturday.

The weather we had this past week is typical for this time of year. The highs last Wednesday through Saturday were all in the sixties with lows going as far down as Thursday’s 37°. On Sunday, it warmed up to 75° and on Monday the high for the week came when the temperature reached 82°. Today’s forecast high of 71° is on the cool side as tomorrow, Friday, and Saturday are predicted to have highs of 80°, 78°, and 80° respectively with lows in the upper fifties. On Saturday, the low will drop to 43° as a cold front moves through, and Sunday’s high will be only about 67°. There is a 60% chance of rain on Saturday, which sounds about right since the Rattlesnake Roundup in Sweetwater is this weekend. The rest of next week will have highs in the seventies and eighties with lows in the fifties.

Don’t get me wrong. I’m not saying we definitely won’t get an April freeze. After all, we did get thunder in January and February, and you know what people say about that.. But the odds of something like that happening diminish with each passing day as the ground gets warmer and the days get longer.

Don’t forget to move your clocks forward an hour before you go to bed Saturday night.

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† BILLIE RAY SASIN

A memorial service followed by an interment with full honors was held on Monday afternoon, March 6, at the Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery for Billie Ray Sasin, 73, who fought a long and courageous battle with brain cancer. He peacefully entered his heavenly home early Wednesday morning, February 22nd, 2017.

Bill was born on May 12, 1943, in Roscoe to Adolf John Sasin and Francis Krista. He was a 1961 graduate of Roscoe High School. He was awarded the "Bronze Star" along with many more medals and honors. Bill was a member of the 101st Airborne Division. He was awarded "The Distinguished Flying Cross" for his heroism while flying a Cobra helicopter during an aerial battle in the Vietnam War. On one of his missions, he was shot down, which forced him to retire as a Lieutenant Colonel after 25 years of service.

Later in life, he met the love of his life and married Diane Marie Sasin. Together they enjoyed going to the movies and watching the Cowboys play at the AT&T Stadium. Bill was a devoted and loving husband, father, grandfather, and friend. He will be missed by everyone, more than words will ever be able to express. He was preceded in death by his father and mother, Adolf and Francis Sasin; brother and sister-in-law, George and Carol Sasin.

Survivors: His loving memory will always be cherished by his beloved wife, Diane Marie Sasin; son, James Frasor Sasin; daughter, Jennifer Ray Smith; grandchildren, Abigail Sasin and Talon Thibodeaux; twin brother, Ben Sasin and wife, Suzie Sasin; sister, Georgia Chandler; many nieces and nephews.

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