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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Early Voting Underway for School Board, City Council

Early voting began on Monday for the open seats on the Roscoe Collegiate ISD School Board and the Roscoe City Council. It will continue through May 2.

Early voting for the City election is at City Hall from 8:30am to 4:30pm Monday through Friday. On May 1 and 2, it will be extended from 7am to 7pm. Early voting for the School Board is at the School Administration Building from 8am-5pm M-F.

Election Day is May 6, when voting will be from 7am to 7 pm at the Roscoe Community Center.

Two City Council seats, those filled by Billy Joe Jay and Helen Perry, whose two-year terms are expiring in May, are being contested. Both Council members are running to retain their seats, and KC Hope is also running. The top two vote-getters will be the winners.

Six candidates are running for four open School Board seats, and the top four vote-getters will be the winners. The candidates are incumbents James Arnwine and Steve Anthony, along with Christie Galvan, Edward (Spider) Herrera, Kenny Hope, Jr., and David Pantoja.



The Academic Banquet yesterday evening.

The top boys and girls from each of the four high school classes were named at the annual Academic Banquet held in the School Cafetorium yesterday evening.

There were two categories for each grade, Best All Around Student and Outstanding Work Ethic. Here are the students who received the awards:

  Best All Around Student    Outstanding Work Ethic

12th Grade
   Boy: Caleb Ward                         Boy: Johnathon Cuellar
   Girl: Lyndi Wilkinson                 Girl: Bergan Trevino

11th Grade
   Boy: Camden Boren                   Boy: Jose Chavira
   Girl: Kayla Justiss                      Girl: Arizona Guevara 

10th Grade
   Boy: Josh Benner                       Boy: Jayden Gonzales
   Girl: Lynzie Atkinson                Girl: Veronica Cuellar

9th Grade
    Boy: Martin Luna                      Boy: Brayan Medina-Solis
    Girl: Jaci Alexander                  Girl: Kinzie Buchanan

The outstanding students for each of the 54 high school classes were also named and received awards.



Incoming Officers [Left to Right: Zeke Murphy (Chaplain), Logan Wicker (Student Advisor), Kayla Justiss (Reporter), Caleb Boren (Secretary), Nolan Reeves (President), Tait Fullwood (Vice-President), Becca Shaw (Treasurer), Morgan Bowers (Sentinel), Abigail Meadows (Historian), and Kaylee Palacios (Parliamentarian).

Several students were honored and officers for the coming school year elected at the annual FFA Banquet at the STEM Center Friday evening. Speakers at the event were Donnell and Kelli Brown of the RA Brown Ranch in Throckmorton. Both are past national and state FFA officers. They spoke of the agricultural industry today and of the leadership skills the FFA instills in youth.

The following FFA members were awarded participation certificates for the listed events throughout the year.

Agriscience Fair: Karina Cisneros, Jonathan Cuellar

Cotton Judging: Alex Guia, Giselle Herrera, Ainsleigh Nelson, Mariann Rainey, Nolan Reeves

Entomology: Hannah Ward, Elida Aguilera, Ashleigh McKinney, Sydni Jackson, Athena Newman

Horse Judging: Morgan Bowers, Jasmine Foster, Kayla Justiss, Becca Shaw, Logan Wicker

Livestock Judging: Lynzie Atkison, Tait Fullwood, Reese Kiser

Veterinary Science: Caleb Boren, Morgan Bowers, Jovanah Guzman, Alfonso Islas. Kayla Justiss

Livestock Showing: Tait Fullwood – lambs, Alfonso Islas – chickens, Kayla Justiss – rabbits, Abigail Meadows – rabbits, Zeke Murphy – swine, Kaylee Palacios - swine

The following Chapter FFA degrees were presented:

Discovery Degree: Elida Aguilera, Kaleb Bohall, Mason Summerlin, Arthur Villa, Hannah Ward, Ashleigh McKinney, Athena Newman, Isabel Ortega, Jenna Watson-West, Hayden Baker, Sydni Jackson, Britt Justiss, Reese Kiser, Jaci Lawson

Greenhand Degree: Kayla Justiss, Abigail Meadows, Becca Shaw, Karen Herrera, Laurin Mitchell, Esperanza Sanchez

Proficiency Award: Zeke Murphy, Swine Production; Kaylee Palacios, Swine Production; Kayla Justiss, Small Animal Production & Care, Riley Sheridan, Small Animal Production & Care, Tait Fullwood, Agricultural Mechanics

The Veterinary Science team received certificates for outstanding achievement in qualifying for the state contest. The team consists of Caleb Boren, Morgan Bowers, Alfonso Islas (who also was 2nd high individual in Area II and qualified for state), and Kayla Justiss. They will compete at the state FFA contest on April 29 at Texas A&M in College Station.

The incoming officers for the 2017-2018 school year for the Roscoe FFA chapter are as follows:

Nolan Reeves, President
Tait Fullwood, Vice-President
Caleb Boren, Secretary
Logan Wicker, Student Advisor
Becca Shaw, Treasurer
Kayla Justiss, Reporter
Morgan Bowers, Sentinel
Abigail Meadows, Historian
Kaylee Palacios, Parliamentarian



The Rockin’ S Cantina was broken into on Sunday night and some liquor was taken. It was the first such incident for the business after over four years of successful operation. Video cameras captured images of the person responsible, and the Roscoe Police Department is currently working on the case.

Similar break-ins have recently occurred at liquor stores in Sweetwater, and Roscoe and Sweetwater Police are investigating whether the incidents are related.



Two people from out of state were killed last night when an 18-wheeler collided with their Nissan Altima.  The wreck occurred shortly before 8pm just north of Roscoe where Business 84 joins US 84. Both victims were pronounced dead at the scene.

The Texas Department of Public Safety is investigating the incident.



Johnny Bush
Country singer/songwriter Johnny Bush and his band, the Bandoleros, will bring his legendary honky-tonk sound to the Lumberyard Saturday evening.

A member of the Texas Country Hall of Fame since 2003, Bush has been playing Texas honky-tonks for over half a century. Originally from Houston, he began his career in the fifties in San Antonio and in 1963 joined Ray Price’s band, the Cherokee Cowboys, along with Willie Nelson and Darrell McCall. His association with Price led him to Nashville, and with Willie Nelson’s financial backing he recorded his first album, The Sound of a Heartache, in 1967.

 A series of regional hits followed and his single “Whiskey River” was climbing the charts when he began losing his voice to a rare neurological disorder. His career took a downturn for the next several years, but he eventually regained most of his voice with work from a vocal coach. In 1985 he recorded Hot Texas Country, a successful album with Darrell McCall, and a major tour soon followed.

He continues to tour to this day and has often performed with Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard. In 2007, he released his autobiography, Whiskey River (Take My Mind): The True Story of Texas Honky-Tonk.

Over his long career, he has produced 23 albums. Songs he is best known for include “Undo the Right,” (Click title for YouTube video) “Whiskey River,” “Each Time,” “You Gave Me a Mountain,” “I’ll Be There,” “There Stands the Glass,” and “Green Snakes on the Ceiling.”

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




We have lots of Vendors: T-shirts, Crafts, Metal Art, Weston D├ęcor, Refurbished Furniture, LuLaRoe, Scentsy, Knives, Rodan Fields, Perfectly Posh,Younique, Jewelry, Purses, Crosses, Wreaths, Jellies, Handmade Bows and Headbands, and much more!!!

The Community will have a concession stand and will be serving breakfast, lunch, and snacks.
We will also have a Gift Basket drawing at the end of the day.
So come out and spend the day shopping & eating with us.
Downtown businesses will also be open to add to your Roscoe shopping adventure!

Next 3rd Sunday lunch will be May 21, 2017
Menu:  Mexican Pile On with all the Trimmings!

For Center Rentals
Call Misty Reynolds– 325-338-1005


Strong west winds had the flags at school standing straight out yesterday.

It’s been a wild week for the weather, and it appears we’re not out of it yet. Some days were hot, others were cold, several were windy, and one, Sunday, was really nice. Temperatures were relatively stable during the latter part of last week with highs of 87°F Wednesday, 88° Thursday, and 90° Friday. But then a norther blew in with strong winds Friday evening drastically cooling everything off, and by Saturday morning the temperature was down to 46°. Sunday’s high of 72° seemed warmer because the sun was shining, and there was very little wind. On Monday, the high climbed to 88° with strong south winds, and yesterday it rose to 92° with strong blustery west winds that had gusts up to 38mph. Last night the winds shifted to the north about one o’clock, and the forecast high for today is only 69° or 70° with strong north winds. Then tomorrow’s high is expected to reach 91°.

The temperature is like a yoyo. To recap, Friday’s high was 90°, Saturday’s down to 64°, yesterday’s back up to 92°, today back down to 69°, tomorrow back up to 91°, and by Sunday back down to 67°, followed by Monday’s 84°. Through it all, there will be an abundance of wind, and most likely no precipitation at all. Welcome to spring in west Texas!



Donnie Carrol Willmann was born August 6, 1954, in Sweetwater and went to be with the Lord on April 21, 2017. He was raised by Tillie and Albert Willmann in Roscoe.

He is survived by his daughter Shauna Whiting, two grandsons; Gavin and Jakob, two sons; Donnie Clayton and Donnie Satterfield & wife Tabitha, three grandsons; Austin, Jayden and Donnie, and one granddaughter Caraden. Donnie was also survived by three sisters; Brenda Kamer, Shirley Deleon & husband Benny, Ann Kamer & husband Eddie, two brothers; Keith Willmann & wife Bonnie, Roy Willmann, and many nieces and nephews and love ones.

Donnie was raised in Roscoe by his large, loving, supportive family. He loved bulls, horse breaking, roller skating, outdoors and many more activities. He loved staying active in life. He graduated High School in 1972 and then joined the Army. He was stationed in Germany where he began his adult life. He completed his enlistment with the military in 1975 and shortly after started his journey in California where he joined the Union Ironworkers #155. He moved back to Sweetwater after the death of his wife Mary in 2002 and retired from the Union. He started his business Lone Wolf Pilot Cars in 2004 along with his brother Keith.

Donnie was a member of the American Legion and served as a Post Commander for seven years of his membership. He was also a member of the Jaycees and the Elks Lodge until its closing. He started the American Legion Riders and was their acting President for the first three years. He loved riding his Harley and playing Santa for the Children’s local events and schools. He was active in golfing, hunting, and fishing, and never lost his passion for any active outdoor hobbies.

Donnie is now back with the Lord and his wife Mary (Mert) where they can spend eternity together. He will always be Missed and Never Forgotten! Ride Free, Daddy! We Love You.

Services will be 2:00pm today, April 26, at McCoy Chapel of Memories with Rev. Howell Martin officiating. Burial will follow with Military Honors in Roscoe Cemetery.

Pallbearers are Gavin Whiting, Jakob Whiting, Phil Strother, Charlie Kingston, Chris Soules, Scott Cagle, Chris Robinson, and Pace Morgan.


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