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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Rains Boost Cotton Crop

Saturday evening's storm moves in from the southwest.
This week’s showers couldn’t have come at a better time for this year’s dryland cotton crop, and area farmers are breathing a sigh of relief over the rains that have fallen since Saturday. One referred to them as a “million-dollar” rain for the area. Ranchers also welcomed it, of course, but the cotton had reached the point that if it didn’t get a rain soon, all its early promise was going to be lost as it withered under the relentless August heat. This is not to say that decent weather won’t also be needed from now until the harvest, but at least the area is still on course for a great crop.

The first rain came seemingly out of nowhere at midday on Saturday, and although some forecasters were giving the area as much as a 30% chance of rain for the day, most people were caught by surprise by the storm’s suddenness and ferocity as it blew in from the west. One minute the sun was shining brightly as it had been for days, and then the storm hit with thunder, lightning, high winds, and sheets of rain. It then moved on east, but while it lasted, it dropped as much as two inches. Roscoe weatherman Kenny Landfried recorded 1.66” while others had more or less, depending on location. The sun came back out, and most assumed that that was it.

But that evening just about sunset, another storm blew in, this one from the southwest, and like the earlier one, it came in with a bang—thunder, lightning, and wind. The downpour didn’t last as long though, and it tapered off to a gentle rain before moving on. Totals for this one were generally less than an inch—Kenny Landfried got .77”, while I had .86”, but combined with the earlier rain, it gave most area locations somewhere around an inch and a half to two inches or more for the day.

Then yesterday morning more rain fell, and the weather was cool and cloudy all day with a light rain falling most of the time. The temperature never got out of the seventies, and the official rainfall total was .81” for the day. Not everyone got that much, but most would agree that what they got the past few days has been enough to make a real difference for the plant life in these parts. And the puddles in town are as big as they ever get, short of a flood.

The forecast is for a return to normal August weather for the next couple of weeks. Skies will be sunny today with a high of around 95°F. Tomorrow and Friday are predicted to be cloudier but with highs still in the mid-nineties. Then on Saturday, skies will clear again and highs of around 95° are forecast for the next week or so with lows of around 73°. Chances for rain are 20% or less for the foreseeable future.



Cheer Pals lead a cheer at a previous Plowboy Preview.
The annual Plowboy Preview will be held tomorrow, August 17, with a hamburger cookout behind the east stands starting at 6:00, with burger, chips, and drink costing $6.  Then at 7:00pm, this year’s football players, coaches, cheerleaders, and band will be introduced in front of the east stands.



Fans can get their first look at this year’s Plowboys in a scrimmage with Munday at Plowboy Field Friday starting at 6:00pm. Next week they’ll take on Hawley in Hawley for their final warmup before starting their season with the Haskell Indians in Haskell on September 1.

Here is the Plowboy football schedule for 2017:

Date                 Opponent         Location           Time
Aug. 18            Munday**         Home               6:00pm
Aug. 24            Hawley **         Away                6:00pm
Sept.   1            Haskell              Away                7:00pm
Sept.   8            Early                  Away                7:30pm
Sept. 15            Albany               Home                7:30pm
Sept. 22            Open
Sept. 29            Anson                Home               7:30pm
Oct.    6             Menard              Away               7:30pm
Oct.  13             Roby*                Home                7:00pm
Oct.  20             Plains*              Home               7:00pm
Oct.  27             Seagraves*        Away               7:00pm
Nov.   3             Tahoka*             Home              7:00pm
Nov. 10             Hamlin*            Away                7:00pm
                        ** = Scrimmage
                        *   = District Game

As the schedule shows, the Plowboys play three of their five district games at home, but the two that may be the most significant, Seagraves and Hamlin, are both away games. Because of the long distances needed for travel, all district games will begin at 7:00pm.



After experiencing steady growth from 2011 to 2015, the Roscoe Collegiate Independent School District has seen its initial fall enrollment level off now for the past two years. As of Monday, the total enrollment at RCISD was 611, seven more than last year at the same point but down seven from 2015, the year before. The largest growth this year has been in the Early Childhood classes.

                           Grades                    2015              2016            2017
Elementary        pre-K – 5                365               347             358*
Junior High        6-8                          118                123              121
High School        9-12                        135                134              132
Totals                  pre-K – 12              618               604              611

* This figure counts the pre-K students who have enrolled but not yet attended their first class because 4-year-olds begin next Monday, August 21, and 3-year-olds the following Monday, August 28.



Doug Richburg
A fundraiser for Doug Richburg will be held this Saturday at the VFW. All monies collected from all sources go to benefit Doug and his medical expenses and needs. There will be door prizes and an auction of donated items by individuals and businesses. Music begins at 2:00pm and lasts until at least midnight.

Free entry lasts until 7:30pm and is $10 after that. A BBQ sandwich meal provided by Big Boys BBQ will be served from 4:30-7:30pm.

If you have something to donate for a door prize or for the auction, or if you would like to make a money donation, contact Mark Wayne Hagood or Brenda Sutton Stevens by Facebook private message. They can arrange for an item to be picked up.



(Photo by Greg Jaklewicz)
The Abilene Reporter-News published another nice article on the Lumberyard and its importance as a west Texas music venue, this one by staff writer Greg Jaklewicz. It appeared in Friday’s paper and was accompanied by several photos. You can access it by clicking here.



There will be NO 3rd Sunday Lunch on August 20.
The next lunch is scheduled for September 17

The center is putting together a cookbook with all recipes from all the great cooks in our community. If you would like to submit a recipe, please get them to any board member or mail them to

Roscoe Community Center
P.O. Box 152
Roscoe TX 79545


Our next scheduled meeting is set for September 11 at 6:00pm at the Community Center.
We invite anyone who might be interested in being part of the Community Center. We have several community service projects in the works and need people to help make them successful.

For more information call President Shawn Scott at 325-242-2687 or visit with any Board member.

Several dates open for rentals, so call and book your next event
Call Misty @ 325-338-1005



Cameran Nelson
Yes, you read that right. Country singer Cameran Nelson will be playing live at the Lumberyard in an unusual Thursday night appearance tomorrow night. Nelson is originally from Haskell but now calls Blanco home. He’s lived all over Texas and studied music at South Plains College in Levelland.

His first full-length album, Happy to Beer, was released in 2013 and nominated for three Texas music awards: Male Vocalist, Rising Star, and Record of the Year. His single “35 Runs Both Ways” was a multi-week #1 on the Texas Regional Radio Report and the Texas Music Chart. His current project, Good Thing Going, has produced two more #1 hits with “Shotgun,” and “You Can Still Wear White.” And his  single, “Little That We’re Livin’ On,” has also received radio play.

Cover charge is $10. For reservations and more information, contact the Lumberyard at 325-766-2457.


Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Early Childhood Center Marks New Beginning for Pre-Schoolers

The Early Childhood Center on Main Street.

Classes start tomorrow for Roscoe’s Schools, and with them an exciting new program begins for pre-schoolers. The Montessori method, developed and proven in expensive private schools in the U.S. and elsewhere, will for the first time be available to public school students here in Roscoe at no extra charge.  Similar programs in Dallas cost over $11,000 a year per student, and that’s without extended stay in the afternoons.

The new program will provide students an approach which emphasizes active learning, independence, and cooperation, and instruction is designed to coincide with each child’s unique pace of development. Teachers must be trained and certified in the Montessori method, as RCISD’s all are.

The new Early Childhood Center has been designed specifically for Montessori’s classroom requirements. These include more space for storage of manipulatives and hands-on types of activities.

This fall the Early Childhood Center has six classes, each composed of about twenty-one 3-, 4-, and 5-year-olds. Five-year-olds begin tomorrow, four-year-olds August 21, and three-year olds August 28. The teachers are Kristin Bohay, Dana Elmore, Katherine Jackson, Kristi Martin, Rhonda Wilson, and Jana Young. They are all excited to be involved in this new program. Classes are from 7:55am-2:30pm, M-F.

Early success in reading and math has positive repercussions throughout all subsequent grades, as do positive attitudes toward learning, and the Montessori method is a proven system for achieving these goals for children of all backgrounds and abilities. Its implementation will strengthen the scholastic level of Roscoe’s schools from the students’ first exposure and provide them a lifelong benefit.



Plowboy linemen work out Monday morning.

Are you ready for some football? On Monday morning, the 2017 edition of the Roscoe Plowboys began fall workouts at Plowboy Field. Morning practices continued through this morning, but, since school starts tomorrow, they will be cut short, and Coach Jake Freeman will have to be satisfied with afternoon practices from now on.

The Plowboys’ first scrimmage will be at home next Friday, August 18, at 6:00pm against Munday. The following Friday, August 24, they will scrimmage against Hawley in Hawley in preparation for their season opener with the Haskell Indians on September 1.

Dave Campbell’s Texas Football, the premier publication for high school football in Texas, predicts the Plowboys will finish second in district to Hamlin, this year’s pre-season favorite. Here’s how its writers see District 4-2A-II winding up:

1.      Hamlin Pied Pipers
2.      Roscoe Plowboys
3.      Seagraves Eagles
4.      Tahoka Bulldogs
5.      Plains Cowboys
6.      Roby Lions

However, the Plowboys have won the title before after being predicted not to win, year before last being a prime example, and they are optimistic they can do it again, just like the 2015 Plowboys did. They are returning eight starters on both offense and defense.

With last year’s quarterback, Brayden Beal, lost to graduation, the Plowboys will be breaking in a new player at that position. And while nothing is written in stone yet, Jayden Gonzales (5’8” 160) has been taking the reps with the first team, while Junior Martinez (6’1” 180) also works out at the position. Several Plowboy linemen graduated last year, so the offensive line will probably be going through some growing pains in the first few games, but the players at the skill positions show a lot of promise, and the defense looks solid.

Players to watch include Jose Ortega (5’7” 160), who was 2A All Big-Country last year at wide receiver and defensive back, Francisco Garcia (5’9” 185), 2A All Big-Country running back; lineman Paul Pantoja (6’ 0” 225), 2A All Big-Country; Junior Martinez WR/DB, linebacker Tait Fullwood (5’9” 165), lineman Parker Payne (6’1” 210), WR Micheal Wright, DT Joel Guis, WR Diego Garza, LB Cade Garrett, LB Coltin Watts, C Rey Martinez, OL Garrett Bowers, and CB Brandon Lavalais.



The Roscoe City Council had no significant action items on the agenda at its monthly meeting at City Hall yesterday evening. They did, however, hear the monthly report on City works as well as the monthly Police report.

City Manager Cody Thompson reported that seal-coating is currently in progress and that 7th Street from Main to Ash Streets was seal-coated yesterday. The awarded sanitary sewer project is now complete, and the City has $142,000 left over. On Friday, a project meeting will be held to discuss additional work and the Reverse Osmosis Water Treatment Plant.

The grant application applied for to the State ranked tenth, but only the first seven were funded, so according to that ranking, Roscoe should be funded in 2018.

Additional policing will be in the new school zone areas Thursday around the Early Childhood Center on Main Street.

The City Council will hold its annual budget workshops next Tuesday and Thursday, August 15 and 17, at 7:00pm.

This year’s West Texas Wind Festival has penciled in T. G. Sheppard as the feature performer at the free concert. The Plowboy Mudbog will also be held then.

The City has made claims for insurance money on a water pump that was recently struck by lightning and for a wrecked City vehicle.

The City Council also heard the Police Report for the month of July from Police Chief Felix Pantoja.



Dale Watson

A host of performers will be at the Lumberyard this Saturday when Dale Watson, Dallas Moore, Bonnie Montgomery, Billy Don Burns, Josh Morningstar, and Richie Allbright come to town for the Ameripolitan Outlaw Music Festival, an annual show that was in Austin last year.

Dale Watson will be singing tunes such as “Tonight the Bottle Let Me Down” and “I Lie When I Drink,”  Dallas Moore will sing his “Outlaw Country” and “Raisin’ Hell and Slingin’ Gravel.” Billy Don Burns will do “Lonesome 77203” while Bonnie Montgomery, Josh Morningstar, and Richie Allbright also have their turns at the mike.

The show begins at 6:00pm. For reservations or more information, contact the Lumberyard at 325-766-2457.



Thunderhead in southeast sky on Sunday afternoon.

The past week saw showers in some local areas but in Roscoe itself, there was little precipitation as had been predicted. On Sunday, areas north and northwest of town got measurable rainfall, somewhere between a quarter and half inch, Some areas west of town also got rain, but others got none, and the dryland cotton still needs a good August rain.

Temperatures rose into only the 80s on last Wednesday and Thursday, but then on Friday it climbed to 94°F, on Saturday to 98°, and on Sunday to 99°. But then after the cold front moved through Sunday evening, temperatures dropped and we’ve had wonderfully cool weather for August the past two days. Highs on Monday and yesterday were only 83° while lows since Sunday have been in the sixties.

Today’s high will be warmer at 90° and tomorrow’s, Friday’s and Saturday’s even warmer at 95° or 96°. There are no chances of rain before Sunday, when the percentage climbs to 40%. Let’s hope this time we get something substantial, enough to make everybody smile.



Virginia Garcia Guerrero, 89, of Roscoe went to rest with her Lord and Savior on Tuesday, August 8, 2017.

Services will be at 2:00pm on Thursday, August 10 at McCoy Chapel of Memories with Dr. Chris Stephens officiating. Interment will follow at Roscoe Cemetery. Family visitation will be Wednesday from 6:00 until 8:00pm. McCoy Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

She is survived by three sons, Jessie Guerrero and wife Susan, Margarito Guerrero, and Joe Guerrero; five daughters, Patricia Da Silva and husband Jonimar, Laurie Willman and husband Gus, Yolanda Lansford and husband Wayne, Maria Soto and husband Joe, and Virginia Rangel. She is also survived by two brothers, Juan and Amado Garcia; one sister, Tana; and numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren.


Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Jessie Marth, Roscoe's Oldest Resident, to Turn 103

Jessie Marth
Roscoe’s oldest citizen, Jessie Marth, will celebrate her 103rd birthday, next Thursday, August 9.

She won’t be having a big party this year, but well-wishers are welcome to send birthday greetings to her at 1200 12th Street in Roscoe.

Happy Birthday, Jessie!



Two men, Bobby Jack Moody, 85, of Abilene and Stephen Joshua Arndt, 34, of Clyde were killed instantly in a head-on collision that occurred in the northbound lane of US 84 about a mile north of Roscoe around 6:25 Sunday morning. Moody was driving south in a 2013 Dodge Caravan and crossed over into the northbound lane, where he crashed head-on into a 2015 Subaru Impreza driven by Arndt.

Both men were pronounced dead at the scene. Both were wearing seat belts at the time of the collision. The accident is still under investigation.



New Principals John Bolton, RCHS, and Crystal Althof, Roscoe Elementary.
Lindsay Mann, Kalyn Tate, Glenn Wortham, Katherine Jackson, Kristin Bowhay, Shawn Speck, Dana Elmore, Scott Riley, Tanner Mann.


The Early Childhood Center on Main Street.
Next Thursday a school zone will be put into effect for the new Early Childhood Center on Main Street. It will extend on Main from Seventh Street to the I-20 access road and will likely have a speed limit of 25mph. The work and its expenses will be handled by the State since FM 608 is a state highway.



It’s another big summer weekend at the Lumberyard with country great Crystal Gayle on Friday night and Bruce Robison on Saturday.

Crystal Gayle
Crystal Gayle, the little sister of Loretta Lynn, was born Brenda Gail Webb, the youngest child in a poor coal-mining family. While growing up, she learned to play guitar and sing backup and toured with her sister while still in high school. She changed her name to Crystal Gayle when she signed a record deal with Decca Records. Her first top ten hit, “Wrong Road Again,” came in 1974, and her first number one hit, “You Never Miss a Real Good Thing,” came in 1976.

Her most famous hit, “Don’t It Make My Brown Eyes Blue,” came the following year, and in the following decade, she had many big hits, both country and crossover, and won many awards. She received a Grammy for Best Female Country Vocal Performance and was the Country Music Association’s “Female Vocalist of the Year” in both 1977 and 1978. She is a member of the Grand Ole Opry, has received a Lifetime Achievement Award from NAMM, and has her own star in the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

During a long career, she has produced 28 albums. Top singles include “Don’t It Make My Brown Eyes Blue,” “You and I” (with Eddie Rabbitt), “When I Dream,” “Let Me Be There,” “The Sound of Goodbye,” “Talking in Your Sleep,” “Half the Way,” and many others.

Bruce Robison
Bruce Robison, the brother of Charlie Robison, is better known as a songwriter than individual performer, and songs of his that have hit number one include Tim McGraw’s “Angry All the Time” and the Dixie Chicks’ “Travelin’ Soldier.” But he wants to change all that and is currently on tour to promote his new solo LP Bruce Robison & the Back Porch Band, which received this popular review in The Rolling Stone.

Currently, his most popular performances have been with his wife, Kelly Willis. They include “Angry All the Time,” “Long Way Home,” and “Leaving.”

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


Roscoe resident Enez Ensenia has published a children’s story, Sourpuss Longbottom, categorized at Amazon under Fairy Tales, Folk Tales, and Myths. The print edition is available on Amazon for $6.00, and the e-book for Kindle is $2.99.

For more information, click here.



Cloudy skies over Roscoe this morning.
After eleven consecutive days in which the temperature reached 95°F or more culminating in Friday and Saturday’s 100° maximums, the heat finally abated somewhat with Sunday’s high of 94°, Monday’s 89°, and then yesterday’s 79°. There was a 60% chance for rain yesterday, and the meteorologists were right in that we did get some rain. However, it was only enough to settle the dust and no more. I got .08” in the afternoon and then .02” more last night for a grand total of .1”—not enough to matter in the greater scheme of things. Area farms didn't get much more, and some didn't get any.

The next few days will be cooler, though, and that is a welcome change. Today’s high is forecast to be 83° under cloudy skies, tomorrow’s 91° and sunny, and then 87° and 89° with clouds for Friday and Saturday but little possibility of rain.

The good news, however, is that the chances for precipitation are high for all next week starting on Sunday. Let’s hope the forecasters are right and we get enough to make a difference this time.


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