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Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Big Rain Drenches Area

Rain fell for about an hour on Saturday afternoon.
Farmers and ranchers were all smiling this past weekend as Roscoe got a much needed rain.  It fell over four days, soaked the parched earth, and broke the drought that has plagued the area for the past few months.  The croaking of frogs was music to the ears, and farmers will be planting cotton just as soon as they can get into the wet fields.

It started slowly on Friday afternoon with a light rain of about a quarter inch.  Then on Saturday afternoon, it really came down in a shower that lasted for about an hour, dropping about 1¾” in town and more than that elsewhere.  On Sunday, another light shower added to the total, and on Monday the rain concluded with anywhere from a tenth to over an inch depending on the area.

All told, most areas around Roscoe got about three inches, more in some places, less in others.  Kenny Landfried recorded an official total of 2.47”, but that was on the light side of what most people reported, even here in town.  In south Roscoe, Nerissa Jay reported 2.75”, and I had almost 3”.  Pyron and Wastella northwest of Roscoe got 3.1”, and the Champion area southwest of town got 3.4”-3.8” with places south of there reporting over 4”.  Northeast of town, Cristal Aljoe got 3”, and people north of town reported getting about the same or slightly more. 

In any case, it came at just the right time, starting off the cotton season on a positive note.



Dignitaries from Roscoe and Sweetwater were on hand Friday morning for ribbon-cutting ceremonies at two new local businesses, Smartt Move LLC, and Robinson Truck and Tractor Service.

Smartt Move LLC, located at 1000 N. US Hwy. 84, just north of the American Legion, is a family-owned trucking company that moves hazardous waste, fracking water, and other similar loads.  It also has locations in Snyder, Sweetwater, Granbury, and Pleasanton.  The office and shop in Roscoe has been open for about eight months.  The phone number is 325-236-1100. 

Robinson Truck and Tractor Service is on 409 E. Broadway in the building that formerly housed Duvall’s Stripper Repair.  It has been operating from that location since last June.  The phone number is 325-669-0450.



Voters at the Community Center yesterday.
Yesterday's primary runoff election was fairly light in Precinct 6, Roscoe's precinct, and in Nolan County as a whole.  Counting early voting, mail-ins, and voting at the Community Center, there was a total of 108 votes in Precinct 6.

Here are the results for both Precinct 6 and for Nolan County:


District Clerk                          Precinct 6                         Nolan County
Jamie Clem                                    35                                       477
Connie Jamison                            61                                       308  

Lieutenant Governor
David Dewhurst                            42                                       290
Dan Patrick                                     50                                       466

Attorney General
Ken Paxton                                    46                                        331
Dan Branch                                    45                                        396

Commissioner of Agriculture
Tommy Merritt                            47                                        312
Sid Miller                                        33                                        340

Railroad Commissioner
Wayne Christian                           40                                        320
Ryan Sitton                                     42                                        340


U. S. Senator
David Alameel                                 5                                         44
Kesha Rogers                                   7                                         52

Commissioner of Agriculture
Jim Hogan                                         5                                          58
Richard "Kinky" Friedman        7                                          44



Weston Richburg, left, with his uncle Allen Richburg.
Earlier this month, when Colorado State center Weston Richburg was chosen number 43 in the NFL draft by the New York Giants, there were cheers in Roscoe.  Weston is the son of former Plowboy Danny Richburg and the grandson of Don and Frances Richburg.

He is the latest in the Richburg family to make his mark as a football player.  Others include former Plowboy Nathan Richburg, an offensive tackle at Texas Tech; Aubrey Richburg, also a former Red Raider lineman; Kyle Herm, a quarterback at Rice; and Seth Doege, a quarterback for the Red Raiders now with the Saskatchewan Roughriders of the Canadian Football League.
All are descendants of John and Molly Richburg, as are Chris Richburg, a former Texas Tech baseball player who was drafted by the Cincinnati Reds, and Adrien Richburg, who plays volleyball for Baylor.

As a senior at Colorado State, Weston Richburg was team captain and made all the calls for the offensive line.
Weston Richburg is from Bushland, a small town just west of Amarillo that plays 2A football.  At Colorado State, he made first-team All-Mountain West and set a Colorado State record for consecutive games played at 50, starting with his first game ever as a freshman.  He played in this year’s Senior Bowl and was the first center chosen in the NFL draft.

We wish him the best of luck with the Giants!



The Josh Abbott Band.
After hosting a big crowd at the “Flip Tops and Tank Tops” benefit last Saturday night, the Lumberyard is preparing for another big show this weekend with the appearance of the Josh Abbott Band, a popular group originally from Lubbock.

The Band was formed in 2006 and began touring in 2008.  They released their first album, Scapegoat, in 2009 and followed it with She’s Like Texas in 2010.  Their first sellout crowd was at Billy Bob’s in Fort Worth in 2010, when they sold 6000 tickets.  Their third album, Small Town Family Dream, was released in 2012.  The Band's singles include “Road Trippin’,” “Oh, Tonight,” (with Kacey Musgraves), “Touch,” and “She Will Be Free.”

Tickets are $17 in advance and $20 at the door.  For more information call the Lumberyard at 325-766-2457.



Susan Neves, 64, wife of former Roscoe resident Ernest Neves, passed away in Abilene on Monday, May 26.

A memorial is planned for June 14 in Burkett, Texas, where she resided.


Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Twenty-One RCHS Seniors Graduate Saturday

The RCHS Class of 2014. (Photo courtesy of Shelly Williams)
A chapter of life closed for twenty-one Roscoe Collegiate High School Seniors as they received their diplomas and successfully completed their high school careers in the Special Events Center on Saturday evening.  Even more impressive is the fact that seventeen of them had already received their Associate’s Degree from Western Texas College in a ceremony held on May 9, and two others are early graduates. 

Valedictorian of the Class of 2014 is Eva Aguayo, who had an overall grade average of 99.58.  Salutatorian is Whitney Williams with an overall average of 99.47.

RCHS students who graduated with an Associate's Degree from WTC. (Photo courtesy of Shelly Williams)
Here is the Class of 2014:

           Eva Aguayo A *
           Tito Arce A *
           Valerie Avalos A
           Paul Ballenger
           Shelby Brown A
           Jacinda Cedillo A
           Amber Craig A *
           Jacob Cuellar E
           Rene Diaz A *
           Dillon Freeman A
           Brittany Green A
           Shelby Higgins A *
           Jesus Leanos A
           Zackary Longoria A *
           Harlene Mraz A
           Alejandro Solis T
           Chance Overton E
           Ashton Payne A *
           Adam Pope A *
           Shelton Toliver A *
           Whitney Williams A *

           A = Associate’s Degree from WTC
           T = Certificate from TSTC
           * = Top Ten
           E = Early Graduate



Volney Hough presents the conservation award to Scott Etheredge (right) at the Area Awards Banquet in Wall on May 6.
Scott Etheredge, who lives northwest of Roscoe, has been named the Nolan County SWCD (Soil and Water Conservation District) Conservation Farmer of the Year 2013.  Like his father, Cliff, and grandfather, Pete Etheredge, he is always looking for ways to improve farming, mainly through conservation. 

He has found that no single method of farming works for all the lands he farms, so he employs the “no till” method in some places, the “strip till” and “ridge till” in others. 

Three hundred of the 3000 acres he farms are irrigated with three pivots and one drip system.  One of the pivots has an inadequate water supply, so to help feed it water, he has dredged a natural seep to improve water retention and lowered a pump to the deepest part.   

Etheredge was recognized in an October 2012 Farmer-Stockman article by J. T. Smith for capturing rainwater to use in his spray rig.  Double gutters on the barn and a single gutter on a shed fill two 12,000 gallon storage tanks that are connected with an underground pipe.  He keeps the system clean and uses the rainwater for field work.  He also collects rainwater off his house to irrigate the flowerbeds with a soaker hose and the yard with a French drain.



Eva Aguayo (right) at the Regional Track Meet.
Plowgirl Eva Aguayo was one of 52 area athletes selected by the Abilene Reporter-News as Best of the Big Country Student-Athletes of the Week this past school year at an awards dinner Saturday at the Teague Special Events Center on the Abilene Christian University campus. 

The 52 student-athletes were nominated by their coaches for their leadership, character, teamwork, and on-field performance.  They were then voted on by a selection committee comprised of Reporter-News staff and select members of the community.

The award was created to draw attention to those representing their programs in a positive way on and off the field.  Twenty-six high schools were represented among the 52 athletes honored.

Eva was not only the 2014 class valedictorian but also a member of the Plowgirls’ relay team that won silver and bronze medals at the state track and field championships as well as a frequent high scorer on the Plowgirls’ basketball team that made it to the regional playoffs.



Whiskey Myers is the headline act for "Flip Flops & Tank Tops."
The Lumberyard will be doing its part for autism Saturday when it hosts the Third Annual “Flip Flops & Tank Tops” concert, an afternoon and evening affair that kicks off at 3:00pm and goes until midnight.  Sponsored by Backroads Music LLC of Snyder, proceeds will benefit the Hope Center for Autism.

Show times for the various singers and bands are as follows:

     Beau Taylor – 3:00-3:45
     Ryan Ready & Creed Fisher – 4:00-5:15
     Sundance Head – 5:30-6:45
     Zach Edwards – 7:00-8:00
     Mark McKinney – 8:15-9:30
     Whiskey Myers – 10:00-12:00

Cover charge is $20.  For more information, call the Lumberyard at 325-766-2457.



I actually saw some rain last week, but it was in Chicago, so I guess that doesn’t really count.  Here in Roscoe I heard we got a sprinkle last weekend, but that was it.  The area remains in dire need of moisture, and we may just get some this weekend.  At least, there’s a chance. 

Last Saturday’s high of 84° was a break from the ninety degree weather we had otherwise.  However, Sunday, Monday, and yesterday all had highs in the nineties with yesterday’s 97° the high temperature for the week.  Lows have been in the sixties.

The forecast for the next five days is for highs in the eighties and lows in the sixties.  Meteorologists are giving tomorrow night a 20% chance of precipitation increasing to 30% Friday night, 40% on Saturday, and 50% on Saturday night.  On Sunday, the chances drop to 30% during the day and 20% Sunday night.  Here’s hoping that somewhere in that stretch we get something substantial.


Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Helen Perry, Billy Joe Jay Win Council Seats, Hospital Bond Approved

Election volunteers Lottie Brown and Celia Pietzsch await voters at the Community Center in Saturday's City Election.
Incumbent Helen Perry and former Council member Billy Joe Jay were the winners in the race for two City Council members in the City election held on Saturday.  The final tally of votes was as follows:

          Helen Perry    52
          Billy Joe Jay   44
          Ken Brawley   30
          Enez Ensenia     6

Voters also approved by a 55 to 7 margin the renewal of a 0.25% City sales and use tax for street maintenance and repair.

Nolan County Hospital District voters also approved the issuance of up to $25,212,000 in bonds for renovation and expansion of the Rolling Plains Memorial Hospital:

          For:            624
          Against:    328

Roscoe voters bucked the overall trend with a majority in opposition:

          For:              30
          Against:      36

The hospital bonds were the first to pass since the hospital’s opening in 1976.  Improvements since then have been through grants and fund balance moneys.  Approval of the bonds will allow the hospital to install new labor and delivery rooms, an obstetrics department, an emergency generator, MRI capability, a new nurse/patient call system, and an outpatient dialysis center.  Improvements also include extensive renovations, especially to the OR and ICU. 

Construction could begin as early as late summer or early fall and should be completed within the next two years.



Plowgirls and Plowboys show off their medals, left to right: Olivia Saddler, Max Nemir, Lyndi Wilkinson, Braiden Moore, Eva Aguayo, Shelton Toliver, Whitney Williams, Jesus Leanos. (Photo courtesy of Misty Guelker.)
The Plowgirl and Plowboy relay teams exceeded most people’s expectations with their performances at the State 1A-II track meet in Austin last weekend.  The Plowgirls’ relay team of Eva Aguayo, Olivia Saddler, Lyndi Wilkinson, and Whitney Williams came home with silver medals in the 4 x 400 meter relay with a time of 4:16.16 and bronze in the 4 x 200 relay with a time of 1:51.55. 

The Highland girls also made a strong showing.  Beth Richburg won the 100 meter hurdles with a time of 15.64 and was third in the 300 meter hurdles at 49.10.  Additionally, the Lady Hornets’ relay team (Hannah Allen, Sierra Allen, Madison Moseley, and Beth Richburg) finished just behind Roscoe in the 4 x 400 relay (4:17.62).

Those results were enough to tie Roscoe and Highland for sixth in state along with Lometa.  Cross Plains finished first and Ira second.

The Plowboys’ 4 x 400 meter relay team—Max Nemir, Shelton Toliver, Braiden Moore, and Kevin Lavalais—also came home with bronze medals, finishing third to Garden City and Bronte with a time of 3:30.09.

Jesus Leanos finished seventh in the 1600 meter run with a time of 5:00.29.

The Plowboys finished in a tie for sixteenth in the team totals.  Bronte was first and Water Valley second.



Eva Aguayo and Whitney Williams are swift not only on the track, but also in the classroom.  Both returned from the State Track Meet with silver and bronze medals to learn that when the final grades were averaged, Eva Aguayo has been named this year’s Valedictorian, followed by Whitney Williams, the Salutatorian. 

Third place goes to Shelton Toliver, who also came home with a bronze medal from the State Meet.   Rounding out the top ten, in order, are Amber Craig, Shelby Higgins, Adam Pope, Rene Diaz, Ashton Payne, Zackary Longoria, and Tito Arce. 

All ten are part of the group of seventeen seniors who are also graduating with Associate’s Degrees from Western Texas College in Snyder.  Our heartiest congratulations go out to them for the hard work they’ve put in to prepare themselves for life after high school!



City Manager Cody Thompson updates City Council on public works at last night's meeting.
At its monthly meeting last night the Roscoe City Council dealt with a number of issues ranging from awarding a contract to run the City Swimming Pool this summer to approving the purchase of a new vehicle for the Roscoe Police Department.

City Manager Cody Thompson gave the Council an update on the progress of various public works including the new reverse-osmosis water treatment plant, which should begin working by the end of this month or the beginning of June.  Other water line improvements should also begin in the next three or four weeks. 

Water and sewer lines are now being installed for the rental units located on Laurel and 4th Street.  When improvements are finished there, the owners will begin similar work on the Stone Tower RV Park in north Roscoe.

Work on water and sewer lines at the Young Farm Estates is progressing as planned.  The footing for its brick fence and entry has been poured, brick has been ordered, and work will begin in a couple of weeks.  Electric and natural gas lines will begin being installed within the next forty-five days.

The City Council chose Kalyn Presley-Tate of Roscoe to run the City Swimming Pool this year.  An exact date for opening the pool was not given, but it will be about June 1 as it is every year.  People wanting to make pool reservations should contact Presley-Tate at 325-338-2430.

The Council approved Ameriway Construction of Kerrville’s bid of $77,510 each to build the three houses receiving financial support from the Texas Department of Community Affairs.  These are the ones approved for Eugene Griffith at 901 Hickory, Lupe Kidd at 104 Hickory, and Herminia Garcia at 307 N. Cypress.

The Council also approved the purchase of a 2014 Chevy Tahoe for the Roscoe Police Department.  The City will provide $24,000 of the $28,216 purchase price, and the Police Department will cover the remainder with funds received from the DA’s office for the recent drug busts.



  Devin LaRue                              Cassidy Crain
Two men from Sweetwater were killed last Wednesday evening on FM 608 near Bernecker, about eight miles north of Roscoe.

According to the Department of Public Safety, James Devin LaRue, 52, was driving north on FM 608 at about 5:45pm when he failed to negotiate a left curve.  He then overcorrected, and his 2002 Chevrolet 1500 HD pickup side-skidded and rolled over several times before coming to rest in a pasture next to the road. 

The passenger, Cassidy Lue Crain, 39, died at the wreck site, and LaRue was taken to Rolling Plains Memorial Hospital, where he died not too long after.  Neither driver nor rider was wearing a seat belt.



It was cool and cloudy yesterday.
It wasn’t a gully washer, and the ground was so dry that it soaked up quickly, but the rain that fell early Thursday morning was welcomed by all and had area farmers and ranchers smiling and hoping for more. 

Amounts varied according to location, some getting as much as 1.6” south of town and some as little as .6” in the Wastella area.  Almost everyone else had something in between with farms north and northeast of town generally getting more and areas to the west and northwest a bit less.  Here in town 1" to 1.25" fell.  Kenny Landfried recorded an official 1.23" for Roscoe on the east side of town while Lyndall Underwood got .98" on the west side.

Other than the rain, the weather has been all over the place this week, the only constant being the wind, which has blown hard no matter which direction it was coming from.  Just as it was two weeks ago, the windiest day was Sunday, which had sustained high winds of 36mph and gusts up to 45.  At least this time it wasn’t accompanied by dust.

Temperatures have also varied.  Thursday’s and Friday’s highs in the mid-eighties rose on Saturday and Sunday to 95°F or 96° and then fell to Monday’s 77° and yesterday’s 60°.  Lows varied from Sunday morning's 68° to this morning’s 43°.  

The outlook is for steadily warming temperatures, clear skies, and not as much wind as we’ve been getting.  Today’s 70° high is forecast to increase to about 80° tomorrow, 85° Friday, and back into the 90°s on Saturday and Sunday.  Lows should also progressively rise from tonight’s low forties back into the sixties by Saturday. 

There is no rain in the forecast.



Funeral services were held yesterday at 2:00pm in McCoy Chapel of Memories for Inez Falkenberg Sauer, 84, who passed away on Saturday, May 10, at Rolling Plains Memorial Hospital in Sweetwater.  Interment followed at the Roscoe Cemetery.

Inez was born June 29, 1929, in Oglesby, Texas, and was a graduate of Abbott High School.  She moved to Roscoe in 1946 and married LeRoy A. Sauer on November 8, 1946.  She owned and operated Roscoe Income Tax Service for 45 years.  She was a member of Faith Lutheran Church in Sweetwater.

Survivors include her daughter, Diane Clark and husband, Terry, of Roscoe; granddaughter, Lisa Ann Widner and husband, Matt, of Harrison, Arkansas; great-granddaughter, Jenna Widner of Harrison and nephew, Rex Falkenberg of Hillsboro, Texas.

She was preceded in death by her husband, LeRoy, on November 13, 1995; parents, Adolph and Carrie (Landfried) Falkenberg; brother, Roland Falkenberg; and sister-in-law Nellie Falkenberg.

Pallbearers were Ronnie Reedy, Randall Bankhead, Leslie Rannefeld, Ralph Stirl, Kenny Landfried, and Larry Willman.


Wednesday, May 7, 2014

City Election on Saturday

Roscoe Community Center
Roscoe voters will decide on two of four candidates for the City Council and the approval of a $25,212,000 bond for renovation and expansion of the Rolling Plains Memorial Hospital this Saturday, May 10, at the Community Center.  Also on the ballot will be a vote to renew the 0.25% city sales tax for street maintenance and repair.
The two open seats on the City Council are those of Council members Virgil Pruitt and Helen Perry, whose three-year terms are expiring.  Pruitt has chosen not to run for re-election, but Perry will.  The four candidates are incumbent Helen Perry, former Council members Ken Brawley and Billy Joe Jay, and Enez Ensenia.

Proposed improvements to Rolling Plains Memorial Hospital include renovations to 18,995 square feet and new space of 21,286 square feet.  These include new labor and delivery rooms, renovations to the OR and ICU, a new obstetrics department, MRI space to allow in-house access and “open” MRI capability, front entry upgrades to make them ADA accessible, an outpatient dialysis unit center, a new emergency generator, and the installation of a hospital-wide nurse/patient call system. 

Voting hours on Saturday are 7:00am-7:00pm.  For more information, contact City Hall at 325-766-3871.



Raul Rodriguez
Raul Martinez Rodriguez, 30, an illegal alien who has been living and working in and around Roscoe, is being sought by local law enforcement for shooting at someone with a pistol during an assault on April 26. 

This is the second time Rodriguez has used a gun during a confrontation.  The first was last June after an altercation at a birthday party at the Community Center, when he fired several shots at a vehicle on Fourth and Cypress Streets.  He then led local police on a car chase which culminated on I-20 west of Loraine, where he was arrested and taken into custody.  He was subsequently deported to Mexico, but recently returned.  He is currently wanted for an ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) investigation.

Rodriguez is 5’ 7” tall, 140 pounds, and of medium build. He is known to be armed, and law enforcement officers have been instructed to exercise extreme caution in approaching him.  He is believed to still be in the Roscoe, Sweetwater, Colorado City area.

Anyone with knowledge of his whereabouts should contact the Roscoe Police Department at 325-766-3114 or 325-514-8384.  Police want to remind everyone that anyone found to be aiding, abetting, transporting, or assisting in his eluding of law enforcement will also be prosecuted.



Students, parents, and coaches were on hand at the RCHS Athletic Banquet in the Cafetorium Friday evening to see the annual awards bestowed on Plowboys and Plowgirls for the various school sports.

Plowboys of the Year:
Football – Shelton Toliver
Basketball – Jesus Leanos
Track – Jesus Leanos
Cross Country – Braiden Moore
Powerlifting – Ray Bohall

Plowgirls of the Year:
Basketball – Eva Aguayo
Track – Eva Aguayo, Olivia Saddler, Whitney Williams, Lyndi Wilkinson
Cross Country – Alejandra Solis
Powerlifting – Ashley Lara

Charles and Verla Ratliff Spirit Award – Whitney Williams
Clyde Jay Memorial Scholarship – Eva Aguayo and Jesus Leanos
Britt Paty Award – Jesus Leanos
Fighting Heart Award – Whitney Williams and Dillon Freeman



Several High School and Junior High students received honors and awards at the annual Academic Banquet held last Thursday evening in the Roscoe School Cafetorium. 

These are the students who are graduating this year with Associate’s Degrees from Western Texas College:
Eva Aguayo, Hidelberto Arce, Valerie Avalos, Shelby Brown, Jacinda Cedillo, Amber Craig, Rene Diaz, Dillon Freeman, Brittany Green, Shelby Higgins, Jesus Leanos, Zackary Longoria, Harlene Mraz, Ashton Payne, Adam Pope, Shelton Toliver, Whitney Williams.

One boy and one girl from each grade received awards for Best All-Around Student and for Outstanding Work Ethic:

Senior Best All-Around: Jesus Leanos and Whitney Williams
Outstanding Work Ethic: Adam Pope and Amber Craig
Junior Best All-Around: Chase Cathey and Korie Rogers
Outstanding Work Ethic: Chase Cathey and Jesenia Pena

Sophomore Best All-Around: Isaiah Gonzales and Cassandra Chavira
Outstanding Work Ethic: Rafael Aguayo and Victoria Jimenez

Freshman Best All-Around: Braiden Moore and Karina Cisneros
Outstanding Work Ethic: Johnathan Cuellar and Bergan Trevino

8th Grade Best All-Around: Parker Payne and Murissa Horton
Outstanding Work Ethic: Jose Chavira and Morgan Bowers

7th Grade Best All-Around: Aaron Thomas and Madison Mims
Outstanding Work Ethic: Ethan Morris and Veronica Cuellar

High School Class Awards went to the following:

Algebra I: Braiden Moore
Algebra II: Isaiah Gonzales
Biology: Crystal Guzman
Chemistry: Kacie Shaw
Computer Programming: Austin Willman
Desktop Publishing/Digital Media: Victoria Jimenez
Economics: Whitney Williams
English I: Crystal Guzman
English II: Teresa Herrera
Geometry: Teresa Herrera
Physics: Chance Overton
Robotics: Antonio Gallegos
Spanish I: Caleb Ward
Spanish II: Isaiah Gonzales
STEM: Rene Diaz
Vet Med Applications: Karina Cisneros
Web Tech: Ashley Lara
World Geography: Caleb Ward
World History: Teresa Herrera
9th AVID: Alyssa Chavez
10th AVID: Heather Hill
11th AVID: Jesenia Pena
12th AVID: Amber Craig

College Class Awards went to the following:

Biology 2401-2402: Eva Aguayo
Physics 1401-1402: Korie Rogers
Psychology 1300: Lyndi Wilkinson
Music 1306: Caleb Ward
Welding 1313: Kenneth Bohall
Welding 1428: Matthew Davila
Agri 1419: Jesus Leanos
Spanish 1412: Korie Rogers
Kine 1238: Selena Perez
English 1301: Korie Rogers
English 1302: Makayla Porter
History 1301: Chase Cathey
History 1302: Matthew Davila
Psychology 2301: Eva Aguayo
Government 2305: Whitney Williams
Government 2306: Shelton Toliver
Speech 1315: Roman Acuna
Math 1314: Chase Cathey
English 2322: Eva Aguayo
English 2311: Rene Diaz
BCIS 1405: Victoria Jimenez



Co-op President Larry Williams addresses the members at last night's meeting.
The Central Rolling Plains Co-op treated its stockholders to a barbecue dinner last night at the Roscoe School Cafetorium.  Items of business included the manager’s report, regional reports, audit report and the election of two directors, Ricky Bowman and Rolan Petty, and two members to serve on the newly created Junior Board, Scott Etheredge and James Parrott.

At the Co-op’s Open House at the gin last fall, members were challenged to guess the number of bales the gin would produce for the year with a $100 prize going to the person getting the closest without going over the actual amount.  The winner of that challenge was Leslie Rannefeld, who guessed 71,600 bales.  The final total for the year was 71,849.

Dividend checks and equity retirement checks were also distributed and door prizes awarded. 

Stockholders who were unable to attend last night's meeting may pick up their checks at the Co-op office at 102 Pecan St. until next Wednesday, May 14.



Sultry Sunset
Roscoe got its first hundred-degree day this year on Monday when the mercury soared to 101°F, but the summerlike heat really began on Saturday and has been with us ever since.  Highs since Saturday have all been above 90° with the two hottest days Monday and yesterday, when the high was 98°.  The evenings have been nice, though, and the John Conlee show at the Lumberyard on Friday and the free concert and street dance at the Cinco de Mayo celebration on Saturday were just about as nice as you could ask for. 

Once again we have a chance for rain.  There is a 30% chance this afternoon that increases to 50% tonight and then falls to 20% tomorrow.  Other than that, though, we can expect the coming week to be similar to last week with lots of sunshine, highs of around ninety, lows around sixty, and 15-20mph winds.



Funeral services were held on Saturday, May 3, at McCoy Chapel of Memories for Christopher Limones, 29, who died on April 29 in a one-vehicle accident in Irion County.  Interment was in the Roscoe Cemetery.

Chris was born on June 27, 1984, in Sidney, Montana.  He lived in Roscoe most of his life and was a graduate of Roscoe High School.  He played Plowboy football and was on the Power Lifting Team.  He was employed by Select Energy Company, and he was a Catholic.

Survivors include his parents, Santos and Nester Limones of Roscoe; grandfather, Frank Limones of Sweetwater; sons, Gaven and Caleb Martinez of Sweetwater; numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his paternal grandmother, Gumecinda “Cindy” Deloera Limones and his maternal grandparents, Simona and Jesse Arenas.

Pallbearers were Larry Morales, Artoro Medellin, Joe Avalos, Refugio Vera, Jr., Raymond Gonzales, Jr., and Brandon Bromley.


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