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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.


Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Plowgirls, Plowboys Qualify for Regional Track & Field Meet

Plowgirls' 4 x 400 meter relay team, left to right: Bonnie Wilkinson, Jaci Alexander, Lyndi Wilkinson, Jaleigh Morales. (Track photos by Tamara Alexander.)
At the 2A Area Meet at McMurry in Abilene last Wednesday, several Plowgirls and Plowboys qualified for the Regional Meet in Odessa.

The Area Meet combined two districts, 2A-7 and 2A-8, and fourteen schools. Albany once again won the boys’ division with 152 points, and Haskell the girls’ with 83. The Plowgirls finished sixth with 53 points and the Plowboys thirteenth with 10.

For the Plowgirls, Bonnie Wilkinson won the Triple Jump, finished second in the 400 meters, and was on the 4 x 400 relay team that also finished second. Lyndi Wilkinson won the 800 meters and was also on the 4 x 400 relay team. Kinzie Buchanan was the runner-up in the Shot Put. Unfortunately, the Plowgirls 4 x 100 relay team was disqualified.

For the Plowboys, Jayden Gonzales was third in the Pole Vault and Micheal Wright fourth in the Triple Jump.

Here are the athletes who qualified for the Region 1 Meet in Odessa:


Event                         Place            Athlete               Time/Distance  
400 meters                   2           Bonnie Wilkinson                59.93
800 meters                   1            Lyndi Wilkinson              2:28.49
4 x 400 meter relay     2           Plowgirls                            4:13.06
     (J. Alexander, L. Wilkinson, J. Morales, B. Wilkinson)
Shot Put                         2           Kinzie Buchanan                 33’ 6”
Triple Jump                  1            Bonnie Wilkinson               35’ 5”


Pole Vault                      3           Jayden Gonzales                  11’ 6”
Triple Jump                  4           Micheal Wright                    39’ 5”

The Regional Meet in Odessa is next Friday and Saturday, April 28-29. Region 1 is made up of eight districts and forty-nine teams. Only the first two finishers in each event will qualify for the State Meet in Austin, May 11-13.



The Plowboys downed Sudan in this Bi-District playoff last fall.
Dave Campbell’s Texas Football has been the premier publication for Texas high school football for the past half-century or so, and their latest issue mentions the Plowboys as one of the teams to watch in 2A-II Region 1 this coming fall. The article by sportswriter Brady Keane says that District 4-2A-II was the toughest in the Region last year with three teams—Roscoe, Hamlin, and Seagraves—all advancing deep into the playoffs.

Those three schools will all be tough again this fall, but he gives the nod to the Plowboys as the district favorites because of the strong group of players returning. Several are mentioned by name: Jayden Gonzales and Junior Martinez, who will be competing for time at quarterback, running back Francisco Garcia, wide receiver Jose Ortega, linebacker Tait Fullwood, defensive end Parker Payne, and defensive lineman Paul Pantoja. The illustration accompanying the article is of Francisco Garcia.

The other two schools Texas Football considers Region 1 favorites are Wellington and Memphis. The article is online and may be accessed by clicking here.


By Shelley Gunter

2017 Vet Science Team: Kayla Justiss, Caleb Boren, Morgan Bowers. (Not pictured: Alfonso Islas)
Roscoe FFA had a great CDE (Career Development Event) season this year.  Cotton, Entomology, Horse, Livestock, and Veterinary Science teams competed.  The Veterinary Science team consisted of Caleb Boren, Morgan Bowers, Alfonso Islas, Kayla Justiss, and Jovanah Guzman, as alternate. The following are some of the highlights of the season:

West Texas A&M University CDE
Horse Judging
Logan Wicker -19th out of 287 individuals

Veterinary Science
Team - 10th out of 65 teams
Kayla Justiss - 19th out of 189 individuals

Clarendon College CDE 
Veterinary Science
Team - 5th out of 55 teams
Alfonso Islas - 9th out of 146 individuals

Parker County CDE  
Veterinary Science
Team - 4th out of 163 teams

Tarleton State University CDE
Veterinary Science
Team - 63rd out of 247 teams

Angelo State University CDE
Veterinary Science
Team - 4th out of 71 teams and 2nd in Area II FFA
Alfonso Islas - 2nd out of 276 individuals
Qualified for state FFA contest on April 29 at Texas A&M University



Easton Corbin
The Lumberyard is happy to announce that country singer Easton Corbin is now on tour in Texas and on Friday evening will make his first ever visit to Roscoe.

Corbin is originally from Florida. He got his start there a decade ago when he entered a local music contest and the organizers recognized his talent. Contacts in Nashville were notified, and the Mercury Nashville label signed him in 2008. The next year, he released his debut single, “A Little More Country Than That,” (Click title for video) and his career took off when the song hit number 1 on the Country Music charts. His second single, “Roll with It,” also hit number 1, and his third, “I Can’t Love You Back,” released in 2011, was another hit. His first CD, Easton Corbin (2010), reached number 4 on the US Country album charts. In 2012 “Lovin’ You Is Fun” reached number 5 and was the lead-off to his second album, All Over the Road (2012). The single by the same name reached number 3 in 2013. His third album, About to Get Real (2015), contains the singles “Clockwork,” and “Baby Be My Love Song.” He released “A Girl Like You” earlier this year and is currently at work on a fourth album.

The Parker McCollum Band
Opening for Corbin is Austin-based singer/songwriter Parker McCollum, whose music is compared to Charlie Robison’s. McCollum’s first full-length album, The Limestone Kid, was released in 2015. His singles include “High Above the Water,” and “Meet You in the Middle.”

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


Upcoming Events:

Friday, April 21
STEM Center, 6:00pm
Contact Shelley Gunter

Tuesday, April 25, 6:00pm - Roscoe Cafetorium
Tickets $10 - Catered by River Smith’s
RSVP by Monday, April 24

Thursday, April 27, 6:00pm
Tickets $10 at High School Office
Catered by Blackland Smokehouse



The Roscoe High School Class of 1967 will meet May 19-20 at the Holiday Inn Express in Sweetwater to celebrate the 50th anniversary of its graduation.  The first planned activity is dinner at Bucks on Friday, May 19th at 7:00pm.

Most of the activities will be at the Holiday Inn. Call Holiday Inn at 325-235-3500 for reservations.  For other information, call Jackie Smith at 806-773-9923.



April clouds.
We’ve had another week of beautiful spring weather. It seems like more than a week now, but early last Thursday morning a nice, slow rain of about a half-inch fell over the Roscoe area, with some places getting a little more and others a little less. Roscoe weatherman Kenny Landfried recorded an official .44” here in town. Since then it’s been mostly sunny and occasionally windy, but not too bad. Temperatures have been mild all week. The highs from Thursday through Sunday were in the upper seventies and since then in the low to mid-eighties. The high for the week was yesterday at 84°F and the low was 58° on Thursday morning and yesterday morning.

It will be warmer than that today through Friday. Today’s high is forecast to be 87°, tomorrow’s 85°, and Friday’s 91° with lows around 62°. Then on Saturday a cold front will move through with sharp north winds and temperatures dropping considerably. Saturday’s high will be only about 68° and windy with a low of 46°, but Sunday should climb back into the seventies and by Tuesday it will be back into the nineties before dropping back into the eighties for the rest of the week.

Unfortunately, there is no rain in the forecast.


Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Charley Pride, Tuff Trucks Make Spring Super Saturday a Success

Charley Pride at the Lumberyard Saturday night.
Finding a parking space anywhere close to the Lumberyard was not an easy feat Saturday night as folks from all over the Big Country were in town to see country music great Charley Pride. And he and his band put on a show that pleased just about everyone who witnessed it. He performed with an energy seldom seen in octogenarians, and many in the crowd joined him in singing some of his legendary hits.

The weather cooperated with temperatures in the mid-seventies at show time, and the crowd of over 2000 was one of the largest ever to attend a concert at the Lumberyard. Many got to meet the man at a “meet & greet” before the show, and he was friendly and gracious to all who did.

Part of the crowd at the Lumberyard Saturday night. (Photo by Sheree Herd)
Here is a video with some of the songs he sang and has long been known for:

Earlier in the day, shoppers hit many of Roscoe’s retail outlets or visited the Roscoe Historical Museum before witnessing the Tuff Truck competition and Crash-Up Derby just north of the railroad tracks. It was the first time in Roscoe for either event, and, like the Charley Pride show, was also enjoyed by all who watched it. There was no shortage of action, and many vehicles went out of commission in both events, including the overturning of the entry of the Roscoe Police Department, driven by no other than Roscoe’s Police Chief, Felix Pantoja, who managed to escape unscathed. The Roscoe Volunteer Fire Department was the beneficiary of the proceeds, which amounted to almost $900.

Driver James Pantoja in the Tuff Truck race.


U. S. Rep. Jodey Arrington at the Lumberyard Monday.
A crowd of about 70 was on hand Monday morning in the Lumberyard to hear U.S. Representative Jodey Arrington and Texas Commissioner of Agriculture Sid Miller speak about the current situation regarding cotton and beef.

Rep. Arrington spoke of the urgent need to include cotton in the new farm bill just as the other commodities are. It was taken out of the group in the last farm bill to avoid political controversy with “developing” countries like Brazil and China, a move causing significant losses for American farmers. Arrington said cotton should be treated just as the other commodities are and not singled out.

Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller.
Ag Commissioner Sid Miller spoke of his recent trip to Israel, where he successfully promoted Texas beef. He said the exports will begin once the procedure for making the beef kosher is implemented. He also mentioned the huge amount of potential trade with China for Texas beef.

Before their public meeting at the Lumberyard, Rep. Arrington visited the EduDrone office in the Shelansky Building and learned about some of the innovative programs of the Roscoe Collegiate ISD.

The event was sponsored by Richard Kemp’s Farm & Ranch Report, a daily program on Abilene radio station KGLD.FM 106.9, “The Country Giant.”



At the District 2A-8 Track & Field Meet in Albany on Thursday, several Plowgirls and Plowboys qualified for this afternoon’s Area Meet at McMurry in Abilene.

Seven schools participated in the District 2A-8 Meet: Albany, Anson, Hamlin, Haskell, Hawley, Roscoe Collegiate, and Stamford. Albany won the boys’ varsity division with 209 points, and Haskell won the girls’ with 128 points. The Plowboys finished seventh with 21 points and the Plowgirls fifth with 82.

The Plowgirls finished first in four events. Bonnie Wilkinson won the 400 meters and the Triple Jump, Lyndi Wilkinson won the 800 meters, and the Plowgirls’ 4 x 400 meter relay team (Jaci Alexander, Lyndi Wilkinson, Jaleigh Morales, and Bonnie Wilkinson) also finished first.

The first four finishers in each event move on to the Area Meet. Here are the Roscoe athletes who did so:


Event                           Place        Athlete                   Time/Distance
400 meters                    1          Bonnie Wilkinson         1:00.49
800 meters                    1          Lyndi Wilkinson           2:23.20
4 x 100 meter relay      4          Plowgirls                           52.64
          (J. Alexander, L. Wilkinson, J. Morales, B. Wilkinson)
4 x 400 meter relay      1          Plowgirls                         4:11.58
          (J. Alexander, L. Wilkinson, J. Morales, B. Wilkinson)
Shot Put                         2          Jaleigh Morales               32’ 6”
                                         3          Kinzie Buchanan            31’ 9½”
Triple Jump                   1          Bonnie Wilkinson           35’ 10”


Pole Vault                     2          Jayden Gonzales               12’
Triple Jump                 4          Micheal Wright                  38’ 1”

Today’s Area Meet pits athletes from Districts 2A-8 and 2A-7. District 2A-7 comprises seven schools: Christoval, Eldorado, Forsan, Irion County, Miles, Ozona, and Winters. The first four finishers in each event at the Area Meet will advance to the Regional Meet in Odessa on April 28-29. The top two finishers in each Regional event will then advance to the State Meet in Austin May 11-13.



Police Chief Felix Pantoja gives the Police Report as Council Members Helen Perry, left, and Suzie Alford look on.
At its monthly meeting in City Hall yesterday evening, the City Council heard reports from the City Manager and Police Chief and denied a request for a rate hike by Oncor. the electric company.

City Manager Cody Thompson reported on the success of Spring Super Saturday, saying that a crowd of about 200 attended the Tuff Truck and Crash-Up Derby competition on Saturday afternoon and over 2000 were at the Lumberyard for the Charley Pride and Jamie Richards concerts. Roscoe’s retailers reported doing a brisk business during the day, and the Roscoe Express shuttled guests from one business to another.

Thompson also commented on the success of the Ag Summit at the Lumberyard Monday morning. A crowd of around 80 people heard U.S. Representative Jodey Arrington and Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller give talks on their recent actions concerning cotton and cattle. The City’s Spring Clean-Up was also a success with lots of activity and few snags. Tonnage will be announced at next month’s meeting.

Work on the City sewer upgrade by Whitney Underground Utilities began yesterday and will go on for the next few months. There is also a plan in place to repair some driveways at Fourth and Cedar Streets this week.

The City’s annual Easter Egg Hunt will be in Old Town Park downtown starting at 2:00pm on Saturday.

The City will advertise for applications for the job of City Swimming Pool manager for the summer.

Police Chief Felix Pantoja then gave the Council the Police Report for the month of March. He said there were 97 total calls, 23 traffic warnings and 3 citations, 15 ordinance violations regarding trash and debris, and three crash reports.

A representative of Oncor spoke to the Council about a rate hike that is being requested by the company, its first since 2011. The City rejected the request, but an increase of the monthly bill is likely, something like $6 or $7 for the average user.



The Easter Bunny will be in downtown Roscoe Saturday afternoon.
The City-sponsored Easter Egg Hunt is this Saturday, April 15, starting at 2:00pm at Old Town Park across from City Hall on Cypress Street. Hunts are planned for three separate age groups: 0-3 years old, 4-7 years old, and 8-12 years old. Everyone is invited.

Please bring cameras and baskets for goodies.  For more information, contact City Hall during business hours at 325-766-3871.



The City of Roscoe is now accepting applications for manager of the City Swimming Pool for the summer. Possible applicants should contact City Hall during business hours at 325-766-3871 for details.


The Community Center would like to remind everyone that there will be no Third Sunday Dinner on April 16 because the third Sunday of this month is Easter.



The Ladies’ Auxiliary of American Legion Post 227 wants to thank all the ladies who donated baked goods to the Ladies’ Auxiliary Bake Sale.



Driver Caleb Dean crashes into his final opponent in the Crash-Up Derby.
The Tuff Truck competition winner on Saturday afternoon was Nick Pantoja and the winner of the Crash-Up Derby was Caleb Dean. Both are from Roscoe.

Here are the positions and times of the entries in the Tuff Truck competition:

        1.      Nick Pantoja        1:14
        2.      Levi Purcell         1:22
        3.      Caleb Dean          1:28
        4.      Caleb Dean          1:29
        5.      Jessop Reynolds  1:31
        6.      Benjamin Allen   1:32
        7.      James Pantoja      1:45
        8.      Cody Tepera        1:46
        9.      Shawn Scott        2:02
      10.     Jeromie Baugh     DNF



Yesterday's sunset.

There was nothing really remarkable about the weather we had this past week. According to the meteorologists, we had a 50% chance of rain on Sunday, but we got nary a drop. I guess you could say that, too, is also typical of west Texas. We had some warm and some cool weather. Spring Super Saturday was warm with the temperature peaking at 88° with a southwest wind. It was a bit warm to be in the sunshine watching Tuff Trucks and the Crash-Up Derby, but it was just about perfect at 9:30 that evening when Charley Pride took the stage. The afternoon wind had diminished considerably, and the almost full moon lit up the sky.

The high temperature for the week came the following day when it got up to 89°F, but a cold front came in Monday morning, the wind shifted to the north, and the high temperature that afternoon was only 73°. Yesterday’s was 76°, and today’s will be only about 72°. Even though these temperatures are a bit below average for mid-April, it appears that the April freeze many were predicting after the thunder in January will most likely not come to pass. Temperatures for the coming week will be similar to what we’re experiencing now with extremes in neither direction.

According to the Weather Channel website, this area has an 80% chance of rain tonight and early tomorrow morning, but that will diminish to 10% by tomorrow night.


Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Spring Super Saturday This Weekend

Country Legend Charley Pride
Spring has arrived, and to celebrate it, the City of Roscoe is throwing its Spring Festival this Saturday, April 8. Roscoe retailers will be open from noon to 7pm, the museum will be open, and the Lumberyard will host what should be another great day of country music with the Jamie Richards Band opening around 6:00pm, and country great Charley Pride, who is making his first appearance ever in Roscoe, beginning around 8:30pm.

Unlike the free concerts on the streets, however, this one won’t be free as the price of the performers will be covered by the Lumberyard. Advance tickets are $45 or $50 on the day of the show, and tables are $440. For reservations, call the Lumberyard during business hours at 325-766-2457.

Jamie Richards
Roscoe businesses will have open houses that day from noon until 7:00pm, and the Roscoe Express will be carrying patrons from location to location free of charge. Participating businesses are the Blackland Smokehouse, Burritos Zacatecas, Main Street Antiques, McVey’s Native Nursery, Pepe’s Imports, the Rockin’ S Cantina, Roscoe Thrift Store, Southern Belle Salon, the Lumberyard, the Wildflower Boutique, and Vickie’s Gifts. Also, the Ladies’ Auxiliary for American Legion Post 227 will be having a garage and bake sale at the Southern Belle Salon on Main Street.

Word is out that three female drivers have entered this week's competition.
Instead of the usual mudbog, this year’s vehicle competitions will feature two new events—Plowboy Tuff Truck and the Crash-Up Derby. Tuff Truck involves vehicles racing around a course with obstacles to see who can complete it with the best time, while the Crash-Up Derby is a demolition derby in which cars crash into one another until only one is left that is still mobile. These contests will take place on the old Planters’ Gin lot just northwest of the railroad tracks on Cypress Street downtown. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for school students except for kids under 12, who get in free. There will be a concession stand, and all proceeds will go to benefit the Roscoe Volunteer Fire Department. Action begins at 4pm.

For drivers' information and rules, call Caleb at 325-436-9497 or Nick at 325-320-4518. For other information, phone Felix at 325-514-8384.



In their final outing before the district meet at Albany tomorrow, the Plowgirls won the girls’ division at the Cottonwood Relays in Roby on Friday while the Plowboys finished third. Nine schools competed in both boys’ and girls’ contests: Highland, Hermleigh, Jayton, Lueders-Avoca, Roby, Roscoe, Trent, Water Valley, and Westbrook. In addition, Wilson competed in the boys’ division, and Baird competed in the girls’.

The Plowgirls’ 131 total points easily outpaced second-place Roby’s 99, while Water Valley won the varsity boys’ division with 108 points. Highland was second with 89, and the Plowboys third with 86. The Plowboys JV finished first in the junior varsity competition.

Here are the individual results for the varsity Plowgirls and Plowboys who finished in the top six places of their events:


Event                        Place       Athlete(s)                   Time/Distance
Discus                          1          Veronica Cuellar              96’5”
Shot Put                      2          Kinzie Buchanan             32’10”
                                      5          Veronica Cuellar              30’6”
                                      6          Jaleigh Morales               29’8”
Triple Jump                1          Bonnie Wilkinson           34’10”
                                      4          Lyndi Wilkinson              31’2”
High Jump                  6          Baylor Trevino                 4’ 6”
3200 Meters               3          Allison Acebedo              15:27.60
1600 meters                1           Karina Cisneros              6:20.83
                                       4          Allison Acebedo              6:41.16
800 meters                  1           Lyndi Wilkinson             2:33.98
                                       4          Karina Cisneros               2:54.80
400 meters                   1          Bonnie Wilkinson           1:01.16
100 m. hurdles            6          Lynzie Atkison                 21.86
300 m. hurdles            3          Lynzie Atkison                 56.84
4 x 100 m. relay           1          Plowgirls                           52.04
   (J. Alexander, L. Wilkinson, J. Morales, B. Wilkinson)
4 x 200 relay                5          Plowgirls                           2:09.31
   (J. Alexander, B. Trevino, J. Morales, Ortega Solis)
4 x 400 m. relay           1          Plowgirls                          4:14.28
   (J. Alexander, L. Wilkinson, J. Morales, B. Wilkinson)


Triple Jump                  1          Micheal Wright              40’7”
Pole Vault                      1          Jayden Gonzales            11’6”
100 meters                    5          Micheal Wright              12.02
200 meters                    1          Francisco Garcia            24.08
800 meters                    1          Braiden Moore               2:14.44
4 x 100 m. relay            3          Plowboys                         46.21
    (Jose Ortega, Micheal Wright, Jayden Gonzales, Jr Martinez)
4 x 400 m. relay            1            Plowboys                        3:44.92
    (Jose Ortega, Micheal Wright, Jayden Gonzales, Jr Martinez)

Roscoe will host the Jr. High district track meet on Saturday.



Christopher Devon Boyd, 22, who was charged with sexual assault of a child in Roscoe last July, waived his right to a trial by jury in District Court on Thursday and pled guilty to the charge. Judge Glen Harrison sentenced him to eight years in prison. He will also have to register as a sex offender for life.

Charges against him of capital murder in Snyder and of kidnapping in Sweetwater are still pending.



The Meek Community Blood Bank of Abilene is looking for volunteers to donate blood this Friday, April 7, from 9:00am to 2:00pm.  The Bloodmobile will be located on 7th Street in front of the Roscoe Collegiate High School Special Events Center.  Donations will take approximately 30-45 minutes, and donors are advised to eat a good meal and drink plenty of fluid beforehand.

To reserve a sign-up time or for questions, call Nick Anthony, CD, of College Chiropractors at 325-766-3423.  Walk-up donors are also welcome.



The future Early Childhood Center at Tenth and Main Street.
In August, Roscoe Collegiate ISD will open its new Early Childhood Center on 10th and Main Street for 3, 4, and 5 year-olds. Children will learn in a comprehensive learning environment using the Montessori method, a successful approach which emphasizes active learning, independence, and cooperation. Instruction is designed to remain in harmony with each child’s unique pace of development and emphasizes individuality and independence in learning. The Roscoe Collegiate Montessori Early Childhood Center will offer full-day instruction, and an extended school day may be an option for some students as well.

Registration for the 2017-18 school year begins April 12 and 13 and will continue throughout the 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.



Due to the 3rd Sunday being Easter Sunday
We will not be having out lunch in April.
Next 3rd Sunday lunch will be May 21.

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


Hail in my front yard on Saturday.
The Roscoe area got a much-needed rain this past week. It began with a shower early Wednesday morning totaling .76” in my rain gauge. Then on Saturday afternoon a hailstorm that came out of nowhere hit, but the hail was relatively light and did little damage. The total for Saturday was .68". Then on Sunday .56" more fell to bring a total of 2.00” for the week. In east Roscoe, Kenny Landfried recorded the city's official total of 2.16". Most people I talked to had around two inches—some more, some less. The Champion area and points west generally got more than Roscoe, while east of town got a little less.

Monday was beautiful with sunshine, but then yesterday was marked by a strong west wind with sustained breezes of 29mph with gusts up to 41. A cool front moved through about sundown, and this morning the temperature at dawn was down to 41°. The rain was more than welcome as it was the first we’d had in a while. The high temperature for the week was Friday’s 88°, and the low was this morning’s 41°. Sunday’s high was only 49°.

The forecast high for today is only 67°, but that will warm up to 74° tomorrow, 77° Friday, and 86° for Spring Super Saturday and 86° again on Sunday. There is no more rain in the immediate forecast.


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