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Wednesday, March 28, 2018

City Easter Egg Hunt Saturday Afternoon

4-7 year-olds make a dash at a previous hunt at Old Town Park.
The City-sponsored Easter Egg Hunt is this Saturday, March 31. It starts at 1:00pm and should be done by 2:20pm. As in previous years, it will be at Old Town Park across from City Hall on Cypress Street. Hunts are planned for three separate age groups: 1-3 years, 4-7 years, and 8-12 years. Everyone is invited.

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



Kinzie Buchanan broke her own record with a shot put of 38’ 5¼”.  (Track photos by Tamara Alexander)
With only a small number of athletes in selected events, the Plowgirls nevertheless always do well when team points are totaled. At the Caprock Bold Gold Relays in Post last Friday they finished fifth of  fourteen schools, most of them larger than Roscoe. The others were Benjamin, Brownfield, Coahoma, Colorado City, Idalou, Lockney, Midland, Midland Christian, New Deal, Post, Shallowater, Snyder, and Stanton.

Kinzie Buchanan won the Shot Put and once again broke her Plowgirl record with a heave of 38’ 5¼”. She also finished first in the Discus with a throw of 95’. Bonnie Wilkinson broke 36’ in the Triple Jump for the first time in a meet this year, and her distance of 36’ 7¾” was over a foot better than anyone else did. Still, she finished only third because the jump was in the seed event. In the finals, she managed only 35’ 2”. However, she finished first in the 400 meter dash with a time of 60.9 seconds.

The Plowboys won the Cottonwood Relays at Roby, finishing ahead of Roby and Highland. Other schools at the meet were Bronte, Rotan, Leuders-Avoca, and Trent.

Bryan Medina won 3200 meter run and was second in the 1600 meters. Plowboy team won the 200 meter relay and were second in the 100 meter and 400 meter relays. Jayden Gonzales won the Pole Vault, Coltin Watts was second in the 300 meter hurdles, and Caleb Gray second in the 200 meter dash.


Event                           Place         Athlete                    Time/Distance
4 x 100 meter relay       8          Plowgirls                                  53.24
  1) J. Alexander 2) V. Martinez 3) K. Martinez 4) B. Wilkinson
4 x 400 meter relay       4          Plowgirls                               4:18.38
  1) J. Alexander 2) V. Martinez 3) K. Martinez 4) B. Wilkinson
400 meter dash              1          Bonnie Wilkinson                   60.90
                                         10          Kadee Martinez                      67.00

800 meter run                7          Riley Sheridan                     2:43.00
1600 meter run              6          Riley Sheridan                      6:03.00
Triple Jump                    3          Bonnie Wilkinson                36’ 7¾”
Shot Put                           1          Kinzie Buchanan                  38’ 5¼”
Discus Throw                  1          Kinzie Buchanan                   95’
                                           8         Veronica Cuellar                    75’ 7”


Event                          Place           Athlete                   Time/Distance
100 meter dash             7            Nick Limones                           12.4
                                       10            Jayden Gonzales                    13.14
200 meter dash            2            Caleb Gray                              24.14
                                         3           Micheal Wright                      24.20
                                       12           Nick Limones                          26.06
400 meter dash            5           Brandon Lavalais                 1:01.18
                                         6           Nick Limones                       1:02.15
800 meter run              3           Bryan Medina                      2:27.87
                                         4           Brandon Lavalais                2:37.67
                                         5           Jose Ortega                          2:43.38
1600 meter run            2           Bryan Medina                      5:35.28
3200 meter run            1           Bryan Medina                     12:56.60
110 meter hurdles        3           Coltin Watts                            20.37
300 meter hurdles       2           Coltin Watts                            48.72
4 x 100 meter relay      2           Plowboys                                  47.28
  1) Jr. Martinez 2) Jayden Gonzales 3) Jathan Coale 4) C. Gray
4 x 200 meter relay      1           Plowboys                                1:38.41
  1) Caleb Gray 2) Jathan Coale 3) Micheal Wright 4) Jr. Martinez
4 x 400 meter relay     2            Plowboys                               3:58.62
  1) M. Wright 2) J. Gonzales 3) Tristan Baker 4) Jr. Martinez
Pole Vault                      1            Jayden Gonzales                      11’ 0”
Triple Jump                  3           Micheal Wright                     38’ 6¾”
Shot Put                         6           Brandon Lavalais                  33’ 9”

The Plowgirls and Plowboys will compete in the Lone Wolf Relays at Colorado City on Friday in a meet beginning at 3:30pm. It will be their final meet before the District 8-2A meet in Albany next Wednesday, April 4.



The wind this year was from the southeast.
As in years past, “Injun Robert” went out at dawn on the first morning after the beginning of spring and performed the “Sunrise Wind” ceremony, an annual ritual once performed by the Plains Indians who lived in this area. They believed they could learn what kinds of crops they’d have that year by building a fire just before dawn, and then, as the sun appeared, observing which direction the wind blew the smoke. This was always done on the morning after the first day of spring.

An east or northeast wind foretold a “very good” year, north or northwest “average,” west or southwest “poor,” and south or southeast “very bad.” This year, a southeast breeze blew the smoke to the northwest. This is not good news because according to the ancient lore, a southeast breeze is the most inauspicious of all the wind directions and portends a bad crop.

However, the wind direction on the appointed day has sent the wrong message for the past two years, so farmers should not contemplate suicide just yet. In both years, the wind was from the southwest, which also foretells a poor crop. However, in 2016 the Central Rolling Plains Co-op Gin produced 87,827 bales, well above its average, and in 2017 it broke its record by ginning a whopping 111,598 bales.

“Injun Robert” says he overcame last year’s bad prediction by chanting a particular mantra (which I will not repeat here), but since we are only learning about this claim ex post facto, it’s impossible to verify its veracity. Speaking strictly from a scientific point of view, the possibility exists, however slight, that "Injun Robert" speaks with forked tongue. Still, he says he has done the same chant for this year, so if the outcome is once again positive, that would lend credibility to the claim and plausibility to the mantra’s effectiveness.

In any case, the rain we’ve received the past two days is a good start. Let’s hope another bumper crop is on the way.



The puddles are back on Broadway.
Never mind the temperatures. The big news for the week is the rain we’ve received the past couple of days, the first we've got all month. Here in town, it started around seven o’clock Monday evening with an unusual sprinkle of big drops interspersed with hail. Then it stopped for a while, and, when it resumed, it came down hard, but this time without the hail. West and north of town, however, the hail was heavier, and some of the hailstones were the size of golf balls. By sundown, I had .64" in my gauge. The rain that resumed after midnight was light, and yesterday a light rain fell from time to time, bringing my total to .90”, enough to create big puddles all over town. Roscoe weatherman Kenny Landfriend recorded an official .82" for here in town.

From what I could gather, it seems that the amount of rain around Roscoe depended on the area. Some got no more than a quarter of an inch, while others got an inch or more. Some got no hail; others got enough to do damage to any vehicles that were in the open.

Up until yesterday, temperatures were warm with five consecutive days reaching the eighties for highs and the upper fifties to sixty for lows. The high temperature for the week was Friday’s 85°F, and the low was this morning’s 46°.

The rain is out of the forecast for a few days, but the meteorologists are currently giving us a 40% chance for thundershowers on Monday. Temperatures will be cooler until Saturday. Today’s high will be around 61°, tomorrow’s 64°, and Friday’s 70° with lows in the forties. Skies will be cloudy or partly cloudy until Friday. However, Saturday should be sunny, warm, and windy with a high of 83°. Easter Sunday will be cool and cloudy with a north wind, a high of only 64°, and a low of 41°.


(from Herschel Whittington’s Smiles and Tears of Boyhood Years)

Editor’s note: Anyone with relatives who lived through the depression may recall their reluctance to talk about it, probably because they didn’t enjoy re-visiting those hard times. Rather than go into detail, they’d often dismiss the memory with a statement or two, such as “There just wasn’t any money,” or “You were lucky to find work.” However, the following excerpt from Herschel Whittington’s memoirs details some of the hardships he and his family went through, living in a shack with no plumbing or electricity. With the comparative prosperity most of us have experienced in recent years, it’s truly a different world we live in today.

When the ginning season ended in January, and we no longer could afford to rent the Cedar Street house, Dad moved us to yet another shack in the country, about two miles east of Roscoe and a mile north. Indeed, this house ranked "worst" in my memory: two small, bare, ugly rooms, plus a covered porch, all setting up on posts about 18 inches off the low ground—a necessity since the water stood for months beneath the house while we lived there—water that could be seen through cracks between the floor boards.

We struggled through the rest of the winter there, placing cardboard over the holes in the floor in a pitifully vain attempt to keep out the icy wind and the bone chilling damp.

Dad, Mama, Hillman and Ray worked as field hands whenever work could be found, which wasn't often.

An elderly lady, living alone about a quarter-of-a-mile up the road, had a cow, and a heart of gold.

She often gave us home-made butter, which was all she had to share. Hungry as we were, though, we couldn't eat it. Very nearly blind, this kindly woman was not aware that a virtual mesh of her flaky gray hairs interlaced every block of that butter.

Across the road, the Hamilton family, themselves poor as lizard-eating cats, lived in a much larger house and seemed wealthy by comparison with us. They owned their farm, raised garden vegetables, milked their own cows, owned a pen full of chickens, which kept them supplied with fryers, broilers and eggs, and they butchered their own hogs. In the winter of 1931 Dad helped them butcher and they gave us some of the meat.

It rained so much around Roscoe that fall (1931), and on into the spring (1932), the farmers couldn't head their maize or pick their cotton. Water stood under our house (and over much of the land) for nearly a year.

Very little spring planting got done in 1932. There was almost no field work for Dad to do—almost no way for him to feed his family. He worked a few days helping with a construction job—something to do with the Gulf oil refinery in Sweetwater—then caught a freight train back to where we'd come from in Oklahoma, and on to Arkansas. But folks there were no better off, and he found nothing but an occasional hand-out and a few hours of work in exchange for food and shelter.

During the eight weeks Dad was gone, we had little to eat: the greening meat the Hamiltons had shared with us, some turnips from their cellar, a few rabbits sling-shot or caught by Ray and Hillman and our dog, Penny, and “greens” concocted by Mama: she used tender weeds—a leafy plant we called “Careless Weed” and tender shoots of the leafless “Tumbleweed.” [To this day I've absolutely no taste for greens.]

Throughout my boyhood I often supplemented my diet by foraging. Such “delicacies” as mesquite beans, tender, sweet new cotton bolls, cactus apples and cactus pears, and juicy ripe sorghum cane. These edibles, though perhaps lacking in nutrition, were filling, and quite sating to my “sweet tooth.”

Another measure of our poverty during that miserable winter was what we wore on our feet—when we wore anything at all on them.

Ray's old Keds were so worn out that, to avoid the embarrassment of wearing them to school, regardless of the weather, he'd take them off and hide them in the weeds and grass alongside the road every morning as he, Hillman, and Gwen walked to classes at the Blackland School. As luck would have it in those days when we enjoyed hardly any luck at all, the county road crew came along and burned the grass and weeds in the bar-ditches beside the road, and Ray's shoes.

Ray didn't mind losing those raggedy old shoes to the fire, except that he had to explain to Mama what had happened to them—an unenviable task. There was no money to buy him more, so he did without shoes for quite a while, somewhat as all of us made do without food from time to time throughout that dreadful winter.

The acres of water standing over the fields surely was heaven for toads and bull frogs. There must have been a billion within earshot of our house, all with loud voices: the toads ranged the scale, while the bulls croaked deep, melodious chords. It's impossible to describe their round-the-clock lulling yet insidious din. More entertaining to Gwen and me, however, than the frogs themselves, were their children: the zillions of tadpoles.

Both of us having observed Mama preserving various fruits and vegetables in clear-glass, quart-size Mason jars, decided to "preserve" some tadpoles. I don't recall how many quarts we'd "put up" before Mama vetoed the idea.

A huge mulberry tree shaded the west end of the Hamiltons’ house, nearest the road. That old tree produced a bumper crop of juicy sweet purple mulberries that spring. The Hamiltons never bothered with them, but their children assured me, smiling cheerily all the while, that I was welcome to eat as many as I wished as often as I wished. Consequently, I sated my sweet-tooth appetite many times before sister Gwen finally explained and demonstrated to me that the white core in each berry was, in fact, a worm. I've not been much of a mulberry arbiter elegantiae since that revelation.


Wednesday, March 21, 2018

City's Annual Spring Clean-Up Underway

Dumpsters are behind the R-O Water Treatment Plant at Broadway & Cedar.
The City of Roscoe's annual Spring Clean-Up began yesterday and runs through this Friday, March 23.  Hours of operation are 8:00am-7:00pm.

Dumpsters are located on the City property just north of the R-O Water Treatment Plant at Broadway and Cedar Street. Two dumpsters are for debris, one for tires, and one for tree limbs and wood.

Items which may not be placed in containers are as follows: paint, oil, oil filters, chemical containers, and tree limbs.  Air conditioners and refrigerators must be tagged land-fill acceptable.  There is no curb service, and since the Spring Clean-Up is for Roscoe residents only, anyone dropping off anything must be prepared to show a City of Roscoe water bill.  

For more information, contact City Hall during business hours at 325-766-3871.



by Kristi Martin

Roscoe Elementary's Robotics Teams.
On March 3, the Elementary Gifted and Talented and 4-H Robotics teams went to Texas Tech in Lubbock to compete in the trial run. This year’s theme is the "Wild Things," and there were about 100 teams at the competition. We had eight teams compete, and three of them placed in the top ten. In fact, they placed 1st, 2nd, and 4th. They continue to work hard and will compete in "Game Day" on April 7th at Texas Tech.  



At Saturday’s Piper Relays in Hamlin, athletes participating in the meet came from Albany, Benjamin, Bovina, Breckenridge, Childress, Clyde, Colorado City, Cross Plains, Earth Springlake, Farwell, Hamlin, Hawley, Jayton, Knox City, Lubbock Roosevelt, Merkel, Munday, Robert Lee, Roscoe Collegiate, Rotan, Seymour, Shallowater, Snyder, Throckmorton, Wellman-Union.

As a team, the Plowgirls finished third behind Clyde and Breckenridge, while the Plowboys finished tenth out of 24 teams. The top three boys’ teams were Shallowater, Snyder, and Cross Plains. Once again, Bonnie Wilkinson won the girls’ Triple Jump, and Kinzie Buchanan won the girls’ Shot Put.

Here is a list of the Plowgirls and Plowboys who placed in the meet.


Event                           Place         Athlete               Best Time/Distance
Triple Jump                     1          Bonnie Wilkinson           35’ 8”
                                           3          Jaci Alexander                 32’ ½”
Shot Put                            1          Kinzie Buchanan             37’ 4½”  
Discus Throw                  7          Kinzie Buchanan             96’ 10”
4 x 100 meter relay        5          Plowgirls                           54.24
  1) J. Alexander 2) V. Martinez 3) K. Martinez 4) B. Wilkinson
4 x 400 meter relay       3          Plowgirls                        4:20.89
  1) J. Alexander 2) V. Martinez 3) K. Martinez 4) B. Wilkinson


100 meter dash              8          Kolten Hope                    13.01
200 meter dash              4          Micheal Wright              23.42
110 meter hurdles          8          Tristan Baker                  19.77
4 x 100 meter relay        6          Plowboys                         47.16
  1) Jathan Coale 2) Jayden Gonzales 3) Caleb Gray 4) Jr. Martinez
4 x 200 meter relay       6          Plowboys                      1:37.46
  1) Caleb Gray 2) Micheal Wright 3) Jathan Coale 4) Jr. Martinez
4 x 400 meter relay       7          Plowboys                       3:51.84
 1) M. Wright 2) Jayden Gonzales 3) Tristan Baker 4) Jr. Martinez
Triple Jump                   4          Micheal Wright             39’ 6½”

Plowgirls and Plowboys will be at the Post Invitational in Post this Friday. The meet begins at 3:30pm.



Roscoe's debaters, Rebecca Shaw and Alfonso Islas.
Roscoe High’s debate team, Alfonso Islas and Rebecca Shaw, finished 2-2 at the UIL state debate tourney. They beat Chireno and Crawford High Schools. They lost to Gladewater Union Grove and Blue Ridge High Schools.



Roscoe Police Chief Felix Pantoja is once again asking dog owners to obey Roscoe’s leash laws. 

Police are now issuing citations rather than warnings to owners of dogs running loose in the streets.



The Meek Community Blood Bank of Abilene is looking for volunteers to donate blood next Tuesday, March  27, 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, phone Nick Anthony, CD, of College Chiropractors at 325-766-3423.  Walk-up donors are also welcome.



Before 1925, Roscoe High School’s football teams had no team names or colors and were simply referred to as Roscoe or Roscoe High, and the same lack of team names and colors was true of other schools as well. Sweetwater High’s football team was called the Salty Pups, but it was just a nickname and not officially recognized by the school. 

In the early 1920s other schools began to adopt team names and colors, and many Roscoe students wanted to do the same. My dad, who graduated from RHS in 1921, said that many of his friends wanted to call the team the Wildcats with school colors of black and gold, but nothing ever came of it.

However, according to what I heard while growing up, around 1925 a couple of Roscoe football players, one of them possibly Sam Fitzhugh, went on to play at Tarleton State, then known as John Tarleton Agricultural College. Right before a school holiday, the Tarleton coach asked them what they were going to do over the break. When they told him they were going to Roscoe, he said, “Bring me back a couple more of those Roscoe plowboys.” The story got around in Roscoe, people liked it, and so they decided to name the school’s team the Plowboys.

An interesting fact about Tarleton is that they named their team the same year, and they also became the Plowboys with the colors purple and white. According to their website, they got the name when the coach, William J. Wisdom, suddenly thought of the name Plowboys as he walked across campus. Could it be that the reason he thought of the name came from his request to his Roscoe players? That’s not mentioned in the official Tarleton history, but the connection seems more than coincidental. Concerning the school colors, Roscoe’s adoption of purple and white is said to come from the suggestions of the same Roscoe players who were on the Tarleton team at that time.

Tarleton’s colors are still purple and white, but their team name is no longer the Plowboys and hasn’t been since 1961 when they changed it to the Texans. As far as I know, Roscoe is the only school in Texas (or any other state) that has that team name, and I strongly suspect that the only Plowgirls are also the ones in Roscoe.



The Texas Red Oak in my front yard is budding out.
Spring is here. It officially arrived yesterday at the moment when the Earth’s axis didn’t tilt toward or away from the sun. According to the History Channel, the first day of spring is also a time when the sun rises due east and sets due west. 

The signs of spring are also beginning to appear. The fruit trees have been blooming for over a week now, trees are beginning to bud out, and the buzzards are coming back to west Texas. My brother David told me he saw his first of the year perched in a mesquite tree in Fisher County yesterday, and in the coming days, I’m sure we’ll see plenty more.

The weather is also slowly becoming more springlike. This past week was pretty mild as far as temperatures go. Highs were in the sixties and seventies with the exception of Sunday when it hit 80°F, and lows were in the forties and fifties with the exception of yesterday morning when it dropped to 35°. That’s all about to change, though, as things warm up starting with a high of 77° today, 82° tomorrow, and 89° on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Lows will also rise into the sixties for the weekend.

Then, starting on Monday, the meteorologists are predicting four days in a row when the chances for rain vary from 40% to 80%. Let’s hope they’re right this time, and we get a substantial amount. We can sure use it.


Wednesday, March 14, 2018

School Meeting with Federal, State Officials Completed


The three-day meeting last week was one of RCISD’s most important yet as officials from the Texas Education Agency (TEA) and U. S. Department of Education (USDE) were on hand to assess the possibility of replicating the Roscoe School’s P-20 system of education at other rural schools in the state and nation. Tours were made, meetings held, and interviews conducted with several agencies, universities, school districts, and local officials. Teachers, parents, and students also provided input.

Abilene’s KTAB-TV news crew also attended and made the video above, which was featured on its evening news shows on March 7.



Dumpsters will be next to the Water Treatment Plant on Broadway & Cedar.
The City of Roscoe’s annual Spring Clean-Up will begin next Tuesday morning, March 20, and continue until Friday evening, March 24. During that time, daily hours of operation are from 8am to 7pm. Dumpsters will be located on the City property just north of the R-O Water Treatment Plant at Broadway and Cedar Street. Two dumpsters will be for debris, one for tires, and one for tree limbs and wood.

Items that may not be placed in the containers include paint, oil, oil filters, chemical containers, and tree limbs. Air conditioners and refrigerators must be tagged land-fill acceptable.  There is no curb service, and since the Spring Clean-Up is for Roscoe residents only, anyone dropping off anything must be prepared to show a City of Roscoe water bill or other proof of Roscoe residency.

For more information, contact City Hall during business hours at 325-766-3871.



The 2017 cotton yield has turned out to be the most prolific since the Central Rolling Plains Co-op Gin began production in 2007. The last bale was ginned on Friday, bringing the total for the season to 111,598. That breaks the old record of 109,991 set in 2007 by 1607 bales and exceeds the average of the previous ten years of 62,172 bales by 49,426 bales.

Here’s how this year’s total compares with the gin’s output for the previous ten years:

                                             2007           109,991
                                             2008             57,184
                                             2009             39,626
                                             2010             70,379
                                             2011               9,966
                                             2012             66,985
                                             2013             71,849
                                             2014             32,274
                                             2015             75,636
                                             2016             87,827
                                             2017            111,598

On the last day of production, Gin Manager Larry Black posted this video on the Central Rolling Plains Co-op Gin Facebook page. It’s a walking tour he made through the gin just to show how a bale is produced with today’s modern equipment.



City Accountant Ricky Bowman discusses the annual audit report.
At its annual monthly meeting at City Hall yesterday evening, the City Council heard and approved the annual audit report from City Accountant Ricky Bowman, heard monthly reports from the City Manager and Chief of Police, and renewed Media Kimbrell’s cemetery maintenance contract. It also authorized an annual rate review mechanism from Atmos Energy and approved the cancellation of the City Council election on May 5.

City Manager Cody Thompson reported that the Oncor substation in east Roscoe is just about complete and that new power poles and lines are being installed all over town and should be finished by the end of the month.

He said the City will review the cost of operations for water and sanitary sewer and may recommend a new method of charging for sewer treatment in next year’s fiscal budget beginning in October. Sewer charges may be changed from the current method to charging by volume based on usage in December, January, and February for residences and overall usage by industry to account for additional sewer costs.

Two additional state grants and loans are also being reviewed. One is the sanitary sewer line improvements grant applied for this past year, and the other the water line improvements grant from the Texas Water Development Board.

The construction of three new homes is planned for Young Farm Estates. One is a 2400 square-foot custom home and the other two speculative homes. Commercial development at US 84 and FM 608 is also being pursued.

Dedication of the monument to Dr. and Mrs. J. W. Young, Sr., in Memorial Park went well, and Mayor Porter read a letter of appreciation to the Council from Gay Young.

Streets are being patched weekly and plans for this summer’s sealcoat program with the County are underway.

Police Chief Felix Pantoja reported on Police activity in the month of February, saying that the department received 89 calls for service and had 2 crash reports, 8 citations and warnings, 2 burglaries, 2 drug arrests, 2 family violence arrests, and one case of evading arrest, although the perpetrator was apprehended later.

The Council then approved a certification of unopposed candidates and cancelled the City Council election because the candidates for the two Council seats, Robert McBride and Edwin Duncan, are both running unopposed. The Council also approved advertising for an operator for the City Swimming Pool this summer.



Athletes participating in Roscoe’s annual Blackland Relays at Plowboy field on Friday afternoon came from eleven area schools: Anson, Aspermont, Coahoma, Colorado City, Hawley, Merkel, Munday, Roby, Roscoe Collegiate, Stamford, and Water Valley.

Bonnie Wilkinson, Kinzie Buchanan, and Riley Sheridan led the Plowgirls, while Michael Wright, Bryan Medina, and the 4 x 200 meter relay team led the Plowboys.

Bonnie won the girls’ 400 meter dash and the Triple Jump, Kinzie broke the Plowgirl record (again) in winning the Shot Put with a toss of 37’ 7¼”, and Riley won the 1600 meter run. The Plowgirls also finished second in the 400 meter relay. Michael was second in the boys’ 200 meter dash and Triple Jump, Bryan was second in the 3200 meters, and the Plowboys were second in the 4 x 200 meter relay.

Stamford, Merkel, and Munday were the top three teams in the girls’ events with the Plowgirls finishing fourth. For the boys, Merkel, Stamford, and Munday were the top three with the Plowboys finishing sixth.

Here are the results for the Plowgirls and Plowboys who placed in their events:


Event                            Place         Athlete                Best Time/Distance

200 Meter Dash            6          Victoria Martinez                       27.00
                                        14          Arce, Alexis                                 36.00
400 Meter Dash            1          Bonnie Wilkinson                    1:00.91
                                          5          Kadee Martinez                        1:07.51
800 Meter Run              7          Riley Sheridan                         2:44.54
1600 Meter Run            1          Riley Sheridan                          6:03.45
4 x 100 Meter Relay      5          Roscoe Collegiate                       53.49  
  1) J. Alexander 2) V. Martinez 3) K. Martinez 4) B. Wilkinson
4 x 200 Meter Relay     --         Roscoe Collegiate                      2:11.47  
  1) A. Arce 2) K. Buchanan 3) Anahi Ortega-Solis 4) Hannah Ward
4 x 400 Meter Relay      2         Roscoe Collegiate                      4:21.50
  1) J. Alexander 2) V. Martinez 3) K. Martinez 4) B. Wilkinson
Triple Jump                    1          Bonnie Wilkinson                    35’ 10¼”  
                                          6          Jaci Alexander                            32’ 4½”
Shot Put                          1          Kinzie Buchanan                         37’ 7¼”
Discus Throw                 4          Kinzie Buchanan                       101’ 2¼”


Event                           Place          Athlete                 Best Time/Distance
3200 Meter Run            2          Bryan Medina                      10:45.49
4 x 100 Meter Relay      6          Roscoe Collegiate                     46.42
 1) Jathan Coale 2) Jayden Gonzales 3) Caleb Gray 4) B. Lavalais
110 Meter Hurdles         6          Colton Watts                              21.82
100 Meter Dash              5          Jathan Coale                              12.22
                                         15          Nick Limones                              13.45
4 x 200 Meter Relay      2          Roscoe Collegiate                    1:36.12
 1) Caleb Gray 2) Micheal Wright 3) Brandon Lavalais 4) Jr. Martinez
300 Meter Hurdles        4          Colton Watts                              49.42
200 Meter Dash              2          Micheal Wright                         23.97
                                           9           Jathan Coale                             25.63
1600 Meter Run             4           Bryan Medina                        5:44.60
4 x 400 Meter Relay      4          Roscoe Collegiate                   3:45.99
 1) Micheal Wright 2) Jayden Gonzales 3) Jose Ortega 4) Jr. Martinez
Long Jump                      9          Junior Martinez                          17’ 4”
Triple Jump                    2          Micheal Wright                           40’ 9”
Shot Put                           8          Brandon Lavalais                       36’ 4”

On Saturday, the Plowboys and Plowgirls will be in Hamlin for the Piper Relays, which begin at 9:00am.




The History Channel put this video together a few years ago, but no one I know knew about it until Delma Boston, owner of the Wildflower Boutique, found it on the “I Am a Texan” Facebook page and shared it this past week.

The video is a short take (3 minutes) on things that make Texans proud with mention of the Alamo, San Jacinto, and Texas’s unique statehood under six flags. It also highlights the state’s leadership in oil, cotton, cattle, and wind energy—with special mention of the Roscoe Wind Farm—before concluding with a word on the origin of “Don’t Mess with Texas.” Watch it. You’ll like it.



Mike Ryan
The Lumberyard will be rocking Friday evening when Mike Ryan and his band take the stage. 

Mike Ryan grew up in San Antonio and sharpened his skills in the Metroplex, including several appearances at Billy Bob’s. He released his first full-length album, Night Comes Falling, in 2012, Bad Reputation in 2014, and his latest, Blink You’ll Miss It, last October. He frequently travels for writing sessions to Nashville, where he has a publishing deal with Sea Gayle.  Notable singles of his include “Wasting No More Whiskey,” “Dancing All Around It,” “Sad Song,” and “New Hometown.”

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




The Tower Climbing Grease Monkeys (TCGM), headquartered in Utah, are a group of wind technicians who use social media (website, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, etc.) to provide troubleshooting tips, safety topics, tool reviews, and job opportunities to the men and women of the wind industry, especially those who work in the field.  

They were in town on Monday checking out the Roscoe Wind Farm, and, while visiting the Lumberyard to get something to eat, they ran into owner Cody Thompson and manager Sheree Herd, who gave them a grand tour of the Lumberyard, which they videoed.

They have posted the above video on their website and Facebook page. It’s about fifteen minutes long. 



The fruit trees think it's already Spring.
It’s been a mixed bag for weather this past week with a little bit of everything—except rain. The latter part of last week was sunny, windy and warm with a high of 80°F on Friday and 85° on Saturday. Then on Sunday, a windy norther blew through with gusts up to 43mph that cooled the temperature down about 20 degrees. The highs on Sunday, Monday, and yesterday were considerably cooler with highs of 65°, 58°, and 63° respectively and lows in the upper thirties.

Today and the rest of the week should be warmer with a 70° high today, 78° tomorrow and Friday, 73° Saturday, and 80° Sunday. Lows should also be warmer, falling only into the fifties. There is a 20% chance of rain on Saturday, and 0% for the rest of the week.

Come on, rain.

Friday's sunset.


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