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Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Plowgirls Suffer Setback at Area Meet

Bonnie Wilkinson at an earlier meet this spring.
Friday the 13th was three days earlier, but you wouldn’t have known it by watching the Area Track Meet at Elmer Gray Stadium in Abilene on Monday. The Plowgirls’ hopes for strong representation in the Regional and State Meets suffered a big blow when Bonnie Wilkinson suffered a hamstring pull in her first attempt at the Triple Jump, one of the meet's first events. 

She was the 2A State Champion in the Triple Jump last year and was poised to return to Austin this year to defend her title before the injury. She was also unable to compete in the 400 meter dash, which she won at the District Meet, or as the final leg of the Plowgirls’ 4 x 400 meter relay team that also was first in District. Without her on Monday, the Plowgirls’ relay team finished fifth and will not be moving on to the Regional Meet. Only the first four finishers in any event qualify to advance.

Kinzie Buchanan, whose shot put of 39’ 8” at Post had been the best in the Big Country this year, finished second as Macy McNutt of Irion County broke 40 feet with a distance of 40’ 4½”. However, Kinzie will get another chance next weekend at the Regional Meet in Odessa. She will also compete in the Discus Throw as her toss of 107’ 10” was good enough for third place.

Riley Sheridan also qualified for two Regional events, the 1600 meter run and the 3200 meter run in which she finished fourth and third respectively.

Also qualifying for Regional is the Plowboy 4 x 200 meter relay team of Caleb Gray, Jaythan Coale, Micheal Wright, and Junior Martinez.  

Here are the Plowgirl and Plowboy results from the Area Meet on Monday.


Event                            Place        Athlete                        Time/Distance
1600 meter run             4          Riley Sheridan                          6:16.57
3200 meter run             3          Riley Sheridan                          13:14.71
4 x 400 relay                  5          Plowgirls                                  4:26.50 

Shot Put                          2          Kinzie Buchanan                     39’ 6½”
Discus                              3          Kinzie Buchanan                     107’ 10”


110 meter hurdles        8          Tristan Baker                            18.02
4 x 200 meter relay     3          Plowboys                                  1:34:20
  (Caleb Gray, Jaythan Coale, Micheal Wright, Junior Martinez)
4 x 400 meter relay     6          Plowboys                                  3:44.71
  (Micheal Wright, Tristan Baker, Jayden Gonzales, Jr. Martinez)
Pole Vault                      5          Jaythan Coale                            12’
                                         6          Jayden Gonzales                       12’
Triple Jump                  5           Micheal Wright                       39’ 9”

The 2A Region 1 Track & Field Meet will be at Ratliff Stadium in Odessa next Friday and Saturday, April 27-28.



Next week I will undergo extensive medical testing on Monday, and then on Wednesday morning I am off to Chicago for a few days to meet my newest granddaughter, who was born on March 28. The Hard Times will resume the following Wednesday, May 2.



Early voting in the City election to be held on May 5 will begin this coming Monday, April 23, and run through Monday, May 1 at City Hall from 8:00am to 4:30pm except for April 30 and May 1, when it will be open from 7am to 7pm. 

The election is for approval of the reauthorization of the local sales tax at the rate of ¼ of 1% for maintenance of repair by City streets. The tax brings in about $15,000 a year and is used for buying street-patching materials. This reauthorization is required by state law every four years.

May 5 was also originally the date set for the election of two expiring City Council seats, those of Robert McBride and Edwin Duncan. However, since both Council members were unopposed for additional two-year terms, that portion of the election has been canceled.

Donna Parker and Belinda Ince of City Hall are the early-voting judge and clerk for the election, and Sheila Santiago and Ann Teaff are the judge and clerk for the May 5 election in the Community Center.


Some of the best steel guitar players in the state will be in town on Sunday when the West Texas Steel Guitar Association holds its annual meeting at the Lumberyard. The event is from 1:00-5:30pm and is open to the public. There is no charge to attend.  

The Lumberyard kitchen will be open for business with food and drinks available. For more information, contact the Lumberyard at 325-766-2457.



Dusty skies and high winds over Roscoe on Friday the 13th.
The poet T. S. Eliot once said, “April is the cruelest month,” and although he never spent any time in west Texas, he hit the nail on the head when it comes to the month’s dry weather and high winds. Some days this past week were warm, others cold, but all of them were windy and dry.

The hottest day of the year so far came on Thursday when the mercury hit 97°F along with high south winds of up to 34mph with gusts up to 41. The temperature dropped on Friday, and the wind shifted from south to west to north, but its strength never wavered as the sky filled with dust and went from blue to a dull red. The high winds reached 39mph with gusts up to 48, and several rooftops in town lost shingles. Once the north wind blew in late that afternoon, the temperature steadily dropped from a high of 81° down to 43° early Saturday morning.

In contrast, Sunday was a beautiful day with sunny skies, light north breezes, and a high of 71°, but Monday’s high was back up to 90° with a strong south wind, and yesterday was similar with a high of 95° and a red flag weather warning. All things considered, it wasn’t a pretty week for the weather.

The outlook for the next few days is for continued strong winds but with considerably cooler temperatures. Today’s high will be about 76°. It will then drop to tomorrow’s 73° and Friday’s 66° with lows in the upper forties. 

Then on Saturday, believe it or not, there is an 80% chance of rain. Let’s hope we’re on the right side of that percentage and get something substantial this time. This country could sure use it.



Jack Turner May, 78, passed away yesterday, April 17, at Nolan Nursing and Rehab Center in Sweetwater.

Services are pending with McCoy Funeral Home.

Survivors include his wife Beth May of Roscoe; son, Randy May and wife Vickie of Sweetwater; daughter, Gayla May Maher and husband Lawrence III of Clear Lake; sister, Carol Smith and husband Max of Houston; grandchildren, Jodie May and Stephen May of Sweetwater; Lawrence Maher III, Jacqueline Maher, and Wyatt Maher of Clear Lake.


Wednesday, April 11, 2018

City Council Selects Swimming Pool Operator

City Manager Cody Thompson reports to the Council at yesterday's meeting.
At its monthly meeting in City Hall yesterday evening, the City Council approved Tammy San Agustin's bid to operate the City Swimming Pool this summer. It also heard City Manager Cody Thompson’s report on City works and conducted routine business.

The meeting began with a complaint from Virgil Pruitt requesting action about a neighbor whose yard is an eyesore and potential safety hazard. The Council took no direct action but referred the matter to the Police Department.

After a short discussion, the Council then unanimously agreed to approve Tammy San Agustin’s bid to operate the City Pool this summer.

City Manager Cody Thompson then reported to the Council that the City has purchased new sensors for the Reverse-Osmosis Water Treatment Plant and that everything there is running efficiently. The City has also purchased a new push mower and weed eater and has serviced the riding mowers for the upcoming season.

At the City’s request, County Commissioner Terry Willman has re-bladed the berm behind the Bandera addition before planting season begins. The berm should help alleviate the problems the development has suffered from standing water after big rains.

Oncor is about three weeks behind schedule but should be done with their upgrade of Roscoe’s electric lines by the end of the month.

The City’s Spring Clean-Up went well at its location behind the Water Treatment Plant, where there was less illegal after-hour dumping. The City also assisted with the clean-up of lots at 4th and Main and 6th and Main Streets.

Pipe is being brought into the new pipe yard in north Roscoe next to US 84 and just across the railroad tracks from the American Legion.

The Stone Tower RV Park and Cabins has hired a new manager to improve its operations.

The NCHA (National Cutting Horse Association) has contacted the City and will be promoting Buster Welch Day in Roscoe on Saturday, May 12, on its website and elsewhere.



Kinzie Buchanan put the shot 39' 8" at the District Meet in Hamlin.
Kinzie Buchanan broke her own and the Plowgirl record at the 8-2A District Meet in Hamlin on Thursday with a Shot Put of 39’ 8”, only 4 inches shy of 40 feet and the best of any class in the Big Country so far this year. Bonnie Wilkinson also continued her winning ways with victories in the Triple Jump and 400 Meter Dash, and so did the Plowgirls’ 4 x 400 Meter Relay team (Jaci Alexander, Victoria Martinez, Kadee Martinez, and Bonnie Wilkinson).

Also qualifying for the Area Meet by placing in the top four of their event were Plowgirls Riley Sheridan, 3200 Meter Run, and Kinzie Buchanan, Discus Throw.

In addition, several Plowboys qualified: Tristan Baker, 110 Meter Hurdles; Jaythan Coale and Jayden Gonzales, Pole Vault; Micheal Wright, Triple Jump; the Plowboy 4 x 200 Meter Relay team (Caleb Gray, Jaythan Coale, Micheal Wright, and Junior Martinez); and the Plowboy 4 x 400 Meter Relay team (Micheal Wright, Tristan Baker, Jayden Gonzales, and Junior Martinez).

Here are the Plowgirl and Plowboy results from the 8-2A District Meet:

Event                                     Place           Athlete                Time/Distance
400 Meter Dash                      1             Bonnie Wilkinson         
                                                   5              Kadee Martinez              1:06.16
3200 Meter Run                     3             Riley Sheridan              12:48.15
4 x 100 Meter Relay               5             Plowgirls                             53.28  
     1) J. Alexander 2) V. Martinez 3) K. Martinez 4) B. Wilkinson
4 x 400 Meter Relay              1              Plowgirls                          4:17.34  
     1) J. Alexander 2) V. Martinez 3) K. Martinez 4) B. Wilkinson  
Triple Jump                            1              Bonnie Wilkinson          36’
                                                   5             Jaci Alexander                32’ 9½”
Shot Put                                   1              Kinzie Buchanan            39’ 8”
                                                   7             Veronica Cuellar             29’ 11”
Discus Throw                         4              Kinzie Buchanan            95’ 1¾”

100 Meter Dash                     6             Brandon Lavalais              11.83
200 Meter Dash                     5             Caleb Gray                         24.28
                                                  6             Micheal Wright                 24.37      
                                                  7              Jaythan Coale                   25.13
800 Meter Run                      7              Brayan Medina              2:18.96
110 Meter Hurdles                4              Tristan Baker                    18.47
                                                  5              Coltin Watts                      20.20  
300 Meter Hurdles               5              Coltin Watts                      50.02
4 x 100 Meter Relay              6              Plowboys                           46.61      
   1) Caleb Gray 2) Nick Limones 3) Jayden Gonzales 4) Jr. Martinez
4 x 200 Meter Relay             3              Plowboys                         1:34.93
   1) Caleb Gray 2) Jaythan Coale 3) Micheal Wright 4) Jr. Martinez
4 x 400 Meter Relay             3              Plowboys                        3:46.64
   1) M. Wright 2) Tristan Baker 3) Jayden Gonzales 4) Jr. Martinez
Pole Vault                               3              Jaythan Coale                 11’        
                                                  4              Jayden Gonzales           10’
Triple Jump                           3               Micheal Wright             40’ 1”
                                                  5              Junior Martinez            39’ 2¼”
Shot Put                                  5              Brandon Lavalais          40’ 8½”

The Area Meet will be at Elmer Gray Stadium at ACU in Abilene next Monday, April 16.


Robotics winners show off their blue ribbons. Left to right they are Jaeden Bartee, Makenna Mahan, Kaylee Martin, and Zoey Welch. Back row: Kristi Martin, Dr. Tanja Karp of Texas Tech, and Robyn Welch.
The Roscoe Elementary Robotics team of Jaedyn Bartee, Makenna Mahan, Kaylee Martin and Zoey Welch finished first out of 80 teams at the GEAR Game Day Robotics competition at Texas Tech in Lubbock Saturday. The victory ensures them a position in the upcoming Championship Day Competition to be held at Tech on Saturday, April 28.

Roscoe Elementary sent 31 students to the Game Day Robotics meet, and director Kristi Martin feels that Roscoe has a great chance for three to four more teams to be invited to the April 28 Championship Day Competition.



El Tejano Grill.
Roscoe has a new downtown restaurant, El Tejano Grill, owned and operated by Felix Pantoja. Located on the corner of Broadway and Cypress, it is where the Mexico Lindo used to be. It is open on Fridays from 6 to 9pm, Saturdays 11am to 2pm, and Sundays 11am to 2pm. It can also be open late for special occasions.

Prices are reasonable, and the food includes standard Tex-Mex fare, including fajita, enchilada, and taco plates, as well as a special house plate, which changes from day to day. The full menu is available on Fridays and Saturdays, while only two plates are offered on Sundays, the house plate and one other. Examples of house plates are hamburgers, chili con carne, pot roast, and chili con pollo.

For more information, drop by, phone 325-766-3622, or consult the El Tejano Grill Facebook page.



Stripes convenience store at 1101 South Main Street.
Customers at Roscoe’s Stripes convenience store next to I-20 may not have noticed any changes, but on April 1 the store was sold to a new company called CAL’s Convenience, Inc., of Frisco. Roscoe’s Stripes is only one of the 207 stores in west Texas, New Mexico, and Oklahoma that CAL’s acquired from Sunoco. The company has entered an agreement to own and operate the business of the stores, but they will continue to operate as Stripes stores without a name change.



Country music singer/songwriter Darryl Worley will make his first appearance ever at the Lumberyard Friday night. A native of Tennessee and the son of a Methodist preacher, Worley has been a part of the Nashville scene for years. 

During that time, he has produced six studio albums containing 18 singles that made the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts including three number ones: “I Miss My Friend,” “Have You Forgotten?” and “Awful, Beautiful Life.” “Have You Forgotten?” spent seven weeks at number one, and nine other singles have reached the top 40.

His albums are Hard Rain Don’t Last (1999-2001), I Miss My Friend (2002), Have You Forgotten? (2003), Darryl Worley (2004-2005), Here and Now (2006-2007), and Sounds Like Life (2008-2010). 

Top singles include “I Miss My Friend,” “Have You Forgotten?” “Awful, Beautiful Life,” “Sounds Like Life to Me,” and “If Something Should Happen,” and “I Just Came Back from a War.”

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



Skies were blue over Roscoe yesterday.
The big news concerning the weather this past week was the late freeze that hit the area Friday night and Saturday morning. After Thursday and Friday when the highs were 87° and 85° respectively, the low temperature and the strong north wind that accompanied it seemed particularly cold and out of place for the time of year. Even my old mesquite tree, which had begun to bud out, was fooled. In twelve hours, the temperature fell 55 degrees and dropped the wind chill into the low twenties. On Saturday morning the temperature was below or at freezing almost until noon. 

Even so, the tomatoes and peppers in my garden survived. I had covered all but two of them, but even the uncovered ones made it, probably because the ground temperature was warm from the heat of the preceding days.

The high on Saturday was only 43° and felt even colder. But that night the wind shifted to the southwest, and by Sunday afternoon the temperature was back up to 86°. On Monday, another front moved through, and the high was only 64°, but the weather has been warming up since then. Yesterday’s high was 74°, today’s should be around 87°, and tomorrow’s a sweltering 95°! Friday and Saturday will be cooler with afternoon highs of 73° and 63° respectively.

Unfortunately, the chances for precipitation are virtually nil.



A graveside service was held at 10am this morning in the Texas State Veterans Cemetery in Abilene for Jay Dane Richburg, 75, who passed away at the Veterans Hospital in Big Spring on Friday, April 6.

Dane was born August 9, 1942, in San Antonio to J.C. and Virgie (Lamb) Richburg. A former Plowboy and 1960 graduate of Roscoe High School, he later attended TSTC in Sweetwater and Waco, studying computer science and photography.

He served in the Navy after high school and afterwards worked for the Santa Clara, CA, Transit Authority driving a bus. After retirement from the Transit Authority, he drove charter buses and cabs.

He loved to ride motorcycles, spending time in Sturgis. He was a member of the VFW and a card-carrying member of the NRA. 

He is survived by his wife, Betty; three sons, Howard, Troy and Matthew Richburg; sisters, Rebecca Richburg and Ruth Ellen Hill; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents. 

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Texas State Veterans Cemetery at Abilene, 7457 W. Lake Road, Abilene, Texas 79601.

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