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Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Plowboys Down Munday 12-0 in Rain, Wind

Barrett Beal goes ten yards for a Plowboy touchdown. (Football photos by Tamara Alexander.)
Some football games, especially those played in bad weather, are just ugly no matter how they turn out. Such was the contest in Munday Friday evening, one that saw the Plowboys come out on top 12-0. High winds and intermittent rain on a sloppy field kept both teams from performing normally, and fans just tried to keep warm and dry. There was so much water from an earlier rain that a big pool had to be pumped clear of water before the Plowboy fans could make it to the visitors’ stands.

The Plowboys scored two touchdowns in the game. The first came in the second quarter after a Plowboy drive when Jose Ortega went over from the six. The second came after another Plowboy drive in the third when Barrett Beal scored on a ten-yard run. Munday never made it to the end zone. In the second quarter, they made it to the Plowboy one before being stopped, and the same thing happened again in the third quarter as they were once again turned away on the one-yard line.

Munday’s field runs east-west instead of north-south, and the strong north wind kept both teams from throwing. Plowboy quarterback Barrett Beal, who usually passes about 30 times per game, attempted only 10, completing 6 of them with 1 interception. Munday passed 12 times and never completed any except for two interceptions. 

Top receivers for the Plowboys were Brandon Lavalais with 2 catches for 55 yards and Nick Limones with 2 catches for 14 yards. Junior Martinez and Jose Ortega both had one catch.

Ortega was the leading Plowboy rusher with 5 carries for 35 yards, while Limones had 14 carries for 34.

The defense was led by Ortega with 7 tackles, Gary Shaw with 6, Garrett Bowers with 3½, and Ryan Highsmith with 3. Several others had either two or one. Ortega and Martinez had one interception each.

Gary Shaw (32) makes the tackle as Jacob Rainey (50) and Ryan Highsmith (6) close in.
The Plowboys have this weekend off and will resume play next Friday, October 5, when they travel to Plainview to play a non-district game with Gruver. Their next home game will be their district opener with Hamlin the following Friday, October 12.



Wade Bowen
Red Dirt/Texas Country singing star Wade Bowen returns with his band to the Lumberyard Saturday night with Saints Eleven opening the show.  

Bowen, originally from Waco and a Texas Tech grad, has grown in popularity over the years and now has a large following. His albums include Try Not to Listen (2002), The Blue Light Live (2004), Lost Hotel (2006), If We Ever Make It Home (2008), Live at Billy Bob’s Texas (2010), and The Given (2012), Wade Bowen (2014), and Then Sings My Soul: Songs for My Mother (2016).  He’s also produced two CDs with fellow Texas Country artist Randy Rogers—Hold My Beer, Vol. 1 (2015) and Watch This (2016).

His latest studio album, Solid Ground, released earlier this year, is also now available.

Top singles include “Trouble,” “Songs About Trucks,” “Who I Am,” “Mood Ring,” and “Why Can’t You Love Me.”

Saints Eleven.
Opening for Wade Bowen is Saints Eleven, a band that sings a mix of Texas Country, Red Dirt, and honky tonk. The band is originally from Midlothian, just south of Dallas, and is well known at clubs in the Fort Worth/Dallas Metroplex.

Composed of Jeff Grossman, Alex Shepherd, Ivan L.Pierce  and Alex Johnson, the band’s most recent albums are Saints Eleven: One Night at a Time and Coming Back Around. Singles include “I’ll Be Fine,” “One Night at a Time,” “Just for Tonight,” “Turns to Rust,” and “Man in the Water.”  

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



The Hendrick Regional Blood Center of Abilene is looking for volunteers to donate blood this Friday, September 28, 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.  

Your donation could save a life. 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.



Editor’s note: This is another excerpt from Herschel Whittington’s Smiles and Tears of Boyhood Years, memories of growing up in Roscoe in the 1930s and early 1940s.

1941 Ford
The average new car in 1941 probably cost no more than $800 and smelled like a new car without being sprayed internally with New-Car scent. Big-time automobile accessories included seat covers, external windshield visors, and spotlights mounted on the driver’s side windshield posts and controllable from within by the drivers.

Few cars had such simple devices as air filters for carburetors, or oil filters. Tires enclosed inner-tubes. Every car had—or at least needed—a hand pump, because tires and tubes leaked air. Flats were frequent. No steel-belted radials back then. Every thousand miles or so, the wheels had to come off so the brakes could be adjusted by hand to offset wear. Two-tone paint jobs were common.

All car paint tended to come off pretty quickly, especially if the car sat outside in the weather, or received frequent waxings and buffings.

I don't remember ever seeing a white car prior to World War Two.

No one locked a car back then, at least not in our neck of the woods. In fact, we generally didn't even remove the key from the ignition. Still, cars never got stolen—not in West Texas. Frontiersmen may have heaped all kinds of abuses on one another, but they didn't steal one another's horse or other means of transportation. To do so was sure death, usually by hanging from the nearest tree at the hands of a posse of outraged vigilantes. This hang 'em attitude carried over to the automobile era, at least up to World War Two. Maybe it should still be unwritten law.

1941 Chevy Suburban


The Roscoe area got another good rain this past weekend, and the town is greener now than it has been all year. Here in town, anywhere from 1½ to 2 inches fell, and Roscoe weatherman Kenny Landfried recorded the official total as 2.1". However, larger amounts fell south and east of town with places around Maryneal reporting from five to seven inches. It was enough that Lake Trammell had water going over the spillway on Sunday. Areas west of town got less with some places totaling less than an inch.

Then last night a strong cold front blew in with strong winds and a temperature drop of around thirty degrees. Yesterday afternoon's high was 89°F while this afternoon’s is not forecast to make it above 57°. Chances for rain will diminish this afternoon as the front pushes through, and the strong winds will die down this evening. 

Then, sunny skies and a warming trend characterize tomorrow and Friday with afternoon highs of 75° and 81° respectively. Skies will be partly cloudy on Saturday and Sunday with highs of 78° and 80° and lows in the low sixties. Chances of precipitation are 10% tomorrow and Friday and 20% Saturday and Sunday.


Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Plowboys Outlast Miles to Win 41-29

John Ruben Herrera (76) returns an interception in Friday's win over Miles. (Football photos by Tamara Alexander)
Folks who went to Roscoe’s Mum Night at Plowboy Field Friday were entertained from start to finish by a football game in which the lead changed five times. Its outcome was in doubt until almost the end, and any question that the Plowboys could finish strong was emphatically answered as the team made three fourth-quarter touchdowns to come from behind for a 41-29 win over the Miles Bulldogs.

The game began with neither team able to score until 3:57 left in the first quarter when Miles’ Mason Bryan broke free on a 53-yard run for his first of three touchdowns. The extra-point kick was good, and the Bulldogs were up 7-0, which was also the score at the end of the quarter.

The second quarter began with Roscoe on its own 6-yard line. An errant snap resulted in Plowboy quarterback Barrett Beal falling on the ball in the end zone for a Miles safety, making the score 9-0. The Plowboys got their first score shortly thereafter when Beal hit Junior Martinez on a 38-yard pass play. Ortega’s extra-point kick was good, and Miles’ lead was cut to two, 9-7. After holding the Bulldogs, the Plowboys then took their first lead of the night when Beal completed a 20-yard scoring pass to Brandon Lavalais. Ortega kicked the extra point, and Roscoe was ahead 14-9, also the score at halftime.

Roscoe also scored first in the third quarter on a 12-yard Ortega run, extending its lead to 21-9, but Miles followed with a successful drive ending in a 4-yard touchdown pass. The extra-point kick was blocked, and the score was 21-15. Then, less than a minute before the end of the quarter, the Bulldogs’ Bryan scored again on a one-yard plunge. The extra-point was good, and Miles retook the lead 22-21.

The Plowboys scored first in the final quarter on a nifty 62-yard Ortega run. The extra-point attempt was no good, but Roscoe was back in the lead 27-22. It didn’t last long, though, as the Bulldogs’ Bryan broke free on a 68-yard run for his third touchdown. The point-after kick was good, and Miles was back on top 29-27. Then, with 4:00 left in the game, Beal scrambled 16-yards for a TD, and the Plowboys were ahead once again, this time 34-29. The Plowboys then held the Bulldogs, who were forced to punt. Roscoe then drove down the field, and with only 1:45 left, Beal kept the ball on an option play and raced untouched around the left side 29 yards for the game’s final score—and the Plowboys won it 41-29.

Miles finished the game with 304 total yards to 270 for the Plowboys, most of them coming on long runs by Bryan, who finished the game with 242 rushing yards on 27 carries. The Plowboys, however, had 18 first downs to Miles’ 11. Roscoe also won the turnover battle, intercepting four Miles passes to one Plowboy fumble lost.

Most of the Plowboys’ yardage came by way of the pass. Beal completed 11 of 28 passes for 184 yards and 2 TDs. The leading receivers were Junior Martinez with 4 catches for 113 yards and 1 TD, and Brandon Lavalais, who caught 3 for 35 yards and 1 TD. Beal had 2 rushing TDs, and Jose Ortega also had two, along with 5 for 5 extra-point kicks.

The Plowboy defense had trouble containing Miles’ Bryan but was otherwise strong. Gary Shaw led with 12 tackles while Ortega had 7, and Nick Limones and Adrian Lomas both had 5. Interceptions were by Ortega, Lavalais, Garrett Bowers, and John Ruben Herrera.

Plowboys take on Munday in Munday Friday

The Plowboys will try to get their second win this Friday in Munday. The Moguls are currently 0-3 after losing to Seymour 36-8, Hamlin 58-20, and Haskell 36-8, but don’t assume from those scores that they will be pushovers. All three opponents appear to have strong teams this year, and Munday is a perennial power with a good coach. Last year, they were a regional semifinalist and 5-0 in district. Texas Football picked them to finish second to Wellington in their district this year. However, they returned only four offensive and three defensive starters from last year’s team, which goes a long way in explaining their slow start. They are led on defense by linebacker Edgar Araujo and on offense by quarterback Brendan Kuehler.

Kickoff is at 7:30pm.


NAPA Auto Parts store on 1018 S. Main St.
Hagerman’s NAPA Auto Parts store on 1018 S. Main has been sold to Ricky Heady of Heady Carquest Auto Parts of Colorado City. It will open soon as a Heady Carquest Auto Parts store.

We are glad the store is re-opening and wish the new owner success in the venture.



Football Beau Brandon Lavalais and Football Sweetheart Bonnie Wilkinson.
The 2018-19 high school royalty was crowned at halftime of Friday evening’s football game. This year’s Football Sweetheart is Bonnie Wilkinson and her Beau is Brandon Lavalais. Nominees for Football Sweetheart were Bonnie Wilkinson, Jovana Peña, and Kadee Martinez, and nominees for Football Beau were Jayden Gonzales, Brandon Lavalais, and Jose Ortega.

Band Beau Roman Garza and Band Sweetheart Maggie Garcia.
The Band Sweetheart is Maggie Garcia and the Band Beau is Roman Garza. Nominees for Band Sweetheart were Maggie Garcia and Olivia Madden, and nominees for Band Beau were Roman Garza and Gerardo Garcia.



An article published this month on West Virginia University’s website reports on a pilot program that implements the Roscoe P-20 educational system in rural schools there.

Last October at the STEM Advisory Meeting held at the Roscoe Collegiate STEM Center, two professors, Gary Briers of Texas A&M and David Doerfort of Texas Tech, reported on their efforts to replicate the Roscoe educational system model in West Virginia. Initial meetings had been successful, and both educators and local citizens there had expressed their interest in using the Roscoe P-20 model in their own rural school districts.

Those initial efforts are now bearing fruit as Boone County, WV, is adopting Roscoe’s P-20 method for its rural schools, starting with the one in Van. In an article just published on the West Virginia University website, you can see Roscoe’s footprint all over the system they are implementing—from the initiation of the STEM research program in the early grades to the AVID classes in high school, and the collegiate high school curriculum that allows students to earn their associate’s degrees, as well as coordination with the state’s agricultural universities as an integral part of the program.

The article is available by clicking here, and everyone is encouraged to read it to see how Roscoe’s P-20 system is affecting the future of rural education in places far from Roscoe.



Pat Green
Once again, a large crowd is expected this Saturday night when Texas Country star Pat Green returns to the Lumberyard. 

A native Texan, Pat Green got his start in Lubbock playing gigs while attending Texas Tech and committed to music as a career in 1997.  His first step toward national recognition came when he played at Willie Nelson’s 4th of July picnic in 1998.

He later earned major-label support in Nashville and since then has become an icon of Texas country for a whole generation of fans. Among other achievements, his albums have sold over two million copies, he’s been nominated for three Grammy awards, and he has sold out the Astrodome.  

Since 2001, he has produced six studio albums, Three Days, Wave on Wave, Lucky Ones, Cannonball, What I’m For, and Home.

Top singles include “Wave on Wave,” “Don’t Break My Heart Again,” “While I Was Away,” “Feels Just Like it Should,” “Three Days,” and “Songs About Texas.”  His most recent single is “Friday’s Coming,” released in July.

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



The Roscoe Volunteer Fire Department is pleased to announce that Virgil Pruitt is the new Fire Chief and Robert Hoffman the new Assistant Fire Chief. The entire Department congratulates both firemen on their new positions.

Support from the community is vital for the Department, which helps keep your home insurance premiums lower. Monetary donations are always welcome and especially so now after the fire truck needed expensive mechanical repairs incurred while fighting a recent fire on County Road 153. The RVFD mailing address is P. O. Box 546, Roscoe, TX 79545.

The Department also hopes you will elect to donate $1 a month on your water bill to help build funds for a new fire truck in the future. It appreciates all your support, past, present, and future.



Jana & Chris Duncan in KLBK-TV interview.
KLBK-TV of Lubbock released a news report about a Roscoe family on September 6 entitled “Railroad company takes away private crossing, leaving a family stranded.” The former crossing was over the Union Pacific Railroad tracks about a mile west of town and allowed access to the late Dixie Smith’s house, where Chris and Jana Duncan and family now live.

The family is concerned now because there is no public access to their home, which would be dangerous in case of emergency, but the spokesman for Union Pacific said what the company did is legal.

KLBK-TV reporter Kimberly Harrison’s interview with the family is available online here  and provides more details.



Yesterday's clouds.
The weather for the past week has been typical for September with sunny to partly cloudy skies, highs in the mid-eighties and lows in the upper sixties. The only exception was on Saturday, which was cloudy with sprinkles and a light rain. The total was officially .21”, just enough to make puddles here and there, and the high was only 77°F. 

The grass and weeds are thriving all over town from the previous rains, and so are the mosquitoes, which weren’t hard to find at Friday evening’s football game at Plowboy Field.

There’s a good chance for more rain in the next few days—not today, however, which should be only partly cloudy with a projected high temperature of 89°, which will be the warmest we’ve had since the beginning of the month. That will change tomorrow afternoon when clouds move in and bring a 40% chance for showers with a high of 86°.

Then on Friday, forecasters are giving us a 100% chance for rain, something they rarely do for west Texas. Skies will be cloudy and the high only about 77°. Saturday’s high will be only around 73° and the chance for showers will drop to 50%. On Sunday, the sun will come back out with only a 20% chance of precipitation. Lows will be in the mid-sixties or thereabouts through the weekend.


Wednesday, September 12, 2018

City Council Sets 2018-2019 Budget, Tax Rate

City Manager Cody Thompson addresses the City Council.
At its monthly meeting in City Hall yesterday evening, the Roscoe City Council set the 2018-2019 tax rate, adopted the new City budget, and approved budgets for the City’s A and B Tax Boards. It approved its ongoing deal with the Atmos Cities Steering Committee and negotiated settlement with Atmos Energy Corporation, and it heard City updates from the City Manager and the monthly Police Report from the Police Chief.

Since the overall property valuation will be a little greater this coming year, the City tax rate will drop from the current $.791344 per $100 property valuation to $.751180 per $100 to raise the same amount of revenue. Thus, most property owners will see no tax increase unless their property valuation has changed. The General Fund will receive $.574097 and Debt Service $.146180 of each $100 property valuation. The Council also approved the 2018-19 budgets for the City’s A and B Tax Boards, keeping them essentially the same as this year. There will, however, be a $3 per month raise in the user fee for water, sewer, and trash pickup, which is necessary because maintenance of the R-O water system is more expensive than originally anticipated.

City Manager Cody Thompson reported that at Windmill Park on Main and Broadway, City workers will pour a slab next week for a future picnic table and cover. The City will be involved in a conference call tomorrow with designated engineers EHT of Abilene and TWDB (Texas Water Development Board) concerning replacement of the sewer line between Cypress and Main Streets, and more street drainage work is planned in problem areas around George Parks Field.

House construction in Young Farm Estates is proceeding, and Carl Childers is planning to restore the old cotton house across from the Lumberyard near Front and Cypress Streets. It is one of the few cotton houses still remaining in the state of Texas.

Police Chief Felix Pantoja gave the Police Report for the month of August. The Police Department received 104 total calls, and there were 4 crash reports, 7 burglary and theft reports, 14 ongoing investigations, 6 City ordinance violation warnings, 12 traffic warnings, no citations, and 5 snake calls, three of them for rattlesnakes.



Junior Martinez (4) heads upfield after catching a pass. Blockers are Garrett Bowers (64) and Rey Martinez (74). (Football photos by Tamara Alexander)
The Abilene Reporter-News’ “Big Country Game of the Week” was a great game for two-and-a-half quarters. During that time, the underdog Plowboys traded touchdown for touchdown with Stamford, the consensus pick to win the area’s 2A Division I district. But two critical Plowboy turnovers deep in their own territory in the third quarter were both quickly followed by Stamford touchdowns, and the Plowboys never recovered, as the Bulldogs seized the momentum and went on to win 53-29.

On a rainy evening, Stamford opened the scoring on their first drive to go up 7-0, but later in the quarter the Plowboys responded with a drive of their own, tying the score 7-7 on a one-yard Nick Limones run and a Jose Ortega extra-point kick.

On the first play of the second quarter, the Bulldogs scored again on a 30-yard pass to go up 14-7, but the Plowboys answered almost immediately with Limones going in from the 4, and Ortega kicking the extra point to tie the score, 14-14. Then, neither team was able to convert a drive until late in the quarter, when Barrett Beal hit Junior Martinez with a 14-yard touchdown pass. Ortega kicked the extra point, and the Plowboys had their first lead of the night 21-14. Stamford came right back, though, and on the final play of the first half, scored on a 26-yard play in which one player going out of the end zone batted a high pass volley-ball style back to one of his teammates, who caught it in bounds for the touchdown. They then tried a two-point conversion but failed, and Roscoe led at halftime 21-20.

Stamford scored first in the third quarter on a 24-yard touchdown pass. They then failed to convert the extra-point but were back in the lead at 26-21. However, the Plowboys responded with another successful drive as Limones again went in from the one, followed by an Ortega two-point run to put the Plowboys back on top 29-26. But then the Bulldogs came right back with another score to move back on top 33-29.

The Plowboys started their next drive deep in their own territory, and on a pass play Barrett Beal was hit and fumbled. Stamford recovered and on the next play from scrimmage scored on an 11-yard pass to go up 39-29. It was the first time in the game that either team had led by more than one score. On the Plowboys’ next drive, a Beal pass was intercepted and run back deep into Roscoe territory. A couple of plays later, the Bulldogs were back in the end zone, increasing their lead to 47-29, the score at the end of the third quarter.

The Plowboys never recovered any momentum in the fourth quarter, and shortly before the end of the game, the Bulldogs scored again to make the final score 53-29. It was a disappointing finish for a game that had been filled with excitement for most of the evening.

Even so, the Plowboys are getting better as they gain experience as a team. Beal completed 19 of 32 passes with one interception for 175 yards, and Nick Limones had a breakout game as a running back with several strong runs. For the evening he gained 146 yards on 32 carries with 3 TDs, and on several of those runs the offensive line opened big holes for him to go through. Martinez had 19 yards on 2 carries. Top receivers were Ortega with 7 catches for 81 yards, Martinez with 5 for 49 and 1 TD, and Brandon Lavalais with 5 for 32.

The defense generally played well against one of the area’s best passing attacks and the tackling was spirited and getting better. Ortega led with 9½ tackles, followed by Limones with 8½, and Gary Shaw with 7.

It’s still early in the season, of course, so there is room for improvement in all phases, but, all things considered, the Plowboys appear to be on track for another successful season.

(The Abilene Reporter-News article on the game is here.)

Plowboys vs. Miles at Plowboy Field Friday

The Plowboys are playing at home again Friday evening when they take on the Miles Bulldogs. The Bulldogs are undefeated at 2-0, but it’s difficult to know what they have as both wins were against inferior teams. They beat Ranger 67-14 and Roby 53-0. Last year they were 2-9, but they return eight starters on defense and six on offense, so they are obviously better this year. Still, Texas Football predicted them to finish in the lower half of 8-2A Division II, a district that includes Menard, Rocksprings, Christoval, Eldorado, and Irion County. Bulldogs to watch include QB Jared Flores and RB Mason Bryan.

Kickoff is at 7:30pm.



Steve Helms.
The Steve Helms Band will be at the Lumberyard Saturday night playing some good Texas Country music and helping people enjoy some of this nice fall weather we’re having.

Originally from Cleburne, Steve Helms is best known for his song, “Nowhere But Texas,” which is played at Texas Ranger games, University of Texas sporting events, Lone Star Park horse races and elsewhere. There’s even a Nowhere But Texas brand of beer now.

He released his latest album, Can I Buy You a Country Song, earlier this year. Other albums include Nowhere But Texas, and Red Wine and Copenhagen.

Singles include “Can I Buy You a Country Song,” “Wanted Woman,” and “Talkin’ ‘Bout the Weather.”

Check out this video of “Nowhere But Texas,” and see how many of the celebrities in it you can name.

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



Skies were clear again at yesterday's sunset.
The area finally got some much-needed rain from Wednesday through Saturday along with some unseasonably cool weather. As always, some places got more rain than others. Reports of five to ten and eleven inches were reported in southern and eastern Nolan County, but out Roscoe way the totals were considerably less, ranging from one to three inches. Here in town we got an official two inches. Most of the rain, at least in Roscoe, was light and relatively consistent for long stretches of time.

Temperatures were cool. Wednesday’s high was only 81°F, and for the five days following, the highs never got out of the seventies. The coolest maximums were Thursday and Friday’s 72°. Lows were in the sixties, except for Monday when it fell to 59°. Since Sunday, however, skies have been clearing and temperatures rising, with highs of 79° on Monday and 82° yesterday.

The forecast is for partly cloudy skies for the rest of the week with highs in the mid-eighties and lows of around 67°. On Saturday evening, there’s a 40% chance of rain, and that will increase to 50% on Sunday. There’s a 20% chance of precipitation on Thursday and Friday, so this week’s game with Miles is likely to be drier than last week’s game with Stamford.

Temperatures next week will have highs in the eighties with 10% and 20% chances of rain.


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