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Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Plowgirls Beat Hawley, Lose To Albany

Bonnie Wilkinson scored 22 points in the win over Hawley.

The Plowgirls won one and lost one this past week, knocking off Hawley 44-32 in Hawley and then losing a close one to Albany 33-31 at home last night.

Bonnie Wilkinson and Veronica Cuellar both had big weeks. Bonnie scored 22 against Hawley and 6 against Albany, while Veronica scored 17 against Hawley and 10 against Albany.

Here are the scores by quarters and individual scoring for both games:

Plowgirls 44 – Hawley 32
                                          1          2            3           4
               Plowgirls          15         20         34         44
               Hawley               6         12         22         32

Individual Plowgirl Scoring: Bonnie Wilkinson 22, Veronica Cuellar 17, Jaci Alexander 3, Shauna McCambridge 2.

Albany 33 – Plowgirls 31

                Albany                6         12         18         33
                Plowgirls            6         17         29         31

Individual Plowgirl scoring: Cuellar 10, Wilkinson 6, Alexander 4, Sh. McCambridge 4, Jovana Peña 3, Martinez 2, Sa. McCambridge 2.

The Plowgirls next play Haskell in Haskell on Friday and wind up district play at home next Tuesday with Cross Plains. Both games are scheduled to begin at 6:30pm.

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PLOWBOYS BEAT HAWLEY IN OVERTIME, LOSE TO ALBANY

Plowboys win one in overtime. (Sports photos by Tamara Alexander)
The Plowboys won one and lost one this past week, defeating Hawley in Hawley Friday in an overtime thriller 55-52 and losing to Albany at home last night 61-36.

Here are the scores by quarters and the individual Plowboy scoring for both games:

Plowboys 55 – Hawley 52
                                           1           2           3           4         OT
               Plowboys          12         24         29         43        55
               Hawley               8          18         30         43        52

Individual Plowboy scoring: Caleb Gray 21, Jayden Gonzales 10, Ryan Highsmith 9, Brayan Medina 6, Brandon Lavalais 5, Hunter Anglin 3, Jose Ortega 1.

Albany 61 – Plowboys 36

               Albany                 6         29         43         61
               Plowboys             4         11          18         36

Individual Plowboy scoring: Highsmith 13, Barrett Beal 6, Ortega 5, Tristan Baker 4, Anglin 4, Gonzales 2, Gray 2.

The Plowboys’ next games are with Haskell in Haskell Friday evening and Cross Plains at home next Tuesday. Tip-off for both games is at 8:00pm, following the girls’ games.

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CLIFF ETHEREDGE PUBLISHES ANOTHER BOOK

Cliff Etheredge announces the publication of his latest book, Meanderings from a Former Farmer. The 196-page work is a collection of poems, one-liners, and stories.

It is available in paperback from Amazon for $11.95 (free shipping) or for $6.95 as a Kindle e-book.

For more information or ordering, click here.

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2019 NOLAN COUNTY JUNIOR LIVESTOCK SHOW RESULTS

Kelbi Parks shows her hog. (Stock show photos by Shelley Gunter)
These are the results of Roscoe FFA members at this year’s Nolan County Junior Livestock Show held in the Nolan County Coliseum in Sweetwater, January 16-19. They were received too late to include in last week’s edition.

                      Goats                                      Places
                       Cameron Greenwood                 4
                       Carson Greenwood                     7

                      Swine
                       Reese Kiser                                  3
                       Jacob Kiser                                  5
                       Zeke Murphy                               3, 4, 6
                       Kelbi Parks                                  3, 5
                       Aiden Richburg                           8
                       Fernando Ramirez                      4

                      Rabbits
                       Vonnie Watts                              5, 10
                       Cheyenne Moorhead                  6
                       Kaycee Gunter                            7, 9|
                       Layla Herrera                             10
                       Kadence Lane                             12
                       Darbee Drake                             16

                      Chickens
                       Shannon Sanders                        6

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WEATHER REPORT: COOLER, WINDY MONDAY

Monday's wind blew over this pole by the Thrift Store. (Photo by Felix Pantoja)
The weather was cooler this past week than it was the week before when highs were in the sixties, but nothing like the record colds they’re getting in the northern states this week. Compared to what’s going on in places like Minnesota and Chicago, it’s downright balmy here in west Texas.

Monday morning had the highest winds we’ve seen in Roscoe for some time, though. A blast from the north blew in with high winds reaching 35mph with gusts up to 50mph. The winds snapped one telephone pole on Cypress and blew one into a permanent lean behind the Thrift Store on Broadway. They abated somewhat on Monday afternoon, but were still strong enough to be unpleasant.

Otherwise, the weather was generally unremarkable with highs in the fifties (except Sunday which reached 60°) and lows in the twenties or thirties. The high for the week was Sunday’s 60° and the low for the week was Friday morning’s 22°. Yesterday’s high reached only 44°, and there was no precipitation to speak of for the week.

The forecast for today is similar to yesterday—mostly cloudy and cool—with a high of 52° this afternoon. Starting tomorrow, though, the weather is going to be noticeably warmer with highs of 66° tomorrow and Friday, 70° Saturday, 75° Sunday, 73° Monday, and 71° Tuesday. Skies will be cloudy or partly cloudy until Monday, and there will be wind, with the windiest days being tomorrow and Sunday.  Winds will be from the southwest from tomorrow until next Wednesday.

Any measurable precipitation in the coming week is highly unlikely.

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† KENNETH WAYNE “KENNY” JENKINS

Graveside services for Kenneth Wayne “Kenny” Jenkins, 43, will be at 2:00pm today, January 30, with Reverend Vic Meyer officiating. McCoy Funeral Home of Sweetwater is in charge of arrangements. He passed away Friday, January 25, at Rolling Plains Memorial Hospital in Sweetwater.

Kenny was born August 10, 1975, in Canyon, Texas. He has lived in Nolan County since 1977 and worked in hotel maintenance.

He is survived by his sons: Marquees Jenkins of Lubbock, and Taylor Jenkins of Sweetwater; daughter, Monica Jenkins of Randolph, Texas; step-daughter, Teisha Maldonado of Sherman, Texas; fiancée, Monica Cana of Sweetwater; mother and step-father, Kathy and Todd Bollinger of Roscoe; brothers, Michael Trotter, Billy Murphy, and Greg Bollinger all of Roscoe; and sisters, Shelly Hall of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, and Amber Bollinger of Roscoe.

Kenny is preceded in death by his father, Paul Jenkins; sister, Tonya Jenkins; and grandparents, Mable and Harry Jenkins.

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† LOIS M. BRAWLEY

Graveside services for Lois M. (Folmar) Brawley, 92, will be held at 2:00pm Friday, February 1, 2019, at Roscoe Cemetery with Billy Joe Jay officiating. Interment will follow directed by McCoy Funeral Home. She passed away Sunday, January 27, in Hendrick Hospice Care in Abilene.

A family visitation will be held tomorrow from 6-8pm at McCoy Funeral Home.

Lois was born April 18, 1926, in Winsboro, Texas, to the late George and Bertha (Doyle) Folmar.  She moved to Nolan County when she was three years old, living in Champion, Roscoe, and Sweetwater. She married Walter R. Brawley in Sweetwater on December 20, 1941. She was a long-time member of the First Baptist Church of Roscoe and worked many years as a CNA at the Roscoe Nursing Home until its closing. She also did home healthcare for others, including Mac Jones, Turner Harvey, and Betty Patton.

She is survived by two daughters: Sandra Mulanax of Sweetwater and Patsy Huntley & husband Dan of Ft. Walton Beach, Florida; 7 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren, and 7 great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Walter Brawley, on April 21, 1975; sons, Kenith and Dennis Brawley; two brothers; and two sisters.

Pallbearers will be grandsons Chris Brawley, Matt Brawley, Caleb Bilbo, Jeff Mulanax, and Eddie Mulanax.

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Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Shauna McCambridge is Big Country Player of the Week

Shauna McCambridge at Cross Plains. (Sports photos by Tamara Alexander)
Shauna McCambridge had the best game of her young career against Cross Plains Friday evening as she pulled down 27 rebounds, blocked 7 shots, and scored 15 points, leading the Plowgirls to a 57-46 win and earning her the Abilene Reporter-News’ Big Country Player of the Week honors.

Just a freshman in her first year at Roscoe, Shauna has been making steady improvement as the season progresses, and she and older sister Sadie have been a big boost for the Plowgirls, who are still in contention for a playoff spot as the second round of District 8-2A play begins.

The Abilene Reporter-News article about Shauna’s selection as Big Country Player of the Week is available online by clicking here.


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WEST VIRGINIANS’ ROSCOE VISIT FEATURED ON KRBC-TV

Last Tuesday evening, KRBC-TV ran a news feature on the West Virginian educators’ visit to Roscoe’s school facilities to learn more about its P-20 program for rural schools. In case you missed it, I am sharing it here.




It also appeared as an article on the Big Country Homepage, available by clicking here.  


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ROSCOE WIND FARM FEATURED IN WIND ENERGY ARTICLE


The Roscoe wind farm was featured in yet another article on wind energy in Texas, this one written by Chris Ramirez of the Corpus Christi Caller-Times, where it appeared on January 17. It was also reproduced in the Abilene Reporter-News and other papers on Sunday, January 20.

The article states that the Roscoe Wind Farm is now the world’s third-largest wind farm, but it is still the largest one in Texas, beating out the Horse Hollow Wind Farm in Taylor and Nolan Counties, the Capricorn Wind Farm in Sterling and Coke Counties, the Sweetwater Wind Farm in Nolan County, and the Buffalo Gap Wind Farm in Nolan and Taylor Counties.

The article is available online here.


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PLOWGIRLS BEAT CROSS PLAINS, FALL TO STAMFORD


Bonnie Wilkinson heads for the basket.
The Plowgirls defeated the Lady Buffaloes in Cross Plains 57-46 Friday evening, but lost to Stamford in Stamford last night 55-48 after leading at halftime 25-17.

Here are the scores by quarters:

Plowgirls 57 – Cross Plains 46
                                             1           2           3          4
               Plowgirls             9         23         41         57
               Cross Plains      13        23         24         46

Individual Plowgirl scoring: Shauna McCambridge 15, Bonnie Wilkinson 12, Jaci Alexander 12, Sadie McCambridge 8, Victoria Martinez 4, Veronica Cuellar 4, Riley Sheridan 2.

Stamford 55 – Plowgirls 48
               Stamford            3          17         40         55
               Plowgirls           10         25        34         48

Individual Plowgirl scoring: Martinez 11, Wilkinson 10, Sh. McCambridge 6, Alexander 6, Sa. McCambridge 6, Cuellar 5, Jovana Peña 4.

The Plowgirls’ next game is with Hawley in Hawley Friday evening followed by next Tuesday’s game in Roscoe with Albany. Both are district games, and both are scheduled for 6:30 starts after the JV Boys’ game.


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PLOWBOYS LOSE TO CROSS PLAINS, STAMFORD


Ryan Highsmith takes a shot.
The Plowboys’ basketball woes continued this past week with district losses to Cross Plains and Stamford. They came oh, so close in their contest with Cross Plains on Friday, falling by a single point, 41-40. However, the outcome at Stamford last night was more decisive as the Bulldogs topped them in a high-scoring affair, 81-58.

Here are the scores by quarters:

Cross Plains 41 – Plowboys 40
                                              1          2            3          4 

               Cross Plains        6         20         32         41
               Plowboys            12         20         29        40

Individual Plowboy scoring: Brayan Medina 12, Jose Ortega 10, Jayden Gonzales 6, Caleb Gray 6, Hunter Anglin 4, Brandon Lavalais 2.

Stamford 81 – Plowboys 58
               Stamford           16         42          61          81
               Plowboys            8          30         44          58
 
Individual Plowboy scoring: Medina 17, Gray 12, Anglin 10, Ryan Highsmith 8, Gonzales 5, Ortega 4, Lavalais 2.

They next take on Hawley in Hawley Friday evening, followed by Albany here at home next Tuesday. Both games begin at 8:00pm after the varsity girls’ games.


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WEATHER REPORT: WARM AND DRY


A strong north wind had the flags at school standing straight out yesterday.
While most of the United States has been undergoing some serious winter weather this past week, here in Roscoe temperatures have been warmer than one would expect for this time of year. Unfortunately, that all came to a halt yesterday afternoon as a cold front blew in with strong north winds that made it feel colder than the temperature indicated.

Temperatures topped out in the sixties every day this past week except for Friday, when it rose to 73°, and Saturday, when the high was only 52°. Lows were also mild, mostly in the forties or upper thirties. The maximum low was 43° on Thursday and Monday, and the minimum low was Sunday’s 27°. Regarding precipitation, there was a sprinkle or two a couple of times but nothing measurable.

The forecast is for generally cooler weather with highs in the fifties from now through Saturday, 61° on Sunday, and back to 54° on Monday. There is a 50% chance of rain on Saturday, sandwiched by 10% chances on Friday and Sunday. Winds will be generally lighter than this past week. On Thursday, a norther will blow in with winds of 17mph, and on Monday another one with winds of 20mph, but on the other days 10mph will be the norm.


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† ANTERO ROSTRO FLORES


Holy Mass of Christian Burial for Antero Rostro Flores, 67, of Roscoe was held at 2:00pm yesterday, January 22, at Holy Spirit Catholic Parish with Father Nilo Nalugon officiating. Cate-Spencer & Tate Funeral Home directed arrangements. Burial followed at Roscoe Cemetery. He passed away on Friday, January 18, at Hendrick Hospice Care in Abilene.

Antero was born on January 3, 1952, in Mexico to Agustin and Felipa Buenrrostro. He married Fatima Barragan on December 24, 1982, in Mexico. He was an oilfield worker for many years before retiring. A member of Holy Spirit Catholic Parish, he was a lovable man who loved his family very much.

He is survived by his wife Fatima Rostro; two daughters, Maria Montoya and husband Jose and Fatima Rostro, all of Roscoe; one son, Antero Rostro and wife Kirstie of San Angelo; four grandchildren; mother, Felipa Buenrrostro of Mexico; numerous brothers and sisters; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father, Agustin Buenrrostro.

Honorary pallbearers were his beloved grandchildren: Alan Jared Montoya, Joel Aaron Montoya, Aldo Josue Montoya, and Adelyn Simental.


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Wednesday, January 16, 2019

West Virginia Educators Tour Roscoe Schools

West Virginia University President E. Gordon Gee in Roscoe yesterday.
Top educators from West Virginia were in town Monday and yesterday to tour Roscoe’s educational facilities, talk to school administrators, teachers, and students, and learn as much as possible about Roscoe’s P-20 program, which they will replicate in West Virginia starting this fall.

Recognizing Roscoe’s P-20 program as a promising, innovative approach to rural education, they plan to adopt its main features and adapt them to the specific needs of rural schools in their state. They will begin by implementing a pilot program in the Van schools of Boone County and then expand from there to other rural state schools.

They are particularly interested in the early emphasis of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) subjects, which begins in the third grade with research projects and continues seamlessly through grade 12; the collaboration with community colleges and universities, which allows and encourages students to earn an Associate Degree while in high school and both eases and promotes student transition from secondary school to higher education; and the focus on providing career training and teaching skills that benefit the students while fulfilling the employment opportunities and needs of the area they live in.

A veritable who’s who of top West Virginia educators attended the meeting—West Virginia University President E. Gordon Gee, Vice Provost Paul Kreider, Dean of Agriculture Ken Blemings, Potomac State College President Jennifer Orlikoff, Pierpont Community & Technical College President Johnny Moore, and several other Vice Presidents, Deans, Directors, and Professors—as well as such state legislators and educators as West Virginia State Superintendent Steve Paine, State Board of Education Vice President Miller Hall, State Treasurer John Perdue, State Delegate Rodney Miller, and State Senator Ron Stallings. Administrators from Boone County included County Superintendent Jeff Huffman, Assistant Superintendent Lisa Beck, the Van School Principals and others.

President and CEO of the National 4-H Council Jennifer Sirangelo came from Washington, DC, to participate.

On the Texas higher education side were Texas A&M professors Glenn Shinn, Gary Briers, and Jean Madsen; Texas Tech Ag Ed & Communications Chair Steve Fraze and Ag Ed Professor Matt Baker; West Texas A&M VP for Strategic Initiatives Brad Johnson, and Western Texas College President Barbara Beebe.

Participants from Roscoe Collegiate included Superintendent Kim Alexander, Counselor Marsha Alexander, Provost Andy Wilson, Extension Program Specialist Roxanna Reyna, Principals Greg Althof and Crystal Althof, and several others.

Speakers at the introductory meeting included Roscoe’s Kim Alexander, Marsha Alexander, Andy Wilson, Greg Althof, and Crystal Althof. At the 11:00 meeting, the audience heard from Dr. Alexander, WV Treasurer Perdue, WVU President Gee, WV State Superintendent Paine, and National 4-H President & CEO Jennifer Sirangelo, as well as Agri-Life Extension Agent Roxanna Reyna.

A 4th grade group then presented its research project, followed by 8th graders and high schoolers, who presented theirs.

Groups then toured the Roscoe Collegiate Campus and the Early Childhood Montessori School, as well as the Edu-Nation facilities: Collegiate Chiropractic, Edu-Maker, Edu-Vet, Edu-Weld, and Edu-Drone. The tours were followed by breakout sessions of teachers, K-12 administrators, and higher ed officials and administrators.

As many aspects of Roscoe’s P-20 program as possible were presented within the time available, and the West Virginia group went away impressed with the school’s initiatives and the abilities and enthusiasm of its students.


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BUSTER WELCH FEATURED IN UPCOMING DOCUMENTARY ON CUTTING HORSES


Mighty Good Promo from Outpost Pictures on Vimeo.

Roscoe cowboy and master cutting-horse trainer Buster Welch will be featured in an upcoming documentary on the history and development of cutting horses, as can be seen in this official six-minute trailer for the film, “Mighty Good: The Story of the Horse that Made America.”

For more information regarding the making and release of the documentary, consult the “Mighty Good” website, available by clicking here.


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NOLAN COUNTY JUNIOR LIVESTOCK SHOW BEGINS TODAY

The Nolan County Junior Livestock Show begins today in the Nolan County Coliseum and concludes on Saturday afternoon.

Here is the schedule of events:

Jan. 16   Broilers, Rabbits, Sheep & Goats Weigh-In, 4:00pm

Jan. 17   Steers & Swine Weigh-In and Heifer Check-In, 9:00am
                 2019 Market Rabbit Show & Market Broiler Show, 3:00pm
                 2019 Market Goat Show & Market Lamb Show, 5:00pm

Jan. 18  Nolan County Livestock Judging Contest, 10:00am
                 2019 Breeding Heifer Show & Market Steer Show, 2:00pm
                 2019 Market Swine Show 4:00pm

Jan. 19  Nolan County Honorary Show, 9:30am
                 2019 Luncheon, 11:00am
                 2019 Awards & Premium Sale, 12:30pm


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PLOWGIRLS FALL TO ALBANY, HASKELL


Jaci Alexander drives to the basket against Albany. (Basketball photos by Tamara Alexander)
The Plowgirls had a rough two games this past week, losing both. Albany beat them on Friday in Albany 47-31, and they lost last night to the state-power Haskell Maidens 58-14.

Also included below are the Plowgirls’ stats for last Tuesday’s game with Hawley, which weren’t received before posting time last Wednesday.

Plowgirls 48 – Hawley 25


Scores by quarters:
                                           1          2           3          4
               Plowgirls          15        28        33        48    
               Hawley               2           6        15        25

Individual Plowgirl scoring: Victoria Martinez 15, Veronica Cuellar 8, Bonnie Wilkinson 7, Jaci Alexander 6, Shauna McCambridge 4, Sadie McCambridge 4, Riley Sheridan 2.

Albany 47 – Plowgirls 31

                Albany              11         27        38        47
                Plowgirls            4         12        21        31

Individual Plowgirl scoring: Wilkinson 13, Martinez 6, Sh. McCambridge 6, Sa. McCambridge 2, Sheridan 2, Jovana Peña 2.

Haskell 58 – Plowgirls 14


                 Haskell              13        30        42        58
                 Plowgirls             0          5         10        14

Individual Plowgirl scoring: Sheridan 4, Sa. McCambridge 2, Alexander 2, Peña 2, Wilkinson 2, Cuellar 2.

The Plowgirls are now 13-11 on the season and 1-3 in district play. Their next game is with Cross Plains in Cross Plains on Friday followed by Stamford in Stamford next Tuesday. Tipoff for both games is at 6:30pm following the JV Boys games.


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ALBANY, HASKELL DEFEAT PLOWBOYS


Jose Ortega (12) in Albany Friday evening.
The Plowboys lost two district games this past week, losing to Albany 48-27 in Albany on Friday and to Haskell last night at home. Here are the scores by quarters and the individual scoring stats for both games.

Albany 48 – Plowboys 27

Scores by quarters;
                                            1          2          3          4
               Albany               11        20        35        48
               Plowboys            2          8        19        27

Individual Plowboy scoring: Caleb Gray 9, Jayden Gonzales 7, Jose Ortega 5, Gage Turnbow 2, Brayan Medina 2, Ryan Highsmith 2.

Haskell 48 – Plowboys 33

               Haskell              14        26        39        48
               Plowboys            4          9         17         33

Individual Plowboy scoring: Gonzales 9, Brandon Lavalais 7, Medina 6, Gray 3, Ortega 3, Hunter Anglin 3, Highsmith 2.

The Plowboys’ next game is with Cross Plains in Cross Plains Friday evening, followed by Stamford in Stamford next Tuesday. Tip-off for both games is at 8:00pm, following the varsity girls’ games.  


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On National Law Enforcement Day, January 9, the kids at Roscoe Montessori Early Childhood Center honored our local law enforcement by making goody bags. Kids took pictures with Texas DPS troopers, Sweetwater Police, and Roscoe Police.

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WEATHER REPORT: TYPICAL JANUARY WEATHER


This morning's fog.
The past week has been essentially uneventful as far as the weather is concerned, maybe a little warmer than normal for January, but not much. The only weather events were some rain on Friday and a cold front that moved through on Sunday. But the rain was light—Roscoe weatherman Kenny Landfried recorded an official .19”—and the front relatively mild, dropping Sunday’s low to 27°F and the high to 34°. The high temperature for the past seven days was Thursday’s 60°.

We are now entering what is generally the coldest time of the year for North America—the third and fourth weeks of January. But you wouldn’t know it from the forecast. Today’s high is projected to be 67°, tomorrow’s 65°, and Friday’s 69° while the lows for those three should be 43°, 49°, and 34° respectively. The weekend will be cooler with a high on Saturday of 42°, but a strong north wind will bring the wind chill down to much less. Sunday should be nicer with only a light west breeze and a high of 50°, and Monday’s high will be back up to 57°.

Skies will be mostly cloudy until Saturday, and there is no rain or other precipitation in the forecast.


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Wednesday, January 9, 2019

City Council Hears Reports, Approves Actions

Police Chief Felix Pantoja addresses the City Council.
Yesterday evening’s City Council meeting included a public hearing, the monthly Police Report, the discussion and passing of some action items and the tabling of others.

The previously announced public hearing was to hear and consider discussion about abandoning and closing two streets which have been designated as streets but never used as such. These are the portions of Eighth and Ninth Streets lying between and intersecting Cedar and Hickory Streets. People living next to the location were notified of the proposal, but no one came to the hearing or otherwise objected. As a result, the Council approved the abandonment and closing of the designated area.

City Manager Cody Thompson was unable to attend the meeting, so the usual Public works and water and sewer updates were not given and will be postponed until next month’s Council meeting.

Police Chief Felix Pantoja gave the monthly Police Report for December. The Department received 97 total calls and dealt with 3 traffic crashes and one burglary. Its officers issued 13 citation warnings and issued five citations, plus 3 for dogs at large.

Pantoja was unable to give the annual racial profile report, and the report has been postponed to next month’s meeting.

He also asked the Council to approve the opening of a Chapter 59 drug fund bank account, explaining that the Department had sold its license plate reader for $3500 but was not allowed to place that money in the general fund. The Council then approved the opening of such an account. Pantoja said some of that money would be used immediately to buy two Kevlar bullet-proof vests, two body cameras, and a taser, all of which the Department needs.

The Council also considered setting a date for this year’s 4th of July celebration but tabled a decision until next month so it could get input from the City Manager and City B Board. It also tabled until later any discussion of the City website since the webmaster, Benny Cornett, was not at the meeting.


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PLOWBOYS ON BIG COUNTRY 2A-II ALL-DISTRICT TEAM


Jose Ortega once again made the All-District first team.
The Abilene Reporter-News recently published its Big Country All-District Football Teams. Making the 7-2A Division II first team was senior Jose Ortega, who was selected as a utility player (WR, DB, LB). He was also named to the second team as a punter.

Ortega thus closes out his stellar high school football career by making first-team All-District for three years, also All-State and the All-Big Country Super Team (i.e., all classes) second team and District Defensive MVP in 2017, and All-Big Country 2A in 2016. He received honors as a wide receiver, defensive back and kicker, and in 2015 he was the only freshman in the district to make all-district honorable mention.

On the All-District second team, three Plowboys made the offensive squad: Jayden Gonzales, Sr., quarterback; Junior Martinez, Jr., wide receiver; and Ray Martinez, Sr., lineman. Six Plowboys made the defensive second team: Garrett Bowers, Jr., tackle; Gary Shaw, Sr., end; Jacob Rainey, So., inside linebacker; Nick Limones, Sr., outside linebacker; and Barrett Beal, So., safety.


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PLOWGIRLS FALL TO STAMFORD, BEAT HAWLEY


Bonnie Wilkinson (23) dribbles past an opponent. (Basketball photos by Tamara Alexander)
The Plowgirls lost their opening district game to Stamford in a nailbiter Friday evening, falling 43-42. 
                       

                                          1           2          3           4
               Stamford          8          20        32        43
               Plowgirls          6           21        31        42

Individual Plowgirl scoring: Victoria Martinez 12, Bonnie Wilkinson 11, Jaci Alexander 6, Shauna McCambridge 4, Veronica Cuellar 4, Riley Sheridan 3, Jovana Peña 2.

The game received feature coverage in the Abilene Reporter-News. The article by sportswriter Stephen Garcia is available by clicking here


Yesterday evening, the Plowgirls beat Hawley 48-25 in the Special Events Center to even their district record to 1-1. At posting time, however, I had not yet received the stats, so they are not included here. 

The Plowgirls' next game is with Albany in Albany Friday evening. The game begins at 6:30 following the JV boys' game.

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PLOWBOYS LOSE TO POST, BEAT FORSAN


Plowboys Brayan Medina (11) and Ryan Highsmith (21) hustle up the court.
The Plowboys lost on Friday evening to Post 47-23 and defeated Forsan 49-40 last night. Both games were non-district and both were played at the Special Events Center.

Post 47 - Plowboys 23

                                         1          2          3           4
             Post                   17        32        40        47
             Plowboys           5        18         23        23

Individual Plowboy scoring: Caleb Gray 6, Jose Ortega 5, Hunter Anglin 5, Jayden Gonzales 3, Brandon Lavalais 2, Brayan Medina 2.


Plowboys 49 - Forsan 40

              Plowboys           2        16         34        49
              Forsan               16       24        37         40

Individual Plowboy scoring: Ortega 15, Gonzales 8, Lavalais 8, Highsmith 8, Medina 5, Junior Martinez 5. 

The Plowboys open district play on Friday with Albany in Albany. The game begins at 8:00pm following the varsity girls' game.

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CLIFFORD ETHEREDGE PUBLISHES BOOK OF POETRY

Ex-Roscoe farmer Clifford Etheredge has a new book out. This time it’s a book of poetry entitled Poems from a Tractor Seat

Other books by Etheredge include A Hundred Years of Rattlesnake Hunting, Rhymes and Reasons, and To Lose an Arm.

Poems from a Tractor Seat is a paperback edition published by Porcchetta Publishing of San Antonio. It is available on Amazon.com for $19.95.


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NOLAN COUNTY JUNIOR LIVESTOCK SHOW
Nolan County Coliseum, Sweetwater

Jan. 16 Broilers, Rabbits, Sheep & Goats Weigh-In, 4:00pm

Jan. 17 Steers & Swine Weigh-In and Heifer Check-In, 9:00am
             2019 Market Rabbit Show & Market Broiler Show, 3:00pm
             2019 Market Goat Show & Market Lamb Show, 5:00pm


Jan. 18 Nolan County Livestock Judging Contest, 10:00am
             2019 Breeding Heifer Show & Market Steer Show, 2:00pm
             2019 Market Swine Show 4:00pm 


Jan. 19 Nolan County Honorary Show, 9:30am
             2019 Luncheon, 11:00am
             2019 Awards & Premium Sale, 12:30pm

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WEATHER REPORT: WARM, THEN COOLER WITH POSSIBLE RAIN ON THE WAY


Dawn yesterday morning.
After cold days last Wednesday and Thursday, temperatures rose into the sixties over the weekend with highs of 63°, 68°, 67°, and 66° for Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday. Lows ranged from the mid-thirties to mid-forties, and skies were intermittently sunny or cloudy. Outside of a sprinkle, there was no precipitation. The southwesterly winds were breezy at times, but were generally in the 10-15mph range, so it was usually nice enough to be outside.

The outlook is for continued mild weather with highs in the fifties and lows above freezing through the weekend. On Friday there is an 80% chance of rain, but precipitation is unlikely on other upcoming days. There is no extreme weather in the current forecast.


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