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Wednesday, April 24, 2019

School Hosts Spring STEM Advisory Meeting

Roscoe School Superintendent Kim Alexander at Monday's meeting.
A large crowd was on hand at the RCISD STEM Center Monday evening to view student work and hear updates from several speakers on STEM initiatives. The audience included school board members, university faculty, administrators from Hamlin and Throckmorton, whose schools are adopting the Roscoe P-20 model, as well as local school officials, faculty, students, and others.

Before the beginning of the formal program, attendees reviewed the capstone research projects of RCHS seniors and spoke with them about the information presented on their displayed posters.

Roscoe Superintendent Kim Alexander began the evening meeting by reviewing the key aspects of Roscoe’s P-20 program—the Montessori model for the early grades, the focus on project-based learning and integration of technology, and the eventual attainment of associate degrees and industry-recognized certifications for needed workforce skills to produce college and career-ready high-school graduates. He also summarized the goals of Edu-Nation and its effects on rural education, as well as fund-raising efforts and initiatives to spread the program, including an upcoming meeting with University of Kentucky officials and visits from several interested Texas school districts.

In the absence of Dr. Brad Johnson of West Texas A&M, Dr. Alexander summarized that university’s plans to create a distributed education program in Roscoe that dovetails with RCHS efforts to bring four-year classes and bachelor’s degrees to rural settings such as Roscoe. The new program is a reality, and some Roscoe seniors are already planning to take college classes here in Roscoe in the fall. Texas Tech is also initiating a “Grow Your Own Teacher” program that will make similar offerings.

RCHS students Caleb Boren and Hannah Ward presented their national award-winning projects, and embryologist Alfonso Islas described the Roscoe vet center’s program and goals for cattle aspiration along with its hands-on training for RCHS STEM students.

Greg Wortham of New Amsterdam Global Solutions spoke of recent efforts and strategies to attain USDA funding for a hotel and convention center next to US 84 in north Roscoe. If successful, the center will also serve as state and national headquarters of Edu-Nation and house the non-traditional distributed bachelor’s degree program. 

Dr. Glenn Shinn of Texas A&M spoke of developing a P-20 system manual for student success. He and Dr. Gary Briers of Texas A&M then briefly then closed the evening program with an interactive brainstorming session with the audience to get everyone to think creatively about the effects of rural school transformation on local politics, economy, social life, technology, and the environment.



The Roscoe FFA Veterinary Science team (Athena Newman, Hannah Ward, Caleb Boren, and Arwen Elmore) placed fifth in the Area II FFA contest at Tarleton State University. They will compete in the State Finals at Texas A&M on May 4.



Abilene country radio station KEAN 105-FM will be broadcasting its “Rudy on the Road” show from 12-1pm on Friday from the Blackland Smokehouse in downtown Roscoe. Along with the show will be free giveaways and free hotdogs. Be there during that time, and you may just find yourself on the radio!



The Spring season is underway at the Lumberyard, and another big show will be this Friday evening when Little Texas comes to town.

Best known for such hits as “What Might Have Been” and “God Blessed Texas,” the group has been around since 1991 when they released their first album, First Time for Everything, with the single, “Some Guys Have All the Love,” a top ten hit. They followed in the ‘90s with six more top ten singles, including “My Love,” which hit number one. Their album Big Time was certified double platinum, Kick a Little platinum and First Time for Everything gold. However, after producing two more albums, Greatest Hits and Little Texas, the group broke up and disbanded in 1997.

They got back together seven years later with a change in lineup and released The Very Best of Little Texas: Live and Loud and a studio album, Missing Years. Their most recent release is Young for a Long Time from 2015. Top singles besides those mentioned above are “What Were You Thinkin’,” “I’d Rather Miss You,” “Kick a Little,” and “Amy’s Back in Austin.”

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



There were puddles on Broadway yesterday afternoon.
The Roscoe area got another nice rain yesterday and last night. First a light shower fell at around 11 o’clock and then a second heavier one an hour or so later. By six o’clock yesterday, Kenny Landfried had recorded .91” in town and .97" at his farm just northwest of town. Then, he got .45" more last night to bring the town's total to 1.36" for both yesterday and so far today. 

Add this 1.36" to the .77" we got in town on April 6 and the 1.78" on April 13, and that brings the April total so far to 3.91", or almost four inches, which is more than double Roscoe's normal April average of 1.51".

I haven’t talked to anyone who lives south of town, but from the looks of the radar map and all the thunder and lightning in the south yesterday, that area was the beneficiary of considerably more than what fell in town, as the heaviest clouds all seemed to be south of Roscoe and moving east. I did hear that Nolan got about three inches in thirty minutes last night and that there is water everywhere there.

Up until yesterday, the area weather was generally unremarkable for this time of year. Last Thursday and Friday were relatively cool with breezy north winds and highs of 71°F both days. Saturday was noticeably warmer with bright sunshine and south winds for the City Easter Egg Hunt. Sunday was summerlike with a 91° high and a low of 60°, while Monday was cloudy and much cooler with a high of only 74°.  Then came yesterday with its cool winds and nice rain.

The forecast is for an 80% chance of more showers today before the drying out begins. Today's high is projected to reach only 59°. Normal weather returns tomorrow with partly cloudy skies and a high of 80° and a light north wind. Friday will be sunny with a high of 79° and a low of 60°. Saturday and Sunday will return to winds from the southwest and warmer temperatures with a high of 86° on Saturday and 88° on Sunday.

In the long range forecast, the rain may return next Wednesday with a 40% chance of precipitation.



Funeral services for Dorothy Marie (Butler) Wade, 92, of Roscoe are this morning at 10:00am at First Baptist Church in Roscoe with Reverend David Draper officiating and McCoy Funeral Home directing. Burial will follow at Roscoe Cemetery. She died on Friday, April 19.

She was born to J. H. and Mollie Butler on April 6, 1927, in Roscoe. She and her husband, J. B. Wade, Jr., lived in Trent, Merkel, and Roscoe. The joys of their lives were their family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband, J. B., and son Eddie.

Her family would like to thank the nurses, doctors, and other staff at Hendricks Collier 5th floor for the loving care given during her short stay.

Pallbearers are Steve Anthony, Don Martin, Scott Pearce, Bill Treadaway, Garland Haygood, and Ray Fried.

Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church of Roscoe or to West Texas Rehab in Abilene.


Wednesday, April 17, 2019

City Council Approves Loan Request for Water Line Improvements

City Manager Cody Thompson speaks to the City Council.
At its monthly meeting in City Hall last night, the Roscoe City Council approved the request for a $1,965,000 loan from the Texas Water Development Board supplemented with $337,950 in Green Funds (which do not have to be repaid) for a total of $2,302,950. The Council also heard the City works update from the City Manager, received the City Police report for month of March, and approved other routine items.

After much discussion, the Council approved the request for the loan to improve the City’s water system. In recent years, the City has been increasingly plagued with its antiquated water lines that frequently break, leak, and cause corrosion in the water that passes through them. It has also at times recorded lead and copper violations. The loan and the state supplement will allow the necessary upgrading of the lines and provide healthier water to City residents. The loan will also permit the upsizing of PVC pipelines to replace older lines that have become too small to handle the required number of service connections. The City is also experiencing up to 42% water loss with its deteriorating water lines. In short, the improvements in the lines are not just optional but necessary as the City moves into the future. Work on line replacement will begin in about a year and, when it does, will require a monthly increase in the water, trash, and sewer bill of around $20 per household.

City Manager Cody Thompson updated the Council on current City works, saying this year’s Spring Clean-Up was successful and one of the busiest ever. He reminded members that the City Easter Egg Hunt at Old Town Park will be this Saturday beginning at 2pm and that City Hall will close at noon on Friday in observance of Good Friday.

The Council also received the Police Report for the month of March. The Department received 122 calls, issued 5 citations and 14 warnings, and handled 5 vehicle crashes.

The Council also approved some routine items, among them the annual denial of a proposed change of rates of Oncor Electric Delivery Company.



The City’s annual Easter Egg Hunt will be this Saturday, April 20, in Old Town Park, across from City Hall, starting at 2:00pm. Everyone is invited to attend, and all children encouraged to participate. Hunts will be divided into three age groups: 0-3, 4-7, and 8-12.

Bring cameras and baskets for goodies. The Easter Bunny will be there. For details, contact City Hall at 325-766-3871.



Tristan Baker finished second in the 110 meter hurdles. (Photos by Tamara Alexander.)
The Plowboys finished second at the Area Track & Field Meet in Mertzon last Wednesday, April 10, and several Plowboys and Plowgirls qualified for the Regional Meet in Lubbock next Friday, April 26.

Both male and female athletes from the twelve schools of Districts 7-2A and 8-2A competed. Here’s how the teams finished:

Men: 1) Stamford, 2) Roscoe Collegiate, 3) Cross Plains, 4) Ozona, 5) Winters, 6) Miles, 7) Albany, 8) Eldorado, 9) Christoval, 10) Hawley, 11) Forsan, 12) Haskell.

Women: 1) Haskell, 2) Christoval, 3) Stamford, 4) Eldorado, 5) Hawley, 6) Albany, 7) Miles, 8) Roscoe Collegiate, 9) Forsan, 10) Cross Plains, 11) Winters, 12) Ozona.

Jayden Gonzales won the pole vault with a height of 13’ 4”. A vaulter from Hawley also cleared the bar at 13’ 4”, but Gonzales was awarded first place for fewer misses. Tristan Baker finished second in the 110 meter hurdles after another runner knocked over one of his hurdles and he was allowed another run alone. He finished with his best time of the year at 17.02 seconds. Also finishing second were Brandon Lavalais in the shot put, Caleb Gray in the 200 meter dash, and the Plowboy 4 x 200 meter relay team. The Plowboy 4 x 100 meter relay team also qualified for Regional with a third place finish.

For the Plowgirls, Bonnie Wilkinson won the triple jump with a distance of 36’ 4”, her best so far this year. She was second in the 400 meter dash at 1:01.93 and ran the final leg of the fourth-place Plowgirl 4 x 400 meter relay team, which was just enough for them to qualify for Regional.

Here are the complete results for the Plowboys and Plowgirls:

Event                            Place          Athlete              Time/Distance

100 meter dash              8          Gary Shaw                        11.57
200 meter dash              2          Caleb Gray                       23.15
                                          6           Jaythan Coale                 24.18
1600 meter run              6          Caleb Reed                    5:34.85
3200 meter run             5           Caleb Reed                  12:06.26
110 meter hurdles         2           Tristan Baker                  17.02
4 x 100 meter relay       3           Plowboys                          44.72
(Tyler Guelker, Jaythan Coale, Andrew Deleon, Gary Shaw)
4 x 200 meter relay      2           Plowboys                       1:33.84
(Tyler Guelker, Caleb Gray, Jaythan Coale, Gary Shaw)
4 x 400 meter relay      6           Plowboys                       3:41.41
(Tyler Guelker, Brayan Medina, Zachary Parrott, Caleb Gray)
Shot put                          2           Brandon Lavalais           43’ 9”
High jump                      7           Tristan Baker                    5’ 8”
Pole vault                        1           Jayden Gonzales             14’ 3”


Event                            Place          Athlete               Time/Distance
200 meter dash             5          Sadie McCambridge         27.44
400 meter dash             2          Bonnie Wilkinson          1:01.93
800 meter run               5          Victoria Martinez           2:43.15
1600 meter run             7          Riley Sheridan                6:46.86
4 x 400 meter relay      4          Plowgirls                          4:23.11
(Jaci Alexander, V. Martinez, Sa. McCambridge, B.Wilkinson)
Triple Jump                   1           Bonnie Wilkinson            36’ 4”

(Complete results for the Area Meet are available here.)

The Regional Meet will be in Lubbock next Friday, April 26. It will be followed by the State Meet in Austin on Friday and Saturday, May 10-11.



A public meeting to discuss the proposed improvements to the US Highway 84-Interstate 20 interchange area will be at the Roscoe School Cafetorium tomorrow, April 18, from 5:00-7:00pm. Local residents can meet the TxDOT project team, learn more about the proposed changes, review possible alternatives, ask questions, and provide input on the proposed project.

Anyone interested in this project, which will ultimately affect everyone who drives these roads, is encouraged to attend. The meeting is an informal open house, and plans and maps of the affected area will be available for reference.



The annual Spring STEM Advisory Meeting will be held at the STEM Center this coming Monday, April 22, starting at 6pm. (Student-led tours & poster displays begin at 5pm for those interested.)

Participants include RCISD Supt. Kim Alexander, Principal Greg Althof, and Provost Andy Wilson. Presentations will be made by high school students Andrew Deleon, Caleb Boren, and Hannah Ward.

Principal speakers for the evening are Trent McKnight of AgriCorp, Tom Luce of Texas 2036, Elizabeth Sobel of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, Brad Johnson of West Texas A&M, Glen Shinn of Texas A&M, and Gary Briers of Texas A&M.



Roscoe Collegiate High School Spanish students will be hosting a Cinco de Mayo Celebration and Scholarship Dinner on Sunday, May 5th at the high school.

There will be a bounce house, face painting, mini Mercado, paletas, music, lotería (Spanish bingo), cakewalk and other activities. Students will be presenting throughout the dinner as well. The carnival is from 1:00 to 5:00 and the dinner and presentations will run from 11:30-2:30. There will be student work on display, door prizes, tours of the new areas, and student presentations.

Dinner includes Mexican Pile On, drink and dessert. Price of the dinner is $8.00 for adults and $6.00 for kids 4-10. Kids under four are free. Proceeds benefit senior scholarships. Everyone is invited.



Gretchen Wilson
“Hell, Yeah!” The Lumberyard will be all jacked up Saturday night when redneck woman Gretchen Wilson is here for the party. A legend who’s changed the way female singers are seen in country music, she’s brought an attitude that’s been much appreciated over the years.

Born in Pocahontas, Illinois, in 1973, she started her singing career with a bang with the release of her single, “Redneck Woman,” in 2004. The song rose so rapidly in the charts that she was still broke when it hit number 1. The song won her a Grammy Award for the Best Female Country Performance, and her first album, Here for the Party, sold over five million copies earning her a 5x Multi-Platinum rating. That year, she was also named the CMA Female Vocalist of the Year, the ACM Top Female Vocalist, and ACM Top New Artist. She has been one of the top names in country music ever since.

Albums include Here for the Party, All Jacked Up, One of the Boys, I Got Your Country Right Here, Right on Time, Under the Covers, Christmas in My Heart, and Ready to Get Rowdy. She has put 13 singles on the Billboard country charts, including “Redneck Woman,” “Here for the Party,” “When I Think About Cheatin’,” “Homewrecker,” “California Girls,” “Work Hard, Play Harder,” and “All Jacked Up.” In all, she has sold more than 8 million records worldwide.

She will take the stage around 9 o’clock on Saturday evening. For reservations or more information, contact the Lumberyard at 325-766-2457. This is a rare opportunity to see her and a performance you won’t want to miss.



Yesterday's sunset.
There was a little bit of everything in the weather this past week, a summerlike day that required air conditioning, followed by a cold front that required heating, a nice spring rain followed by sunny skies, and then cloudy skies yesterday to top off a week of constant change.

The hottest day of the past week came last Wednesday when the mercury topped out at 94°F. I had to turn on my air conditioner for the first time this year. Then on Saturday, a cold front blew through, dropping temperatures considerably. The high on Saturday was 54°, but that was right after midnight. The high on Saturday afternoon was only 41°, but it felt like only 30° with the accompanying 25mph north wind that kept up all day and into the night. 

The good news was that the forecasters were right about the rain that fell early Saturday morning. Here in town, Kenny Landfried recorded an official 1.78”. However, he got 2.3” at his farm west of town, and others I talked to reported amounts in the 1.5-2.5” range. The rain was welcome and has put the ground in nice shape for planting.

Sunday was a nice change with sunny skies and an afternoon high of 69°. Monday was windy but warmed up to 82°, and then yesterday was cloudy and gloomy all day with a strong south wind and a high of 70°.

The forecast for the next few days is for sunny to partly cloudy skies, continued high winds, high temperatures in the seventies and eighties, lows in the fifties, and little to no chance of rain before next Tuesday.



Holy Mass of Christian Burial for Juanita “Ani” Santiago, 75, was held yesterday, April 16, at 10:00am at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church with Father Nilo Nalugon officiating. Interment followed at Roscoe Cemetery under the direction of McCoy Funeral Home. A Prayer Vigil was held at 6:30pm Monday by Deacon David Mendez with Rosary at 7:00pm by Lupe Medellin. She was called home to be with Jesus on Friday, April 12.

Juanita was born on July 5, 1943, in Mitchell County and was a lifelong resident of Nolan County. She worked for Pace Packing Company for four years and Walls Industries for two years. She was a longtime member of Holy Spirit Catholic Parish and was an avid Texas Ranger and Dallas Cowboy fan.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Ralph and Susie Santiago, and one brother-in-law, Frank Gomez.

She is survived by five brothers and sisters, Tommy Santiago and his wife, Helen, of Edinburg; Mary Herrera and her husband, Adolf, of Roscoe; Ramona Gomez of Sweetwater; Minnie Castro and her husband, Eddie, of Roscoe; and Frankie Santiago and his wife Sheila, of Roscoe. She is also survived by five nephews, six nieces, seven great-nephews, and fourteen great-nieces, all of whom she loved, fed, and cared for as her own. She had no children of her own, but only because, according to her family, the Lord knew she would help raise so many others. She was a precious treasure to all, and the loss of her hospitality, holiday desserts, and homemade tortillas will leave a tremendous void with anyone fortunate enough to have experienced them.

Pallbearers were Peter Lopez, Andy Gomez, Eric Herrera, Moses Herrera, Kevin Lavalais and Brandon Lavalais.



Funeral services for Danny Ray Allred, 68, will be held tomorrow, April 18, at 2:00pm at the Roscoe Church of Christ with Dan Boren and Philip Tomlin officiating. Interment will follow at Roscoe Cemetery. A family visitation will precede the funeral at 1:00pm at the Church of Christ. He passed away on Monday, April 15.

Danny was born on July 12, 1950, in Big Spring to William Reedy and Rosa Lee Allred. After graduating high school, he joined the U. S. Army and served during the Vietnam War era.  After the military, He worked as an engineer for Union Pacific Railroad for 36 years until his retirement. He married Mary Boardman on December 16, 1989, in Lamesa. He was a lifelong member of Church of Christ in Roscoe, where he was known as “The Candyman.” (He cherished his church family). He was a member of Sweetwater Rifle and Pistol Club and a volunteer for Nolan County 4-H,  He loved to fish and hunt, spend time with his family, and support Roscoe High School sports.

Danny is survived by his wife, Mary Allred of Roscoe; daughters, Cindy Grayson and husband Jim of Elmendorf, Texas, and Marquita Helmer and husband Wesley of Merkel; “sons of the heart,” Billy Allred and wife Maria of Taylor, Roger Trescott and wife Kelly of Whittier, Alaska; grandsons, Colt Helmer of Tulsa, Oklahoma, and John Houston Grayson of Elmendorf; granddaughter, Candice Grayson of Big Spring; brother, John Roy Allred and wife Bonnie of Big Spring; sister, Darlene Lujan of Big Spring; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents William Reedy and Rosa Lee Allred; grandson, Jay Helmer; and “son of the heart,” Bruce Hollis.

Pallbearers will be John Ruben Herrera, Caden Smith, John Grayson, Colt Helmer, Allen Pharis, and Neal Gotcher.


Wednesday, April 10, 2019

RCHS Featured in National Education Report

This shot of Braxton Parrott and Andy Wilson is on the report's cover.
The Roscoe School’s innovative P-20 program is once again focused on in a report on new directions in public education. This time it’s a report by the America Achieves Educator Networks entitled, “Finding the Formula: Understanding How Schools Can Improve Student Motivation.” In fact, the illustration on the cover of the report is a photograph of RCHS Provost Andy Wilson and Braxton Parrott with a drone.

Along with Roscoe, three other initiatives of schools in Atlanta, New Orleans, and Silicon Valley are also highlighted for their methods of dealing with and increasing student motivation.

Roscoe’s program is described on pages 21-25 in a section called Promising Practices in Action. It describes the school’s partnerships with Western Texas College and four-year universities, its degree and certification programs, and its incentives that keep students engaged and motivated.

The report stresses that motivation is critical for successful student outcomes and concludes with advice for identifying ways and taking steps to increase student motivation.



Jayden Gonzales won the Pole Vault with a vault of 13' 9".
At the District 8-2A Track & Field Championships in Albany last Thursday, several Plowboys and Plowgirls qualified to move on to the Area Meet at Abilene Christian University today. 

Caleb Gray won the 200 meter dash, Jayden Gonzales the pole vault, and Brandon Lavalais the shot put for the Plowboys, while Gary Shaw, Caleb Reed, Tristan Baker, and the Plowboy 4 x 200 meter relay team all finished their events as runners up.

For the Plowgirls, Bonnie Wilkinson won the triple jump and finished second in the 400 meter dash. Riley Sheridan was second in the 1600 meter run, and Victoria Martinez and Sadie McCambridge had third place finishes. 

Team Results
Varsity men: 1) Stamford, 2) Albany, 3) Roscoe Collegiate, 4) Cross Plains, 5) Hawley, 6) Haskell.

Varsity women: 1) Stamford, 2) Haskell, 3) Albany, 4) Hawley, 5) Cross Plains 6) Roscoe Collegiate

JV men: 1) Roscoe Collegiate, 2) Stamford, 3) Hawley, 4) Albany, 5) Cross Plains 6) Haskell

JV women: 1) Hawley, 2) Roscoe Collegiate, 3) Albany, 4) Stamford

Event                            Place          Athlete              Time/Distance
100 meter dash               2          Gary Shaw                    11.56
200 meter dash               1          Caleb Gray                    22.71
                                           4          Jaythan Coale               23.54
400 meter dash              7          Andrew Deleon            58.81
800 meter run                5          Brayan Medina           2:19.92
                                           8          Caleb Reed                   2:30.21
1600 meter run              2          Caleb Reed                   5:37.81
110 meter hurdles          2          Tristan Baker                17.41
300 meter hurdles         6          Tristan Baker                46.85
4 x 100 meter relay        3          Plowboys                       44.64
(Tyler Guelker, Jaythan Coale, Andrew Deleon, Gary Shaw)
4 x 200 meter relay       2          Plowboys                      1:32.54
(Tyler Guelker, Caleb Gray, Jaythan Coale, Gary Shaw)
4 x 400 meter relay       3          Plowboys                      3:35.02

(Tyler Guelker, Brayan Medina, Zachary Parrott, Caleb Gray)
Shot put                            1          Brandon Lavalais          44’ ½”
High jump                       4          Tristan Baker                  5’ 8”
Pole vault                         1          Jayden Gonzales           13’ 9”

Event                            Place           Athlete             Time/Distance

200 meter dash              3          Sadie McCambridge      27.73
400 meter dash              2          Bonnie Wilkinson          60.23
800 meter run                3          Victoria Martinez          2:33.24
1600 meter run              2          Riley Sheridan                6:14.88
3200 meter run              5          Riley Sheridan              13:35.47
4 x 400 meter relay       4          Plowgirls                         4:34.80
(J. Alexander, V. Martinez, Sa. McCambridge, B. Wilkinson)
Shot put                           8          Shauna McCambridge   27’ 6¼”
Long jump                     10          Hartley Sager                  12’ 3”
Triple jump                      1          Bonnie Wilkinson          35’ 7”
                                           6          Jaci Alexander                30’ 8¾”

Area Meet is at Abilene Christian University today.



The monthly meeting of the City Council, originally scheduled for yesterday evening, was postponed because of a death in the family of the City Manager.

It has been rescheduled for next Tuesday evening, April 16, beginning at 7:00pm.



The Community Center parking lot was full much of Saturday.
Clodhopper Trades Day on Saturday, April 6, was a huge success!! We want to thank all our vendors and everyone who came out and shopped with us!!

Next Clodhopper Trades Day will be November 9-10.



Roscoe High School 1938-2010.
The 2019 RHS-RCHS Homecoming celebration is just a few months away, and the planning stage is underway. Organizers are currently looking for people to help. If you are interested in being a part of this year’s team, contact Connie Baize on Facebook or at 325-338-1287 or Teresa McFaul Watson at 325-280-1960.

You don’t have to live in Roscoe to help. Connie says we need people to research addresses, design programs, work with mail outs, etc.

The exact dates for Homecoming have not yet been set and won’t be until the 2019 Plowboy football scheduled is announced.



The Texas Department of Transportation requests your attendance and input at an open house to discuss the upcoming changes to the I-20 and US 84 interchange. 

The meeting is next Thursday, April 18, from 5:00-7:00pm at the Roscoe School Cafetorium at 700 Elm Street.

The proposed interchange improvements for I-20 extend from Main Street in Roscoe to Loop 170 (Avenger Field Exit) and for US 84 from the Union Pacific railroad in Roscoe to I-20 east of town. 

The purpose is to meet the TxDOT project team, learn about the proposed project, review the proposed alternatives, ask questions, and provide comments on the proposed project.

All interested persons are invited to attend and express views on the proposed project. Written comments may also be presented at the meeting or by mail to Tracy Jones, TxDOT, Abilene District Office 4250 N. Clack, Abilene, TX 79601, by May 3.



RCHS Spanish Club welcomes door prizes and/or donations. Smaller donations will be used for the loteria (bingo) game. Larger ones will be for the silent auction. Monetary donations will be used for food items for the dinner. Donations will be publicized via social media and during the event. We appreciate your support.

For more information, contact Katie Ralph at 325-721-9629 or 325-766-3629.



Monday morning's foggy sunrise.
Up until yesterday, the weather since last Wednesday has been just about as beautiful as anyone could ask for, with sunny skies, moderate temperatures, light breezes, and even a nice spring shower early Saturday morning.

Highs from Wednesday through Monday ranged from 76°F to 81° with lows from 52° to 58°. The rain came at about 4:30 Saturday morning and was about ¾ of an inch or a bit more with most people I talked to. The official total here in town was .77”, recorded by Kenny Landfried.

The mild weather ceased yesterday as southwest winds were strong and the temperature passed the 90° for the first time this year. The low last night only dropped to 64°, and today is forecast to be even hotter and windier with the afternoon temperature rising to 94° and southwest winds of 20mph with gusts up to 40mph. With that forecast it is no surprise that a fire weather watch is in effect for today. Tonight will also be windy with a low of 52°, and tomorrow will be considerably cooler with a high of only 68°.

Friday’s high will be around 72° with a lighter east wind, and then on Saturday we get another good chance of more rain as the wind shifts to the north. Forecasters are currently saying there’s a 90% chance of precipitation early Saturday morning. They also say that the low for Sunday morning will drop into the upper thirties, before warming to 71° Sunday afternoon and back into the low eighties on Monday.



A family visitation will be held tomorrow, April 11, from 6 to 8pm for Sandra Mulanax, 72, of Sweetwater. She passed away at Lubbock Covenant Hospital Saturday, April 6.

Sandra was born to Walter and Lois (Folmar) Brawley November 15, 1946, in Roscoe. She graduated from Roscoe High School in 1964 and lived in Nolan County all of her life. She married Chester Mulanax April 15, 1965, in Roscoe. He preceded her in death January 18, 1997. Sandra graduated from Simmons Memorial Hospital’s Nursing School, where she received her L.V.N. degree and worked several years as a nurse. She then worked as a Health Care Giver for many different clients before retiring.

She is survived by two sons: Jeff Mulanax & wife Kim of Midland and Eddie Mulanax & wife Charla also of Midland; a daughter, Kerry Tilley & husband Grant of Jacksonville, FL; a sister, Patsy Huntley & husband Dan of Ft. Walton Beach, FL; 13 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, two brothers; Dennis Wayne Brawley and Kenneth Walter Brawley.



Celebration of life is today at 1:00pm for Courtney Ann Warden, 39, of Trophy Club, Texas, at Foust and Son Funeral Home of Grapevine. Burial will follow at Medlin Cemetery in Trophy Club followed by a reception at the Trophy Club Country Club, 500 Trophy Club Drive. She was born on August 1, 1979 and passed away on Sunday, April 7.

Courtney was loving and honest. Her life was her family and friends. She was a great wife and mother, always keeping us on our toes and loyal to a fault. She has three of the most wonderful children that she loved more than anything. She was the type of mother who not only raised her three girls but enjoyed having lots of fun with them. She was not afraid of difficult situations or of stepping in to lend a hand whenever needed. There was no judgement in her soul, and she was always there for the right reasons.

Courtney's list of accomplishments is long but without asking her you would never know. She was the very essence of humility and modesty. She was an Airline Pilot and enjoyed flying and all the friendships that came with it. She was also a Crossfit beast, marathon runner, and pickleball fanatic. She enjoyed her youth as a competitive swimmer and growing up close to her family. Her favorite times always included her sister Christa, who has always been her best friend. Never far away was her cousin Tiffany to share in the fun. Courtney also enjoyed a special bond with both her parents whom she loved very much.

Though she's leaving us far too early, she truly lived her life to the fullest and will forever be with us in our hearts and minds.

She is survived by her husband, Andy Warden; daughters Maddy, Hadley, and Lexi; sister, Christa Broadie and husband Clint; mother, Cathy Butler Thompson; father, Cody Thompson; and numerous extended family and friends.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital or MD Anderson Cancer Center.


Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Caleb Dean Wins 2nd Place in Las Vegas

Caleb Dean was second in the Las Vegas Battle Royale.
Caleb Dean and his pit crew of Nathan Evans, Nick Pantoja, Derek Kohrt, and Travis Hostetler had a memorable time in Las Vegas last weekend with a second-place finish in the Stirrin’ Dirt Casino Battle Royale Demolition Derby. The event was held on Friday and Saturday at the Plaza Hotel & Casino’s Core Arena. Eighty cars participated in the Derby.

Dean’s sponsors were A-1 Auto and Hammerfist Brewing of Sweetwater and VP Tire of Roscoe.



Andrew Deleon.
RCHS seniors have won the $1500 first prize of Texas Department of Transportation’s video contest with a public safety announcement created by Andrew Deleon with assistance from Ty Fullwood. The prize money will be added to their senior blowout fund.  

The video contest, sponsored by the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), invited 40 Abilene area high schools to create a one to two minute Public Service Announcement informing teens of the consequences of not following some aspect of traffic safety, e.g., underage drinking, distracted driving, speeding, not wearing seat belts. Each school was limited to one entry and prize money was to be used for a project celebration event. First prize was $1500, second $1250, and third $1000. Nine schools submitted entries.

The video, which focuses on the danger of distracted driving, is available for viewing on TxDOT’s facebook page by clicking here.



The Roscoe Community Center at 100 Bois d’Arc Street will host “The Clodhopper Trades Show” this Saturday, April 6. Vendors will be selling jewelry, furniture, clothing, food, home décor, and more from 9am to 5pm.

The Easter Bunny will also be available for photos.

For more information, contact Connie Baize or Misty Reynolds at 325-338-1005.



 Athletes from six schools participated in the Lone Wolf Relays in Colorado City last Thursday. Here is the way they finished in terms of total points:

Boys: 1) Abernathy, 2) Merkel, 3) Roscoe, 4) Sweetwater, 5) Coahoma, 6) Colorado.
Girls: 1) Abernathy, 2) Merkel, 3) Sweetwater, 4) Colorado, 5) Roscoe 6) Coahoma.

Here are the results of Roscoe’s participants:


Event                            Place              Athlete                   Time/Distance

Shot put                           3          Brandon Lavalais            44’ 3½”

High jump                       4          Tristan Baker                     5’ 8”
3200 meter run              4          Caleb Reed                        12.34.14
Pole vault                         1          Jayden Gonzales               13’ 1”
                                           2          Jaythan Coale                   12’
4 x 100 meter relay        4          Plowboys                           45.38
100 meter dash               3          Gary Shaw                          11.16
110 meter hurdles          6          Tristan Baker                    17.59
4 x 200 meter relay        1          Plowboys                           1.33.19
200 meter dash              2          Caleb Gray                         22.52
                                           5          Jaythan Coale                   23.41
1600 meter run               6          Caleb Reed                        5.40.06
4 x 400 meter relay       3          Plowboys                            3.38.21


Long jump                      2          Sadie McCambridge          15’ 1¾”
3200 meter run             2          Riley Sheridan                  14.25.59
Triple jump                    5          Jaci Alexander                    30’ 11”
800 meter run               2          Victoria Martinez               2.41.42
400 meter dash             6          Kaylea Perez                        1.10.11
200 meter dash             2          Sadie McCambridge           26.58
1600 meter run             2          Riley Sheridan                    6.24.63
4 x 400 meter relay      3           Plowgirls                             4.25.71

This was the last meet before the District 8-2A meet in Albany tomorrow. Competition begins at 9:00am. The Area Meet will be at ACU in Abilene on Monday, April 15.



The following students will be inducted into the Phi Theta Kappa honor society at Western Texas College in a ceremony on Friday.

                                                  Elida Aguilera
                                                  Kaleb Bohall
                                                  Gabby Dyck
                                                  Sadie McCambridge
                                                  Jacob Rainey
                                                  Riley Sheridan
                                                  Hannah Ward

All are sophomores except for Sadie McCambridge, who is a junior.
To be eligible to be a member in Phi Theta Kappa, students must

  • be enrolled in an accredited institution offering an associate degree program. 
  • have completed at least 12 hours of coursework toward an associate degree.
  •  generally have a grade point average of 3.5.
  •  receive an invitation to membership from the chapter at the college where presently enrolled.
  •  adhere to the moral standards of the society.

Roscoe firemen offer water to "Beat the Street" racers.
The annual “Beat the Street for Little Feet” 100k bicycle race on April 27 will proceed from Maryneal through Roscoe at about 9:30am after starting early that morning in Sweetwater. There will be a rest stop at either the Baptist Church or Fire Department depending on how organizers do the route.

The event, which passes through Roscoe each year, is now in its seventh year. Proceeds benefit the Cornerstone Christian School.



Monday's sunset. (Photo by Eden Baker)
There were no real surprises in the weather this week. It was dry again, but that’s nothing new, and other aspects of the weather were pretty normal for this time of year. Wednesday and Thursday’s highs in the mid-seventies were followed by the year’s warmest day so far—85°F. I managed to get through the day without turning on the air conditioner in the house, but I used the one in the car all afternoon. 

Then on Saturday a cold front moved in that dropped the afternoon temperatures into the forties accompanied by a strong north wind that made it feel colder than that. After the mid-eighties of the day before, it was unpleasant to be out in the wind. Sunday temperatures weren’t any higher than Saturday, but they felt warmer because the wind had died down considerably. Monday was warmer with sunshine and a high of 62°, and yesterday warmed up to 73° in midday before cooling off some in the afternoon. The high temperature for the week was Thursday’s 85°, and the low was 31° on Sunday morning.

The forecast for today is for sunny skies, strong south winds, and a high of about 77°. Highs will reach 82° tomorrow and 83° Friday with lows in the mid-fifties. Then on Saturday the meteorologists are giving us a 60% chance of rain, which, if it happens, will indeed be welcome since we’ve been lacking in that department lately. Highs will be around 80° with lows in the fifties through the weekend.


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