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Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Plowboys Down Chico 47-20

Gunner Helm (10) makes the tackle as Garrett Bowers (64) and Sam Meier (56) close in. (Photo from KTXS video.)
The Plowboys got their first win of the year in Cisco Friday evening by upsetting the Chico Dragons 47-20. Chico, a 2A-D1 school, came into the contest with a 2-1 record after two blowout wins and no doubt expected to do the same with Roscoe. That’s not how the game turned out, however, as the Plowboys jumped out to an early lead they never relinquished.

The game began with neither side able to score until Junior Martinez went over from the four late in the first quarter. The extra-point attempt failed, but the Plowboys were ahead 6-0. Then, early in the second quarter, Martinez connected with a 10-yard pass to Vidal Aguayo to increase the lead to 12-0. Then on a subsequent possession, he completed a 33-yarder to Jaythan Coale to make it 18-0. Finally, with less than a minute left in the half, he and Coale connected again, this time on a 40-yard pass play that put the Plowboys up 24-0. Ryan Highsmith ran in the two-point conversion attempt, and at halftime the Plowboys had a commanding lead, 26-0.

The third quarter started badly for Roscoe, as the Dragons received the kickoff and scored two quick touchdowns, both by quarterback Eddie Salinas. The first was a 15-yard run, and the second a 50-yarder. The extra-point kick failed on the first touchdown but succeeded on the second, and the score was 26-13. At this point, it looked like Chico was back in the game, but their hopes faded when the Plowboys answered with two more scores before the end of the quarter. The first came on a 1-yard Martinez run to increase the lead to 32-13 and the second on an 8-yard pass from Martinez to Highsmith. Highsmith kicked the extra point, making the score 39-13 and effectively putting the game out of reach for the Dragons, although they did score once more before the quarter ended with Roscoe leading 39-20.

Then, midway through the fourth quarter, Martinez hit Coale for the final TD on a 31-yard pass play. Vidal Aguayo ran for the extra points, and the Plowboys won 47-20.

Scoring by quarters:
               Plowboys          6            20            13            8
               Chico                 0              0            20           0

The Plowboys led the game in time of possession, number of plays and total yardage. They had 20 first downs to Chico’s 11, and had 3 takeaways (2 fumbles and 1 interception) while giving up none.

Junior Martinez led the Plowboys on offense, completing 15 of 26 passes for 304 yards and 5 TDs, and rushing for 126 yards on 29 carries for 2 TDs. Jaythan Coale led the receivers with 4 catches for 119 yards and 3 TDs, Vidal Aguayo had 4 catches for 63 yards and 1 TD, and Highsmith had 4 catches for 35 yards and 1 TD. Antonio Aguayo had 1 catch for 9 yards. Gunner Helm rushed 10 times for 23 yards and Kolten Hope 8 times for 18 yards.

Vidal Aguayo led the defense with 9 tackles and 1 fumble recovery. Garrett Bowers and Jake Gonzales both had 4 tackles, Helm had 3, Martinez, Hope, and Coale 2, and 4 others had 1. Zachary Parrott recovered a fumble, and Antonio Aguayo intercepted a pass.

The Plowboys have an open date this week. Their next game will be at Plowboy Field for Homecoming when they take on Christoval, who beat Cross Plains 26-12 Friday night.



Junior Martinez

For his outstanding performance against Chico last Friday, Plowboy quarterback Junior Martinez has been named the Big Country Player of the Week by Big Country Preps. The website cited his hand in all seven of the Plowboy touchdowns, two by rushes and five by passes, his 27 runs for 129 yards, his 20 of 32 passes for 304 yards, and, on defense, his 6 tackles and 2 pass breakups.

The article is available online here.

Congratulations, Junior! Here’s hoping you have more of these before the season is over!



T. G. Sheppard
Country music legend T. G. Sheppard is back for a second try. As those at last year’s Wind Festival will recall, his scheduled live performance stopped just as it was getting started by a sudden rain that sent everyone running for cover. It also damaged some of his sound equipment and ended the festivities for the day. He’s been re-booked for this year and is hoping for better luck this time.

A singer who has been named one of the top 100 country artists of all time, Sheppard has had 21 No. 1 hits on the U.S. Country charts, including 8 consecutive number ones between 1980 and 1982, and over thirty others in the top ten. You won’t want to miss this rare opportunity to see him.

This year’s West Texas Wind Festival will also feature the Plowboy Mudbog, the usual downtown street scene with vendors, and another great fireworks show. After the fireworks show, there will be free live music and dancing at the Lumberyard, so make plans now to attend.



Athletes from thirteen schools participated in the Roscoe Cross-Country Meet on Thursday: Coahoma, Gail Borden, Hawley, Hermleigh, Ira, Jayton, Lamesa Klondike, Loraine, O’Donnell, Robert Lee, Roscoe Collegiate, Highland, and Westbrook. 

A total of 236 athletes participated in several categories: 7th Grade Girls, 7th Grade Boys, 8th Grade Girls, 8th Grade Boys, Junior High Girls, Junior High Boys, Junior Varsity Girls, Junior Varsity Boys, Varsity Girls and Varsity Boys.

Three Plowgirls won their events: Zoey Welch for the 7th Grade Girls, Mahalia Calderon for the Junior Varsity Girls, and Itzel Ortega.Solis for the Varsity Girls.

Here are the complete results for the Roscoe athletes:

7th Grade Girls: 1st Place Team
1. Zoey Welch
3. Amri Deloera
5. Shannon Sanders
7. Kelbi Parks
9. Daniella Vela
10. Leila Valdez

8th Grade Girls: 3rd Place Team
3. Kaidy Ornelas

Junior Varsity Girls: 1st Place Team
1. Mahalia Calderon
4. Cameron Greenwood
5. Jaiden Amador
6. Mia Lavalais
9. Kaylea Perez
10. Jacey Rodriquez

Junior High Boys
8. Graham Gleaton

Varsity Girls: 2nd Place Team
1. Itzel Ortega-Solis



 The following is a letter to the Homecoming Committee from the Valedictorian of the Class of ’39: 

Thank you for your invitation to the Homecoming. My name is Clara McPherson, and I was the Valedictorian of the Class of 1939 and Becky Millford was the Salutatorian.

I was a Professor of Nutrition at Texas Tech for 33 years. My husband, a Chemistry Professor, and I were married 70 years until his death 5 years ago.

As far as I know, there are no people from my class still alive, and I am now age of 97 years old.

Thank you for inviting me. It’s nice to be remembered!

Best wishes to everyone,
Clara Mueller McPherson



Clouds on Monday.
The weather this past week was similar to the previous one with temperatures cooler than they were earlier in the month but still slightly above average for this time of year. The highs were in the nineties for all the days but Saturday and Sunday, which were mostly cloudy with highs of 86° both days. High for the week was Thursday’s 93° with lows ranging from Saturday’s 65° to Monday’s 72°.

Showers fell in the area. Most were light, although I understand that at least one farm southwest of town got 1½ inches on Saturday. I also saw showers west and southwest of town on Monday but don’t know how much anyone got from them. Most other areas including Roscoe itself got lighter rains.  I got .2” on Saturday night and .18” on Sunday. Kenny got .16” and .21” from the same showers. Monday also had some light rains, the amount depending on the location.

Fall officially began on Monday but you wouldn’t know it from the temperatures. The forecast is for warmer weather for the next five days. All will have sunny or mostly sunny skies with highs in the nineties. Today’s forecast high of 93° increases to 94° tomorrow and Friday with the weekend only slightly cooler with highs of 91° and 90° on Saturday and Sunday. Lows will range from 70° to 72°.

There is little chance of rain before next week.


Wednesday, September 18, 2019

City Council Sets 2019-2020 Budget, Tax Rate

City Manager Cody Thompson addresses the Council at yesterday's meeting.
At its monthly meeting in City Hall yesterday evening, the Roscoe City Council set the 2019-2020 tax rate and adopted the new City budget. It approved its ongoing deal with the Atmos Cities Steering Committee. It also heard City updates from the City Manager and Police Chief as well as a proposal from Carl Childers concerning financial involvement of the City in the Young Farm Estates housing development.

Since the overall property valuation will be slightly greater this coming fiscal year, the City tax rate will drop from the current .720277 per $100 valuation to .695951 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 .553987 and the Debt Service .141964 of each $100 property valuation. The Council also approved amendments to the 2018-2019 budget.

Roscoe resident Amy Strother urged the City to do something about an excessive number of chickens and roosters near her home. She was told that the offending party has already received a citation and will receive more if not in compliance with the City ordinance concerning chickens.

City Manager Cody Thompson reported that after a slow start the replacement of the sewer line between Cypress and Main Streets is proceeding as planned and should be completed within two or three weeks. He also said that he and City Employee Joe Vick completed the state-required 20 hours of Water Utility Management training in Laredo last week. He mentioned that the Roscoe Volunteer Fire Department will be flushing fire hydrants this Saturday and next Saturday, so residents should expect some standing water and possible temporary tap water discoloration.

This year’s featured singer at the West Texas Wind Festival on October 19 will be T. G. Sheppard, who was selected last year but was unable to perform because of a sudden thunderstorm that rained out his show. During the festival, food and craft vendors will be selling their wares downtown, the Plowboy Mudbog will be at the baseball field, and the Fire Department will be in charge of the evening fireworks show.

Police Chief Felix Pantoja said the Police Department received some 130 calls last month and that a loose dog bit someone, causing its owner the cost of medical bills and a citation. He also reported four burglaries in August.

The Council passed an ordinance approving a negotiated settlement between Atmos Cities Steering Committee and Atmos Energy Corporation regarding a new rate structure for the coming year. The average residential customer will see a rate increase of about $2.05 a month and the average commercial customer about $6.18 a month.

Carl Childers presented a proposal regarding financial involvement by the City in Young Farm Estates, but the Council decided to table any action until the coming month when its members have had more time to study the proposal.


October 3, 4 & 5

Lots of things have changed at RHS, but “PLOWBOY PRIDE” remains the same!

   7:30pm          BONFIRE – Broadway & Cedar by Railroad Tracks
                            Come cheer with the Plowboys, Cheerleaders and 

                            (Locals can call City Hall @ 766-3871 if you have 

                            wood/brush to add to the bonfire pile)

   1:30 pm         EXES RECEPTION hosted by the RCHS Avid Class
                           at High School Event Center (the old high school 

                           Registration, refreshments, visit with exes.
   245pm           PEP RALLY   in old Gym
   4:30-7pm      POTATO BAKE – in Cafetorium benefiting the 

                           RCHS yearbook staff
   7:30 pm         PLOWBOYS vs. CHRISTOVAL COUGARS
                           Watch Roscoe EX, Jake Freeman, as he coaches 

                           the Plowboys to a BIG WIN!!
                           Band will perform during halftime and 

                           Homecoming court will be announced.

                          be held in the Special Events indoor Concession 
                          Area, just east of the Football Concession.
  8pm-12am    COMMUNITY CENTER at Broadway & 

                          Bois d'Arc for more visiting
    9am             COFFEE & DONUTS- Hosted by Roscoe Lions 

                         Club at Roscoe Community Center on Broadway
                         & Bois d’arc. Come have Coffee and visit with old 
                         and new friends
  10am             PARADE – Theme:  PLOWBOY PRIDE
                         For more information on a float entry, call Misty 

                        Reynolds @ 325-338-1005

                        the cafetorium.
                        Register for door prizes, visit with friends, silent 

                        auction, program, tours of the new school facilities, 
                        slide show and much more
11:30-1:30     LUNCH- In the cafetorium.  (MENU AND PRICE 

                        TO BE ANNOUNCED)
2:30-12am    THE COMMUNITY CENTER will be open and 

                        available for anyone who needs a place to meet with 
                        classmates.  Coffee & tea will be available, but any 
                        snacks will be on you.
                        The Museum and local business will also be open 

                        for the afternoon.

                        ENTERTAINMENT ($10 cover charge)
                             8-9:30 – BLACKLAND BULLET CO.  plays a mix 

                        of Red Dirt Country & Southern Rock. Band 
                        Members include Jady Underwood & Toby Young 
                        (Class of '98)
                             9:30-1 –LYNDALL UNDERWOOD (Class of '79) 

                         & DUSTY CREEK BAND plays a mix of Traditional 

Homecoming Bonfire, October 3
Anyone with burnable items to add to the bonfire on October 3 contact city hall for dump site and times.

Homecoming Parade October 5
floats, bikes, atv's, old cars, new cars, horses. and walking ENTRIES 
NEEDED contact Misty Reynolds  325-338-1005 for more information.

RSVP Requested
If you didn't receive an invitation in the mail but plan to attend, please notify Connie Baize at 325-338-1287 or, and specify number of people in your group.
If you have any questions or comments, please contact:
Teresa Watson 325-280-1960 or email or Connie Baize 325-338-1287 or email



The Miles Bulldogs are now 3-0 after defeating the Plowboys 49-27 in Miles Friday night. It was the Plowboys' third loss although they have looked good at times in each contest. They have still been in the game at halftime in all three but have let the game get out of hand in the third quarter, a quarter in which they have been outscored by a total of 40 points to 0.

In the Miles game, the Bulldogs scored first on a 7-yard Davian Martinez run to go up 7-0, which was also the score at the end of the quarter. In the second quarter, Martinez scored again and the Bulldogs led 14-0 before Junior Martinez went over from the 4 to score the first Plowboy touchdown. The kick was no good, making the score 14-6. Later the Plowboys tied the game at 14-14 when Martinez hit Vidal Aguayo with a 1-yard pass to make it 14-12 before running in the extra point himself. However, the Bulldogs answered with another TD, and at halftime Miles led 21-14.

Then came another bad Plowboy third quarter as the Bulldogs scored two more touchdowns for a commanding lead of 35-14. In the fourth period both teams scored two TDs apiece to make the final score 49-27. For the Plowboys, Martinez made the first on a 1-yard run, and Jaythan Coale made the second when he returned a kickoff 80 yards.

Scores by quarters:
Miles                7          14        14        14        49
Roscoe             0         14         0         13        27

Junior Martinez completed 29 of 48 passes for 255 yards, 1 TD, and 1 interception. Ryan Highsmith led the receivers with 7 catches for 89 yards, Vidal Aguayo had 9 for 69 with 1 TD, Antonio Aguayo 7 for 30, Kolten Hope 2 for 26, Jaythan Coale 2 for 16, Zachary Parrott 1 for 13, and Gunner Helm 1 for 12. The Plowboy rush game was basically non-existent with 21 carries for -10 yards, although Martinez did have 2 rushing TDs.

On defense, Jake Gonzalez led the Plowboys with 9 tackles, Vidal Aguayo had 7, Junior Martinez and Gunner Helm both had 6, Kolten Hope 5, Garrett Bowers 4, and 5 others with fewer.



Friday before last, September 6, the Plowboys lost to Stamford in Stamford, 30-13. The Bulldogs, ranked in the Texas Football’s Top 20 for 2A-D1, was a heavy favorite, just as Hawley had been the week before.

Stamford drove down the field early and scored on a D’Marcus Barber 10-yard run to go up 8-0. Roscoe responded with its first touchdown on a 20-yard Junior Martinez pass to Ryan Highsmith. The extra-point kick was good, and Stamford led at the end of one, 8-7. Early in the second quarter, the Plowboys took the lead on a 5-yard Martinez run. The extra-point attempt failed, but Roscoe was ahead 13-8.  Later in the quarter, Stamford’s Zhawn Holden recovered a Plowboy fumble and returned it 60 yards for a Bulldog TD. The extra-point conversion failed, and Stamford led at halftime 14-13.

The Bulldogs received the second-half kickoff and drove down the field, but the Plowboys intercepted an errant pass to kill the drive. However, the next time Stamford got the ball, they scored on a one-yard plunge and increased their lead to 22-13. That ended the scoring for the quarter. In the fourth quarter, the Plowboys fumbled at the Stamford 10-yard line. Later, the Bulldogs scored their final touchdown on a 7-yard Trace Price run and converted the extra points to reach the final score, 30-13.

Scores by quarters:
Stamford          8          6          8          8          30
Roscoe              7          6          0          0          13

Junior Martinez completed 14 of 30 passes for 198 yards, 1 TD, and 1 interception. Ryan Highsmith led the receivers with 6 receptions for 92 yards and 1 TD. Jaythan Coale caught 3 for 73 yards, and Vidal Aguayo 3 for 22.

Gunner Helm led the defense with 7 tackles and an assist, followed by Kolten Hope with 6 tackles, Vidal Aguayo, Garrett Bowers, and Ryan Highsmith all with 4, and Brayan Medina with 3. Zachary Parrott had an interception and a pass breakup. Highsmith broke up 3 passes and forced a fumble.

Plowboys vs. Chico in Cisco Friday

Due to the loss of Munday and Baird to the six-man ranks this year, the Plowboys are playing a nine-game regular schedule. They are also playing a non-district game with Chico this Friday, September 20, in Cisco. The game was a late addition to make up for some of the shortfall in the schedule.

Chico is a town of 1000 between Fort Worth and Wichita Falls, 14 miles northwest of Decatur. Cisco, where the game will be played, is about midway between Chico and Roscoe.

The Dragons are a 2A-Division 1 school in the same district as Seymour and Olney. Last year, they were 5-6 overall and 2/2 in district. They return seven starters on offense and six on defense and are 2-1 so far this year after games with three 2A-Division 2 opponents. They defeated Petrolia 40-14, lost to Electra 52-14, and defeated Era 34-12. Players to watch include QB/CB Eddie Salinas, RB/CB Billy Morgan, and LB Kenyon Hedrick.

Kickoff at Chesley Field in Cisco is 7:00pm.



Flying With One Wing, former Roscoe farmer Cliff Etheredge’s latest book, is now available on The work deals with the farm injury that cost him his right arm and his coping with the obstacles that arose from it afterwards.

The 192-page paperback edition (6” x 9”) sells for $14.95. For more information, consult the book's webpage on Amazon, available here.



The puddle at 4th and Cypress after Friday's rain.
Fall doesn’t officially begin this year until next Monday, September 23, but last week the consistently hot days we’ve experienced since the beginning of July finally ceased, daily temperatures dropped a bit, and on Friday we got a nice shower, breaking the dry weather we’ve had since June. Highs never got above the low nineties, and lows dropped into the upper sixties.

The rain was welcomed by everyone, especially farmers and ranchers. Here in town, Kenny Landfried recorded an official 1.17” at his home in east Roscoe, but I got a total of 1.6” at my house in the middle of town, 1.3” that morning and .3” more after that. Similar amounts fell west and southwest of town, but south of town got more with reports of 2.5” to more than 4”. Areas north of the railroad generally got less than an inch, as far as I could tell, but that may vary, depending on the area.

The high today will be around 93°F, but tomorrow it will be back down to 90° and on Friday 89°.  Also, on Friday, there’s a good possibility of more rain with chances currently set at 40%. The weekend will be partly to mostly cloudy with highs of 90° on Saturday and 89° Sunday. Lows will be right around 70°.

Fall officially begins on Monday and highs next week will drop into the upper eighties and the lows into the mid-sixties.



A memorial service at 2:00pm on Sunday, September 8, at Roscoe Community Center celebrated the life of Richard D. Moorhead, 86. He died peacefully in his sleep at his home in Roscoe in the early hours of September 5.

Born in Santo, Texas, May 17, 1933, Richard enlisted in the USAF where he served for over 20 years until his retirement as Master Sergeant. He was a veteran of the Korean and Viet Nam wars.

After his military retirement he became a master marine engine mechanic, a trade he followed until his final retirement. An avid hunter and fisherman, he loved the outdoors.

He is survived by his wife, Valda; his children, Foy, Larry, Mandy and Johnny; 5 grandchildren; and 3 great grandchildren. He also was stepfather to Lesa and Todd; grandfather to 4 step-grandchildren; and 5 step-great-grandchildren.

Due to his military career, Richard and his family lived in many places, but in his later years, he settled into his current home in Roscoe where he spent the last 14 years of his life.

He will be laid to rest in the Abilene Veterans Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family wishes donations be made to St. Jude's Children's Hospital.


Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Hawley Overpowers Plowboys 39-0

Junior Martinez runs for a gain in second quarter action against Hawley.
The heavily favored Hawley Bearcats took a while to get untracked Friday evening, but a big third quarter doomed the Plowboys as the Bearcats rolled to a 39-0 victory. Even so, Roscoe hung tough the first half, holding the potent Hawley offense for the most part and moving the ball well at times on offense. The Plowboys held Hawley to a scoreless first quarter and were still in the game at the intermission, down only 14-0.

Hawley received the opening kickoff, and on their second play from scrimmage All-Big Country running back Colton Marshall broke free and ran 58 yards into the end zone. However, an illegal block at the 17-yard line negated the apparent touchdown, and the penalty put the ball at the Plowboy 32. Hawley then drove to the 10-yard line before the Plowboy defense held on downs, killing the drive. The Plowboy offense took over and looked sharp, moving the ball up the field on a series of quick, short passes and runs before being held on the Hawley 44. Junior Martinez, making his first start as a quarterback, was sharp, hitting his receivers, who on their part were making the catches. During the quarter both teams moved the ball, but neither was able to score, and the period ended with the score 0-0.

The Bearcats broke the tie in the second quarter when quarterback Xavier Rodela scored on a 34-yard scamper up the middle. The extra-point run was good, and Hawley was up 8-0. On their next possession the Plowboys advanced to the Hawley 40 before having to punt. The Bearcats then drove to the Plowboy 12-yard line, where Marshall scored on a burst up the middle to put his team ahead 14-0. The extra-point try failed, and at halftime Hawley led 14-0.

The third quarter sealed the game for the Bearcats, who scored three times while shutting out the Plowboy offense. The first touchdown came when the Plowboys were held at their own 9-yard-line and attempted a punt. It was blocked and recovered by Hawley in the end zone to make the score 20-0. On Hawley’s next possession, Marshall ran 61 yards untouched and Hawley upped their lead to 26-0. The third score came on a 25-yard Rodela pass to the end zone, and at quarter’s end the score was 32-0.

Early in the final period, the Plowboys drove to the Hawley 8, and on fourth and three, Martinez threw a short pass to Gunner Helm, who headed for the end zone but was hit at the one. He tried to extend the ball over the goal line but fumbled in the process, and Hawley recovered. There was some question whether the ball had broken the plane before the fumble, but the refs said no, and the Plowboys’ deepest drive of the game was ended.

The Bearcats scored again a couple of plays later on another Marshall run up the middle, this one for 75 yards. The extra-point kick was good, making the final score 39-0.

For some reason, the scoreboard was out the entire game and fans were unable to consult it for the score, the down, yards needed for a first, or time left in the quarter or half. The play clock was also out, so both players and fans had to guess how much time was left to get the play off, and at one time or another both teams were penalized for delay of game. Like the water that’s not missed until the well runs dry, a functioning scoreboard and play clock are not properly appreciated until they’re not there.

Junior Martinez showed promise at quarterback, completing 18 of 28 passes and rushing for 52 yards on 13 carries. Sophomore Gunner Helm in his first varsity game ran 9 times for 11 yards and caught 3 passes for 32. Ryan Highsmith caught 4 for 39 yards, Jaythan Coale 3 for 18, Antonio Aguayo 6 for 28, and Vidal Aguayo 2 for 15.

On defense, Vidal Aguayo led the Plowboys with 8 tackles. Helm and Brayan Medina both had 4 with 2 assists, and Highsmith had 3 with 1 pass breakup.

Ryan Highsmith (6) awaits a Martinez pass in the third quarter.

Plowboys vs. Stamford in Stamford
Things don’t get any easier for the Plowboys Friday when they travel to Stamford. The Bulldogs are coming off an impressive 30-8 home win over the 3A-II Merkel Badgers. Stamford’s offensive player of the game was quarterback Trace Price, who completed 9 of 11 passes for 1 TD, and the defensive player was linebacker Chris Dennis, who had 4 tackles, 6 assists, and 2 sacks. The Bulldogs, who return several starters, were 9-3 last year, 3-1 in district, and an area finalist in 2A, division 1. Kickoff is at 7:30pm.


Due in part to lost time this summer because of a broken pump, the City Swimming Pool will be open this year during the month of September.

The pool will be open on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays from 4:00pm to 8:00pm. It will be closed on Thursdays and Fridays due to football games. On Saturdays and Sundays, it will be open from 1:00pm to 5:00pm.

Available dates for private parties are still left.

For reservations or more information, contact Candy Aguayo at 325-232-4086.



Sweetwater Economic Development’s Facebook page reports that the plan to repair the West Broadway bridge that connects I-20 to West Broadway in Sweetwater was approved by TxDOT (Texas Department of Transportation) on August 30, and work can start as early as next week. The target completion date is around Thanksgiving.



The Plowgirls’ cross-country track team opened their season at a meet in Eula yesterday. Here are the results:

Team Results:
Varsity Girls - 5th
Junior Varsity Girls - 2nd
8th Grade Girls - 10th
7th Grade Girls - 7th

Itzel Ortega-Solis (Varsity) – 4th
Mahalia Calderon (JV) – 2nd
Mia Lavalais (JV) – 6th
Kaidy Ornelas (8th) – 8th



Yesterday's clouds.

On Saturday afternoon, a couple of showers fell in the Roscoe area, but the rainfall was localized rather than general, and some got as much as 1.5” and more, while others got no more than a sprinkle. Some of the farms around Champion got 1.5” and three miles due west of town got 1.4” while less than a mile north got only .1” or less. Here in town, I got .75”, and Kenny Landfried reported an official 1.07" at his house. Darrell Aljoe east of town also got 1.1”. Farms south and southwest of Roscoe got amounts varying from over an inch to not enough to measure. For most who got a shower, it was the first measurable rainfall since July 8.

Temperatures remained on the hot side. Highs on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday were 97°, 98°, and 96° respectively with lows of 72°, 73°, and 65°. Since then, though, the weather has cooled a little with highs of around 93° and lows of around 70°.

Today should be similar with a high of 93° and mostly sunny with a light east wind. The weather starting tomorrow and continuing through the weekend will be a bit warmer with highs of 95° and 96° and lows of about 71° with mostly sunny skies. Monday should be similar but a bit cooler with a high of 93°. In other words, this next week will look very similar to the past week with sunny skies, southerly winds, and afternoon highs in the nineties.

Once again, there is little chance of rain in the forecast.



A Memorial Service for Elizabeth Ann (Perry) Feaster, 63, of Roscoe was held at Abilene Bible Church in Abilene at 3:00pm, Sunday, August 25, conducted by Dr. Daiqing. Burial was on Saturday, August 24, at Colorado City Cemetery. She passed away on Tuesday, August 20, at Hendrick Hospice in Abilene.

Elizabeth was born in Abilene on December 19, 1955, to Cecil Lilburn Perry and Ruby Sara Dennis Perry. She was a born-again Christian and lifelong member of Abilene Bible Church. As a child, she participated in Bible Memory Association camps and Five-Day Child Evangelism clubs. In her youth, she ran track as a sprinter with Margaret Ellison’s Texas Track Club and competed in the Texas Relays and pre-Olympic trials, narrowly missing a Junior Olympics bid. She danced for 12 years at the Patty Harper Dance Studio. She was a talented actress, performing in many productions with Abilene Community Theater and Abilene Children’s Theater. 

She graduated from Cooper High School in 1974 and went on to major in Speech and Drama at the University of North Texas, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree. She later earned her teaching certificate at McMurry University and went on to teach speech, debate, drama, and English at various schools and worked as a Qualified Mental Health Professional at Abilene State School. She taught Bible Drill and Vacation Bible School at Champion Baptist Church in Roscoe. Her proudest accomplishment, however, was being a mother and dedicating herself to homeschooling and raising her children.

Survivors include husband of thirty-two years, Randall Jay Feaster of Roscoe; daughter, Faith Elizabeth Parten and son-in-law Austin Parten of Spring; son, Madison Randall Feaster and daughter-in-law Cheyenne Feaster of Conroe; and grandchildren, Paige Elizabeth Parten, Rhett Woodley Parten, Brooks Perry Parten, and Madeleine Mae Feaster; brothers, Dr. Steven C. Perry of Austin, Christopher Dennis Perry of Salado; and sisters, Sue Perry Fluty of Bedford and Laurie Perry Stewart of Allen.

She was preceded in death by her parents and sister-in-law Sandra Smith Perry of Abilene.


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