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Wednesday, October 30, 2019

STEM Meeting Hears of Progress, Initiatives

State Representative Stan Lambert speaks at the STEM Meeting on Monday.
Dignitaries, professors, local and area educators, school board members, and others were on hand at the RCISD STEM Center Monday evening for the semi-annual STEM Advisory Meeting. New participants and members were introduced, and current and proposed developments discussed.

The meeting began with research-poster presentations, one by a group of Roscoe 4th graders and another by 5th graders. The presentations demonstrate the methods used in the elementary grades to introduce students to scientific research in Roscoe’s and Edu-Nation’s P-20 program.

Then Dr. Sushil Paudyat of Texas A&M spoke of his collaboration with Roscoe students in using 3-D printers for agricultural purposes, in his case with producing prosthetic devices for dairy cattle. He also spoke about the increased use of robotics in the dairy industry and explained how the use of new technology is revolutionizing the field.

Dr. Kim Alexander then updated everyone on recent developments with Roscoe’s P-20 program in this area and elsewhere, pointing out that representatives from three school districts adopting the program were present: Hamlin, Throckmorton, and Stratford.

State Representative Stan Lambert of Abilene praised Roscoe’s program and spoke of actions benefiting education in the recent 2019 Texas Legislative Session. He said state revenues came in well over estimates and that much of this money would be used to increase funding for education, including raises in teacher pay.

Morgan Martin, assistant coordinator of Continuing Education at Roscoe, spoke of the recent introduction of collegiate programs that allow locals to earn bachelor’s degrees without ever leaving town. These include collaborative efforts with Texas Tech, West Texas A&M, and Brandman Universities.

Dr. Ian Shepherd, a marketing professor at Abilene Christian University, discussed methods of increasing the commercial aspects of RCISD programs such as Edu-Vet, Edu-Drone, Edu-Weld, and Edu-Make It. He emphasized the importance of advertising, particularly on-line advertising on social media, effective use of search engines, and other online methods of reaching potential customers.

Dan Boren of RCISD spoke of current initiatives in creating and selling student-produced products using the school’s 3-D printer, CNC router, and plasma cutter. These products include yard ornaments, signs, and other similar products, even embroidered ones such as logos and custom designs that go on caps, jackets, and elsewhere.

Edu-Vet’s new veterinarians, Dr. Rebecca Barnhart and Dr. Russell Kutner, a husband-and-wife team, introduced themselves, and along with Alfonzo Islas spoke of current Edu-Vet offerings, including embryo production, artificial insemination, and aspiration of cattle, as well as medical treatment for ailing and injured animals, both large and small. Drs. Barnhart and Kutner are now available at Edu-Vet Monday through Friday.

The meeting closed with a panel discussion led by Drs. Glen Shinn of Global Consulting Solutions and Gary Briers of Texas A&M. Dr. Briers mentioned that Roscoe’s P-20 program has been adopted by five new school districts in West Virginia and that each has received a 10-year, $1 million-dollar grant to help develop their programs along with other funding. He urged Advisory Committee members to spread the word to other area schools so that Texas wouldn’t fall behind West Virginia in adopting the new, improved methods of education for rural areas.



The Roscoe Community is hosting its annual Thanksgiving meal this Sunday, November 3, from 11:30am to 1:30pm.

This is a free meal to our community! Come join us for a day of Fellowship and Thanksgiving!



Kolten Hope (7) tackles the Haskell runner as Zachary Jordan (25) moves in.
It was a good game for over three quarters. On a chilly evening at Plowboy Field Friday, fans on both sides of the field cheered and groaned as the fortunes of their teams waxed and waned in a close, hard-fought game. But in the fourth quarter, the wheels came off for the Plowboys, and they wound up losing 49-21, even though for most of the evening the victor was in doubt with the game either a tie or only a one-score lead.

The Plowboys received the opening kickoff, and on the first play from scrimmage Junior Martinez threw a wobbler that was intercepted and returned to the Plowboy 19-yard line. Two plays later, the Indians completed an 18-yard pass to the end zone, and before many fans had settled into their seats, Haskell was already ahead 7-0. Following the kickoff, the Plowboys started on their own 21 and moved down the field on a long 15-play drive that ended with Martinez going over from the four. The kick was good, and the score was tied 7-7. Haskell then responded with a long drive of their own and scored on an 8-yard pass to go up 14-7 right before the end of the quarter.

In the second quarter, the Plowboys drove to the Haskell 16 before turning the ball over on downs. On their next possession, however, Martinez hit Ryan Highsmith on a 9-yard pass to the end zone, tying the game at 14-14, the score at halftime.

The Indians received the second-half kickoff and drove to the Plowboy 34, where a run up the middle went all the way for a touchdown, putting them up 21-14. The Plowboys then drove to the Indian 31, where Martinez hit Jaythan Coale on a scoring strike to tie the game at 21. Neither side was able to move the ball for a couple of possessions, and both punted for the first time in the game. Then, after taking over on the Plowboy 31, Haskell drove down to the 4-yard line, where they scored on a quarterback keeper to go up 28-21, the score at the end of the third quarter.

As the fourth quarter began, the Plowboys continued to move the ball, and it looked like they were about to once again tie the game. But on a 4th and 4 at the Haskell 9-yard line, a Martinez pass fell incomplete, killing the drive and shifting the momentum to the Indians. Five plays later, Haskell had moved 90 yards and scored on a 1-yard run to go up 35-21. The next Plowboy drive was stopped by an interception, and two plays later the Indians scored again, this time on a 33-yard run that put the game out of reach for the Plowboys. Haskell then increased the lead to 49-21 with a final TD on their next possession to win by 28 points.

Scoring by quarters:
                            1          2          3          4          T
Haskell             14         0         14        21        49
Plowboys           7          7           7          0        21

For the game, the Plowboys actually gained more yardage than the Indians with a total of 400 to the Indians’ 374, and the number of first downs was almost even with Roscoe’s 17 to Haskell’s 18. However, the Plowboys had 4 turnovers to the Indians’ 2, and Haskell converted 3 of 4 fourth-down tries, while the Plowboys failed on both theirs.

On offense, Junior Martinez completed 19 of 31 passes for 250 yards and 2 TDs with 3 interceptions. Ryan Highsmith and Jaythan Coale led the receivers. Highsmith had 7 receptions for 95 yards and 1 TD, while Coale had 5 receptions for 95 yards and 1 TD. Vidal Aguayo caught 2 for 19 yards, Zachary Parrott 2 for 18, and Antonio Aguayo 2 for 16. Martinez led the rushers with 21 carries for 124 yards. Gunner Helm had 4 carries for 18 yards, and Highsmith 1 for 4.

Vidal Aguayo led the defense with 8 tackles and 5 assists, Garrett Bowers had 5 tackles and 3 assists, Highsmith 4 and 2, Antonio Aguayo 3 and 1, Martinez 2 and 3, Brayan Medina 2 and 3, Parrott 2, and Helm 1.

The Plowboys have another bye this week. Originally, this was the week to play Baird, but Baird dropped out of the district, leaving a hole in the schedule. In any case, the break will give the Plowboys a chance to lick their wounds, rest up, and prepare for their final district game next Friday, November 8, with Cross Plains at Plowboy Field.



Varsity qualifiers competed at the Cross-Country Regional Meet in Lubbock on Monday, and despite the 34° weather, all ran hard.

Plowgirl Itzel Ortega-Solis finished 34th in a field of 176 runners, missing qualifying for State by 16 spots. Her time for the 2-mile run was 13:20.

Three Plowboys competed in the 3-mile boys’ run. Tyler Guelker finished 85th in a field of 144 runners with a time of 20:08.1. Aidan Hermosillio finished 89th with a time of 20:18.6, and Caleb Reed finished 116th with a time of 21:29.3.

Complete results are available by clicking here.



Friday's sunset.
I hope you enjoyed autumn because it’s apparently finished with winter beginning yesterday, or today, depending on how you look at it. Like my brother David always said, “I love fall. It’s my favorite day of the year.”

Since last Thursday, mornings have been decidedly chilly, dropping into the low thirties every day except Sunday, when the low was 48°. This morning’s low was 33°, and tomorrow morning is supposed to be 22°, which would be an all-time record low for October 31. The current record, according to the Weather Channel website, is 26°.

Although the past week’s weather has been below normal, it really wasn’t that bad. The mornings were chilly, but during the day the weather warmed up to 68° on Thursday and into the seventies on Saturday and Sunday. Monday’s high was only 48°, however, and yesterday’s only 39°.

The forecast is for a warming trend starting tomorrow with a high of 54° and increasing to 69° Friday when the wind shifts to the southwest. However, it will come from the north again on Saturday when the high will be only 55° and back to the south on Sunday with a high of 66°.

After the sky clears this morning, there is no possibility of rain in the forecast until the middle of nest week—and not much then—10% on Tuesday and Wednesday and 20% on Thursday.



Funeral services for Janelle (Faust) Orman were at 2:00pm Friday, October 25, at Roscoe Church of Christ with Phillip Tomlin officiating. Interment followed at Roscoe Cemetery under the direction of McCoy Funeral Home. She passed away Monday, October 21, at Hendrick Hospice Care in Abilene.

Janelle was born March 7, 1933, in Roscoe to the late Jesse A. and Vicie (Seago) Faust. She married Arlon Wayne Orman October 12, 1950, in Roscoe. A lifelong resident of Roscoe, she was a homemaker, member of the Roscoe Church of Christ, graduate of Roscoe High School, a great cook, loved to paint, and had a green thumb in growing flowers. Janelle was devoted to her church and family.

She is survived by her children: Janice Stuart of Sweetwater, Lonnie Orman and wife Leola of Roscoe, and Arlene Hartman of Sweetwater; sister, Cecilia Thomas of Sweetwater; grandchildren: Tammy Stracener of Colorado City, Dustin Orman of Sweetwater, Christianson Hartman of Roscoe, Angela Andel and husband Matt of Sweetwater, Eden Baker and husband Jeremy of Roscoe, Landon Orman and wife Victoria of Colorado City, and Jacoby Johnson and wife Lauren of Steamboat Springs, Colorado. She is also survived by her great-grandchildren: Austin Freeman of Sweetwater, Charlie Hartman and Scarlett Hartman both of Roscoe, Justin Gardner, Kolby Evans and Jaxon Andel, all of Sweetwater, Jaycee Baker and Elyn Baker of Roscoe, Maren Johnson and Cayden Hardin; and great-great-grandchildren; Zamelia Freeman and Desmen Carrasco.

Janelle was preceded in death by her husband, Arlon Wayne Orman, on June 19, 2015, and a brother, Jesse Faust, Jr.

Pallbearers were Joe Brazil, Christianson Hartman, Landon Orman, Austin Freeman, Matt Andel, Justin Gardner.



Graveside services for Lillian Maxine Haygood, 84, of Roscoe will be held at 3:00pm, Thursday, October 31, at Lone Wolf Cemetery with David Draper officiating. Burial will follow with arrangements by Cate-Spencer & Trent Funeral Home. She passed away Sunday, October 27, at Goodlife Senior Living in Snyder.

Maxine was born January 26, 1935, in Loraine to Leonard and Marie Reid Peterson. She graduated from Loraine I.S.D. and married Garland Y. Haygood, June 10, 1953, in Loraine. She worked for the Nolan County Justice of the Peace as a court clerk for many years. She also worked at the Inadale Co-op Gin and the Roscoe Gin. Maxine was a faithful member of the First Baptist Church of Roscoe and a lifelong resident of Nolan and Mitchell counties.

She is survived by her husband, Garland Y. Haygood; daughter, Charlotte Cave and husband Reid of Rotan; four grandchildren, Heather Hardman, Jaecob Hardman and wife Hannah, Savannah Cave, and Derek Jacks and wife Racheal; five great grandchildren, Morgan Hardman, Rayleigh Hardman, Layton Hardman, Cooper Jacks and Haethen Creed Hardman; sister, Dianne Williams; and brothers, Lynn Peterson and Jimmy Peterson.

Maxine was preceded in death by her daughter Melissa Jacks; parents, Leonard and Marie Peterson; and brothers, Tommy Peterson and Jack Peterson.

The family suggests memorials be made to Samaritan's Purse, c/o First Baptist Church, P.O. Box 626, Roscoe, Texas 79545.


Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Roscoe Elementary Fall Festival This Friday

There will be plenty of games to play at the Fall Festival.
The Roscoe Elementary School and Early Childhood Center are holding their annual Fall Festival this Friday, October 25, 5:00-7:00pm, at Circle Drive in front of the Elementary School building.

As always, there will be activities of all kinds, prizes, and games of luck and skill. These include a cake walk, bingo, bounce house, snacks, booths, and much more to make the festival a fun evening for everyone. Proceeds benefit the Roscoe Elementary School and Early Childhood Center.

The festival will precede the Plowboys’ home football game with the Haskell Indians.



Albany’s defeat of the Plowboys Friday night came as no surprise to anyone for a number of reasons. First, Albany came into the game ranked number two in Texas. They were also coming off a bye week, playing at home, and it was their first district game.

On their part, the Plowboys were still trying to recover from the previous week’s game with Hamlin as quarterback and team leader Junior Martinez was out because of a concussion, and so were three other starters: Ryan Highsmith, Vidal Aguayo, and Gunner Helm.

The Lions scored two touchdowns in the first quarter and four more in the second to go into halftime with a 42-0 lead. They scored another touchdown in the third quarter to reach the game’s final score of 49-0.

With Martinez out, Antonio Aguayo stepped in at quarterback and completed 7 of 13 passes for 79 yards. Jaythan Coale caught 3 of them for 42 yards and Zachary Parrott caught 2 for 20. Parrott also led the Plowboys on defense with 7 tackles and 1 assist.

Scoring by quarters:
                              1          2           3          4           T
Albany                14        28         7          0          49
Plowboys             0          0         0          0           0

Plowboys vs. Haskell at Plowboy Field Friday

After what seems like an eternity, the Plowboys will finally get to play a home game again Friday when they take on Haskell at Plowboy Field. A victory over the Indians will put the Plowboys in good position for the playoffs, and all the Plowboy starters who missed last week's game are back for this one.

The Indians have had a season somewhat similar to Roscoe’s. They are currently 2-6 on the year and 0-2 in district play. Their victories came early in the season with wins over Quanah 32-24 and Peaster 14-13. Their losses have been to Brady 59-24, Stamford 39-14, Lubbock Christian 52-13, Eldorado 35-14, Cross Plains 24-22, and Hamlin 51-7. Top players on offense are quarterback Cutter Medford, running back Marc Williams, and receiver Landry Olson. On defense they are led by linebackers Caleb Wright and Koby Compton.

Kickoff is at 7:00pm.



Local folks and visitors enjoyed this year’s West Texas Wind Festival on an almost perfect day for the weather this past Saturday. The sun shone bright, skies were clear, winds were so light that the flags in Memorial Park were often limp, and the temperature was in the low to mid-seventies all afternoon.

Street vendors sold their wares on Cypress Street and in Old Town Park, and the Roscoe Historical Museum had many visitors. The roars of mud vehicles could be heard at the baseball field where the Plowboy Mudbog was being held, and as the sun went down, the crowd gathered downtown for the free concert and street dance.

This year’s feature performer was country great Johnny Rodriguez, preceded by the opening band of Jarrod Morris. The fireworks show that followed officially closed the evening, but those not ready to go home gathered at the Lumberyard to dance to the music of Kacey Toliver and his band. Once again, the festival was an enjoyable event for all who attended.



Street Class
1. Zeke Ensenia   
2. Adam Galvan
3. Caleb Dean      

1. Shelton Waldor
2. Fred Russell     
3. George

1. Al Sotelo      
2. David Scott  
3. Felix Pantoja

Super Modified
1. Anthony Montgomery
2. Raymond Martinez
3. David Pantoja

1. Wacey Daniel
2. Branden
3. Alex Pantoja



Roscoe Collegiate ISD will be hosting a Veteran's Day Program on Friday, Nov. 8, from 8:50 am-9:30 am. All local veterans will be recognized and honored. We welcome anyone who would like to attend.

The program will include the flag presentations done by Boy Scout Troop 140, musical numbers by the Roscoe Collegiate Band, the Roscoe Elementary Choir, and the Roscoe Collegiate Teacher's Quartet. Winners of the essay, art, and poetry contests will be announced, and the guest speaker will be Andy Wilson.

If you are a veteran, come early for coffee and cookies at 8:30 am. We would also like for you to sit on the gym floor for the program, so we can honor you.

Kelly Jo Sexton



Sunrise yesterday morning.

We experienced typical fall weather this past week. Skies were clear or partly cloudy, winds were moderate, and so were the temperatures. Sunday was on the warm side with a high of 90°F, but the rest of the week was milder. Highs were mostly in the seventies with lows in the forties and fifties.

The weather for the West Texas Wind Festival couldn’t have been nicer. The sun was out, winds were light, and the high that afternoon was 77°. Neither heat nor air conditioners were required for most of the week, and it was a pleasure to be outside. We got a little rain early Friday morning, but it wasn’t much more than a sprinkle, at most a tenth of an inch.

The forecast is for warmer weather today with a high of 83° along with gusty southwest winds. Then tomorrow morning, a norther will blow in with a stiff north breeze, overcast skies, falling temperature, and an 80% chance of rain. Both tomorrow and Friday will be chilly with highs of 58° and 55° respectively, lows of 35°, and a north wind strong enough to make it feel even colder. On Saturday, sunny skies will return, the wind will shift to the south, and the afternoon high will rise to about 71°. Sunday and Monday will be similar with sunny skies and highs of 74° Sunday and 69° Monday.


Wednesday, October 16, 2019

West Texas Wind Festival This Saturday

Johnny Rodriguez
Plans are being finalized for the thirteenth annual West Texas Wind Festival this Saturday, and organizers are expecting a large crowd, especially for the free concert and the fireworks show.

The downtown streets will be lined with vendors in the afternoon and evening, and the downtown shops will be open for business. The Roscoe Historical Museum will also be open, and the Roscoe Express Shuttle will be on hand to take people to and from selected parking areas, the Plowboy Mudbog, and downtown all afternoon at no charge.

The Plowboy Mudbog competition begins at noon at the baseball field at Second and Sycamore in east Roscoe. It will go on until 4 or 5pm depending on the number of entries. Admission is $5 for adults (17 and older) and $3 for kids (11-17), with free admission for children (10 and under).  Proceeds from gate and concession stand will benefit the Roscoe Little League.

Jarrod Morris
Music for the free concert and street dance on Cypress Street will begin at around six with country singer Jarrod Morris from Fort Worth. Then at around eight, country legend Johnny Rodriguez will take the stage. A native Texan, Rodriguez is a member of the Texas Country Music Hall of Fame and has been honored by three U. S. Presidents: Jimmy Carter, George H. W. Bush, and George W. Bush. He played at George H. W. Bush’s inaugural ball.

Over a long career, he has released many albums, the most recent being Johnny Rodriguez: Live from Texas. His former number one hits on the country chart include “You Always Come Back to Hurting Me,” “Ridin’ My Thumb to Mexico,” “That’s the Way Love Goes,” “I Just Can’t Get Her Out of My Mind,” “Just Get Up and Close the Door,” and “Love Put a Song in My Heart.”

Kacey Toliver
The fireworks show will follow Rodriguez’s performance at about 9:40pm and conclude this year’s Wind Festival, although those who aren’t ready to go home yet can move over to the Lumberyard, where Kacey Toliver & the Wildfire Band will play until midnight with no cover charge.

Plowboy Mudbog

As always, mudboggers will be coming in from near and far to try their vehicles in Roscoe’s blackland mud at the Plowboy Mudbog,

Registration for entrants begins at 9:30am Saturday morning at the northwest corner of George Parks Baseball Field at Second and Sycamore Streets.  The driver entry fee is $30.

Entries will be in five classes:
1. Street: 35” tires and under with limited engine modification
2. Super Street: 35” with engine vac under 13”
3. Modified: 36” to 39” with limited engine modification
4. Super Modified: 36” to 39” with engine vac under 13”
5. Open: 40” and over.

Since there’s an advantage in going last rather than first, each mud vehicle makes two runs, with the second run in reverse order from the first. Street and Super Street classes will do both their runs first, and then the rest of the classes will follow in order.

The public gate will open at 11:00am with mudbog competition beginning at noon.  Admission is $5 for adults (17 and older) and $3 for kids (11-17), with free admission for children (10 and under).  Proceeds from the gate and concession stand will benefit the Roscoe Little League.

Spectators are encouraged to bring sun block, canopy, and lawn chairs. For more information, see the Plowboy Mudbog Facebook page, or contact Felix Pantoja at 325-514-8384.

Downtown Schedule:
6:00pm/7:30pm – Jarrod Morris
7:40pm – Announcements
8:00pm – Johnny Rodriguez & Band
9:40pm – Fireworks Show
10:00pm – Event Ends



Dr. Betsy Oesch
Roscoe Collegiate ISD and Collegiate Edu-Vet regret to announce that Dr. Betsy Oesch will be leaving us this Friday, October 18.  We are so thankful for the adventurous spirit that led her to West Texas to help a small town and a small school start an incredible project.  Many in our town and in the surrounding area have taken their animals to Dr. Oesch over the past few years, and they have seen up close how warm, compassionate, and fun-loving Dr. Oesch is to both the animals and their owners.  She is moving back towards the Metroplex to be closer to family.

Roscoe Collegiate ISD and Collegiate Edu-Vet are excited to announce that two new veterinarians have joined our team.  Dr. Russell Kotzur and Dr. Rebecca Barnhart are two experienced veterinarians who have worked with Dr. Oesch over the past couple of months to learn the operational practices of the clinic.

The expansion to two veterinarians will enable Collegiate Edu-Vet to continue small animal care in the Pet Hospital and expand services to large food animals as well as equine care. Although we hate to lose Dr. Oesch, we are excited about the opportunity to expand services with the addition of Drs. Kotzur and Barnhart.  There should be no disruption of services if you are already an Edu-Vet Pet Hospital customer.

Andrew J. Wilson, Provost
Roscoe Collegiate ISD



Roscoe’s 7th grade girls won their division at the District 2A-8 cross-country meet at the Haskell Country Club last Wednesday. Four of them placed in the top ten with Zoey Welch winning first, Amri DeLoera second, Daniella Vela fourth, and Kelbi Parks seventh.

In the Varsity Girls run, Itzel Ortega-Solis finished third, qualifying her for the Regional Meet, along with Caleb Reed, Aidan Hermosillio, and Tyler Guelker for the Varsity Boys.

Below are the team finishes followed by athletes finishing in the top ten of their race. Varsity Boys ran a 3-mile course; all the others ran 2 miles.

Varsity Girls
Team finish – 4
3. Itzel Ortega-Solis

Junior Varsity Girls
Team finish – 3
10. Mia Lavalais

8th Grade Girls
Team Finish – 3
3. Jissel Rodriguez
6. Kaidy Ornelas

7th Grade Girls
Team Finish – 1
1. Zoey Welch
2. Amri DeLoera
4. Daniella Vela
7. Kelbi Parks

Varsity Boys
6. Caleb Reed
7. Aidan Hermosillio
8. Tyler Guelker

Junior High Boys
7. Graham Gleaton



It wasn’t a pretty picture for the Plowboys last Friday evening as they lost their first district game to the Pied Pipers in Hamlin 64-0.

Ranked number one in Texas in their class for the first four weeks of the season, the Pipers played like it Friday, racking up four touchdowns in the first quarter and adding four more in the second to lead 50-0 at the half. If it had been a six-man game, it would have been called then, the second half would never have happened, and everyone could have gone home early. As it was, in the second half, Hamlin tacked on two more meaningless TDs, one in the third quarter and another in the fourth, to make the final score 64-0.

The stats for the Plowboys were also dismal. In passing, they completed of 11 of 18 attempts for 51 total yards, and with 29 rushes they managed a total of only 25 yards. All things considered, it was a night to forget.

Plowboys vs. Albany at Albany Friday

After the Hamlin game, this week’s matchup with Albany may best be described as jumping out of the frying pan into the fire. Currently ranked second in Texas for class 2A-II, the Lions are coming off a bye week after easily handling Menard the week before 50-6. They will be ready to play since the Plowboys are their first district game.

Albany is currently 4-2 on the year with a season-opening loss to Eastland 60-28. Eastland is still undefeated at 6-0 and currently ranked tenth in state in class 3A-I. Their other loss was a 24-22 thriller to Hawley, 7-0 and ranked fifth in state in 2A-I. Albany’s victories are over 3A-II Colorado City 18-3, 3A-II Dublin 28-21, Peaster 41-0, and Menard 50-6. Top players include QB/DB Ben West, WR/DB Blaine Kayga, and RB/DB Dillon Hindman.

Kickoff is at 7:00pm.



Saturday's Sunset.
We’ve finally reached that point of the year when we’re running the air conditioner one day and the heat the next. Last Thursday and Friday are a case in point. On Thursday afternoon skies were sunny, and the temperature rose to 91°. But then a norther blew in on Friday, dropping the low to a chilly 37° and a high of only 58°. On top of that, the north wind was high at 25mph with gusts up to 35. Saturday was a little warmer with a 66° high, but the low that morning was only 36°, the coldest we’ve seen since last spring. Sunday was considerably warmer with a high of 84°, but then Monday’s high was back down to 76° under cloudy skies, and yesterday was back up to 87°. As the old saying goes, “If you don’t like the weather around here, just wait a few minutes.”

One thing that didn’t happen, though, was rain. We did get a sprinkle Monday, but it was so sparse that it doesn’t really count. What a change in that regard this October has been from last year when Roscoe had its wettest October on record, 13.83 inches officially with some folks recording well over 14 inches. And two to five-inch rains had fallen in the area in the last week of September.

Today’s high is forecast to reach only 71° as another norther blew in yesterday, but highs should be warmer tomorrow at 79° and Friday at 86°. Then on Saturday, the weather should be just fine for the West Texas Wind Festival. The high will be right around 81° although it may be a bit breezy with north winds of 10 to 20mph.

But no matter how the temperatures rise and fall in the coming week, every day is forecast to be sunny with clear skies and, once again, there is no rain in the forecast.



A Celebration of Life Memorial for Donna Irene (Griffing) Giles, 71, of Roscoe will be held on Friday, October 25, from 4:00-10:00pm at Barnett Barn, 1301 Elm St., Sweetwater with dinner and dessert provided by family and friends. She lost her battle with lung cancer on Tuesday, October 15, in Roscoe in the presence of her loving family.

Donna was born on August 21, 1948, to Emil Jay Griffing Jr. of North Carolina and Gwendolyn Halbert-Travis of Blytheville, Arkansas. She married the love of her life, Leon Cecil Giles of California, in August 1990 and later settled in Streetman, Texas.

Together Leon and Donna lived a "Jack of all Trades" life. During their marriage, Donna worked in many positions including real estate, roofing, veterinary tech and in mental health. They also owned several businesses, including A-1 Apartment Locators and Giles Doberman Kennel, where they bred, raised and sold registered Dobermans to the surrounding states until Leon's death in 2012. Donna was hardworking and had a generous heart towards people and animals. She loved to crochet as well as host family for the holidays and hoped to someday visit California.    

Donna is survived by her children, James "Devon" (Martha) Herd, Sheree Herd and Sha Woodson all of Texas; ten grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; siblings J. K. Griffing, Carey (Martha) Griffing, William Damon Travis, Brenda Kay Travis, and Cynthia Travis Nunn.

She was preceded in death by her father, mother, brother Emil Jay Griffing III, grandmother, grandfather and loving husband Leon.

Condolences in the form of cards or flowers should be sent to Sheree Herd, 825 Broadway, Roscoe, Texas, 79545.



Holy Mass of Christian Burial for Felipe Neri DeLoera, 83, of Roscoe was at 10:00am on Saturday, October 12, at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church with Father Nilo Nalugon officiating. Interment followed at Loraine Cemetery under the direction of McCoy Funeral Home. Felipe passed away Tuesday, October 8, at his residence.

He was born May 26, 1936, in Champion to the late Margarito and Juanita (Sanchez) DeLoera. He lived all of his life in Nolan County. He married Anita Salinas on June 30, 1962, in Colorado City. Felipe was known for his love of music and entertaining his family and friends his entire life. He played many different instruments, but his favorite was the guitar.

Felipe is survived by his wife Anita DeLoera of Roscoe; sons Abel DeLoera and wife Sherry of Snyder, Alberto DeLoera and wife Darla of Snyder, Adolpho DeLoera and wife Delia of Sweetwater, Felipe Neri DeLoera, Jr., and wife Shanon of Snyder, Armando DeLoera and wife Misti of Roscoe; his grandchildren, Chancey Manwiller and husband Jason, Scott DeLoera, Andrea Megan DeLoera, Aaron DeLoera and wife Brooke, Angela DeLoera, Devyn Brooke DeLoera, Morgan Kate DeLoera, Kyle DeLoera, Oakley Ryan DeLoera, Laura Levens, Felipe Neri DeLoera III, Sierra Katelyn DeLoera, Amri DeLoera, Amrin DeLoera, Amrik DeLoera; and five great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers and four sisters.

Pallbearers were Albert DeLoera, Adolpho DeLoera, Aaron DeLoera, Oakley DeLoera, Trey DeLoera and Kyle DeLoera.


Wednesday, October 9, 2019

High School Royalty Crowned at Homecoming

Football Sweetheart Sadie McCambridge and Football Beau Junior Martinez.
The 2016 Homecoming royalty was crowned at halftime of Friday evening’s football game. This year’s Football Sweetheart is Sadie McCambridge, and her Beau is Junior Martinez. Nominees for Football Sweetheart were Leandra Deleon, Sadie McCambridge, and Becca Shaw, and nominees for Football Beau were Tristan Baker, Junior Martinez, and Ryan Highsmith.

Band Sweetheart Abby Stovall and Band Beau Caleb Reed.



A new video of the Tracy Lawrence concert Friday night highlights Roscoe
and the Lumberyard as a popular and lively west Texas country music venue. Posted at 10:49am on Monday, it already had over 15,000 views on the Lumberyard facebook page at 10:00 this morning.



City Manager Cody Thompson addresses the Council at yesterday's meeting.
At its monthly meeting in City Hall yesterday evening, the City Council discussed work at the cemetery, heard a report from Fire Chief Virgil Pruitt, got updates on City works and the Police activity in September, and approved advertising for a new City clerk.

Cemetery employee Skeet Kimbrell spoke of the need for more work at the Roscoe Cemetery, particularly in getting rid of weeds and trimming of trees. Since his wife was recently been bitten by a dog in Roscoe, he also urged the City to consider measures that would make owners more accountable for their loose dogs.
Fire Department Chief Virgil Pruitt reported the Roscoe Volunteer Fire Department’s recent testing of all the Roscoe fireplugs and cited broken or deficient ones in certain areas of town. A couple of the ones not working at all need immediate attention, while others, particularly the ones with low pressure, will no longer be a problem once the new planned water line replaces the old one.

City Manager Cody Thompson reported that the sewer line replacement project is nearing completion. The contractors are currently awaiting the arrival of several manhole extensions, and a few areas need to be properly compacted before the project is finished.

The water line improvement project is on track, and environmental compliance is in progress. Bidding on the project is estimated to be about five months away.

Country legend Johnny Rodriguez will be the featured performer at the West Texas Wind Festival on Saturday, October 19. Opening for him will be Jarrod Morris from Fort Worth. As it always does, the festival will include street vendors, Plowboy Mudbog, and fireworks along with the free concert and street dance.

Work is needed at Windmill Park on Broadway and Main Street. The City is looking for a mason to do some brick work, and light fixtures are in the process of being replaced.

After approving the quarterly investment report, the Council discussed and approved advertising for a clerk to work in City Hall since long-time City Secretary Donna Parker will retire at the end of the year.

Police Chief Felix Pantoja gave the Police Report for the month of September. Roscoe Police reported 109 calls,  2 wrecks, 4 citations, 21 traffic warnings, 2 dogs taken to animal shelter, and 1 dog citation. 
There were no burglaries reported.



Christoval tacklers converge on Junior Martinez.
Christoval remained undefeated as they spoiled Roscoe’s homecoming with an impressive 44-28 victory over the Plowboys Friday evening. After the Plowboys fell behind 19-0 in the first quarter, they rallied in the second to close the gap to 19-14. But another disastrous third quarter put the game out of reach as the Cougars scored three times to increase their lead to 38-14. The Plowboys did manage two more TDs in the fourth quarter, but they came too late to make any difference in the outcome.

The Cougars struck three times in the first quarter. The first two were by quarterback Brayden Wilcox on runs of 73 and 3 yards and the third by Josh Fava on a one-yard run. The Plowboys were unable to put anything on the board, and at quarter’s end the score was 19-0.

The Plowboy scoring began in the second when Jaythan Coale recovered a fumble and returned it 85 yards for a touchdown. Antonio Aguayo kicked the extra point, and the score narrowed to 19-7. Later in the quarter Junior Martinez hit Ryan Highsmith with a seven-yard scoring pass, and after another Aguayo kick the score was 19-14, which was also the score at halftime.

The Plowboys started the third quarter by holding the Cougars and moving the ball well but were held and forced to punt. The punt rolled all the way to the Christoval 7-yard line, forcing the Cougars to start deep in their own end of the field. But the momentum completely changed when Beau Jolly took a short pass and broke free for a 93-yard touchdown. The lead increased to 25-13, and before quarter’s end the Cougars put the game out of reach with two more touchdowns.

They added another in the fourth to make the score 44-14. The Plowboys scored the last two touchdowns of the game. The first was a 6-yard pass from Martinez to Zachary Parrott, and the second a 39-yard Martinez pass to Ryan Highsmith. Aguayo’s extra-point kicks were good after both TDs, and the game’s final score was 44-28.

Scoring by quarters:
                             1          2         3           4           T
Christoval         19         0        19          6          44
Plowboys            0        14        0          14         28

Junior Martinez led the Plowboys on offense, completing 11 of 19 passes for 97 yards and 3 TDs, along with 2 interceptions. He also had 18 rushes for 95 yards. Leading receivers were Ryan Highsmith with 4 catches for 63 yards, and 2 TDs. Zachary Parrott caught 2 for 15 yards and 1 TD, and Vidal Aguayo caught 2 for 9 yards, while 3 others had 1 reception. Kolten Hope had 10 carries for 56 yards and Gunner Helm 10 carries for 51 yards.

Zachary Parrott led the Plowboy defense with 5 tackles. Antonio Aguayo had 4, Helm and Gonzalez 3, Vidal Aguayo, Hope and Garrett Bowers 2, and 3 others had one.

Plowboys vs. Hamlin in Hamlin 

The Plowboys open district play this Friday with Hamlin in Hamlin, another tough opponent. The Pied Pipers were ranked Number 1 in Texas in Class 2A-II for the first four weeks of the season before being upset in the fifth by Stratford, the state’s number 4 team. Even so, Coach Russell Lucas’s team is still ranked number 7. Their record is now 3-2 with losses to Hawley 44-42 and Stratford 39-7 and wins over Anson 27-7, Wheeler 44-15, and New Home 55-7. They had an open date last week to rest up before their game with Roscoe.  They are led by quarterback Braydin Warner and running back Jackson Sepeda on offense and linebacker Jacob Perez and end Austin Lozano on defense.

Kickoff is at 7:00pm, as it will be for all district games.



The Gallery Walk, the bi-weekly newsletter of Maya Consulting, an organization that supports school systems to achieve educational equity and tell stories of outstanding educators, has published an interview with 2013 RCHS graduate Dr. Jose Rangel celebrating the success of rural Latinx students. The article also discusses the P-20 System Model developed in Roscoe Collegiate High School, which is now spreading to schools in Texas and across the country.

To access the article, click here.



The Plowgirl cross-country runners once again did well on all levels at the huge Anson Cross-Country Meet at Anson Golf Club last Thursday. In a meet with teams from twenty-five area schools, the Plowgirls finished fifth in the Varsity Girls, fourth in the Junior Varsity Girls, seventh in the Eighth Grade Girls, and second in the Seventh Grade Girls events.

Schools represented at the meet were Afton Patton Springs, Anson, Benjamin, Breckenridge, Colorado City, Guthrie, Haskell, Hawley, Highland, Ira, Jayton, Knox City, Merkel, O’Brien, Paducah, Post, Roby, Roscoe Collegiate, Rotan, Rule, Snyder, Stamford, Wylie, and Wylie East.

Roscoe athletes finishing in the top ten of their events were the following:

Varsity 3200 meters: 2. Itzel Ortega Solis
Junior Varsity 1600 meters: 9. Mia Lavalais
8th Grade 1600 meters: 4. Jissel Rodriguez, 9. Kaidy Ornelas
7th Grade 1600 meters: 7. Zoey Welch, 9. Amri DeLoera



Clear blue skies over Roscoe yesterday.
After a warmer than average September that extended into the first week of October, the Roscoe area got its first real taste of fall on Monday when a cold front blew in. The temperature dropped to 50°F on Monday, and the high that day was only 73°. Yesterday was warmer with a high of 82°, but after the hot days we’ve been experiencing in recent weeks, even it felt refreshing.

Today and tomorrow will return to the nineties, however. The projected high for both days is 91° along with strong southwest winds and mostly sunny skies. However, tomorrow night another cold front will blow in, and the temperature will plummet on Friday to a forecast low of 36° and a high of only 59° along with more high winds, only this time from the north. Saturday will be warmer with a high of 68° and a low of 50°, and Sunday warmer still with a high of 84° and a low of 58° with wind from the southwest.

Despite the changes in temperature and wind direction, there is little chance of rain in the coming week.



Services for Garland Dewayne Kemp 61, of Sweetwater were held at 10:00am Tuesday, October 8, at Champion Baptist Church with Rev. Bruce Parsons officiating. Interment followed at Roscoe Cemetery under the direction of McCoy Funeral Home. He passed away Saturday, October 5, at his residence.

Garland was born in England on June 14, 1958, to the late James Luther Kemp and Minnie Frances (Campbell) Kemp. He enjoyed the outdoors and loved to go fishing. He worked the last 15 years at Walmart in the electronics department.

He is survived by his daughters, Robin Barton and husband Rickie of Sweetwater and Sonja Mitchell of Fort Worth; grandchildren, Thomas Atwood, Jr. of Sweetwater and Tanner Umphress of Sweetwater; stepfather, Wilford Petty and wife Dorothy of Roscoe; brothers, James Randell Kemp and wife Brenda of Abilene; Royce Alan Petty and wife Denella of Weatherford; and numerous other extended family.

Garland was preceded in death by his wife, Vickie Kemp, and his parents, James Kemp and Frances Petty.

Pallbearers were Thomas Atwood, Jr., Tanner Umphress, Weston Davis, Steven Fenley, Kyle Sanford and Randy Merket.


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