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Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Roscoe Hosts District Track Meet Tomorrow

Roscoe Collegiate has been selected to host the District 8-2A Track & Field Meet at Plowboy Field this year with events beginning at 8:30am tomorrow morning.

District 8-2A schools are Coleman, Colorado City Colorado, Forsan, Miles, Roscoe Collegiate, and Winters.



The Lone Wolf Relays were held in Colorado City on Thursday, March 26, with four schools participating: Coahoma, Colorado, Forsan, and Roscoe Collegiate.

Here are the results for the Plowgirls:

Event                           Finish         Athlete                   Time/Distance
Long Jump                    2          Cheyanne Moorhead          13’ 5”
                                         3          Cameron Greenwood         13’ 4½“
                                         5          Kirsten Welch                      12’ 1½”
Discus                             1          Shauna McCambridge        88’ 1”
Shot Put                         4          Shauna McCambridge        27’ 4”
High Jump                     5          Carson Greenwood             4’ 4”
Triple Jump                   2          Kaidy Ornelas                      29’ 9”
                                         3          Cheyanne Moorhead          28’ 3½”
                                          5         Cameron Greenwood          27’ 5”
3200 meter run             1          Jissell Rodriquez                14:17.71
                                          3          Jaiden Amador                   16:31.52
1600 meter run              1          Kaidy Ornelas                     6:01.46
                                          4          Jaiden Amador                   7:43.90
                                          5          Savannah Little                  8:27.25
800 meter run                3          Yaniez Aguilar                    2:57.17
4 x 100 meter relay       4          Plowgirls                              56.94
100 meter hurdles         1          Carson Greenwood            18.64
4 x 200 meter relay      4          Plowgirls                              2:06.75
400 meter dash             3          Mia Lavalais                        1:09.;71
                                          6          Majalia Munn                     1:19.74
300 meter hurdles        2          Carson Greenwood            58.53
200 meter dash             5          Shauna McCambridge       31.29
                                          6          Carson Greenwood            31.3
4 x 400 meter relay      2          Plowgirls                              4:41.88

Here are the results for the Plowboys:

Long Jump                     6          Antonio Aguayo                 16’11¼”
Discus                              6          Michael Parker-Fulton     93’ 1½”
3200 meter run             4          Caleb Reed                          12:23.81
                                          5          Jaiden Frith                        13:27.71
Pole Vault                       4          Graham Gleaton                 7’ 6”
4 x 100 meter relay       2          Plowboys                             45.04
100 meter dash              6          Keller Vinson                     12.08
4 x 200 meter relay       2          Plowboys                             1:35.55
200 meter dash              2         Antonio Aguayo                  23.7
1600 meter run              5          Grayson                               5:35.64
4 x 400 meter relay       4          Plowboys                             3:45.54



After not being held last year because of the pandemic and the Governor’s stay-home mandate, the City Easter Egg will resume this Saturday, April 3, from 2:00-3:00pm at Old Town Park across from City Hall on Cypress Street. 

Hunts are planned for three separate age groups: 0-3 years old, 4-7 years old, and 8-12 years old. Everyone is invited.

The Easter Bunny will be there for photo ops, so please bring cameras and baskets for goodies.  For more information, contact City Hall during business hours at 325-766-3871.



In the US, some areas show consistent improvement while others are once again experiencing increases, and the average daily number of new cases is higher now than it was two weeks ago. The western and southern states continue to report falling case numbers, hospitalizations, and deaths, while the northeastern states along with Michigan see their case numbers increase. States hardest hit are New Jersey, New York, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island.

Meanwhile, the number of people being vaccinated is increasing with about 2.7 million people receiving vaccinations every day.        Also, on the positive side, the CDC has learned that transmission of Covid-19 by people who have been vaccinated with Pfizer or Moderna vaccines may be very rare.

In Texas, anyone 16 or older is now eligible to receive the vaccine. The state is receiving another million doses this week, so all who want the vaccine will eventually get it. Demand for the vaccine in Texas is high with long lines of people in cities like Houston.

Despite the outbreaks of Covid-19 elsewhere, the numbers in Texas for new cases, active cases, hospitalizations, and deaths all continue their steady drop from the January peak. New cases on Monday were at 1,881, 329 fewer than last week. Hospitalizations are down to 3,146 compared to 3,980 last week, and average daily deaths have decreased by 31 to 114.

Improvement also continues in the Big Country. The number of active cases in Taylor County has fallen to 160 from 206 last week and 347 two weeks ago. Hospitalizations for Covid-19 in Abilene are now at 9 patients compared to 13 last week. On Sunday, the percentage of Covid-19 patients in the Abilene trauma service area was under 2%. However, 8 more deaths have been added to the total, which now stands at 388 for Taylor County.

In our four-county area, the numbers are also low. Nolan County reports only 5 active cases, down from 7 last week. Fisher County has 2, their first in six weeks, and Mitchell County has 4, down from 8 last week, along with 2 in the Wallace unit prison staff. Scurry County is listed as having none on the state website but has some in others. There was 1 new Covid-19 death reported in Nolan County, but none in the other three.

Roscoe schools are completely Covid-19 free and will be lifting Covid-19 protocols on Friday.

Here are the Big Country’s estimated active cases (with last week’s in parentheses): Jones, 39 (39); Howard, 34 (46); Erath, 14 (13); Brown, 11 (64); Callahan, 4 (1); Mitchell, 4 (8); Comanche, 4 (5); Stephens, 3 (1); Nolan, 3 (7); Fisher, 2 (0), Kent, 1 (9); Haskell, 1 (1); Runnels, 1 (1); Eastland, 0 (6); Shackelford, 0 (3); Coleman, 0 (1); Coke, 0 (0); Scurry, 0 (0); Stonewall, 0 (0); Knox, 0 (0); Throckmorton, 0 (0).
Selected west Texas counties’ estimated active cases (with last week’s in parentheses): Midland 262 (298), Ector (Odessa) 182 (282), Lubbock 161 (155); Tom Green (San Angelo) 102 (132); Wichita (Wichita Falls) 75 (82).

Texas now has had a total of 2,391,860 cases (2,368,222 last week), 95,739 active cases (1o4,994 last week) and 47,278 total deaths (46,478 last week).



Monday's sunrise.

It’s been a relatively normal week for the weather with warmer than average temperatures, plenty of wind and sunshine, and no precipitation. The high for the past week was Friday’s high of 84°, followed closely by Monday’s 83°.  The lows were also warmer than the average 42° for this time of year. The lowest low was last night’s 44°, and the maximum low was Monday’s 54°.

Winds were generally higher than average with the strongest winds being the south and southwest winds on Friday, Saturday, Monday, and yesterday. At least there were no more sandstorms.

The next few days will be a bit cooler than the past few. Today features a strong north wind of about 20-30mph with stronger gusts and a high of only about 64°. Tonight’s low will drop down to 37° for the coolest low we’ve had for a while. Tomorrow will have a high of 68° with lighter winds from the south-southeast at about 10-15mph, much better for the 8-2A District Track Meet at Plowboy Field. Friday’s high of 68° will come with a strong south breeze of about 20mph, and Saturday’s high will also be similar at about 69°. Sunday will be warmer with a high of 76°, and Monday is forecast to be back up to 84° with highs projected to climb into the nineties by Wednesday.

Unfortunately, there is still no rain in the forecast.



Roscoe boys on an Easter Trip meet Governor Allen Shivers in Austin in 1954.
Editor’s note: This is a lightly edited version of the article that appeared in the April 27, 2011, Roscoe Hard Times. 

For me, the time around Easter always brings to mind the annual Easter Trip once available to members of the Roscoe Boys Club, and the rattlesnake bite I got while on one in 1957. Any of the boys who ever made that trip in the forties, fifties, or sixties will tell you that it was a memorable experience.

The Easter Trip was an annual affair that took place on the Easter break, which, in the days before schools observed a spring break, was a four-day holiday that began on Good Friday and lasted through the following Monday. About ten or twelve boys would make the trip in the “Moose Wagon,” our nickname for George Parks’ van. Each had to have enough money for his own meals, snacks, and souvenirs. The lodging was covered by the Boys Club.

As with most Boys Club trips, the Easter Trip began at the Roscoe Times office with leaving time set at five in the morning. George was an early riser and insisted on an early start, and woe to the boy who arrived ten minutes late, because by then George would already be gone. This idiosyncrasy was well known to all the mothers in and around Roscoe, and usually by ten to five, everybody was there and ready to go.

It would still be dark when we set off for San Marcos, about 300 miles away, and many boys, especially those in the back seats, would go right back to sleep and doze until it got light. At around one or two o’clock, we’d arrive and immediately go down to a recreational area on the river there and get in a good swim before supper. It would be the first time any of us had swum that year, and the water would be cold—but not as cold as the water in west Texas, which wouldn’t be warm enough to swim in until the end of May.

There was an outdoor snack bar there with a jukebox, which blared out the latest hits, the favorite of one year being Elvis Presley’s “Midnight Train.” There were also local high school kids hanging out there, the boys in white t-shirts and blue jeans, white socks, and moccasins—with their hair combed back in duck tails and one sleeve rolled up so that it held a pack of Camels on the upper arm. Girls in ponytails wore full skirts or rolled-up blue jeans with thick, white socks and saddle oxfords.

Near the diving board was a contraption we called the trolley, which we all loved to ride. You climbed a ladder about as high as a high diving board up to a steel cable that ran from an overhead pole all the way down to the bank on the opposite side of the river. The trolley was a handle with grooved wheels that fit on the cable. By grabbing the handle with both hands and jumping off the platform, you would quickly be borne out over the river. Then by letting go, you would plunge from ten to twelve feet into the water below.

We swam and played until everyone had had enough, and then we went to supper at a restaurant called Arredondo’s. One year, George got tired of people playing Elvis and Little Richard on the jukebox there, so he fed it about a dollar's worth of nickels and played Johnny Cash's "Ballad of a Teenage Queen" over and over again. The other people in the restaurant thought he was crazy. I can still sing that song by heart.

Then we went to the cabins, where we stayed for the night. They were owned by one of George’s old friends, Elmer Gray, who rented them out to Southwest Texas State students. He usually had two or three vacant ones, and these he let the Boys Club use for the night.

The next morning after breakfast we swam again, this time at a place where the river water came pouring over a short concrete dam about three feet tall. The level of the river was about three inches higher than that of the dam, and we would get in the spot where the water came over the dam in a big, constant wave. After the swim, we went to Wonder Cave for two or three hours and then to Aquarena, a tourist attraction with glass-bottomed boats for rent and an underwater show for tourists—with “mermaids” (young women in mermaid outfits) and a swimming pig.

That afternoon we’d leave San Marcos and drive over to San Antonio, where we went to the Alamo, which we treated with the reverence of a church. This was the cradle of Texas liberty, and it meant more to us than anything from the Revolutionary War. Davy Crockett, Jim Bowie, and Colonel Travis were heroes we grew up knowing about, and after visiting the Alamo we’d go to the San Fernando Cathedral in downtown San Antonio to see the stone casket that held their ashes.

We’d also go to the old Spanish Governor’s Palace and in the evening to La Villita and the Riverwalk, although those places were much different then. Before the revitalization of downtown, La Villita and the Riverwalk were in rough areas that tourists visited only in the daytime. At night, Hispanic gangs were out, and George made us all keep together while walking along the river there in the evenings.

On Easter Sunday morning, we’d go to a protestant church somewhere in San Antonio—and would usually be recognized and welcomed by the pastor when he gave the announcements before the sermon. In the afternoon we went to the batting cages or played miniature golf or went to a movie in the Aztec Theatre, one of those grand old movie theatres from the twenties, with a high ceiling and elaborate architecture. The ceiling had “stars” that twinkled, and everything was built and decorated in the Spanish style. That evening, after supper at a Mexican restaurant with Mariachi singers, we’d go to Playland, a big amusement park with the largest roller coaster in Texas, along with various other rides.

The next morning, we got up and went to Austin, where we spent the greater part of the day. We always went to the state capitol and saw the sights there. The state representative for the Roscoe district would sometimes meet us and show us around, and one year the group went in and met the governor. Then, we’d get in one last swim, this time at Barton Creek, a spring-fed creek in south Austin with crystal clear water the same temperature all year round. Finally, in mid-afternoon we’d start the long drive back to Roscoe.

A stop at Shriner Institute in Kerrville on the 1956 Easter Trip.

It was on one of these return trips that I got bitten by a rattlesnake. This was on April 22, 1957, when I was thirteen. We were about five miles beyond Lampasas when Billy Haney, admiring the bluebonnets on the shoulders of the highway, asked George if he could get out and pick some for his mother. George agreed and stopped the van. This was before it was against the law to pick bluebonnets.

Billy and I got out and were on our way over to a bluebonnet patch when I stepped on something soft. Simultaneously, I heard the unmistakable rattle and felt the snake strike me on the lower leg. I was barefooted and in shorts, and I still remember what the snake’s body felt like when I stepped on it. I called out to George that a snake bit me. When he asked what kind and I said a rattlesnake, he told me to lie down on the shoulder of the road.

Then he said, “Who’s got a knife?” and when my brother Joe said that he did, I knew this wasn’t going to be fun. Joe’s knife was an old pocketknife that he got from Daddy and used primarily for cleaning fish. Its main blade was chipped and rusty. George cut an x with it on my leg where the snake bit it and started sucking out the blood and poison and then spitting it out.

In the meantime Joe and Cuppy Graham found the snake in the grass and killed it with rocks. On George’s orders, Wade McLeod stood out in the middle of the highway and flagged down a car. It was just luck that the first person who came along was an intern who worked at St. Mary’s Hospital in Lampasas. He and a couple of boys picked me up and put me in the back seat of his ’57 Chevy.

Then we went roaring off at high speed back toward Lampasas. Wade and Benny Hunter jumped in the back seat with me, and I lay across them. Benny gave me his army fatigue cap to chew on, and Wade was crying and saying, “Don’t die,” while Benny reported to us that the driver was going 95 mph.

When we got to the hospital, the intern drove right up to the emergency entrance, and almost immediately they had me on a table and went to work on my leg. While one doctor repeatedly stabbed my leg with a scalpel and then ran a suction device over it to draw out the poisoned blood, another gave me a snake serum shot with a big needle and then some morphine. Then the lights went out, and I was out cold for twenty-four hours.

When I woke up, I was in a hospital bed and my mother was sitting in a chair by the wall crocheting. My right leg was about twice as big around as normal and just about every color of the rainbow—purple, red, and yellow being the main colors. I stayed in the hospital for five more days before the doctor said I was well enough to go home. Wells Funeral Home in Roscoe had an ambulance in those days, and George Parks got Sid Wells to drive to Lampasas and bring me back to Roscoe in it.

I was out of school for another week or so after that and on crutches for three weeks more. Robert Martin started calling me Snake, and before long all the other boys followed suit—although the girls never did, so to this day I am still known in Roscoe to the males as Snake and to most females as Bitsy, as I was known to everyone before the snake bite.


Wednesday, March 24, 2021

Texas Monthly Says Roscoe Good Place to Visit

A nice article by Pam LeBlanc about Roscoe and Sweetwater has been published in the current Texas Monthly.

Entitled “How to Spend a West Texas Weekend in Roscoe and Sweetwater,” it includes brief comments from City Manager Cody Thompson, Mayor Pete Porter, Greg Wortham, and me, and in doing so brings up the Lumberyard, the Roscoe Collegiate program, the Blackland Smokehouse, Vickie’s Gifts, the Roscoe Historical Museum, and a little bit about the town’s history and current situation, including mention of its annual West Texas Wind Festival.

Its discussion of Sweetwater mentions the Rattlesnake Roundup but focuses more on the WASP Museum and Allen’s Family Style Meals.

The article is available online and may be accessed by clicking here.

In a separate online article, the current Texas Monthly also includes an interview with Gaylan Marth, formerly of Roscoe, and now owner and operator of Big Boys Bar-B-Cue in Sweetwater. Although conducted in 2013, the conversation is still timely because it focuses on Marth’s special methods of cooking and preparing the meats.

It is available by clicking here.



Yesway at the Alon service station in south Roscoe.
Roscoe Police are working to identify the perpetrator of an armed robbery on Friday of the Yesway convenience store on Main and the I-20 west service road. The holdup occurred at about 10:15pm, and the suspect got away with an unspecified amount of cash in excess of $100. In a video of the incident, he appears to be wearing a black hoodie and a mask covering most of his face. He is also wearing blue jeans and holding a pistol.

Anyone with any information of the incident is urged to contact the Nolan County dispatch at 325-235-5471 and ask for the Roscoe Police Department.



We are still COVID-19 free at the school.

At the March 15th board meeting, the board of trustees passed a resolution giving the superintendent the authority to rescind or reinstate COVID-19 protocols as appropriate.  The superintendent will likely rescind the protocols after Easter if we continue to have a low number of infections among staff and students.

A recent survey of RCISD faculty and staff revealed that 30% of respondents have been vaccinated, 6% are on a waiting list, 10% plan to be vaccinated, 36% have not made a decision yet, 3% have had COVID-19 too recently to be vaccinated, and 15% do not plan to be vaccinated.  The school is currently working with local health officials to provide COVID-19 vaccinations at the school building for faculty and staff.

Roscoe Collegiate ISD is inviting the community to complete a survey about the culture of our school.  To access the survey, click here.

Andrew J. Wilson, Superintendent
Roscoe Collegiate ISD



Spring Break is over now, and the Plowboy and Plowgirl teams resume their seasons tomorrow at the Lone Wolf Relays in Colorado City. 
This is their last meet before the District 8-2A meet, which will be held here in Roscoe next week. Events begin at 3:00pm



The Hendrick Regional Blood Center of Abilene is looking for volunteers to donate blood tomorrow, Thursday, March 25, from 9:00am to 3:00pm. The Bloodmobile will be located on 7th Street in front of the Roscoe Collegiate High School Special Events Center. Donations will take approximately 30-45 minutes, and donors are advised to eat a good meal and drink plenty of fluid beforehand.  

In addition to knowing their donations could help save a life, donors may receive anti-body blood testing at no charge if they successfully donate. There is a sign-up sheet in the RCHS office.  Walk-up donors are also welcome.



The Nolan County Health Department will follow the state directive to open up vaccinations to adults of all ages starting this coming Monday, March 31. The state order is to allow anyone 16 or above to be vaccinated, but Nolan County has the Moderna vaccine, and Moderna doses are restricted to people ages 18 or older, so until the County gets some Pfizer doses, 18 will be the minimum age offered here.  

Health service providers will still prioritize appointments for people who are 80 and older. Vaccines are not limited to Texas residents, and citizenship is not a requirement for the vaccine.

Although vaccinations for people not in the first three phases don’t become eligible until next week, they may still go ahead and get on the waiting list now. To get your name on the waiting list for an appointment, contact the Nolan County Health Department at 325-235-5463.

Editor’s note: You may have read, heard, or seen on TV that Taylor County is already opening up vaccinations to adults of all ages.  That’s because they have plenty of doses now, including Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson. Nolan County, however, currently has only a limited supply of Moderna, so they won’t open up to all adults until next week.



Case numbers over the entire country have dropped 8% in the past two weeks, but some places like New York, New England, New Jersey, and Michigan are offsetting the progress seen in other areas. Overall, there are now fewer hospitalizations since early last October and fewer deaths since November. The vaccination rollout is improving, and about 2.5 million people are getting vaccinated every day. Texas and Georgia are joining West Virginia, Alaska, and Mississippi in making all adults eligible for the vaccine.

In Texas, nursing home residents who are fully vaccinated can finally have unlimited hugs and visits from loved ones after a year of isolation. And, starting on Monday, anyone 16 or over is eligible for a vaccination. The state is opening up as many schools and businesses drop mask requirements. The Texas Rangers announced they will allow 100% capacity for the season’s opening baseball game on April 5. Texas state parks are also working toward opening to 100% capacity. Hospitalizations, new cases, and deaths have all decreased in this past week.

Improvement also continues in the Big Country. The number of active cases in Taylor County has fallen to 206 from 347 last week and 691 on March 1. Hospitalizations for Covid-19 in Abilene are now at 13 compared to 17 last week, and for the first time in a long time, there were no deaths, and an ICU unit is vacant.

In our four-county area, the numbers are also still low. Nolan County reports only 7 active cases, down from 8 last week. Fisher County has had no cases for five weeks now and only one the week before that. Mitchell County still has 8 active cases, the same as last week, and Scurry County reported 4 new cases. Once again, there were no new Covid-19 deaths in Nolan, Fisher, Mitchell, or Scurry Counties.

Here are the Big Country’s estimated active cases (with last week’s in parentheses): Brown, 64 (67); Howard, 46 (33); Jones, 39 (44); Erath, 13 (13); Kent, 9 (10); Mitchell, 8 (8); Nolan, 7 (8); Eastland, 6 (2); Comanche, 5 (7); Shackelford, 3 (3); Callahan, 1 (3); Coleman, 1 (1); Runnels, 1 (1); Stephens, 1 (1); Haskell, 1 (0); Coke, 0 (3); Scurry, 0 (1); Stonewall, 0 (1); Fisher, 0 (0), Knox, 0 (0); Throckmorton, 0 (0).
Selected west Texas counties’ estimated active cases (with last week’s in parentheses): Midland 298 (552), Ector (Odessa) 282 (111), Lubbock 155 (217); Tom Green (San Angelo) 132 (133); Wichita (Wichita Falls) 82 (94).

Texas now has had a total of 2,368,222 cases (2,351,382 last week), 104,994 active cases (111,691 last week) and 46,478 total deaths (45,700 last week).



A fire from a previous year.
There’s an old saying that great minds run in the same channels. If it’s true, then Injun Robert and I may have great minds because we both forgot to check to see which was the first day of Spring this year. It is usually March 21, but not always. And I’d intended to check to make sure but forgot to do so until Sunday morning—when I learned that it had been the day before, Saturday, March 20.

The “Sunrise Wind” ceremony was always performed by the Plains Indians at sunrise on the first day after the first day of Spring. So, it should have been done as the sun rose on Sunday morning. I checked shortly after sunrise, which was about 15 minutes too late. But there was still hope—if Injun Robert had remembered—so I texted him to see if he had. Unfortunately, he hadn’t either.

So, this year there was no fire and no smoke to watch as the sun rose in the east. However, it was pretty clear which way the smoke would have been going if it had, as there was a fairly strong breeze, about 15mph, coming directly from the south.

Those familiar with the the Taba’na Yuan’e, as the Comanches called the ritual, know that an east or northeast wind at sunrise was an omen that crops would be plentiful. A north or northwest wind foretold average yields, but a west wind was bad, and a southwest wind worse. But worst of all was a wind from the south—not a good sign!

So, maybe it’s just as well that the fire wasn’t made and the ceremony not performed this year. And, who knows? Perhaps our forgetfulness was the doing of the Great Spirit in the Sky, who didn’t want to break the bad news to us. In any case, we’ll try to remember when the cotton bales are counted at the end of this season to see if the wind’s prediction was accurate. Let’s hope we do better than that.


Monday's sandstorm approaches from the west.
It's Spring. But West Texas springs are not like springs in other parts of the world. Kids growing up here slowly figure out the disconnect between our springs and the ones we learn about in nursery rhymes, where the little birds chirp, the meadows burst with beautiful blooms, and gentle breezes waft beneath a bright, blue sky. This is not to say we never get any of the above. On good days we do.

But that’s only half the story. We never hear any nursery rhymes about farmers staring at the sky day after day looking for clouds that might bring enough moisture to plant their crops, or about people trying to get to the house before it starts hailing or heading for the storm cellar to escape a tornado—or of sandstorms that suddenly descend upon us like the one we got on Monday afternoon.

In fact, Monday was just the kind of day that exemplifies West Texas weather. In the morning, there was strong wind that blew clouds in, which forecasters said would create showers. The next few hours were dark and gloomy, but nothing happened until about three in the afternoon when suddenly a shower hit, lasting about twenty minutes or so and then stopping almost as quick as it had started. Then followed a period with little wind, during which I walked to the post office and never got wet at all. Then, a couple of hours later, my phone started beeping to warn me of a wind advisory for a strong sandstorm due to hit soon. I looked outside and noticed that the sky was already turning red. Then about ten minutes later a giant sandstorm came directly out of the west and filled the sky with dust, which lasted at least until dark.

Then, yesterday morning when I woke up, the sandstorm was gone, the sky was blue and clear, and for a big part of the day there was so little wind that the flags around town were hanging limp. So, in just a couple of days, we’d had strong winds, sunny skies, overcast skies, some rain, a sandstorm, and a return to clear blue skies with little to no wind.

The shower was welcome even if it didn’t last long. I got .34”, which I think was general for the area, although Kenny Landfried recorded an official .17” at his house in east Roscoe, and I heard that it didn't rain at all in some places.

Temperatures were mild for most of the past week. The high was Sunday afternoon’s 77°F, and the low was Thursday morning’s 34°. Other daily highs were in the mid-sixties or low seventies.

This week should be warmer than last. Today and tomorrow have forecast highs of 70° with a slight (20%) chance of rain and medium-strength winds. Friday will have strong south winds with an afternoon high of 81° and Saturday will follow with a high of 79°. Sunday and Monday should be similar with partly cloudy skies and highs in the 70s.

The forecasters give us a 24% chance of precipitation on Sunday, but we will probably have to wait until next week for better chances of rain.


Wednesday, March 17, 2021

Tammy Yarborough Killed in Car Crash

Tammy Yarborough
Tammy Lambert Yarborough, 59, of Roscoe, died in an auto accident shortly before noon on Sunday, March 13, when her 2014 Ford hit a 2007 Chevrolet pickup at an intersection in Stonewall County, about 10 miles east of Aspermont, not far from Old Glory. 

She was traveling south on FM 1835, and the pickup was traveling east on State Highway 283. According to the DPS, she failed to yield right-of-way at the intersection and struck the truck driven by Charles Ray Baker, 71, of Jayton. 

She was pronounced deceased at the scene of the accident, and he was taken to Hendrick Medical Center in Abilene with stable but incapacitating injuries.

The crash is under investigation by the DPS.



Wearing their medals are David Diaz, Zeke Murphy, and Xavier Lopez.
Roscoe Collegiate’s powerlifters made a good showing at the Powerlifting Championship of Region 2, Division 3 of the THSPA (Texas High School Powerlifting Association) last Thursday in West.

San Saba won the meet, and the Plowboys finished 10th of the 21 schools competing there.

Zeke Murphy finished third in the 114 lb. weight class, David Diaz was third in the 198 lb. class, and Xavier Lopez was fifth in the 308 lb. class.

Here are the individual results:
    Athlete                 Finish      Class
Zeke Murphy               3            114
Xander Moffett            7           114
Lupe Leaños                9            132
David Diaz                   3            198
Britt Justiss                 6            242
Peyton Friedman      10           242
Diego Vela                    8           275
Xavier Lopez                5           309

Congratulations on a fine season, Plowboys!



Kaidy Ornelas breezes to a win in the 800 meters..
The Roscoe Collegiate Plowgirls had a good day in the Blackland Divide Relays at Plowboy Field on Thursday, finishing first in a field of five.

Varsity Girls: 1) Roscoe Collegiate 163; 2) Colorado City 114; 3) Hermleigh 110; 4) Lubbock Homeschool Christian 88; 5) Trent 26.

Kaidy Ornelas won the 800 meter run and triple jump and ran the anchor on the winning 4 x 400 relay team. Shauna McCambridge won the shot put, was second in the discus throw, and ran a leg on the second-place 4 x 200 meter relay team. C. Greenwood won the 100 meter hurdles and was second in the high jump, and J. Rodriquez won the 3200 meter run and ran legs on the winning 4 x 400 relay and 4 x 100 meter relay teams.

Editor's note: Comments concerning J. Rodriquez and C. Greenwood may be wrong as there are two J. Rodriquezes, Jacey and Jissel, and two C. Greenwoods, Cameron and Carson. The results of the meet listed only the last name and first initial of the athletes, and since it's spring break at RCHS, I didn't have anyone to clear up the confusion about which sister did which event.

Here are the Plowgirls’ results by event (Top 5 finishers):

Event                        Finish         Athlete                Time/Distance
Long Jump                   2          C. Moorhead                14’
                                        4          C. Greenwood              13’ 4¾”
Shot Put                        1           S. McCambridge          28’8½ “
Discus                            2          S. McCambridge          69’ 4”
                                        5          K. Ornelas                     54’5½”
High Jump                   2          C. Greenwood               4’  4”
Triple Jump                  1          K. Ornelas                    30’2½ “
                                        3          C. Moorhead                29’ 8”
                                        4          C. Greenwood              28’ 5”
100 meter hurdles       1          C. Greenwood              19.22
800 meter run              1          K. Ornelas                    2:39.28
                                        5          Y. Aguilar                      3:01.73
4 x 100 meter relay     2          Plowgirls                       56.63
       (Moorhead, Greenwood, Rodriquez, Lavalais)
4 x 200 meter relay     2          Plowgirls                      2:03.71
       (Calderon-Ruiz, Greenwood, McCambridge, Lavalais)
4 x 400 meter relay     1          Plowgirls                      4:42.20
       (Calderon-Ruiz, Rodriquez, Lavalais, Ornelas),
200 meter dash            3          C. Greenwood              31.15
3200 meter run            1          J. Rodriquez               14.00.75

The Plowboys finished fifth in a field of eight:

Varsity Boys: 1) Hawley 147; 2) Colorado City; 3) Haskell 74; 4) Stamford 59; 5) Roscoe Collegiate; 6) Hermleigh 50; 7) Lubbock Homeschool Christian; 8) Trent 8.

The Plowboys did well in the relay races, winning the 4 x 200 meters and finishing second in the 4 x 100 meters and 4 x 400 races. The members of all three relay teams were the same: A. Aguayo, J. Cuellar, S. Wilcox, and T. Guelker.

Here are the Varsity Plowboys’ results by event (Top 5 finishers):

Triple Jump                   3        S. Wilcox                         37’ 3½"
                                         5         T. Guelker                        36’  5”
1600 meter run             5        G. Gleaton                       5:28.67
4 x 100 meter relay      2         Plowboys                          45.82
            (Guelker, Aguayo, Wilcox, Cuellar)
4 x 200 meter relay      1         Plowboys                         1:35.36
            (Aguayo, Cuellar, Wilcox, Guelker)
4 x 400 meter relay     2          Plowboys                         3:47.17
            (Aguayo, Cuellar, Wilcox, Guelker)
3200 meter run            4          G. Gleaton                     12:20.10
                                         5          A. Hermosillio              13:23.26



The Roscoe Collegiate High Varsity Cheerleaders for 2021-22 have been selected.

They are in alphabetical order: Jaiden Amador, Kenzie Danner, Jessica Dippel, Linnea Elmore, Mia Lavalais, Savannah Little, Kaidy Ornelas, Isabel Ortega, Jissel Rodriquez, and Daniella Vela.



It’s Girl’s Night Out at the Lumberyard Saturday night as the official Chippendales men dance troupe takes the stage for a tribute performance.

Tickets are $20 in advance and $28 at the door for a “mantastic night of fun and excitement.”

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



Case numbers in the US continue to drop as vaccinations increase, and more people are beginning to engage in normal activities, such as traveling by air, going out for food or entertainment, and gathering in groups. US health providers are now administering an average of 2.44 million shots per day. The CDC continues to urge caution, however, as they are still concerned about upsurges that might cause a return to restrictions. The virus hotspots in the country now are New York, New Jersey, and other northeastern states, along with Miami.

In Texas, new cases of Covid-19 across the state are now under 2,000 daily with 1,610 on Monday. Hospitalizations are down to 3,980 compared to 4,700 last week. The number of deaths now averages 150 per day with only 27 reported on Monday. 10% of the Texas population is now fully vaccinated compared to 8.3% last week, and 19.3% have received at least one shot compared to 15% last week. 

The state rollout still has some availability problems, but Nolan County Health Department has the Moderna vaccine and is currently making appointments for shots. People in tier C, ages 50-64, as well as schoolteachers and staff are now eligible to get their names on the waiting lists.

Positive trends also continue in the Big Country. The number of active cases in Taylor County has fallen to 347 from 476 last week and 635 two weeks ago. Hospitalizations for Covid-19 in Abilene are now at 17 compared to 13 last week and 22 three weeks ago.  However, there were 6 more deaths to bring the total to 380.

In the Big Country’s trauma service area, the percentage of hospital beds for Covid-19 patients also continues to drop. Yesterday, it was down to 1.58% compared to 2.63% last week. The number of hospital staff in quarantine is now 6, one less than last week, and there are still no ICU beds available.

In our four-county area, the numbers are also still low. Nolan County reports only 8 active cases, down from 17 last week. Fisher County has had no cases for four weeks now and only one the week before that. Mitchell County has 8 active cases, the same as last week, and Scurry County reported one active case. There were no new Covid-19 deaths in Nolan, Fisher, Mitchell, or Scurry Counties.

Here are the Big Country’s estimated active cases: Brown, 67; Jones, 44; Howard, 33; Erath, 13; Kent, 10; Nolan, 8; Mitchell, 8; Comanche, 7; Callahan, 3; Coke, 3; Shackelford, 3; Eastland, 2; Coleman, 1; Runnels, 1; Scurry, 1; Stephens, 1; Stonewall, 1; Fisher, 0, Haskell, 0; Knox, 0; Throckmorton, 0.
Selected west Texas counties’ estimated active cases: Midland 552, Ector (Odessa) 111, Lubbock 217; Tom Green (San Angelo) 133; Wichita (Wichita Falls) 94.

Texas now has had a total of 2,351,382 cases (2,326,885 last week), 111,691 active cases (128,164 last week) and 45,700 total deaths (44,650 last week).



This morning's windy sunrise.
This past seven days has been pretty much the same as the previous week, that is, windy and warm, but with one big exception—we got a nice rain Saturday night. It didn’t last long, a half-hour at most, but it rained pretty steadily while it did. 

I checked my rain gauge here in town first thing on Sunday morning and had 1.17” inches. Kenny Landfried recorded an official 1.05” in his gauge in east Roscoe, and I heard reports west and south of town of up to an inch and a half. The entire area seemed to get at least an inch or more, so it's a good start.

Everything’s been so dry around here lately that it wasn’t around long but soaked into the ground pretty quickly. And the next day was so windy that when I went to mow my lawn—and weeds—the grass was already dry.

The wind blew hard for a big part of the week but died down to about 10mph on Thursday afternoon for the Blackland Divide track meet, which turned out to be a nice day to be outside. But on Friday the strong winds returned, and Saturday was worse with sustained winds of 20 or more and gusts up to 40. Sunday’s winds were also strong and Monday’s not so bad, but yesterday was once again pretty breezy.  

And today, it continues to blow. I woke up to high northwest winds this morning and notice that there is a wind advisory out for the Roscoe area today. That means we can expect sustained high winds of 30-35mph with gusts up to 50mph and more.

Temperatures were warm for this time of year. Wednesday through Saturday saw highs of 79°, 80°, 78°, and 78°. Sunday’s high was only 67° with strong west winds, Monday’s was back up to 75°, and yesterday topped out at a warm 81°.

The forecast is for cooler weather starting today. The high is predicted to go no higher than 57° with a strong northwest wind of up to 30mph under partly cloudy skies. Then tomorrow, Friday, and Saturday will be sunny and milder with only medium-strength winds and highs of 65° tomorrow, 65° Friday, and 63° Saturday. Sunday and Monday will be warmer, though, with highs of 72° and 73°.

There is no more rain in the forecast before next Wednesday when we have another good shot at a shower or two (45%).



Funeral services for Tammy Diane Lambert, 59, of Roscoe, will be tomorrow, March 18, at 2:00pm at the First Baptist Church in Roscoe with Rev. Daniel Stovall officiating. Burial will follow at Nolan Cemetery directed by McCoy Funeral Home. She went to be with the Lord and Savior on Saturday, March 13, in a car accident.

Family visitation will be today, March 17, at McCoy Funeral Home in Sweetwater between 5-7pm.

Tammy was born in Corsicana on February 15, 1962. She resided in Roscoe. She was a retail merchandiser, and she loved the Lord and animals. She graduated from McCullough High School in Woodlands, Texas, in 1981.  

She is survived by her father and mother, Jess and Bobbie Lambert of Roscoe; Three brothers, Terry Lambert of Sweetwater, Tim Lambert and wife Peggy of Sweetwater, and James Yarborough; a sister, Laurie Yarborough; a stepson Adil (Shane) Bharwani of Dallas; Two aunts, Martha Barnabee and husband Bill, and Phoebe Bowers and Kent Barton of Lithia Springs, Georgia; five uncles, Maurice Bowers, William Bowers, Paul Bowers and wife Rosalee of Dallas; Raymond Lambert of Sweetwater; and Claude Firth of Big Springs. She is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Tammy was preceded in death by her grandparents, Mattie Irene and R.S. (Ted) Lambert, and Verlie Dove and William (Shorty) Bowers; three aunts, Mary Sue Lambert Firth, Sue Lambert and Meroe Bowers, and Marion Lambert; and one uncle, Edward Lambert.  

Pallbearers are Gene Parsons, Tim Lambert, Manuel San Agustin, Manny Bharwani, Shane Bharwani, and Ricky Dewvall.  


Wednesday, March 10, 2021

City Council Hears Report, Approves Proposals

City Manager Cody Thompson reports at yesterday's meeting.
At its monthly meeting in City Hall yesterday evening, the Roscoe City Council approved several action items, among them the appointment of a new board member for the Roscoe Community Development Corporation, advertising for bids for a City Swimming Pool manager this summer, selecting dates for the City’s Spring Clean-Up, selecting an early voting judge and clerk for the May 1 City Election, and selecting dates to be open 12 hours during the regular early voting period. They also heard public works updates from the City Manager.

In his report to the Council, City Manager Cody Thompson said that the recent winter cold spell adversely affected the operation of the City R-O Water Treatment Plant, causing expedited build-up on the filters. Two of the clogged membranes are being sent to be analyzed to learn if there are ways to improve the overall operation of the plant, possibly by tweaking operations.

The City Easter Egg Hunt this year will be on April 3, the Saturday before Easter.

The proposed water line improvements are still on hold pending approval by the Texas Water Development Board and Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.

The Roscoe Matters newsletter will go out this weekend informing people of Spring Clean-Up and Spring Fling, the Easter Egg Hunt, and the Daylight Savings time change this Sunday, March 14.

Thompson also reported that the City Police car was recently totaled when it was hit while parked on the roadside next to I-20, and the Department is now engaged in obtaining another one with the insurance money.

The Council then discussed the status of the swimming pool as the City plans an analysis to get estimates on what it will take to get running properly. It also approved advertising for bids for management of the pool this summer.

The Council then approved the appointment of Aaron Brown to replace Kelly Etheredge on the B Board, or Roscoe Community Development Corporation.

It then selected Friday, April 9, through Tuesday, April 13, as the dates for this year’s City Spring Clean-Up.

It approved City employees Belinda Ince and Lisa Thompson as early voting judge and clerk for the May 1 City election. It also selected April 26 and 27 to be the days the City Hall is open 12 hours during the regular early voting period.



A local man, Stewart Kile Williams, 31, has pled guilty to conducting a $12.3 million wire fraud scheme in the U. S. Attorney’s Northern District of Texas after earlier pleading guilty to wire fraud in the Southern District. He has been sentenced to serve 70 months in federal prison and pay over $2 million in restitution for his crimes in the Southern District and now faces up to 60 years imprisonment for his crimes in the Northern District.

Details are available in the official news release of the U. S. Attorney’s Office Northern District of Texas on the Everything Lubbock website by clicking here.



The Roscoe Collegiate ISD will hold a public meeting at 7:00pm on Monday, March 15, before the School Board meeting to discuss proposed changes to the District of Innovation (DOI) Renewal Plan. The proposed DOI plan can be found on the Administration/School Board drop-down menu on the Roscoe School website.

Roscoe Collegiate ISD is also excited to announce a third round of Lone Star Governance (LSG) training. Since 2017, RCISD has maintained an LSG-trained board. In 2020, the board underwent new training with the appointment of two new board members. Now, with board member elections around the corner and potentially four new board members entering public service, we are planning Lone Star Governance training for the four unseated candidates, the Superintendent, district and campus admin, and any community members who would be interested in attending. This training will take place on Friday and Saturday, April 16th and 17th, 2021.

Founded on research, LSG is a continuous-improvement model for governing teams—boards in collaboration with their superintendents—who choose to focus intensely on only one primary objective: Improving Student Outcomes. 

The purpose of Lone Star Governance is to provide coaching and support, through a continuous-improvement framework, for school governing teams that choose and commit to intensely focusing on the objective to improve student outcomes. Lone Star Governance accomplishes this intense focus through tailored coaching aligned to the five pillars of the Texas Framework for School Board Development: Vision, Accountability, Structure, Advocacy, and Unity. In addition to the primary focus on improving student outcomes, Lone Star Governance provides systems for governing legal and fiscal responsibilities.

Community members are welcome to join us for the entire two-day training. If you would like to attend, please click the following link and complete the short survey.

If you cannot attend the full two-day training, perhaps you would be interested in hearing our seated board members present the current RCISD Board Goals for Student Outcomes. This presentation will take place at 1:00 on April 17th. Please RSVP for the board presentation only by clicking the following link:

Please note that both days of training are considered open meetings, and you are welcome to arrive on the day of the training to participate without prior notice to school staff. Prior notice just helps us better plan for your attendance. We invite you to come and learn along with us!

Andrew J. Wilson
Roscoe Collegiate ISD



On Thursday, March 4, the Colorado City Invitational Track & Field Meet was held at Plowboy Field in Roscoe.

Girls’ Team Results: 1. Haskell 185 2. Klondike 113 3. Colorado 109 4. Roscoe 105

Here are the individual Plowgirls’ results:

Event                     Finish               Athlete               Time/Distance
Long Jump                2            Cheyenne Moorhead           14’
                                     6            C. Greenwood                     13’3½"
Shot Put                     5            Shauna McCambridge        27’ 1”
Discus                         4            Shauna McCambridge       73’ ½”
High Jump                2            C. Greenwood                        4’  8”
Triple Jump              4            Cheyenne Moorhead           29’ 7”
100 meter hurdles    1            C. Greenwood                       19.25
100 meter dash         6            Mahalia Ruiz                        14.47
800 meter run           2            J. Rodriquez                       2:46.87
                                      5             Yaniez Aguilar                   3:15.58
4 x 200 meter relay  4             Plowgirls                             2:05.9
400 meter dash         3             Mia Lavalais                       1:09.8
                                      5            Majelia Munn                      1:14.9
200 meter dash         4             C. Greenwood                     31.68
                                      5             Kirsten Welch                     33.9
1600 meter run          1             Kaidy Ornelas                    6:08.3
                                       5            Krslyn Jackson                  9:26.9
4 x 400 meter relay   2             Plowgirls                            4:38.8

Varsity Boys’ Team Results: 1. Colorado 176 2. Klondike 161 3. Roscoe 101 4. Haskell 99.

Here are the Plowboys’ individual results:

Discus                          3              Britt Justice                        93’7”
Long Jump                 3              Antonio Aguayo                  17’9”
Shot Put                      4              David Diaz                           33’7”
                                      5              Brett Justice                        33’4”
3200 meter run         3              Caleb Reed                      12:51.34
Triple Jump                5             Tyler Guelker                     37’ 1¼”
800 meter Run          4              Aiden Hermosillio            2:32.7
100 Meter Dash         4              Lupe Leaños                       12.26
4 x 200 Relay              1              Plowboys                             1:37.4
400 Meter Dash         4             Aiden Hermosillio            1:01.7
200 Meter Dash     1, 2, 4         Plowboys                    
1600 Meter Run         4             Caleb Reed                         5:25.2
                                       6            Aiden Hermosillio             6:21.78
4 x 400 Relay              2            Plowboys                             3:45.1

The annual Blackland Divide Relays sponsored by RCISD will be held at Plowboy Field tomorrow starting at 3:30pm.



Four members of the Plowboys' basketball team have received Honorable Mention in the selection of the 8-2A All-District selections. They are Antonio Aguayo, Jax Watts, Seth Wilcox, and Parker Gleaton.

Gleaton was also an Academic All-District selection.



In the United States, the Covid-19 numbers continue their steady fall, and some loosening of restrictions has begun. On January 8, the U.S. reported an average of 259,000 new cases daily. That average has now fallen to 59,000. Covid-19 hospitalizations back then numbered over 132,000. This week, they dropped to 40,212 from last week’s 46,000. Deaths were around 3,500 per day in January, and yesterday there were 1,580. The main concerns now are getting the population vaccinated and determining how effective the vaccines will be against the mutant coronavirus strains that are popping up.

In Texas, numbers also continue to improve. Starting today, the state is dropping executive orders closing any businesses or restricting their capacities.  The state mask order has also been rescinded, although many businesses are maintaining mask requirements. New cases of Covid-19 across the state are now under 2,000 daily with 1,636 on Monday, compared to over 10,000 daily in January. Hospitalizations in Texas are down to 4,700 compared to 5,600 last week and 14,000 in January. The number of deaths has fallen from over 300 per day in January to 124 yesterday.  

Texas still lags behind many other states in terms of vaccinations, primarily because of the big winter storm. The state has now fully vaccinated 8.3% of the population and given at least one dose to 15%. School teachers and staff are now eligible for vaccinations and have been moved up on the waiting list for Nolan County as well as elsewhere.

Positive trends also continue in the Big Country. The number of active cases in Taylor County has fallen to 476 from 635 last week and 818 two weeks ago. Hospitalizations for Covid-19 in Abilene are now at 13 compared to 22 last week and 39 three weeks ago.  However, there were 23 more deaths to bring the total to 374, which continues to be high.

In the Big Country’s trauma service area, the percentage of hospital beds for Covid-19 patients also continues to drop. On Monday, it was down to 2.63% compared to 2.96% last week and 7.55% four weeks ago. The number of hospital staff in quarantine is now at 7, the same as last week, and there were still no ICU beds available.

In our four-county area, the numbers are also still low although Nolan County reports 17 active cases up from 12 last week but still below 26 two weeks ago. Fisher County has had no cases for three weeks now and only one the week before that. Mitchell County is down to 8 active cases, three less than last week’s 11. up from 6 last week. There were no new Covid-19 deaths in Nolan, Fisher, or Mitchell Counties.

RCISD reports good news again this week with no active cases among students or staff.

Here are the Big Country’s county totals since the pandemic began as of yesterday (with last Tuesday in parentheses): Howard, 2,989 (2,976); Erath, 2,731 (2,707); Jones, 2,097 (2,098); Brown, 1,940 (1,917); Nolan, 1,507 (1,495); Comanche, 1,145 (1,134); Eastland, 917 (903); Runnels, 772 (765); Callahan 591 (587); Mitchell, 590 (585); Coleman, 473 (473); Stephens, 416 (400); Fisher, 290 (290); Coke, 249 (215); Haskell, 196 (195); Knox, 171 (171); Shackelford, 126 (126); Throckmorton, 49 (49); Stonewall, 48 (48); Kent, 35 (35).
Selected west Texas counties yesterday (with last week in parentheses): Lubbock, 48,272 (48,160); Midland, 16,699 (16,236); Wichita (Wichita Falls), 14,655 (14,566); Ector (Odessa), 8,459 (8,416); Tom Green (San Angelo), 4,585 (4,572).

Texas now has had a total of 2,326,885 cases (2,292,097 last week), 128,164 active cases (156,989 last week) and 44,650 total deaths (42,995 last week).



A strong south wind punished the Post Office flags yesterday.
On weeks like the one we’ve just been through, no one around here has any doubts about why Roscoe is sometimes referred to as the Wind Capital of the World. The past week has been a flag seller’s dream as the winds haven’t always been from the same direction, but they have been consistently high.

The only exception was Saturday, when the wind blew at only about 10mph with gusts up to 14mph. But the other days typically had sustained winds of at least 20mph with gusts up to 30, and yesterday was particularly breezy with sustained south winds of up to 30mph with gusts reaching 45.

The temperatures during this windy week were relatively warm with highs in the 6os and 70s and the high on Thursday climbing all the way to 83°F. Lows were more in line with what you’d expect for this time of year. The low for the week came on Friday morning at 34° with others in the 40s and one, Monday, at 51°. Skies were typically sunny until Saturday and have been increasingly cloudy until this morning.  

The forecast is for another week of strong winds. Today should be mostly sunny with winds from the south between 20 and 30mph with gusts up to 40 and an afternoon high of 81°. Tomorrow, the winds will thankfully drop to only a medium south breeze of 10-15mph for the Blackland Divide Relays at Plowboy Field. However, that’s still enough for all the dashes and hurdles to be run from south to north. Skies will be mostly cloudy with a high of 78°. The low tomorrow night will be a warm 61°. Friday will be similar with a high of 81° and a low of 62°.

On Saturday, there is finally a forecast for scattered thunderstorms, so maybe we’ll get some much-needed moisture along with the wind. Right now the chances are at 50%, so keep your fingers crossed. Sunday’s chances drop to 20% with a 73° high and breezy with south winds of 20-25mph with gusts up to 40.

Here’s hoping we get some of those scattered showers on Saturday.



A private memorial service for Robert Don Aiken, 82, of Roscoe will be held with family members at a future date with McCoy Funeral Home in charge of arrangements. He passed away on Wednesday, March 3, at his home.

Don was born May 3, 1938, in Roscoe to the late Edwin Henry, Sr., and Linnie Lorene (Matthews) Aiken. In 1961 he began managing the Aiken Ranch in Fisher County, where he would raise and sell cattle for many years. He married Kay Anne Keplinger in 1965, and they made their home on the Aiken Ranch until 1979 before moving to Roscoe. He graduated from Newman High School in 1956 and played as Quarterback for the Mustangs.

Don was a past member of the Sweetwater Jaycees and took part in the 1st and 2nd annual Rattlesnake Roundups. He also hosted many snake hunts on the ranch. He was involved with UGSA Girls Softball and not only coached many teams, but also served on the board. He was an avid supporter of bobwhite quail conservation and offered his land or Bobwhite Research Teams. Don also supported the Bobwhite Brigade, which educates youth on Texas quail and natural resource management and served on the Advisory Committee for the Rolling Plains Quail Research Ranch Program. Land conservation was his passion, and he received, along with his brother Ed, the Outstanding Lone Star Land Steward Award from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. He was also awarded Outstanding Wildlife Conservationist.

He was a loving husband, daddy, uncle Don, Pap Pa and friend and will be remembered for his quick wit and humor and seldom passed up an opportunity to play a practical joke on those he loved.

He is survived by his wife of 56 years; Kay, of Roscoe; son, Cory Aiken and wife Cari of Round Rock; daughter, Donna Kay Little and husband Gregg of Fayetteville, Arkansas; grandchildren, Braden, Cooper and Brock Little of Fayetteville; sister-in-law, Nancy Aiken of Sweetwater; nephews, Trey Aiken and wife Susan of Abilene, Todd Aiken and wife Mary Ellen of Houston and Chris Aiken and wife Lesley of Edmond, Oklahoma; seven great-nieces and nephews; two great-great-nephews, and his aunt, Frances Hennigan of Arlington, Texas.

Don was also preceded in death by his brother, Edwin H. Aiken, Jr., January 5, 2021.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to First United Methodist Church in Roscoe.



Funeral services for Mike M. Chavez, 42, of Ira, formerly of Roscoe, will be at 10:00am Friday, March 12, at McCoy Chapel of Memories with Rev. Matt Lowry officiating. Burial will be in the Roscoe Cemetery directed by McCoy Funeral Home. A family visitation will be held Thursday, March 11, at 7:00pm at the funeral home. He passed away on Sunday, March 7, in Big Spring after a vehicle accident.

Mike was born November 25, 1978, in Floydada to Andres and Isabel (Mendez) Chavez. He grew up in Roscoe and graduated from Roscoe High School. He married Jessica Marie Guerrero September 14, 2005, in Sweetwater. He has lived in Ira the past six years and worked for Coastal Transportation of Big Spring. He was a member of Calvary Baptist Church in Snyder.

He is survived by his wife, Jessica Chavez of Ira; a son, Damon Chavez of Ira; two daughters, Alyssa Chavez of San Angelo and Taylor Chavez of Ira; five sisters, Patricia Rangel and husband Domingo of Roscoe, Gloria Chavez of Sweetwater, Mary Gutierrez and husband Johnny of Sweetwater, Isabel Velasquez of Sweetwater, and Irene Chavez of Edinburg; four brothers, David Chavez, Andy Chavez, and Juan Chavez all of Abilene, and Danny Chavez and wife Cindy of Lubbock; and his father, Andres Chavez of Lubbock.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Isabel (Mendez) Chavez.

Pallbearers will be Danny Chavez, Marcial Saenz, Jose Rangel, Miguel Rangel, Domingo Rangel, Jr., and Javier Flores.


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