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Wednesday, November 10, 2021

City Council Meets, Sets Transition Goals

Carl Childers addresses the Council at yesterday's meeting.
At its monthly meeting in City Hall yesterday evening, the Roscoe City Council got its first report from interim City Manager Jack Brown, received an update on happenings at Young Farm Estates, heard the monthly report from the Police Chief, and passed a number of agenda items.

Carl Childers of Young Farm Estates, who is now on the board of the Big Country Sports Hall of Fame, reported that former Roscoe High School track star Elmer Gray will be inducted into the Hall at this year’s meeting. He went on to report that a couple of Abilene builders have expressed interest in building some houses at Young Farm Estates, although nothing is definite yet. He added that the gypsum plant in Quanah will be moving its operation to Sweetwater, which will bring many families to Nolan County, and Roscoe could be a beneficiary.

Interim City Manager Jack Brown then gave his initial report to the Council. Brown, who grew up in Roscoe and was the City Manager here from 2001 to 2008, is now the City Manager of Roby. He has agreed to help Roscoe on a part-time basis until the town can get a new permanent City Manager.

He said that City workers had spent considerable time recently working with leaks, particularly the big one downtown under the bricks on Cypress, which involved an 8” line. He also said the City is currently short of cash and would see about selling some City equipment to ease the problem.

He has been working with eHT Engineers of Abilene to run Roscoe’s water treatment plant because no current City worker is qualified to do that job. He expressed full confidence in eHT’s ability to run the plant but noted that it would be expensive.

He is also working with the TCEQ (Texas Commission on Environmental Quality) and the TWDB (Texas Water Development Board) to get the City in compliance with state rules and requirements. The City is currently lacking in several areas, and the two state environmental agencies have set up a series of points that the City can immediately begin working on to get Roscoe back into compliance. He says the process can be completed much quicker this way than he had initially anticipated.

Police Chief Felix Pantoja then gave the Police Report for October, saying that the City had a light month as regards Police activity. They handled only 37 calls and made one arrest. He did mention a gun threat that occurred at the school and expressed concern that it had been mishandled, not because of anything that happened but because of what could have happened.

Cemetery maintenance man Skeet Kimbrell asked for an extension of a month of maintenance at the Roscoe Cemetery because there has not yet been a freeze, but, given the City’s current financial crunch, was turned down.

The Council then authorized a resolution adopting policies in connection with the American Rescue Program, a federal program that will bring in $157,000 a year to the City for improvements.

The Council tabled until next month a new credit card policy for City employees as City Attorney Zollie Steakley wanted to make sure of the legalities in doing so before making the move.

The Council also passed an ordinance recognizing January 23-29 as School Choice Week.



On October 18, 2021, the Roscoe Collegiate ISD Board of Trustees and superintendent Andy Wilson approved a mutually agreed upon separation, which will be effective no later than January 31, 2022. 

The RCISD Board of Trustees would like to thank Mr. Wilson for his hard work and dedication over the years and wish him well in his future endeavors. A search for an a new superintendent will begin soon.



The 2021 Plowboys, District 5-2A-II Champions, begin their playoff run tomorrow in Post with a bi-district matchup with the Quanah Indians. 

The Indians are from District 6-2A-II and finished 2-3 in district play. They are 2-8 on the year. Their victories were over Munday 42-14 and Electra 41-27, their losses to Haskell 22-6, Lubbock Christian 46-22, Wheeler 24-18, Ralls 48-8, Clarendon 49-27, Archer City 42-20, Seymour 41-28, and Olney 38-20.

They are led on offense by QB Michael Garza, wide receivers Brennan Thomas and James Honea and on defense by LB Jacob McGary and DB Honea.

Kickoff is at 6pm tomorrow in Post.



The Plowboys wound up their regular season schedule Friday evening with an easy victory over the Hamlin Pied Pipers at Plowboy Field, 61-0.

Scoring by quarters:
Plowboys         15        52        52        61
Hamlin              0         0          0          0

Quarterback Jax Watts completed 17 of 18 passes for 436 yards and 6 TDs, and Antonio Aguayo led all receivers with 9 catches for 288 yards and 4 TDs. Seth Wilcox had 2 catches for 96 yards and 2 TDs, Ivan McCann 2 for 17, Parker Gleaton 1 for 16, D. Moore 1 for 3, and Lupe Leanos 1 for -3.

Aguayo led the rushers with 3 carries for 50 yards, followed by Gavin Martinez with 7 for 21 yards, Jake Gonzalez with 8 for 19 and 2 TDs, and Seth Wilcox with 3 for 14.



Plowboy quarterback Jax Watts has been named the Capital Farm Credit Big Country Player of the Week on the Big Country Preps website, That’s quite an honor when you consider all the great high school players in the area.

He was cited for his completion of 17 of 18 passes for 436 yards and 6 TDs in Friday’s game against Hamlin. On defense, he had 4 tackles, 2 pass breakups, and an interception.

Roscoe Head Coach Jake Freeman also noted his growth as a player and team leader over the course of the season.

Congratulations, Jax, and keep up the good work!



Shauna McCambridge and Plowgirl Head Coach Shella Arnwine.

The Plowgirls dropped their first game against Robert Lee on Saturday, 44-33. However, Shauna McCambridge got her 1,000th rebound as a Plowgirl, which has to be some kind of record. She was also ranked #2 on post for Big Country Preps preseason picks.

Robert Lee 44 = Plowgirls 33

Scores by quarters:
Robert Lee       9          21        32        44
Plowgirls          8          13        26        33

Plowgirl scoring: Shauna McCambridge 13, Kaidy Ornelas 11, Cameron Greenwood 5, Bayleigh Deolloz 4. Rebounds: McCambridge 14, Cm. Greenwood 4, Deolloz 2, Cr. Greenwood 2, Jacey Rodriquez 2.    

Then last night, they won an easy one against Ira, 66-17.

Plowgirls 66 - Ira 17

Scores by quarters:
Plowgirls          14        29        50        66
Ira                        1          6         14        17

Plowgirl scoring: Cameron Greenwood, 20, Carson Greenwood 12, Shauna McCambridge 10, Jacey Rodriquez 6, Kaidy Ornelas 4, Bayleigh Deolloz 4.

2021-2022 Plowgirl Roster

No.       Name                               Class    Position
00        Jacey Rodriquez               Sr        Guard|
05        Kaidy Ornelas                   So        Point Guard
10        Jissel Rodriquez                So        Guard
11         Bayleigh Deolloz               Fr         Guard
13         Kirsten Welch                   Jr         Guard
14         Carsten Greenwood         Jr         Guard
23        Mia Lavalais                      Jr         Guard
24        Cameron Greenwood       Jr         Forward
30        Shauna McCambridge     Sr         Post  

Head Coach: Shella Arnwine
Assistant Coaches: Heather Greenwood, Lacy Gregory, Veronica Cuellar
Managers: Vonnie Watts, Jalin Freeman, Ferron Smith



By now most of you know I have been in and out of the hospital for the past couple of weeks. As an immunocompromised old person, I was first in line for vaccination back in January 2020. I completed the second shot the first week of February and went the entire year Covid-free.

However, it does happen that some people catch the bug even when vaccinated, and four weeks ago I woke up to find I had Covid. This began an ordeal that I am still dealing with. I won’t bore you with the details, but I was hit hard with fever, nausea, dizziness,
inability to eat, passing out three times, and an irregular heartbeat (atrial fibrillation) that only made matters worse.

I was in Rolling Plains hospital for a couple of days, released for a day or so, and then re-admitted when my condition deteriorated. Back in the hospital, my heart resumed normal rhythm, and I have been slowly improving since then. I got out of rehab on Saturday and am now back home with one of my daughters, who is here to help me out until she returns to upstate New York on Friday.

When Covid hits hard, it weakens the body considerably, and the energy and stamina level go way down. So, even though I am getting better every day, the road to full recovery is going to take a while. In the meantime, I am planning to resume posting the Roscoe Hard Times, but it may not be as thorough as usual. I doubt I’ll be attending the high school games, P-Tech meetings, and other school functions like I normally do. The same goes for town events such as Christmas Open House or the car show I recently noticed on Facebook. However, I will try to post all the important news so people can keep up with what’s going on in Roscoe.



It’s now that time of year when daylight savings time ends, cotton farmers hope for the year’s first freeze to defoliate their cotton for them, and heating and cooling the home is essentially unnecessary.

Most recently, days have been nice and warmer than average for this time of year. Saturday’s high was 76°F and then Sunday, Monday, and yesterday all peaked at 80°. Lows were in the fifties at 52°, 58°, snd 56°, perfect for people who like to sleep with their bedroom window open.

Today’s forecast is for a high of 83°--not your average November weather—with strong southwest winds of 20-30mph, gusting into the 40s. Then the wind will shift to the north tonight, and tomorrow’s high will reach only about 70° under clear skies. The remainder of the week will be sunny with highs in the seventies, lows in the forties, and moderate breezes.

Neither rain nor that first freeze are in the forecast for the coming week.




  1. Glad you are better and have the assistance of your daughter.

  2. Unvaccinated and ageing I came down with COVID-19 a touch over two weeks ago. I got a prescription for Ivermectin and knocked COVID-19 right out.

    1. Your case was obviously lighter than mmine, They gave ne ivermectin in the Sweetwater hospital. I didn't notice it to do anything, although it might have.

  3. Glad you are back on line. Get well.

  4. Glad to you back in the saddle again, even though it may only feel like a side-saddle. Hope Roscoe can get a good freeze soon. Go Plowboys!

  5. I’m glad you are doing better.


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