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Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Smackers Café Re-Opens Downtown

Smackers Cafe
After a two-year hiatus, Smackers Café, on the corner of Broadway and Main, has quietly re-opened under new ownership and management.  This time it’s a family affair with Jess and Bobbie Lambert the owners, Tim Lambert the baker, and Terry and Tammy Lambert the prep cooks.

Specializing in coffee and donuts, the new Smackers offers a variety of freshly baked pastries including cinnamon rolls, donuts, kolaches, fritters, and cakes.  So far I’ve tried only the fresh cinnamon roll but can confirm that it was excellent.

In addition, you can order such food items as breakfast burritos, hamburgers, cheeseburgers, pork cutlets, chicken-fried chicken, and daily specials.

Smackers is open from 6:00am to 2:00pm daily Monday through Saturday. 

A Grand Opening is planned for later when all new equipment has arrived and is in operation.


The first two days of this year’s Rattlesnake Roundup at the Nolan County Coliseum suffered from the weekend’s cold, wet, and windy weather, but the crowds were out on Sunday afternoon, and the Sweetwater Reporter estimated that as many as 30,000 people overall attended the festivities. 

Friday was so cold and wet that the annual Rattlesnake Roundup parade was called off, and Saturday was no better.  Outside food vendors, the carnival, and outdoor activities suffered from a shortage of patrons. But Sunday was warm and sunny, and the crowds were so thick that just getting from one place to another was a problem, especially in and around the coliseum annex, where the vendors were located.

There were live music and dances on Friday and Saturday nights, a new Miss Snake Charmer was crowned, and the Gun, Knife & Coin Show was as good as ever.  The Sweetwater Jaycees paid $10 a pound for rattlesnakes, and Donnie Willman had the longest beard in the the Jaycees’ beard contest.



Plowboy Corey Hatcher has been named as a state alternate in the 220-pound class after coming in third Saturday at the regional weightlifting meet in Sundown.  He totaled 1365 pounds with a 500-pound squat, a 300-pound bench press, and a 515-pound dead lift.

Landon Jones placed seventh in the 181-pound class.  



The Roscoe City Council last night voted unanimously to proclaim April Child Abuse Awareness Month.  The Nolan County Commissioners Court made a similar announcement on Monday.

The Council also set May 7 and 8 as days to stay open for twelve hours during the early voting at City Hall.  The election will be in the Community Center on the following Saturday, May 12.  

Two City Council seats are up for grabs, and there are three nominees—incumbent Robert McBride, recent appointee Christi Pepper Beal, and challenger Robert Fortin.  The two candidates receiving the most votes will be elected.

The Council also received the city’s financial report from accountant Ricky Bowman and was informed on several matters by City Manager Cody Thompson.  These included progress reports on the north side lift station, the water treatment plant and water lines, and Clean-Up Week, which will take place on the last week of this month.  



The weekend was cold, windy, wet, and miserable.  With temperatures in the thirties, the Rattlesnake Roundup's annual parade was canceled on Friday, as was the track meet scheduled for Plowboy Field. 

Temperatures never went below freezing but with a sharp north breeze, the wind chill went down to as low as 23°F, and a few snowflakes were witnessed here and there.  All told, it was cloudy and drizzly for three days, yet the total precipitation for the spell was only about .3”, bringing the year’s total to 4.75 inches.

The skies cleared on Sunday, however, and the weather that afternoon was about as perfect as it gets, with a light breeze, sunny skies, and temperatures in the seventies.   Monday was even warmer, with afternoon temperatures in the low eighties, but the wind was also higher.  Yesterday was more like Sunday and was a beautiful day to be outside. 

Local students have been enjoying the weather this week while they are on spring break. 

The forecast for the next few days is for cloudy skies and a 20% to 30% chance of precipitation, with highs in the upper seventies and lows of only about sixty.



After postponing Roscoe’s scheduled track meet last Friday because of the weather, the Plowboys will resume their track season on Saturday with a meet at Hamlin, which starts at 9:00am.

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