Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

In order to keep the office of the Justice of the Peace functioning in the wake of the passing of Judge Ginny Phifer, the Delta County Commissioners Court sworn in Shannon McCulloch. McCulloch has been an employee/clerk in the office since August 2017, serving under Judge Phifer. She has been handling the business of the office alone since January 16, 2018.

Voting finished for the City of Cooper and Cooper ISD on May 5, 2018.
Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

Cinco de Mayo was also an Election Night celebration for those who won their elections for the City of Cooper and Cooper Independent School District Board of Trustees.

It was the incumbents that took the three positions on the City Council – Willie “Bear” Wilkins with 95 votes, David Phillips with 82, and Donna Thomason with 70. Vying for a place on the Council was Amanda L’Esperance, who earned 33 votes in the recent race.

Despite the stormy weather, Delta County religious leaders led the National Day of Prayer event on May 3.
Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

On Thursday, May 3 Delta County gathered under the protection of the pagoda on the Square in Cooper to observe the National Day of Prayer. The welcoming was given by Pastor Eugene Adams of Pacio Baptist Church, who also led the singing of the National Anthem.

Amy Pickering, NE Texas Trail, Facebook

Jack Neal, director of the Northeast Texas Trail, and a trail supporter, Hank Pickering, guest on the Blacklands Cafe.  Hank is a regular user of the part of the trail that passes through Wolfe City and recently organized a clean-up campaign.  He also created the sign seen on this page.  The Northeast Texas trail covers about 130 miles from Farmersville to New Boston, following former railroad right-of-ways.

Jason Rector, then serving as Interim Chief of Police, speaks with the public at an open house on March 1 in Commerce.
Emma Anderson

Jason Rector has been named Chief of Police for the Commerce Police Department. Rector had been serving as interim chief since the resignation of former Chief of Police Kerry Crews in June 2017.

Funding Sources Become Issue in Gooden-Pounds Race

May 17, 2018
State Rep. Lance Gooden, R-Terrell, speaks to Rep. Dan Huberty, R-Houston, on August 2, 2017.
Marjorie Kamys Cotera for The Texas Tribune

In the race to replace retiring U.S. Rep. Jeb Hensarling, R-Dallas, mail pieces making the rounds don't mince words about the financing behind his would-be successor, Bunni Pounds. 

Paris Economic Development Corporation

Michael Paris, executive director of the Paris Economic Development Corporation, reflects on a recent column in the Paris News by Mary Madewell, expressing optimism for the economy of Paris and Northeast Texas.

There are just two days left for residents to give their input online for the roadway growth project along US Highway 380 in Collin County.

The lone independent candidate for state Senate District 30 has bowed out of the race to replace Craig Estes. 

Photo by Matthew Brodeur
Photo by Matthew Brodeur

The Hunt and Hopkins county sheriff’s offices say they’ve destroyed more than 3,100 marijuana plants at a campsite in the northeastern Hunt County.

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Derek Price, owner of Greenshoot Media and author of the "Cargazing" newspaper column,  says automobile companies are adapting to what seems to be millennials' cooler attitude toward cars.  Derek says only about 60 percent of 18 year olds now have a driver's license, compared to 80 percent in the 1980s.  He says car companies are adapting.  The companies are making cars much more capable of connecting with smart phones.  Another idea being a

City of Arlington
City of Arlington

The City of Arlington pulled out of consideration to host Amazon HQ2 Tuesday.

The Texas Animal Health Commission has confirmed a case of Equine Herpes Myeloencephalopathy  or EHM, in a Lubbock County barrel racing horse. EHM is a neurologic disease linked to Equine Herpes Virus that can damage an animal’s tissue, brain, and spinal functions.

TAMU-C Photo
TAMU-C Photo

Two players from last year's NCAA Division II National Champion Texas A&M University-Commerce Lions signed with the NFL this week. Harlon Hill Trophy-winning Lions quarterback Luis Perez signed with the Los Angeles Rams; All-American Lions tackle Jared Machorro signed with the Indianapolis Colts.

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Branded Ranch Rodeo

Bert Cooper, director of Community Seeds in Lone Oak, says the organization benefits from the Branded Ranch Rodeo Saturday (May 19) at the Hopkins County Civic Center in Sulphur Springs.  A day full of family-oriented, Western activities begins at 10 a.m.