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(Left to right) Mary Gauther, Gretchen Peters and Eliza Gilkyson on the "Three Women And The Truth" tour.
Used by permission from the Val Denn Agency

Grammy-nominated songstress from Austin Eliza Gilkyson is no stranger to music, cutting her first demos as a child for her father Terry Gilkyson. Her folk and Americana compositions have been recorded by names like Bob Geldof and Roseanne Cash, and she's been inducted into the Austin Music Hall of Fame.

Mary Beth Rudel, ATCOG Safety Manager presents Delta County Dispatcher Sue Ann Johnson with their plaque of appreciation for Safety Week.
Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

In celebration of National Telecommunicators Week, the Ark-Tex Council of Governments 9-1-1 Program honored the dedicated dispatchers of Delta County by presenting Delta County Sheriff’s Office with gifts and a plaque of appreciation. Accepting the award was Delta County Sheriff’s Dispatcher Sue Ann Johnson.

Delta County Judge Jason Murray (seated) signs the Soil & Water Stewardship Week Proclamation. With him is (pictured from left) Trey Watson, State Board Representative; Robert Wright, Delta SWCD director; Kristi Mashburn, NRCS District Conservationist; Ed
Kristi Mashburn / USDA

Delta County observes the voluntary land stewardship is the keystone for preserving soil, water and other natural resources.

Cast, crew and instructor of Cooper High School's One Act Play
Courtesy Photo / Cooper ISD

Cooper High School One Act Play will perform Ruby's Story on Monday, April 25, 2016, at Cooper Jr/Sr High Cafetorium at 6:30 p.m. The performance will include bonus scenes that were originally excluded for competition purposes. Admission is free, but donations to the Drama Club will be gracefully accepted.

Cooper High School student Elly Galvan is holding the video camera.
Delinda Leatherwood / Cooper ISD

This coming year Cooper High School will be expanding Career and Technical courses to include Audio/Video Production. Students will explore both studio and field television production techniques with hands on instruction in videography, lighting, producing, directing and editing.

Cooper ISD

The Cooper Independent School District Board of Trustees renewed all teachers’ contracts in last week’s meeting.

“We are thankful for a terrific faculty that keeps the focus on the learning needs of our students,” said Cooper ISD Superintendent Denicia Hohenberger, very excitedly.

The Delta County Chamber of Commerce would like to extend a huge appreciation to all of those participating, attending and sponsoring this past Saturday’s annual County Fair.

“It was a perfect day for a fair – showcasing local youth and their livestock, vendors had a great turnout and from the lawn tractors pulling their way to the end,” said Delta County Chamber Board Director President Kathy Houchins. “And the finale just sitting and relaxing to some great music that even got a rainbow. We are just so pleased – lots of fun in Delta County.”

Shirley Smith was recognized for volunteering by RSVP.
Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

Recently more than 3,500 mayors, county and tribal leaders throughout the United States participated in the fourth annual Mayor and County Recognition Day for National Service to recognize volunteers.

Volunteers – they are the unsung heroes among us. Every day, they quietly and humbly go about the business of improving the quality of life in our community. Volunteers in RSVP’s four county service area were recognized.

Delta County will be providing dumpsters from Sanitation Solutions at each precinct barn for the upcoming clean-up week, April 23-30.
Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

Delta County was able to secure dumpsters for each precinct barn for the Clean-Up Week set for April 23-30. Those looking to participate must be able to provide proof of residency within Delta County, if asked.

Aglaia Culture Club
Aglaia Culture Club

Commerce Chamber of Commerce manager Paul Voss says Adventures in Printing, owned and operated by Marie Humphries, will relocate in the former Eddie Moore TV building in downtown Commerce.  Paul says the interior of the building will be restored to its original style.  Paul says the announcement of the KLZ Stone Group manufacturing facility coming to Commerce, providing jobs for up to 50 people, is terrific news.  The Northeast Texas Children's Museum will hold a silent auction from 6-8 p.m.

Hunt Regional Healthcare
Hunt Regional Healthcare

Sally Rhodes, registered nutritionist with Hunt Regional Healthcare, reflects on recent research that shows less than 25 percent of people with prediabetes receive drugs or lifestyle modification from their primary care physicians.  About one-third of adults in the U.S. have prediabetes, which is defined as higher than normal blood glucose concentrations, but not high enough for a diagnosis of diabetes.

Texas A&M University-Commerce
Texas A&M University-Commerce

Texas A&M University-Commerce Athletic Director Tim McMurray says construction is underway on a parking lot between the softball and soccer fields, with construction of a shared locker room facility expected to start soon.  Tim says a marketing campaign for the fall sports seasons at A&M-Commerce, "See You At The Game," will begin late in the spring semester.  He also discusses the recent deal with Under Armour for athletic uniforms, which is unique for Division II schools.

Quoting the book of Ecclesiastes, Commerce ISD superintendent Blake Cooper writes, "I believe that the time for my season of leading Commerce ISD is coming to a close."

In a letter addressed to the CISD Board of Trustees, District Staff, students, and the community of Commerce, TX, and delivered at the April 18th regular meeting of the Board, Cooper indicated that he will be resigning his position effective this summer, "for the purpose of retiring from my current work in education."

Derek Price of Greenshoot Media served on the city of Commerce charter revision committee, and discusses the 10 charter amendments that will go before the city's voters on Saturday, May 7.  A description of the charter changes has been mailed to Commerce voters.  Early voting begins Monday, April 25.

BBQ champ Obie Obermark joins Luke this week.
Obie Obermark (www.obiecue.com)

  This week, Luke visits with noted BBQ expert and spice maker Obie Obermark. Obie's spices (www.obiecue.com ) have taken 3 different world championship titles. Obie not only explains how to make great tasting BBQ but goes into great detail explaining exact what is occurring during the cooking process.  

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