From left are Joann O’Bryant, Kelly Jordon, Nancy Schnabel, Micheal Rogge, Diane Nemecek, Garry Schnabel, Chuck Roy, Jeff Stone, Brian Dick and Nancy Roy
Chuck Roy

"Promise Kept" by Chuck Roy

More than a year ago, a small group of interested residents listened intently to an idea. An idea that was different. An idea that would support our local economies and utilize our area’s natural resources to establish an event unique in scope and focus.

High school administrators in Savoy say a student who made threats against his classmates was removed from school this week. 

TPWD photo
TPWD photo

Almost two dozen homes in Rockwall flooded last night when Rockwall Lake overflowed. The flooding is the latest in a spate over overflows along spillways, roads, and streams around Northeast Texas this week

Photo by  Franck Veschi
Photo by Franck Veschi

Automation looks to replace skilled and unskilled worker alike by 2035, according to a report released Friday by

It's Early Voting Time in Texas, and ... Hello? Is This Thing On...?

Feb 23, 2018

It's indisputable that Texas has a depressing voter turnout history.

Year after year, the state ranks near the bottom in electoral participation, with turnout dipping even lower during non-presidential elections. Each time, the state’s dismal voter turnout is catalogued as a consequence of voter suppression efforts, uncompetitive races, an unmotivated electorate or any combination of those factors.

Game Night movie, Facebook

Herald-Banner movie critic Alice Reese says the comedy "Game Night" with Jason Bateman and Rachel McAdams is funny, but the story about a group of friends who meet for a regular game night is also a violent, bloody R-rated film, and she thinks the mayhem goes too far.  Alice finds "The Party" with Patricia Clarkson and Kristin Scott Thomas, also a dark comedy, much more to her liking.

Barton Stanley David
Matt Meinke

He cut his teeth and honed his musical skills in Dallas and Austin, before he moved to New York City with little more than a suitcase and his dreams. No, it's not a movie script; this is story so far for rising star Barton Stanley David.

City of Commerce

Commerce Mayor Wyman Williams has filed to run for a second two-year term in the Saturday, May 5 election.  The mayor says he hopes to continue working with the University to bring improvements to the community.  Wyman also discusses the 45% increase in sales tax revenue in the month of December, which he attributes mainly to the near-sellout playoff football game between A&M-Commerce and Harding University on Dec.

There will be seven candidates running for two Cooper Independent School District Board of Trustees seats for upcoming election in May.

Early voting begins on April 23 through May 1 with Election Day on May 5.

Farm-to-Market Road 1529 (Country Club Road) in Delta County has been closed due to flood waters.
Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

School will be delayed again on Friday with 10 a.m. start due to flash flooding following over five inches of rain falling in Delta County and the surrounding areas. Even the planned Skywarn class on Tuesday evening was canceled due to weather.

Cooper ISD announced Wednesday afternoon that classes on Thursday will begin at 10 a.m. for the driving safety of buses and students. There are several low-lying roads closed due to flooding.

Delta County reports 138 votes cast on the second day of early voting.
Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

In Delta County voters were not discouraged to get out and vote despite nearly five inches of rain causing flash flooding in many areas.

As of 3 p.m. on Wednesday afternoon, 138 early votes had been cast. Early voting began on Feb. 20 and continues through March 2. Primary Election – which will decide many of the local races – will be March 6, 2018.

The candidates recently had an opportunity to express their platforms at the Delta County Republican Forum, which was open to all parties.

New AD/Head Bulldog Football Coach Rod Castorena was recently welcomed by staff, students, and community.
Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

Cooper Independent School District officially welcomed Coach Rod Castorena to the Bulldog family following the special called Board of Trustees meeting. He was provided a “meet and greet” reception on last Monday evening at the Cooper High School library.

Cooper ISD Superintendent Denicia Hohenberger said they reviewed almost 200 applications.

Photo by Noah Buscher
Photo by Noah Buscher

Farm income is going down, according to the US Department of Agriculture. The agency is projecting a nearly 7 percent drop in farm income this year. 

An investigative report published by Sports Illustrated Tuesday claims former Dallas Mavericks team president and CEO Terdeema Ussery sexually harassed and groped female employees at various points throughout his tenure.

Cindy Roller, Cooper Review

Neil Clark, a member of the Delta Hope House, says the Cooper food pantry will have its annual stew and chili fund-raising supper from 5-7 p.m. Saturday, February 24 at the Civic Center.  An auction of donated items takes place at 6:30.  Neil says about 200-300 families receive help from the Delta Hope House each month.