Grazing Lands Specialist for the USDA-NRCS Matt Machacek spoke for the crowd over 30 citizens including residents, volunteer fire fighters
Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

The USDA-NRCS hosted a Delta County Conservation Tour at the Ben Franklin Community Center on Thursday, March 17. Due to a thunderstorm the scheduled prescribed burn was postpone to the following Thursday afternoon. Grazing Lands Specialist for the USDA-NRCS Matt Machacek spoke for the crowd over 30 citizens including residents, volunteer fire fighters and Delta County Extension Agent Alford Echols.

The Cooper ISD Board of Trustees approved the hybrid 2016-17 upcoming school calendar.
Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

The Cooper ISD Board of Trustees recently renewed the principal and administration contracts during a regular meeting while also approving the “hybrid” calendar for the 2016-17 school year. Cooper ISD Superintendent Denicia Hohenberger said they did a direct email to parents for input and few responses were received but of those most were favorable. She said the staff “overwhelmingly preferred” this calendar as it makes the “best use of new minute requirements.” It was passed unanimously by the Board and is believed it corresponds with Texas A&M University-Commerce’s proposed schedule.

Cooper Review
Cooper Review

Cindy Roller of the Cooper Review and Kathy Houchins, president of the Delta County Chamber of Commerce, discuss plans for the Delta County Fair, which takes place Saturday in the City Park in Cooper.  The fair features live music Saturday evening in the park starting at 5 p.m. with the Wide Open Band and the Monte Tipps Band.

Courtesy Photo / DCSO

Four arrests were recently made related to a construction trailer theft that occurred in the Post Oak Estates area.

The theft occurred on February 22, 2016 near a home construction site off of County Road 1110.  A 2006 Cargo trailer containing construction equipment and tools with an estimated value of approximately $29,000 was stolen during the incident. The trailer was located later the same day attached to a 1998 Ford Expedition that had caught fire and been abandoned in Lamar County.

American Legion Red Henderson Post 483 recently announced the winner of their annual scholarship as Katelyn Cook. Post Vice Commander Butch Burns (left) read aloud her essay at the meeting last Tuesday while Post Commander Gary Thompson (right) presented
Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

Cooper High School senior Katelyn Cook was awarded the American Legion Red Henderson Post 483 scholarship with her entry of the essay titled “Veterans’ and America’s Future.” She is the daughter of Keith Cook and Christine Costilla Cook. 

Nickel size hail fell in Cooper just days after the SKYWARN training was performed.
Courtesy Photo / Cooper Review

Delta County Emergency Management recently sponsored an annual SKYWARN Training conducted by the Fort Worth National Weather Service.  This year the program delivered new information as Mark Fox from the NWS taught an advance level class on how storms form and how to identify storm growth in intensity and movement.

State Highway 24 is still under construction with new southbound lanes set be open by Jan. 1, 2017.
Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

In a regular session of the Delta County Commissioners Court Nicki Beeler was reappointed unanimously to the Sulphur River Regional Mobility Authority Board as requested by Delbert Horton. Representatives from Delta, Hunt and Lamar counties serve on the SuRRMA board. This board was created as a conduit for the funds on this project [expansion of State Highway 24].

Sharon Feldt, our books commentator from Sulphur Springs, reviews "The Bone Tree" by Greg Iles, the followup novel to "Natchez Burning," set in Mississippi during the civil-rights era of the 1960s.  Sharon also discusses the Silver Leo Writers' Conference, this Saturday in the Rayburn Student Center.

Polk-Harrison County CASA
Polk-Harrison County CASA

Lori Cope with the Court Appointed Special Advocates of Hunt County (CASA) and Amy Ramsey of the Hunt County Children's Advocacy Center say April is Child Abuse Prevention month.  Friday, April 8 is "National Go Blue Day," to raise awareness of child abuse, and Sunday, April 24 is "Blue Sunday" in which churches are asked to pray for victims of child abuse and the people who serve them.  Amy says only two percent of children who are victims of sexual attacks or other physical abuse are a

Sarah Latham, Hunt County Agrilife Extension agent, says the Hunt County Fair begins Friday, Aprill 22 and continues through Sunday, May 1.  Sarah says, as part of the "Country Living Expo, a Hunt County Alliance for Economic Development project, Hunt County businesses and other organizations can have a free informational table for an evening  at the fair.

A cabin at the Crockett Family Resort on Houston County Lake.
Luke Clayton

This week Luke introduces you to one of his favorite fishing/camping getaways; Houston County Lake near Crockett, Texas.    

Derek Price of Greenshoot Media and Hunt County Public Art says the second annual Commerce Artists' Studio tour takes place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, April 9.  Eleven artists' studios are on the come-and-go tour.  Coffee and muffins will be served at the Magnuson Hotel from 10 to noon.  And a closing reception will be held at the A&M-Commerce Art Gallery from 4-6 p.m.  Tickets are $10.

Storms that passed across Northeast Texas last night have made their way to the U.S. Southeast.

It’s storm season in Texas, and while last night’s storms didn’t do much damage in our part of the state, people are understandably anxious about April and May.  What we’ve seen so far is in part due to the El Nino pattern that gave us such a mild winter, with above average precipitation.

Our wellness commentator, Velvete Womack, reflects on a article advising readers to consider detoxing their livers, which can be helpful in losing weight.  Velvete, the proprietor of Fire and Ice spa in Commerce, says spring is a good time for a general detox of the system.

Lincoln Durham
Robyn Von Swank

When you mix a one-man band with the twisted mind of a manic preacher, and throw in vintage and custom stringed instruments, you get Texas' own Lincoln Durham. Volatile, often shadowy, lyrics, paired with punk infused electric blues sounds, help set him apart from the pack.