The editor of the Cooper Review, Cindy Roller, says the city of Cooper will have its first contested mayoral election in 14 years on Saturday, May 6.  Long-time Mayor Scott Stegall has decided not to run again.  As of late last week, five candidates had registered to run for mayor in Cooper.

One of the fishermen and a big black drum he caught with Capt. Mike Williams' team
Luke Clayton

Luke's guest this week is noted fishing guide Capt. Mike Williams ( Mike and Luke are talking about the annual black drum run which just so happens to occur during spring break. A trip to the coast is always fun and a great way to celebrate the coming of another spring! Tune in and listen, today's show might just solve your question of "What do we do for Spring Break"? 

Texas state flag.

Scott Morgan looks at the office of county constable in Texas, in a two-part audio feature.

Alesia Lani
Ed Ziehm Photography

Austin is known for its singers and songwriters in folk and rock genres, but not as much for those creating R&B music. Alesia Lani is one of the creative artists out to change that perception with her own Texas-fried style.

Herald-Banner movie reviewer Alice Reese is not enthusiastic about two of this weekend's movie releases, "Fist Fight," a raunchy comedy starring Ice Cube, and "A Cure for Wellness," a visually stunning but overlong psycho-horror film.  Alice says we're in the annual post-holiday trough of movie releases.

Carmen Chessher organizes a Cooper Clean-up Crew, volunteers to work once a month cleaning up the town.
Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

Carmen Chessher is leading an effort to help improve the curb appeal of the City of Cooper. The Cooper Clean-up Crew had its first meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2017 on the front porch steps of Chessher and Associates real estate office on 621 West Dallas Avenue downtown Cooper, Texas.

The next meeting will be held at the gazebo on the Square in Cooper this Saturday, Feb. 18 at 11 a.m. Everyone is invited to attend.

Filing for Fannindel ISD School Board ends Friday.
Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

Applications for Fannindel ISD School Board of Trustees may be picked up at the superintendent’s office located at Fannindel High School in Ladonia, Texas, between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 3:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, or call 903-367-7251. 

The Burn Ban for Delta County has been allowed to expire on Thursday.
Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

At noon on Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017 the burn ban for Delta County was allowed to expire due to the recent rains.

Head Start Director Janet Walker and Cooper Elementary Principal Lynn Byrd display a "Champions For Kids" banner with the photos of the Cooper ISD School Board of Trustees as Dallas Cowboys football players in honor of School Board Appreciation Month.
Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

The Cooper Independent School District Board of Trustees were honored at the January regular meeting for School Board Appreciation Month with gift baskets filled with homemade goodies along with a Cowboys-themed banner depicting each Board member.

Cleanup dates were decided as being Monday, April 24 through Sunday, April 30, 2017.
Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

Delta County Commissioners Court recently decided on the cleanup dates as being Monday, April 24 through Sunday, April 30, 2017. ATCOG (Ark-Tex Council of Government) will be reimbursing the County $3,000 to help with the clean up event.

North Hopkins "Team of 8" consists of (front row) Sherry Smiddy, Superintendent Dr. Darin Jolly, Vicki Ferrell, (back row) Charlie Vaughn, Robert McPherson, David James, Board President Allen Joslin and Jim Westbrook.
Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

North Hopkins Independent School District Board of Trustees recently met for a very lengthy evening of evaluations and appreciation in January. North Hopkins ISD Superintendent Dr. Darin Jolly had his contract extended to June 2020. Board member Vicki Ferrell was also sworn into office, Jan. 26, 2017.

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Sally Rhodes, registered nutritionist with Hunt Regional Healthcare, likes the redesigned nutrition labels approved by the Food and Drug Administration.  The new label will include a much larger indication of calories and what Sally considers more realistic -- larger -- serving sizes.  The labels will begin appearing on food packages in July 2018.

The U.S. House of Representatives Wednesday approved a bill that looks to resolve a land dispute along the Texas/Oklahoma border at Red River.


Lori Cope, the executive director of CASA (Court-Appointed Special Advocates) of Hunt County, says the organization is receiving 2.3 new cases per week in 2017 and the number of children now being represented in  foster-care cases is now more than 200. Lori says parental drug abuse is involved in more than 90 percent of the cases.

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Rick Parent, director of the fledgling Tipitina's Arts Co-op in Commerce, says he recently attended a music-industry convention in California and received about $300,000 in donations of musical instruments and other equipment.  Parent's four-decade career in the music industry apparently paid off in a major way.  The facility, located in the old A.L. Day Elementary School building in east Commerce, is awaiting a certificate of occupancy from the city of Commerce.