Cindy Roller

Reporter

I’m Cindy Roller for KETR News, corresponding for Delta County and am also the Editor for the Cooper Review. While radio broadcasting is still a learning experience for me, I enjoy it as well as all aspects of print media from writing, photography, page design to seeing the smiles of readers when I deliver the newspapers.

Moving from Editor of The Twin Cities News in West Texas, I got my start in Northeast Texas as the Sports Writer/Photographer for the Sulphur Springs News-Telegram before finding my way back to a weekly paper, the Cooper Review. However, I am still most known as the tall red head on the sidelines covering football games.

Along with news, I hope KETR listeners find joy my special audio features as much as I do creating them because everyone has a story.

As always, I look forward to hearing from you!

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Drivers are reminded of warning lights on school buses.
OHSP

“Use your head, stop when the lights are red.” While school bus safety week is actually in October with the recent flooded road conditions and construction drivers are once again being reminded to be aware school buses are continuing to drop off and pick up students as the school year is winding to a close.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, “for twenty three million students nationwide, the school day begins and ends with a trip on a school bus – the greatest risk is not riding the bus, but approaching or leaving the bus.”

Following Tuesday night’s Republican runoff election Mickey Barker earned the most votes to be named the new Precinct 1 Commissioner in Hopkins County.

“It was an enlightening experience. I enjoyed meeting lots of people. This was definitely a combined effort – I couldn’t have done this without the help of my family, friends and neighbors,” said Mickey Barker at his election night watch party with his wife, Susie of nearly 30 years by his side supporting him. “I also truly appreciate the endorsements of [former opponents] Ray Fouse and Pat Chase.”

Constable Race Decided

May 24, 2016
Marshall Lynch will take office as the new Delta County Constable on Jan. 1.
Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

Delta County citizens came out for the Constable race run-off election held Tuesday putting a new face behind the badge after seven years with Marshall Lynch.

The early voting numbers showed a considerable lead with 73 percent for Lynch as he faced incumbent Ben Snow.

First place winner was returning fisherman Johnny Ward, Jr. with a stringer weight of 84.30 pounds and biggest catfish winner with 24.60 pounds.
Gracie Young / Friends of Doctors Creek

The Friends of Doctors Creek Park Inc. hosted another good catfish tournament this past Saturday at Cooper Lake. A dozen boats were entered into the day-long event, despite a bit of a breeze on the water.

First place winner was returning fisherman Johnny Ward Jr. with a stringer weight of 84.30 pounds and biggest catfish winner with 24.60 pounds. Second place went to Charlie Walker with a stringer weight of 48.50 pounds and big catfish weight of 21.35 pounds. Taking third was Brian Dorner with a stringer weight of 36.55 pounds and big catfish of 11.40 pounds. The lady fisherman winner was Carol Larkin with a stringer weight of 32.10 pounds and big catfish of 7.4 pounds.

Sprinkler system repairs were recently done on the Square in Cooper.
Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

Despite the weather delays, the beautification of the Square in Cooper is well on its way to the next step with the generous donations received for the special fund.

According to Kaywin Conley of Kay’s Korner the sprinkler system was installed by Four Seasons, and she is awaiting clear skies to display more flowering plants around the structure to which she is providing at her cost. She is making note of other town squares in neighboring cities for inspiration. She is looking to make the Square an attraction for the community and visitors.

On Saturday, May 7 City of Cooper, Cooper ISD Board of Trustees and the MUD director positions were unofficially decided in their respective elections.

For the City of Cooper: unofficially the three incumbents will retain their two-year positions on the City Council following the race Saturday. Willie “Bear” Wilkins earned 84 votes, JoAnn Preas had 68 votes and David Phillips received 67 votes. Thirty-five votes were placed in favor of newcomer to the race, Amanda L'Esperance. The City has opted to canvas the votes on Tuesday, May 17. The meeting will be begin at 5 p.m. at City Hall. Agenda items include statement of officer to elected officials, oath of office to elected officials and elect a Mayor Pro Tem.

Dr. Darin Jolly
Courtesy Photo / NHISD

North Hopkins Independent School District Board of Trustees with assistance from Texas Association of School Boards (TASB) Executive Search Services recently announced the lone finalist for the position of Superintendent as East Texas native Dr. Darin Jolly. He will be replacing the retiring Donna George. The final decision is set for Thursday, June 2.

Red Henderson Post 483 seeks volunteers to place flags for Memorial Day.
Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

It is time to pay tribute to the military in Delta County for the Memorial Day weekend. The American Legion Red Henderson Post 483, of Cooper, Texas, will again be placing flags on several cemeteries in the County on Saturday, May 28 starting at 9 a.m. 

Post Commander Gary Thompson said they have 1,100 American Flags to be placed in the Oaklawn Cemetery and surrounding rural Delta County cemeteries.

City of Cooper is seeking suggestions in hopes to qualify for upcoming Community Block Grant.
Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

“What does this town need?” that is the question on the minds of local officials.

The Delta County Economic Development Corporation recently announced that the City of Cooper is eligible for a Texas Department of Agriculture Community Block Grant for $350,000.00 with a five percent match.

Flooding created property damages in Delta County.
Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

On Monday, May 2 Delta County Emergency Management Coordinator Monty Hobbs reported the County closed out Disaster Claim 4223. 

“That covered the damage Delta County sustained in the May-June 2015 time frame,” said DCEMC Monty Hobbs. “Our total damages awarded were $333,763.51.”

North Hopkins ISD releases upcoming school calendar.
NHISD / NHISD

Following a lengthy executive session with Texas Association of School Boards the North Hopkins Independent School District Board of Trustees opened their regular meeting at 7:05 p.m. last Thursday.

With Board President Allen Joslin presiding the Trustees approved in a 6-0 vote to hire Garrett Ragan and Ryan Petty for the upcoming school year. Ragan has been assigned to Agriculture, and Petty will be one of the new Social Studies instructors.

The bridge at Brushy Creek in Delta County continues to be under construction.
Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

State Highway 24 (at John’s Creek) reopened late Tuesday afternoon after being closed due to excessive flooding, according to the Texas Department of Transportation. The Delta County Sheriff’s office has been informing drivers to be aware some GPS devices (such as on cell phones) has not been updating with detour information, when deemed necessary.

Catfish Tournament registration brochures are ready at the Delta County Chamber of Commerce.
Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

Fun time on Cooper Lake planned for Saturday, May 14 with $500 added money for some lucky fishermen.
    There will be first, second and third place winners. Fishermen get your gear ready!

The Annual Catfish Tournament on Cooper Lake sponsored by Friends of Doctors Creek Park, Inc. will be held on Saturday, May 14.  This should be an excellent year for the tournament because the water is plentiful, and the catfish are ready for a good meal.  The fishermen have been having good luck bringing in some extra large catfish.  

Cars from 1919-1933 rolled into Sulphur Springs last Thursday celebrating the Bankhead Highway Centennial.
Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

Bankhead Highway Centennial Celebration (1916-2016) traveled through and stopped at Celebration Plaza in Sulphur Springs last Thursday, featuring cars from the year 1919 through 1933.

A sample ballot provided by the Delta County Clerk's office for the May 24, 2016 election.
Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

Early voting for the Cooper Independent School District Board of Trustees positions and City of Cooper Council positions began on Monday, April 25 through Tuesday, May 3, 2016 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and the remaining 12 hour early voting day is Tuesday, May 3 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
   Early voting will take place at Cooper ISD Central Administration Office at 350 West McKinney Avenue in Cooper.

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