Cindy Roller


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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This unoccupied house at SW 5th and Terrell burned to the ground early Thursday morning.
Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

With an emergency call at 1:23 a.m. Thursday morning an unoccupied house quickly became fully engulfed in flames on the corner of Southwest Fifth Street and Terrell in Cooper. The older wood frame house was a total loss.

Delta County businesses can officially sell beer and wine for off premise consumption only following the May 9 election.
Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

It is official. In a special called meeting Wednesday morning the Delta County Commissioners Court canvassed the special election votes from the ballot proposition to legalize the sale of beer and wine for off-premise consumption only. The final total came to 446 for the sale and 413 against it, accepting two additional provisional votes.

Crop farmers will have to make sure to fence out cattle as Delta County is an open range county.
Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

Delta County is an open range county. This information came as a surprise not only to the Delta County Commissioners Court but to Sheriff Ricky Smith, as well.

“Texas is an open range State, and livestock can be free. However this does not apply to public highways or county roads,” said Delta County Sheriff Ricky Smith, Monday morning. “Farmers must fence out cattle. After doing some research in the clerk’s office we discovered Delta County has been open range since 1906.”

Come sample wonderful vintages and craft brews while soaking in the pleasant East Texas atmosphere of the Celebration City at the Reds, Whites and Brews event this Saturday in Sulphur Springs.
Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

It doesn’t get any more patriotically thirst quenching than celebrating the Reds, Whites and Brews (RWB) Beer and Wine Festival downtown Sulphur Springs on Saturday, May 23 for the Memorial Day weekend.

The free event boasts a dozen wineries and several down home Texas brews beginning at 1 p.m. Jazz and Blues musical entertainment will fill the air over the beautifully renovated Celebration Plaza while the public is invited to browse the Celebration District and the various vendors that will be available at award-winning Market. Sample wonderful vintages and soak in the pleasant East Texas atmosphere of the Celebration City.

Multiple Northeast Texas Opportunities Inc. (NETO) employees have been suspected of having committed an estimated $726,430 in fraudulent checking writing to themselves and invalid vendors. It is believed they were using NETO’s credit card to purchase gift cards. This is still under investigation and more employees may be implicated in the wrongdoings.

Trustees Mandy Freeman, Jeff Phifer and Darren Braddy were sworn in by Delta County Judge Jason Murray at Monday night's meeting.
Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

The Cooper Independent School Board of Trustees agreed to keep the pay scale for teachers competitive in light of House Bill 2543 which could classroom teachers from under the protected minimum pay scale currently set at $2,732 per month by the state if it passes. The minimum pay at Cooper ISD will be $33,000 for a first year teacher for the upcoming 2015-16 school year.

First place winner was Brian Dorner weighing in stringer of five fish at 73.40 pounds.
Courtesy Photo / Friends of Doctors Creek Park

There was a slow turnout for the Friends of Doctors Creek Park annual Catfish Tournament on Cooper Lake on Saturday, May 9. However there were lots of big catfish weighed in. First place winner was Brian Dorner weighing in stringer of five fish at 73.40 pounds. Second place winner was Johnny Ward stringer weighing 56.50 pounds and third place was Jason Barrett with stringer weighing 42.10 pounds. Female catching the biggest fish was Carol Larkin with fish weighing 33.00 pounds winning a super fishing rod donated by Skinner's Tin Top Bait Shop.

Families gather at local cemeteries in Delta County to honor the fallen.
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.

“It should be a bit easier this year with all the recent rains,” noted Post Commander Gary Thompson, who has ordered 200 more American flags with pointed tips. “We have added the two cemeteries in Klondike for this year too.” In the past volunteers needed hammers for the dry land, and this year instead they might need mud boots.

Stan Szafran in his kayak at The Forks of the Sulphur River (looking west up the North Sulphur).
Eddie Trapp / Cooper Review

As of 10:30 a.m. the National Weather Service in Fort Worth has issued a Flood Warning for the following areas in Texas including the South Sulphur River near Cooper Affecting Delta and Hopkins Counties.

Delta County is wet

May 9, 2015
Delta County joins the 195 partially wet counties of the 254 counties in the State of Texas.
Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

This isn’t a weather report, but Delta County is wet. The proposition to legalize the sale of beer and wine for off-premise consumption only in Delta County passed unofficially by a vote of 444 to 413 tonight.

Porch on this mobile home near Pecan Gap was destroyed by winds.
Monty Hobbs / Delta Co EMC

During last night’s storm Delta County suffered damage apparently caused by straight line winds, according to Delta County Emergency Management Coordinator Monty Hobbs, who was out surveying scene.

Citizens gather in prayer on the steps of the Delta County Courthouse.
Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

The noon siren sounded, clouds parted, and Delta County came together to gather on the Delta County Courthouse steps for National Day of Prayer, May 7, 2015.

Steve Favre receives his award from David Basinger.
Courtesy Photo / Cooper Review

Delta County resident Steve Favre of Riverview Farms was selected as the 2015 Area IV Outstanding Wildlife Conservationist in Jacksonville.

Signs stating "vote no" can be seen around the City of Cooper including in front of local churches.
Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

With early voting finished, it has come down to the last days until Election Day, May 9. There are 3,620 registered voters in Delta County. Each of these voters may cast their vote on the election to legalize the sale of beer and wine for off-premises only in Delta County, Texas.

Hannah Kirby receives the key to the City of Sulphur Springs by Mayor Freddie Taylor.
Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

A celebration was held in honor of Hannah Kirby, who had a very successful run on NBC's "The Voice." The Sulphur Springs resident and Texas A&M University of Commerce student was given the key to the City, had a proclamation read by Mayor Freddie Taylor declaring May 6 as “Hannah Kirby Day” and presented a bouquet of yellow roses.