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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"Rough Road Ahead" warning signs announce to drivers the condition of State Highway 19 between Delta and Hopkins counties.
Cindy Roller/Cooper Review

To travelers along State Highway 19 from Delta County to Hopkins County hear and see the disrepair the “rough road ahead” signs are warning. Following a recent resurfacing and repair to State Highway 19 which spanned several months drivers are experiencing problems maneuvering. It was hoped the new surface would lessen the road noise experienced by many drivers, sadly that has not been the case. 

Cooper Bulldog football season is fast approaching with workouts starting on Aug. 1, 2016. Head Football Coach Ronnie Green is excited about the new faces and new opponents.
Cindy Roller/Cooper Review

Grid season is fast approaching for the Cooper Bulldogs. With it come thoughts of new opponents thanks to the redistricting performed by the UIL. District 6-3A Division II has been given preseason predictions by Dave Campbell’s Texas Football. Those include at the top Gunter Tigers, Leonard Tigers, Sadler & Southmayd (S&S) Rams, Cooper Bulldogs, Prairiland Patriots, Whitewright Tigers and Chisum Mustangs at the bottom of the list.

Jeremy Sharp
DCSO

Marshall Lynch with the Delta County Sheriff’s Office responded to a reported burglary of a building on July 12, 2016 on West Dallas in Cooper, Texas.  At the scene of the crime Deputy Lynch found entry to the building was made through the wall of the metal building and several tools were reported missing, including welders, welding equipment, sockets, a drill and drill bits.

TRAX bus
ATCOG

Following a planning meeting held in Delta County last Monday, input was given by those who utilize the TRAX (Transit Rural Area Express) program. Katina Johnson, managing assistant, and intern Eagle Tang, with Ark-Tex Council of Governments and TRAX is updating five-year Regional Coordinated Transportation Plan for Northeast Texas after years of mismanagement.

Trey Harmon, Roy Battle, Andy Soto, Kerena Talley, Anthony Pease, Janie Crist and Michael Johnson were arrested in undercover investigation in Cooper.
DCSO

Following an eight week undercover operation the Delta County Sheriff’s office, constable and the Hopkins County Special Crimes Unit rounded up alleged drug dealers on July 12. The operation yielded 15 offenses on nine defendants, all of Cooper.

William Stewart of Ben Franklin lost his life in this one vehicle accident in Delta County.
DCSO

While traveling back from Cooper, a pickup driven by William Stewart drifted off to the side of Farm-to-Market 1533 early Thursday morning. It is believed he was returning to his home in Ben Franklin.

Gregory Riccardo Wylie, of Dallas
DCSO

During a traffic stop on Thursday night for speeding on State Highway 24 two miles east of Cooper, Delta County Sheriff’s Deputy Tanner Steward went to arrest Gregory Riccardo Wylie, of Dallas, for outstanding parole violation warrants.

According to the report in an attempt to detain the suspect fled running on foot into a cotton field.

For 25 years Celebration Plaza has been filling with onlookers for the free Independence Day concert.
Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

In one of her final actions as Madame Mayor Kayla Price Mitchell recently invited the public to attend the 25th Anniversary of the Independence Day Celebration in Sulphur Springs. The event is highlighted by the Sulphur Springs Symphony Concert and Fireworks Show which will be Saturday, July 2 at 8 p.m.

Madame Mayor Emily Glass was sworn into office by City Secretary Gale Roberts.
Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

There were a multitude of honors at Tuesday night’s City of Sulphur Springs Council meeting. The gavel was passed from Madame Mayor Kayla Price Mitchell to newly re-elected Emily Glass. Councilman Clay Walker was named Mayor Pro Tem. Councilman Freddie Taylor and Glass were both sworn into office by City Secretary Gale Roberts.

A Maroon & Gray Scholarship fund has been set up in honor of Enrique Mendoza.
Courtesy Photo / Delta Funeral Home

A Cooper teenager died as a result of a head-on collision that occurred Sunday morning on State Highway 19 in Hopkins County.

Enrique Antonio Mendoza, 19, of Cooper, was pronounced dead at the scene. Mendoza is the son of Mario and Dianna and was attending Texas A&M University-Commerce, following his graduation from Cooper High School last year. Mendoza was in route to his job in Sulphur Springs at the time.

Delta County Public Library needs funds for emergency expenses. Fundraiser lunch set for Sunday, June 26.
Cindy Roller

The Delta County Public Library is seeking donations for recent emergency expenses with a Sunday lunch fundraiser set for June 26 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Jeri Pickering
Delta County Sheriff's Office

Jeri Pickering, a former agricultural science teacher at Cooper High School, was arrested on May 18 on a charge of improper relationship between an educator and student. Pickering was booked into the Delta County Jail and released on a $20,000 bond later that day.

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.”

Mickey Barker
Mickey Barker / Facebook

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.

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