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Cindy Roller

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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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City of Cooper Mayor Scotty Stegall
Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

City of Cooper Mayor Scotty Stegall will be officially retiring on Friday, May 12, 2017 from the position he has held for the past 14 years. Mayor Stegall has been in office since 2003 when he defeated Richard Huie. He was unopposed in each election in his years holding office.

A retirement reception will be held on Friday, April 28 from 3:30-5:30 p.m. at The Mill at Brew la-la. The public is invited to come by and wish Mayor Stegall best wishes in his next adventure.

The Cooper Clean-Up Crew is already planning for the next project. This Saturday, April 22 will be the date. Volunteers are urged to meet at 8 a.m. on the Square. It coordinates with the final day of the Clean Up Week for the City of Cooper.

Engine 31 was a welcome sight to volunteer fire fighters.
Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

There is a new red vehicle in town. Only this one goes zero to 60 mph “in about two days.” However it was not designed for speed – it was designed as a powerful tool for Delta County volunteer fire fighters. Engine 31 is an apparatus that was purchased through a joint inter-local agreement between the City of Cooper and the Delta County Emergency Services District.

The missing person case of Ali Burress had an unfortunate ending as her remains were located.
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Just over two weeks ago the Lamar County Sheriff’s office was contact by a property owner in the southern part of Lamar County near County Road 14760. The land owner reported finding what appeared to be a skull and bones of a human while tending to his cattle.

Big Creek Lake improvements were recently completed.
Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

The City of Cooper with a grant sponsored by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department U.S. Department of the Interior/Fish and Wildlife Services were able to do many improvements to the Big Creek Lake Park grounds.

Area of Delta County Commissioners Court examined.
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Residents of Precinct 4 in Delta County J.B. and Lori Collins approached the County with a request to close a partial length of County Road 4285. He presented aerial photos and stated he owned the land on both sides of the road with the exception of a portion owned by Butch Burns.

Mark Fox with the National Weather Service recently informed storm spotters during a Skywarn class in Cooper.
Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

Volunteer Fire Departments of Delta County in conjunction with the Delta County Emergency Management Office will conduct a county-wide test of the Storm Alert Sirens that are positioned around the county on Thursday, March 30 at 5 p.m.  Some individual testing of the sirens has been conducted such as the siren at Klondike VFD has been tested monthly.

Michael D. Johnson
DCSO

Delta County Sheriff’s Office continues to fight the battle against drugs. Following the execution of a search warrant, two more arrests were made at 240 West Marshall in Cooper, Texas.

“Even though we have made over 42 arrests involving drug dealers and hundreds of arrests for possession of illegal drugs over the past four years, our community is still having problems with illegal drugs,” said Delta County Sheriff Ricky Smith. “Our agency will continue to treat illegal drugs as one of our top priorities. Both drug dealers and users of illegal drugs need to get the message, don’t mess with illegal drugs in Delta County.”

Craig "Moose" Morgan
HCSO

Approximately two weeks ago Craig “Moose” Morgan, 60, became the object of investigation by local law enforcement in Hopkins County which was turned over to Texas Rangers. He was arrested Monday, March 20 for Felony 3 Theft (more than $2,500 but less than $30,000) with a $20,000 bond and Giving False Statement to Obtain Property or Credit with $10,000 bond. Morgan has made bail and was released from the Hopkins County Jail.

Announcement of drought loans given to Delta County
Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

Delta County Judge Jason Murray was recently informed by the Texas Department of Public Safety that Delta County has been designated eligible to apply for low-interest emergency disaster loans due to drought conditions.

On February 23, 2017 there were 14 Texas counties designated as “primary natural disaster areas.” This was due to drought conditions that existed since November 1, 2016. These counties included are: Bowie, Camp, Cass, Delta, Franklin, Harrison, Hopkins, Hunt, Lamar, Marion, Morris, Red River, Titus and Upshur.

North Hopkins Independent School District Board of Trustees approved the hiring of Brian Christopher Lowe as the new 2017-18 North Hopkins High School Principal.
Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

In a special called meeting the North Hopkins Independent School District Board of Trustees approved the hiring of Brian Christopher Lowe as the new 2017-18 North Hopkins High School Principal.

He is currently the Middle School Principal at Winona ISD near Hawkins, Texas. Prior to Winona he spent a year as Alpine Middle School Principal and two years as Assistant Principal at Marshall Junior High School. He has coached football, track, basketball and cross country throughout his education career that started in 1997.

Randy Turner was just one of the 39 volunteers helping to clean the streets of Cooper. He was gathering debris on Southeast First Street with the Cooper Clean-Up Crew.
Carmen Chessher / Cooper Clean-Up Crew

The Cooper Clean-Up Crew started with their first project on Saturday, February 25 with the help of 39 volunteers. Everyone convened on the Square in Cooper to fire up the power washers, cleaning curbs and sidewalks, raking leaves and pulling up weeds.

According to Cooper Clean-Up Crew organizer Carmen Chessher crews of volunteers worked from the Square extending out to clean up debris.

The newly constructed west bound lanes of State Highway 24 in Delta County are now open to traffic.
Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

Delbert Horton with the Sulphur River Regional Mobility Authority Board brought good news to Delta County informing the court the County will be receiving a refund of $49,435.74 from the $132,144.00 put up for the purchasing of right of ways and utilities during the expansion of State Highway 24.

City Election Candidate Forum will be held Thursday at 7 p.m. at the Delta County Civic Center gym.
Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

The Delta County Republican Club is inviting candidates to participate in a Candidates’ Forum with respect to the upcoming City of Cooper Elections.  The public is also invited to the forum that will be held at Delta County Civic Center on March 9, 2017, and will begin promptly at 7 p.m.
    According to the Club the purpose of this forum is to give all candidates for Mayor and/or City Council an opportunity to speak to citizens and share their views on topics of interest and issues affecting the community. There are five candidates in the mayoral race and four (two incumbents) in the city council race to be held on Saturday, May 6, 2017.

Chris Williams is in custody on several on warrants.
DCSO

SATURDAY UPDATE: Christopher Williams peacefully turned himself in to authorities on Saturday morning, March 4 after evading arrest since Thursday afternoon in Delta County when he assaulted his girlfriend and fled law enforcement. At this time Delta County Sheriff's Office does not have any further information on the .22 rifle Williams fled with on Thursday. Williams has been charged with felony Assault and Evading Detention and is currently in the Delta County Jail.

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