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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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Delta County holidays were decided in last Commissioners Court meeting.
Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

Among the items discussed on the agenda was the spending cap placed on and applied to all Delta County officials. The motion stated officials in the last three months in office can’t spend more than 25 percent of his/her budget without bringing it before the Court. Delta County Judge Jason Murray said this policy was based on the wording taken from the Texas Government Code.

Citizens at the Senior Center in Cooper at the Delta County Civic Center enjoy a free exercise class before the meal is offered.
Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

Local citizens reach for the stars as they enjoy the free exercise class held at the Cooper Senior Center. The Cooper Senior Center sponsored by the Lamar County Human Resources Council is open for the public each weekday from 9 a.m. to noon. They offer many ways to socialize with others and advice for staying active and healthy.

State Highway 19 undergoes repairs between the Delta County line and Sulphur Springs, and drivers are urged to travel with caution.
Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

The repairs to State Highway 19 have started from the Delta County line to Sulphur Springs.

One-lane traffic will span the length of the 13 miles while the Richard Drake Construction Company LLC works to first remove the faulty asphalt and then replace it with an improved surface.

Law enforcement were surveying the scene in which a Jeep collided with a motorcycle at the intersection of State Highway 24 and FM 64.
DCSO

On Sunday, Sept. 11 an accident involving a couple on a Harley Davidson motorcycle and a couple in a Jeep Liberty sport utility vehicle occurred at the intersection of State Highway 24 and Farm-to-market 64.

One of the many traumatic scene photos from the wreck last year provided to the jury in trial of Vincent Wilcox.
Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

A grieving family hopefully got a bit of closure last week following the trial and the sentencing of Vincent Craig Wilcox of Sulphur Springs, the driver of the dump truck that struck and killed O.G. and Vivian Brewer of Cooper last August on State Highway 19 in Delta County. After a brief deliberation the Delta County jury found Wilcox guilty of Intoxication Manslaughter, agreeing with the State that a deadly weapon was used, sentencing him to two consecutive 20 year sentences.

Delta County deputies were just some of the law enforcement called on for the high speed chase last Friday.
Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

A high speed vehicle chase which started in Paris went through Delta County last Friday before the suspect was apprehended just inside the Hunt County line.

Bulldog coaching staff huddles with the team.
Cooper Review / Cindy Roller

The Cooper Bulldogs hosted Meet the Bulldogs with performances by the Mighty Maroon Marching Band and the JV and Varsity Cheerleader squads last Friday. The Bulldogs will face the Winnsboro Red Raiders in more scrimmage action tonight, Aug. 18 starting at 6 p.m. with junior varsity at Bulldog Stadium in Cooper.

State Highway 19 repairs will begin in September.
Cindy Roller / Cooper

The Texas Department of Transportation announced the repairs necessary for State Highway 19 will begin in September. This will be for the portion that stretches from north of Sulphur Springs to the Delta County line near the Sulphur River bridge.

New drug provider for inmates and indigent health discussed.
Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

Pharmacist and owner Stacy Cody of Cody Drug approached the Delta County Commissioners Court about serving for the indigent healthcare and jail, in light of the closing of Miller’s Pharmacy.

“We are here to take care of people,” said Stacy Cody, friends with Yogi Patel and Marion Miller. He said he was familiar with this program since he provides for Sulphur Springs. “We started six and half years ago with zero customers – more than Wal-Mart and CVS.” He will be delivering prescriptions to residents of Cooper and in-town businesses.

My friends at KETR brightened my day and my stay in the hospital with beautiful floral arrangement.
Cindy Roller/Cooper Review

Time. This has an entirely new meaning for this red headed newspaper editor/radio reporter who has never missed a deadline or a beat. Thankfully I am home recovering, recuperating and trying to get back to a new “normal.”

A new deadline has been established. When you are forced to stare an illness in the face you realize how important time and life is. I found my fight song against congestive heart failure and am hoping I have “more fight in me.”

Delta Co Chamber

The Delta County Chamber of Commerce in conjunction with the Delta County Economic Development Corporation are bringing the first ever Cotton Harvest Festival to Delta County. It will feature a free performance by Texas Country Recording Artist Josh Ward on Saturday, Oct. 8 at 8 p.m. on the stage on the Square in Cooper. There will also be a Fifth Quarter event on Friday evening following the Cooper Bulldogs Homecoming game, Oct. 7.

Paris Junior College's service area includes all or part of six Texas counties.
Paris Junior College

A public hearing meeting was held last Thursday evening hosted by Paris Junior College on the proposed expansion of the district service plan for Delta, Hopkins, Hunt, Lamar and Red River counties as well as Fannindel and Honey Grove Independent School Districts.

This expansion would result in a property tax rate, services and programs for residents of these areas.

DCSO

“Backing the Blue” is how many supporters are showing their pride in law enforcement. The Delta County Sheriff’s office extended their recent appreciation for the Lake Country Crime Stoppers for voting to adopt and purchase active shooter vests for them.

"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.

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