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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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City of Sulphur Springs is debuting its official app. It showcases all of the City and Hopkins County.
Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

The City of Sulphur Springs is constantly finding new ways to attract visitors to the community from the renovation of the downtown Celebration Plaza to utilizing news and social media outlets. The latest enhancement the City is offering is the combined effort with KSST radio to bring everything to citizens and visitors in one location – a new app.

Delta County Public Library is located on West Dallas Avenue in Cooper, Texas.
Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

The Delta County Public Library is known for their delicious monthly fundraising Thursday lunches, but now there is more to celebrate as they will be hosting a Christmas Open House. Head Librarian Lydia Toon and her staff have planned a Thursday afternoon event on Dec. 14 from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. for complimentary refreshments from sweets to coffee and hot cider.

Delta County continues under a burn ban.
Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

Delta County Commissioners Court has unanimously voted to extend the burn ban for outdoor burning in all unincorporated areas of the County another 90 days on Monday, Dec. 4. Judge Jason Murray had enacted an emergency burn ban effective Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2017 at 3 p.m.

Salvation Army bell ringer Neil Clark encourages others to help with the cause.
Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

Now is the chance to donate not only to a worthy cause but in the holiday spirit – the Salvation Army is looking for volunteers to be bell ringers to collect donations. The best part is all the monies collected stay in Delta County and are redistributed locally.

Enloe Volunteer Fire Fighters have been fighting grass fires along with several other volunteer fire departments in Delta County.
Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

Delta County Judge Jason Murray enacted an emergency burn ban effective Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2017 at 3 p.m.  Local volunteer fire departments have been responding to several grass fires combined with dry conditions created the need for the ban.

Delta County's finest like Chief Deputy Charla Singleton get in on the limbo action in the competitive events at Blue and Red Santa.
Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

Santa will be joining the fun as he rides into town on big red Engine 31 fire truck in the Chamber’s annual lighted Christmas Parade. The fire fighters, not reindeer, will give Santa a ride to the Blue and Red Santa event held at the Delta County Civic Center.

This is where the festivities turn into humor as for a price of a new, unwrapped toy citizens or donation are entertained by the series of competitive events between local law enforcement versus volunteer fire fighters and EMS.

Ninth Annual Birthday Party for Jesus arrives in Cooper on Saturday, Dec. 9 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Delta County Civic Center. This free event is open to the community. There will be music, cupcakes, cookies, and games.

AgriLife Extension Agent Johanna Hicks of Hopkins County demonstrates how easy holiday decorating and meal preparations can be during the Christmas Joys program held on Thursday, Nov. 2 at the Delta County Civic Center.
Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

AgriLife Extension Club of Delta County was provided a special 2017 Christmas Joys program by Hopkins County AgriLife Extension agent Johanna Hicks.

At the previous gathering she provided helpful tips for holiday crafts, gift-giving, and recipes at the Delta County Civic Center. Everything from simple Apple Pie Danish Biscuits to colorful wreaths made of Mason jar lids were demonstrated to those in attendance.

eteran Eddie Cavanaugh stands and salutes as his name is called in recognition by the NHS students.
Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

The annual Veteran’s Day program hosted by the Cooper High School National Honor Society is always special event extended from the school district to the community.

The Mighty Maroon Band performed moving and emotional pieces including the National Anthem, Armed Forces Salute, Amazing Grace last Friday, Nov. 10. Performing TAPS was Gabriel Rowe and Mercedes Valdez.

The Delta County Chamber of Commerce annual lighted Christmas parade will be Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017.
Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

It is time to start planning as the annual Christmas Parade and Blue and Red Santa festivities are just a few weeks away.

This year’s Delta County Chamber of Commerce Christmas Parade theme will be Bing Crosby’s White Christmas. The lighted parade lineup will begin at the City Park on East Dallas Avenue at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 2, and the route wraps around the Square starting at 6 p.m.

Spirit of Giving event grows more and more each year in Delta County.
Cooper Review

It’s almost Christmas which means it’s time for the Sixth Annual Spirit of Giving. This community outreach program was started six years ago to give back to the Delta County community.

The Spirit of Giving will be on Saturday, Dec. 2 at 11 a.m. at the Delta County Civic Center in Cooper, Texas. There will have stations set up with toys, blankets, and household items. There will also be a drawing for bicycles at 10:30 a.m. Each child and adult that attends will be given tickets and then will get to go shopping at the stations or enter a ticket in the bicycle drawing.

Retired Veteran Jim Batchelor is raising awareness for The 22 Standing Campaign.
Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

The 22 Standing Campaign –  represented by retired veteran Jim Batchelor of Cooper –  is raising awareness for the 22 veterans across the country a day that take their own lives as a result of wounds physical or mental sustained in war. 22 a day is 22 too many.

Cooper VFD struggles to fight back the flames of the two-story house fire.
Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

Last Wednesday volunteer fire departments of Cooper, Klondike, as well as Hopkins County Fire Department fought a multi-alarm house fire on East Waco Street in Cooper.

By the time the emergency call came through the Delta County Sheriff’s Office at 10:40 a.m. the wooden framed structure was already fully engulfed in flames. The heat was so intense vinyl siding on the neighboring home across the street was melting even on the cool 60 degree fall day.

The bricks on the Square in Cooper remain a topic of discussion.
Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

The future of some of the bricks on the Square in Cooper were the main topic in a recent Cooper City Council meeting filled with over 20 concerned citizens.

Agenda item 7: Discuss and possible action on a resolution allowing Texas Department of Transportation to do a study on state row street maintenance involving portions of the Square that are now covered with bricks. Several concerns were raised about saving the bricks.

Diane Stegall with Modern Woodmen of America presents Delta County Sheriff Ricky Smith with the Hometown Hero Award.
Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

Ricky Smith, Delta County Sheriff, was recently awarded the Home Town Hero award presented by Modern Woodmen of America.  The presentation, given by Diane Stegall, took place at the Cotton Harvest Festival.  Sheriff Smith was selected for this award for his many years of service to the public.

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