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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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The public is invited to see the Radium Girls play performed by the Cooper High School One Act Play performers.
CISD

The Cooper High School One Act Play will be performing their play, Radium Girls by D.W. Gregory, for the community on Monday, April 2 at 6 p.m.

Cooper ISD released the 2018-2019 school year calendar.
CISD

Cooper Independent School District Board of Trustees approved the new upcoming 2018-2019 school calendar and holidays. Calendar example “B” was selected and approved. Spring Break will be late in March to coordinate with Texas A&M University in Commerce.

School will begin on Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018. Christmas holiday will be from Dec. 24-Jan. 4, and Spring Break will be March 18-22, 2019. Graduation will be Friday, May 24, 2019 at 7 p.m.

Delta County Commissioners like Precinct 4 Mark Brantley work on breaking into the old jail on top of the Courthouse in order to fix water leaks.
Cindy Roller / Delta County

Spring temperatures have found Delta County. Garage sales have started, lawn mowers are back at work, spring improvements are happening, and Delta County begins its annual preparations for cleaning.

More Bobby Wigley Memorial Livestock Show participants will be on display on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
Cindy Roller

The annual Delta County Fair is just the recipe to satisfy on Saturday, April 14, 2018 in the City Park in Cooper, Texas.

This year the Delta County Chamber will be hosting the beloved Jr. Livestock Show, named after Bobby Wigley, starting at 9 a.m., the Monty Tipps Band will be on stage at 11:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. with classic country, toe-tapping music, at 2 p.m. the Lone Star Garden Tractor Pullers Association will rev their engines for another crowd-pleasing contest.

Pecan Gap Ladies Club hosted their first craft fair.
Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

There was a wonderful display of community craftsmanship under the nice blue skies in Pecan Gap on Saturday. The Pecan Gap Ladies Club hosted their first Craft Fair to 23 vendors with talents ranging from quilted teddy bears to recycled soda can wind art.

The Pecan Gap Community Center filled with shoppers perusing framed photos, candy, honey, life-like baby dolls, glassware, kitchen gadgets, crafted stationery, jewelry and much more.

Delta County Judge Jason Murray retains his seat following Tuesday night's primary election results.
Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

The watchful crowd gathered in the hallway of the Delta County Courthouse grew especially quiet as the election results were posted for the local contested races. Delta County Judge Jason Murray retains his seat garnering 760 votes to his opponent Bonnie Hobbs, who received 412. Justice of the Peace Ginny Phifer, who is still recovering from illness in the hospital, earned 818 votes Tuesday night to candidate Chuck Reed, who drew 347 votes. For Precinct 2 Commissioner, incumbent Gary Anderson took in 139 votes to opponent Jimmy Sweat’s 87 votes. Over 1,200 votes were cast, higher than usual for a primary race.

Spillway waters cause roadway flooding/closure.
Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

The sun has finally decided to peak out of the clouds for the Delta County area. This is the most sunshine seen in over two weeks. Despite the widespread flooding and damage, it caused, the good news is a new elevation record has been set.

According to Bo Potts with the Corp of Engineers, Cooper Lake will peak at 449.12 feet with 11,750 cubic feet per second going over the uncontrolled spillway.

Laken Callihan and her lamb Butterbeans were featured at last year's Delta County Fair.
Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

After constant deluge of rain Delta County is ready for some springtime sunshine. The annual Delta County Fair is just the recipe to satisfy on Saturday, April 14, 2018 in the City Park in Cooper, Texas.

This year the Delta County Chamber will be hosting the beloved Jr. Livestock Show, named after Bobby Wigley, starting at 9 a.m., the Monty Tipps Band will be on stage at 11:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. with classic country, toe-tapping music, at 2 p.m. the Lone Star Garden Tractor Pullers Association will rev their engines for another crowd-pleasing contest.

Cooper Wildlife Management Area Biologist Howard Crenshaw introduced the Texas A&M University in Commerce graduate students.
Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

Torrential rains didn’t stop the fans of the Monarchs of Delta County from enjoying an educational class focused on backyard pollinators last Tuesday at the Delta County Courthouse. Delta County AgriLife Extension Agent Alford Echols along with sponsoring entities: Monarchs of Delta County, Natural Resources Conservation Service and Texas Parks and Wildlife hosted the program.

Gus Young brought his John Deere out in the rain for National FFA Week.
Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

A convoy of tractors cleared the path to Cooper High School through the rain last Thursday morning in honor of National FFA Week. 

Widespread flooding caused more than just road closures.
Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

Excessive rain which has caused widespread flooding damage created the need to declare Delta County as a local disaster as of Wednesday, February 28, 2018. It was ordered by Delta County Judge Jason Murray.

Uber has already been useful in assisting with ridesharing in Sulphur Springs.
Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

Pull out your smartphones and get to downloading. It is time to move with the times – Uber has arrived with your ride. On Thursday Sulphur Springs, Texas was home to its first Uber riders. From folks with vehicles in the repair shop to moms with children that had cabin fever from the rainy weather, Sulphur Springs resident Adam Whitson became the first Uber driver picking up businessmen from Arkansas staying at Best Western and delivering them downtown to the Dining District.

There will be seven candidates running for two Cooper Independent School District Board of Trustees seats for upcoming election in May.

Early voting begins on April 23 through May 1 with Election Day on May 5.

Farm-to-Market Road 1529 (Country Club Road) in Delta County has been closed due to flood waters.
Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

School will be delayed again on Friday with 10 a.m. start due to flash flooding following over five inches of rain falling in Delta County and the surrounding areas. Even the planned Skywarn class on Tuesday evening was canceled due to weather.

Cooper ISD announced Wednesday afternoon that classes on Thursday will begin at 10 a.m. for the driving safety of buses and students. There are several low-lying roads closed due to flooding.

Delta County reports 138 votes cast on the second day of early voting.
Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

In Delta County voters were not discouraged to get out and vote despite nearly five inches of rain causing flash flooding in many areas.

As of 3 p.m. on Wednesday afternoon, 138 early votes had been cast. Early voting began on Feb. 20 and continues through March 2. Primary Election – which will decide many of the local races – will be March 6, 2018.

The candidates recently had an opportunity to express their platforms at the Delta County Republican Forum, which was open to all parties.

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