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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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Zach Jester
Mary Anderson / Anderson Photoz

According to the Department of Public Safety one young man from Klondike was killed and several others, including a toddler were injured in a head-on collision on Toll Road 49 four miles south of Tyler, Texas on Saturday around 1:15 p.m.

Brayden Withrow, Cooper Bulldog #55
Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

Not many details were available; however, Hopkins County law enforcement reported a single vehicle rollover accident occurred Tuesday afternoon killing the vehicle’s sole occupant.

The accident which happened near Mahoney Road intersection on State Highway 19 just outside of Sulphur Springs took the life of sixteen-year-old Cooper High School student Brayden Withrow. Withrow had just acquired his driver’s license at the beginning of July, and details of the cause of the accident had not yet been released.

Backpacks may be brought to East Delta Baptist Church or placed in the donation barrels at Hoity Toity or the Beauty Depot in downtown Cooper.
Gwendolyn Savage

East Delta Baptist Church, in partnership with local area churches, is reaching out to families of financially disadvantaged children attending school in the Cooper ISD by providing new clothing at the beginning of each school year.

Starting school in a new suit of clothes can build confidence, boost morale, and help children feel equipped to succeed in their studies.

JoAnn Preas is honored by City and Mayor Darren Braddy with an inscribed plaque on a bench on the Square.
Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

Retired Councilwoman JoAnn Preas was recognized for over 18 years of service and dedication on the City of Cooper Council. A decorative bench has been placed near the Pagoda on the downtown Square in Cooper in her honor. During a Council meeting on Monday, July 10, Mayor Darren Braddy noted that Preas has been a true servant of Cooper and that a plaque will be attached to the bench inscribed with the verse Matthew 23-11, “But he that is greatest among you shall be your servant.”

Carter BloodCare Bus will be parked at the Dairy Queen in Cooper, Texas this Friday, July 21 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. taking donations.
Jim Butler / Cooper Review

Cooper High School has joined Carter BloodCare to host drive during difficult donor recruitment season on Friday, July 28 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The blood donation bus will be parked at the Dairy Queen in Cooper located at the intersection of State Highway 24 and FM 64 West.

Schedule an appointment time, contact Lanie Wright at (903) 571-9667.

Delta County Commissioners Court approved the appointment of Diane Stegall to be the private sector representative to the Workforce Solutions Board of Directors. Delta County Judge Jason Murray presented her as a suggestion before the Court. All commissioners were present.

The 26th Annual Independence Day Celebration Concert and Fireworks Spectacular was held on Celebration Plaza in Sulphur Springs on Saturday, July 1.

This annual crowd-pleasing event is produced by the Sulphur Springs Symphony League which presented the Northeast Texas Symphony Orchestra and conductor Dr. Douglas Bakenus.

Delta Oasis Inc. is the first solar farm in Delta County.
Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

In a pasture filled with milk weeds and wild flowers something even more green lines the landscape of the farm on Farm-to-Market 71. The inauguration of the Delta Oasis Inc. was held on Thursday, June 29, 2017 – a dream of Suzanne and Yogi Patel.

“They helped make our impossible dream possible,” said Suzanne Patel standing before a large welcoming crowd on the 1 Solar Solution company. “God works in mysterious ways. Last fall we started thinking solar. I wanted a solar farm but I had no idea how I was going to get one – not a clue. God hears our prayers.” She offered a prayer dedicating this field and this project.

Enloe Patriotic Parade Float
Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

The community of Enloe will be hosting their annual Independence Day Celebration on Saturday, July 1. The parade draws crowds from all around and is open to anyone.  All participants in the parade should begin to line up at the vacant lot across from the community center at 4:30 p.m. to 4:45 p.m.  The parade starts at 5 p.m. followed by a cookout at the Enloe Community Center.

Delta Roping Club started a new tradition with this cattle drive in the 69th Annual Cooper Rodeo Parade.
Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

The Delta Roping Club will be hosting the 69th Annual Cooper Rodeo starting Thursday, June 29 through Saturday, July 1, 2017. J&J Rodeo Company is the Stock Contractor with sanctions from UPRA, UPSU, CPRA, and LRCA. The added money is $5,000.

Thus far there are 350 contestants entered with some Wrangler National contestants.

“It is going to be a big rodeo and a big week for us,” said Delta County Judge Jason Murray. “We appreciate all our sponsors – big and small – for helping make this happen in Delta County.”

Since opening TexTrail now employees 27 people with the majority of those being local residents.
Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

These might not be wheels on a bus but TexTrail Trailer Parts is processing wheels with great speed in their location in Delta County. What is known locally as the former SureStart building, TexTrail has been open for just over six months.

Lynne Morris reminsces about the blessing of the cross standing among the empty pews of St. Clare Catholic Church in Cooper, Texas.
Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

It was an emotional day. It was final mass of St. Clare Catholic Church in Cooper, Texas. The church has been a staple of the community from its landmark art work on the corner to the quaint comfort of the modest pews to the joyful parishioners; one can always count on for a nice visit and hug.

Three year old Dominic even helps with clean-up duties at Simmons Cemetery.
Jennifer Dwyer / BFT Ranch

12.5 volunteers. 3 chainsaws. 5 trimmers. 4 trailer loads of trees and two cases of poison ivy. According to volunteer Jennifer Dwyer there were 12 and half volunteers helping on Saturday morning at Simmons Cemetery's clean-up in Ben Franklin, Texas. The half was Dwyer’s lovely three-year old grandson, who also help with tree trimming.

Cooper Clean-Up Crew’s first “Yard of the Month” winner is Misty Scott. She lives at 150 West Waco in Cooper. Pictured with her is Colton Wilson and on the bicycle is William Moore.
Carmen Chessher / Cooper Clean-Up Crew

Cooper Clean-Up Crew’s first “Yard of the Month” winner is Misty Scott, who lives at 150 West Waco in Cooper. She was presented with a gift certificate to The Silver Skillet as a token of appreciation for the work she is doing with her yard.

Cooper Clean-Up Crew organizer Carmen Chessher reported 24 volunteers last Saturday for the monthly project day.

The Enloe parade will be held on Saturday, July 1 at 5 p.m.
Enloe Museum / Facebook

The community of Enloe will be hosting their annual Independence Day Celebration on Saturday, July 1. The parade draws crowds from all around and is open to anyone.  All participants in the parade should begin to line up at the vacant lot across from the community center at 4:30 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. 

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