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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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Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

The first ever Delta County Cotton Harvest Festival was deemed a “huge success” or in other words it was a "cotton pickin' good time" by organizers and the over 1,000 attending filling the Square in Cooper.

Monday morning saw a two fatality incident on State Highway 19 near Sulphur Springs.
Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

The community of North Hopkins is grieving after an early Monday morning head-on accident that occurred on a curve of State Highway 19 near White Oak Creek. Both the driver of the Hopkins County Special Ed Co-Op School Bus, Perry Evans, 52, of Sulphur Springs and the driver of the white Ford Mustang, Larry Resindez, 33, of Como were pronounced dead at the scene. No children were on the bus at the time of the incident. 

According to the reports Resindez, who was traveling north bound, veered into the oncoming lane of traffic striking the bus head-on.

Main Street is glowing with the sights and sounds of people and business following a lengthy revitalization.
Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

The City of Sulphur Springs received the 2016 Municipal Excellence Award in the City Spirit category during the Texas Municipal League 104th Annual Conference and Exhibition at the Austin Convention Center.

It is on behalf of the City’s downtown - Celebration District.

“It is such an honor to receive this award. Thankful for our town and the people in it,” said City of Sulphur Springs Mayor Emily Glass.

Delta County law enforcement had help from a drone camera owned by the Hopkins County Sheriff's Office.
DCSO

The Delta County Sheriff’s Office, assisted by the Hopkins County Sheriff’s Office drone, made a drug bust last Friday.

Over the skies of Delta County a drone camera was being used to help identify the illegal growth of marijuana near the north central area of the County near the Enloe Community. Local law enforcement was able to obtain several images of the illegal plants.

Stick races are just some of the fun at the Pecan Fest in Pecan Gap this Saturday.
Jim Butler / Cooper Review

All the planning has finally came to fruition, in a matter of words. This Saturday, October 8 is the date of the Pecan Fest in Pecan Gap. 

The Pecan Fest kicks off with the parade at 10 a.m. down Main Street. There will be fire trucks, cars, tractors, horse and buggies, hay wagons and more in the parade.

There will be plenty of free activities for families to enjoy like bounce house, hay park, stick horse race, sack race, hay toss, egg toss and cakewalk.

The Cotton Harvest Festival will be all day and night this Saturday on the Square in Cooper, Texas.
Shelli Hilliard / Hoity Toity

Here are some interesting facts behind the first ever Delta County Cotton Harvest Festival on the Square in Cooper, Texas.

“A cotton bale contains enough cotton to produce more than 313,000 $100 bills or more than 1,200 men’s T-shirts. In 2016, the U.S. produced over 15.8 million bales of cotton (per USDA-NASS). Cotton is responsible for about $27 billion in revenue for U.S. businesses – with total benefit to the U.S. economy estimated near $100 billion annually,” as per Ag101 Facebook.

So the Delta County Chamber of Commerce in coordination with the Economic Development Corporation decided it was time to celebrate the heritage this county has.

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.

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