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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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Randy Turner was just one of the 39 volunteers helping to clean the streets of Cooper. He was gathering debris on Southeast First Street with the Cooper Clean-Up Crew.
Carmen Chessher / Cooper Clean-Up Crew

The Cooper Clean-Up Crew started with their first project on Saturday, February 25 with the help of 39 volunteers. Everyone convened on the Square in Cooper to fire up the power washers, cleaning curbs and sidewalks, raking leaves and pulling up weeds.

According to Cooper Clean-Up Crew organizer Carmen Chessher crews of volunteers worked from the Square extending out to clean up debris.

The newly constructed west bound lanes of State Highway 24 in Delta County are now open to traffic.
Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

Delbert Horton with the Sulphur River Regional Mobility Authority Board brought good news to Delta County informing the court the County will be receiving a refund of $49,435.74 from the $132,144.00 put up for the purchasing of right of ways and utilities during the expansion of State Highway 24.

City Election Candidate Forum will be held Thursday at 7 p.m. at the Delta County Civic Center gym.
Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

The Delta County Republican Club is inviting candidates to participate in a Candidates’ Forum with respect to the upcoming City of Cooper Elections.  The public is also invited to the forum that will be held at Delta County Civic Center on March 9, 2017, and will begin promptly at 7 p.m.
    According to the Club the purpose of this forum is to give all candidates for Mayor and/or City Council an opportunity to speak to citizens and share their views on topics of interest and issues affecting the community. There are five candidates in the mayoral race and four (two incumbents) in the city council race to be held on Saturday, May 6, 2017.

Chris Williams is in custody on several on warrants.
DCSO

SATURDAY UPDATE: Christopher Williams peacefully turned himself in to authorities on Saturday morning, March 4 after evading arrest since Thursday afternoon in Delta County when he assaulted his girlfriend and fled law enforcement. At this time Delta County Sheriff's Office does not have any further information on the .22 rifle Williams fled with on Thursday. Williams has been charged with felony Assault and Evading Detention and is currently in the Delta County Jail.

New website for the City of Cooper is http://cityofcoopertx.municipalimpact.com/
Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

Among the highlights of the meeting, the City of Cooper Council approved the future clean up week as April 15-22, 2017 and also to waive dump fees for Cooper Clean-Up Crew on the day they are organized and volunteer once each month.

“I suggest we waive the fees [on set days] as this benefit the whole community,” said City of Cooper Mayor Scotty Stegall. He also offered to provide trash bags. Councilwoman Donna Thomason motioned, seconded by Councilwoman JoAnn Preas to unanimously contribute to this cause.

Volunteers gathered around the Gazebo for the second Cooper Clean-Up Crew meeting.
Carmen Chessher / Facebook

The Cooper Clean-Up Crew is well on its way to showing progress. More volunteers joined the effort at last Saturday morning’s second planning meeting held on the Square in Cooper.

“Our first project is this coming Saturday, and we hope to get the word out for more volunteers,” said Carmen Chessher, crew organizer.  

The call for all able volunteers is going out for this Saturday, Feb. 25 at 8 a.m. on the Square in Cooper. The Cooper Clean-Up Crew will be picking up trash on the Square and spreading out towards West and East Dallas Avenues and Northwest and Southwest First Streets.

Carmen Chessher organizes a Cooper Clean-up Crew, volunteers to work once a month cleaning up the town.
Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

Carmen Chessher is leading an effort to help improve the curb appeal of the City of Cooper. The Cooper Clean-up Crew had its first meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2017 on the front porch steps of Chessher and Associates real estate office on 621 West Dallas Avenue downtown Cooper, Texas.

The next meeting will be held at the gazebo on the Square in Cooper this Saturday, Feb. 18 at 11 a.m. Everyone is invited to attend.

Filing for Fannindel ISD School Board ends Friday.
Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

Applications for Fannindel ISD School Board of Trustees may be picked up at the superintendent’s office located at Fannindel High School in Ladonia, Texas, between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 3:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, or call 903-367-7251. 

The Burn Ban for Delta County has been allowed to expire on Thursday.
Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

At noon on Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017 the burn ban for Delta County was allowed to expire due to the recent rains.

Head Start Director Janet Walker and Cooper Elementary Principal Lynn Byrd display a "Champions For Kids" banner with the photos of the Cooper ISD School Board of Trustees as Dallas Cowboys football players in honor of School Board Appreciation Month.
Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

The Cooper Independent School District Board of Trustees were honored at the January regular meeting for School Board Appreciation Month with gift baskets filled with homemade goodies along with a Cowboys-themed banner depicting each Board member.

Cleanup dates were decided as being Monday, April 24 through Sunday, April 30, 2017.
Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

Delta County Commissioners Court recently decided on the cleanup dates as being Monday, April 24 through Sunday, April 30, 2017. ATCOG (Ark-Tex Council of Government) will be reimbursing the County $3,000 to help with the clean up event.

North Hopkins "Team of 8" consists of (front row) Sherry Smiddy, Superintendent Dr. Darin Jolly, Vicki Ferrell, (back row) Charlie Vaughn, Robert McPherson, David James, Board President Allen Joslin and Jim Westbrook.
Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

North Hopkins Independent School District Board of Trustees recently met for a very lengthy evening of evaluations and appreciation in January. North Hopkins ISD Superintendent Dr. Darin Jolly had his contract extended to June 2020. Board member Vicki Ferrell was also sworn into office, Jan. 26, 2017.

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

On Thursday morning, Feb. 2, 2017 Delta County Judge Jason Murray declared an emergency burn ban due to current fire danger conditions. It will take effect at noon today.

Diamond Jim Tyler impresses Quinn Silman with his magical flaming wallet.
Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

To sum it up in one sentence – it was an unforgettable evening filled with amazement, delicious meal, trickery and awards for the most deserving people. That’s the best description for this year’s 67th Annual Delta County Chamber Banquet event held Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017. This year guests and directors adorned Mardi Gras masks to add to the mystical theme for the evening. Special guest performance by the ever-talented magician Diamond Jim Tyler impressed the entire audience especially his volunteers on stage even creating flames from his wallet.

La Pietra Woodfired Pizza and Tejano's Tex-Mex just opened their doors on South Side of the Square in Cooper.
Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

Progress is a sign of the times for 2017. In Delta County many new businesses are starting to appear.

“The Delta County Economic Development Corporation is excited about the new year and opportunities to grow,” said Delta County EDC Chairman Dustin Hunter. “We welcome our new businesses that chose to invest in Delta County. New business is great for our small growing community. It gives the citizens of Delta County more opportunities to live, work and shop local.”

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