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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NETO Executive Director Beverly Logan speaks before Franklin County Commissioners Court.
Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

Franklin County Commissioners Court unanimously voted to give Northeast Texas Opportunities, Inc. (NETO) until August 31, 2015 to vacate the County’s building on 208 Taylor Street in Mount Vernon and terminated the lease agreement as well as discontinuing any funding or payment of utilities following a very lengthy special called meeting Tuesday afternoon.

Franklin County Judge Scott Lee said, “The building will be open and feeding people. It just may not be NETO.”

Concerns continue to grow over possible fraud and operation of the Northeast Texas Opportunities, Inc. (NETO). The concern was so great that two NETO board members resigned at last Wednesday’s meeting.

Satellite view of US Highway 271
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According to authorities the bridge on US Highway 271 crossing from Lamar County over the Red River into Oklahoma will close at approximately 11:20 a.m. on Saturday, May 30 due to rising waters.

Hopkins County Memorial Hospital Board members look on while Board President Tim Kelty tells the history of the hospital.
Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

On Friday Hopkins County Memorial Hospital Board of Directors returned from executive session of a special called meeting to announce the proposed partnership with CHRISTUS Health in the management and operation of the hospital.

“We believe in establishing relationships along with our partnerships in our communities,” said CHRISTUS Health CEO Ernie Sadua to the full board room of guests. “The key is the commitment to our vision statement continuing the mission of healing the people of Hopkins County and expanding the reach of high quality, compassionate health care already provided here.”

Delta County Deputy Marshall Lynch and Cooper Volunteer Fire Fighter Lewis Taylor examine the accident scene at John’s Creek.
Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

Fortunately there were no life-threatening injuries as a small foreign SUV veered from State Highway 24 South near the construction site, jumping John’s Creek and landing in a ditch Wednesday afternoon at approximately 3:45 p.m.

Doctors Creek Unit shelters flooded following recent rains.
Inv Ryan Brown / Delta County Sheriff's office

With the recent rains Cooper Lake State Parks have endured their share of rains bringing the lake to beyond full pool. Following the Memorial Day weekend thunderstorms Doctors Creek park, located near Cooper, reports the fishing pier and swimming area is closed along with half camping loop road closed and some shelters are under water.

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Nearly 7,000 residents in Sulphur Springs were without power following strong thunderstorm winds that hit Memorial Day evening.

City Manager Marc Maxwell does not expect power to be restored Tuesday morning.

Winds in excess of 60 mph caused many downed trees across Hopkins County including disabling signal lights.

American Legion Red Henderson Post 483 salutes the American Flag during the Memorial Day program Saturday morning at Oaklawn Cemetery in Cooper.
Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

Despite the overcast skies in Delta County volunteers, including the local 4-H participants and Girl Scout troop, gathered to show their respect for this upcoming military holiday.

“This holiday was established to remember those who have fallen in service to Our Country,” said Red Henderson Post 483 Commander Gary Thompson at the program at Oaklawn Cemetery in Cooper Saturday morning in honor of Memorial Day. “We not only honor those who have gone before us but those currently serving, as well.”

This unoccupied house at SW 5th and Terrell burned to the ground early Thursday morning.
Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

With an emergency call at 1:23 a.m. Thursday morning an unoccupied house quickly became fully engulfed in flames on the corner of Southwest Fifth Street and Terrell in Cooper. The older wood frame house was a total loss.

Delta County businesses can officially sell beer and wine for off premise consumption only following the May 9 election.
Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

It is official. In a special called meeting Wednesday morning the Delta County Commissioners Court canvassed the special election votes from the ballot proposition to legalize the sale of beer and wine for off-premise consumption only. The final total came to 446 for the sale and 413 against it, accepting two additional provisional votes.

Crop farmers will have to make sure to fence out cattle as Delta County is an open range county.
Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

Delta County is an open range county. This information came as a surprise not only to the Delta County Commissioners Court but to Sheriff Ricky Smith, as well.

“Texas is an open range State, and livestock can be free. However this does not apply to public highways or county roads,” said Delta County Sheriff Ricky Smith, Monday morning. “Farmers must fence out cattle. After doing some research in the clerk’s office we discovered Delta County has been open range since 1906.”

Come sample wonderful vintages and craft brews while soaking in the pleasant East Texas atmosphere of the Celebration City at the Reds, Whites and Brews event this Saturday in Sulphur Springs.
Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

It doesn’t get any more patriotically thirst quenching than celebrating the Reds, Whites and Brews (RWB) Beer and Wine Festival downtown Sulphur Springs on Saturday, May 23 for the Memorial Day weekend.

The free event boasts a dozen wineries and several down home Texas brews beginning at 1 p.m. Jazz and Blues musical entertainment will fill the air over the beautifully renovated Celebration Plaza while the public is invited to browse the Celebration District and the various vendors that will be available at award-winning Market. Sample wonderful vintages and soak in the pleasant East Texas atmosphere of the Celebration City.

Multiple Northeast Texas Opportunities Inc. (NETO) employees have been suspected of having committed an estimated $726,430 in fraudulent checking writing to themselves and invalid vendors. It is believed they were using NETO’s credit card to purchase gift cards. This is still under investigation and more employees may be implicated in the wrongdoings.

Trustees Mandy Freeman, Jeff Phifer and Darren Braddy were sworn in by Delta County Judge Jason Murray at Monday night's meeting.
Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

The Cooper Independent School Board of Trustees agreed to keep the pay scale for teachers competitive in light of House Bill 2543 which could classroom teachers from under the protected minimum pay scale currently set at $2,732 per month by the state if it passes. The minimum pay at Cooper ISD will be $33,000 for a first year teacher for the upcoming 2015-16 school year.

First place winner was Brian Dorner weighing in stringer of five fish at 73.40 pounds.
Courtesy Photo / Friends of Doctors Creek Park

There was a slow turnout for the Friends of Doctors Creek Park annual Catfish Tournament on Cooper Lake on Saturday, May 9. However there were lots of big catfish weighed in. First place winner was Brian Dorner weighing in stringer of five fish at 73.40 pounds. Second place winner was Johnny Ward stringer weighing 56.50 pounds and third place was Jason Barrett with stringer weighing 42.10 pounds. Female catching the biggest fish was Carol Larkin with fish weighing 33.00 pounds winning a super fishing rod donated by Skinner's Tin Top Bait Shop.

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