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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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Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

Several County positions are up for re-election. Those on the ballot locally for Delta County include: Constable - Incumbent Ben Snow challenged by Marshall Lynch and Rickey Click; Precinct 1 Commissioner - Incumbent Rip Templeton contested by Eric Lair; Precinct 3 Commissioner candidates are: Monty Hobbs, Bobby Asbill and the only democratic candidate David Mims as incumbent Loyd Vandygriff is not rerunning.

Lamar Electric employees David Roberts, Dustin Dale, Ronnie Bridges, Drew Conder and Jim Williams along with Delta County EMC Monty Hobbs stand next to newly installed storm warning siren.
Communications Director Katie Morris / Lamar Electric Cooperative

The morning of February 9 a storm warning siren was installed next to the East Delta Volunteer Fire Department. Delta County Emergency Management Coordinator Monty Hobbs is enthusiastic about this additional way to warn the East Delta area about severe weather.

State Highway 19 curve near South Sulphur River is where the fatal accident occurred in August 2015.
Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

The driver of the truck that struck Vivian and O.G. Brewer, of Cooper, on Aug. 13, 2015 turned himself in on Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2016 to face two counts of manslaughter. Vincent Wilcox, of Sulphur Springs, remains in the Delta County Jail on bonds set at $250,000 each.

Fannindel ISD Superintendent H.L. Milton
FISD

In June of 2016 Fannindel ISD Superintendent Harvey Lynn Milton will finally retire from his current position he has held since 2006. He previously served as the school’s high school principal from 1960-79. In his 29 years Superintendent Milton has seen many honors highlighted by the Board of Trustees voting for the naming of the H.L. Milton Sports Complex and also in 2009 by presenting him with the H.L. Milton Community Hero Award.

James Turner Jr. and his son Jonathan Turner were arrested for game camera theft.
DCSO

A father and son duo turned themselves in last week for the theft of a game camera that was reported missing from County Road 2040 (Dogtown Road) in Delta County.

Game Wardens sought public input through media outlets in their search for the camera which was still transmitting live camera images to a cell phone.

City of Cooper deems drinking water to be safe.
Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) recently released a report stating the City of Cooper has violated monitoring and reporting requirements in Chapter 30, Section 290, Subchapter F.

Ten samples of lead and copper tap water sampling is required to be taken every three years. No samples were reported from Jan. 1, 2013 to Dec. 31, 2015. The results of regular monitoring are an indicator of whether or not the drinking water meets health standards, as stated in this report.

Diane Stegall with Modern Woodmen of America presents Pam Toon with the Hometown Hero Award during a recent Cooper ISD Board of Trustees meeting.
Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

Diane Stegall with Modern Woodmen of America presented Pam Toon with the “Hometown Hero” Volunteer Award during a recent Cooper ISD Board of Trustees meeting. Toon goes “above and beyond” to volunteer for the Cooper Elementary. The award came with a $100 voucher which will be presented to LiLi’s Legacy – a non-profit organization which providing financial relief to patients undergoing cancer treatment.

The Delta County Republicans are sponsoring the forum on Thursday, February 11 at 7 p.m. at the Delta County Civic Center. 

The Board was recognized by the staff and students with many gifts like this banner created by Cooper Elementary.
Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

It was announced during last Thursday’s meeting of Cooper Independent School District’s Trustees that Cooper Elementary Principal Dr. Cathy Severns will be retiring soon, and in March current assistant principal Lynn Byrd will assume the position.

“Mrs. Byrd has a heart for kids and a passion for student learning. She will be an excellent campus leader! We are looking forward to more great things from our elementary campus,” said Cooper ISD Superintendent Denicia Hohenberger.

Cooper Elementary first grade students performed 100 acts of kindness for the 100th day of school Tuesday morning by delivering 100 canned goods to the Delta Hope House.
Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

Cooper Elementary first grade students performed 100 acts of kindness for the 100th day of school Tuesday morning by delivering 100 canned goods to the Delta Hope House and then giving 100 hugs to the residents of Birchwood Nursing and Rehabilitation.

Delta County was recently given a good audit by Conway Company CPAs PC.
Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

In the audit report presented by the Conway Company CPAs, P.C., Delta County Treasurer Bonnie Hobbs was praised for her work in completing the fiscal year 2013-2014 audit, bringing the County into current status for the first time since 2008.

Treasurer Hobbs took office in 2011 and has been working to reach this milestone. During last Monday’s Commissioner Court Michael Conway congratulated Hobbs on this accomplishment.

Chamber President Kathy Houchins presents Tina and Fred Overman with Volunteers of the Year Award
Kalynn McKee / Cooper Review

The Delta County Chamber of Commerce hosted a record number of guests last Saturday night for their annual banquet.

“Wow! What a great turnout, more than the directors and I ever imagined!” said 2016 Chamber President Kathy Houchins. “There was lots of great food, entertainment and fellowship among our great people in Delta County – so many great compliments from those who attended the Delta County Chamber banquet. Monty Tipps band is tops in my book. It was great music for this year’s crowd.”

Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

The 2016 A Formal Affair Bridal Show held recently at the Hopkins County Regional Civic Center was deemed a success. The event hosted several vendors with samples and information perfect for planning that “big” day. Vendors assisted with all aspects of weddings including venues, photography, catering, decorating and entertainment.

Bobby Asbill
Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

Another candidate has let it be known his run for Delta County Precinct 3 Commissioner. Bobby Asbill has decided with support from the public to make his first try at political office.

Brian Toliver Ford Lincoln dealership in Sulphur Springs is relocating following a three-alarm fire.
Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

An early morning three-alarm fire which occurred last Friday at Brian Toliver Ford Lincoln in Sulphur Springs had been under investigation by the Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms team (ATF).  It was recently released a spokesperson for the ATF stated there was “no indication of any criminal act” to be the cause of the fire which destroyed the vast majority of the automotive department and part of the showroom, which had just reopened following a lengthy remodel unveiled in November.

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