Cindy Roller


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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Cooper High School Mighty Maroon Marching Band received 1 at UIL and is advancing to Area.

Cooper Bulldogs leading rusher Tristan Jones
Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

The 2015 Cooper Bulldog Football squad rested last Friday as did most of the district. The Bulldogs will be hosting the Class 3A Division II District 6 opener against the winless Lone Oak Buffaloes.

Delta County Sheriff Ricky Smith presents Charla Singleton with her new Chief Deputy badge.

As of Thursday, Oct. 1 the Delta County Sheriff’s Office announced the promotion of Charla Singleton as the new Delta County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy from Sergeant.

“Charla has excellent leadership skills, outstanding work ethics and she learns very quickly,” said Delta County Sheriff Ricky Smith on her appointment. “She readily accepts responsibility and can be depended upon to appropriately solve problems and resolve issues.  I am proud to make this appointment because I believe she will be an outstanding Chief Deputy.”

The Delta County Economic Development Corporation has been conducting regular business meetings and establishing new officers.

The North Hopkins Alumni Homecoming will be held on Saturday, October 10, 2015, in the school cafeteria. All former students, former staff members, and their guests are encouraged to attend. The event will begin at 4:30 p.m., with Bingo and registration. At 5:30 a barbecue meal will be served, at a cost of $12.50 per person. Following the meal, there will be a short video presentation, honoring the Classes of 1965, 1975, and 1985.

Chiggerfest planning underway with hopes to be better than before!
Delta County Chamber of Commerce / Cooper Review

This year’s 2015 Chiggerfest event is bigger and better than ever with surprises around every corner of the Square – mechanical bull rides, antique tractor pull, wine tasting, dunking booth, cake walk, unique fried treats and more!

Fire Prevention week starts on Oct. 4
Cooper VFD

Cooper Fire Department is gearing up for Fire Prevention Week October 4-10. The Department hopes spread the word about fire safety!

John Banister is pictured with the fourth and fifth graders at Fannindel Elementary School, located in Pecan Gap, Texas.
Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

Fannindel ISD is proud to announce the completion of a new playground structure at our elementary campus in Pecan Gap, Texas. The structure has two slides, a large multilevel platform to walk on, and four different devices for climbing.

“The children at Fannindel Elementary School are very excited about the new structure. We know it will provide many, many years of fun for our students,” said Fannindel Elementary Principal Drew Thomas.

Eric Lair announced his run for Delta County Precinct 1 Commissioner.
Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

Eric Lair is announcing his candidacy for the position of Delta County Commissioner Precinct 1.

Lair is a self-employed local farmer/rancher with over 20 years’ experience in the building and construction field, owning and operating J & E Welding and Machine Shop with his father. He is well known by the community for his work ethic, abilities, and experience in dealing with running a business with available resources.

There is a cemetery located off the beaten path in Lake Creek, Texas. It could be considered a hidden gem but for many years it had been neglected. Thanks to Butch and Linda Burns the overgrown Pierce Cemetery now looks like a shining jewel.

Delta County joins several other counties in allowing the emergency burn ban to expire. As of Thursday, Sept. 17 citizens may burn inside the county limits. Citizens should contact the Delta County Sheriff’s Office dispatch at (903) 395-2146 prior to conducting any outdoor burning.

Lamar, Delta, Hopkins and Rains are no longer under a burn ban.

Cooper High School Homecoming 2015 Senior Nominees: (from left, above) Sam Sanchez, Sally Chambliss, Ryan Longshore, Jacie McGraw, Tristan Jones, McKenzie Miller, Dylan Toon and Rilee Purviance.
Cooper ISD

The Cooper Independent School District Board of Trustees met for a regular meeting Monday night and opted to not fill the vacancy of member Anita Moody, who recently resigned. It would have cost $5-7,000 for a called election. With that the Board took no action.

The meeting included photo slideshows of the start of school recap.

Billie Choate and Zelda Fisher helped collect 99 pairs of shoes for the Lions Club shoe drive which were accepted by Club members Brenda Stewart and Mayor Scotty Stegall.
Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

The progress of the ongoing Lions Club shoe drive is racing to a strong finish. The Club is currently collecting new and used shoes to raise funds to help with local scholarships and community projects throughout the year. District 2-X2 receives 40 cents per pound of shoes donated.

Delta County Tax Assessor-Collector Dawn Stewart
Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

Delta County Tax Assessor-Collector Dawn Stewart has just announced she will be running for re-election for her current position. She is currently the longest standing elected official in office. She is second in length to Delta County employee Willie Faye Bowen.

“I would like to take this opportunity to announce my intentions to run for re-election as your County Tax Assessor-Collector,” said Dawn Stewart. “In April, I will have 25 years experience as Delta County Tax Assessor-Collector.”

County passes budgets

Sep 24, 2015
Delta County Judge Jason Murray announced the East Side steps will be closed due to repairs.
Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

With all present the Delta County Commissioners Court accepted the General Budget for 2016 as well as for each of the precincts. The unanimous vote also approved the Maintenance & Operations tax rate of 0.609670 and Road & Bridge tax rate of 0.157490 for a total of 0.767160.

The link to the proposed budget is as follows: