Delta County Sheriff Ricky Smith discusses a new inmate work program that allows non-violent county jail inmates to leave the jail for work on various projects, under the supervision of a certified jailer. The sheriff says most of the inmates are eager to work, in order to get out of the jail cells. They may earn "good time" by doing the work, and he says they learn from the experience. Also, appearing on the program is Cooper Review editor Cindy R
Herald-Banner and Commerce Journal editor Caleb Slinkard says the debate over the L3 lease, while concluded some time ago, remains a major issue in the Greenville mayoral election Saturday between David Dreiling and council member Dan Perkins. And Caleb says the future of the Paul Mathews Exchange Building in downtown Greenville and the proposed YMCA project are also major issues. Voters in Quinlan Saturday will decide whether the off-premise sale of liquor should be allowed there.
Bert Cooper, the director of Community Seeds of Lone Oak, a faith-based organization, has a new welding class underway. Bert says students can join the class until May 11, as long as openings remain. He says a previously homeless person who received training from an earlier welding class is now earning $350 per hour. There is a shortage of three million welders in the U.S., Bert says.
Cooper Review editor Cindy Roller says Cooper Lake is full for the first time since 2010, after the recent rains. And Delta County voters will decide the fate of off-premise beer and wine sales in an election Saturday, May 9. Early voting in the election ends Tuesday.