Hopkins County
1:17 pm
Fri December 19, 2014

Jamboree welcomes Ramey-Davis duo

Tony Ramey and Brad Davis keep in tune together at a recent Crossroads Music Company concert. They will also be performing at Reilly Springs Jamboree this Saturday night.
Credit Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

An event that got its roots back in 1956 – the Reilly Springs Jamboree – will once again be hosting a star-studded lineup of talent with headliners Tony Ramey and local Brad Davis as well as The Haystacks Teen Choir, Victor Casad and Shea Birdwell.

Organizer Enola Gay Mathews was brimming with excitement over the upcoming event this Saturday night starting at 7 p.m.

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Sulphur Springs
3:03 pm
Tue November 18, 2014

Crossroads Music to host Kirby Brown

Emily Elbert
Credit Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

The Crossroads Music Company has been busy this season lining up concerts for the adoring fans. They have hosted renowned artists like Slaid Cleaves, the Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Bluegrass Band, Rhett Butler, Kate Hearne and Emily Elbert, just to name a few.

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Hopkins County
8:36 am
Tue November 4, 2014

Sulphur Springs Worldwide Photo Walk Winners

Fifth Annual Sulphur Springs Worldwide Photo Walk Winners
Credit Luis Noble / Echo Publishing Co.

Sulphur Springs Worldwide Photo Walk fifth year winners were (front) First Place Malorie Padron receiving a $50 gift certificate to Texas Art & Frame, (right middle) Second Place Mike Watson receiving a monopod donated by The Appliance Hospital owner Perry Altenbaumer (top middle), (left middle) Third Place Andy Pendleton was presented a $25 gift certificate to Muddy Jake’s Sports Grille and Pub by Manager Lonnie Fox (back right). Fox and Altenbaumer represented the Sulphur Springs Downtown Business Alliance, sponsors of the Photo Walk.

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Sulphur Springs
8:17 am
Fri October 24, 2014

Fifth Annual Photo Walk announces winners

First Place and People's Choice Winner Malorie Padron

This year’s top photo exemplifies how being a good photographer is not just about having the most expensive equipment, but the eye for the art of photography.

It was a difficult decision for the judges but the Sulphur Springs Worldwide Photo Walk is announcing the winners of the fifth annual event sponsored by the Sulphur Springs Downtown Business Alliance.

Taking the First Place ribbon was fifth-year participant photographer Malorie Padron of Sulphur Springs with her entry highlighting the Hopkins County Veterans Memorial and America flag flown over Celebration Plaza. Padron said she usually uses her Canon EOS 35mm camera but this year she used her cell phone camera.

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Dallas Comic-Con
5:24 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

The Top 100 slices of awesome from Dallas' Fan Days

Kevin Jefferies

Dallas Comic-Con presented the annual "Fan Days" over the weekend, drawing thousands of fans and cosplayers to the Irving Convention Center. While the actual Dallas Comic-Con is held in May and has moved to the much larger Dallas Convention Center, the venue in Irving is more suited to the several smaller events being held throughout the *CRASH*


Deadpool?  DEADPOOL?!!  How in the world did you get in my article??!?

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Hopkins County
8:27 am
Mon October 6, 2014

Five years and counting: Sulphur Springs Worldwide Photo Walk returns

This year’s event co-leaders will be Sulphur Springs News-Telegram Photographer Jon Lance and Cooper Review Editor Cindy Roller.
Credit Luis Noble / Echo Publishing Company

Five years and still a very popular annual event – the Sulphur Springs Worldwide Photo Walk, which will be held from 4-6 p.m. or the “golden hours” on Saturday evening, Oct. 11 at the newly renovated City Hall in Sulphur Springs.

            Commemorating the event’s fifth year, a tour given by City Manager Marc Maxwell will be the highlight and a prime location with 100 years worth historical aspects for participating shutterbugs. An added bonus with many subjects will be the Hopkins County Fall Festival Battle of the Bands being held at Muddy Jake’s Sports Grille and Pub.

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Main Street
8:59 am
Thu September 18, 2014

Over the River and Through the Woods and straight to downtown Sulphur Springs

Over the River and Through the Woods cast at Main Street Theater
Credit Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

The Community Players, Inc. presents Over the River and Through the Woods - a play by Joe DiPietro at the Main Street Theater, located at 227 Main Street downtown Sulphur Springs. The setting of the play is the home of Frank and Aida Gianelli in Hoboken, New Jersey.

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Sulphur Springs
8:38 am
Thu September 18, 2014

Crossroads Music Company hosts guitar virtuoso Rhett Butler

Rhett Butler captures the attention of the Crossroads Music Co. audience last Saturday night.
Cindy Roller Cooper Review

The Crossroads Music Company along with Grocery Supply has brought another great musical performance to the Council Chambers Listening Room at the new renovated City Hall in Sulphur Springs this past Saturday with multi-guitar player Rhett Butler.

“Rhett Butler really outdid himself last night at the Crossroads Music Company performance,” said Gus Gustafson, owner/operator. “He is a very talented musician.”

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4:17 pm
Tue August 12, 2014

Start here with short books, or The Wife by Meg Wolitzer

Credit via Scribner


Short books are a particular passion of mine. Not just because I'm running around, chasing a child, helping around the house, working a lot. Everyone does that. I love short books because when they really pack a wallop, they can be some of the most thoughtful, powerful books around. Such is the case with The Wife, by Meg Wolitzer

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11:11 am
Thu July 31, 2014

Classic books I will never finish

Credit Christina Saull via Flickr Creative Commons


There are some books we fall into as if by magic...swept away into a sea of reading enjoyment. Then there are others that fall flat as roadkill never to be finished, and perhaps to be tossed beneath the wheels of a garbage truck. It's those big losers I want to discuss with you today. Though I'm a huge fan of classics, those mountainous books to be scaled and conquered, these specific novels have been demoted to dust catchers on my shelves.


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Arts Notebook
11:43 am
Tue July 15, 2014

Five quirky memoirs about food

Credit Zeetz Jones / via Flickr

Food culture is both a booming industry and a booming hobby. From the seemingly boundless well of programming available on the Food Network to the endless world of food blogs, food is an adventure, a destination and an obsession.

Whether you long for the meals from your family table or consider yourself a hardcore foodie, out for the unusual and adventurous, there is a memoir involving food to suit your tastes. This happens to be one of my favorite memoir sub-genres, so some of these recommendations are newly published while others are long-time favorites.


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8:38 am
Wed July 2, 2014

Reading recommendations thanks to book bloggers

Book bloggers are convenient sources of reading recommendations.
Credit By Cortega9 (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

There's a secret society hiding in plain sight all around us. I'm not spreading Illuminati rumors, I'm talking about book bloggers. While you go about your work day, grocery shop or catch some rays at the pool, there is a faction of prolific readers reviewing books, writing literary essays, running contests, organizing reading-related events and sharing their literary lives. Book bloggers are millions-strong and as diverse as the books they read. 


If you are not a blogger yourself what can this community of bloggers do for you?

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9:57 am
Tue June 24, 2014

Confronting fiction or books that challenge

Confronting books challenge our comfort level.
Credit Jamelah E.

Fiction does a number of jobs. While there will always be a demographic of people who feel fiction is purely escapist, devoted readers of fiction would argue otherwise. One thing is for certain: some fiction is comforting—fit to delight and charm— while other authors prefer to confront our ideologies and push us outside of our comfort zones. These confronting books come in all genres, whether it is the latest literary fiction darling or a young adult novel that enchants teens while parents squirm.

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Outdoors with Luke Clayton
11:22 am
Fri May 23, 2014

BBQ: There's a right way to use rub

Obie-cue Rub -
Luke Clayton

Champion BBQ cook Obie Obermark of joins Luke this week to talk outdoor cooking.

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Texas Arts and Entertainment
10:56 pm
Mon May 19, 2014

Dallas Comic Con: Heroes happy in a new HQ

Kevin Jefferies

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The Dallas Comic Con is all grown up.   

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