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JoAnn Preas is honored by City and Mayor Darren Braddy with an inscribed plaque on a bench on the Square.
Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

Retired Councilwoman JoAnn Preas was recognized for over 18 years of service and dedication on the City of Cooper Council. A decorative bench has been placed near the Pagoda on the downtown Square in Cooper in her honor. During a Council meeting on Monday, July 10, Mayor Darren Braddy noted that Preas has been a true servant of Cooper and that a plaque will be attached to the bench inscribed with the verse Matthew 23-11, “But he that is greatest among you shall be your servant.”

Carter BloodCare Bus will be parked at the Dairy Queen in Cooper, Texas this Friday, July 21 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. taking donations.
Jim Butler / Cooper Review

Cooper High School has joined Carter BloodCare to host drive during difficult donor recruitment season on Friday, July 21 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The blood donation bus will be parked at the Dairy Queen in Cooper located at the intersection of State Highway 24 and FM 64 West.

Schedule an appointment time, contact Lanie Wright at (903) 571-9667.

Since opening TexTrail now employees 27 people with the majority of those being local residents.
Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

These might not be wheels on a bus but TexTrail Trailer Parts is processing wheels with great speed in their location in Delta County. What is known locally as the former SureStart building, TexTrail has been open for just over six months.

Donna Thomason will retain her position on the City Council for Cooper. She was sworn in by Mayor Darren Braddy.
Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

It was his first time to preside over a Cooper City Council Meeting, one of his first actions new Mayor Darren Braddy swore Donna Thomason back onto position. After accepting the resignation of JoAnn Preas, Thomason was appointed to the unexpired term before a full council.

Cooper Review

With early voting wrapped up for the 2017 City Election, of the 1,205 registered voters inside the City of Cooper limits only 108 had cast their early votes at the Cooper ISD administration building. In comparison there were 200 total votes in the last City election.

Election Day is this Saturday, May 6 at City Hall, located at 91 North Side Square in Cooper from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m.Vying for the position of Mayor of Cooper will be Joseph Flanery, Amanda L’Esperance, Carl Reel, Darren Braddy and Galen Kimbrell (as listed on the ballot).

City of Cooper Mayor Scotty Stegall
Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

City of Cooper Mayor Scotty Stegall will be officially retiring on Friday, May 12, 2017 from the position he has held for the past 14 years. Mayor Stegall has been in office since 2003 when he defeated Richard Huie. He was unopposed in each election in his years holding office.

A retirement reception will be held on Friday, April 28 from 3:30-5:30 p.m. at The Mill at Brew la-la. The public is invited to come by and wish Mayor Stegall best wishes in his next adventure.

The Cooper Clean-Up Crew is already planning for the next project. This Saturday, April 22 will be the date. Volunteers are urged to meet at 8 a.m. on the Square. It coordinates with the final day of the Clean Up Week for the City of Cooper.

Engine 31 was a welcome sight to volunteer fire fighters.
Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

There is a new red vehicle in town. Only this one goes zero to 60 mph “in about two days.” However it was not designed for speed – it was designed as a powerful tool for Delta County volunteer fire fighters. Engine 31 is an apparatus that was purchased through a joint inter-local agreement between the City of Cooper and the Delta County Emergency Services District.

Big Creek Lake improvements were recently completed.
Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

The City of Cooper with a grant sponsored by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department U.S. Department of the Interior/Fish and Wildlife Services were able to do many improvements to the Big Creek Lake Park grounds.

New website for the City of Cooper is http://cityofcoopertx.municipalimpact.com/
Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

Among the highlights of the meeting, the City of Cooper Council approved the future clean up week as April 15-22, 2017 and also to waive dump fees for Cooper Clean-Up Crew on the day they are organized and volunteer once each month.

“I suggest we waive the fees [on set days] as this benefit the whole community,” said City of Cooper Mayor Scotty Stegall. He also offered to provide trash bags. Councilwoman Donna Thomason motioned, seconded by Councilwoman JoAnn Preas to unanimously contribute to this cause.

Cleanup dates were decided as being Monday, April 24 through Sunday, April 30, 2017.
Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

Among the items discussed on the agenda was the spending cap placed on and applied to all Delta County officials. The motion stated officials in the last three months in office can’t spend more than 25 percent of his/her budget without bringing it before the Court. Delta County Judge Jason Murray said this policy was based on the wording taken from the Texas Government Code.

Sprinkler system repairs were recently done on the Square in Cooper.
Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

Despite the weather delays, the beautification of the Square in Cooper is well on its way to the next step with the generous donations received for the special fund.

According to Kaywin Conley of Kay’s Korner the sprinkler system was installed by Four Seasons, and she is awaiting clear skies to display more flowering plants around the structure to which she is providing at her cost. She is making note of other town squares in neighboring cities for inspiration. She is looking to make the Square an attraction for the community and visitors.

City of Cooper is seeking suggestions in hopes to qualify for upcoming Community Block Grant.
Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

“What does this town need?” that is the question on the minds of local officials.

The Delta County Economic Development Corporation recently announced that the City of Cooper is eligible for a Texas Department of Agriculture Community Block Grant for $350,000.00 with a five percent match.

A sample ballot provided by the Delta County Clerk's office for the May 24, 2016 election.
Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

Early voting for the Cooper Independent School District Board of Trustees positions and City of Cooper Council positions began on Monday, April 25 through Tuesday, May 3, 2016 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and the remaining 12 hour early voting day is Tuesday, May 3 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
   Early voting will take place at Cooper ISD Central Administration Office at 350 West McKinney Avenue in Cooper.

Inmate work crew helps clear limbs in the City of Cooper. Clean-up week for the City starts Saturday.
Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

City of Cooper Mayor Scotty Stegall officially announced April 9-16, 2016 as Clean-Up Week in Cooper. He encourages all citizens of Cooper to dispose of all trash, limbs, non functioning appliances and broken toys. He would like citizens to renew their pride in their neighborhood.  Prices will be cut in half for the dump site and brush will be free.

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