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Spirit of Giving event grows more and more each year in Delta County.
Cooper Review

It’s almost Christmas which means it’s time for the Sixth Annual Spirit of Giving. This community outreach program was started six years ago to give back to the Delta County community.

The Spirit of Giving will be on Saturday, Dec. 2 at 11 a.m. at the Delta County Civic Center in Cooper, Texas. There will have stations set up with toys, blankets, and household items. There will also be a drawing for bicycles at 10:30 a.m. Each child and adult that attends will be given tickets and then will get to go shopping at the stations or enter a ticket in the bicycle drawing.

Cooper VFD struggles to fight back the flames of the two-story house fire.
Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

Last Wednesday volunteer fire departments of Cooper, Klondike, as well as Hopkins County Fire Department fought a multi-alarm house fire on East Waco Street in Cooper.

By the time the emergency call came through the Delta County Sheriff’s Office at 10:40 a.m. the wooden framed structure was already fully engulfed in flames. The heat was so intense vinyl siding on the neighboring home across the street was melting even on the cool 60 degree fall day.

Cooper Review Acquires TPA Prizes

Jun 30, 2017

It is that time of year again. The announcement of the winners of the 2017 Texas Press Association’s Better Newspaper Contest recently came.

The Cooper Review competes annually with other publications of the similar circulation and delivery. The Review distributes 1,350 copies each Thursday all across East Texas, the State of Texas and to the far reaches of the United States – essentially a “letter from home” for many subscribers.

According to the TPA this year 143 newspapers submitted 1,410 entries. There were 90 weekly newspapers competing in divisions 6-10.

Lynne Morris reminsces about the blessing of the cross standing among the empty pews of St. Clare Catholic Church in Cooper, Texas.
Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

It was an emotional day. It was final mass of St. Clare Catholic Church in Cooper, Texas. The church has been a staple of the community from its landmark art work on the corner to the quaint comfort of the modest pews to the joyful parishioners; one can always count on for a nice visit and hug.

Cooper Clean-Up Crew’s first “Yard of the Month” winner is Misty Scott. She lives at 150 West Waco in Cooper. Pictured with her is Colton Wilson and on the bicycle is William Moore.
Carmen Chessher / Cooper Clean-Up Crew

Cooper Clean-Up Crew’s first “Yard of the Month” winner is Misty Scott, who lives at 150 West Waco in Cooper. She was presented with a gift certificate to The Silver Skillet as a token of appreciation for the work she is doing with her yard.

Cooper Clean-Up Crew organizer Carmen Chessher reported 24 volunteers last Saturday for the monthly project day.

Healthy Summer Meals for Kids Summer  visit summerfood.org.
Cooper Review

Summer break will be starting. The Cooper Independent School District is participating in the Seamless Summer Food Service Program.

Michael D. Johnson
DCSO

Delta County Sheriff’s Office continues to fight the battle against drugs. Following the execution of a search warrant, two more arrests were made at 240 West Marshall in Cooper, Texas.

“Even though we have made over 42 arrests involving drug dealers and hundreds of arrests for possession of illegal drugs over the past four years, our community is still having problems with illegal drugs,” said Delta County Sheriff Ricky Smith. “Our agency will continue to treat illegal drugs as one of our top priorities. Both drug dealers and users of illegal drugs need to get the message, don’t mess with illegal drugs in Delta County.”

City Election Candidate Forum will be held Thursday at 7 p.m. at the Delta County Civic Center gym.
Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

The Delta County Republican Club is inviting candidates to participate in a Candidates’ Forum with respect to the upcoming City of Cooper Elections.  The public is also invited to the forum that will be held at Delta County Civic Center on March 9, 2017, and will begin promptly at 7 p.m.
    According to the Club the purpose of this forum is to give all candidates for Mayor and/or City Council an opportunity to speak to citizens and share their views on topics of interest and issues affecting the community. There are five candidates in the mayoral race and four (two incumbents) in the city council race to be held on Saturday, May 6, 2017.

Volunteers gathered around the Gazebo for the second Cooper Clean-Up Crew meeting.
Carmen Chessher / Facebook

The Cooper Clean-Up Crew is well on its way to showing progress. More volunteers joined the effort at last Saturday morning’s second planning meeting held on the Square in Cooper.

“Our first project is this coming Saturday, and we hope to get the word out for more volunteers,” said Carmen Chessher, crew organizer.  

The call for all able volunteers is going out for this Saturday, Feb. 25 at 8 a.m. on the Square in Cooper. The Cooper Clean-Up Crew will be picking up trash on the Square and spreading out towards West and East Dallas Avenues and Northwest and Southwest First Streets.

La Pietra Woodfired Pizza and Tejano's Tex-Mex just opened their doors on South Side of the Square in Cooper.
Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

Progress is a sign of the times for 2017. In Delta County many new businesses are starting to appear.

“The Delta County Economic Development Corporation is excited about the new year and opportunities to grow,” said Delta County EDC Chairman Dustin Hunter. “We welcome our new businesses that chose to invest in Delta County. New business is great for our small growing community. It gives the citizens of Delta County more opportunities to live, work and shop local.”

Raptors Football
Amanda Willow

NETX Raptors Semi-pro football team is looking to make Cooper their new home.

According to Amanda Willows, co-owner with her husband Dave, the team is made up of a diverse group of outstanding men that includes college students, veterans, a corrections officer, and blue collar workers from Dallas, Greenville, Sherman, Paris, Durant, Oklahoma, and many other surrounding locations.

Suspects sought in robbery at First Stop Food Mart
DCSO

The First Stop Food Mart, located at 808 West Dallas Avenue in Cooper, recently fell victim to a “smash and grab” robbery. Delta County Sheriff’s officers along with the Lake Country Crime Stoppers are seeking the public’s help in identifying four black male suspects who committed the crime on Dec. 27, 2016 at approximately 1:55 a.m.

The Delta County Chamber of Commerce annual lighted Christmas parade will be Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017.
Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

The Annual Lighted Christmas Parade hosted by the Delta County Chamber of Commerce will continue as scheduled despite weather forecast worries. The parade line up will be at the City Park on East Dallas Avenue at 5:30 p.m. Judging will be before the parade starts.  The route will travel from the park to the Square in Cooper.

Funds to mow Pierce Cemetery are quickly depleting.
Butch Burns

Time changes, but a county’s record of its citizenship will forever remain in its cemeteries.  In Delta County the Pierce Cemetery at Lake Creek has headstones dating back to the late l880s.

The Cotton Harvest Festival will be all day and night this Saturday on the Square in Cooper, Texas.
Shelli Hilliard / Hoity Toity

Here are some interesting facts behind the first ever Delta County Cotton Harvest Festival on the Square in Cooper, Texas.

“A cotton bale contains enough cotton to produce more than 313,000 $100 bills or more than 1,200 men’s T-shirts. In 2016, the U.S. produced over 15.8 million bales of cotton (per USDA-NASS). Cotton is responsible for about $27 billion in revenue for U.S. businesses – with total benefit to the U.S. economy estimated near $100 billion annually,” as per Ag101 Facebook.

So the Delta County Chamber of Commerce in coordination with the Economic Development Corporation decided it was time to celebrate the heritage this county has.

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