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Delta County's finest like Chief Deputy Charla Singleton get in on the limbo action in the competitive events at Blue and Red Santa.
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Santa will be joining the fun as he rides into town on big red Engine 31 fire truck in the Chamber’s annual lighted Christmas Parade. The fire fighters, not reindeer, will give Santa a ride to the Blue and Red Santa event held at the Delta County Civic Center.

This is where the festivities turn into humor as for a price of a new, unwrapped toy citizens or donation are entertained by the series of competitive events between local law enforcement versus volunteer fire fighters and EMS.

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The assistant chief of the Cooper Fire Department Tanner Crutcher says the department now has 18 fire fighters, but needs 25 to be fully staffed.  Only four volunteers were available to fight a recent two-story house fire in Cooper.  Volunteers must be at least 18 years old, live near Cooper, be in good physical condition, and be able to pass a background check.  Prospective volunteers may pick up an application at Cooper City Hall.  Also on this program is Cooper Review

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Cooper Review editor Cindy Roller says a survey of the newspaper's readers shows strong support for maintaining the brick streets on the city's square.  The brick paving is about 100 years old, she says.  The city is considering replacing the bricks with pavement because it is said vibration from heavy trucks rolling over the bricks causes damages to some of the downtown buildings.  The bricks might be preserved in other ways if the streets are paved with asphalt or concrete.  Also, a new state historical marker

The bricks on the Square in Cooper remain a topic of discussion.
Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

The future of some of the bricks on the Square in Cooper were the main topic in a recent Cooper City Council meeting filled with over 20 concerned citizens.

Agenda item 7: Discuss and possible action on a resolution allowing Texas Department of Transportation to do a study on state row street maintenance involving portions of the Square that are now covered with bricks. Several concerns were raised about saving the bricks.

Special Amendment Election will be held on Nov. 7, 2017.
Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

Delta County Commissioners Court heard the request of County Clerk Jane Jones to consider consolidating the voting locations for the special amendment election for Nov. 7, 2017.

The last amendment election there were 3,620 registered voters with only 527 people voting. It was suggested to save the County money. However the Court voted against consolidating.

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Cindy Roller, editor of the Cooper Review, and Delta County rancher Jennifer Dwyer discuss the second annual Delta County Cotton Harvest Festival, which takes place Saturday (October 14) in Cooper.  The musical headliner for the downtown square on Saturday night is country-music performer Curtis Grimes.  Wine will be for sale along with beer this year.

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Cindy Roller, the editor of the Cooper Review, says the Texas Highway Department will begin construction of a new bridge over the North Sulphur River on Hwy. 24 between Cooper and Paris on August 30.  Work will begin first on the northbound bridge and traffic will be diverted, two-way, to the southbound bridge.  Cindy also discusses a reunion of pen pals after 75 years of exchanging letters. 

Recently elected Cooper Mayor Darren Braddy discusses the current clean-up efforts in the city, which he says are designed to improve the city's image.  Community members are volunteering on the third Saturday of each month for cleanup efforts, and so the next opportunity will be this Saturday (July 15).

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.

Delta County Chamber of Commerce has updated their website deltacounty.org
Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

It has been under construction. However, it has seen much needed progress. The Delta County Chamber of Commerce has been working to update it deltacounty.org website – giving it many enhancements.

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Sulphur Springs community development director Tory Niewiadomski says the planner behind the revitalization of downtown Sulphur Springs, Ian Lockwood of Toole Design, will return to the city this week to help the city plan further improvements.  A welcome dinner takes place from 5:30-7:30 tonight (Monday, May 22) at the Hopkins County Civic Center.  On Tuesday, Lockwood will meet with community organizations before an open session with the public from 4-7 p.m. at City Hall.  He'll give a preliminary report on his findings at 7 p.m.

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Cindy Roller, editor of the Cooper Review, and Texas youth tractor pulling champ Lane Duncan guest on this edition of the Blacklands Cafe.  Lane discusses the finer points of tractor pulling, which he's been competing in since he was 6 (he's now 12).

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Cooper Review editor Cindy Roller relates the story of a person charged with painting graffiti in various places in the city of Cooper who has quite an artistic talent.  Also, the city has new signage welcoming visitors to town.  A clean-up week is scheduled for April 21-25 in Cooper.  And the city has a new semi-pro football team, the Northeast Texas Raptors.

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The editor of the Cooper Review, Cindy Roller, says the city of Cooper will have its first contested mayoral election in 14 years on Saturday, May 6.  Long-time Mayor Scott Stegall has decided not to run again.  As of late last week, five candidates had registered to run for mayor in Cooper.

Diamond Jim Tyler will be the magician performing for this year's Delta County Chamber of Commerce Banquet.
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Get set to be surprised and amazed as award winning magician Diamond Jim Tyler will be performing for the Delta County Chamber Banquet guests and honorees with illusion and mystifying with magic standup show. This unique entertainment is sure to draw a sell-out crowd just like last year’s event.

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