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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.

City of Cooper will be hosting a Town Hall Meeting on Monday, Oct. 30 at 5 p.m. at City Hall.
Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

Certificates of occupancy and property inspections were contemplated during a recent Cooper City Council meeting. City of Cooper Mayor Darren Braddy had just completed a week’s worth of code enforcement and ordinance training and brought new insights to the Council.

Congressman John Ratcliffe presented the Delta County Sheriff's Office with the flag of the United States of America has been flown over the Capitol as a token of appreciation for their work and service.
Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

Congressman John Ratcliffe made a special visit to Cooper, Texas on Monday to honor the Delta County Sheriff’s Office, expressing his appreciation for the work the local law enforcement does for the community and giving his support to the officers for putting their own lives at risk each day to protect citizens.

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.”

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).

Delta Oasis Inc. is the first solar farm in Delta County.
Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

In a pasture filled with milk weeds and wild flowers something even more green lines the landscape of the farm on Farm-to-Market 71. The inauguration of the Delta Oasis Inc. was held on Thursday, June 29, 2017 – a dream of Suzanne and Yogi Patel.

“They helped make our impossible dream possible,” said Suzanne Patel standing before a large welcoming crowd on the 1 Solar Solution company. “God works in mysterious ways. Last fall we started thinking solar. I wanted a solar farm but I had no idea how I was going to get one – not a clue. God hears our prayers.” She offered a prayer dedicating this field and this project.

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.

Newly elected City of Cooper Mayor Darren Braddy
Cooper Review

Last Saturday at the end of the 2017 Election Day saw a new City of Cooper Mayor following at total of 305 votes cast of the 1,205 registered voters. Darren Braddy received 139 votes (52 of those were early votes).

In a plurality election the candidate with the most votes is elected into office.

On his page Darren Braddy for Mayor of Cooper he expressed his love for this town and will rely on his 25 years of experience managing (people, budgets, etc.). He noted he wasn’t afraid of getting in and doing what needs to be done.

Cooper High School Librarian Lisa Chambliss shows the Trustees Blake Randle, Mandy Freeman, Kregg Slakey and Board President Thomas Darden the 3D printer creations.
Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

The Cooper Independent School District Board of Trustees recently met for a regular meeting.

Librarian Lisa Chambliss gave a demonstration of the Go Center and Maker Space areas with a tour. They presented a student created video. The center has a college readiness room and 3D printer. 

Trustees Mandy Freeman, Jeff Phifer and Darren Braddy were sworn in by Delta County Judge Jason Murray at Monday night's meeting.
Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

The Cooper Independent School Board of Trustees agreed to keep the pay scale for teachers competitive in light of House Bill 2543 which could classroom teachers from under the protected minimum pay scale currently set at $2,732 per month by the state if it passes. The minimum pay at Cooper ISD will be $33,000 for a first year teacher for the upcoming 2015-16 school year.

Positions opened on both City of Cooper Council and Cooper Independent School Board of Trustees. It started early last week and will be open through Friday, Feb. 27, 2015.

For the City of Cooper the position of Mayor will be an open position. Mayor Scotty Stegall has been in office since 2003 when he defeated Richard Huie. Mayor Stegall has been unopposed in each election in the 12 years holding office.