Delta County

Delta County Commissioners like Precinct 4 Mark Brantley work on breaking into the old jail on top of the Courthouse in order to fix water leaks.
Cindy Roller / Delta County

Spring temperatures have found Delta County. Garage sales have started, lawn mowers are back at work, spring improvements are happening, and Delta County begins its annual preparations for cleaning.

More Bobby Wigley Memorial Livestock Show participants will be on display on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
Cindy Roller

The annual Delta County Fair is just the recipe to satisfy on Saturday, April 14, 2018 in the City Park in Cooper, Texas.

This year the Delta County Chamber will be hosting the beloved Jr. Livestock Show, named after Bobby Wigley, starting at 9 a.m., the Monty Tipps Band will be on stage at 11:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. with classic country, toe-tapping music, at 2 p.m. the Lone Star Garden Tractor Pullers Association will rev their engines for another crowd-pleasing contest.

Delta County Judge Jason Murray retains his seat following Tuesday night's primary election results.
Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

The watchful crowd gathered in the hallway of the Delta County Courthouse grew especially quiet as the election results were posted for the local contested races. Delta County Judge Jason Murray retains his seat garnering 760 votes to his opponent Bonnie Hobbs, who received 412. Justice of the Peace Ginny Phifer, who is still recovering from illness in the hospital, earned 818 votes Tuesday night to candidate Chuck Reed, who drew 347 votes. For Precinct 2 Commissioner, incumbent Gary Anderson took in 139 votes to opponent Jimmy Sweat’s 87 votes. Over 1,200 votes were cast, higher than usual for a primary race.

Spillway waters cause roadway flooding/closure.
Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

The sun has finally decided to peak out of the clouds for the Delta County area. This is the most sunshine seen in over two weeks. Despite the widespread flooding and damage, it caused, the good news is a new elevation record has been set.

According to Bo Potts with the Corp of Engineers, Cooper Lake will peak at 449.12 feet with 11,750 cubic feet per second going over the uncontrolled spillway.

Farm-to-Market Road 1529 (Country Club Road) in Delta County has been closed due to flood waters.
Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

School will be delayed again on Friday with 10 a.m. start due to flash flooding following over five inches of rain falling in Delta County and the surrounding areas. Even the planned Skywarn class on Tuesday evening was canceled due to weather.

Cooper ISD announced Wednesday afternoon that classes on Thursday will begin at 10 a.m. for the driving safety of buses and students. There are several low-lying roads closed due to flooding.

Delta County reports 138 votes cast on the second day of early voting.
Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

In Delta County voters were not discouraged to get out and vote despite nearly five inches of rain causing flash flooding in many areas.

As of 3 p.m. on Wednesday afternoon, 138 early votes had been cast. Early voting began on Feb. 20 and continues through March 2. Primary Election – which will decide many of the local races – will be March 6, 2018.

The candidates recently had an opportunity to express their platforms at the Delta County Republican Forum, which was open to all parties.

Construction is well underway on the newest project on the Square in Cooper.
Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

Renew, reuse, repurpose. Just add in rest and relaxation to the mix and it equals the excitement behind all the construction happening on the northwest corner of the Square in Cooper. Local Delta County couple Paul and Jennifer Dwyer are taking what was an old, abandoned building and making it new again all while preserving its history.

Denis Cavenaugh of the National Weather Service at a recent storm spotter class in Delta County.
Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

The National Weather Service will be in town for a free severe weather training session. The SKYWARN severe weather program will be on Tuesday, February 20, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.  The program will be held at Delta County Civic Center in Cooper and is held in partnership with Delta County Emergency Management.
   This class is free of charge and no pre-registration is necessary. This class is for organized storm spotters and/or anyone with an interest in severe weather.

Delta County Sheriff Ricky Smith commends Jail Administrator Sue Ann Johnson for passing standards for fifth year in row.
Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

Delta County passed the Jail Standards for the fifth year in a row. Delta County Sheriff Ricky Smith credited Jail Administrator Sue Ann Johnson with the success.

Performing the drawing as a neutral party was Cooper Review staff writer Kalynn McKee.
Grace Crabb / Delta County

There was a drawing for the places on the ballot held on Monday morning, Dec. 18, 2017 at the Delta County Clerk’s office following the deadline to be on the election ballot on Dec. 11, 2017.

Running for Delta County Judge will be incumbent Jason Murray, who will be listed first on the ballot, against Bonnie Hobbs, who’s currently serving as Delta County Treasurer.

Interstate Mechanic Shop owner Chuck Sickles donates to Constable Marshall Lynch.
Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

In a recent Delta County Commissioners Court, the inkind donation of $500 from Interstate Mechanic Shop owner Chuck Sickles to vehicle repair for the Delta County Constable's car was unanimously accepted. Constable Marshall Lynch graciously accepted the offer on Monday, Dec. 11, 2017 from the newly expanded establishment in Cooper.

Effective December 19, 2017 at 12:00 p.m. CDT, Delta County Judge Jason Murray has lifted the Outdoor Burning Ban implemented on December 4, 2017. The drought conditions that prompted the implementation of the burning ban has lessened with recent precipitation, which has lowered the fire danger rating for Delta County.

Delta County Emergency Management Coordinator Monty Hobbs was recently a guest on Blacklands Cafe hosted by John Mark Dempesy and filmed by Samantha Tolon.
Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

After being denied 63 percent of the grant funding necessary to complete the emergency radio upgrades, Delta County Emergency Management Coordinator Monty Hobbs approached the three entities – County, ESD, and City – for the remaining funds. He went before the ESD and County receiving their approval pending the City’s agreement with each providing up to $1,500.

Keri Fouse and Tammi Springett and elves with the Cooper Outlet put on their best Mrs. Claus suits for their Grand Marshal Award-winning White Christmas float.
Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

The Delta County Chamber of Commerce hosted their annual lighted Christmas parade on Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017.

Delta County Public Library is located on West Dallas Avenue in Cooper, Texas.
Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

The Delta County Public Library is known for their delicious monthly fundraising Thursday lunches, but now there is more to celebrate as they will be hosting a Christmas Open House. Head Librarian Lydia Toon and her staff have planned a Thursday afternoon event on Dec. 14 from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. for complimentary refreshments from sweets to coffee and hot cider.