Delta County

Delta County Sheriff Ricky Smith leads the way to the marijuana growth.
Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

A manhunt continues in Delta County for those involved in the $6 million production of marijuana discovered Saturday on the Wildlife Management Area in Cooper.

“This is the largest discovery of marijuana found in my career as Sheriff,” said Delta County Sheriff Ricky Smith on the over one acre growth found. The preliminary counts are close to 6,550 plants some close to 10-foot tall.

Manhunt underway in Delta County for drug growers.

A manhunt is currently underway in Delta County. Local law enforcement including the Delta County Sheriff’s officers, Game Wardens as well as Hopkins County – providing assistance – are in search of suspects involved in the production of a “substantial

field of marijuana” growing near Farm to Market Road 71 and the Sulphur River.

Delta County Sheriff Ricky Smith informed the search began around noon Saturday.

UPDATE: The search continues at 6 p.m. with the assistance of drug dogs and DPS helicopter surveying the area.

Lunch at the Delta County Public Library returns on Sept. 16 at noon.
Cindy Roller / KETR/Cooper Review

Lunch at the Library will resume again at the Delta County Public Library beginning Wednesday, Sept. 16.

On the menu is baked potatoes, salad, dessert and tea. Call to reserve a plate 903-395-4575.

Doctors Creek Unit shelters flooded following recent rains.
Inv Ryan Brown / Delta County Sheriff's office

Delta County Emergency Management Coordinator Monty Hobbs would like citizens to be informed of low interest loans for agricultural losses due to the Spring storms and flooding. Invoked in this time frame are losses incurred from May 4 to June 22, 2015.

A cross marks the spot of a head-on collision that killed two people on State Highway 19 east of Cooper on Aug. 13.
Mark Haslett

Last month, two people died as a result of a head-on crash a few miles east of Cooper. KETR’s Mark Haslett takes a look at the safety record of a stretch of road familiar to everyone who travels between Cooper and Sulphur Springs.

Delta County has recently experienced an increase in grass fire and a burn ban is being activated
Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

Effective immediately Delta County is under a burn ban.

Cooper Review
Cooper Review

Cooper Review editor Cindy Roller reports beer and wine have gone on sale in Delta County, following the election last May.  A special guest on this edition of the Blacklands Cafe, Delta County Judge Jason Murray, says the beer-and-wine sales will help retailers, but it remains to be seen if they will boost the tax revenue for the county.  Other topics are the new cotton gin in Delta County and a new fire truck for the East Delta Volunteer Fire Department.

First responders reacted quickly to an accident scene on State Highway 19 Thursday morning.
Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

An early morning emergency call from State Highway 19 near the South Sulphur River and Delta/Hopkins County lines revealed a fatality in an accident involving a silver compact car and a bob tail dump truck. Preliminary reports show it appeared to be head-on collision and on impact the vehicles caught fire while in the ditch on the west side of highway.

Delta County Constable Ben Snow
Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

Following the announcement of Delta County Sheriff Ricky Smith, Constable Ben Snow has also announced his re-election for office.

“I would like to announce that I am seeking your vote for the upcoming election for Delta County Constable,” said Ben Snow, on Monday. Constable Snow has held his current office for the last seven years.  “It has been my pleasure to work for our two sitting judges – Judge Jason Murray and Judge Ginny Phifer – as well as Sheriff Ricky Smith and his staff.”

Texas A&M Forest Service Regional Fire Coordinator Nathan Carroll presented East Delta Volunteer Fire Fighter Morgan Baker with a $95,850.90 check for a new small brush truck.
Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

Texas A&M Forest Service Regional Fire Coordinator Nathan Carroll presented East Delta Volunteer Fire Fighter Morgan Baker with a $95,850.90 check for a new small brush truck on Monday afternoon.

Cindy Roller, the editor of the Cooper Review, says the permitting process is underway for retail stores wanting to sell beer and wine in Delta County, after voters approved such sales in May.  And Delta Hope House, the county's food pantry, is raising money to support its growing services.  The organization served about 1,800 families in Delta County last year.

Chiggerfest is 100 days away.
Cooper Review

The countdown has begun to the Delta County Chamber of Commerce’s annual Chiggerfest event to be held on Saturday, Oct. 17. The Delta County Chamber of Commerce has 100 days to turn this event around and make it as great as it has been in previous years.

This serene photo of Cooper Lake is just part of a collection provided by Laura Snider Photography at the Valley of the Caddo Museum in Paris.
Laura Snider Flatt / Laura Snider Photography

It may not be located in Delta County, but its exhibits speak of its history. Valley of the Caddo Museum and Cultural Center, Inc., located in Paris, Texas, has archeology collections from several surrounding counties including Delta. With free admission, it makes for the perfect “staycation” just down the road.

Delta County ranchers will need to keep their cattle fenced in with the county being declared Closed Range by Delta County Sheriff Ricky Smith.
Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

During a recent meeting of the Delta County Commissioners Court Delta County Sheriff Ricky Smith offered his input on the recent research his officers, Delta County Attorney Jay Garrett, Delta County Clerk Jane Jones and residents have assisted in coming to a firm conclusion on the status of the County being a closed range.

American Legion Red Henderson Post 483 salutes the American Flag during the Memorial Day program Saturday morning at Oaklawn Cemetery in Cooper.
Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

Despite the overcast skies in Delta County volunteers, including the local 4-H participants and Girl Scout troop, gathered to show their respect for this upcoming military holiday.

“This holiday was established to remember those who have fallen in service to Our Country,” said Red Henderson Post 483 Commander Gary Thompson at the program at Oaklawn Cemetery in Cooper Saturday morning in honor of Memorial Day. “We not only honor those who have gone before us but those currently serving, as well.”