Delta County

The Delta County Commissioners Court selected nominees to be voted on by entities for the Delta County Appraisal District Board. Shawn Murray, Wes Scott and Delta County Judge Jason Murray were accepted by the Court as the nominees.

“I am interested so I can better understand the system – to see how it works and see how we work together,” said Judge Jason Murray. The three will go before the voting entities along with the nominees from the others. The County could nominate up to five people. Delta County Tax Assessor-Collector Dawn Stewart is a non-voting member of the DCAD Board.

Delta County joins several other counties in allowing the emergency burn ban to expire. As of Thursday, Sept. 17 citizens may burn inside the county limits. Citizens should contact the Delta County Sheriff’s Office dispatch at (903) 395-2146 prior to conducting any outdoor burning.

Lamar, Delta, Hopkins and Rains are no longer under a burn ban.

Billie Choate and Zelda Fisher helped collect 99 pairs of shoes for the Lions Club shoe drive which were accepted by Club members Brenda Stewart and Mayor Scotty Stegall.
Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

The progress of the ongoing Lions Club shoe drive is racing to a strong finish. The Club is currently collecting new and used shoes to raise funds to help with local scholarships and community projects throughout the year. District 2-X2 receives 40 cents per pound of shoes donated.

Delta County Tax Assessor-Collector Dawn Stewart
Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

Delta County Tax Assessor-Collector Dawn Stewart has just announced she will be running for re-election for her current position. She is currently the longest standing elected official in office. She is second in length to Delta County employee Willie Faye Bowen.

“I would like to take this opportunity to announce my intentions to run for re-election as your County Tax Assessor-Collector,” said Dawn Stewart. “In April, I will have 25 years experience as Delta County Tax Assessor-Collector.”

County passes budgets

Sep 24, 2015
Delta County Judge Jason Murray announced the East Side steps will be closed due to repairs.
Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

With all present the Delta County Commissioners Court accepted the General Budget for 2016 as well as for each of the precincts. The unanimous vote also approved the Maintenance & Operations tax rate of 0.609670 and Road & Bridge tax rate of 0.157490 for a total of 0.767160.

The link to the proposed budget is as follows:

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.