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Delta County

While the Bureau of Labor Statistics recently reported Delta County as having the lowest national weekly wage average at $378. Statistically, this has created confusion among the population.

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True dedication to one community is serving it for 127 years. That is exactly what Henslee Hardware has done. It began in 1887 from meager start under a tent by owner John Franklin Henslee with a $500 inventory with everything from whiskey and nuts and bolts to caskets, farm implements and dynamite.

The iconic red building store has remained a staple at 21 North Side of the Square in Cooper.

Cooper Review

Cooper Review editor Cindy Roller discusses the runoff election Tuesday, May 27, between incumbent Delta County Judge Herb Brookshire and Jason Murray.  Also on the ballot Tuesday in Delta County and most other counties in the KETR listening area are the runoff elections between U.S.

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Among the red paint-brush flowers and tall grasses lay a few, almost forgotten, headstones at Simmons Cemetery. A group of volunteers gathered last Tuesday out in a hidden corner of Ben Franklin to tend to those buried in the cemetery.

Resuming their positions on the Cooper Independent School District Board of Trustees will be Thomas Darden and Blake Randle for full three-year terms along with an unexpired term for Anita Moody. Challenging for a place was Laura Gillean receiving a total of 47 votes. Darden received 165, Randle had 169 and Moody with 168 with the majority of the votes being cast absentee. The votes were canvassed on Monday, May 19.

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Delta Masonic Lodge #1240 hosted a reception honoring Delta County Sheriff Ricky Smith with the Community Builder Award last Friday evening at City Hall in Cooper. Lodge member David Nabors presented Sheriff Ricky Smith with a certificate and glass tribute.

This award is presented to a person who exhibits pride in the community. Sheriff Smith was recognized for his contribution of time to promote this community as well as community development. It is the highest award that can be presented to an individual or group outside of the Masonic Fraternity.

Cooper Review

Cooper Review editor Cindy Roller says Delta County Judge Herb Brookshire has announced some new grants, and Delta County volunteer fire departments, suffering from funding cuts, will be seeking contributions on May 16.

KETR

A severe weather system that struck Northeast Texas on the evening of April 3 resulted in several small tornadoes, along with high winds and large hail. Multiple structures were damaged and several injuries were reported throughout the region.

Thousands of homes and businesses lost electrical service during the storms. Flooding followed the storms.

Northern Hunt County was hit hard, with significant damage between U.S. Highway 69 and State Highway 34 north of Greenville.

Cindy Roller

Over the past two months, a puzzling series of cattle thefts had been reported in Delta County.

The Delta County Sheriff’s Office and the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association’s Special Ranger Tony Hurley have been investigating the thefts. As a result of their investigation, officers have arrested John Green of Klondike and Jonathan Jones of Cooper.

Green was arrested in Fannin County while he was in the process of stealing another load of cattle, officials said.

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Local Delta County ladies are making fairy tales come true for Prom-goers with the Cinderella Project.

“It is a program designed for junior and senior girls attending prom who are in need of a prom dress. Dresses these days are so expensive, and we want to make sure every girl has a chance to attend,” said Brittany Hunter, organizer. “The dresses are free and the girls don't have to show any proof of finances to come. It is open to Cooper as well as any surrounding schools.”

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The Cooper City Council set the annual city clean-up week for April 5 – 12. Dump charges are free on Saturday, April 5 and fees are half price during the days from April 7 through April 12.

Approval was given to certify unopposed candidates for three open council positions and cancel the election set for May 10. Council members David Phillips, Joann Preas and Willie “Bear” Wilkins have filed for re-election.

The next Cooper City Council meeting is scheduled for Monday, April 14 at 6 p.m. at City Hall.

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Lake Country Crime Stoppers has now increased the reward to more than $10,000 for tips that lead to the arrest or indictment of those responsible for theft of more than 60 head of cattle from the North Hopkins-southern Delta County area since June of 2012, according to Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association Special Ranger Toney Hurley.

The losses have been significant to the cattle owners, upwards of $1,000 per 500-pound calf. The stolen cattle have been a mix of calves, cows, yearlings and other bovine.

TWDB

The two proposed George Parkhouse Reservoirs would both be built in eastern Delta County - one along the North Sulphur, one along the South Sulphur. There are no immediate plans to build the lakes, but they remain as "alternate" sources of water that could be developed in the future.

Cooper Review

Cooper Review editor Cindy Roller says the Federal Emergency Management Agency turned down Delta County's request for emergency assistance following the December ice storm.  Damage in Delta County from the storm is estimated at $2 million.

Cindy Roller

Not only does The Hope House in Cooper give its clients hope – and nourishment – but now with a new location and new name, “Delta Hope House” it can truly serve the public to its capacity.

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