Long-time certified financial planner Jim Ainsworth discusses a recent article on "the five most common personal finance mistakes" that people make, everything from not having clear goals to paying retail without taking advantage of many options.  Jim says the relatively low personal savings rate is costly to the economy.

Cooper ISD's new and improved website
Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

Cooper Independent School District hasn’t taken much of a summer break. In fact the District and its staff has been giving, not only the campuses, but the school’s website some facelifts.

Delta County Sheriff Ricky Smith
Cooper Review

As of Tuesday morning Delta County Sheriff Ricky Smith informs the citizens of Delta County he will be running for reelection.

“I would like to announce my intention to seek another term as the Delta County Sheriff,” stated Sheriff Ricky Smith. “I am very proud of the accomplishments of the Delta County Sheriff’s Office over the last two and one-half years; however, these accomplishments would not have been possible without the support of our community.”

Atmos Energy would like citizens in Delta County to be aware crews will oversee a controlled release of natural gas on Tuesday, Aug. 4, beginning at 7 a.m. The work will occur at Atmos Energy’s Enloe measuring station southwest of the Enloe community. The work should be completed by 7 p.m. that evening.

The Boys & Girls Club of Hopkins County, formerly Houston Elementary, had to be demolished.
Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

The Boy & Girls Club of Hopkins County is no longer operating. An organization that once held a membership of over 100 serving 40-50 daily was forced to close its doors.

Delta County Sheriff's Office Sergeant Investigator Ryan Brown also serves on the Lake Country Crime Stoppers Board.
Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

Have information on a crime or person with a warrant, but don’t want to give out personal information? Crime Stoppers tip line is the answer! The Lake Country Crime Stoppers serves Rains, Delta and Hopkins Counties. It provides an anonymous tip line, where callers can leave information on the crime or suspect without having to give personal information. Here is the bonus: if a tip leads to a felony arrest, Crime Stoppers will pay caller up to $1,000.

Commerce Chamber of Commerce
Commerce Chamber of Commerce

Commerce Chamber of Commerce manager Paul Voss discusses the Commerce Police Department's CHAOS Kids summer program, in which children perform community service projects in the community.  About 35-40 children and young teens are refinishing park benches in downtown Commerce, and also helped to clean debris from the Fourth of July fireworks show that settled at the Oak Manor Nursing Home.

Heat Advisory

The National Weather Service in Fort Worth has issued a Heat Advisory until 7 p.m. Wednesday. Counties included are: Grayson, Fannin, Lamar and Delta including the cities of Sherman, Denison, Bonham, Paris and Cooper.

Temperatures are expected to reach triple digits and heat index values near 105 degrees.

Hopkins County Sheriff’s officials were alerted by family members of 79-year old Lee A. Jones at approximately 3:40 p.m. Saturday afternoon, July 11 of his disappearance from his home on County Road 1180.

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.

Kim Saenz, the emergency department director of the Hunt Regional Emergency Medical Center in Commerce, says heat exhaustion and heat stroke are a serious risk in the weather we've been having in Northeast Texas.  She says it's important to stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water to prevent heat exhaustion in the first place.  It's recommend that you drink about 64 ounces of water a day, unless certain medications make that inadvisable.

Bonham Mayor Roy Floyd says in August the city council will consider a revised ordinance banning smoking in restaurants and other public buildings.  A large group of citizens spoke out against the law as written at a recent city council meeting.  Also, a new Holiday Inn Express is opening soon in Bonham.

Greenville Herald-Banner

The former municipal judge for the City of Lone Oak has been indicted for allegedly stealing money from the city.

The Hunt County grand jury issued a sealed indictment June 26 charging Lisa Marie Brown on one count of abuse of official capacity. Brown, 56, was taken into custody on the indictment Monday and was released Tuesday on $20,000 bond.

The indictment was unsealed following Brown’s arrest. An arraignment hearing on the charge had not been scheduled with the 196th District Court as of Thursday.

Texas A&M University-Commerce athletic director Ryan Ivey says Lion athletics is observing its 100th anniversary in 2015-16, with a number of special events planned.   The department is inviting alumni and fans to submit photos representing the athletics history of A&M-Commerce and East Texas State.  Also, Ryan discusses the renovation of Whitley Gym, the football program's headquarters, and the search for a new men's and women's track coach.

A vacant property between Farmersville and Lake Lavon is the site of a proposed Muslim cemtery.
Mark Haslett

A proposed Muslim cemetery between Farmersville and Lake Lavon has resulted in concern among locals. Media organizations from The Huffington Post to England’s Daily Mail have run stories on the issue. Currently, the permitting processed has been paused, while the City of Farmersville waits on a plat map of the project from the Islamic Association of Collin County.

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