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The editor of the Cooper Review, Cindy Roller, looks back at 2016 and ahead to 2017.  The year just passed was the year that beer and wine sales came to Cooper, and Cindy says no apparent problems have resulted. She says several new businesses are planning to open in 2017. 

Collin County, Texas
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Police have identified three men who died in a mid-air collision over McKinney on Saturday.

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Hunt County Historical Commission chairman Carol Taylor says she recently led a visiting Australian photographer on a tour of downtown Greenville, and it reminded her of the many historical details of the downtown area.  For example, Landon's Winery was originally a Kress five-and-dime store, which can still be seen if you look closely at the building.  She says owner Bob Landon has won an award for historical preservation of the building.  Carol also discusses the current Women In Need building a

Suspects sought in robbery at First Stop Food Mart
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The First Stop Food Mart, located at 808 West Dallas Avenue in Cooper, recently fell victim to a “smash and grab” robbery. Delta County Sheriff’s officers along with the Lake Country Crime Stoppers are seeking the public’s help in identifying four black male suspects who committed the crime on Dec. 27, 2016 at approximately 1:55 a.m.

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The Texas Department of Transportation will be starting two major road restructuring projects in Northeast Texas in the first two weeks of the year. 

National Weather Service
National Weather Service

Recent rainfall has moved much of Northeast Texas into moderate drought. And while being in any state of drought might not be ideal, several counties in the region, including Fannin and Grayson, had until the Texas Water development Board’s most recent status report this week been classified as areas of severe drought. Lamar county was one of three counties in the region to have been classified in extreme drought.

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Herald-Banner movie reviewer Alice Reese lists her top 10 movies of 2016, with "La La Land," the modern-day musical, as her no. 1 choice.

Rob Stanley, North Hopkins ISD
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 North Hopkins Independent School District Superintendent Dr. Darin Jolly recently announced the search for a new 2017-18 high school principal has begun. This followed the promotion announcement of Robert Stanley, current principal, to Director of Operations/State and Federal Programs.

The Delta County Chamber Banquet is preparing for its 67th Annual Banquet with a masquerade theme for entertainment for the night. The event will be held Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. at the Cooper High School auditorium.

Guaranty Gives Back 2016 campaign hosted by Guaranty Bank & Trust has started taking votes. Online voting poll will close on Dec. 30, 2016.

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Randy Pennington -- East Texas State and Texas A&M-Commerce alumnus, business consultant, and CEO of Pennington Group in Dallas -- says it's a good idea to take stock of your life in the year nearly over and plan for the year ahead.  In a recent video presented by the "Five Friends," a group of business consultants including Randy, he suggests being more intentional in 2017, spending more time on the things that were productive and useful and less on the oth

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Derek Price, author of the nationally syndicated "Cargazing" column and owner of Greenshoot Media in Commerce, says the redesigned Ford Super Duty pickup is the "Truck of Texas" for 2017, as named by the Texas Automobile Writers Association.  The organization held the annual "Texas Truck Rodeo" recently in the Hill Country town of Dripping Springs.

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Sulphur Springs Mayor Emily Glass says Texas economist Dr. Ray Perryman recently spoke to the Hopkins County Chamber of Commerce and delivered an optimistic forecast for Northeast Texas. Perryman said the region was well-positioned to enjoy a healthy 2017, regardless of who won the presidential election, partly because it has never suffered the severe downturn experienced by other parts of the country.

The Texas transportation Commission says it will free up more than $3 million to help the beleaguered TAPS Public Transit overcome its lingering debt. TAPS, the Texoma Area Paratransit Partnership, which provides transportation options to mainly seniors in Fannin, Grayson, and other regional counties, has been saddled with an almost $5 million debt problem. The debt grew from money owed to vendors and contract employees. Recently TAPS has considered a plan to sell or dispose of as many as 30 buses. 

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