Delta County Sheriff Ricky Smith presents Charla Singleton with her new Chief Deputy badge.

As of Thursday, Oct. 1 the Delta County Sheriff’s Office announced the promotion of Charla Singleton as the new Delta County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy from Sergeant.

“Charla has excellent leadership skills, outstanding work ethics and she learns very quickly,” said Delta County Sheriff Ricky Smith on her appointment. “She readily accepts responsibility and can be depended upon to appropriately solve problems and resolve issues.  I am proud to make this appointment because I believe she will be an outstanding Chief Deputy.”

The Delta County Economic Development Corporation has been conducting regular business meetings and establishing new officers.

The North Hopkins Alumni Homecoming will be held on Saturday, October 10, 2015, in the school cafeteria. All former students, former staff members, and their guests are encouraged to attend. The event will begin at 4:30 p.m., with Bingo and registration. At 5:30 a barbecue meal will be served, at a cost of $12.50 per person. Following the meal, there will be a short video presentation, honoring the Classes of 1965, 1975, and 1985.

Hunt County Master Gardener Stephanie Suesan Smith says fall gardeners can exchange plant bulbs and perennials at 9 a.m. Saturday morning at the Hunt County Extension Outdoor Learning Center at 2213 Washington Street in downtown Greenville (south of Market Square).  At 6 p.m., Thursday, October 15, a program on wildflowers and herbs will be held at the Outdoor Learning Center.

Spirit With Perfection
Spirit With Perfection

Our wellness commentator, Velvete Womack, proprietor of the Fire & Ice Spa in Commerce, discusses scientific research that says laughter really is the best medicine.

High court refuses to hear Ward appeal

Oct 6, 2015
Adam Kelly Ward was convicted of capital murder in Hunt County 10 years ago.
Courtesy Photo

The U.S. Supreme Court Monday refused to hear the appeal of a Commerce man, convicted of capital murder for killing of one of the city’s code enforcement officers 10 years ago.

In January the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rejected the formal appeal from Adam Kelly Ward of his 2007 conviction. Ward's attorneys had argued Ward's trial counsel was deficient. The court also denied a writ of habeas corpus filed in Ward's behalf last year.

Chiggerfest planning underway with hopes to be better than before!
Delta County Chamber of Commerce / Cooper Review

This year’s 2015 Chiggerfest event is bigger and better than ever with surprises around every corner of the Square – mechanical bull rides, antique tractor pull, wine tasting, dunking booth, cake walk, unique fried treats and more!

Commerce Chamber of Commerce manager Paul Voss says National Night Out will be observed in front of the Commerce Police Department headquarters from 6 to 9 p.m. tonight (Tuesday, October 6) and on the Texas A&M University-Commerce campus.  The event allows citizens to meet members of the police department and for neighbors to meet each other.

Fire Prevention week starts on Oct. 4
Cooper VFD

Cooper Fire Department is gearing up for Fire Prevention Week October 4-10. The Department hopes spread the word about fire safety!

Hunt County Historical Commission
Hunt County Historical Commission

Carol Taylor, the chairman of the Hunt County Historical Commission, says state historical markers will be dedicated in at the New Hope Baptist Church in Greenville on Sunday, October 11 for African-American education pioneer Mary Jim Morris, the first woman to become a school principal in Greenville.  And on Wednesday, October 14, a new marker in two Chinese dialects will be dedicated at the birthplace of Flying Tigers leader Gen.

Bras for the Cause, Greenville, Texas
Bras for the Cause, Greenville, Texas

Pud Kearns of Housewarmers of Greenville and one of the leaders of Bras for the Cause says Monday and Tuesday are the days to submit the artfully and whimsically designed bras, with the annual fund raising event scheduled for Thursday evening, October 8, in downtown Greenville.  The money raised goes to help cancer patients in Hunt County, and this year the organization is hoping to fund a UV light sterilization unit for Hunt Regional

John Banister is pictured with the fourth and fifth graders at Fannindel Elementary School, located in Pecan Gap, Texas.
Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

Fannindel ISD is proud to announce the completion of a new playground structure at our elementary campus in Pecan Gap, Texas. The structure has two slides, a large multilevel platform to walk on, and four different devices for climbing.

“The children at Fannindel Elementary School are very excited about the new structure. We know it will provide many, many years of fun for our students,” said Fannindel Elementary Principal Drew Thomas.

Eric Lair announced his run for Delta County Precinct 1 Commissioner.
Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

Eric Lair is announcing his candidacy for the position of Delta County Commissioner Precinct 1.

Lair is a self-employed local farmer/rancher with over 20 years’ experience in the building and construction field, owning and operating J & E Welding and Machine Shop with his father. He is well known by the community for his work ethic, abilities, and experience in dealing with running a business with available resources.

There is a cemetery located off the beaten path in Lake Creek, Texas. It could be considered a hidden gem but for many years it had been neglected. Thanks to Butch and Linda Burns the overgrown Pierce Cemetery now looks like a shining jewel.

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.