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Cindy Roller

Reporter

Cindy Roller has been corresponding for Delta County with KETR for seven years in addition to being Editor for the Cooper Review. She enjoys the learning experience radio broadcasting has given her.

In her lifelong career in journalism she has worked in all aspects of print media from writing, photography, page design to seeing readers’ smiles when delivering the newspapers.

Moving from Editor of The Twin Cities News in West Texas, she started in Northeast Texas as the Sports Writer/Photographer for the Sulphur Springs News-Telegram before finding her way back to a weekly paper, the Cooper Review. Her intrigue in 88.9 KETR started with a live radio remote interviewing the famed milkshake maker Mabel Wheat of Miller’s Ole Soda Fountain on the corner of the Square in Cooper.

She covers a wide variety of news, weather, and sports. Some of her top headlining stories over the years include coverage of the new elevation record at Cooper Lake, construction/expansion of State Highway 24, $6 Million Marijuana Production on Cooper WMA, local elections, Cooper Fire Department’s new Engine 31, several manhunts, and Cooper Bulldog football. Her work has garnered her yearly recognition and awards from the Texas Press Association.

She is active in the community serving as the Delta County Chamber of Commerce Board President, member of the Delta County Economic Development Corporation, as Secretary/Reporter for the Lions Club, public information officer for Delta County Emergency Management.

As always, she looks forward to hearing from listeners!

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This home in Westowne area on County Road 2000 had the roof torn off in Saturday's storm.
Monty Hobbs / DCEMC

Many might not have even been aware but Saturday evening the storm clouds brewed, and an suspected isolated outburst of winds ripped the roof from a modular home in Westowne in the 800 block of County Road 2000 in Cooper as well as damaged other metal buildings, tumbled trees, and downed power lines.

At approximately 6:30 p.m. first responders were called to the scene of what was reported as “tornado destroying a residence on the west side of Westowne, and residents had been cleared from the area.”

Delta County Chamber of Commerce
Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

The Delta County Chamber of Commerce recently voted in the newest additions to the Chamber Board of Directors: Melissa Johnson, LeeAnne Marchand, Janet Currin, Cayson Spinks, Les Harris, and Kimber Black. The Chamber is very excited for the future of the community.

They will be joining current members Mayor Darren Braddy, Brenda Stewart, Jalan Mayes, Carol Petty, Devone and Keith Morris, Justin Anderton, and Richelle Johnson. For those with inquiries about the Chamber please contact Board President Cindy Roller, Board Vice President George Stapp, or Executive Director Ken Cottongame.

Judge Jason Murray, his wife Heather, and their family were featured in a recent promotion for National Day of the Cowboy.
Heather Murray / Facebook

Once again Delta County is on the map. The positive spotlight featured Delta County Judge Jason Murray, his wife, Heather Murray, and their three children as they were highlighted in an American Hat Company promotion honoring the National Day of the Cowboy.

The American Hat Company Inc., based in Bowie, Texas, is an endorsing sponsor of J&J Roping Company, owned by the Murray brothers, Jason and Judd. The company has been making quality American made products since 1915.

Early morning house fire deemed total loss in Cooper.
Belinda Steward

It is never good to awake to sirens at 2:30 a.m. That’s exactly what local first responders did last Friday as they responded to call for a house fire 250 East San Antonio Avenue in Cooper. No cause was given as the older house burned quickly into a total loss.

According to a press release the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is accepting Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) applications in 30 counties across Texas as part of the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) efforts supported by the Oaks and Prairies Joint Venture (OPJV) – Grassland Restoration Incentives Program (GRIP) Partnership.

School supplies are on the tax-free weekend list.
Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

The back-to-school tax-free holiday starts today, Friday, Aug. 10, 2018 in Texas and continues through Sunday, August 12.

The sky view from the upstairs landing at Charleston Sky and its recent "look and book" event.
Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

The pubic recently received the grand tour from the sky view to the turf of Charleston Sky, the newest event venue in Delta County. The establishment hosted a “look and book” event to nearly 25 vendors ranging from bakers and caterers to florists and local accommodations and more.

The event allowed vendors and venue owners and staff to exchange information and network. The venue recently completed outdoor landscaping from field turf by the pond near the outdoor bar created from an old farm silo to wedding pews and signature windmill.

It was a different kind of splash in the summer heat – the sound of freshly brewed beer being drawn into glasses. It is a new story in an old building. BackStory Brewery recently opened to the public at 211 Magnolia Street in Sulphur Springs, the Celebration City.

The $1.8 million renovation of the establishment formerly housed an ice house and meat packing plant. Remnants of the history of Hopkins County and Sulphur Springs can be seen all over the tap room from original fixtures and decor.

A receoption in honor of Gracie Young will be hosted by the Chamber on Thursday from 2-4 p.m.
Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

The Delta County Chamber announces after 18 years office manager Gracie Young will be officially retiring. She informed the Board of Directors last Tuesday morning.

The Board will be hosting a reception for Gracie Young on Thursday, Aug. 2 from 2-4 p.m. at the Delta County Chamber of Commerce office and meeting room located at 41 West Side Square in Cooper, Texas. The public is invited to attend and extend their good wishes.

Delta County AgriLife Extension office is filling the vacancy left by former agent Alford Echols. In Monday’s Commissioners Court meeting it was announced that Morgan Wood was hired for this position.

It is finally official. This year’s annual Delta County Cotton Harvest Festival will host headliner Texas Country/Red Dirt artist Stoney LaRue. The Texas native started his career at a young age. Now he is turning out hits like “Feet Don’t Touch The Ground,” and “Love You For Loving Me.”

He recently made an appearance in this area as the headlining act for the NETBIO Cattleman’s Classic and Ribeye Roundup last fall in Sulphur Springs on Celebration Plaza. His performance drew a record-setting attendance.

Precinct 2 Commissioner Gary Anderson was at the center of a Texas Rangers' investigation.
Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

Lots of little things started to add up leading to an investigation by the Texas Rangers of Delta County Precinct 2 Commissioner Gary Anderson. He was indicted for Abuse of Official Capacity which is a Class A Misdemeanor.

Donations may be brought to East Delta Baptist Church or placed in the donation barrels at The Rebel Rose or the Beauty Depot in downtown Cooper.
Gwendolyn Savage

Each summer East Delta Baptist Church, in partnership with other local area churches, reaches out to families of financially disadvantaged children attending school in the Cooper ISD by providing new clothing at the beginning of each school year.

Chief Deputy Charla Singleton and Sheriff Ricky Smith just received the newest addition to the local law enforcement department - new Dodge truck.
Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

Some good news came out of a brief recent Delta County Commissioners Court meeting. The Road and Bridge and Delta County Sheriff’s Office will be receiving funds from Texas Association of Counties for new safety equipment.

New Cooper City Foreman Will Anderton and City of Cooper Mayor Darren Braddy showed their appreciation to longtime City Foreman James Jarrell at his recent retire
Hollie Roberts

New Cooper City Foreman Will Anderton and City of Cooper Mayor Darren Braddy showed their appreciation to longtime City Foreman James Jarrell at his recent retirement reception  held at City Hall.

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