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Commissioners grant Community Support

In Hunt County, three incumbent public officials won their GOP primary contests.
Hunt County
Delta County Courthouse

The Delta County Commissioners met for a regular meeting on Monday morning to hear the request of Laura Gillean and Cooper Community Support. She implored the Court to allow her organization to meet in the basement of the Courthouse.

In her presentation she noted it is a non-profit educational, charitable and community development organization.

“We will serve an open class of people and will not limit activities to specific individuals,” stated Gillean.

“We hope to help the educational advancement to all individuals.” She went on to define the current programs administered including: free diapers/wipes support, mentorship program, Pell Grant and Scholarship assistance, and free fax and document copies, emergency clothing, counseling and  rehabilitation.

She also presented the statistics for Cooper. “There is an estimated 5,500 population with a ratio of school welfare recipients versus the Cooper population is 69 percent. The major crime in Cooper is theft. The leading drug of choice is methamphetamine with alcohol and  marijuana following. Cooper has been noted to be the lowest pay rate in the United States in 2014 (per Bureau of Labor Statistics). We definitely see that Cooper has a necessity for a non-profit such as CCS (Cooper Community Support). There are no other companies or organizations providing this level of service,” she said.

The commissioners voted in favor of helping stabilize and keeping with the public’s interest in rebuilding social and economic development by supporting the CCS.

Election judges were decided being Republican: Beverly Hall, Monty Hobbs, Kathy Mariner, Elizabeth Hopkins, Carol King, Gary Regan, Edward McKim and Democratic: Karen Falls, Willie E. Martin, Kathy Meyers, Nelma Dodd, Angela Heath, Gary Regan, Nelda Campbell. Central Count is Jane Jones, tabulation supervisor is Grace Cobb and manager is Hollie Roberts. Central Count Election Night is Republican Derrell London and Democrat Diana Fleek. Early voting ballot board and signature verification is Phyllis London.

Delta County Sheriff Ricky Smith presented a grant resolution which was accepted by the Court. He also noted the Jail population was up to 15 this week.

Delta County Treasurer Bonnie Hobbs stated the budget is in NETData. Treasurer Hobbs and Administrative Secretary Sue Hommel expressed their appreciation to the Commissioners for turning in their receipts and bills in a timely fashion.

The Court accepted the previous minutes and paid bills.

Due to the holiday, Court will meet again on Monday, Oct. 6 at 9 a.m. at the Delta County Courthouse.