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Steve Killian, superintendent of the Cooper Lake State Park, reflects on the role of park rangers, which for Steve includes living in the park.  Many park activities are scheduled at at the South Sulphur and Doctor's Creek units, including a Boot Camp and BBQ at 10 a.m. Saturday, September 28, and a Water Science program at 2 p.m., Sunday, September 29 at the South Sulphur unit, and a live music program and dance at Doctor's Creek, Saturday evening, October 5.

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Steve Killian, superintendent of the Cooper Lake State Parks, discusses upcoming events in the park, including "Critter Corner" at 4 p.m. Fridays at the South Sulphur Unit, where children will learn about an animal that lives in the park, and Archery lessons, at 6 p.m. Saturday (September 14) and Saturday, September 28, also at the South Sulphur Unit.

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Steve Killian, superitendent of the Cooper Lake State Parks, discusses the beautiful photographs and videos of the park that have recently appeared on Facebook, and well as several upcoming activities at the South Sulphur and Doctors Creek units.

Cooper Lake State Park, Texas Parks & Wildlife

Steve Killian, the complex superintendent at Cooper Lake State Park, discusses the opportunities of the park, which in effect is divided into two separate parks, the South Sulphur Unit on the south side, and the Doctor's Creek Unit on the north side.  Because of the lake's status as a U.S.

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Neil Clark with the Delta Hope House at 440 SW Third Street in Cooper relates plans for the annual chili and stew supper and fund raiser starting at 4:30 p.m. Saturday at the Delta County Community Center in downtown Cooper.  The Delta Hope House provided food assistance to 438 people in the month of January.

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Cindy Roller, editor of the Cooper Review, discusses the "Guardian Plan" passed recently by the Cooper ISD Board of Trustees.  It will allow trained volunteers, including teachers and staff, to carry concealed weapons. Also, Cindy and Carmen Chessher, Cooper realtor, discuss plans for the monthly "Cruisin' the Bricks" event Saturday evening, June 30. 

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Cindy Roller, the editor of the Cooper Review, says a "farm and wares" market will start in downtown Cooper as part of the next "Cruisin' the Bricks" event Saturday evening, June 30.  "Cruisin' the Bricks" is a monthly opportunity for drivers to show off their cars on the brick-paved square of downtown Cooper, but also is an occasion when people can meet and socialize.  Also, Cindy reports Interstate 30 Exit 110, the main entrance to Cumby, has reopened.  It has been closed for about a year while new

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Neil Clark, a member of the Delta Hope House, says the Cooper food pantry will have its annual stew and chili fund-raising supper from 5-7 p.m. Saturday, February 24 at the Civic Center.  An auction of donated items takes place at 6:30.  Neil says about 200-300 families receive help from the Delta Hope House each month.

Cindy Roller, editor of the Cooper Review, and Brenda Stewart of the Delta County Chamber of Commerce discuss the plans for the chamber's annual banquet "Winter Fiesta" at the Charleston Sky event venue in the town of Charleston. 

 

Cindy Roller, Cooper Review

The assistant chief of the Cooper Fire Department Tanner Crutcher says the department now has 18 fire fighters, but needs 25 to be fully staffed.  Only four volunteers were available to fight a recent two-story house fire in Cooper.  Volunteers must be at least 18 years old, live near Cooper, be in good physical condition, and be able to pass a background check.  Prospective volunteers may pick up an application at Cooper City Hall.  Also on this program is Cooper Review

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Cooper Review editor Cindy Roller says a survey of the newspaper's readers shows strong support for maintaining the brick streets on the city's square.  The brick paving is about 100 years old, she says.  The city is considering replacing the bricks with pavement because it is said vibration from heavy trucks rolling over the bricks causes damages to some of the downtown buildings.  The bricks might be preserved in other ways if the streets are paved with asphalt or concrete.  Also, a new state historical marker

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Cindy Roller, editor of the Cooper Review, and Delta County rancher Jennifer Dwyer discuss the second annual Delta County Cotton Harvest Festival, which takes place Saturday (October 14) in Cooper.  The musical headliner for the downtown square on Saturday night is country-music performer Curtis Grimes.  Wine will be for sale along with beer this year.

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Cindy Roller, the editor of the Cooper Review, says the Texas Highway Department will begin construction of a new bridge over the North Sulphur River on Hwy. 24 between Cooper and Paris on August 30.  Work will begin first on the northbound bridge and traffic will be diverted, two-way, to the southbound bridge.  Cindy also discusses a reunion of pen pals after 75 years of exchanging letters. 

Recently elected Cooper Mayor Darren Braddy discusses the current clean-up efforts in the city, which he says are designed to improve the city's image.  Community members are volunteering on the third Saturday of each month for cleanup efforts, and so the next opportunity will be this Saturday (July 15).

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Cindy Roller, editor of the Cooper Review, and Texas youth tractor pulling champ Lane Duncan guest on this edition of the Blacklands Cafe.  Lane discusses the finer points of tractor pulling, which he's been competing in since he was 6 (he's now 12).

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Cooper Review editor Cindy Roller relates the story of a person charged with painting graffiti in various places in the city of Cooper who has quite an artistic talent.  Also, the city has new signage welcoming visitors to town.  A clean-up week is scheduled for April 21-25 in Cooper.  And the city has a new semi-pro football team, the Northeast Texas Raptors.

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The editor of the Cooper Review, Cindy Roller, says the city of Cooper will have its first contested mayoral election in 14 years on Saturday, May 6.  Long-time Mayor Scott Stegall has decided not to run again.  As of late last week, five candidates had registered to run for mayor in Cooper.

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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. 

The Cooper ISD recently received a 1921 scrapbook kept by a Cooper High School student, Faye Kenyon.  The book was discovered in a box of other items by a man in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and was returned to Cooper.  Cooper ISD superintendent Denicia Hohenberger and Cooper Review editor Cindy Roller discuss the historic book on the "Blacklands Cafe."

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Mayor Scott Stegall relates the history of Cooper, its economic characteristics, and his hopes for the future of the city.

Hometown Rollcall is a summer feature of KETR in which we visit with leaders of cities in the KETR listening area.

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The editor of the Cooper Review, Cindy Roller, says the Delta County Commissioners Court has set rules barring the "open carry" and concealed carry of guns in most offices of the Delta County Courthouse.  Cindy also discusses the new Delta County "Shop Local" cards, being sold by Future Farmers of American members, and offering discounts at many Cooper and Delta County shops.  The Doctor's Creek Unit of Cooper Lake State Park recently celebrated its 20th anniversary, and Texas Parks and Wildlife shared a

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Cindy Roller, the editor of the Cooper Review, says the Saturday, May 7 elections are set in Delta County, with contested elections for constable, and Precinct 1 and 3 county commissioner.  Otherwise, Cindy reports the annual Delta County Chamber of Commerce banquet is scheduled for Saturday evening, January 16

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Cooper Review

Cooper Review editor Cindy Roller reports beer and wine have gone on sale in Delta County, following the election last May.  A special guest on this edition of the Blacklands Cafe, Delta County Judge Jason Murray, says the beer-and-wine sales will help retailers, but it remains to be seen if they will boost the tax revenue for the county.  Other topics are the new cotton gin in Delta County and a new fire truck for the East Delta Volunteer Fire Department.

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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.

Delta County Sheriff
Delta County Sheriff

Delta County Sheriff Ricky Smith discusses a new inmate work program that allows non-violent county jail inmates to leave the jail for work on various projects, under the supervision of a certified jailer.  The sheriff says most of the inmates are eager to work, in order to get out of the jail cells.  They may earn "good time" by doing the work, and he says they learn from the experience.  Also, appearing on the program is Cooper Review editor Cindy R

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Cooper Review editor Cindy Roller says Cooper Lake is full for the first time since 2010, after the recent rains.  And Delta County voters will decide the fate of off-premise beer and wine sales in an election Saturday, May 9.  Early voting in the election ends Tuesday.

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Cooper Review editor Cindy Roller says construction of a new cotton gin will begin soon. PPF Gin and Warehouse will located on 30 acres near the intersection of Highways 24 and 19, and employ up to 20 people when it opens in late summer.  The owner is Pat Pilgrim, son of Pilgrim's Pride chicken magnate Bo Pilgrim.

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Cooper Review editor Cindy Roller reports that the Cooper ISD board recently received a favorable report on state testing of Cooper High School students.  Also, a new pictorial history of Cooper and Delta County, "Between the Sulphurs," is now available.

Cooper Review editor Cindy Roller and Echo Publishing graphic designer Luis Noble discuss the annual Worldwide Photo Walk, which is being observed in downtown Sulphur Springs at 4 p.m. on Saturday. 

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