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A 12-year-old girl from Klondike was killed Saturday night in what Royse City police called a "tragic accident."

Dallas-based KRLD-AM reported that the girl was riding a skateboard in the parking lot of the Royse City High School football stadium following Royse City's Celebrating Freedom, an event featuring live music and a fireworks show. She was hit by the vehicle her father was driving. The girl was taken to Children's Medical Center in Dallas, where she was pronounced dead.

An undated photo of Whitley Hall on the campus of A&M-Commerce. Like much of Northeast Texas, the campus is quieter than usual.
Texas A&M University-Commerce / Marketing and Communications

In an effort to keep up with coronavirus and COVID-19 developments around the region, this blog will be kept during the crisis. A statistical account of COVID-19 cases in the KETR listening area and local restrictions in place can be found here. This blog will be kept in reverse chronological order, with newest entries at the top.

Last updated, April 15, 3:09 p.m.

Isolated Outburst Damages Westowne Area

Aug 21, 2018
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.”

New Delta County Chamber Board Directors Announced

Aug 21, 2018
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.

House Fire Deemed Total Loss

Aug 10, 2018
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.

Sneak Peek: Charleston Sky Hosts Open House

Aug 2, 2018
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.

Longtime Chamber Office Manager Retires

Aug 1, 2018
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.

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.

Delta County Commissioner Indicted By Grand Jury

Jul 21, 2018
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.

Delta County Receives Safety Equipment Funds

Jul 21, 2018
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.

Fun In The Sun: Boating Safety Tips

Jun 14, 2018
Summer has officially arrived as Sydney Mitchell and Maddie Poskey enjoy riding on a tube on Cooper Lake.
Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

It is all good and fun until somebody gets hurt. Yes. We have probably all heard this saying. It is true. The same rule applies to boating safety.

With the start of summer in Delta County, entertainment turns to the very inviting Cooper Lake – one of the many charms of Northeast Texas. The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department reminds boaters of the importance of safety on the lake and in/around water.

Tanker Fire Halts Highway Traffic

Jun 14, 2018
Flames darkened the Wednesday afternoon skies as the tanker fire blazed for three hours.
Ricky Smith / DCSO

United Petroleum Transport driven by Kerry Bell was hauling 8,500 gallons of gasoline when he had a front tire blowout causing a fire which spread quickly into the cab of the 18-wheeler. The huge fire burned about three hours according to neighbor and witness, Butch Burns.

Be Not Forgotten: Memorial Day Observed

Jun 6, 2018
Tammi Springett and her grandson Landon Fouse place a flag on the headstone of LC Talley at Oaklawn Cemetery in Cooper for the Memorial Day holiday.
Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

The American Legion Red Henderson Post 483 in Delta County paid tribute in honor of Memorial Day by placing flags on military headstones in the cemeteries starting with Oaklawn in Cooper.

Pat Moses Day Declared

Jun 6, 2018
Coach Pat Moses Appreciation Day, May 19, 2018, was declared at a recent Cooper City Council meeting.
Jim Butler / Cooper Review

The year was 1977. It was Gregory Gymnasium in Austin, Texas. Coach Pat Moses and her Dogette basketball team had “determination to beat the odds.” The team brought home to Cooper the State Championship.

U.S. Drought Monitor
U.S. Drought Monitor

After a generally damp winter and spring, signs of drought have returned to three counties in Northeast Texas.

Post 483 To Place Flags For Memorial Day

May 18, 2018
Volunteers and members of the American Legion Post 483 will be placing flags on soldiers' graves for Memorial Day.
Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

American Legion Red Henderson Post 483 will be placing flags on graves in honor of the upcoming Memorial Day holiday. The Post would like volunteers to assist with this process. They will have flags and maps ready at 9 a.m. Saturday morning, May 26 starting at Oaklawn Cemetery in Cooper.

Senior Center Activities Offered

May 18, 2018
Citizens at the Senior Center in Cooper at the Delta County Civic Center enjoy a free exercise class before the meal is offered.
Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

Delta County Civic Center offers Senior Center Activities at 221 E Bonham Ave, Cooper, TX 75432. Everyone is invited! It is a great way to meet new people.

Replacement Sworn Into JP Office

May 18, 2018
Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

In order to keep the office of the Justice of the Peace functioning in the wake of the passing of Judge Ginny Phifer, the Delta County Commissioners Court sworn in Shannon McCulloch. McCulloch has been an employee/clerk in the office since August 2017, serving under Judge Phifer. She has been handling the business of the office alone since January 16, 2018.

Cruisin’ The Bricks: Third Time Is A Charm

May 4, 2018
A lemonade stand operated by Aniken Estrada, CarliRae Gillean, and Hannah Estrada on the Square benefited the Delta Hope House.
Laura Gillean / Delta Hope House

The second Cruisin’ The Bricks event in Cooper was again a pleasing success. Organizers are already gearing up to make the third one just as charming.

Everyone is welcome to show off their rides on the Square in Cooper starting at 5 p.m. then later that evening “rev their engines cruising Dallas Avenue.” Facing East performed at the last event, and Rhythm and Jones will be the entertainment for Saturday, May 26. All free concerts. The public is invited to bring lawn chairs and tables and dine under the Delta County skies.

Simmons Cemetery Clean Up Set For Next Saturday

May 4, 2018
Zogail Smith helps mow overgrown areas of Simmons Cemetery.
Jennifer Dwyer / BFT Ranch

Simmons Cemetery Clean Up will be Saturday, May 12, 2018 starting at 8 a.m. Chainsaws and String Trimmers will be available. Come one, Come all!

Judge Ginny Phifer Succumbs To Illness

May 4, 2018
Justice of the Peace Ginny Phifer
Phifer family

The family of Ginny Phifer would like to invite all to join in celebrating her life and legacy on Saturday, May 5 at 2 p.m. at First Baptist Church in Cooper with a casual dress code.

Road Work Begins On FM 38 In Delta, Lamar Counties

Apr 20, 2018
Motorists are urged to pay attention and reduce speeds in work zones.
Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

Two road improvement projects have started on Farm-to-Market 38 in Delta and Lamar Counties, according to Texas Department of Transportation.

TxDOT reports that Contractor A.K. Gillis & Sons, Sulphur Springs, Texas, was awarded the contract for this project valued at more than $2.4 million. The contractor plans to complete the work in 128 working days, weather permitting, with a target completion date of October 2018. Construction began on April 9, 2018.

Transition To Digital Radios Completed

Apr 20, 2018
The transition to digital radio in Delta County has been completed.
Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

Delta County Sheriff Ricky Smith reported the transition to digital radios has been completed in a brief Delta County Commissioners Court regular meeting.

Slideshow: Annual Delta County Fair

Apr 20, 2018
John Watkins enjoys a Murray's BBQ sandwich at the Delta County Fair.
Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

Despite the unseasonably cool temperatures and windy April Saturday in Cooper, Texas, many folks attended the 2018 Annual Delta County Fair. The day began with the Bobby Wigley Memorial Jr Livestock Show which boasted many youth successes and winnings.

RSVP Coordinator Kelly Hamill, RSVP Volunteer Coordinator Jacel Angel, Delta County Judge Jason Murray, along with Delta County Hope House volunteers Patricia Smith, Lynne Morris, Laura Gillean, and Cooper Mayor Darren Braddy were at the proclamation Mond
Charla Singleton / DCSO

Delta County proclaimed April 3, 2018 as National Service Recognition Day. Present for the announcement made before Commissioners Court Monday morning were several volunteers of Red River Valley Retired and Senior Volunteer Program including Jacel Angel, RSVP Field Coordinator, Kelly Hamill, RSVP Coordinator, and Laura Gillean, Patricia Smith, Lynne Morris with the Delta Hope House along with Delta County Judge Jason Murray and City of Cooper Mayor Darren Braddy, who is also a Delta Hope House volunteer.

Spring Cleaning Time Has Arrived

Mar 16, 2018
Delta County Commissioners like Precinct 4 Mark Brantley work on breaking into the old jail on top of the Courthouse in order to fix water leaks.
Cindy Roller / Delta County

Spring temperatures have found Delta County. Garage sales have started, lawn mowers are back at work, spring improvements are happening, and Delta County begins its annual preparations for cleaning.

April 14: Fairly Good Plans For County Fair

Mar 16, 2018
More Bobby Wigley Memorial Livestock Show participants will be on display on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
Cindy Roller

The annual Delta County Fair is just the recipe to satisfy on Saturday, April 14, 2018 in the City Park in Cooper, Texas.

This year the Delta County Chamber will be hosting the beloved Jr. Livestock Show, named after Bobby Wigley, starting at 9 a.m., the Monty Tipps Band will be on stage at 11:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. with classic country, toe-tapping music, at 2 p.m. the Lone Star Garden Tractor Pullers Association will rev their engines for another crowd-pleasing contest.

Delta County Judge Jason Murray retains his seat following Tuesday night's primary election results.
Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

The watchful crowd gathered in the hallway of the Delta County Courthouse grew especially quiet as the election results were posted for the local contested races. Delta County Judge Jason Murray retains his seat garnering 760 votes to his opponent Bonnie Hobbs, who received 412. Justice of the Peace Ginny Phifer, who is still recovering from illness in the hospital, earned 818 votes Tuesday night to candidate Chuck Reed, who drew 347 votes. For Precinct 2 Commissioner, incumbent Gary Anderson took in 139 votes to opponent Jimmy Sweat’s 87 votes. Over 1,200 votes were cast, higher than usual for a primary race.

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