Fish, Hike and Attend Multiple Programs during April at Cooper Lake State Park
Cooper, TX— What better place to experience the spring than Cooper Lake State Park. Across both park units, as perfect temperatures prevail, a total of 17 programs focused on family fun and learning about our natural world will be presented. Attend and learn about a wide variety of plants and animals common to this part of Texas through multiple programs and so much more! Bring each fun and learning packed Saturday to a fitting conclusion with your family and friends relaxing around a campfire at the park! The flickering light and warmth of a campfire will lift your spirit and reconnect you to feelings shared by past generations. There is no better place to share a story or eat a meal!
Bring a picnic and enjoy the day-use area on a warm spring afternoon. Fish from the bank, off our pier, fishing wall, or rent a kayak and try your luck along the shoreline. Fish attractors have been placed around the Doctor’s Creek floating fishing pier and the fishing wall at South Sulphur to help increase fishing success. Crappie, bluegill, bass, and catfish are commonly caught at both park units. Hike our trails or just relax under a giant Post Oak tree or camp at one of our tree canopied campsites, recharging your soul!
Park entrance fees are $5 for adults with kids 12 and under always free. Senior Texans 65 or older will only pay $3 to enter the park daily with a Bluebonnet Pass. Unlimited park entrances for you and everyone in your vehicle can be accomplished with the purchase of a Texas State Park Annual Pass for $70 which is good for over 12 months. All programs are free with paid entrance fees. For more information on this or other events and programs at Cooper Lake State Park, please visit and friend our Facebook pages (Cooper Lake State Park – South Sulphur 903-945-5256 and Cooper Lake State Park – Doctor’s Creek (903) 395-3100).
Doctor’s Creek Unit (Northside of Cooper Lake – Delta County)
Apr 12 – 9 pm – Celestial & Star Stories: Starry Eyed & Star-crossed
Apr 13 – 3 pm – Wild Woods Walk: Nature Hike
Apr 14 – 11 am – Birds, Butterflies & Beyond: Sound Bound
Apr 20 – 8 pm – Absolutely Amazing Arthropods: Night Hike!
Apr 21 – 11 am – Birds, Butterflies & Beyond: Eggs Act
Apr 27 – 5 pm – Plogging in the Park: Pick Trash, Not Flowers
Apr 28 – 3 pm – Birds, Butterflies & Beyond: Pollinator vs Terminator
South Sulphur Unit (Southside of Cooper Lake – Hopkins County)
Apr 13 – 11 am – Dutch Oven Cookin’: Aprons for April
Apr 13 – 6 pm – Skins, Skulls & Scat: Brainiac or Bonehead
Apr 14 – 3 pm – Buds, Blossoms & Bounty: Dye Section
Apr 20 – 2 pm – Read with a Ranger!
Apr 20 – 5 pm – Tell Tale Signs: Storybook Hike
Apr 20 – 6:30 pm – Historic Music in the Park!
Apr 21 – 3 pm – Buds, Blossoms & Bounty: That Earthy Smell
Apr 27 – 11 am – Buds, Blossoms & Bounty: Sonnets for Bluebonnets
Apr 27 – 3 pm – Absolutely Amazing Arthropods: Night Hike!
Apr 28 – 2 pm – Fame, Fortune & Fossils: Gracious Cretaceous
The Landowners Educational Series is for anyone wanting to learn more about managing their land. Topics include pasture utilization, pasture management and establishment, pond management, tree/forest management, nuisance animal control, and agriculture law. All programs will be at the Franklin County Airport off of Highway 37, just north of Mount Vernon.
The Friday (Apr 26) program will begin at 1:00 pm and be on pond management. A representative from the Noble Foundation will be speaking on pond health, weed control, fish health, establishing ponds and water testing. We can offer one-hour CEU credit for pesticide applicator license holders. No additional charge for CEU.
Relay for Life Fannin County Small Town Big Fight continues as they challenge you to paint the county PURPLE. Of course, they don’t mean literally, but it’s to raise awareness for the American Cancer Society and the Relay for Life which is Saturday (Apr 27). They are challenging you to decorate your home business or church to turn purple for the week. Purple ribbons, bows, purple window paint or anything to make it purple! Any questions? Call Brenda Holman at 903-304-9513!
Hi, everyone! This is Jerry E. Miller with the Yantis Catfish Classic on Lake Fork. I just wanted to tell you that our tournament is coming up Saturday and Sunday (APR 27-28) at the Minnow Bucket. We will soon be sending out entry forms, so be watching the mail for them.
We wanted to give you advanced notice since the dates have changed due to a conflict with the B.A.S.S. tournament.
It will still be held at the Minnow Bucket at 3035 TX Hwy 154. To book rooms, call Tony at 903-878-2500.
The early entry fee this year will be $125 for both days and $100 per day. Guaranteed payout of $25,000 cash. The tournament times are 7:00 am until 3:00 pm with scales opening at 8:00 am each day.
There will be a meal at the pavilion of the Minnow Bucket this year with live music on Saturday evening. We will have our traditional raffle again this year with the grand prize being the 1/2 day hunt at Hidden Lakes Hunting Resort in Yantis. So be looking for entry forms in the mail soon.
If you have any questions, you may call me, Jerry E Miller, at 903-850-9500.
We look forward to seeing you again this year. Bring a friend! We intend to have lots of fun and also to honor the memory of Ken Freeman, our old catfish buddy, by continuing to put on a great tournament.
Jerry E Miller
The 79th Annual Spring Salad Luncheon at Our Lady of Victory Catholic Church will be on Saturday (Apr 27) from 1100 am until 1:00 pm in the church activity center at 3300 Clarksville Street. The luncheon will feature a variety of pasta, meat and vegetable salads and delicious desserts. Tickets are only $8.00 and may be purchased at the door. Carryout orders are available. For more information, please call the church office: (903) 784-1000.
Support Lonny Parson Pastor of Honey Grove Cowboy Church and the Parson Family Sunday (Apr 28) from Noon till 5:00 pm at the Elks Lodge in Paris. There will be BBQ sandwiches, chips, drinks, and dessert. A live and silent auction at 2:00 pm with music by Wade White. Tickets are $10 for adults, seven and under is $5. If you would like to make a donation to the auction or the family contact Shellie Stephens at 903-517-1875 or Cindy Huddleston at 903-249-1755.
April is Child Abuse Prevention Month
April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month in America. This month-long initiative, first celebrated in 1983 after a presidential proclamation, is a time to raise awareness about child abuse and neglect. The initiative encourages individuals and communities to support children and families. The United States federal Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act defines child abuse and neglect as, at a minimum, “any recent act or failure to act on the part of a parent or caretaker which results in death, serious physical or emotional harm, sexual abuse or exploitation.” Also “an act or failure to act which presents an imminent risk of serious harm.”
In Fiscal Year 2018, there were over 783 abused and neglected children in DFPS custody from Gregg, Rusk and Upshur Counties. While East Texas CASA served over 467 children in our community by training volunteer advocates to be the voice for these children, we were not able to help every child in these counties. It costs approximately $1,425 to serve each child, and East Texas CASA is committed to providing a voice for every child in our community.
There are many things you can do to protect children and play a role in building strong families in communities. First and foremost, anyone who suspects abuse or neglect of a child has a social responsibility to report it. If a child is in immediate danger, call 911. Otherwise, reports can be made anonymously to the Department of Family & Protective Service’s 24-hour Abuse Hotline at 800-252-5400 or the Texas Abuse Hotline Website. You can also educate yourself about child abuse and neglect, donate to social service agencies that work with children and parents or volunteer to serve as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA). Please join us on Friday, April 5, in wearing blue, the official color of prevention, to show support for children.