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Mortgage Rates Rising

Some good news and some bad news for those looking to buy a new home. The bad news first. Mortgage rates are on the rise. It’s now close to seven percent. The good news? Clare Losey with the Real Estate Center at Texas A&M says that is driving down sales …

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Delta County Harvest Festival

The Delta County Cotton Harvest Festival is this Saturday from noon to 11pm on the square in downtown Cooper. All events are FREE except the concert Kameron Marlowe. Tickets are $15 advance on stubwire and $20 at the gate. More details can be found on Facebook or

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John Deere Hay Baler Stolen In Titus County Recovered

In May of 2021, Titus County Sheriff’s Office opened an investigation into the theft of a John Deere Model 460M hay baler from the eastern portion of Titus County. The department investigated to locate the nearly new hay baler worth over $40,000. Titus County Sheriff’s Investigators joined forces with Special …

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October At Cooper Lake State Parks

Cooper, TX— For most Texans, when you say October, happy thoughts of cold fronts, fall colors, and outdoor activities come to mind generating a smile! What better place to shake off the oppressive summer than a Texas state park? Cooper Lake State Park is twice as nice, with two parks, …

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October At Cooper Lake State Parks @ Drs Creek Unit, South Sulphur Unit
Oct 2 – Oct 31 all-day

Cooper, TX— For most Texans, when you say October, happy thoughts of cold fronts, fall colors, and outdoor activities come to mind generating a smile! What better place to shake off the oppressive summer than a Texas state park?  Cooper Lake State Park is twice as nice with two parks (South Sulphur and Doctors Creek) squeezed into one perched on the banks of a 20,000 acre lake.

Make Cooper Lake State Park your happy place this fall for camping, fishing, hiking, picnicking, boating, kayaking, and so much more. During October, the park will host a total of 17 recreational and educational programs at South Sulphur and Doctors Creek Units. This month’s highlighted programs are “Creatures of the Night” night hike, Stargazing, Kayaking 101 Adventure, and Archery 101.  Hike through the woods after dark and see what the nocturnal environment reveals to you with the aid of a Park Ranger guiding your adventure.  Experience the darkest skies so close to Dallas where you can see the Milky Way!  Experience lake vista views as you hone your kayaking skills exploring the nearshore habitat.  Learn how to safely enjoy the sport of archery through a scheduled class.  Also, during the month, learn about a wide variety of fungi, plants, and animals common to Northeast Texas through additional programs.  All programs are free with a valid entrance permit.

October is a most special time of year in Northeast Texas with leaf colors peaking late in the month with reds, yellows, and oranges all aglow. Leaf color is a biological process that is based on leaf pigmentation.  We all have heard about the green pigment – chlorophyll but may not be as aware of other key fall color pigments such as carotenoids (yellows and oranges) and anthocyanins (reds and purples).  In the fall as day length decreases and nights become longer and cooler, these climate signals cause the plant to shutdown chlorophyll production giving the carotenoid pigments, which are always present, the opportunity to shine through with yellows and oranges.  The reds and purple pigments – anthocyanins develop in the fall.  The anthocyanins, unlike the green chlorophyll and yellow and orange carotenoids, are not present during most of the year.  The anthocyanin pigments begin to be produced by the same forces that cause the decline of chlorophyll.  Specific species of plants organize these pigments differently resulting in the diverse fall colors found in our forests. This is a simplified explanation of the complex plant biochemistry, but with a little weather luck, it will all come together for us this fall!  The park is ready for you and your family to enjoy nature’s very own vibrant colors.

The forests at Cooper Lake State Park develop beautiful color with red sumac, Virginia creeper, poison ivy (look but don’t touch!), and rough-leaf dogwood all expressing deep reds in their leaves.  Elms will develop yellow leaves as will multiple other forest species.  Not all plant species change at the same time with some trees and shrubs remaining green a little longer creating an even greater contrast of color.  In addition, don’t forget about the blooming of fall flowers scattered within the park’s prairies!

Many other state parks in the region have beautiful fall colors, such as Daingerfield State Park and Lake Bob Sandlin State Park.  With your paid admission at Cooper Lake State Park, you can visit other state parks on the same day for free!  Plan a day with family or friends to experience all the wonders of fall at a Texas State Park!

Cooper Lake State Park is just one of 89 Texas State Parks open and ready to host your next outdoor adventure. Get out there and experience a natural Texas!

Doctors   Creek

Saturday, October 1 — DC
Becoming a Junior Ranger – 11 a.m. Meet at Headquarters. Check off activities to earn your Junior Ranger badge.

Friday, October 7 – DC
Evening Kayak Float – 4 p.m. – 6 p.m. Meet at Lone Pine Boat Ramp parking lot. Reserve your spot today! Limited kayak loaners available. Contact Alicia O’Connor at alicia.o’ or call the office at 903–395-3100.
Bring your refillable water bottle, towel, water shoes, and sunscreen. We’ll take an evening paddle around the cove. Bring your own kayak if you have one.

Saturday, October 8 – DC
Predator or Prey – 1 p.m. Meet at Pelican Point Pavilion. To eat or be eaten, the reality of life in the wild!

Sunday, October 9 — DC
Nature Journaling – 10 a.m. Meet at Pelican Point Pavilion – Take a moment to collect your thoughts. Learn about journaling in nature.

Saturday, October 15 — DC
Kid’s Fishing – 9 a.m. – 11 a.m. Meet at the Bluebonnet Day Use Area. Bring your own fishing gear, no pole, no worries. We have a few fishing poles available to borrow.
No experience needed!

Saturday, October 22 — DC
Roving with the Ranger – 2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Stop Ranger Alicia while she roves around the park and ask questions about the interpretive items she’s carrying.

Sunday, October 23 — DC
Master Naturalist – Topic to be determined. Meet at Pelican Point Pavilion at 10 a.m.

Saturday, October 29 — DC
Creatures of the Night – Evening Walk at 7 p.m. Meet at Meet at Pelican Point Parking lot. We’ll take a short walk down Cedar Creek North Loop. Who works the night shift at the park? Bring a red-filtered flashlight, bring bug spray, and a water bottle.

South Sulphur  

Saturday, October 1 – SS
Becoming a Junior Ranger – 9 a.m. Meet at Headquarters. Check off activities to earn your Junior Ranger badge.

Sunday, October 2 — SS
Wildlife Detectives – 10 a.m. Meet at Coyote Run Trail Head. We’ll take a short walk on Coyote Run Trail. Explore how to determine the types of animals that may have been here from the signs they leave behind.

Saturday, October 8 — SS  
Predator or Prey – 9 a.m. Meet at Heron Harbor Day Use Area. To eat or be eaten, the reality of life in the wild!

Saturday, October 15 — SS
Kid’s Fishing – 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. Meet at the Heron Harbor Fishing Wall. Bring your own fishing gear, no pole, no worries. We have a few fishing poles available to borrow. No experience needed!

Sunday, October 16 — SS
Mindfulness Walk – Take a self-guided walk on Coyote Run Trail. Refresh and recharge in nature.

Friday, October 21 — SS
Stargazing – 8 p.m. Meet at Gulls Bluff Fishing Parking Lot. We’ll have the telescopes out for viewing a planet or two. How many constellations can you see and name? Bring a lawn chair and bug spray.

Saturday, October 22 – SS
Archery 101: 9 a.m. – 11 a.m. Meet at Buggy Whip Restroom. Registration is required, program limited to 15 participants. Reserve your spot by calling (903) 945-5256 or email Alicia O’Connor Alicia.O’ No experience needed. Ages 10 and up. All equipment provided.

Saturday, October 29 – SS
Bark in the Park – Meet at the Coyote Run Trail Head at 2 p.m. Bring your four-legged best friend for a short, leashed walk, down the Coyote Run Trail.
Sunday, October 30 — SS

Ranger Games – 10 a.m. Meet at Heron Harbor Day Use Area – Join us for a fun morning of play.

Oct 3 all-day

Monday, October 3, 2022

  • CDC volunteer training, 8:05 a.m.
  • Football

MPJH 7th grade at Marshall (away), 5:30 p.m.

Oct 4 all-day

Tuesday, October 4, 2022

  • CDC Early Head Start picture day
  • CDC Safe Riders car seat program, 10:00 a.m.
  • Brice 1st grade field trip
  • Corprew Big Kahuna Fundraiser ends
  • Sims Dollar Dog
  • Wallace Veteran’s Day volunteers meeting, 4:00 p.m.
  • MPHS Band at Dallas Cowboys Marching Contest, AT&T Stadium
  • Volleyball

MPHS 9th, JV & Varsity at Pine Tree* (away), 5:00 p.m. *district game 

  • Football

MPJH 8th grade vs. Marshall (home), 5:30 p.m.

Texas Night Out
Oct 4 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Tuesday, Oct 4, it’s Texas Night Out from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at the Love Civic Center Pavilion! Come for the free hotdogs, and you may win a prize!!! National Night Out is an annual community-building campaign held across the nation that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhoods safer and more caring places to live.

Across America, NNO is on the first Tuesday evening in August. Texas has adopted the NNO campaign and moved it to the first Tuesday evening in October. Texans realized August was way too hot to have an outdoor gathering, so they changed the date several years ago. National Night Out provides an excellent opportunity to bring police and neighbors together under favorable circumstances.

Oct 5 all-day

Wednesday, October 5, 2022

  • CDC Head Start & PreK picture day
  • Golf

MPHS JV at Pine Tree Wood Hollow Golf Club (away), 9:00 a.m.

Oct 6 all-day

Thursday, October 6, 2022

  • Brice Big Kahuna Fundraiser ends
  • Corprew National Elementary Honor Society induction, 6:00 p.m.
  • MPHS NHS meeting, room B129, 7:45 a.m.
  • MPHS 9th-11th grade picture day
  • Tennis

MPHS JV & Varsity vs. Longview (home), 3:30 p.m.

  • Football

MPHS JV vs. Marshall (home), 5:30 p.m.

MPHS Freshmen at Marshall (away), 5:00 p.m.

  • Cross Country

MPHS at Lindale Eagle Invitational Meet

Oct 7 all-day

Friday, October 7, 2022

  • MPISD Spirit Dress Day: “Throw the Mavericks Back” (decades day)
  • CDC Nutrition Class, 8:05 a.m.
  • Wallace has Chillz on Wheels
  • Volleyball

MPHS 9th, JV & Varsity at Marshall* (home), 4:30 p.m. *district game

  • Football

MPHS Varsity at Marshall (away), 7:30 p.m.

Hugo Pumpkin Festival
Oct 8 – Oct 22 all-day

The Eight Annual Hugo Pumpkin Festival is happening from Thursday, Sep 29 through Oct 13. Experience and enjoy the many beautiful Fall outdoor and fun attractions, such as the only pumpkin patch featuring live elephants. Make the short drive to Hugo for the event. For more information and tickets, visit, or

Oct 8 all-day

Saturday, October 8, 2022

  • MPJH Choir All-Region auditions, Sulphur Springs
  • MPHS Goin’ Gold Band Invitational marching contest, Sam Parker Stadium
Delta County Cotton Harvest Festival
Oct 8 @ 12:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Delta County Cotton Harvest Festival is Saturday, Oct 8, 2022, in the historic Cooper square! It starts at noon and goes until 11:00 pm featuring music all afternoon and evening and headliner KAMERON MARLOWE. All events are free except the concert; tickets are $15 in advance on Stubwire and $20 at the gate. He has been selling out shows, and we are excited about this one! You can find more details on Facebook or at