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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 23 August 2014 11:41

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It has a long wait for fans of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles franchise. The previous incarnations of the turtles featured several cartoon television shows, a 1990’s live action movie trilogy and a 2007 CGI animated remake that seemed to resonate with most fans. Seven years later, summer blockbuster movie producer Michael Bay teams up with relative newcoming director Jonathan Liebesman in a live action remake of the turtles for a modern generation of children. At first glance the new TMNT is a mixed bag at best. The CGI of the turtles is phenomenal. The high contrast Bay uses throughout most his films works perfectly with the tone and texture of the turtle’s clothing and skin. The motion capture details of the actor’s faces is also a spectacle to behold. A viewer will have no problem believing a 7 foot talking turtle is walking around New York City.  Casting of the movie was also well done. Megan Fox plays a young television reporter April O’Neal with Will Arnett playing the comic relief as her camera man sidekick. Fox has grown as an actress since her blockbuster debut in 2007 with “Transformers,” which was directed by Michael Bay. Fox and Arnett held a chemistry that floated the second act of the film.  Voice actors of the turtles also did a extraordinary job capturing the feeling of a teenager still learning to becoming an adult. The turtles made mistakes, hasty decisions and pop culture references abound to instill the youthfulness of each character. After the first meeting of the turtles in the film, the fans will feel nostalgia of previous incarnations of the team.  Looking a little deeper, the script is by far the worst part of the film. The movie was clearly written for younger teenagers much like the original TMNT trilogy of the 1990s. The toilet humor of the movie undeniably makes kids in the theatre giggle but there is no deeper adult humor to make parents enjoy the film as well. Many of the jokes seemed forced and the silence in the movie theatre was noticeable.  The biggest issue with the movie is several fluctuations in the laws of physics. Genetic experiments are plausible in the TMNT world but some aspects of the film contradict itself. The turtles would be able to withstand a barrage of bullets to the chest, falling off buildings and being thrown through vehicles but a standard medical needle can pierce their flesh to draw blood. Furthermore, viewers will find traveling by foot through an old city sewer is much faster than a helicopter moving at maximum velocity, everyone in New York is somehow connected to each other and scientists label clear viles of material with “liquid” and “gas” with no other description.  Bottom line, viewers with fond memories of the 1990s film, the cartoon television shows and young teenagers will enjoy Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtes. Everyone else will find it difficult finish the journey with the heroes on the half-shell.    Sulphur Springs Starplex cinemas is showing TMNT Friday through Sunday at 4:05 p.m., 9:20 p.m. and Monday through Thursday at 4:05 p.m. TMNT 3D is showing Friday through Sunday at 1:50 p.m., 7:00 p.m. and Monday through Thursday at 1:50p.m. and 7:00 p.m.

 
Getting Ready to Run PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 23 August 2014 11:29

Lights of Life sets half-marathon Sept. 20

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We Leave with Mixed Emotions - Dwight and Phyllis Corley returning to Metroplex PDF Print E-mail
Written by By TERRY MATHEWS, News-Telegram Arts Editor   
Saturday, 23 August 2014 10:53

Eleven years ago, Dwight Corley walked into the Hopkins County Chamber of Commerce office looking for an opportunity to volunteer. It was 2003. Corley and his wife, Phyllis, had retired to Sulphur Springs earlier that year, hoping to spend their time fishing Lake Fork.

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BC-US--Journalist Slain-US Options,4th Ld-Writethru/968 (Eds: Updates with new airstrikes in Iraq. With AP Photos.) Obama faces tough options in Iraq and Syria ROBERT BURNS, AP National Security Writer PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kerry Craig   
Friday, 22 August 2014 14:52

With recent news reports about medical records being hacked in a number of hospitals across the state and nation, one cannot help but be concerned about the safety and security of their health records.
    At Hopkins County Memorial Hospital, CEO Michael McAndrew said medical records and information data is secure and the hospital's records technology department is constantly on the alert.
    “We've never experienced anything like that,” McAndrew said. “Everybody, every business is subject to cyber attacks. We know that and we certainly see it every day.”
    The hospital administrator also said he felt the numbers of records maintained by the hospital in no way compares to that held by large hospital corporations such as Community Health Systems, whose data was breeched.
    “Somebody would be less likely to come after our organization because we don't have 4.5 million pieces of patient information — to go through all the trouble to find out information on us is not likely,” he said.
    Part of the routine precaution at Hopkins County Memorial involved keeping all employees educated about these kinds of threats.
    “We do take proper procedures, we educate our employees about how to be careful because they do get on the Internet, they do open emails,” McAndrew said. “So, we do everything we can to educate them along those lines.”
    Although the hospital feels relatively comfortable with the level of computer network security currently in place, McAndrew said he is planning steps to make that security more secure in the coming year.
    “We've also put in the budget for this coming year, starting Oct. 1, an even more advanced cyber security system than we have,” McAndrew said. “I would never tell anybody it could never happen here because I don't think that's realistic. It's less likely to happen here than it is in a lot of other places and we are certainly being prudent in taking the appropriate precautions to make sure it does not happen.”

 
Fighting Back PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 22 August 2014 11:35

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Playing hide-and-seek with an armed intruder may not be enough. Sulphur Springs Independent School District has incorporated a new type of training to prepare teachers if a violent intruder enters the campus, including aggressively confronting the intruder if it helps save students’ lives.

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Start times changing in several school districts PDF Print E-mail
Written by By FAITH HUFFMAN, News-Telegram News Editor   
Saturday, 23 August 2014 11:09

    While getting ready to head back to classes next week, students and parents need to be sure they know the correct start time for the student’s campus so that they arrive in ample time to make it to class and be in their seat on time with all of their supplies.

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With start of school, zones to be enforced PDF Print E-mail
Written by Kerry Craig   
Saturday, 23 August 2014 10:44

With the start of school coming this next week, everyone is reminded to be alert and aware of kids headed to and from school, school zones and school buses.
    Sulphur Springs Independent School District’s Rusty Hardin said Friday everyone is anticipating it will require a few days to get used to school zones and drop off and pick up procedures.
    “Make sure you look for children crossing the roadways and parking lots and vehicles slowing down in school zone areas,” Hardin cautioned. “Also be aware of buses dropping off and picking up students. Sulphur Springs Elementary School has added a school zone on League Street that has a reduction in speed during pick up and drop off hours.
    Sulphur Springs Police Chief Jay Sanders said additions have been made to the school zones on South League Street.
    “We have put flashing yellow lights up for South League,” Sanders said. “For the past few years, it has just been a sign but we have put flashing lights up to kind of help folks out. The speed limit drops down tot 25 in there. Around the elementary school, there are just regular signs.”
    Sanders also issued a reminder about the use of cell phones in school zones.
    “The big thing is cell phones,” the police chief cautioned. “You can be driving 10 miles an hour and if you are texting or talking on the cell phone and not paying attention – it doesn’t matter if you are driving 10 or 50, it’s just dangerous to be doing that.”
    Texas Department of Public Safety, city police, Hopkins County Sheriff’s Department and school district police departments also remind drivers about the safety issues and laws concerning school buses.
    “With children heading back to school, drivers can help keep Texas students safe by obeying all speed limits - especially in posted school zones - and stopping for school buses,” said DPS Director Steven McCraw. “Individuals who illegally pass stopped school buses endanger our children, and DPS officers will not tolerate drivers who break the law and put others in harm’s way.”
     One of the most dangerous times of a student’s trip on a school bus is when they are entering or exiting the bus. Drivers are urged to slow down and pay attention in school zones since children may step into a roadway without checking for oncoming traffic.
    State law requires that approaching drivers stop when a bus is stopped and operating a visual signal - either red flashing lights or a stop sign.  Drivers should not proceed until the school bus resumes motion; the driver is signaled by the bus driver to proceed; or the visual signal is no longer activated. A driver does not have to stop for a school bus if it is on a highway with roadways separated by an intervening space or physical barrier. If only a left-turning lane divides a highway, the roadways are not considered separated, and drivers must stop for school buses.
    “Drivers who illegally pass school buses face fines as much as $1,250 for a first offense,” Director McCraw said. “For individuals convicted of this offense more than once, the law allows DPS to suspend the driver license for up to six months. Also, a ticket for illegally passing a school bus cannot be dismissed through defensive driving.”
    For drop off and picking up students, Rusty Hardin said there will be SSISD police officers and additional city police officers directing the traffic to help ease the congestion. The heaviest traffic areas seem to be SSMS and ECLC during that first week of school. Please pay attention to the officers and staff that are directing traffic and assisting in drop off and pick up procedures.
    “We are reminding everybody to slow down and watch for the kids,” Sanders said. “It’s better to be safe than sorry.”

 
Fish camp, schedule pickup Monday PDF Print E-mail
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Written by By FAITH HUFFMAN, News-Telegram News Editor   
Friday, 22 August 2014 14:48

    Sulphur Springs High School’s Student Council has planned a morning of activities Monday, Aug. 25, to help incoming freshman prepare for the new school year, and the high school principal describes some of the things students can expect as they return to classes.

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Kids’ night on the Plaza to mark end of summer PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kerry Craig   
Thursday, 21 August 2014 14:17

With school starting next week, the City of Sulphur Springs is planning an end of summer bash for kids on the downtown plaza Friday evening.
    City spokesman Gus Gustafson said there will be a lot of things for kids to do as they wind down from the summer and get ready to hit the books in the new school year.
    “We are going to have bounce houses, water slides, cotton candy and hot dogs,” Gustafson said. “Sweet and Salty is giving away free popcorn for the kids and we are going to show a movie to just finish out the summer.”
    The featured movie will be “Frozen,” the computer-animated musical fantasy-comedy film produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios.
    “Terrific Creations will also be there doing balloon animals for the kids,” Gustafson said. “It will be just kind of a fun night. We will just try to have different kinds of activities for them.”
    Saturday will be back to business as usual on Celebration Plaza with the Sunrise Market at 8 a.m. and Celebration Market from 6 p.m. until 10 p.m.

 
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