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3 time Purple Heart recipient honored

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Sulphur Springs Health and Rehab held a Veterans Day celebration Tuesday with a special presentation for three-time Purple Heart recipient, World War II veteran and Sulphur Springs native Paul Rosamond. Rosamond, 91, currently lives at SSHR, was shot three separate times in the line of duty during World War II, including a head shot that pierced his helmet. Rosamond's son, Larry Rosamond, was the honored speaker after he spent a great deal of his time collecting the details of his father’s heroic service during the war. “In 1941, my father was going to college at Texas A&M University. He graduated high school at age 16 as valedictorian; and at 18, he was set to graduate college in three years,” said Larry. “My dad was in the Reserve Officer Training Corps at that time. Then, in December of 1941, he got to present his father, my grandfather, with a Purple Heart for his service in World War I.” Larry explained that after World War I ended in 1918 it took years in some cases for all the Purple Hearts to be distributed to all the men who served in the four-year war. By 1941, Paul’s father received notification that he would be given the Purple Heart for being shot in the line of duty. “The country was not at war yet, but Texas A&M was already getting men ready to serve at that time,” said Larry. “As the ceremony commenced on the parade field, sirens came over the loud speakers at the university. According to my father, it was Dec. 7, 1941, and it was announced during the ceremony that Japan had just attacked Pearl Harbor.” In the next several months, Rosamond’s ROTC group became active and was sent to Europe after basic training. Rosamond entered the armed forces as a second lieutenant, but was not injured in the line on duty until several months before the end of the war. Larry’s presentation skipped to the end of World War II. Rosamond was in a surprise attack by Germany to recapture the harbor of the Antwerp in Belgium. This attack would later be named the Battle of the Bulge in which United States forces incurred the highest number of casualties from any operation during the war. “At the Battle of Bulge, under the authority of Gen. Patton, my father’s platoon was over-ran by German forces. My father remembered being shot in the head. The bullet went through the front of the helment and out the back and cut open his scalp and skull,” said Larry. “ He awoke to find the Germans shooting the American survivors as they advanced the line. He knew his only hope was to close his eyes and hold is breath long enough for the Germans to walk over him.” German soldiers saw the bullet wound through his helmet and after poking him repetitively with their bayonets, the soldiers kept walking. That night, Rosamond crawled on his stomach back to the United States line; there, he was medically looked after in camp. “After doctoring his head, they sent him back to battle in just two weeks,” said Larry. “A few weeks, later a rifle bullet went through his arm, from his shoulder to elbow. Once again, he crawled back and had to recover from the injury before going back into battle. He was willing to go and the military needed every man while they were in Germany.” As United States forces marched closer to Berlin, Rosamond got his third and fourth injuries around the same time. A hand grenade when off and Rosamond lost two fingers trying to toss the grenade away from his fellow troops. “The fourth time, he was shot by a machine gun across the front of his stomach. They took him to the nearest base and flew him home to a Fort Worth hospital around the time the war ended,” said Larry. “After two years in the hospital recuperating from all his injuries, he received three Purple Hearts for his service.”

Shrek the Musical

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Sulphur Springs, get ready for something big and green coming to town Saturday evening. Dreamworks’s lovable ogre and his loud-mouthed donkey pal will be singing and dancing their way to rescuing a princess at the Hopkins County Regional Civic Center during “Shrek the Musical.” This is the first major production of Sulphur Springs High School this year. SSHS Theater Arts Teacher and Director Lesha Woodard has taught drama 16 years, but this is her debut for a Sulphur Springs audience. “This is very similar to the first ‘Shrek’ film — it’s a anti-fairy tale,” said Woodard. “Shrek shows that life isn’t always a perfect fairy tale, but things always work out in the end.” Josh Thomas plays the big, green ogre, Shrek, who wakes up one day to find out his swamp is overrun with magical creatures. Recognizable characters like Pinocchio, Gingerbread Man and the Ugly Duckling tell Shrek that an evil prince named Farquaad (Liam Pollard) has banished all the magic creatures in the kingdom into Shrek’s swamp. Shrek, who wants nothing more than to be left alone, then embarks on an adventure to return his swamp to a place of solitude. “The one thing I have always loved about ‘Shrek’ is how it celebrates individuality, and not conforming to stereotypes,” said Woodard. “When we began this process, I told the actors to find their own version of each character.” Woodard said that Thomas has created his own mixture of Shrek from the broadway cast and from actor Mike Myers, who voiced the character in the film. Many of the well-known characters played their roles closer to the movie version while others created their own persona around the script. “We wanted a big cast and I saw the Broadway version on film,” said Woodard. “I used to teach in Monterey High School in Lubbock and, in the past, I have directed several larger performances like the ‘Wizard of Oz’ and ‘Charlie Brown.’ ‘Shrek’ is going to be so much fun and kids are going to love it.” The ‘Shrek’ cast supports more than 60 cast members. This year, many of the characters will be wearing professional prosthetics, much like the broadway play. Woodard wanted the production to the Broadway quality as she special ordered costumes from Dallas to immerse the audiences in a fairy tale land. The SSHS drama class has also spent months transforming the theater into a swamp-like environment with trees, hanging vines and lighting effects. “This is going to be a special experience, especially for families,” said Woodard. “All of our performers are wonderful. Over the last few months, I have gotten to know our students and how much they have stepped it up for this performance. Our music teacher, Beth Crutcher, has been working with students’ voices outside our rehearsals to make sure they can perform the more difficult songs.” Shrek’s music is written by four time “Tony nominated” composer Jeanin Tesori with books and lyrics by David Lindsay-Abaire. The production will run at 7 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday, with the final run at 7 p.m. Monday. Tickets are $10 at the door.

Community News changing days

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If you like to read Community News, don't expect to see it in the Wednesday edition. Starting this week, on Nov. 14, Community News will be published on a different day. You'll have to wait until Friday to catch up on all the news from Brashear, Miller Grove and Tira in the News-Telegram.

Parent addresses school board on bullying protocol

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The parent of a 13-year-old student Monday night expressed to school trustees her concern for the way the school handled a bullying situation that escalated into an altercation involving her daughter recently.


Trustees approve security system for Bowie, Lamar

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Bowie and Lamar Primary campuses will be getting updated electronic security systems this year, and a schedule is being devised for the seven other campuses to receive the updates over the next four years as well.

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