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40 Years Ago: Jason Seals His Fate in ‘Friday the 13th Part III’

It’s not that there’s nothing to appreciate in the venerable, once-shocking Friday the 13th franchise. It’s just that everyone involved in the series did everything conceivable to keep us from taking it seriously. Enter Friday the 13th Part III (originally released in 3D). With the original installment...
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The ‘Fast Times at Ridgemont High’ Cast: 40 Years Later

Released on Aug. 13, 1982, Fast Times at Ridgemont High featured a cast comprising almost entirely unknown young actors portraying the film’s high school-age characters. Many notable actors were up for roles in the film but ultimately didn't make the final cast. Tom Hanks, then a TV star who hadn't yet made the transition into movies, was considered for the role of Brad Hamilton. Jodie Foster was reportedly up for the role of Stacy Hamilton but instead wanted to focus on her studies at Yale. Actress Justine Bateman was offered the part of Linda Barrett but had to turn it down so she could accept a role on the sitcom Family Ties. And Jeff Spicoli, the character that made Sean Penn a star, nearly went to another '80s icon: Matthew Broderick.
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How ‘Weird Al’ Yankovic Inspired a Scene in ‘E.T.’

In 1982, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial was the undisputed box office champ of the year, eventually unseating Star Wars as the highest-grossing film of all time, a record it held until the release of Jurassic Park 11 years later. While "Weird Al" Yankovic was nowhere near a household name when Steven Spielberg's classic first phoned home, the accordion-playing parodist was indirectly responsible for a small joke in the film.
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Back to School Prep: Teacher’s Gifts

As Amazon Associates, we earn on qualifying purchases. Ah, the age-old question: what kind of gift should I get my kid's teacher? Perhaps a nice shiny red apple? Kidding. I think the answer is actually pretty simple. Something that's useful but not overly expensive and shows them that you care and appreciate their dedication to your kiddo's education. Alternatively, you could always pitch in with your fellow parents to help pay for supplies in the classroom throughout the year so it doesn't come out of the teacher's pocket! Onto the list!
EDUCATION

Celebrating Summer’s Last Blast

In Texoma, back to school, end-of-summer sales, and talk about the upcoming football season, signals that it's time for a huge annual event: Summer's Last Blast in Vernon, Texas. Both sides of my family are from Vernon(Go Lions!) and I've spent a lot of time there over the years visiting...
VERNON, TX

Walker Hayes Eyes ‘Fancy Like’-Themed Applebee’s in Downtown Nashville

Walker Hayes flew to the top of the charts in the summer of 2021 with the release of his viral tune, "Fancy Like." The song details a country version of a "fancy" date night, which inherently includes a trip Applebee's. Not only did the song spur a social media craze with a TikTok dance trend, but it also prompted the restaurant to bring back their previously-discontinued Oreo Shake.
NASHVILLE, TN

‘Kung Fu Panda 4’ Is In the Works

The adventures of Po the Kung Fu Panda will continue in a fourth big-screen movie. Kung Fu Panda 4 is officially in the works, and planned for an early 2024 release from Universal Pictures. The franchise has been running since 2008, when the first movie debuted in theaters, introducing Po,...
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Megan Thee Stallion Responds to The Rock Wanting to Be Her Pet

Megan Thee Stallion has responded to The Rock's recent comments about wanting to be her pet. On Thursday (August 11), during an interview with SirusXM's The Morning Mash Up, Megan Thee Stallion was asked about how she feels in regards to Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson recently mentioning her as the one celebrity he'd like to be a pet for.
PETS

Anne Heche Dead at 53 Following Car Crash

Following a tragic car crash that set fire to a home and left her critically injured in a coma, actress Anne Heche has died. Firefighters at the scene said Heche was talking as they transported her from the wreckage to the ambulance, and a viral video circulated of the accident, showing a person speculated to be Heche moving on a stretcher as it was being loaded into the ambulance.
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Tropical Disturbance To Skip Louisiana, Drench Texas This Weekend

A tropical disturbance in the Gulf of Mexico will just squeak by the Louisiana coast going into the weekend, heading to southeast Texas for a weekend of drenching rains. There's a slight possibility of further development of the system, but it won't be anything close to the major tropical storms that wreak havoc on the Gulf coast this time of year. However, the incoming rains will be extremely helpful to that part of Texas, which has been under a drought recently.
TEXAS STATE

NFL Free Agent Earl Thomas Orange, Texas Home Burns Down

Unfortunate news for a Texas native who has been trying to get back into the NFL since he last played in 2020.... Earl Thomas is a Orange, Texas native who played for West Orange-Stark High School and graduated in 2007. He also played for the University of Texas from 2008 to 2010.
ORANGE, TX

Wichita Falls Farmer’s Market Association chooses new location

Well, the dispute between the Wichita Falls Farmers Market Association and Downtown Development appears to be over. Since the dispute between the two organizations began, WFFMA had several area businesses step up and offer property for its members to use to sell their meat, produce and other goodies. WFFMA members have made their decision on where to relocate.
WICHITA FALLS, TX