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Page 6B - The News Friday, July 22, 2016 By Erik Walsh News Staff Writer HENDERSON COUNTY-There has been a huge buzz the past couple of weeks about Pokrmon GO, a new mobile app that has kids (and adults!) glued to their phones and out on the streets looking for their fa- vorite digital mini monsters. The game is a free to play ap that can be down- fro iTunes Goo Play. game' genre technical- ly fits as a location-based aug- mented reality multi- player online mobile game. In plain English that means the application uses the player's GPS signal to track their location on a stylized Google map as the game board. As the player moves around The News Photo/Erik Wa/sh Kids and adults of all ages are getting in on Pok6mon fever. Cedar Creek Lake residents (from left) Kylie Smith, 14, Jack Vander Plas, 13, and James Jones, 15, hunt down some Pok6mon in their neighborhood with the help of visiting friend Lauren Miller, 27. in the real world, landmarks in the real and view the game so does its avatar in world - to refill on es- through the phone dis- the game. Along the sential Pokrmon catch- play with the game's way players can takeing materials. To inter- battle sequence as breaks at Pokrstops act with the Pokrmon, an overlay. If the - which are often players need to walkplayer can capture historical markers or to a specific location the creature with their of Pokrballs, little crea- is added their collec- tion. The next ques- tion some may have is what the heck is a Pokrmon? For start- ers a Pokrmon is just a miniature digi- tal animal that lives in different locations depending on what type of Pokrmon it is. Just like you will only find a fish in water, some Pok6mon tend to dwell near rivers or lakes. Like- wise, fire Pokrmon are more often found near gas stations. Additionally, spooky Pokrmon are much more likely to come out at night. Two of the most wanted Pokrmon are Eevee (left) and Pikichu (above). So far the game has been a mas- sive hit, av eraging nearly 10 million active users every day since its launch July 6, and has been downloaded on over 10 percent of all An- droid phones. While the game is entirely free to play, it makes money from optional micro transactions that can give players addi- tional Pokrballs, earn experience points faster or cast lures which at- tract Pokrmon to the area. Pokrlmon GO has a fairly large com- munity around Cedar Creek Lake and es- pecially Athens. Ac- cording to the East Texas Pokrmon GO Facebook page, popu- lar spots for Pokrmon hunting around Cedar Creek Lake include the Walmart in Gun Barrel City and Tom Finley Park. There are even more popular spots in Athens. Trinity Valley Community College, the courthouse square downtown, East Texas Arboretum and the Ath- ens Cemetery are all frequented. According to the page, First United Methodist Church is offering free Pokrmon lures during a weekly Pokemon GO social gathering each Sunday evening from 7-9 p.m. The East Texas Pokr- mon Go Facebook page has over 200 members. By Russell Slaton News Correspondent ATHENS-The Rev. Jason Smith of Athens' First united Methodist Church shared his pas- s:ion for Ironman triath- Ions with fellow Rotar- ions during July 14's Athens Rotary Club meeting. Rev. Smith has been pastor of the Methodist church for about a year, and has two children with his wife, Amanda. "I'm glad that since he's been here he's been involved in the commu- nity, including Rotary," said Donna Bennett, Rotary program chair. An Ironman triathlon requires first-rate physi- cal fitness. The compe- titions started in 1978 and include a 2.4-mile swim, a 112-mile bike ride and a 26.2-mile run. That's about 140 miles in a single day. "I wanted to be called an Ironman," he said. "I thought it was the coolest thing ever." It's Smith's favorite day of the year and requires IIIII about five months of to preparation, with an av- erage of about one hour per day. The original motiva- tion to adopt a strenuous exercise regimen was a comment by Smith's grandmother about the once-portly pastor. That prompted Smith to start running. He eventu- ally lost 85 pounds and expanded his endur- ance with swimming and bike-riding. "I do things big," Smith said. "Naturally, I moved up a marathoni" His training has become a family affair, with Smith's children also enjoying running. "It's a wonderful event and I wish we could get more people around town to do it," Smith said. An Ironman triath- Ion generally requires expensive equipment, including a "triathlon bicycle" with a frame comprised of boron carbite and tires made of carbon fiber, all of which is constructed II II I Seven Points, TX Hear Rev. Gary Bell Pine Bluff, Arkansas D "Prophetic Messages" Make Plans' Don't Miss' The News Photo~Russell Slaton The Rev. Jason Smith (right) of Athens' First United Methodist Church, told fellow Athens Rotarians July 14 about his favorite day of the year, which is an annual Ironman triathlon competition in which he takes part. Rev. Smith is joined by Athens Rotary president Mike Matchael (left). to cut down on wind resistance and allows for a maximum speed of about 50 mph. Smith also has installed a com- puter system to gauge his progress. The first time Smith crossed an Ironman tri- athlon finish line, he said he was tearful and thanked God for having the body to be able to compete. Rev. Smith also said the inspiration was akin to that received from religion. "The mo- ment you say you can't do it, you can't do it," he said. "Like Rotary, there's nothing we can't do, there's no one we can't reach." By Emmalee Doss Monitor Correspondent EUSTACE-The Eu- stace City Council met July 14 to issue oaths of office and discussed staff reports including details about Pioneer Day and the community support of the police department. Council members taking the oath of of- fice for this term were Council Members Mar, lin Chambers, Adrian Parham and Chuck Powers. The three stood together as they took the oath, and when they were signing their Cer- tificates of Election, i had an abundance of humor. Powers asked City Secretary Sandy Lane, "May I have your autograph, ma'am?" The staff reports this month from Sandy Lane show that Pio- i neer Day was a success. Sandy Lane said that she definitely learned what worked and what didn't. The events in- cluded live music, an auction and other fes- ncil tivities. The 20 benches the city sold and built worked out well, but were made for short people as noted by Chambers. Police Chief Jason Perrini's staff reports showed that the com- munity has really come together to support the local police department. The churches had been bringing food and the Kiddie Kampus kids brought "some good- ies, some donuts." The council discussed the possibility of having a potluck dinner for the police department, and will release more details once that is straightened out. In other business, council members: voted to reap- point Don Goodell and Jackie Caldwell to positions 2 and 4 of the Planning and Zoning board, voted to give Jack Lochabay and Billy Deaton raises in light of their recent comple' tion of requested train- ing. 'T Diamond Jewelry. RolexWatches. Coins. Silver. Tools Musical Instruments. Laptops. Game Systems. Ws & More... 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