By Erik Walsh
Monitor Staff Writer
CEDAR CREEK LAKE–There has been a huge buzz the past couple of weeks about Pokémon GO, a new mobile app that has kids (and adults!) glued to their phones and out on the streets looking for their favorite digital mini monsters.
The game is a free to play ap that can be downloaded from iTunes or Google Play. The game’s genre technically fits as a location-based augmented reality multiplayer 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 in the real world, so does its avatar in the game. Along the way players can take breaks at Pokéstops – which are often historical markers or landmarks in the real world – to refill on essential Pokémon catching materials. To interact with the Pokémon, players need to walk to a specific location and view the game through the phone display with the game’s battle sequence as an overlay. If the player can capture the creature with their stash of Pokéballs, the little creature is added to their collection.
The next question some may have is what the heck is a Pokémon? For starters a Pokémon is just a miniature digital animal that lives in different locations depending on what type of Pokémon it is. Just like you will only find a fish in water, some Pokémon tend to dwell near rivers or lakes. Likewise, fire Pokémon are more often found near gas stations. Additionally, spooky Pokémon are much more likely to come out at night. Two of the most wanted Pokémon are Eevee (left) and Pikichu (above).
So far the game has been a massive hit, averaging nearly 10 million active users every day since its launch July 6, and has been downloaded on over 10 percent of all Android phones. While the game is entirely free to play, it makes money from optional micro transactions that can give players additional Pokéballs, earn experience points faster or cast lures which attract Pokémon to the area.
Pokémon GO has a fairly large community around Cedar Creek Lake and especially Athens. According to the East Texas Pokémon GO Facebook page, popular spots for Pokémon 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 Athens Cemetery are all frequented. According to the page, First United Methodist Church is offering free Pokémon lures during a weekly Pokemon GO social gathering each Sunday evening from 7-9 p.m. The East Texas Pokémon Go Facebook page has over 200 members.
Posted by : July 20, 2016| On :
Posted by : July 20, 2016| On :
Monitor Staff Reports
HENDERSON COUNTY–Henderson County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Investigator Kay Langford arrested Jose Rico-Gama for possession of suspected methamphetamines on Thursday July 14.
The search warrant was issued by Judge Randy Daniel.
A team of Henderson County deputies and Athens Police detectives descended on the home.
Henderson County Sheriff Botie Hillhouse, Major Bryan Tower, Lt. David Faught, Investigator Kay Langford, Investigator Brad Beddingfield, Josh Rickman, Billy Valentine, Wick Gabbard, Jeromy Rose, Robert Powers, Jessica Halbert and Deputy Elsa Morris were on scene for the County.
Athens Police Detectives James Bonnette and Adam Parkins assisted with the investigation.
All officers executed the search warrant at a residence on Laird Lane in Athens and located suspected methamphetamine inside the residence.
Rico-Gama was found to be in possession of suspected methamphetamine. Several other individuals were in the home.
Suspect Jonna Heifner was there and was arrested for outstanding warrants.
“We are working hard getting drug dealers and users off the streets,” Hillhouse said. “My staff is doing an excellent job and working with other agencies to accomplish our goals.”
Posted by : July 15, 2016| On :
The Monitor Staff Reports
HENDERSON COUNTY–The Henderson County Sheriff’s Office is putting more suspected drug offenders in jail.
Henderson County Sheriff Botie Hillhouse said his office arrested two more suspects on drug charges June 14.
Jerry Wayne Morris was arrested July 14 in Cherokee Shores after a traffic stop was conducted and he was found to be in possession of suspected methamphetamines.
On July 13, Investigator Kay Langford and Investigator Brad Beddingfield arrested Tommy Joe Walker on Hwy 31 West in Athens. He too was charged with possession of suspected methamphetamines.
“We’ve conducted house raids in the middle of the night, day-long stake outs, stops by the roadside, and all that is leading to arrests in the campaign against illegal drugs,” Hillhouse said.
Since taking office at the beginning of June, 20 drug users or dealers have been arrested.
“And it will not stop until those folks realize they need to take their illegal business elsewhere,” he said. “Because the simple fact is I will not tolerate illegal drugs in any amount, large or small, in my county.”