RHINELANDER - After a scare in Laona Monday, the School District of Rhinelander school district says they're up-to-date with a crisis response plan.
"It's a big deal to us, and we know that it's important. If something can happen in Laona, it can happen in Rhinelander. But we have taken every precaution and we believe that we have things in place to handle situations that, hopefully, we'll never have to deal with," says Kim Swisher, community education coordinator for the district.
Thanks to a partnership with the Oneida County Sheriff's Department, the district got a grant totalling over $200,000 to upgrade security systems.
Those upgrades included new cameras that can be accessed in real time by law enforcement inside and outside the schools, and lockdown drills at all grade levels.
Rhinelander High School's renovations include directing traffic through the main office and sealing the administrative offices off from the rest of the school.
Northwoods filmmaker makes movies for the big screen
MERRILL - When you think of movies you probably think of Hollywood, but one man from Northcentral Wisconsin is bringing his feature film to the local screen.
Wausau’s Jarrod Crooks not only makes movies, but he also stars in them.
His latest film, "Dispatched" is based off the Elvis Presley movie, “Girl Happy,” says filmmaker Jarrod Crooks. “My character Jake is sent to go watch my bosses daughter while she’s on vacation with a friend. Then an old enemy is kind of after him while he’s on vacation, so some things happen.”
Crooks made, "Dispatched" on a $5,000 budget and it’s full of romance, action, and comedy.
“My buddy would joke with me, ‘why don’t you just pick one genre man and then just go with it'," says Crooks. "I’m like because I want to make this movie how I want to make It'." "I actually like romantic comedies, I think they’re kind of fun, and I think they’re cute. I like action films because I’m a guy, and I like comedy because Jim Carey is great.”
Crooks is only 28 and has already made 4 feature films. His passion started when he was 12 years old.
“I went over to my friend’s house and he had a video camera. I was like oh we should make a movie, and at that time I was really into, “Wishbone,” says Crooks.
“We’d always remake our own literature pieces. Then I saw my first Jackie Chan movie and I’m like, alright it’s settled we’re doing action films from now on," says Crooks. “From then on it was just a love affair with the filmmaking.”
His latest film will be shown at the Cosmo Theatre in Merrill on Saturday at 5pm.
“The fact that I’m bringing it to central Wisconsin is great because this is where I grew up," says Crooks. "All my family and friends get to see it, so I’m very excited about that and you get to see yourself on the big screen what’s better than that.”
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