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Holiday season and movie releases could add to theater turnoutSubmitted: 12/11/2018

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RHINELANDER - New movies being released over the next two weeks could add to holiday turnout at local theaters. Rouman Cinema owner George Rouman said Hollywood studios really take note of the holiday season.

Many blockbuster movies come out during that time. Many families will go see movies during the winter season and other organizations take advantage of it too.

"We do quite a lot of company outings and school field trips," said Rouman. "So we host a lot of different groups throughout the year really, but it's really focused a lot here during the holidays."

Rouman said families take advantage of this so they can get out of their home during a long winter day.


"Everybody also looks for out of home entertainment," said Rouman. "The movies are a cliché, traditional, stereotypical type opportunity for entertainment outside of the home."

Rouman predicts that the national box office could reach a record setting $11.8 billion in gross sales when 2018 ends.

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First Supply in Rhinelander hosted its 4th annual Chili for Charity.

First Supply employee Brad Spicer said ten employees whipped up their own versions of chili and invited the public to vote on their favorite dish.

"I put beer stouts into the chili, brown sugar, bacon, probably six or seven pounds of meat. It's pretty hearty," said Spicer.

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Berns said they raised around $1,600.

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Judge Patrick O'Melia handed down that sentence Tuesday in Oneida Co. Court.

In October, a jury found Tran guilty of first-degree reckless homicide. Tran said Edwards, her stepson, slipped in the shower on the night he died. But prosecutors believe her abuse went much deeper.

In asking for the 40-year maximum sentence of imprisonment, Lori Edwards, Avery's mother, told Tran she hopes prison life is hard.

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We'll bring you full coverage and updates on Ellen Tran's 15 year prison sentence this morning. The Rhinelander woman was convicted of first-degree reckless homicide of her 20-month-old stepson at that time.


We'll bring you this and more tonight on Newswatch 12 - news from where you live.

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Phil Luell's came to Rhinelander Monday to help gather donations. He's normally in Tomahawk as the chairman of Tomahawk's Salvation Army, but Rhinelander's been needing more volunteers and donations. 

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