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Flimsy, shallow and a bother just to watch

If you’ve seen one movie based on a Nicholas Sparks romance, you’ve seen them all. Like the others, “The Choice” bleeds sap and treacle. And the story, even by Sparks’ standards, is so lame I wanted to punch the movie in the face, so to speak.

Correction

Pine Bluff Fire and Emergency Services Lts. Michael Burnett, from left, Quinton Wade and Michael Burleson were sworn in to their new ranks during a ceremony Wednesday. A photo caption Thursday incorrectly listed the order the men appear in the photo. (Pine Bluff Commercial/Ray King)

Hospice Angels Chili Fundraiser

The staff of Hospice Angels gather around the first-place trophy Hospice Angels won at the 2015 Children’s Advocacy Center chili cook-off during a chili fundraiser Thursday at First United Methodist Church to benefit indigent clients. Hospice Angels has been in business for 20 years and this was the second year they held a chili fundraiser. Pictured are, front row left to right, Ashleigh Cox, Lee Klappenbach, Ora Mays, Linda Walker and Angela Jacobs; and back row left to right, Billie Ricker, Sarajane McCormick, Diana Millenbaugh, Bud Millenbaugh, Melissa Walker, Terry Bateman, Susan Padgett and Lisa Woolley. (Pine Bluff Commercial/Ray King)