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BACK TO SCHOOL BASH Justin David Tate EDITOR
On a sunny Saturday seemingly like any other on August 13, there was an extraordinary event going on at the Balch Springs Recreational Center, the Back to School Bash. The star attraction, Larry “ Lil Larry” Gordon. He’s one of Balch Springs own who’s continued to grow through the years as an R&B recording artist into
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a brewing movement that has spanned several states including Texas and Tennessee. He has been making music since he was 12 years-old. “I used to watch my dad and my cousin make music,” he says. “I hopped on the keyboard and made my first beat. After that, it’s been history.” His late father, he says was 100 percent of his inspiration of his dream as musician. “My dad taught me everyContinued Page 6
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On September 28, 2009, at 1:40 p.m., the Lord’s messengers arrived in the form of two Texas pastors, Tom Schlueter of Arlington and Bob Long of San Marcos, who called on Perry in the governor’s office inside the state Capitol. Schlueter and Long both oversee small congregations, but they are more than just pastors. They consider themselves modernday apostles and prophets, blessed with the same gifts as Old Testament prophets or New Testament apostles. The pastors told Perry of God’s grand plan for Texas. A chain of powerful prophecies had proclaimed that Texas was “The Prophet State,” anointed by God to lead the United States into revival and Godly government. And the governor would have a special role. The day before the meeting, Schlueter had received a prophetic message from Chuck Pierce, an influential prophet from Denton, Texas. God had apparently commanded Schlueter-through Pierce-to “pray by lifting the hand of the one I show you that is in the place of civil rule.” Gov. Perry, it seemed. Schlueter had prayed before his congregation: “Lord Jesus I bring to you today Gov. Perry. ... I am just bringing you his hand and I pray Lord that he will grasp ahold of it. For if he does you will use him mightily.” And grasp ahold the gover-
nor did. At the end of their meeting, Perry asked the two pastors to pray over him. As the pastors would later recount, the Lord spoke prophetically as Schlueter laid his hands on Perry, their heads bowed before a painting of the Battle of the Alamo. Schlueter “declared over [Perry] that there was a leadership role beyond Texas and that Texas had a role beyond what people understand,” Long later told his congregation. So you have to wonder: Is Rick Perry God’s man for president? Schlueter, Long and other prayer warriors in a little-known but increasingly influential movement at the periphery of American Christianity seem to think so. The movement is called the New Apostolic Reformation. Believers fashion themselves modern-day prophets and apostles. They have taken Pentecostalism, with its emphasis on ecstatic worship and the supernatural, and given it an adrenaline shot. The movement’s top prophets and apostles believe they have a direct line to God. Through them, they say, He communicates specific instructions and warnings. When mankind fails to heed the prophecies, the results can be catastrophic: earthquakes in Japan, terrorist attacks in New York, and economic collapse. On the other hand, they believe their God-given decrees have ended mad cow disease in Germany and
produced rain in droughtstricken Texas. Their beliefs can tend toward the bizarre. Some consider Freemasonry a “demonic stronghold” tantamount to witchcraft. The Democratic Party, one prominent member believes, is controlled by Jezebel and three lesser demons. Some prophets even claim to have seen demons at public meetings. They’ve taken biblical literalism to an extreme. In Texas, they engage in elaborate ceremonies involving branding irons, plumb lines and stakes inscribed with biblical passages driven into the earth of every Texas county. If they simply professed unusual beliefs, movement leaders wouldn’t be remarkable. But what makes the New Apostolic Reformation movement so potent is its growing fascination with infiltrating politics and government. The new prophets and apostles believe Christians-certain Christians-are destined to not just take “dominion” over government, but stealthily climb to the commanding heights of what they term the “Seven Mountains” of society, including the media and the arts and entertainment world. They believe they’re intended to lord over it all. As a first step, they’re leading an “army of God” to commandeer civilian government. In Rick Perry, they may have found their vessel. And the interest appears to be mutual.
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FROM BACKSEAT TO CENTER STAGE LOS ANGELES - Just last spring, Benni Cinkle was an eighth grader from Anaheim Hills, Calif. who loved hanging out with friends, being online, doing charity work, and spending time with
her family. Back then, few people on the Internet knew who Cinkle was, but all that changed when she accepted an invitation from her friend, Rebecca Black, to be in a music video called “Friday.”
Six short months later, Cinkle has become a worldrecognized Internet meme with big aspirations and an even bigger fan base. It’s in response to repeated requests from her fans that
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Cinkle will be releasing her début single, “Can You See Me Now” and a compelling music video on September 1. “It’s amazing how quickly everything happened,” Cinkle commented recently of her growing popularity online. “People from all around the world on Facebook and Twitter were asking me to dance again, so I did a little flash mob dance at the mall to raise money for Japan Relief. But then, they started asking me to sing, and I thought maybe the time was right to tell someone about my song.” Cinkle is referring to a song she had written in 2010 after reading what kids her age were posting on www.sixbillionsecrets.com. Their stories of child abuse, sexual abuse, depression, bulimia, and so many other teen issues moved Cinkle and inspired her to write her message of hope for troubled kids and teens all over the world. She said the song just came to her “all at once.” Not knowing what to do with the song, she tucked it away. It wasn’t until after Rebecca Black’s “Friday” went viral and fans were asking Cinkle to sing
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that she pulled out her song and put the finishing touches on “Can You See Me Now.” On September 1, when Cinkle releases “Can You See Me Now” on YouTube, her faithful Facebook friends, Twitter followers, and the rest of the world will decide whether or not Cinkle’s début will lead to a
follow-up single. But if her track record is any indication, chances are good that Cinkle is in it for the long haul.
CARL’S JR. COMES TO BALCH SPRINGS BALCH SPRINGSThis week, Balch Springs will have its own Carl’s Jr. The community is invited to come out and help welcome the new restaurant to town, at 12601 Lake June Road. This marks the 48th Carl’s Jr. restaurant in Texas. The plan is to open 300 more in Texas by the end of the decade. The new restaurant will be open 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily for dine-in service. The drivethru window will be open till midnight Sundays through Thursdays and till 3 a.m. Friday and Saturday nights. The newly built, retro-style restaurant offers fresh, new products and tried-and-tested ones, combining the classic feel of a diner with the quality service that customers have come to expect from
Carl’s Jr. over the years. The menu features a large variety of signature Carl’s Jr. charbroiled hamburgers and chicken entrees. Visitors can also try the delicious line of Six Dollar Burgers, so named because they are comparable in taste and quality to sit-down-restaurant burgers costing $6 or more. Prices start at just $3.99. Six Dollar Burgers are made with almost half a pound of 100 percent Black Angus beef. Morning visitors can indulge in unique breakfast items including the Breakfast Burger and the Big Country Breakfast Burrito.
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LOCAL BINGO DONATES $2,000 TO CITY
The Balch Springs Bingo organization recently donated $2,000 to the city. Justin David Tate EDITOR
A Balch Springs Bingo organization recently donated $2,000 to the city. The first $1,000 of donation money was presented to the recently held Back to School Bash that was hosted by Love and Grace Community Church for school supplies that was distributed to students in low-income families. The second $1,000 in donations was presented during a City Council meeting. The City Council approved $500 for seed money to nonprofit organizations and the Balch Springs Bingo offered to double that donation. That led to a total of $1,500 being donated to the newly created Community Assistance and Social Services Fund (CASSF). The fund is being set up to help with community-based
events officials say. Community-based events that will benefit include the Juneteenth program, July 4th Parade, and other events that uplift the community. Mayor Gordon said partnering with nonprofit organizations will help in the long-term. “The social services side of CASSF is to provide emergency temporary assistance,” said Gordon. “Citizens have been
stranded with no fuel, citizens have been hungry just trying to find enough to make the next payday. A lady had code problems, but couldn’t afford to address them,” she said. The CASSF will soon be developing food and shelter vouchers. “Clothing, gasoline as well as other things may come up as necessary things to develop,” she says.
Dallas County East Democrats recently held their monthly meeting. Pictured above is Sergio Garcia and Dominique Collins who were in attendance. PHOTO COURTESY OF DCED.
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FIRES THREATEN BALCH SPRINGS HOMES
Chief Brown said that several out-houses were damaged, but no homes, were caught in the fire. Justin David Tate EDITOR
Late last week black
smoke flooded the sky from a cluster of burning trees behind a cracked, white wall serving as a perimeter to a
salvage yard near Lakeside Road. Police blocked off much of Beltline Road, redirected traffic and converged at the entrance of Lakeside Road near the origin of the fire. Balch Springs Fire Chief Gary Brown sat down with the Balch Springs Sentinel to officially comment on the situation. Brown said that several out-houses were damaged, but no homes, were caught in the fire. However, the wind-blown fire did attempt to reach a row of five houses after it jumped three streets. “These five homes were evacuated, but did not
receive any damage from the fire,” said the fire chief. In a highly coordinated effort, the fire department eventually contained the fire after several hours, thwarting the fire from destroying the neighborhood. Included in the effort were six Balch Springs fire department units, seven Mesquite fire
department units, five Dallas County fire department units, 14 City of Dallas units, and one Cockrell Hill unit. Engine brush trucks, tankers and rehab units from Dallas and Mesquite were also employed. “This was a major fire,” said Chief Brown. “It had the potential
to cause a loss of homes.” Chief Brown said that along with the fact that no homes were lost in the fire, there were also no injuries. Considering the woodland area around the fire, the direction of the wind and the dryness of the weather lately in Texas, the fire could have broke out much further, causing millions of dollars in damage and a far worse outcome.
GYM, WORKOUT ROOM SHUTDOWN Justin David Tate EDITOR
The Balch Springs Recreational Center’s gym and workout room were closed down last month for fire code violations according to Balch Springs Police Chief Sam Allen. An after-school program for children was originally scheduled to occupy the gym and workout room until
the fire marshal’s inspection according to Allen. “It was the right thing to do,” said Allen. Code violation warnings had been ignored for the last year. Allen has a background as a fire and arson investigator and said none of the deficiencies were life-threatening. When asked how long the efforts to correct the deficiencies would take, Allen
was a bit less sure. “That all depends. There are parts to order. We got one person on repair. That all depends on how fast he can work and how quickly he can get the parts he needs.” How much time the repairs may take is unknown. Zumba fitness classes and some other activities are using the Civic Center as alternate locations until repairs are made.
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thing I know about music. A lot of my stage presence and how I perform, my musical knowledge as well.” Gordon has a newly released Just had a single called “A Beautiful Thing” that is available on ITunes and Amazon.com. “It feels good to be a signed artist,” he says. “I’ve been at it for some years. It feels good to come to the forefront. It’s not really a job, it is fun man. And I provide for my family.”
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Larry “ Lil Larry” Gordon was the star attraction at the Back to School Bash.
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