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I FELL IN LOVE WITH A TRAMP! Dear Gwendolyn: I am 48 years old and recently got a divorce from a young lady age 22. We were only married for one year. During that time we had a baby being she was six months pregnant when we got married. Immediately after the marriage, she appeared not to have any affection for me. In fact, she told me that the baby is not my baby. I am paying child support. I know I can fight the issue, but I love her and do not wish to abandon the baby. This was my first marriage but I have many children by many different women. Sometimes I wonder if I am being punished because I mistreated those women. You see…when younger I was quite handsome and I took advantage of my looks. It seems I mistreated the good women who crossed my path and sadly married a tramp. Gwendolyn, why do good men fall in love with bad women? John

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The world waited with bated breath as the Supreme Court of the United States decided the fate of Troy Davis, a 42-year old black man sitting on Georgia’s death row. With so much doubt surrounding Davis’ guilt, his supporters hoped he’d be granted a new trial and the opportunity to prove his innocence. Unfortunately, the Court decided not to intervene and the miracle of justice we all hoped for never came Davis was executed. Davis was convicted of the 1989 murder of Mark MacPhail, an off-duty Savannah, Georgia police officer. According to reports, nine eyewitnesses identified Davis as the shooter. Up until he took his last breath, Davis main-

tained his innocence. Over the last 22 years, his legal team fought tirelessly to win a new trial, presenting affidavits from seven of those nine witnesses who recanted or dramatically changed their original testimony. I don’t want to contradict the various judges who heard the case, but it’s unthinkable that, after the majority of the original witnesses recanted, Davis was not granted a new trial so that he could prove his innocence. I’m not the only authority who feels this way. Bob Barr, a former federal prosecutor and former Republican Congressman from Georgia publicly stated he believed there was too much doubt surrounding Davis’ guilt. Barr, a supporter of the death penalty, felt that Davis’ guilt had not been proven beyond a reasonable

doubt. Former FBI chief William Sessions also weighed in on the Davis case saying, Davis deserved clemency because the case built against him was not strong enough. The pleas from these law enforcement and government experts - as well as the pleas from millions around the world - fell on deaf ears. The prosecutors and parole board refused to admit they were wrong. And now Troy Davis is dead. America must revamp its legal system - beginning with the way we investigate and arrest suspects and continuing to the way we prosecute them and the way we handle appeals. We must not allow prosecutors to convict an individual based solely on eyewitness testimony. When new evidence is introduced or witnesses recant, a new trial should

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With the Hispanic community in North Texas growing at an ever increasing number, the Garland Hispano Chamber of Commerce wants to unite and connect with each other in order to help this growth reach its full economic potential. Here in Garland, the Latino population accounts for 48 percent of the total population. This was the backdrop as the Garland Hispano Chamber of Commerce hosted its first ever Hispanic Heritage Banquet last week at the Hyatt Regency Hotel on George Bush Freeway. Garland Hispano Chamber of Commerce, other business and community leaders, along with the Garland Mayor Ronald Jones and members of the City Council celebrated this special time with a nice banquet, dances, music and folklore. Mayor Jones said he supports the efforts of the Hispano Chamber of Commerce 100 percent. “We are a community as a whole,” Mayor Jones said. “We are not separate from each other. The city of Garland is a very diverse city and for change to happen and move in the right direction, we must work together.” “We have a growing population with the Hispanic community here and they play a huge role in it,” said Dee Dee Bates, President

Dee Dee Bates State Farm Insurance agency staffers celebrate at the Garland Hispano Chamber of Commerce Hispanic Heritage Banquet. PHOTO/GJN DIANE XAVIER

of the Hispano Chamber of Commerce in Garland and owner of Dee Dee Bates State Farm Agency. “We put this banquet and celebration together in order to give back to the community and also celebrate Hispanic Heritage month. So we wanted to give back but also be united as one.”

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For as the body is one, and has many members. And all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: So also is Christ. 1Corin. 12:18

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MINISTRY OF CHRIST After examining “The Blood Covenant” by E.W. Kenyon, I am reminded that every day is a new day of remembering Christ and what He has done for those who are believers of the cross. We are so blessed to be


Living Faith Christian Church host their Harvest Revival on November 6, 7, and 8. The Harvest Revival begins at 3:00 pm on Sunday, November 6th and at 7 pm on the 7th and 8th according to Pastor Donny Canady, the host pastor. All events are scheduled to be held at Living Faith Christian Church located at 1935 State St. Suite 104 in Garland. The Harvest Revival is borne of John 4:35. Rev. Earnestine Scott of New Hope Baptist Church in

Royce City is main speaker on Sunday, November 6. Pastor Christopher Dexter of New Nation Deliverance Temple in Richardson takes over as main speaker on Monday. Rev. Dorsey Taylor of Greater Mt. Pilgrim BC in Dallas closes the Harvest Revival service on Tuesday. Pastor Canady said Living Faith Christian Church’s motto is, “Experience the Word of God while increasing your faith.”

a part of this redemption. The present ministry of Christ has been neglected by most Christians. So many, when they think of His giving His life for us that they think only of His death and Resurrection. They do not know that when He sat down on the Father’s right hand that He began to live for us in as much reality as He had died for us. But, He is no longer the lowly man of Galilee. He is not the Son made Sin for us, forsaken of God. He is the Lord of all. He has conquered Satan, sin and disease. He has conquered death. He possesses all authority in Heaven and earth. Jesus promised power to the believers.”Verily I say unto you, whatsoever ye shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever ye shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.” Matt. 28:18. In reality, we can act fearlessly upon His Word, because He stands back of it. “By so much was Jesus made a surety of a better testament?”He is the Surety of this new covenant. Hebrews 7:22 Christ became the guarantee that the benefits of the new covenant would be given to all men who meet the terms. In this sense He is the mediator. I thank God for

Mount Hebron Missionary Baptist Church celebrates the 15th Anniversary of its Pastor, Leonard O. Leach.

GARLAND - Dynamic preaching and worship is what will be served up this weekend as Mount Hebron Missionary Baptist Church celebrates the 15th Anniversary of its Pastor, Leonard O. Leach. The weekend kicks off Friday night at 7:30 p.m. with an Appreciation Dinner, at the Hyatt Place in Garland, followed by 3 uplifting worship services, Sunday October 2, at 7:50

a.m., 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. A powerhouse line-up of area preachers will be special guest speakers including Stephen Brown of Greater El Bethel Church, Rodney Frazier of New Beginnings Fellowship and Bryan Carter of Concord Church respectfully. Special musical guest for the morning services is gospel recording artist, Shawn McLemore.


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Garland Police Chief Mitch Bates kicked off the 21st annual Garland NAACP Freedom Fund Brunch and Silent Auction with a stellar message. “Anyone wanting to be a leader must serve first,” Chief Bates said. “Seeking the greater good of our community is what makes a great leader and here in Garland, the Garland Police Department seeks to do just that, serve our community. End the end, we must choose between being leaders and being servants to our neighbors.” “I expect all our police force in Garland to be

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leaders, especially in tough times. I ask them to remember as they try to find their way through life as Garland Police Officers, being a leader is the right thing and leading your commu-

Garland NAACP President BJ Williams said the event was held in order to recognize our outstanding youth as well. PHOTO/GJN DIANE XAVIER

nity. We do this so we can start reducing crime in our area and fear of crime.” Ricky Williams, first vice president of the branch said there is much work that

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needs to be done in order to help our future generations. “We are going to be vigilant regardless who is in the White House,” Williams said. “We have to

fight because whether we are Democrats or Republicans, we have to fight for the rights of our children. Our education system has been cut with funding; we have to fight against uninsured children and families with no health care.” Chief Bates said he was honored to be the keynote speaker at the special event. “I am just honored to be able to share my message with the Garland NAACP community,” Chief Bates said. “It was great because the Garland Police Department loves to be involved in the community and what a great way to spread the From Page 8



Lady Harvesters in their Dig Pink jerseys. PHOTO/Courtesy of Eastfield College

Mesquite, TX - In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the Eastfield College Lady Harvesters Volleyball Team played a special “Dig Pink” game last week against Cedar Valley College. The team, along with the Office of Student Life and EFC Athletics Department provided pink paper ribbons for attendees to write the names of loved ones on; it

was then posted on a wall. Donations were accepted as part of the national SideOut Foundation’s goal to raise $2.5 million dollars towards cancer treatment. T-shirts sold on site for $10. “This was an event that high school and college volleyball teams nationwide were involved in,” said Audrey Glasscock, head volleyball coach. “The team was excited

and had even asked their family and friends to try and make it out for this game if they don’t make any other game this season. Our goal was to raise $500.” The Eastfield Lady Harvesters wore specially made pink jerseys, and everyone was encouraged to wear pink. The event was free to the public.

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message and be involved with organizations such as the Garland NAACP.” Garland NAACP President BJ Williams said the event was held in order to recognize our outstanding youth

as well. Area youths in Garland Independent School District GISD were also recognized with scholarship awards. Awards were also presented to the following community leaders for their recent acheivemets in their

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professions: Educator of the Year, Canaa Lee; Volunteer of the Year, Dorothy Brooks; Entrepreneur of the Year, Dee Dee Bates; and Title Corporate Sponsor, Lori Pearson. “We established the scholarships to help our future

generations,” Williams said. “There is still a lot of work that must be done, especially with the current state of the economy and the educating funding being cut. After all, the best way to fight discrimination is an educated mind.”


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Garland, Texas - The Garland Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Arts Department will celebrate their 11th Annual Veterans Day Tribute by hosting the legendary film and performing star Debbie Reynolds. Ms. Reynolds will perform Friday, November 11, at 7:30 p.m. at the Granville Arts Center, 300 North Fifth Street, in Garland, bringing Garland a delightful eve-

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Plaza Theatre 521 W. State Street, Garland 972-205-2782

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300 N. Fifth Street, Garland Rental 972-205-2780 Box Office 972-205-2790

October 15 “When the Bells Toll” by Tyler Productions 7:00 pm Plaza Theatre.

How far will a mother go to save the life of a loved one? How much will she sacrifice? How will she stop the sentencing of “Death” by execution? Join Executive Writer/ Director Gwen Tyler for this emotional production. Purchase your pre-sale ticket for $22.00 by calling 214.722.7566, or come before 6:30 on the event date and get your ticket for the same price. After 6:30 all tickets are $25.00. Visit for more details.

October 16 “Candy and Friends” Concert 6:00 pm Plaza Theatre.

Join Candy Wilson and her musical friends as they present “Candy and Friends,” an evening of vocal and instrumental music at the Plaza Theatre on October 16 at 6 p.m. Genres include classical, contemporary, jazz, gospel, and the Dixieland sound. All proceeds from the concert will benefit the National Brain Tumor Society, an organization Candy has been active in since her diagnosis of brain tumors in 2009. The performers promise an enjoyable evening, while listening to great music and supporting a tremendous cause. Visit the website, for more information. Tickets: $10, call 214-621-5358.

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hope,” he said. Bo Saavedra, Financial Representative for Northwestern Mutual, was honored for his support for the Hispano Chamber of Commerce and also for being a title sponsor for the event. “I support the Hispano Chamber of

Commerce because of their plans and efforts to help our future generations,” Saavedra said. “We hope to develop a scholarship program in the future. We want to leave a legacy for the people coming after us. The Hispanic community is very diverse with people from Guatemala, Central America and I

always pray to God and ask what I can do to leave a legacy for my kids?” Daniel Gonzalez, a student at Richland Community College in Dallas, attended the event with his father, Jaime Gonzales. Daniel said this event is important in order to provide resources for students like him. “There are a lot of financial needs

of the Hispanic community, especially with their students,” Gonzales said. “We need more scholar-

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ships so it can benefit those that do not have the resources. This will open their eyes to the Hispanic

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community and a lot of great things can happen and change the city as well.”

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