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K AESNDOLYN S! E GW N I BA MY SISTER-IN-LAW IS A SPENDTHRIFT! Dear Gwendolyn: My husband’s sister is an out of control spender. We do not get along because she told my husband I grew up too poor to make him a fun wife. Two months ago my husband lost his job. The company had a huge layoff and my husband was the first in line. My sisterin-law bought my teenage son a jacket. The price was $450. I purchased for him the same jacket for $60. It was at a thrift store – price tag still on it. The jacket was new never worn. My sister-in-law told my son not to wear the thrift store jacket. I asked her to leave my home. Gwendolyn, was I wrong? Jill

Dear Jill: No, not at all. You should have told her to leave and not return until she can give your son sensible advice or no advice at all. Let me tell you this: I commend you for teaching your son to learn how to bargain shop. Keeping up with others never leads to progress or success. Boys/men steal mainly because they feel poor and fear they cannot obtain what others accomplished. You know what…that same sister-in-law will spend thousands of dollars for your son’s clothes and not spend one dime towards his college education. Think about it. The present economy all over the world is at a crucial point. Jill, continue to teach your son the value of hardships and struggles. As to your sister-in-law, she will soon join the ranks of other spendthrifts standing on the corner hoping someone will pass by and drop a coin in her hat. To save and sacrifice you will one day reach the top of your dreams. To spend foolishly is like an anchor, float at the bottom --- but never rising to the top. ***Do you have a son or grandson age 10-17? Help him to choose college not jail. Order DECISIONS In The Life Of A Growing Male Youth. For ordering information write to Gwendolyn Baines at: P. O. Box 10066, Raleigh, NC 27605-0066 (to receive a reply send a self-addressed stamped envelope) or email her at: or visit her website at:

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MY RESPONSE TO PRESIDENT OBAMA ON LESBIAN, GAY MARRIAGE I support President Obama on most of his policies and positions: healthcare, education, the wealthy paying their fair share, most of his foreign policy, most steps taken to rebuild the economy. But, for purely biblical reasons, I cannot support his personal stance on the issue of the right of Lesbian and Gay couples to marry. I am writing this for Sr. Pastor Leonard Leach others who like me, want The Mount- Garland, TX to remain supportive of this historic and honorable presidency but who also feel it necessary to be clear on how we are, or should be, informed by our Christian faith. At the same time, I am aware that there will be some, Christian and non Christian, who disagree with my position. I understand that, as a matter of LAW, people must be treated equal based on what the LAW says is legal and that people in a democracy have a right and responsibility to protest when the LAW is considered wrong. So, I write to address the President’s position only as it relates to his reference to or allusion there to, his Christian faith being motivation, in whole or in part, for his stance. First, Homosexuality is sin in the practice of the Judeo Christian Faith (Genesis 19:12-29; Romans 1:18-32; 1 Corinthians 6:9-11). This position is always confusing because first, everyone does not recognize or accept the very concept of sin; then, of those who agree on the concept, there is not total agreement on just what constitutes sin. But, in the Judeo Christian world view, God and only God designates what is and is not sin; and, HIS word has so designated homosexuality with all its mutations as sin. Secondly, the basis for the push for equal rights for the LGBT community cannot justly be considered the same as the push for equal rights for ethnic minorities. We believe that the fight for civil rights for blacks and other ethnic

minorities is predicated on the obvious birth factor and that homosexuality is an acquired post birth desire resulting in a lifestyle choice. If the desire for this lifestyle in any way stems from birth, then it does so in the same manner as for all human beings because we are all “born in sin and shaped in iniquity” (Ps. 51:5). But, God has opened our eyes to what sin is in HIS eyes (Exodus 20:1-17) and has sent his ONLY BEGOTTEN SON to deliver us from what we could not deliver ourselves from (John 3:16). To put it plainly, Christ died NOT to give us a right to remain in what HE calls sin but to give us another chance to live free from it (John 3:16; 2 Cor. 2:17; 5:17-21). This is a purely Christian perspective and as Christians we are guided by it. Thirdly, Christians have a responsibility to respond in love to everyone (Leviticus 19:18, Matthew 19:19, Matthew 22:39, Mark 12:31, Romans 13:9, Galatians 5:14, James 2:8); that includes those who may be considered or consider themselves our enemies (Matthew 5:44). Now, in an effort to practice this love, we cannot condone what God condemns; and HE condemns ALL sin. Therefore, the Christian response to this and other sin is to love the sinners but hate their sin as God does (John 3:16, Romans 1:24, 28). Being Christian means we live by another set of principles (1 Cor. 6:11; 1 Peter 2:9). We no longer think or behave like others in the world; our desire is first for the things that are of the Kingdom of God (Matthew 6:33). Some, who are personable, passionate, prestigious, persuasive and powerful and who say they are Christian, have tried to mesh an unchristian lifestyle into a Christian lifestyle; the two are inherently incompatible. They are trying to force acceptance of that lifestyle with its, lustful passions, on the church as acceptable (Matthew 11:12). However, God’s way does not change because a person is or people are talented, gifted, witty, intelligent, wealthy or even nice. All these attributes come from God and we are not to worship the creature over the creator (Romans 1:25). Continued Page 9

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The Emancipation Proclamation officially declared the end of slavery in the United States on January 1, 1863 but that document nor anything resembling it was not announced or recognized in Texas until June 19, 1865. On June 19, 1865 US Army Major-General Gordon Granger landed by ship in Galveston, Texas. Shortly after the ship docked General Gordon Granger read General Orders, No.3 to the people of Galveston. It stated among other things that: “The people of Texas are

informed that, in accordance with a proclamation from the Executive of the United States, all slaves are free. This involves an absolute equality of personal rights and rights of property between former masters and slaves, and the connection heretofore existing between them becomes that between employer and hired labor. The freedmen are advised to remain quietly at their present homes and work for wages. They are informed that they will not be allowed to collect at military posts and that they will not be supported in idleness either there or elsewhere.” The celebration of June

19 as emancipation day spread from Texas to the neighboring states of Louisiana, Arkansas and Oklahoma. It has also appeared in Alabama, Florida, and California as African-American Texans migrated. In many parts of Texas, ex-slaves purchased land, or “emancipation grounds,” for the Juneteenth gathering. Some are still around today such as Emancipation Park in Houston that was purchased in 1872; what is now Booker T. Washington Park in Mexia; and Emancipation Park in East Austin. Historically, Juneteenth Continued Page 6

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AUSTIN – Reynaldo Escobedo of Garland claimed a top prize of $5 million for the Set For Life scratchoff game yesterday at Texas Lottery® headquarters in Austin. The winner will receive $250,000 a year for the next 20 years. The winning ticket was purchased at the 7-Eleven #34126 located at 3425 Forest Lane in Garland. The retailer is eligible to receive a $10,000 bonus. The $10 Set For Life game offers more than $84.4 million in prizes. Two of three top prizes and 182

second-tier prizes of $2,500 remain unclaimed. Overall odds of winning any prize in the game are one in 3.96, including break-even prizes. Tonight’s Mega Millions® jackpot is an estimated $14 million. Wednesday’s Powerball® jackpot is an estimated $110 million and the Lotto Texas® jackpot is an estimated $5 million. Beginning with the first ticket sold in 1992, the Texas Lottery has generated $20 billion in revenue for the state and distributed $38 billion in prizes to lottery players. Since 1997, the Texas Lottery has contributed more than $14 billion to the Foundation School Fund, which supports public education in Texas. As authorized by the Texas Legislature, certain Texas Lottery revenues benefit state programs including the Fund for Veterans’ Assistance.


NEW YORK - Yvette Wilson, a comic who was featured on the 1990s sitcom “Moesha” and its spinoff, “The Parkers,” has died. Her manager, Holly Carter, says Wilson died of cervical cancer on Thurs-

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day. Wilson was 48 and lived in Hollywood, where Carter said she had managed a music label and worked in real estate in recent years. Wilson portrayed Andell Wilkerson, owner of the popular hangout The Den on “Moesha.” The UPN sitcom starred the singer Brandy. Wilson was a standup comic and was featured on “In Living Color.” She also appeared in the movies “Poetic Justice” and “House Party III.”

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Dr. Tony Mathews, Sr. Pastor N. Garland Baptist Fellowship.

First, let me say that I’m glad that our nation has reached a point where it could elect a person of color to the highest office in the land. I am equally grateful for the work that the

NAACP has done throughout the years to help African Americans. That said, however, one can never accept endorsements, policies or sentiments from organizations or the White House that clearly oppose teachings from the Word of God. Your recent decision to endorse same sex marriage has led me to address you with respect but at the same time with candor and correction. President Jealous states, “Civil marriage is a civil right and a matter of civil law. The NAACP’s support for marriage equality is deeply rooted in the Fourteenth Amendment of the United States Constitution and equal protection of all people.”


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Make no mistake about it, I’m all for protecting the civil rights of all people; but same sex marriage (as I see it) is not a matter of “civil rights” but a request for “special rights”. Do we really think that the Fourteenth Amendment is talking about men marrying men and women marrying women? Did we really misinterpret this for all these years? What happens if a man wants to marry two men or a woman wants to marry two women? Would the National NAACP fight on their behalf for the right to do so? What happens if a straight woman wants to marry two straight men or a straight man wants to marry two straight women? Would the National NAACP fight for their right to do so? I also think that’s it’s very sad when supporters of same sex marriage use the dark, tragic history of African Americans to gain special rights for two men or two women who want to marry each other. Let’s look at a snippet from where we (as African

Americans) have come and how the civil rights movement has helped us. In slavery, African Americans were treated worse than animals. Women were raped; men were beaten, castrated and hanged. African Americans were bound and did not have freedom. Moreover, after slavery ended, African Americans were still murdered, raped, had our property burned to the ground, had to sit at the back of the bus, couldn’t drink at certain water fountains or eat at certain restaurants - just to name a few. Civil rights leaders such as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., emerged championing the battle for civil rights. Listen to an extract of his August 28th 1963 speech as he fought and ultimately died fighting for civil rights of African Americans. He said, “We can never be satisfied as long as the Negro is the victim of the unspeakable horrors of police brutality. We can never be satisfied, as Continued Page 8

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Ricky McNeal, formerly 1st Vice President of the Garland NAACP will take over the organization as its new president. Former president, B.J. Williams, was recently elected to the Garland City Council District 4 seat. McNeal said he is honored to follow in the footsteps of Williams. “We have an extremely diverse group of individuals comprised of people with executive leadership qualities such as young ladies, young men along with seasoned ladies and gentleman with years of experience and involvement not only in the workforce, educational system but also community,” McNeal said. “I feel extremely honored to take on this role and to help make the city of Garland and its surrounding communities become the best they can be.”

Ricky currently serves as the Garland NAACP’s Political Action Chair. Ricky also is responsible for ad sales for the organization’s annual Freedom Fund Banquet. In addition to those duties Ricky is active in the Garland Area Brotherhood and serves as program chair. He is also deputy registrar of voters for Dallas County, and is a member of the PTA at Lister Elementary. “My goals as the new President of the Garland NAACP include continuing to build the legacy that B.J. Williams left behind and following up with the strong leadership qualities he possessed,” he said. “I hope to fulfill the vision of the organization and to further work with other community groups and build coalition by addressing the needs of the concerns of the community and have a positive impact as well.” McNeal said he realizes

(left) Former NAACP president, B.J. Williams, was recently elected to the Garland City Council. Ricky McNeal (r) will take over the organization as its new president. FILE PHOTO/GJN DIANE XAVIER

there is still much work to be done to help today’s generation progress. “America is still growing as a community and there is still growing resistance giving opportunities and access to services to people

of all ethnicities. There are some sentiments that believe opportunities are held for the sacred few and we must continue to dispel that view,” McNeal said. McNeal said he hopes organizations such as the

Garland NAACP opens the door for people to seek a better life through the resources it provides. He said that in order to take advantage of life’s opportunities, one must not sit back and watch but get involved. “My message to the youth today is to look at the opportunities before them and to use all available resources and pursue those,” he said. “You must get involved in your local schools, community, and church’s to make a difference. Complacency is the enemy of progress and we cannot afford to sit down and be complacent and fail to get involved. You have to get involved.” Ricky is a graduate of Jonesboro Hodge High School and Louisiana Tech University. He is married and has three girls. McNeal is also a member of Mt. Hebron Baptist Church in Garland. “I hope to continue to broaden our base,” he said.

We need a greater voice than my own that is tried and true because of our reputation, which is known as the forefront for the civil rights issue and cause,” McNeal said. “The Garland NAACP has a solid track record of getting things done and engaging themselves in the community.” McNeal said another way people can help move their community forward is to participate in this year’s elections. “People need to familiar themselves with the issues and candidates of this year’s general elections along with the runoff elections in the Texas Primary and Garland City District 2 run-off elections. “Voting is important because by getting involved and studying today’s issues, we all can take America to the next level.” McNeal hopes to do just that and take the Garland NAACP to the next level as well.

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Juneteenth 2012: Commemorating the Ending of Slavery

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has always been an opportunity to appreciate the African American experience and is a holiday inclu-

sive of all races, ethnicities and nationalities. Juneteenth has traditionally been celebrated with regional or communitywide celebrations closely

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tied with reunions and featuring food, fun, and a focused on ideals for selfimprovement and educational talks, speeches or sermons by guest speakers. Juneteenth was first associated with Texas and other Southern states but during the Civil Rights Era of the 1960’s the tradition spread all across the US to the extent that Juneteenth celebrations are celebrated in northern cities. The State of Texas made Juneteenth an official holiday on Jan. 1, 1980, and became the first state in the US to grant it government recognition. Several states have since issued proclamations recognizing the holi-

day but Texas remains alone in granting it full state holiday status, a day when government employees have the day off. Supporters and celebrants of Juneteenth continue to grow in number and in diversity; today, Juneteenth is promoted not only as a commemoration of African-American freedom, but as an example and encouragement of selfdevelopment and respect for all cultures. Texas made history once again in 1998 with the passing of House Bill 1216 which created the Texas Emancipation Juneteenth Cultural & Historical Commission TEJCHC. The

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bill was sponsored by Representative Al Edwards of Houston Texas. It is the only commission of its kind in the US. The Commission’s primary objective is to erect a Juneteenth memorial monument on the South grounds of the State Capitol. This project is well underway with a design and funding in the works. TEJCHC will also place Juneteenth monuments and markers in various historical parts of Texas including Galveston, Texas. The Commission will also develop a Juneteenth Museum, Cultural and Educational institute, Recreation Center and Park, and plans to implement June-

teenth history into the Texas History schoolbooks. The first official meeting was held June 6,1998 in Austin, Texas. Representative Al Edwards called the meeting to order. Members present were Stella Roland of Austin, Eddie Richardson of Lubbock, Dr. Maceo Dailey of El Paso, Linda Tarr of Houston, Byron Miller of San Antonio, Willard Stimpson of Dallas, representatives were present for Sen. Royce West, Sen. Rodney Ellis, Rep. Patricia Gray. Larry Oaks of The Texas Historical Commission was also present.



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GREENVILLE - The 17th Ross, Washington, Carver Alumni Reunion will begin Thursday July 5, 2012 and continue through July 8. The tentative activities will include: Thursday, July 5, 7:00 -12:00 A.M., with registration at Fletcher Warren Civic Center, Greenville, Texas. Friday, July 6, 8:00 A.M., depart from Carver Elementary School to Oklahoma for the casino outing, returning by 6:30 P.M. A golf tournament will begin at 10:00 A.M. at Wright Park, also at 10: 00 A.M. tours to the Audie Murphy Museum. No reunion registration to these events apply.

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A talent show beginning at 12:00 P.M. noon at Fletcher Warren Civic Center. This event is covered with full registration, non-registration fee will be $15.00 per person. Beginning at 8:00 P.M.-12:00 A.M. “Around The World” will be also at Fletcher Warren Civic Center with the theme: “Roaring 20’s. Non-registration fee will be $20.00 per person. Saturday July 7, 12:00 P.M.-2:00 P.M. Luncheon at Fletcher Warren Civic Center with keynote speaker, Dr. David Mosby. Semi-formal dance also at Fletcher Warren Civic Center

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from 9:00 P.M.-12:oo A.M. Non-registration fee will be $30.00 per person. Sunday July 8, Church Services at New Jerusalem Baptist church beginning at 10:45 A.M. Minister Carolyn Traylor will be the guest speaker. Reunion fee is $70.00 per person. Hampton Inn & Suites has been selected as headquarters for the reunion. Other hotels available are Best Western, Holiday Inn Express, Super 8 Motels and Comfort Suites, Greenville, Texas. Any alumni member

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THANK YOU FATHERS Recently I read a story in the news about two teen sisters who had their father arrested for disciplining one of the sisters. Although I didn’t witness this incident, nor know the father personally, it appears that the father was simply exerting authority over his household. It is a father’s responsibility and God given authority to be the head of the household. Our earthly father is to follow the example of our heavenly Father. A father’s role is to love, lead, protect, provide, teach, guide, set rules, model, encourage and discipline his children. His home should be committed to instilling Godly principles into his children by constantly repeating them over and over (Deuteronomy 6:6-7). This enables children to choose the right path when they are older and they will remain upon it (Proverbs 22:6). While some may consider it unfair to judge these two young girls for their disrespectful behavior toward their father, it is neither unfair nor unreasonable for a father to discipline his children and expect obedience from them. If nothing else, children owe their parents respect for giving them life, let alone providing and taking care of them. God’s Divine Plan provides instructions for parents and children so that they may live a life that is both pleasing and acceptable to him. To the children, God says “Listen to your father’s instructions¸ pay attention and grow wise for he is giving you good guidance” (Proverbs 4:1-2). “Children are to honor and obey their parents because they belong to the Lord and it is the right thing to do “(Eph.6:1-2). Exodus 20:12 reminds us to “Honor your father and your mother¸ then you will live a long full life in the land the Lord your God will give you.” To the parents, God says “Don’t fail to correct your children, they won’t die if you spank them, physical discipline may well save them from death” (Proverbs 23:13-14). With that being said, Ephesians reminds fathers that they are not to make their children angry by the way they treat them, but rather bring them up with discipline and instruction approved by the Lord (Ephesians 6:4). So, to those fathers who lead their families as our heavenly Father has instructed them to do, I say “Thank you fathers.”

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Celebrate your father this year with sleek fashionable gift ideas that will accentuate his personal style! Gifts don’t have to break the bank but can be sensible and tasteful. Think practical! Watches, wallets, shirts and gift cards all make wonderful gifts for your special dad. Whatever your gift choice is this year, remember the most important gift is to tell dad “I Love You!”

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long as our bodies, heavy with the fatigue of travel, cannot gain lodging in the motels of the highways and the hotels of the cities. We cannot be satisfied as long as the Negro’s basic mobility is from a smaller ghetto to a larger one. We can never be satisfied as long as our children are stripped of their selfhood and robbed of their dignity by signs stating “For Whites Only”. We cannot be satisfied as long as a Negro in Mississippi cannot vote and a Negro in New York believes he has nothing for which to vote . . .” In my opinion, these are the words of the greatest (human) civil rights leader of the 20th century and arguably of all time. Think about this. All of the above atrocities were done while the government of the United States sat by (and for the most part) did nothing. Many African Americans (even if it’s not being reported in the news) are asking, “When was there ever a systematic, strategic,

coordinated effort to put the homosexual community through any of the above atrocities?” That’s right. The answer is Never. This is precisely why many African Americans are deeply disturbed by the National NAACP comparing “the

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request” for marriage equality (within the gay community) with the civil rights movement for which African Americans struggled and died. I believe the National NAACP has made a huge error for which the price is great and consequences even

greater. I do, however, continue to pray for you and the leadership of our great nation. Sincerely, Tony Mathews, Pastor North Garland Baptist Fellowship, Garland, TX


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The NAACP Greenville Branch last week filed a housing discrimination complaint with the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) against the Greenville Housing Authority. In the complaint the NAACP Greenville Branch alleges that discriminatory practices as they relate to the way Greenville Housing Authority operates are based on race and are far removed from equal treatment. We believe that the Greenville Housing Authority subjects African Americans, who are on the Section 8 Voucher program, to different terms and conditions of rental and eviction based upon false accusations and trumped-up charges of lease violations read the complaint. The complaint went on to say

“Non-African Americans, who are similarly situated, are not removed from the Section 8 Voucher program. “Quite frankly, the practices that the Greenville Housing Authority have used to keep its boots on the necks of low-income African Americans is despicable,” says NAACP Pres. Phil Dukes and vice president Will Hobdy. “The reason we filed this complaint is because we recently had a number of documented cases where the Greenville Housing Authority has one set of unwritten rules that are favorable to white clients and one set of well-written and broadly defined rules that are unfavorable to Black clients,” said Hobdy. “These numbers showed a trend that could not be ignored.” Greenville Housing Authority executive director Teresa Vinson was

named as a respondent in the complaint. The violations fall under the Fair Housing Act and Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VI). Investigators with the Department of Housing and Urban Development Ft. Worth Regional office will be conducting the investigation which is already underway according to HUD Region VI Director Gary L. Sweeney. “As the HUD investigation unfolds and as many more people come forward, I think the situation will become worse than anything we might have imagined,” said Dukes. “We will continue to gather our own internal information as others come forward and as HUD conducts their investigation. The Greenville Housing Authority has used their power and authority to deny and withdraw Section 8 Housing benefits

opinion is based on incipient practice, intense passion or intellectual principle. As Christians, the bible is our “rule of law”, it keeps us stable when the winds of doctrine blow (Ephesians 4:14). Christians do not need to become vitriolic in addressing this issue. Rather, stand on HIS WORD and wait for the day when everyone will acknowledge that Jesus is Lord and what HE has said is LAW (Philippians 2:9-11). In summary: Christians

must view homosexuality and ALL sin with its mutations as SIN. Christians must view the participants with the love of Christ and not add to the fire with vitriol, animus and angst - but with love and a willingness to restore or agree to disagree. Christians must be content to stand firm on the unchanging WORD of GOD and wait for HIM to make the matter clear once and for all!

to African American clients for the slightest of reasons. And, these slight reasons have contributed to destroying families and placing undue hardships on people who are trying to better themselves- most are single-moms who work and attend college. Facing the challenges of work and school plus living with the fear that the Greenville Housing Authority can and will literally walk in and destroy them at will makes it nearly impossible for these low-income single mothers to move forward in life.” If snuffing out the hopes

of educational advancement for Section 8 recipients has been detrimental to the minority community, then constructing hurdles for African American property owners who have wanted to lease their vacant housing stocks through the Greenville Housing Authority Section 8 program has been an American nightmare, according to Dukes. “They have virtually shut down economic development within the Black community by shutting out all but less than a handful of the vocal African Americans when it comes to allowing prop-

erty owners to participate,” said Dukes. “We will certainly be looking at adding this type of discriminatory practice to our complaint.” “With all this being said, we have no option but to put an end to the ways and means under which the Greenville Housing Authority has been allowed to practice their discriminatory methods,” says Hobdy. “The problems with the Greenville Housing Authority have been there a long time and have been ignored a long time. Now, it is time to put an end to it.”

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Finally, the Bible is God’s revelation of Who HE is and what HE requires the message of HIS WORD is constant, it does not evolve (Isaiah 40:6-8; Matthew 24:35) - HE is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow (Hebrews 13:8). He does not change neither does what HE requires. Subsequently, God’s view of sin does not change according to or in compliance with popular vote or opinion; even if that vote or

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DCCCD NAMES NEW RICHLAND COLLEGE PRESIDENT DALLAS - During its regular monthly meeting, the Dallas County Community College District’s board of trustees approved the appointment of Dr. Kathryn Eggleston as the new president of Richland College. Eggleston has served as Richland’s interim president since January 2010, following the retirement of Dr. Stephen Mittelstet. “When we began this national search process many months ago, I shared with the search committee that the next president of Richland College should have a proven track record in academic leadership, management of a successful and

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DCCCD’s chancellor Dr. Wright Lassiter Jr. he believes Dr. Eggleston meets all of those qualifications and is the best leader for Richland College at this time in its history. GJN/FILE PHOTO

effectiveness,” said Dr. Wright Lassiter Jr., CCCD’s chancellor. “Before making my recommendation to the

board, I also considered institutional ‘fit.’ I believe that Dr. Kay Eggleston meets all of those qualifications and is the best leader for Richland College at this time in its history.” “I am honored and humbled to be selected by Chancellor Lassiter to become the fourth president of Richland College,” said Eggleston. “As Richland College begins its 40th year of service to students in our community and beyond, I accept the responsibility and privilege of leading and guiding this exceptional institution. Together, with the college’s dedicated faculty and staff, we will strive toward new heights in fulfilling our mis-

sion: to be the best we can be - to learn, teach and build sustainable local and world community.” She added, “Community colleges are central to the success of our communities and to our nation’s future. Richland College will remain dedicated to transforming lives, one at a time, more than 20,000 strong.” The search process began in March 2011 - the first search for a new president at Richland College in more than 30 years. DCCCD received a total of 35 applications; 12 were selected for first-round interviews, and two members of that group later withdrew. The search committee presented a list of four finalists

to the chancellor; one withdrew, and the other candidates then were interviewed by Lassiter and senior district staff members. The chancellor then took his recommendation to the DCCCD board of trustees for its approval. During her tenure as interim president at Richland, Eggleston reorganized college operations and reduced the college’s operating budget of $55 million by $4.3 million. The college launched a second collegiate charter high school curriculum; restructured its governance; and secured approval from the Texas Education Agency for several amendments to the high school’s charter.


The 2012 Inaugural North Texas Juneteenth Golf Tournament is set for Mon., June 18 at MH Wright Park municipal golf course located at 5403 Business Hwy. 69 South in Greenville. Check-in is 7am with an 8am tee-off. The tournament is being organized by Phalconstar Communications, a local media company along with the ET Club, a fundraising arm for the oldest African American fraternal organization in Greenville, Beehive Lodge #105, PHA. “We have players coming

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in from around the state, some as far away as Lubbock,” says event organizer Will Hobdy. African Americans and the game of golf reached a milestone after only about thirty-one years of freedom when John Shippen became the first African American to play in the U.S. Open in 1896. Sandwiched between African American golfing greats like Shippen and Tiger Woods- today, there has been other national legends like Ann Gregory, Charlie Sifford, Pete Brown, Ben Davis and Lee Elder. “The tournament is limited to only 22, two-person teams, but everybody is

invited, including women” said Hobdy. “A few slots remain. To register, call (903) 450-1393 before Fri., June 15. Greenville’s Wright Park municipal golf course has some of the best golfing greens and one of the best golf pros north Texas with Bo Hartline say organizers. We anticipate a great event and we will be serving some of the best Juneteenth cuisine food in North Texas at our awards luncheon following the tournament, Hobdy said. Texas A&M University-Commerce athletics is a major sponsor of the event.

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A&M-Commerce Athletic Director Carlton Cooper. KHN/File Photo

COMMERCE- A&MCommerce last week announced a change to the Lions’ 2012 football schedule as the game against Midwestern State at Cowboys Stadium has been moved to primetime, kicking off at 7 p.m. Thursday, September 13 and serving as the opening act of the 2012 Lone Star Football Festival. The game was originally scheduled for 4 p.m. Friday, September 14. “We feel this move will benefit everyone involved,” said Athletic Director Carlton Cooper. “Once again, we will kick off the Lone Star Foot-

ball Festival and this also allows us to have the sole attention of not just the conference but Division II football on that night. It provides better opportunities for our alumni and fans to enjoy the experience and should be a highlight of the upcoming season for A&M-Commerce.” Once again, A&M-Commerce’s game at Cowboys Stadium will also serve as the annual Harvey Martin Classic, now entering its fifth season. The game honors former Lion AllAmerican and Super Bowl MVP Harvey Martin, who

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helped lead East Texas State to the 1972 NAIA national title before earning a Super Bowl ring with the Dallas Cowboys in 1978. The first three games of the Harvey Martin Classic were played in the historic Cotton Bowl at the Texas State Fairgrounds before moving to Cowboys Stadium in 2011. A number of events are in the planning stages for this year’s festivities with details being announced as they become available. With the A&M-Commerce/ Midwestern State game being moved to Thursday evening, the scheduling for the second

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day of the Lone Star Football Festival has also been adjusted. Eastern New Mexico and Incarnate Word will now play at 3:30 p.m. Friday afternoon while the high school showdown between Southlake Carroll and Temple getting underway at 7:30 p.m. Friday evening. The Saturday slate remains the same as Angelo State takes on Gulf South Conference foe Valdosta State at noon, Tarleton State and Abilene Christian play at 4 p.m. with Texas A&M-Kingsville and West Texas A&M closing out the three-day event at 8 p.m. Tickets for the Festival will

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go on sale later this summer through the A&M-Commerce Athletic Department. Season ticket information for the 2012 A&M-Commerce football season will be released early next week as the Lions move toward a challenging upcoming slate. A&M-Commerce will have five home dates in 2012, with two of those teams (Abilene Christian and West Texas A&M) having qualified for the postseason in 2011. Rivals Texas A&MKingsville and Tarleton State both make the trek to Memorial Stadium this fall as well.

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