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Lewisville High football standout Tahj Martin: ‘It is a dream for me to play college football’

LEWISVILLE, Texas — Tahj Martin is just a tender 15-year-old student athlete.

A great, big gigantic one, that is.

Consider, for instance, Martin’s massive frame that is comprised of his standing 6-foot-3 and weighing in at 261 pounds which, to his credit, is practically equivalent of an NFL lineup.


FRESHMAN SENSATION

UNDER THE RADAR — Assuming roles on both sides of the ball as a left tackle and defensive end for Lewisville coach Michael Odle’s squad, Tahj Martin enjoyed a significant amount of action this past season for the Farmers as his stock amongst college scouts and recruiters increased mightily in the process.

Speaking of the NFL, Martin doesn’t shy away from the notion that playing football on Sundays undoubtedly is amongst his major long-term ambitions.

But first thing’s first: blossoming as a rising prep footballer.

“I am a hard working athlete, who has come from very humble surroundings,” Martin told Making Headline News during a weekend interview. “I am a magnet and people gravitate to me, because of my winning personality and attitude.”

A triumphant mentality certainly highlights Martin’s assortment of key attributes as a true freshman for Lewisville (Texas) High’s football team.

 

STOCK IS RISING — With so much high school football ahead of him, Martin has already garnered interests from Texas Christian University and the University of Texas.

Martin, in fact, is coming off of a productive and breakthrough season for an upstart Lewisville team that finished the 2018 campaign with a 9-3 mark, including an impressive 6-1 record in 6A Region I District 6, second only to conference rival Flower Mound.

Assuming roles on both sides of the ball as a left tackle and defensive end for coach Michael Odle’s squad, Martin enjoyed a significant amount of action for the Farmers as his stock amongst college scouts and recruiters increased mightily in the process.

No one, it seems, can attest to his notion more than his father, Geoffrey Grant Martin, who’s thoroughly convinced that his son is making a strong case that his prep football career will culminate with him signing a National Letter of Intent.

TEXAS-SIZED IMPACT — Martin is coming off of a productive and breakthrough season for an upstart Lewisville team that finished the 2018 campaign with a 9-3 mark, including an impressive 6-1 record in 6A Region I District 6, second only to conference rival Flower Mound.

“Tahj has grown tremendously both on the field and off,” Geoffrey Grant said. “He’s gained a level of confidence and passion for not only his role on the team, but for the entire team itself, all while maintaining his grades academically.”

All things considered, Martin’s favorable display as a true freshmen for the Farmers has, in fact, given way to a few college scouts deeming it essential to thrust him under their radar.

With so much high school football ahead of him, Martin has already garnered interests from Texas Christian University and the University of Texas.

DOING IT BIG IN TEXAS — Martin’s massive frame that is comprised of his standing 6-foot-3 and weighing in at 261 pounds which, to his credit, is practically equivalent of an NFL lineup.

Given the immeasurable impact he’s had thus far in his prep career, expect that list to expand much sooner than later.

“It is a dream for me (to play college football), because I am made and built for the sport of football,” Martin said. “I know that all the years I have been playing will pay off and a college scholarship would be the ultimate satisfaction of all.”

Although he did not attend any camps this past summer because of unforeseen circumstances, Martin was especially active, particularly as it relates to conditioning regularly and monitoring his weight.

“(I would typically workout) Monday and Wednesday mornings and in the afternoons, (and would take part in) cardio training on Saturdays and Sundays,” Martin said. “I also work on healthy eating habits that include making smoothies and protein snacks to build a strong muscle mass.”

DON’T LEAVE ME HANGING — A triumphant mentality certainly highlights Martin’s assortment of key attributes as a true freshman for Lewisville High’s football team.

Despite his overall body of work on and off the field, coupled with the impressive resume he’s established to this point, Martin also doesn’t shy away from the notion that no one has to persuade him not to hit the cruise control button at this point.

Not with so much prep football ahead of him.


“I performed exceptionally well (during the 2018 season), but I still have more work to do. I’ve got to work more on dropping into coverage. I have to work on that. My speed needs to improve, but with growth, I know I will get faster.” — Lewisville freshman Tahj Martin


WAITING HIS TURN — All things considered, Martin’s favorable display a true underclassmen for the Farmers has, in fact, given way to a few college scouts deeming it essential to thrust him under their radar.

A pretty wise and thorough assessment, this coming from a tender 15-year-old student athlete.

A great, big gigantic one, that is.

One whose short list of interested colleges undoubtedly is expected to expand much sooner than later.

So stay tuned.


For more information about Lewisville (Texas) High School football standout Tahj Gabriel Martin, connect with him via social media at:

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Ex-spouse of NFL player, author Angela Marshall’s autobiography inspiring others to ‘get in the game of life’

MAKING HEADLINE NEWS WELCOMES ANGELA MARSHALL 


Every so often, Angela Marshall fields the question as if she expected it.

“After being asked numerous times about the supposed lifestyle of the rich and famous, I decided to pen my truth about reality, rags, and riches,” Marshall said.

During a recent interview with Making Headline News, Marshall, an Augusta, Georgia-based author and former wife of a professional athlete, spoke at length about her assortment of experiences as a devoted spouse to a wealthy NFL player in her latest book entitled, “The Story And Life Of An Ex-NFL Wife: Reality To Rags To Riches.” Reality To Rags To Riches: The Story And Life Of An Ex-NFL Wife.”

GAME CHANGER — During a recent interview with Making Headline News, Angela Marshall, an Augusta, Georgia-based author and former wife of a professional athlete, spoke at length about her assortment of experiences as a devoted spouse to a wealthy NFL player in her latest book entitled, “The Story And Life Of An Ex-NFL Wife: Reality To Rags To Riches.” Reality To Rags To Riches: The Story And Life Of An Ex-NFL Wife.”

A book that was officially released in November 2017, Marshall’s autobiography depicts what she appropriately describes as “this football life,” a life-changing trend that had afforded her extraordinary opportunities, exposure to life’s options, and blessings untold, according to a detail breakdown of her book at Amazon.com.

As Marshall vividly explained, such a unique life had filled what she has dubbed her “personal playbook,” one that was accompanied by the wisdom to call what she refers to as “an audible, pass, run,” even a proverbial “go for the two-point conversion as I lived each day,” she explained.

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FIRST QUARTER — A book that was officially released in November 2017, Marshall’s autobiography depicts what she appropriately describes as “this football life,” a life-changing trend that had afforded her extraordinary opportunities, exposure to life’s options, and blessings untold, according to a detail breakdown of her book at Amazon.com.

“Yes, I observed the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat from the stands and sidelines,” Marshall continued while sharing a synopsis of latest book. “Most importantly, I beheld strength, courage and purpose. And those qualities molded me into the person I am today. I got off the bench after merely existing and got into the game of living.”

A book Marshall began composing sometime in October 2016, this accomplished writer needed just shy of a year to complete an informative written document she says is a thorough perspective of how she felt while living what she describes as a “life of lack,” particularly through the public’s thought whereby she was, by all accounts, living a life of lavish.

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PERSONAL SUPER BOWL — As Marshall vividly explained, such a unique life had filled what she has dubbed her “personal playbook,” one that was accompanied by the wisdom to call what she refers to as “an audible, pass, run,” even a proverbial “go for the two-point conversion as I lived each day,” she explained.

While some of the immediate feedback has been favorable, Marshall also acquired her share of backlash since the release of her second book.

“A handful of people have criticized me, saying I am exploiting my ex-husband’s former pro-career to make money,” said Marshall who, in November 2016, made her authorship debut with the release of Lust, Lessons, Love and Life. “A few had no idea that I was suffering in silence during that period in my life, and others have said they still want money, fame, and the experience.”

Despite the array of mixed reactions surrounding her latest book, Marshall doesn’t shy away from the notion that she’s undoubtedly fulfilling her divine purpose through a newly-erected project, one that is accompanied by God’s endorsement.

After all, if God said it, that settles it.

“The Biblical scripture says that tables are prepared for us,” Marshall said. “I’m exhorting folks to feast daily from the tables of promises, potential, power, and prosperity from God. Also, to get off the bench and get in the game of life.

“Without giving too many details from the book, I had quite a few lessons that I needed to learn as well as continue growing through my struggles to strength,” Marshall continued. “Being able to tell my truth has and is setting myself and others free.”

FIRST AND 10 — A book Marshall began composing sometime in October 2016, this accomplished writer needed just shy of a year to complete an informative written document she says is a thorough perspective of how she felt while living what she describes as a “life of lack,” particularly through the public’s thought whereby she was, by all accounts, living a life of lavish.

Having announced that other books are forthcoming, Marshall describes her itinerary as mostly steady, thanks in large part to what she labels her “transparent platform” about her life.

“I have speaking opportunities or have author appearances at least three times a month for various businesses and organizations,” Marshall said.

In all likelihood, the possibility exist that more opportunities to share of and promote her book could very well come to fruition, especially considering the 2018 NFL season officially begins in the coming days.

Said Marshall: “Life has taken me on a journey, which took three major turns, each leading to a road of exploration and discovery, each crafting me into the person who would become skillful at using life’s compass in navigating new directions and negotiating what’s best for me:

IN THE RED ZONE — Having announced that other books are forthcoming, Marshall describes her itinerary as mostly steady, thanks in large part to what she labels her “transparent platform” about her life.

Reality is a place that forced me to face life early on as is. The seeds planted during that period are directly responsible for my growth. All of my core values were established. No matter how far I strayed, the experiences throughout that time, prepared me for rags and riches.

Rags taught me humility, agility and possibility. I learned to be grateful when I am served, but more importantly, to be willing to serve others. The events during this period instilled fearless faith that grounded me and prepared me for true Riches.

AFTER FURTHER REVIEW — In all likelihood, the possibility exist that more opportunities to share of and promote her book could very well come to fruition, especially considering the 2018 NFL season officially begins in the coming days.

Riches are not about what, it’s about whom. For me, that means family, friends and moments. They are true riches, which are irreplaceable. If I can replace it, it is not a true treasure.”

Well said by this brilliantly gifted author, fielding the question as if she expected it.

Once again.

For more information about Augusta, Georgia-based Author Angela Marshall, or to schedule her for a public appearance, a book signing or speaking engagement, connect with her via social media under: Facebook: www.facebook.com/ wisewordswoman; Instagram: www.instagram.com/inotherwordsbystone; Twitter: www.twitter.com/wordsbystone.


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Dallas/Fort Worth-area rising entertainer Christie Henry: ‘I am a living witness to what God can do in someone’s life’

STAR WATCH — A native of Memphis, Christie Henry has made continuous strides in this ever-so-competitive entertainment industry, particularly since she relocated from the Bluff City to the Dallas/Fort Worth area. 

DALLASChristie Henry knows full well that countless golden opportunities await her.

“So, there is no excuse as to why I (shouldn’t) take full advantage of it,” Henry told Making Headline News during a recent exclusive interview.

The opportunities to which Henry is alluding are those through her immense gifts and talents as a rising singer and entertainer.

A native of Memphis, Henry has made continuous strides in this ever-so-competitive entertainment industry, particularly since she relocated from the Bluff City to the Dallas/Fort Worth area.

MAKING MAJOR MOVES — To her distinctly unique credit, it seemed that once Henry effectively found her niche in this industry, one favorable move ultimately led to another.

And given the success she has enjoyed in recent years, it’s safe to assume that this young, thriving businesswoman doesn’t plan to slow down anytime soon.

If nothing else, she doesn’t shy away from the notion that her primary emphasis is to only add to her musically talented repertoire.

“With this business venture, I plan to use every avenue or outlet available to share my gifts to the world,” Henry said. “The music and entertainment industry is very broad. So, there is no excuse as to why I didn’t take full advantage of it.”

To her distinctly unique credit, it seemed that once she had effectively found her niche in this industry, one favorable move ultimately led to another.

And, as a result, such considerable progress eventually has inspired this gifted and young entertainer to devise ways to reap sustained success.

So far, so good for this former University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff band member, who’s also armed with the notable gift of modeling and recently released her new hit single entitled, “In the Cold,” which is available on SoundCloud.

“As an artist, it is my job to insure that the arts ever die,” Henry said. Whether I sing gospel, R & B, hip hop, afrobeat, or jazz, my freedom of speech and freedom of expression will be shown through it.”

A 2009 graduate of Memphis Fairley High, Henry enrolled at UAPB in the fall of that year and, after two-year stint with the school’s tradition-rich marching band, she returned to Tennessee, where she joined the Marching Musical Machines of the Mid-South. Consequently, Henry elected to transfer to the University of Memphis but, according to her, “A few things transpired in my life that resulted into me having to take a few years off.”

Even while pursuing her goals and ambitions, Henry acknowledged that amongst her short-term goals is aid other aspiring entertainers to pursue their dreams and maximize their potential.

Because after all, there are no excuses as to why they shouldn’t.

“With this business endeavor, I hope to lay a foundation for future artists to be able to go after their dreams at all cost- without selling your souls to do so,” said Henry, adding that once she reaches a certain level of success in her entertainment career, she plans to establish her own fine arts school and community center. “No one was put on this earth to be placed in a category or feel boxed in. It’s time for us all to let out the artist in us to express ourselves more.”

TOO HOT, TOO HOT — So far, so good for this young, vibrant entertainer, who is yet proving that she her best and brightest days in her element are well ahead of her. So remember her name.

A 2009 graduate of Memphis Fairley High, Henry enrolled at UAPB in the fall of that year and, after two-year stint with the school’s tradition-rich marching band, she returned to Tennessee, where she joined the Marching Musical Machines of the Mid-South.

Consequently, Henry elected to transfer to the University of Memphis but, according to her, “A few things transpired in my life that resulted into me having to take a few years off.”

Now as a resident of the Dallas/Fort Worth are, higher education still remains a lofty priority for Henry, considering plans are in the works to complete her undergraduate studies at either nearby Richland College or the University of North Texas.

A TRUE INSPIRATION — Even while pursuing her goals and ambition, Henry acknowledged that amongst her short-term goals is aid other aspiring entertainers to pursue their dreams and maximize their potential. (This photo and the lead photo courtesy of Jamal Aaron)

As for what is shaping up to be an illustrious career in music and entertainment, Henry would be the first to tell you that she’s one who aspires to be both educated and talented.

After all, she might as well do it big in Texas, considering word around here is that they do things big here.

“Music is universal,” said Henry, whose gifts an entertainer has allowed her to put her remarkable talents on display in such places as Miami, Atlanta, St. Louis, Chicago, and Dallas. “So in my opinion, there is no age limit when it comes to my portion of the music and entertainment business. Everyone enjoys music regardless of the genre. There shouldn’t be any boundaries when it comes to it, because it is a form of expression.”

REFOCUSING HER FOCUS TO STAY FOC– USED — Now as a resident of the Dallas/Fort Worth are, higher education still remains a priority of Henry’s list, considering plans are in the works to complete her undergraduate studies at either nearby Richland College or the University of North Texas.

So far, so good for this young, vibrant entertainer, who is yet proving that she her best and brightest days in her element are well ahead of her.

So remember her name.

“I am a living witness to what God can do in someone’s life,” Henry said. “He literally stepped in at the nick of time, pulled me out of my comfort zone, and revealed to me that it’s not too late to pursue your destiny.”

Because after all, there are no excuses as to why she shouldn’t.

Or can’t.

 

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Accomplished author and Christian life coach Dr. Traci Lynn Gardner-Petteway changing a generation through her book, “There is Hope: The A-Z Survival Guide for Life’s Situations”

“That you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.” (Matthew 5:45)

DALLAS — As it pertains to the above Biblical passage, one that was uttered by Jesus Christ as part of His famous Sermon on the Mount, Dr. Traci Lynn Gardner-Petteway, to her credit, recently offered a rather thought-provoking, fascinating assessment of it.

“Even in the midst of it all, you don’t have to look like what you’re going through,” Gardner-Petteway, the founder and chief executive officer of Hope Inc. Christian Counseling in nearby Lewisville, Texas, told Making Headline News this week leading to Alpha Kappa Alpha’s 109th Founder’s Day celebration on January 15. “(You’ve got to) hold your head up and, as my grandmother would always tell me as a child, ‘I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. My help cometh from the Lord, which made heaven and earth.’”

It is, by all accounts, because of her grandmother’s unyielding spiritual guidance by way of Psalm 121:1-2, for instance, that has greatly enabled Gardner-Petteway — a lifetime member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated — to steadfastly press and navigate through life’s toughest of obstacles, thus blossom into the progressive, God-fearing woman for which she is widely known.

In addition, because she has managed to stand her ground spiritually and draw closer to Almighty God unlike never before, this notable Christian life coach deemed it necessary to share her life-enhancing testimony through a book that figures to change a generation.

RAY OF HOPEHaving caught the God-ordained vision some six years ago to compose “There is Hope: The A-Z Survival Guide for Life’s Situations,” Dr. Traci Gardner-Petteway finally witnessed her project come full circle after producing her book’s final chapter just last March.
Approximately two months later, Gardner-Petteway’s book was finally published — a much-anticipated, 92-page masterpiece in which she explains in great details what she eloquently describes as “solid insight” for overcoming challenges and achieving success.

Having caught the God-ordained vision some six years ago to compose “There is Hope: The A-Z Survival Guide for Life’s Situations,” Gardner-Petteway finally witnessed her project come full circle after producing her book’s final chapter just last March.

Approximately two months later, Gardner-Petteway’s book was finally published — a much-anticipated, 92-page masterpiece in which this Shreveport, Louisiana native eloquently describes as “solid insight” for overcoming challenges and achieving success.

HEART OF PEARLS“Even in the midst of it all, you don’t have to look like what you’re going through,” Gardner-Petteway, the founder and chief executive officer of Hope Inc. Christian Counseling in nearby Lewisville, Texas, told Making Headline News this week leading to Alpha Kappa Alpha’s 109th Founder’s Day celebration on January 15. “(You’ve got to) hold your head up and, as my grandmother would always tell me as a child, ‘I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. My help cometh from the Lord, which made heaven and earth.’”

Much to the delight of her reading audience, “There Is Hope: The A-Z Survival Guide for Life’s Situations” seemingly has been birthed through the rather familiar, inspiring passage that is Jeremiah 29:11, the very scripture that practically serves as the spiritual GPS system, of sorts, particularly as it relates to driving pass — and through — the toughest of life’s brutally rocky and sometimes chaotic roads.

“The divine message is to realize that there is hope, even when it doesn’t look or feel like it,” Gardner-Petteway explained as she consequently recited the words to the familiar passage that has become a spiritual fixture in the Body of Christ. “Jeremiah 29:11 clearly states, ‘For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.’”

Moreover, because Gardner-Petteway demonstrates a sense of transparency in her book, the general consensus amongst readers has been overwhelmingly positive and uplifting.

“Positive, encouraging, and (some even) requesting a Bible study geared towards the book,” Gardner-Petteway said. “Most people who have contacted me have been suffering though the situations of life: death, divorce, marital challenges, parenting difficulty, drug and/or alcohol abuse, rape, blended family adjustments, and domestic violence. The book addresses all of these real life situations and it gives them hope.”

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In addition, Gardner-Petteway’s book, as expected, has allowed her gifts to make even more room for this notable college professor, motivational speaker, and local radio personality

“Speaking engagements on certain topics referenced in the book have also been requested,” she said.

As expected by Gardner-Petteway — and most accomplished authors — there have been critics who voiced their displeasure with the book.

“I have to be honest and transparent,” said Gardner-Petteway, “(But I’ve) received very minimal negative feedback. People can only speak to what they understand and when they don’t understand or can’t comprehend, they tend to beg to differ and choose to challenge. It’s a common defense mechanism and the best medicine for that is to agree to disagree and carry on.”

Generally, Gardner-Petteway emphasized that she’s thoroughly pleased with a book in which she was inspired to produce out of total obedience to God.

“God has called me to offer Christian — i.e. Faith-based — counseling,” Gardner-Petteway said. “This book provides the best practices and steps to helping my brothers and sisters in Christ, as well as those who aren’t believers deal with life.

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“God has given me the TALENT to: T-Talk with clarity, A- Analyze without judging, L – Love unconditionally, E – Emphasize what’s most important, N – Never embarrass or cause a fellow man to stumble, and T – Teach the word of God to whoever will listen,” Gardner-Petteway continued. “My purpose is wrapped up in the TALENT.”

All of which thoroughly sums up why “There Is Hope: The A-Z Survival Guide for Life’s Situations” is already having a monumental impact in the Kingdom.

“The book will lift your spirit, give you hope, and draw you closer to Jesus, the Christ,” Gardner-Petteway said. “That’s my purpose — to plant the seed and God will water and give the increase. It’s all about Him. Be a vessel. Be a blessing.”

Let the church say Amen.

 

To purchase Dr. Traci Gardner-Petteway’s “There Is Hope: The A-Z Survival Guide for Life’s Situations” or for more information about Hope Inc. Christian Counseling, call (972) 420-4673. Also, send email to: drtracipetteway@me.com.



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Dallas/Fort Worth businesswoman Dr. Traci Gardner-Petteway defies toughest of odds, blossoms in her divine calling and purpose

 

CHOSEN BY GODAmongst the grandest reasons Dr. Traci Gardner-Petteway is steadfastly enjoying the fruits of her labor, coupled with her holding fast to the mission and vision for which God has blessed her is that she’s proven to be one who doesn’t take defeat lying down. A native of Shreveport, Louisiana, Gardner-Petteway is founder and chief executive officer of Hope Inc. Christian Counseling, a non-profit organization located at 522 Edmonds Lane, Suite 201, in Lewisville, Texas.

DALLASDr. Traci Lynn Gardner-Petteway is one big-hearted, compassionate woman who customarily goes above and beyond to demonstrate agape love.

You know, the kind of unyielding, faith-based kind of love God’s manual specifically admonishes us to fortify daily.

“(I love) encouraging, empowering, and providing guidance along with proven techniques, from a psychological modality as well as from a Biblical perspective as it relates to dealing with the situations of life,” Gardner-Petteway, during a recent interview with Making Headline News, said when asked what she likes most about her business.

Amongst the grandest reasons Gardner-Petteway is steadfastly enjoying the fruits of her labor, coupled with her holding fast to the mission and vision for which God has blessed her is that she’s proven to be one who doesn’t merely take defeat lying down.

In a nutshell, the greater the obstacle, the greater the golden opportunity for which Gardner-Petteway sees before her defy the urge the quit.

“I learned that if the elevator to success is broken, you must take the stairs,” Gardner-Petteway said.

Such an intriguing, life-enhancing analogy, to her credit, certainly rings true, particularly as a progressive, thriving businesswoman.

A native of Shreveport, Louisiana, Gardner-Petteway is founder and chief executive officer of Hope Inc. Christian Counseling, a non-profit — or (501(c)(6)) —  organization that is sanctioned through the Lewisville Area Chamber of Commerce.

Located at 522 Edmonds Lane, Suite 201, in nearby Lewisville, Texas, Hope Inc. Christian Counseling strives to bring about clarity and wholeness to the lives of individuals, couples, and families by way of life coaching, of sorts.

In addition, this institution seeks to assist people with self-evaluations, as well as help them understand what patterns and behaviors greatly create stress, various types of conflict, not to mention effective strategies and solutions on how to deal with them effectively, particularly as it pertains to relationship assessments.

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As for her personal mission for which she was inspired to start her non-profit organization, Gardner-Petteway — who’s widely known as a Christian life coach, college professor, an accomplished author, motivational speaker, as well as a local radio personality (The Talk Show With Dr. Traci/Every Thursday on Heaven 97AM from 7-8 pm) and licensed/ordained minister — alluded specifically to her childhood, most notably when she was molested by a relative at just seven years of age.

WOMAN ON THE MOVEAs for her personal mission for which she was inspired to start her non-profit organization, Gardner-Petteway — who’s widely known as a Christian life coach, college professor, an accomplished author, motivational speaker, as well as a local radio personality and licensed/ordained minister — alluded specifically to her childhood, most notably when she was molested by a relative at just seven years of age.

As if that wasn’t enough to bring about a sense of dysfunction to the life of a youngster with so much potential and promise, her parents eventually divorced after 23 years of marriage when she was 16 and, as a young adult — particularly in her late teens and early 20’s — she recalled how she was victimized mightily as a result of domestic violence by a then-boyfriend.

A little more than two decades removed from that horrific encounter, she consequently endured unsolicited sexual advances by her then-supervisor, which ultimately gave way to what she described as a hostile working environment.

“I had friends who ostracized me because my parents were no longer together, and the abuse I suffered through was one that you were always told to remain silent about because people will judge you without the facts,” Gardner-Petteway explained.

By and large, she admittedly sensed that such a sequence of downtrodden events seemed downright unbearable at times.

But God…

“I internalized the pain and suffered through years of depression until I realized that I did not do anything wrong and that I had no reason to be ashamed,” Gardner-Petteway said. “As an adult, I came to realize that many people internalize their guiltless pain and walked throughout life with the mindset that they have no hope.”

For Gardner-Petteway, her renewed sense of peace in life was manufactured, courtesy of the Supreme Peacemaker, as Jesus specifically enlightens us, according to John 16:33.

“My personal mission is to give hope through Jesus, the Christ,” said Gardner-Petteway, adding she was inspired to establish her organization thanks in large to the continuous support of a host of family members.

Devoted love ones from her husband, Leroy Petteway, Jr., to her parents, George and Eula Davis-Gardner, her brother, Sheldon Gardner, not to mention her loving, late grandmother, Essie Lee Davis.

Having earned a Bachelor of Science in Organizational Management from Wiley College in nearby Marshall, Texas, Gardner-Petteway holds a dual Masters of Arts degree in Psychology and Human Resource Management from Our Lady of the Lake University and a dual Doctorate of Philosophy in Social Work and Counseling from Capella University.

Talk about an impressive, commendable resume for a woman, who not only expresses daily her love for Almighty God but, most importantly, a woman who goes above and beyond to exemplify it.

You know, the kind of unyielding, faith-based love God’s manual specially admonishes us to fortify daily.

“You were not built to break,” Gardner-Petteway, a lifetime member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and an active member of Jack And Jill  of America, Inc., said. “Greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world. I lost some friends because of my speaking out against the unsolicited sexual advances, but that was God’s way of revealing to me who my real friends were.”

For Gardner-Petteway, when the dust had finally settled, after she had suffered awhile, God — just as He always does — had settled and established her, as only He could.

“The lost was hurtful,” she said, “but God always takes care of His own.”

In that order.

 

For more information about Hope Inc. Christian Counseling, call (972) 420-4673. Also, send email to Dr. Traci Gardner-Petteway at: drtracipetteway@me.com.



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Dallas-area athlete Seth Texada aiming to increase his recruiting stock when he suits up for Grapevine High in 2017

DALLAS — Ricky Texada pastors arguably one of the most advanced, prosperous churches in the Dallas/Fort Worth area.

That, by all accounts, means he’s pretty efficient and knowledge of the written word of God.

Interesting enough, when it comes to the athletic talents of his son, local prep athlete Seth Ryan Texada, Ricky Texada is one who can assess his son’s skills and mechanics with the best of them.

“Seth first played organized flag football at nine years (of age),” Ricky Texada, the Campus Pastor of Covenant Church of Colleyville, Texas, told Making Headline News this week. “He was very instinctive in route running, catching and defending. His speed was two-to-three steps faster than everyone on the field. He began playing (competitive) football in the fifth grade.”

 

FULL FAMILY SUPPORTGiven his immense strides and considerable progress he’s made in recent years, Seth Texada (No. 12) is seemingly making a strong case that he’s destined to put his athletic skills on display at the collegiate level in the coming years. A speedy 5-foot-6, 155-pound running back who emerged as the catalyst for a Grapevine Faith Christian team that ended the 2016 season with a seven-game undefeated streak and a Texas private school state championship, if nothing else, Seth Texada only increased his recruiting stock as he prepares to make the lofty transition to public schools competition next year. Having played for a Grapevine Christian team that was ranked No. 79 in Texas by Maxpreps.com, Seth Texada will suit up next season for nearby Grapevine High.

Given the immense strides and considerable progress he’s made in recent years, Seth Texada is seemingly making a strong case that he’s destined to put his athletic skills on display at the collegiate level in the coming years.

A speedy 5-foot-6, 155-pound running back who emerged as the catalyst for a Grapevine Faith Christian team that ended the 2016 season with a seven-game undefeated streak and a Texas private school state championship, if nothing else, Seth Texada only increased his recruiting stock as he prepares to make the lofty transition to public schools competition next year.

Having played for a Grapevine Christian team that was ranked No. 79 in Texas by Maxpreps.com, Seth Texada will suit up next season for nearby Grapevine High.

RUN SETH, RUN: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gGcvxLhYzrU.

As he tells it, he certainly welcomes what undoubtedly will be a monumental challenge as a newcomer to a Mustang team that ended the 2016 campaign with an impressive 10-2 finish and advanced to the second round of the Class 5A playoffs.

“I had to make the most of every touch since I played behind (All-State running back) Keyshawn Wyatt,” said Seth Texada, assessing his overall performance this past season. “I kept the chains moving.”

Most importantly, this multi-sport athlete was as good as advertised in playing alongside Wyatt, arguably one of the most rugged, efficient rushers in Texas who amassed a career-best 2,888 yards rushing this past season.

For starters, Seth Texada proved, among other things, that even with a small frame, he boasts the smarts to elude opposing defenders, considering he reached the end zone on an average of six carries.

As if that wasn’t enough to draw rave reviews, Seth Texada was just as reliable on special teams, where he averaged in the neighborhood of 32 yards per punt return.

Wait…there’s more, he acknowledged.

“I improved my run, blocking and pass protection,” Seth Texada said. “Overall, it was a great season, especially to top it off by winning the state championship. Now I have a football championship to go with a state championship (in track and field). That’s two state championships in one year…not bad at all.”

Fortunately Seth Texada, with two full seasons of major prep football ahead of him, at least one intriguing thing has been determined for this overwhelmingly gifted — yet sometimes underrated — athlete.

RUN TELL THAT — “Coaches and recruiters need to know that no one is going to outwork me,” said Seth Texada who, last summer, was extended invites to camps at Texas State, Arkansas State, Arkansas Tech, Southeastern Oklahoma State and Southern Methodist University, although scheduling conflicts didn’t allow for him to attend any of them. I also understand the value of their investment in me and what it means to be a student-athlete. I have two cousins playing at the (major Division 1 football), which makes me understand that there is a price to pay for success. I’m a man of high morals and character, and I will represent (a college) program in the best possible way.”

That is, he’s exemplifies that championship pedigree, something that, in some cases, can’t be merely taught.

The biggest mystery now, it seems, is at what point will scouts and recruiters consequently take notice.

“Coaches and recruiters need to know that no one is going to outwork me,” said Seth Texada who, last summer, was extended invites to camps at Texas State, Arkansas State, Arkansas Tech, Southeastern Oklahoma State and Southern Methodist University, although scheduling conflicts didn’t allow for him to attend any of them. I also understand the value of their investment in me and what it means to be a student-athlete. I have two cousins playing at the (major Division 1 football), which makes me understand that there is a price to pay for success. I’m a man of high morals and character, and I will represent (a college) program in the best possible way.”

Without question, his father will be right there throughout the entire recruiting process, steering him in the right direction.

Just as he does for, well, the rest of his sheep.

ESTABLISHING A COVENANT: http://www.covenantchurch.org/.

“The sky is the limit for Seth,” Ricky Texada said. “Last summer as a freshman, he ran a 4.43, (had shown) has a 35-inch vertical jump and ran a 4.19 shuttle. These are measurable that matter when determining athletic ability. The one thing that can’t be measured is heart.”

Given the continuous progress Seth Texada has made in recent years, it’s safe to assume greater days are on the horizon for a thriving multi-sport athlete, one whom seems well on his way to appearing under the recruiters’ radar.

Much sooner than later.



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Christopher Huckaby has blossomed into one of Dallas/Fort Worth’s top master barbers thanks to grandmother’s influential impact

DUNCANVILLE, Texas — Christopher Huckaby doesn’t shy away from the notion that Bessie Carter Fowler undoubtedly is one of the best individuals with whom he’s ever crossed paths.

Come to think of it, if it wasn’t for Carter, well, let’s just say that Huckaby wouldn’t be here.

w-1During a weekend exclusive interview with Making Headline News, Huckaby recalled in great detail about how Carter, his beloved grandmother, had once enrolled in cosmetology school, but never finished.

That, as a result, fueled his desire to go above and beyond to maximize his potential while embarking upon his career.

“(She) went to cosmetology school, but never completed (it),” Huckaby explained.

a-2Still, grandma — as only she could — deemed it necessary to see to it that her grandson would successfully carry out the lofty mission by which He instilled in her family.

“She gave me my first pair of clippers and wrote me a poem,” Huckaby said.

nju-169x300The poem, to his recollection, was rather forthright and direct.

It read: “A task great or small…do it well or not at all….”

The rest, as they say, was history.

Years removed from such a life-enhancing, gut-checking encounter with his grandmother, Huckaby has evolved as one of the best hairstylists in the greater Dallas Fort-Worth area.

A native of nearby Mesquite, Texas, Huckaby is a master barber at Kutz By Chris, located at Natural Edges Salon in Lewisville, Texas, just off of Texas Interstate 35 North.

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“I put my all into every cut,” said Huckaby, summing up his mission for having chosen to delve off into such an ever-so-competitive industry. “Community service is important to me as a barber since I have a gift to give back and support my family.”

Given his notable track record in his profession, it’s safe to assume that aside from his grandmother’s wealth of wisdom and guidance, Huckaby was destined to become an efficient, dynamically-talented barber.

bgtyy-169x300For starters, Huckaby enrolled at Grahams Barber College  Summer 2010, approximately four years after graduating from the Texas A&M University-Commerce.

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rreInteresting enough, he recalls like yesterday how he would routinely attend school on picture day and didn’t get haircuts, in large part because a majority of his of his summers were spent at his grandmother’s residence.

Still, it seemed that all wasn’t merely lost for this lifetime member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., whose haircut portfolio via message social media and message boards have drawn rave reviews from countless social media account holders, several of whom had ultimately become his clients.

Thank God for grandma’s poem, which read: “A task great or small…do it well or not at all….”

The rest, as they say, was history.



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