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Special to The Dallas Examiner | 4/8/2016, 11:06 a.m.
April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month, a time to bring awareness to the prevalence of child abuse in our ...


“Order My Steps,” will be the theme of the 13th annual “Hatting” Prayer Brunch, hosted by the Dallas Southwest Section of the National Council of Negro Women Inc., a national women’s organization founded by Mary McLeod Bethune in 1935. With 39 affiliate councils and over 240 sections across the country, the organization’s mission is to lead, develop and advocate for African American women through research, national and community-based health programs, education and economic empowerment services.

The celebration will take place on April 9 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the East Dallas Christian Church, located at 629 N. Peak St. Attendees are asked to wear church attire and a hat. For more information, donations and tickets, call 214-337-5609.


The city of Lancaster announced yesterday that it has selected Robert Franklin as the city’s new fire chief.

Franklin started his career with the city in 1999 as a firefighter, working his way up to battalion chief where he oversaw an array of fire department functional programs, assisted with fire department grants, and served as the chief of training. He is known for facilitating a transparent environment of trust by encouraging and equipping others to improve. His career passion is firefighter safety and customer service.

He is a certified fire executive; he holds a Bachelor of Science in educational leadership and an associate’s degree in fire protection. He is a certified Texas Commission on Fire Protection Master Firefighter, Fire Officer IV, Haz-Mat Technician, Incident Safety Officer and Master Instructor. He is also a graduate of the Texas Fire Chiefs Academy, a comprehensive training opportunity for current fire chiefs and those who aspire to be fire chiefs.

In 2015, Lancaster former Fire Chief Thomas Griffith announced his intention to retire in April 2016 after 30 years of service with the Lancaster Fire Department. Griffith’s retirement celebration will take place on April 22 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Lancaster Recreation Center Grand Ballroom, 1700 Veterans Memorial Parkway.

Lancaster City Council is set to confirm the city managers appointment of Franklin at the April 11 City Council meeting.