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  • It's time to celebrate. Happy Anniversary to me!

    Gina Wilson Steward|Jun 6, 2024

    This week marks my 18th Anniversary as owner of the Telegram Newspaper. What an accomplishment for me and my family! On Monday, June 1st as I thanked God for his continued Favor as I stepped out on being an entrepreneur 18 years ago. As any small business owner knows, if you don't work... you don't eat. I have never looked back. (Well not really. I did look back once early on when my finances was negative and I remembered those guaranteed $2,000/week checks that I used to get in Corporate...

  • DENIM DAY 2024 4-24-24 Support Sexual Assault Survivors

    Gina Wilson Steward|Apr 18, 2024

    We're wearing denim on Wednesday, April 24, 2024, to take a stand against sexual violence. Denim Day is a campaign that takes place every year to raise awareness about sexual violence and to support survivors. It originated in Italy in the 1990s in response to a case where a young woman was raped by her driving instructor. The Italian Supreme Court overturned the conviction, stating that because the victim was wearing tight jeans, she must have helped her attacker remove them implying consent....

  • Sabbath Middle School Continues their Community Read Day and Expands

    Gina Wilson Steward|Apr 4, 2024

    In March a special two day reading event was held on the 14th and 15th at Sabbath Middle School. The event was in collaboration with Legacy of Literacy (LOL) Ms. Greer. They came together once again for the Community Read Day Event which turned into a two-day event. This was a huge success as a variety of readers shared their passion for reading with the scholars at Sabbath School. Top officials from the School Board, City, County, State and Federal along with community members volunteered...

  • It's Election Season, Get to know the Candidates by Reading

    Gina Wilson Steward, Publisher|Mar 7, 2024

    Over the next six months, everyone who is at least 18 years of age will have a chance to use their voice. It's Election season in Michigan. The Primary election will be held in August. However with Early Voting and No Reason Absentee Voting, you can actually cast your vote as early as in the month of June. That is only four months away. During this time period I hope that Democracy will win. As March kicks off Reading Month it is time to start reading about the candidates that will be vying for...

  • The Presidential Primary Election is days away Don't forget to vote!

    Gina Wilson Steward, Publisher|Feb 22, 2024

    Have you voted yet? The Presidential Primary election is on Tuesday, February 27th. With less than one week to go before Election Day, Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson announced on Tuesday that more than 765,000 Michigan voters have already cast their ballots. This marks the first time early in-person voting can take place since voters passed Proposal 2 in November 2022. Benson said more than 18,000 voters turned out for the first three days of in-person early voting last weekend, while...

  • The community celebrates Mrs. Claudia's 109th Birthday

    Gina Wilson Steward, Publisher|Feb 15, 2024

    What a joy it was to see Mrs. Claudia Williams last week. On February 7, 2024, she celebrated her 109th birthday. Ms. Claudia, or Granny as she is called by most of the River Rouge and Tri City community really enjoyed her day. She was dressed in pink and was sporting a shimmery crown on her head that was fit for a queen. When we received the text message from Russell about three weeks before her birthday, we knew that we had to clear our schedule for that day. Between Russell and Vicki Dobbins...

  • Sharing our history; finding the Pioneers among us

    Gina Wilson Steward, Publisher|Feb 8, 2024

    Happy Black History Month! It's no time like the present for you to learn your history. During 2020, the Telegram News had a series entitled, 'Pioneers of African American History' written by Renee Summers. The section focused on sharing information about unfamiliar African Americans. Most people know about Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcolm X, Rosa Parks and Madame C. J. Walker, but there are so many others that helped to shape our country and our lives. This year we are highlighting...

  • All we need is us

    Gina Wilson Steward, Publisher CEO|Jan 18, 2024

    If you know me, then you have heard me say over and over that we must support our local businesses. I say it and I put it in the Telegram each week. The survival of our local businesses starts with us and it ends with us. If you listen to news reports and read some news articles, the picture is gloom and doom for the existence of many small businesses in our communities. The mainstream media is focused on the resurgence of the City of Detroit and there are many programs that have been formed to...

  • Kwanzaa is a way to celebrate heritage

    Gina Wilson Steward, CEO Publisher|Dec 28, 2023

    Do you know the seven prinicples of Kwanzaa? Kwanzaa celebrates what its founder called the seven principles of Kwanzaa, or Nguzo Saba (originally Nguzu Saba – the seven principles of African Heritage). They were developed in 1965, a year before Kwanzaa itself. These seven principles are all Swahili words, and together comprise the Kawaida or "common" philosophy, a synthesis of nationalist, pan-Africanist, and socialist values. Each of the seven days of Kwanzaa is dedicated to one of the p...

  • Ecorse welcomes Secretary of State Benson and new Election Drop Box

    Gina Wilson Steward, Publisher|Dec 21, 2023

    The citizens of Ecorse are one step closer to being completely ready for the 2024 elections. Ecorse Clerk, Dr. Kimberly Whitsett took advantage of a grant program that provided the city one of the updated Absentee Ballot Drop Boxes. The new drop box comes with security measures and all of the bells and whistles necessary to make using this drop box a secure process. Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson stopped by to participate in the reveal of the box. Before the reveal, Benson,...

  • Take this time to plan for your future

    Gina Wilson Steward, Publisher|Dec 21, 2023

    Merry Christmas and I pray you have a peaceful and productive Christmas break. This week I want to speak to the students and parents of high school and college students. I know that you will have about two weeks to relax from doing school work and going to class, but this is not the time to do nothing. For those of you that are juniors and seniors in high school, you can use this time to look for scholarships if you plan on going to college. You can also use this time to research the different...

  • Give a subscription to the Telegram Newspaper

    Gina Wilson Steward|Nov 30, 2023

    Where do you get your news from? I'm not talking about news outlets that only tell stories about people in your community when they commit a crime. I'm talking about news outlets that tell stories about positive news going on in your community. Aley Haley, writer of the acclaimed book, 'Roots', lived by six words, "Find the good and praise it." Each week, the Telegram Newspaper strives to share information about good that people are doing while reporting on positive stories that are happening...

  • Unveiling of Commemorative Signage for Inkster Public Schools

    Gina Wilson Steward|Nov 30, 2023

    On a beautiful day in November, members of the Inkster community, Wayne RESA and other community members gathered to remember and acknowledge the rich history of the City of Inkster and the Inkster school district by unveiling a historical marker at the site of last remaining school building in Inkster. Dr. Daveda J. Colbert, Superintendent, Wayne RESA stated that, RESA worked with Former Mayor Patrick Wimberly, former Interim Inkster Superintendent Manual Wilson and former Inkster School Board...

  • Inkster Police Department host Senior Safety Summit

    Gina Wilson Steward, Telegram Staff|Nov 23, 2023

    The Inkster Police Department wants all of their residents to be safe, especially their senior citizens. They held a Senior Crime Prevention Summit on Wednesday, November 15th at the Booker Dozier Recreation Center where residents of Inkster could come out and get some tips on how to be safe. There were tips on avoiding phone scams, being safe at home and Chief William Ratliff stressed that he wants to make sure that all of the seniors are protected. Retired Detective Robert Lee spoke about how...

  • Thank you supporters of the Telegram

    Gina Wilson Steward, Telegram CEO|Nov 23, 2023

    It’s time to celebrate the 79th Anniversary of the Telegram Newspaper. We consider us to be the Biggest Little Paper in town. There comes a time when you look back over your past and you just say Thank You. I know I do that daily. I thank God for good health, vision, good family, loyal readers and supporters of the Telegram. We have come a long way and my heart just expands when someone calls and tells me that they enjoy reading the articles within the pages of the Telegram. (Yes, some people r...

  • READING CORPS PROGRAM LEADS TO SUCCESS AT ECORSE SCHOOL

    Gina Wilson Steward, Publisher|Nov 9, 2023

    ECORSE, Mich. – (Oct. 20, 2023) – Students at Bunche Elementary are receiving extra in-person academic support this school year as a partnership between Hope Network Michigan Education Corps (MEC), AmeriCorps, the Ecorse School District and State Legislators. The MEC brings its high-impact tutoring programming to more than 120 schools throughout the state, serving students aged three through eighth grade who require academic intervention. Last month, representatives from the partnerships gat...

  • It's Election Time

    Gina Wilson Steward, Telegram CEO Publisher|Nov 2, 2023

    Several cities in Wayne County will have a General Election on Tuesday, November 7th . I know it is not the Presidential election, but it is important that you exercise your right to vote. It is time to use these last few days to learn as much as you can about the candidates who are running to represent you. They are not vying for the position of President of United States. The positions that they are trying to hold has more of an effect on your daily lives than the presidency. The positions...

  • I'm back to a fist bump Don't be offended, I'm just trying to be safe

    Gina Wilson Steward, Telegram Publisher CEO|Oct 12, 2023

    Well, it seems like the number of COVID cases are on the rise. It’s time to begin to take some of the precautions that we took during the 2020-2022 pandemic. The good thing is that we lived through it. Many of us adjusted the way that we did things during that time period. Whether it was wearing a mask, staying six feet away from the next person or staying in the house, we adjusted what we did in an effort to not get very sick and to stay alive. Early this year, the CDC announced that the C...

  • PHOTO OF THE WEEK

    Gina Wilson Steward, Publisher|Sep 21, 2023

    The newly renovated park area at the Beechwood Center was named after former River Rouge Commissioner Hezekiah McDonald Sr.. Wayne County Executive Warren Evans, Commissioner Cara Clemente joined McDonald's wife and children along with Mayor William Campbell and former Mayor Michael Bowdler for the ribbon cutting on September 14, 2023....

  • Although it is Black Reading Month, it should be Everybody is Reading Month

    Gina Wilson Steward, CEO|Sep 14, 2023

    I republished this because the timing is right to talk about reading. Reading is a must skill...Pass it on. How much time do your children spend reading in a week? Do they see you reading? I have always been a reader. My parents made sure we read books, mostly Black History books or stories, however we always were reading. I remember my teacher at Northrup Elementary school, Ms. Moore, challenging us to read a book a week. We also had competitions to see who could read the most books and since I...

  • March on Washington There comes a time when you just have to go

    Gina Wilson Steward|Aug 24, 2023

    I remember it was the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington. I had a feeling that I couldn't shake. I felt like I had to be there. So I went. I was a new member of the Western Wayne County NAACP but we weren't providing a bus to go to Washington DC. So after a little research, I connected with the NAACP branch out of the Southfield area and made my plans to go DC. I didn't know anyone in the branch, just a name, a phone number and a location to meet. So on the day to leave, Keith dropped...

  • Lift Every Voice and Sing Do You Know The Words?

    Gina Wilson Steward|Aug 17, 2023

    For those of you that know me, you know I have a thing about The Black National Anthem' – Lift Every Voice and Sing. Lift Every Voice and Sing was written as a poem by NAACP leader James Weldon Johnson (1871-1938) and then set to music by his brother John Rosamond Johnson (1873-1954) in 1899. It was first performed in public in the Johnsons' hometown of Jacksonville, Florida as part of a celebration of Lincoln's Birthday on February 12, 1900 by a choir of 500 schoolchildren at the segregated Sta...

  • Give a subscription to the Telegram Newspaper

    Gina Wilson Steward, CEO Publisher|Jun 29, 2023

    Aley Haley, writer of the acclaimed book, ‘Roots’, lived by six words, "Find the good and praise it." Each week, the Telegram Newspaper strives to share information about the good people are doing while reporting on positive stories that are happening in our communities and sharing information that will help our readers improve the lives of their families. Our goal is to continue to increase the number of people reading these stories each week. We are growing and expanding, as we prepare to cel...

  • It's time to celebrate my father, Robert Wilson on Father's Day

    Gina Wilson Steward, Publisher CEO|Jun 15, 2023

    Well, it is Father's Day and many people will take this Sunday to celebrate their Dad. I have the type of father that you don't just want to celebrate on one day. I celebrate with my Dad every chance I get. He is 85 years old and he is in better health than most people who are 20 years his age. Although he had a bout with Prostate Cancer, he has come through with flying colors. He is an example of strength. He has fought back and is back to his 80 year old self. We go everywhere together. I...

  • It's time to celebrate being an entrepreneur

    Gina Wilson Steward, CEO|Jun 1, 2023

    This week marks my 17th Anniversary as owner of the Telegram Newspaper. Whew!! What an accomplishment for me and my family! I am excited about this milestone. Who would have thought that after changing careers from being an engineer to being a publisher over 17 years ago I would still be enjoying my career. Now that Covid is over, its time to take the Telegram to another level. I hope you are with me. I thank God for his continued Favor as I stepped out on being an entrepreneur 17 years ago. As...

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