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Selma Sun’s editor Karim Shamsi-Basha featured by statewide news agency al.com

The Selma Sun’s very own Karim Shamsi-Basha was featured on al.com today for his role in transforming the Sun with weekly positive news coverage. Karim is a fascinating guy. Originally from Syria, he came to the US at age 18 to get a college degree. He has been a photographer his...

Lessons from an Alabama man who escaped death row

Anthony Ray Hinton seemed like a modest man.  Perhaps 30 years on death row is a good teacher of modesty. When I entered the room, he rose and greeted me with respect. Hinton spoke at Calvary Missionary Baptist Church last week. After his release, Hinton wrote the book, “The Sun Does Shine, How I found...

Artist Charlie Lucas replaces blighted windows with artwork

Art Inspired by World-Renowned Selma Artist Charlie Lucas beautifies Downtown If you looked at three vacant buildings near Lauderdale street in downtown Selma last week, you would have seen broken and vacant windows. If you take a look this week, you would see gorgeous art in those windows, inspired by Selma artist Charlie Lucas.

5 Questions with Santa 1 week before Christmas

Have you been working hard this season? I have been very busy, supervising the making of all kinds of toys from metal trucks to baby dolls to wooden toys to Nintendo to X-Box to Ninja Cookers for the Moms. Dads are easy. They want a good meal, jeans, boots. They’re not hard to please.

International Paper awards $85K in grants to Selma schools, nonprofits

The International Paper Foundation and Riverdale Mill announced $85,000 in grants to 26 local nonprofit agencies and schools during a luncheon ceremony at the Carl C. Morgan Convention Center in Selma on Dec. 6. “International Paper believes in investing in people, both our employees and the communities where we live and work. These grants...

ROTC convinces Selma High School SGA President to go Army bound

When I met Amber Holloman, SGA president at Selma High School, she came across as polite and someone who made her point concisely and quickly. Then I learned she was in the ROTC program, and it all clicked. Army folks waste no time. They are concise, and they are quick. I pulled Holloman out...

Old Town in Selma Decks the Halls this weekend

The residents of Old Town are coming together this year to show off their Christmas lights and decorations of the beautiful homes in the historic neighborhood. The walking tour is called Christmas in Old Town and is open this weekend, Dec. 15 and 16t. There will be an open house Saturday from 3-7 p.m....

Wannabe Rescued saves Dallas County’s animals

A Selma organization is keeping dogs in foster homes until they are adopted, as an alternative to the Animal Shelter. Welcome to Wannabe Rescued. “We are the only local dog rescue in Selma. We receive no funding, but every dollar we get is from donations. We were founded by Debbie...

Black Belt foundation gives nonprofits $20K in grants

The Black Belt Community Foundation gave 22 grants to nonprofits and organizations this past week for a total of $20,000, the third time this year. Earlier in June and August, similar grants were also issued to recipients all over the Black Belt. “Today is truly inspiring and motivating on all levels. The BBCF grant awards ceremonies are visual reminders and...

Selma stores ramp up for Christmas shopping season

The first day of December kicks in the busy season of shopping those gifts to our beloveds. Selma shops are offering the best deals and specials to attract customers. On Broad Street, Pringle Petals is ready for the young, and the young at heart. “We offer children’s clothes up to four years old, and also books and other items for the...
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