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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...

Selma Christmas Parade moved to Dec. 15

The City of Selma and Selma Dallas County Chamber of Commerce have chosen to move the annual Christmas parade "A Magical Christmas in Selma" to Dec. 15 due to inclement weather. The parade will begin at 10 a.m. at Broad Street and Water Avenue on the new date of Dec. 15.

Morgan Academy turns middle schoolers into curious problem solvers

They eyed me as I entered their classroom, not sure who this guy was with cameras everywhere. A few smiled big as if posing, a couple were embarrassed, and some kept doing their work. The students at Morgan Academy Middle School were full of energy, respectful and equipped with a bit of mischievousness. The English class of Harriett Teel was...

Selma friends work to bring Harmony Club back to life

Situated on a high bank on Water Avenue that overlooks the Alabama River is a building with flags waving from its windows. One is the Israeli flag. No, it’s not the Israeli Embassy. “This building is the Venetian Palacio of the Black Belt,” David Hurlbut said of the building he and friend Bill Tomey purchased in 2000 and have been restoring...

Selma’s annual Christmas parade set for Saturday

The City of Selma will be hosting its annual Christmas parade on Saturday downtown. It begins at 10 a.m. at Broad Street and Water Avenue.

RB Hudson Middle School takes technology to the next level – home

The seventh graders lined up at the library of RB Hudson Middle School with excitement in their eyes. They were getting computers to take home for the entire year, a new program at the school. Earlier in class, I watched as they got up and spoke about their projects in technology. Seventh graders are seventh graders anywhere you go, awkward,...

Behind the scenes with Karim Oaks of Morgan Academy

Morgan Academy may be known for many things, one of which is that every graduating senior attends college. Another is that the average ACT score is 23. Another is that there are few discipline problems. Those statistics might be impressive, but they are only a few of what the faculty at Morgan Academy strives for day in and day out. “We...

Rick Williams returns to Selma to keep Selcom in the family

After 20 years as a stockbroker, Rick Williams decided it was time to return home to Selma and take over Selcom, especially when his father turned 84. “Originally, I fought coming back forever. I didn’t want to take over. But later it seemed to be the right thing to do,” Williams said. “Now I love it. I meet a lot...

Selma Art Guild provides a colorful outlet for local artists

For Joanna Nichols, watercolor is a medium that can be incredibly creative. “There is a huge difference between dry watercolor and wet watercolor, it’s almost like you are using a different medium,” Nichols said. “It’s kind of like magic.” Located in a turn-of-the-century cottage, the Selma Art Guild Gallery features artwork by local artists each month. When I visited, the work...
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