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Selma High School, Christian Outreach Alliance to hold food drives tomorrow

Food drives will be held tomorrow at Selma High School and at the Christian Outreach Alliance (COA) Dallas County Food Pantry for those in need as the COVID-19 pandemic continues. The food drive at COA will be held from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Clients are requested to enter from Mabry Street to the building at 700 J. L. Chestnut...

Selma native hopes event space will ‘Anchor’ downtown growth

BY BRAD FISHER | Selma Sun Staff  A Selma native has returned to open an event space he hopes will anchor further growth in downtown Selma.   Aaron Roper, who grew up in Selma, has renovated the former A1 Furniture store on Franklin Street to an event space and veterans’ counseling center titled The Anchor. The full effect won’t be evident until the grand...

BBCF to hold 2020 Black Belt Arts Symposium

The Black Belt Community Foundation (BBCF) has announced that its first event of the 2020 Black Belt Arts Symposium will be held on July 21, with two other events to follow on Aug. 18 and Sept. 15. The first event is titled "Focusing on Best Practices and Presentation". The second event on Aug. 18 will be "Tools for Artist Classroom...

Warren ‘Billy’ Young announces run for Selma City Council President

Lawyer Warren "Billy" Young announced Tuesday he is running for Selma City Council President. Young is a Selma resident and assistant attorney general for the state of Alabama. He previously worked for the state Department of Revenue and Selma City Schools. In a video on YouTube, Young says he wants to take Selma higher. "I truly believe we can go higher together,"...

Obituary: Thomas Powers “Tom” Bolton

Thomas Powers "Tom" Bolton entered into the gates of heaven in the early morning hours of July 7, 2020. He lived an abundant 67 years, married to his wife Kaye for a loving and eventful, adventurous 46 years of marriage.  The pride of his life was his two daughters Merrill Bolton South (Steven)  and Margaret Bolton Baudient (Michael) and...

Alabama Department of Labor announces extended benefits program

Special to the Selma Sun  The state will begin offering Extended Benefits for unemployed individuals who qualify and have exhausted previous benefits, according to the Alabama Department of Labor.   This is a separate program from the Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) program that was enacted under the CARES Act.   Extended Benefits are usually available during times of adverse economic conditions. The last time Alabama offered the...

Monday COVID count: Dallas County cases pass 900

Dallas County reported 910 confirmed COVID-19 cases as of Tuesday morning, an increase of 21 cases from Sunday. Cases have risen 219 in the last 14 days, according to the Alabama Department of Public Health Infectious Diseases & Outbreaks Division. The death rate remains at nine. Dallas County's cases have improved enough to drop from the state's “very high risk” category to "high...

Selma City Hall reopens Tuesday in time for candidates to qualify for municipal election

Tuesday is the first day for candidates running for Selma's municipal elections to officially qualify and, after weeks of closure due to COVID-19, City Hall has reopened. City Hall has been closed for several weeks and the council has discussed having a deep clean conducted before reopening but it is unclear if that was done. Mayor Darrio Melton confirmed Tuesday that...

Brown Chapel’s Leodis Strong announces bid for Ward 3 City Council seat

Leodis Strong, pastor of Brown Chapel AME, has announced he is running for City Council seat in Ward 3. Strong says there is currently "a crisis in city government which creates 'dysfunctionality' and disrupts the delivery of basic city services to the citizens of Ward 3" and the district needs new leadership. Strong lists civic experience including member of an Oklahoma...

Selma Center for Nonviolence to hold virtual town hall on community, policing

The Selma Center for Nonviolence, Truth and Reconciliation (SCNTR) will hold a virtual town hall tomorrow from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The town hall event will feature a panel of experts discussing community safety and policing as a subject. According to a flyer for the event, the panel will talk specifically about the community and and its response to "policing...
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