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Dallas County initial unemployment claims for week ending May 16

The Alabama Department of Labor released the official count for initial claims filed during the week of May 10 – May 16, including 291 in Dallas County. The Department of Labor reports 25,150 initial claims were filed either online or by telephone during this time period. And 16,069 of those claims are COVID-19 related. Industries with most number of claims are:...

Drive-in COVID-19 testing available in Dallas County on Tuesdays and Thursdays

Drive-in COVID-19 testing clinics will be offered at the Dallas County Health Department, 100 Sam O. Moseley Drive, on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. beginning May 26, the Alabama Department of Health announced. The public is asked to please call (334) 874-2550 for an appointment and to preregister. A physician referral is preferred. According to the Alabama...

Selma EDA gives updates on industry operations for May

The Selma Economic Development Authority has posted an update on its Facebook page detailing the operations of local industries as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to limit daily life. As in previous months these industries are operating with limitations and taking precautions. See below for the list: Alabama Power - Operating normally with precautions. American Apparel - Selma EDA reports that employees are being...

Due to pandemic and disaster, Alabama’s and Dallas County’s April Unemployment Rate is up

By Fred Guarino The Selma Sun April’s unemployment rate increased in Alabama and Dallas County, according to the Alabama Department of Labor’s latest numbers. The state’s preliminary seasonally adjusted rate rose to 12.9 percent, up from March’s revised rate of 3.0 percent and above April 2019’s rate of 3.2 percent. Dallas County’s preliminary April rate rose to 20.9 percent, up from March’s...

Obituary: David Yow Pearce

David Yow Pearce, 72, died on May 21, 2020 at his home in Browns, Alabama surrounded by his family. He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Frances Weissinger Pearce, sons and daughter-in-laws, David and Michelle Pearce Jr., Will and Beth Pearce.  Grandchildren: Jackson David Pearce, Mary Ashlyn Pearce, Crawford Yow Pearce, Byron Clay Jones, Jackson Russell Jones, Anne...

Thursday COVID count: Dallas County reports 179 cases

Dallas County’s confirmed COVID-19 cases reached 179 Thursday, an increase of seven cases from Wednesday and 23 from Monday. The death rate in Dallas County remains at three, according to the Alabama Department of Public Health Infectious Diseases & Outbreaks Division. To see a dashboard of cases by county across the state, click here. A “Safer at Home” order from the state started...

With more than $3 million, Morgan Academy Class of 2020 sets record in scholarships and offers

The Morgan Academy Class of 2020 held graduation exercises Thursday, May 21 on the school's football field. And it was announced the senior class set a record for scholarships. Sheryl Schroeder announced that the class of 2020 broke the record setting the highest scholarship amount received in school history with $3,092,716 in scholarship awards and offers. Valedictorian is Judy Assaad had a...

United Way of Selma & Dallas County approves grant for Selma Area Food Bank

The United Way of Selma and Dallas County has approved a check of $5,000 to the Selma Area Food Bank to help feed people during the COVID-19 pandemic. This is the second grant to be approved by the United Way of Selma and Dallas County, with the first being Bosco Soup Kitchen, which is also feeding people as the COVID-19...

YMCA of Selma-Dallas County reopens with limitations

The YMCA of Selma-Dallas County reopened its doors following a lengthy closure starting on March 20 due to the outbreak of COVID-19. “When we closed our facilities in March, we did so to protect the health and well-being of all our staff, volunteers, members and participants. As we now reopen our facilities, we do so with that same commitment to...

Hunting, fishing thrive as pandemic sends Alabamians outdoors

BY TODD PRATER | Selma Sun Staff  Fishing and hunting are allowed even under the stay-at-home order, so more Alabamians are reconnecting with the outdoors. And Alabama Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries Director Chuck Sykes is delighted.  “There are a lot of people going outside now who never have in the past, and they’re seeing what we have to offer and are beginning to...
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