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Benjamin Austin can give you a tune up and a Civil War lesson

History Revealed He may own Tune Up car repair shop, but when you talk history with Benjamin Austin, you would think you were conversing with a professor or a history expert. Austin did become a history expert, particularly in the subject of The Battle of Selma during the Civil War. “There was a reason Federalists troops came to Selma. The city...

Kim Lyon turned homemade candle making into a career

Kim Lyon remembers making candles a long time ago. She did it for herself and for friends first, but when the demand grew, she decided to venture into the business end of things. Now Lyon Candles are sold in many venues in Selma and online. “I began playing around with different scents to create my own unique fragrances. Some of...

Morgan Academy wraps up its 2018 football season

Morgan Academy had a strong 2018 season, making it to the AISA state playoffs. Their season ended, though, with a loss to Macon East 35-14 on Nov. 2 in the first round. The Selma Sun features Morgan Academy football in this week's print edition. Subscribe here. At one point, the Senators came within reach when the score was 22-14. The Macon East Knights...

How Selma plans to celebrate Veterans Day

Sunlight danced on the grass and the tombstones, revealing names and dates for a spilt second, then vanishing like the cool wind engulfing our naked faces. We arrived at the WWII Memorial at Old Live Oak Cemetery, and veteran John Coon stood with his hands behind his back, his head bowed. Earlier, Coon wanted to make sure I didn’t do the...

Edmundite Center of Hope provides needed care in Selma

While the adults were getting their blood pressure, flu shots, and other vital signs checked this past weekend at the Edmundite Center of Hope on Broad Street, Sister Kathy Navara was helping a young boy pick a prize from a box of goodies. “You want this ball? Or this little car?” Sister Navara asked. The little boy had a decision to...

Bow hunting season yielding good returns so far

The sky was a deep blue, the blue you get when there is a chill in the air. And the woods had the tint of a dark green with sunlight flickering through the leaves and creating dancing shadows on the grass. In other words, it was a perfect day for hunting for Lonnie Coker and 43 others who gathered...

Cemetery Run raises funds for Selma Police and Fire

If the live oaks at Old Live Oak Cemetery could talk, they would be wondering who all the people running were this past Saturday morning among the gravesites and massive live oak trees with moss hanging, their leaves beginning to turn. The Cemetery Run was organized by Rex Jones, with Cougar Oil, who partnered with the Blackbelt Benefit Group to...

Award-winning Selma High School choir preps for Christmas concert

You could hear the singing from the hallway at Selma High School, then when you enter the choir room, the singing and the music surround you and lift you up like a magic carpet.   Choir director and conductor Colin Lett was proud of the Selma High School Choir students when they made it to the finals of the Alabama Association of School Boards...

Chico Cleveland fills the airwaves with Coach’s Connection

Right below the Sandbar Restaurant, Chico Cleveland is setting up for his radio show with lots of wires and radio equipment. “Hold on, let me get all this connected and then we can talk,” Cleveland said laughing.  As a former football coach, Cleveland perpetuates his knowledge about football and interviews the coaches from seven area schools on his show, Coach’s Connection, on 100.9 WLAX FM from 6-8 p.m. on...

Part 1 in Selma education series: Edgewood Elementary

Principal Margaret Jones experienced a paradigm shift when she took over at Edgewood Elementary School.  “I came in with a set of high expectations, I wanted to dig into the details and find out what to do in order to focus on preparing our children for the future,” Jones said. “Most of the response has been positive.”   As we walked the hallways and classrooms of the school, many students wanted to...
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