The Selma Sun has been awarded a $35,000 grant from the Facebook Journalism Project’s COVID-19 US Local News Relief Grant Program. The relief fund grant program supports local news agencies as they respond to immediate community needs and helps them maintain long-term sustainability during the coronavirus crisis. The Selma Sun was among 144 newsrooms across […]

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The Alabama Small Business Development Center and the Alabama Restaurant & Hospitality Association will host a webinar today to discuss how to deploy funds from the Paycheck Protection Program. The webinar is aimed at small business owners who have been impacted by the outbreak of COVID-19 and are using funds from PPP. The deadline to […]

The 24th Annual Job Fair hosted by the Dallas County Department of Human Resources is scheduled to take place next month on May 20. Prospective employees will have the opportunity to meet with recruiters from local businesses and government agencies. There will also be opportunities to get personal coaching and strategic planning. Sponsored by DHR’s […]

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A press release from the Alabama Bankers Association announced that the Small Business Administration recently completed a study saying that its Paycheck Protection Program has funded almost $248 billion in more than one million loans to small businesses in the nation. In Alabama 19,244 loans valued at $3.8 billion were made to small businesses, the […]

BY FRED GUARINO | Selma Sun Staff  A local entrepreneur is hoping a coloring book of historic Selma will help revive his crumbling cookie company.  Robert Armstrong IV, founder of Selma Good Company LLC and its G Mommas Cookies, ran out of steam making cookies in February 2019 and put the business on hold to try other ideas.  But they all fell through, leading him back to his original plan – to mass […]

Selma native and Congresswoman Terri Sewell released a report on the recent decision by the House of Representatives to combat the COVID-19 Coronavirus epidemic. They passed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, which is focused directly on providing support for America’s families, who must be our first priority in this emergency, Sewell said in a statement. […]

Korean auto parts supplier Seoyon E-Hwa Interior Systems Alabama LLC announced Tuesday plans for a $5 million expansion of its manufacturing facility in Dallas County, which will bring 60 new jobs. In a press conference at the Selma & Dallas County Public Library Tuesday morning, economic development leaders and elected officials celebrated the industrial win […]

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The Sandbar restaurant on Marina Drive that sits along the Alabama River announced it will reopen today with a new menu and new executive chef. The popular restaurant closed in November to add new equipment and redo the menu and staffing. In a post on Facebook today, the Sandbar says it will be open from […]

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By Cindy Fisher & Brad Fisher | Selma Sun Staff  Selma is slated to get a new restaurant on Highland Avenue.   Huddle House has submitted plans to the city of Selma to build a 2,200-square-foot restaurant where Central Park currently stands at Marie Foster Street and Highland Avenue.   Central Park’s 684-square-foot building will be demolished for the […]

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By Cindy Fisher | Selma Sun Staff  Selma tourism advocate AC Reeves has created a Tour Selma app for visitors to use to get the most out of their trip to the historic city.  The app includes a guided 90-minute walking tour with audio recorded by Reeves about important landmarks and she hopes to add other Selma residents’ perspectives in the app tour so visitors learn […]

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By Cindy Fisher | Selma Sun Staff  A new restaurant with a spin on American staples is coming to the former Hardee’s in front of Selma Mall.  Called Red Bar & Grille, the sit-down eatery will offer burgers, fish, fries and specialties owner Pamela Sloan is bringing from her hometown of Cleveland, Ohio, including a […]

Vaughan Regional Medical Center was awarded an ‘A’ in fall 2019 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, a national distinction recognizing The Vaughan’s achievements protecting patients from harm and providing safer health care, according to a press release. The Leapfrog Group is an independent national watchdog organization driven by employers and other purchasers of health care committed […]

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The Coffee Shoppe on Broad Street in downtown Selma won Alabama Retailer of the Year in their category at a ceremony for Alabama Retail Day in Birmingham Tuesday. The Alabama Retail Association named the Coffee Shoppe winner in the gold category for businesses with annual sales of less than $1 million. Jacqueline T. Smith, owner […]

The Alabama Wildlife Federation Selma Wild Game Cook-Off featured 13 cook teams, and over 700 members and guests at a new location, Arts Revive. Winners were Co-Op Cut Ups with the top prize of “Best Overall,” for their original recipe for Creamy Garlic Tuscan Trout. Co-Op Cut Ups includes Kirk Green, Jeremy Hicks, Shelby Ellison and […]

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The developer renovating the St. James Hotel has a few surprises to reveal as construction moves forward. One is the addition of 13 rooms more than originally planned in the historic property on Water Avenue. Developer Jim Lewis of Rhaglan Hospitality said there will be 55 rooms total to accommodate more visitors. The new rooms […]

The executive chef at Edmundite Missions announced plans last week to open a fine-dining restaurant in Selma’s Opportunity Zone. Chef Harry Dominick, director of the Edmundite Missions’ Bosco Nutrition Center and executive chef for Edmundite Missions Enterprise, told the Selma Redevelopment Authority board of directors on Sept. 19 that he would like to be part […]

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KFC of Selma closed Sunday at 3 p.m. and won’t reopen until Oct. 1 for renovations. Owner Mark Woodson said on Facebook that they apologize for the inconvenience but the store is undergoing a full remodel inside and out and Oct. 1 was “the soonest date we can open.” Woodson also said they will only have […]

Craig Field Airport and Industrial Complex was recently featured in a national digital business magazine saying it is an industrial development opportunity. Business View Magazine interviewed Jim Corrigan, executive director of Craig Field Airport and Industrial Authority, and Wayne Vardaman, senior executive director of the Selma and Dallas County Economic Development Authority, about their efforts […]

On Friday, Sept. 6, H & S Wood Products, which makes new pallets, held its official “board cutting” grand opening ceremony at its 141 Felix Road, Selma location. With 18 employees at present, the company has already tripled its projected employment and added to its capital investment, according to Wayne Vardaman Sr., executive director of […]

In just two years, Selma native David Johnson has turned a hobby into a career that is also filling a need in Dallas County. Johnson started In Shape Fitness at the former Vaughan Fitness Center in April 2017 and already has 500 members and four full-time employees, along with many more part-time workers. He credits […]

The sign on the building at 22 Church Street says, “Delta Regional Authority and Arsenal Place Inc., Renovation of 22 Church Street Building as a Multi-Use Building, Financed by United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development.” What is behind that sign is an effort by a group called Arsenal Place Inc. to make the […]

The Selma Sun’s owner, Kingfisher Media LLC, is celebrating its one-year anniversary of ownership by placing seven bright blue news racks around Selma and Dallas County. The racks will allow us to increase access to the Selma Sun’s print content that “Shines the Light on Selma and Dallas County” each week. Get the print product […]

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Jay Minter, a Selma lawyer and farmer, has joined the Neutral Solution mediation group that is based in Birmingham but works throughout Alabama. The Neutral Solution opened in January and seeks to bring together a community of professional mediators and arbitrators from a variety of backgrounds and experience to give them increased opportunities from more […]

Alabama Restaurant Week starts today through Sunday, Aug. 25 in Selma and the state of Alabama, Sheryl Smedley, executive director, and Olivia Rhodes, destination/marking coordinator for the Selma and Dallas County Chamber of Commerce and Tourism Information, recently announced. Restaurant Week is a marketing event that highlights Alabama restaurants. “The purpose of the annual event […]

A Selma native who now owns the largest car dealership conglomerate in Alabama bought Selma’s largest car retailer and is unveiling plans to invest in Dallas County. Todd Ouellette, owner of the Long-Lewis Automotive Group, bought the Moore-Stewart dealerships on Highland Avenue in December 2018. Since then, the Ouellette family has begun plans to renovate […]

The owner of KFC in Selma, Mark Woodson, raised $12,000 from residents and friends around the country to give gift cards for teachers in Selma and Dallas County as they go back to school. Starting as a Facebook post from the KFC asking for teachers to be nominated to get $500 they donated for gift […]

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The Selma Redevelopment Authority continues work to move Selma forward with a strategic plan, a narrative for the city and promotion of the city‘s Opportunity Zone. An update on where things stand toward achieving those goals was presented at a meeting of the SRA Board of Directors at Eyemax Vision Center on July 18. Board […]

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The Steak Pit restaurant that operated as a meat-and-three buffet in Selma for 44 years is about to reopen. The owners of the Steak Pit are completing renovations and hiring servers to reopen the restaurant on Highland Avenue in the next few weeks. That includes the Pancake House portion of the restaurant. Ed and Sandra […]

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Selma’s KFC owner Mark Woodson announced last week on Facebook that his restaurant was giving away 10 $50 gift cards to 10 Dallas County area teachers picked at random, and he invited followers to nominate teachers. Within a few days, that post prompted residents and business owners to donate money to the fund too, with […]

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A steaming cup of congratulations to Jacqueline T. Smith, owner and operator of The Coffee Shoppe in Selma. The Coffee Shoppe is among this year’s 14 Alabama Retailer of the Year winners. She has won either the gold, silver or bronze award in her annual sales category. Smith and the other Retailers of the Year […]

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The Selma Housing Authority picked from a talented pool of ready-to-learn job applicants for their first Summer Youth Employment Program. They hired eight teens who live right there in the housing complexes. Through the program, students earned spending money and learned valuable job skills, said Kennard D. Randolph, executive director of the Selma Housing Authority […]

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For over 50 years the Holley family has been in business on the corner of Water Avenue and Martin Luther King Street, formerly Sylvan Street. On Aug. 5 that comes to an end. Holley’s True Value will close its doors.   Owner Alden Holley said it was not an easy decision because the family has such […]

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A group of artists came together last weekend to paint a mural at Phoenix Park on Water Avenue that aims to spread a Revolution of Joy across the Black Belt. Birmingham artist Tres Taylor and Selma’s AC Reeves came up with the idea to paint 100 murals around Selma to create an outdoor art tourism […]

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By Fred Guarino Selma Sun Good Hands Auto Sales on U.S. 80 next to the old Dominoes held its grand opening ceremony on Saturday, June 1. Owned by Sean and Kewanda Vandiver, the business offers late off lease 2016 models and a Concierge service to locate cars for customers. Sean is Recreation Director for the […]

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One of Dallas County’s largest employers, Bush Hog, is growing its product lines to fit a new demographic: consumers. For most of its six decades in Selma, Bush Hog has built its giant mowers for commercial farms, large landowners and commercial needs. Last fall, Bush Hog launched a redesigned zero-turn mower that is aimed at […]

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On May 31, Selma’s Edmundite Missions’ Center of Hope lawn will be site of a free old-fashioned carnival where the whole community can come together in a safe space to relax and enjoy one another. But, this December, Edmundite Missions will deliver a bigger gift to the people of Selma when it completes its new […]

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Selma Mall, once a thriving commercial property, recently found itself on the clearance rack. The mall is now in escrow following the Ten-X.com auction last month that ended with a bid of $800,000. The exact details of the deal and buyer will be made available after escrow has been closed.  The 316,412-square-foot mall was built […]

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It wasn’t your average garage sale.  This garage sale went from Texas to Virginia and included many cities along the way, including Selma. And Angie’s Auctions was part of the action.  “We’re just part of this gigantic garage sale along Highway 80,” Bill Morgan with Angie’s Auctions said. “A lady started this garage sale in […]

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Bobbie Boddie grew up running home from school in Selma, but not before stopping by the “Candy Lady” for a treat. “There was an actual ‘Candy Lady’over 50 years ago in my neighborhood,” Boddie said, smiling as he remembered his early years in Selma. “We would go to her house and buy candy and chips […]

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Corey Bowie has served on the Selma City Council since 2008 and currently serves as president. A Selma High School alum, Bowie has worked at Wallace Community College Selma for 25 years as student government adviser, retention coordinator, talent recruiter and overseeing adult education curriculum. The Selma Sun sat down with Bowie last week at […]

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Renovating an old one-room church on Highway 14 started out as a passion project for Selma native Justin Barnes, but it later became home to a new career for his wife Henley. Harper’s Presbyterian Chapel sat empty for many years and Justin Barnes drove by it every day when going home. He thought it would […]

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Renovation can now begin on the historic St. James Hotel so the Water Avenue property can once again become an economic engine for downtown Selma. The hotel on Water Avenue that has sat idle since closing in April 2017 sold for $400,000 this week. Rhaglan Hospitality CEO Jim Lewis outlined plans for their $5 million renovation […]

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One of Selma’s best-known businesses has branched out to Tuscaloosa, and they have become the talk of the town. Mark’s Mart opened March 20 in Northport, a city of 25,000 just across the Black Warrior River from Tuscaloosa. The store is located in a former turn-of-the-century dairy barn on 5thStreet, beneath a crimson railroad bridge […]

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Leadership Selma-Dallas County was established 25 years ago in an effort to bring together some of the brightest minds in the area committed to growth and development – both personally and professionally – within Alabama’s Black Belt.  The more than 600 graduates of the program are invited to gather on April 4 at 6 p.m. […]

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The popular Dave’s Market is about to get even more popular in Dallas County. After 10 years of operating in the former Valley Grande Market, owner Dave Oliver is building a $3 million shopping complex that will include a larger grocery store, two restaurants, about 10 retail stores, a gas station, tire lube business and […]

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Two startups left Selma with $150,000 in seed money to move their innovations forward and grow their businesses. Selma served as the host of the finale of the Economic Development Partnership of Alabama’s 13thAlabama Launchpad Competition, which funds, advises and encourages Alabama startups through pitch competitions. The finale was packed at Arts Revive in downtown […]

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The city of Selma is hosting an already sold out competition today for Alabama startups hoping to make it big in the business world in an event at Arts Revive. The Alabama Launchpad Competition is a program of the Economic Development Partnership of Alabama (EDPA). The aim of the event is to allow owners of […]

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Selma and Dallas County may not have a major league baseball or football team, but they could have a shot at a major league sport – competitive fishing tournaments. With the Alabama River in Selma’s backyard, the county has a big opportunity to attract regional fishing tournaments that bring in tourists and their wallets, said […]