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Welcome to this week’s edition of the Selma Sun Spotlight, shining the light on Selma and Dallas County. I’m Cindy Fisher, publisher of the Selma Sun. And I’m Todd Prater, staff writer for the Selma Sun. Here are this week’s top stories:

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Vaughan Regional Medical Center in Selma will soon become part of a new national health system. Vaughan has been part of LifePoint Health out of Lexington, Kentucky, for about 30 years, but LifePoint recently acquired Kindred Healthcare. As part of that acquisition, the companies created a new company, ScionHealth. It will be made up of 61 hospitals from Kindred and 18 from LifePoint. Vaughan and its sister facility in Andalusia are two of those facilities. Vaughan CEO David McCormack says as part of ScionHealth, Vaughan will continue to have access to capital to invest in its facility and the community. There will also be resources and support to enhance healthcare delivery and expand the services available to patients in Selma and Dallas County. He also said the transition from LifePoint to ScionHealth will be so seamless that patients and staff will not notice.

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The city of Selma will hold four public hearings this month to let citizens give their thoughts on the Garbage Collection Re-Engineering Plan, which is the proposed new garbage ordinance. Hearings will be at City Hall on Nov. 9, 12, 15 and 18. Public Safety Committee Chairman Clay Carmichael says that only about half of Selma residents follow the current ordinance and have the required garbage container. Because of that, garbage from homes without containers is often disposed of illegally. Carmichael says the Garbage Collection Re-Engineering Plan is designed to tighten up the ordinance to make it harder to duck the responsibility of having a garbage receptacle. The ordinance sets penalties for not paying garbage collection fees, including placing a lien on the property. For a copy of the plan and times for the hearings, visit our website at selmasun.com.

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Green Street Missionary Baptist church is an Historical Icon. FD Reese, who was the pastor in 1965 is the person who contacted Dr. Martin Luther King and asked him to come to Selma to help with voting rights. And the church provided shelter and meals to the freedom marchers during the two weeks between Bloody Sunday to the actual Successful Selma to Montgomery March. But it needs help. A shrinking congregation meant less money in the collection plate. And that made it difficult to keep up the maintenance and repair and sadly in 2016 the sanctuary collapsed. Aaron Roper, who owns the Anchor, is now heading up an effort to clean up and develop the grounds into a tourist attraction. The spot where the sanctuary stood will be developed into a green space with a memorial garden. As for building the sanctuary back to its original glory, Roper says that could cost up to three million dollars or more and they just don’t have that much money right now. There is a fundraising campaign under way. You can donate through Go Fund Me, the Cash app or pay pal, just search for Green Street Baptist church. December 5th they will have Sunday school at 9:15 am and worship at 11.

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The Dallas County Family Resource Center will once again host the Christmas Tree Winter Walk fundraiser in downtown Selma but with a slight twist this year. Instead of setting up at Riverfront Park or along Broad Street, this year, trees will be set up in Phoenix Park across from the St. James Hotel. Like past years, this winter walk will be free and promotes shopping in the downtown business district at the holidays. Businesses and individuals are asked to sponsor a Christmas tree and decorate them with themes to win prizes. Signage will advertise businesses for each tree. Trees will be delivered and set up Nov. 29 and 30 and need to be decorated by Dec. 3, which is the day before the annual City of Selma Christmas Parade. The Christmas Tree Winter Walk grand opening event will be after the parade on Dec. 4 and the trees will remain up throughout the holiday season.

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