Selma Sun Spotlight for December

Vaughan Regional Medical Center opens a new Family Medicine Clinic, Rural Health scores a big dental grant, the chamber honors impactful women in the community. That and more in this week’s edition of the Selma Sun Spotlight, shining the light on Selma and Dallas County. Green Street Baptist Church is one step closer to coming back to life but they need some help. In a ceremony Friday December 3, church leaders and dignitaries kicked off a fundraiser by sharing memories of the church. Selma Mayor James Perkins Jr remembers getting lemonade and cookies there and playing in the neighborhood. Dallas County Probate Judge Jimmy Nunn says he is looking forward to what God is going to do through the hands of individuals and citizens. The man heading up the restoration effort, Aaron Roper, thanked everyone involved. Some donations toward restoration were given during the celebration. To donate visit, their Go Fund Me page under Operation Green Street Church for more information.

Vaughan Regional Medical Center is opening a new Family Medicine Clinic that will offer primary care services.  The clinic will focus on physicals, diabetes and preventive health, immunizations and vaccines, illnesses and minor conditions and injuries. The clinic is taking patients by appointment only right now by calling 334-418-6648. Walk-in appointments will begin in January. The new clinic is at ten thirteen Medical Center Parkway, Building #2.

Rural Health Medical Program has received a one hundred and fifty thousand dollar grant from the San Francisco-based Delta Dental. The funds will be used for the dental health program and to expand the dental staff. RHMP has a five-year plan to expand its specialty services in all of its locations and to build a dental mobile clinic. CEO Keshee Smith says this will be the first Oral Health Mobile Unit in communities they serve which are Clarke, Dallas, Marengo, Monroe, Perry, and Wilcox counties.

The Downtown Selma Merchant Association drew a great crowd to downtown businesses on December 2 with their afterhours Lantern Walk event. Luminaries lined the sidewalk in front participating businesses including 5&Dime, Anderson Gallery, Broad Street Books, The Coffee Shoppe, Look, Pringle Petals, and Queen City Market. They offered giveaways and opened doors for guests to shop and mingle

The Selma Dallas County Chamber of Commerce honored eight women for their contributions to our community in a ceremony Tuesday night. The third annual Celebration of Women Shaping Our Community event at the Anchor on Franklin was held for a small group and shown virtually on Facebook live due to COVID.  Honorees are Cam Guarino with the Woman of Arts Award; Mandy Henry with the Woman of Business Award; our very own Cindy Fisher with the Community Impact Award; Jerolene Turner Williams with the Excellence in Education Award; Jerria Martin with the Game Changer Award; Dr. Kristina Lovinggood with the Excellence in Medicine Award; Lydia Chatmon with the Millennial Award; and CeCe Grayson with the Service Star Award.

Some of your neighbors will be using their social media skills to invite people from all over the world to visit Selma and other Southwest Alabama counties. The University of Alabama Center or Economic Development has named 14 ambassadors to generate tourism in 12 Southwest Alabama counties, including Dallas. Selma natives Clay Carmichael and Collins Pettaway III are ambassadors for Dallas County and will be posting cool things about their hometown to entice folks to come see us. This is part of a grant to increase tourism.

It’s officially Christmas in Selma. The city held their “City of Lights Christmas Celebration” last weekend starting with the annual Christmas parade on Saturday and continued into Sunday with the lighting of the city’s Christmas tree in Songs of Selma Park and lighting of decorations along the business district of Broad Street. It ended with a boat parade along the river and fireworks on Sunday night.

It was a great crowd all weekend! Really showed how much Christmas spirit Selma has!

Thank you for joining us for this week’s edition of the Selma Sun Spotlight.

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