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Despite the challenges posed by the pandemic, Alabama’s economic development team continues to work with prospects and bring new capital investment and jobs to areas across the state. In the past month or so, nearly 1,200 new jobs have been announced.

Ok. I’m beginning to sound like a broken record, even to myself. Here it is the latter part of October and I, like leaders throughout the nation (and world for that matter) am still grappling with decisions made and those that need to be made. Admittedly, I am tired.

This pandemic has sparked an endless array of emotions for our teachers, scholars, families and our school and district leaders. Self-care is the key to securing emotional wellness during times of stress. As leaders, self-care is a must.

One of my favorite quotes in education is “In God we trust, all others bring data.” We talk a lot about being data-driven; but does that really mean? And what does it look like especially during a pandemic? For Team Selma, we will continue to rely on assessment data to drive our work as we e…

Now, more than ever, physicians are urging patients to protect themselves by getting a flu vaccine. COVID-19 has put significant stress on the nation’s health care system, and a bad flu season will severely stretch health care resources. Getting the flu vaccine can greatly minimize your chan…

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BY AVIS WILLIAMS Last week, I wrote about the fact that in education we are inundated by entirely too many buzz words. Well, this pandemic has caused many of us across all fields and occupations to broaden our vocabulary. Even the word pandemic was not one that many of us frequently used until earlier this […]

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BY STEVE FLOWERS  The field is set for the November General Election and more than likely the races were decided on July 14. We had some good races including the race for our junior U.S. Senate seat as well as two open Congressional seats.  Tommy Tuberville won an impressive 60-40 victory over Jeff Sessions in […]

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BY PAUL DEMARCO  Unfortunately, Alabama has ranked near the bottom of the Nation when it comes to reading proficiency for state students.  Now Gov. Kay Ivey is trying to address the problem with a new plan and recommendations. Ivey is not the first governor to try to tackle this chronic problem in the state.  Now the governor has […]

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BY AVIS WILLIAMS  Next week I will recommend a comprehensive school reopening plan for the Selma City Schools board of education to discuss and approve. Like the state’s Roadmap to Reopening Schools, our plan will focus on safety and wellness.  The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that school protocols include a process […]

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BY PAUL DEMARCO  The unprecedented Republican Party Senate Primary Runoff Election to select a challenger to Democrat Sen. Doug Jones is almost upon us. The race was rocking along though the primary that narrowed the candidates to former Sen. Jeff Sessions and former Auburn Football Coach Tommy Tuberville when the coronavirus hit the state this spring and […]

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BY JIMMY NUNN | Dallas County Probate Judge  In preparing for an election, there are so many moving parts as it takes a grand effort on the part of many to conduct an election. So many citizens are asking questions as to whether the election is still going to be held on July 14 and […]

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BY AVIS WILLIAMS  Over the years, I have heard quite a few quotes that resonate with me and help me articulate my thoughts on various topics. Recently, I have been reminded of a quote my Stuart Chase. He stated, “For those who believe, no proof is necessary. For those who do not, no proof is […]

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BY AVIS WILLIAMS  Growing up, for many years, summer was my favorite season and the best time of year to be alive. This was most true when I was a child and had the privilege of having summers off. Additionally, I’m a June baby so a birthday party was always on tap. Those were fun times!  […]

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BY STEVE FLOWERS  The legislature meets in regular session every year for three and a half months. However, an extraordinary special session can be called by the governor if he/she deems there is a dire emergency in the state government that needs addressing. This provision in the Constitution gives the governor inherent advantage in a special session. The […]

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BY AVIS WILLIAMS  At the start of the school year, I remember speaking to senior scholars and parents about their hopes and needs to make this year their best. The senior year is certainly a busy one as they engage in applying for scholarships, preparing for prom, studying a lot and maybe partying even more. […]

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BY PAUL DEMARCO  Gov. Kay Ivey opened up more of Alabama’s economy this past week, allowing restaurants, bars, gyms, salons and churches in the state to open back up on May 11.  While the governor announced the lifting of such restrictions, she did caution that citizens should remain careful and vigilant since state residents were still testing positive […]

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BY AVIS WILLIAMS  Almost every day, and usually several times a day, someone asks me how I am doing. I love when they ask twice with a bit of emphasis that makes it clear that they are not just making small talk but are genuinely concerned. In some ways this has become a loaded question for […]

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BY CANDI WILLIAMS Even in ordinary times, the more than 760,000 unpaid family caregivers in Alabama face a daunting set of daily tasks. Oftentimes with little or no training, they may be responsible for wound care, tube feedings, dressing, managing the finances and medical bills of their loved ones, transportation and more.  Of course, these are […]

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BY PAUL DEMARCO  The pandemic has changed every American’s life.  As we focus every day on protecting our families from the virus, we also have seen an outpouring of the American spirit as neighbors take care of each other.  Yet, it has also laid bare the side of politics which is intertwined with public policy.  We saw this last […]

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BY PAUL DeMARCO The Alabama Legislature has now been in session for over four weeks. And as with every session, there are dozens of bills filed by state representatives and senators for consideration.  Most of the legislation being debated is local in nature and has no bearing outside of specific cities and counties. However, there is […]

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By STEVE FLOWERS  Over the course of history, the second congressional district has been referred to and considered a Montgomery congressional district because the Capital City has comprised the bulk of the population. In recent years, a good many Montgomerians have migrated to the suburban counties of Autauga and Elmore. Therefore, the district has been refigured to reflect this […]

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BY STEVE FLOWERS  The first district Congressional race is probably the best race in the state in this year’s March 3 Primary. The winner of the March 31 GOP Primary runoff will go to Congress. The famous First District is a Republican congressional seat and has been since Jack Edwards won the seat in the Southern Goldwater landslide in 1964.  […]

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BY PRINCE CHESTNUT  Campaign contributions are necessary for any successful run for state office. There are laws that govern how and when donations can be made to political campaigns.     Persons, associations, businesses, organizations and political action committees give contributions to candidates. Businesses are treated as persons under the law. Political action committees (PACs) are defined […]

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By Avis Williams  Teaching is more than just a little challenging. It’s hard. This is especially true when serving in a high poverty setting. Challenges range from the workload itself to secondary trauma.   As the lead learner of Team Selma, I do not take for granted the commitment and dedication that I see in […]

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By Avis Williams What if I told you that believing that you can achieve a goal or overcome challenges will help you to actually do so? This is possible due to a concept called self-efficacy. Self-efficacy is the belief that a person has that they can reach their goals and be successful despite the obstacles.  […]