Selma Sun Spotlight: Week 2 December 2021 | Multimedia


Selma Sun Spotlight for December

Vaughan Regional Medical Center opens new family medicine clinic, Rural Health secures major dental grant, chamber honors influential women in the community. That and more in this week’s edition of the Selma Sun Spotlight, featuring Selma and Dallas County. The Green Street Baptist Church is about to come back to life, but it needs help. In a ceremony on Friday, December 3, church leaders and dignitaries launched a fundraiser by sharing church memorabilia. Selma Mayor James Perkins Jr remembers buying lemonade and cookies there and playing around the neighborhood. Dallas County Estates Judge Jimmy Nunn says he looks forward to what God is going to do through the hands of individuals and citizens. The man leading the restoration effort, Aaron Roper, thanked everyone involved. Donations for the restoration were made during the celebration. To donate, visit their Go Fund Me page under Operation Green Street Church for more information.

The Vaughan Regional Medical Center is opening a new family medicine clinic that will provide primary care services. The clinic will focus on physical exams, diabetes and preventive health, immunizations and vaccines, illnesses and minor ailments and injuries. The clinic takes patients by appointment only at this time by calling 334-418-6648. Walk-in appointments will begin in January. The new clinic is located at 10-13 Medical Center Parkway, building # 2.

Rural Health Medical Program received a grant of one hundred and fifty thousand dollars from Delta Dental, based in San Francisco. The funds will be used for the dental health program and to expand the dental workforce. RHMP has a five-year plan to expand its specialist services to all of its locations and to build a mobile dental clinic. CEO Keshee Smith said it will be the first mobile oral health unit in the communities they serve, namely Clarke, Dallas, Marengo, Monroe, Perry and Wilcox counties.

The Selma Downtown Traders Association drew a large crowd to downtown businesses on December 2 with its after-hours lantern walk event. Light fixtures lined the sidewalk in front of participating businesses including 5 & Dime, Anderson Gallery, Broad Street Books, The Coffee Shoppe, Look, Pringle Petals and Queen City Market. They gave gifts 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 Anchor on Franklin was hosted for a small group and virtually streamed to Facebook live due to COVID. The winners are Cam Guarino with the Woman of Arts Prize; Mandy Henry with the Businesswoman Award; our 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 award for excellence in medicine; Lydia Chatmon with the Millennial Award; and CeCe Grayson with the Service Star Award.

Some of your neighbors will use their social media skills to invite people from around the world to visit Selma and other counties in southwestern Alabama. The University of Alabama Economic Development Center has appointed 14 ambassadors to generate tourism in 12 counties in southwestern Alabama, including Dallas. Selma natives Clay Carmichael and Collins Pettaway III are Dallas County Ambassadors and will be posting cool articles about their hometown to entice people to come see us. It’s part of a grant to increase tourism.

It’s officially Christmas in Selma. The city hosted its “City of Light Christmas Celebration” last weekend starting with the annual Christmas Parade on Saturday and continued through Sunday with the lighting of the city’s Christmas tree. in Songs of Selma Park and lighting decorations along the Broad Street business district. It ended with a parade of boats along the river and fireworks on Sunday evening.

There were a lot of people all weekend! Really showed how much Selma has the Christmas spirit!

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

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