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Selma Restaurant Takes Business on the Road During Pandemic

From the West Alabama Newsroom– Restaurants everywhere are struggling to survive — due to the effect that Covid-19 has had on business. But one Selma restaurant is managing to stay afloat by taking it’s business — out on the road. Before COVID-19 — Tally-Ho Restaurant was one of Selma’s most popular restaurants. Even though its located off the beaten path….

What the Tech? Report Claims Amazon and Its Sellers Price Gouged When Pandemic Started

If you purchased hand sanitizer, toilet paper, web cameras, flour or other essentials during the early days of the coronavirus pandemic, you may have been the victim of price gouging. A new report from the consumer watchdog group Public Citizen, Amazon and its many 3rd party sellers dramatically raised prices in March and April for necessary health items that were…

Selma Church Distributes Tons of Food to Hundreds of Families

From the West Alabama Newsroom– A Selma church hands out tons of food this morning — to help hundreds of people — feed their families. The folks at Cornerstone Presbyterian Church on the corner of Dallas Avenue and Broad Street in Selma — held a drive-thru food giveaway at the church Thursday morning. Church volunteers loaded up hundreds of vehicles…

Small Businesses in Selma Struggle to Hang On Amid COVID-19

From the West Alabama Newsroom– As communities start to reopen from the pandemic — people are being urged to get out and support small businesses in their communities. The COVID-19 pandemic has hit small businesses have been hit especially hard and many have been unable to hang on. Hunter Butts runs the Downtowner Restaurant in downtown Selma. “The service industry…

Child Care Crisis Pushes U.S. Mothers out of the Labor Force

NEW YORK (AP) – Research is increasingly pointing to a retreat of working mothers from the U.S. labor force, as the pandemic leaves parents with few child care options and the added burden of navigating distance learning. The trend threatens the financial stability of families in the near-term. In the long-term, the crisis could stall, if not reverse, decades of…

Cybercrime on the Rise During Pandemic

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – State securities officials say cybercrime including email attacks are on the rise during the pandemic. A statement from the Alabama Securities Commission said social engineering attacks have been increasing with more people working at home and children using virtual learning because of the Coronavirus outbreak. Commission Director Joe Borg said information is more accessible than ever,…

Selma City School System Starts New School Year

From the West Alabama Newsroom– Today was the first day of school for students in the Selma City School District. Superintendent Avis Williams says the first day of school had a few challenges. She said that’s to be expected — under the circumstances. The first nine weeks of the school year will completely virtual. “The thing about it that we…

Large College Crowds Raise Concerns of COVID-19 Pandemic Safety

Scenes of crowded entertainment districts in college towns are raising new questions about safety during the coronavirus pandemic and whether college football can be played this year. University of Alabama athletic director Greg Byrne tweeted a photo of a crowded area in Tuscaloosa on Sunday that said: “Who wants college sports this fall- Obviously not these people!!” Who wants college…

Selma City Schools Gearing up for New School Year

From the West Alabama Newsroom– Selma City Schools is set to reopen in less than two weeks. Teachers are already back on the job — while students report back later this month. Superintendent Dr. Avis Williams says the district is preparing for a school year — like no other. The first nine weeks of the school year will be virtual…

Public Warned to Be On Guard Against Mask Scams

From the West Alabama Newsroom– Dallas County District Attorney Michael Jackson is warning the public — to be on-guard against scams during the pandemic. Jackson says scam artists are looking to take advantage of people. And he wants the public to be aware — and stay alert. “Be careful!” Jackson warns some scams involve face masks. “One of the things is…