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U.S. Rep. Terri Sewell Supports Re-Naming Edmund Pettus Bridge

U.S. Rep. Terri Sewell (D-Alabama) says she supports renaming the historic Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma. It was named for Pettus, a former U.S. Senator from Alabama who was also a Confederate Army officer and a Ku Klux Klan leader. The bridge was the site of the pivotal Bloody Sunday civil rights struggle of 1965, which has international significance in…

Rural Health Medical Program in Selma to Get CARES Act Grant

The Rural Health Medical Program in Selma will be receiving a CARES Act grant of $719,960. The announcement was made by Congresswoman Terri Sewell (D-Alabama). The money is part of $4,227,190 in funding for community health centers in Alabama’s 7th Congressional District as part of the funding allocated by the CARES Act. The CARES Act, Congress’ third COVID-19 response bill,…

Selma Mayor Darrio Melton Issues Coronavirus Statement

Source: City of Selma Selma Mayor Darrio Melton has released the following statement regarding the coronavirus: In light of the recent COVID-19 outbreak, President Donald Trump has issued a National State of Emergency and Governor Kay Ivey has issued a State of Emergency for Alabama. Taking proactive and preventative measures to protect residents, the City of Selma is:  – Suspending…

Amy Klobuchar Is Ending Her Presidential Campaign, Will Endorse Biden

Sen. Amy Klobuchar in Selma on Sunday, Feb. 29, 2020 – (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky) Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minnesota) is ending her Democratic presidential campaign and is set to endorse Joe Biden. Her campaign says she is flying to Dallas and plans to join Biden at his rally Monday night. The Minnesota senator is the third presidential candidate to drop out…

Bridge Crossing Jubilee: Complete Schedule

The 55th Annual Bridge Crossing Jubilee is underway in Selma. This annual event remembers Bloody Sunday and celebrates civil rights history. Bloody Sunday happened on March 7, 1965. That’s when hundreds of people marched across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma to call for equal voting rights. They were met by dozens of Alabama State Troopers who beat them. That…

Extra: Saving the St. James Hotel in Selma

The St. James Hotel in Selma has stood since 1837 — decades before the Civil War, through the Civil Rights Movement. While it’s been closed and boarded up for years, there’s an effort underway to save the St. James and this important part of Alabama history. The St. James is known as the crown jewel of Water Avenue, overlooking the…

Gov. Kay Ivey to Attend Selma Job Fair on Thursday

Gov. Kay Ivey will attend the Alabama Department of Labor’s regional job fair in Selma on Thursday and give remarks. Alabama News Network is a partner in this job fair. The job fair is being hosted by the Alabama Career Center System. Other partners include the Governor’s Office of Minority Affairs and Selma University. More than 25 employers representing 1,500…

Holley True Value in Selma Set to Close After More than 50 Years in Business

From the West Alabama Newsroom– A popular Selma hardware store is closing its doors after more than 50 years of doing business in the community. Holley True Value hardware store in Selma is closing up shop. “Been a long-time customer of Holley’s, I hate to see them go,” said long-time customer Rick Miehlke of Valley Grande. “It’s going to really…