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ST. PATRICK’S DAY STORMS SPARES LIVES

SELMA WEATHER

Saint Patrick’s Day 2021 saw severe thunderstorms and tornadoes that stretched from Missisippi to Alabama uprooting trees from their roots, tearing mobile homes from there foundations, damaging homes and businesses but no loss of life reported in the aftermath.

Selma Post Herald’s Randy Williams rode with Dallas County Probate Judgr Jimmy Nunn to record the damage in Burnsville, AL on Highway 14.

After surveying some of the damage Williams interviewed Judge Nunn while riding.

After surveying Burnsville about 2 miles from Selma City Limits Jimmy Smalls talked about his damage.

Jimmy Small had already begun cleanup.

From Governor Kay Ivey: “Alabamians weathered tornadoes and significant thunderstorms yesterday into the early hours this morning. Like forecasts projected, we had a lot of spinning systems last night, but thankfully, a number of funnel clouds and swirling supercells with vortices did not extend to the ground. While tree and structure damage seems fairly widespread, I have received no reports of fatalities. I pray that remains the case as the assessment gets going. Overall, we have a lot to be grateful for, as it could have been much worse. Thank you to our weather experts, first responders and power crews. I am praying for all those that have been severely impacted and stand ready to assist in the recovery efforts.”

Governor Ivey Announces Locations for National Guard Mobile Vaccination Clinics

MONTGOMERY – Governor Kay Ivey on Thursday announced the locations for the Alabama National Guard’s mobile vaccination clinics across 24 rural counties. As part of Governor Ivey’s activation of the ALNG to support the state’s COVID-19 response, beginning March 23, the mobile vaccination teams will rotate through the designated counties.

“Being from rural Alabama myself, ensuring folks in those counties have an easy way to get their COVID-19 vaccine is important to me. I am proud that our guardsmen stand willing to help our great state in any way, especially as we look to put this virus in our rearview mirror,” Governor Ivey said. “I encourage everyone eligible to take advantage of this great resource, and please remain patient as we continue working to get our hands on as many doses as we are able from the federal government. Be sure to help get the word out to your family, friends and neighbors!”

The ALNG is capable of fielding two mobile vaccination teams with a capacity of at least 1,000 vaccinations per site, per day (Tuesday – Friday), for a total of 8,000 doses each week. The Alabama Department of Public Health, local emergency management officials and law enforcement will also provide support.

Rural Mobile Vaccination Clinics: Week One

*Due to the nature of the mission, there will likely be adjustments made. Should any locations change, the ADPH and partnering agencies will provide any updates.

March 23: Covington & Sumter Counties

  • Kiwanis Building: 2085 Kiwanis Drive, Andalusia, AL 36420 (Covington)
  • UWA Football Parking Lot (Sumter)

March 24: Coffee & Greene Counties

  • Enterprise Civic Center: 2401 Neil Metcalf Road, Enterprise, AL 36330 (Coffee)
  • Abandoned Airport: 435 Airport Road, Eutaw, AL 35462 (Greene)

March 25: Dale & Hale Counties

  • Ozark Civic Center: 320 East College Street, Ozark, AL 36360 (Dale)
  • Moundville Ball Park: Industrial Drive, Moundville, AL (Hale)

March 26: Henry & Perry Counties

  • Calvary Baptist Church: 310 Dothan Road, Abbeville, AL 36310 (Henry)
  • Marion Military Institute (Perry)

Rural Mobile Vaccination Clinics: Week Two

March 30: Dallas & Lowndes Counties

  • Bloch Park: 108 Dallas Avenue, Selma, AL 36701 (Dallas)
  • Old National Guard Armory: 5 Gilmer Hills Road, Fort Deposit, AL 36032 (Lowndes)

March 31: Bullock & Choctaw Counties

  • Union Springs Elementary School: 211 Conecuh Avenue West, Union Springs, AL 36089 (Bullock)
  • Heritage Church of God: 161 Main Street, Gilbertown, AL 36908 (Choctaw)

April 1: Macon & Marengo Counties

  • ALNG Armory: 1101 Chappie James Avenue, Tuskegee, AL 36083 (Macon)
  • Old ALNG Armory Maintenance Shop: 2420 Alabama Highway 28 East, Linden, AL 36748 (Marengo)

April 2: Russell & Wilcox Counties

  • Chattahoochee Valley CC: 2602 College Drive, Phenix City, AL 36869 (Russell)
  • Wilcox Central High School: 1310 T.L. Threadgill Road, Camden, AL 36726 (Wilcox)

Rural Mobile Vaccination Clinics: Week Three

April 6: Butler & Conecuh Counties

  • Southside Baptist Church: 211 King Street, Greenville, AL 36037 (Butler)
  • Liberty Hills Shopping Center: 78 Liberty Hill Place, Evergreen, AL 36401 (Conecuh)

April 7: Crenshaw & Monroe Counties

  • Tom Harbin Farm Center: 816 Airport Road, Luverne, AL 36049 (Crenshaw)
  • Monroe County High School: 212 Tiger Drive, Monroeville, AL 36460 (Monroe)

April 8: Clarke & Pike Counties

  • SP Hudson Park: 115 Park Street, Grove Hill, AL 36451 (Clarke)
  • Sportsplex: 701 Enzor Road, Troy, AL 36079 (Pike)

April 9: Barbour & Washington Counties

  • Baker Hill School: 24 School House Road, Eufaula, AL 36027 (Barbour)
  • 111 River Road (Just off Hwy. 43), McIntosh, AL 36553 (Washington)

All rural mobile vaccination clinics will operate 9:00 a.m. through 5:00 p.m. These clinics will be open for all eligible Alabamians, free of charge.

While these distribution efforts are ongoing, the ADPH will provide all of the up-to-date details, including the specific clinic sites and other logistic information on their website. In the instance of severe weather and other similar circumstances, ADPH and partnering agencies will provide any and all updates.

At this time, appointments are not required. Individuals are asked to wear a mask.

COVID-19 Vaccination Eligibility to be Expanded in Alabama to Include People Age 55 and Older, People with High-Risk Medical Conditions, Additional Critical Workers and People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

MONTGOMERY – Governor Kay Ivey and the Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) announced Friday that starting March 22, ADPH will extend eligibility for COVID-19 vaccinations to include people age 55 and older, people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and the population defined as Allocation Phase 1c in the Alabama Vaccine Allocation Plan, www.alabamapublichealth.gov/covid19vaccine/assets/adph-covid19-vaccination-allocation-plan.pdf

“We have been concerned that many people at high risk and others engaged in close contact work have not been eligible to receive the vaccine yet, but with the additional vaccine supply we are better able to meet the needs of Alabama residents,” Governor Ivey said. “Starting March 22, individuals can be assured of receiving the shots they have been patiently waiting to get.”

In addition to those age 55 and older and people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, groups to be included for extended eligibility are people age 16 to 64 with high-risk medical conditions which include but are not limited to the following conditions:

  • Cancer
  • Chronic kidney disease
  • COPD
  • Heart conditions such as heart failure, coronary artery disease or cardiomyopathies; immunocompromised state
  • Solid organ transplant
  • Obesity, BMI greater than 30
  • Pregnancy
  • Sickle cell disease
  • Smoking
  • Type 1 and 2 diabetes
  • Other medical conditions as determined by your medical provider

Also, critical workers in the following areas who were not recommended for vaccination in Phase 1b will be eligible:

  • Transportation and logistics
  • Waste and wastewater
  • Food service (includes restaurant staff)
  • Shelter and housing (construction)
  • Finance (bank tellers)
  • Information technology and communication
  • Energy
  • Legal
  • Media
  • Public safety (engineers)

The additional priority groups will add over 2 million people who are eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccination in Alabama. While around two-thirds of Alabama residents will qualify to receive the vaccine, the state receives between 110,000 and 120,000 first doses each week.

During the week of March 29 through April 2, additional vaccination clinics will be planned for around the state.

As of March 11, 556,603 doses of the Pfizer vaccine, 611,566 doses of the Moderna vaccine and 8,745 doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine had been administered in the state. A total of 1,731,965 vaccines have been delivered to Alabama.

“Alabama is expanding its guidance to accelerate access to the safe and effective vaccines now available in our state,” State Health Officer Dr. Scott Harris said. “While authorized vaccines roll out and more people are vaccinated, everyone needs to continue to wear masks and maintain social distancing to protect their loved ones and the many vulnerable people in the state.”

For general information about COVID-19, the COVID-19 Information Hotline number is 1-800-270-7268. Alabama vaccine providers can be found within the Alabama COVID-19 Dashboard Hub at arcg.is/0brSGj.

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GOV. IVEY ISSUES STATE OF EMERGENCY AHEAD OF SEVERE WEATHER!

Governor Ivey has issued a state of emergency for all 67 counties ahead of the potential severe weather. The state of emergency goes into effect this evening, Tuesday, March 16 at 6:00 p.m. Central Standard Time. The proclamation is below. The governor has also issued the following statement.

From Governor Kay Ivey: “The threat for potentially dangerous weather is rising for much of Alabama tomorrow. Out of an abundance of caution, I have issued a state of emergency for all 67 counties to ensure we are ready to act in any way needed from the state level. Projections are showing that this will likely be a widespread event, with some of the most severe weather anticipated late Wednesday night into early Thursday morning. Please make preparations now in the event your area is impacted in some way. I will continue keeping a close eye on the system and encourage every Alabamian to do the same.”

Governor Ivey issued a proclamation!

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HAPPY PRESIDENTS DAY

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COVID-19 VACCINATIONS

SELMA TO GET 5,000 COVID-19 VACCINE SHOTS

Starting Monday February 8 2021 through Friday February 12, 2021 at Block Park in Selma each day from 8am until 5pm 1,000 Moderna Covid-19 vaccine shots will be administered to begin implementing phase 1b of the Alabama Department of Public Health’s plan which will include 65 YEARS AND OLDER and an expanded group of recipients from the frontline critical workers:

Corrections officers

Food and agriculture workers

U.S. Postal Service workers

Manufacturing workers

Grocery store workers

Public transit workers

People who work in the education sector (teachers, support staff, community college and higher education)
Childcare workers

Judiciary (including but not limited to) circuit judges, district judges and district attorneys

The additional priority groups will add over 1 million people that are eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccination in Alabama. While just under 2 million people will qualify to receive the vaccine, the state continues to only receive around 100,000 doses each week. DOWLOAD COVID -19FORMS TO TAKE WITH BELOW OR ABOVE

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SAINT JAMES HOTEL REOPENS

Selma residents turn out for the Saint James Hotel reopening

Tuesday January 26, 2021 residents, former and present elected officials, dignitaries and governmnent officials were on hand for the official ribbon cutting and grand opening of the Saint James Hotel.

AS THE ONLY FULL SERVICE HOTEL IN DALLAS COUNTY, THE ST. JAMES WILL PROVIDE THE PERFECT BASE FOR GUESTS TO EXPLORE THE HISTORY OF THE AREA FROM THE CIVIL WAR TO CIVIL RIGHTS TO TODAY

Rhaglan Hospitality is pleased to announce the opening of The St. James Hotel at 1200 Water Avenue in historic Selma, Alabama. Sitting adjacent to the Edmund Pettus Bridge on the banks of the Alabama River, the main building of the hotel was constructed in 1836. It is the only riverfront pre-Civil War era hotel still inexistence.

Over its nearly 200-year existence, the St. James has been operated as many things from hotel to tire recapping facility. The property was most recently renovated as a hotel in the early 1990s by a group of local investors but fell on hard times and has been closed for several years. Having worked on the project for nearly five years, Rhaglan Hospitality acquired the property from the City of Selma in 2018 and began renovations, which included not only the complete renovation of all guest rooms and baths as well as common areas, but also the addition of 13 guest rooms and suites, many of which have balconies overlooking the Alabama River and the Edmund Pettus Bridge. From the porcelain lamps and original oil paintings in the guest rooms to the period antiques in the common areas to the charming brick courtyard and fountain at the center of the hotel, the St James has been redesigned to retain the beautiful historic features of the property while incorporating contemporary design elements in the lighting and some of the furnishings.

Ray Donovan, General Manager being interviewed by Randy Williams

The St James will offer breakfast, lunch and dinner via their full-service restaurant and bar, Sterling. Named after a former slave who operated the hotel in the 1800s, Benjamin Sterling Turner, Sterling will arguably provide the best dining experience in Dallas County. Guests at Sterling can begin their evening with a cocktail by the fountain in the hotel’s gas lit courtyard and then have dinner in the cozy bar area by one of the two original fireplaces or, if they prefer something more formal, in the mirror-lined main dining room.

The acquisition, renovation and additions were made possible in part with financing provided by American South Real Estate Fund, an impact fund focused on low-income community projects throughout the South, and an Opportunity Zone investment from the Woodforest CEI- Boulos Opportunity Fund, established by Woodforest National Bank® and CEI-Boulos Capital Management. In speaking about their involvement in the property from American South stated: “ASREF is a proud financial partner in this highly-catalytic project. The re-opening of the St. James Hotel will be transformative for downtown Selma – a historic keystone of our country’s struggle for Civil Rights”, explains Deborah La Franchi, Managing Partner of ASREF.

Doug Schaeffer, Executive Vice President, CRA Executive Director, Woodforest National Bank further noted with respect to their investment: “Woodforest’s investment in the St. James Hotel, through its Woodforest CEI-Boulos Opportunity Fund, will not only help revitalize Selma’s downtown, but it also provides quality jobs for Selma residents. We are proud to leverage the Opportunity Zone

program the way it was intended by investing in communities like Selma that have underutilized assets and important history that needs to be preserved.”

The opening of the St. James is certainly a milestone for Rhaglan and the development team but it is also important for the economic development of the City of Selma. The property will employ three full time salaried managers and provide at least 40 hourly positions ranging from bell person, valet, housekeeping, food and beverage staff and front desk staff, nearly all of whom hail from the Selma community. Rhaglan, American South and Woodforest CEI-Boulos Opportunity Fund are all proud of being able to cultivate local talent in this development and will continue to do so.

Rhaglan CEO Jim Lewis has noted, “In addition to the support of our debt and equity partners, American South and Woodforest CEI-Boulos Opportunity Fund, this project could not have gotten done without the unwavering support of the City of Selma and its citizens. We hope that they are pleased with the work we have done as we feel so privileged to be a part of this special community. At a time when our nation is so divided, it is nice to see people from all walks of life come together to produce a positive result for all. The City of Selma has a great story to tell as does the St. James. We can’t wait to share that with our guests.

Mrs. Kelly Lewis (the wife of CEO Jim Lewis) being interviewed by Randy Williams

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THOUSANDS RECIEVE COVID 19 VACCINE AT SELMA’S BLOCK PARK

Selma, AL – Thursday January 28, 2021 an estimated three thousand people recieved Covid -19 Vaccinations from the Alabama Department of Public Health at Bloch Park. The recipients were 75 years and older, first reponders, health care workers, firefighters, and other workers pre cleared for the first of two Covid -19 vaccine shots.

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COVID-19 vaccination eligibility expanded in Alabama to include persons ages 65 through 74 and others

MONTGOMERY – Governor Kay Ivey and the Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) announced Friday starting February 8, ADPH will extend eligibility for COVID-19 vaccinations to include people 65 or older, and additional groups of frontline workers. The Vaccine Allocation Plan is available at www.alabamapublichealth.gov/covid19vaccine/assets/adph-covid19-vaccination-allocation-plan.pdf.

Frontline critical workers listed in the plan are as follows:

First responders

Corrections officers

Food and agriculture workers

U.S. Postal Service workers

Manufacturing workers

Grocery store workers

Public transit workers

People who work in the education sector (teachers, support staff, community college and higher education)
Childcare workers

Judiciary (including but not limited to) circuit judges, district judges and district attorneys

The additional priority groups will add over 1 million people that are eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccination in Alabama. While just under 2 million people will qualify to receive the vaccine, the state continues to only receive around 100,000 doses each week.

As of today, 148,549 doses of the Pfizer vaccine and 175,326 doses of the Moderna vaccine have been given out to first responders, residents and staff of Alabama’s nursing homes and individuals 75 and older.  A total of 772,275 vaccines have been delivered to Alabama, meaning that 42 percent of what has already been delivered to the state have been administered. 

“We have all been frustrated that the supply of vaccine coming from the federal government hasn’t kept up with the demand,” Governor Ivey said. “To be blunt, we simply haven’t gotten the vaccine that we’ve been promised, and this has created a major backlog of aggravation. Today’s announcement will ensure that as more vaccine is released, we will have a plan in place to get the vaccine in people’s arms more quickly.”

Covered in this expanded group are people at high risk for work-related exposure and persons in identified age groups at risk for COVID-19 associated morbidity and mortality. These include people working or living in congregate settings including but not limited to homeless shelters and group homes.

“Alabama is expanding its guidance despite the limited vaccine in order to accelerate the vaccine uptake in our state,” Dr. Scott Harris said. “I want to reiterate that any remaining vaccines that have not been administered are either someone’s first dose and they are waiting on their appointment or they are waiting on their second dose. Any vaccine currently in the state has someone’s name on it.”

As a courtesy to others, healthier people age 65 and older and workers who fall in these groups are encouraged to consider delaying their vaccination so that more vulnerable people can access the vaccine ahead of them. 

To schedule an appointment for the free COVID-19 vaccination at a county health department, individuals may call the ADPH COVID-19 Vaccine Scheduling Hotline at 1-855-566-5333.  For general information about COVID-19, the COVID-19 Information Hotline number is 1-800-270-7268. The vaccine providers can be found within the Alabama COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Dashboard at arcg.is/OrCey.

ADPH anticipates the release of a new online tool next week which will provide information about opportunities for vaccination, including drive-through clinics being scheduled throughout the state.