News from around Selma

Published 12:00 am Thursday, September 18, 2003

Compiled by Tracie Troha/Times-Journal Writer

Link holds wellness walk

The local chapter of Links, Inc. will host its 9th annual Health and Wellness Walk-A-Thon this Saturday at the Selma Mall.

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The event begins at 9 a.m. with a special performance by the Selma High School Band. Sessions on diabetes and hypertension will be conducted by local health professionals.

Participants will also be able to get information about health-related illness and diseases.

Links chapter president Juanda Maxwell is asking civic and social organizations, as well as church groups, to sponsor a team for the walk.

Registration is $5 for students and senior citizens and $10 for adults.

Proceeds from this function will be given to the Don Bosco Nutrition Center.

For more information, contact Dr. Patricia Robinson at 872-1975, Carrie Wilson at 872-2025 or L. Dale Bryant at 875-3912.

The Daughters of the American Revolution want all citizens to realize the advantages they have as Americans.

And they’re putting it in writing.

Mayor James Perkins Jr. signed a proclamation on Monday declaring Sept. 17 through Sept. 23 as Constitution Week. According to Edna G. Ledyard, regent of the William Rufus King Chapter of the DAR, her organization wants to remind people what citizenship means.

Ledyard noted that the DAR was a patriotic organization which sought to promote patriotism and educate people.

Recognition of Constitution Week includes the ringing of bells at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church and flying flags in downtown Selma.

DAR Committee chairwoman Christine Moore agrees. &uot;This is a time to challenge our young generation to read about the Constitution and the men who designed it,&uot; Moore said.

The William Rufus King chapter was founded in 1943 when two previous DAR chapters merged &045; the Cherokee and Cola Barr Craig chapters.

Corrections cadets ready for graduation

The Alabama Corrections Academy will hold the year’s fourth academy graduation ceremony on Sept. 18. Forty-two cadets will graduate from an intensive 12-week training program, certifying them among the highest trained law enforcement officers in the state.

The ceremony is set for 10:30 a.m. in the Alabama Corrections Academy Auditorium at 353 Avenue C in Craig Field.

Alabama Department of Corrections Deputy Commissioner Albert Murray will be the commencement speaker.

Upon graduation, each new officer is certified by the Alabama Peace Officers Standards Training Commission. Additional training will then continue as officers are required to complete 40 extra hours of in-service training per year.