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Old Town celebrates night out

SELMA — Almost 200 Old Town residents and visitors joined to Celebrate Safe Communities Tuesday night during a two-hour street party with food, music and games.

Jacque Johnson, president of the sponsoring Old Town Neighborhood Watch, said switching the event from the first week of August helped attendance.

She praised the way residents and volunteers got together to serve hot dogs and barbecue sandwiches, run the basketball shooting and cakewalk and see the demonstrations from the police and fire departments.

“It was great because everybody just pitches in,” she said.

Arthur Duncan, who was cooking hot dogs, said he had grilled plenty of frankfurters.

“That’s the second hundred on there now,” he said, pointing to the lines of hot dogs.

Bob Jones was popping popcorn midway down Abbott Street and trying to catch up.

“I started popping popcorn at 4:30 p.m. for the firefighters and was about five or six loads ahead,” Jones said. “Then I went over for an interview (on the radio), and I got caught behind.”

Proceeds from the event went to sponsor community projects.