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Selma Civic Center resumes commemorative brick sales

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SELMA — Supporters can once again purchase engraved bricks for the new Selma Civic Center’s courtyard, town Councilwoman Ann Williams announced last week.

Following regularly scheduled business at the Selma Town Council’s Oct. 8 meeting, Williams discussed the new Selma Civic Center’s open house held last month.

Williams explained that the 300 N. Webb St. civic center was built in 1939 as a Works Progress Administration project and had been used as a community building and a gym for Selma High School in the 1940s prior to being turned over to Selma’s American Legion chapter around 1940.

Williams headed a private committee that raised almost $390,000 in state and federal grants and corporate, civic and individual donations to renovate the building without the use of town property tax revenues. The fundraising effort included the sale of commemorative bricks for $100 each.

“Since the night of the donors’ reception at the civic center, the phone has been ringing off the hook from people who are asking us to expand the courtyard and allow them to purchase a brick,” said Williams. “After taking a couple of weeks to rest following the dedication, we have decided to open phase two of brick sales this week, so we are sending out letters to all donors along with new brick forms so they can pass the information along to their families and friends.”

Williams said a notice would also be placed in Tracks, Selma’s town newsletter that’s distributed with utility bills.

“We are very excited, once again, to make way for an even larger courtyard with the newly engraved bricks commemorating the lives of citizens who have been acquainted with Selma,” said Williams.

Williams said bricks will still be sold for $100 each with an additional $5 for a veteran or military service member inscription.

In addition to sending thank-you letters, Selma Civic Center boosters are also offering to send a card with a computer-generated likeness of the brick with the chosen lettering so it can be included as a gift for a birthday, anniversary, Christmas or other special occasion.

Williams said the brick sales will end on April 15, so those who want to purchase one are encouraged to call the civic center committee at 919-609-4663.

Brick forms may also be downloaded from the town’s website and mailed in with a check or picked up at Town Hall where buyers can pay for them in person.