1. The Perry County Commission took giant steps toward moving into a level of stability unseen in years. Here is a look at some of the highlights that have Perry County ready to go into 2023 with optimism that the county is on the way up. All included was roads, financial audit, Courthouse repairs, jobs and debit relief.


  1. Selma native Terry Chestnut finds his calling by sharing lived civil rights history with others through his tour guide service Selma Tours which are in vehicles, but tourists get out at some sites to get an up-close view and take pictures.


  1. On January 1, 2023, the Perry County Emancipation Proclamation Committee held the 160th celebration of the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation at the Marion Baptist Academy building in Marion.  Due to the pandemic, the event had not been held since January 2020.  Reverend Adrian Knox, the pastor of Zion United Methodist Church in Marion, delivered the keynote address. Mr. Donald Bennett, the President of Main Street Marion, presided over the order of the program.  “Let Us March on Until Victory Is Won”, was the theme chosen by the organization for this year. In addition to the annual celebration, the group has awarded thousands of needed scholarship dollars to graduating high school seniors.  Scores of members of the public attended the event, including various elected and/or appointed officials; namely, Christine Jackson, Perry County Revenue Commissioner; Commissioner Albert Turner, Jr., Chairman of Perry County Commission; Mayor Dexter Hinton, City of Marion Mayor; Principal Bruce Jackson, Francis Marion High School Principal.