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Selma Elementary School To Close, Leaving Former Students With Fond Memories

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SELMA — Selma Elementary School in Johnston County is an 80-year-old building that has long been the centerpiece of the community, but now it is being torn down. A new building will go up in its place, but for some of the former students, the old memories will not easily die.

James Woodard was a first-grader when the school opened in December 1921.

"It was great. It was wonderful. It had a lot of fine things in it," he said. "Every room was connected with a telephone. We thought it was very much the modern day thing."

As Johnston County grew, Selma School shrank. The school began as kindergarten to 12th grade, then it became K-8 then K-4. Now, the school is just empty classrooms filled with faded memories.

"The teachers were so congenial. I made some very good friends," said Frances Woodward.

"[It's] a very fine and good building to look at, and we were very pleased with it," James said.

Demoliton of the old school will begin any day now. Construction of the new school will start this fall.


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