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Several years ago my husband was a patient at ECM Hospital. As I was leaving the parking deck where I parked daily for weeks, I looked for the dollar to exit and I realized I had only thirty five cents. So I pulled my car to the side and thought what am I going to do? Just as I was about the…

FLORENCE – Officials at the University of North Alabama have announced plans for a return to face-to-face instruction for students enrolled for the Fall 2020 semester.  The process will be a phased approach with employees returning to campus during May while adhering to social distancing and…

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FLORENCE – North Alabama Medical Center announced recently that 12 first-year internal medicine residents and 12 second-year internal medicine residents will begin practicing in its newly developed Internal Medicine Residency training program beginning July 1.

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SHEFFIELD – Bank Independent team members have sewn and distributed over 1,000 protective masks to hospitals across North Alabama over the past few weeks to help increase the pool of supplies during the COVIC-19 crisis.

FLORENCE – The Courier Journal’s business lobby has reopened to the public.

FLORENCE — The Spirit of Freedom Celebration is moving from one patriotic holiday to another this year due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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SHEFFIELD – “We have had numerous inquiries of our healthcare leaders regarding their perspective in reopening activities in northwest Alabama.” - That from Kyle Buchanan, President of Helen Keller Hospital. He added that while there is reason to be optimistic, there is also reason to be ext…

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FLORENCE – The Courier Journal’s front business lobby has reopened to the public as of this week.

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MUSCLE SHOALS - The Northwest-Shoals Community College Adult Education, Ready to Work, and the Manufacturing Skill Standards Council programs are partnering to offer a free summer pre-apprenticeship program, CTE 101, beginning May 26.

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SHOALS - The local Census update for Friday, May 1 shows that Alabama slipped one spot in the national rankings, falling to 29th with a 53.7% reporting figure.  That is almost 2% below that national average of 55.6%.

SHOALS – Do you have Small mouths to feed? Are elderly parents in need of medicine?  Rents or mortgages to pay?  Overdue bill notices?  

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In the jungles of Nicaragua a team floats down the Rio Coco in a dugout canoe.  Through oppressive heat and humidity, they ride in the narrow, hollowed-out tree for 18 hours before they can reach the indigenous Miskito people in the country’s interior. This might sound like some scene from I…

SHOALS – As we closed last week, the state of Alabama still ranks 28th out of 52 (including DC & Puerto Rico) when it comes to Census Response rate.  Our response rate is up to 50.8% (49.3% last week) compared to the national average of 52.4%.

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MUSCLE SHOALS - Northwest-Shoals Community College’s Alpha Zeta Iota chapter recently received four awards at the 2020 Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society (PTK) virtual international awards program.

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Bernice Ginn, seated, turned 99 on Thursday, April 23. There was a big celebration on Friday with the help of her friend, Nancy Wisdom (standing) who lives in Cedar Park in Florence.

SHOALS – Older adults may be hard hit by the coronavirus – and scammers prey on that. If you or someone you know must stay at home and needs help with errands, you’ll want to know about this latest scam.

SHOALS – The Census Progress Update from NACOLG last week shows where we stand nationally and locally. 

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LEIGHTON – The 33rd Annual Recall LaGrange Event at the LaGrange College Site Park has been cancelled for May 2, 2020 due to the Covid-19 Virus pandemic. The historic park is located off Hwy 157 near White Oak in east Colbert County and maintained by the LaGrange Living Historical Associatio…

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MUSCLE SHOALS - The Northwest-Shoals Community College Ready to Work (RTW) program has added a new online program to better serve the community during the COVID-19 pandemic.