The Natchez Trace Parkway is also announcing modifications to operations to implement the latest guidance from the White House, Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), and local and state authorities to promote social distancing. As of March 24, all comfort stations except the on…

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The Sheffield and Tuscumbia Walking Tours which were scheduled for Saturdays in April have been postponed. In fact, Governor Ivey has cancelled all walking tours throughout the state scheduled in the traditional April program to boost interest in local history and tourism.

The Natchez Trace Parkway is also announcing modifications to operations to implement the latest guidance from the White House, Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), and local and state authorities to promote social distancing. As of March 24, all comfort stations except the on…

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TISHOMINGO, MS – The Natchez Trace Parkway has closed the Cave Spring parking area and trail at mile post 308 effective immediately due to storm damage. A tornado was confirmed in Tishomingo County, MS on the evening of March 24.  Many downed trees were reported along the Natchez Trace Parkw…

COMMUNITY NOTES may be submitted for non-profit, civic or church-related events and published free of charge AS SPACE IS AVAILABLE in the Courier Journal. .  Community Notes must be submitted in writing by 3pm Friday for consideration in the following week’s issue.  

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MONTGOMERY – Governor Kay Ivey and the Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) on Thursday issued a statewide health order to aid in Alabama’s efforts to contain the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). 

THE ANNUAL LAUDERDALE COUNTY SPORTS HALL OF FAME dinner and induction ceremony will take place Saturday, March 21 at 6:30pm at the Marriott-Shoals Conference Center. 

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FLORENCE – Artistic Renderings of Youth, a juried exhibit of work by 7th - 12th grade artists from Colbert and Lauderdale counties, will be on display at Kennedy-Douglass Center for the Arts in Florence through March 27. Celebrating its 29th year in existence, this exhibit has developed into…

THE ALPHA PI AND THE ALPHA DELTA BETA CHAPTERS of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. will have their annual Scholarship Banquet Friday, March 13 at the Roundhouse in Tuscumbia. The Banquet starts at 7pm. The program is held each year to assist the chapters in sponsoring scholarships for area…

SHEFFIELD – Acclaimed actor and award-winning director, Ronald Rand, will teach his inspiring, Art of Transformation, Master Acting Workshop over six Saturdays from 4:30-6pm March 14-April 18 at the Ritz Theatre in downtown Sheffield.

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FLORENCE–The Florence Kiwanis Club is hosting its 69th Annual Pancake Days event at the Florence-Lauderdale Coliseum on Friday, March 13 from 6am-7pm and Saturday, March 14 from 6am-1pm.

FLORENCE – the Florence-Lauderdale Public Library is hosting a talk about children’s author Beatrix Potter on Monday, March 16 at 11:30am.

NORTHWEST ALABAMA MS WARRIORS, a support group for patients and families dealing with multiple sclerosis will meet at 5:30pm on Thursday, March 5 at the Muscle Shoals Public Library at 1918 Avalon Ave in Muscle Shoals.  Call 256-356-8548 for more information.

FLORENCE – The 11th Annual Coats’ Farm Benefit Trail Ride & Auction March 6 and 7.  There is no admission charge, but donations are accepted. 

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FLORENCE – Theatre director, David Hope, came across a book several years ago entitled, You’ve Got to have a Dream: The Message of the Musical, written by author and Scottish theologian, Ian Bradley, the Senior Lecturer in Practical Theology at the University of St. Andrews, Scotland.  Bradl…

THE TRI-CITIES MEMORIAL GARDENS ANNUAL SPRING CLEAN UP begins March 1. Lot owners of their heirs are asked to remove all grave decorations at the Florence Blvd cemetery prior to March 1. Items not picked up will be collected and held until March 15. Items remaining after March 15 will be dis…

FLORENCE – Dr. Linda Langley of the Coushatta Tribe of Louisiana will deliver her presentation, “What We Wish They Would Ask Us: The Importance of Including Tribal Perspectives” at the Florence Indian Mound Museum on Friday, February 28 at 6 pm. Langley serves as the Tribal Historic Preserva…

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FLORENCE – The Kennedy-Douglass Center for the Arts will host artists Vann Dillon, Abbie Hyche, and Chris James on February 27 from 7-10pm as part of the Artist Gathering 2020. This is a recurring seasonal meeting of creative minds where artists of all ages, backgrounds, and mediums network,…

AL-ANON, A WORLDWIDE RECOVERY ORGANIZATION for the families and friends of alcoholics. The organization will have its area convention February 21-23 at the Clarion Inn at 4900 Hatch Blvd in Sheffield. Speakers and workshops are offered and newcomers are welcome. Admission is $20 at the door.…

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TUSCUMBIA – Belle Mont Mansion hosts Alabama Humanities Foundation Road Scholar, Joyce Cauthen, director emeritus of the Alabama Folklife Association. She will present “Fiddlers, Banjo Players and Strawbeaters” on Sunday, February 23 at 2:30pm. This event is free and open to the public.

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FLORENCE - The Florence-Lauderdale Public Library’s in-depth “Voting Rights in America” series continues through February and March, coinciding with Black History Month and Women’s History Month.