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.  

• Email to; 

• Look for “Submit News” on our website  at

• Fax to 256-760-9618; 

• Mail to 219 W. Tennessee St, Florence, AL  35630; or

• Bring in person.

All properly submitted Community Notes which are dated will be posted weekly at   We do our best, however, there is no guarantee that this free information will be published in the paper.  Visit our website for a complete list of community notes.  If your item MUST appear  in the paper a certain week, we suggest you also place a paid ad by calling 256-764-4268.  That way it will be in at least one area of the paper.  When your community note is published, your event will have coverage in two different locations.   


The Help Center Food Pantry will be open every 4th Saturday each month to provide food and groceries to local families in need.  Drive thru service will be utilized for receiving food and groceries to help protect the volunteer workers and clients.  During the weekday hours of operation, the Help Center is allowing one family member per household to enter the building to shop for clothing for children and other family members.  That person MUST wear a mask. 

Days of regular operation are Monday, Wednesday, Friday 8:30am-noon, and 4th Saturdays 8:30am-noon.

Upcoming Fourth Saturday dates are July 25, August 22, and September 26.  The Help Center is located at 621 South Court St, at the corner of Veterans Drive, in Florence.


Luncheons at Cloverdale Community Center will be cancelled for remainder of 2020.  Hopefully 2021 will be better.

We love and miss everyone.   Be safe!


The Club (Florence Senior Center) is closed for activities. However, curbside meal pick up is Monday-Friday. Call 8:30-10:30am for meal. Pick up between 10:30-11:30am.

Donations accepted, but not expected. 256-760-6668.


Rickwood Road in Florence will be closed to traffic from the Railroad Tracks to Chisholm Road beginning until further notice. 


Due to the current situation, Chapel Hill Church Of Christ will not host Its traditional Summer Gospel Meeting.  

We would like to leave you with this scripture from I Thessalonians, 5:16-17.  Rejoice always, pray without ceasing.  

U.S. Hwy. 72 just west of Tuscumbia


Due to the high elevation of numbers with the Coronavirus, the Shoals Writers Guild will not meet in August.  Everyone’s health and well-being is the most important concern presently. We will restart our meetings when the Florence library reopens for meetings and the health of our speakers and members allow it. Thank you for your patience and support.  Prayers always for your good health and safety.


LifeSouth Blood Drives for August 2020

Wednesday, August 19, 6am – 4pm, Constellium (Element 13), 1009 Ford Road, Muscle Shoals

Thursday, August 20, Noon – 6pm, O’Reilly Auto Parts, 14101 Highway 43, Russellville

Friday, August 21, Noon – 6pm, Title Max, 305 Woodward Avenue, Muscle Shoals

Saturday, August 22, Noon – 6pm, Walmart, 1706 Military Street South, Hamilton

Sunday, August 23, 8am – 1pm, Cross Point Church of Christ, 1350 Cox Creek Parkway, Florence

Monday, August 24, Noon – 6pm, Walmart, 13675 Highway 43, Russellville

Tuesday, August 25, 9am – 4pm, Encompass Health, 2713 Avalon Avenue, Muscle Shoals

Wednesday, August 26, Noon – 6pm, Hackleburg Market, 1515 Old Hackleburg Road, Hackleburg

Thursday, August 27, 9am-4pm, Lewis Electric Supply Company Inc., 1306 2nd Street, Muscle Shoals

Thursday, August 27, 7:30am – 3:30pm, Central High School, 3000 County Road 200, Florence

Friday, August 28, 11am – 5:30pm, Cash Express, 1587 Darby Drive, Florence

Saturday, August 29, 8am – 1pm, Tracker Boating Center, 4120 Florence Boulevard, Florence

Sunday, August 30, Noon – 4pm, New Birth Ministries, 225 South Spurr Street, Florence


Applications for the Elk National Foundation’s (ENF) Most Valuable Student Scholarship program are available online as of August 5. Any high school senior who is a citizen of the United States is eligible to apply.

Applications must be submitted online on or before November 15, 2020.

The ENF will award 500 four-year scholarships to the highest-rated applicants in the 2021 competition. Male and female students will compete separately.

Applicants will be judged on scholarship, leadership, service and financial need.

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, ACT scores will not be required on this year’s application. For additional information and to apply, go to or contact Dr.Jean Love, Scholarship Coordinator, Shoals Elks Lodge 2860 at 256-762-5043.


Local Youth Shooting Sports Team "THE HAPPY HOLLOW SHARPSHOOTERS" along with Alabama Youth Education in Shooting Sports is hosting a FAMILY FUN DAY event, Sunday, August 30, 2-5pm at Muscle Shoals Skeet & Trap 1301 County Rd. 346 Florence. Event is FREE to the public

• Learn Firearm Safety

• BB Gun

• Trapshooting

• Skeet Shooting

• Horseshoes and Corn Hole Games will be setup


Happy Hollow Sharpshooters is always accepting new youth shooting members.

Muscle Shoals Skeet & Trap will be accepting new members

More Information: Call or Text (256) 284-3817. Email:


Motor Coach Tours With The Club (Florence Senior Center).  These trips are open to the public.

Pigeon Forge/Smokey Mountain Show Trip, 5 days 4 nights, $575, November 9-13.

Prices for 2020 are being honored for now on 2021 trips!.  Register soon!

Mackinac Island, 7 days 6 nights, $719, August 15-21, 2021.

Niagara Falls & Toronto, 7 days 6 nights, $689, June 13-19, 2021.

For more information, call The Club 256-760-6642


The Shoals Home Builders Association’s Scholarship Golf Classic at Twin Pines Golf Course has been moved from September to Friday, October 30 with 9am Shotgun Start.  Half of the teams will play before lunch and the other half after lunch in order to follow safety guidelines and to play one man per cart, but still provide some networking events for our members. 

The cost is $100 per player/ $400 per team. Includes: Golf Cart, Green Fees, Lunch, Beverages, Prizes, and Giveaways.  Mulligans are $15 each, 2 for $25.

Please make checks payable to SHBA. Mail to SHBA, PO Box 419, Florence, AL 35630 with other team members and your contact information, or call 256-766-9014 for more information.  The deadline to register is October 23. 


Scam Alert! Florence Utilities received reports of a scam recently.  Someone pretending to be with the Florence Utilities may ask for payment through PayPal or bank account information and threaten to cut off service for non-payment. Florence Utilities says it DOES NOT call customers to ask for payment information and WILL NOT come to your house to evaluate an account.  If you have any concerns about your utility account, please call Customer Service at 256-760-6512.  If you are ever in question about a scam call or someone at your door, call your local Police Department or 911.


LifeSouth Community Blood Centers can now test all eligible blood donors for COVID-19 antibodies.

The antibody test conducted by LifeSouth is authorized for use by the FDA and detects if someone has developed antibodies to COVID-19. A positive test result may indicate past exposure and some immunity to the virus. This antibody test is not a diagnostic test and will not determine if the person currently has the virus.

LifeSouth encourages donors to make an appointment to donate over the coming weeks.

For additional information, call LifeSouth toll-free at 888-795-2707 or visit

Donors must be at least 17 or 16 with parental permission, weigh a minimum of 110 pounds and be in good health. A photo ID is also needed. 


Kindergarten 2020-21 Registration Now Open for Sheffield! If your child will be five years old on or before September 1, 2020, you must register him or her for kindergarten for the upcoming 2020-2021 school year.

Registration is simple! Go to and click on the "new student" button. (If you already have a child attending Sheffield City Schools, you can use the account you already have.)

From there you will enter your child's information which will include uploading some documents including their birth certificate, social security card, and you driver's license and two proofs of residency.

For assistance you may contact our counselor, Ms. Wiliams via email, phone, or text: or 256-285-2334. 


Alabama Extension at Alabama A&M University is offering educational webinars on Zoom for youth, adults and teachers.  Online users can find a listing of Zoom sessions or other activities at: or

Access Alabama Extension’s website at, sign up for our daily briefing, or visit us on social media to find practical solutions facing Alabama residents and communities.

For more information, contact Kimberly Sinclair-Holmes at


Country Oldies Dance Hall Open Again located at 110 Town Plaza, 500 N. Montgomery Ave., Sheffield. Every Friday and Saturday night 7-9pm.

Come twist, line dance, buckdance, or your choice. Best in country music. Everyone welcome!


Richardson Cemetery of Waterloo Needs Your Help with donations to keep the cemetery mowed. If you have loved ones there we would appreciate any donations. Send donations to: Farmers & Merchants Bank, Waterloo for Richardson Cemetery.


Want a job? Want a better job? Get your GED! Free GED Prep classes are located near you. The program is open entry with new students starting classes weekly. For more information, call the Northwest-Shoals Community College Adult Education Program at 256-331-5440 or 256-331-5438.


The American Red Cross has seen an outpouring of support from blood donors in response to the coronavirus outbreak. During this uncertain time, the Red Cross continues to encourage healthy individuals to schedule and keep donation appointments in the weeks ahead to ensure a stable supply throughout this pandemic.

Each Red Cross donation center follows the highest standards of safety and infection control, and additional precautions have been implemented to ensure the health of Red Cross donors, employees and volunteers.

Healthy individuals who are feeling well are asked to make an appointment to donate later this month and after by visiting, using the Red Cross Blood Donor App, calling 1-800-RED-CROSS or enabling the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device. 

A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age in most states (16 with parental consent where allowed by state law), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.


Stop Violence – Safeplace Shelters Are Open for victims of domestic violence during COVID-19. Call our 24/7 helpline: 1-800-550-9215.

We are not just a shelter! Other available services for qualifying clients include: goal planning, legal services, safety planning, and more.


Did you know that there are 250 children who can’t live at home in our community each month?  These children can’t live at home because the very people who are supposed to protect and care  for them are not able to do so.  These are the children in foster care.   These are the children that need someone to stand up for them when it feels like no one cares.  These are the children that need a CASA Volunteer.  

Please consider becoming a Volunteer Advocate for local children who need a caring and committed adult to speak up for their best interest.  Call the Shoals CASA office at 256-765-0041 or check out the agency’s website for more information 


The Nacolg Seniorx Medication Assistance Program Supplies Free And Low Cost Medications For Anyone In Alabama With A Disability Or A Chronic Illness Regardless Of Age That Requires Daily Medication.  Medicare Recipients May Also Be Eligible. 

For More Information Contact Nacolg Seniorx Today.  There Is No Charge For This Service. Paula Pardue at 256-389-0529  or 1-800-Ageline (1-800-243-5463)

This Program Is In Partnership With The State Of Alabama  And Alabama Department Of Senior Services


The Keller Hospice Promise Foundation assists patients and families with essential, non-hospice related expenses they are unable to afford themselves–such as rent and utility bills, emergency repairs, personal care items, and food assistance. The foundation also provides funding for patient's last wishes, burial assistance, and community projects like bereavement camps for children and educational outreach programs for end-of-life care.

When you make a donation to The Hospice Promise Foundation, 100% of your donation goes directly to patients and families in need because we are a 100% NON PROFIT FOUNDATION.

Donations can be sent to Barbie Johnson, Volunteer Coordinator, 1404 East Avalon Avenue, Suite C, Tuscumbia, AL 35674. Or contact the volunteer coordinator to answer any questions or pick up any donations: 256-314-1204 or email:


Hospice Volunteers Needed - Veterans, Students, Retirees, everyone with an hour a week to share with someone in your community.  Specific needs:  Male veteran to visit WWII vet, Florence area.  Hairdresser/Barber in all areas.   256-269-2100   Comfort Care Hospice, Sheffield.


Volunteers Needed - Keller Hospice LHC of Tuscumbia is currently seeking volunteers to serve in Colbert, Lauderdale, and Lawrence. 

Areas of need: Patient Volunteer, Administrative Volunteer, Craft/Hobbies Volunteer, Community Outreach/Event Planning/Fundraising Volunteer. 

For more information contact: Keller Hospice LHC of Tuscumbia, 1404 East Avalon, Suite C, Tuscumbia. Phone 256-314-1204 or email


Shoals Habitat for Humanity ReStore 1120 N Royal Ave, at Seven Points in Florence. Or call us at 256-760-9515. Open Tuesday-Saturday from 9am-5pm. Shop. Donate. Volunteer.


City of Florence  - Recycling Program:

Paper, cardboard, plastic bottles and jugs only (#1 & #2), aluminum cans, and steel cans are all recyclable. Residential curbside cart collection is provided within City of Florence limits. The Florence Recycle Center drop-off is available to everyone, 24 hours, 7 days a week.

Cardboard Boxes

Place large, broken-down cardboard boxes 3 feet away from your recycle and garbage carts. Remove all contents from each box before recycling as Styrofoam and plastic film are NOT recyclable.


Old TV’s are not collected with curbside trash. They can be dropped off at two locations:

--Florence Recycle Center:  1200 Terrace Street, Florence

--Florence Landfill:  29485 County Road 14, Florence

Wrapping Paper

All paper is recyclable if it will tear.  We encourage you to reuse ribbons and bows, but they are not recyclable.


Lunch and Learn - Free Financial Series A series of free interactive financial seminars hosted by Bart Rickard with Edward Jones will help you take control of your financial future.

Tuesday, August 25 at 12noon: Leave It, Move It, Roll It, Take It Seminar

Tuesday, October 20 at 12noon: Making Your Money Last

Registration is required and space is limited. Please call and register at 256-284-7432.


Do you have a family member or a friend with a disability?

If so, sign up for our Disability Advocacy Network email list to show your support for a family member or friend through The Arc’s national movement.  

By signing up you will receive reliable updates about state and federal legislative decisions so you can take action as an informed advocate.

Your elected officials will listen to you on issues that are important to the I/DD community by making a call or sending an email!  Go to  to subscribe!


REAL Rehome Educate Adopt Love offers the following pet preventive care assistance for dogs and cats in Lauderdale, Colbert and Franklin Counties:

• Flea/Tick Control

• HW Testing

• HW Preventative

• Vaccine

Submit your Pet Wellness application from our Facebook page REAL Rehome Educate Adopt Love or website