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 each week 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.   


Keeping the Dream Alive - Thank you to all Keepers of the Dream. Starting from 2008 when we held our first MLK Youth Tournament to now. Even during COVID-19, God's Way Counseling Services for the Youth is Keeping the Dream Alive and we hope you are too.

Even though we are unable to physically hold and showcase our annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Basketball Tournament, we will still be accepting donations and contributions to stay engaged and continue assisting community members most affected by this pandemic. Our hearts go out to all of the people that we've lost this year due to COVID.

Thank you all in advance for your continued tax-deductible support and gifts. Make checks payable to: God's Way Counseling Services for Youth, Inc. Send to: 1050 E. Limestone St., F15, Florence AL 35630.


2021 Black Owned Business Expo - Sunday January 31, 3–7pm, Clarion Ballroom, 4900 Hatch Blvd, Sheffield.

40 businesses will be spaced out selling items. Temperature Checks Before Entrance. Mask Required before entrance.


The Muscle Shoals National Heritage Area opens its latest photo contest this year with a twist: just snap and post.  To enter this year, all you have to do is post a photo on your own social-media accounts with the hashtag #msnhaphotocontest. We’ll do everything else.”

Previous MSNHA photo contests required entry forms and compliance with several guidelines. This year, the only restrictions are that photos must be taken within MSNHA’s six counties—Colbert, Franklin, Lauderdale, Lawrence, Limestone and Morgan—and they must showcase nature.

Contest deadline is 5pm, Monday, February 1. After the contest ends, MSNHA staffers will choose a first-place and a second-place photo. Winning photographers will receive prize packages with items from local businesses and museums.

A partnership program of the National Park Service, National Heritage Areas recognize regions throughout the country that help tell America’s story. The MSNHA is hosted by the University of North Alabama and focuses on the themes of music, Native Americans and the Tennessee River. Email for more information.


Drive Thru Food Pantry for Florence, Lauderdale County at North Wood Methodist Church. Call 256-764-2111 for more information. If no answer, leave message, we will get back to you.


Join Now - Shoals Democratic Club Membership for one year - $20 + donation amount of $10–$500 or more.  Please mail name, address, phone number, email, and check to: 280 Robbins Beach Rd., Killen, AL 35645.  

To receive text messages on upcoming events: text: @voteblue to 81010.


Milk or White Chocolate Covered Strawberries For Sale - $20 dozen, $13 1/2 dozen (picked up), $25 dozen, $18 1/2 dozen (delivered in Shoals area). To order call 931-252-8841. 

Gateway Apostolic Church, 103 Simpson Street, Florence.


The deadline for entry in Artistic Renderings of Youth is February 19.  This is a juried exhibit of artwork open to 7th - 12th grade students from Colbert, Franklin and Lauderdale counties. The exhibit opens March 1 and runs through March 31 at Kennedy-Douglass Center for the Arts in Florence.   

The exhibit and competition are coordinated by area art teachers.  Schools may participate or students can enter on their own. Each student can enter up to three works. Entries are juried and, if accepted, are eligible for ribbons awarded in different grade level groupings. Works must be original and can be in any medium. All 2-dimensional entries must be matted or framed. Framed pieces and canvases must have hanging wire attached on the back. 

For more details on entry rules call Kennedy-Douglass Center for the Arts 256-760-6379. 

Kennedy-Douglass Center for the Arts is located at 217 East Tuscaloosa Street in Florence.


The Shoals Writer’s Guild  is tentatively planning to resume meeting  on February 20 pending the library’s permission.  Membership dues will be postponed until the Guild resumes meeting.  If you have already paid your dues, and you would like a proration please email Joy Willow at   


The Florence Senior Center/The Club is serving curbside meals Monday-Friday from 10:30-11:30am.  Please call in to reserve your meal between 8:30-10:30am.  Call 256-760-6668 for a menu.  Participation requirements: Over 60 years old and a tidbit of information. You can register over the phone.


COVID-19 and Rapid testing is now available at the SHOALS  COMMUNITY  CLINIC -  FREE to the public. The clinic has partnered with the Alabama Department of Public Health to administer these tests. The new COVID Rapid test takes only 15 minutes.   256-760-4713


LifeSouth Blood Drives for January & February The Shoals Center, 307 Veterans Drive, Florence, 888-795-2707. The hours are: Monday, Wednesday, Friday 9am-5pm; Tuesday and Thursday 9am-7pm; Saturday 9am-3pm; Sunday 1-5pm.

Wednesday, January 27, 10am – 4:30pm, Muscle Shoals Electric Board, 1015 Avalon Avenue, Muscle Shoals

Thursday, January 28, 7am – 5pm, North Alabama Medical Center, 1701 Veterans Drive, Florence

Friday, January 29, 7:30am – 4pm, Brooks High School, 4300 Highway 72, Killen

Saturday January 30, 1–6pm, Cricket Wireless, 13726 Highway 43, Russellville

Sunday, January 31, 1–6pm, Foodland, 16143 Highway 72 West, Rogersville

Monday, February 1, 11am – 4pm, Lauderdale County Health Department, 4112 Chisholm Road, Florence

Tuesday, February 2, 7am – 2:30pm, Mity, Inc, 101 Motivation Drive, Lawrenceburg

Wednesday, February 3, 7:30am – 3:30pm, Rogers High School, 300 Rogers Lane, Florence

Thursday, February 4, 7:30am – 3:30pm, Red Bay High School, 800 8th Street S, Red Bay

Friday, February 5, Noon – 6pm, Cricket Wireless, 217 Cox Creek Parkway, Florence

Saturday, February 6, Noon – 6pm, Walmart, 13675 Highway 43, Russellville

Sunday, February 7, 10am – 4pm, First Southern Baptist Church of Muscle Shoals, 3806 W Wilson Dam Road, Muscle Shoals

Monday, February 8, Noon – 5pm, Wilson Dam Clinic, 4951 S Wilson Dam Road, Tuscumbia

Tuesday, February 9, 10am – 3pm, Farris Wholesale Outlet, 220 Farris Drive, Tuscumbia

Wednesday, February 10, 8am – 3:30pm, Wilson High School, 7601 Highway 17, Florence

Thursday, February 11, 7am – 2pm, Darby Doors, 3110 Kendall Drive, Florence

Friday, February 12, Noon – 6pm, Cricket Wireless, 2010 Woodward Avenue #A, Muscle Shoals

Saturday, February 13, 8am – 2pm, Level Up Nutrition, 408 S Wilson Dam Road, Muscle Shoals

Sunday, February 14, Noon – 6pm, Walmart, 2701 Cloverdale Road, Florence

Monday, February 15, 10am – 4pm, Colbert Farmers Co-Op, 8140 Main Street, Leighton

Tuesday, February 16, 11am – 4pm, State Farm – Britt Blanton Agency, 365 Highway 72, Killen

Wednesday, February 17, 7:30am – 4pm, Hackleburg High School, 189 Panther Road, Hackleburg

Thursday, February 18, 9am – 6pm, Helen Keller Hospital, 1300 S Montgomery Avenue, Sheffield

Friday, February 19, 7:30am – 3:30pm, Riverhill School, 2710 Darby Drive, Florence

Saturday, February 20, Noon – 5pm, Cost Cutters, 392 Cox Creek Parkway, Florence

Sunday, February 21, 1–6pm, Martin’s Family Clothing, 550 Cox Creek Parkway, Florence

Monday, February 22, 1–7pm, Walmart, 3100 Hough Road, Florence

Tuesday, February 23, Noon – 6pm, Dalton Pharmacy, 1110 E 6th Street, Muscle Shoals

Wednesday, February 24, 7:30am – 3:30pm, Lexington High School, 101 School Street, Lexington

Thursday, February 25, 11am – 6pm, Bentley Chevrolet, 1950 Florence Boulevard, Florence

Friday, February 26, 1–7pm, BAM, 318 Cox Creek Parkway, Florence

Saturday, February 27, Noon – 6pm, Walmart, 42466 Highway 195, Haleyville

Sunday, February 28, 11am – 6pm, Lowe’s, 130 Cox Creek Parkway South, Florence


Nominations are open for the LONG-LEWIS LOCAL HERO OF THE MONTH AWARD.  In an effort to reward local people for Outstanding Community Service, Long-Lewis Automotive Group in cooperation with The Long-Lewis Foundation, will be awarding one person each month $500 and a Certificate of Appreciation to recognize their efforts in serving The Shoals. 

Simply visit the Long Lewis of the Shoals Facebook page and nominate someone you feel deserves this award for Outstanding Community Service.   The recipient of the Award will be determined by the nominee post that gets the most Likes from the community at the end of each month.  We will announce the recipient, via social media, on the 1st of the following month.  The Certificate and $500 Award will be given to the recipient at the local dealership by the 10th of each month.


Pay it Forward: Donate to Educate - Shoals Scholar Dollars is an Education Foundation raising money to pay tuition at Northwest Shoals Community College and transfer scholarships to the University of North Alabama for Lauderdale and Colbert County students who meet certain criteria. Donate to Scholar Dollars at any participating financial institution the second Friday of each month.


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


The Friends Bookstore at the Florence-Lauderdale Public Library has now reopened!  The bookstore was closed from mid-March-August due to the Covid-19 pandemic, but has now reopened with the new business hours of 12-4pm Monday-Friday.   Don’t forget your mask!  

The Friends Bookstore has a large variety of books at great prices, so be sure to go shop their selection!  Proceeds from the bookstore help the library provide more free books and services to the community.  350 N Wood Ave. in Florence.

The Friends Bookstore is beginning to accept donations again, starting with greeting cards, calendars, and magazines only.  Please bring your donations during business hours, which currently are from noon-4pm Monday-Friday.



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 


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. 


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 


YMCA of the Shoals Affordable Before & After School Care includes over 7,000+ square feet of childcare dedicated space - homework help, team building activities, arts & crafts, and much more. Have Fun! Make Friends! Learn New Things! If you need affordable childcare, contact us today at 256-246-9622 or"


Diamonds in the Rough, travelers with The Club (Florence Senior Center), the Nashville Trip scheduled for April 12-14, 2021 has been canceled.  Other 2021 trips will be subject to Covid 19 regulations. 256-76-6642.


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!


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. 


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.


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


Volunteers Needed - Alabama Hospice of the Shoals in Tuscumbia is currently seeking volunteers to serve the following counties: Colbert, Lauderdale, Lawrence, Franklin, Marion, Winston.

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

Fore more information contact: Alabama Hospice of the Shoals in Tuscumbia, 1404 East Avalon, Suite C, Tuscumbia. Phone: 256-314-1204, fax: 256-314-1206, or email:


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


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