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.   


Community Action Northwest Alabama Utility Funds Available. Any income eligible person living in Lauderdale, Colbert or Franklin counties needing utility assistance may call for an appointment at 256-764-5142. Please listen carefully to the list of requirements. You may also obtain a PAPER APPLICATION packet, available under “Guidelines”, from our website at Please read the state-issued instructions carefully including all documents that must be provided. The utility application may be emailed (email address in packet), mailed or dropped off at any time to the office in the county a resident lives 8-4:30pm M-F. Offices locations: 

745 Thompson St. Florence 


1001 S. Washington Ave, Russellville 


505 N. Columbia Ave, Sheffield 


Assistance once per season. Winter season ends May 31. Summer season begins June 1 


The Club/Florence Senior Center remains CLOSED for day to day recreation.  However, our nutrition program (hot meals) resumes Monday, May 18, with curb side pick-up, Monday-Friday, for our established clients.  Pick up time 11-11:30am.  Homebound Hot Meals will resume for those established clients at that time.  Donations are always appreciated, however, not expected.  If anyone has any questions or seeks information about the nutrition program please call 256-760-6420 between 8:30am and 12:30pm Monday-Friday.


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

Mackinac Island, 7 days 6 nights, $719, August 16-20 - $75 deposit due now.

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

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


Samaritan House Clothing Room located beside Highland Park Church of Christ parking lot, Open Air Clothing Giveaway, June 4-5, 9am-2pm.  6 ft. distancing observed (masks optional)

Rain date: June 11-12 9am-2pm.


Better Business Bureau of North Alabama, Inc. will host Shred Day on Friday, June 5 from 11am–2pm at the Florence-Lauderdale Coliseum at 720 East Veterans Drive in Florence.  The quick and easy drive-thru setup will include two document shredding trucks on-site.  Only paper documents will be accepted; remove all other materials, such as cardboard, plastics, metals, and binders.  There is a document limit of three bags or boxes per vehicle.  Documents should be placed in the trunk area of the vehicle.  Remain in your vehicle; this is a no-contact event.

Many identity theft victims can trace the theft to something that was stolen from their own possession. Treat your personal information like the valuable commodity it is. Properly dispose of sensitive documents for FREE.  

Good Samaritan Hospice is the Presenting Sponsor - making this event possible!  

For information, please contact the BBB at 256-740-8224.


Scam Alert! Florence Utilities received reports of a scam last week.  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.


The Girl Scouts of North-Central Alabama have gone virtual and the girls are loving it! Every Wednesday at 5pm we host a 'Bring a Friend' Virtual Event for girls K-12. We learn about Girl Scouts and how to do a fun Project! That's not all we do, we also have virtual events happening all week. Find out more at

Or Contact - Tina Rich at 256-712-2090 or


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.

Plasma donated from recovered COVID-19 patients, or those who had the virus but were asymptomatic, can be a critical tool to help those patients severely affected by the virus. LifeSouth has been testing potential convalescent plasma donors for COVID-19 antibodies since April, and hopes by testing all blood donors, more donors will be willing to donate. Since the first convalescent donation in April, LifeSouth has collected convalescent plasma from donors across their footprint in Florida, Georgia and Alabama. These units have been transfused to critically ill patients in local hospitals served by the community blood center.

Right now, LifeSouth is experiencing a critical need for all blood types, and assures it is safe to give blood. All donor centers and bloodmobiles are enforcing social distancing between donors and implementing heightened sanitation protocols. LifeSouth’s donor centers in North Alabama are located in Madison, Huntsville, Albertville, Decatur, Cullman, and Florence. LifeSouth’s bloodmobiles will also be out at many locations in the coming weeks.

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


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.


The TVA Retirees Association Muscle Shoals Chapter 2020 Annual Picnic scheduled for June 16 has been cancelled. Based upon current understanding of health concerns for large gatherings, the board thought it would be best to cancel the picnic this year. At this point we are planning to continue the picnic in 2021.

We will keep you informed about future plans for the picnic and other Chapter activities.


Due to the continuing developments related to the coronavirus and with the health of our inductees, honorees, staff and general public our top priority, the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame has rescheduled its 52nd Annual Induction Banquet & Ceremony for August 1, 2020 at the Sheraton Birmingham Hotel.

As opposed to the previously rescheduled date, August 1 will allow more time for all parties involved to be better prepared for the event.

For more information regarding the ASHOF or the upcoming Induction Ceremony, please visit our website at or call 205-323-6665.


The 16th Annual Swampers 5K and 1 mile walk/run has been postponed until Saturday, August 1. (Previously scheduled for Saturday, April 25)  This race is sponsored by Shoals Civic League and is the largest event of its kind in the Shoals area with over 800 applicants last year.  The August race will follow all guidelines as in the past years, with packet pickup and finish line at Muscle Shoals MIddle School.  To register for the race at reduced rates, go to


The Valdosta Community Reunion that is held each year on the first Saturday in June will be cancelled this year due to the COVID-19.


Corinth Kiwanis Leon Frazier Gospel Singing College Scholarship Fundraiser (UNA often benefits from the funds raised) Saturday June 6, 6pm, Corinth Coliseum Civic Center Theater, 404 Taylor Street, Downtown Corinth, MS.

Karen Peck & New River; Gold City; Phil Cross & Poet Voices, Dujuana Frazier Thompson & Family; Josh & Ashley Franks.

General Admission at door $15/Aartis Circle $25 in Advance including the artist Meet & Greet and Reception at 4pm


Austin Cemetery Annual Decoration Sunday, June 7 from 10am-3pm, located at 8860 County Road 5 in Florence.  


Pisgah United Methodist Church Homecoming Services scheduled for June 14 has been cancelled. Donations for cemetery upkeep may be mailed to: Pisgah Cemetery Fund, 280 Co. Rd. 139, Florence, AL 35633.


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, June 23 at 12noon: Foundations of Investing Seminar

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.


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.

Blood donation is essential to ensuring the health of our communities. The need for blood is constant, and volunteer donors are the only source of blood for those in need. With no known end date in this fight against coronavirus, the Red Cross needs the help of donors and blood drive hosts to maintain a sufficient blood supply for weeks to come.

This is the time to take care of one another. 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. Donors are also asked to make an appointment to donate in order to help manage the flow of donors appropriately in support of social distancing practices.

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.


Major League Baseball's all-time hit leader, Pete Rose, will be the featured speaker at the UNA Sportsman's Club's 2020 Lion Pride Dinner and Auction at the Marriott Shoals Conference Center on August 13 at 5:30pm.  Sponsorship packages for the event are available immediately and tables of eight are on sale for $1,000 each.  Any remaining unsold individual tickets will go on sale on June 1.

Rose was a switch hitter during his playing days from 1963-1986 and is the all-time MLB leader in hits (4,256), games played (3,562), at-bats (14,053) and singles (3,215). He won three World Series rings, three batting titles, one Most Valuable Player Award, two Gold Gloves, and the Rookie of the Year Award.  He also made 17 All-Star appearances at an unequaled five positions (second baseman, left fielder, right fielder, third baseman, and first baseman).  He played for the Cincinnati Reds from 1963-78, the Philadelphia Phillies from 1979-83, the Montreal Expos in 1984 and was then player-manager of the Reds from 1984-86.  Rose was penalized with permanent ineligibility from baseball in 1989 amidst accusations that he gambled on baseball games while he played for and managed the Reds.

To become a sponsor or purchase a table to the 2020 Lion Pride Dinner and Auction, contact Megan Dye at 256-765-4615 or email


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


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.


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.


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