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.   


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.


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 


Shoals Master Gardeners Annual Plant Sale!! Thursday, May 14 from 8am - 7pm and Friday, May 15 from 8am - 5pm, Florence-Lauderdale Farmers' Market  451 Fairground Road in Florence.

Perennials, annuals, trees, shrubs, bulbs, herbs, fruit & vegetable plants; gardening hand-tools sharpened onsite; and more.  Come Join Us!!


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.


Monthly lunch at Cloverdale Community Center is cancelled for May.  We will resume as soon as possible. Everyone please be safe. 


The Shoals Writers will plan to resume meeting on May 16, unless otherwise noted.


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.


LifeSouth seeks recovered COVID-19 patients to help by donating plasma

LifeSouth is partnering with medical centers in Florida, Georgia and Alabama to collect plasma from COVID-19 patients who have recovered from the virus, to transfuse to patients with COVID-19 to help with recovery.

Recovered COVID-19 patients who were tested and found positive, can donate plasma if they have not had symptoms for at least 14 days and test negative by a lab, or after 28 days without symptoms with no follow-up testing required. 

The treatment is considered an investigational new drug by the FDA and collected donations will be sent to medical centers to treat critically ill COVID-19 patients. The plasma contains antibodies that may help fight the virus.

Plasma is the clear, straw-colored liquid in the blood that remains when red blood cells, white blood cells and platelets are removed. 

Potential donors should email or call 888-795-2707.


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.


Florence Parks and Recreation/The Club (Florence Senior Center) has temporarily suspended all activities at The Club.

The nutrition program IS, however, providing meals for their homebound clients as well as those that normally eat lunch at The Club. For those that normally eat at The Club they can call each day, Monday-Friday, between 8-10am to let us know they will be driving by to pick up a prepared meal under the front porch without entering the building. There is a limited number of lunches for each day.

Prepared meals will be ready to be picked up between the hours of 10-11am Monday-Friday. Please call 256-760-6668 or 256-760-6420 for more information or to let us know if you will be picking up your meal. These meals are for those that regularly attend lunch at The Club.


Publix is thanking first responders and hospital staff with special reserved hours. 

If you’re taking care of others, Publix has reserved 8–9pm on Thursdays and 7–8am on Fridays to give you a little extra time to shop for yourself and your family.

Publix is also designating Tuesday and Wednesday mornings from 7– 8am as reserved shopping hours for customers age 65 and over who are at increased risk of complications from the coronavirus.  These changes will continue until further notice.  Publix Pharmacy will also be open during these respective times.


The Athens-Limestone Public Library closed to the public on March 20 because of the COVID-19 pandemic.  However, they anticipate easing back into service, and they are now offering curbside pickup of books and other materials.

Library patrons can put items on hold through the library website, and then call to arrange a time to pick them up. Library staff will bring the books to your vehicle and scan your library card, providing contactless delivery.

Besides curbside pickup, the library also offers free ebooks and digital audiobooks through its membership in Camellia Net, Alabama’s statewide digital library.

The curbside pickup service will continue as long as the library remains closed. No items will be due until the library re-opens. For more information or to schedule a pickup, call the library at 256-232-1233. 


Motor Coach Tours With The Club (Florence Senior Center).  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


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


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.


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