Hello, September!

Mayor Andy Betterton

September 1, 2022

Happy Labor Day!

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Thank you, Dr. Roy Stevens, for your service!

A salute to Dr. Roy Stevens on behalf of Mayor Betterton & the City Council for his service to our country, UNA, and our community!!! Bravo!!!!


Read more about Dr. Stevens here.

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7-Points Pop-up Market was a Huge Success!

7-Points Pop-up Market Recap (1)
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Check Out This Month's Edition of Talking Tourism!

August Talking Tourism
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Join us tomorrow for First Friday in Downtown Florence!

Come out tomorrow, September 2, for First Friday! Bring your 'Roar' to the UNA Pep Rally in front of 306 BBQ at 6 pm. Join the Shoals Alumni Club for the after-party at 306 BBQ afterward... discounts, giveaways, and more!

First Friday, September 2, 2022
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Parks and Recreation Blood Drive

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Florence Indian Mound Museum Now Offering Field Trips & Class Visits

The Florence Indian Mound Museum is now offering classroom visits and virtual programs in addition to field trips. Their classroom visits and field trips include hands-on learning activities, presentations, and student-led inquiry sessions, adapted to your group's age level and content needs.


Find out more here: https://www.florencealmuseums.com/resources


Or visit here to sign up: https://forms.gle/NctNY6hNS3DbB4EW8

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Shoals Nonprofit Center Cornhole Tournament

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The Shoals Nonprofit Center is hosting a cornhole tournament at Singin' River Brewery on Saturday, September 17th!

The cost to enter a team is $75 and teams can register using this online form.

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Tennessee River Litter Tournament

SEPT 24, 2022

TENNESSEE RIVER LITTER TOURNAMENT

MCFARLAND PARK, RIVERFRONT PARK, WILDWOOD PARK

8AM – 11AM


Join Keep The Shoals Beautiful for the 7th Annual Tennessee River Litter Tournament Saturday, September 24th! Fish for litter in the water, on the shorelines at Riverfront or McFarland Park, or anywhere that matters to you in the Shoals!


  • $500 Grand prize to the group with the most volunteers
  • $100 MVP Award for most litter collected (1 winner at each site)
  • $100 Constellium Recyclers Award (1winner at each site)
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Successful Aging Conference 2022

Attached is a flyer for this year's SAI Conference. The conference will be held over Zoom on Wednesday, September 21st. There will also be a drive-thru lunch on September 22nd for this event. Registration is required for lunch.


More information below for the drive-thru lunch:

Florence/Lauderdale Coliseum, Florence, AL

September 22, 2022, 10 A.M. to 12 P.M.

Register online here or call 256-766-6223

Please register by September 2nd to ensure lunch, a goodie bag, and more.


Zoom Link

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Make Plans to Attend Fantastic Friday @ the Club on September 16th!

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Live Music, Covered Dishes, Games, and Dancing

There is no charge for entry or food

Please dress accordingly


Entertainment Presented By The Browns

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Shoals Dragon Boat Festival

We are about five weeks away from this year's Dragon Boat Festival. There is still room left for vendors, but don't hesitate to sign up! This year's festival is going to be the biggest one yet!


There's also room on some teams that haven't been filled. Be a part of the most unique festival the Shoals has to offer.


You can email director@shoalsscholardollars.com to sign up.
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Florence-Lauderdale Public Library Event

The Florence-Lauderdale Public Library will host this interesting, entertaining and informative event that is a precursor to the Oka Kapassa Festival scheduled for September 9-11. This library event is free to the public.
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FREE night of MUSIC - NO Cover, and OPEN Bar!

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Come out for a FREE night of live music benefiting the Alabama Sheriff's Colbert County FAME Girls Ranch at The Singin' River Brewing Co. There will be an Open Bar from 6-7pm and live music by Connr, Wes Sheffield, and Booneville from 7-10pm. Food provided by SMASHED food truck starting at 6pm. There will be a silent auction and other items for sale with all proceeds benefiting the Alabama Sheriff's Colbert County FAME Girls Ranch.
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"One Walk for All" Carnival

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Shoals Woman of the Year

Congratulations to the Shoals Woman of the Year nominees and this year's winner, Amy Goss Robinson! We are thankful for all you do as women in our community!


All five nominees are pictured below

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Golden Mane Launch Event

The public is invited to the Golden Mane Launch Event on September 9th at Singin' River Brewing (526 E. College St.), beginning at 4:30 p.m. There will be remarks from Rob and Michelle Jones, as well as UNA Director of Athletics Dr. Josh Looney and UNA Head Football Coach Chris Willis.

Enjoy free tasting and discounted purchases at the event, as well as official Golden Mane koozies.

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A WALKWAY ON O’NEAL BRIDGE

O’Neal Bridge, named for esteemed community and statewide leader, Edward Asbury O’Neal, opened to traffic in 1939. For approximately two years, it was a toll bridge, but, to the great relief of all who used this very welcome connecting link between Lauderdale and Colbert Counties, the toll was lifted. Because many – perhaps most – of the citizens in the two counties did not own vehicles at that time since they were still struggling from the devastating economic impact of the Great Depression, a pedestrian walkway was deemed a necessity. Note the photograph accompanying this week’s column that clearly shows the walkway. (There was also a walkway on the Old Railroad Bridge connecting Florence and South Florence.) Several years ago, with the near-exponential growth in the number of vehicles and the seldom-used walkway, it was determined that O’Neal Bridge should be dedicated totally to vehicle use. Occasionally, one sees a hardy soul walking across the bridge on the very narrow curbs on the outer edges of the vehicle lanes. That is definitely not what should happen!


--Billy Warren, City Historian

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Thank you, Cottonwood Farm & Grocery!

Thank you, Cottonwood Farm & Grocery, for the five jobs created when you opened downtown!


Make sure to stop by and check them out!


318 N Court St, Suite C

Florence, Al


Open: Monday-Friday 10am-8pm, Saturday 10am-6pm, and Sunday 12pm-6pm

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Custodian Gas/Water-Wastewater

Full Time - $27,100.95 Annually


Dispatcher-Clerk Gas

Full Time - $32,456.27 Annually


Laborer Recycling Part Time

Part Time - $11.08 Hourly


Park Patrol

Full Time - $32,456.27 Annually


Police Officer

Full Time - $35,541.93 - $56,796.51 Annually


Support Staff Animal Control Part Time

Part Time - $11.08 Hourly

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NEXT COUNCIL MEETING

The Mayor and Council members will hold the next council meeting on

Tuesday, September 6, 2022

4:00 p.m. Work Session

5:00 p.m. Council Meeting

City Auditorium

103 South Pine Street

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A little funny...

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