Mayor Andy Betterton

December 22, 2021

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✉️ You’re Invited: Veterans Drive Corridor Study Public Engagement Opportunity

WHAT: Public Engagement Opportunity

WHEN: Tuesday, January 11, at 5:30 pm

WHERE: Broadway Recreation Center (300 N Broadway St, Florence, AL 35630)

Florence, AL: The Veterans Drive corridor serves many roles, including a gateway into the City, access to North Alabama Medical Center, and home to many long-time residents. The area also encompasses River Heritage Park and Patton Island Overlook, both nodes of the River Heritage Trail currently under construction with a completion date of June 2022. District 3 Council Member Bill Griffin emphasized, "We have a new hospital at one end and the Shoals Marriott at the other. I am looking forward to seeing the traffic issues addressed, and a master plan that reflects the new private investments in the district."

Public Engagement Opportunity
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Need A 🚗Ride? Public Transportation Available

West Florence Free Ministry Shuttle Will Launch On New Year's Day.

The shuttle will run twice a month on the 1st, and 15th from 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM. The Community Shuttle Ministry Outreach Program will give residents of West Florence access to Walmart & Hometown Market. This program is a non-profit community project and is not funded by the City of Florence.

To schedule a ride call ASAP :

Mark Linder 256-412-9086 or

Kaytrina Simmons 256-349-3879

Florence Housing Authority Sponsors Transportation

Florence Housing Authority sponsors transportation that is open to the public. Meet the bus at any available stops on Mondays and Thursdays for 50₵ per ride. See the complete route and schedule below. For additional information...

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The Help Center President On National News

Don't miss Cindy Young, President of the Board of the Florence-based Help Center, giving a national news interview about the supply chain disruptions and other challenges in providing supplemental groceries to families in need in the area.

The 40-year-old Help Center is a non-profit organization staffed completely by volunteers. Connect with the help center to donate or volunteer.

How can I help?

Customers can automatically draft monthly donations by signing the authorization card that will be in your next utility bill or online.

  • Project Help Donation Link:
  • The amount designated to Project Help as indicated on the card will be added to your utility bill until it is removed at the request of the account holder.
  • Donations can be made directly to the Help Center at P.O Box 1713, Florence, AL 35630.
Help Center Board President Says Families Are 'Desperate' As Food Banks Struggle
About the Help Center: The Help Center is an all-volunteer 501(c)3 non-profit organization and can provide a tax deduction document. The Help Center was started in 1982 as a cooperative effort between several churches and organizations. They continue to be committed to offering services for anyone in need including food, clothing, utility assistance, and medication assistance. They are a 100% volunteer-operated organization with zero donation dollars used for administration.
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The dictionary defines “rummaging” in this way: “to search thoroughly or actively.” Well, a local historian recently spent an entire afternoon rummaging. He was lucky enough to own a box full of what, for him, are real treasures. Here are just a few of the exciting items he found:

1. A printed program for the graduation ceremony at the Florence Female Synodical College on June 3, 1892. It reflects a series of student-read essays, vocal solos and poetry recitations – not exactly the way graduation ceremonies are conducted in 2021.

2. A formal invitation that says: “You are invited to attend an entertainment to be given by the Cooking Club at the Leftwich home on North Wood Avenue on December 29, 1893. As the historian read this invitation, he wondered what kind of entertainment a Cooking Club might offer.

3. A handwritten invitation dated may 9, 1895, which states: “We will give a moonlight Peanut Hunt tomorrow evening from eight to twelve o’clock and will be glad to have you come. Answer, please.” It is signed, “The young ladies of the Bailey Springs University.” As he read these unusual lines, the historian asked himself, “How was a Peanut Hunt conducted and why would anyone want to hunt peanuts by moonlight?”

So, the historian’s rummaging continued as he discovered more and more fascinating documents – plenty, in fact, to use as the basis for a periodic column entitled.

--Billy Warren, City Historian

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

Tuesday, January 4, 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 laugh...

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