Mayor Andy Betterton
July 21, 2022
Thank you, Florence Fire & Rescue, For Always Responding!
Life Saving Awards & Commendations
Chief Tim Anerton presented commendations to Driver Sam Gaskins, Engineer Jay Gibson, Firefighter Sam Stevenson, Firefighter Austin Wright, Lieutenant Joe Maxwell, Engineer Keith Joiner, and Lieutenant Ben Rotton (not pictured) for being vital in the rescue by ensuring down steam safety and medical care for victims.
Florence-Lauderdale Coliseum Is LOOKING 👀 Good!
DAVID HUBBARD: A SECESSIONIST FIREBRAND
Little known in the history of Alabama during the years leading up to the Civil War is a fellow by the name of David Hubbard who lived in various North Alabama locations, including Florence, during those years. Chris McIlwain, a lawyer-historian from Tuscaloosa, has brought Hubbard to life in his book published in 2020, The South’s Forgotten Fire-Eater: David Hubbard and North Alabama’s Long Road to Secession. (See accompanying image of the book’s cover.) In his illuminating, well-documented book, the author reveals the verbal battles between David Hubbard, an influential member of the State Legislature, who was pushing hard for Alabama – and the South – to secede from the Union, and Florence’s beloved William Basil Wood, who was much more moderate in his views. Also notable was the running battle of words between the “Fire-Eater” Hubbard and Matthew Galloway, Editor of the Florence Gazette at the time. In short, Mr. McIlwain’s book convincingly illustrates that views on secession by local leaders tended more toward caution than haste. Of course, Hubbard’s views ultimately prevailed.
--Billy Warren, City Historian
UPCOMING EVENTS (click images for more information)
The Shoals Writers Guild Is Hosting A Free Grief-Support Event
July 21, 2022, at 4 p.m.
Florence-Lauderdale Public Library, in the colonnade
The speaker will be Connie Cooley, who lost her son in 2019 to suicide. Anyone who has lost a child is welcome to attend. Connie will share how she has found peace on her journey after his death.
Join the Shoals Symphony for the 40th Anniversary Season opening concert, Michael Bolton with the Shoals Symphony Orchestra! Single tickets are on sale now at www.ShoalsSymphony.org.
Shoals Theater Presents: 9 to 5
Mark the Calendar & Buy Tickets Today! Tickets are available for $15 for adults and $10 for students by calling 256-764-1700 or by visiting www.theshoalstheatre.org! Show dates are August 11-14!
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