Mayor Andy Betterton
January 20, 2022
Tree City Status Means Leaves, Leaves, Leaves!
Florence has been a designated Tree City for 34 years and counting! As leaves from our beautiful trees keep falling, the Leaf Collection Crew continues to run routes through the city. Click the link below to gauge when they will be in your neighborhood! Remember the date in RED indicates where crews have been on that day.
Shoals Nonprofit Center: How To Build A High Performing Board
Shoals Nonprofit Center hosts a half-day intensive workshop for nonprofit boards on Saturday, February 26, at the Shoals Marriott Hotel. Both nonprofit staff and board members are encouraged to attend. In this half-day intensive, we'll be covering:
- How boards are doing and the state of boards today
- How the board can improve
- Board roles and responsibilities + best practices
- E.D. vs. CEO board roles
- General board recruitment strategies
The workshop will include expert Cindy Cheatham, President and Senior Consultant with Good Advisors, LLC. Prior to Good Advisors, Ms. Cheatham served as the V.P. of Consulting for the Georgia Center for Nonprofits, where she led and oversaw work with foundations and hundreds of nonprofits. She also served as Venture Catalyst at Georgia Tech's ATDC, where she advised entrepreneurs and worked to build the entrepreneurial ecosystem.
Early bird ticket sales close on January 31. All ticket sales end on February 20.
Now Hiring: Florence Police Department
The Florence Police Department is now hiring for the position of Communications Officer. The application closes on January 23 at 4:59 pm (central time). Check the link below for more information on the position. https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/florenceal
BLACK HISTORY EVENT: Night “A JAZZ FUSION” Tribute to Jimi Hendrix
Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarship Committee Celebrated Dr. King's 92nd Birthday with a Parade.
Happy Birthday, Dr. King! Mayor Betterton, Council Member Kaytrina Simmons, and Council Member Jimmy Oliver were honored to be a part of the amazing day!
NWSCC Ready To Work In-person & Hybrid Class Opportunity
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FLORENCE, THEN AND NOW MARS HILL COLLEGE, 1871-1887
In 1868, Theophilus Brown (“T.B.”) Larimore of Tennessee married Julia Esther Gresham of Florence, Alabama. Just three years later, in 1871, they established Mars Hill College on the 28 acres of land which Esther had inherited from her parents in what is known as the Mars Hill community. (The Larimores would later add 700 adjacent acres to the property.) The college, with its collection of a series of buildings on the campus, accommodated both males and females and both day students and boarding students. It served hundreds of young people before closing its doors in 1887 so Mr. Larimore could devote himself full time as an evangelist throughout the United States. The Larimore home (see attached photograph), which was destroyed by fire a few years ago, was a well-known area landmark and was listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Both Gresham Road and the Gresham Hills section of Mars Hill still bear the name of Esther (Gresham) Larimore’s family. Locals will remember, also, that the Larimore name was well known for many years because one of the sons established and operated Larimore’s Business College, first in a house on Walnut Street and, later, on East Tennessee Street in downtown Florence.
--Billy Warren, City Historian
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