Hello, August!

Mayor Andy Betterton

August 4, 2022

🚧 Mars Hill Road is OPEN! Thank you to the Florence Street Department for making the bridge repairs!

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Calling All Pedestrians & Drivers That Utilize The Pine Street Bridge!

The City of Florence and the University of North Alabama have established the Town and Gown Task Force to explore ways in which both entities can cooperate to improve our community. The Task Force is conducting a survey of Florence residents, UNA students and employees, and others who regularly use Pine Street as pedestrians or drivers. You are invited to participate in this brief survey, which should take fewer than two minutes to complete. Individual responses will be anonymous, and no personal information will be recorded. Survey results will be included in a final report to City and University leadership. If you would like to provide additional comments, or if you have questions about the survey, please email roarflorence@gmail.com.

Survey Link:

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Don't Miss Florence First Friday: August 5, from 5:30-8 PM

Don't Miss Florence First Friday: August 5, from 5:30–8 pm.

Court Street, Florence

5:30 - 9:00 pm


We will celebrate Florence City Schools kicking off the 2022 School Year on Friday night! Don't miss the exhibits featuring football, volleyball, and cheerleaders. The FCS Band will lead a pep rally during the First Friday event! Thank you for supporting our Florence City School students!

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7-POINTS POP-UP MARKET EVENT: FREE, FAMILY, FUN

Friday, August 26, 2022, 4 – 7 pm

Wood Avenue, 7-Points District


Do you sell or make a local product? Register now to set up as a vendor!


Mayor Betterton, Florence Council Members, and the Business Development Office are excited to invite you to the 7-Points Pop-Up Market on Friday, August 26, from 4 – 7 pm. The family-friendly event will feature local businesses, live music, and local product vendors.

Council President Dick Jordan emphasizes, “There will be plenty of activities for the kids such as a rock-climbing wall and inflatables.” Council Member Kaytrina Simmons encourages everyone to join the fun, “The 7-Point Pop-Up Market will be a family, fun celebration providing an opportunity to highlight local businesses and the 7-Points district.”


While enjoying the fun, shop with local vendors and eat with local businesses, including Sugarbakers, Mom’s, Midtowne Butcher, North Wood Social, El Pollito Loco, Simply Baked, and more.” Hunter Jackson with MY101.5 will be on site with music and giveaways. The event and activities will take place on Wood Avenue near the 7-Points intersection, and there is no fee to attend or to be a vendor. For more information or to sign up as a vendor, call 256-740-6086.

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Click The Image To Read The Southern Living Feature!

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Florence Fire & Rescue Is Now Hiring!

Firefighter EMT PS8

Salary $34,506.72 - $45,930.83 Annually

Closing 8/31/2021 4:59 PM Central

Florence Fire & Rescue
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Message From Florence Police Department

Don't forget that schools across Florence are starting back next week! Please remember to obey school zone speed limits, and please be patient and pay attention at designated school bus stops as they will be loading and unloading. Try to leave a little earlier in order to alleviate some of the school traffic. We hope you all have a great first day back to school, and most importantly, GO FALCONS!
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Florence Federal Credit Union Grand Opening

Friday, August 5, 2022, at 4 PM

501 East Tennessee Street


Watch The Tennessee Street Branch come to life!

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Thank you to ALL of the Sponsors, Volunteers, and especially the Shoals Music Preservation Society For A Phenomenal Handy Week!

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Florence 10U All-Star Team will be representing Florence in the Cal Ripken World Series!

Council Member Jimmy Oliver, Park and Recreation Committee Chairman, presented Josh Willingham with a $5,000 sponsorship for the Florence 10U All-Star Team. They will be representing Florence in the Cal Ripken World Series in Vincennes, Indiana August 4-14.
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Talking Tourism July 2022
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A LOW BOW TO TVHS

In the early 1960’s, members of the Tennessee Valley Historical Society (TVHS) undertook a very ambitious project: the compilation of descriptions, along with photographs for some, of historic homes, buildings and sites in the Muscle Shoals area. After much research and subsequent careful writing by a number of capable volunteers, the result was the publication, in 1962, of a 64-page book entitled Historic Muscle Shoals: A Guide to Places of Historical Interest. A fairly small volume, but packed with 105 entries (20 of which are devoted to the City of Florence), this book is an invaluable resource for local historians and others with even a passing interest in the history of the Shoals area. Here is a portion of the entry for the Governor Edward Asbury O’Neal home (468 North Court Street): “When the Edward A. O’Neal family came to Florence in the early 1840’s from Huntsville, Mrs. O’Neal saw this house being constructed and resolved that it would be her home; Mr. O’Neal bought it for her in 1857. He served as a Colonel in the Civil War and was later commissioned a General. After the war, he served two terms as Governor of Alabama.” (See accompanying photograph of the home which was published along with the description.) So, indeed, a low bow of gratitude is in order for the diligent work of the members of TVHS for this excellent book!

--Billy Warren, City Historian

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UPCOMING EVENTS (click images for more information)

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Cashier Part Time P

Part Time - $14.26 Hourly

Firefighter EMT PS8

Full Time - $35,541.93 Annually


Laborer Street 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, August 16, 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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Thank you, Regan Boyles, for this week's funny!

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How to Submit Your Event, News, or Announcement:


  • Public and community events or announcements can be submitted by attaching an email, Word document, PDF, or JPG file suitable for viewing on the web. Include graphics in JPG or PNG if possible.
  • Along with your information, include your name, phone number, event name, location, date and time, and a brief description.
  • IMPORTANT: Please submit your information no later than Tuesday of each week (preferably sooner). Submissions after the deadline will be added to the next week's publication. The newsletter is posted on Thursday afternoon.
  • Send your information to rmansell@florenceal.org or call Rachel Koonce with questions at 256-760-6494.

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