Mayor Andy Betterton
August 4, 2022
🚧 Mars Hill Road is OPEN! Thank you to the Florence Street Department for making the bridge repairs!
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 email@example.com.
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!
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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Florence Fire & Rescue Is Now Hiring!
Message From Florence Police Department
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!
Thank you to ALL of the Sponsors, Volunteers, and especially the Shoals Music Preservation Society For A Phenomenal Handy Week!
Florence 10U All-Star Team will be representing Florence in the Cal Ripken World Series!
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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