Mayor Andy Betterton

September 21, 2022

Tennessee River Litter Tournament- This Saturday, September 24th

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UNA Homecoming Parade- "Our TraD1tion Roars On"

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Gas Card & Diaper Giveaway had a great turnout!

Thank you so much to all the volunteers that came out to help with the set-up and giveaway.

Another huge thank you to Council member Kaytrina Simmons and Community Action Northwest Alabama for sponsoring the event.

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Shoals Dragon Boat Festival

The Shoals Dragon Boat Festival is coming up on October 8 at McFarland Park.

The day kicks off at 9 am with a full day of competition, food trucks, local vendors, activities for the kids and a special appearance by Miss Alabama Lindsay Fincher.

With this year's Platinum Sponsor - Constellium - Shoals Dragon Boat Festival proceeds go to benefit Shoals Scholar Dollars, providing scholarships for students in Colbert and Lauderdale County.

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Yard Sale Benefiting Chloe's Fund

Don't miss this yard sale benefiting Chloe's fund! It will be on Sept. 30 & Oct. 1 from 7 am-2 pm.

On Oct. 1, from 12 - 2, most items will be 50% off.

The yard sale will be held in the parking lot of the Florence Lauderdale Animal Services

3240 Roberson Rd, Florence, Al

100% of the money raised from this yard sale will provide for the emergency medical needs of animals at Florence Lauderdale Animal Services.

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Congratulations to Florence Recycling!

Congratulations to the City of Florence Recycling Department for receiving a $191,818 grant from ADEM!

This grant will add six cardboard recycling trailers throughout

Lauderdale County, an enclosed recycling trailer for the Town of Killen, two loads of cardboard

recycling dumpsters for business recycling, and an electromagnetic sorter that will provide

automation for aluminum collection at the Florence Recycling Center.

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Congratulations, Florence Falcon Launch Program!

Congratulations to the Florence Falcon Launch Program! AlabamaWorks has selected the program as a 2022 Innovator Award recipient.

AlabamaWorks says Launch's innovative approach to workforce development will be key to opening doors, breaking barriers, and propelling Alabamians forward.

To learn more about the program, click here.

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Autumn in the Park

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Join the Club for Fun Activities Daily!

The Club had a great turnout for their recent event- Fantastic Friday. Over 150 people enjoyed food, music, and games.

Check out the Club to see when their next event is!

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Quad Cities Photography Club Member Exhibition

Kennedy-Douglass Center for the Arts is pleased to present the Quad Cities Photography Club Member Exhibition that begins September 28th and continues through October 10th.

The Quad Cities Photography Club was created in January 2022. Their mission is to provide an informal, friendly, and supportive environment for local photographers at all levels of experience and with interests in all types of photographic imagery. They share ideas and knowledge with one another through participation in meetings, guest lectures, and club excursions.

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7-Points Art Crawl

7 Points Art Crawl VIII is coming up on Thursday, October 13th.

Mark your calendars and be on the lookout for more details!

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Bless Yr Heart & UNA host the First Annual North Alabama Guitar Pedal Swap Meet on Saturday, October 8th, at The Mane Room in Florence, Alabama. From 12 pm to 4 pm, bring your noise boxes to trade or barter. You can also buy any pedal.

Tables and power are first come, first serve. Please bring power supplies (or batteries), a small amp, cables & axe to demo the sounds you are putting on the chopping block of rock.

There are confirmed boxes from Electro-Harmonix, Boss, JHS, DeArmond, Line6, Mooer, Heather Brown Electronics, DOD, Behringer, Keeley, Danelectro, TC Electronics, Ibanez, Strymon, Digitech, and many more chug boxes to riff your face off.

The Mane Room - 310 N. Pine St. Florence, AL 35630

Saturday, October, 8th - 12 pm to 4 pm

All are welcome - FREE to attend!

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Shoals Symphony Events


Guest Artists: Darol Anger and Eugene Friesen


Underwritten by:
-Jamie Hood Jewelers
-Florence Federal Credit Union

The Rattlesnake Saloon is the inspirational setting for our outdoor concert featuring Berklee contemporary artists Darol Anger and Eugene Friesen. Wear comfortable shoes and take in the sights of nature & sounds of music. 21 and older only please – Gates open at 5 PM.


Yi-Men CAI & Scott Holshouser, Piano


Underwritten by:

-Tom and Mary White
-Listerhill Credit Union

Poulenc – Concerto for Two Pianos in D Minor, FP 61
Brahms – Symphony No. 2 in D Major, Op. 73

It is a rare site to see two full-size grand pianos grace the stage in front of a full orchestra! Guests will be excited to hear two energetic, powerful masterworks fill Norton Auditorium in a way that will leave you on the edge of your seat from start to finish!

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McFarland Park Photograph by Danny Underwood

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Citizens of Florence can be justly proud that emphasis on education has been one of the City’s major hallmarks since its very founding. Small, tuition-based schools continually sprang up throughout the City in the ensuing years following the first school established in 1820 on the John Coffee family’s plantation. On Friday, August 2, 1890, the Florence Times published a description of the cornerstone that had been specially prepared for the “new free school building” (see accompanying photograph) – later named Patton School in honor of the town’s Robert M. Patton from the Sweetwater mansion who was also a Governor of Alabama. News of the laying of the cornerstone so captured the imagination of the townspeople that, when the actual installment was to take place the following Monday, August 25, the newspaper reported that a crowd gathered at the Courthouse and formed an impromptu parade, with the Heupel family band providing the music, all the way to the school’s future location on East College Street near the entrance to the City Cemetery. The school, housing grades 1-8, formally opened on October 1, 1891, and remained in service until it was razed in 1962. During the years of its operation, other schools under the aegis of the Florence City Board of Education were built in various sections of the growing City.

--Billy Warren, City Historian

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Lullaby Lane

Lullaby Lane, a baby and children’s clothing store, is holding a grand opening on October 1 from 10 – 5!

The shop is located in Marigold Plaza:

405 E Tennessee Street Florence, AL 35660

Struts Wings

Struts Wings is opening their third location in Florence at 116 S. Pine Street.

Struts is a family style restaurant that offers a variety of fresh, delicious pub specialties for lunch, dinner or take out.

Check out their packed menu here.

New Business Report- August

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File Clerk Municipal Court Part Time

Part Time - $11.08 Hourly

Laborer Recycling Part Time

Part Time - $11.08 Hourly

Police Officer

Full Time - $35,541.93 - $56,796.51 Annually
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The Mayor and Council members will hold the next council meeting on

Tuesday, October 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 funny...

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