Update from Mayor Betterton

Florence, Alabama

December 17, 2020


Monday morning, Hunter Jackson delivered a STUFFED BUS to Florence City Schools! Volunteers spent an hour unpacking 3,000 presents! Hunter's amazing dedication to living on a school bus for 14 days to collect gifts from all of the generous donors is inspirational. The donations will make Christmas brighter for lots of kids this season! Thank you, Hunter Jackson, and to all who played a role in stuffing the bus.
Stuff the Bus 2020!
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Muscle Shoals National Heritage Area Adopted A Stream

Friday morning, dedicated MSNHA volunteers collected bags of trash from the roadway and around Cypress Creek Canoe Launch! Litter blows and washes into our waterways creating an unsightly mess for humans and a hazard for fish and wildlife. Thank you, MSNHA, for helping keep Florence Beautiful for all to enjoy! Learn more about MSNHA...

Pictured: Jennifer Kennedy, Dr. Carrie Crawford, Emily & Ben Rhodes, Eero Wilson

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United Way of Northwest Alabama Needs Your Help!

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Peak Performance: 2310 Mall Road

Peak Performance has expanded, relocated, and is open for business. Clients will enjoy their physical therapy in a new, 11,000 sq. ft facility. The independently owned outpatient physical therapy practice was started in 2005 by William Hale and David Sweatt.

On Thursday, Mayor Andy Betterton, City Council Member Michelle Eubanks, and Business Development Coordinator Melissa Bevis stopped by to congratulate the owners and staff on their expansion. Their sixteen professional, educated team members are ready to help you with your physical therapy needs. Learn more...

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Florence Electricity Department Blood Drive

The Florence Electricity Department is hosting a Holiday Blood Drive by Life South on December 18 from 9:00 am - 3:00 pm. Thank you for your willingness to give the gift of life!


Kennedy-Douglass Center for the Arts Holiday Storytelling Hour

Mrs. Jessica Hill, Florence-Lauderdale Public Library Youth Director, will be sharing a story for children ages four and up. There are still spots available! Call and get registered! 256-760-6379

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Florence has ten (10) Historic Districts that are listed on the National Register of Historic Places, an arm of the Department of Interior. Nine of these Districts are residential, while one (Downtown Florence Historic District, comprised of 115 buildings) is commercial. The first residential District, the Sannoner District on upper North Court and North Pine Streets, was established in 1976; the most recent, McFarland Heights (Riverview Drive, Pleasant Circle and Riverview Circle), was established in 2018. In the years between these two came the following: Walnut Street, Wood Avenue, Wilson Park Houses, Seminary-O'Neal, Locust Street, College Place, Downtown Florence, and Cherry Street. The total number of structures within these ten Districts is approximately 635.

(Next Week: Why Historic Districts?)

--Billy Warren, City Historian

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The Mayor and Council members will hold the next council meeting on

Tuesday, January 5, 2021

4:00 p.m. Work Session

5:00 p.m. Council Meeting

City Auditorium

103 South Pine Street

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A little laugh...

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