Mayor Andy Betterton

July 28, 2022

Thank You To All Of The Sponsors That Made Rotary STAR Play Possible!

Rotary STAR Play is a jewel inside McFarland Park, providing an opportunity for ALL to play!
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🏆Florence Swim Placed 2nd At State!

Alabama Parks and Recreation Association State Swim Meet 2022 Winners

First Place

Madelyn Dawson: 50 Free Style, 100 Individual Medley, & 100 Free Style

Aria White: 25 Breast Stroke

Second Place

Aria White: 100 Individual Medley

Third Place

Lo Hammond: 50 Free Style

Caleb Lett: 100 Free Style

Madelyn Dawson, McKinsey Rae, Lauren Spry, Kylee Rae: 15-18 Girls Free Relay

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Florence Electricity Department & TVA Provide Community Care Funds!

It was an honor for the Florence Electricity Department Employees and TVA to recognize and provide funding to organizations that support and serve our community daily! Recipients included: Shoals Habitat, The Help Center, Salvation Army of the Shoals, Community Action of North Alabama, One Place of the Shoals, Cramer Children's Center, Sleep in Heavenly Peace, and North Alabama Christian Children's Home.

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In Florence’s impressive Walk of Honor located at River Heritage Park, there are four of the many honorees who are from the 1967 Senior Class at Coffee High School. Though the four were not inducted the same year, over time they were chosen by the committee in charge and they are now permanently recognized with bronze plaques on the brick pillars at the Walk. In alphabetical order, they are:

1. Hank Klibanoff, who won a Pulitzer Prize in 2007 for the book entitled The Race Beat: The Press, the Civil Rights Struggle, and the Awakening of a Nation;

2. Mike Mobbs, who was a leader in negotiations between the U.S. and the U.S.S.R. in the 1980’s, resulting in the most complex arms control treaty in history;

3. Lynn Middleton Sibley, whose career involves the goal of reducing childbirth mortality among women and newborns around the world, specifically in low-resource countries; and

4. Lt. Col. Ed Yeilding, who flew more than 90 worldwide reconnaissance missions and, in 1990, set a coast-to-coast speed record of 67 minutes, 54 seconds flying the SR-71 spy plane. The plane is now on display at the Smithsonian.

While the Walk of Honor has many other distinguished people from Florence and Lauderdale County enshrined in this very impressive display, it’s both interesting and significant that four were graduated from the same high school in the same year. A trip down the Walk is truly an inspirational experience.

--Billy Warren, City Historian

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UPCOMING EVENTS (click images for more information)


The Alabama Archaeological Society will hold its annual summer meeting at the Florence Indian Mound Museum on Saturday, August 6th, 2022, from 8:00am to 3:00pm. The meeting will consist of several presentations from archaeologists and historians working around the Florence area. The following is a list of presentations by time:

9:15—Marsha Holley and Daniel Rhodes, “Junior Archaeology Day at Pope’s Tavern”

9:30—Matt Gage, “Archaeological Investigations at Pope’s Tavern.

10:30—Thousand Eyes Program and Shoals Archaeological Stewardship

1:00—Alabama Trail of Tears Association

1:15—George Makowski, “Lauderdale County Cemetery Rehabilitation Authority”

2:30—Hunter Johnson, “Archaeological Investigations at the Florence Mound.”

This free program is sponsored by the Alabama Archaeological Society and the City of Florence Department of Arts and Museums. The Florence Indian Mound Museum is located at 1028 South Court Street, Florence, AL, 35630, and is open, Tuesday - Saturday from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm and Sunday from 1 pm to 4 pm. Call 256-760-6427 for more information.

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Laborer Recycling Part Time New
Part Time - $11.08 Hourly

Recreation Program Assistant Part Time New

Part Time - $11.08 Hourly

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

Tuesday, August 2, 2022

4:00 p.m. Work Session

5:00 p.m. Council Meeting

City Auditorium

103 South Pine Street

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