Newsletter

Mayor Andy Betterton

August 18, 2022

7-Points Restaurant Week

Are you ready to indulge? Because the 7-Points Restaurant Week is going on now! From August 14 through August 20, you can feast your way through several local eateries serving up unique, local cuisine!


Check out all of these Participating Restaurants:

North Wood Social

Midtowne Butcher

Sugarbakers

Mom's

El Pollito Loco

Café de Frida

Dick Howell's Barbecue

Mr. Hui's Peacock Express

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A Successful Event for Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Shoals!

BBBS of the Shoals Bowl For Kids’ Sake 2022 was out of this world! BFKS 2022 raised over $27,000! Thank you to Lauderdale Lanes for letting BBBS host BFKS with them again this year. Also, a huge shout out to their sponsors who gave generous donations to sponsor a lane and even sent teams to bowl! Thank you so much to everyone who participated in BFKS this year.
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The Florence Golf Youth League Has 72 Golfers from 6-14 Years Old!

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Welcome To Our UNA International Students!!

Celebrating India’s Historic 75th-Independence-Day!

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Congratulations To The London Shop For 50 Years!

The London Shop is celebrating their 50th Anniversary this month! The stylish men’s clothing store opened in August 1972. Mayor Andy Betterton, Council Member Michelle Eubanks, and Business Development Coordinator Melissa Bevis presented a certificate to celebrate their success and 50 years in business. Nancy McClanahan, Marilyn Huberdeau, and John McClanahan are the owners, and Renee Nelson has managed the high-fashion shop for several years. The London Shop known as “A Real Men’s Store” is located on Darby Drive in English Village. Please stop by to wish them a happy anniversary and check out their anniversary promotions.

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Jean Schulman: An Alabama Legacy

Kennedy-Douglass Center for the Arts is pleased to present a memorial exhibition and sale of works by one of the South’s most recognized artists, Jean Ellen Schulman. The exhibit begins on August 28 and continues through September 30; a reception will be held Sun. August 28 from 2-4 p.m. Long recognized in local and state art communities, her work using native north Alabama clays to dye fabric is found in the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of History and Technology. Continue reading below.

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A new exhibit by Stacey Holloway at Kennedy-Douglass Center for the Arts


Kennedy-Douglass Center for the Arts is showing an exhibition of works by artist Stacey Holloway until September 23rd.


Stacey Holloway is an installation-based artist and sculptor residing in Birmingham, Alabama. She received her MFA from the University of Minnesota, and her BFA from Herron School of Art and Design, before becoming the Assistant Professor of Sculpture at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Stacey is an active national mixed media artist, sculptor, and fabricator who works within a variety of media.

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Last week the Florence Federal Credit Union provided breakfast for the Florence Street Department. Thank you!

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THE BLISS FAMILY’S LEGACIES

The word “Bliss” was a common word heard in Florence’s homes and offices for many years, for it was the Bliss family’s business acumen and its generosity toward the public good that made the word almost a household term locally. In the commercial arena, the family owned what is sometimes still referred to as the “Bliss Block,” the series of commercial buildings on the southeast corner of Court and Tennessee Streets in downtown Florence. In the philanthropic arena, many of the spectacular panels of stained glass at Trinity Episcopal Church are there today through the generous bequest of the Bliss family. Then, there is one additional arena that is not so well known. The Bliss family lived in a beautiful Victorian home on West Tennessee Street where Magnolia Gardens Apartments are today. When the house was razed by the Florence Housing Authority to make room for the apartment buildings, Mr. Karl Tyree, head of the Authority at the time, had all of the ornate interior woodwork removed and stored in a vacant building downtown. Later, he distributed portions of the woodwork to homeowners in town who he knew would appreciate it and use it to his advantage. Note the delicate spindles and the handsome oak panels at the staircase’s base in the photograph accompanying this week’s column. These beautiful architectural features, among others, are incorporated into various homes in Florence today, thanks to the foresight of Mr. Tyree.


--Billy Warren, City Historian

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UPCOMING EVENTS (click images for more information)

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Collections Clerk (Part-Time)

Part Time - $15.60 Hourly


Firefighter EMT PS8
Full Time - $35,541.93 Annually


Laborer Recycling Part Time

Part Time - $11.08 Hourly


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, September 6, 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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