Newsletter

Mayor Andy Betterton

January 12, 2023

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Thank You, Florence Officers, For Your Hard Work & Dedication To Our Community Everyday!

We would also like to thank everyone in the community who loved our officers during #LawEnforcementAppreciationDay!
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Having Issues With Your Security Light Or A Nearby Streetlight?

Florence Alabama Electricity Department has an easy to use tool that will allow you to report a light problem at any time. Use it by visiting the website or the link below.

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Purple Pride Day Across The Shoals!đź’ś

Happy 193rd Birthday, University of North Alabama! Roar Lions!
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YOUNG LEARNER’S SERIES: Nanyehi (Nancy Ward)

The Florence Indian Mound Museum is hosting a series of children’s programs where students can explore the early history of the Shoals through short lessons and hands-on learning exercises. The programs will explore 12 Native American figures through their biographies, contributions, hopes, and accomplishments. Students will be given a passport with the 12 figures; they will receive a stamp for each program attended. Students who collect 6, 9, or 12 stamps will receive an award.

Our program on Nanyehi (Nancy Ward) will take place Saturday, January 21st at 10 am. The program in January will focus on Nanyehi, a Cherokee woman who gained respect as a warrior when she helped her tribe defeat the Creek Indians in battle after her husband was killed. Because of her actions, the Cherokee clans named her “Beloved Woman,” and her opinion carried great significance. She married a British trader named Bryant Ward and advocated for peace between the Cherokee and Americans. She lived to be 79 years old and passed away before the Cherokee were removed from their land.

Please visit https://www.florencealmuseums.com/young-learners to sign up.

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2023 ARTS ALIVE Gallery Applications Are Now OPEN!

Click The Image Below To Apply!

Enter access code: Ken100356

Visit the Arts Alive website for more info at www.alabamaartsalive.com.

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STREET NAMES REFLECT THE MANUFACTURING CENTER OF FLORENCE

Beginning in the late 1800’s and extending well into the mid-1900’s, East Florence was the center of manufacturing enterprises in the City. During this period, that section of town saw the birth of cotton mills, textile mills, a stove foundry, a fertilizer plant, a planing mill, a wagon factory, a pencil factory and much more, along with the establishment of a YMCA, an Opera House (see the accompanying image), and of a commercial row along Royal Avenue – much of which is known currently as the East Florence Historic District. Obviously, the payrolls of these successful manufacturing and commercial companies contributed significantly to the robust economy that the City enjoyed during many of those years. And they served as the catalysts for the development of residential neighborhoods surrounding them. Even some of the nearby residential street names began to reflect their locations – and are still in place today as visual reminders of the important role that they played in the City’s history. So, just a quick drive through that section of town reveals such proud, optimistic street names as these: Enterprise, Industry, Commerce, Trade, Spurr, Ironside and Vulcan.


--Billy Warren, City Historian

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NEW BUSINESS: Re-Love It Consignment Store

LOCATION: 208 Cox Creek Pkwy.

OPENING: February 1, 2023

Re-Love It Consignment Store will be opening soon at 208 Cox Creek Parkway. This is a second location for the thrift store, which will be next to Urgent Care. The new Florence location is taking consignors for spring and summer items, and plans to open February 1. To sign up to consign or for more information, please call 256-320-5123.

New Business: For The Record Music Hall - 1401 Huntsville Rd.

Grand Opening Weekend: January 13-15, 2023

For the Record Music Hall is the newest music venue to come to Florence with the goal of restoring the live music scene and offering bands a place to play. The music hall will be open 7 days a week with a full service bar, and will feature live music at least 3 days per week. Also, pool and video games can by enjoyed even if there is not a show scheduled. For the Record will feature both local and touring artists, with a wide range of musical styles. Grand Opening weekend is January 13 -15, 2023.

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Tired Of Waiting On The Leaf Truck?

Remember that bagged leaves on the curb are collected weekly. Leaf collection keeps the leaves out of the storm drains!


Click Here To Follow The Leaf Collection Route!

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Certified Police Officer

Police Department 702 South Court Street Florence
Full Time - $42,195.38 - $67,428.82 Annually

Civil Engineering Technician Construction Inspector

Engineering Department Ste 227 Municipal Building Florence
Full Time - $54,372.35 Annually

Equipment Operator Mower

Street Department 201 Railroad Avenue Florence
Full Time - $31,430.18 Annually

Fire Chief

Fire Department Station #1 402 South Wood Ave Florence
Full Time - $103,409.60 Annually

IT Systems Technician

Information Systems Ste 302 Municipal Building Florence
Full Time - $37,674.45 Annually

Laborer Recycling Part Time

Recycle 1200 Terrace Street Florence
Part Time - $13.00 Hourly

Laborer Solid Waste Part Time

Solid Waste 29485 County Road 14 Florence
Part Time - $13.81 Hourly

Laborer Street Part Time

Street Department 201 Railroad Avenue Florence
Part Time - $13.00 Hourly

Maintenance Worker Part Time Park and Recreation

ark and Recreation 2830 Darby Drive Florence
Part Time - $13.00 Hourly

Secretary II Engineering

Engineering Department Ste 227 Municipal Building Florence
Full Time - $31,430.18 Annually

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NEXT COUNCIL MEETING

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

January 17, 2023

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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