Mayor Betterton's Weekly Update

June 17, 2021

Deibert Park Fishing Day: A Splashing Success!

Deibert Park Fishing Day was a Splashing Success!

Tuesday, residents of all ages spent the morning at Deibert Park fishing. They caught catfish, bass, bluegill, and more. Deibert fishing days help control the population in the ponds and provide lots of fun. A huge thank you to the Big Sisters Big Brothers organization for participating.

Deibert Park Fishing Day
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One Place of The Shoals Celebration & Open House

One Place of The Shoals celebrated the completion of some needed renovations, including an upgraded children’s forensic interview room, facility dogs room, forensics computer lab, and enclosed offices. One Place services victims of domestic violence, sexual and physical abuse, as well as elder abuse.

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Feeding the Falcons!

It might be summer break, but FCS’s dedication to our students and community will not stop. On Monday, June 7th, The Falcon Feeder hit the streets. The Florence City Schools Child Nutrition Program utilizes The Falcon Feeder to make sure children in our community have well-balanced meals this summer. Stops have been plotted to make food delivery accessible to kids, from toddler to eighteen years old. For information on days, locations and times, see the attachment below.
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Talking Tourism: Rob Carnegie

Talking Tourism /// June
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Hardships from the COVID-19 pandemic continue to be felt across the country. Currently, there are well over 300,000 borrowers who are at least 60-days delinquent on their FHA mortgage and have not sought help to avoid a future foreclosure. FHA borrowers may contact a HUD-approved housing counseling agency with information on COVID-19 forbearance relief at (800) 569-4287 or visit

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Tim Stevenson will be showing a selection of his watercolor paintings at the Kennedy-Douglass Center for the Arts from June 27 through August 4. The solo exhibit comprises watercolors the artist completed over the pandemic year, from March 15, 2020- March 15, 2021. Mr. Stevenson will give a gallery talk at the opening reception at 1 pm on Sunday, June 27.

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Shoals Frisbee Club

If you missed the announcement at our May Mini, we have course upgrades coming to McFarland Park! We are partnering with the City of Florence to bring concrete tee pads and a practice basket to continue making this one of the best courses in Alabama!

We need your help in raising half of the funds by adopting a hole! Each hole sponsorship is $400, and the donor will receive a special gold plaque on the tee sign of their hole choice. We are also taking individual sponsorships for $100 each.

Our sport cost is low, so keep in mind what it takes to keep our courses beautiful! Thank you in advance for the community support!

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Miss Tera Hitchcock was, for many years, a beloved teacher of students in grades 7 through 12 in Florence City Schools. In any given school year, she might be teaching courses within the Social Sciences such as Geography or American History. In another year, she could be found in an English classroom or directing a stage performance by students, using a script that she wrote herself. But she seemed most at home teaching students in visual art classes; the artwork that came from those classes was, in a word, outstanding. One of the most memorable pieces is a long, framed panel mounted on a wall in a hallway in the Burrell-Slater School building on Cherokee Street. Here's how it came to be: In the mid-1960's, Miss Hitchcock divided her time between Burrell-Slater and Coffee High. She gained permission from officials at Stylon Tile Company (now Monarch Tile) to gather hundreds -- perhaps thousands -- of pieces of tile from the company's scraps. With these tiny pieces, she and her students created a magnificent panel depicting the life of a favorite native son, W.C. Handy. So, thanks to the creativity and ingenuity of Miss Tera Hirchcock and her students, a very impressive framed panel remains on a wall in the Burrell-Slater building for the enjoyment of posterity.

Billy Warren, City Historian

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

Tuesday, July 6, 2021

4:00 p.m. Work Session

5:00 p.m. Council Meeting

City Auditorium

103 South Pine Street

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Background Photo of Deibert Park