Hello 2021!

Mayor Andy Betterton

January 7, 2021

COVID-19 Update

Don't miss the COVID-19 update from Florence-Lauderdale EMA Director George Grabryan and Dr. Karen Landers.
COVID-19 Update: 1/5/2021


Alabama is in Phase 1a, consisting of 300,000 healthcare workers. The week of December 28, residents of Long-Term Care began vaccination through the federal Pharmacy Partnership.

Some counties have been able to intermittently vaccinate persons age 75 years and older once the uptake of vaccine for Phase 1a has been satisfied for a daily clinic. ADPH will continue to work with community partners to vaccinate persons in Phase 1a and, as supply allows, persons 75 years and above. For More Information...

ADPH COVI-19 Vaccination Dashboard

ADPH COVID-19 Vaccination Allocation Plan

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DID YOU KNOW...There are many ways to pay your utility bill?

The Florence Utilities will continue to accept payments at the drive-through, but sometimes the lines get long. Save time by using the dropbox (Short Court St./Side entrance), or pay online at https://ebiz.florenceutilities.com/.

For more options including budget billing, bank draft, and more, go to…


For questions or help, call 256-760-6300

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Martin Luther King Jr. Remembrance March

The annual Martin Luther King Jr., Remembrance March on the University of North Alabama campus will take place at 11 a.m. Monday, Jan. 18. Participants are asked to gather on the front entrance steps of the Wendell W. Gunn Commons for a brief welcome. “The Remembrance March honoring the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., is an annual campus tradition,” said Ron Patterson, Vice President of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. “Even with our COVID-19 protocols in place, we look forward to taking this time to reflect on Dr. King and the Civil Rights Movement.” The march will take place through campus and will end at the Guillot University Center Atrium where there will be boxed lunches, information about the UNA Black Studies program, live music, and information about ways to honor Dr. King through community service. Masks and social distancing will be required, and temperatures will be checked before entering any buildings. Students, faculty, staff, and community members are invited to participate. This event is hosted by the Division of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and the Office of Student Engagement. In the event of inclement weather, the march will be cancelled.
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Florence Business License Renewal

Due to COVID-19, the City of Florence City Clerk’s Office will accept business license renewals:

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Celebrate the University of North Alabama--Alabama's First Four-Year Institution of Learning!

Click the picture to learn more about UNA's rich history as Alabama's first four-year university!
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One of several local islands in the Tennessee River, Seven-Mile Island has a storied history. Careful excavations by certified archaeologists have revealed that Native Americans lived on the island hundreds of years ago and, in fact, built at least one mound of significant size on it. In the early years of the twentieth century, sections of the island were purchased by various people. Mr. Claude Seales of Birmingham was one; he sought to establish a magnificent estate there. He was described by the Birmingham Age-Herald newspaper as "a real lord of the forest, the actual monarch of all he surveys." This grandeur ended in just two years, though, when a Florence newspaper noted that the estate was being liquidated. Local businessman, Frank Perry, also owned a large section of the island, establishing a very successful farming operation there for several years. When Pickwick Dam was completed in 1939, most of Seven-Mile Island was inundated; so, today, the beautiful Tennessee River now covers much of its illustrious history.

--Billy Warren, City Historian

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Alabama Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Program

Do you love plants? Do you enjoy learning? Then you are a great candidate for the Master Gardener Intern Training Program! You do not have to be a garden expert; just come with a desire to learn and grow! The deadline to register for the spring training series is January 17, 2021. For more information...


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

Tuesday, January 19, 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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How to Submit Your Event, News, or Announcement:

  • Public and community events or announcements can be submitted by attaching an email, Word document, PDF, or JPG file suitable for viewing on the web. Include graphics in JPG or PNG if possible.
  • Along with your information, include your name, phone number, event name, location, date and time, and a brief description.
  • IMPORTANT: Please submit your information no later than Tuesday of each week (preferably sooner). Submissions after the deadline will be added to the next week's publication. The newsletter is posted on Thursday afternoon.
  • Send your information to media@florenceal.org or call Rachel Koonce with questions at 256-760-6494.
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