News from Mayor Steve Holt

City of Florence, Alabama

July 23, 2020


The Florence City Council meeting is scheduled for

Tuesday, August 4, 2020

4:00 p.m. Work Session

5:00 p.m. Council Meeting

City Auditorium

103 South Pine Street

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Grand Celebration Week at Big Lots

Big Lots will hold a grand opening celebration week taking place from July 25 – August 1, 2020. During this celebration week, customers will receive a coupon for $10 off a $40 purchase as well as other promotions throughout the grand opening month.

Big Lots

340 Seville Street

256-980-3404 | Facebook | Website

EXIT River City Realty

EXIT Realty held a fantastic Grand Opening Celebration and Ribbon Cutting on Monday, July 20, 2020. Their experienced, professional team focuses on you, the individual. In addition, eight jobs were created with the opening of their business. Thank you EXIT Realty for choosing Florence!

EXIT River City Realty

201B Seville Street

256-284-7781 | Facebook | Website

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Get Your Backstage Pass!

The Florence-Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau has launched a new visitor-value program called Muscle Shoals Backstage Pass. Patrons of the program can pick up their free pass at the Florence-Lauderdale Visitor Center and the Alabama Music Hall of Fame. Win a free t-shirt after visiting 3 venues and enter to win the grand prize if you visit all the venues. Discounted admission at most attractions. For more information, visit or call (256) 740-4141.

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Ahead of the opening, in 1919, of Eliza Coffee Memorial Hospital on the southeast corner of Tuscaloosa and Walnut Streets in downtown Florence, there had been attempts as early as 1899 to establish a hospital. But none lasted long. One such short-lived attempt featured a small hospital of sorts inside the City Hall building which was then located on the southwest corner of Short Court and Tennessee Streets (a small parking lot is there today). Dr. A.A. Jackson became one of the leading doctors in town. He practiced medicine -- even performing surgeries -- in his family home, a tall frame structure at 445 North Wood Avenue (a beautiful brick home is there now). It was Dr. Jackson who, with some of his fellow doctors, led the charge for a new, well-equipped clinic to be built on North Seminary Street across from First United Methodist Church. Classic in design, the interior of Florence Clinic, with its impressive rotunda, housed general practitioners, pediatricians, obstetricians, and others. Surgeries, from tonsillectomies to appendectomies, were performed there. Since ether was the primary anesthetic in use, its aroma was apparent when one entered the building. So, both ECM Hospital and the Florence Clinic paved the way for the modern medical buildings and competent medical staff members that Florence enjoys today.

Billy Warren, City Historian

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