Hello, 2023!

Mayor Andy Betterton

January 5, 2023

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Shoals Scale Back "Health Is Wealth"

Shoals Scale Back is open to the entire Shoals Community. Take advantage of this informative, fun education event.

January 21, 2023, from 1 -4 p.m.

Burrell Slater Gym (610 West College Street, Florence)

Health professionals will share their expertise on health issues and management! Vendor Registration is free to healthcare facilities, service organizations, physical fitness gyms, fraternities, sororities, schools, churches, and others.

For more information, contact:

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You're Invited to the Muscle Shoals Chapter of the Alabama Archaeology Society!

The Muscle Shoals Chapter of the Alabama Archaeology Society will meet on Tuesday, January 10, 2023, at 7:00 p.m. at the Florence Indian Mound Museum.

The Office of Archaeological Research at the University of Alabama Director, Matt Gage, will speak on Middle and Late Archaic in the Tennessee Valley: What Changed and Why.

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Underwritten by:
-ICS Roofing and Construction
-CB&S Bank

Explore the music of the movies you love including:

Bernstein – Somewhere from West Side Story

Williams – Jurassic Park Theme

Morricone – Cinema Paradiso

Bulla – 007: Through the Years

Vangelis -- Chariots of Fire

Williams -- Harry Potter Suite, and many others.

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The 7th Annual Plunge was a success!

Thank you to all hosts, volunteers, participants, and sponsors for your support and turnout! This is what courage and neighborly love look like in action.

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Last week’s “Florence, Then and Now” column (12-29-2022) entitled “Florence’s Centennial, Part I,” focused on the overall plan for Florence’s 100th birthday celebration in 1918. In this week’s column, with documentation from the July 12, 1918, issue of the Florence Times, the focus is on a fascinating pageant that was staged on August 8 and 9, 1918, on the campus of the State Normal College (now the University of North Alabama). Chosen as the performance site was a spot on the campus where “the natural lay of the ground forms an amphitheater with capacity for seating an audience of five thousand persons within view of the stage in the cove below.” Miss Cora Bell Morse was brought to town from New York City to direct the pageant. And here is the really fascinating part as recorded in the same newspaper account: “The wedding of the spirit of the water and the spirit of the air is the general theme of the pageant, which is based upon an Indian legend written by Mrs. Emmet O’Neal [nee Elizabeth Kirkman] and Mrs. Susan K. Vaughn [nee Susan Kirkman], the latter being also the author of the pageant itself.” The newspaper article continues: “The fulfillment of an Indian prophecy that the spirit of the water and the spirit of the air would be united at Muscle Shoals is to be shown in ten scenes, beginning with the period before the arrival of the white man and concluding with the completion of the air nitrate plants, where the power form the shoals is to be used to extract nitrogen from the air for the purpose of overcoming the spirit of evil.” [Remember… this was 1918, near the end of World War I.] Needless to say, practically every citizen, and more besides, turned out to witness this interesting, locally-written pageant.

--Billy Warren, City Historian

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The Florence Indian Mound Museum is collaborating with the Alabama Chapter of the Trail of Tears Association to host a presentation series titled, “Southeastern Native Americans—Fact, Fiction, and Folktales.” The series will focus on different aspects of southeastern Native American history and culture. Presentations will be both in-person and recorded. Paul Matheny’s presentation will be on Sunday, January 8th, 2023, at 2:00 at the Florence Indian Mound Museum.

POPE’S TAVERN ARCHAEOLOGY CLUB: Historic Artifact Identification Workshop

The Pope’s Tavern Archaeology Club will host a historic artifact identification workshop on Thursday, January 19th, 2023, from 6:00pm -7:30pm at Pope’s Tavern Museum, 203 Hermitage Drive, Florence, AL. The Pope’s Tavern Archaeology Club is an organization managed and supported by Pope’s Tavern Museum and dedicated to advancing archaeological education through community-based projects and public history while encouraging responsible and ethical practices of archaeology in the community. The club aims to be an organization where members can learn from each other through a common interest in the community’s past, through hands-on archaeology opportunities, public history projects, workshops, field trips, and discussions. Members under 12 must be accompanied by an adult during club meetings and activities.

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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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Campground Attendant Part Time

Part Time - $13.00 Hourly
Category: Parks and Recreation / Miscellaneous

Certified Police Officer

Full Time - $42,195.38 - $67,428.82 Annually
Category: Public Safety / Miscellaneous

Civil Engineering Technician Construction Inspector

Municipal Building Florence
Full Time - $54,372.35 Annually

Fire Chief

Full Time - $103,409.60 Annually

IT Systems Technician

Full Time - $37,674.45 Annually
Category: IT and Computers / Miscellaneous

Laborer Solid Waste Part Time

Part Time - $13.81 Hourly
Category: Public Works / Waste Management / Miscellaneous

Laborer Street Part Time

Part Time - $13.00 Hourly
Category: Public Works / Miscellaneous

Secretary II Engineering

Full Time - $31,430.18 Annually
Category: Administration / Engineering / Miscellaneous
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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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