Mayor Betterton's Weekly Update

October 14, 2021

Florence ❤'s the Lions! Celebrate Homecoming: Year of the UNA Women

Welcome Home, Lions! This year, Homecoming is not only a celebration of the achievements of all UNA alumni. Iit marks one hundred and fifty years since UNA opened its doors to women, making UNA the first co-educational four-year public institution south of the Ohio River. For more information on this exciting week, visit:

The UNA Homecoming Parade will begin at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, October 16.

Roads along the route will close at 10:00 a.m. The parade will travel south down Pine Street, East on Tennessee Street, and North on Court Street ending in front of Rogers Hall. Please be aware of closed roads and increased pedestrian traffic during this time.

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Florence City Entrance Receives New Landscaping!

Florence Beautification Board is purchasing new plants for the City entrance sign on South Court Street. Check out our Urban Forestry crew that has prepped the area, and will be completing the project. Drive-by and see the new landscaping or stay tuned for next week's newsletter.
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Kennedy Douglass Center For The Arts Presents Valerie S. Goodwin.

Thursday’s presentation and exhibit opening was a community affair. If you missed the presentation, you could view work by Valerie S. Goodwin at the Kennedy Douglass Center-The Arts for the next two weeks, along with the Project Threadways exhibit about cotton.

Valerie’s commissioned work, made possible by a grant from the Alabama State Council on the Arts and the Kennedy-Douglass Art Center Volunteers, is on display at the new exhibit building at Pope’s Tavern. Stop by and see this amazing work up close.

*images courtesy of Frederick Huntley

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Supporting a Hero's Family

Florence Parks and Recreation will donate all proceeds from the upcoming USSSA Softball and Baseball tournament to the family of fallen officer Sgt. Nick Risner. Sgt. Risner's example of generous community service will long be remembered.

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Cherry Street Sidewalk Gets an Update!

Thank you to the City of Florence Street Department for making the Cherry Street sidewalk safe and attractive for residents. What an amazing transformation!
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Handy School Celebrates Community Servants

Students at W.C. Handy School spent a week learning about and meeting Florence's community servants. Students were excited to meet the Florence Police Department's Mounted Unit and the folks from Florence Recycling, among others. With their questions and stories, the students at Handy blessed everyone who visited!
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7 Points Art Crawl: Thursday, October 14

The Seven Points Arts Community welcomes you to the 7th annual Art Crawl Thursday, October 14th, from 5-9. The 7 Points Art Crawl is a self-guided tour of art exhibits, open studios, installations, and pop-up food stands, all in 7 Points! Other shops in the area will be staying open late. For more information on the artists...

Family Fall Festival: Sunday, October 17

McFarland Park

Sunday, October 17 from 1 pm - 5 pm

Florence Parks & Recreation will have fall games, inflatables, a rock wall, a scarecrow-making contest, a treasure hunt on the beach, and much more. We will also have the Pet Fashion Show and Kids Got Talent Show for 6th-12th grades. All activities, games, contests are FREE! If you would like to sign up for the Pet Fashion Show or the Talent Show, please call 256 718-5088.

Diaper & PPE Giveaway: Sunday, October 23

Handy Recreation Center, Councilwomen Kaytrina Simmons, & Community Action Northwest Alabama want to reach out to our community members who may need assistance.

Saturday, October 23

9:00 AM - Noon

Handy Recreation Center (1105 Beale Street, Florence)

Fiber Art Workshop: Saturday, November 6

Kennedy-Douglass Center for the Arts is hosting a wool felting workshop with fiber artist Kami Watson: Nuno Felted Cowl on Saturday, November 6th from 11am – 3:30 pm at the art center’s Southall - Moore House. The workshop fee of $80 includes four hours of instruction and all felting materials; students are asked to bring 3 old towels for their work surface. Registration for the workshop can be made online at:

Fall Bake Sale Benefiting Chloe's Fund: Saturday, October 23

Chloe's Fund needs your help as we watch the Animal Hospital bills pile high. Our wonderful group of bakers has been busy getting into the Fall spirit and playful with their Halloween treats.

Homemade treats will be available from 10 am-1 pm on Saturday, October 23, at the Florence-Lauderdale Animal Services (FLAS) Building, located at 3240 Roberson Road in Florence. We also have our new Chloe's Fund Dessert Cookbook with some of our bakers' dessert recipes! All proceeds from these sales benefit Chloe's Fund in helping with medical expenses for animals at Florence Lauderdale Animal Services.

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Lexurious Nails


1609 Mockingbird Ct., Ste. C

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Ever wonder about the ornate storefronts on the buildings (pictured) which are located on the southeast corner of Court and Tennessee Streets in downtown Florence? Well, there have been only fifty-six such storefronts in the entire State of Alabama and no more than approximately 4,000 throughout the United States. Between 1890 and 1910, the Mesker Brothers owned factories in Evansville, Indiana, and St. Louis, Missouri, where they prefabricated these exquisite sheet metal facades, along with cast iron storefront components, and advertised them for sale through catalogues which they mailed all over the country. When the beautifully-crafted pieces arrived by rail in their purchaser’s town, the new owners made arrangements to have some strong workers ready at the depot to retrieve them and deliver them to the installation site. Not surprisingly, downtown Florence is one of those sites! The pristine buildings on the corner of Court and Tennessee Streets have been the home at various times through the years of such entities as First National Bank, Best Jewelers and, currently, Neese Realty and State Farm Insurance. Many community leaders have declared it to be the most visible corner in the Shoals area.

--Billy Warren, City Historian

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Check out the list of upcoming events...

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The City of Florence offers generous defined benefit plan (pension plan), BCBS insurance plan, employee & family health clinic, paid annual & sick leave, and so much more.

Apply Now:

Truck Driver

  • Solid Waste 29485 County Road 14 Florence
  • Full Time - $31,510.94 - $41,943.21 Annually
  • Category: Public Works / Sanitation / Waste Management / Miscellaneous
  • Department: Solid Waste

  • Director of Parks and Recreation

    Park and Recreation 2830 Darby Drive Florence

    Full Time - $78,894.00 - $105,013.31 Annually

    Department: Parks & Recreation

    Grille Worker Part Time

    Park and Recreation 2830 Darby Drive Florence

    Part Time - $10.75 Hourly
    Category: Parks and Recreation
    Department: Park & Recreation (Golf)

    Laborer Solid Waste Part Time New

    Solid Waste 29485 County Road 14 Florence
    Part Time - $12.65 Hourly
    Category: Sanitation / Miscellaneous / Drivers
    Department: Solid Waste

    Maintenance Worker Park and Recreation Part Time

    Park and Recreation 2830 Darby Drive Florence
    Part Time - $10.75 Hourly
    Category: Parks and Recreation / Miscellaneous / Maintenance
    Department: Parks & Recreation (Parks)

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    A little laugh...

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

    Tuesday, October 19, 2021

    4:00 p.m. Work Session

    5:00 p.m. Council Meeting

    City Auditorium

    103 South Pine Street

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