Mayor Betterton's Weekly Update

February 25, 2021

Snow and ice are already distant memory...

We are truly thankful for all of the community members who worked through the winter storm to help keep us safe and comfortable. From health care workers and first responders to grocery store and convenience store employees and our City of Florence Police, Fire, Utility, and Street Department employees, words cannot begin to express our gratitude. Every time we encounter a difficult situation, you show us that we can count on you!
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Are you ready to get outside?

The City of Florence Clean-up looks very different this year. Instead of a one day event, we will be cleaning up during the months of March/April. If you or your organization would like to help pick up littered streets in Florence, register below and we will provide garbage bags, gloves, and vests through contact free pickup. #2021FlorenceCleanup #KeepFlorenceBeautiful

For questions, call 256 760 6495 I

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How can I help?

Project Help is a Florence Utilities assistance program that partners with The Help Center located at 621 S. Court Street in Florence. The partnership provides an easy way for concerned citizens to help those in need. A small donation added to a resident's power bill each month can make a huge difference in the lives of needy families and individuals.

Customers can automatically draft monthly donations by signing the authorization card that will be in your next utility bill or online.

  • The amount designated to Project Help as indicated on the card will be added to your utility bill until it is removed at the request of the account holder.
  • Donations can be made directly to the Help Center.

The Help Center: 256.766.7663 I PO Box 1713, Florence, AL 35631 I 621 S Court Street

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2021 Virtual Arbor Day Celebration

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That Nutrition Place will open its 4th location in mid-March at 405 E. Tennessee Street. Get ready to sample a variety of coffees, smoothies, protein donuts, and more.

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Lifeguard Certification Classes

Sign up for Lifeguard Certification is currently open for classes that will be offered in April and May through the YMCA of the Shoals. Please contact Jennifer at 256-246-9622 for more information. Space is limited.

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On March 15, 2013, Judge Inge Johnson presided over an impressive naturalization ceremony for a large group of people from many countries of the world -- one lady was even from Iceland! All had gathered in chairs under a large tent erected outdoors in front of the Post Office on North Seminary Street (officially, the Justice John McKinley Federal Building). Afterward, all who were present, including local officials and a choral group from Florence High School, were treated to a light lunch spread on tables just outside the tent. But it didn't end there. The event doubled as the unveiling of the magnificent restoration of the Federal Courtroom on the second floor of the grand building. Judge Johnson had worked tirelessly with appropriate federal agencies to accomplish this excellent restoration project. The result? The impressive Courtroom now looks exactly as it did when it opened for the first time in 1913 -- with one exception: the original floor covering was made of cork! Its replacement, under Judge Johnson's careful guidance, is hardwood.

--Billy Warren, City Historian

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

Tuesday, March 2, 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 kindness...

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  • 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.
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  • 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 or call Rachel Koonce with questions at 256-760-6494.
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Background Photo By: Jeff Whitten