Mayor Andy Betterton

March 16, 2022

Grand Opening of the Rotary STAR Play at McFarland Park – Saturday March 19, 10:30am

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The City of Florence hosted the annual 2021 Walk of Honor Inductees ceremony on Friday, March 11, 2022. The Walk of Honor, located in beautiful River Heritage Park, recognizes Florence and Lauderdale County individuals who have achieved national or international acclaim. This is a way to honor and perpetuate the name and achievements of deserving individuals. Honorees can be either current or former citizens. Areas of national or international accomplishment include but are not limited to: agriculture, art, athletics, business, education, government, humanities, literature, medicine, military, music, public service, religion, and science and technology.

Walk Of Honor Induction

To make nominations for the Walk of Honor, download the form at or pick-up a packet from the Mayor's Office, 102 South Court Street - Suite 200, Florence, AL 35630.

Completed nomination forms and any additional information can be dropped off at the Mayor’s Office or sent via email to Upon receiving the nominations submitted, the Walk of Honor Selection Committee will choose from eligible inductees and a ceremony will be held in their honor. The date and time of the ceremony will be announced once decided upon. A bronze plaque with a picture of the inductee, along with a brief inscription of their accomplishment, will be placed at the Walk of Honor in River Heritage Park.

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FAM Speaker Series

This month, the Florence Arts and Museums Speaker Series will feature Anita Smith Cobb will deliver her presentation, "Black History—Eastside of Florence, Alabama in the mid-1900's" at 2 pm on Sunday, March 27 at the Florence Indian Mound Museum. The vision of this monthly program is to inspire conversations about the history and culture of North Alabama, with a focus on how the past shapes the present.

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Big Picture Branding on a Budget

A brand gives an identity and tells a story. Learn how to accomplish both with limited funding.

Part of communicating your mission comes from your organization's brand. Don't let bad branding get the best of what you're trying to accomplish. In this workshop, Katie Woods, Director of Communications for the Community Foundation of Greater Huntsville, will join us to work through some of the main elements of creating a consistent brand: identity, content, culture, and communication.

Thursday, March 17 at 12:30pm on Zoom

Free for Shoals Nonprofit Center members, $10 for non-members

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2022 Citywide Cleanup

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It's time for the Florence Citywide cleanup! Gather your group and have some fun! Spring flooding always makes litter more visible, and Florence streets and highways need attention. Groups and individuals can choose when and where to clean up, and we will gather your supplies for contact-free pick-up. Let us know where you have left bagged litter when you return your grabbers and vests, and Florence Solid Waste will pick it up!
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Registration is Open For The 26th Annual Urban Forestry & Horticulture Conference

Thursday, March 17, 2022

Friday, March 18, 2022

8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Cross Point Church of Christ

1350 Cox Creek Parkway, Florence, AL

See the brochure and registration for the speaker schedule and more information.

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"Field of Dreams" Showing at the Florence Sports Complex

"Field of Dreams" Showing at the Florence Sports Complex

FREE showing of an iconic baseball movie on a baseball field!

Bring your chair.

Concessions available to purchase

Saturday, April 9 on Field #12

7 pm showtime

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Light the Fountain 2022

Don't miss the video below of the Light the Fountain 2022 event created by UNA International Affairs. Pictured to the right: Mayor Betterton, Barbie Terry, Sherry Wilkes, Butler Cain, & Andrea Hunt.
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Beverage Cart Worker Part-time

Park and Recreation 2830 Darby Drive Florence
  • Part-time - $7.25 Hourly
  • Category: Parks and Recreation / Miscellaneous
  • Department: Park & Recreation Golf

Grille Worker Part-time

Park and Recreation 2830 Darby Drive Florence

  • Part-time - $11.08 Hourly
  • Category: Food Services / Parks and Recreation / Miscellaneous
  • Department: Park & Recreation (Golf)

Laborer Solid Waste Part-time

Solid Waste 29485 County Road 14 Florence

  • Part-time - $13.03 Hourly
  • Category: Public Works / Sanitation / Miscellaneous
  • Department: Solid Waste

Maintenance Worker Park and Recreation Part-time

Park and Recreation 2830 Darby Drive Florence

  • Part-time - $11.08 Hourly
  • Category: Parks and Recreation / Miscellaneous / Maintenance
  • Department: Parks & Recreation (Parks)

Outside Service Worker Part-time
Park and Recreation 2830 Darby Drive Florence
  • Part-time - $11.08 Hourly
  • Category: Parks and Recreation / Miscellaneous
  • Department: Park & Recreation (Golf)
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Voodoo Wings is Coming!

310 Cypress Mill Road

VooDoo Wing Company is a place where you can find a little magic and A LOT of flavor. With locations across the United States, and new ones opening throughout the year, this is a place where you sit back, relax, and get your wing on. View the menu.

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Here are some interesting excerpts from the diary of a young lady in Florence in July, 1927 (all names of individuals changed):

1. July 15 – Sang at Kiwanis Club; date with Bill that night; precious time

2. July 17 – Date at night with Jim; good time

3. July 18 – June and I played tennis at the dam [one of the TVA Villages] with Joe and Sam; grand time

4. July 20 – Trip to Shiloh; most interesting

5. July 21 – Ordered new, good looking dress

6. July 22 – Birthday; rode with Sue in A.M.; picture made; rode with Joe at night; big day

7. July 26 – Jim took June and me to tea at the Country Club; grand time

8. July 27 – Sue played the piano and both of us sang at Mrs. Thompson’s

9. July 28 – Ate dinner at night with Jim at Victory Café; marvelous food

And these kinds of entries are found throughout the entire diary.

It is fairly obvious that this young diary-keeper was a member of a privileged family and circulated within a just-as-privileged crowd or young people. The entries show that the legendary “Flappers Era” touched at least certain segments of the population in both small and large towns in America.

A Sidebar: The diary itself was published by the Ideal Dairy Company in New York. The first several pages contain what it calls "useful information." It lists, among other things, prominent cities in each state and the population of each. Florence's population was 11,912, while Huntsville's was just 8,164!

--Billy Warren, City Historian

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North Alabama Football Spring Football Game

Date: Thursday, March 24th

Location: UNA Practice Field (By Flowers Hall on Pine Street)
Time: 6:00pm

Join us for the North Alabama Spring Football game! TNT Fireworks will have a firework show after the game! We’ll have food tents, a bouncy house, slide, DJ Casper, and fun for the whole family. Admission is FREE!

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

Annual Youth & Government Day

Tuesday, March 22, 2022

9:00 a.m. Work Session

10:00 a.m. Council Meeting

Florence-Lauderdale Coliseum

702 Veterans Dr, Florence, AL 35630

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A little motivation...

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