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Mayor Betterton's Weekly Update

October 28, 2021

🚧Let The Paving Begin!🚧

The 2021 Paving Program kicked off this morning on Locust Street. The Rogers Group will start resurfacing on the roadways below this week. We will continue to post updates as the paving program progresses.


Locust Street from Irvine to Waterloo Road

Fayette Street from College Street to Mobile Street

Beverly Avenue from Savannah Highway to College Street


Thank you for your patience and kindness as we improve infrastructure.

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Thank You To All Of The Volunteers, Staff, and Sponsors That Go the Extra Mile For The Florence-Lauderdale Animal Services Department!

Everyone had a great time at the Howl-o-ween Dash Saturday morning! There was a great turnout to benefit Florence Lauderdale Animal Services! We agree, Barktown Killen; Dogs in costumes are the best!
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Thank You, Alabama Renaissance Faire, for Hosting a Wonderful Community Event!

Last weekend, the Alabama Renaissance Faire hosted a spectacular family event. Thank you to the organizers, volunteers, and sponsors for all of your hard work and dedication. Picture includes her Royal Highness Queen Serene and sister Arda (aka..Debbie Martin and Karen Webb-Ugrovics) at the 2021 Alabama Renaissance Faire Follow the the Alabama Renaissance Faire...
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Happy International Credit Union Day 2021! 🎉🎉🎉

Mayor Andy Betterton honored Florence’s seven Credit Unions with a city-wide proclamation and heartfelt gratitude for the work each of these institutions have done for our community. Picture includes: Listerhill Credit Union CEO, Lauderdale County Teachers Credit Union CEO, Alabama Central Credit Union CEO, Shoals Chapter of Credit Unions President, Valley Credit Union CEO, Florence Federal Credit Union CEO
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Florence Federal Credit Union Celebrates International Credit Union Day!

It was overcast outside but sunnier than ever inside Florence Federal Credit Union on International Credit Union Day! The team celebrated ICU Day 2021 with goodie bags, giveaways, and decorations as bright as their member's smiles. My101.5 FM and the Hunter Jackson in the Morning Show broadcast live from the branch, interviewing passersby - some of whom had been members of the credit union for over 40 years! A fun day of celebrating the Credit Union Difference was had by all. For more information..

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Paw-loween: Saturday, October 30, 2021, 10 AM - Noon

Don't miss this community trick or treating event. Paw-loween will be held on Saturday, October 30, 2021. Trunk-or-treat will take place from 10:00 until Noon on Court Street and will be open to all community children.

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Florence-Lauderdale Animal Services Halloween Drive Thru

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Congratulations to the City of Florence Planning & Community Development

Congratulations to the City of Florence Planning & Community Development for winning a Main Street Alabama Award of Excellence for the beautiful Downtown Florence Streetscape Project!

We are lucky to have such talented and dedicated professionals serving Florence! This award is well deserved!

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District 1 “FREE DIAPER GIVEAWAY” Was a Great Success!

Thank you to all of the volunteers, Community Action Northwest Alabama, Handy Recreation Center, and sponsors who made the day possible. "I am so appreciative for great partnerships & teamwork! Thank you!" --Council Member Kaytrina Simmons

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A LOCAL JEWEL: THE EAST FLORENCE HISTORIC DISTRICT

In February, 1977, the East Florence Business District became the East Florence Historic District when it was added to the Alabama Register of Historic Places. The District consists of 12 structures which were built during the industrial boom in East Florence (1880-1930). From the beautiful Victorian residence constructed in 1886 and known locally as the Phillips home that sits proudly on a tall hill behind the commercial buildings, to the immaculately restored Southern Railway Depot, this compact District has a certain charm that quickly draws people to it. In its heyday, it bustled constantly with customers from such nearby industries as the Florence Wagon Works, Tennessee Valley Fertilizer Company, Florence Ice and Coal Company, Ashcraft Cotton Mills, and North Alabama Furnace Company – to name just a few. To serve the industrial workers and their families, these commercial buildings variously housed stores and shops to meet basic needs. Conveniently grouped together and bordered by pedestrian-friendly sidewalks, the roughly one dozen buildings were a very welcome oasis. After subsequent years of languishing on both sides of Huntsville Road where it makes a fairly sharp curve to Royal Avenue, the East Florence Historic District is regaining its exciting sheen. New paving, the addition of a roundabout, the on-going restoration of the commercial buildings, a well-designed parking lot – these excellent projects, among others, have made a visit to the area a truly joyful experience. So, a round of enthusiastic applause is appropriate for everyone who is playing a role in the continuing revitalization of the East Florence Historic District!


--Billy Warren, City Historian

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Check out the list of upcoming events...

SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITY

Don't miss the chance to hear about many opportunities for the various scholarships available! You do not have to live in Florence; Residents across the Shoals area are welcome! Northwest-Shoals Community College will be on-site! The event is co-hosted by NWSCC and Council Member Kaytrina P. Simmons.

GIVE THE GIFT OF ART: Kennedy-Douglass Holiday Art Bazaar

Kennedy-Douglass Center for the Arts will host an exhibit of seven Alabama artists working across a broad range of mediums from November 7 through December 23 in the Kennedy-Douglass Main Gallery. The group show features exceptional artwork, artisanal jewelry, and fiber accessories suitable for holiday gift-giving. The opening reception will take place from 1pm-4pm on Sunday, November 7.

www.florencealmuseums.com

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Firehawk Invitational at McFarland Park

The Tennessee Southern cross country teams hosted the inaugural Firehawk Invitational at McFarland Park in Florence. The field will include Freed-Hardeman, Stillman, Huntingdon, North Alabama, Tennessee Southern, Rust, Bryan, Millsaps, Mississippi University for Women, Point, Calhoun Community College, and Fisk.

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Thank You To The Kiwanis Club For The Food Donation For The Salvation Army! We Appreciate All You Do For Our Community!

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November 11, 2021 at 11:00 AM

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A little inspiration..

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NEXT COUNCIL MEETING

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

Tuesday, November 2, 2021

4:00 p.m. Work Session

5:00 p.m. Council Meeting

City Auditorium

103 South Pine Street

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How to Submit Your Event, News, or Announcement:


  • 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.
  • Along with your information, include your name, phone number, event name, location, date and time, and a brief description.
  • 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 rmansell@florenceal.org or call Rachel Koonce with questions at 256-760-6494.