Mayor Andy Betterton

February 9, 2022

Congratulations to Florence Planning & Community Development for Achieving National Recognition! 🏆

"I am honored and humbled to announce that the Office of Planning and Community Development has been selected to receive the prestigious Audrey Nelson Community Development Award through the National Community Development Association (NCDA) for the creation and implementation of Florence First, a special economic program to provide financial relief to small businesses from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic," reported Melissa Bailey, Florence Planning Director.

NCDA is a national organization representing local government agencies that administer federal community development and affordable housing programs. The Audrey Nelson Award nationally recognizes exemplary local projects and programs funded through the HUD Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program and other HUD Office of Community Planning and Development funding. The Award is the top honor bestowed annually. For 2022, Florence joins City of Miami, Florida, City of Las Vegas, Nevada, City of Dallas, Texas, City of Tulsa, Oklahoma, Pasco County, Florida, and the City of Canton, Ohio as national winners.

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Shoals Master Gardener Plant Sale

Saturday, April 30, 2022

8 am - 3pm

Florence-Lauderdale Farmers’ Market

451 Fairground Road, Florence

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The Florence Indian Mound Museum is hosting a series of children’s programs where students can explore the early history of the Shoals through hands-on learning exercises. The programs will cover a wide range of topics within Native American history and culture and are aimed at an elementary level age group. Each program will have a creative component with hands-on learning, and all events are free.

The Museum's program on Pottery will take place Saturday, February 19th at 10 am. February’s program will focus on Native American pottery and will explore Woodland and Mississippian period pottery forms. Visit to sign up.

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Burrell-Slater Athletic Hall of Fame 2022

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University of North Alabama Speaker Series: Mark Brazeal

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The Lakeside Event Room

The Lakeside Event Room located at 4217 Huntsville Road introduced themselves to the community with an open house. This beautiful venue will seat approximately 65 people for birthdays, showers, receptions, classes, meetings, and more. Mayor Andy Betterton was provided a tour by the owner, Mrs. McGee. Also, SMASHED served delicious hamburgers during the event.

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Ever wonder how Dr. Hicks Boulevard, the downtown bypass that was created during the urban renewal movement of the 1970’s, got its name? Well, the name was chosen in 1981 as a tribute to the late Dr. Leonard Jerry Hicks, Florence’s first African-American medical doctor. He came here in the early 1930’s and practiced medicine until his death in 1973. In 1954, he was admitted into the Alabama Medical Association after he was unanimously voted into the Lauderdale County Medical Society. Dr. Carl Luckey, then Chief-of-Staff at Eliza Coffee Memorial Hospital (forerunner of the present-day North Alabama Medical Center), described Dr. Hicks as “a true example of what a doctor should be – hard-working, earnest and devoted to his patients.” And his involvement in the community extended beyond the medical field. For example, he was well known for his support of good schools in Florence so that children and young people of both races could have the very best education to prepare them for unlimited academic pursuits and good, meaningful lives. So, it was fitting for his personal and professional contributions to be recognized by a boulevard to be named in his honor. The Hicks family home stands where it has always been: on the corner of East Alabama and South Poplar Streets. (See attached photograph.) Though it’s a professional office today, it still appears as it did (now, with a painted exterior) when the Hicks family lived there. Interestingly, Dr. Hicks Boulevard runs immediately to its rear.

--Billy Warren, City Historian

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

Tuesday, February 15, 2022

4:00 p.m. Work Session

5:00 p.m. Council Meeting

City Auditorium

103 South Pine Street

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A little laugh...

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