Mayor Andy Betterton

September 14, 2022

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United Way: Community Needs Survey

This survey is open to ANYONE that lives/works in Lauderdale, Colbert, Franklin, or Marion Counties.

The purpose of this survey is to help the United Way of Northwest Alabama learn how to better serve the people of Lauderdale, Colbert, Franklin, and Marion counties.

Your responses are completely ANONYMOUS and won't be connected to you in any way. So, please answer HONESTLY to help us make good decisions as we plan. You can skip questions or stop taking the survey anytime, but we hope you will complete the whole thing.

After the last question, you will be sent to a separate page that will let you enter our RAFFLE for one of the following weekly drawings:
--2 people will win $25 Starbucks gift cards
--6 people will win $50 gas station gift cards
--1 person will win a $500 Walmart gift card

The contact information you enter here will NOT be linked in any way to your survey responses.

If you have any questions, please contact Kerry Del Pizzo at the United Way at or 256-764-5892 x106.
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Diaper and Gas Card Giveaway

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Deibert Park Fishing Days

There was a great turnout for the most recent Deibert Park fishing day.

Make plans to come out for the LAST fishing day on October 20th!

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University of North Alabama- One of the Best in the South

It’s official — The University of North Alabama is the No. 9 Top Public School in the South on this year’s #BestColleges rankings, and the No. 8 top school for Veterans among Regional Universities in the South.

U.S. News- Best Colleges
University Article

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Fantastic Friday at the Club

Join the Club this Friday, September 16th, for their Harvest Dinner.

There will be food, music, dancing and games!

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Southeastern Native Americans—Fact, Fiction, and Folktales

The Florence Indian Mound Museum is collaborating with the Alabama Chapter of the Trail of Tears Association to host a presentation series titled, “Southeastern Native Americans—Fact, Fiction, and Folktales.”

The series will focus on different aspects of southeastern Native American history and culture. Presentations will be both in-person and recorded. The first presentation in the series is Sunday, September 25th, 2022, at 2:00 at the Florence Indian Mound Museum.

Dr. Sean Jacobson will present his research on the Brainerd Mission Cemetery.

This presentation will highlight the after-story of this witness site to the Trail of Tears: how it became forlorn and forgotten; how it was later claimed by Christian churches and the Daughters of the American Revolution; and how the grand vision to interpret the site as a living history museum was mysteriously abandoned in the mid-20th century.

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5K Run Benefiting Pink Alabama

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Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Hall of Fame

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Kennedy-Douglass Center for the Arts

"Meet and Greet"

The Kennedy-Douglass Center for the Arts Volunteers is hosting a "Meet and Greet" in the main gallery of the Kennedy-Douglass Center for the Arts on Sunday, September 18, from 2:00 to 4:00pm.

View the current exhibits: “Jean Schulman: An Alabama Legacy” and “Stacy Holloway: Ill at Ease.” Visit with us and learn about upcoming exhibits, workshops, and volunteering opportunities in all of our Florence City Museums.

Come and see how you can join the Kennedy-Douglass Volunteers and support the arts, history, and heritage of our community. This free event is open to the public.

Jean Schulman

There was a wonderful turnout for the Jean Schulman reception two weekends ago. Thank you to everyone who came.

If you haven’t seen it yet, Jean Schulman’s work will be showing at KD Art Center until September 29th.

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On July 4, 1876, as part of the City’s celebration of Independence Day, the Honorable William B. Wood delivered a lengthy public address related to the history of Florence up to that point. Here is a portion of his colorful, fascinating speech as he reflected on the decade from 1830 to 1840 (with maybe just a bit of hyperbole):

“Flush times prevailed during the decade from 1830 to 1840. Everybody had plenty of money. Young men and ladies dressed fine. Balls and parties and weddings were of frequent occurrence. Our friends, Neander H. Rice [a three-term Mayor of Florence: 1861-62, 1869-70, 1872-73] and Tolliver L. Chisholm, were considered the handsomest men in the county. Col. John G.F. Wilson had the finest horses and gig – there were no buggies then. Young ladies and gentlemen went visiting on horseback. Very often the gentleman took the lady up behind him, and carried her to a quilting or dance. Nearly every young man owned a fine horse and fiddle. Lewis Visor was the greatest beau of the county. He was very handsome; he loved, waited on and courted all the girls. Our friend Solon Whitten reminds me of him. The Eagle Hotel was built during these times, and numbers of people would come farther south and spend several weeks of the summer here. There were no railroads; people traveled in their private carriages, on horseback and in stagecoaches.”

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Congratulations to These Businesses for Recent Ribbon Cuttings!

Medical Associates of the Shoals

Congratulations to Medical Associates of the Shoals for their recent ribbon cutting!

They are now open for business on 2735 Cloverdale Road.

Fresh and Clean Laundromat

Congratulations to Fresh and Clean Laundromat on their recent ribbon cutting!

They are the largest and most modern laundromat in the Shoals Area, and are now open on Huntsville Road.


Tennessee Valley Pediatric Association

The new pediatric office is now open! They are located at 614 S. Court St.

This office houses their Behavioral Health Clinic and will see all ages for well and sick visits!

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Equipment Operator Street

Full Time - $29,651.11 Annually

File Clerk Municipal Court Part Time

Part Time - $11.08 Hourly

Kennel Attendant

Full Time - $29,651.11 Annually

Laborer Recycling Part Time

Part Time - $11.08 Hourly

Laborer Solid Waste Part Time

Part Time - $13.03 Hourly

Police Officer

Full Time - $35,541.93 - $56,796.51 Annually
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The Mayor and Council members will hold the next council meeting on

Tuesday, September 20, 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 funny...

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