Newsletter

Mayor Andy Betterton

December 15, 2022

HOLIDAY FESTIVITIES CONTINUE...

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Santa Is Coming To Town!

Thank you to Downtown Florence Alliance and everyone that made the 2022 Christmas Parade a memorable night!

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Holiday Fellowship Dinner

Thank you, Councilmember Kaytrina Simmons, for hosting your Annual Holiday Fellowship Dinner and to all who volunteered! Over 400 meals were served to the community! It was a wonderful event for unity in the community!
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A Diebert Christmas

Thank you so much to the Florence Parks & Recreation Department and the Florence-Lauderdale Library for hosting a Deibert Christmas this weekend! Santa and Mrs. Claus were SO excited to meet everyone and hear all of your Christmas wishes and wish you a very Merry Christmas.


Photographer, Samantha Mitchem

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Sponsor A Florence-Lauderdale Animal Services Fur Baby This Year!

Florence Customer Services Department is collecting donations for the cats and dogs this year. All items, including food, toys, and supplies, can be dropped off in the Florence Customer Service Lobby at City Hall through Christmas.

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The Inn Keeper Play

Ms. Alta Morrow presented the Inn Keeper Play; The cast included local pastors and their wives, local elected officials, and various members of several community churches. Thank you to the hundreds who attended.
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The Salvation Army of the Shoals Makes A Difference!

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United Way of Northwest Alabama

Start 2023 with us on January 21 at the Marriott Conference Center for a night of fun and games benefiting the United Way of Northwest Alabama! This a great gift idea for that family member or friend who has everything! The fun includes musical guests, The Midnighters, a Live Auction, and Giveaways. All proceeds raised will be used for our Shoals community! Please scan the QR code to purchase tickets or to be one of our sponsors

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Check Out the Holiday Spirit at Florence Fire Station #5!

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This week, Florence Fire & Rescue hosted an Alabama Fire College Apparatus Operator: Aerial certification course.

This course provided the structural firefighter with the needed knowledge and skills to successfully operate an aerial apparatus. Topics covered included types and construction of aerial apparatus, positioning aerial apparatus, stabilizing systems, maintenance and testing. Departments represented in the class included Florence, Sheffield, Birmingham, Warrior and Waugh-Mount Meigs.
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Congratulations, Fall 2022 UNA Graduates! πŸ¦πŸŽ“

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THE STREETCAR YEARS

As noted in the publication entitled The Journal of Muscle Shoals History: Bicentennial Edition published by the Tennessee Valley Historical Society in 1976, the Sheffield Railway Corporation was formed in 1903 β€œto construct, operate and maintain an electric interurban street railway system linking Tuscumbia, Sheffield and Florence.” Construction began one year later in 1904. When it was completed, the tracks covered 12 miles from Tuscumbia to Seven Points in North Florence. (Note the streetcar tracks in the center of Court Street in the accompanying vintage photograph.) A trip from Tuscumbia to Florence usually required about 45 minutes. Beginning in June, 1904, the streetcars were able to cross the Tennessee River via what is known today as the Old Railroad Bridge. The streetcar line continued to operate until February, 1933, when its 30-year contract expired. Today, remnants of the streetcar tracks are still visible. Among the most prominent (as motorists can attest) are on Nellie Avenue beside First Christian Church before it intersects with North Wood Avenue. That segment of the tracks took students enrolled in Florence Normal School (now UNA) to a stop directly in front of Wesleyan Hall.


--Billy Warren, City Historian

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Tired Of Waiting On The Leaf Truck?

Remember that bagged leaves on the curb are collected weekly. Leaf collection keeps the leaves out of the storm drains!


Click Here To Follow The Leaf Collection Route!

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Certified Police Officer New

  • Police Department 702 South Court Street Florence
  • Full Time - $42,195.38 - $67,428.82 Annually

Custodial Assistant Part-Time Water/Gas Dept. New

  • Water Department 650 Rickwood Florence
  • Part Time - $13.00 Hourly

Laborer Solid Waste Part Time New
  • Solid Waste 29485 County Road 14 Florence
  • Part Time - $13.81 Hourly
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NEXT COUNCIL MEETING

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

Tuesday, December 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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