Update from Mayor Betterton

Mayor Andy Betterton

December 10, 2020


Yesterday, Governor Kay Ivey amended the Safer at Home Order that includes a statewide mask requirement. Individuals will be required to wear a mask or other facial covering when in public and in close contact with other people, as described in the order. This amended order shall remain in full force and effect until 5:00 P.M. on January 22, 2021, unless extended, rescinded, or modified by the State.



Visit the Alabama Department of Public Health map for real-time updates.


If you think you are experiencing symptoms of or have been exposed to COVID-19,
please DO NOT show up unannounced at an emergency room or health care facility.

  • FIRST, call your primary care doctor, urgent care clinic, or your local federally qualified healthcare center.
  • SECOND, call the Alabama COVID-19 24/7 hotline at 1-888-264-2256 or visit AlabamaPublicHealth.gov for testing sites and hours of operation.
  • THIRD, share this number with members of the community who might not have access to online information.

For more information about possible symptoms and other health-related information about COVID-19, visit www.cdc.gov/coronavirus.

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If you are looking for volunteer opportunities this holiday season, consider volunteering with The Salvation Army! They have many different opportunities like serving dinner at the shelter, bell ringing, or helping with the toy distribution day!

~Council President Dick Jordan

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Congratulations, Mars Hill Panthers, on WINNING the State Championship!

Mars Hill vs. Abbeville 2A AHSAA Super 7 Highlights 12/04/2020
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Florence-Lauderdale Public Library Bike Parade

Last Saturday, the FLPL hosted the first Florence Bike Parade, and it was so much fun! Thank you, Florence Lauderdale Public Library, for all you do for our community!
Florence-Lauderdale Public Library Bike Parade
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Simpson's Collision Repair and Wrecker Service has expanded and relocated from Broadway Boulevard in Council District Four. They are open for business at 2005 Helton Drive. Council Member Michelle Eubanks said, "Simpson's has a long history in Florence, and this updated and modern facility is a great asset to District Four."

Recently, GM Collision Repair Network recertified their collision shop, and they also hold other certifications for automobiles such as Nissan. On Tuesday, Mayor Andy Betterton and Business Development Coordinator Melissa Bevis stopped by to congratulate owner Johnny Simpson and his daughter, Olivia Simpson Crocker, on their expansion. Sixteen dedicated, talented employees are at this location and are ready to help you with any auto body repairs.


Cheesy Bob Grilled Cheese is located in the famous Seven Points area of Florence. The Cheesy Bob’s team provides the community with gourmet, quality sandwiches, homemade tomato soup. They have late-night hours for the UNA college crowd.

1611 N. Pine Street



Solid Rock Running Company is committed to helping you find the right shoe. Whether you are a walker, runner, nurse, high school athlete, or just need a great pair of shoes, you can find them at this elite specialty footwear store. Check out all of their products at 2801 N. Mall Road #12A.


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Support Cypress Creek

Support the development of Cypress Creek & Wildwood Park through the “Our Cypress Creek” T-shirt sales! Proceeds will go toward the construction of information kiosks and the development of trails in the parks. This Bella + Canvas unisex 100% eco-friendly jersey short-sleeve t-shirt features the Great Blue Herron on front. Shirts are available in colors pebble brown and blue steel. Shirts are available in sizes S, M, L, XL and XXL. Shop now...
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Reverse Christmas Parade: 6:00 - 9:00 pm

Don't miss the 2020 Florence Reverse Christmas Parade! This year’s tradition will include a new spin to allow participants to enjoy the parade from the safety of their vehicle. Spectators may drive through Tennessee and Court Streets to view the spectacular display of holiday lights in Downtown Florence.


Kennedy-Douglass Center for the Arts Holiday Programs for Children

On Saturday, December 12, from 10:00 am until noon, local mixed media artist, Provie Musso, will be teaching a holiday ornament workshop. The workshop is open to children ages 8 to 12 years old who will learn how to craft holiday ornaments using cardboard, recycled materials, and found objects. All materials will be supplied.

Programs are free; parents need to call the art center in advance to reserve a place for their child(ren) as we are limiting attendance to allow for social distancing. We ask all participants to wear a mask to ensure the safety of all guests.


Florence Electricity Department Blood Drive

The Florence Electricity Department is hosting a Holiday Blood Drive by Life South on December 18 from 9:00 am - 3:00 pm. Thank you for considering giving the gift of life!


Kennedy-Douglass Center for the Arts Holiday Storytelling Hour

Mrs. Jessica Hill, Florence-Lauderdale Public Library Youth Director, will be sharing a story for children ages four and up. There are still spots available! Call and get registered! 256-760-6379

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The title of this weekly column, "Florence, Then and Now," is perhaps best illustrated visually by the wide range of architectural styles found throughout the City. From the excellent Tidewater-style house constructed in 1825 at 450 North Court Street to the charming Federal-style house built at 301 North Pine Street in 1828 to the Greek Revival mansion known as Courtview on upper North Court Street to the magnificent houses constructed during the Victorian era (1890-1910) scattered throughout several historic districts to the various interpretations of the Bungaloid style (1910-1940) to the indigenous "shotgun" houses to the excellent examples of the unusual Lustron style to the more contemporary "ranch" style... Florence has all of these and more: history standing prominently before all who would take time to note.

--Billy Warren, City Historian

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

Tuesday, December 15, 2020

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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