Mayor Betterton's Weekly Update

August 19, 2021

Florence Received A $500,000 Grant For NAMC To Purchase Life Saving Equipment For The Ongoing Pandemic

The City of Florence has received a grant award for the maximum funding amount to purchase vital equipment for North Alabama Medical Center (NAMC) to use in the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. “Although I am saddened by the need, I am thankful for the opportunity to assist with providing life-saving medical equipment to North Alabama Medical Center as the necessity for them increases in our area,” said Mayor Andrew Betterton.

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Florence Fire & Rescue Host Training

Mayor Betterton visited with Florence Fire & Rescue Training Chief Wallace. We are proud of the rigorous training program and certification our firefighters receive from Alabama Fire College.
Florence Fire & Rescue Training Ropes II
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Florence Welcomes New Students From Over 50 Countries

UNA President and Mrs. Kitts welcomed new students from more than 50 countries across the globe to the 2021-22 academic year. New students enjoyed getting to know their UNA family while sharing a traditional Southern cook-out by the Baptist Christian Ministries. Florence wishes our international students an exciting year of learning. Thanks to each of you for enriching our lives by bringing your part of the world to us!

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Congratulations to our Florence Park & Recreation Sports Teams on their tremendous successes! Thank you for representing Florence and the State of Alabama.

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Dedication of the General John Coffee Monument

On Saturday, August 14, 2021, the Dedication of the General John Coffee Monument at Rock Springs was held on the Natchez Trace Parkway (mile marker #330) in Lauderdale County.
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UNA's Cinematic Arts & Theatre, School of the Arts, and College of Arts, Sciences & Engineering present "Constellations" by Nick Payne

August 20-22 and 27-29 at 7pm.

* Tickets are free for advanced reservation. Reserve your tickets at Seating is limited.

“This spellbinding, romantic journey begins with a simple encounter between a man and a woman. But what happens next defies the boundaries of the world we think we know—delving into the infinite possibilities of their relationship and raising questions about the difference between choice and destiny.” --Dramatists Play Services

In addition to faculty and student contributions, we’re excited to collaborate with Guest Artists including actor Jorge Luna (Netflix’s The Week Of, AppleTV’s Lisey’s Story, NBC’s Blacklist and Law & Order SVU, CBS’s Elementary and The Code, ABC’s One Life to Live), director Andy Christensen (Ireland’s award-winning theatre company, Anu) and technical director Jacob Brown (Lana Del Ray National Arena Tour, Tantrum Theatre).

*This play contains instances of strong language and brief simulated violence

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In the early years of the twentieth century, W.A. Shepard moved with his family into town from their home in the Cloverdale community where he had been the co-owner of Shepard and Hyde Grocery. He soon opened a thriving grocery store in the 200 block of North Court Street in the building known today as the Otto Speake building. Extant ledgers from his store bear the names of his customers throughout both Lauderdale and Colbert Counties. Many of the goods he stocked in the popular store came from the wholesaler Horace P. Lucas in his establishment on East College Street. (He also owned a retail store in the 100 block of East Tennessee Street in a building which still today bears the name “Lucas” cut in stone on the second story of the façade that faces Tennessee Street.) Besides doing business with each other, these two gentlemen and their families were neighbors and friends on Walnut Street: the Shepards at 447 North Walnut and the Lucases at 507 North Walnut. Both were the original owners of these two houses. The friendship between the two families continued through succeeding generations – proof that business and social relationships can co-exist amicably.

--Billy Warren, City Historian

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Check out the list of upcoming events...

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The City of Florence offers generous defined benefit plan (pension plan), BCBS insurance plan, employee & family health clinic, paid annual & sick leave, and so much more.

Apply Now:

Firefighter EMT PS8

Salary $34,506.72 - $45,930.83 Annually

Location Fire Department Station #3 1301 North Wood Avenue Florence

Closing 8/31/2021 4:59 PM Central

Police Officer

Salary $34,506.72 - $45,930.83 Annually

Location Police Department 702 South Court Street Florence

Closing 8/31/2021 4:59 PM Central

Journeyman Lineman

    Electricity Department
      Full Time - $79,952.00 Annually
        Department: Electricity

        Closes in 1 week

        Laborer Recycling Part Time

        Recycle 1200 Terrace Street Florence

        Part Time - $10.75 Hourly

        Department: Recycling

        Laborer Street Part Time New

          Street Department 201 Railroad Avenue Florence
          Part Time - $10.75 Hourly
          Department: Street

          Parking Enforcement Officer Part Time

          Police Department 702 South Court Street Florence

            Part Time - $14.88 Hourly
                Department: Police
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                A little sentimental...

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                NEXT COUNCIL MEETING

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

                Tuesday, September, 7 2021

                4:00 p.m. Work Session

                5:00 p.m. Council Meeting

                City Auditorium

                103 South Pine Street

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