Happy June!

Mayor Betterton's Weekly Update

June 3, 2021

Mayor Betterton declares the week of June 13, Race Amity Day.

The Great Seal of the United States of America bears the inscription E Pluribus Unum, which translates from Latin as β€œOut of many, one,”; and the greatest asset of Florence, Alabama, is its people. We are comprised of multicultural, multiethnic, and multiracial citizens. All citizens of Florence are urged to take cognizance of this event and participate fittingly in its observance.

Big picture

Florence Exchange Club Turns 100! πŸŽˆπŸŽ‚

On Tuesday, June 1, Mayor Betterton presented a proclamation to the Florence Exchange Club to honor the monumental milestone of 100 years. The Florence Exchange Club was organized in December 1920 by a group of local and professional men who saw an opportunity to promote the community's well-being and its future through various projects and mentoring programs. In 1937, it became a goal of the Florence Exchange club to establish the first public library in Florence, Alabama. Today, the Florence-Lauderdale Public Library stands as a symbol of the commitment of the Florence Exchange Club to our community. Over the past century, the Exchange Club of Florence has raised more than 1.2 million dollars to give back to the community. It continues to find the needs of the Florence community and serve in unity with others.
Big picture
Big picture

Poppy Drive

The Florence Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5140 will be conducting a Poppy Drive in remembrance of fallen comrades on Friday, June 4th, from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm at Sam's Club on Cox Creek Pkwy in Florence. Please stop by and, for a small donation, pick up a poppy to show your support for this organization and in remembrance of those who gave their all in support of our country. GOD BLESS AMERICA

Big picture

Thank you to the Memorial Day Committee for hosting the Memorial Day Ceremony to honor those that sacrificed it all!

On Monday, May 31 the Memorial Day Ceremony held in Veterans Park was a huge success. Thank you to the committee and to all that attended. The video below of the final Dove Release is honor of all of those that sacrificed their lives for our freedom.
Memorial Day Ceremony Dove Release
Big picture
Big picture
Big picture

Bowl for Kids Sake Fundraiser

Big Broters Big Sisters of the Shoals will be holding a Bowl for Kids Sake fundraiser this year on August 6-8 at Lauderdale Lanes. They are currently taking event sponsorships. For information contact Gina to help sponsor the event if you are interested. For more info call Gina Mashburn at 256-248-1931 or email, gina@bbbsshoals.org

Big picture

Shoals Archaeological Stewardship Virtual Speaker Series: Scott Meeks

The Florence Indian Mound Museum, in partnership with the Tennessee Valley Authority, is sponsoring a virtual speaker series as a part of an effort to raise awareness about looting in the Shoals area. On June 11, Scott Meeks will deliver his presentation β€œPonds, Springs, and Plantations: Examining 12,000+ Years of Human-Environment Interactions in the Middle Tennessee River Valley,” where he will discuss various Native American and Euro-American archaeological sites throughout the Middle Tennessee River Valley. The discussion can be viewed at the following link on Friday, June 11 at 12 pm: tva.com/thousandeyes

For more information...

Kennedy-Douglass Center for the Arts: Ceramics workshop with Aaron Benson

Kennedy-Douglass Center for the Arts has converted its Carriage House into a community ceramics studio with funding from the Kennedy-Douglass Trust. They will host ceramics workshops and classes in the studio, with plans for artist residencies being developed for the future. On Saturday, June 12th, from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. UNA Associate Professor of Art, Ceramics, and Sculpture Aaron Benson will teach a one-day ceramics workshop for adults and children of 16 years and older. The June 12th workshop fee of $95 includes a day of instruction and all materials and tools.

For more information call 256-760-6379.

Big picture
Big picture

Coming Soon:

Magnolia Soap and Bath

762 Cox Creek Parkway


Magnolia Soap and Bath provide an array of soaps and lotions made from plant-based ingredients and smell amazing. Their ever-growing line of products includes a bar soap, body butter, shower oils, bath bombs, candles, laundry soap, and more. Soap is the leading seller with at least 65 varieties and exciting names such as Cereal Killer, Fear the Unicorn, Hemp, Hulk, Kudzu, Mechanic, Mississippi Delta, and Scene of the Grime. Each store manufactures its products so shoppers can watch the process. Check out their website for more details about their products and the company https://magnoliasoapandbath.com.

New Business – Now Open

The Collar Club

1113 Florence Blvd.



The Collar Club is a Doggie Daycare service for the busy working parents of a high-energy dog. The Collar Club is a doggie daycare center. Overnight and grooming services are also available. Our caring staff makes sure your pet is loved and cared for when you cannot be there.

Big picture
Big picture


The multi-story brick building that was located behind the post Office in downtown Florence was, for many years, the home of the Florence Elks Club. Ahead of that, though, it was the classroom building for the Florence Female Synodical College which existed from 1847 to 1892. (The dormitory building for the college was an elegant, columned structure facing Seminary Street. A large black-and-white photograph of that building is in the lobby of the Post Office.) The classroom building faced Tombigbee Street across from Wilson Park. In fact, the park served as the lawn for the college, and the young ladies could be found enjoying themselves there when their classes had ended for the day. City officials at the time arranged for a fence to be erected around the park to keep the cows away. When the Post Office expanded to the point that it needed the space, the Elks Club moved to its present building on Chisholm Road -- and the big brick building was razed.

Billy Warren, City Historian

Big picture
Big picture


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

Tuesday, June 15, 2021

4:00 p.m. Work Session

5:00 p.m. Council Meeting

City Auditorium

103 South Pine Street

Big picture

A little laugh...

Big picture

How to Submit Your Event, News, or Announcement:

  • Public and community events or announcements can be submitted by attaching an email, Word document, PDF, or JPG file suitable for viewing on the web. Include graphics in JPG or PNG if possible.
  • Along with your information, include your name, phone number, event name, location, date and time, and a brief description.
  • IMPORTANT: Please submit your information no later than Tuesday of each week (preferably sooner). Submissions after the deadline will be added to the next week's publication. The newsletter is posted on Thursday afternoon.
  • Send your information to rmansell@florenceal.org or call Rachel Koonce with questions at 256-760-6494.
Big picture

Background Photo By: Johnny Raper