Mayor Betterton's Weekly Update
November 4, 2021
In honor of Veterans Day, Florence Municipal Offices will be closed on Thursday, November 11, 2021.
Thursday and Friday's Garbage & Recycling Collection Will Be Delayed
November 11, Thursday - Veteran’s Day – No Collection
Tuesday and Wednesday – No change
Thursday pickup will be Friday
Friday pickup will be Saturday
2021 Florence-Lauderdale County Veterans Day Ceremony
Thursday, Nov. 11th, 11am
Veterans Park Drive
Florence Mayor Andy Betterton and Lauderdale County Commission Chairman Danny Pettus announce the annual Veterans Day program. The Ceremony will be held at the Florence - Lauderdale County Veterans Memorial Park at 100 Veterans Park Drive, north of Wilson Dam. The number of attendees is not restricted; however, seating is limited. Standing room is available. Attendees are encouraged to bring chairs. Seating will be at the front side of the Veterans Memorial.
The purpose of the Veterans Day Ceremony is to honor all American Veterans for their service in defense of our freedom. The local theme for this year's Veterans Day program is, "Our veterans paid the price for our freedom.”
RSVPs are enabled for this event.
Mayor Betterton Declares November 15 - November 18 International Education Week!
Thank you, UNA Athletics, for your service and support in our community!
Muscle Shoals National Heritage Area Photo Contest-Submit Photos Before November 15 @ 5:00 p.m.!
The Muscle Shoals National Heritage Area photo contest is open for a few more weeks!
- Photos must be from one of MSNHA's six counties (Colbert, Franklin, Lauderdale, Lawrence, Limestone & Morgan), should be related to one of our three themes (the Tennessee River, music & Native American heritage & must show/represent/demonstrate what's special about northwest Alabama.
- To enter, post your images on your Facebook and Instagram accounts with hashtag #msnhaphotocontest2021. We'll find them & "like" them – that's all you have to do.
- The deadline is 5 p.m., Monday, November 15.
- After the deadline, MSNHA staffers will vote on their favorite pics. Winners will receive prizes from local businesses.
- You agree to let MSNHA use your images in marketing, promotions, publications, social media, etc.
Laser Eye Center
New Business – Now Open
2530 Florence Boulevard, #B
Dr. Danny Lee of Laser Eye Center is now seeing patients in Florence. His office is located on Florence Boulevard next to Yummies Bakery. For more details about treatments and procedures, visit the Laser Eye Center website at http://www.dleemd.com.
North Wood Social
New Business – Now Open
1121 N. Wood Ave.
With homemade pierogi and borsht on the menu, Rob McFarlane's North Wood Social is open for dinner and socializing!
Elite Barbering & Beauty
1206 Helton Drive
Elite Barbering & Beauty is holding a grand opening Saturday, November 7, 2021, at 1206 Helton Drive. The event begins at 2:00 p.m. Refreshments and a chance to win prizes will be available for attendees.
THE LANDSCAPE EVOLVES
Many old photographs, postcards and other images of Court Street in downtown Florence are still in existence today. But that is hardly true of other streets in the commercial district; therefore, when one is discovered, it is, indeed, a welcome document. Take, for instance, the attached photograph (click on the image to enlarge it). It very clearly depicts the north side of the 100 block of East Tennessee Street in the 1920’s – almost exactly 100 years ago. Three of the buildings in the photograph sit proudly in their same location today, serving as home base for a jewelry store, an Asian grocery store and an office for an attorney group. The remainder of the buildings were all razed at different times over the years. These once-handsome structures were replaced by a large, private parking lot. The City of Florence’s aggressive streetscape project has certainly helped to transform the parking lot from a bare island of asphalt into a space that is visually attractive. So, the landscape evolves – some would argue that it devolves – making photographs and other documents invaluable as the history of an area unfolds and is researched.
--Billy Warren, City Historian
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