Mayor Betterton's Weekly Update

January 28, 2021

Dear Friends,

After completing my quarantine, I am proud to have returned to work free of Covid and enthusiastic about this year! I appreciate all the thoughts, prayers, cards, and calls I received during and after my recovery. It is important moving forward that we all be mindful to wear our masks, sanitize our hands, and maintain an appropriate distance from individuals who are not members of our household.

I look forward to continuing my service to the citizens of this great city and move forward together. God bless!

- Mayor Andy Betterton

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The latest information from the Alabama Department of Public Health website states as follows:

As of January 27, 2021, vaccination information and locations apply only to residents 75 years and older.

The Lauderdale County Health Department is taking walk-ins only. No Appointments. The locations listed below have the vaccine available and it is suggested that you contact them to make an appointment and check with them regarding their guidelines for administering the vaccine.

Killen Drug Store, 1621 Highway 72, 256-757-2166

Killen Clinic, 148 J.C. Mauldin, 256-757-5353

Internal Medicine Clinic, 204 Ana Dr, 256-767-5940

Florence Medical Associates, 646 Cox Creek Pkwy, 256-760-4544

Lauderdale County Health Dept, 4112 Chisholm Rd, 256-764-7453

Family Health Care, 216 S Marengo St, 256-760-8289

For More Information:

ADPH COVID-19 Vaccination Dashboard:

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Let's Play Ball!

We are currently having Baseball, Softball, and Soccer registration for the upcoming Spring season at Florence Parks & Recreation. Please go to to register your child today! For more info or questions, call 256-760-6628.

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Thousand Eyes Program

The Florence Indian Mound Museum is seeking volunteers for the Shoals Chapter of the Thousand Eyes Program. The program trains volunteers to assist archaeologists by helping to monitor archaeological sites in the Shoals for looting and environmental damage. Each year, thousands of Native American objects are stolen from burial sites around the Shoals. Learn More..

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Florence Business License Renewals Due Monday, Feb. 1

The deadline for Florence businesses to renew operating licenses for 2021 has been extended to Monday, February 1. Due to the pandemic, the City Clerk's office is encouraging businesses to renew their license digitally or by mail to facilitate this process.

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ยท By Mail: Florence City Clerk, PO BOX 98, Florence, AL 35631

ยท By Appointment: Call 256-760-6683

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New Business - Coming Soon

The Artsy Place-The Coffee Place - 2nd Location

1520 Florence Blvd.

The Artsy Place is a DIY studio that offers guided projects in pottery, canvas, wooden mediums, and more! Also, the Coffee Place will be located at the studio. More information...

New Business โ€“ Now Open

Shoals Hair Company

214 Ana Drive, Suite D

Shoals Hair Company is now open. Anthony Ingram, professional stylist and owner, offers hair extensions, day spa, barber cuts, and more. More information....

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LiftOff Shoals is a GO for 2021! ๐Ÿš€

Calling all entrepreneurs or anyone with interest in independent business ventures--

Now is your chance to compete for up to $20,000 to help with the expansion of your business into a high-growth market!

Applications are OPEN and will close on February 26. The competition finals for LiftOff Shoals will take place on May 18 at Pickett Place, 438 N Seminary St, Florence, AL 35630.

For more information, visit!

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As with any town or city anywhere, many forces have come together over time to make Florence the great city it is today. But, considering the major events that have occurred since Florence's founding in 1818, three stand out in bold relief. First, there was the "taming" of the mighty Tennessee River which finally occurred in 1925 with the completion of Wilson Dam. (This monumental event was the culmination of many attempts, beginning as early as 1836, at building canals and locks -- even the construction of an aqueduct on Shoals Creek.) Along the way, a second game-changer had taken place when, in 1855, LaGrange College moved from Colbert County to Florence, setting the stage for the evolution of a small college into the University of North Alabama, a highly-acclaimed regional institution of higher learning today. Then, in 1933, there was the advent of TVA which lit up the Valley with dependable, inexpensive electricity and brought world-class science researchers to work and live here. Together, these three game-changers worked to form a solid base, assuring a bright future for the beautiful town known as Florence, Alabama.

--Billy Warren, City Historian

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Congratulations To Florence Native, Mark Libell

Recently featured in the Times Daily, Mark Libell was named chief of staff for newly-elected Georgia Senator, Rev. Raphael Warnock. Growing up in Florence, he graduated from the former Coffee High School. We wish him great success in his exciting endeavors with Sen. Warnock.

Times Daily Article

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

Tuesday, February 2, 2021

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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