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Alabama's Renaissance City


In This Issue
Message from Mayor Holt

The Florence City Council
meeting is set for
4:00 p.m. Work Session
5:00 p.m. Council Meeting
City Auditorium
 103 South Pine Street
Coordinated by the Shoals Chamber of Commerce
August 5-12, 2018
Thursday, August 9, 2018, was a memorable day for representatives of the Shoals Chamber of Commerce, the University of North Alabama, and the City of Florence, Alabama. The delegation was warmly welcomed by Florence, Italy, Deputy Mayor Giovanni Bettarini. Mayor Holt presented him with a key to our City of Florence, Alabama, along with Bicentennial memorabilia representing our 200th anniversary. Mayor Holt also presented a key to the City and Bicentennial memorabilia to Florence, Italy, Mayor Dario Nardella, who was out of town at the time. Deputy Mayor Betterini presented Mayor Holt with mementos from Florence, Italy. Chamber Chairwoman Jan Ingle presented Deputy Mayor Betterini with a book on our area. The mayor's office is located in the beautiful Palazzo Vecchio, a former palace occupied by the Medici family. A tour was provided by Elisabeth Borghi of the Mayor's office.

Representatives included Mayor Steve Holt and wife Susie, Jan Ingle and husband Brian, UNA President, Dr. Ken Kitts and wife Dena, and Past Chamber Chairman, Jackie Hendrix and wife Debra. Mayor Holt extends his appreciation to the Shoals Chamber of Commerce and the University of North Alabama for coordinating this Bicentennial event with our Sister City Florence, Italy. The week-long trip included 37 people from Florence who toured Venice, Florence, and Rome, Italy.


The Florence American Cemetery

Mayor Holt and his wife, Susie, and Dr. Kitts and his wife, Dena, made a special trip to pay their respects to the Lauderdale and Colbert County WWII soldiers buried in the Florence American Cemetery and Memorial.  Located on 70 beautiful and serene acres just seven miles outside of Florence, Italy, the cemetery renders a peaceful resting place for our men and women who fought for freedom. The Cemetery Associate, Mr.Fiorenzo Iacono, led a tour.  



Fred Edwards, PFC 
371st Infantry Reg 92th Infantry Div
Lauderdale County

Louis O. Greaves, PVT
337th Infantry Reg 85th Infantry Div
Lauderdale Countyv

Gaylon Thigpen, 2nd LT
353 Bomber SQ 301st Bomb Group (H)
Lauderdale County


James I. White, T/5
370th Infantry Reg 92nd Infantry Div
Lauderdale County

Mack Tays, PFC
350th Infantry Reg 88th Infantry Div
Lauderdale County

William P. Naramore, PVT
337th Infantry Reg 85th Infantry Div
Colbert County

Florence Bicentennial Timeline

 Explore Florence's first 200 years through videos, photos, documents, and text through this new online history timeline.
Visit to start learning!





On March 12, 2018, the City of Florence was officially 200 years old - making it one full year older than the State of Alabama!
It was a GRAND Bicentennial Celebration on Monday, March 12, in Wilson Park, and now we have an entire year of exciting events planned to highlight the different sectors that helped form our wonderful City.


It is only fitting that we include in our celebration the history of our schools and colleges which have
tremendously influenced our community.  Thus, the theme "EDUCATION" for the month of August.
From the school for children in 1820 on the John Coffee plantation and others in town thereafter, to the
Florence Female Synodical College established in 1847 and the University of North Alabama
which moved to the City in 1855 from LaGrange, this City was built on learning!
  • Bicentennial student activities throughout the year at all schools. Along with these, there is a special informational packet for 4th and 10th grade classes.
  • UNA COLLIER LIBRARY ARCHIVES will be open to the public, August 27 - 31, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. 
  • FLORENCE CITY SCHOOLS MEMORABILIA ROOM, Burrell-Slater School, will be open to the public, August 7-9 and 14-16, Tuesdays/Wednesdays/Thursdays, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, August 26, 2:00-4:00 PM - First United Methodist Church, "Artists in Residence" with church tour
  • Sunday, August 26, 3:00-5:00 PM - Bethel Cumberland Presbyterian Church, History & Music
For a full list of Florence Bicentennial events, visit


(Updated Schedule as of August 8, 2018)

We are indebted to our wonderful Sponsors who
helped to make the celebration possible!

(Including an online store - Click on "Shop" from the menu)
(Here are a few of the items for sale...)









Memorabilia includes:
Christmas ornaments, canvas tote bags, coasters, ball caps, coffee mugs, insulated tumblers, throws, commerative coins, tee-shirts, polo shirts, golf balls, fans, window decals, lapel pins, screen wipes, koozies, a Historical Marker book; a CD entitled "Fall of the River" telling the City's history; and the beautiful 2018 Bicentennial Calendar published by The Design Committee of Florence Main Street and 
features interesting information about Florence's fascinating history, along with details of the commemorations that will take place monthly from March through December.  

Items are now available for sale in the:
Mayor's Office, 102 South Court Street, Second Floor
Florence-Lauderdale Tourism Office, 200 Jim Spain Drive
Shoals Chamber of Commerce, 20 Hightower Place

Bicentennial Office - 256-760-6689
Mayor's Office - 256-760-6400


Thank you
Florence Federal Credit Union
for your support!



New Business:  Now Open
2904 Mall Road
Florence, AL  35630
At Drayer Physical Therapy Institute we are committed to leading the way to good health - it is our business.  Drayer Physical Therapy serves all of your outpatient physical therapy needs at over 135 locations in 15 states.



New Business - Now Open
155 Ana Drive
Florence, AL  35630
Langston Chiropractic delivers quality chiropractic care and services, and works to assist patients with their health care.  To make an appointment with our professional staff, you may contact 256-349-2905. 





Doing The Most Good
Shoals Area, AL
Lauderdale, Colbert & Franklin Counties

The Salvation Army takes great joy in its volunteers.  One of the biggest reasons we are able to do what we do is due to volunteers. Please consider a way you might be willing to give of yourself to others.  Call 256-764-4432.

University of North Alabama and City of Florence
Team Up with New Learning Agreement 

The University of North Alabama and the City of Florence have come together to form a "learning agreement."  Under the new plan, UNA would provide educational opportunities for all full-time Florence city employees through UNA's online degree programs (graduate and undergraduate), at a reduced cost.


Florence-Lauderdale Animal Shelter MEETING
Seeking SHELTER Volunteers
5:30 PM, Friday, August 17
City Auditorium
103 South Pine Street

Leah Fox, Shelter Director of the Florence-Lauderdale Animal Shelter (FLAS), will conduct an introduction and informational meeting for potential FLAS volunteers.  The meeting will be held on Friday, August 17 at 5:30pm in the City Auditorium located at 103 South Pine Street, Florence.
This meeting is for anyone who has volunteered in the past, and/or may be interested in volunteering now or in the future. Ms. Fox will discuss the various ways the public can assist the Shelter by volunteering.  Examples of the Volunteer Assignments are dog walking, kennel assistance, cat habitat/kitten room, outreach and events, etc.
If you love puppies, dogs, kittens and cats,
the Florence-Lauderdale Animal Shelter can use
your help by becoming a volunteer!
If you can't attend the Volunteer Meeting on August 17,
and you want to know how to become a volunteer,
call Shelter Director, Leah Fox at 256-718-5170 or


Meet the FALCONS!

Friday, August 17
5:00 p.m.
Braly Stadium
The Florence Quarterback Club will be hosting FALCON NIGHT on the 17th.  This will be an opportunity for everyone to meet the student athletes and coaches.  Along with introductions, there will be inner-squad scrimmages beginning at 5:00 p.m. with the Middle Shcool teams through Varsity.  Not only will you be able to meet the players and coaches, but you will also be able to purchase all of your Falcon gear, season tickets, and a number of goodies.  This is a free event and open to everyone!

To enter to win, simply bring a case (24 bottles) of 20 oz. Gatorades 
on Friday, August 17, to the trailer parked on the old baseball field and register.
Winners will be annouced at halftime on the 24th.  
The Gatorades will be for the student athletes to drink after the games.

And, remember to join us for the season opener kickoff on Friday, August 24, at 7:00 pm, at Braly Stadium, against the Blackmon Blaze from Murfreesboro
Please feel free to follow us on Facebook at:


If you have any questions, please feel free to contact:
Adam McCanless, FFQC President, at 



Shindig is a short list of what excites us here at Billy Reid. What began 10 years ago as an annual gathering to celebrate the best in food, fashion, music, beverage and art in the Shoals has evolved into a cultural fusion of all that is good about the South. Shindig started as a porch get-together for friends, and it is a celebration of what we hear, see and eat.

Check out our website for activities, full lineup, and all the latest info!

The Z
416 North Court Street
is presenting


Friday and Saturday, Aug 24 & 25
7:30 PM

A wonderful exploration of relationships as expressed through music and movement. Come enjoy these singers as they perform some of modern theaters best songs and explore Relationships in Time.


Tickets are $15 and will be available at the door beginning 30 minutes prior to curtain or online at www.TheZTickets.Store. For more information, please call 256-768-5586 or email

Annual North Alabama Christian
Children's Home Motorcycle Ride
Lunch & Silent Auction at the Home
Saturday, August 25
11:00 AM-1:30 PM

Good Food
Event "T" Shirts - $15
(Early Shirt Orders:
2 Silent Auctions
(12:00-12:25 PM and 12:30-12:55 PM)


913 Mitchell Blvd., Florence
Phone: 256-764-3038
Registration Open                               8:30 AM
  Door Prizes                                             9:15 AM
  Escorted Ride KSU                                10:15 AM
  Lunch at the Home                               11:00ish AM
For Details Email: or 
256-757-4212 or 256-366-3327
Alternate Rendezvous Sites
08:30 AM - Cracker-Barrel Restaurant, Hwy. 119 (I-65, Exit 246), Pelham, AL
09:30 AM - EZ Mart, 1302 11th Avenue, AL Hwy. 13, Haleyville, AL
Converge on the Festivities at the Home - 6372 County Road 63, Florence
Ride at Your Own Risk



Florence Police Fishing Expo

Monday September 3 

10:00 A.M.-4:00 P.M.

Deibert Park


Come join Florence Police Officers for a day of fun at Deibert Park.

Activities will include yard games and FISHING in the ponds! Bring your own poles and baits, and enjoy a day of fishing with your local police department.


We will be serving hot dogs from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

This is a perfect opportunity for you to come out and interact with our officers in a relaxed setting. Officers will be participating in the yard games, as well as helping out with the fishing. We will have some rod and reels available, but try to bring your own please.


The Florence Police Department would like to show our gratitude to the Florence Parks and Recreation for allowing this event this to happen.

If you have any questions about the event,

contact Officer Jason Hodges at



Singin' River Brewery
526 East College Street


3 ways to register:
Call 256.764.4661 or KTSB@KEEPTHESHOALSBEAUTIFUL.COM OR Like us on Facebook


Join us for the
2018 The Shoals Walk to End Alzheimers

When you participate in Walk, your fundraising dollars fuel our mission, and your participation in the event helps to change the level of Alzheimer's awareness in your community. The Alzheimer's Association provides free, easy-to-use tools and staff support to help participants reach their fundraising goal. While there is no fee to register, we encourage participants to fundraise and contribute to the cause to raise awareness. Register online: Once you register, you will have access to a wide range of tools and support through your customized Participant Center. Join us and be inspired by all the footsteps that fall into place behind yours. Together, we can end Alzheimers! Like our Facebook page, "The Shoals Walk to End Alzheimers", to stay up to date on information concerning the Walk! 

FAMILY DAY is September 24, 2018
FAMILY WEEK is September 23 through 29, 2018
Sponsored by Alabama Family Rights Association
Family Day is a national movement to celebrate parental engagement as an effective tool to help keep America's children substance-free. Families are the cornerstone of an orderly society, but over the last several decades, Alabama families have grown progressively weaker. Family Day in Alabama has evolved to "Family Week" and expanded to reflect the importance of connecting with children throughout the week/day and making a concentrated effort to implement programs that stress the importance of a child's needs and the importance of interacting together as a family.

Scientific data indicates that when both parents are actively involved in a child's life, the outcome is measurably improved.

Show your support for children and family on Monday, September 24, 2018 and anytime during the week of September 23rd. We are asking you to eat a meal or do some other activity together. Family Day/Week event ideas include:
        • organizing a block party in your community
        • hosting a potluck at church
        • playing games that include the family
        • eating dinner as a family and using conversation starters
        • attending movie night at the park
Take a photo or video with everyone enjoying time together, and post it on your favorite social media channels using #MyFamilySelfie, #FamilyDayAL18.
Remember, parental engagement matters!

KENNEDY-DOUGLASS CENTER FOR THE ARTS is located at 217 East Tuscaloosa Street,
Florence, and is open, free of charge, Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  
Call 256-760-6379 for information on City museums and art events or Click here.


"The Implied Narrative" A Full Fabrication by Ke Francis
Coming to Kennedy-Douglass Center for the Arts
August 27 - September 24

Tupelo artist, Ke Francis presents "The Implied Narrative,"  a series of etchings, engravings, hand-made books and paintings at Kennedy-Douglass Center for the Arts August 27 - September 24. Francis will give a gallery talk and narrative reading Tuesday night, August 28,at 6PM.

Francis's colorful compositions bring familiar Southern symbols to life. Motivated by a graphic style and love of story, his bold creations of place and character vibrate with motion aKe Francis is a narrative artist who has been actively producing artwork for more than fifty years. His books, paintings, prints, photographs and sculptures are in over thirty major public and private collections including the Getty Museum, the National Gallery, the National Museum of American Art, the High Museum, the New Orleans Museum of Fine Art, the San Francisco Museum of Contemporary Art, Yale's Sterling Memorial Library, the Van-Pelt Dietrich Collection, the Polaroid Collection, and the Ginsburg Collection in Johannesburg. He has exhibited with, collaborated with, and curated exhibits with some of the most influential artists of this century, including Sam Francis, William T. Wiley, Bill Christenberry, Terry Allen, Kenneth Noland, Robert Rauschenberg, Wendell Castle, Albert Paley, and  Robert Stackhouse. His creative works in bookarts, painting, printmaking and sculpture have won grants and awards from the Rockefeller Bellagio Study Center, The Southern Arts Federation, The Susan B. Herron Award (Mississippi Arts Commission), the Beck Foundation, the Polaroid Foundation and the Deep South Humanities Council.
Francis resides in Tupelo, Mississippi, where he and his wife Mary are the co-owners of HOOPSNAKE PRESS, a fine art press that publishes artist books and prints.nd plot.


Don't Forget to Visit our Farmers' Markets!


College Street Farmers Market
will be open at the Singin' River LIVE
526 East College Street - Covered Facility
May thru November - Every Thursday - 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.,
with local vendors, live music, and food.
Contact:  Allison Mackey 256-762-1760


Florence-Lauderdale Farmers' Market
451 Fairground Road - Covered Facility
May - Saturdays - 6 a.m. to 1 p.m.
June thru September - Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays - 6 a.m. to 1 p.m.
October - Saturdays - 6 a.m. to 1 p.m.



123 East Mobile Street
(256) 712-2383
Monday - Friday: 10:00am to 7:00pm
Saturday: 10:00am to 4:00pm

The City of Florence has numerous boards and commissions through which our citizenry can get involved.  We depend upon you to help us make wise decisions and we solicit your advice and ideas.  Your service is invaluable in helping us continue to build and prosper as a progressive City. 



If you are interested and willing to serve on one of these boards,
you may: 

Pick up an application from the Mayor/Council Office or
download a simple application that is available on the City's website at

A description of each board, along with the resolution
detailing the guidelines for serving, is also posted on the same website.  Applications stay on file for one year.  After one year, you will need to reapply or let us know to update your application that is on file.  







The Florence/Lauderdale Animal Shelter has

DOGS AND CATS available for



Click here for the Quarterly Newsletter...





NEW SHELTER HOURS - The Shelter is open from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. weekdays.  


Friday Evenings the Shelter is open for Pet Adoption - 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.


Weekend hours are:

 Saturday, open to the public and volunteers,

from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., and

Sunday, closed to the public,

but open to volunteers from 9:00 a.m. to 12 Noon.


Volunteers are always welcome!






The City Council adopted a  pet license ordinance

for certain dogs and cats. 

The ordinance became effective May 1, 2014.


Florence Parks & Recreation Department
For an updated listing of the monthly activities at the
Royal Avenue Center
421 North Royal Avenue

"Where Boomers and Seniors Come Together As ONE"
450 Country Club Drive
(Savannah Highway/Hwy. 20)
Florence - 256-760-6420
***The Club is a drug free, alcohol free facility***




2018 Weekly Schedule of Events


On FRIDAYS, the Boomers and Seniors wear RED to show support for our service men and women.  Get your "CLUB" shirt the next time you visit.
"JOINTS IN MOTION" CHAIR EXERCISE CLASS will help you with your activities of daily living.  Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 8:45 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.  No age limit. Men, women, friends and family are welcome to join us at The CLUB.  No fee.  Class Leader:  Fran "fish" Davis.
Also, the Joints in Motion Class offers the opportunity for you to join them in prayer around the flagpole each Monday morning after class at 9:50 a.m. to pray for our community, city, nation, first responders, troops, and families and friends of The CLUB.
THE NUTRITION PROGRAM is a NACOLG/State program which serves lunch each Monday-Friday, at 11:00 a.m., at The CLUB.  Suggested donation $1.  This program is based on age and not financial need.  Limited seating (35) available on first come basis.  You must be seated by 10:30 a.m.  Feel free to come check it out.
The only requirements are:
1) Must be 60 years of age, and
2) Must sign in and be seated by 10:30 a.m.
BOOMER'S & SENIOR'S TUESDAY NIGHT DANCE at The CLUB, 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., each week.  The doors will open at 6:00 p.m.  $6 per person.  Singles & couples are welcome.  21+ years old.  Music spanning the decades is performed by The Browns.  For more information please call The CLUB at 256-760-6420, Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Alabama's state dance is Folk and Square Dancing.  It's a healthy challenge that will have you stepping to the music and enjoying your new dance family.  The Singing River Squares will happily be your square dance angels during your BEGINNING SQUARE DANCE CLASSES that begins approximately every 12 weeks. The Singing River Squares WELCOMES you to give it a try.  Singles, couples, families...anyone with the desire to learn is welcomed.  For more information call Fran at The CLUB, 256-760-6642.  The seasoned dancers will dance PLUS TIPS in between the beginners tips.
BINGO is offered at 9:30 am on Tuesday and Thursday mornings.  No fee for BINGO.  Expendable type prizes are appreciated such as paper products, toothpaste, mouthwash, lotion, soap, puzzle books, unopened snack foods. If you'd like to make a donation our guys & gals they would greatly appreciate it.
BOARD GAMES, ROOK, CARD GAMES, DOMINOES and fun with friends each morning & afternoon at The CLUB.  9 am to 4 pm.  No fee.


We attend
Senior Citizens Appreciation Day (SCAD)
each spring!

We have picnics at The Club throughout the year. Feel free to give us a call for the schedule. Due to thunderstorms that roll through our area we have to postpone our outdoor events occasionally.
The DULCIMERS play each fourth Thursday at The CLUB, from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.  Come and enjoy their music!
We enjoy MYSTERY TRIPS and overnight trips with our friends from The CLUB.  The Dam Fall Color Tour and Touring for Christmas Lights are two of our favorite annual tours along with Reelfoot Lake, the Earthquake Lake, Tiptonville, TN during bald eagle season.

Our vegetable garden at The Club

Have a great weekend!

Mayor Steve Holt

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110 West College Street
P.O. Box 98
Florence, AL 35630