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September 18, 2014



Releases 2015 List Of "South's Top 10 Music Cities For Meetings & Events" 


Florence #1

In September 2014, ConventionSouth magazine asked readers and Facebook fans to vote for the cities they felt were the best places for music and to hold a meeting or event. The Facebook ballot provided a list of 40 destinations across the South to select from and the top 10 vote-getters are receiving recognition as the "South's Top 10 Music Spots For Meetings & Events."  


Florence Main Street 

Earns Awards for Excellence


Main Street Alabama recently recognized community organizations practicing strong revitalization efforts across the state, and Florence Main Street was among those receiving accolades.  Florence Main Street, which focuses its efforts on enhancing the economic and cultural vitality of downtown Florence, earned four Awards for Excellence for the programs and services it provides to downtown Florence and other nearby neighborhood business districts. 

The awards were Excellence in Downtown Marketing for a marketing campaign showcasing downtown Florence businesses in No'Ala magazine, Excellence in Business Promotion for the social dining program Florence Foodies, Excellence in Planning and Public Spaces for the Mural Project.  Florence Main Street also won the Community Award for its nomination of the City of Florence for it's unwavering support during Florence Main Street's 24 year history.

Lt. Governor Kay Ivey and Mary Helmer, President and State Coordinator of Main Street Alabama announced the winners of the Main Street Alabama Awards of Excellence during the aLABama Downtown Laboratory conference held in Montgomery. 








 Florence High School Homecoming


Friday, September 19th




Parade 3:00 p.m. Downtown Florence 

Game starts at 7:00 p.m.



No legs, no shoes, no problem.


Competing in an international Olympic swim match with the absence of your lower body may seem like a feat of nature, but for one UNA student, winning a gold medal is just another check mark in a box.


Public communication major Roderick "Rod" Sewell's first international meet debuting with the U.S. Para-swim team landed him a gold medal as he met the finish line with a 1:40.68 time, propelling beyond his competitors in the 100-meter breaststroke.

The U.S. team competed against 20 other countries in Pasadena, California's Rose Bowl Aquatics Center during the Pan Pacific Para-Swimming Championships Aug. 6-10.


Congratulations Rod!!!
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The Florence Historical Board and others have planned a CEMETERY CLEAN-UP DAY at the John Coffee Cemetery on Saturday, September 20.  Pick your two-hour work time from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. or from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.  The cemetery is adjacent to the new Wal-Mart Store on Cloverdale Road and Cox Creek Parkway.  Volunteers are needed to help in the task of removing fallen limbs, trash, etc., cutting the small growth, and moving it to the street.  Please come dressed in work clothing and bring work gloves.





The dragons are returning to the Tennessee River!


The Shoals Dragon Boat Festival returns on Oct. 18.  You do not want to miss this exciting event. The festival has been organized once again by Kilby Laboratory School parent volunteers as a way to help fund the last remaining laboratory school in the state.


The boat limit for this year is 50. Only 18 boats are left, so reserve yours today! The deadline to reserve a boat is Oct. 1.  Register.  Facebook page.



For reservations:



In honor of TERI RASER'S battle with chronic illness, including Lyme Disease,  LIMU Promoters have teamed up with TICK BORNE DISEASE ALLIANCE to raise much needed funds for better Lyme diagnostic testing and research.  Please join us on SATURDAY, OCTOBER 11th, in FLORENCE, ALABAMA for a  Family Fun Day that will include a Motorcycle & Car Ride, Great Food, Live Music, Special Speakers, LIMU-style socializing, and more. Let's line up every LIMU BMW' in Alabama -  And bring guests for a big on-site LIMU EXPERIENCE PARTY! ...For EVENT DETAILS -- to read TERI'S STORY -- or to make a DONATION (every dollar helps!), visit Click link .





Florence Coliseum

Thursday, October 23, 2014

6:00pm - 8:00pm

An exciting culinary event presented by local area leaders benefiting the 

Shoals Area CrimeStoppers.

You are invited to participate in this "fun" raiser!

For rules Click here.  For chef's information Click here.

For sponsorship  Click here.  For registration Click here.

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Presented by Florence Main Street



You know Fall is here when the leaves start changing and you can feel cooler weather sweep through the Shoals. During this excellent time of year, Florence Main Street will bring you the first Fall Fun Fest in Downtown Florence Saturday, October 25, from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm.


The event will feature a costume contest, trick or treating with participating downtown businesses, a spooktacular trolley ride decorated by American Red Cross of Northwest Alabama, and over 20 local charities providing Halloween-inspired

children's activities to the general public. The children's activities will be located on the East and West 100 block of Tombigbee Street. There will be a costume contest for age categories of 5-13, 14-17, and 18 years old and up. The costume contest will be hosted by The Geek Gathering. They will judge ages 5-13 at 5:00 pm, 14-17 at 6:00 pm, and 18 years and older at 7:00 pm. Each age category will have 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place prizes.

Local charities can register for a vendor space until September 25th. Please email Christina Dorough at and include what type of free children's activity you will provide to the public. 


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Upcoming Ribbon Cuttings\Openings





1604 Florence Boulevard, Suite A. 
Grand Opening & Ribbon Cutting 

In less than 10 years, Ashley Furniture HomeStore has become the No. 1 selling furniture store brand in the world and the No. 1 retailer of furniture and bedding in the United States. Our stores are located throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, Central America, and Japan, and we are expanding domestically and abroad every day.  Visit their Website.







  • Target opening October 1 - THE CIGAR ROOM, 845 Cox Creek Parkway (formerly T-Bones Grill location) 
  • Coming soon - DAIRY QUEEN, 570 South Court Street (formerly Backyard Burgers location)

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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.



Kennedy-Douglass Center for the Arts: Collected Works will be on exhibit from August 25 through September 19. The exhibit includes oil, watercolor, acrylic and mixed media paintings as well as serigraphs, photography, fiber work, ceramic pieces, and sculptures in wood, metal and PVC pipes.


Jim Felder - Maples




Fred Rawlinson


Susan Conner - Art's Alive


George Cress - Cumberland





All Florence Gas & Water Customers


On May 15, 2014, contractors for the City of Florence began a project to install an Automatic Meter Reading (AMR) system for gas and water customers.  The project duration is approximately 24 months. There will be minimal or no disruptions of your service during this process.


It is our desire to provide you as accurate meter readings and measurement as possible.  If you have any questions, please contact 256-760-6490 or visit 

Click here for more information about this important project.  



The City Council adopted a new pet license ordinance for certain dogs and cats.  

The ordinance became effective May 1, 2014.

(See Ordinance Here)



The Florence/Lauderdale Animal Shelter has DOGS AND CATS available for ADOPTION OR FOSTER.  The Shelter is open from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. weekdays.  Weekend hours are Saturday, open to the public and volunteers,

from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.,

and Sunday, closed to the public, but open to volunteers

from 9:00 a.m. to 12 Noon.

Volunteers are always welcome!

Florence\Lauderdale Animal Shelter Facebook 

Florence Parks and Recreation is offering a

Line Dance Class

Broadway Recreation Center

Fee is $25 for 5 weeks

Meets on Tuesday nights beginning September 30

Class is from 7:00-8:00 p.m.

Instructor, Linda Clanton


Preregister by calling:

Broadway Recreation Center at 256-760-6418







450 Country Club Drive

(Savannah Highway/Hwy. 20)

Florence - 256-760-6420

The Club Facebook Page 

***The Club is a drug free, alcohol free facility***


MASTERS GAMES PRACTICE will be each Monday and Friday mornings, 9:30 - 10:30 a.m., at The Club.  On Thursday, 12:00 to 2:00 p.m., Shuffleboard and Baseball Free Throw practice will be at Broadway Recreation Center. 


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 need.  Limited seating (40) available on first come basis.  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 2) must sign in and be seated by 10:30 a.m.


BOOMER'S & SENIOR'S SATURDAY NIGHT DANCE & GAMES at The Club, 6:30 to 9:00 p.m., each week except holiday weekends.  The doors will open at 6:00 p.m.  $5 per person.  Singles & couples are welcome.  18+ years old.  Music spanning the decades will be performed by The Browns.  For those who may not be dancers but like to play games and enjoy music, here is your opportunity to come listen to some great music while playing your favorite games:  Rook, Rummy, Dominoes, Checkers or the games you bring with you.  Feel free to bring light refreshments.  For more information please call The Club at 256-760-6420, Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.


BOOMER'S & SENIOR'S DANCE, each TUESDAY NIGHT, continues to bring great people together to dance the night away.Hours 6:30 to 9:00 p.m.  Singles and couples are welcome.  18+ years old.$5 per person.  Please join us for a great night of dancing fun with The Browns.


The Singing River Squares will be square dance angels to the BEGINNING SQUARE DANCE CLASS (10 weeks) starting Friday, September 5, 6:00 - 7:30 p.m. All ages welcome.  $5 each week. Following the lessons, the Singing River Squares will have dance time from 7:30 - 9:00 p.m.  The Singing River Squares happily invite you to give it a try.  For more information call Fran at The Club, 256-760-6420.


JOINTS IN MOTION CHAIR EXERCISE CLASS for your activities of daily living.  Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 8:45 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.


BINGO follows the Joints in Motion Class on Wednesdays at 9:30 a.m.


BOARD GAMES, ROOK, CARD GAMES, DOMINOES and fun with friends each afternoon at The Club.  12:30 -5:00 p.m.  No fee.  We bring light snacks to share.


FANTASTIC FRIDAY AT THE CLUB will be from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m., each THIRD FRIDAY of the month until October.  Our meals will be catered from three different restaurant facilities.  Pop's BBQ (St. Florian) will have fish or chicken.  Dick Howell's (Florence) serving BBQ or quartered chicken.  The Bonnet Café Elegant Country Cooking (Lexington) with Sunday type meals, menu will vary each time.  Please try to purchase tickets ahead of time.  You will enjoy the great food, music, games, dance opportunities, horseshoes, and have a fun time at the "FUN Raiser!"  All proceeds will go towards the local and state Master Games for persons 50 year and older.  Regularly scheduled square dancing will follow Fantastic Friday each time.


On FRIDAYS, the Seniors wear RED to show support for our service men and women.

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Have a great weekend!

Mayor Mickey Haddock


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P.O. Box 98
Florence, AL 35630