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August 20, 2015
Message from Mayor Haddock


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FRIDAY, AUGUST 21 @ 7:00 p.m.


                             GO FALCONS!!!
Congratulations again to these young people on their successes!
They were presented with Certificates of Commendation from Mayor Haddock
at the City Council meeting this past Tuesday.
Florence 8U Girls All-Star Team
USSSA State & World Series Champs
Florence 11-Year-Old Boys All-Stars Baseball Team
Cal Ripken State Runners-up and
Southwest Cal-Ripken Regional Champs
Florence High School Falcons' Broadcasting & Production Team
NFHS Sports Network "Best Live Sports Broadcast"






Producer/Director Joanne Fish

"Mr. Handy's Blues: A Musical Documentary" is a true labor of love for me says Producer and Director, Joanne Fish.  It's been eight years in the making, and I am committed to completing the film by the end of 2015.  The story of W.C. Handy has never been told on film and the mission of this project is to preserve his legacy for generations to come.  For some viewers this will be the first time they learn about the game-changing contributions that Handy made in the world of Blues music and Jazz.  His life began seven years after the Civil War and ended at the dawn of the Space Age. From a very young age Mr. Handy was a trailblazer, a pioneer whose heroic journey took him from tent shows in the Deep South to the heart of Broadway in New York City; from Clarksdale, Mississippi to a concert at Carnegie Hall.  Handy's life was full of family drama, racial tensions, hard times and redemption.  Overcoming incredible odds he became a world renown composer and opened his own music publishing company, which still stands over 100 years later. 

The film is ready to be edited, and there is an Indiegogo online crowdfunding campaign to help with the costs of Post Production.  To join the campaign and contribute to this intriguing portrait of The Father of the Blues, please  go to








1st Annual Downtown Bacon Crawl

September 12 @ 11:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.



Get ready #Bacon lovers!! Main Street is bringing the First Annual Bacon Crawl to downtown Florence this fall!


How it works:
Participating merchants will have samples of all types of bacon for ticket holders to taste while they shop hop through downtown. For example, one store might have Bacon Pancake dippers and the next store could have Maple Caramel Bacon Bark, either way you will want to taste everything and explore downtown.

Tickets are available online through this link  for $11 (includes $1 processing fee) or you may drop by our office to purchase tickets for $10 (Cash/ Check ONLY).

Florence Main Street -B
usiness hours are Monday-Thursday 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. and Friday 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

301 North Pine Street Florence, AL 35630








1738 N. Wood Avenue
(256) 443-9366

Just Brakes specializes in brake repair and minor mechanics.  



205 S. Seminary Street, Suite 103 (inside Keystone Bldg.)
Renaissance Valley Publishing is a  publishing company with a mission to seek out promising new and established authors.  Our desire is to find writers who will help us foster a renewed interest in reading, raise awareness of important issues, and provide wholesome, interesting content for our readers. 

1611 N. Pine Street (former location of Montagu's)

El Pollito Loco-The Crazy Little Chicken is now open at 1611 N. Pine Street (former Montagu's location).
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909 E. Bluff Street
Dayne Hearn Heating & Cooling can help you with all your heating and cooling needs.  In addition, they offer 24 hour service.  
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411 E. College Street
(256) 627-6545
Dixie Garage is a shop for quality men's apparel, accessories, and grooming supplies.  They share space with Greasy Hands Barbershop & Turbo Coffee located at 411 E. College Street.
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4167 Musgrove Drive

Safeground Shelters installs In Ground Storm Shelters that can be installed in your carport or garage. Each shelter exceeds FEMA standards and are Texas Tech tested.

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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.

A Collaborative Life: Ted Metz and Robin Nance Metz will be on exhibit at Kennedy-Douglass Center for the Arts in Florence from August 13 through September 17. The exhibition includes sculptures, ceramic works and paintings by these artists from Montevallo, Alabama.
Ted Metz has been a Professor of Art at the University of Montevallo since 1973. His work has been in more than 100 exhibitions including those in Venice and Cortona, Italy, and the National Gallery, Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. Commissioned works include 12 public sculptures across Alabama and Mississippi.
Robin Nance Metz has a background in book design, graphic arts and illustration but has been painting for galleries and private commissions for the last 17 years. Recently she and her husband, Ted Metz, began collaborating on a series of ceramic works.







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!






"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***


2015 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 beginner class meets from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m every Monday.   The Singing River Squares WELCOMES you to give it a try.  Anyone with the desire to learn is welcomed.  For more information call Fran at The CLUB, 256-760-6642.


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 Friday at The CLUB, from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 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


The annual
2015 BOOMERS & SENIORS FISHING DAYS /Geezers and Grandkids!! At Deibert Park will be on the following Thursdays, April 23, July 23, September 24, and October 22, 2015. Catch and Keep. Catch and Share. Catch and Release. Bring your own fishing tackle, bait, chairs, snack, etc.


No fishing license required for

fishing at these scheduled events.


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Have a great weekend!

Mayor Mickey Haddock


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