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March 16, 2017
Message from Mayor Holt

Florence was featured in the January/February issue of 
Southern Lady Magazine!

Great article on our
Great City!

Mail to:
Mayor's Office
c/o 2017 Conference
P. O. Box 98
Florence, AL  35631

Mayor Holt and his wife, Susie, along with City Council Members Blake Edwards, Andy Betterton, Katrina Simmons, David Bradley, and Michelle Eubanks and City Clerk Bob Leyde attended the National League of Cities Congress of Cities Conference in Washington, DC, earlier this week. While there, they were able to meet and have dinner with Congressman Mo Brooks and his wife, Martha.

The following email came in recently and we are
proud to share it with you...
From: Tim Smith [mailto:stim7065@gmail.com]
Sent: Thursday, March 09, 2017 8:46 AM
To: Sandra Morgan
Subject: City employees
Wanted to share a picture of city employees (5 to 8) of them actually walking all the way down my street and back up again picking up garbage with their hands. North Patton has a huge hill. That is no easy feat. I will email the city so these guys can get a proper thank you. I thanked them but by the time they were done walking back up the hill they were at their truck. I'm thinking these are not even our normal trash collectors but if they can be identified by picture or truck please thank them as well. Not seen City officials picking up garbage with their hands probably in years. Thank you City of Florence employees.  These are the people who do the real work as far as I'm concerned and keep the city going. Keep Alabama and Florence the beautiful. David Bradley's district. 
Sincerely, Joseph Stooksberry North Patton Street


The Lauderdale County Sheriff's Office is warning residents about a phone scam which is preying on someone's fear of going to jail.

Chief Deputy Richard Richey said they started getting calls from concerned residents on Monday.

According to Richey, more than a dozen Lauderdale County residents were contacted by scammers pretending to be deputies.  The caller would tell the resident they had an arrest warrant for them and if they wanted the warrant to go away, they could buy their way out.

Richey said if someone has an arrest warrant, the Sheriff's Office does not call the person.   "We don't even give out warrant information on the phone unless it is to another law enforcement agency.  So we knew right off it was a scam."   Investigators said the scammers went as far as cloning the officer's phone number.

If you have been contacted by scammers matching this description, contact the Lauderdale County Sheriff's Office at 256-760-5757.

District 1

Thursday, March 23
6:00 p.m.
Mt. Moriah PB Church Life Center
820 W. Irvine Ave.
Council Member Kaytrina Simmons invites you to the District 1
meeting to hear the West Florence UNA Housing Development Plan.
If you have questions, please feel free to send your questions
in advance so I can try to have you an answer.

I may be reached as follows:  256-760-6401, 256-349-3879, or ksimmons@florenceal.org


Registration is now underway for
Florence Police Department's annual  Citizens Police Academy.
The one-day event will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday, April 4.
The academy is a full day of hands-on activities and demonstrations,
which includes SWAT,  canine, criminal investigations, traffic enforcement,
and more aspects of the department.  Participants must be 18 or older.
Applications are available at the Florence Police Department, or
call Officer Ricky Sharp at 256-760-6585 or
send an email to rsharp@florenceal.org.

New Business:  Now Open
Compassus Hospice & Palliative Care
(Change of Ownership - formerly Hospice Advantage)
507 E. Dr. Hicks Boulevard
Jobs:  18
Compassus is a nationwide network of community-based, post-acute
care services  primarily focused on hospice, palliative, and
home health care.   The mission of Compassus  is to honor life and
offer hope to individuals facing serious or terminal illness
by supporting  them with a common culture focused on
three core values:   Compassion, Integrity, and Excellence.


Congratulations to  the
Shoals Community Clinic
on it's 20th Anniversary
in the Shoals!

The Shoals Community Clinic was founded 20 years ago through a
partnership of the UNA Anderson College of Nursing, the
Florence Housing Authority, and ECM Hospital.  It was established to
provide  affordable healthcare/dental care to the low-income,
working population of Northwest Alabama.  This is a tremendous
service to our community!  Our deepest appreciation to all of
the volunteers who make this happen!

Faculty Recital: Dr. Tracy Wiggins, percussion

Dr. Tracy Wiggins, percussion, will present a Faculty Recital on Thursday, March 16, at 7:30 p.m. in the Music Building Recital Hall. Faculty Recitals are free and open to the public. For more information about Dr. Tracy Wiggins, visit http://www.tracywiggins.com.


Woodwind Ensemble Recital
The UNA Woodwind Ensembles Concert on Sunday, March 19, at 2 p.m., in the Music Building Recital Hall, will feature the UNA Saxophone Ensemble, Flute Choir, and Clarinet Ensemble under the direction of Dr. Meghan Merciers and Dr. Whitney O'Neal. The program will include a variety of ensemble sizes and instrumentation, ranging from duets to full woodwind ensemble. Admission is free of charge and open to the public.

Senior Recital: Nathan Robinson, percussion
Nathan Robinson, percussion, will present his Senior Recital on Sunday, March 19, at 5 p.m., in the Music Building Band Room.    Mr. Robinson presents this recital in partial fulfillment of the requirements for Bachelor of Science, Instrumental Music. Mr. Robinson is in the studio of Dr. Tracy Wiggins. Senior Recitals are free and open to the public.


UNA Choirs: Voices Unplugged
The UNA Vocal Jazz Ensemble will present Voices Unplugged, a celebration of music tailor-made for the unamplified-and often unaccompanied-voice, on Thursday, March 23, 7:30 p.m., at St. Bartholomew's Episcopal Church. The program runs the gamut from
pop to rock to jazz to the classics-often arranged by the members themselves-plus solos and duets. This concert is presented "in the round" in the intimate setting of St. Bartholomew's Episcopal Church's sanctuary. Tickets are $10 adults and $5 students, and are available at una.edu/music, at the Lindsey Theatre Box Office (MWF, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.), and at the door.


UNA Bands: Connections

The UNA Bands will present the Wind Ensemble Concert on Friday, March 24, at 7:30 p.m., in Norton Auditorium. The concert, titled "Connections," features this premier concert ensemble as they connect old and new traditions of wind band literature. The concert will also feature the UNA Middle School Honor Bands. Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for students, and military personnel (with ID) and children 10 and under admitted free (at door). Tickets are available at una.edu/music, at the Lindsey Theatre Box Office (MWF, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.), and at the door.

Do you care for someone diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease or a related dementia?
Are you looking for information and support regarding caring for an
elderly family member or friend with dementia?

Care giver and advocate, Gary Cox will be speaking on
caring for a patient with dementia.
 Please come and enjoy food and fellowship!

March 16, 2017, at 6:00 p.m.
Green Oaks Inn
140 Pepper Lane, Florence, AL 35633
These support groups are sponsored by Green Oaks Inn Specialty Care Assisted Living and Amedisys Home Health and is intended for caregivers of individuals with Alzheimer's disease or a related dementia.  For more information please contact Anita 

Directions to Green Oaks Inn from Cox Creek Parkway:
Go North on Highway 157 (Cloverdale Road) from Cox Creek Parkway for 2.2 miles.  Turn right onto County Road 24 (just past Chevron Station) and continue for 2.3 miles (you will go past Stony Point Church on left).   Green Oaks Inn sign on left.  Turn at sign and Green Oaks is at bottom of hill on right.  

Thursday, March 16
at 7 p.m. (until about 9 p.m.)
With the temperature warming up, it feels as if spring has sprung on the University of North Alabama campus.  To officially kick off the season, the UNA Student Government Association and the University will continue the campus tradition - " Light the Fountain!"
The Harrison Fountain has become a signature piece on our gorgeous campus.  Each year, when the fountain is turned on, students, faculty, staff, and visitors alike know that warmer weather is on the way.
This year, UNA Head Football Coach Bobby Wallace will have the honor of lighting the fountain.  We will also have the opportunity to thank Coach Wallace for his many years of outstanding service to the University.  Please join us for this event!

WHAT:       Florence-Lauderdale Animal Shelter is partnering with  North Shore
               Animal League America's Tour For Life event this year.
               This event will offer $15.00 adoptions.

North Shore Animal League America's mobile rescue and adoption units are once again setting out to criss-cross the country on a Tour For Life, the world's largest cooperative life-saving adoption event. Now in our 17th year, we've teamed up with shelters and rescue groups in 54 cities, across  32 states, to help find homes for hundreds of animals in need. Last year, our Tour For Life helped find homes for more than 2,000 dogs, cats, puppies and kittens. This year we hope to top that number as we hit the road and head to a town near you!
WHEN:        Friday- March 17th: 10:00 AM- 7:00 PM
                Saturday- March 18th: 10:00 AM- 3:00 PM
WHERE:       Florence-Lauderdale Animal Shelter
                702 East College Street
                Florence, AL 35630

Singin' River Live

Singin' River Brewing Co. is excited to announce the upcoming Grand Opening of Singin' River Live featuring Firekid.  
The restored space in the heart of downtown Florence is a beautiful combination of industrial-modern, meets Southern chic, with exposed beams, a large wooden stage, and dreamy, modern chandeliers. Dillon Hodges, the lead singer of Firekid is from the Shoals area and we are excited to welcome him back in the first of many concerts to take place at our new event space. The show is sponsored by Listerhill and will include food by Rivertown Coffee Co. It's going to be a fun night all around with doors opening at 7:00pm, and the concert beginning at 8:00pm. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 the day of the show. Tickets can be purchased at www.brownpapertickets.com.

Friday, March 17
The Tennessee Valley Strummers will return to the Florence/Lauderdale Visitor Center in McFarland Park
to play folk dulcimer music in the Gallery on Friday, March 17, from 2 to 4 p.m.
The Tennessee Valley Strummers will be performing at the Visitor Center the 3rd Friday of every month.
"The Visitor Center has become a venue and gathering place for free cultural events and entertainment," Alison Stanfield, Director of Operations said. "Our visitors thoroughly enjoy the entertaining folk music we are delighted the strummers are performing here on a monthly basis.  Th e dulcimer, which means "sweet sound," is a four-stringed instrument developed in the 1700s in the southern Appalachian Mountains. The featured players use a tablature system of playing, based on fret numbers, which enables them to play with others - even if they have never met before.  Visitors are encouraged to join the Strummers in playing as well.

Under organizer, Jack Brewer the Tennessee Valley Strummers also play at the Wayne County Welcome Center in Collinwood, Tennessee; Tupelo, Mississippi, and local nursing homes. Brewer stated that the group believes tourism and local community have a great impact on the economy. The strummers enjoy playing for locals and interacting with their listeners. "We usually have more people in Florence from the local areas," Brewer said. "It's always good to have a big and lively audience and that is why we enjoy playing in Florence."
Visitors are encouraged to come out and listen to the music and tour the Center. Admission is free.
For more information call the Florence/Lauderdale Tourism Office at 256-740-4141.

H&R Block's 7th Annual
Saturday, March 18,  2017
10 am - 4 pm
161 Cox Creek Parkway, Florence, Alabama
Please come out and join us for our annual non-profit event.  All proceeds go to buy school lunch/breakfast for local school children whose families are traveling for medical treatment.  We have a bouncy house, animal adoptions, fire safety from the fire department 11-2, child fingerprinting from the police department, and a silent auction. 
With your donation, you can sample food from:
Olive Garden « CiCi's Pizza « Texas Roadhouse « Logan's Roadhouse « LaHacienda « Great American Cookie

Auction Contributors
Yummies Bakery
Lularoe Tana & Tiffany
Alter Image Salon
Pie Factory
Renaissance Olive Oil Co.
Classy Boutique LLC
Sam's Sports Grill
Stanfield's Restaurant
CC&Z Graphic Design
Sam's Club
Advance Auto Parts
Sugar and Spice
Butler Auto
YMCA of the Shoals
Smokin on the Boulevard
Yogurt Mountain
Panera Bread Co.
Debbie's Tidy Dog
Tuesday Morning
Salon Mod
Murks Pest Control
Creative Jewelers
On The Rocks
Beauty Control by Audrey Hogan
Lucky Finds
Palm Beach Tan
Photography by KymberD
Logan's Roadhouse
HoneyBaked Ham
LB Tire
University Nissan
Lauderdale Lanes
Dirty Dawgs
West Tire
Angel Touch Massage
Kaleidoscope Florist
Tan City
The Eclectic
Homeside Restaurant
306 BBQ
Rhonda's Hair
P&K Western Wear
City Hardware
Marriott Shoals Hotel & Spa
Florence Skate Center
Bob's Tires
The Baby's Room
Hampton Inn
The Eclectic
Anytime Fitness
Sky Zone
Rockin Y
Salon Mod
The Cigar Room
Cost Cutters Hair Salon
Baker's Layne
Lyons Coffee Roasters
Care Actors Live
by Shelia Mardis
Jessarae's Skin Care
by Jenny Peden
Mickie & Minnie Characters
by Lavonda Pennington
Lana Tucker Lewis
Barnett & Brown
Sassy & Classy Boutique
Wideman's Cleaners
Robert Trent Jones
Nellie Mae
Workout Anytime
Southern Belle Lipsense
Great American Cookie Store
Lenny's Subs
Event contributors
                                      Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market                            Valley Neurosurgery                                       Dandy's Package Store
                               Shoals Distributings                         Wal-Mart                                         Grand Rental Station                               Long-Lewis Ford
For more information contact: H&R Block 256-760-8824

Lauderdale County 4-H
4-H Foundation Regional Extension Agent
2nd Annual Friends of 4-H Fundraiser
Monday, March 20
Florence Coliseum

Office 256.766.6223
Mobile 256.284.3572

The Florence Knights of Columbus Council 3989
is sponsoring its annual
Friday, March 24, 2017
St. Joseph Catholic Regional School Cafeteria
115 Plum Street - Florence
Served from 4:15 PM to 6:45 PM
Featuring catfish filets, hush puppies,
Cole slaw, French fries or baked potato,
drink and dessert are included.
Tickets are available at the door:
Adults, $10.00
Children 4 - 6 years: $4.00
Children under 4 years eat FREE
Carry - outs are available.
Cheese pizza will be available for
those who do not want fish.
Proceeds from this fellowship will be used
for the Council 3989 Charity Fund.
For Information call Don Rohling at 256-710-7059

Other Contacts:
Peggy O'Steen:  email  pmosteen@aol.com or phone 766-6858
Vance Persall:  phone 366-8342

The City provides a seasonal loose leaf collection for leaves raked into a windrow or piled at the curb in residential areas. Trucks vacuum leaves from the curbside Monday through Friday between 7:00 a.m. and  3:30 p.m.
Leaves should be raked in piles curbside, but not into the street or gutter. The piles need to be away from obstructions so the vacuum trucks can easily reach them. Putting leaves in the gutter can cause drainage and/or traffic problems. Please make sure the piles contain only leaves and no sticks, pine cones, limbs, rocks or trash. These types of debris can stop up the vacuum trucks and delay collection.
Please do not park cars too close to leaf piles, this prevents collection.
Thank you for your patience and cooperation.    Click here for current schedule of routes. 

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.

Isabelle Gautier: Life is a Long Flowing River
Kennedy-Douglass Center for the Arts is pleased to present Life is a Long Flowing River,
an exhibition  of travel and season influenced paintings, by Isabelle Gautier. The exhibition will
run from  March 2 through April 7.   Isabelle's work intersects abstract, minimal, and
impressionist styles. The exploration of  color and space in her compositions
reflect her love for travel and light. 
Born and raised in Normandy near The Landing Beaches in north-western France, Isabelle Gautier
developed a love for color and design from nature. Initially influenced by the French impressionist
painters of the 19th century, she has cultivated a passion for 20th century expressionist
painters as well.   Her travels across all continents have left a lasting impression on her prolific
work. Her artwork  has been featured on HGTV, by Neiman Marcus, in various galleries, and is
part of the  Atlanta Fine Home Sotheby's International Realty art collection. Isabelle is the
selected artist  for the Public Art Project of Milton, GA City Hall and is active in community arts. 
"These paintings at the 'Life is a Long Flowing River' exhibit have been executed over several
years and retrace not only the influence of my travels but also of my surroundings in the beautiful
southeast US. My quest is not to create the illusion of reality but to suggest with colors and
composition the inherent nature of the aesthetic object, flora and fauna," Isabelle Gautier stated.

May 18 - 20
A wonderful experience for the whole family!

Detailed schedule:
To purchase tickets:

 The DULCIMERS play each fourth Thursday at The CLUB , from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.  Come and enjoy their music!
Please join us and enjoy the MYSTERY TRIPS and OVERNIGHT trips with your new friends at The CLUB.
The Dam Fall Color Tour and Searching for Christmas Lights are two of our favorite annual tours along
with Reelfoot Lake, the Earthquake Lake, Tiptonville, TN during bald eagle season.
Upcoming Tours for 2017
Taking Reservations Now.
Monday-Friday 10 am-4 pm @ The Club .
Your choice of seats on the motor coach will be in the order that your register.
Limited seating. Please call for additional information:  256.760.6642
Jack Daniels Distillery/Miss Mary Bobo's:  May 11, 2017 - $99
The Ark Encounter & Creation Museum:
Cincinnati/September 11-15, 2017, 5 days 4 nights. $535.
This is a life-sized Noah's Ark Experience, The Creation Museum,
Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Gardens,
Newport Aquarium, 8 meals.
 $75 deposit upon signing. Remainder amount by June 30, 2017.
Branson Holiday Show Extravaganza:
November 5-11, 2017, 7 days 6 nights. $625.
7 Branson Shows, Showboat Branson Belle, 10 meals.
$75 deposit upon signing.
Remainder payment amount by August 25, 2017.


The Healing Place is looking for Teams and Sponsors for their annual 
Hosted by

If you would like to participate, please contact them at:
 or call 256-383-7133.



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

The ordinance became effective May 1, 2014.

(See Ordinance Here)




The Florence/Lauderdale Animal Shelter has



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!

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                         GALVANIZED PIPE PROJECT
The galvanized pipe replacement project continues to run smoothly.

A contractor for the Water Department will work on a number of streets in the City of Florence to
replace aging  galvanized piping as the project enters its second phase.  

We apologize for any inconvenience.  More information will be available as the project progresses.

"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***

2017 Weekly Schedule of Events


O n 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. New Hours...The beginner class meets from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m every Friday.   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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P.O. Box 98
Florence, AL 35630