Fall 2017 Soccer Registration

Soccer Registration will now be on-line at this site. Registration will run from July 5th through August 1st. See the Florence Youth Soccer Association Facebook page for more details.

Florence General Election Results

Mayor-Elect:

Robert “Billy Bob” Morris

Aldermen: (in alphabetical order)

John Banks
Brian Grantham
Trey Gunn
John R. Helms
Todd “Sarge” Norris

Online water payment option now available!

City of Florence Public Works: (601)845-3542

• Go to www.govpaynet.com. From the GovPayNet home page, click on the yellow button – Make a Payment
• Enter the pay location code (PLC) 8125 and click “continue”.
• Verify that you have entered the correct PLC. Top box should say:

City of Florence Water/Sewer Payments
203 College St, Florence, MS 39073

It will be the customer’s responsibility to contact GovPayNet if you enter the incorrect PLC and your payment is sent to another agency.

• Enter the first name, last name and account number as it appears on your City of Florence Billing Statement to ensure proper credit to your account. Continue.
• Enter amount to be paid. Verify information is correct. Continue.
• This screen will show the service fee that will be assessed by the processing company. Enter your payment information as it appears on your credit/debit card. Be sure to check the box at the bottom: “I have read and agree to the Terms of Service”.
• Process payment.

Your payment will be posted to your water account the next business day.

Florence Students win Wendy’s High School Heisman

Florence High School was honored to have two students selected as the Rankin County recipients of the Wendy’s High School Heisman. To be considered for this honor, a student must maintain highest honors in the classroom, be a proven leader in the school and community, and excel in school athletics.

Senior Brad Dennis has been a member of the Varsity Football, Baseball, and Basketball teams at FHS. As quarterback of the football team he led the Eagles to a District Championship for 2016 and was named Most Valuable Player for the District. He was chosen for the State Games in Baseball for his Sophomore and Junior year and was chosen as All-District for his Junior Year. With FHS Basketball, Brad was chosen as Defensive Player of the Year for 2015-16. He is a member of the BETA Club, Mu Alpha Theta, and FHS Health Science Academy. Brad is a member of First Baptist Church of Florence where he is an active member in the Youth Group.

Senior Mallory Ivy has been a member of the Varsity Eaglette Dance Team, The FHS JROTC Physical Training Team, JROTC Raiders, and the FHS Bowling team. With the Eaglettes, she earned the ranking of All-American all four years. She served as Co-Captain her sophomore and junior year and Captain her senior year. With the FHS JROTC, she has earned the ranking of Brigade Commander for her senior year. She also served the group as Company Commander, Company First Sargeant, and Platoon Sargeant. She served as captain for the JROTC Academic Team, JROTC Raiders and of the 3-time State Champion JROTC PT Team. She is also a member of the JROTC Service Learning Team. Mallory has been a member of the Mayor’s Youth Council, Chick-Fil-A Leadership Academy, BETA Club, Mu Alpha Theta, Key Club, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and Prom Committee. She has been a 4-year student in the FHS Business Academy and FHS DECA. She was elected Vice-President of her Sophomore and Junior Class and was elected as Student Body President her Senior Year. Mallory was chosen to represent her class on the FHS Homecoming Court her Sophomore, Junior, and Senior years. She was selected by the student body as Homecoming Queen for 2016. Mallory is a member of First Baptist Church in Florence where she is an active member of the Youth Group.

Let’s Read, Rankin!

A project to improve literacy by encouraging a love of reading

Amanda Roberts has a plan to make a difference in our community:

“I love to read. Often, I go to the book store and leave with stacks of books. I recall during elementary school attending the Book Fairs held at school and spending every penny that I had saved along with the money my parents gave me to buy tons of books. I also remember the children who were not able to attend the Book Fair because they didn’t have the money to buy books. I believe those early years of choosing my own books, taking them home and reading them is where my love for reading began.

Through the encouragement of my own school, Jackson Preparatory School, of adult mentors and of principals in the local Rankin County Elementary Schools, I have created a plan to have FREE Book Fairs for children ages K-2nd grade in Rankin County Elementary Schools. Currently these FREE Book Fairs are tentatively scheduled for January, 2017 at Richland Elementary School, Steens Creek Elementary School (Florence) and McLaurin Elementary School. Ultimately, it would be fantastic if we could have them at all Rankin County Elementary Schools.

This is quite a task, and this is where I need your help. These three schools together have approximately 1,400 children in K-2nd grade: Rankin County wide has approximately 4,700 children in K-2nd grade. Since I would like for each child to be able to choose two to three books, I need to have approximately 4,000 books for the first three schools. I am collecting books, new and gently used, as well as monetary funds, 100% of which will be used to buy books.

Yes, right here in Rankin County there are many children who do not have the reading resources they need. The Mississippi Literacy-Based Promotion Act of 2013 requires that students exiting third grade are reading on grade level. Some children are falling short of this requirement. I know these FREE Book Fairs will help improve literacy by encouraging a love for reading.

Most of all, I can’t wait to see the faces of these children light up when they get to write their names in the books they choose, and take them home to read them over and over.

Thank you for your generosity and support through your prayers, encouragement and donations.”

You can donate here to the Let’s Read Rankin GO FUND ME page.

On Friday, January 20th, Amanda Roberts hosted a Let’s Read Rankin Book Fair at Steen’s Creek Elementary School. She spoke with each class about her love of reading, the importance or reading and why she wants them to love reading. Thereafter, each child in the school chose 2 books to take home and keep, and they were given a Let’s Read Rankin bookmark with a special message about reading. Approximately 1,150 books were distributed to the students at no cost to the students or the school district.

Cheerleaders and Dance Team win again!

Congratulations to the Florence Varsity Cheerleaders. The team won first place in the Large Varsity Co-Ed Division at the Southern Spirit Challenge at Brandon High School on November 5th.

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Congratulations to the Florence Eaglette Dance Team. The team competed at the Dance Teachers United Competition at the Vicksburg Convention Center on November 5th. They earned a Platinum 1st place trophy for their Hip Hop routine. They earned Diamond Awards for perfect scores in Kick and Pom. They also won 1st place overall large group for Kick and 2nd place overall large group for Pom. Morgan Keys, Alex Harris, Gracie Norris, Kaley Grace Goodin, Kinley Reeves, and Layla Green earned Platinum Trophies for their solo routines. Keys and Green earned overall placements for top scores.

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FHS Seniors sign college letters

Congratulations to two Florence High School Seniors who signed Letters of Intent to play college ball. Hanna Mitchell signed to play with Hinds Community College. Hanna is a 5 year starter in CF for the Lady Eagles. In the picture with Hanna are her mom and dad, Dewayne and Tanya Mitchell.​

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Tori Pettit signed to play with Co-Lin Community College. She is pictured with her mom and dad Timmy and Shelley Pettit, her sister Taylor, and her nephew Rylan.

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Left to right: Head Coach Vince Granberry, Principal Tony Martin, Asst Coach Aaron Freeman
Seated: Tori Pettit and Hanna Mitchell

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Congratulations to Our Florence Fest Pageant Winners!

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Seated: Baby Miss Florence Emerie Ainsworth
Second Row: Tiny Miss Florence Joslyn West and
Tiny Mr. Florence Mason Millis
Back Row (from left to right): Little Miss Florence Maylee Gilmer, Teen Miss Florence Anna Mosley, Miss Florence Taylor Young,
and Junior Miss Florence Kayleigh Madisyn Wall

Florence Eaglettes Win Big!

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The FHS Eaglettes competed at the Deep South Spirit Competition at the Fair on October 16. The team scored 1st place in Pom, 1st place in Hip Hop, and 1st place in Kick. Several Dancers also competed in the solo division. Kinley Reeves was awarded the 1st place medal. Gracie Norris earned a 2nd place medal and Alex Harris won a 3rd place medal.