FLORENCE – Billy Ray Warren has been named the recipient of the 2019 Main Street Alabama Hero Award for the Downtown Florence Alliance. Warren has contributed his knowledge and led the Design Committee of Florence Main Street and Downtown Florence Alliance for many years. He is the author of the handwritten histories of historical homes, businesses, and houses of worship that will soon be published in Downtown Florence: A Handwritten History.
Warren is the retired Curriculum Director with Florence City Schools and currently serves as the historian for the City of Florence. His local volunteer efforts over the decades are varied and voluminous.
In addition, Billy Reid received an award from Main Street Alabama for Excellence in Business Promotion for his Shindig No. 11.
James W. Bobo received the award for Excellence in Adaptive Reuse for his work on the downtown building housing Taco Mama.