Florence Ky Online wants to wish all of our loyal readers a very Merry Christmas. If you live in Florence, we hope that we have been able to keep you up to date on all of the things that make living here so great. If you have Florence roots but live out of town, we hope we've been able to bring a little bit of Florence to you no matter where you are.
Florence Ky Online is looking forward to a great 2010 bringing you all that makes life in Florence great!
A Boone County High School graduate and Florence resident was killed in the line of duty in Afghanistan. Anthony Campbell was on reserve duty for the Air Force reserve. Mr. Campbell was a 1992 graduate of Boone County High School. Anthony Campbell was also a Cincinnati Police Officer. Officer Campbell leaves behind his wife, Emily, a stepson Devin, and children Jordan, 7, and Ryker, 2.
Plans are already being made to honor him and to add Anthony Campbell's name to the War on Terror monument at the Veterans Memorial of Boone County. Officer Campbell will join Conner High School graduate Christopher T. Warndorf on the War on Terror monument. Warndorf gave the ultimate sacrifice to his country in August of 2006.
Please join with everyone in the Florence and Boone County communities in praying for this family who is grieving the loss of a true American hero who gave his life protecting all of us.
You will find more information about Anthony Campbell here.
Wednesday's article about the old Florence Mall brought back some great memories and got some very enthusiastic response. Those who have lived in Florence and Boone County for a long time have seen the area transform in so many different ways over the years. Any time we get a chance to look back at the Florence of our past, it brings back so many special memories.
Florence has always been a business hub in Northern Kentucky. The city is well known for the Florence Mall and all of the great shopping and restaurants around the area. The business landscape has changed greatly over the years, but many residents still remember some of the great old businesses that used to call Florence home.
Today Florence Ky Online has assembled a photo gallery that takes a look back at some memorable and classic businesses from Florence past. Many of you will remember these classic institutions and were likely loyal customers to many of them.
Enjoy this great look back at the past and share your memories of some of these great Florence businesses past! (click on the image to see a larger view)
The mall has changed a great deal over the years, and the current decoration scheme at the mall today is very different than in this great photo from the past. Gone is that classic old sculpture, replaced by a huge glass dome. The mall is now dominated by the colors that are popular today and you find no sign of the old warm color scheme. The wooden handrails of the past are now clear glass. There has also been an elevator added to that area since the old photo was taken. Seen side-by-side, you can really get a great feel for how the mall has changed over the years.
I don't know about you, but that old photo of the mall really brings back some great memories!