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Florence to Rename Two Streets in Honor of Former Public Servants

The City of Florence will rename two states in honor of former city servants.

When the change is adopted in December, Steinberg Drive will be known as Bob Webster Way, and Biggs Drive will be known as Charles R. Callen Drive.

Webster served in the Navy on the battleship Massachusetts and  came to Florence in 1951, served on city council and was public works director for the city.

Councilman David Osborne remembered that Webster worked closely with former mayor Hop Ewing, current mayor Diane Whalen's father, on the original Mall Road project.

Webster returned to functions in Florence, and rode with Mayor Whalen in many parades. He died in January at age 94.

Callen started in the Florence Police force in 1969, and rose through the ranks from Sergeant to Captain and finally to Chief, where he served from 1976 to 1995. During that time the city experienced tremendous growth.  Whalen described Callen as a man of character and integrity.

Councilman Osborne mentioned that he grew up with Callen, and said he thought it was fitting to pay tribute to the character of two fine gentlemen who helped Florence become what it is today.

Written by Patricia A. Scheyer, RCN contributor

Photo: Bob Webster (left) and Charles Callen (via Kenton Co. Public Library)

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