Wednesday, October 29, 2014


Come join us for our annual Harvest Festival at Elkmont High School!!! We have vendors, face painting, games, concessions, Sno-Cones, hay rides, and photographs. We will have Bake Walk and a Toy Walk.


Starting today, Upper Ft Hampton Rd is being repaved from Hwy 127 to Sandlin Road. Also take note that state and local law enforcement will be monitoring traffic in the" DOUBLE FINE " construction zone.

Thursday Night Lights - Elkmont Football
Kickoff: 7 pm@ Clements High School


Set your clocks back one hour tonight or you will be late for church

Elkmont Youth Football @ Athens Middle
12:00 PM    Elkmont/ East Midgets
  2:40 PM    Elkmont/ East Pee Wee

Elkmont School Announcements:


Hill Spirit has always loved visiting Kindred Spirits.  Cute and unusual things were always appearing.  Elkmont will miss Kindred Spirits and wishes Pam the best.

For all of you that know me, you know I have put blood, sweat and tears into this special place since we opened the doors in 2011. It has been my natural as the air I breathe. Along this journey, I have met so many wonderful, talented people....and many of you, I am fortunate enough to now call you my friend.

I am grateful for each and every one of you....those that have shopped at and supported Kindred Spirits since the beginning, all our new found friends since opening in Elkmont, and the wonderful artisans that have made Kindred Spirits the special place it is known for.  May God bless you all, and thank you from the bottom of my heart.

Facebook Thoughts:
*Kindred Spirits has always been such a wonderful place to shop and just "visit". We have made friends with you and some of the artisans you have supported. You are outstanding and have always created such a beautiful and warm atmosphere full of beautiful things at great prices. GOD has great things for your future!

*I am so sorry, Pam Grubbs Hertenstein. I loved having you as my neighbor in Elkmont. There was something about waving in the mornings that started the day right. My best wishes for you.

*I hate this so bad! It was a perfect little shop for Elkmont!

*It has been my go-to shop over the years as well. You have such talent! I pray that the Lord show you quickly your next adventure and that you will be able to use your gifts in New and exciting ways!! Love you, my friend!


The town of Elkmont has received a $200,000 grant from the state to assist a poultry science company with an $8 million renovation of two hatchery sites in rural Limestone County. The company plans to hire 25 full-time employees and support as many as 35 new indirect jobs through the expansion.
Announced by Gov. Robert Bentley, the ADECA grant was made possible by funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. (File)
Announced by Gov. Robert Bentley, the Community Development Block grant will aid infrastructure improvements needed for Aviagen Broiler Breeders' Elkmont growth. The Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs (ADECA) award was made possible by funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

"By helping a growing business fulfill its plans, this grant will bring needed jobs and other benefits for the residents of Elkmont and Limestone County," Bentley said in a statement.

Elkmont leaders will combine the ADECA grant with $237,075 provided by Aviagen to upgrade to a public sewer service for the company, which is relying on a septic waste disposal system at this time. A new pump station and more than 4,200 feet of sewer line will also be installed by the Limestone County Water and Sewer Authority.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014


One of the things the Hilltop Arts Festival funds is the Pinkerton Award.

A new scholarship was presented during May 2014 Elkmont High School Class Day.  The Hilltop Arts Society Pinkerton Award is awarded to an Elkmont High School senior to help them fund their college education.  This $750 scholarship can be used at any university or college.  The Pinkerton requires a student to submit photos of their art work or performance, write a 500 word essay on the importance of art in the community and to show proof of community involvement and service.   

It is with great honor that the Hilltop Arts Society named Ms. Brianne Hargrove recipient of the inaugural Pinkerton award.  Ms. Hargrove has an interest in Music, Dance, and Photography, and she will be beginning her college career at the University of North Alabama this fall.

More About the Pinkerton Award:
Hello, my name is Preston Pylant and I am the founder of the Hilltop Arts Society.   When I started on this venture 3 years ago it was to bring something fun and different to the community,  but also to encourage kids who love art,  but who live in a world that is ceasing to educate and produce the next generation of great artists.I want to encourage those students with talent and even those without natural talent to pick up a paint brush, to write a line of poetry, to act out a scene, to play their favorite bars of music, and to use their talents for the betterment of their community.   

For the past two years the Hilltop Arts Society with support from the Town of Elkmont has held the Hilltop Arts Festival downtown.   Artists from all over North Alabama have gathered in our town to showcase and sell their work and play their music, and we have been blessed to be a part of such a special gathering.    The question was left, however, on how to spend the money raised by hosting the festival.   It made sense that the money should go to the support of future of art in our area, and that an art scholarship would be the best way to achieve this.   Thus, the Pinkerton Award was formed. 

The Pinkerton award is named after 2002 graduate of Elkmont High School Neil Pinkerton.  Neil was a fantastic musician, actor, artist and friend.   Tragically Neil was killed in automobile accident shortly after his graduation, but we remember him often for the uniqueness of his spirit and the greatness of his talent. Neil was never able to achieve his full potential as an artist, and this award is a way to remember Neil’s artistic spirit by helping another artist on their path to reaching their potential.  


The annual Boo at the Boss Halloween community event is over but so many cute pictures to share.  Over 1000 trick or treaters (sixth grade and under) were at the football field last night to enjoy the festivities.  

Established during the "Don and Jodie
Jacobs" football program years, this event has grown since it began in 2008 as a "give back" activity to the people of Elkmont from the football team and cheerleaders.  It has now become a tradition that many of the high school sports and clubs participate in; joined by other groups in the community. If you missed it, be sure to make plans to attend next year.

Facebook Thoughts:

Amazing "Boo at the Boss"!! Yet another reason Elkmont is the best place in the world to live!! Thanks to all who helped make it great!

I'm speechless at all the kids who showed up for "Boo at the Boss" tonight! Elkmont is such a wonderful community to live in! A HUGE thank you to everyone who had a hand in getting it ready this year! 

Boo at the Boss was a success!! Great night was had by all. Great to see all of our Elkmont families last night. Hoping to see everyone again at the Harvest Festival!!!!

2014 BOO at the BOSS was THE BEST EVER! Thank you to all who made this night possible. It takes alot of work and planning for this event and your willingness to paint and carve pumpkins, donate money for candy, assist with setup, or just devote your time.. it is all appreciated. I love that
this has become an EHS tradition. A HUGE thanks to MaryJane Hobbs for her contribution. To Jodie Johns Jacobs and Crystal Mizell Newsom thanks for starting this event that the ELKMONT community has come to enjoy year after year. WE have the BEST student athletes, cheerleaders, and band at EHS!!

Boo at the Boss was a success for Thorne...He hasn't stopped talking about it! Love our town...Proud to be an ELKMONT DEVIL!


Katherine Beach

Birth date: September 7, 1934
Death date: October 26, 2014

Katherine Louise Beach 80, of Toney,AL died Sunday, October 26, 2014 at Ardmore Care & Rehabilitation Center, Ardmore, Tennessee.  Born Friday, September 7, 1934 in Gadsden, AL, she was the daughter of the late Lester Robinson and the late Beulah Robinson. She was preceded in death by a husband: C.B. Beach, and a Brother - Lester Robinson, Jr.

Surviving are: 

Son - George O'Keefe, Toney, AL, Son - G.W. "Buddy" O'Keefe, Jr., Madison, AL, Daughter - Kathy Moore, Huntsville, AL, Daughter - Charlotte Satterfield, Toney, AL, Daughter - Sandra Carr, Hazel Green, AL, Daughter - Shirley Hill, Elkmont, AL, Brother - Jimmy Robinson, Muscle Shoals, AL, sister- Dean Swindle- Phoenix, AZ, sister- Frances Collins, Attalla, AL, sister- Carolyn Bolton, Gadsden, AL, sister- Ann Woodard, Gadsden, AL, and sister- Diane Richardson, Gadsden, AL, 10 grandchildren, and 15 great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be held on Tuesday, October 28, 2014 at Ardmore Chapel Funeral Home, Ardmore, Alabama from 5:00 PM until 8:00 PM.  Funeral Services will be held on Wednesday, October 29, 2014 at Ardmore Chapel Funeral Home, Ardmore, AL, at 11:00 AM with Bro. Roger Bates officiating. Burial will be in Shady Grove Cemetery, Toney, AL.