Friday, August 18, 2017


Patricia Ann Kieff, 68 of Lester Al., died Thursday August 17, 2017 at her residence. She was born April 29,1949 in Giles County Tennessee to Thomas and Magdeline Brown. Mrs. Kieff was a Homemaker and a member of Salem Springs Baptist Church.
Visitation will be 11 AM until Service at the Funeral Home, on Saturday. Services will be Saturday, 2 PM at Spry Funeral Home Chapel with Chuck Hood officiating. Burial will be in the New Salem Cemetery. 
Pallbearers are Stevie Owens, Greg Cook, Jeremy Hand, Doug Hasting, James Hand and Tony McConnell.

Survivors include, 

David Kieff of Elkmont Al., Danny Kieff of Lester Al.

Morgan Kieff and Mallory Kieff, both of Elkmont, Marina Kieff and Christian Kieff, both of Lester

Great Grandaughter: Avery Gibson of Elkmont 

Larry Brown of Athens and Michael Brown of Elkmont 

Nieces and Nephews.


Jerry Max Miller, age 73 of Elkmont, passed away Monday, August 14, 2017 at Huntsville Hospital. Mr. Miller was born December 16, 1943 in Giles County, TN to Andrew Miller and Dorothy Ramsey Miller.

Services were Wednesday, August 16, 2017 2:00 p.m., at Limestone Chapel Funeral Home with Dwight Ridinger officiating. Visitation was Wednesday, from 12:00 p.m. until 1:45 p.m. prior to the service. Burial was in Roselawn Cemetery.

Mr. Miller was owner and operator of Miller and Miller Septic Company, Miller and Miller Plumbing and Electric and co-owner of Miller and Miller Trucking Company.

Preceded in death by his wife, Carolyn Graves Miller; parents, Andrew and Dorothy Ramsey Miller; son, Andrew Miller; brother, Billy Miller; sister, Jennifer Miller Romine.

Survived by one grandson, Jarred Miller and wife, Brittany; one great-grandson, Brier Max Miller; one sister, Michelle Hoover and husband, Tim; fiance’ Betty Hamilton; several nieces, nephews, family and friends.


Alexander Ryan Hoover, age 16 of Athens, Alabama got his wings on Monday, August 14, 2017 at Huntsville Hospital for Women and Children. Alex was born on April 30, 2001 in Huntsville, Alabama to George Hoover and Rene Hoover.

Alex was preceded in death by his grandmother, Deborah Barrett Hardin; uncle, Ricky Hall and aunt, Brenda Austin.

He is survived by his mother, Rene Hoover and fiancรฉ Jerry Collins; his father, George Hoover; grandparents, Bud and Trace Hill of Roach, Missouri
and Steve and Brenda Hoover of Harrison, Alabama; great uncle, Bob Hill of Roach, Missouri; aunt, Lisa Roberson of Decorah, Iowa; aunt, Julie Black of Wichita, Kansas; great aunt, Naomi Hall; uncle, David Hoover of Bremerton, Washington; uncle and aunt, Jeremy and Toshia Hoover of Newton, Kansas; uncle and aunt Rocky and Marci Lehl; uncle and aunt Brad and Kay Hunter, great aunt and uncle, Ann and Wayne Hall; great aunt, Sandra Hall, cousins, Kelli Hall, Logan Hall ,Brian Barnett, Judy Clark and special friends, the Collins Family.

Alex was a fun loving child full of life and even fuller of spirit! At 16 years old Alex conquered more disabilities than most could do in a life time. Alex was never known to slow down or to give up. It just wasn’t bred into him. Autism tried to take his voice, who knew it would be one heard round the world. He succumbed to his complications from his congenital heart condition peacefully, leaving behind hearts full of love, peace, acceptance, and unity; His legacy.

Alex loved his match box cars, his bike, Xbox and the movies. He never forgot a time or a date and you could count on him being your weatherman. He was always was up for an adventure or traveling. He lived and we conquered barriers of Autism.

His smile was infectious and his personality would take over the room. He would laugh and giggle and always ask for a hug. Often he would ask, “give me a kiss". He was a little shy but once he warmed up to you it was as though you were best friends. Alex was a best friend to many.

He will be remembered for his crazy eating habits. We learned "hamberfriesketchup" was indeed one word. Pizza was good anytime day or night. 3am snack was a must. Teriyaki sauce and rice noodles was a meal! Chicken had to be served with cheese sticks and you better not forget the marinara sauce! He would give a chef a run for his money.

Alex life was all about love and beating the odds. It was about leaning on our faith to get through whatever obstacle we were dealing with. It was about trusting love and making those hard decisions. It was simply an out conquering fear to have the best life possible. God has blessed us with this precious angel, now fly high sweet Alex. You got your wings.

Services for Alex will be Saturday, August 19, 2017 at Asbury Methodist Church in Madison, Alabama with Gayle Miller and Mac McCutcheon officiating. The family will receive friends on Friday, August 18, 2017 from 6:00-9:00 at Limestone Chapel Funeral Home. Burial will take place in the Apostolic Church Cemetery.

Pallbearers are Blake Montgomery, Greg Miller, Bill Tribble (EHS Principal), Jacob Shafer, Dennis Shafer, Coty Collins, Jeff Collins and Louis Berry.


Many of us are interested in the virtual school that is now available to children in Limestone County.  We have a few of them here in Elkmont who are trying it out this year.  One of the parents involved has agree to share her experiences with the system, the good, the bad and the ugly. Look for her posts each week.

Dawson and I have
completed our first full week with ALVA (Alabama Virtual Academy). He actually got finished with all his lessons for the week yesterday! So for today and tomorrow we will have/had required class connect sessions (this is where he listens to his teacher teach the lessons in each subject). We also have the time for extra work on being a better reader, and some art and music. We might even go out adventuring for something educational that we can log hours for! This first full week has been a learning experience for me and Dawson. But we made it. I just hope he is learning something๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‰! He seems to be because I can ask him a question about something from the day before and he gives me a correct answer! 

So that's why it matters where numbers are - place value

I urge anyone who has a child that just doesn't seem to do well in school because of distractions or bullying or whatever the case may be to check into K12 or the Virtual school through Limestone County. It helps Dawson with the fact that he can get up and move around whenever he feels the need to. He really couldn't do that at a brick and mortar school (the name us virtual people give regular school๐Ÿ˜) without disrupting class or interfering with other students learning. But so far so good! #firstweekinthebooks
Ashley Mcelyea
Signing Up
Week One




*Dominoes, TV, joker and other games, 8 a.m.  



*Meet the  Red Devils and Hamburger Supper @ 7 PM. In lieu of admission, we ask that you bring cleaning supplies. (i.e laundry detergent, bleach, chlorox etc.)


Thursday, August 17, 2017


The friendly people of Citizens Bank can be found at your local branch next to the Pig and Dollar General complex.  If you haven't been there before, be sure to come in and introduce yourself.

Monday, August 14, 2017


The class of 1987 is having their 30th Class Reunion, September 16th, 6-9 pm.  It will be held in The Loft above Village Pizza, downtown Athens on Market Street.  Cost is $20 per person. Checks are to be made payable to Shane Leopard at 22238 Menowa Trail, Athens, AL 35613. 

Also, the Red Devils play at home on Friday, September 15th. We will see if we can get them to reserve a small section for us to sit together. Come out and let's cheer on our team and their new head coach, our own, Duane Wales.


The Limestone County Council on Aging has shopping routes that reach out into the rural areas of the county.

“If you are a senior citizen who lives in the rural area of Limestone County and needs transportation to go buy your groceries, go fill your medical prescriptions at the pharmacy, go pay your utilities or go to your bank, please give the Council of Aging a call at 256-216-3907. The shopping bus provides seniors with reliable transportation, a fun environment and a chance to get out and be more independent."
The schedule of the shopping bus is as follows:
• Monday — Tanner area 
• Tuesday — Elkmont area
• Wednesday — East Limestone area

 • Thursday — Clements/Owens area


Voters in Limestone County will head to the polls Tuesday for the  special election to select our Federal Senator.  Jeff Sessions represented Alabama for many years and did so with honor.  He now serves in the Trump administration as the Attorney General, in the Department of Justice.

Luther Strange was appointed to fill the Senate seat by ex-governor Robert Bentley.  During the ethics investigation led by Strange into the actions of Governor Bentley, Luther was selected for the empty Senate position by Bentley.  This removed Strange as Attorney General of Alabama and from the investigation of Robert Bentley.  Hill Spirit will let you draw your own conclusions on this selection.

The primary election is set for August 15 at Elkmont Town Hall (if you are in district) or your local voting place for the Democrats and the Republicans.  You can vote between 7 am - 7 pm.  Don't forget to bring ID, your driver's license works. Both parties have a bunch of people running.  If a candidate has over 50%, he or she will be on the ballot later.  If not, there will be a run off of the top two in another special election to determine who will be in the final election. Turnout in Alabama will be low so your vote carries much more weight.

Hill Spirit is a Mo Brooks fan but likes Roy Moore as a second choice. If there is a run-off election, would hope for one with Brooks and Moore.  Strange is too much in the pocket of Mitch McConnell and the 

The top three on the Republican side are Mo Brooks, Roy Moore and Luther Strange.

Mo Brooks (name is link) has served as our federal representative since 2011. 

Roy Moore (name is link) has served as an Alabama Supreme Court Judge.

Luther Strange (name is link) has served as the Alabama Attorney General. 

To learn more about them, this is a good site Hill Spirit always looks at when researching candidates, Ballotpedia.

The top two in this primary are Don Jones and Robert Kennedy Jr. 

Don Jones 
Doug Jones was appointed U.S. attorney in Birmingham, Alabama, by former President Bill Clinton in 1997."The national election was very disturbing, quite frankly, and I know a lot of people in this state voted overwhelmingly for President [Donald] Trump. But there were about 37 percent of the people who did not, and they need a voice too," he said a few weeks after announcing his candidacy.
Jones identified increasing the minimum wage, prioritizing education as a job creator, encouraging renewable energy and conservation, abortion rights, and preventing discrimination against individuals with pre-existing conditions as policy priorities.

Robert Kennedy Jr. 
Former naval officer,  entered the race as an unknown, although his famous last name helped spur him to top a public opinion poll in July for the Democratic primary with 49 percent support. He has no relation to the Kennedy political family. After serving nine years in the military, Kennedy earned his MBA from Duke University and worked in the casino and retail industries.
A self-described fiscally responsible Democrat, Kennedy named improving the Affordable Care Act, public education, gun ownership rights, abortion rights, and combatting voter suppression as policy priorities.
"I'm [a] different type of Democrat, and I'm a different type of candidate. I'm the best positioned of all the candidates in the entire field, whether Republicans or Democrats, to navigate through the bureaucracy."

To learn more about them, this is a good site Hill Spirit always looks at when researching candidates, Ballotpedia.


Many of us are interested in the virtual school that is now available to children in Limestone County.  We have a few of them here in Elkmont who are trying it out this year.  One of the parents involved has agree to share her experiences with the system, the good, the bad and the ugly. Look for her posts each week.

First day of school in the books! I feel like I wasn't doing it right because it seems too easy but I followed all of the instructions and went over all the course work for the day with Dawson! We did all our lessons for the day and logged 6 hours! We chose K-12 (virtual school) for Dawson so he wouldn't have the distractions that actual school has. And for his first day it was great! He was able to do work and take breaks when he started getting antsy. It works great for his ADHD! So far I am loving it!
Ashley Mcelyea

It isn’t a traditional school but a statewide public virtual school for grades K-12 that’s partnering with the Limestone County school district. The school, called Alabama Connections Academy, will offer a “high-quality, rigorous curriculum that is a great fit for many families who are looking for an alternative. This year, Alabama Virtual Academy is separate from Limestone County's virtual school but has the same concepts. Next year, they will be the same when K-8 grade is added to Limestone's 9-12 grade program.

The Limestone County Board of Education in May agreed to a contract with Connections Education LLC to provide online education services and authorized the opening of Alabama Connections Academy for the 2017-18 school year. Though it’s a statewide school, the offices will be at Owens Elementary. 

The program provides the basics, such as language arts, social studies, math, science and languages; electives; honors and advanced placement courses; and reading and math remediation, among other offerings. Alabama-certified teachers are hired for the program, and a state-approved curriculum is used. Students are required to take the same state tests as traditional public school students.  As part of the program, a student must have an identified "learning coach," a parent or other adult, to help monitor student attendance, verify classwork and communicate with teachers. Administrators and teachers communicate with students through phone calls, webmail and person-to-person and live classroom sessions.

“There will always be a need for traditional bricks-and-mortar schools,” Limestone County Schools Superintendent Tom Sisk said. “But this partnership with Connections allows us to move a step closer to personalized learning. We get the opportunity to be transformational and be a state leader in virtual learning.”