Friday, March 24, 2017


Go Build Alabama, an initiative of the Alabama Construction Recruitment Institute (ACRI), has selected Elkmont High School senior Ethan Shores as the recipient of the March "Go Build Alabama Student of the Month" scholarship award.

Set to graduate in May 2017, Shores has been committed to earning well-rounded experience in a number of skilled trades with a special interest in machinery and welding. 

In addition to his high school course load, Shores works part-time at Turner Medical Inc. where he assists with skilled trade responsibilities.
“Ethan demonstrates work ethic and enthusiasm to learn that is needed in today’s workforce,” said Ben Maples, agriculture instructor at Elkmont High School. 

Upon graduation, Ethan plans to attend Calhoun Community College where he will major in machinery and welding.
“I love working with my hands and seeing things built from the ground up to a successfully finished product,” Ethan said.

The Student of the Month scholarship is given to one high school junior or senior every month during the school year by the Alabama Construction Recruitment Institute. It is designed to support students who pursue careers in the construction industry, a field that offers a wide variety of rewarding career paths. 

Upon graduation, Shores and all other recipients will each receive a $1,000 scholarship to continue his or her education at an Alabama institution of higher education. Scholarships are made possible through proceeds from the Big Dog Poker Run, an annual motorcycle benefit ride organized by CraneWorks and Garrison Steel.


Recent Senate Votes

Disapprove Unemployment Benefit Drug Testing Rule - Vote Passed (51-48, 1 Not Voting)

The resolution would disapprove the rule issued by the Labor Department on Aug. 1, 2016, that defines the occupations for which states can require individuals applying for unemployment benefits to undergo drug testing.

Sen. Richard Shelby voted YES
Sen. Luther Strange voted YES

Confirmation of Dan Coats to be Director of National Intelligence - Vote Confirmed (85-12, 3 Not Voting)

The Senate confirmed the nomination of Dan Coats to be the director of National Intelligence.

Sen. Richard Shelby voted YES
Sen. Luther Strange voted YES

Confirmation of Herbert R. McMaster, Jr. to be Lieutenant General - Vote Confirmed (86-10, 4 Not Voting)

The Senate confirmed the nomination of Herbert R. McMaster, Jr. to be a lieutenant general in the U.S. Army.

Sen. Richard Shelby voted YES
Sen. Luther Strange voted YES

Recent House Votes
VA Personnel Accountability - Vote Passed (237-178, 14 Not Voting)

The bill would provide the Veterans Affairs Department (VA) with additional tools to fire or demote VA employees based on performance or misconduct, and would modify the appeals process to provide for the appeals of decisions by administrative law judges. It also would include provisions to protect VA whistleblowers against retaliation by supervisors, authorize the department to recoup employee bonuses and relocation expenses, and allow the pensions of VA employees to be reduced if convicted of certain felonies.

Rep. Mo Brooks voted YES

Mentally Disabled Veterans and Guns - Vote Passed (240-175, 14 Not Voting)

The bill would clarify the conditions under which individuals who receive federal benefits from the Veterans Affairs Department (VA) may be declared mentally incompetent for purposes of being added to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) and thereby prevented from purchasing guns or ammunition - requiring that an affirmative declaration be made by a judge that the person is dangerous.

Rep. Mo Brooks voted YES

VA Medical Professional Staffing - Vote Passed (412-0, 17 Not Voting)

The bill would establish new staffing, recruitment and retention programs at the Veterans Affairs Department (VA) to enable the VA to help recruit and retain a strong medical professional workforce. It would create a recruiting database to make high-quality potential employees aware of positions at the VA, provide for additional opportunities for career training and advancement for current VA employees through fellowship positions and establish a promotional track for technical experts. It also would require the department to train human resources employees in recruitment and retention methods.

Rep. Mo Brooks voted YES

Upcoming Votes
Confirmation of Charles Breyer to the U.S. Sentencing Commission - PN86

The Senate will take up the nomination of Charles Breyer to be a member of the U.S. Sentencing Commission.

Confirmation of Danny Reeves to the U.S. Sentencing Commission - PN85

The Senate will take up the nomination of Danny Reeves to be a member of the U.S. Sentencing Commission.

End Health Insurance Anti-Trust Exemption - HR372

The bill would generally eliminate the federal antitrust exemption for health insurance providers that are regulated at the state level, thereby allowing federal regulators to take actions against insurers for coordinated activities that could harm consumers. By subjecting insurers to federal antitrust laws, the measure is intended to promote further competition between health insurers and lower costs.

Association Health Insurance Pools - HR1101

The bill would expand the ability of trade and business associations to sponsor association health plans (AHPs), through which member companies can offer group health insurance to their employees. To encourage the creation of new plans, it would exempt AHPs from most state laws and regulations and allow AHPs to set their own health insurance standards, with few mandated requirements.

Reconciliation Health Care Law Repeal and Replace - HR1628

The measure would repeal key elements of the 2010 health law and include legislative text to begin replacing the national health care system created by that law. Among its provisions, it would effectively repeals the law's requirements that most individuals obtain health insurance or face tax penalties, and that employers with more than 50 employees provide health insurance or face tax penalties, by setting the penalties for violations at $0; replace current health insurance subsidies with a less generous refundable tax credit beginning in 2020; roll back the 2010 law's expansion of Medicaid; modify that program to provide payments to states based on the number of patients enrolled in the program rather than services provided; allow children to stay on their parents' policies until 26 years of age; and prohibit insurance companies from charging more or denying coverage because of pre-existing conditions. The legislation was developed under reconciliation instructions in the fiscal 2017 budget resolution (S Con Res 3), which protects it from filibuster and allows the Senate to pass it by simple majority vote.

Thursday, March 23, 2017


*Varsity @ Tanner;
*JV @ Tanner; 6:30 PM
*Middle School vs West Morgan (DH); 4:30 pm 

*Varsity @ New Hope Tournament
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*Varsity Boys @ 7 PM 

*Limestone Health Facility to call bingo with prizes, dominos, billiards, TV, joker and other games, 8:30 a.m.



*Varsity @ New Hope Tournament

*Count your blessings, name them one by one,
Count your blessings, see what God hath done!

*Cross Country/Track Awards @ 2 pm; all invited

Humble Heart Farms is having a Family Fun Day on Sunday March 26th. New hours will be from 11a to 3p. The theme this year will be Dairy to the table

We will hav
e 15 different flavors of fresh Humble Heart Farms Goat Cheese to taste. Plus our friends from Wrights Dairy will have 6 flavors of raw milk cow cheese to taste.
You will also be petting lambs and baby goats. Take your turn feeding the baby goats. Take a tour of the farm and milking barn. Learn how it is done. Humble Heart Farms is North Alabama’s only goat dairy. And it is FREE. Just bring a nice attitude. Sunday’s temps are suppose to be in the upper 60s.
Humble Heart Farms is located at 25235 Mooresville Road Elkmont AL


Wednesday, March 22, 2017


One summer evening during a violent thunderstorm a mother was tucking her small boy into bed. She was about to turn off the light when he asked with a tremor in his voice, "Mommy, will you sleep with me tonight?"

The mother smiled and gave him a reassuring hug. "I can't, dear," she said. "I have to sleep with Daddy."

A long silence was broken at last by his shaky little voice: "The big sissy."


Shelia Back, age 69 of Elkmont, Alabama died on Saturday, March 18, 2017, at Huntsville Hospital. Born Friday, January 2, 1948 in Jacksonville, Florida, she was the daughter of the late Billy Headrick and the late Swana Smith Headrick. She was a member of Macedonia Baptist Church. She loved painting and teaching painting and sewing. 

She was preceded in death by her parents, a daughter, Tamra Trew, brother, Jerry Headrick, and granddaughter Ashley Steelman.

Survivors include grandson: James Back of Chattanooga, TN, and granddaughter: Alex Steelman of Toney, AL.
Funeral services will be at 12:00 Noon on Thursday, March 23, 2017, at Ardmore Chapel Funeral Home, Ardmore, Alabama with Bro. Milburn Gross officiating. Burial will be in Gatlin Cemetery, Ardmore, AL.

The family will receive friends from 10:00 AM to 12:00 noon on Thursday, March 23, 2017, at Ardmore Chapel Funeral Home, Ardmore, Alabama.


Barbara Dale Ridinger, age 57 of Elkmont, Alabama passed away on Tuesday, March 21, 2017, at Athens Health and Rehabilitation in Athens, Alabama.
Born Friday, June 19, 1959 in Athens, Alabama she was the daughter of the late William D. Finley and the late Emma Jean Finley.
She lived most of her life in this area and was a member of Macedonia Baptist Church and Taft Baptist Church. She loved country line dancing at The Barn and country music. She loved her friends and family especially her grandchildren.

Surviving are son, Justin Ridinger of Elkmont, AL; sister, Sherry Olson of Athens, AL; two grandchildren, Jackson Wayne Ridinger and Kayla Dawn Ridinger; several aunts and uncles and cousins.

Funeral service will be at 2:00 PM on Friday, March 24, 2017 at Ardmore Chapel Funeral Home, Ardmore, Alabama with Bro. Dewight Ridinger officiating. Burial will be in Gatlin Cemetery, Ardmore, AL.

The family will receive friends from 12:00 noon up until service time at 2:00 PM on Friday, March 24, 2017, at Ardmore Chapel Funeral Home, Ardmore, Alabama.


Harry Clayton Turner, age 97 of Athens, passed away Sunday, March 19, 2017 at Limestone Health Facility. Mr. Turner was born December 4, 1919 in Limestone County, AL to Arsey Turner and Ida Belle Furline Turner.

Services will be Wednesday, March 22, 2017 1:00 p.m., at Limestone Chapel Funeral Home with Dr. Kip McKee officiating. Visitation will be Tuesday, March 21, 2017 from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial will be in Roselawn Cemetery.

Mr. Turner was a World War II Veteran. He was a member of Golden Age Band and a member of Salem Springs Baptist Church.

Preceded in death by his wife, Betty Thompson Turner; son, Winford Turner (Christina Turner).

Survived by one daughter, Margaret Sides of Athens; one son, Sonny Turner and wife, Vickie of Athens; one step-daughter, Vickey Thompson of Athens; three step-sons, Ronnie Thompson and wife, Sherry, Terry Thompson and wife, Melissa and Timmy Thompson and wife, Barbara all of Athens; three sisters, Mary Guthrie, Mildred Turner and Lura Turner all of Elkmont; one brother, Robert Turner and wife, Deverle of Elkmont; survived by a host of grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great- grandchildren.

Pallbearers will be Winford Turner, Jr., Clay Turner, Dwight Thompson, Kenny Thompson, Brandon Turner, Michael Pullum, Scott Turner and Brad Sides.


Elkmont earned its spot in Friday's County Championship game with a 3-1 win over Tanner. The Kickin' Red Devils play West Limestone for the championship at 7:00 pm on Friday at Clements. 

Juan Mendoza led the Red Devils with two goals and Ronaldo Aguilar scored the other. Danny Valencia had one assist. 

Goalie Tee Boyd registered seven saves in a game that seemed to be primarily played right in front of Elkmont's goal all night. 

Elkmont's always reliable defensive unit of Ronaldo Aguilar, Rafael Aguilar, Santiago Altamirano and Matthew Lowery shut down Tanner's offense, with the only Rattler goal being a penalty shot. 

Tuesday, March 21, 2017


When the clouds gets threatening, people start looking for a safe place to weather the storm.  We are fortunate that historically tornadoes go around the town of Elkmont. 

As you go east toward Elkton Road and I-65, the land gets lower and the chances go up. Tornadoes typically run in the valleys. Even though Elkmont is more protected by the hilltop, we are blessed with two places to seek safety in times of need.

The storm shelter is not a hotel and is not furnished with the comforts of home. It is a bare bone facility designed with one purpose in mind, your safety.  Bring your own chair, sleeping bag, snacks and source of entertainment. Hill Spirit doesn't think a tv is available so don't count on it.  Animals are not allowed except for service ones.  Leave your stuff in the car until you check with the volunteer firefighter on site to see if it can be brought in. The shelter doesn't have unlimited space. 

19667 Sandlin Road

*Left:   Aviagen
*Right: Fire Department
*Rear:  Storm Shelter

The safe room will be opened immediately when a Tornado Watch is issued for Limestone County.

*We will establish communications with EMA upon activation. We will keep occupants updated with current weather information. Occupants shall adhere to Safe Room Rules which will be posted in Safe Room  If the Safe Room is in the vicinity or path of a tornado the doors will be locked, should residents attempt to enter the Safe Room they will be allowed and the doors locked back.        

*The Safe Room will be opened by someone in the Elkmont Vol. Fire Dept. that person will be there until the threat of bad weather is gone or is released by another member of the Fire Dept.

Chief - Michael Carter
Assistant Chief  - Phillip (Fuzz) Hastings
Captain - Wade Holt

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*another place to shelter is the basement of the United Methodist Church at 25444 Children Street*