Wednesday, August 24, 2016


Recently, I had the privilege of speaking to some of our senior athletes at Elkmont. This picture I am holding is one of me, senior year. Thirty years that really seemed to pass in a flash. 

I wrote a letter to that eighteen year old young man to use during the talk. It has really had me thinking. Wouldn't it be great to be able to let yourself in on all of the things you thought you knew to be true then? 

How great it would be to tell yourself that every single decision you make at that age will have an impact on who you become. The people you choose to surround yourself with will help dictate choices you make in life. To know all of the good things that are coming your way and that the bad is temporary and while painful it makes you stronger. 

I'd like to tell him to be a better friend to some and to treat others with kindness. I'd like to tell him to listen to advice from his parents and to spend more time studying. I would like to tell him to be a leader and not "go along with the crowd". Just to let him know to be "still" at times and look at all of the beauty in the world. Tell him to appreciate life and not complain so much because the sad truth is not every young person gets to grow up. Most of all I would tell him that being a servant and living to lift others is not easy for him, but is a must to live a life in peace. 

Looking out at the kids I have taught and coached is a blessing. I would love to crawl in each of their minds and give them the tools I have learned I needed over this past thirty years. Not going to happen, I know. But I do hope they realize this life is a gift. It doesn't necessarily belong to us entirely, but we have total control over the way we use it. We can put it in the corner and let it sit. We can destroy it with self pity and turmoil because it isn't "wrapped" the way we thought it might be. Or we can open it up, share it with others, and appreciate it and give it back to the One it came from! Have a good one!

Tuesday, August 23, 2016


*Dominoes, TV, billiards, joker and other games, 9:30 a.m.

*Elkmont Pickin' and Grinnin'@ 6:30
Bring your own chair
Dancers and Musicians Welcome

* Bingo, dominoes, billiards, TV, joker and other games, 9:30 a.m.
*Senior Shopping Trip 


*Steven Crunk of Walgreens scheduled to visit, bingo, dominoes, TV, billiards, joker and other games, 9:30 a.m.

*Varsity @ Athens; 5 pm
*JV @ Athens; 6 pm
*MS @ Athens; 7 pm
*Meet the Red Devils/Hamburger supper at 6pm. Come out and meet the team and eat a hamburger on us!

*Dominoes, billiards, TV, joker and other games, 9:30 a.m.

*Aleshia Teeples/Mary Nelle Clem of Limestone Health Facility and Rehab scheduled to visit, check oxygen level and check blood pressure, dominoes, billiards, TV, joker and other games, 9:30 a.m.

*Pep Rally @ 2:30 pm
*Elkmont at Ardmore; 7 pm 

Varsity @ Athens; 9am
JV        @ Athens; 8am
*Limestone County Invitational

Cross Country @ Lawrence County
*Pepsi Challenge @ 8 am

6th Annual Elkmont Car Show @ 10 am

*count your blessings, one by one


Today is the last preview of fall weather on the Hilltop until September.  Be sure to get outside and enjoy the drier and cooler air. 


Cue the sights, sounds and smells of the midway. The fair, with more than 20 rides and dozens of games, will set up at Limestone County’s Sheriff’s Rodeo Arena from Tuesday to Saturday.
Gates to the arena on Alabama 99 open at 5 p.m. each day.
Along with rides, the fair will feature a petting zoo, traditional dishes of corn dogs, cotton candy, caramel apples, chicken on a stick and funnel cakes and live entertainment with classic rock ‘n’ roll band The Flashbacks performing on Saturday, 7-9 p.m.
Cost is $3 for admission, free for children 2 and younger and $15 for ride armbands.

Monday, August 22, 2016


You know September is almost here when thoughts turn to dove hunting.  The Elkmont Lions Club is having its annual dove hunt, September 10.  Clean those guns and mark your calendars, dove season is around the corner.

The Elkmont Lions Club uses money from their fundraisers to fund:
  • Lions Club Scholarships Children's eyeglasses
  • Community Projects
  • Disaster Relief
  • Ala Sight
  • Leader Dog for the Blind 
  • Southeastern Guide Dog


Since Elkmont is a small town much of what goes on revolves around the school. Those of us that appreciate how special that makes life in Elkmont look forward to the beginning of each new school year.  Life gets busier and we love to see how our children, our kin and neighbors' children are doing.  

There will be school related events, games, and lots of other fun. Many of you are involved with the various events.  Having heard that occasionally it is asked why this and that haven't been on the blog there is an easy answer - no one has sent anything to the Hill Spirit. If you send it, it will be posted that day or soon after.  Don't think your writing or pictures aren't good enough, it will be polished up if needed, so don't worry.  

The empty nester, Hill Spirit, doesn't know many of you that have children in the system at this point so please don't wait to be asked to share the good news and events your family is involved in.  If you want the team or group you are interested in to be something the Elkmont community follows and reads about, please send your articles and pictures to  or Hill Spirit's facebook page.   

The papers don't cover Elkmont very much since there are many schools and communities in the area but the Elkmont Alabama Blog is just about Elkmont.

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  • Event Reporters
  • Historians
  • Team Reporters
  • Organization Reporters
  • Funny Reporters

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Sunday, August 21, 2016


The Elkmont Band's  6th  Annual Elkmont Car Show is this Saturday, August 27. This is one of many fundraisers to help the band with their yearly expenses.

Registration will start at 8:00am. The gates will open at 10:00am and will end with awards at 2:00pm. Entries will be accepted till 1:30pm.
The entry fee to pre-register your vehicle will be $15.00 per vehicle and to enter the day of event, registration will be $20.00 per vehicle with $5.00 admissions at the gate for spectators and 10 and under will be admitted free. 
$100.00 will be given away every hour starting at 10:30am and door prizes will be drawn all day for car participants only. A 50/50 drawing will be given away which will include both car participates and spectators. Tickets will be sold all day for the 50/50.
We will have a selection of food vendors including Shaved Ice  available all day and lots of merchandise and craft vendors will also be set up.   Entertainment (as of this date) will be provided by “Highwyre” band from 10:30 am to 11:30 am followed by “Ledfoot” performing from 12:00pm to 1:00 pm.



IMMEDIATE please bring donations as you have them. They will be delivered as it comes in to start filling bags now since school is starting.
We have been asked to help the Full Tummy Project for our less fortunate children.
We will begin right away and collect through August, at which time delivery will be to a local church for the items to be bagged and distributed.
The Full Tummy Project centers around a little brown bag of food items designed to supplement the nutritional needs of elementary age school children. Unfortunately many kids go hungry on weekends. These kids rely on school breakfasts, and lunches to feed them. The bags are put into the children's backpacks anonymously to carry home for the weekend.

What is packed in Full Tummy Project Little Brown Bags:
2 Breakfast Items
2 Drink Pouches
1 Package of Crackers
1 Treat
2 Meat Items
1 Fruit Item
2 Snack Items

What type of items should I buy:

Hey Folks ...😉 It's time again but after we complete this service project we plan on taking a break until the Thanksgiving and Christmas projects.  As always thank you for your thoughts, prayers, and donations.

Drop off locations: Phebe A Durant @ Don Carter
24185 US HWY 72 E Athens

Mandy Hemmen @ Springleaf
800 US HWY 72 W Athens

You can also always message us for other pickup or drop off arrangements. Angie McElyea Brad Pierce Phebe Durant & Mandy Hemmen
 Thanks Everyone
LP & the Admins


Helen Virginia Ables, age 80 of Prospect, TN passed away on Friday, August 19, 2016. Mrs. Ables was born March, 7 1936 in Limestone County to Gilbert and Nina Kimbrough Williams.

Mrs. Ables is survived by three daughters, Shirley Whitfield (Paul), Deborah Toth (David), and Cathy Ables; two sisters, Louise Hamley, Christine Smith (Cleatus); four grandchildren, Michael, Holly, Lori, and Donnie; six great-grandchildren, Madison, Dalton, Katelyn, Paul David, Bo, and Jacob, and numerous nieces,
nephews, other family and friends.

Services for Mrs. Ables will be Monday, August 22, 2016 at 1:00 PM at Limestone Chapel Funeral Home with Robert Lancaster officiating. Family will receive friends Sunday, August 21, 2016 4:00-8:00 PM at Limestone Chapel. Burial will be in Pettusville Cemetery.

Pallbearers are Michael Solomon, Donnie Lewonczyk, Dalton Carwile, Charlie Hamley, Eddie Shannon, Tim Fugatt, and J.B. Whitfield.

Mrs. Ables was a member of Pettusville Methodist Church, Elkmont.

Thursday, August 18, 2016


Tina Ann Brackley, age 44 of Anderson, AL passed away Monday, August 15, 2016. Mrs. Brackley was born February 18, 1972 in Limestone County, AL to Larry Glenn Thomas and Katherine Rice Thomas.

Graveside services will be Thursday, August 18, 2016 4:00 p.m., at Popular Creek Cemetery with Bro Dwight Rayburn officiating. Visitation will be Thursday, from 1:00 p.m. until 3:30 p.m. at Limestone Chapel Funeral Home.

Mrs. Brackley was a Baptist.

Preceded in death by one brother, Jason Thomas; one sister, Donna Cox.

Survived by her husband, David Brackley of Ringgold, GA; one daughter, Brooke Day of Elkmont; one son, Alex Elmore of Athens; four grandchildren, Hayden Hendon, Brayden Hendon, Anniston Elmore and Laikyn Day; father, Larry Glenn Thomas of Anderson, AL; mother, Katherine White of Anderson; one sister, Cynthia Ray of Anderson, AL; one brother, Marcus Wilson of Anderson, AL.

Pallbearers will be Alex Elmore, Marcus Wilson, Christopher Thomas, Dewayne White, Jamie Vanhoozer and Nick Ray.