Tuesday, January 16, 2018


I am so excited and honored to be competing in the Miss UNA pageant this month.

Each contestant has a platform of her choice to promote and bring awareness through within the community. My platform is “Kids to Love”. Some of you may have heard of the Kids to Love Foundation. It is a non-profit based out of Madison, Alabama and founded by Lee Marshall. 

Foster children have a special place in my heart. People would be shocked at how many children are in the foster care system just in our own communities.  On average a child remains in foster care for two years while six percent remain in the system for five years or more. Six percent may not sound like a lot, but when you do the math, that is roughly 40,200 children that spend a better portion of their childhood in foster care. That number is almost equivalent to the entire population of Florence, Alabama. 

I believe we can change that bitter reality. Kids to Love is changing the lives of foster children. Not only do they provide them with things that most children take for granted, but they also advocate for these children to find them forever homes. Since Kids to Love first launched in 2004, the number of children in foster care has decreased 30% statewide. Their methods are working in so many ways and I am honored to support them and promote everything they are doing.

One of my missions this past month was to sponsor as many foster children under the care of the Kids to Love program as I could for the holidays. With help from donations and wonderful hospitality of others, I was able to sponsor five foster children and their entire holiday wish list!

Another portion of the competition is talent. For my talent, I will be performing a clogging routine to the song “Better When I’m Dancing” by Meghan Trainor. As the title says, “I’m better when I’m dancing”. I have found something that brings me joy and lifts me up when I am down. I hope others can do the same and live life to the fullest.

As many of you have already seen, each contestant also designs a ring with the help of Creative Jewelers in Florence. Creative Jewelers sponsors the pageant and in return gives a special gift to the winner with the most likes on her picture with her ring design, which is posted on their facebook page. Not only does the person with the most likes get a prize, but the new Miss UNA 2018 receives her custom design ring for FREE, compliments of Creative Jewelers! 

Aside from the jewelry, pampering, and scholarships the Miss UNA pageant brings, the best reward of all has to be the experience. I have been able to learn new things and challenge myself in ways I would have never been able to before. 

So many doors have been opened and new people to call my friends, but seeing all the wonderful support back home brings a tear to my eye. Thank you from the bottom of my heart! Love you all! Go Red Devils and Roar Lions!

*When you get there "like" her ring design photo to help her win the ring contest.

Join us Saturday January 27st at 5:00p.m. at Norton Auditorium for the 44rd Miss UNA Scholarship Pageant Sponsored by SGA and Creative Jewelers. Tickets are on-sale now at www.una.edu/boxoffice! $12 Online, and $15 at the door. Students may redeem a complimentary ticket from the Office of Student Engagement from January 5th until January 26th. 

The Miss UNA Scholarship Pageant is an official preliminary for the Miss Alabama/Miss America Pageant. The Miss UNA Scholarship pageant has been a UNA tradition for over 40 years. 
Each young woman is encouraged and mentored to develop skills that will enrich her personal and professional life beyond her university experience. Miss University of North Alabama spends her year in service to the university and Shoals Area community promoting the platform of her choice, makes official appearances as a university representative, and represents the university at the Miss Alabama Scholarship Pageant.




*Bingo, billiards, dominoes, TV, joker and other games, 8 a.m.
*Shopping Trip

Bingo, dominoes, Golden Age band, TV, billiards, joker and other games, 8 a.m. 


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

New Gym: JVG, VG, VB @ 4:30 PM
Old Gym: MG, MB, @ 4 PM

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


Your Hound Dog Half race bib is your ticket to the pancake breakfast! (Elkmont Methodist Church Annex) Family and friends can join you for $5. They can pay at the door 🙂

Runrgirl is hosting a pancake breakfast at Elkmont's Hound Dog Half Saturday January 20th starting at 8:30am. Tickets are 5.00 a piece for community and spectators. The breakfast is free to all registered runners. The proceeds will be split between the Elkmont XC team and 9/11 Heroes Run-Athens, Alabama.

*Limestone County Basketball Tournament Starts @ Elkmont


*Limestone County Basketball Tournament  @ Elkmont

*Billiards, dominoes, TV, joker and other games, 8 a.m.
*County Music @ 6:30 pm; all ages invited to listen or participate

Monday, January 15, 2018


David Ralph Tucker, age 19 of Elkmont, AL, died Sunday, January 14, 2018 in Limestone County, Alabama. He was born June 11, 1998 in Limestone County, Alabama He was a Graduate of Elkmont High School, and employed at Steelcase, Athens, AL. 

Funeral Services will be Wednesday, January 17, 2018, 2 PM at Spry Funeral Home Chapel with burial in the Roselawn Cemetery. Visitation and funeral were scheduled for Wednesday but have been moved to Thursday from noon until service time. 

Survivors include:
Mother: Pamela Kimbrough of Athens, AL Father: Chris Tucker of Elkmont, AL, 

Michael Tucker of Elkmont, AL
Tyler Tucker of Elkmont, AL
Matthew Tucker of Elkmont, AL
Rashun Petty of Huntsville, AL, 

Patricia Croley of Athens, AL
Wanda Tucker of Elkmont, AL

Great Grandparents: 
Homer Pack Jr. of Athens, AL
Willodean George of Athens, AL

Aunt: Teresa Wise of Elkmont, AL
God Parents: Charles & Katrina Jones


The Hound Dog Half Marathon is this Saturday and everything is coming together nicely! We are excited about the turnout and the  forecast is predicting perfect weather, party sunny and low 40s for race time. We are looking forward to all the runners and spectators coming to Elkmont!

There will be a custom finishers medal as well as age group and overall awards.  All participants registered by Dec 1, 2017 are guaranteed t-shirt sized specified on registration.  There will also be a special award for our 7th place finisher in honor of Ludivine's accomplishment.  
Packet pickup is at the town hall located at 18890 Upper Fort Hampton Rd in Elkmont, Alabama.  It will be held on Friday, Jan 19th from 4 pm - 7 pm and on race day from 6 am - 7:45 am. Registration Link
Beautiful, CERTIFIED (USATF #AL15062JD) half marathon through the rolling hills of Elkmont, Alabama.  The course begins in downtown Elkmont and heads out into the country on the rolling rural roads.  About 7-8 miles into the race, runners will move off the road and onto the old L&N Railroad bed and is now known as the Richard Martin Trail and is part of the Rails to Trails Conservancy, where they will run the final 5-6 miles of the half marathon.

The inaugural race was a couple of years ago and was "interrupted" by this young lady. 

You can check out the story if you haven't heard by clicking on the these links:

Elkmont Hound Dog Still In News  
Proud of the Hound Dog
World Record Set at Trackless 
Race Renamed Hound Dog Half

Your Hound Dog Half race bib is your ticket to the pancake breakfast! (Elkmont Methodist Church Annex) Family and friends can join you for $5. They can pay at the door 🙂

Runrgirl is hosting a pancake breakfast at Elkmont's Hound Dog Half starting at 8:30am. Tickets are 5.00 a piece for community and spectators. The breakfast is free to all registered runners. The proceeds will be split between the Elkmont XC team and 9/11 Heroes Run-Athens, Alabama.

Proceeds from this race will benefit the Elkmont High School Cross Country and Track/Field programs.  100% of the proceeds from the Hound Dog Half go towards entry fees, equipment and other expenses of the team. Parents provide additional funding by purchasing uniforms, providing travel and accommodations as needed for state competitions. Coach Pugh inspires these kids. He is out there (on the trail) running/training WITH these kids. Doing the same workout he has them doing and through running, he has instilled a passion in some of these kids that no other coach or sport had been able to do. 

The race director has heard what some are saying about cost and is looking at other options during registration for next year's race (well, the Jan 2019 race) - bare bones entry (finisher medal only) or all in swag entry (finisher medal, shirt, hat, breakfast, etc). Some people run races for the cause and some run for the swag. Our goal (in addition to supporting the XC and track teams) is to bring you, the runners, a fun, challenging race with great support out on the course, quality swag and a desire to come back year after year to support our kids that love running as much as you do!

We are looking forward to seeing you at the 3rd annual Hound Dog Half on Jan 20, 2018!

Saturday, January 13, 2018


How to Prepare for a Winter Storm
It looks like we may get interesting winter weather next week.  We are due for an ice storm.  We haven't had one in several years so the odds may be good we will. One of the biggest risks from big winter storms is their ability to knock out your power, heat and communication services.  With a bad storm, this can sometimes last for days.

Here are a few tips for you in case we face any crazy storms this winter: 

When Is It Serious?

There are four different types of winter storm warnings that you may get via the news, radio, weather channel etc.  It is important to know the difference.  Here are the definitions from the Red Cross:

Winter Storm OutlookWinter storm conditions are possible in the next 2 to 5 days.
Winter Weather Advisory – Winter weather conditions are expected to cause significant inconveniences and may be hazardous. When caution is used, these situations should not be life threatening.
Winter Storm WatchWinter storm conditions are possible within the next 36 to 48 hours. People in a watch area should review their winter storm plans and stay informed about weather conditions.
Winter Storm Warning – Life-threatening, severe winter conditions have begun or will begin within 24 hours. People in a warning area should take precautions immediately.

What to Prepare Before….WAY Before
  • Make sure you have a 3 day supply of water (3 gallons per person) and easy to prepare food.  Might want to consider stocking the cupboard or creating a 72 hour kit.
  • Purchase a NOAA Weather Radio so you can stay aware of the situation if your other communication sources are cut off.  Make sure it is battery operated and that you have extra batteries.
  • Make sure you have a good shovel. 
  • Purchase a supply of flashlights (with batteries) and candles.
  • Clean and inspect your chimney if you have one.  Make sure you have a supply of wood.
  • Make sure you have an ample supply of blankets.  If you power goes out, you will need as many as you can get!
  • Clear rain gutters and repair roof leaks.
  • Have an alternate way of cooking.  A small “camp stove” works well for short term emergencies.  You may also consider a butane stove which is safe to use indoors (with a cracked window).  Make sure that whatever you choose that you have enough fuel.  Cook in a well ventilated garage (like with the door open) to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning.
  • Install carbon monoxide alarms in your home.  The risk of carbon monoxide poisoning increasing during winter storms as people turn to alternate heat sources.
  • Learn how to care for frostbite and hypothermia.  Make sure you click on these links and print those out in case your power goes out during a storm.
  • Weather strip any drafty doors or windows.
  • Purchase yard fertilizer (rock salt will kill the plants) to help you keep walkways safe.
  • Make sure the car wipers work well.
  • Make sure you have fire extinguishers in your home and that everyone knows how to use them.  House fires are much more common during winter storms as people turn to alternate heat sources.
  • Consider purchasing a good supply of hand warmers.
  • Consider purchasing a kerosene heater or small propane heater like Mr. Buddy.  

Wednesday, January 10, 2018


Hill Spirit is reading about some weather
indicators that say cold, ice and snow  might be in our neck of the woods this winter.   How well would you prepared for winter weather? It is wise for you to pay attention to what needs work and be more prepared for this winter.

The information below is from an older post but it contains that is important to know for this winter. There are links throughout the graphic below so light them up with the mouse. 

Being ready for storms doesn't begin the day of the storm or after, it starts when you don't need to be ready.  If it's not snow and ice here in Alabama, we have tornadoes.  There are lots of great posts on the net but some can be found on this blog.  Click on BEING PREPARED  and PROVIDENT LIVING  to get started

Hand and Body Warmers Portable Indoor Heaters Blankets and Sleeping Bags

Monday, January 8, 2018


Donald “Tinker” Meadows, age 56 of Bowling Green, KY passed away on Saturday, January 6, 2018 at Medical Center of Kentucky. Tinker was born on October 8, 1961 in Limestone County to Ronald Meadows and Billie Meadows.
He loved his family, music, riding his Harley Davidson motorcycle and Alabama Football. Tinker was employed with General Motors for over thirty years. He never met a stranger.

Tinker is survived by three daughters, Brittany Gilbert (Levi), Courtny Meadows, and Hanna Meadows all of Elkmont, AL; mother, Billie Meadows of Elkmont, AL; Connie Meadows of Elkmont, AL.
He was preceded in death by his father.
Services for Mr. Meadows will be 11:00AM Thursday, January 11 2018 at Limestone Chapel Funeral Home with Greg Balch officiating. The family will receive friends on Wednesday, January 10, 2018 from 5:00-8:00PM at the funeral home. Burial will be in Roselawn Cemetery.

Sunday, January 7, 2018


Alice Geraldene Mitchell, age 74 of Elkmont, died Friday at Athens Limestone Hospital. Mrs. Mitchell was born January 7, 1943 in Limestone County, she was a member of Bethel Church of Christ in Bethel, Tennessee and she was a homemaker. 

Services will be 2PM Monday, January 8, 2018 at Spry Funeral Home Chapel with Scott Pepper officiating, burial at Antioch Cemetery, visitation is from 6-9 PM Sunday at Spry Funeral Home. 

Daughter: Brenda Mitchell of Elkmont, Sisters: Viola Turner of Elkmont, Irene Roberts of Pulaski, TN., Pauline Turner of Elkmont, Dorothy Lee of Elkmont and Diann Mitchell of Ardmore, AL., Five Grandchildren, Eight Great-Grandchildren.
Preceded death by Parents: Villard and Lorene Campbell, Husband: Joe R. Mitchell, Son: Eddie Mitchell, Brother: Tommy Campbell.


Ms. Shirley Mary Newton, age 69 of Decatur, AL passed away on Saturday, January 6, 2018 at Wesley Acres Facility. Ms. Newton was born on July 8, 1948 in Elkmont, AL to Augusta "Gus" and Nancy Lewis Amerson.

She was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Dorothy Freeman and brothers, Samuel Amerson, Raymond Amerson and LeeRoy Amerson.

Ms. Newton is survived by her children, Michelle Colston, Crystal Robertson and Wayne Martin; sisters, Margaret Tucker, Augusta Webster, Nancy
Louella Ray and Emma Tucker; brother, James Wesley Amerson; six grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews and other family and friends.

Ms. Newton was a member of Patillo Street Church of God.

Friday, January 5, 2018


It's one of Hill Spirit's favorite times of the year, girl scout cookie time. Hill Spirit's favorite is thin mints.There are those of us looking for those girl scout cookies and want to support our Elkmont young ladies.  Elkmont's troop is 1134.  Not only will we get wonderful cookies but we will help our scouts with their fundraiser.

Cookies are $4 or $5 and proceeds will go toward a camping trip for our troop, plus many more activities throughout the year. We are also taking donations for our local military and veterans. Cookies will be in later this month and will be delivered shortly after.

Facebook Link for Cookies if you don't know the ladies below.
Beth Hawkins

Troop 1134 Moms:
Chambers, Jessica 
Grindol, Lyndsay 
Hawkins, Beth 
Monroe, Holly 
Pinkerton, Christina 
Turner, Susie 
Gilliland, Heather 
Monroe, Holly (Daisy Leader) 
White, Katy 
Shock, Tabitha 
Thomas, Christy 
White, Joy 
Lamar, Becky 
Smith, Linda Tubbs
Burroughs, Lisa 
Keller, Leigh (Alex Boyd) 
Lovell, Emily 
Simmons, Michelle