Tuesday, March 3, 2015

HOW DID YOUR SENATORS AND REPRESENTATIVE VOTE LAST WEEK?

March 2, 2015
In this MegaVote for Alabama's 5th Congressional District:
Recent Congressional Votes
  • Senate: Fiscal 2015 Department of Homeland Security Appropriations - Passage
  • House: Fiscal 2015 Homeland Department Continuing Resolution – Passage
  • House: Education Savings Plan Expansion – Passage
Upcoming Congressional Bills
  • Senate: Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act, 2015
  • House: Secret Science Reform Act of 2015
  • House: Long-Term Care Veterans Choice Act

Recent Senate Votes
Fiscal 2015 Department of Homeland Security Appropriations - Passage - Vote Passed (68-31, 1 Not Voting)

The Senate passed a bill that would provide $47.8 billion in fiscal 2015 for the Homeland Security Department and related activities. The bill would include $12.6 billion for Customs and Border Protection; $6 billion for Immigration and Customs Enforcement; $7.2 billion for the Transportation Security Administration, including fees; $10 billion for the Coast Guard; $1.7 billion for the Secret Service; and $10.8 billion for the Federal Emergency Management Agency, including $6.4 billion for emergency disaster relief.

Sen. Richard Shelby voted NO
Sen. Jeff Sessions voted NO

Recent House Votes
Fiscal 2015 Homeland Department Continuing Resolution – Passage - Vote Failed (203-224, 6 Not Voting)

The House rejected a joint resolution that would make further continuing appropriations for the Homeland Security Department for fiscal 2015. The measure would extend funding for the department for three weeks, through March 19, 2015.

Rep. Mo Brooks voted NO

Education Savings Plan Expansion – Passage - Vote Passed (401-20, 11 Not Voting)

The House passed a bill that would permanently expand the use of "529" educational savings plans by allowing tax-free distributions for students to buy computers and software. It also would eliminate the requirement that multiple 529 accounts held by a beneficiary be treated as a single account and exempt from taxation any amounts that are refunded from colleges as long as the beneficiary re-contributes the funds back into a 529 account within 60 days.

Rep. Mo Brooks voted YES

Upcoming Votes
Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act, 2015 - H.R.240

The Senate is scheduled to work on this bill that would make appropriations for the Department of Homeland Security for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2015, and for other purposes.


Secret Science Reform Act of 2015 - H.R.1030

The bill would prohibit the Environmental Protection Agency from proposing, finalizing, or disseminating regulations or assessments based upon science that is not transparent or reproducible.


Long-Term Care Veterans Choice Act - H.R.294

This House bill would amend title 38, United States Code, to authorize the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to enter into contracts and agreements for the transfer of veterans to non-Department medical foster homes for certain veterans who are unable to live independently.

WHAT'S HAPPENING IN ELKMONT THIS WEEK?


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ELKMONT SOFTBALL -cancelled
Middle School host East Limestone and Ardmore

ELKMONT BASEBALL- CANCELLED
VARSITY vs East Limestone
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CHURCH NIGHT

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ELKMONT BASEBALL
Varsity @ Tanner - 3:30 pm; DH
Middle School vs West @ 4:30 pm; DH

ELKMONT SOFTBALL
Varsity @ Tanner; 4:30 PM
Junior Varsity @ Tanner; 6 pm

ELKMONT SOCCER
*Lady Devils @ Tanner; 5:00 pm
*Red Devils host Mars Hill; 5 pm


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ELKMONT BASEBALL @ CLEMENTS
 varsity - double header 4:30 and 6:30 pm

ELKMONT SOCCER
*Lady Devils hosting Ardmore; 5 pm
*Red Devils hosting Ardmore; 7 pm

ELKMONT SOFTBALL
Varsity @ Calhoun Tournament 

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ELKMONT SOFTBALL
Varsity @ Calhoun Tournament 


Elkmont United Methodist Church
Annual pancake breakfast fundraiser
at 7am-11am
Pancakes, Sausage, Juice and Coffee, $5.


* if you forget, you will be late for church
 

WHERE ARE THE COOKIES?

It's one of Hill Spirit's favorite times of the year, girl scout cookie time. Hill Spirit's favorite is thin mint.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.
Facebook links to order cookies
Troop 1134:
Linda Tubbs Smith
Emily Campbell Lovell
Jessica Chambers
Lisa Coats Burroughs
Michelle Lewis Davis

Monday, March 2, 2015

ILA MAE RUSSELL - OBITUARY

Ila Mae Russell, 94 of Athens died Sunday at Limestone Health Facility.

Mrs. Russell was born February 10, 1921 in Limestone County, a homemaker and a member of Northside church of Christ. Services will be 11 AM Tuesday in the chapel of Spry Funeral Home, with Bud White officiating, burial in Roselawn Cemetery.  Visitation will be Tuesday from 9:30 AM until service at the funeral home.


Survivors include, Daughter, Jean Russell Dean & Husband, Leon - Athens
Grandsons, Lance Dean & Wife, Selena - Athens. Kevin Dean - Athens.
Great Grandchildren, Savannah Dean, Wesley Dean, Jace Dean, Lane Dean.
Sisters, Janell Blankenship & Husband, Wayne - Athens. Joanne Gilliam Smith & Husband, Ron - Indianapolis, IN.
Brother, Glenn Durham - Athens.
Sister-In-Law, Virginia Durham - Elkmont
 

Preceded in death by, Parents, Calvin & Lily Durham.
Husband, Aubrey Russell
Sisters, Ilene Russell, Ruth Tennison, Beulah Pope, Rochell Rocca.
Brother, Dillie Franklin Durham.

JOSEPH HOLLAND MARONEY - OBITUARY

Name:
Joseph Holland Maroney

Dates:
Birth date: December 27, 1927
Death date: March 1, 2015

Obituary:
Joseph Holland Maroney, 87 of Elkmont, Alabama died on Sunday, March 1, 2015, at Huntsville Hospital in Huntsville, Alabama.



Born Tuesday, December 27, 1927 in Huntsville, Alabama, he was the son of the late Allen Richard Maroney and the late Ivy Bell Hutto Maroney. He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife: Jo Nell Orr Maroney, brothers: Gilbert Maroney, Ralph Maroney, and Richard Maroney, and sisters: Margaret Luna, Lydia Mills, and Cleo Wells. He was retired from the US Navy, serving in both WWII and the Korean Conflict.
Surviving are brothers, Derrell Maroney of Blanche, TN and Rex (Inge) Maroney of Elkmont, AL, and sister-in-law: Mildred Maroney and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.


Funeral services will be at 11:00 AM on Wednesday, March 4, 2015, at Ardmore Chapel Funeral Home, Ardmore, Alabama with Bro. Steve Hargrove officiating. Burial will be in Valhalla Memory Gardens, Huntsville, AL.
The family will receive friends from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM on Tuesday, March 3, 2015, at Ardmore Chapel Funeral Home, Ardmore, Alabama.

Sunday, March 1, 2015

LIBRARY FUNDRAISER WITH ELKMONT'S TASIA MALAKASIS


The Athens News Courier's Sunday paper 
is featuring the Athens-Limestone Public Library Foundation is planning a benefit luncheon for Saturday, March 14, with a food-centric theme.

Link to article: News Courier

Highlights: 
 
Belle Chevre

“Cooking for Books” will feature Tasia Malakasis, owner of Elkmont’s artisanal cheese store Belle Chevre. Malakasis is slated to release her new cookbook, “Southern Made Fresh,” and sign copies for diners. The book will officially launch March 10.

“Cooking for Books” begins at 11:30 a.m. and lasts until 1:30 p.m. in the library’s community room. Tickets are $100 each and only 70 will be sold. Half of each ticket sale will benefit the library and the diner will get a tax receipt for the donation.

SEVERE WEATHER UPLOOK

It looks like it will warm up until later this week but the rest of March should be cooler than average. In fact, the whole spring could be cooler but we live in Alabama so it will warm up.   Hopefully, that means our spring gardens will last longer and severe thunderboomer weather will be pushed back to April and May.

 Photo by Accuweather
WHAT DOES ACCUWEATHER PREDICT:
By April and May, severe weather will work its way into the Tennessee Valley. The number of spring severe weather events has been below normal for the past couple of years, especially the number of tornadoes. Warmer air will be more widespread across the country this season, increasing the instability of the atmosphere. Accuweather predicts more tornadoes for the spring season compared to the last couple of years, with it really picking up in April and May in the more traditional areas down south. 
Source: Accuweather