Thursday, November 26, 2015


No School

Elkmont Basketball @ Paint Rock Tourney
*Varsity Boys vs Paint Rock @ 11am

Elkmont Basketball @ Paint Rock Tourney
*Varsity Boys

Annette Carnell Barnes - Obituary

Annette Carnell Barnes, 91 of Ardmore, Alabama died on Tuesday, November 24, 2015, at Athens-Limestone Hospital in Athens, Alabama.
Born Saturday, February 9, 1924 in Cash Point, Tennessee, she was the daughter of the late Atha Lewter and the late Edna Boldin Lewter. She was a member of Ardmore Church of Christ and loved to listen to Gospel music and loved people. 

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Buron B. Barnes, sons:Wayne Barnes, J.W. Barnes, daughter: Martha Autrey, and brothers: A.D. Walter, Malcom, and Clyde Lewter, and sister: Annie Pepper.

Surviving are sons,Richard (Pete) & wife Pat Barnes of Moulton, AL and Darby (Joy) Barnes of Ardmore, AL, daughters, Jean (Jerry) Chandler of Ardmore, AL, Annie (Ray) Cross of Ardmore, TN, Susie Moore of Elkton, TN, Connie Royster of Elkmont, AL and Linda Blankenship of Athens, AL, brothers, Tommy (Louise) Lewter of Ardmore, AL and Jimmy (Janice) Lewter of Ardmore, TN, sisters, Marie (Larry) Phelps of Bowling Green, KY, Hazel Bowin of Orlando, FL and Mary Gladys Johnson of Orlando, FL, numerous grandchildren, a host of great-grandchildren, and several great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be at 11:00 AM on Saturday, November 28, 2015, at Ardmore Chapel Funeral Home, Ardmore, Alabama with Bro. Douglas Eubanks and Bro. Amos Conley officiating. Burial will be in Hasting Cemetery, Ardmore, AL.

The family will receive friends from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM on Friday, November 27, 2015, at Ardmore Chapel Funeral Home, Ardmore, Alabama.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015


The Red Devils traveled to Wilson HS for the 4A Section 3 XC meet on Nov 5.  The day promised to be unusually warm for this time of year which also meant that running conditions weren’t as favorable as most runners would like.  

The Wilson team did a great job of hosting the event – and even allowed teams to come out and practice on the course the weekend before the meet.  Our runners ran well and although the full teams didn’t advance to the state championship, we did have 3 Red Devils qualify as individuals.    

Who goes to the State Championship?  The top 3 teams and then the top 6 individuals that are not on those 3 teams are the only ones that advance from each of the 4 sections.  

The Elkmont teams are in the toughest section in the state – especially the girls team!  Let me explain….

The top 3 girls teams in our section, Wilson, Rogers and West Limestone are also the top 3 teams in the state!!  With a predicted 40 point spread between 3rd and 4th place teams at sectional, there was no doubt that it would be difficult for any other girls team to secure a bid to the state meet.  The Lady Red Devils still performed well – they placed 2 spots better than the predictions indicated.  Eighth grader Claudia Allen finished 14th overall and was the only Lady Red Devil to advance to the State meet.
The boys team was led all season by sophomore, Chase Prater and Junior Chance Bailey.  They entered the sectional meet ranked as the 4th place team and it was going to be a challenge for them to secure a trip to the state championship as a team.

The boys section was also very competitive and the top three teams were West Limestone, Haleyville and Rogers.  The Elkmont team did make its presence known – the entire race was led by Chase Prater and Chance Bailey, with them taking 1st and 2nd place respectively. 

These kids have worked out and trained since the end of May and now, cross country season is over for the year.  It is always a tough transition those first few days (weeks) after State but many will come back together in February for track, and the remaining will join back in again in May to prepare for another XC season.  

Until then….Keep chasing the shirt in front of you and never give up!


The Alabama Cross-Country Meet at Oakville Indian Mounds Park was held earlier this month. Elkmont had three runners qualify for the meet.

Taking advantage of a fast 3.1-mile course on a crisp and clear morning, Chase Prater finished in 6th place (16:46) overall and Chance Bailey finished in 13th place (17:11 – new personal record) overall at the state championship, both earning All-State honors!  We are so proud of what these two have accomplished!  

Eighth-grader Claudia Allen ran well at State, finishing 32nd overall with a time of 22:02. Way to go Claudia!

“We just wanted it more this season,” said Bailey, who estimated running 45 to 50 miles weekly with Prater during the summer and fall to prepare for the state meet.
Today is a day that I always look forward to and at the same time dread. The last meet of the year - the State Championship. 

It is the end of what was started in June with early morning strength training followed by those hot summer workouts on our trail. Next week, not only will the kids feel the void, but many of us parents will as well. 

XC is an amazing sport - our kids learn so much more than just "running". They learn how to work - hard. They learn commitment. They learn dedication. They learn compassion for their fellow athlete. All things that they can apply throughout life. They battle to the finish -against all odds - and if they fall short, there is no trash talk or blame. Instead, you see these kids congratulate each other - with sincerity - on their own with no prompting or prodding by coaches or parents.


The Red Devil Cross Country (XC) teams concluded their season with a banquet at 306 BBQ in Athens. All the athletes were presented with a medal and a stats sheet. Then we all enjoyed the many stories that were told! 

Coach Pugh honored our 3 seniors, Hannah Hanback, Ruth Ann Bates and Dalton Adams with a special gift - a part of our trail - for them to remember their days on the trail and what it has taught them through their XC days. 

It was a great season and we all hate to see it end. We are proud of what all of these athletes have accomplished; we are saddened as we realize our seniors won't be with us next season (but excited for them as they enter their next phase of life); we have hope in the younger athletes as they work to fill the shoes that the seniors are leaving behind! 

Always "Chase that Shirt" in front of you Red Devils! Until next time.......

Coach Pugh's Corner:
Great XC banquet. Nice to see the kids dressed up and looking their best. Great to get to the honor them for the accomplishments this season! Looking forward to next year already!


Elkmont’s Angel Tree Program gives individuals and local businesses an opportunity to adopt our less fortunate children from Elkmont and help provide them with gifts, clothing and other necessities.  Donors can be confident that their gifts go directly to those in our Elkmont community who are truly needy and appreciative of our help.

Last year we had 91 angels who needed an angel hug. 
Thanks to all who supported our program, all our angels were adopted or taken care of with donated funds. For those wishing to adopt an Angel, visit our local Dollar General (next to the Pig), pick an ornament from the tree and sign it out at the register. All gifts must be returned to Elkmont school by December 4th.  

Wrapping is optional but please make sure your angel's number (from the tree) is on the gift.  Sorry for the late notice - tree went up late this year.  For those who don’t care to shop but would like to help, you can make a donation through the school. This money will be used to purchase gifts for those not adopted or to add to the items that have been purchased. 

Your help is greatly appreciated in making

this a wonderful Christmas for our local children!! If you have any questions, please contact our head angels:
Kim Boone or Lisa Watkins @ 256-732-4292 
You can facebook message Kim - Kim's Link


November 23, 2015
In this MegaVote for Alabama's 5th Congressional District:
Recent Congressional Votes
  • Senate: EPA Existing Power Plant Rule Disapproval -- Passage
  • Senate: EPA New and Retrofitted Power Plant Rule Disapproval -- Passage
  • House: Bank Mortgage Liability -- Passage
  • House: Auto Loans -- Passage
  • House: Federal Reserve Overhaul -- Passage
  • House: Syrian and Iraqi Refugees -- Passage

Editor's Note: The Senate and House will not be in session this week.

Recent Senate Votes
EPA Existing Power Plant Rule Disapproval -- Passage - Vote Passed (52-46, 2 Not Voting)

The Senate agreed to a joint resolution expressing disapproval of the rule submitted by the EPA concerning carbon emissions at existing power plants.

Sen. Richard Shelby voted YES
Sen. Jeff Sessions voted YES

EPA New and Retrofitted Power Plant Rule Disapproval -- Passage - Vote Passed (52-46, 2 Not Voting)

The Senate agreed to a joint resolution expressing disapproval of the rule submitted by the EPA concerning carbon emissions at new and retrofitted power plants.

Sen. Richard Shelby voted YES
Sen. Jeff Sessions voted YES

Recent House Votes
Bank Mortgage Liability -- Passage - Vote Passed (255-174, 4 Not Voting)

The bill creates a safe harbor from lawsuits for banks that originate non-qualified mortgages that do not comply with ability-to-repay requirements, as long as the bank retains the mortgage in its own portfolio.

Rep. Mo Brooks voted YES

Auto Loans -- Passage - Vote Passed (332-96, 5 Not Voting)

The bill nullifies 2013 guidance issued by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) regarding fair lending practices for indirect auto lenders, after the CFPB determined that car loans provided through auto dealers were artificially high and discriminatory.

Rep. Mo Brooks voted YES

Federal Reserve Overhaul -- Passage - Vote Passed (241-185, 7 Not Voting)

The bill modifies Federal Reserve operations and oversight in an effort to make it more accountable, including by requiring the Fed to develop detailed strategies with set goals for conducting monetary policy that would be reviewed by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) and requiring the Fed chairman to testify before Congress if GAO determines that the strategy no longer complies with bill requirements. It also provides for GAO audits of all Fed activities, including its deliberations over monetary policy. The legislation requires Fed to conduct cost-benefit analyses of all proposed rules and limits the Fed’s emergency lending powers.

Rep. Mo Brooks voted YES

Syrian and Iraqi Refugees -- Passage - Vote Passed (289-137, 8 Not Voting)

The bill prohibits refugees from Syria or Iraq from being admitted into the United States unless the individual has had a comprehensive background check and the government, including the FBI and national intelligence director, certifies to Congress that he or she does not pose a threat.

Rep. Mo Brooks voted YES