Tuesday, September 2, 2014


The Elkmont Lions Club dove shoot will be held September 6.  Preselect spots are $30 and $20

Dickey Hobbs Farm.
26229 Veto Road

For more information:

Dickie Hobbs:  256-509-5121 
Johnny Jenkins 256-431-0277


Volleyball (MS/V) @ Decatur Heritage 
Middle School 5 & 6 pm
Varsity            6 pm

Elkmont MS/JV football @ Tanner.
Kickoff for MS is 5:30. JV will follow (probably 7 pm)


Church Night 

Volleyball (V/JV/MS) @Tanner 4pm

Elkmont Football vs Brooks - 7 pm;  home


Elkmont Youth Football:
*games at Athens Middle School
1:20 PM  West/Elkmont Pee Wee 5:20 PM  West/Elkmont Midgets

Elkmont Varsity Volleyball Invitational  TBA

Cross Country - Chickasaw Trails @ Oakville 

Elkmont Lions Club Dove Shoot  
Preselect spots are $30 and $20 
Location: Dickey Hobbs Farm   
26229 Veto Road
US Cycling Sanctioned State Race 
*rescheduled from August 30 

Elkmont Middle School Football @ South Lincoln; kickoff 3 pm 

*FOOTBALL SEASON PASSES are available in the front office. They are $30 each and admit you to all HOME football games. 

Elkmont High School uses the “Remind101” text messaging system to send school updates about weather-related school closures, school activities, and other school information. 

All you need is a cell phone capable of receiving text messages. A smartphone is not required. “Remind101” is a free service but standard text messaging fees may apply.  Students or parents can sign up by texting @ehsgarris to 404-620-3736. 


Future Farmers of America students from Ardmore, East Limestone and Elkmont high schools and the East Limestone Family, Career and Community Leaders of America students toured several Limestone County locations last week. They met several individuals and farmers with a vested interest in agriculture.

The students toured the Limestone Farmers Cooperative where they learned how the cooperative is operated and managed. Students were informed about services available for area farmers as well as the different chemicals the co-op uses on a variety of crops and how fertilizers are stored, used and hauled.

The Ardmore, East Limestone and Elkmont students also had the opportunity to lean about fertilizer and seeding prescriptions, which is one of the newest technologies available at the cooperative.
Students later toured Isom’s Orchard on U.S. 72 where Wes Isom explained the ins and outs of the fifth generation family operation. The tour allowed students to experience the first day of cider production. They also walked through the Isom’s apple and peach orchards and large-scale vegetable gardens as well as learned about the intense maze of naturally spring-fed irrigation systems used to keep the operation going.

Source: Athens News Courier


Another good podcast on something you can do to make your family healthier and be more self-reliant. An introduction to twelve herbs that every home should be growing.  Skip to 8:23 into the podcast to get to the main topic.
Today we do part two of a series on herbs every survivalist should grow.  Herbs are great because even if have a tiny yard these are 12 plants you can easily find space for even on a postage stamp city lot.  The key is these 12 plants will provide you food, medicine, relaxation and beauty and require very little of you in return. I truly believe that ones quality of life can be improved just by growing and using fresh herbs.

The first show in this series was Episode-1410- 12 Herbs Every Modern Survivalist Should Grow, so if you don’t see your favorite herb here, it may have been covered in that episode.
The truth is I could go on an list 12 more off the top of my head but these 12 will do so much and ask so little of you that is why I chose them for today’s show.  We may in fact do one more show in this series.

 I Discuss the Following 18 Herbs You Should be Growing
  1. Lemon Balm
  2. Peppermint
  3. Comfrey
  4. Dill
  5. Sage
  6. Thyme
  7. Calendula
  8. Rosemary
  9. Bee Balm
  10. Roses
  11. Lavender
  12. Marsh Mallow

Monday, September 1, 2014


Of course we want to shop local since part of the sales tax goes to the town of Elkmont and we love our hometown businesses.  We have Dollar General and Piggly Wiggly within a mile of downtown Elkmont.  However, sometimes you can't find what you want or you love using coupons and buy one, get one free (BOGO) deals.  Publix not only has this but also has a school rewards program that supports Elkmont High School.

How to participate in the Publix Partner Program:
There are small swipecards for each school. Ask for yours at the customer service desk.  I checked last week and they have gotten a new supply, enough for everyone.  Details of program: Please support our school through the Publix Partners Program. Present a Publix Partners card from EHS to your cashier whenever you make a purchase at Publix. (Be sure to show the card before the sale is totaled.)  At the end of each quarter, Publix will award our school with $250 for every $37, 500 spent.

For those of you just getting started using coupons, learning about stacking coupons and BOGO, a great site is I heart publix. It matches up all the coupons with each week's specials plus lots of other neat info about shopping at Publix.

We also have an Elkmont group that is all about using coupons to save money.

The Coupon Patrol is a group of over 1500, growing daily and based in Elkmont Alabama. Not only do we teach you the ethical way to coupon, each month we have our Families Of The Month Program in which we choose two families from our area and donate food, and cleaning supplies to them. In the past five months we have donated over $2,000 in food, cleaning supplies, meat and merchandise. Look us up on Facebook to learn how to save on your shopping trips, and how to pay it forward to help others...we look forward to you joining our group!!!

Link: Elkmont Coupon Patrol Chat Room
Link: Coupon Patrol Facebook 

This is also a great way to participate in the Full Tummy Program.  Use those coupons to buy supplies to help the little ones in need who live in the Elkmont School District.


Be Ready! September is National Preparedness Month

Collage: People with a laptop computer. A first aid kit. Firemen review a map.Throughout September there will be activities across the country to promote emergency preparedness. More than 3,000 organizations – national, regional, and local public and private organizations – are supporting emergency preparedness efforts and encouraging all Americans to take action.
Join the effort! Visit our Web site for “Emergency Preparedness and Response” and follow these four steps:
September 2014 marks the 11th annual National
Preparedness Month, sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency.  One goal is to teach you about how to prepare for emergencies, including natural disasters, mass casualties, biological and chemical threats, radiation emergencies, and terrorist attacks. Link to more info

Self reliance is a topic the Hill Spirit posts about once each week.  For past posts, click on labels to right of blog; look for provident living and being prepared

Sunday, August 31, 2014


School will soon be starting and our Elkmont churches are getting ready.  New Bethel Baptist, Downtown Ekmont Church of Christ, Friendship Methodist North and Elkmont Methodist Church participated in the "Full Tummy" program last year and are excited about helping out again this year.  As they prepare for another year of filling tummies and changing the lives of our Elkmont students in need, we can help by stocking their church pantries.  This is a great community service project for those who are coupon experts. You can drop off your items at any of the above churches or the school office.