Tuesday, April 28, 2015


April 27, 2015
In this MegaVote for Alabama's 5th Congressional District:
Recent Congressional Votes
  • Senate: Human Trafficking Victims' Fund - Passage
  • Senate: Lynch Nomination – Cloture
  • House: Consumer Financial Protection Advisory Boards – Passage
Upcoming Congressional Bills
  • Senate: Protecting Volunteer Firefighters and Emergency Responders Act
  • House: Fiscal 2016 Senate Budget Resolution

Recent Senate Votes
Human Trafficking Victims' Fund - Passage - Vote Passed (99-0, 1 Not Voting)

The Senate passed a bill that would establish a Domestic Trafficking Victims' Fund, to which both new criminal penalties and, as amended, matching funds from already appropriated money for community health centers would be transferred. Amounts originating from criminal fines would be prohibited from being used for health care or medical services.

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

Lynch Nomination – Cloture - Vote Agreed to (66-34)

The Senate agreed to a motion to invoke cloture, thus limiting debate, on President Obama's nomination of Loretta E. Lynch of New York to be Attorney General.

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

Recent House Votes
Consumer Financial Protection Advisory Boards – Passage - Vote Passed (235-183, 13 Not Voting)

The House passed a bill that would formally establish three advisory boards with which the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) must consult on matters regarding small businesses, credit unions and community banks. The measure is offset by limiting funding for the CFPB in future years.

Rep. Mo Brooks voted NO

Upcoming Votes
Protecting Volunteer Firefighters and Emergency Responders Act - H.R.1191

The bill would amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to ensure that emergency services volunteers are not taken into account as employees under the shared responsibility requirements contained in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

Fiscal 2016 Senate Budget Resolution - S.CON.RES.11

The House may take up the conference report for the concurrent resolution that would set forth the congressional budget for the United States government for fiscal year 2016 and setting forth the appropriate budgetary levels for fiscal years 2017 through 2025.


28 ELKMONT GOLF @ Sectionals
*boys team: Blackberry Course @ Florence
*girls team: Twin Pines Course @ Russellville




School Closed


Elkmont Open Air Market @ 8 AM-Noon

Fly a Kite for Children Charities

1st Annual Kite Day on Saturday May 2nd at Elkmont High School ball field; 11 am- 1pm.  Don't have a kite, buy one there.


 The Red Devil Track and Field teams competed in the 4A Section 4 Sectional meet at James Clemens High School on April 24th and April 25th.  Although there is always new competition to contend with as athletes graduate and new ones join a program, the Red Devils faced competition at a different level this year.  They knew the schools they would be competing against when they were 3A – they even knew the other athletes and their abilities .  This all changed when Elkmont moved up to Class 4A. The Red Devils found themselves in a very tough section this year – but they did not disappoint us!

Records!  Records are made to be BROKEN!  Five new school records were set this past weekend!  The first one by freshman Chase Prater in the 3200M run.  This is 2 miles, 8 LONG laps around that oval!  He finished in 10:26.01 (and earned a Silver medal) which beat the old school record, held by Adam McMahan, by 3 seconds!  Way to go Chase!

The second new school record belongs to the 4x100 meter sprint relay team manned by Tiyler Walts, Ethan Shores, Jake Armstrong and Noah Sharp.  Their time of 48.5 beat the old record of 49.13, also set this year at the Muscle Shoals Invitational meet. 

Noah Sharp is responsible for the next two school records.  Early in the season he told Coach Pugh, “I want to try the hurdles!”  Try them he did!  He ran the 110m High hurdles in 19.01 and the 300m Hurdles in 44.93.  Noah earned a bronze medal in the 300m hurdles and qualified for the state meet. Always impressive but this was only the 2nd time he had ever run this event!  This is a big deal considering Elkmont doesn’t have  a track or“equipment” to train on!  Awesome job, Noah!  We are proud of his initiative and willingness to try something new and make the best of training for such an event!

The last record set by the Red Devils at Sectionals belongs to Brianna Barnett.  She threw the discus 63’1” – beating her previous record of 62’3”.  Way to go Brianna!

Sectionals is where athletes qualify for the State Track and Field competition.  This year, Elkmont has 6 athletes going to the state meet.  Qualifiers include:

Chase Prater – 1600M, 3200M and 4x800M relay

Ethan Shores – 4x800M Relay and 4x100M relay

Tiyler Walts – 4x800M Relay and 4x100M relay

Noah Sharp – 300M Hurdles and 4x100M relay

Jake Armstrong – 4x100M relay

Chance Bailey – 4x800M relay

Best of luck to this group of young men at the State Meet in Gulf Shores (April 30-May 2)

All the athletes performed well at Sectionals.  Here is a recap of their performances:

Elkmont Women’s Performances:

100M Dash (G)

Ameia Davis – 14.82

Lindsay Gandy – 16.91

200M Dash (G)

Taeleur Walts – 38.54

400M Dash (G)

Kaylee Varnie - 1:14.20 (PR)

Lindsay Gandy – 1:25.64 (PR)

Taeleur Walts – 1:30.56

800M Run (G)

Hannah Hanback – 2:58.56

Stephanie Clem - 3:10.45 (PR)

Brianna Barnett – 3:30.97 (PR)

1600M Run (1 mile)

Hannah Hanback – 6:31.44

4x400 Relay (G)

Stephanie Clem/Hannah Hanback/Lindsay Gandy /Kaylee Varnie – 5:20.52

4X800 Relay (G)

Ameia Davis/Stephanie Clem/Hannah Hanback /Kaylee Varnie – 13:16.31

Shot Put (G)

Brianna Barnett - 21'1/2"

Discus (G)

Brianna Barnett – 63’1” – School Record

Elkmont Men’s Performances:

100M Dash (B)

Noah Sharp – 12.10 (PR)

Jake Armstrong – 12.44

200M Dash (B)

Jacob Armstrong – 26.37

Lane Roberts – 29.39

Jacob Wall – 32.76

400M Dash (B)

Ethan Shores – 55.16 (PR)

Alex Armstrong – 1:09.17

Jacob Wall – 1:12.01 (PR)

800M Run (B)

Chase Prater - 2:13.04 (PR)

Luke Little – 2:26.74 (PR)

James Walts – 2:45.20 (PR)

1600M Run (1 mile)

Chase Prater – 4:48.31 (PR) (3rd                   place) – State Qualifier

Brantley Hammock – 5:47.13 (PR)

James Walts – 5:58.36 (PR)

3200M Run (2 miles)

Chase Prater – 10:26.01 (PR) (2nd place) – School Record and State Qualifier

Chance Bailey – 11:42.26

Brantley Hammock – 12:43.74 (PR)

110M Hurdles

Noah Sharp – 19.01 (PR) – School Record

300M Hurdles

Noah Sharp – 44.93 (3rd place) – School Record and State Qualifier

4x100 Relay (B)

Tiyler Walts/Ethan Shores/Jake Armstrong/Noah Sharp – 48.50 – School Record and State Qualifier

4x400 Relay (B)

Alex Armstrong/Luke Little/Tiyler Walts/Ethan Shores – 4:08.41

4X800 Relay (B)

Chance Bailey/Tiyler Walts/Chase Prater/Ethan Shores – 9:20.57

Shot Put (B)

Ethan Wilson – 30’4 ½” (PR)

Discus (B)

Ethan Wilson – 86’8”

Monday, April 27, 2015


Cast your vote below for the Applebee's Neighborhood Athlete of the Week! The winner will be announced on Saturday's Tailgate Talk and picks up a gift card from Applebee's! 
Last day to vote is May 1.  
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Lisa Marie Dempsey, 37 of Toney, Alabama died Friday at Huntsville Hospital. Mrs. Dempsey was born August 22, 1977 in Dallas, Texas, she was a homemaker, and a member of The Covering Church, Toney, Alabama.

Visitation will be Monday from 6-9 PM at Spry Funeral Home, services 2 PM Tuesday in the funeral home chapel with Tony Turner officiating, burial in Wesley's Chapel Cemetery.

Survivors include, Husband, Jody E. Dempsey of Toney. Father, Rickey Dempsey of Elkmont. Sons, Cody Dempsey and Wesley Dempsey both of Toney. Daughter, Tessa Marie Dempsey, of Toney. Sisters, Melissa Harrell of Harvest, and Sharon Malone of Huntsville. Brothers, Rickey Lee Dempsey and Joseph Dempsey both of Elkmont. Many Nieces and Nephews .

She was preceded in death by, Mother, Lois Elaine Dempsey. Son, Jody C. Dempsey and Sister Tina Ann Nguyen. Pallbearers will be, Cody Dempsey, Wesley Dempsey, Rickey Lee Dempsey, Joseph Dempsey, Jeffrey Powell and Justin Powell.

Sunday, April 26, 2015


A goat cheese maker, a utility construction engineer and a local library supporter received the top awards Wednesday at the Greater Limestone County Chamber of Commerce’s annual awards luncheon. Tasia Malakasis, Jim Lannom and Millie Caudle were honored during the event at First United Methodist Church’s Beasley Center.

Malakasis, owner of Belle Chevre creamery in Elkmont, was named 2015 Businessperson of the Year for her company’s success as it celebrates its 25th anniversary.  She purchased Belle Chevre in 2007.  “She was a major part of the rejuvenation of Elkmont,”  Teresa Todd, president of the Limestone County Tourism Association, said. “She’s played a major role in agri-tourism in Limestone County.”

To read complete article: Decatur Daily


All Limestone County schools will register students for next school year on Monday, May 4 at each local school. Times:
8 am - 2 pm;  6 - 7:30 pm

At Elkmont, our kindergarten teachers will be in Mrs. Hamilton's classroom from 8 am -2 pm and in the cafeteria from 6 -7:30 pm. Please bring birth certificate, immunization blue card, proof of residence (any mail with your name and address...power bill, etc) and custody papers (if that applies). 

If a child is 5 on or before Sept 2, 2015, they can but not required to register for Kindergarten for the 2015-2016 school year.