Saturday, February 6, 2016


07 Count Your Blessings

Elkmont Basketball
*Area 15 Tournament
Lady Devils @ West - 6 pm

Elkmont Soccer
Muscle Shoals @ Elkmont  - 5:30 pm

Elkmont Basketball
*Area 15 Tournament
Red Devils @ Brooks - 6 pm

10 Church Night

Elkmont Soccer
Tanner @ Elkmont 
Girls - 5:00 pm
Boys - 7:00 pm


Elkmont Softball
*Applebees Pancake Fundraiser @ 8 - 10 am
Youth Basketball Games

14 Valentine's Day

Friday, February 5, 2016



Youth Basketball Day

Youth Baseball/Softball Signups  *old gym - 10 am - 2 pm *last scheduled date to sign up 


Stephen George Smith, 61, of Decatur passed away Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016 at his residence. Mr. Smith was employed by the Lurleen Wallace Center for 22 years.Visitation will be tonight from 5 to 7 at Hartselle Heritage Funeral Home. Funeral will be Saturday at 1 p.m. at Hartselle Heritage with Reverend Hal Daigre officiating. Burial will follow in Roselawn Cemetery in Decatur. Hartselle Heritage Funeral Home is assisting the family.

He is survived by his loving wife of 40 years, Carla Sutton Smith; his daughters, Rachel Brewer (Dwight) of Hartselle and Rebekah Barnette (John) of Elkmont; his father, George Smith; two brothers, Alan Smith (Kathy) of Nashville, Tennessee and Kenneth Smith (Carol) of Montevallo; one sister, Carol Owens of Hartselle, sister-in-law, Bonita Smith of Decatur; and three grandchildren, Kiersten Brewer, Kaylyn Barnette and Gabriella Barnette.


The UNA Men's Rugby Team are ranked 23 out of 212 small schools this season.  They play Lee University at Veteran's Memorial Park in Florence, February 6 @ 1 pm.  One of Elkmont's own, Daniel Logan, plays for the Lions.  

Come out and support UNA and find out why Rugby is one of the fasting growing sports in the United States 

Spring Schedule:
06 Lee University @ UNA - 1 pm

13 UNA @ Sewanee - 1 pm

22 UT/Chattanoga @ UNA - 1 pm


Many of the weather models are saying the bottom is going to drop out of our temperatures here in Elkmont starting on Monday with a chance of snow on the ground by February 12 and than a chance of more snow around the 16th.  Will it happen, don't know but wanted to share.
February 10

February 12

February 16
Hill Spirit is making sure the chickens are snug before the cold weather hits. Remember Hill Spirit is a fan of bunny slippers, hot chocolate and indoor projects when it gets cold.


Limestone County Commission Chairman Mark Yarbrough shares a moment with Ludivine, a two-year-old bloodhound, which made national news recently for finishing seventh in an Elkmont half-marathon. Yarbrough presented the dog with a one-of-a-kind medal Tuesday at Elkmont's Town Hall for promoting goodwill for the county. Ludivine's owner, April Hamlin, along with race organizer Gretta Armstrong, have received dozens of interview requests from news outlets around the world after the story made international news last week.  


Our hurdles came in today! I was able to order them from proceeds from our 1/2 marathon. I have to put them together tomorrow or I probably would have posted a picture! 

As I was walking toward the truck I became a little emotional ( I think it's because I am getting older) thinking about what these will mean to the team and to the kids who will actually get to use real hurdles in practice. I thought about the parents who have worked every concession, who have worked every race, who have paid every fee, and done all I have asked to help our team. 

I sat and listened to our governor last night who wants to build new prisons for the state. I am sure that every thing needed will be provided in these prisons. It sickens me to think that my kids can't get what they need to support a sport they love without shelling out money of their own or parents and coaches working and asking for donations. 

Four hurdles....I got them four hurdles...and it made my day. I really don't mean to complain. I speak for a lot of coaches through out Limestone county when I say our kids shine and push through these drawbacks to excel in our sport without the state of the art facilities we compete in from time to time. They "make do" and in all honesty do so without much complaining. But it is still that look on their faces when we go places that have the best that puts a dagger through my heart. 

Coaching cross country and track is something that I enjoy and winning feels great when it happens, but again the kids mean it all to me. Give them the tools they need to succeed! Thanks to all who support us. Without it there would not be teams or the opportunity for the kids to excel. Great kids doing great thing all over Limestone County! Have a good one!

Thursday, February 4, 2016


Creamery Tour with Goat Cheese for One or Two, or $14 for $30 Worth of Cheese at Belle Chevre

In a Nutshell

Folks get a behind the scene look at how goat cheese is made at creamery housed in an old town cotton warehouse

Eating is necessary for survival, just like sleeping or carving yourself companions out of large pieces of wood. Don't just survive­—thrive with this Groupon.

Choose from Three Options

  • $9 for creamery tour for one with goat cheese spread ($18.99 value)
  • $17 for creamery tour for two with two goat cheese spreads ($37.98 value)
  • $14 for $30 valid in the cheese shop and tasting room


Since 1989, Belle Chevre has racked up numerous awards and accolades for its fine cheese, which include a pimento chevre, a Montrachet-style goat cheese, and a mint julep-inspired Southen Belle goat cheese. Their rustic creamery, housed in the old town cotton warehouse, offers both guided and self-guided tours, samples at the tasting bar, and a chance to meet the goats that help make the cheese by wrapping it up with their dexterous hooves.


Garth Garris, principal at Elkmont High School, recently retired. He grew up in the Elkmont area and returned to his roots when the varsity basketball high coaching job become available in the summer of 2010.  Some of his fondest memories were made during his brief time as coach before the basketball program lost him to the principal's job.

Garth Garris' Thoughts:
"I wanted to come back to Elkmont after I graduated from college but the East Limestone High School had a basketball coaching/teacher job that came up first.  I had some really great years at East before I moved into administration in Madison County. My last job there was the principal of Madison High School.  

As Brady (Garth and Allison's son) started school, it became a goal of mine for us to go to school together.  That opportunity became available at the school that always was in my heart, Elkmont.

I became the head varsity basketball coach in the summer of 2010. I asked Mr. Glass (the principal) if I could also be part of the football staff so I could get to know my players before the season started.  I had a great time working with that group of young men and watching their progress over the next few years. Being a part of their journey to the Elite Eight (basketball finals of Northwest Regional) in 2011-2012 is a cherished memory.

I have now been here for 5 and a half years. As I look back over my time here in Elkmont, I feel that I achieved my goals of making every child feel accepted and loved; that all of them were equal in the sight of the staff; that the same standards of behavior were expected from all.  I also think I was successful in breaking down the barriers that existed between school staff, parents and students; that my door was open to everyone.  I feel that students grew to trust me as having their best interests at the center of my efforts. I look forward to experiencing the rest of Brady's high school career at Elkmont as just a parent and being with the community I love."

Thank you to the Elkmont Faculty & Staff for Garth's surprise retirement party and thoughtful gifts. Special thanks to MaryJane Hobbs & Beth Allfrey Bates for organizing the event. 

I pray they get forgiveness for all the lies they have told lately!! Please note that it was a surprise or I would hope Garth would not have had on those AWFUL pants (kids love, I hate)... Which by the way are retiring along with him tomorrow!!! Garth's new school colors are Green & Gold... I sure hope the pants Jason Pendergrass and Gina Miller want to get him are back ordered for a VERY, VERY long time!!!
Allison Garris 

First grade is going to miss Mr Fancy Pants! They love him so much. Thank you for being such a great role model to them and making school fun!!

After working in education for 23+ years one may get just a little cynical and believe that we are never going to see things turn around. That we are never going to see people who care enough to put students, teachers, and the good of the school before themselves and stand up for all of these when it may not be the popular thing to do. I was proven wrong when Garth Garris became principal at EHS. In the short time he was there I saw these things done and much more to make our school a better place. The next administrator has some big shoes to fill. We are going to miss him!

Garth Garris is stepping out of the principal's office at Elkmont High School. His last official day is Jan. 29 at the school he's called home as both a student and administrator. “It's been a fun ride,” Garris told The News Courier on Wednesday. “(Elkmont is) always dear in my heart.”

Garris has worked in schools both in Limestone and Madison counties over the last 25 years and lived in Limestone since he was a young man. None of that is going to change with retirement, Garris said, as he plans to continue living in Limestone and commute to Lincoln County, Tennessee, where he's been named the next principal of Highland Rim Elementary School. “It was a good opportunity I couldn't pass up,” Garris said about his new job, adding Lincoln County just hired a new superintendent, Bill Heath. “I'm excited about (Heath's) vision for Lincoln County.”

Garris' retirement is the latest in a string of county principals retiring, moving to other schools within the district or moving to the district's central office. Garris is the second retirement after Bill Hardyman left Piney Chapel Elementary School in October. 

The Elkmont principal has enjoyed a varied career since he started as a history teacher and varsity boys basketball coach at East Limestone High School in 1991. He graduated from Elkmont in 1986. Late East Limestone coach Jimmy Drake helped put Garris into his first position, Garris said, and mentored him with coaching different sports over the next 12 years. Drake also encouraged Garris to further his education and become a certified school administrator. 

After leaving East, Garris spent the next three years as an assistant principal at Monrovia Elementary School and the following two years as an assistant principal at Hazel Green High School. In 2008, he was named the principal of Madison County High School, before returning to Limestone as Elkmont's boys basketball coach in 2010. He became principal in 2013.  

“I love that,” he said. “I never thought I'd become a principal again. It's not something I ever thought would happen. I loved every minute of it. I just can't thank people enough.Without education, I never would have known these people,” he said about his staff and mentors.

Now he's preparing goodbye messages to the children and staff he's cared for over the last two and a half years. “I love them very much,” he said. “I appreciate everything they've done for me. It was a joy to come work for them every day.”


Another great podcast  from Jack Spirko to help you be better able to deal with life when it goes sideways. This is a podcast especially for our younger Elkmont folk (under 40).

From Jack:
It is a question I think many young people would have to honestly answer with no.  But middle agers, you folks ain’t off the hook here either.  Let us ponder that question today and ask what it would mean to actually be prepared for life and discover if we are even close to teaching our young people that today.
What does prepared for life mean, I think it would differ based on who you ask but here is what it basically means to me.  If you are prepared for life you can not just function but thrive no matter the conditions around you.  You can adapt, think on your feet and learn what ever you need to learn.  You can take risks and be okay with failure because you know how to mitigate risks.  That is a short summary, but it indeed is prepared for life.
Based on that definition we are not preparing our youth for life and have not been doing so for a long time.  This includes my own generation and prior.


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