Monday, October 23, 2017


Before the War Between the States, John Pitt Grigsby built a house nestled in the rolling hills just north of Elkmont.  For a reason lost to time, he wanted his home to sit well above the surrounding countryside so he built it on a eight foot high rock foundation.  

As the years passed, stories started to be told about the Old Grigsby home place.   On nights when the air is still, the sounds of a horse and rider would gallop toward the house.  As the ghostly pair approach the front steps, the horse leaps up the steps and gallops through the wide central hall.  As they jump through the back door, there are no back stairs.  Plunging to their deaths, the screams of the horse and rider sound through the night as they fall into the darkness.  

The house still stands and the ghostly horse and rider hasn't bothered the people who live there now.  But..... when the night is still, one never knows if those galloping hooves will once more sound in the Elkmont hills. 
source: Legends and Lore of Limestone County


This year's Boo at the Boss is October 30. If you are wondering what "Boo at the Boss" is, Hill Spirit is sharing a blast from the the past so you can see all the fun. It starts at dusk.
The annual Boo at the Boss 2014 Halloween, an Elkmont's community event, is over but so many cute pictures to share.  Over 1000 trick or treaters (sixth grade and under) were at the football field last night to enjoy the festivities.  

Established during the "Don and Jodie
Jacobs" football program years, this event has grown since it began in 2008 as a "give back" activity to the people of Elkmont from the football team and cheerleaders.  It has now become a tradition that many of the high school sports and clubs participate in; joined by other groups in the community. If you missed it, be sure to make plans to attend next year.

Facebook Thoughts:

Amazing "Boo at the Boss"!! Yet another reason Elkmont is the best place in the world to live!! Thanks to all who helped make it great!

I'm speechless at all the kids who showed up for "Boo at the Boss" tonight! Elkmont is such a wonderful community to live in! A HUGE thank you to everyone who had a hand in getting it ready this year! 

Boo at the Boss was a success!! Great night was had by all. Great to see all of our Elkmont families last night. Hoping to see everyone again at the Harvest Festival!!!!

2014 BOO at the BOSS was THE BEST EVER! Thank you to all who made this night possible. It takes a lot of work and planning for this event and your willingness to paint and carve pumpkins, donate money for candy, assist with setup, or just devote your time.. it is all appreciated. I love that
this has become an EHS tradition. A HUGE thanks to MaryJane Hobbs for her contribution. To Jodie Johns Jacobs and Crystal Mizell Newsom, thanks for starting this event that the ELKMONT community has come to enjoy year after year. WE have the BEST student athletes, cheerleaders, and band at EHS!!

Boo at the Boss was a success for Thorne...He hasn't stopped talking about it! Love our town...Proud to be an ELKMONT DEVIL!


So today on the playground, two kindergarten kids, boy and girl, come up and say “you want to see our cartwheels?” Sure I say. The little girl runs and performs a really good cartwheel. The little guy says “watch mine!” He runs, I see a slight rise in his body and he stops. I said “go ahead “. He looks at me perplexed and says “I just did it”. Whaaat? I mean was it just that he was quick and I missed it?? Was he so stealthy I totally missed it? I say “you didn’t do one”. He says “ YES, I DID!!!!!” and runs off upset. I mean I couldn’t even give him the obligatory “good job”. He didn’t do it!!!! Welcome to the life of millennials!! Have a good one!!

Sunday, October 22, 2017


The Elkmont band was at the 25th Annual Tennessee Valley Invitational Marching Competition held at Muscle Shoals last Saturday.  They may not have been the biggest band there but they made a big impact.  Our little band is bringing home some gold!!!!  The Marching Red Devils' director is Mr. McChristian.

Best in Class Soloist:  Jacob Adams
Best in Class (1A Gold) Percussion: 1st place
Best in Class (1A Gold) Overall:     2nd place


For those of us that haven't been in the band, the numbers are the overall scores the judges award to the bands in various categories.

Drum Major:  1
Color Guard:  2
Percussion:    1
Band Overall: 1

Their next competition will be in Athens, October 28.  They are scheduled to start at 4:20 pm in the Pride of Athens Marching Invitational.


Mr. Harold Holt, age 80 of Athens, AL passed away on Saturday, October 21, 2017 at Floyd Tut Fann Veterans Home. Mr. Holt was born on December 6, 1936 in Madison, AL to Odie and Clellie Roger Holt.  Mr. Holt served in the United States Air Force and later ran his own Professional Hair Design business. He was a member of Sardis Springs Baptist Church.
Mr. Holt is survived by his wife, Linda Holt of Athens, AL; three daughters, Carol Romine (John) of Athens, AL, Teresa Holt of Redlands, CA and Anita Bates (Stan) of Elkmont, AL; five grandchildren, Ashley Smith, John Romine, Jr., Ben Romine, Jacob Bates and Will Bates; five great-grandchildren, Ayden Perkins, Cooper Smith, Ellie Smith, Tenley Romine and Hudson Romine.

Services for Mr. Holt will be 2:00PM Tuesday, October 24, 2017 at Limestone Chapel Funeral Home with Bro. Tim Keenum officiating. The family will receive friends from 12:00-1:45 prior to the service. Burial will be in Limestone Memorial Gardens.

Pallbearers will be Stan Bates, Jacob Bates, Will Bates, John Romine, John Romine, Jr., Ben Romine, Jacob Smith and Ayden Perkins. Honorary pallbearers are the members of Jerry Newby’s Sunday school class at Sardis Springs Baptist Church.


James P. Cullen, Jr., age 75 of Elkmont, passed away Wednesday, October 18, 2017. Mr. Cullen was born May 11, 1942 in Chicago, IL to James P. Cullen, Sr. and Marion L. Roak Cullen. Mr. Cullen was retired from Magnatek Corp. after 30 years of service, and also worked at Mapco on Jefferson St. for 10 years. He was president of Tops in Chicago, IL. and also in Limestone County. He was a member of Friendship North Methodist Church.
Preceded in death by his wife, Judith Kay Cullen; parents, James P. Cullen, Sr. and Marion Roak Cullen; son Jeffrey Cullen; brother, Robert Patrick Cullen.

Services will be Sunday, October 22, 2017 3:00 p.m., at Friendship North Methodist Church with Pastor Steve Dorning officiating. Visitation will be Saturday, October 21, 2017 from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Limestone Chapel Funeral Home. Burial will be in Roselawn Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Tim Flanagan, Mannie Gutierrez, Gordon Mikic, Ryan Urback, Bruce Burklow and John Beatty.

Survived by one son, Jerold Cullen and wife, Mary; two daughters, Jamie M. Cullen and Jodee Lynn Cullen; 7 grandchildren; 8 great-grandchildren; one sister, Peggy L. Gutierrez; special friend, Pam Pritts; several nieces, nephews, family and friends.

In lieu of flowers make memorials to Hospice of Limestone County or Friendship North Methodist Church.


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 October 27.
Link for voting: Hunter Pitman


As the leaves turn and the days grow dark sooner, the October winds cause the trees to creak and groan.  Along the trail near the battle site, you never know who or what may be among the shadows. The Jordans found something they did not count the ghosts of soldiers long dead still patrol the grounds?  

Can you see what the Jordans saw in the V of the tree?   
Is that a soldier in the green?

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Close up of the spot in question is above.  What do you think? Is it a trick of the fall light or is it something from beyond this mortal plane? Take a walk down the trail if you dare.....

Saturday, October 21, 2017



*Count Your Blessings, One by One  


*Dominoes, TV, billiards, joker and other games
*Lunch @ 11am
*Country Music @ 6:30 
All ages are invited to listen, play or dance

*Cross County @ Elkmont Invitational; 4 pm 
*Varsity Volleyball @ Area Tournament

*Night of the Bands
@ East Limestone High School (15641 East Limestone Road in East Limestone) starting at 6:30PM.  Come enjoy the marching bands of Limestone County - Ardmore, Clements, East Limestone, Elkmont, Tanner and West Limestone - and the Rocketeers Drum and Bugle Corps.  Tickets available at Chick-Fil-A of Athens, Village Pizza of East Limestone.  $5.00 each.

*Shopping Trip
*Bingo, Dominoes, TV, billiards, other games
*Lunch @ 11am

PLEASE JOIN US AT NEW BETHEL BAPTIST CHURCH don't forget Wednesday night Oct.25th we will be having our Trunk-a-treat and fall festival. All are invited
*games will start at 7:00-8:00

*Golden Age Band, Bingo, Dominoes, TV, billiards, other games
*Lunch @ 11 am


*Dominoes, TV, billiards, other games
*Lunch @ 11 am

*Football Senior Night vs Clements; 7 pm

Senior Fun Fest 2017 with the Foundation on Aging at the Limestone County Event Center (114 West Pryor Street in Athens) from 10:00AM-1:00PM.  The football/tailgating themed event will include a free hamburger/hotdog sack lunch, info/goodies from 20-30 vendor booths, door prizes, stage performances, and BINGO for area senior citizens.


Richard Martin Rails to Trails Color Ride or Walk in downtown Elkmont.  Come enjoy the colorful leaves and the crisp fall air on the trail.  Enjoy the merchant and dining opportunities downtown.  Walking, cycling and horseback riding welcome. 

Fall Festival with the Elkmont Volunteer Fire Department (19667 Sandlin Road in Elkmont) from 4:00PM-8:00PM.  Enjoy a bowl of Chili, Drink and Dessert for $5.00.  Cakewalk, Popcorn, Cotton Candy, Ring Toss, Games, Prizes and Best Costume Contest for Boys and Girls

*Elkmont United Methodist Church will be having there trunk or treat starting at 5:00 and ending at 7:00. So bring your little ones by for the fun. 

*Harvest Fest with Friendship North (21960 Easter Ferry Road in Elkmont) from 5:00PM-7:00PM.  Enjoy this family-friendly event with inflatable games, music, crafts, S'mores, hayrides. Free  FB Event Page

30 Boo at the Boss 



The bloodiest battle in Alabama happened here at Elkmont, the Battle of Sulphur Creek Trestle.  There are stories of ghostly soldiers and horses fading in and out of the trees, mysterious cannon fire and voices in the area of the remaining fort earthworks and surrounding hillsides. 

The Alabama Paranormal Association started a series of investigations of Civil War sites within the state a number of years ago.  The Sulphur Creek Trestle battlefield was one of those on list.  As the group began investigating, they found results. In some of their recordings, there are whispering voices with one voice pleading for help on the Sulphur Creek Trestle.

Around the anniversary of the battle, strange fogs and things that aren't easily explained fuel stories from Elkmont folk about the area.  Besides the tales of images of soldiers and horses moving among the trees and in the valleys, there are other stories that make you wonder.

One fall afternoon, one of the sweet older couples that walk the trail stopped to read the marker at the fort site.  As they looked up at the remaining earth walls, they saw a flash of light and felt a surge of electricity that raised the hair on the back of their necks.  No storms were in the area that might have explained the event.

One of our local walkers was enjoying the trail in the early evening hours. When he drew near the battlefield, he heard a whisper but not a soul could be found.  A feeling that he was being watched swept over him.  The uncomfortable and eerie stillness in the woods triggered his good sense and he decided leaving was a wonderful idea.  As he turned he felt a hard tug on his pant's leg.  He then felt a sharp pain as if shot. Looking down, he saw nothing as he checked his leg.  Needless to say a leisurely walk became a fast run.

The best stories often come from our young
people.  Often they will tell you of a strange green fog, or a sharp drop in temperature.  One of our young ladies says that she and some friends were walking along the trail in the dusk of the evening  when they heard whispers, muffled voices coming from the trees. It sounded like someone was giving an order to shoot. They then experienced a similar electrical surge as our earlier couple.  At that moment, a soldier dressed in an union uniform stepped out of the shadows and disappeared. 

If you dare, take a walk down the Elkmont trail as twilight falls and perhaps you will experience something unexpected.... something that may or may not be there at all.