Friday, July 1, 2016

WHAT'S HAPPENING IN ELKMONT THIS WEEK?


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Elkmont Senior Center
CENTERS CLOSED — ASSIGNED TARCOG WEATHER DAY
   


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CHURCH DAY
*Count your blessings, one by one*

*Singing
Majestic Chapel, at 21315 Hays Mill Road, Elkmont, will hold a singing at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, July 3, featuring The Tramle Family from Cullman. The public is invited. More information: Mike Webster 256-431-8038.

HERMANN MICHAEL MEYER - OBITUARY

Hermann Michael Meyer age 60 of Athens, passed away Wednesday, June 29, 2016 at Athens Limestone Hospital. Mr. Meyer was born July 1, 1955 in Germany.

There will be a memorial service at a later date. Limestone Chapel Funeral Home assisting the family.

Mr. Meyer was retired from General Motors after 30 years of service. He was a volunteer Manager for Athens High School Football team.

Preceded in death by a daughter, Jamie Meyer.

Survived by two sons, Joel Nolan Meyer and wife, Maggie of Athens and Shane Michael Meyer and wife, Kayla of Elkmont; two grandchildren, Wyatt Michael Meyer and Avery Estelle Meyer; significant other, Joyce Jackson of Athens.

Memorials may be made to Athens High School Football team, Athens City Schools 455 US Hwy 31 North Athens, AL 35611 Attention: Serena Owsley.

ABBY NICHOLE GROSSNICKLE - OBITUARY

Abbey Nichole Grossnickle Harris, 33, of Athens, Alabama passed away Tuesday, June 28, in a motor vehicle accident. Abbey was born in Portsmouth, Virginia on June 18, 1983 to Wayne Robert Grossnickle and Tracy Hamilton Mitchell. Abbey attended Athens High School and went on to receive her Doctorate from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She took great pride in being a professor of psychology at UAB and had a lifelong love of learning.

Dr. Abbey Harris is survived by her father, Wayne Robert Grossnickle, of Athens; mother, Tracy Hamilton Mitchell, and stepfather Jim Mitchell, of Gallatin, TN; stepmother, Shelia Grossnickle Miller, of Cairo; sister, Emily Kaitlin Grossnickle, and niece, Cora Grace Murphy of Elkmont; grandmother, Dorothy Grossnickle, of Lehigh, Ia. She is also survived by numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, and other loved ones.

Memorials may be made to the National Autism Association or to the family to be put towards a college fund for her beloved niece, Cora Grace.

Visitation services will be held at Limestone Chapel Friday, July 1 from 6 to 9 pm. We will celebrate Abbey’s beautiful spirit on Saturday, July 2 at 11 am, with graveside service to follow at Crestview Cemetery in Gallatin, Tn.

ELKMONT WEATHER THIS WEEKEND


Yesterday was a beautiful June day to be outdoors.  It is going to get hotter from this point on.  Today is nice and mild start ahead of the July 4th weekend.
Temperatures will return to the low 90s again today with mostly sunny skies with only a stray chance for any rain. Winds today will shift from the west to northwest at 5-10 mph. Tonight, mostly clear to partly cloudy skies with lows near 70. 

Rain chances will gradually increase over the weekend along with increasing humidity. Expect afternoon showers and storms during the afternoon hours with scattered showers and storms possible for Monday, July 4th. Some of your outdoor plans could be delayed due to rain and storms on the 4th.
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FIREWORK SHOW INFORMATION


The annual Athens Fireworks Show sponsored by Athens-Limestone Tourism Association, the City of Athens and Limestone County will be , July 4, about 8:30 p.m. at Athens High School.  If you want to go, get there early. 

The Athens-Limestone County Fireworks Show  will begin between 8:30 and 9 p.m. Friday (weather permitting) over  Athens Stadium on U.S. 31 North. Chairs, blankets welcome. Stadium seating is not available. Parking allowed at the Athens Recreation Center, Central Church of Christ, Athens High School parking lot and Kmart. Fireworks expected to last about 20 minutes. - See more at: http://www.enewscourier.com/calendarofevents/x611398074/Limestone-Ledger-6-29-14#sthash.fNzdIMeJ.dpuf
Chairs, blankets welcome. Stadium seating is not available. Parking allowed at the Athens Recreation Center, Central Church of Christ, Athens High School parking lot and Kmart. Fireworks expected to last about 20 minutes
The Athens-Limestone County Fireworks Show  will begin between 8:30 and 9 p.m. Friday (weather permitting) over  Athens Stadium on U.S. 31 North. Chairs, blankets welcome. Stadium seating is not available. Parking allowed at the Athens Recreation Center, Central Church of Christ, Athens High School parking lot and Kmart. Fireworks expected to last about 20 minutes. - See more at: http://www.enewscourier.com/calendarofevents/x611398074/Limestone-Ledger-6-29-14#sthash.fNzdIMeJ.dpuf

Athens Fireworks Show and Traffic Control 
Please park in designated parking spots at and around Athens High. Athens Police will block U.S. 31 from Forrest Street to Elm Street prior to the show. Those who park east of U.S. 31 will have to exit north or east after the show. Those who park west of U.S. 31 will have to exit south or west.
 

“We will not let people cross the highway unless traffic has subsided,” Chief Floyd Johnson said. 

Community Cook-Out
Central Church of Christ next to the Athens High School stadium on U.S. 31 will host the 4th of July Community Cook-Out, which is free and open to the public.

Starting at 6 p.m., the church will provide hamburgers, hot dogs, chips and drinks as long a supplies last. The band Dean will perform at 7 p.m. In addition, there will be cornhole tournament, face painting, games and activities for the children.

Thursday, June 30, 2016

ELKMONT WEATHER TODAY

It is absolutely a wonderful morning with temperatures in the middle 60s. Hope you have the chance to enjoy the cool air, a rare thing on the last day of June.

 
This afternoon will be in the low 90s with lower humidity with light northerly winds. Tonight, mostly clear with lows falling back into the middle 60s for another fantastic morning on Friday.

NEWS COURIER 2016 ALL COUNTY MENS SOCCER TEAM


Elkmont had several Kicking Red Devils on the the News Courier's 2016 Best XI Boys Soccer team this year.  Congrads to each of our players who had outstanding seasons and were recognized by the Limestone County soccer coaches.

Daniel Valencia

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Valencia lit up the scoreboard for 35 goals for the Red Devils, which hosted a first-round playoff game for the first time in school history. Valencia added 11 assists for Elkmont.


Alex Alvarado 

Alvarado set up Valencia on many of those goals, leading the team with 12 assists while scoring seven goals.

Article Link for those who want to read the complete article online.  If you want a hard copy of the paper, you can pick one up this week until Thursday. 

2016 LIMESTONE COUNTY ALL COUNTY LADIES SOCCER TEAM

The girls high school soccer coaches from Limestone County selected the top players from the Athens-Limestone area.  The Lady Devils had two players on the second team and two received honorable mention.

Second Team:

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Left Wing - Bailey Webb


Striker - Claudia Allen (picture not available)

Honorable Mention:

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Sweeper - Arika Miller

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Right Wing - Katherine Perez

Article Link to read the complete article.  If you want a hard copy, you can get one at the newpaper office this week until Friday.

HOW DID YOUR SENATORS AND REPRESENTATIVE VOTE LAST WEEK?

In this MegaVote for Alabama's 5th Congressional District:
Fiscal 2017 Commerce-Justice-Science Appropriations – Cloture on National Instant Criminal Background Check System Amendment - Vote Rejected (53-47)

Motion to invoke cloture (thus limiting debate) on the on the McConnell, R-Ky., for Grassley, R-Iowa, amendment to the instructions on the McConnell motion to commit, that reauthorizes the National Instant Criminal Background Check System at $125 million annually through fiscal 2020, audits the program and makes federal court information available for the purposes of the program. The underlying bill would fund the departments of Commerce, Justice, Science, and related agencies at a total of $56.3 billion for fiscal 2017. Sixty votes are needed to invoke cloture.

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


Fiscal 2017 Commerce-Justice-Science Appropriations – Cloture on Background Checks for All Firearm Sales Amendment - Vote Rejected (44-56)

Motion to invoke cloture (thus limiting debate) on the on the McConnell, R-Ky., motion to commit the bill to the Senate Judiciary Committee with instructions to report back forthright with McConnell for Murphy, D-Conn., amendment that requires that a background check be conducted for every firearm sale and requires federal agencies to certify that they have submitted pertinent information for the purpose of background checks. The bill funds the departments of Commerce, Justice, Science, and related agencies at a total of $56.3 billion for fiscal 2017. Sixty votes are needed to invoke cloture.

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


Fiscal 2017 Commerce-Justice-Science Appropriations – Cloture on Firearms Transfers and Suspicion of Being a Terrorist Amendment - Vote Rejected (53-47)

Motion to invoke cloture (thus limiting debate) on the McConnell, R-Ky., for Cornyn, R-Texas, amendment to the McConnell, R-Ky., for Feinstein, D-Calif., amendment that requires law enforcement to be notified of any request to transfer a firearm to a person who is, or who has been within five preceding years, investigated on suspicion of being a terrorist, and authorizes the attorney general to delay firearms transfers for such individuals for up to three business days, allowing for the filing of an emergency petition in court to stop the transfer. The bill funds the departments of Commerce, Justice, Science, and related agencies at a total of $56.3 billion for fiscal 2017. Sixty votes are needed to invoke cloture.

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


Fiscal 2017 Commerce-Justice-Science Appropriations – Cloture on Firearm Transfer Denial and Reasonable Suspicion of an Individual’s Ties to Terrorism Amendment - Vote Rejected (47-53)

Motion to invoke cloture (thus limiting debate) on the McConnell, R-Ky., for Feinstein, D-Calif., amendment that authorizes the attorney general to deny the transfer of a firearm to an individual that represents a threat to public safety based on reasonable suspicion that the individual has ties to terrorism. The bill funds the departments of Commerce, Justice, Science, and related agencies at a total of $56.3 billion for fiscal 2017. Sixty votes are needed to invoke cloture.

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


Fiscal 2017 Commerce-Justice-Science Appropriations – Motion to Table on Background Checks for All Firearm Sales Amendment - Vote Agreed to (56-42, 2 Not Voting)

Motion to table the McConnell, R-Ky., motion to commit the bill to the Senate Judiciary Committee with instructions to report back forthright with McConnell for Murphy, D-Conn., amendment that requires that a background check be conducted for every firearm sale and requires federal agencies to certify that they have submitted pertinent information for the purpose of background checks. The bill funds the departments of Commerce, Justice, Science, and related agencies at a total of $56.3 billion for fiscal 2017.

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


Fiscal 2017 Commerce-Justice-Science Appropriations – Motion to Table on "No Fly" or "Selectee" Lists Amendment - Vote Rejected (46-52, 2 Not Voting)

Motion to table the motion to commit the bill to the Judiciary Committee with instructions to report back to the Senate forthwith with the McConnell, R-Ky., for Collins, R-Maine, amendment that authorizes the Attorney General to deny the transfer of a firearm to an individual that appears on the "no fly list" or the "selectee list," notifies law enforcement officials if an individual that has appeared on the Terrorist Screening Database within the last five years has requested a firearm transfer, and allows for an individual denied a firearm to petition the decision in a U.S. or state court of appeals. The bill funds the departments of Commerce, Justice, Science, and related agencies at a total of $56.3 billion for fiscal 2017.

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


Fiscal 2017 Commerce-Justice-Science Appropriations – Motion to Table on "No Fly" or "Selectee" Lists Amendment - Vote Agreed to (67-31, 2 Not Voting)

Motion to table the McConnell, R-Ky., for Johnson, R-Wis., amendment to the motion to commit the bill to the Judiciary Committee, that allows for the attorney general to block a gun transfer to an individual that is on the "no fly" or "selectee list," if there is a reasonable basis to believe, based on specific information and evidence, that the individual is in some way related to terrorism, notifies law enforcement officials if an individual that has appeared on the Terrorist Screening Database within the last five years has requested a firearm transfer, and allows for an expedited review for a petition on the denial of the transfer that requires a reasonable basis based on specific and articulate information and credible evidence that the transferee is or has been engaged with terrorism in order to uphold the block on the transfer. The bill funds the departments of Commerce, Justice, Science, and related agencies at a total of $56.3 billion for fiscal 2017.

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


Recent House Votes
Veto Override on Fiduciary Rule – Passage - Vote Failed (239-180, 15 Not Voting)

The House voted on overriding the president's veto of legislation that disapproved of the Labor Department's fiduciary rule. The resolution disapproved the rule issued by the Labor Department on April 8, 2016, commonly known as the fiduciary rule on retirement investment advice, that subjects broker-dealers who oversee retirement investments to the fiduciary standard under which they must provide investment advice that is in the best interest of the investor "without regard to the financial or other interests" of the financial institution, adviser or other party. A two-thirds vote of both chambers is needed to override a veto.

Rep. Mo Brooks voted YES


Fiscal 2016 Transportation-HUD Appropriations Conference Report -– Adoption - Vote Passed (239-171, 24 Not Voting)

The conference report on the bill provides $1.1 billion in supplemental funding for the government to prepare for and respond to the public health threat posed by the Zika virus, and it provides a total of $185 billion for the Veterans Affairs Department and military construction in fiscal 2017 — including $82.5 billion in discretionary spending subject to the budget caps, $102.5 billion in mandatory spending and $172 million in Overseas Contingency Operations funding. The Zika funding includes $933 million in domestic funding and $175 million for international activities, with approximately $750 million of the total being offset through rescissions to Ebola, Affordable Care Act, and other Health and Human Services Department funding.

Rep. Mo Brooks voted YES


Upcoming Votes
Fiscal 2016 Transportation-HUD Appropriations Conference Report - HR2577

The conference report on the bill would provide $1.1 billion in supplemental funding for the government to prepare for and respond to the public health threat posed by the Zika virus, and it would provide a total of $185 billion for the Veterans Affairs Department and military construction in fiscal 2017 — including $82.5 billion in discretionary spending subject to the budget caps, $102.5 billion in mandatory spending and $172 million in Overseas Contingency Operations funding. The Zika funding would include $933 million in domestic funding and $175 million for international activities, with approximately $750 million of the total being offset through rescissions to Ebola, Affordable Care Act, and other Health and Human Services Department funding.



Puerto Rico Financial Stability - S2328

The bill would allow the debt-ridden island, through a fiscal oversight board, to restructure its $72 billion in debt in federal court.

NIKLAUS SAMUEL WATKINS - OBITUARY


Niklaus Samuel Watkins infant of Elkmont passed away Sunday, June 26, 2016 at his residence. Niklaus was born June 1, 2016 in Madison County, AL to Charles Andrew Watkins and Brittany Amber Phillips Watkins.

Graveside services will be Saturday, July 2, 2016 11:00 a.m., at Sylone Cemetery with Mitch McCormick officiating. Limestone Chapel Funeral Home assisting the family.

Preceded in death by his grandfather, Glen Watkins.

Survived by his parents, Andrew and Brittany Watkins; twin sister, Katalina Watkins; grandparents, Jane DuBois Soder and husband, Dennis, Daniel Phillips and Lisa Watkins; numerous aunts, uncles and many other friends.