Friday, August 22, 2014


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 8:00 into the podcast to get to the main topic.

 Okay you don’t want a garden, you don’t want the work I get that.  You don’t want to do permaculture, food forestry, raise chickens, etc.  Well fine, but if you have even a tiny yard these are 12 plants you should consider growing.  If nothing else you will cut less grass.

Now for everyone else this show is right up your alley too!  These plants will blend right into what you are already doing, some may be growing as weeds already on your land!

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.

  1. Blackberry
  2. Elderberry
  3. Garlic
  4. Wolfberry
  5. Plantain
  6. Roman Chamomile
  7. Lemon Grass
  8. Parsley
  9. Basil
  10. Oregano
  11. Sorrel
  12. Burdock
 The Following 12 plus Herbs You Should be Growing LINK



Youth Football Jamboree @ Athens Middle School
Pee Wee:
Red Devils vs East Limestone @  4 pm
Red Devils vs Clements Colts  @ 5 pm


Phillip Lynn Thornton age 58 of Elkmont, passed away Tuesday, August 19, 2014 at his residence. Mr. Thornton was born September 10, 1955 to John William Thornton and Annie Marie Power Thornton.

Services will be Friday, August 22, 2014 11:00 a.m., at Limestone Chapel Funeral Home with James Swindle officiating. Visitation will be Thursday, from 6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial will be in Limestone Memorial Gardens.

Mr. Thornton was a member of New Garden Pentecostal Church, and he taught Sunday School. He was a wonderful father and grandfather.

He was preceded in death by one daughter, Courtney Thornton.

Survived by one daughter, Ashley Clifton and husband, Josh of Harvest; one grandchild, Camden Clifton of Harvest; two ex-wives, Angela Thornton of Elkmont and Brenda Jones of Athens; one step-daughter, Tiffany Sharp of Elkmont.

Pallbearers will be Daniel Jewell, Randy Dotson, John Hildebrand, Billy Thornton, Jason Thornton and Tim Morris. Honorary pallbearers will be Douglas
“Jimbo” Dotson and Ty Holt.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014


Hill Spirit was out and about around 6:30 pm last night and ran into a stampede of bikers on Veto road.  Got to Elkmont and met more of the roaming herd.  These were serious racers I suspect were practicing for the US Cycling Road Race on August 30.  I was surprised to see so many already practicing on the race route and it wasn't even a weekend.  Please be aware of them as you top hills and go around curves for the next 10 days.  Remember that impatient drivers might be in your lane as they pass bikers when they shouldn't. 

Link to article about the race on August 30 in Elkmont: Bike Race

Monday, August 18, 2014


It’s Hilltop Arts Festival planning time again — a time when the Hilltop Arts Society plans for the thousands that are drawn to the our town of Elkmont for a day of celebrating the arts.  There is another meeting tonight @ 6:30 pm at the downtown Elkmont Church of Christ Annex.

Started in 2012, Hilltop Arts Festival’s inauguration has a gamut of art booths from blacksmithing and woodworking to pottery, photography and fine arts. Add that alongside a mix of live music and what happened was an early November event — free to the public — that drew more than 2,000 attendees.

The Hilltop Arts Festival will be held on the first Saturday in November. It will feature Tennessee Valley artists selling their handmade or repurposed art. The entertainment will be from local musicians and may include a few special guests. The admission is free. Donations will be accepted. The money raised will go to the Pinkerton Award. The Pinkerton Award is an arts scholarship to be given to a student at Elkmont High School to help them pursue a career in the arts. For more information, please visit the Hilltop Arts Festival page or email us at

WHO:  Artists of all genres from the Tennessee Valley 

WHAT: Art Stroll & Art Market
This is NOT a yard sale or flea market.  
WHEN: November 1, 2013 Begin Time: 9:00 am End Time: 5:00 pm
WHERE: Downtown Elkmont  
Most booth spaces will be on pavement, but some will be on grass or gravel areas.
  • Artists are responsible for bringing any equipment, tents, backdrops, tables, chairs, etc. for their approx. 10x10 booth space. Electrical tie in not available.
  • Artists are responsible for set-up & break-down of booth and/or tables
  • Artists may set up a Market booth to sell their work OR a Showcase booth to simply display their work for viewing
  • Writers may set up a book selling and/or signing booth

Cost: $30.00 per booth
All artists who've booked a booth at this event please check in the day of at the registration table. Please register before you begin to unload. You will be given your space number and a release form to sign. Any artist who has not paid their registration fee will not receive their space number or be able to set up until registration fee has been paid.
  • Please keep art G-Rated or at least PG-13 as children may be present
  • Booth fee must be paid prior to event
  • No smoking or alcohol on grounds. If you must smoke please do so away from all booth areas and dispose any remnants in the trash can and not on the property.
  • All artwork, craftwork and handiwork sold must be the original hand-made or artistic re-purpose creation of the vendor.
  • Vendors are not permitted to re-sell commercially produced items unless they have been re-crafted or re-purposed.
  • Booth Space Fee is non-refundable. If you can't make the show the fee may be put toward a future show or event.
  • If you mess it up - clean it up.


The Elkmont High School Cross Country team is always a zany bunch.  They run to the left, they run to the right, they run up and they run down.  If
there is a mud puddle, they will run through it, instead of around it.  They practice all summer and attend a team retreat for a week to run some more and bond as a team.  

This is what they did last week:  "We've had a week full of hard work outs this week. 5 miles Mon. Hill repeats for 45 minutes on Tues. 40x45 yd sprints +2mile cool downs in between and tonight 4.5 miles of 1.5 repeats at 8 minutes or
less. These kids have given it their all and had their coach feeling like he was going to die any minute. They are one of the hardest working teams I have ever coached! We lost a lot last year, but with the work ethic within these kids we are moving back up! Had to brag!" Coach Pugh

The Running Devils start their season with the Elkmont Invitational, August 28.  
Here is the 2014 schedule:
Aug 28 - Elkmont Invitational
Aug 30 - Pepsi Challenge @ Lawrence County HS
Sep 6 - Chickasaw Trails @ Oakville
Sep 11 - McFarland Dash @ McFarland Park
Sep 13 - Good Hope

Sep 16 - Randolph (UAH Mud Run)
Sep 20 - Fairview
Sep 27 - Elkmont Lions Club 10K
Oct 4 - Jesse Owens @ Oakville

Oct 7 - Limestone County Meet at Blue Springs
Oct 23 - NW Alabama Championships @ Oakville
Oct 30 - Sectionals @ McFarland Park
Nov 8 - State @ Oakville

In the meanwhile, some of them are running at midnight in Cullman.  Of course, it is as much about fun as it is the running.

Sunday, August 17, 2014


Michael Lee Johnson received a four year scholarship to UAH from the National Guard during the 2014 Elkmont High School  Class Day.  

Michael is the son of Mike Johnson of Elkmont and  Liane Johnson of Muscle Shoals.   He will be attending UAH in the spring of 2015 as he serves in the National Guard.  Michael is seeking a degree in Civil Engineering.

Michael Lee Johnson is in Missouri doing his basic training for The National Guard. He will graduate from training in November. Michael will serve with the Guard for eight years.