Morton NewsBy FRISKY ROLAND,
Announcements: We Care Missions Food Distribution dates for January, 2018 are Friday, January 12 and Friday, January 19 from 10 a.m. - 12 noon at Fellowship Hall of Morton United Methodist Church, 29 Church Street. All eligible recipients must present all required documents for each member of the household.
Excel Learning Center programs/classes offered are: Dr. Martin Luther King Day celebration on Monday, January 15 with the message presented by Pastor Marvin McLaurin of Mt. Zion, Lake and a readers’ theater featuring local teens. Sponsored by the City of Morton and Excel the event will begin with a meal at 5:30, Excel Learning Center, 383 South fourth Street, Morton (free to the public). Also, Conversational Spanish classes (Basic Level I) will be offered on Thursdays, January 18-April 5 from 5:00-6:30 p.m. Lewis Cartagena will be the instructor for the 12 week course. The cost is $95 with CEU’s available for students taking the class. Registration must be made by Friday, January 12. For more information or to register, call 601-732-1800.
The Morton Chamber of Commerce Banquet is scheduled for January 25, 2018 beginning at 7:00 p.m. at Morton Activities Center, Farris Park. Tickets are $15 each and may be purchased from Chamber members or at the Chamber office at City Hall on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Congratulations to: East Central community College Men’s Soccer Team on being awarded the MS Association of Community and Junior Colleges (MACJC’s) Tom Shepherd Sportsmanship honor for the third time since it was first presented in 2004.
To: Breanna Presley and AJ Ramos on representing the MHS Panther Band at the MS Bandmasters Band Clinic.
To: Bea Phillips on her Birthday Anniversary, Wednesday, January 10. She claims to be 39 just like the late Jack Benny and another unnamed lady in the local area. She was surrounded by out of town and local family for this occasion. Personal best wishes for God’s many rich blessings throughout the year.
Prayers and concern for: Peggy Risher, Darlene Register, Buddy Lovett, Jim Ott, Billy Easterling, Kim Miles, Dick Sawyer, Kyle Roland Sybil, Monnie Holmes and continued concern for those impacted by the extreme cold.
Sympathy to the families of: Clyde Benton of Savannah, Georgia (former resident of Morton while coaching football and teaching at MHS), David Robert Milner, Sandra Kay “Linda” Steadham, Ricky Lynn Latham, James Nelson Brown, JoAnn Walton, Herbert Leon Thrash, William McKea Adcock, Janelle Farr Rushing, Flora Nell Rhinewalt Weaver, Tommy Lewis Robinson, Ruby Doris Delcomyn, Alvin “Ted” Pullen, Neola Sherman, Claude Vernon Robinson, Dorothy McDill, Robert Merlin Chipley, Sr., Dorothy Winstead Robbins, Helen Rochinski and Jimmy “Rod” Phillips.
Travelin’, visitin’ and such: For this week, just a prayer of gratitude for “Travel Blessings” for the many who took advantage of the holidays to enjoy family visits, sports events, hunting and or a nice very special vacation.
Sittin’ and thinkin’: Welcome back Sid Salter! Your many friends and fans of your articles are thankful and delighted to have you “Back in the Saddle/Desk Chair” again. God continue to bless your and yours throughout 2018.
Tribute to Dorothy Winstead Robbins: Speaking of travelin’, she has taken the journey from this earthly plain to her forever home, is healed and her exemplary life has been celebrated. The relationship with Dorothy and her late spouse Russell and their children goes back further than the 39 years claimed by this columnist. As Reverend Keith Keeton so eloquently shared in his sermon, she took our family into her fold and allowed our oldest son and me to be influenced by her work ethic, culture and inspiration while employed in their family business, Russell’s Drug Company. She and our daughter even shared a birthday (March 17) as St Patrick’s Day girls. Whatever other many memories come to mind the one most revealing about her life is that she was a Proverbs 31:10-31 “Virtuous Woman”.