Morton News

By FRISKY ROLAND,

Announcements: The Friday morning Senior Coffee Hour at Morton Public Library will not be held on February 28 but will resume on the following Friday on March 6, beginning at 10 a.m. There will be refreshments and the opportunity to make a craft.

Lenten Lunches in preparation for worship during the 40 day period of the fasting and praying sacrificially by Christ during his time in the wilderness, will be held at Morton UMC Fellowship Hall. These luncheons will begin on Wednesday, March 4 and all Wednesdays throughout the 40 days of lent. Beginning at 12 noon the gathering will feature a meal and guest speaker.  Everyone is invited/encouraged to attend.

Morton MHV club will meet for the General Meeting on March 4 at Sam’s Diner instead of Morton Public Library. Those attending will have the opportunity to enjoy a “Dutch Treat” lunch of their choice during the meeting. The program has not been planned at this time.  Everyone is invited.

The Morton MHV club wishes to express appreciation to Billy Meeks and his staff for the landscape planter and shrubs now surrounding the Ueltschey Historical Sign on Highway 13. The club with the support of members, friends the City of Morton and other government representation erected the sign, honoring remaining members of the family and local/state dignitaries at a reception and dedication ceremony at the site, several years ago.  It is rewarding to recognize the effort in beautifying and protecting the area surrounding the sign.  The project was inspired by the fact that the original was broken and lying untouched for many years prior to the restoration project.

Congratulations to:  Anna Grace Tadlock on winning the Golden whisk Award in the “Cook Off” competition held at Morton Public Library on Thursday evening. Her entry was vanilla and chocolate Meringues (perfect in size and delicious to the palate).  Other participants were: Zayon Carona Jones-Pound Cake, Laciagana Corona Jones-Spaghetti Chicken, Mariah Corona Jones-Banana Pudding, Abriana and Kayden Corona Jones-Peanut Butter Cookies and Frisky Roland- Appetizer “Lazy Dazy” Meatballs. Jasmine Jones is the mother of the children who made such delightful treats and are regular participants in activities offered at the library as is Anna Grace.  Entries are eligible to advance to the Scott County Cook Off.

Prayers and concern for:  Bro. Howard “Slick” Herring, Dean Hatch, Bea Phillips, Bro. Gene Banes, Karen Clark of Starkville (daughter of former Morton resident Christie Measells, and niece of Florence and Pat Measells), Don Conkle of Florida (request of the Mel Rolands) and continued concern for Ella Mary Shepherd.      

Sympathy to the families of:  Steve Burden, Kenneth “Kenny” Brittain Stuart, Norma Eileen Snyder, Johnnie P. Wilkerson, Jimmy Lee Thrash, Rev. William David Bryant, Mary Lee Summers Crimm, Van Boyd Meek, Oliver Triplett, Willie Albert Baker and Herb Ruscoe of Greenwood (request of the Mel Rolands).  

Travelin’ visitin’ and such: The Scott County MHV Council hosted the Sub-District Area (Leake, Rankin, Scott and Simpson Counties) on February 19 at Morton Activity Center, Farris Park with decorating theme “Mardi Gras” complete with King Cake treats.  Attendees were welcomed by city of Morton Mayor, Gerald Keeton, updates on MHV statewide were presented by Dr. Paula Threadgill, associate director MSU Extension Family and Consumer Sciences and 4-H and State MHV President, Minnie Vaughn of Walthall County.  Sylvia Clark, Extension Associate, also brought information concerning the many learning opportunities offered through the MSU Extension Service. Rev. Shelia Cumbest, pastor of Morton UMC, was the featured speaker and entertainment was by the Reyer family, Ana Paisley (a Scott County 4-H member performing with her violin, playing solos, an Irish Jig, a Scottish Fling and a Hoe Down), she was joined by her mother Brittany on her violin for a lovely duet and her younger sister Ava for a vocal duet, brother Gus watched and played. A delicious meal was catered by Billy Meeks and his staff. Door prizes were won and morning break treats were provided by Scott and visiting counties. The service project was donations of supplies of non-perishable foods, hygiene products and school items for the families of detainees from the recent Ice Raids.   

Dr. Emma York, local self published author, was the speaker at her book signing during Senior Coffee Hour at Morton Public Library. Several local and out of town attendees enjoyed her sharing of some excerpts from her recent book “Reflections in Prose and Poetry.” On a personal note I have really enjoyed those few sketches I’ve read so far. Some are very touching and others somewhat comical.

Sittin’ and thinkin’:  It was interesting to find a notation in the “Scott County Times’-A Glance from the Past-25 Years Ago featuring my spouse, Melvin Roland receiving his Silver Beaver Award from Boy Scouts of America.