Morton News


Announcements: Due to the precautions for preventing the spread of the Coronavirus, all previously published events have been cancelled or postponed.  To confirm whether this impacts any plans for future meetings, events, etc. call the proper number of the public office, school or church, if in question.

The Scott County Forestry Association Banquet will be held on Thursday, April 23 at the MSU/Scott County Extension facility, 230 South Davis Street, Forest beginning at 6:30 p.m.  To make reservations call 601-469-4241 by April 15.  Dues are $15 per single membership/$20 for husband and wife, to be rendered to Sec-Treasurer, Steve Shepherd, payable to the Scott County Forestry Association.

The Midsouth Star Gaze 2020 hosted by the Rainwater Observatory, French Camp is scheduled for April 22-25. Professional astronomers and galaxy researchers will be presenting programs.  Lodging from camping to bed and breakfast, guest house, bunk house and restaurant are available on site.  For more details go to

Antique Exhibit-A Piece of History will be presented at Colbert Commons, Forest on Sunday April 26 from 2-4 p.m. To acquire more information, call Scott County Extension at 601-469-4241. Forms must be filled out and turned in by April 15.

Congratulations to:  Brian Runels, graduate of MHS, on being the recipient of the Non-Traditional Student Tuition Scholarship at East Central Community College.  He has excelled academically throughout his freshman semester and has declared a major in Special Education.

To:  Ethan Martin, MHS choir director on being nominated for the 2019-2020 national LifeChanger of the Year award. Prior to Martin’s arrival, the high school did not have a continuing choir program and had never had a Show Choir.  He was nominated, anonymously by the parent of a student in the program who was reluctant to join, but now loves the opportunity to learn and perform. Parents and students realize that instilling a love of music is important throughout all life experiences.

To: The MHS BETA Club for receiving the Golden Key Award for having a 10 percent growth in convention attendance.  Zully Garcia placed fourth on the Spanish Exam. She will be eligible to attend the National BETA Convention in Fort Worth, Texas this summer.  BETA Club sponsor is Ms. Frances Richmond.

To: Becky Measells Moss, MHS graduate, on receiving Congratulations from her employers, Nix Tann Realtors for achieving the title of Million Dollar/Multi-Million Dollar Producers.

To: The lovely winners of the Miss Morton Pageant, sponsored by the Morton Chamber of Commerce: Miss Morton-Alexi Jackson (awarded a $4,000 Scholarship to attend East Central Community College), 1st Alternate-Sydni Goldman, 2nd Alternate-Kailyn Davis, 3rd Alternate-Patricia Adcox and 4th Alternate-Samanthe Farquhar.

Prayers and concern for: Rosemary (Mrs. David) McIntosh, Kelly Langford, Katie Miles and continued concern for those impacted by the virus epidemic.

Sympathy to the families of: John Heiden (request of the Mel Rolands), Georgia Danna Turner, Benjamin Manly McKibbens and Mark Allen DeVries.

Traveli’ visitin’ and such:  Morton MHV Club discovered many interesting facts on a brief journey to India during their “Dutch Treat” March meeting held at Sam’s Diner, Morton.  Member, Sarah Strohm, shared a few of her more than 100 individual elephants in her private collection. She emphasized the different physical and disposition qualities between the African and Indian breeds.  Anita Webb, Scott County Coordinator/Agent then presented a most interesting program on India, the foods, customs, religions and gave a brief quiz of interest (the grades on answers were nothing to brag about), but there was a great deal to learn. National Monument-Taj Mahal, National Bird-Peacock, National Sport-Criket, etc.  Anita and Florence Measells won door prizes. 

Former Morton resident, graduate of MHS, Karole King Farris Thomas, her daughter Beth and spouse John Rosswog, all of Salt Lake City, Utah were visitors in Morton and other sites in Mississippi recently.  John was a competitor in the Mississippi Blues Marathon Race and was quite successful with a 2nd place in his group and an overall 12th place ranking.  While here they were the guests of her brother and sister-in-law Jimmy and Rebecca Farris, also brothers, A. B., David and niece Suzann in Clinton and Jefrey in Cleveland and their families.  They took advantage of a trip to Greenwood for a dinner outing with Rebecca’s family and enjoyed touring some of the interesting sites.