Announcements: Due to COVID-19 interruption of many planned activities by Morton Chamber of Commerce in 2020, hopes are to schedule some of the annual programs in 2021, beginning with the Miss Morton Pageant. Those wishing to participate must contact the Chamber indicating their interest by no later than Thursday, January 21. Scheduled for March 6, 2021, hopefully there will be participants and someone will be eligible to receive the $4,000. Scholarship to attend East Central Community College. If no interest is shown, the event will be postponed until 2022. This year the contestants will be scaled back to those ages 17-19. The entry fee is $40. Contact information is firstname.lastname@example.org or 601-665-3992.
We Care Mission Food Distribution will be held on Friday, January 22 from 10 a.m.-12 noon at Morton United Methodist Church, 29 Church Street.
From the Scott County 4-H Newsletter: Southwest District Livestock Show-Thursday, January 28-Sunday January 31; Monday, February 1, Livestock office will be closed; Tuesday, February 2-Wednesday, February 3. Dixie Livestock Show Date: Thursday, February 4-Thursday, February 11 (full schedule will be in the 2021 Dixie National Premium Book).
ZOOM Registration Link https://msuext.ms/qb2021-01-28 provides information for the January 28th Program “Introduction: Online Master Gardener Volunteer Training”, presented by Dr. Jeff Wilson, MSU Extension Professor, State Master Gardener Coordinator.
Congratulations to: Avery Nobles, Morton High School Principal, on being named on of the 29 members of the State Superintendent of Education’s inaugural Principal Advisory Council. He is the only principal from the Scott County School system to be named. The goal of the council will be in providing direct input to Dr. Carey Wright, state superintendent of education on issues in Mississippi public schools. Avery was one of 60 principals completing the application to become a member.
To: Cassie Courtney on receiving the 2020 Red Rose Award presented by Pi Chapter Delta Kappa Gamma Society International. This award is given annually to an outstanding woman in Rankin, Scott or Simpson County who has benefited education and the status of women in educational leadership roles. Cassie is a resident of Morton.
To: Morton Chamber of Commerce reporting that the Beautification Committee submitted an entry to Keep Mississippi Beautiful concerning the new entrance to Morton High School Panther Stadium with these results: Small Business Award-Nicholas Meeks, Great Southern Homes, LLC
Keep Morton Beautiful-2020 Circle of excellence Award
Keep Morton Beautiful-1st Place Great American Cleanup Award
To: the Morton Panther Boys Basketball Team on winning the 2021 Scott County Tournament. They had a 12-4 record through January 9.
To: Jamari Young on being named tournament MVP.
Prayers and concern for: Richard “Buddy” Ellis, Bryant Risher and continued concern for Roger Warren, Paula Moncrief Whitlock and those who have tested positive for COVID-19.
Sympathy to the families of: Marion Dwight Myatt, Betty Elizabeth Martin, Wanda Ruth Cleveland, Bettye J. Gorrie, Alice Faye Boykin, Raven “Sam” Gardner, Melton Gage “Hoot” Walker (former coach at Forest High School), Lodena Hollingsworth Waldrop, Jimmy Lane Cooper and John Wesley Patrick.
Sittin’ and thinkin’: For those looking for the answer to the puzzle of the month in the January 4th issue of the paper-name a flower-A shining body, a preposition and an ancient city?...Answer: Star of Bethlehem.
2020-It Has Been Hard. But we can choose our hard. Pick wisely (some lyrics from How They Remember You by Rascal Flatts)….Did you stand tall or did you fall? Build a bridge or build a wall? Hide your love or give it all? What did you do? Did you laugh or did you cry? Did your quit or did you try? Live your dreams or let ’em die? What did you choose? Did you give or did you take? Did you bend or did you break? Did you slip or hold your rope? How did you cope? When it all comes down…it’s not if but how you will remember 2020 and begin 2021.