Morton News


Announcements: The remaining date in October for the We Care Mission Food Distribution is Friday, October 26 at Fellowship Hall of Morton United Methodist Church, 29 Church Street from 10 a.m.-12 noon.  This month begins a new reporting period of eligibility for the distribution of food.  All who seek to participate must follow the criteria for certification by providing all necessary documentation for all members of the participating family household in order to be considered to receive food.

In addition to those already mentioned in last weeks publication who supported the MHV Sign Dedication Ceremony, Morton MHV Club wishes to express appreciation to those businesses who provided Door Prizes for the occasion.  They were:  City of Morton, Excel Learning Center, French’s Pharmacy and Gifts, and Wizard Arts and Crafts.

Forest Community Arts, Inc. will present Dr. Justin Sharp in a Gershwin Concert at Forest Presbyterian Church on Saturday, October 20, 2:00 p.m.

Walker Phillips of Morton, now a student at Mississippi State University, Member of the MSU Baptist Union will be a member of a team of students traveling to East Asia in December.  They will go to universities there and build relationships, invite people to Christmas parties and share the Gospel.  Each student must provide $2,800 of their own in order to make this trip.  If readers would wish to support Walker for this mission trip, donations may be made to Walker personally or to the MSU Baptist Student  Union ( for tax deductible contributions) with his account/trip as the intent.  Both may be sent directly to him, 299 South Morehead Road, Morton, 39117.

Congratulations to: MHS Royalty, Aryanna Stephens (Football Queen) and Evonda Harvey (Homecoming Queen) on their reign during the Homecoming Parade and at the Morton-Choctaw Central Football Game. Also to those ladies chosen to be in the Homecoming Court: Senior Maids, Btianna Crowder and Madison Huff; Junior Maids, Rachael Revette and Mallory Irby; Sophomore Maids, Perla Garcia and Arian Anderson; Freshman Maids, Hannah Bane and Mikaila Parks.

To: Sammye Jean Sparks Webb on the celebration of her 93rd Birthday Anniversary last week. She was honored with best wishes applause during the ceremony dedicating/unveiling of the Hillsboro Methodist Church/Cemetery marker designating the building and site, now the only one in Scott County on the National Register of Historic Places. She and her siblings worked for many years documenting information to be considered for the event.

To: The Bettye Mae Jack Middle School Cheerleaders for winning First Place Float in the Homecoming Parade.

Prayers and concern for:  Kevin Hayman, Eloaree Robinson of Pearl (mother of Liz Nash) and continued concern for Derrick Hudson, Bennett Arthur and Mozelle Massey.

Sympathy to the families of:  Jessie Robinson, W. G. “Bill” Barnes, Dr. Kenneth Gerald Strong,William Patrick Collins, Dwight Loper and Richard G. Bailey.

Travelin’, visitin’ and such:  The Reverends Gary and Cindy Glazier and daughter Abagail traveled to Tupelo for the blessed event of the birth of their grandchildren/nieces, twin girls-Landry and Bailey.  Reports are that everyone is healthy and doing well.  They are the daughters of Austin and Laura Reed.

The Morton High School Class of 1988 celebrated their 20th Class Reunion with appearance as a group at the MHS Homecoming game on Friday. They then had dinner and fellowship at the Hilton in Jackson on Saturday evening.  Reports are that expressions of gratitude go out to the Planning Committee for their expertise in having a memorable reunion.  Some classmates came from distant homes, Miami, Atlanta, and the Houston area. Plaques in memory of the deceased members of the class were provided for those present to sign. They will be presented to family members of the deceased.

Fred and Sherry Johnson, Edgar and Dot Purvis have returned from a wonderful trip to Texas where they spent several days enjoying stops/visits in quite a few small towns and villages plus doing the ladies usual antiquing along the way. Some sites toured while there were the TV Fixers Uppers, the Gaines at  their Magnolia Farm, San Antonio, the Riverwalk and Alamo.  Fred planned this trip around his desire to go to Lackland Air Force Base there where he did his Basic Training.

A beautiful early fall day found descendants of former members of Hillsboro Methodist Church celebrating the service unveiling the National Park Service Marker denoting the Church Building and Cemetery as now being on the National Register of Historic Places. This site is the only/first one in Scott County to receive this honor.  Established in 1836 with a Circuit Rider minister and two families living in the area,  the building is only the second one to be erected there. On Sunday, October 14, 2018, the Father in Heaven sent a perfect day with sunshine and a delightful breeze (no air conditioner) wafting through the open windows of Hillsboro Methodist Church on the hill site.  Fellowship with the many attendees with family ties to the church followed with bountiful tables of wonderful food.