Morton News

By FRISKY ROLAND,

Announcements: Mark your calendars for:  Excel Learning Center, 383 South Fourth Street, Morton will host a Mini Garage Sale on Friday, December 7 from 8 a.m.-2 p.m.;  Retirement Celebration for Sister Rita Goedken at Excel Learning and Community Center on Saturday, December 8 from 2-4 p.m.; The Cantata “Peace” at First Baptist Church of Morton on Saturday, December 8 beginning at 6:00 p.m.; We Care Missions Food Distribution dates for December are Friday, December 14 and Friday, December 21.

Congratulations to:  Greg and Rhonda Butler on being chosen as Grand Marshal's of the Morton Christmas Parade that took place on Monday December 3 beginning at 6 p.m. This couple is most deserving of this honor.  Greg served the city of Morton as a much respected Mayor for several terms and Rhonda’s lovely face and delightful smile/personality is enjoyed by patrons of French’s Pharmacy and Gifts on a daily basis. Personal endorsement of this selection for Grand Marshals.

To: Roti Ware, former Morton Panther athlete, on being named the MACJC Men’s Basketball Player of the Week for November 12-18.  He scored a career-high 32 points in a 78-10 win over Bishop State Community college and since the Player of the Week voting, has scored an additional career-high 43 points in a 96-79 win over Mississippi Delta in the EC classic.

To:  MSU football Bulldog’s, Elgton Jenkins,Center and Jeffrey Simmons on being designated SEC Offensive and Defensive Linemen of the Week following the defeat of Ole Miss 35-3 in the Egg Bowl  game on Thanksgiving Day.

To: Junior Defensive Lineman, Jeffrey Simmons representing the MSU Bulldogs football team, on receiving the Connerly Trophy as the outstanding football team member in Mississippi-2018. This was the first time in several years that a defensive player has been given this honor.

To: Dr. Chris Gilmer, Forest High School Graduate on becoming the 17th President of the University West Virginia at Parkersburg.  Personal accolades go out to Dr. Gilmer.  I remember the many times, while he was a classmate of our son, Alben at ECCC, enjoying his many talents as an actor and journalist.

Prayers and concern for: Jake Harrell, Linda Lou Coker, Betty Eure, Loretta Palmer, Matthew Stevens, Jeannie Easterling, Derrick Hudson and Larry Sistrunk.

Sympathy to the families of:  Dewel Lingle, Pat Addy, Maxcine Bond Byram, Maurice B. Cooksey, Reber Rivers, Virgil O. Greene, Harlan Byram, Jr. and Viola McDill Wooton, Carey Jean Goodman Freeman, Ruby Kay Jones, Lanita Webb and Betty Frances Harpe Andrews.

Sittin’ and thinkin’:  Reading the article on young Patrick Little in the “Spirit of Morton” newspaper courtesy of “The Laurel Journal” by Mark Thornton, brought back many wonderful/frightening memories. Good friend/employer his, grandmother Betty Little, and I shared the joy of his adoption from an orphanage in Russia.  Soon following his arrival to his home in America with his doting parents, Robert and Jennifer Little, he was brought into the loving atmosphere of Morton on visits, where his beauty and special gentle loving disposition was cherished by friends and family.  As an outstanding athlete with exceptional physical attributes he excelled in the sport of baseball.  While a student practicing his skills in the sport, he was seriously injured with little encouragement that he would recover to the extent of playing any sport at all.  Joining in prayers during the many days, weeks, and months required for his recovery was a draining experience for everyone who loves and cares for Patrick. How to express gratitude for God’s blessings in this miracle for the opportunity to once again play baseball and even football as a punter, is beyond the limited vocabulary of this columnist.  He recently signed a scholarship to play for the Hinds Community College Eagles in 2020.  His future career shines brightly as several Division I colleges are showing interest in Patrick.  I am overwhelmed with joy for this very special young man and his family.  Betty, we knew all along