Morton News


Announcements: Morton MHV Club will meet for the August meeting at Morton Public Library on Wednesday, August 7 at 1:00 p.m.  Everyone is invited to attend.

The Smith County Jr. Jackpot show will  be held August 23 & 24.  Entry deadline is August 16. Entries will be $20 per head. $10 Showmanship. Those entries made after the deadline will be $30 per head. $15 Showmanship.

Scott County Invitational Livestock Show is scheduled for August 30&31,  Check-in will be August 30 from 3-6 p.m. Entry deadline is Friday, August 2.

Congratulations to:  Kariana Simmons Distinguished Young Woman representing Scott County on finishing among the Top Ten finalists at the state competition held in Meridian.  She was a preliminary talent winner with a piano solo.  Her scholarship earnings totaled $4,100 in cash and in addition in-kind scholarships she will receive from local competitions and Mississippi State University. She plans to attend MSU and  major in biological engineering as steps to her goal to be a veterinarian.

To: Betsaida Rea on being among the graduates of the East Central community College’s Practical Nursing Program. The graduates who completed the 12 month month program received special recognition at the annual pinning ceremony.      

Prayers and concern for: Dolly Mooney of Laurel (former resident of Morton), Casey Wade of Arkansas (former resident of Morton), Irene Smith, Martha Tip Stuart Weaver of Kosciusko (native of Morton), Frankie and Lawanda McCaughn in the loss of their house to fire, Frances Shelton (request of the Melvin Rolands) and continued concern for Garret Griffin, Mark Palmer and Opal McCoy.

Sympathy to the families of:  Charles Thomas “Tommy” Ward (son of Vergie Lee Warren Ward MHS Graduate), Paul David Hill, Benny Smith (MHS graduate), Helen M. (Mrs. Charlie) Crapps, Blaine E. Welker, Jr., Dora Wilson (sister of Robert Runnels), Edward Charles Joseph, Jr., Belvie Dewitt Joyner Smith (sister of the late Conola Wade) and Shirley Louise Peppel Bower (mother of former USM head coach, Jeff Bower).

Travelin’, visitin’ and such:  Mel and Frisky Roland enjoyed an extended weekend trip that included visits with friends and family in the north Mississippi/south Tennessee area.  A visit with friend “Heart Sister” of Frisky, Beth Boozer Churchwell of Whitehaven  led to a luncheon date in the area and a dinner date with Mel’s niece Tammie Roland Tabor and her spouse Tim, daughter Taryn and friend Bo Jones at the historical Hollywood Cafe in Robinsonville, MS. On Saturday they attended the 60th Wedding Anniversary of their MSU friends Robert “Red” Collins and his wife Anne held in the 111 Walnut Street, a charming historic church, now a catering/event site. This location was in the heart of the Historic District of Colliersville, Tennessee where the Rolands, also enjoyed milkshakes/malts in the historic Silver Caboose restaurant/soda fountain. They later drove into the historic district of Tunica to enjoy dinner at the popular Blue and White restaurant there. Enroute home they drove to Natchez along Highway 61 where the true impact of the devastation from the recent flood brought great sadness to the travelers. But, a delicious lunch at the famous Tomato Place restaurant in Vicksburg made them happy and full. On the last adventure on the way home they drove along the Natchez Trace giving them the opportunity to turn back to Highway 61 for lunch at the Old Country Store Cafe. While there owner/chef, Arthur Davis, approached their table and sang to them and they had the pleasure of eating the “Famous-Best Fried Chicken in the World” as attested to by letters from all over the globe endorsing the star of the buffet.