Morton News

By FRISKY ROLAND,

Announcements:  Don’t forget to drop by Morton Public Library to bid on some of the outstanding donations to the Silent Auction Fundraiser.  There are already many items by well known artists (Wood Carvings, Pottery, Jewelry, etc.).  Also, you are encouraged to take your items by during open hours with the opening dollar amount you wish to start the bidding.

A word of appreciation goes out to former MHS outstanding athlete, “Duce” McAllister, from the Morton community and MHS for his personal invitation to visit him in New Orleans. The entire Panther football team and coaches were his guests where they dined in his restaurant (“Dude” McAllister’s), his treat.  They were invited to watch a New Orleans Saints (NFL career with the Saints) pre-season practice in the Mercedez-Benz Superdome for opportunities to receive autographs.  Not only did McAllister host the lunch, he also served their meal. Thanks again for remembering the Panthers and his “glory days” playing for them.

Congratulations to: Those local 4-H members who won awards at the 4-H Southwest Project Achievment Day held at Hinds Community college, Raymond Campus. They are: Robotics Team members-Joel Yarrington, Deanne Yarrington and Jesse Clark (1st Place); Computer Visual Presentation-Ethan Powell (1st Place); Entomology on “Harvesting Honey Presentation-Brynnley Powell (1st Place); Clover Leaf Exhibit on “Who’s Your Chack-A-Bob” on different breeds of chickens (1st Place). 4-H AGENTS Anita Webb, Jason Hurdle and Development Specialist-Cobie Rutherford and Dr. John Long-Youth Development Specialist were coaches assisting with the winners.  For the Share the Fun contest the Powells won all 1st Place Awards, with Ethan winning 1st Place in the group talent act.

To: Kathryn Moss of Rankin County on being among the 81 Mississippi’s finest high school juniors privileged to spend a week in June exploring the nation’s capital  and making new friends, courtesy of their local electric cooperative.  Representative, Michael Guest had the traditional responsibility of escorting the Mississippi students on a tour of the Capitol Building and to the floor of the US House of  Representatives. They were joined by more than 1,000 participants from 43 states chosen to attend the 33 annual Mississippi Electric Cooperative Youth Tour. The Electric Cooperative district represented by Kathryn was the Central EPA. Youth (high school juniors) participated in a competitive process sponsored by their cooperative during a workshop held in Jackson in February. Kathryn is the daughter of MHS graduate Becky Moss and spouse Jeff, also the granddaughter of Katie Peagler Measells.

To:  Kendal Moore on his stamina in completing “The Crucible” forth eight hour endurance trial to fulfill his goal of becoming a US Marine. Personal thanks for your future service to our great nation.

Prayers and concern for:  Jimmy Lane Cooper, Danny Watkins, Lucy Young, John McCullum (request of the Melvin Rolands) and continued concern for Joe Goodwin, Delores Watkins and Billy Beard. And the families impacted by the ICE raids last week.

Sympathy to the families of: Betty Jones (mother of co-owner/chef of Sam’s Diner), Leonard McCullough (coach at Mississippi State College/University-request of the Mel Rolands), Stacy Dee Hollifield, Sarah A. Waggoner, John Ander Spears, Ronald “Kye” Goode, Joyce Miller, Dorothy Owen, Kathleen A. Kennedy, Raymond Tardo, Clifton Warren, Alice Lewis and Troy Smith.

Travelin’, visitin’ and such:  Pastor Sheila Cumbest, Morton UMC, has returned from a mission trip to Costa Rica which was scheduled a year ago while she was serving as Associate Pastor of Missions at Christ UMC in Jackson. When assigned to Morton she decided to keep her commitment for the mission - Rice and Beans Ministry.  She reports the experience was one of the most impactful missions that she has been a part of.  It is a feeding mission that is about offering the hope of Christ through encouragement and prayer while building relationships.  She is thankful for God’s blanket of safety while there and safe travels.

Those Morton MHV members who attended July Leader Training/County Council meeting at the MSU-Scott County Extension facility were: Betsy Comfort, Diane Hayman, Cathy Johnson, Diane Kirk, Florence Measels, Frisky Roland, Shirley Sawyer, Judy Stegall, Kathy Warren and Helen Watkins. They were treated to wonderful programs presented by Scott County and Simpson county Agents, Anita Webb and Amanda Blakeney on “Fun Products with Honey”, showing the traditional method of soap making and a quicky/easy method providing samples of both to attendees.  Tyler McCaughn gave a most informative presentation “Honey Bees” telling many facts of the bee life style, culture, growing productive hives and collecting honey.  A “Firewise Update was given by Anita.

Betsy, Diane Hayman, Frisky, Judy, Kathy Warren and Helen. Enjoyed their Monthly “Dutch Treat” lunch at Wendy’s.

Harry and Sarah Strohm’s guests last week were “Newlyweds” daughter, Annie, DVM and husband Nicholas Freas of St. Petersburg, Florida.  This was the couples first visit since their marriage about two months ago.  Needless to say, their parents, sister and her family were delighted to have them come up for a family gathering.

Ann Rector reported that her son Ricky and high school chum Chucky Gentry visited with her, cooked steaks and chatted about youthful memories at school and in the neighborhood. They also joined friends for the Reunion of their MHS graduating Class.