Morton News

By FRISKY ROLAND,

Announcements: We care Missions Food Distribution’s last date in August is Friday, August 23 from 10 a.m.-12 noon at Morton United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall, 29 Church Street.  All recipients of food boxes must provide proper documentation for all members of the household.

The Silent Auction Fundraiser for Morton Public Library will continue through August.  On August 30 some very desirable gift certificates will be won by  drawing. Winners must be present. This will also be the final opportunity to make bids on the items on display.  For more details on donating items, bidding on items and date and time for the drawing, call 601-732-6288.

The “Quick Bites” program remaining in August is “Getting Organized for a Hectic Life” presented by Natalie Ray, MSU Extension Agent, Clay County.  This free program on Thursday, August 22 from 12 noon-1 p.m. offers those who register by calling the Extension office (601-469-4241) or to acquire more information, the opportunity to use self help skills to be more organized.

Those wishing to attend the Lunch and Learn Luncheon sponsored by Scott County MHV and Forest Community Arts, Inc. must call in your reservation for the free event by Wednesday, September 4.  To enter the Homemaker Fair that will be held just prior to “Lunch and Learn”, any resident of Scott County may bring their art, craft or food preservation item to the Extension office on Monday September 9. Items will be judged on Tuesday, September 19 and on display open to the public by 11:30.  The artist,crafts demonstration at the luncheon will be presented by Susan Farris of Brandon, former resident of Morton.  Her craft is Broken China Mosaic.  Everyone is invited, encouraged to come view the exhibits (sweepstakes winners will be eligible to advance to the Mississippi state Fair), luncheon and fellowship.

Congratulations to: Nicholas Laster, BMJ Middle School student on being selected the All American Ace for pitching during his invitation to play in the All American Baseball Games in Round Rock, Texas.  His Independence team won 2nd place in the tournament in competition with teams from TX, LA, AR, OK, HI, FL and AL where he did not walk a batter all weekend. He is the son of Nick and Kim Laster.  

To: Destinie Lloyd and Raliyah Tianna Weathersby on being presented with $500. Scholarships from the Mississippi Association of Supervisors (Scott County Board of Supervisors) issued annually to dependents of current or retired county employees around the state.

To:  Lilly LeCompte, a student at Petal Upper Elementary, on being selected to serve as a Little Miss in the Miss Hospitality contest held at the Saenger Theater in Hattisburg.  Her Big Sister Miss Hospitality contestant was Miss Biloxi.  Lilly is the Granddaughter of Ricky Rector (MHS graduate) and the late Nancy Johnson Rector and is the Great-Granddaughter of Morton resident, Ann Rector.

Prayers and concern for:  James Chambley, Annie Patrick, Zack Irby and continued concern for Jeanie Easterling, Jimmy Lane Cooper and  Joe Goodwin (request of the Rolands).

Sympathy to the families of: Iona Parkman, Margaret Phillips, Bonnie Jean Harvey, Brenda Faith DuBose Simpson Olson, John McCollum (cousin of Melvin Roland), Edwin Ray Pearce and Dr. Bruce Lesley (professor of music programs at both MUW and MSU (request of Brian Roland).

Travelin’, visitin' and such: Mel and Frisky Roland enjoyed attending the second Annual Legends Weekend dinner reception held in the Gridiron Club located in the north end zone of Davis Wade Stadium on the MSU campus. Delicious food and beverages, courtesy of many and varied sponsors, fellowship with friends (other Legends like the Rolands) were highlights of the event. Incoming MSU Sports Hall of Fame Inductees present and recently inducted Mississippi Sports Hall of fame inductee, Rocky Felker, wer recognized. Entertainment was by Jeffrey Rupp and Band and all attendees were presented with nice gifts sporting the “M-Club” Logo.

The large group attending represented all MSU/SEC athletes, teams/individuals now members of the M-Club. The Rolands were also rewarded to encounter several families with lodgings at the LaQuinta Hotel where they were overnight guests. They were checking their students into their lodgings for the fall semester. All were from out of state (Louisiana, Kentucky and two from New Jersey).  All were on Academic Scholarships and one on both baseball/academic scholarships. Their parents were complementary of everything that MSU has to offer their students and felt that their college experience would be excellent and lead to successful career choices. The opportunity to meet and visit with those out of visitors was a pleasure.