Morton News

By FRISKY ROLAND,

Announcements:  Dates for the February We Care Missions Food Distribution are Friday, February 9 and Friday, February 23.  Those eligible to receive food  boxes must register at Fellowship Hall of Morton United Methodist Church, 29 Church Street from 10 a.m.-12 noon.

The Annual Lenten Lunches for 2018 are scheduled beginning on Wednesday, February 21 at noon in Fellowship Hall of Morton United Methodist Church.  They will continue each Wednesday throughout the Lenten Season, offering inspiring messages from various speakers, great fellowship and good lunches (free of charge).  Everyone is invited to worship during this Holy Season prior to the Passion of our Lord. Scheduling is planned for the noon break hour so that working citizens will have the opportunity to attend.

The MHV 2018 Sub-District (5 County) Meeting will be held at the Activities Center, Farris Park, Morton on Wednesday, February 21 beginning with registration at 9:00 a.m.  Those MHV members/guests planning to attend must register and remit $9.00 for the meal immediately to the Scott County Extension Service office, 230 South Davis Street, Forest or to the appropriate club Treasurer per member.

Congratulations to:  Madyson Warren, student at Newton County High, Decatur, on performing the leading role as Wendy in the production of the musical “Peter Pan, Jr.” presented by The Newton Theater Company.  Shelton Pace, the role of Michael, Kayla Pace as Twin #1 and Nicholas Pace as Twin #2 were also in the production.  Madyson is the daughter of  Mr. and Mrs. Brent Warren (Brent-MHS Grad) and the granddaughter of Kathy Warren.  The Pace children’s parents are former Morton resident Stephen Pace and wife Laurie and Grands Garry and Wanda Pace. Talent and entertainment was outstanding according to those attending.

To:  The staff of “The Scott County Times” on  being rewarded with numerous awards at the MS Press Association’s Better Newspaper Contest-Advertising Division.  They are:  Profile 2017-Best Special Edition in the state  (large weekly newspapers), Business Women’s Edition-Second Place and Great Outdoors Edition-Third Place, also the Wedding Edition-Second Place (Best Advertising Special Section division).

To: Those educators representing the Morton Schools in the Scott County School District Teachers of the Year recognition.  Debbie Burnham-Forest-Scott County Career Center representing all high schools in the County CTC Teacher of the Year and District Teacher of the Year, Marylynn Crotwell-Elementary Administrator of the Year-Morton Elementary, Marilyn Maseda-MHS Teacher of the Year, Shelly French-Bettye Mae Jack Middle School Teacher of the Year, Sheila Thompson-Morton Elementary K-2 Teacher of the Year and Tina Ware-Morton elementary 3-4 Teacher of the Year.

To: Sidney L. “Sid” Salter, award winning veteran journalist who leads MSU’s public affairs office and is the chief communication officer on being among this year’s selections for an MS Top 50 award.  Now a resident of Starkville we will always consider him our own here in Scott County.

To: Victoria Vivians, MSU Basketball, graduate of Scott Central High, on being among the Ann Myers Drysdale Top 10 Finalist, an award given to the country’s premier shooting guard.  The second ranked team in the nation, now enjoying a 23-0 season, had Victoria (prior to another 20-plus scoring game with Missouri having a 52.5 percent from the field-39.8 from 3 point range-81.8 free throws-2,186 career points.

Prayers and concern for:  Continued-Jim Ott, Derick Hudson and Lula France.

Sympathy to the families of:  Jack Bishop Craine (12 days old), Barbara Ann Roberts Brown, Rev. John Higgenbotham (request of the Mel Rolands), Vicky Wallace Long, Shirley Rogers, Evelyn Baker Lewis, Mary Elenor Davis Land of Tupelo (request of the Mel Rolands), Guyrene Everett, James “Dale” Cumberland and Katherine J. Harrell.

Travelin’, visitin’ and such:  Donnie and Darlene Register report a trip to Ft. Campbell, Kentucky for a short visit with their Grands/Great Grandson, Corey, Savannah and Mason Sullivan following their recent move from California. While there Donnie took advantage of his first visit with his great grandson to play with and spoil him as only doting Granddads are allowed.

Kathy Warren delighted in the opportunity to attend the presentation of the production of “Peter Pan Jr.” at Newton Little Theater and to enjoy the acting and vocals of her granddaughter Madyson.

The Morton Chamber of Commerce recognized Past Presidents of the Chamber during the 59th Annual Meeting by inviting them to attend.  A. B. Farris, Jr., Jack Stuart, Jr., Davis Farris, Bob Lyle, Odean Busby, J. D. Eichelberger, Richard Latham, Martha Rogers, Tito Echiburu, Bruce Calcote, Ken Gordon, Fred Johnson, Donavan Alford, Jason Cook, Ashli Craig, Betty Little, Dorothy Redeemer, Susan Alford and Billy Meeks were present to be honored. Also, Donovan Alford, Wanda Chipley, Heather Davis and Dr. Jamie Ross were newly elected members of the Board of Directors.

Excel Learning Center welcomed visitors from Loras College, Dubuque, Iowa to Morton.  The students and their Faculty Adviser  generously donated the days of their winter break to volunteer in the community, tutoring at BMJ and MES, K-2 and the after school tutoring program at Excel.  They were inspired by a visit and talk by Constance Slaughter Harvey.  Those involved in the community service were:  Adviser-Jennie Weber, students: Kylie Holubar, John Stoppelman, Brooke Boddricker, Mikhayla Meek, Theresa Mitazzo, Logan Schrear and Abby Oldham.

Those Morton Club members attending the January Scott County MHV Leader Training/County Council meeting were: Shelly Bump and guest, daughter Kaitlyn, Myra Murrell Davis, Bobbie Hodges, Cathy Johnson, Diane Kirk, Mae Lee, Kistie Powell, Frisky Roland, Shirley Sawyer, Judy Stegall, Kathy Warren and Helen Watkins. They were treated to a program on the easy way to make Divinity Candy by Joey Irby of Philadelphia (he left lots of sample treats for everyone to enjoy) and a lesson on Mold Free Healthy Homes by Anita Webb.  Judy, Frisky, Kathy and Helen enjoyed their monthly “Dutch Treat” lunch at Popeye’s prior to the meeting.