Morton News


Announcements:  Don’t forget to stop by Excel Learning Center, 383 South Fourth Street, Morton and browse the Silent Auction Fundraiser items on display there beginning on November 13-21. Biding can be done from 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.  There will be a Soup and Dessert meal available on the 13th from 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.  All proceeds go to fund the educational programs offered by Excel.
There will be a Scott County Livestock Association Meeting at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 16 at the Scott County Extension Service Office, 230 South Davis Street, Forest.  The upcoming livestock show will be discussed.  A board meeting will follow shortly after to discuss awards for the upcoming the county show in January.  A pot luck meal will be served.
Don’t forget the Meet and Greet Book Signing on Sunday, November 19 at Colbert Commons, 301 South Main street, Forest.  This event is sponsored by Forest Community Arts, Inc. and Forest Downtown Development Association.  The book features 105 recipes with Mississippi connections by Chef and restauranteur Robert St. John and illustrations by Wyatt Waters.
The Annual 4-H Christmas Decoration contest will be held at the MSU/Scott County Extension Service facility, 230 South Davis Street, Forest on Tuesday, November 28.  Categories for entries are:  Table Decoration, Hanging Decoration, Tree Ornament, Decorated Packages, Miscellaneous Decorated Christmas Item, Recycled Item.  Entry forms may be acquired from the Extension office.  All entries must be in the office on Monday, November 27 by 5:00 p. m.
Mark your calendars for Sunday, November 10 at 6:00 p. m.  First Baptist Church of Morton will present their Annual Christmas Production “Peace”. Under the direction of Choir Director, Barbara Ott and Drama/Special Effects Director, Dr. Judy Lewis, the presentation will feature multi media effects, drama and wonderful inspiring messages through music.
Operation Christmas Child Boxes can not contain candy or toothpaste.  Collection Week is November 13-20.  Bro. Bob Smith will continue as leader of the Scott County Drop-Off Team.  Drop Off location this year is, Parkway Baptist Church, on Highway 13, Morton (just North of I-20, exit 77).
Congratulations to:  Justin Creel, Scott County Farm Bureau Player of the Week for his outstanding production for the Panther football team during the 2017 season.
To:  To MHS graduate, Marcus Holbert, on being chosen as Principal of Hawkins Middle School, Forest.  His further educational accomplishments include: Alcorn State University (Bachelors and Master's degrees) and additional Master's degree in School Leadership from Gardner Webb University.
To:  Caitlyn Renfroe on being named one of the “Most Outstanding Students” for the first nine weeks at the Forest-Scott County Career and Technology Center.  Her course of study is Health Care and Clinical Services II.
To:  Those 4-H members on their prize winning exhibits at both the county level and the State 4-H Village Fair.  First Place/Blue Ribbons went to:  Irby Rawson - Commodity Crops (cotton, corn, soybeans); Kylie Powell-Recipe collection, Conservation Recycled item and Visual Arts Painting; Brynley Powell -Entomology (insect collection), Recycled entry, Blanket (clothing construction division), crocheted potholder, needlepoint, thread count, wall hanging and Visual Arts Sculpture and Painting; Ethan Powell -Spider Man Pillow, Weaving entry, Visual Arts Sculpture and Painting. 4-H Clover Buds (ages 5-7):  Anna Paisleigh Rider - Clothing Construction entry (pocket pillow and doll for the pocket); Lydia Powell - Visual arts Painting and String Art entry.
Prayers and concern for:  Helen Jean Crotwell, Lois Wolverton and continued concern for Chester Sawyer, Sue Pickett, Dixie White, Billy Stacy, Kim Booth, also, William Bigianni and Clint Cannon (deployed to Afghanistan).  
Sympathy to the families of:  William R. “Buddy” Booth, Carolyn R. Garvin and Betty Ruscoe of Lealand and Joseph Francis “Joe” Fortunato, Jr. of Natchez (request of the Melvin Rolands).
Travelin’, visitin’ and such:  Maxine Phillips Bouchard of Hialeah, Florida was a guest in the home of her brother Jimmy and spouse Peggy Phillips for several days recently.  While in  town she was fortunate to visit with her siblings and their families and several local friends (of which this columnist/ highschool classmate was honored to be included) who enjoyed the chats about shared remembrances and news of family accomplishments.  One of her very special outings was a visit with her 103 year old aunt, Mrs. Erie Haynes, who with her still very alert mind, was able to share history from both sides of the family and answer Maxine’s many questions about her ancestors.
The Celebration honoring Veterans and their families presented by the Bettye Mae Jack Middle School was quite impressive. Members of the BMJMS Student council were most helpful in assisting with the program, the MHS Concert Band made the traditional patriotic selections quite meaningful, the City of Morton mayor and school staff presided over the event admirably and US Senator, Roger Wicker, a veteran himself, gave an encouraging and meaningful talk. A reception followed the celebration.
Those MSU fans on campus over the weekend had opportunities to enjoy a great experiences of a full compliment of sports events. On Friday night there was a double-header basketball event men’s and women’s teams winning their games. An emotional time was felt with the raising of the 2017 Women’s NCAA Tournament Finalist Banner honoring the team members, coaches and staff. They, including Scott Central High School graduate, Victoria Vivians, were presented their Tournament  rings during a ceremony at the MSU-Alabama football game on Saturday.