By BETTYE KEY

Hurrah for Morgan Mill!

From 1-3 p.m. today, we will decorate the Community Center for Christmas. Thanks to Alice and Roscoe Davis, who donated a huge Christmas tree several years ago. It just needs to be assembled. Several people have donated ornaments and lights so no one needs to bring anything. Thanks to Carolyn Browning, we have table decorations. What we need are volunteers to help get everything down from the attic and to assemble. It will not take long so come and enjoy the festivities.

Superintendent Dean Edwards is happy to announce that the Morgan Mill School fed over 800 folks at their annual Thanksgiving Dinner. Forty-one turkeys were cooked to perfection with only a handful of leftovers. One thing different this year happened when Dean found out that we were going to have to go and get the troops. Thanks to Dean, Barrett Hutchison and Kenneth Smith who left Friday morning at 4 am. with two school buses. After loading 70 troops, they headed back to arrive at 10:30. Some of the troops admitted they had no idea where they were going or why. Before leaving at 1:30, all the troops said they were glad they had been chosen to come to Morgan Mill. Most of the troops were from out of state and were not going to be with their families. Thanks to Channel 8 and Jim Douglas our Thanksgiving dinner was on TV at five and six o’clock news. If you missed it, it was recorded by numerous Morgan Millites. Just ask to see it.

The proud winner of the Family Turkey Art project was the Hunt family winning “Best of Show.” Kade made a large poster of his family enjoying the season. Other winners were Hayden Hightower, Tallen Halliday, Alexia Sloan and Gabe Mullins. This year, there were examples of a singing turkey, a 3-D center-piece turkey with lollipops, turkey made out of leaves, a pink turkey, many bejeweled turkeys, and turkeys in military garb. It was hard for the judges and everyone deserved a prize.

It is time for the UIL contest in Huckabay. On Dec. 8, the elementary kids will compete and on Dec. 9, the junior high will participate. Last year, the Morgan Mill Junior High placed 2nd and Morgan Mill Elementary won the contest! We are proud of our students and wish them well. Even tutor, John Sandstrom, who is an electrical engineer, is sometimes challenged by the tough math problems that our students have to master.

Mark your calendars for the only Senior Citizens meeting Dec.10. Everyone is asked to bring a $10 gift to exchange. At this meeting, finger type snacks are brought. Remember the meeting starts at 6 p.m. and everyone is invited.

The first home basketball game is Dec. 14 against Bluff Dale at 6 p.m. Hopefully, we will have our new Mustang purple pads on the walls.

The Morgan Mill School program is Dec. 15 at 7 p.m. Nancy Lingle and David Venable are in charge of the music. Santa will be there to wish everyone a “Merry Christmas.” The UIL contest winners will receive their ribbons and medals that night also.

Remember the Morgan Mill Live Nativity Pageant is Saturday, Dec. 19, at 5:30 followed by sandwiches and hot soups at the Community Center. Everybody is invited.