Hurrah for Morgan Mill!

First, a word from George Boen, who moved from Morgan Mill about three years ago and has been accepted to attend TSTC in engineering maintenance. He will be starting in August after he graduates from De Leon High School in May. George was a Morgan Mill product that most people who lived here knew quite well. We are happy to hear from him and wish him congratulations.

Talk around the coffee shop this week has been about Lane Hedeman, senior at Lipan High School. He was in the UIL Class A Division II State Basketball Tournament on Saturday in Austin. Since this article is written before Saturday, the results are not known. Mary and Jakie Laughlin, and of course, Tuff and Tracey Hedeman were going. It was fun to watch him play basketball in Morgan Mill and now be so successful in one of the best basketball programs in the state.

Traditions in Morgan Mill are sometimes easy to break - like traveling to surrounding towns to eat out on Thursday, Friday, or Saturday night. The Morgan Mill Store, under Ricky Koonce’s direction, has changed our eating out habits. I talked to Ricky about his decision to run a cafe.

“Because I have never run one before and I was bored,” was his answer.

Ricky, who has lived in Morgan Mill for 18 years, is happy in his new career. He says the best thing about the cafe is meeting people and the support that he has received from the community. The worst things are all the paperwork and keeping the taxes and money straight. His favorite dish to cook is a 16 oz. rib eye steak and French fries. The store/cafe boasts one of the few salad bars in Erath County. The menu features steak, pork loin, chicken, shrimp, and of course, chicken fried steak. Ricky was quick to state that his success also rests with his great employees. The crowds, which have not been all Morgan Mill residents, start arriving at 5 p.m., but the most popular time is around 7. Ricky wants everyone to know that he has donated two catfish dinners with salad and fries to the Stephenville Optimist Club Auction on May 1. One can never over estimate the amount of money that Morgan Mill items might raise during auctions. One last teaser is the homemade pies. Buttermilk, coconut, and the meringue varieties are the crowd favorites. Thanks for all the hard work that the Koonces, Ricky and Debbie, and their helpers are doing to make Morgan Mill a great place to live.

Tuesday, March 17, is the Morgan Mill School Board meeting at 7 p.m. in the Library. Thursday, March 19, is the Senior Citizens meeting at 7. The entertainment will be Bernice Larner and Verbie Burns presenting “Two Women at the Mailbox.” Verbie said that Jimmy Evans wrote the skit in 2002 and asked Bernice and Verbie to present it to the Senior Citizens group. On the night of the presentation, Jimmy and Dorothy were out of town, so they are anxious to hear the story this time. Verbie said several Morgan Mill residents are mentioned in the letters so it might be good to bring a potluck dish and come hear the gossip of Morgan Mill. Remember it all starts at 7 p.m.