Top of the Morning, June 25, 2014
Our new "Neighbors" feature can be found toward the back of each Wednesday's B Section (it's on B-9 today). It's meant to spotlight folks in our community up to plenty of good. Like Cody Morris.
He's an 18-year-old Mattoon High grad who recently was elected president of the state's Future Farmers of America organization. That's a big deal. What made it better was that his dad, 1981 Centennial High grad Rodney Morris, also was FFA president, in 1982-83.
"Kind of a neat story," Rodney said.
Rodney, a University of Illinois grad who today is vice president of First Mid-Illinois Bank & Trust in Mattoon, counseled his son on the rigors of the job. As FFA president, Cody's travel-heavy role requires a year off from college (he's one year in at Lake Land with an eye on the UI).
On Tuesday, Cody was with an Illinois Farm Bureau group touring Washington, D.C.
"It's been two weeks since I've been elected, and it's been more than amazing," he said.
Cody's 12-month goal: increase membership "by building the family feeling that comes with FFA."
The family theme isn't surprising, Cody and Rodney are believed to be the only father-son combo to serve as FFA president.
"It's remarkable to be able to follow in his footsteps," Cody said. "I love the opportunity I have."
The giant potato rolled into town at 5:15 p.m. Tuesday (above). Checking in at 12,130 pounds — the equivalent of 32,346 medium-sized spuds — the sight-to-see will be stationed at our radio stations on South Neil Street until noon today:
Years it would take to grow a potato that big. It is 1,102 times heavier than the largest known tater (11 pounds) and would take 33 months to bake.
Fries that would come from the monster vegetable (or 30,325 servings of mashed potatoes).
That's when the truck opens for business today. If you can't stop by, members of the "Tater Team" will make morning-show appearances on WDWS 1400-AM and WHMS 97.5 FM.