Personal and Comments
When you see a police cruiser, what do you think about the man or woman behind the wheel of that car? There are those who will be thinking, "I bet he's on his way to the doughnut shop." This may be funny as a cartoon but now you will have the opportunity to find out what actually happens when a Versailles police officer makes rounds throughout Woodford County. If you live or work in Woodford County, the Versailles Police Department is inviting you to participate in the next Citizens Police Academy (CPA). The academy is an eight-week course that will help citizens understand the role of law enforcement in Woodford County, which includes Midway. So turn off your TV and give up your favorite cop show and discover how it is done in Woodford County. Some of the topics will include how and when to call 9-1-1. You will learn how to recognize and know what to do when you may have suspicious activity in your neighborhood. Learn what steps to take as you protect yourself from identity theft. If you are interested in attending, call 873-3126 and ask for Scott Bobbitt and he can send you an application and give you more information about these special classes. Think about attending this academy and learn a little about what a police officer goes through. Who knows: they may even share a doughnut or two after class. ... This information is a scoop if there ever was one. Now I've told you about Midwegian Betty Bright, who has moved to The Homeplace from Daisy Hill. I've discovered that she has made that move to establish residency so that she will be eligible to run for Midway City Council. Of course she is going to have to do it as a write-in. When I questioned the former Midway council member about running, she said, "I've served on the council for a number of years and I have the experience. Just because I've settled into a nursing facility, what do you think I'm going to do, sit around and knit all day? This city could use my expertise. Midway Black History How many times have you been to the Midway park? I would venture to say that many Midway residents have been to the park at least once. If you have attended the annual Midway Sparks in the Park or have let your dog run wild at the dog park, you have been there. However, you may not know that the park has an official name even though the name of the park is on a big sign as you enter the grounds. The official name of Midway's park is the Walter Bradley Memorial Park. After reading the sign, the next thought that may enter your mind is, just who is Walter Bradley? His name at birth was Walter Thomas Bradley Jr. He was born in Midway and was the first African-American to be elected to the Midway City Council. I remember one night as I was working with my dad and we began talking about the city council election that would be coming in the following months. We began talking about why Midway had never had a black council member. We agreed that it would be a great idea to have a black representative and began to toss around some names. The first name that came to mind was Ike Darneal, as he was well thought-of in the community. Within the hour, we visited Mr. Darneal and got his feelings about him running for city council. It was a quick meeting, as he thanked us for considering him, but no thanks as he had some health problems at the time and he wasn't sure he could put in the time nor did he want the hassle. As we continued to talk, he agreed that it would be good to have a black representative and we batted around several names of people who might be interested. That's when Mr. Bradley's name came up. We knew if he would accept he would do a good job and take a real interest in the positon. If my memory serves me correctly, we talked to Mr. Bradley the next day about running. He wanted to talk to his wife, Mollie, and as they say the rest is history. He won a place on the council during the election and served for 24 years. He was instrumental in getting Midway out of the garbage business and had garbage collections contracted out. He was a past Grand Secretary of the Most Worshipful Prince Hall Grand Lodge F. & A.M. of Kentucky, and was editor of the lodge's newspaper "Masonic Herald." Bradley was employed at Avon Army Depot, where he was an electrical engineer inspector. He was the husband of Mollie McFarland Bradley, and the couple owned and lived in the building that had housed the Midway Colored School. Walter Bradley was a former student at the school, and purchased the building in 1959. He and his father did all of the repair work. Bradley and his wife leased space within the building to a number of businesses, including a beauty shop and a shoe shop, and there was a lodge hall, and apartments. The Bradleys owned and ran the first launderette in Midway. The building was also home to the offices of the Most Worshipful Prince Hall Grand Lodge F. & A.M. during Walter Bradley's tenure as grand secretary. Walter T. Bradley Jr. was also a member of a male singing group from Midway called the "Five Royalties of Song." He was a piano player, as is his wife and their sons. He was a contributor writer for The Woodford Sun newspaper during Black History Month. His wife, Mollie Bradley, continues to write articles each year. In 1989, Walter T. Bradley Jr. was the first African American deacon at the Immanuel Baptist Church in Lexington. The Walter Bradley Memorial Park in Midway is named in his honor. Message from The Mayor By Grayson Vandegrift Last week saw an exciting event as we broke ground on the site of the soon-to-be American Howa Kentucky manufacturing plant. The facility will be located on the former property of the Roach family right next to Midway Station and will employ 54 people when they open in late October or early November. I've had the pleasure of spending some time with their president and plant manager, and I can assure you that they're just as excited to be here as we are to have them. Katie and I are expecting our first little one in August, and so far, almost everyone thinks it's going to be a girl. But last Friday, as we were having dinner downtown, James "H." walked in wearing a psychic's hat and said it's going to be a boy. So, if he turns out to be a true predictor of the future, I'm going to encourage him to open his own shop downtown called "Psychic James's Prediction Boutique." Our next city council meeting will be on Monday, March 7, at 5:30 p.m. at City Hall. As always, members of the public are welcomed and encouraged to attend.