• John McDaniel, Midway Correspondent

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MIDWAY RESIDENT Ginny Gregory, daughter of Eric and Ellen Gregory, placed second at the Central Kentucky Regional Science Fair this month. She competed in the Behavioral and Human Study category.  She will continue on to statewide competition March 26 at Eastern Kentucky University. (Photo submitted)

Northside Elementary School has a leadership program at the school. For several years, Northside has implemented the “Leader in Me” program. The teachers love the program and have seen the positive effects it has had on their students and even the faculty. It teaches students to be life-long leaders in their careers, community, and in their personal lives. It also teaches personal responsibility and personal accountability (we all can pretty much agree that is something our world desperately needs right now). The school is in the process of becoming accredited as a Light House school, which means it will serve as an example to other schools in the program. The school would like to purchase a permanent sign that will be affixed the building that will say “Leadership Starts Here.” It is one more positive ways to recognize the students and school. The school received a quote from the Ruggles Sign Company in Versailles for $750. Now, I know that many Midway residents are proud of our elementary school and we want all the students from Northsideside Elementary to be proud that they attended the Midway school. We probably know some of these students or their parents who are all from the Midway area. With that being said, I’m sending out a request that we show our school spirit and make a donation to help the school get its new sign. At last count $140 has been raised so far. It would really help if everyone who reads this column could donate $5 or $10 to this cause. It would demonstrate that the residents of Midway still care about our school and its students. So, I am challenging you, my fellow Midwegians, to put your pen to the checkbook and make checks payable to Northside Elementary, attention: Mr. Asher with a note on the memo line of the check - Donation for Leadership Sign. Drop off checks at the school or mail the check to: Northside Elementary School, 500 Northside Drive, Midway, KY 402347. Help spread the word. Tell your friends, your neighbors, your church members, your civic groups, ask the local business owners ... every donation will help. No donation is too small. In the words of Larry the Cable Guy: “Let’s git ’er done!” ••• The Midway Community Garden bunch is already ready at it. The first planting dates have been determined, assuming the weather co-operates. For those who want to help, the group will be planting kale, lettuce, collards, radishes, turnips, spinach potatoes and onions Friday, March 25, at 4 p.m. Then on Wednesday, March 30, at 4 p.m., broccoli, cabbage, and carrots will be planted. Helping hands are always welcome. ••• My mother told me that one of the best lessons her mother taught her mother, my other Irish grandmother, was, “Never underestimate the difference that you as an individual can make in the lives of others. Everyday reach out to someone that might need a lift and don’t forget the power of a smile.” Message from the Mayor By Grayson Vandegrift It looks like “Psychic James” was right – Katie and I found out last week that we’re having a boy! Now to figure out what to name him. Maybe James can predict what that will be too, but if he says “James,” I’m going to start doubting his psychic abilities. I was one of the many Wildcat fans to be perplexed by our number four seed in the NCAA tournament, especially since Texas A&M received a three seed. In fact, there are many experts around the country who agree with our confusion. Some say that the tournament committee has a very difficult job to do, and others say that they aren’t any good at what they’re tasked to do. It’s in my nature to try to find common ground, so why don’t we just say this: the tournament committee has a very difficult job to do and they’re not very good at it. Our next city council meeting will be this Monday, March 21, at 5:30 p.m. at City Hall. Following our meeting, at 6:30, there will be a public forum (also at City Hall) for citizens to share their ideas about what they’d like to see improved or added to Walter Bradley Memorial Park. Our Citizens Advisory Committee has been working very hard and they’d like your ideas before they move forward with their recommendations to the council.

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