Midway News - Personals and Comments
Well, Hillary and “The Donald” have had their first debate, which should have warmed up all of the debate watchers in the area. Be sure and mark your calendars for Thursday, Oct. 13, when the Midway Candidate Forum, sponsored by The Midway Woman’s Club and the Woodford County Chamber of Commerce, will take place at Midway University in the Anne Hart Raymond Center.
There will be a meet and greet at 6 p.m. when attendees can talk to each candidate personally. The program will start at 7. If you have a question that you would like any of the candidates to address, you can send it in advance by e-mailing it to firstname.lastname@example.org. ••• If I am reading the Bourbon Chase maps correctly, it looks like the runners and the vans from that race will not be making their way through Midway this year. The race will be taking place Oct. 14 and 15 this year. The race route will still be run through Millville and Versailles. ••• Work is continuing at Walter Bradley Park, as the pedestrian bridge over Lee’s Branch, that runs through the park, is nearing completion. The bridge project led by John Holloway, who is in line to be park manager when the city’s new Park Board gets organized. Holloway is a theater professor at the University of Kentucky, has led the volunteer work that has made more areas of the park accessible to the public. A bridge-opening celebration with a ribbon-cutting will take place Oct. 15 at 2 p.m. The program will have a rain date for the next day, Oct. 16, at 2 p.m. The celebration will be held at the bridge (through the entrance to the park at the end of Gratz Street). It is hoped that the bridge encourages more activity between Northside residents, the library, and downtown. ••• Last week in The Woodford Sun in the “Clippings from the Bluegrass Clipper” Sept. 20, 1917, entry, there was a mention of a horse called Midway. The horse had won the Leonard Hotel Handicap at the Lexington racetrack. The horse was owned by J.W. Parrish, who owned the farm that most Midwegians know as Parrish Hill Farm, now called Southern Equine. Midway, the horse, was a noted Thoroughbred in his time; however, his contribution to the quarter horse makes him even more famous. He was the sire of a horse called Percentage, the sire of Three Bars. Three Bars was the foundation sire for the modern day quarter horse. Three Bars’s dam, Myrtle Dee, was also a Parrish Hill horse. ••• While I’m on the subject of horses, the Midway University Hunt Seat team opened its season with a bang on Friday and Saturday at the IHSA Horse Show at the University of Cincinnati. On Friday, Sept. 23, Midway was named the High Point Team Champion, coming in first place ahead of six other universities. The Eagles followed that up with a fourth place finish overall in the Saturday, September 24th, show. The Western Team was also the High Point Team at the show. Congratulations, ladies! ••• A lot of Midwegians who went to Midway Elementary and high school will remember a teacher, Nancy Renegar, who taught at Midway. She went on to teach at Woodford County after the merger in 1964. She taught me art in grade school, and she taught English at Midway and served as the librarian at one time. As my art teacher, she taught me to draw the only drawing that I ever did that anyone could recognize. She showed me how to take a picture of a horse and put a grid over top of it. I then took some graph paper and used the grids to draw a reasonable facsimile of the horse – the one and only drawing I ever did and actually showed someone. Ms. Renegar, as we always called her, later became Nancy Renegar Wiggins. She passed away last week at the age of 80 as a result of a miscalculation while sky-diving over the great pyramids in Egypt.