• John McDaniel, Midway Correspondent

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Midway University will be sponsoring its third annual Day for Midway event this Thursday at the Anne Hart Raymond Center. The event will begin at 5:30 p.m. The event is for recognizing the long-standing relationship between Midway University and the Woodford County community. It will be an evening with light appetizers and a silent auction with over 75 items. We will award the 2016 Community Spirit Award to Joyce and the late Joel Evans. While I’m on the subject of Midway University, UK basketball fans will find it interesting that Midway University head men’s basketball coach Joe Krupinski recently announced the hiring of Marquis Estill as the assistant men’s basketball coach. Do you remember Estill? Originally from Richmond and Madison Central High School, the 6-foot-9 Estill played at UK from 2000 to 2003 under then-head coach Tubby Smith. He scored 936 points in three seasons at UK, averaging 9.3 points for his career. In 2002-03, Estill was named to the All-Southeastern Conference Second Team. Estill still holds Kentucky’s career field goal shooting percentage record at 60.2. After leaving UK, Estill played professionally in Italy, Japan, Dubai and Argentina. He returned to UK in 2012 and joined John Calipari’s staff as an undergraduate assistant coach. While working under Calipari, Estill completed his degree and graduated from UK in May 2013. ••• There is still one more event that took place at Midway University and that was the Woodford Forward Forum, also hosted by SPARK Versailles, a community activism class at Woodford County High School; that took place in the Duthie Auditorium Monday night. Four of the seven candidates running this year for Midway city council, Sara Hicks, Steve Simoff, Libby Warfield, and John Wm. McDaniel III, fielded questions from Tom Martin and Eli Bradshaw, a student in the Woodford County High School’s community activist class. This is for all you quilters out there that might want to join a group of ladies who want to make keepsake quilts. The Homeplace in Midway wants to co-ordinate such a group to make the quilts to comfort the families of Homeplace residents that have passed. If you would be interested in such an activity, contact The Homeplace at Midway and get your name on the list by calling 846-4663. ••• All of you pumpkin-carvers out there, sharpen your knives and find a pumpkin because the second annual carved pumpkin contest will be commencing Halloween night. If you want to show off your skills, here’s what you have to do: carve a pumpkin, bring it to Midway Presbyterian Church, 103 N Turner Street on Monday, Oct. 31, between 4 and 5 pm. and be sure and leave your name and contact information so you can be notified if you win a prize. Everyone is invited to visit the pumpkin display, Monday, Oct. 31, from 6 to 8 p.m. to see all the great pumpkin entries. There will be prizes for youth and adult categories. Judging will begin at 5 p.m. and the pumpkins will remain on display from 6 to 8 p.m. This contest will be hosted by Midway Community Garden at Midway Presbyterian Church, 103 N. Turner Street. For more information, email office@midwaypresbyterian.org. ••• This weekend is the weekend for ghosts and goblins and Midway is a great place to check out the town for Halloween decorations. It seems that the Midway’s Woman’s Club will be supplying some not-so-scary moments in their Not-So-Scary Haunted House this Saturday at their clubhouse located at 230 South Gratz Street. The haunting will begin rain or shine at 9 p.m. with the admission fee of one dollar. This is a special not-so-scary event for children 11 years of age and younger and especially orchestrated so your child can enjoy the thrill of Halloween without parents having to sit up all-night with them explaining to them that the goblins aren’t really going to take them away. The proceeds from this endeavor will go toward other Midway Woman’s Club community activities. To top off the adventure, visitors to the Not-So-Scary Haunted House will receive a treat at the end of their tour. Now really … as my Irish grandmother use to say, “You can’t beat that with a stick.” ••• Trick or Treating will be allowed in Midway this Monday, Oct. 31, from 6 to 8 p.m. ••• Midway lost an icon last week with the passing of the big gray Thoroughbred stallion Monarchos. If you ever traveled out Spring Station Road past Nuckols Farm, I’m sure you probably notice the big gray horse in his paddock beside the road. If you did see him you noticed what a handsome devil he was, but I doubt that you knew that he was a Kentucky Derby winner and even more doubtful that you knew that you were looking at a horse that ran the second fastest time in Derby history, second only to the great horse Secretariat. The final time of 1:59.97 (Monarchos, 2001) was the second fastest in Derby history, just a fraction of a second slower than Secretariat’s 1:59.40 in 1973. Monarchos died the morning of Oct. 22 after displaying signs of internal discomfort Oct. 21 and undergoing emergency surgery to repair a ruptured intestine. He was 18. He was owned by John C. Oxley, owner of Fawn Leap Farm which is just outside of Midway. ••• We all want to be good citizens and part of being a good citizen is voting and that is a habit that a parent would want to pass on to their children. The Midway Woman’s Club wants to help get the ball rolling and give students from kindergarten to high school seniors a chance observe and participate in the Midway Kids’ Voting Poll and cast a ballot for their candidate for office. On Tuesday, Nov. 8, at the Northside Elementary School gymnasium from 8 am. to 6 p.m., Midway Woman’s Club volunteers will be on hand for a special ballot box just for kids to cast their vote. This non-partisan program is intended to educate children on the process of voting. Children can cast their ballot for U.S. President, U.S. Senate, U.S. Congress, and the Kentucky House of Representatives, ages kindergarten – 12th grade. Free.

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