• John McDaniel, Midway Correspondent

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The Midway burning ban has been lifted. Midway Mayor Grayson Vandegrift has canceled his executive order banning all open fires in the city. It is requested that everyone please use extreme caution when having contained burnings, as drought conditions persist. ••• It looks like Christmas is making its way to downtown Midway. The Christmas lights and banners for the downtown light poles have made their appearance. It looks like Santa will be making an appearance this Saturday, Nov. 26, at Midway’s Christmas Open House. The jolly ol’ fat man will be arriving downtown by train at 11 a.m. Visitors will be able to visit Santa from 11 a.m. till 2:30 p.m. This year’s event will bring back free carriage rides, weather permitting. ••• I would like to catch up on some news from the Veterans Memorial Committee. The flags that were placed on each veteran’s grave on Veterans Day were put there by Jimmy Murphy, his son, Daniel Murphy, Johnnie Murphy, and Danny Mason. All veterans’ graves from all three Midway cemeteries were flagged. Jimmy Murphy has also reported that he has also photographed all the veterans’ markers and gravestones and used this opportunity to go through all the records and then compared these veterans to who was and was not recorded on “WWW.Findagrave.com.” Murphy stated, “My goal was to get all our veterans buried in Midway at St. Rose, Sons and Daughters and the main cemetery recorded for world access. Some veterans were already in place, but a lot were not. The records that existed gave me a chance to add marker photos and grave location information plus other modifications. The veterans with no records I created along with comments, grave location data and grave marker/stone photos. I am proud to say that we now have all the Midway veterans in Section A, B, C, E, F, Old G, New G, L, M Sons and Daughters plus St. Rose’s Tabernacle recorded on WWW.Findagrave.com. The Veterans Memorial Committee plans to meet in January and discuss ways that all the material that has been assimilated over the years can best be made available to the public. Mr. Murphy, who grew up in Midway, has done a great deal of work for the cause of Midway veterans and keeping their names before the public.

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