• John McDaniel, Midway Correspondent

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The first thing I want to mention is an event that will be taking place this Thursday at the Woodford County Library, Midway branch. My friend Bill Penn will be at the library to discuss his new book, “Kentucky Rebel Town: The Civil War Battles of Cynthiana and Harrison County,” starting 6:30 p.m. To be sure you can get seating, call the library at 846-4014 to sign up. Since I’m on the subject of Midway authors, or should I say people from Midway who went on to become authors, I would like to recognize Gayle Jones. She has recently been inducted to the Kentucky Writers 2017 Hall of Fame. The Kentucky Writers Hall of Fame was created to recognize Kentucky writers whose work reflects the character and culture of our commonwealth, and to educate Kentuckians about our state’s rich literary heritage. For a writer to have been eligible this year, he/she must be 1) published; 2) someone whose writing is of enduring stature; and 3) someone connected in a significant way to the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Five writers were inducted at a ceremony at the Carnegie Center in Lexington Feb. 7. The induction included Irvin S. Cobb, Joseph Seamon Cotter Sr., A. B. Guthrie Jr., Gayle Jones, and Barbara Kingsolver. Jones is described on her book jackets as an African-American writer from Lexington. She was actually born in Midway in 1949 to Franklin and Lucille Jones and lived just outside of town on Spring Station Road. She later moved to Lexington, where she finished high school. She has a very interesting life story and well worth the time to look her up on the internet and read about her. Her most famous works are The Healing (1998), Eva’s Man (1976), and Corregidora (1975). She also wrote White Rat. Some of the characters In White Rat and Corregidora are actually taken from some of the people she grew up with in Midway. In Corregidora she even mentioned a policeman named John Willie, a name that many people used to refer to my father. So if you are a Midwegian over the age of 60 and lived in Midway most of your life and read her books, you will recognize some of her characters she writes about. Another Midwegian makes a hall of fame. ••• If there are any craftspeople out there, you may want to make a note that the Midway United Methodist Church will be holding its second annual craft fair and bake sale on Saturday, May 20, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 220 W. Bruen Street in Midway. This will be the church’s second year for the event and the group hopes to make it even bigger than last year. Friday evening and Saturday morning setup times will be available to vendors, indoor and outdoor booth space will be available at $30 per booth. Returning vendors will be given first priority. Vendor information with application will be sent out via email by Saturday, Feb. 25. Email mumccraftfair@gmail.com and provide the following details if you would like to receive vendor information: name and business name, address and phone number, and a brief description of your items. This will be a good chance to display your crafts and become part of a new Midway tradition. ••• Midway Merchants Chocolate Stroll was a big success, bringing in a big crowd to downtown Midway. The beautiful weather didn’t hurt anything either, as visitors checked out the downtown stores while quickly devouring all the chocolate in town. The winner of the Chocolate Stroll Prize Package was former Midway resident Missy Bradley.

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