• John McDaniel, Midway Correspondent

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Midway has been able to put together its very own version of a Fourth of July celebration in the form of Sparks in the Park. This event has been taking place for the last several years and it has developed into a very nice community event. This year several members of the Midway Business Association have put their heads together to add another fun event to the calendar, Midway’s first St. Paddy’s Day. A day where everyone in Midway can be Irish. The event will take place on St. Patrick’s Day, Saturday, March 17. There will be several Irish things going on that afternoon in Midway and plans are still being made to make this fun for the whole community. More information will be forthcoming next week.

The group is making plans to have a small parade down Main Street on St. Paddy’s Day in Midway, so if any organization would like to be part of the parade, email me with a phone number at mjohn547@aol.com.

A couple of weeks ago I mentioned how well the Midway Chocolate Stroll event turned out. However, I forgot to mention the two people that actually did a lot of work getting the downtown businesses on board and putting the prizes together. Of course, it takes a lot of people to make these events successful, but I want to give a big shout out to Courtney Neikirk of Midway Sweet Tooth and Doug McDaniel of Midway’s Wine and Wood for making this event special.

I also mentioned the Versailles Police Department’s Citizens Police Academy a couple of weeks ago. The academy will start March 27 so there is still plenty of time to get your applications completed and submitted. Even though the classes take place in Versailles, the department would like to have more Midwegians participate in these classes. This would be a great opportunity to see your police department in action and up close. Classes will be held on Tuesday for seven weeks, starting March 27 and ending with a graduation ceremony and dinner on the eighth week. Officers from the department will be presenting the program for each week’s class. If you are interested in attending these classes, you can pick up an application at the Midway City Hall. If you would like any more information about these classes, contact Assistant Police Chief Mike Murray at 859-509-1272.

I have some great news about a Midwegian that grew up here. All the people that supported the Thoroughbred Theater when it was operating a few years back will remember this young man working with my brother and me. We’ve spent many an hour decorating the inside and outside of the theater for different events. I am talking about Zachary Rankin, the very same Zachary Rankin that won the Woman’s Club Christmas Decoration Contest for five years running for any award that featured an abundance of lights. His decorations would rival the decorations and brightness of Ron and Linda Turner’s house on Chinoe Road in Lexington.

After graduating from Woodford County High School, he headed off to the big city of Louisville to attend Boyce College and be near his beloved Louisville Cardinals. While in the big city, he studied for the ministry, he made his way to Florida and worked as a ministry assistant at City Serve, a community centered nonprofit that seeks to develop community outreach initiatives to serve impoverished and at-risk communities. He is now a leadership team member at another nonprofit, Academy of Preachers in Louisville, where he lives.

Zachary has recently announced he will be the new associate pastor at the Midway Baptist Church. Midway will become part of his life again. I am sure that those that remember Zachary wish him well at his new position.

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