• By Vanessa Seitz Midway Correspondent

Midway News and Views

Midway News

Chocolate Stroll Join all of the Midway shops and restaurants 11a.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 8 to celebrate Valentine’s Day Week! Stroll down Midway’s Historic Main and Gratz streets where each business will have a chocolate treat for you to enjoy as well as fantastic Valentine’s Day week specials at all stores and restaurants! Pick up your free Chocolate Stroll ticket at any of our shops or restaurants, and at Equus Run Vineyards. Have your ticket stamped inside at 10 businesses, enjoying chocolate at each stop. Drop off your completed ticket at the Midway Makers Market for a free drawing. The Chocolate Stroll free drawing prize will be comprised of donated items from all of the Midway shops and restaurants, and Equus Run Vineyards.

Midway University announces fall 2019 Dean’s List Midway University announced the students this week who have been named to its Dean’s List for the 2019 fall semester. To be named to the list, a student must be classified as full-time and obtain at least a 3.6 grade point average for the semester. There were 283 students who made the Dean’s List. The following students are from Midway: Taylor Daniel, Adriana Denington and Renee Fossett.

Midway Views An interview with Mayor Grayson Vandegrift Part 2 Continuing the interview with Mayor Grayson Vandegrift at city hall on the first weekend of the year 2020, we talked about other issues Vandegrift hopes to tackle this year. “We need a new dump truck for brush and leaves in the city; and to haul dirt to the cemetery. It’s a $100,000 item but essential,” said Vandegrift. “I want to finish the cemetery pavilion. I hope it will be a place where people can have funeral services at Midway Cemetery; a shelter from the wind, rain and sun. About 50 people a year are buried at the Midway Cemetery, the pad and sidewalk are done for the pavilion. We just need to finish it.” Vandegrift spoke briefly about the upcoming events in Midway, among them, Midsummer Nights in Midway, Francisco’s Farm, Heritage Day and Midway Fall Festival. Vandegrift feels blessed to have organizations like Midway Renaissance, Midway Merchants Association, Elisha Holt and others to organize events like this that were all such a big success in 2019. Vandegrift also touched on some other projects he feels strongly about, like the need for affordable housing. City Councilmember Stacy Thurman heads that committee and is making headway on finding places within the city where more affordable housing can be built without encroaching on farmland, staying within the urban boundary and city limits. Thurman, Vandegrift and others hope to be able to attract more young people, in addition to the older demographic, who can afford to live in Midway. Vandegrift also gave a visual into a project he hopes will come to fruition this year of installing a camera mounted to city hall towards downtown. Similar small American towns have done this and offer a live downtown view via the city’s website for visitors to check out. It would also be a nice safety addition, allowing police to use the footage if needed, and for locals and tourists alike to get a live view of downtown Midway, he said. Another project scheduled in Midway and Versailles this summer is the Hometown Heroes project. Folks can nominate a loved one with Woodford County connections who’s been in the military and a committee will select those to be put on a banner to be displayed downtown. There are 14 poles in downtown Midway, and banners may be rotated if there is enough interest. “This is a project funded by and in conjunction with the American Legion. Hopefully by late spring or summer the banners will be up, maybe by Derby Day,” said Vandegrift. “We have had a healthy sign-up so far. People can come to city hall to apply for a Hometown Heroes banner for their family member.” Anyone needing to contact Mayor Grayson Vandegrift can reach him via email at mayorgrayson@meetmeinmiday.com or call city hall at (859) 846-4413 or call him at (859) 361-6320. Vandegrift also encourages interested Midway residents to attend the city council meetings which are held on the first and third Mondays of the month at 5.30 p.m.

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