University of Kentucky
The following students from Woodford County graduated from the University of Kentucky College of Arts and Sciences in a virtual ceremony in May 2020. They were: Anthony Lynn, Versailles, Bachelor of Arts in Linguistics; Christian Powell, Versailles, Bachelor of Science in Chemistry; Rowan West, Versailles, Bachelor of Arts in Foreign Languages & International Economics; Austin Call, Versailles, Bachelor of Arts in Psychology; Samuel Barnett, Midway, Bachelor of Arts in International Studies and Bachelor of Arts in Modern & Classical Languages, Literature and Cultures; McKenzie Tatum-Jones, Midway, Bachelor of Arts in Psychology; Alexa Brown, Versailles, Bachelor of Arts in Political Science; Hannah Edelen, Versailles, Bachelor of Arts in English; and Hannah Platt, Versailles, Bachelor of Arts in Psychology.
The Woodford County Relay for Life 2020 scheduled for May 30 has been cancelled due to COVID-19. We are hopeful that we will be able to honor our cancer survivors at a later date this year. Anyone interested in donating may make their checks to the American Cancer Society and mail to Patsy C. Shryock, Relay for Life Sponsorship Chair, 434 Duell Drive, Versailles, Ky. 40383.
A native of Woodford County, Aaron Smither is a 2001 graduate of WCHS. He earned a BA in Corporate Communication from WKU in 2005 and began his career in pharmaceutical event management and marketing in Lexington.
He married Elizabeth Reed Smither, of Springfield, in 2011, and moved back to Versailles where they are now enjoying life with two children: Charlotte Ruth (3) and Ethan James (2). Elizabeth works as a Speech-Language Pathologist in various schools in Central Kentucky and at Frankfort Regional Hospital, specializing in infant and pediatric feeding.
Aaron owns two businesses in Versailles; a State Farm Insurance agency and a restaurant, Jimmy Johns. Aaron currently serves as a board member at St. Leo School and on the Woodford County Tourism Commission.
“I am proud to call Versailles my home and consider ourselves so blessed to live here, worship here, work here, and raise our children here. There is no better community in the commonwealth and we are ‘all in’ for...
An emerging concern in the midst of the Covid19 pandemic is that there might be instability in our national food system. However, Woodford Countians now have a new source of information on access to local foods and other agricultural goods. A new website is available this week featuring foods produced in Woodford County called WoodfordFoodNet.org. It is a network designed to connect producers and consumers. It also includes listings on farmers markets, restaurants and wineries, breweries and distilleries producing or using local food.
The original list was compiled by Master Gardeners in 2017 when they begin collecting information on farmers and other producers. This April, a group of community volunteers working under the direction of Horticulture Extension Agent Faye Kuosman contacted Woodford County farmers listed on the 2017 list and those on the Kentucky Proud website to see if they wanted to be included in this online directory. The updated information is now featured in a websit...
The Woodford County Middle School girls’ track and field team won the KTCCCA Middle School State Championship on May 22.
Jane Gentry Vance of Versailles, professor in the University of Kentucky Department of English and the Honors Program, has been elected to serve on the Kentucky Humanities Council board of directors. A native of Kentucky, Vance was named the state’s poet laureate on April 24, 2007.
Schools went into lockdown and law enforcement and corrections officials started a manhunt for an escaped prisoner Tuesday after federal inmate Patrick Holder, 44, scaled a wall in the Woodford County Detention Center’s recreation area and left the facility. Shortly after Holder’s escape, authorities set up a perimeter around the detention center. Holder was captured at 12:30 p.m. inside the perimeter after being tracked down by Duke, a bloodhound from the Blackburn Correctional Complex.
The WCMS softball team won the Bluegrass Middle School Conference Softball T...
Bluegrass Community Hospital announced May 6 that it is taking the appropriate steps to safely resume some elective and non-urgent surgeries and procedures previously rescheduled out of an abundance of caution amid the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The decision to reschedule procedures when clinically appropriate was made in accordance with federal and state guidance and designed to help preserve critical resources in the event of a surge of COVID-19 patients in the community. Current projections indicate a lower than expected volume of COVID-19 in the region, which means less strain on healthcare resources.
“Resuming these important services is an essential component of meeting our community’s health needs and advancing our mission of Making Communities Healthier,” said Tommy Haggard, Chief Executive Officer of Bluegrass Community Hospital. “As this work gradually gets underway in our hospital again, we remain committed to conserving critical supplies, being vigilant in our f...
Due to unforeseen circumstances, the Distinguished Young Women of Woodford County program will be postponed until late September or mid-October. Any young woman residing in Woodford County who will be graduating high school in 2021 is encouraged to apply for this scholarship program online at www.distinguishedyw.org/apply-now/.
An informational Zoom meeting will be held on May 19, 2020 at 6:30 p.m. for anyone in the class of 2021 interested in participating. Please email email@example.com if you would like to participate in the meeting or have any questions regarding the program. If you apply online, you will automatically be sent a link for the informational meeting.
If you are a young lady of the class of 2022 and are interested in participating in the Little Sisters program, please email Anne Dora Hart at firstname.lastname@example.org.