The Woodford Economic Development Authority’s (EDA) monthly meeting Friday, Oct. 25, began and ended with news involving land adjacent to Midway Station.
Chair John Soper said Lakeshore Learning Materials had purchased property owned by the Homer Freeny Jr. Trust on which it will build its new distribution center, which will eventually employ 100. The company would likely ask for a grading permit later that day, he said.
The...

At its monthly meeting Friday, Oct. 25, the Woodford County Tourist Commission voted unanimously to hire Emily Downey as its first executive director.
Another unanimous vote approved Downey’s one-year contract, pending legal review of the agreement, which has a 30-day opt-out for both parties. Downey, a full-time Alltech employee who told the Sun that she’d continue to work there, will be paid $2,500 per month by the commissio...

By a 3 to 2 vote Monday, the Woodford County Board of Education approved a resolution restricting an additional $350,000 out of its general fund for a new high school.
The board had previous discussions about restricting an additional $250,000 before its decision to restrict more, which was put on the agenda at the request of board member Allison Richardson.
“I felt like the $250,000 was a little bit conservative,” said Richar...

A ride-along in the cruisers of two Versailles police officers last Friday afternoon and evening began quietly, but the unknowns of law enforcement confront Officer Robbie Lile after he sees a homeless man (with a noticeable limp) walking alongside Lexington Road.
The 23-year-old man tells Lile that he’s walking to Virginia to see his one-and-a-half-year-old niece. His journey began hundreds of miles away in Colorado. He’s bee...

The Woodford Sun is celebrating its 150th anniversary this year. For this special issue, with its emphasis on local history, we spoke with three of the people who had the biggest impact on the paper – and community – over the last half-century. The years following their names are those when they worked for the Sun.
Nancy Turner, 1960-2014
‘It felt like a family’
Nancy Turner was raised at the Kentucky Methodist Home, where her...

Most Woodford Countians know of A. B. “Happy” Chandler’s career in public service. As a state senator, lieutenant governor, governor, and U.S. senator, Chandler earned a reputation as a shrewd and fiscally conservative public servant.
Many are also aware of the importance of his role as the country’s second baseball commissioner. It was Chandler who, despite the opposition of many team owners, approved Jackie Robinson’s contra...

Photographs vividly tell the stories of downtown Versailles and the people who lived, worked and shopped here through the years. The memories and life experiences of residents tell the personal stories behind the black and white images that document this history.
Some personal photos, others archived by the Woodford County Historical Society from various donors create a picture of a bustling Versailles in the 1940s, ‘50s and ‘...

Not long after the end of the Civil War, in a 50-or-so acre area in eastern Woodford County, former slaves and other African-Americans began gathering in a community that came to be called Huntertown.
Their history, like that of many of those who lived in African-American hamlets, has been mostly forgotten, except for the dwindling number who lived there or grew up hearing family members talk about the village. Thanks to forme...

Parts of “Jack Jouett’s Ride” were taken from Liz Carey’s podcast “Small Towns, Big Stories,” in which she talks about the sometimes-unheralded stories of our country’s smaller communities.

There are those who call Woodford County’s Jack Jouett is the Paul Revere of the South, but looking at his story, it’s easy to argue his ride overshadows the one made famous by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.
Jack Jouett was as much a patriot...

Just behind Sweet Lilu’s, you’ll see an unusual sight if you look hard enough – a spring coming out from under the courthouse square.
That spring, known as the beginning of Big Spring, is the original source for energy in Versailles and was where Versailles began.
In the 1700s, Versailles was a way station with a spring running underneath it. Now, some 200-plus years later, the spring still runs under the road that encircles t...

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