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Sun - Midway Mayor

MIDWAY CITY COUNCIL unanimously elected Grayson Vandegrift as mayor to complete the term of Stacy Thurman, who resigned at a special meeting last Thursday, May 9. Woodford County Magistrate Liles Taylor, left, swore Vandegrift in, who was joined by his son Jackson holding their family Bible. (Photo submitted)


DEPUTY CHASE THOMAS, Chief Deputy Billy Butcher, Woodford County Coroner Penny Baker, and Deputy Jason Jackson, from left to right, completed their first 2024 Annual Coroner’s Conference in Louisville, Ky April 29 – May 1. (Photo submitted by Penny Baker)


WYATT COLEMAN is pictured with a pair of fish he caught with his dad Sam at the National Tournament of Champions April 30 at Lake Pickwick, Tenn. The duo placed 64th out of 145 boats. (Photo submitted)

fastest kid

THE WINNERS OF THE Northside Elementary School’s 3rd Annual Fastest Kid at Northside Race, held Sunday, April 21, are: Preschool Winner: Jacob Dowell; Kindergarten: Eli Johnson; First Grade: Drew Dowell; Second Grade: Keaton Couch; Third Grade: John Kenton Lodmell; Fourth Grade: Colt Barron; Fifth Grade: Sammy Weese; Fastest Kid at Northside: Sammy Weese. (Photo submitted)

Joli RC

JOLI’S BOUTIQUE on Court Street next to Rolling Oven Pizza held its ribbon cutting celebration with lots of friends and supporters. Owner Lisa Wells says the shop offers women’s clothing, accessories, gifts and candles. The store relocated downtown from its prior location. “We opened in November 2021 and got a great start on Wilson Avenue, but we look forward to being downtown now where everything is busy and happy,” she said. Pictured from left, Woodford Chamber Executive Director Emily Downey

Night Market

NIGHT MARKET 2024 kicked off its schedule last Thursday, April 25, with shops, vendors and a DJ playing from the front of the courthouse on Main Street. The schedule this year is June 13, July 25 and August 22. (Photo by Scott White)

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STEVE AND DAISY KIMERLY relax after bookshopping and face-painting. When asked what she was painted, Daisy said “Something fun!”. (Photo by Scott White).

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ANNIE DENINGTON, co-owner of A Likely Story Bookstore of Midway with her mother Ashlee, celebrated both the store’s one year anniversary and National Independent Booksellers Day with signings from five authors, hot dogs, special gifts and face-painting for children. (Photo by Scott White)

Ice Cream girl

REAGAN LEWIS and other fifth-graders from Simmons Elementary School enjoyed an ice cream cone under the pavilion at Eckert’s Orchard during the annual D.A.R.E. Fun Day on Monday. (Photo by Bob Vlach)


MEMBERS OF BUFORD-LANDMARK LODGE #41 participated in the 2024 Great Day of Service at the Kentucky Masonic Homes Shelbyville Campus on Saturday, April 20. The Shelbyville Campus opened in 1901. A person does not need to be a Mason to live at one of the Masonic Homes. Pictured are Jeremy Kifer, Mike Ford, Earl Poynter, Nathan Craig and David Paul. (Photo submitted)

american legion

AMERICAN LEGION Woodford Post 67 includes members, from left, Chip Nolin, Ray Canada, Howard Whitehead, Nathan Lauderdale, Mike McLean, Joe Routt, Steve Brumback, and Ben Lauderdale. Together, they spent Saturday morning on April 13, 2024, cleaning veteran’s headstones at Versailles Cemetery. (Photo by Caleb Lauderdale)

prime time piano

PRIME TIME SINGERS, from left, Rosemary Johnson, Director Sharman Noe, Joy Barr, Amaris Morrell, Janice Beers, Lois Rodgers Bobby Benson; from back left, Cheryl Spellman, Keith Rouse, Joe Oakley, and Mary Beth Oakley; and at the piano, Patti Gooch. The singers organized the group in February of this year with Rosemary Johnson as Director, and Patti Gooch as Pianist.


SOUTHSIDE ELEMENTARY STUDENT Emery Russell, a fourth grader, shows off her lamb burger. (Photo submitted).


VERSAILLES FIRE DEPARTMENT, under Captain Brady Burkhardt, cooked and served a meal for the students at Mentors & Meals on Thursday night, April 11. Kyle Pearson, Trenton Andreasen and Logan Epling served student Elias Manns. This is the third meal the VFD has prepared for the students. M&M enhances academic achievement in middle schoolers through mentoring. (Photo submitted)

Sun - Nick Fury

NICK FURY, a Bearded Dragon lizard, is a regular reader of the Woodford Sun. Ann Westfall, who takes care of her grandson’s pet, loves taking him outside to hang out in the yard. Ann says he never runs off, and “Nick Fury is just a fun pet and keeps me company.” The Sun appreciates all of our subscribers regardless of species. (Photo by Scott White).

Sun - KT Entertainment RC

KT ENTERTAINMENT held its ribbon cutting in the front of the Woodford County Courthouse last Friday, March 29. Owner Kevin Tinker who recently located to Versailles said, “Thank you Woodford County for welcoming me in with such open arms!” KT Entertainment provides music and disc jockey services for events large and small, including weddings, receptions, parties and public events. Tinker has years of performance and deejaying experience including cruise ships and theater.

Sun - Tutoring and Kay

THE AMIGOS CLUB, a tutoring program that partners Versailles Presbyterian Church with Simmons Elementary, learned about the Woodford County Fiscal Court on a visit with Judge-Executive James Kay. From left, front, are Elena Ruvalcalba, Christoffer Rodriguez, Mario Revolorio, Kay, Gerardo Villarreal and Mia Diaz-Parrales; and back, Olivia Salazar, Mariel Perez, Michelle Utrera, Angelic Lopez, Tatiana Moreira, Jose Vasquez, Emiliano Ruvalcalba, Estrella Moreira, Nyssa Zunin, Lee Rodriguez,

Sun - wild daffodils

SPRING IS HERE! A sea of wild daffodils blanketed a bank along Scotts Ferry Road near Grier Creek.

American Honey Queen at Library

THE BLUEGRASS BEEKEEPERS ASS’N hosted the American Beekeeping Foundation’s 2024 Honey Queen Kaelyn Sumner of Wisconsin last weekend. Kaelyn was in town to provide education on beekeeping and the value of honey bees to the environment. She spoke at an event at the Woodford County Library and to school children at the Kentucky Castle. Kaelyn was presented with a proclamation from Woodford County Judge-Executive James Kay by Tommy Dennison of the library. (Photo by Ellen Melcher).


MADELINE PARM, Midway University sophomore, earned the February STAR Intern Award. (Photo submitted)

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MENTORS AND MEALS February STAR Students of the Month ARE Laura Babcock and Elias Manns, pictured left to right. STAR stands for Smart, Trusting, Achieving, and Respectful.

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THE WOODFORD COUNTY BUSINESS AND PROFESSIONAL WOMEN’S CLUB met on March 6, at the Thoroughbred Theatre in Midway, Ky. Pictured from left, club President Brenda Richards presents Elisha Holt, owner of the Thoroughbred Theatre and Wildside Winery, with a thank you bag for hosting the club. (Photo submitted)

Sun - Long 911 retirement

THE VERSAILLES POLICE DEPARTMENT held a retirement reception on Tuesday, March 19 honoring John Long for 29 years of service as a 911 dispatcher. Pictured from left, Versailles Mayor Brian Traugott, 911 Executive Director Crystal Campbell, Long, Woodford County Sheriff Johnny Wilhoit and Versailles Police Chief Mike Murray. (Photo submitted)

Sun - Equine 3

THE SIXTH ANNUAL “EVERYTHING EQUINE” event was held at the Midway University Equestrian Center last Saturday. The free event, sponsored by the Woodford County Library, provided hands-on opportunities for children and adults to learn about a day in the life of a horse. The event included a number of information booths, exhibitors and demonstrations. Suzanne Conrad, programs and outreach coordinator for the Midway Branch, said 211 folks attended the event from Woodford, Anderson, Oldham, Nelson an

Sun - Grain Spill

A TRACTOR-TRAILER HAULING GRAIN being driven by John Varner of Varner Farms went off southbound Shannon Run Road and turned on its side spilling the load of grain. According to the Versailles Police Department police report, Varner acted to avoid colliding with a car traveling in the oncoming direction which drifted into his lane. This caused Shannon Run to be closed for several hours on Friday, March 15. Varner was transported to Bluegrass Community Hospital. A passenger in the Varner tr

Sun - KB Southern Designs

Kb SOUTHERN DESIGN and Caroline’s Creamery, both owned by Kenzie Baugh and in the same location, had its ribbon cutting at its new location on Park Street. In addition to ice cream, Kb Southern Designs offers a range of accessories, children and adult clothing. Baugh said, “We have a little bit of everything.” Pictured from left, Charolett Payne, Nellie Jo Hartley, Crystal Baugh, Stephanie Perry, Michele Thomas, Mona Phelps, McKenzie Baugh, Marissa Phelps, Coleson Iannuzzi, Betty Sue Whittaker,

Sun -Mona

BLUEGRASS STITCHES AND CRAFTS opened in its new location on Park Street after several years on Locust Street with a ribbon cutting last Friday. The new location has a state-of-the-art quilting machine along with a large workroom for crafting. It also has an expanded retail section for supplies as well as several makers who sell their work there. Mona Phelps, the owner and Versailles native, said, “I am so excited to see my people again - we now have dedicated classroom space and it’s not just se

Art Space deco

A COLORFUL attention getter tops the sidewalk sign in front of Art Space in downtown Versailles. Co-owner Laura Dake told the Sun last May, “We want to encourage people to look at art, buy art, do art and … learn how to do art.” (Photo by Bob Vlach)

Versailles Presbyterian Church

THE VERSAILLES PRESBYTERIAN Church building at 130 North Main Street in downtown Versailles was dedicated on July 28, 1878. Individual parts of an 1878 pipe organ in the church were crated and sent by rail to Midway, according to a brief history of the church. (Photo by Bob Vlach)

Troy Presbyterian large group, RGB

THE YOUTH at Troy Presbyterian Church delivered 345.8 pounds of food to the Food Pantry for Woodford County on March 3. The youth spearhead the annual “Tackle Hunger Souper Bowl Food Drive” and then deliver the donations to the food pantry. Besides its food donation, Troy Presbyterian collected $526.81 for its Five Cents A Meal Hunger offering, which was donated to the Presbyterian Hunger Program and Community Service Center of Wilmore. Pictured, from left, are, seated in front, Ellis Johns, Tuc

Festival of Trees , RBG

WOODFORD COUNTY FESTIVAL OF TREES recently celebrated its sixth year by providing checks for $3200 to both Woodford County Young Life and Shop With A Cop. Pictured from left, Officer Joseph Warth, Young Life Area Director Jordan Branham, Festival of Trees Board Members Rachel Vasilakes, Jeanette Sellers and Terri Morford, and Officer Ben Hartley. (Photo submitted)

Generator color photo-1, CMYK

A CRANE and rigging crew from American Industrial Contractors hoisted a generator into place at the Woodford County Courthouse on Feb. 21. The “whole facility” electrical generator was purchased with a hazard mitigation grant program that began in 2020, according to Woodford County Emergency Management Director Drew Chandler. He said the 350 kilowatt generator and its 1,332 gallon diesel tank weighed 16,360 pounds at the time of delivery. (Photo by Drew Chandler)

Buford-Landmark Lodge, RGB

BUFORD-LANDMARK LODGE #41, on Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2024, hosted Brother Brian Jackson, Jarold Jackson and Jeffrey Robinson representing King Solomon Lodge No.8 the Most Worshipful Prince Hall Grand Lodge Free and Accepted Masons of Kentucky, Inc., for an education presentation. (Picture submitted by David Paul)

FFA at Capitol, RPG

WOODFORD COUNTY FFA students visited the State Capitol on Thursday, Feb. 22. While there, they took a tour and met with Sen. Amanda Mays Bledsoe, Rep. Dan Fister, Agriculture Commissioner Jonathan Shell, State Treasurer Mark Metcalf, KCTC President Ryan Quarles, and watched the House of Representatives gavel into session for the day. Pictured from left, Ag teacher and FFA advisor Conner Richardson, Weslee Sturgill, Morgan Baugh, Hunter Davis, Carolina Rhea, Emma Napier, Braden Lacefield,

Sun - FC Wrestling, rpg

FISCAL COURT HONORED three KHSAA State Wrestling Champions at this week’s fiscal court meeting. (Photo by Scott White)

Crane over downtown CMYK

EQUIPMENT AND MATERIALS were lifted by crane to the roof of the former Community Trust Bank building on North Main Street in downtown Versailles last Thursday morning, Feb. 15. The building is being renovated into The Rickhouse Hotel. According to the project’s website, the 44-room luxury hotel will also feature a craft distillery and a farm-to-table restaurant in the heart of downtown Versailles. (Photos by Bob Vlach)

Brisk, Blue Sky Courthouse CMYK

A CLEAR BLUE SKY made for a picturesque image of the Woodford County Courthouse last Thursday morning, Feb. 15. The courthouse flags are pictured being blown by wind gusts topping 30 miles per hour. (Photo by Bob Vlach)


MEMBERS OF THE 1999 WCHS STATE CHAMPIONSHIP WRESTLING TEAM were honored at the KHSAA state wrestling tournament Feb. 16. Pictured from left is Chris Guillaume, Keven Gray, Josh Whitaker, Coach Joe Carr, Kelby Cassity, John Gentry, Coach Rusty Parks, Drew Conners, and Lee Watts. (Photo submitted)


MENTORS & MEALS STAR (Smart, Trusting, Achieving, Respectful) Student, Mentor and Intern of the Month. Pictured from left, respectively, Lacie Wilson (8th grade), Keegan Connell (WCHS Senior), Trevor Alexander (Midway University Sophomore)

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