Woodford County Masons

THE WOODFORD COUNTY MASONS presented the Woodford County Family Resource Center with a check for $15,050.00 on Nov. 10. These proceeds from the Mason’s annual charity golf scramble will help with the backpack food program. From left are Darren Wilson, Grand Lodge of Kentucky; Drew Chandler, Master of Buford-Landmark Lodge 41; Olivia Britton and Ashley Hicks, Family Resource Center; and Brad Mann, District 20 Deputy Grand Master. (Photo submitted)

Avery Cooley and Santa

AVERY COOLEY, 5, dropped a letter in Santa’s mailbox Saturday during the Christmas Open House event sponsored by the Versailles Merchants Association. Asked what she’d written the jolly old elf, she thought for a moment and said, “I don’t remember.” Avery is the daughter of Cory and Katie Cooley of Versailles. (Photo by John McGary)

Midway flu clinic

MIDWAY CHRISTIAN CHURCH was the site of a free flu vaccine clinic Thursday, Nov. 12. Woodford Public Health Director Cassie Prather said 22 adults and eight children were vaccinated by the state Department of Public Health’s “flu crew.” (Photo by Barrett Schoeck)

Huntertown Students of the Month

THE STUDENTS OF THE MONTH for October at Huntertown Elementary were, from left, top row, Ashleen Navarro, Ella Metzger, Jonathan Roberts and Mallory Cox; second row, Jackson Robinson, Cash Wolfe, Audrey Blauser and Annabeth Toles; third row, Graham Wilbur, Harrison Huber, Harper Deaton and Parker Whiteman; fourth row, Elly Sallee, Langston Vivian, Eli Johnson and Sophia Metzger; fifth row, Samuel Oates, Lucie West, Amarion Reed and Ari Stuban. (Photos submitted)

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DEMOCRATIC CONGRESSIONAL CANDIDATE Josh Hicks made two stops in Woodford County Saturday, including this one at Wallace Station. Hicks touted a plan to offset revenue lost during 2020 with grants to locally owned restaurants, to be used for everything from COVID-related expenses to rent, utilities and payroll. (Photo submitted)

Pumpkin decorating

PUMPKINS GALORE: Local merchants, residents and schools brought pumpkins to the courthouse stairs the day before Halloween for the Woodford County Chamber of Commerce’s pumpkin decorating contest. (Photo by Emily Downey)

Behavioral ribbon cutting

BLUEGRASS BEHAVIORAL owner Jill Patterson held the ceremonial big scissors at a ribbon cutting Oct. 29 at the addiction and mental health practice’s new facility on Marsailles Drive, next to the old Kroger building. She was joined by other employees and elected leaders, including Judge-Executive James Kay, at right. (Photo by John McGary)

Rose Hill Spirits ribbon cutting

ROSE HILL SPIRITS hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony Oct. 28 to mark the opening of their liquor store on Rose Hill Avenue. From left are Emily Downey, Austin Wingate, Judge-Executive James Kay, Darren Everman, store owners Morgan and Shannon Meekins and Cindy Shell. (Photo by Casie Mudd)

Golf Scramble

The winners of the Woodford County Chamber of Commerce Golf Scramble held Oct. 16 at The Woodford Club was the Falling Springs Recreation team consisting of, from left, Rich Pictor, Marty Ritchey, Kevin O’Reel and Josh O’Reel. (Photo by Brian Oates Photography)

Midway Halloween contest winner

THIS HOME AT 233 West Higgins Street won the Best Use of Inflatables category in the Midway Woman’s Club annual Halloween contest. Other contest winners include 211 South Winter Street (Most Fun Decor), 121 Carriage Lane (Best Overall Design), 211 Cottage Grove, 323 South Winter Street and 216 Coach Station Road (Most Halloween Spirit), 129 Old Towne Walk (Creepiest Decor) and 225 East Higgins Street (Scariest Decor). (Photo by Katie Vandegrift)

Girls volleyball team

THE WCHS LADY JACKETS celebrated last week’s 30th District championship at home and began 8th Region championship play Tuesday, also at home. In the front row, from left, seniors Piper McCoun, Riley Dawkins, Devan Champion, and Legend Burgess. Behind them are April McCann, Katherine Spellman, Logan Weaver, Eliza Nuckols, Raylee Carrico, Morgan Warder, Abba Stith, Olivia Smith, Madison Tracy, Sydney Bietz, Justice Mudd, and head coach Meghan Bottom. Behind Spellman is assistant coach Chris Thomas

Relay cancer medal group

THE RELAY FOR LIFE was canceled this year due to the pandemic, but board members gathered at the Woodford County Park Oct. 11 to present about two dozen medals to cancer survivors. From left, Karen Call, Freeman Bailey, Patsy Shryock and Peggy Carter Seal. (Photo by Bill Phelps)

Rock the Vote Midway sign

A BANNER IN DOWNTOWN MIDWAY urges residents to vote. It was hung on a stone fence along East Main Street, also known as Railroad Street. (Photo by Bob Vlach)

Lexington Road fires

TWO FIRES were set on Lexington Road near Paddock Drive before sunrise Saturday, Oct. 17 – one at 3:30 a.m. and the second two hours later. Acting Fire Chief Brandon Marshall said the incidents are under investigation. (Photo by John McGary)

Midway arts proclamation

MIDWAY MAYOR GRAYSON VANDEGRIFT signed a proclamation last week designating October as National Arts and Humanities Month in Midway and asking the community to celebrate and promote the arts and culture in the city and around the nation. Joining him were, from left, Sally Kinnaird, Assistant City Clerk Sonya Conner, Marcie Christensen, Debbie Graviss, Ellen Skidmore and Lori Meadows. (Photo submitted)

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MIDWAY UNIVERSITY cross country runners Jacob Kocis, top, and Sadie Taylor, above, fared well at the Fast Cats Classic Oct. 9. Each was named a River States Conference Runner of the Week. Taylor finished 18th, out of 96 runners, while Kocis came in 11th out of 81 runners. (Photos submitted)

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MIDWAY UNIVERSITY cross country runners Jacob Kocis, top, and Sadie Taylor, above, fared well at the Fast Cats Classic Oct. 9. Each was named a River States Conference Runner of the Week. Taylor finished 18th, out of 96 runners, while Kocis came in 11th out of 81 runners. (Photos submitted)

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WOODFORD JUDGE-EXECUTIVE James Kay, left, joined Kathy Sanders and Versailles Mayor Brian Traugott at the courthouse last week to proclaim Oct. 11 to Oct. 17 as Elder Abuse and Exploitation Awareness Week in Woodford County. Sanders started The Flowing Well Foundation after her father’s poor treatment in a nursing home led to his death. (Photo by John McGary)

VMA Ribbon Cutting

ELISHA HOLT, president of the Versailles Merchants Association, cut a ceremonial ribbon Tuesday in front of the county courthouse to mark the group’s new membership in the Woodford County Chamber of Commerce. (Photo submitted)

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PRESTON STACY sheds a Madison Southern defender on a run in the first half in a game that saw the Yellow Jackets come nearly all the way back in a 29-27 loss. (Photo by Marshall Imagery)

Woodford EMS ribbon-cutting

WOODFORD COUNTY EMS STATION 1 was the site of a ribbon-cutting ceremony Thursday, Oct. 8. Woodford Judge-Executive James Kay credited EMS Director Freeman Bailey for bringing the project in under budget and his employees for the work they do 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Bailey said the new building, built on the site of the old one, would serve the county for 75 years. (Photo by John McGary)

Relay medal drive by (Oct. 15)

PEGGY CARTER SEAL, with Woodford EMS Director Freeman Bailey behind her, presented a medal to a cancer survivor during a drive-thru awards ceremony at the Woodford County Park Sunday. About two dozen people were given medals. The Versailles Fire Department brought a ladder truck and American flag to the event, and inmates from the Woodford County Detention Center provided masks with the words “Relay For Life 2020.” (Photo by Bill Phelps)

2020 Bikes Delivery

WOODFORD COUNTY MASONS delivered bicycles to Northside Elementary, Huntertown Elementary, Southside Elementary, Simmons Elementary, and Woodford County Middle School this week to be awarded for perfect attendance – just as they have the last several years. Pictured is Past Master Michael Ford, right, delivering boys’ and girls’ bicycles to Northside Elementary Principal Scott Hundley. (Photo by Jeremy McCarty)

Ribbon Cutting Boutique

SKIN BOUTIQUE BY KAYLAN owner Kaylan Aubrey, a licensed aesthetician, hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony Tuesday morning in the Amsden Building. Joining her were, from left, Woodford Judge-Executive James Kay, Versailles Mayor Brian Traugott and Austin Wingate of the Woodford Chamber of Commerce. Each made brief remarks, and Traugott noted, accurately and to the amusement of onlookers, that the skin is the body’s largest organ. (Photo by John McGary)

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BAILEE CHRISTOPHER was crowned Miss Preteen Woodford County Sept. 19 at the Huffman Pavilion. (Photo by Marshall Imagery)

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ELLA BUCHANAN was crowned Miss Preteen Woodford County Fair Sept. 19 at the Huffman Pavilion. (Photo by Marshall Imagery)

Hair Nation ribbon cutting

HAIR NATION SALON & SPA held a ribbon-cutting ceremony at its new location at 195 South Main Street Friday afternoon. Doing the honors was company CEO Angie Ballard; to her right is location owner Chelsea Mann. On the left is Woodford Judge-Executive James Kay. The event was sponsored by the Woodford County Chamber of Commerce. (Photo by John McGary)

Addison Moore cross country

ADDISON MOORE, a seventh grader at Woodford County Middle School, raced off to an early lead in the 3,000 meter race during the Woodford County-Anderson County cross country dual meet Sept. 22 at Falling Springs. Behind her is Woodford County High School sophomore Maggie Twehues, who won the girls’ division. Moore is ranked first in the state, fourth in the nation and broke the WCMS record that day with a 10:59 finish. (Photo by Kelly Crume)

Miss Teen WC Fair

MOLLY LEWIS was crowned Miss Teen Woodford County Fair Sept. 19 at the Huffman Pavilion. (Photo by John McGary)

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ASHLYNN GAMPPER was crowned Miss Teen Woodford County Sept. 19 at the Huffman Pavilion. (Photo by John McGary)

Shelby Coffey

SHELBY COFFEY, a student at Huntertown Elementary, won the Jim Claypool Art Contest during the 2019-2020 school year. Shelby was awarded a check from the Kentucky Farm Bureau along with the Woodford County Conservation District. (Photo submitted)

Caleb Standley Troop 14

CONGRATULATIONS to Caleb Standley Troop 14 Versailles on completing an amazing Eagle Scout project for the pets. Caleb designed and built two cat towers and dog agility equipment that could have been used during this year’s Woodford Humane Canine Olympics - alas, that moment will have to wait a while. For more pictures, see the Woodford County Humane Society’s Facebook page. (Photo submitted)

Granddaughter, grandma

WILMA SHERLOCK celebrated her 87th birthday with granddaughter Haley Crupper on the front porch at Daisy Hill Senior Living Sept. 11. “I just wish I could hug her,” said Haley, who comes to Daisy Hill to visit her grandma as much as possible. “... But it’s better than seeing her through the window.” Visitors are still not allowed to come into Daisy Hill to see their loved ones because of restrictions to keep residents healthy in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. (Photo by Bob Vlach)

Utility pole

CONTRACTORS FOR WINDSTREAM put up a new utility pole on Tyrone Pike across from Ledvance last Thursday, Aug. 27. Versailles Public Works Director Bart Miller said he informed Windstream of the damaged pole July 10. (Photo by John McGary)

Rumpke cans

RUMPKE, which took over garbage and recycling pickup for the City of Versailles Tuesday, used the parking lot of the Falling Springs Arts and Recreation Center last week as a staging ground of sorts to deliver about 3,500 recycling carts to its new customers. Versailles Public Works Director Bart Miller said a Rumpke official told him Tuesday morning that some people are putting garbage in the recycling carts, and the company won’t pick those up. (Photo by John McGary)

A horse, of course-

A HORSE, OF COURSE? Greenery growing up and around a mailbox along Quail Run Road in the Stonegate subdivision looks like a horse, according to a caller to the Sun’s office last week. This photographer tried a few different angles before capturing this image of the mailbox with equine attributes. (Photo by Bob Vlach)

Sarah Miller, Leo Labrillazo

ST. LEO SCHOOL students returned to classes for in-person instruction Wednesday, Aug. 19, five months after Kentucky schools were closed to slow the spread of the coronavirus. Second-grade teacher Sarah Miller, left, is pictured with new Principal Leo Labrillazo at a water bottle fill station. They have replaced traditional water fountains at St. Leo. (Photo by Bob Vlach)

Lillie's Neighbors at Eckert's

WOODFORD COUNTY NEIGHBORS Caring for Neighbors placed sunflowers, donated by Eckert’s Orchard, in donated vases that were delivered to the Woodford County Senior Citizens Center and residents who receive “Meals on Wheels” services. From left are Sharman Noe, Eckert’s staff Clay Holt and Kristen Fristoe with orchard Manager Megan Sowder-Fields, Becky Dunning, Joyce Hedges (hidden), Lillie Cox, Bobbie Benson and Bessie Bain. Not pictured is Ted Noe, who also helped. (Photo submitted)

Donald Morton H.T. Keeton Street

DONALD MORTON was one of the speakers at last Saturday’s ceremony in which Water Street was renamed H.T. Keeton Street in honor of the longtime pastor of First Baptist Church, who died in 1973. Morton is one of many Woodford County residents who was baptized by Rev. Keeton. Also on hand were 25 relatives and descendants of Keeton. Behind Morton is state Rep. Joe Graviss, who also spoke. (Photo by Sandi Hardin)

KY Rockers 13U

THE KENTUCKY ROCKERS 13U squad won the “Back To School Battle For The Rings” Sunday with a 6 to 3 home victory over the SWOL Reds RBI. From left, front row, Braden Tackett, Jackson Gray, J.B. Martin, Brayden Carter and Landon Heim. Second row, Leland Taylor, Brayden Burton, Jacob Golson, Samuel Garrison, Drew Heckathorn and Nolan Asher. (Photo submitted)

Woodlark tree down

THE U.S. POSTAL SERVICE creed about not letting weather get in the way of appointed rounds was put to the test Monday on Woodlark Road, but Patrisha Day Morgan added “downed trees” to the list of obstacles USPS workers surmount – she climbed over the tree. Lightning caused phone and internet outages at several public and private buildings, including the Versailles and Woodford County fire departments and The Woodford Sun. (Photo by Patrisha Day Morgan)

Woodford County 7U All Stars

THEY ARE THE CHAMPIONS: The Woodford County 7U All-Stars won the Diamond Elite Tournament last Sunday with a 19-13 home victory over the Lexington Lookouts. Woodford went 3-1 on the day, beating the Capitol City Kings, Powell County Pirates, and then Lexington in the championship game. Assistant coach David Richards, a long time resident of Versailles, said he believes it’s been more than a decade since a Woodford County youth league team won a championship on a Sunday. (Photo submitted)

Rachel Betts

RACHEL BETTS, left, co-salutatorian of the Class of 2010 Woodford High School, put her years running cross-country here to good use July 18 during the Cayuga 50 ultramarathon. She finished the 31.43-mile race, held through the gorges of Ithaca, N.Y. with an elevation gain of more than 5,600 feet, in nine hours and two minutes. She is the daughter of Alcira and Gary Betts of Versailles. (Photo submitted)

2020 Shootout Winners

The winners of the Woodford Educational Endowment Foundation (WEEF)/Citizens Commerce Bank 2020 Golf Shootout held July 20 were, from left, first place Ben Runnels, second place Chad Egbert; and third place Ken Arrington. The top 10 scoring players participate in a nine hold sudden death shootout. (Photo submitted)

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HAPPY ANNIVERSARY: Doris Nave, left, was given a bouquet of flowers last week by Railroad Drug and Old Time Soda Fountain owner and pharmacist Ken Glass and his wife, Amanda Glass (not pictured). Nave was Railroad Drug’s first customer when it opened in downtown Midway on July 23, 2010. (Photo by Zachary Rankin)

Rockers no hitter pitcher

LELAND TAYLOR of the Kentucky Rockers 2025 team pitched a perfect game and struck out six July 12 in a 8-zip semifinal tournament win over Xtra Innings 13U from Florence, Ky. The Rockers went on to win the championship 7 to 5 over Louisville’s RBI Bulls. (Photo submitted)

Rev. Greene drive by

THE REV. FLOYD GREENE was honored Sunday afternoon when first responders, members of First Baptist Church and others drove by his home to mark his 34th anniversary as First Baptist pastor. “It makes me feel very appreciated,” Greene said, then joked, “Especially after 34 years – it’s a blessing that folks are still speaking.” Greene and his wife, Drexel, sat under a small tent and waved at the 50 or so vehicles that drove past. (Photo by John McGary)

Gould's Fitness

GOULD’S FITNESS & NUTRITION held a ribbon-cutting ceremony last Friday at their new location at 140 AP Indy Lane. The event was sponsored by the Woodford County Chamber of Commerce and was carried live on Facebook. Owners Kelli and Brandon Gould did the honors, with an assist from their children, while Mayor Brian Traugott, left, and Chamber Board Chair Austin Wingate held the ribbon. (Photo submitted)

Jennifer Lyddane

JENNIFER LYDDANE will be the second member of her family to appear on the History Channel’s “Forged in Fire” show Wednesday, July 15, at 9 p.m. In December 2018, her husband Jody competed in the same show. (Photo submitted)

13 U Rockers baseball team

THE KENTUCKY ROCKERS 13-U (ages 13 and under) have won tournaments each of the last two weekends. Last weekend, they celebrated Independence Day in Versailles by beating the Crusaders C/O 2 to 1. The previous weekend, they won the championship game of a Louisville tournament by an 11 to 1 mark. From left, bottom row, J.B. Martin, Braden Tackett, Landon Heim, Jackson Gray and Brayden Carter; top row, Coach Trevor Gray, Leland Taylor, Jacob Golson, Drew Heckathorn, Coach Frank Heim, Samuel Garriso

Adrienne Southworth July 6

ADRIENNE SOUTHWORTH, who won the GOP primary for state Senate District 7 last week, met Monday with Michael Duckworth, left, and Ace Heinle of Woodford Forward, a nonpartisan land use advocacy group based in Midway. Southworth will face state Rep. Joe Graviss, the Democratic nominee for the seat, in November. Heinle, the group’s director, said earlier in the day they’d met with Lamar Allen, who won the Democratic primary for House District 56. “It’s important to meet face to face with candidates

Election training

ELECTION WORKERS spent many hours processing the more than 7,000 absentee ballots cast in the June 23 primary, the results of which were announced Tuesday. The overall turnout rate was 42.6 percent. (Photo submitted)

Rolling Thunder flags

ROLLING THUNDER Chapter 5 of Lexington brought more than their motorcycles to the Versailles Police Department Monday – they also delivered, and helped hoist, three flags. They first began to raise an American flag, then a POW/MIA flag, then a state flag. The ceremony was witnessed by about 75 people. From left, Versailles City Councilmember Mike Coleman, Versailles Mayor Brian Traugott, member of Rolling Thunder, and Assistant Police Chief Rob Young. (Photo by John McGary)

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Lexington Road fires

TWO FIRES were set on Lexington Road near Paddock Drive before sunrise Saturday, Oct. 17 – one at 3:30 a.m. and the second two hours later. Acting Fire Chief Brandon Marshall said the incidents are under investigation. (Photo by John McGary)