Sarah Gililland

WCHS FRESHMAN SARAH GILILLAND won her age group in the Drive, Chip and Putt qualifier Friday, July 23. (Photo submitted)

Behind library facade enlarged

PRESERVING THE HISTORIC FAÇADE of the building adjacent to the Woodford County Library was explained in an email from project architect Tom S. Smith, of Sherman Carter Barnhart Architects. “Working with the Woodford County Board of Architectural Review a plan was developed to retain the historic façade (pictured here from behind) while incorporating new materials that complement the original building,” he wrote. “The narrow downtown site is constrained on all sides; by existing buildings, a busy

Journey meal packing

JOURNEY CHURCH volunteers packed more than 27,000 meals July 11 to send to Zimbabwe. The meals are a combination of rice, dried soy, dried vegetables and a vitamin packet. As part of their Sunday services that day, attendees formed assembly lines to pack the meals. From left, Tefany Bleuel, Ritchie Phillips and Missy Willis. (Photo submitted)

Chalk Family

FIVE GENERATIONS of the Chalk family gathered in Alexandria, Ky. June 27. Front, Alma Chalk holding Luke Chalk. Back, from left, Matthew, Amelia, Ralph and Ken Chalk. (Photo by Adam Wesley)

Molly Krumm

MOLLY KRUMM, right, with her cardiac alert service dog, Denli, is sworn in as the newest member of the Board of Directors of the Woodford County Library. Also pictured are Judge-Executive James Kay and Molly’s mother, Rhonda Krumm, left. (Photo submitted)

Madeline Grace O'Daniel Scholarship 2021

MADELINE O’DANIEL, left, shown here with Sherri Springate, received the Carla R. Dills scholarship, which is sponsored by the Friends of the Woodford County Library. The scholarship awards $1,000 to each recipient towards continuing their education. (Photo submitted)

Laine Call Scholarship 2021

LAINE CALL, right, shown here with Sherri Springate, received the Carla R. Dills scholarship, which is sponsored by the Friends of the Woodford County Library. The scholarship awards $1,000 to each recipient towards continuing their education. (Photo submitted)

Bat Jackets U7

THE WOODFORD BATJACKETS 7U travel team won the Kentucky Strike Out Classic in Nicholasville on Sunday, July 18, with wins over Turkey Feet (Eastern Lexington) in the semifinals and a 12-4 win over the Jessamine County All-Stars in the championship. “I’m really proud of how our kids represented Woodford County this weekend with their hustle, positive attitude and teamwork. I’m very happy for them and our fans,” Coach Alan Hisle. (Photo submitted)

Toll house demo

DEMOLITION of the old toll house at 274 High Street began Tuesday morning, with workers from Grubb Excavating tackling the back addition to the house first. After the home is demolished and hauled away, the city and county will build a sidewalk on that side of the road from Minary Avenue to Falling Springs Boulevard. (Photo by John McGary)

Cornhole winners2

THE WINNERS of the July 4 Pisgah Presbyterian Church cornhole tournament were, from left, second place, David Kratt and Brad Pennington; first place, Laurel Kratt and Matt Stone. Fourteen randomly chosen teams competed. (Photo submitted)

Abbey Bleuel

ABBEY BLEUEL, right, shown here with Peggy Carter Seal, was presented a $3,000 Agriculture and National Resources scholarship from the Woodford County Conservation District. Abbey will attend Georgetown College this fall to study environmental science. (Photo submitted)

Madeline O'Daniel WCCD scholars

MADELINE O’DANIEL, a 2021 graduate of WCHS, was awarded a $3,000 Woodford County Conservation District (WCCD) scholarship. Madeline will attend the University of Kentucky in the fall, and she will major in agriculture and biotechnology. WCCD Vice Chair Peggy Carter Seal, also pictured, presented Madeline with her scholarship. (Photo by Elaine Bailey, Woodford County Public Schools)

FFA award

FFA AWARDEES: At a recent meeting of the Woodford County Future Farmers of America, Nadine Eller and Makayla Wilson were awarded the C.O. Neel Agriculture Achievement Award sponsored by Ken and Brenda Reed. Pictured, from left, Eller, Ken Reed, and Wilson. (Photo submitted)

New VPD officer

CHRISTOPHER PENNY, left, shown here with Versailles Police Chief Mike Murray, is the newest officer on the force. The Lawrenceburg native, who has a bachelor’s degree in Public Recreation from Asbury University, will leave for the state Department of Criminal Justice’s Basic Police Academy in November for 20 weeks of training. (Photo by John McGary)

Chamber golf scramble winners

GOLF SCRAMBLE WINNERS: From left, front row, Jason Luke, Jeremy Stafford, Ben Hurst and Aaron Bray won the annual Woodford Chamber of Commerce golf scramble held at The Woodford Club June 18 with a low score of 53 – 18 below par. The gentleman in the second row is an unidentified vendor. (Photo submitted)

PCS EKU reunion

THE “MCGREGOR HALL GALS” from EKU gathered for lunch at Ricardo’s recently. They became friends in 1963 when McGregor Hall opened. From left, Peggy Carter Seal, Wanda Lambdin, Shirley Obel, Susan Franklin and Nelda Dobbs. (Photo submitted)

Little Miss and Mister Woodford County

LITTLE MISS AND MISTER WOODFORD COUNTY winners at the Woodford County Fair June 16 were Emma Johnson-Berger, daughter of Hunter Johnson and Jonathan Berger of Versailles; and Bentley Routt, son of Adriane and Jacob Routt of Versailles. (Photo by Marshall Imagery) Note: This photo ran last week, but Emma’s mom was misidentified. The Sun regrets the error.

Adkins talks to students

DANNY ADKINS, the new Woodford County Public Schools superintendent, talked to parents, students and others on Monday during a meet and greet at Cornerstone Pharmacy. Matthew Mitchell and his younger brother, William, are pictured (at top) with Adkins. “I wanted them to meet him in person,” mom Lauren Mitchell said. She said it’s important for her sons to know the schools superintendent and see him face to face. (Photos by Bob Vlach)

Juneteenth dancer

THE JUNETEENTH CELEBRATION in Versailles June 25 featured performances like this interpretative dance by Lori Love-Dale and remarks from Desiree Jackson, the Rev. William Saunders, Mayor Brian Traugott and Judge-Executive James Kay. The theme was “Break every chain” and organizer Chantel Bingham said she wants to make the celebration an annual event. (Photo by Patrick Mitchell)

Parent Child lookalike

PARENT/CHILD look-alike winners Friday night were Brandin and Blakely Johnson of Versailles. (Photo by John McGary)

Miss Teen Woodford County

MISS TEEN WOODFORD COUNTY Maggie Shryock is the daughter of Mary and Patrick Shryock of Versailles. Maggie also won the 110 Percent Award, given in honor of 2016 Miss Teen Woodford County Fair Macie White, who passed away May 23. Macie’s parents, Piper and Jeff White, presented the award. (Photo by Marshall Imagery)

Miss Teen Woodford County Fair

MISS TEEN WOODFORD COUNTY FAIR Peyton Whitaker is the daughter of Catherine Anderson and Josh Whitaker of Versailles. (Photo by John McGary)

Billy Butcher

BILLY BUTCHER of Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home was elected central district director of the Funeral Directors Association of Kentucky at their 139th annual convention in Louisville June 8-9. The convention included seminars, presentations and 10 hours of continuing education. (Photo submitted)

Mens Pretty Legs

THE MENS’ Pretty Legs winner Saturday night was Thad “The Mailman” Baker of Versailles. Thad, who is married to Kelly Baker, is a mail carrier for the U.S. Postal Service. (Photo by John McGary)

Little Miss and Mister Woodford County

LITTLE MISS AND MISTER WOODFORD County winners crowned Wednesday night were Emma Berger, daughter of Heather Johnson and Jonathan Berger of Versailles; and Bentley Routt, son of Adriane and Jacob Routt of Versailles. (Photo by Marshall Imagery)

Little Miss and Mister Woodford County F

LITTLE MISS AND MISTER WOODFORD County Fair winners crowned Wednesday night were Kloie Williams, daughter of Kelly and Sam Williams of Independence; and Logan Schmidt, son of Christy Browning of Independence and Justin Schmidt of Erlanger. (Photo by Marshall Imagery)

Miss Pre-Teen

THE MISS PRE-TEEN Woodford County Fair pageant Thursday crowned three winners. From left, Miss Junior Pre-Teen Woodford County Fair Blakely Hope Johnson, daughter of Brandin and Emily Johnson of Versailles; Miss Pre-Teen Woodford County Fair Lyndsey Boone, daughter of James and Jennifer Boone of Cynthiana; and Miss Pre-Teen Woodford County Eloise Sproul, daughter of John and Kate Sproul of Versailles. (Photo by Bill Caine)

Hawkins gets plaque

SCOTT HAWKINS, who’s retiring as superintendent of Woodford County Public Schools at the end of the month, was recognized by the Woodford Educational Endowment Foundation (WEEF) Monday morning. Silas Hart, of WEEF, pictured at right, presented Hawkins with a plaque thanking him for his 13 years of service prior to the nonprofit’s annual golf tournament fundraiser at The Woodford Club. “Through your leadership and vision, the Woodford County Public School District has become one of the top distri

Journey Church

JOURNEY CHURCH attracted more than 600 people to a program Saturday called “The Blameless Children,” which was created by Andrew Hager, a Lexington native who struggled with drug addiction most of his life. Hager says children don’t have a say in the matter of addiction and need a voice to be heard and freedom from their suffering. (Photo submitted)

Monica and Kate Seitz

MONICA SEITZ, left, seen here with younger sister Kate, finished third in the 400-meter dash in last Friday’s state track and field championships and set a school record in the process. Her four-by-400 team also finished third and set a school record. Monica and Kate graduated from St. Leo School and are the daughters of Joe Seitz and former Sun Midway correspondent Vanessa Seitz. (Photo by Vanessa Seitz)

Corner Grocery flooding

LAST WEEKEND’S STORMS led to this scene in front of the Midway Corner Grocery Sunday. (Photo by Joseph Haydon)

huelette signing

HAILEY HULETTE signed her letter of commitment to the Cheer program at Midway University under Coach Nikki Mooney of WCHS and Midway University. Pictured from the left, Hailey’s father Lloyd Hulette, Hailey, and her mother Hope Hulette. (Photo submitted)

Miss Woodford County Fair Princess and r

MISS WOODFORD COUNTY Fair Princess Bridgett Denny, left, posed with runner-up Ruby Barnes and Versailles City Councilmember Fred Siegelman, who emceed Tuesday night’s pageant. Bridgett is the daughter of Brittany and Brian Snipp and Ruby is the daughter of Cassie and Chris Barnes. (Photo by Mary Lou Watkins)

Youth Floral Workshop

THE LITTLE GARDEN CLUB of Woodford County held its annual youth floral workshop on Sunday, June 13. Sixteen participants (ages 6-15) created arrangements in various categories for entry into the Woodford County Fair Flower Show. They also created floral arrangements, which were delivered to Daisy Hill Senior Living and Taylor Manor. Kroger of Versailles donated the floral material. (Photo submitted)

American Legion scholarship winners

AMERICAN LEGION SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS, from left, Madison Ryker, Nicholas O’ Toole and Kaitlyn Toy posed Sunday with members of American Legion Post 67, who awarded each of the Woodford County High School graduates $3,000 college scholarships. One of the scholarships is named for former Legion Commander Geoffrey Reid, who died Feb. 5. (Photo by John McGary)

East Higgins storm damage

LAST WEEKEND’S STORMS toppled this Hackberry tree on East Higgins Street in Midway, while a next-door garden was untouched. (Photo by Russell Crabtree, Woodford Emergency Management)

Halee Hood Signing

WCHS SENIOR HALEE HOOD signed her letter of commitment to play basketball at Campbellsville University-Harrodsburg on May 21. Pictured from left, grandparents Wendell and Darra Shipp, Halee, her mother Linlee Shipp and sister Ashlyn Hood. (Photo submitted)

Masons bike Emery Russell

THE WOODFORD COUNTY MASONS from Buford-Landmark 42 recently presented bicycles to a total of 10 students at the four public elementary schools and Woodford County Middle School with perfect attendance this last school year. Among them is Emery Russell from Southside Elementary.

Masons vike Leo Melendez

THE WOODFORD COUNTY MASONS from Buford-Landmark 42 recently presented bicycles to a total of 10 students at the four public elementary schools and Woodford County Middle School with perfect attendance this last school year. Among them is Leo Sanchez Melendez from Southside Elementary. (Photo submitted)

Masons bike Natalie Curry

THE WOODFORD COUNTY MASONS from Buford-Landmark 42 recently presented bicycles to a total of 10 students at the four public elementary schools and Woodford County Middle School with perfect attendance this last school year. Among them is Natalie Curry from Simmons Elementary, pictured with guidance counselor Sandra Dugan. (Photo submitted)

Laury Gardiner Art in Park

LAURY GARDINER, center, was one of the vendors at Saturday’s Art in the Park festival. Organizer Sharon Hughes said due to lingering concerns over the pandemic, they cut the number of artists in half. (Photo by

Art in Park

ART IN THE PARK returned to the Green Street area Saturday after storms the day before led to the cancellation of the first day of the two-day event. Organizer Sharon Hughes said Saturday’s crowd was really good and the vendors seemed happy with their sales. Last year’s event was cancelled due to the pandemic. Additional photo on page 3. (Photo by John McGary)

Isabelle Marie Milburn Award

ISABELLE MARIE MILBURN, right, of Versailles was presented the Baptist Health Leadership Award during Midway University’s spring pinning ceremony for nursing graduates on May 14. Presenting the award is Patrick Lipps. (Photo submitted)

Parade of buses

A PARADE OF 23 BUSES and three other vehicles from the bus garage drove by Woodford County Public Schools Superintendent Scott Hawkins on the last day of school May 27. Hawkins, who’s retiring at the end of June after 13 years as superintendent, is pictured standing alongside Pisgah Pike as the school buses drove past him and the Woodford County Board of Education offices. “I wanted to do something extra meaningful and special for him, something he would always remember,” said Kay Penn, director

Lacrosse all stars

WOODFORD LACROSSE teammates, from left, Brody Young, Ben Coyle and Ian Bottom were picked for the Commonwealth Lacrosse League’s All-Star game May 15 at Lafayette High School. The Woodford lads were part of the South squad; the game ended in a 4-4 tie. (Photo submitted)

Football Team Signings

FIVE MEMBERS OF THE WCHS FOOTBALL TEAM signed their letter of intent to play college football at a ceremony held Thursday, May 20. Pictured from left, Nick O’Toole (Thomas More), Coy Hayes (Centre College), Joey Whitehead (Barton College), JD Alexander (Kentucky Wesleyan) and Ryan Frazier (Thomas More). (Photo submitted)

Soccer signings

WCHS SENIOR HENRY ALVOR, center, signed a letter of commitment last week to play soccer at Midway University next fall. He was joined by, from left, brothers Mateo and Brian Alvor, mother Teresa Alvor and sister Ashley Alvor. (Photo submitted)

Soccer signing 2

BRANDON FLORES, third from left, signed a letter of commitment last week to play soccer at Georgetown College next fall. The WCHS senior was joined by, from left, father Eddie Flores; sister Jasmine Collins and mother Annete Muniz. (Photo submitted)

Juanita Porter Installation Lion's Club.

JUANITA PORTER, left, was installed as an official member of the Versailles Lions Club at the club’s May 10 monthly meeting at Callie’s Homestyle Restaurant. Her sponsor was Lions Club member Marylyn McDaniel, center. The installation ceremony was conducted by Lion Carol Hollander, right, from the Lawrenceburg Lions Club. (Photo submitted)

Hannah Warthman

HANNAH WARTHMAN has been awarded the Southside Elementary School Scholarship. A 2021 graduating senior at Woodford County High School, Hannah will be attending Eastern Kentucky University in the fall. This is the 21st year Southside has awarded a scholarship, funded by the school’s teachers, staff and retirees. Scholarship Chair Peggy Carter Seal, also pictured, presented the $500 scholarship to Hannah. (Photo by Bob Vlach)

Laine Call and Brandon Flores

WOODFORD COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL graduating seniors Laine Call and Brandon Flores were the 2021 recipients of $1,000 Woodford County Human Rights Commission and Roots & Heritage Scholarships. Laine will be attending the University of Kentucky. Brandon will attend Georgetown College. Scholarship Chair Peggy Carter Seal is also pictured. (Photo by Bob Vlach)


THEY’RE COMING! This early-arriving cicada was picked up May 20 off in the Nonesuch area by Sergio Alvarez. Faye Kuosman, extension agent for horticulture at the Woodford County Cooperative Extension Service, said locally, the bulk of the red-eyed insects from Brood X will end their 17-year hibernation in the next few weeks. Kuosman said Woodford is not among the 16 Kentucky counties expected to see a heavy emergence. (Photo by Sergio Alvarez)

Professional Women's Club

THE WOODFORD COUNTY PROFESSIONAL Women’s Club met at Spark Community Cafe for their May 12 luncheon meeting. The group supports the cafe by monetary donations from the group and personal donations. They have also served as servers on occasion. Pictured, from left, Sonia Sanders, Donna Howard, Laura Gray, Nancy Blackford and Lillian Bland. Seated is club president Brenda Richards. (Photo submitted)

Ramel Bradley at Spark

FORMER UK HOOPS STAR Ramel Bradley, center, visited Spark Community Cafe recently and met with Spark Board Chair Lori Garkovich, left, and Spark co-executive director Kyle Fannon to discuss, among other things, how App Harvest’s planned greenhouses can benefit Spark. Fannin said Garkovich, a former UK professor and frequent Spark volunteer, was washing dishes when Bradley arrived and came out for a hug and photos with her former student. (Photo by Serenity Wright)


THE WCHS SENIOR PROM, moved outdoors for coronavirus precautions, was held Saturday night behind Thoroughbred Square off Green Street, but the weather cooperated and the soon-to-be graduates and their dates enjoyed one of their last blasts of high school life. (Photo by Dan Ruff)

Painting like Michalangelo

COLE HUMSTON and other seventh-graders in Allison Westcott’s social studies class at Woodford County Middle School learned about Renaissance artist Michelangelo recently. The students illustrated stories on paper taped under their desks and got to experience what it was like for Michelangelo to paint bible stories on the Sistine Chapel’s ceiling, Westcott said. It was part of a unit discussing the art and artists of the Renaissance, and their impact on the social climate of Europe, she explained

Cookies by Charity

COOKIES BY CHARITY owner Charity Ford (profiled in the Sun last August), second from left, held the ceremonial big scissors in her shop at 161 Yellow Jacket Drive for a ribbon-cutting ceremony to mark her business’s recent membership in the Woodford Chamber of Commerce. Joining her, from left, were Versailles Mayor Brian Traugott, chamber CEO Emily Downey, Woodford Judge-Executive James Kay and chamber chair Austin Wingate. (Photo by John McGary)

Mentors & Meals April STAR

THE MENTORS & MEALS STAR (Smart, Trusting, Achieving, Respectful) students for the month of April were, from left, Star mentor Faith Rice, Star students Junior Mendoza, Brookelyn Coppage and two “Mentor Rookies of the Year,” Abigail Lyle and Madison McMahon. (Photo submitted)

Sew Southern Ribbon Cutting

SEW SOUTHERN EMBROIDERY owner Ashley Vaughn, left, used the big scissors for a ribbon-cutting in front of her her mobile shop April 15 to mark her business’s recent membership in the Woodford Chamber of Commerce. She was joined by, from left, Judge-Executive James Kay, chamber Chair Austin Wingate and others. (Photo by Cooltucky Creative)

GSP students

GOVERNOR’S SCHOLARS PROGRAM (GSP) participants selected from Woodford County High School are, from left, front, Kylie Greer, Anna Beth Hawkins, Anamei Walli and Brianne Lacefield; and back, Bryant Craig, Kristen Bailey, Elisabeth Komprs and Willa Michel. Established in 1983, GSP is a summer residential program for Kentucky’s “best and brightest students. These rising seniors must complete an application and compete with others from across the state. (Photo submitted)

GSA photo

WCHS JUNIORS, from left, Luc Vandenbroek, Rylie Sudduth, Abigail Santos and Maia Smith have been selected to participate in the Governor’s School for the Arts (GSA). A three-week summer program, GSA provides hands-on arts experiences for rising high school seniors from across the state. (Photo submitted)

Pat Smith, her daughter and CEO David St

BLUEGRASS COMMUNITY HOSPITAL RN Pat Smith, pictured here with her daughter Whitney Armstrong and CEO David Steitz, was recently named the LifePoint 2021 Mercy Award winner for outstanding compassionate care, exemplifying the spirit and values upon which the company was founded. The Mercy Award is the highest honor a LifePoint Health employee can receive. (Photo submitted)

Tow truck funeral crop

DOZENS OF TOW TRUCKS, seen here on Frankfort Street, took part in a funeral procession April 29 from Clark Legacy Center to Rose Crest Cemetery to honor Mike Martin, who worked for Carey’s Towing and Recovery in Lawrenceburg for 24 years. Owner Eddie Carey said Martin was the best employee he ever had. “He was more than an employee. He was a brother,” Carey told the Sun. (Photo by John McGary)

Woodford County Business and Professiona

THE WOODFORD COUNTY Business and Professional Women’s Club celebrated their 65th year anniversary on April 14 at Don Jockey restaurant in Midway. Their honored guests were Mayor Grayson Vandegrift, his wife Katie, and son Jackson. Pictured, from left: Katie, WCBPW President Brenda Richards, Club Treasurer Brenda Howard, Nancy Blackford, Joy Barr, Co-President Laura Gray, Grayson and Jackson. (Photo submitted)

BGCH Memorial Tree

ON EARTH DAY, April 20, Bluegrass Community Hospital (BGCH) staff planted this ivory silk lilac tree to honor those who lost their lives in the community due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Employees spent their lunch hour planting the tree on hospital grounds, taking time to reflect, remember and look forward to the future. The tree was decorated with green ribbon, the symbolic color in Kentucky throughout the past year to represent sympathy and compassion. (Photo by Cameron Faudure, BGCH)

April 14 vaccine shot

RAY D. CHANCELLOR (and his son, Raphael, seen sitting) received their first doses of the COVID-19 Moderna vaccine from Woodford County Health Department nurse Erin Shaw during an April 14 clinic at Frontier Nursing University. Plans to administer the Johnson & Johnson vaccine at the county park that day were cancelled after rare blood-clotting problems were linked to it. Woodford Public Health Director Cassie Prather said 303 doses of the Moderna vaccine were administered at Frontier that day. (

Knights of Columbus

THE ST. LEO’S KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS recently held their annual Tootsie Roll Drive at Kroger to raise money for the Woodford County Special Olympics. Accepting the donation are, from left, Alex Berry, Colin Martin, Hunter Bowden and Janine Coy. (Photo submitted)

Cooper Caine snow photo 2

COOPER CAINE took a little time before classes Wednesday morning to walk outside his Montgomery Avenue home, build a miniature snowman and pose these Star Wars figures with him. Such photography is a hobby of the Southside Elementary fourth-grader. (Photo by Cooper Caine)

Spotz Gelato ribbon cutting

SPOTZ GELATO held a ribbon-cutting ceremony April 13 at its new location in downtown Midway, with owner Beth Richardson, fourth from left, holding the big scissors. She was joined by other members of the Woodford County Chamber of Commerce and Midway Mayor Grayson Vandegrift, right. (Photo by Cory Cooley, Cooltucky Creative)

Midway U trash collectors

MIDWAY UNIVERSITY STUDENTS collected plenty of garbage in Big Spring Park during Saturday’s Main Street Clean Sweep – and a very long metal pole to hang the bags from. A column about the work of dozens of volunteers and more photos of the clean-up are on pages 2 and 3. (Photo submitted)

Johnson Dake trash bags

VERSAILLES City Councilmember Lisa Johnson, Vicky Partridge and Versailles City Councilmember Laura Dake, from left to right, spent their Saturday morning collecting garbage from Kroger to the Versailles welcome sign on Lexington Road. They found plenty. (Photo by Joe Johnson)

Tackett family

THE TACKETT family – top, from left, Cora, Paula and Elias, cleaned up the turnoff on Troy Pike near the Bluegrass Parkway then came back to ask Bluegrass Greensource’s Noel Osborn, right, for more trash bags. (Photo by John McGary)

Bradford Lacefield at Augusta

BRADFORD LACEFIELD teed off at Augusta National Golf Club – the home of the Masters – on his way to an eighth-place finish in his age division in Sunday’s national Drive, Chip and Putt tournament. The 14-year-old is the son of Brad and Heather Lacefield of Versailles. (Photo courtesy Drive, Chip and Putt)

Praise band at Easter Service

ATTENDEES sat on the field and a stage was erected in the end zone at Community Stadium during an Easter Sunday Service. Over 700 people attended the Versailles Baptist Church service April 4. (Photo submitted)

Matilda Relaxing

MATILDA, a 4-year-old lab/golden retriever mix and the only certified facility dog in the state, works for CASA of Lexington, an organization that serves in Woodford County to provide volunteer advocates for abused and neglected children in the family court system. She is competing for the 2021 American Humane Hero Dog award and an appearance on the Hallmark Channel. The public can vote in the competition through May 6 at (Photo submitted)

2021-04 STAR students-Jose, Jeremin, Ava


CORE ribbon cutting

C.O.R.E. Health Centers employees gathered outside their offices in the Lexington Road Plaza for a ribbon-cutting ceremony March 24. They were joined by Woodford Judge-Executive James Kay, third from right, and members of the Woodford Chamber of Commerce. C.O.R.E. opened their Versailles chiropractic clinic in December and recently joined the chamber. (Photo by John McGary)

Keith Benze_Doctorate

PASTOR KEITH BENZE of Versailles Presbyterian Church receives a hearty congratulations on completing his Doctor of Ministry from Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary. Benze’s project report, “Sharing Resources in Ministry as a Means to the Revitalization of Smaller Churches,” provides a toolbox for churches and other entities that want to partner to better serve the community. From left to right, Linder Jaeckels, Lois Gaines, Keith Benze and wife Cheryl Benze. (Photo by Brian Oates)

Breathitt County WCHS clean up

MEMBERS OF THE WCHS community activism class delivered donations to flood victims in Eastern Kentucky last weekend and, as in this photo in Breathitt County, also helped them clean up. The students and members of several agencies and nonprofits were honored during Tuesday’s Woodford Fiscal Court meeting. (Photo by Shelby Ison)

Wrestling champs

REGION CHAMPS: The WCHS Mat Jackets won the Region 5 championships last weekend at Scott County High School. Landon Wettlaufer placed 3rd in the 106 weight class, Harley Graham placed 5th in the 126 weight class, Nolan Banfield won the 132 weight class, Gavin Andreoni won the 138 weight class, Camden Bohanan placed 4th in the 145 weight class, Andrew Kartner placed 2nd in the 152 weight class, Dylan Preston placed 2nd in the 160 weight class, Joey McCarthy placed 3rd in the 170 weight class, Jac

Woodford Volunteers

WOODFORD COUNTY Neighbors caring for Neighbors volunteers tied green bows on the lids of 50 pickle jars, which were filled with goodies and delivered to local senior citizens this week for Saint Patrick’s Day. Pictured, from left, are Bessie Bain and Joyce Hedges at Callie’s Homestyle Restaurant, where they put wrapping paper, bows and ribbon on the pickle jars, which were donated by Jimmy John’s in Versailles. (Photo submitted)

Food Pantry beef

GREG DOTSON, left, delivered 120 pounds of ground beef to the Food Pantry for Woodford County Tuesday morning. Last December, Dotson held a raffle at Woodford Feed for a quarter-steer for charity that raised $10,000. The winner of the raffle, Kelly Brown, right, chose to donate the money to Cowboy Up For A Cure, whose founder, Rebecca Shryock, is second from right. They were joined by Sharon Hardin, second from left, executive director of the Food Pantry. (Photo submitted)

Drew at Shore Acres 3-6-2021

WOODFORD EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT DIRECTOR Drew Chandler, shown surveying flood-damaged areas in the Shore Acres area last weekend, will be aided by students in the WCHS Community class, who launched a flood relief effort last week. (Photo by Russell Crabtree)

Early morning mist

EARLY MORNING MIST “on our temporary riverfront view” was very pretty according to Damon Farmer. He and wife, Beth Kirchner, live near the Kentucky River on Fintville Road. (Photo by Damon Farmer)

Beth in kayak

BETH KIRCHNER took a picture of neighbor Jim Ott’s tractor submerged by high water during last week’s flood. (Photo by Damon Farmer)

Antique tractor in water

NORMALLY HIGH AND DRY, a 1945 Case tractor owned by Jim Ott would soon be submerged by rising water during last week’s flood.

Corner of Fintville-Shryocks

RESIDENTS OF FINTVILLE ROAD and others living on a one-mile stretch of Shryocks Ferry Road were isolated from other areas of Woodford County during last week’s floods. The Kentucky River crested at 40 feet, which caused a major flood. (Photo by Damon Farmer)

Food Drive volunteers

VOLUNTEERS COLLECTED $1,753.68 and 4,000 pounds of food, which were donated to the Food Panty for Woodford County, according to organizer Leah Vanzant. She said 20 people volunteered during the food drive on Feb. 20 and 21 at Kroger. From left are volunteers Linder Jaeckels, Rachel Vasilakes, Lois Gaines, Mark Molla, Lisa Molla and Laura Dake. (Photo submitted)

Quarles tag 2

STATE AGRICULTURE COMMISSIONER Ryan Quarles, center right, posed with Woodford County Clerk Sandy Jones, to his left, and Judge-Executive James Kay, to her left, last Friday, Feb. 26, in the fiscal courtroom to publicize the state’s “Ag Tag” program. Joining them were members of the Woodford Future Farmers of America (FFA) and 4-H clubs. Quarles’s four-county tour promoted the program that allows Kentucky motorists who buy or renew farm vehicle license plates to donate up to $10, with proceeds d

South Main Street igloo

THIS IGLOO at 314 South Main Street was the product of hours of nearly a week’s worth of winter weather and many hours of work by people who used coolers to shape blocks of snow and ice. The photo was taken Friday, Feb. 19 – before the region finally got a break from snow, ice, freezing rain and sub-freezing temperatures. (Photo by John McGary)

Community dinner

GARY JONES, right, got some help from Assistant Versailles Police Chief Rob Young (shown here), VPD Chief Mike Murray, acting Versailles Fire Chief Brandon Brown, Woodford Emergency Management Director Drew Chandler and others when it came time to deliver 167 community dinners to the elderly and food-insecure Monday, Feb. 15. Jones told the Sun, “Our delivery people are older and did not feel safe delivering in the snow and icy conditions. I called Mayor (Brian) Traugott and explained our situat

Read Across America proclamation

JUDGE-EXECUTIVE JAMES KAY signed a proclamation marking March 2 as “Read Across America Day” in Woodford County. Kay noted that the tradition began two dozen years ago when the National Education Association began a one-day celebration honoring Dr. Seuss that turned into a year-round literacy campaign. Dr. Seuss, whose real name was Theodor Geisel, was born March 2, 1904. (Photo submitted)

Woodford Plaza snow

THE WOODFORD PLAZA parking lot (and many others) was the scene for massive mounds of snow and salty slush last weekend that one passerby thought resembled an ice cream sundae. Told of this observation, Versailles Public Works Director Bart Miller asked whether the passerby was overly hungry at the time. (Photo by John McGary)

WM snow

AFTER SEVERAL DAYS of rain, snow and sleet, Elkhorn Creek near the Weisenberger Mill was a beautiful sight Monday afternoon. (Photo by Thomie Wilson)

WB Park Osage Trail

WALTER BRADLEY JR. PARK was the setting for this photo and dozens of others taken by Midway photographer Brian Axon after the Feb. 10-11 ice storm.


LEGENDARY HORSEMAN Edward Dudley Brown, who rode Kingfisher to a win in the Belmont Stakes, is one of several African-Americans being celebrated on banners in downtown Midway. Others include Civil War veteran Aaron Fowler and “The Professor” William Christy of Simmons High School. See story on front page. (Photo by Bob Vlach)

Caroline Tracey

CAROLINE TRACEY, a 6-year-old student at Northside Elementary, came up with a leadership project to collect items from her neighborhood to donate to the Woodford Humane Society. She wrote a letter and delivered them to mailboxes she could walk to and received many donations. She dropped them off Jan. 31. (Photo submitted)

Mae Green bell ringer

MAE GREEN was one of many people who rang a bell during the Salvation Army’s annual holiday campaign last year. For more on this year’s drive – and how to sign up for a kettle-tending shift – see page 2. (2019 file photo by John McGary)