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)

Emergency responders in Jackson County

JACKSON COUNTY was the destination of six emergency responders from Woodford County last Friday, Feb. 19 – two apiece from the Versailles and Woodford fire departments and the Woodford Emergency Management (EM) Department. According to EM deputy Russell Crabreee, they spent the day checking on residents, like those living in this house on Ky 2004, who were suffering power and communication outages as well as a lack of food, water and, in some cases, oxygen. “It was awesome to be able to help,” s

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)

Linda Pavey snow

THIS FARM was the subject of a camera lens after last week’s snowfall – and this quote by the photographer: “It’s just so beautiful here at my farm in Nonesuch!” (Photo by Linda S. Pavey)

Jack Smarr in Paris

JACK AND JULIA SMARR visited Paris in September 2019. Jack is seen here holding an issue of The Woodford Sun. (Photo submitted)

5 Generations

FIVE GENERATIONS of the Guerrero family are pictured, from left, Shirley Bond, Jason Bond, Alanna Guerrero, Pat Bowman and Nyla Guerrero. (Photo submitted)

Proclamation Food Check-Out Week Photo

A PROCLAMATION FOR FOOD CHECK-OUT Week was signed by Judge Executive James Kay, middle, and Mayor Brian Traugott, right, for the week of Feb. 7-13. Also pictured is Melissa Tomblin, Woodford County Farm Bureau Women’s Committee Chair. Food Check-Out Day commemorates the calendar day when the average American family will have earned enough income to pay for the entire year’s food supply. (Photo submitted)

Anna Beth Bobbitt kids

COUSINS (from left) Logan Bobbitt, Lilly Claire Rose and Marie Bobbitt enjoyed last week’s snowfall in Rose Ridge subdivision. (Photo by Anna Beth Bobbitt)

Tulenko back yard

THE MOONSET was bright and clear last Thursday morning over Craigs Creek after two to three inches of snow fell Jan. 27-28. Woodford County got another inch or so of snow Sunday, Monday and Tuesday. (Photo by Bonnie Tulenko)

Patrick Shryock's shot in arm

SCHOOL RESOURCE OFFICER Patrick Shryock received his COVID-19 vaccine in the Huntertown Elementary gym Jan. 20. Public health nurse Edie Flora administered his shot. (Photo by Bob Vlach)

New Versailles cops

NEW VERSAILLES POLICE OFFICERS Casey Whittle, second from left; and Ashleigh Koch, third from left; were sworn in Jan. 13 by Versailles Mayor Brian Traugott, left. Joining them was Versailles Police Chief Mike Murray, right. (Photo submitted)

Stacy Thurman and Kids Food Bank

CLARA AND CHASE CHAPMAN were among the 10 or so people who delivered food Sunday to the Midway Baptist Food Pantry. The program began after the pandemic started and delivers 22 boxes of food to 54 people each month, according to church member Iraline Craig. (Photo by Stacy Thurman)

Bernie in Walter Bradley Park

WHERE’S BERNIE? In this week’s Sun, the mitton-wearing U.S.Sen. Bernie Sanders is on the bridge in Walter Bradley Jr. Park and, on the front page, the railroad tracks in downtown Midway, courtesy of a bit of photoshopping by Brian Axon. (Photo by Brian Axon)

MLK kid marchers

MLK MARCHERS: From left, Justice Ruffin, Kiara Townsend, and Jaylah Ruffin had their own march (with adult supervision) on Martin Luther King Jr. Day outside Saint Matthew AME Church in Midway. They also did the artwork. (Photo by Adero Jones)

Conservation officers swearing in

JUDGE-EXECUTIVE JAMES KAY swore in Woodford County Conservation District supervisors at their Jan. 25 meeting. From left, Peggy Carter Seal, Darrell Carner, Donald Mitchell, and David Dotson. (Photo by Rachel Cain)

Katlin Dowell gets shot-1

KATLIN DOWELL, a fourth-grade teacher at Southside Elementary School, received her first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine Jan. 20. Registered nurse Erin Shaw administered her shot. (Photo by Bob Vlach)

Bonnie Tulenko snow photo

CRAIGS CREEK ROAD was the site of this photo taken Saturday of a horse seen through a web of tree limbs. More photos on page 8. (Photo by Bonnie Tulenko)

VCC training

THE VERSAILLES CITY COUNCIL held a work session Thursday, Jan. 7 that featured briefings from city department heads and others. Newcomers Lisa Johnson and Aaron Smither said the speakers did a great job. From left, Johnson, Councilmembers Fred Siegelman and Mike Coleman, Public Works Director, Councilmember Laura Dake and Smither. (Photo submitted)

Eckert vet clinic ribbon cutting

ECKERT VETERINARY HOSPITAL hosted a ribbon-cutting Monday to celebrate the opening of the clinic at 248 Shannon Run Road. At center is clinic owner Dr. Casey Eckert Kight; holding the big scissors was her son Wyatt. They were joined by local elected officials and other members of the Woodford Chamber of Commerce. (Photo by Emily Downey)

Fister swearing in

NEW STATE REP. DAN FISTER, right, with his wife, Vickie, was sworn into office by Magistrate Mary Ann Gill (Dist. 7) on New Year’s Day. Fister, a Republican from Woodford County, said as a member of the Agriculture, Small Business and Technology, and Tourism and Outdoor Recreation committees, he was prepared to serve the 56th District in many ways. (Photo submitted)

Subway wreck

A NASHVILLE, TENN. man was charged with DUI and other violations after hitting a utility pole and the Subway on Lexington Road on New Year’s Eve at 9:09 p.m. Police say John B. Ndayisaba, 26, was eastbound on the U.S. 60 Bypass approaching Lexington Road when the Toyota Corolla he was driving ran through the median, struck the KU pole, then the Subway, causing $1,000 in damage. No one was injured. (Photo by Matthew Tovar, Versailles Fire Department)

Joseph and Mary

BRAD PENNINGTON AND CALLIE NORTHERN played Joseph and Mary at Pisgah Presbyterian Church’s Living Nativity scene Saturday, Dec. 19. (Photo by John McGary)

Mildred Street fire (Dec 31)

A CHRISTMAS EVE late night smoke scare in a house at 789 Mildred Street had Versailles firefighters battling the elements while using fans to clear the home of smoke. Acting Chief Brandon Brown said they found no fire and the smoke was caused by a malfunctioning furnace belt. (Photo by Capt. Zach Yeary)

Festival of Trees Young Life

THANKS TO THE GENEROSITY of sponsors and Tree Trail participants, Woodford County Festival of Trees presented $2,500 checks to both Shop With A Cop and Woodford County Young Life. Shop With A Cop supported 262 youth in the community this season. Left to right, Officer Tim Conner, Mick McNulty, Officer Anthony Conner and Chief Mike Murray. (Photo submitted)

Festival of Trees Shop with a Cop

THANKS TO THE GENEROSITY of sponsors and Tree Trail participants, Woodford County Festival of Trees presented $2,500 checks to both Shop With A Cop and Woodford County Young Life. Shop With A Cop supported 262 youth in the community this season. Left to right, Officer Tim Conner, Mick McNulty, Officer Anthony Conner and Chief Mike Murray. (Photo submitted)

Josephine Barrows and family

JOSEPHINE BARROWS celebrated her 100th birthday Sunday with her children, from left, Joe Barrows, Pete Barrows, Bill Barrows and Susan Hipkens. They were joined by Hondo, Bill’s dog. A tribute to Josephine, written by Pete, will be in next week’s Sun. (Photo submitted)

Midway Women's Club Best decorated yard.

THE MIDWAY WOMAN’S CLUB annual holiday decor winners include this home at 337 North Winter Street (Best Decorated Yard) and nearly two dozen others. Winners were presented a laminated circuit, rather than a leg lamp – but still consider it a major award. (Photo submitted)

Amanda Glass sworn-in

AMANDA GLASS was sworn in and will begin her four-year term on the Woodford County Board of Education beginning in January. Woodford District Judge Mary Jane Phelps, left, administered the oath to Glass in downtown Midway Dec. 19. Ambrose Wilson IV, whom Glass will succeed on the board representing District 1, and board Vice Chair Dani Bradley attended the ceremony with a small group of family and friends. (Photo submitted)

Marrs Hall Ribbon Cutting

MIDWAY UNIVERSITY hosted a ribbon-cutting Dec. 2 for Marrs Hall and the Ann J. Bowling Welcome Center, which is on the second floor of Marrs Hall. The welcome center is now a one-stop shop for prospective students and their families, with the offices of Admissions, Business and Financial Aid all together. Marrs Hall is also where all the administrative offices are now located, including the president’s, the Advancement Office, Human Resources, Finance and Marketing. From left to right, Midway Un

Woman child Santa

HI, SANTA! Taylor Reed and her mother Kelsey waved to the jolly old elf during Saturday’s Versailles Christmas Parade. Their subdivision, Cedar Ridge, was one of many visited on the 35-mile parade route. (Photo by Tammy Taylor)

Santa and 3 kids take 2

SANTA AND MRS. CLAUS posed for photos with children of all ages Saturday from inside the Woodford County Chamber of Commerce. The pandemic kept kids out of Santa’s lap, but didn’t wipe the smiles off their faces. (Brian Oates Photography).

Downtown parade photo

FAMILY AFFAIR: Sisters Kristin Downs (foreground) and Melanie Franklin brought their children downtown Saturday for the second installment of this year’s Versailles Christmas Parade. From left, Lucas Franklin, Peyton Downs (with back to camera), Ellie Downs, and friend Regina King. (Photo by John McGary).

Christmas ornament winner

MADDIE RABINOWITZ, 12, the daughter of Kelly and Jon Rabinowitz, was the winner of the Christmas ornament decorating contest sponsored by Metronet, Community Trust Bank and the Woodford Chamber of Commerce. Her ornament and others decorated by local children are hung on the railings of the Woodford County Courthouse. Maddie won a soundbar, three months of free Metronet service and a gift bag. (Photo by Emily Downey)

Jack Kain Ford masks

JACK KAIN FORD donated nearly 20,000 protective masks in Woodford and other counties last week, including some at a Dec. 3 drive-thru event at the Woodford County Park. From left, Woodford Emergency Management Deputy Russell Crabtree, Barrett Schoeck of the Woodford Health Department, Pat Kain, Vickie Kain-Foster, Bob Kain, Karen Hawkins and Donna Sturgeon. Sturgeon said about 12,000 of the masks were given to local agencies and people. (Photo by Amy Thornberry)

Cops For Kids pick-up

VERSAILLES POLICE OFFICERS and other VPD employees formed an assembly line Sunday at the police department to distribute nearly 300 bags of toys and other gifts for the department’s Cops For Kids program. (Photo by Emily Downey)

Courthouse ornaments

Belmont University The following students from Woodford County were named to the fall Dean’s List at Belmont University: McEwen Baker, Sydney Owen and Savannah Hutchinson.

Pickle Buckets

THE GREAT-GRANDCHILDREN OF BESSIE BAIN, pictured here, are learning to perform acts of kindness in their home school programs. They graciously volunteered to assist her in decorating the large “Pickle Buckets” donated by Jimmy John’s restaurant to be filled with caring items for delivery to senior citizens through the Senior Citizen’s organization for the holidays. They have also been learning to recycle and the positive results it brings back to the earth. Recycling the buckets was a fun proj

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)

M&M Stars

FOR THE MONTH OF OCTOBER, M&Ms offered in-person mentoring and awarded the STAR (Smart, Trusting, Achieving, Respectful) Student Award to Christian Reyes and to WCHS Mentor Abigail Santos. M&Ms will return to all-virtual mentoring and home delivery of meals starting Nov. 30. From left, Executive Director Lisa Johnson, Santos, Reyes and Program Director McKenna Bartko. (Photo submitted)

Tammie Bradley sings

TAMMIE MICHELLE BRADLEY sang for student-athletes in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes at the Woodford County Park’s Huffman Pavilion last Wednesday afternoon. “We’re just blessed that she’s in town,” said Andrea “Bug” Brown, area representative for FCA. Bradley, a professional opera singer, told the student-athletes she performs around the world, including Paris, France and Berlin, Germany. “I love it, and I wouldn’t have it any other way,” said Bradley, a 2000 graduate of Woodford County Hi

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)

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)

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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)