Ethan Fleener

ETHAN SCOTT FLEENER, 15, participated in the Tennessee state competition for cheer. Ethan and his team won the State Championship for Stewart Creek High School in Smyrna, Tenn. He has been an avid gymnast since he was very young. The team will compete for the National Championship in Florida in February 2022. He is the son of Michael and Marian Fleener and the grandson of Tony and Marilyn Fleener of Versailles. (Photo submitted)

Colin Fleener

COLIN THOMAS FLEENER, 18, received an Eagle Scout badge Nov. 7 in Smyrna, Tenn. He has been a counselor for many young scouts at camp over the past three summers. He is the son of Michael and Marian Fleener and the grandson of Tony and Marilyn Fleener of Versailles. (Photo submitted)

Habitat for Humanity Closing

SHANNON STEPHENS received the deed to her home from Ron Baker, president of Woodford Habitat For Humanity, at the office of attorney Phyllis Mattingly on Nov. 29. She is the 24th family to pay off the loan with Woodford Habitat and become a mortgage-free homeowner. Woodford Habitat board officers celebrating with Shannon and her granddaughter, Isabella, were past President Doug Searcy and Treasurer Melissa Gregory. Pictured, from left, Searcy, Baker, Stephens, Isabella and Gregory. (Photo submit

WCHS gameday captains

WCHS GAMEDAY CAPTAINS stood with arms locked before the coin toss of the state semifinal game at Community Stadium Friday, Nov. 26. Pictured from left, Aden Nelson, Bryce Patterson, Jackson Geilear and Luke Hill. The Jackets lost, 46-25. More in Sports. (Photo by Bill Caine)

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A RIBBON-CUTTING and dedication was recently held for the Ann J. Bowling Welcome Center in Midway University’s newly renovated Marrs Hall – the last of several projects funded by the Campaign of Opportunities. The Welcome Center is the first stop for prospective students and their families when visiting campus and serves as a one-stop shop for information related to the offices of Admissions, Business, and Financial Aid. Marrs Hall also includes many other administrative offices and meeting room

Shire Village veterans

THE SHIRE VILLAGE neighborhood association honored their vets on Veterans Day. From left, Mac Lambing, Jim Syvarth, Bob Blankenship, Bob Schnieder, Phill Pittman, Mike Toon, Bob James, Butch Turley, Bill LeMonds, and Stan Shofer. Not pictured, Ernie Hall, Billy Fortenberry, and Lou Veatch. Also honored for their service were prior residents Ted Bradshaw and Ray Roe, as well as deceased veterans Bob Ammons and Bill Smejkal. (Photo by Jeff Staton)

Football Team Picture

THE WCHS FOOTBALL TEAM poses with the regional championship trophy after the Jackets’ 28-14 win over Covington Catholic Friday, Nov. 19, at Community Stadium. More on last week’s game – and the state semifinal game matchup with South Warren – in sports. (Photo by Bill Caine)

Food Pantry kids

FOOD PANTRY DONORS: Graham and Olivia Hunt recently dropped off nearly $300 worth of items to the Food Pantry for Woodford County that they purchased with the proceeds of their spring bake sale. Food Pantry Executive Director Sharon Hardin said, “Graham and Olivia are developing the community spirit!” (Photo by Nancy Redden)

Golf Scramble

WOODFORD CHAMBER CEO Emily Downey and Cory Cooley posed for a photo at the chamber’s golf scramble in June. The chamber recently received an “Excellence in Events” award for the event from the state chamber, which released a statement saying, “The judges were impressed with the profit on an event that many struggle to even keep on their calendar.” (Photo courtesy Casey and Sara Pictures)

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UK HEALTHCARE and Bluegrass Community Hospital are collaborating to expand cardiovascular services to more Kentuckians. As the home-base community hospital in Versailles, Bluegrass Community Hospital’s established cardiovascular services will be further enhanced by the collaboration with UK Gill Heart & Vascular Institute through the UK Gill Affiliate Network. (Photo submitted)

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WOODFORD NUTRITION owners Carolina and Jesus Victorino, second and third from left, held a ribbon-cutting Nov. 16 at their shop at 157 Yellow Jacket Drive to mark their business’s fourth anniversary and recent membership in the Woodford Chamber of Commerce. They were joined by, from left, Judge-Executive James Kay, chamber Chair Austin Wingate, Woodford Public Health Director Cassie Prather, Elizabeth Ruggles, Jeri Hartley and chamber CEO Emily Downey. (Photo by John McGary)

2021 Turkey Trot

THE 8th ANNUAL TURKEY TROT 5K was held Saturday at the Huntertown Community Interpretive Park and Huntertown Glen North subdivision. Pictured, from left, John Nally, Chris Warren, Shannon Nally, Jim Thompson, Celia Thompson, Charlotte Wiley, Emma Nally, Eloise Wiley, Royce Gilpin, Grayson Nally, Joe Wiley, Stefanie Wiley and Cassie Kelley. Joe Wiley won the race with a time of 21:39. (Photo submitted)

Midway Chili Cook-Off Amanda Glass

AMANDA GLASS, right, was crowned the 2021 Midway Charity Chili Cook-Off Champion Saturday, Nov. 20, in downtown Midway. Glass won in 2019 (there was no 2020 cook-off due to COVID). Steve Morgan, left, took second place and third place was Anna Mills (middle). The crowd and contestants were about half compared to previous years, likely due to the pandemic. The event was organized by the Midway Business Association. (Photo submitted)


UK HEALTHCARE and Bluegrass Community Hospital are collaborating to expand cardiovascular services to more Kentuckians. As the home-base community hospital in Versailles, Bluegrass Community Hospital’s established cardiovascular services will be further enhanced by the collaboration with UK Gill Heart & Vascular Institute through the UK Gill Affiliate Network. (Photo submitted)

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LIGHTING UP THE HOLIDAYS: Versailles Public Works Department employees Ricky Walton, left, and Tim Cox began decorating trees on Main Street Monday. (Photo by John McGary)


NIGHT TENNIS, ANYONE? A drone captured this photo Monday night of the newly-lit tennis courts at the Woodford County Park. Versailles-Woodford County Parks and Recreation Executive Director Rich Pictor said the recently-completed project features resurfaced, handicapped-accessible courts and lights that come on at sunset – and stay on at one-hour, player-activated intervals until 10 p.m. “It’s tremendous,” Pictor said, noting that Sunday morning’s time change has the sun setting a little after 5

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VERSAILLES PRESBYTERIAN PRESCHOOL’s Pre-K class visited The Woodford Sun Oct. 28 in Halloween costumes to collect treats. From left, front, are Alejandro Gutierrez, Callie Hughes, Grace Nicholson, Henry Kosieniak, Ethan Ring, Avery Gayheart, Natalyn Fugate and Catherine Wiley; back, teachers Karie Thompson and Beckie Osbourn. (Photo by Bob Vlach)

Woodford Habitat for Humanity Dedication

WOODFORD HABITAT FOR HUMANITY added another family to the Habitat community, with the dedication of the 41st Habitat house in Woodford County. Pictured, from left, Ben, Caleb, Nathan and Jo Lauderdale, who moved into their house at 809 Martin Luther King Jr. Court in Versailles, after the dedication ceremony last Saturday. Presenting the keys to their new house is Tony Stith, right, Woodford Habitat board member. The Lauderdales will now begin paying back to Habitat, at no interest, the cost of

Danielle Jackson

DANIELLE JACKSON of Versailles, middle, received the Certificate of Recognition from the Commonwealth Honors Academy at a reunion of Academy scholars held at Murray State University on Oct. 2. Danielle, along with 82 other students, completed the three-week Academy at Murray State between June 5 and June 26. During the three weeks, Academy scholars took two college-level courses, attended multiple lectures, concerts, field trips, and forums, and participated in a tri-weekly personal developmen

Nathan _ Everything Equine

EVERYTHING EQUINE at Midway University’s Equestrian Center Oct. 9 included a “liberty” demonstration by Midway University senior Nathan Sparren pictured with Unicorn, a miniature horse from Double Dan Horsemanship Midway. Everything Equine, an event co-sponsored by the Midway Branch Library and Midway University, attracted 150 visitors. (Photo submitted)

Versailles Pumpkin Carving winners

PUMPKIN CARVING WINNERS: Sarah Dotson and her two sons, Avett and Waylon, won the Metronet Fiber-sponsored pumpkin carving contest Saturday in downtown Versailles with their salute to Woodford County High School. From left, Versailles Mayor Brian Traugott, Woodford Judge-Executive James Kay, Dotson, Avett and Waylon, Katherine Backer of Metronet and Midway Mayor Grayson Vandegrift. (Photo courtesy Casey and Sara Pictures)

Midway Pumpkin Contest

WINNERS OF the 7th annual Midway Community Garden Carved Pumpkin Contest held Oct. 31 at Midway Presbyterian Church were, for Kids: Scariest, Quincy Couch; Most Creative, Zeb Henry Weese; and Halloween Spirit; Keaton Couch. Adult Awards were: Scariest, Jeremy Shelton; Most Creative, Jill Giles and Joel Damron; and Halloween Spirit, Nicole Blevins. (Photo submitted

BPW Awards

THE WOODFORD COUNTY BUSINESS and Professional Women’s Club 2021 award winners were, front left, Woman of Achievement Lori Garkovich, Woman of the Year Sioux Finney and Business Promoting Women award-winner Cassie Prather. (Photo submitted)

Versailles Presby Preschool

VERSAILLES PRESBYTERIAN PRESCHOOL’s 3- and 4-year-old class visited The Woodford Sun Oct. 28 in their Halloween costumes to collect treats. From left, front, are students Madison Bicknell, Evie Wise, Logan Bobbitt, Gabe Workman, Parker Moriarty, Maverick Voog, Wren Eaves, Elliott Moriarty, Addie Ciecorka, Lincoln Vanover, Elliot Crawford and Cole Hausfeld, with teacher Kristy Hamlin in back. (Photo by Bob Vlach)

WCHS Simon Kenton action

WCHS SENIOR QB BRYCE PATTERSON broke free from the pack during Woodford’s 50-13 win over Simon Kenton Friday, Oct. 29, as the Yellow Jackets completed an undefeated regular season. Much more in sports on page 10. (Photo by Bill Caine)

Woodford Theatre Team

THE WOODFORD THEATRE team, pictured here, has started getting ready to perform in-person productions starting with White Christmas, which opens Dec. 3 and runs through Dec. 19. From left, Dawn Connerley, technical director; Tim Hull, box office manager; Alex Maddox, interim executive director; and Sherry Jackson Thompson, marketing & development director. To purchase a ticket online, go to or call the Woodford Theatre box office at 859-873-0648, weekdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m

Forks of Elkhorn roses

THESE ROSES at Forks of Elkhorn Baptist Church were part of a memorial ceremony Sunday to honor nearly three dozen members of the church family lost during the pandemic, when many traditional funeral services were cancelled. Sunday’s service featured a processional lead by a bagpiper, other music, readings and a reception attended by more than 300 people. (Photo submitted)

Best Overall - 211 S Winter St

THIS HOME at 211 South Winter Street in Midway won the Midway Woman’s Club “Best Overall” award for Halloween decorating. Other winners were Best Daytime (116 Coach Station Road), Scariest (209 South Winter Street), Most Fun (105 Cottage Grove) Most Kid Friendly (323 South Winter Street), Best Spider Web (244 West Higgins Street), Creepiest (213 East Stephens Street), Best Business (136 East Main Street) and Most Halloween Spirit (121 Carriage Lane). (Photo by Katie Vandegrift)

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THESE AERIAL PHOTOS show the before, during and after of Kroger’s move across Lexington Road in 2015. (Photo courtesy Versailles-Midway-Woodford County Planning and Zoning Commission)

Bourbon Chase

THERESA RUDDER of Virginia was greeted by a teammate Saturday morning as she crossed the finish line of the 2.2-mile Versailles leg of the 2021 Bourbon Chase. It was her third and final run of the series, with the first two the day before in Bardstown and Stanford. “(I’ve been) running with some women I’d never met and now we’re lifelong friends,” Rudder said. “I feel amazing.” Woodford Tourist Commission Chair Maria Bohanan said the race brought thousands of people to downtown Versailles and Mi

Steve Broderson Emmy

STEVE BRODERSON of Versailles recently won this Emmy from the Ohio Valley chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences for “The Race,” a 2020 WLEX-18 Kentucky Derby promo for which he created the original music and sound design. The promo can be seen at youtube/3xU5OXQsXG8 (Photo submitted)

Midway Community Garden

MIDWAY COMMUNITY GARDEN is engaged in fall clean-up. Pictured, from left, John Davis, Sammy Weese, and Zeb Henry Weese, digging sweet potatoes. Clean-up days continue on Saturday, Oct. 23 and 30 at 10 a.m. in the Garden behind Midway Presbyterian Church, 103 N Turner Street, Midway. (Photo submitted)

Woodford Habitat for Humanity House

WOODFORD HABITAT FOR HUMANITY invites the community to the dedication of their 41st house and meet their latest partner family, the Lauderdales. The house is located at 809 Martin Luther King Jr. Court, Versailles. An open house will be from 10:30 a.m. to noon Saturday, Oct. 30, with a short dedication ceremony at 11:00 a.m. Parking will be available around the corner at an empty lot across from 214 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Light refreshments will be served. (Photo submitted)

Class Reunion

THE VERSAILLES HIGH SCHOOL CLASS of 1961 met for a 60th reunion on Oct. 9. Pictured, front row, from left, Nee Nee Finneran Ahern, Faye Padgett Dawson, Shirley Mullins Convey, Phyllis Rice Perkins, Pat Sharp Stephens, Ann Crain Shelburne and Gladys Crawford Cote; second row, Karen Fields Simpson, Sue Popp Stone and Margaret Sebree McKinney; third row, Don Lane, Jim Fannin, Martha Shellenberger Reed, Peggy Gilkison Barnett, Lou Rose, Charlie Springer, Bonnie Shipp Kay and Winfrey Adkins. (Photo s

Elder Abuse Awareness proclamation

VERSAILLES MAYOR BRIAN TRAUGOTT, shown here with Kathy Sanders, signed a proclamation declaring Oct. 10 to 16 as Elder Abuse Awareness Week in Versailles. After Sanders’ father was allegedly exploited and poisoned, she started the Flowing Well Foundation, which she said is designed to help prevent such things from happening to others. (Photo by Elizabeth Reynolds)

WCHS senior Homecoming float

WCHS SENIORS’ “Casino Night”-themed float was among the attractions that brightened up downtown Versailles during the annual Homecoming parade last Thursday, Oct. 14. More parade photos and coverage of the Yellow Jackets’ football game the following night are in Sports. (Photo by Bill Caine)

Huntertown Sept student of the month

HUNTERTOWN STUDENTS OF THE MONTH for September were, from left, bottom row, Timmy Maksimenko, Bryce Morrison and Huxley Deaton; second row, Harper Claxon, Ella Nugent, MacKenzie Clark, Charlotte Wiley, Harper Gould, Jack Hinman, Edna Menjivar and Elizabeth West; third row, Jaxson Thompson, Megan Maley, Sarah Huffman and Ellie Montgomery; back row, Kash Gould, Kinsley Couch, Beth-Ryan Chancellor, Kinley Fortney, Charlsey Romero, Claire Taylor and Lilly Brown-Hicks. (Photo submitted)

WCFD Crusade for Children photo

THE WOODFORD COUNTY FIRE DEPARTMENT was honored Monday by the WHAS Crusade for Children for raising nearly $13,000 for the charity over three weekends in late May and June. From left, Andrew Collins, David Sutherland, Chief Melvin Montgomery, Terry Agee, Crystal Collins and Dawn Lee, the charity’s president and CEO. Montgomery said the award was accepted in honor of the late Captain Ron Ingram, who died March 3. (Photo submitted)

WIB Proclamation Signing 10-11-21

JUDGE-EXECUTIVE JAMES KAY signed a proclamation designating Oct. 17 to Oct. 22 as Kentucky Professional Women’s Week. Joining him were members of the Woodford County Business and Professional Women’s Club, from left: Sioux Finney, Nancy Blackford, Marilyn Sears, Lillian Bland and Donna Howard. (Photo by Jordan Molla-Coyle)

Woodford Reserve

WOODFORD RESERVE, the world’s top-selling super-premium American whiskey, is celebrating 25 years. To mark the historic day and look towards the future, Master Distiller Chris Morris, right, and Assistant Master Distiller Elizabeth McCall, left, laid down a new whiskey Monday, and this week the distillery hosted a series of commemorative experiences open to the public. Through the month of October, customers will be able to participate in special tastings, enjoy bespoke cocktails and discover un

Bob Rouse rainbow

THIS RAINBOW was photographed over South Elkhorn Creek off Moores Mill Road near Midway Friday by Bob Rouse using the panoramic setting on his iPhone. (It has been cropped to fit the page.) “The rainbow didn’t touch the ground, which meant there was no pot of gold. But at that moment, the beauty alone was enrichment enough,” Rouse said.

Horse painter

ARTIST PAULA TACKETT spent part of last Friday painting the horse inside the headquarters of the Woodford Chamber of Commerce and Woodford Tourist Commission. Tackett was hired to decorate the horse, which has been in the chamber for years and was showing signs of age, with images of Woodford County like horse farms, barns, bourbon barrels, The Kentucky Castle and more. Tackett has been an artist since college, but this is the first horse she’s painted, she said. She expects to be finished by mi

Spiderweb house

A GIANT SPIDER and its web are catching the attention of people who pass by this house at 176 High Street. Amy Beth and Keith Bowers told the Sun they decorate their home for every holiday, including the Kentucky Derby. Not seen here are pumpkins on the lawn and a University of Louisville sign put up before Saturday’s game against Wake Forest. (Photo by John McGary)

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RETIRED DISTRICT JUDGE VANESSA DICKSON received the 2021 Judge Robert W. Heaton Award Sept. 21 during the Kentucky District Judges College in Lexington. Her husband, Bill Dickson, and her daughter, Meredith Reeves, left, joined her at the award presentation. Dickson was elected to the bench in 2002 and retired in 2018 after serving 16 years as a district judge for the 14th Judicial District, which consists of Bourbon, Scott and Woodford counties. She was a longtime member of the KDJA and also se

The Slones

BISHOP JEFF AND DEANA SLONE, the new pastors of Versailles Church of God of Prophecy, began Oct. 3. The church started in 1956. (Photo submitted)

National Physical Therapy Month

VERSAILLES MAYOR BRIAN TRAUGOTT, right, signed a proclamation declaring October as National Physical Therapy Month, with Woodford Physical Therapy owner, Michael Spalding, PT, DPT. (Photo submitted)

Maggie Shryock (Marshall Imagery)

MARGARET “MAGGIE” SHRYOCK, Miss Teen Woodford County Fair, will represent Woodford County in the 2021 Miss Teen Kentucky County Fair pageant in Louisville Oct. 15-16. She will compete in the interview and evening gown competitions. Maggie is 13, an 8th-grader at Woodford County Middle School and the daughter of Mary and Patrick Shryock of Versailles. (Photo by Marshall Imagery)

US 60 Construction

WORK CONTINUES ON THE U.S. BYPASS, a project that was scheduled to be completed Oct. 21. A spokesperson for the state Department of Highways informed the Sun in an Oct. 1 email that there was approximately three weeks of work remaining. Work on a two-mile stretch of the bypass, from Midway Road (U. S. 62) to Woodford Feed, began on April 26. The road project includes drainage improvements, the installation of guardrails and resurfacing. The Allen Company, which was awarded a contract for $4.055

Woodford Habitate for Humanity

The Woodford County Board of Education approved an emergency declaration and agreed to accept bids on the structural repair of the upper bleachers in the high school gym at Monday’s regular meeting. A quote of nearly $387,476 has been received, but since the bleachers will likely not be repaired until after the basketball season, the board voted to follow schools Superintendent Danny Adkins’ recommendation to accept bids in an effort to lower that cost. Project architect Michael Hughes said the

Anissa Davis

DR. ANISSA PENN DAVIS, Regent of the General Marquis Calmes DAR chapter, celebrates Constitution Week by presenting Woodford County School Superintendent Danny Atkins with 44 Constitution Week posters. Each Woodford County school social studies/history class will receive a poster. Constitution Week runs Sept. 17-23 every year. (Photo submitted)

COVID testing team

THE COVID TESTING team from Gravity Diagnostics administered a total of 242 tests for COVID-19 at their first three sessions near the Woodford County bus garage on AP Indy Lane. From left, Trenton Goldy, Beth Ernest, Gabriel Palmisano, Madison Weiskittel and Rachael Steffen. The program is sponsored by the City of Versailles, Woodford County, Woodford County Public Schools and the Woodford County Health Department. The free tests are given from 7 to 9 a.m. on Monday and 2 to 6 p.m. on Thursday.

Traugott KLC swearing in

VERSAILLES MAYOR BRIAN TRAUGOTT, right, was sworn in as president of the Kentucky League of Cities by Woodford Judge-Executive James Kay Tuesday night in Lexington. Traugott’s son, Liam, served as a witness. KLC Executive Director and CEO J.D. Chaney said, “We have been blessed to have a long line of devoted public servants serve as KLC president, and I know Mayor Traugott will continue that legacy. I look forward to his perspective and passion as he guides the League for the next year.” (Photo

Woodford Theatre ribbon cutting

WOODFORD THEATRE hosted a ribbon-cutting event to officially announce its 2021-22 season, which opened at Equus Run Vineyards with performances of “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) Friday, Sept. 10, and Saturday, Sept. 11. Its season continues at Woodford Theatre with performances of “White Christmas” (Dec. 3 to 19), “The Mousetrap” (Feb. 4 to 20), “Barefoot in the Park” (March 25 to April 10) and “Guys and Dolls” (May 27 to June 12). From left are Woodford Theatre co-founde

Anissa Penn Davis Huntertown DAR honors

ANISSA PENN DAVIS, regent of the General Marquis Calmes Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, presented the Huntertown Community Interpretive Park Committee the group’s Excellence in Historic Preservation award during the park’s Aug. 28 opening. The committee members are Brenda Jackson, Emma Lou Black, Larry Blackford, Mary Ann Gill, Casey Cooley, Geraldine Berry, Lori Garkovich, Bill Fredrick, Virginia Ballard, Beau Crawford, Kenneth Johns, Richard Schein, Pattie Wilson, Donald a

WC Business and Professional Women

THE WOODFORD COUNTY Business and Professional Women met Wednesday, Sept. 8, at the Versailles Brewing Company, where Jordan Branham was the guest speaker. Jordan explained the goals and mission of Woodford County Young Life. Pictured, on left, Lillian Bland, Jordan Branham and Donna Howard; on right, Laura Gray, Marilyn Sears and Brenda Richards. (Photo submitted)

Christie Edwards and staff

CHRISTIE EDWARDS, who stepped down as Woodford Circuit Clerk Tuesday after eight years at the helm, posed for a photo with her staff at a reception in the courthouse annex Friday. From left, Lucas Kittinger, Sarah Wilhoit Littrell, Bev Mullins, Edwards, Jennifer Clark, Lyz Woods, Joe Carter, Rhonda Traugott, Brad Jones and Kelly McKinney. They pitched in to purchase an original watercolor painting (inset) by local artist Laury Gardiner. Bourbon Circuit Clerk Trina Huston will serve as special cl

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RACISM was the topic of a panel discussion Sunday night in the Huffman Pavilion at the county park. From left, Rev. Larry Blackford, Elba Salinas Martinez and Rev. William Hale shared their thoughts and fielded questions from the 50 or so who attended or watched via live-stream. The event was organized by the Versailles, Pisgah and Troy Presbyterian churches and St. John’s Episcopal Church. (Photo by Keith Benze)

Beshear at Health Department

GOV. ANDY BESHEAR dropped by the Woodford County Health Department last Friday to salute Public Health Director Cassie Prather and her staff for their hard work during the pandemic, which has led to the highest vaccination rate in the state and, on Monday, being the only Kentucky county not in a red zone. Beshear handed out signs, masks and his proclamation marking “Health Care Heroes Week.” From left, Prather, Sarah Lippert, Dawna Cobb, Jennifer Wells, Kelly Lariscy, Missy Durr, Anne Hagan and

Cell tower rescue

FIRST RESPONDERS from the Versailles fire and police departments and Woodford County EMS were called to the Frankie M. Shuck Fire Training Center Friday after a man working on this cell phone tower was injured. EMS Director Freeman Bailey said the man’s coworker used a tourniquet to control the bleeding, rigged a harness for both of them, and brought him straight down into a stretcher. He was taken to UK Chandler Hospital with what Freeman said were non-life threatening injuries. (Photo by Russe

Flag pole II

THE FLAGPOLE at the Versailles Municipal Building on South Main Street got fresh coats of paint Saturday and Sunday. On Friday, an employee at McKinney Painting in Versailles worked on removing loose paint from city hall’s flagpole. “It’s desperately needed,” Versailles Mayor Brian Traugott said. “We were fortunate a few years ago, Journey Church painted it,” as a service project. He said the cost to prepare the surface and paint the flagpole was $2,788. (Photo by Bob Vlach)

Lila Slade 4H Ribbon Winner

LILA JANE SLADE, a fifth grader at Huntertown Elementary, won a purple ribbon for rolled biscuits in the 4-H baking division at the Kentucky State Fair. She was the only 4-Her from Woodford County to win in the baked division. She is the daughter of Amanda and Andrew Slade. (Photo submitted)

WC Business and Professional Women's Club

THE WOODFORD COUNTY Business and Professional Women’s Club met recently at Spark Community Cafe to conduct their August meeting. Pictured from left, Brenda Richards, Sioux Finney, Laura Gray and Marilyn Sears. Not pictured, Lillian Bland and Nancy Blackford. (Photo submitted)

Joshua Woolum's tomato

JOSHUA WOOLUMS was the big winner at the Woodford County Farmers’ Market on Aug. 14, entering a 2-and-a-half pound beefsteak tomato. It outweighed runner-up Lora Ginter’s 2.1-pound Big Zac and Mary Faust’s third-place 1.82-pound Pepper Tom during the Mini Fest’s Heaviest Tomato contest. Leslie Mill’s Carolina Gold was judged Tastiest Slicer, while Mary Faust’s Pepper Tom placed second and John Hill’s German Johnson was third. Martha Thompson’s Sungold was judged Tastiest Cherry ahead of Leslie M

WCHS prayer service

PRAYERS FOR WOODFORD SCHOOLS: First Christian Church’s annual prayer service for Woodford County schools took place at schools around the county Wednesday, Aug. 11 – the day before the first day of classes for public schools. At Woodford County High School, Versailles United Methodist Church Pastor Tim Thompson, second from right, led the service. From left, Larry Mantle, James Coleman, Mary Ann Moss, Thompson and David Meade. (Photo by John McGary)