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)

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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)