From Our Files
10 Years Ago January 26, 2006 Police are investigating the death of a Versailles carpenter whose body was found at 360 South Main Street on Sunday, Jan. 22. The death has been ruled a homicide. The victim was identified as Paul B. Jones, 50, of Versailles. Jones was a tenant who was doing renovation work for the owner of the home. Jones lived in the home for about two years. King Richeson, 85, of Versailles, husband of Jean Sudduth Richeson, a longtime teacher, volunteer, sports enthusiast and World War II veteran, died Friday, Jan. 20, 2006, at Bluegrass Community Hospital. There were ideas and suggestions, but no decisions, about the future of the old Woodford County Middle School building or its adjacent properties during a Woodford County Board of Education special meeting on Jan. 17. The meeting was scheduled to discuss the Local Planning Committee’s November recommendation that the school board sell the properties, but give the local parks and recreation department/fiscal court the first option to purchase the adjacent athletic fields. 25 Years Ago January 24, 1991 Flags with yellow ribbons attached have been erected in downtown Versailles as a show of support for U.S. troops in the Middle East following the outbreak of the Gulf War. Willard Z. Blackburn, 72, a retired Kentucky State Police captain, and Edward G. Stepp, a self-employed painter and decorator, have died. Ground was broken last Thursday for a 100,000-square-foot addition to the GTE Sylvania Glass Plant here. On the dean’s list at Transylania University are Woodford students Dawn Marie Brooks, William Sudduth Foley III, Scot Aaron Gill, Robert Lawrence Johnson, and Patricia Lynn Kimball. Megan Forman and Tom Greathouse of Midway have enrolled for the spring semester at Georgetown College. Amanda Forman of Midway and Stefan Tacke, an exchange student from Germany, were crowned Woodford County High School Jacketfest queen and king Friday. 40 Years Ago January 22, 1976 Chamber of Commerce officers are J.C. Moraja, president; Gil Wood, vice president; Charles Lathrem, secretary-treasurer; Porter Welch, executive secretary; and Ruby Creech, Paul Noel, and Richard Clouse, directors. The Versailles City Council has recommended that representation on the Planning and Zoning Commission consist of four members each from Versailles and the county and one from Midway. Currently, it is the county four, Versailles three, and Midway two. Debbie A. McKinster has been chosen as the recipient of the Daughters of the American Revolution Good Citizen Award for 1976. On the dean’s list at Eastern Kentucky University for the fall semester were Barbara Bowman, Marilyn Gaines, Rachel Lehman, John Mize, Kevin Shipp, Mary Withers, Raymond Wright, Edward J. Buffin, Kathy Greco, Warren McLean, and Sarah Nuckols.