From Our Files
10 Years Ago February 2, 2006 Versailles carpenter Paul B. Jones, who was found dead at 360 South Main Street on Jan. 22, was shot once and strangled, according to Versailles police. Jones, 50, was doing renovation work for the owner of the South Main Street home. He had lived there for over two years. His body was found by two friends on a bedroom floor of the home. At press time, the official cause of death remained unclear. The Woodford County Historical Society kicked off its 40th anniversary year with a potluck dinner on Jan. 26. A wide variety of homemade dishes, including ham, chicken, salads, vegetables, casseroles, and numerous desserts, were available for those who attended the dinner. But some people preferred researching to eating. The Midway Museum has announced the location of its new museum building. The old “Hope Mill” building is located on Green Street in Versailles across from the Quality Feed store. The Mill building was built in 1850, according to research by the late Jim Sames, who was a board member. Sames worked with Richard and Audrey Haisfield to make the donation of the mill building a reality for the museum. 25 Years Ago January 31, 1991 Final census figures show a population of 19,955 in Woodford County, a gain of 2,177 over the 1980 census. Versailles has 7,269 of the county total, a gain of 842, and Midway has 1,290, a loss of 155. A.B. “Ben” Chandler III has filed papers for the Democratic nomination as state auditor. Brereton Jones has filed papers for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination. Filing for the Versailles City Council were incumbents Luther Bland Jr., Roy Benson, Sam Dennison, Phil House, Geoff Reid, and Henry Witten, and challenger Virgil Cremeans. At Midway, incumbents Walter T. Bradley, Betty Bright, Larry W. Craig, David W. Humes, and Herbert Terwilliger filed, along with Rex Lyons. Dr. Norman Fisher did not file for reelection. The cost of mailing a first-class letter will become 29 cents, a four-cent increase, after Sunday. Post cards will cost 19 cents, also up four cents. Bob Gibson has pledged Sigma Chi fraternity and John Powers has pledged Phi Delta Theta fraternity at Centre College. PFC Zachary A. Means of Versailles is serving in Saudi Arabia with the 483rd Medical Detachment. Zerelda L. Tapp, 78, a former teacher at Margaret Hall School, died Jan. 24. On the fifth-grade all-A honor roll at Simmons Elementary were Susan Robinson, Stephanie Auberry, Norman Trent, Nathan Thacker, Lindsey Colvin, Daniel DeMuth, Brian Duba, Lesli Lickett, and Nancy Meares. The Woodford County High School Lady Jackets won the CKC Basketball Tournament with a 53-35 victory over Jessamine County. 40 Years Ago January 29, 1976 Robert Moore has begun duties as the administrator of Woodford Memorial Hospital. State Trooper William Larry Giles of Lawrenceburg, formerly of Versailles, has been honored as Kentucky State Trooper of the Year for 1975. On Georgetown College’s honor roll for the first term were Renita Ballard, Cathy Wehrle, Gina Scott, Deborah Redden, and Kevin Borowiak. Fourth grade honor roll at Nonesuch: Melanie Welch, Nancy Strange, and Rhonda Baker; at Mortonsville: Mike Allen, Carl Ellis, Jerry Hermes, Michele Sizemore, Glenn English, Jennifer Lancaster, and Eric Richardson. Nancy Lu House of Midway was named to the dean’s list at the University of Kentucky. The Woodford County Yellow Jackets scored 102 points in their game against Boyle County Tuesday night. Boyle managed 58 points. Bo Lanter scored 18 points for the Jackets.