From Our Files
10 Years Ago February 23, 2006 A $5.157 million renovation ensures future generations of Woodford County students will attend classes at a school named Simmons. A Simmons school has played a historic role in the educational landscape of this community before, during and after integration. The Woodford County Recycling Center, located at 220 Beasley Drive (behind the Woodford County Detention Center), is known statewide for being a "flagship" recycling center. Woodford County Solid Waste/Recycling Director Wade Johnson said that since he took over as director in 1999, many improvements have been made to the recycling center. Johnson credited former director Cy Brown for setting high standards. The following Bluegrass Community & Technical College students from Woodford County were named to the dean's list honors for the 2005 fall semester: Shannon Shantelle Brown, Kasie Danielle Cummins, Dustin Allen Flannery, Valerie R. Foss, Ryan Christian Goff, Karl Denise Grammer, Eric R. Henninger, Adam J. Kautzmann, Jennifer Lynn King, Daniel Mathew Knight, Igor Kocer, Charles J. Minars, David Lee Parrott, Charles Thomas Ransdell, Josh Lee Routt, Maranda J. Russell, Caitlin M. Sinclair, Jason Myers Spurgeon, Amanda Janae Sweeton, John Lewis Varner II, and Danielle C. White. Even at such a traditional wrestling power as Woodford County high School, it's amazing to see a feat pulled off like the one seen at Frankfort's Farnham Dudgeon Civic Center on Saturday night. All five Mat Jacket wrestlers who advanced to the finals - 112-pound Coty Lewis, 145-pound Harrison Courtney, 171-pound Will Starks, 189-pound Richard Starks and heavyweight Kyle Goodrich - were triumphant in their matches, not only giving Woodford their second straight team championship, but setting a new state record for individual champions on one team in the process. Woodford finished with 230 points, easily ahead of second-place South Oldham (166) and third-place Larue County (143). Overall, Woodford finished with eight state placers - five champions, one third, one fourth and one fifth - while South Oldham finished with five state placers (three champions) and Larue had seven state placers with one champion. 25 Years Ago February 14, 1991 Woodford Memorial Hospital has halted its expansion plans and is struggling to survive financially. Property owners on and in the vicinity of Brooklyn Bridge Road have objected in fiscal court to the proposed closing of the road. The United Way campaign has raised $160,629, exceeding its goal of $145,000. Ernest M. Trosper announced that he will retire as principal of Huntertown Elementary School on June 30. Ashlee Warren is the recipient of this year's DAR Good Citizenship Award. William Carter and Mark Downey of Versailles have been named to the fall semester dean's list at Kentucky State University. Kevin House of Versailles was a December graduate of the University of Kentucky. Lisa Summers, a reporter for The Woodford Sun, was named Young Careerist of Woodford County by the Business and Professional Women's Club. Mattie P. Greene, who taught school for 43 years at the old Simmons School in Versailles, died Feb. 9 at the age of 90. The Woodford County High School wrestling team won the regional tournament and will send eight to the state competition. 40 Years Ago February 12, 1976 County residents, members of Woodford Fiscal Court's police committee, and representatives of the sheriff's office and county police met last week to discuss methods of improving police coverage in the county. The Woodford Ambulance Service has been commended by the University of Kentucky Department of Emergency Services for the care given to patients taken from here to the UK Hospital. The walls and roof trusses for an addition at the Senior Citizens Center on Court Street are now in place. A site in Woodford County is among four locations said to have been offered for a landfill to replace Fayette County's almost-full landfill. Mr. and Mrs. John T. Mitchell Jr., Michael Mitchell, and Mrs. Sally Shelton have returned to Midway following a two-week vacation in Florida. The DAR Good Citizen Award was presented Feb. 4 to Debbie McKinster, a senior at Woodford County High School. Gen. William Buster, administrative director of the Kentucky Historical Society, spoke at last week's joint meeting of the DAR and the Woman's Club. Named to dean's lists for last semester were Andrea Lynn Shipp, at UK, and Richard Mize and Janice Lovett, at Murray State University. Allison Kelley, a senior at Centre College, has been named to Phi Alpha Theta, a national history honorary society.