From Our Files
10 Years Ago March 23, 2006 Versailles Mayor Fred Siegelman and members of the Versailles City Council took a moment Tuesday to reflect upon the life of former council member Henry Witten, who died at the age of 75 on Sunday, March 19. Witten served on the Versailles City Council from 1978 to 1996. Witten was a retired Kroger Company employee, who spent many years managing the Versailles Kroger store. Versailles police have charged 26-year-old Keith Wayne Satterfield with murder following the Jan. 22 shooting and strangling death of Paul B. Jones, 50, of Versailles. Satterfield has been charged with murder, tampering with physical evidence and the theft of a handgun. Jones was found dead on a bedroom floor of the home where he was living at 360 South Main Street. Anna K. Smith has enlisted in the U.S. Army. The recruit will complete basic military training, followed by attending the Wheeled Vehicle Mechanic Advanced Individual Training course at a designated military installation. She is the daughter of Merle N. and Kimberly M. Smith of Versailles. It hasn't taken long for former Woodford County High School golf standout Mallory Blackwelder to make an immediate impact on the Southeastern Conference. Blackwelder, a freshman at the University of Florida, imprinted her name all over the record books in her time at WCHS, capping it off by capturing the 2004 individual state championship in Bowling Green. In her first year at Florida, she has looked as impressive as ever, posting a pair of top-three finishes for the 16th-ranked Gators. The Woodford County High School dance team joined more than 100 teams from the across the nation in Orlando, Fla., from March 9 to 13 to compete in the NDA Dance Nationals, held at the Hard Rock Live at Universal Studios. This was the dance team's first trip to nationals, and the competition was a success for the high school's newest athletic team. The team, which only began competing four years ago as an official high school sport, set off to Florida to compete three dance routines with the goal of finishing in the top half of at least one division. 25 Years Ago March 21, 1991 England's Queen Elizabeth II will return to Kentucky May 23 for a private visit. She will again stay with her friends Will and Sarah Farish at Lane's End Farm in Woodford County. A zone change request for 214 acres at Midway for an industrial park will be examined today by the P&Z Commission's Technical Review Committee. The tract, on the northeast corner of the 1-64 interchange at Midway, is owned by Dr. Ben Roach and other members of his family. First Quality Cable Company, which would have been a competitor to Simmons Cable Company, has been sold by owners Jack Kain and Robert C. Stilz to Simmons. Eastern Kentucky University students from Woodford County involved in student teaching this semester are Thomas K. Kay, at Madison Central High School, Richmond; Jennifer McDonald, at Model, Richmond, and LeeAnne Tussey, at Franklin County Schools, Frankfort. Fourth grade all-A honor roll students at Simmons Elementary were Nikki Orme, Jenny Hignite, Rob Holmes, Adam Kring, Gretchen Shoot, Justin Slatten, and Sara Williamson; at Midway Elementary, Sarah Comley, Jennifer Neal, James Roach, and Sarah Wetmore. Michael Benson was named Most Valuable Wrestler at Woodford County High School's wrestling banquet last Thursday. WCHS's Missi Oliver has signed to play volleyball at Midway College next season. 40 Years Ago March 18, 1976 Nearly 100 persons attended a public meeting of the Planning and Zoning Commission last Thursday concerning the county's proposed revised zoning ordinance and comprehensive plan. Several speakers debated the issue, some saying there is a "fictitious demand" for additional housing and others saying there is a real need. The P&Z Commission reelected J. Pat Williams as its chairman and elected Harvey Jones vice chairman. Victor E. Privett of Nicholasville has announced his candidacy for the 6th District congressional seat held by John Breckinridge. Tom Bozarth, along with fraternity brothers from the University of Kentucky, is in New York for the NIT this week. Robert Jackson of Versailles was presented the General Services Award when the Lexington Federal Executives' Association held a recognition program recently. Jackson is a pharmacy technician at the VA Hospital. Sixth-grade cheerleaders for Pisgah Elementary School are Wendi Christopher, Tanya Thompson, Melissa Moore, Terri Pyzik, Lori Meadows, and Marla Dykes.