From Our Files
10 Years Ago April 20, 2006 A potentially deadly situation was avoided on Wednesday, April 5, when emergency crews responded to a chlorine leak at the Versailles Waste Water Treatment Plant, causing several homes on Kentucky Avenue and Elm Street Heights to be evacuated briefly. Traveling to Bowling Green for the 2006 state Geography Bee showed Woodford County Middle School seventh-grader Austin Foster that he could compete against the best-of-the-best. WCMS has sent a student to the state Geography Bee during each of the last four years. Austin and the other students who placed at the school level competition credit their teachers for making geography interesting. They have also learned the importance of studying geography. The following National College of Business & Technology students from Woodford County were named to the dean's list for the two 2006 winter terms: Christian Adair, Brenda Curtis, Ketessa Hamilton, Allethea Higgins, Sonia Lamb, Donna Miller, Linda Ross, Angela Sholar, Mary Sholar, and Angela White. Woodford County's senior citizens could be in line to receive a new senior citizens center with some help from city and county governments. The 2006 Kentucky General Assembly issued a $750,000 grant to Woodford County to help with costs associated with the construction of a new senior center. On Tuesday night, Woodford County Judge-Executive Joe Gormley addressed the Versailles City Council about matching the grant with $375,000 from budget reserves. Gormley said he was going to urge the Woodford County Fiscal Court to put up a $375,000 match as well. A plan to develop 902 dwelling units and retail space on Lexington Road was forwarded to the Versailles-Midway-Woodford County Planning and Zoning Commission Monday morning. The Technical Review Committee reviewed the zoning map amendment and preliminary development plan to rezone 231.45 acres from A-1 (agricultural) to R-1B: Planned Unit Development in order to create 562 single family residential lots, 240 townhouse units and 100 apartment units above 90,000 square feet of retail space. John Backer and Backer Farm, LLC, own the property. The request lists Beazer Home Investments, LLC, as co-applicant. 25 Years Ago April 18, 1991 The realignment of Ky. 33 (Troy Pike) from the Versailles city limits to the Blue Grass Parkway has begun. The improvement will remove two sharp curves and raise the elevation of a portion of the highway. Laura Kronauer, a soprano from Versailles, will present her junior vocal recital on April 24 at Eastern Kentucky University. Mary C. "Bobbie" Rehm, 70, well-known Versailles resident, died Tuesday, April 16. Miss Evelyn Clarke, a former teacher in Midway's public school and at Midway College, celebrated her 99th birthday on April 14. Freshmen with 4.0 standings at Woodford County High School are Teresa Duba, Rachael Gross, Robin Hubbard, Vicki Logdon, Stephanie G. Powers, Shawna Toler, and Dale Wellman. All-Central Kentucky Conference (CKC) first team basketball players from WCHS are Shannon Snapp, Andrea Brown, Darin Wilson, and Brad Stout. Bill Hill was named girls' coach of the year. The CKC went out of existence Sunday by vote of the representatives from its six member schools. Sophomore Chris Jackson broke a WCHS record in the 100-meter dash Tuesday in a quad meet at Anderson County, with a time of 10.37 seconds. 40 Years Ago April 15, 1976 Plans for Woodford County's participation in the nation's bicentennial celebration include horse shows, a parade, mustache and beard-growing contests, and fireworks. Miss Edith Marshall, 91, descendant of one of the most illustrious families in Woodford County's history, died Sunday afternoon at Taylor Manor. Her great-great-grandfather, Col. Thomas Marshall, acquired by Revolutionary grant the lands upon which he located Buck Pond Farm and built the original dwelling there. Her great-uncle, John Marshall, one of Col. Thomas Marshall's 15 children, achieved fame as a chief justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. Samuel P. Dozier III has been appointed to the Planning and Zoning Commission to fill the unexpired term of Kenneth Edds, who resigned last week. Dan Etherington was named the Woodford County High School basketball player of the year by the Lions Club and the United Bank and Trust Co. Groundbreaking will be held April 20 for a new Student Center and physical education building at Midway College. L.D. Sweazy has been named treasurer of the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. Janell Slucher received a superior rating in the senior division, piano, at the recent Richmond Regional Music Festival.