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10 Years Ago May 4, 2006 State Rep. Joe Barrows (D-Versailles) has withdrawn from the race for the Democratic nomination for the Kentucky House of Representatives' 56th District, a position he has held since 1980, ending a nearly 26-year career in the state legislature. The House Majority Whip, Barrows has been in the leadership of that body since 1997. Barrows said he had been considering not seeking reelection to the post for some time, but had not made up his mind until after he had already filed for this year's primary. The May 24, 1906 edition of The Woodford Sun, under the heading of "In and About Versailles," included the following story: "The noted automobilist, Barney Oldfield, who was arrested in Lexington Monday for traveling too fast through Woodford County on Sunday, appeared Tuesday morning in the county court and pleaded guilty, that he might get the case disposed of at once. A fine of $50 and cost was assessed against Mr. Oldfield, who stated that he was entirely unaware that he was violating the law." This single paragraph from 100 years ago would perhaps be of only minor historical interest (even as the county's first automobile speeding violation) were it not for the already legendary character of the man involved. Born in 1878, Berna Eli "Barney" Oldfield was, in the first two decades of the 20th Century, America's most prominent figure in the new and growing world of automobiles and motor racing. This summer, the DAR Museum in Washington, D.C., and the Gallery of the Embroiderers' Guild of America, Inc. in Louisville, will loan 18th Century artifacts from their permanent collections to the Jack Jouett House in Woodford County. The artifacts will be on display as part of an exhibit highlighting the 225th anniversary celebration of Jack Jouett's Ride. 25 Years Ago May 2, 1991 The P&Z Commission has approved the plan for the North Ridge subdivision in Midway. The Henderson County Board of Education has approved naming the new Corydon elementary school in honor of former Governor A.B. Chandler. Regina C. Eckhart, a University of Kentucky student from Versailles, has been initiated into Beta Gamma Sigma, an honor society. Samuel C. Rock of Versailles was on Washington and Lee University's honor roll for the winter term. Midway College will award its first master's degrees on Saturday, May 11. Major William G. Clark Jr. returned home Saturday after spending four months in Saudi Arabia. Woodford Countians who will attend the Governor's Scholars Program this summer at Centre College are William J. King, Candy L. Mason, Elizabeth C. Neff, and Sue A. Shrewsbury, all students at Woodford County High School, and Tara M. Robertson, who attends Franklin County High School. On the fifth grade all-A honor roll at Simmons Elementary were Hardin Haynes, Michelle Mitchell, Jenny Mueller, Aaron Reedy, Liz Srodulski, Susan Robinson, Stephanie Auberry, and Nathan Thacker. 40 Years Ago April 29, 1976 Robert A. Truitt, a senior at Woodford County High School, has been selected by Transylvania University as one of its National Merit Scholarship recipients. Deputy Sheriff Denny Nunnelley and Doris J. Leigh have been named co-chairs of the Jimmy Carter for President campaign in Woodford County. Among those attending the Phi Kappa Tau spring formal in Evansville, Ind., last weekend were Jane Rawlings and Tilton Hancock of Midway. Midway College Community Service Awards were presented last week to Mrs. A.B. Chandler and Mrs. Leonard Nave. Named to dean's lists recently were Cynthia S. Spaulding, at Pennsylvania State University, and Anita Britton, Allison Kelley, and Joe P. Foley, at Centre College. Martha B. Westfall has been granted the designation of GRI from the Graduate Realtors Institute. The winners of the Ethel Witherspoon Alexander nursing scholarship this year were Janette Brown, Karen Woods, and Ray Poole. A scholarship sponsored by Mrs. William Robinson Jr. was won by Kathy Wilson.