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10 Years Ago May 25, 2006 The Versailles-Midway-Woodford County Board of Ethics dismissed a complaint filed against Versailles Mayor Fred Siegelman, saying it found no basis for allegations that he improperly influenced the Versailles City Council to vote to approve a zone change and that he knowingly failed to disclose his business relationship with the originators of the zone change request. In an order filed on April 28, the board noted that it conducted interviews with the members of the council to clarify statements made by the members in depositions filed with the complaint, which was filed by Jennifer Bradley on behalf of the Elm Street-McCracken Pile Preservation Alliance. Lindsay Kraemer will spend her summer performing in three productions at the Jenny Wiley Theatre in Prestonsburg. The Woodford County High School graduate moved to New York City last October to pursue a professional dance career. Seth C. Thompson has joined the United States Army Reserve under the Delayed Training Program. The program gives young men and women the opportunity to delay reporting for basic military training for up to 270 days. Thompson will report to Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C., for basic training on Aug. 5. He is the son of John and Drucilla Thompson of Versailles. After going on a torrid 15-game winning streak that pushed them to second-best in the 11th Region, the tear finally came to a halt for the Woodford County High School baseball team last week, as it dropped back-to-back contests to West Jessamine and Mercer County. But just as quickly as the (small) losing streak began, the Batjackets were back up to their old tricks, crushing Anderson County on Saturday afternoon's Senior Day, then cruising past Western Hills in the opening round of the 41st District tournament, 6-1. That leaves Woodford with a record of 26-9 heading into its district finals matchup with Franklin County, which was scheduled for Wednesday evening. It also leaves the team with its second-straight berth to the 11th Region tournament, slated to begin next week. The Woodford County High School softball team is headed back to the 11th Region tournament for the second straight year. But before getting there, the Lady Jackets still have their eyes on another goal: capturing the 41st District title. The girls guaranteed their trip to regionals and put themselves in prime position to capture the district title as well with an impressive 2-0 victory over Frankfort on Tuesday night at Western Hills. 25 Years Ago May 23, 1991 The Lexington Herald-Leader has endorsed Ben Chandler of Versailles in his bid for the Democratic nomination for state auditor in next Tuesday's primary. Woodford's voter registration totals 10,403, up 191 from last November. The new statistics show 8,262 Democrats, 1,890 Republicans, 123 no-preference, and 128 other. A proposal before the Versailles City Council to annex the Colony died in committee. Kelley Dawson of Midway has pledged Chi Omega sorority at the University of Kentucky and has been named to the dean's list. Leisa Murphy Dobson of Versailles has been inducted into Alpha Delta Mu, a national social work honor society, at Texas Tech University. Chris Frederick of Versailles has received a B.S. degree from Georgetown College. John Michael Gormley of Versailles was award an M.D. degree at the University of Louisville Medical School's graduation on May 19. His brother, Mark E. Gormley, M.D., has completed his residency in physical medicine and rehabilitation at the New England Medical Center, Tufts University, Boston. He has received a one-year fellowship in pediatric rehabilitation at the University of Michigan. The Woodford County High School Batjackets were eliminated from regional competition by Lexington Tates Creek, 12-1, Tuesday. The previously undefeated WCHS girls' soccer team was upset by Lexington Catholic May 15 in the Kentucky Cup soccer tournament. 40 Years Ago May 20, 1976 Kentucky voters, in both political parties, will inaugurate the Presidential Preference Primary system in this state Tuesday, May 25. At stake are 46 Democratic and 37 Republican National Convention delegates. A zone change for land in the industrial park from light industry to highway business was granted to Village Realty Co. by the P&Z Commission Thursday, paving the way for the erection of a Long John Silver's Restaurant and another fast food outlet. Charles "Chili" Ishmael, head football coach at WCHS for the past two years, has resigned to enter private business. Midway School Principal Frank Baker has tendered his resignation to the school board. Teachers who are retiring at the end of this term are Alice Redden at Midway, who began her teaching career in 1938, and Alice Mackie at Mortonsville, who has been teaching since 1935. Mr. and Mrs. Isaac Rouse of Midway attended the graduation of their daughter, Kay, from William and Mary College in Williamsburg, Va., last weekend. Graduates of Kentucky State University on May 9 were Thanuveuli M. Samuel, Stephen K. Watts, William S. Wimberly, and Russell D. Foley.