From Our Files
10 Years Ago June 8, 2006 Woodford County native Hope Hamilton was crowned Queen of the 76th annual Kentucky Mountain Laurel Festival on Saturday, May 27, in Pineville, making her the first-ever winner from Woodford County. Hamilton, a 2003 Woodford County High School graduate, will be entering her senior year at Kentucky Wesleyan University in Owensboro in the fall, where she is majoring in corporate communications. Against Lafayette in 11th regional finals, WCHS freshman softball pitcher Kristin Perry pitched all 13 innings, notching an eye-popping 23 strikeouts (out of 39 total outs made) while throwing a complete-game shutout that was nearly the length of two full contests. And if that wasn't enough, she also supplied her team with its only run, the one run that was needed to send the Lady Jackets to their first ever state tournament, drilling a home-run over the left-field fence in the top of the 13th inning when the team needed it most. 25 Years Ago June 6, 1991 Alicia Hippe was crowned Woodford County's 1992 Young Woman of the Year (Junior Miss) Tuesday. Runners-up were Carey Royalty and Cheryl Gordon. Salary increases ranging from five to thirteen percent for 1991-92 were approved for Woodford County teachers Monday. Woodford County High School senior Darin Wilson was presented with the Michael C. Wallace Award at Class Night May 24. Gov. Wallace Wilkinson is undergoing radiation treatment for lymphoma, a form of cancer. The proposal for a bed and breakfast at 305 South Main Street has run into vigorous opposition by neighbors. On the spring semester dean's list at Vanderbilt University were Versailles students Sondra Gayle Beverly and Kelly Lynn Frye. The first trailer load of recyclable items accumulated at the Woodford County Recycling Center has been sent for processing. Dr. James Shepherd, minister of the Versailles United Methodist Church, has accepted a position at Southern Hills United Methodist. Woodford Teacher of the year candidates are Rebecca Burton, WCHS; Jolane Stickland, WCMS; Betsy Nantz, Simmons; Evie Cash, Midway and Mortonsville, and Pam Jackson, Huntertown. 40 Years Ago June 3, 1976 The assessment of property for taxation at full local rates in Woodford County is $231,388,810, an increase of three percent over last year. Additional tangible and intangible property which can be taxed at the state rate brings the total to $280,797,640. The Rev. Robert Smith, minister of the Versailles Presbyterian Church since 1973, has resigned to accept the pastorate of the First Presbyterian Church in Daytona Beach, Fla. Dr. and Mrs. Norman Fisher, Jenny, Matt, Peter, and Ann, of Midway, have been vacationing on the South Carolina Coast. MacKenzie Todd Miller Jr. will graduate from the Asheville School, North Carolina, on June 5 and will enter the University of Richmond, Virginia, next fall. Charles V. Blair has been elected to a three-year term as a director of the Kentucky Savings and Loan League. Libby Nave of Versailles is a member of the cast of "Hair," now playing at Diners' Playhouse in Lexington. Ellen Hellard of Versailles has been appointed the new director of field services for the state Department of Libraries and Archives. Mrs. Hensley Mackie and Miss Alice Redden have retired from teaching in the county school system. Graduating from Centre College on May 30 were Anita Britton, Seaton Holt, Allison Kelley, and Eleanor O'Rear.