From Our Files
10 Years Ago June 22, 2006 One of Woodford County's most recognizable landmarks is receiving a dramatic upgrade, after recovering from a 2004 fire, which destroyed its interior and contents. "I hope to be able to open in another year. Most of the construction work is done except for structural parts of the porches," said Castle owner Tom Post. Brittany Norman was crowned 2006 Miss Woodford County Fair Saturday night. Norman is the daughter of Karen Norman. The first runner-up was Randi Black; the second runner-up was Katie McDaniel; the third runner-up was Lauren O'Reel; and the fourth runner-up was Michelle Jenkins. Terry's 5 & 10 owner Terry Smith is celebrating his 50th anniversary in business this year. John Thomas Goldey of Versailles, son of John F. Goldey of Nicholasville and Mary Ellen Goldey of Versailles, has completed basic training in Company B, 2nd Battalion, 81st Armor, 1st Armored Training Brigade at Ft. Knox. He has been assigned to Ft. Hood, Texas. The Woodford County eCommunity Leadership Team recently met to begin building a plan to ensure that every home, school, organization and business in the county has access to highspeed Internet, also called broadband. The committee is part of Kentucky's plan to deliver statewide broadband access by 2007. Ultimately, the goal of the Prescription for Innovation is to increase the number of high-tech companies and jobs in Kentucky. 25 Years Ago June 20, 1991 Former Governor Albert Benjamin "Happy" Chandler died early Saturday, June 15, at his home on Elm Street in Versailles, just one month before his 93rd birthday. Mr. Chandler served two terms as governor, was elected twice to the U.S. Senate and was the commissioner of baseball who broke the color line in major league baseball by allowing Jackie Robinson to play. Born in Henderson County, he graduated from Transylvania College, attended the Harvard Law School, and graduated from the University of Kentucky Law School in 1924. Mr. Chandler began his lifelong association with Versailles and Woodford County during his UK years, coaching and teaching here before opening his law practice. His political career began when he won a seat in the state Senate in 1929. The Woodford County Theatrical Association and the Lexington Philharmonic Orchestra will present a "Pops and Props" fundraising event July 4 at the Woodford County Park. Arson is suspected in a fire that destroyed the Nonesuch Grocery early Sunday morning. Pam Jackson of Huntertown Elementary School was named Woodford County's Elementary Teacher of the Year. Susan Sternberg Proskauer, 73, a thoroughbred breeder who had operated Buck Pond Farm, Payne's Mill Road, with her husband, Dr. George Proskauer, died Friday, June 7. The Rev. Alan W. Hansen has been called as rector of St. John's Episcopal Church in Versailles. Candidates for Miss Teen Woodford County at this year's County Fair are Jolene Berger, Jessica Davis, Marlena Evans, Lori Jones, Stephanie Morrison, Emily Patton, Nichole Saltsman, Joni Schenck, Sarah Stopher, Angela Threlkeld, Angela Tracey, and Angela Van Pelt. 40 Years Ago June 17, 1976 Fiscal Court has deferred a decision on whether or not to appeal a Woodford Circuit Court ruling reversing Fiscal Court's denial of a zone change request for the Wells Farm on Big Sink Pike. The Planning and Zoning Commission has turned down a request by a group of citizens to enter into a declaratory judgment suit against the Pineway Farms development. The county Board of Health has cleared the way for approval of percolation tests for lots in the development. The Versailles City Council has held its tax rate to 18.5 cents in a proposed budget of $683,450 for the coming fiscal year. Diana Doggett is the new Extension agent for home economics in Woodford County. Named to spring semester dean's lists were Teresa Darlene Dutton, John Mark Miller, and Beverly Frances Padgett at Western Kentucky University and Richard Mize and Howard Smith at Murray State University. Candidates for queen of the 1976 Woodford County Fair are Kimberly Gale Clark, Effie Rogers, Carolyn T. Cline, Sandra Kay Fitzpatrick, Donna Ann Cundiff, Karen Woods, Nell Rose, Janell Slucher, Nan Lee Seal, Debbie Harris, and Teresa Lane. An old caboose that once rolled behind B&O Railroad trains has been given a new home at Dufont Farm, McCracken Pike. Mary Andrews McVey, owner of Dufont, said the caboose will be renovated and used as a farm office.