From Our Files
10 Years Ago July 20, 2006 Betty Wilhoit, 68, of Versailles, retired Woodford County Fiscal Court clerk and wife of Anthony Morgan "Tony" Wilhoit Sr., died Tuesday, July 18, 2006, at her home after a long struggle with cancer.Mrs. Wilhoit served as clerk for several judges-executive, including Matt Blackard, Jenny Given, Denny Nunnelley, Frank Watts, and, current Judge-Executive Joe D. Gormley. She retired in 2002. Skateboarders in Versailles could soon receive the opportunity to hone their skateboarding skills at a newly constructed facility. On Tuesday night, the Versailles City Council considered a request from St. John's Episcopal Church pastor Fr. Alan Sutherland for a proposed skateboard park at Apollo Park, located on Kentucky Avenue. Advanced placement teachers from 23 states and Canada participated in the 23rd Advanced Placement Summer Institute from June 25 to June 30 at Western Kentucky University. Participants from Woodford County included Matthew Merrill, world history; Susan N. Carey, world history; Terri Hamilton, English literature and composition; Thomas Daniels, Spanish language; and Terri V. Morford, psychology. The Bluegrass Chapter of National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) and The Home Depot in Frankfort joined efforts to build play areas for cats at the Woodford Humane Society's new adoption center on Saturday, July 15. The new 2,500 square foot facility is almost complete and stands next to the 30 year-old building on an acre of land donated by neighboring OSRAM-Sylvania. The progressive building design offers alternatives to the standard cages and kennels found in most shelters and has capacity to hold more than 100 animals in cageless spaces. 25 Years Ago July 18, 1991 Over 200 citizens and public officials attended a meeting Tuesday devoted to discussions of a possible bypass on the west side of Versailles. The majority of those speaking expressed opposition to the development they feared would follow the construction of the bypass. Public hearings are continuing on the proposed industrial park at Midway. The county budget for the new fiscal year is $6,400,881, a modest increase over the previous year. Ground has been broken in the Versailles Industry Park for Carolina Steel. Groundbreaking for the new elementary school at Midway, to be known as Northside Elementary, will take place Sunday. Combined deposits at Woodford County's three banks on June 30 were $202,690,346.70. Woodford County Woman's Club Scholarships have been presented to WCHS graduates Samantha Partin and Danielle Mason. Attending the Stephen Collins Foster Camps at Eastern Kentucky University were Woodford County students Scott Elam, Casey Watts, Matt Decker, Kim Nicholson, Amanda Cawby, Robin Taylor, Chris Roller, and Sherman Adelson. Susannah Vance of Versailles will be among the Kentucky high school students graduating July 20 from the 1991 Governor's School for the Arts. A.B. Chandler Field at the county park was dedicated Friday night in ceremonies highlighted by the presence of Mildred Watkins Chandler, widow of the late former governor for whom the field was named. 40 Years Ago July 15, 1976 The restoration of the historic Crittenden Cabin in Woodford County is about to become a reality. The second and final grant of $10,000 from the Kentucky Heritage Commission has been approved and will be released soon. The school board voted Monday night to continue to levy a 47.7 cent tax rate for 1976-77 rather than go to the state certified maximum of 51.3 cents. Woodford Fiscal Court set a tax rate of 13.6 cents Saturday, the same rate as last year, rather than go to the allowable 13.7 cents. Combined deposits in Woodford County's two banks at the close of business on June 30 were $47,877,316.26. A new Convenient Food Mart near Woodford County High School will open July 16. Kenneth M. Payne has been named Woodford County health officer. Dean's list students for the spring semester included Nancy Presley at Berea College; Ray Chapman at Xavier University; Biff Baker at the University of Kentucky, and Barbara Smart at Morehead State University. Mr. and Mrs. W.J. Walden of Midway have returned from a trip to Europe. Three Woodford County riders, Lisa Conway, Emmy Gay, and Louise Prewitt, were members of the Keeneland Pony Club teams that won both divisions of the recent Mid-South Regional Rally at Cincinnati, Ohio. Susan Cox and Kitty Graddy were champions in the women's division and Gus Wade and Brad Lovell were the men's champions in the Woodford County Closed Doubles Tennis Tournament last weekend.