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10 Years Ago August 3, 2006 After learning that there would be no increase in liability insurance premiums, the Versailles City Council unanimously approved a motion allowing for the construction of a skateboard park at Apollo Park on Kentucky Avenue. On Tuesday night, the council agreed to allocate $6,000 to begin construction. Traffic issues related to a proposed 902-unit residential neighborhood on Lexington Road will be discussed during a continued hearing at the Versailles-Midway-Woodford County Planning Commission meeting on Thursday, Aug. 10. Co-applicants John Backer and Beazer Home Investments are seeking to rezone 231.45 acres from A-1 (agricultural) to R-1B (single-family residential): PUD (planned unit development) in order to develop 562 single family lots, 240 townhouse units and 100 apartments above 90,200 square-feet of non-residential space. On Tuesday night, the Versailles City Council unanimously approved a motion to enter into a memorandum of agreement with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet for a proposed extension of Crossfield Drive. Versailles resident Meredith Vanover has been singing for her entire life, and she could earn a national recording contract by participating in the 2006 Exalting Him National Talent Search. "Exalting Him" is for aspiring gospel singers. Vanover has advanced to the regional round of the contest, which will be held in Nashville, Tenn., on Sept. 29. Other regions include Atlanta, Cleveland, Dallas, Orlando and St. Louis. There will be plenty of new faces on the floor for the Woodford County High School volleyball team this year. After the loss of six seniors from last year's squad, it was assured that there would be an infusion of new talent for the varsity - and following the departure of Brian Jones, the arrival of a new coach. Genny Ledbetter takes over for Jones after nine years of coaching volleyball on both the junior high and high school level in Tennessee. Ledbetter will also be teaching English at WCHS in the fall. So far, the new coach likes the progress that she's seen from her young squad, but knows that it will take time for everyone to adjust. 25 Years Ago August 1, 1991 Stephanie Baldwin has been named human resources director at Woodford Memorial Hospital. The local Economic Development Authority has reelected Jack Kain as chairman, William Shanks as vice chairman, and J.C. Moraja as treasurer. Cynthia Searcy of Versailles, who will enter Georgetown College, has received Christian Leadership, volleyball, trustees' and Baptist Matching scholarships. Also entering Georgetown will be Chris Simpson, who has received Christian Leadership, Bagby, and Ralph Mills scholarships. Three local women, sponsored by the Woodford County Woman's Club, will be among those honored in a monument to women in the military to be constructed at Arlington National Cemetery. The former service women are Mrs. John Barrows, Mrs. Hershel Dillon, and Mrs. Clyde Sanders. Michael Christopher Yeaste of Versailles has completed basic training for the U.S. Army Reserves at Ft. Jackson, S.C. Anna Zink Piper, 88, of Midway, a retired teacher and the widow of Lewis A. Piper, died July 25. Ground was broken recently on Lexington Road for the King's Way Assembly Church. Woodford County competitors won a record 90 medals in the Bluegrass State Games. Leigh Harvey in swimming and Trish Greathouse in track won three golds each, and their combined total of medals was 10. Football practice has begun at Woodford County High School for the Jackets' Aug. 30 opener. 40 Years Ago July 29, 1976 Power outages, fallen trees and barns, and electrocuted cattle were left in the wake of a storm that swept through Woodford County Saturday evening. Lewis Britton of Woodford County has been elected District 7 commander of the American Legion. A frequently traveled street in the city has no official name and is not legally a street. It runs between the U.S. 60 Bypass and Frankfort Street, adjacent to the Woodford County High School grounds. (It was later named Yellow Jacket Drive.) Midway's noted artist Sue Wallace submitted the winning entry in the Muscular Dystrophy Association's 1976 Christmas Card Design Contest. Diana Paul has been named to the Society of Distinguished American High School Students. Versailles Lions Club officers for the coming year are Ralph Staton, president; Les Grimes, treasurer, and Phil Pence, secretary. On the dean's list at the University of Kentucky were James Monroe Fetter, Andrea Lynn Shipp, and Glenda Newman Johnson. Summer graduates of Eastern Kentucky University from Woodford County were Charles M. Carter, Ira H. Combs, Sandra Baldridge Combs, Patricia Craig, Bryan W. Kirby, and Gary D. Campbell.