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10 Years Ago September 7, 2006 Various coroners from 21 Kentucky counties, including Woodford County Coroner Steve Ward, were called in to assist the Fayette County Coroner's office following the crash of Comair Flight 5191, which apparently took off from the wrong runway at Lexington's Bluegrass Airport Aug. 27, leaving 49 dead and the flight's co-pilot critically injured. Volunteers worked at either the scene of the crash or in Frankfort, where a makeshift morgue was established. More than 200 residents from Midway and surrounding areas in Scott County packed the gymnasium at Northside Elementary School on Aug. 31 to gather more information and express their concerns about the possible relocation of Blue Grass Stockyards to Midway. The public meeting was organized by the Northridge Estates Homeowners Association, and was facilitated by Diana Elam, who is a neutral observer with no vested interest in the proposal. The Woodford County Historical Society has designated the 100-year-old building of the Second Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Midway as a Woodford County landmark. Brenda Jackson, a deacon at the church and the person who researched the building's history and wrote the application, accepted the plaque on behalf of the church from Historical Society Vice President Harold Lee at the society's Aug. 24 meeting. The Neighbor of Choice Committee at OSRAM Sylvania presented a check for $4,000 to Repair Affair 2006. The Neighbor of Choice Committee is comprised of OSRAM Sylvania employees from the fluorescent lamp plant, the glass plant and the distribution center. They select recipients for grants based on requests from charities in the locations where their employees live and work. 25 Years Ago September 5, 1991 The 1992 United Way campaign kicks off today with the same goal it had last year, $145,000. Scott Staples is general chairman of the drive. The assessment of real estate for tax purposes in Woodford County is $766,018,510, compared with $672,049,580 last year, PVA Jim Owen Gaines announced. Ralph Emerson Mills, a Frankfort businessman and philanthropist and a former Woodford County landowner, died Sept. 2, the day before his 96th birthday. Beth Dickey of Woodford County, a senior at the University of Kentucky, has completed a summer internship program for engineering students in Washington, D.C. The Woodford County High School Yellow Jackets were defeated 41-14 in their football opener here Friday night against Clark County. 40 Years Ago September 2, 1976 Douglas M. Davis Jr., 59, widely known thoroughbred trainer, died at his home on the High Hope Farm, Big Sink Pike, early Monday. In the early morning hours following Woodford County High School's season-opening 21-20 football victory over Henry Clay, a tragic automobile accident claimed the life of one of the Yellow Jacket stars, Joe Pyzik, 18, and left a teammate, Bruce McGill, 16, in critical condition. (McGill died a few days later). The Yellow Jackets had won the game in double overtime when Russell Blair kicked his third extra point of the evening to provide the one-point edge. William F. Baker has announced plans to seek reelection to the Woodford County Board of Education in November. Margaret Hall School will open for its 75th year on Sept. 8. Charles M. Carter has been awarded a master of arts degree in physical education from Eastern Kentucky University and has accepted a teaching and coaching position in the Rockcastle County School System. Kenneth Winkfield has graduated from Freed-Hardeman College, Henderson, Tenn.