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10 Years Ago September 21, 2006 The Woodford County Board of Education has closed on the sale of the old Woodford County Middle School and adjacent properties for $1.6 million, according to schools Superintendent Paul Stahler. Local real estate developer Matt Matthews made the offer to purchase the properties in two parcels for the assessed value (asking price) before a "For Sale" sign was ever put into the ground, Stahler said. On Sept. 14, the Versailles-Midway-Woodford County Planning and Zoning Commission voted to recommend a zone change for 231.45 acres at the Wilmott Farm, known as the "Backer property," at 2101 and 2700 Lexington Road from A-1 (agriculture) to R-1B (residential): PUD (planned urban development). An amended final development plan to construct a medical office building on the campus of Bluegrass Community Hospital was forwarded to the Versailles-Midway-Woodford County Planning and Zoning Commission by the Technical Review Committee Monday morning. Bluegrass Community Hospital CEO Kathy Love said the planned expansion demonstrates a continued commitment to bring more medical services to the citizens of Versailles and Woodford County. A weeklong crime spree in Woodford County ended Wednesday, Sept. 14, when four people were arrested in connection with a slew of burglaries on Carpenter Pike and Sellers Mill Road. Ben Cox, 22, Jeffrey Gabbard, 20, his wife, Sherry Gabbard, 21, and a 17-year-old juvenile, all of Lexington, were apprehended for their alleged participation in the break-ins, according to Chief Deputy Wayne Wright. Thoroughbred breeders ClassicStar, which owns two farms on Grassy Springs Road in Woodford County, has been named in a multimillion-dollar federal lawsuit that alleges ClassicStar defrauded investors of more than $500 million. At least $20 million of that amount was allegedly defrauded from the three investors who filed the suit. The investors are from Oregon and Washington. The suit alleges that ClassicStar leased more mares than it owned and tried to substitute Thoroughbred mares with quarter horse mares called "cuttters," which are used to separate cows from a herd. The suit alleges that most of the Thoroughbred "foals" they were investing in were really quarter horse embryos or didn't actually exist. 25 Years Ago September 19, 1991 The University of Kentucky will acquire the former Pin Oak Farm in Woodford County for agricultural research. Gov. Wallace Wilkinson announced Monday that the state would go ahead with the purchase, paying $11.5 million for the nearly 1,500-acre tract on the Frankfort and Midway roads. A compromise plan for the proposed Midway industrial park has been tabled by the Planning and Zoning Commission for further study. Water and sewer service has been approved by the Versailles City Council for a proposed subdivision between High Street and Lawrenceburg Road on a portion of Village View Farm. Opponents of the development cite traffic, water and sewer problems. Herb Stevens's 252-acre Haven Hill Farm, McCowan's Ferry Road, was sold at auction last week to Jack Kain for $630,000. Robert M. Huffman, former Woodford County Extension agent for agriculture, was named one of 14 Distinguished Ag Alumni Sept. 7 by the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture. Midway College has reached an all-time high in enrollment for the seventh straight semester. There are 675 students this semester. The WCHS Yellow Jackets recorded their first win of the football season Friday night, defeating host Anderson County 28.7. The Jackets had two earlier losses. 40 Years Ago September 16, 1976 Elocutionist, winner of the Preakness and eight other career races, arrived Saturday at Airdrie Farm, where he will stand for the 1977 breeding season. Former Lexington Mayor Tom Underwood has filed as a candidate for the new state Court of Appeals and will oppose incumbent Tony Wilhoit of Versailles in the Nov. 2 election. Enrollment in Woodford County schools is 3,719, down about 25 students from the preceding year. School facility priorities continue to occupy the attention of the local and state education boards. For the present, they agree that a new junior high school for grades 7 through 9 should be built on a new site in the vicinity of Versailles and that the present junior high be converted to an elementary school. John T. Mitchell Sr., prominent Woodford County landowner and retired farmer, died last Thursday at the age of 101. Ben Walden Jr. has entered Dennison University as a freshman. Lynn Hagan has entered Auburn University for her freshman year. Clemene Dearinger Ramsey, a 1968 graduate of Woodford County High School, has been promoted to supervisor of special education in the DeKalb County Schools, Decatur, Ga. Janet Brown Jefferson has passed the state nursing exam and is employed at Good Samaritan Hospital in Lexington.