From Our Files
10 Years Ago September 28, 2006 Versailles and Woodford County were soaked this past Friday, when over six inches of rain fell within 24 hours. The statewide death toll increased to 10 on Monday, as more weather-related death reports came in and were able to be confirmed. No deaths or serious injuries were reported in Woodford County, according to Woodford County Emergency Management Director Keith Slugantz. For Woodford County native John Steele Davis, being involved in community programs is the norm, and he remains humble after receiving countless accolades from local officials and his peers. Davis will soon have another feather for his cap. He has been selected by the University of Kentucky Sanders-Brown Center on Aging Foundation board of directors as the Senior Star 2006. He will be honored at the Center on Aging Foundation's annual dinner on Tuesday, Oct. 3. 25 Years Ago September 26, 1991 Dr. Newell Hicks of Midway, a well-known veterinarian and cofounder of the Woodford Veterinary Clinic, died of a heart attack Sept. 19 at the age of 62. Dr. Hicks served 19 years on the Midway City Council and 15 years on the Woodford Planning and Zoning Commission. Dr. W. Craig Franks, 51, of Woodford County, also a veterinarian, died Sept. 22 after an illness of several months. Dr. Franks specialized in the treatment of thoroughbred horses. Death also claimed Sarah Finley Clarke Oltmans, 102, who grew up in Woodford County and spent many years as a missionary and educator in Japan. She died Sept. 26 at Taylor Manor in Versailles. Versailles students Sylvia Cooley, Myra Hood and Mary E. Pittman were named to the summer quarter dean's list at the Kentucky College of Business, Lexington campus. Barbara J. Columbia and Jennifer Hattabaugh have returned from a two-week trip to London, Paris and Rome. Ms. Columbia is visiting her parents in Midway before returning home to Abilene, Texas. The WCHS Yellow Jackets defeated Harrison County 28-6 Friday night at Community Stadium to even their season slate at 2-2. Beth Curlin of Midway won the first "Oh! Susannah" golf tournament last Thursday at Woodford Hills Country Club, shooting nine-hole rounds of 40 and 36. 40 Years Ago September 23, 1976 Woodford County High School has been awarded the CKC All-Sports Award for the second time in four years. Jim Boggess and Paul Downey recently opened an antique auto restoration business on Lexington Street, the only such full-time service in the Bluegrass and a wide surrounding area. James Cogar and Dr. and Mrs. Norman Fisher, all of Midway, are spending a bit of time in England. Hardin Walcutt of Lake Wales, Fla., arrived in Midway this week for a visit with his mother, Mrs. A.O. Walcutt. The Rt. Rev. Addison Hosea, former rector of St. John's Church in Versailles and now bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Lexington, said Friday that he has no intention of ordaining women to the priesthood, following a move by the denomination's General Convention to remove barriers prohibiting such ordinations. The restoration of the Jack Jouett House on Craig's Creek Road is nearing its final stages. The WCHS Yellow Jackets lost a 20-19 heartbreaker to Bourbon County Friday night. Seventh grade cheerleaders at the junior high are Terri Pyzik, Tammy Woodrum, Lisa Broughton, Stephanie Johnson, Maria Dykes, Carla Miller, and Susan McDonald. For the eighth grade, cheerleaders are Lida Berry, Pam White, Tarra Trent, Ruth Sturgeon, Dianne Campbell, Renea Hunter, and Elizabeth Ward.