From Our Files
10 Years Ago November 9, 2006 After learning that most Woodford County banks had been sold to larger organizations by November of 1996, a group of area bankers decided it was time to open a locally owned bank in Versailles. Investors, including Citizens Commerce National Bank (CCNB) President John Soper and business partner Will Parks, had about 20 percent of the funds needed to start a new bank. They expressed the need for a locally owned operation to the public, and raised about $4.5 million in start-up capital, according to Soper. The money was raised in about 90 days. 25 Years Ago November 7, 1991 Victors in Tuesday's election were Ben Chandler for state auditor, Brereton Jones for governor, Paul Patton for lieutenant governor, Bob Babbage for secretary of state, Chris Gorman for attorney general, Ed Logsdon for agriculture commissioner, Frances Jones Mills for state treasurer, and John Stephenson for superintendent of public instruction. Chandler captured 78.5 percent of the vote here. Paul Gudgel and Anthony M. Wilhoit were reelected to the Court of Appeals, and David Knox as Woodford circuit judge. All six city council members in Versailles were reelected. They are Luther Bland, Phil House, Henry Witten, Geoffrey Reid, Roy Benson, and Sam Dennison. At Midway, five incumbents - Larry Craig, Betty Bright, David Humes, Walter Bradley, and Herbert Terwilliger - were reelected, along with Rex Lyons. David W. Wilson has been appointed deputy coroner by Woodford Coroner J. Steve Ward. John Lodmell, a student at Woodford County High School, was chosen first runner-up as 1991 National Youth Leader of the Year at a meeting in St. Louis, Mo. The title was won by a Lexington Henry Clay High School student. The WCHS Yellow Jackets lost to Scott County 14-10 Friday night at Community Stadium to finish the season at 5-5, and 3-2 in the district. The Jackets will travel to North Bullitt for the playoffs. 40 Years Ago November 4, 1976 Jimmy Carter won the presidential election Tuesday, defeating President Gerald Ford. Carter carried both Woodford County and Kentucky, but his margin of victory in Woodford was only 43 - 2,689 votes to 2,646. Versailles's Anthony M. Wilhoit scored an overwhelming victory over Tom Underwood of Lexington for judge of the Court of Appeals. Wilhoit piled up a fantastic 4,098 to 299 majority in Woodford County and won the district by over 22,000 votes. All seven Kentucky congressmen were reelected, including the Sixth District's John Breckinridge. Well-known Versailles resident Earl Clough died early Wednesday morning at the age of 78. Demolition of two old buildings has been completed on Lexington Street adjacent to the A&P Store, where additional parking is needed. A zone change from light industry to business in the industrial park paves the way for the erection of a new United Bank building. Amy Luyster of Versailles was crowned homecoming queen Saturday at Eastern Kentucky University, where she is a sophomore. Sylvester Howard Jr. of Versailles has been named Mr. Senior at Kentucky State University, where he is majoring in music. Sixth grade honor roll at Nonesuch: Larry Britton, Lisa Flora, William Hall, Glen Parrott, Wayne Raider, David Utterback, and Connie Weber.