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10 Years Ago November 16, 2006 On Tuesday night, the Woodford County Fiscal Court halted a plan to construct over 900 homes on Lexington Road within the next decade, or at least for the time being. The court voted to override a Sept. 14 recommendation from the Versailles-Midway-Woodford County Planning and Zoning Commission that would have allowed for the construction of 562 single-family homes, 240 townhouse units and 100 apartments above 90,200 square-feet of non-residential space on the "Backer property" on the south side of Lexington Road between Paddock Place and the Martha Layne Collins Bluegrass Parkway. The motion passed with a vote of 6 to 2. Justin C. Courtney has joined the United States Army under the Delayed Entry Program. The program gives young men and women the opportunity to delay entering active duty for up to one year. Courtney will report to Fort Leonard Wood, Waynesville, Mo., for basic training on July 11, 2007. He is the son of Lisa F. Lewis of Lawrenceburg and Charles Courtney of Versailles. When District 3 Magistrate-elect Ellen Fouser Gormley reported for work at her family's Camden Avenue business on Wednesday, Nov. 8, she found an unpleasant surprise waiting for her. Someone had placed three "Go Home Joe" stickers on two of the doors at Fouser Environmental Services. The stickerswere aimed at Woodford County Judge-executive Joe Gormley, who was unsuccessful in unseating current Versailles Mayor Fred Siegelman in the Nov. 7 general election. Joe is Ellen's father-in-law. She said a company employee called her at about 7 a.m. to notify her of what had taken place. 25 Years Ago November 14, 1991 The Midway Council voted 4-1 Monday in favor of a zone change for Homeplace Farm from agricultural to industrial. Donald Mitchell of Midway has been named Kentucky's outstanding young tobacco farmer by Philip Morris USA and the University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service. James Robert Woods, 65, of Versailles, active in church work and in sports, died Sunday of an apparent heart attack. John W. "Jay" Kirk, 77, of Midway, a former Versailles and Midway grocer, also died Sunday. Patricia Lynn Kimball and Robert Lawrence Johnson, Woodford County seniors at Transylvania University, are listed in the 1992 edition of the national university and college "Who's Who." Sondra Beverly of Versailles, a graduate student at Washington University in St. Louis, Mo., has received the school's Dean's Fellowship. Woodford Memorial Hospital's Long-Term Care Unit has received full accreditation. Irene Graves of Vero Beach, Fla., is visiting with Jack, Debbie and Cody Graves in Midway. The Woodford County High School Yellow Jackets defeated North Bullitt 40-8 in Friday night's regional football playoff game at Shepherdsville. The Jackets face Lincoln County tomorrow night at Stanford. 40 Years Ago November 11, 1976 The Board of Education may ask Woodford Countians to pass a bond issue to finance its facility plan, which calls for building a new junior high school and extensive renovation of the current junior high for conversion to an elementary school, at a cost of $4 million. The United Way campaign will begin Monday with a goal of $39,000. A new store, Glenda's Hallmark, has opened in Woodford Plaza. The 363-acre estate of Elizabeth McLeod Steed on McCowan's Ferry Pike was sold at auction recently to Floyd Roark for $447,055.80. Mrs. L.A. Piper of Midway left Sunday for a visit with her son, Dr. Robert Piper, his wife and three children. Dr. Piper is director of continuing education and special studies at Southeastern Massachusetts University. The WCHS Yellow Jackets ended their season Friday night with a 20-7 loss to Clark County, bringing their record to 3-8. The freshman team posted a 6-2 season. Attending the FFA National Convention in Kansas City, Mo., are WCHS chapter members Jeremy Adams, Roy Lancaster, David Lane, Kevin Lane, Dean Newby, Robert Richardson, Franky Snapp, Rusty Thompson, and advisor Marvin Hensley. The state has denied an access from U.S. 421 to the new Midway fire substation. Jeff Fitch of Versailles, a varsity wrestler at Indiana University, ranks high academically among IU's athletes, with an average of 3.340. Fitch is a junior. Toss Chandler, Sammy Cundiff and Carol Marshall have sold the Twig Art Gallery in Midway to Enzina Mastrippolito of New York.