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10 Years Ago November 30, 2006 Woodford County High School won the JV Challenge academic competition Nov. 18. WCHS earned 51.5 points to easily defeat Frankfort High School (35 points), Western Hills High School (28 points) and three other schools. The host Yellow Jackets earned top honors in quick-recall. Western Hills finished second. On Thursday night, Nov. 2, the Bluegrass Railroad Museum experienced a potentially devastating fire in its depot building in the Woodford County Park. As a result of a quick response from our emergency services, minimal damage was sustained to the collection and fixtures housed in the structure, and fire damage was confined to the unoccupied portion of the building. (The train was not damaged by this fire). A special train ride to honor the emergency service personnel of Versailles and Woodford County was held Saturday, Dec. 2. When this year's wrestling season gets underway for the Matjackets of Woodford County High School, expectations will be the same, even if they're missing a key part of their success over the past three decades. For the first time in over 30 years, the Matjackets will enter the season without Coach Rusty Parks, who retired after last year's state championship season. While Parks' record is decorated and well-known, Woodford remains the team to beat in Kentucky this year even in his absence. 25 Years Ago November 27, 1991 The 911 emergency calling system has made a successful debut. The University of Kentucky plans to operate a world-class animal research facility on the former Pin Oak Farm on the Frankfort and Midway roads in Woodford County, replacing the university's Coldstream Farm in Fayette County. Woodford County High School's quest for the regional football crown was derailed by Meade County Friday night, 35- 21. The Jackets, who led 21-0 after the first quarter, were held scoreless the next three periods. Prices averaged $1.82 a pound in Kentucky Monday, the opening day of the 1991 burley tobacco marketing season. Mrs. James Bowling of Darien, Conn., spent last week with her sister and brother-in-law, Dr. and Mrs. Norman Fisher, in Midway. Maurice E. Traugott, 56, a longtime Midway official, died last Thursday. On the third-grade all-A honor roll at Simmons Elementary for the recent grading period were Michelle Bell, Kami Brumley, Cassy Fish, Matt Helfrich, Clay Mattingly, Paul Bach, Joseph Lagrew, Jessica Lathrem, Jessie Banks, Mackensie Keith, Michael Martinez, Matt Britton, Ben Edester, Mary Beth Judson, Natasha Reynolds, and Jason Gaines. Gene Kirk will begin his 20th season as head coach of the WCHS basketball Yellow Jackets, who will open the season Tuesday against South Oldham. Bill Hill will enter his ninth year as coach of the Lady Jackets, whose season begins Dec. 5 against Jessamine County. 40 Years Ago November 25, 1976 The new Kroger superstore in the Woodford Plaza will open on Sunday, Nov. 28. The Kentucky burley tobacco markets opened Monday and the average in Lexington was $114.26. The average jumped to $117.07 Tuesday. Vic Hellard Jr. has announced that he will not seek another term as chairman of the Woodford County Democratic Party, a post he has held since 1970. Pam Williams of Versailles has been initiated into the Mary Baldwin College chapter of Psi Chi, the national honor society in psychology. Louise Prewitt has been named a semifinalist in the 1977 National Merit Scholarship Program. Miss Prewitt is a senior at The Madeira School, Greenway, Va. Colley Bell Jr. has completed an outstanding year in cross country competition for Christ School, Arden, N.C., leading his team to the conference championship and earning all-conference and all-state honors. The June Bugs, a baton drill corps, took top honors in state competition. On the team Stacey Jarvis, Rhonda Garris, Ruth Sturgeon, Amy Worland, Leisa Murphy, Beth Adams, Nell Rose, Kim Drury, Mary Newton, Kathy Harrahill, Kerri Dayley, and Renee Given.