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10 Years Ago December 14, 2006 A 29-year-old Versailles man entered a not guilty plea during his Dec. 6 Woodford Circuit Court arraignment on murder and tampering with physical evidence charges. An indictment returned in November alleges that Jason Lee Todd intentionally caused the death of Valerie Monjure by strangulation at a Poplar Circle home on Aug. 4, 2006. In November, Todd pleaded not guilty to first-degree assault for allegedly stabbing a 43-year-old woman, also on Aug. 4, 2006. The victim was treated at the University of Kentucky A. B. Chandler Medical Center for stab wounds and a punctured lung, and then released. The state lab has released information stating that one of the first three confirmed flu cases in the commonwealth is a Type A influenza case from Woodford County. The other two cases are from Fayette County. Woodford County Middle School came out of the loser's bracket to earn second-place honors in quick-recall at the Sixth Grade Showcase Dec. 2 at Anderson County Middle School. WCMS defeated eventual champion Danville Bate Middle School once, but was unable to win a second match against the perennial academic powerhouse to earn the Sixth Grade Showcase quick-recall title. Both matches were decided by fewer than five points. It had been tough sledding for the Woodford County High School boys' basketball team in the three games prior to the opening of district play. The Jackets dropped their home opener by four points to Harrison County, then lost a pair of road matchups to West Jessamine (59-45) and Madison Southern (64-58) to leave themselves sitting 0-3 with two big district games looming. Things now look much brighter for the boys after going into Frankfort and knocking off the Panthers by six, 49-43, then following that up with an eight point home win over Western Hills on Tuesday night, 57-49. 25 Years Ago December 12, 1991 Former Kentucky Governor Bert T. Combs died in a tragic accident Dec. 4 when the automobile he was driving was swept away by the rain-swollen Red River, a few miles from his Powell County home. The 80-year-old Combs was governor from 1959 to 1963. District Court Judge Robert Overstreet of Woodford County had a narrow escape Dec. 2 when he slipped on a flooded bridge that crosses a creek near his home and was swept away by the current. The inauguration of Brereton Jones as governor of Kentucky took place Tuesday. The Woodford County Middle School auditorium has been named in honor of the late Ada Evans, who taught at the school for approximately 15 years. She died of cancer in March 1991. The Woodford County High School Lady Jackets opened their basketball season with victories over Dunbar and Jessamine County, 44-41 and 55-46, respectively. The Yellow Jacket boys finished third in the Capital City Classic, behind Franklin County and Frankfort. All-district first-team honors were earned by WCHS gridders Ken Marshall, Kirt Raisor, Jermaine Wilson, Dion Washington, and Erik Taylor. Shane Kruse made the second team. WCHS's Mike Burkich was named district coach of the year. Wilson and Kruse received honorable mention in all-state selections. Andrea Brown, a 1991 WCHS graduate, received most valuable player recognition on the University of Kentucky women's soccer team. She scored 28 goals. 40 Years Ago December 9, 1976 Nearly 200 persons attended a program Wednesday night of last week concerning land use, urban planning, and growth problems in Woodford County. A public hearing will be held tonight on the county's revised comprehensive plan. A $10,000 grant has been awarded by the U.S. for the construction of retention basins in Russelltown to help alleviate flooding in that area. County Judge Matt T. Blackard and Versailles Mayor Scott Miller have appointed Robert Stepp, William Buckner, and Thomas Brown as trustees for the Simmons Street Cemetery. W.J. Christy was named an ex officio trustee. Mac McCauley of Versailles and Ben Hancock of Midway left last Thursday for Naples, Fla., to spend a few days with Mr. McCauley's grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Floyd McCauley. Bob Rouse and Lynn Hagan have arrived in Midway from Auburn University to spend the Christmas holidays with their families. Mrs. John M. Ivancevich has returned to her home in Houston, Texas, after visiting her mother, Mrs. A.B. Karsner. First-place medal winners in last weekend's Woodford County High School Invitational Wrestling Tournament were Yellow Jackets Mark Hill, Tom Castle, Rob Marshall, and Howard Van Hoose. Marshall was the tournament's most valuable wrestler. Members of the 7th and 8th grade basketball team at Nonesuch Elementary are Kinsey Buffin, Pat Chapman, Ricky Hartley, Bobby Hurt, Mark Moore, Mark Morrison, Jeff Raider, Joey Russell, Bruce Scott, Charles Smith, Keith Smith, David Strange, Cheryl Tucker, Mark Wells, and Jeff White.