From Our Files
10 Years Ago December 21, 2006 A 28-year-old Versailles man was killed early Saturday morning when he was stabbed following an apparent altercation at an Ashmore Avenue apartment complex. Thomas Richard Stepp, of Versailles, was found dead when police arrived at the scene, according to Versailles Police Det. Beth Thompson. Marvin Caseres, 26, of Versailles, was arrested and charged with murder and two counts of criminal possession of a forged instrument. Thompson said Caseres fled on foot, and was subsequently arrested close to the scene on the U.S. 60 Bypass. Wayne "Tiny" Wright was sworn in as Woodford County Sheriff on Nov. 30, succeeding John Coyle, who will begin his first term as Woodford County judge-executive in January. Wright was unopposed in the November general elections. Wright, a Woodford native raised in Millville, is a 1983 graduate of Woodford County High School. He has over 20 years of law enforcement experience, and the sheriff's position has been a goal of his for quite some time. Richard S. Starks, 87, of Midway, widower of Hilda Marshall Starks, died Monday, Dec. 18, 2006. He was a well -known farmer in his native Woodford County. He attended Midway School and the University of Kentucky before joining the Army Air Corps just prior to the United States's entry into World War II. When the U.S. entered the war, Starks joined the Eighth Air Force 97th Bomb Group and went on to fly the B-17, also known as the "Flying Fortress." In 1942, the group was based in England, where Starks was among the pilots to fly the first American mission to bomb Nazi-occupied Europe. He was seriously wounded on his second bombing mission - against submarine pens in Rotterdam - but he flew the plane back to base despite his injuries. He was hospitalized for a year, and received a Purple Heart and a Distinguished Flying Cross. 25 Years Ago December 19, 1991 The Woodford Planning and Zoning Commission has been criticized for "rubber stamping" all the rural residential zone changes put before it since the zone was created. A report on residential development in the Versailles urban services area shows that a total of 744 single-family lots are currently available. The Versailles City Council has gone on record opposing a school redistricting plan that could send children residing in Merewood subdivision to Northside Elementary School in Midway. A 479-acre tract on the Midway and Aiken roads has been purchased by the Allen E. Paulson Living Trust for $2,047,955.85. It is part of a total of 592 acres sold by Nelson Bunker Hunt in 1987 to Old Frankfort Pike, Ltd. Stephen A. Peterson of Versailles has joined the staff of The Woodford Sun, succeeding reporter/photographer Lisa Summers, who has resigned to become a reporter for the Frankfort State Journal. Woodford County High School graduate Chris Hogan is a leading player on the Georgetown College football team, which plays Pacific Lutheran College Saturday for the NAIA Division II crown. Hogan is an All-American defensive tackle. The WCHS Yellow Jackets' Dion Washington received the Most Valuable Player award at Monday night's football banquet. Jennifer Blubaugh was the MVP of the WCHS volleyball team. 40 Years Ago December 16, 1976 Agricultural development, subdivision of land into five-acre tracts, delineation of an urban services area, and the cost of providing services were the main concerns expressed by many of the Woodford Countians who attended a hearing on the revised comprehensive plan last Thursday night. Coping with overcrowding at Woodford County High School continues to be the board of education's concern. The board approved action Monday night to create three more classrooms out of spaces in the home economics room, library, and counselor suite. John Conlee, subject of a feature article in this week's Sun, is finding success in songwriting and recording. He has signed a contract with ABC-DOT records, which has released his song "Backside of Thirty" as his first single. Conlee is affiliated with radio station WLAC in Nashville. A 6,000-square-foot maintenance barn, shed, and office for the Kentucky Department of Highways will be constructed on an 8-to-l0-acre lot in the industrial park. Laura Clark of Versailles was presented awards for both high point youth and high point adult at a banquet given by the Kentucky Quarter Horse Association in Louisville. Peggy Haupt Fishback of Savannah, Ga., formerly of Versailles, is the author of a recently published book, All In A Lifetime. Jim Schoo of Versailles has been elected vice president of the Balloon Society of Kentucky, a group formed recently by hot-air balloon pilots.