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10 Years Ago December 28, 2006 A Nov. 14 decision of the Woodford County Fiscal Court to deny a zone change request for Backer Farm, LLC and Beazer Homes Investments, LLC, is being appealed, according to a lawsuit filed in Woodford Circuit Court on Dec. 19. The proposed zone change would have allowed for the construction of morw than 900 residential units on Lexington Road. On Sept. 14, the planning commission approved the request with a vote of 5 to 3. Dr. R. Smiser West, 97, of Waterford Farm near Midway, a Woodford County horse breeder and retired dentist, husband of Kathryn West, died Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2006, at Samaritan Hospital, Lexington. Born in Tennessee, he was the son of the late Dudley and Mary West. He moved to Central Kentucky when he was in high school. He was a graduate of the University of Louisville and the University of Kentucky, and was a World War II Army Air Corps veteran. Lauren Michelle Shipp, of Versailles, was awarded a bachelor of science in nursing degree from the University of Kentucky College of Nursing at a special ceremony held Dec. 15. Shipp is the daughter of Kevin and Brenda Shipp. After winning three of their first five games - including two district contests in a row to stretch their district win streak to 50 - the Woodford County High School girls' basketball team headed into the holiday season knowing they would have many tough tests ahead of them. Participating in the annual Berea Holiday Classic, the girls managed to go 2-2 against tough competition, including a heartbreaking one-point loss to Corbin. Following the Berea tourney and the Christmas holiday, the girls were back in action on Tuesday, competing in the Snowball Classic in Frankfort for the second year in a row. The Dickson Home on upper Clifton Road received a Merit Award from the Kentucky Chapter of the American Institute of Architects for excellence in architectural design. The home was designed by Lexington architect Scott Guyon and is described as one of his "New Native Houses," focusing on natural materials and incorporating the house into the natural landscape. The independent jury was a group of AIA architects from Los Angeles, Calif. The award was presented to Bettina Dickson, owner, and Scott Guyon, architect, last month at the AIA Kentucky convention awards banquet in Covington. There were 33 entries from around Kentucky. Simmons Elementary School kindergartners and first-graders performed several songs during "A Holiday Journey." Under the direction of music teacher Sharon Cassity, the students gave performances for parents on Dec. 19 and the student body on Dec. 20. The musical took its audiences to different countries around the world to celebrate the holiday season. 25 Years Ago December 26, 1991 Harsh comments punctuated a hearing last Thursday on the proposed redistricting of school attendance areas that would send children from the Versailles area and Millville to Midway for elementary school next year. A second industrial park has been proposed for Midway. The 63-acre tract is located north of I-64 just off Leestown Road. Work has been completed on the reconstruction of a stretch of Troy Pike between the Blue Grass Parkway and the Versailles city limits, including the restructuring of two dangerous curves. The Kentucky General Assembly has created six new congressional districts. There were formerly seven districts. Woodford County remains in the Sixth District. Vic Hellard Jr., state Legislative Research commission executive director, has been named to the National Conference of State Legislatures executive committee. James Newell Hicks of Midway was recently honored as an Outstanding Young Alumnus of the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture. 40 Years Ago December 23, 1976 Two judges will be elected next year to serve the three-county 14th Judicial District under the new district court system which goes into effect in January 1978. Woodford County Judge Matt T. Blackard, who is a lawyer and is thus qualified to run for one of the district judgeships, is undecided on whether to seek such a post or run for the newly established county executive position. Construction plans for 29 lots in Sycamore Estates and a final plat for six of those lots have been approved by the Planning and Zoning Commission. State Sen. Thomas M. Ward (D.-Versailles) has announced as a candidate for reelection in the 30th Senatorial District. (Dr. Edwin Ford, a Cynthiana veterinarian, announced for the post a week later.) Mrs. Agnes Walcutt of Midway left for Florida Saturday to be with her son, Hardin, and family for Christmas. On the all-A honor roll in the 8th grade at Woodford Junior High are Cindy Fujii, Chip Lafoe, Jimmy McDonald, and Morgan Ward; in the 7th grade, Wendy Christopher, Laura Crews, Debra Dawson, Rhea Dobson, Blair Fujii, Paul Green, Suzanne Grimes, Tom Hardin, Melodee McCracken, Carla Miller, John Miller, Melissa Moore, LizAnn Payne, and Cindie Sherfield.
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