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10 Years Ago January 4, 2007 A plan to develop the old Woodford County Middle School property on Maple and Lexington streets is scheduled to come before the Versailles-Midway-Woodford County Planning and Zoning Commission on Thursday, Jan. 11, at 7 p.m. in the second-floor courtroom of the Woodford County Courthouse. Joe Gormley had taken home his wall plaques and framed pictures, and cleaned out his desk in the weeks leading up to his final official workday as Woodford County judge-executive last week. The courthouse and his office closed for the New Year's Day weekend Dec. 28. A Woodford County native, Gormley said his loss in last November's Versailles mayoral race likely signaled an end to his career in public office. "That's my intention right now," he said. "I think I've done enough." Mary Aliano was named director of the Woodford County Senior Citizens Center last month, and she said she is looking forward to the task at hand. Alaino, a Nebraska native, succeeds longtime director Trish Tippey. Employees from Clark Material Handling Company delivered over $2,500 in Christmas gifts to the Kentucky United Methodist Children's Home in Versailles. The employees have "adopted" the Boys' Emergency Shelter, which has 10 beds. Christmas presents arrived with each child's name written on oversized gift bags. The home serves teenagers with histories of abuse, abandonment, neglect and family trauma. Last year Clark employees purchased a television, entertainment center and Xbox video games for the recreation room. 25 Years Ago January 2, 1992 Midway College has been fully accredited as a bachelor's level institution by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Lexington Mayor Scotty Baesler announced Sunday that he will be a candidate this year for Congress from the 6th District. Also on the ballot this year will be the U.S. presidential race, the 56th District Kentucky House race, and local school board contests in Districts 1, 3, and 4. Megan Forman of Midway left Christmas Day for Paris, France, for a 10-day visit with her aunt and uncle, Dave and Cathy Brandon, who are in language study at Tours. Mable Hahn Poor was recently honored for her 32 years as church pianist at the Clover Bottom Baptist Church. The Woodford County High School wrestlers finished third in their invitational tournament last weekend, but individual titles were won by Yellow Jackets Matmen Dion Washington and Robert Kemper. Don Grace, a Versailles resident, and Allison Gordon, a Woodford County native, have been promoted to important executive posts by Farmers Capital Bank Corporation, Frankfort, parent of the United Bank and Trust Company. 40 Years Ago January 6, 1977 Combined deposits at Woodford County's two banks at the end of 1976 amounted to $52,342,880.24. Ten years previously, the figure was $17,645,713.41. The Christmas and New Year's holidays ended Monday, but not for students in Woodford County schools. Snow and cold weather kept the schools closed the first three days of this week, bringing to six the number of days lost to weather this school term. The county school system has prepared plans to cope with a 40 percent curtailment in natural gas service announced by Columbia Gas of Kentucky. Mr. and Mrs. William G. Clark and daughter, Mary, of Midway, were in Atlanta last week for the Peach Bowl. Mary flew from Atlanta back to school at Mary Baldwin College. Mr. and Mrs. Ken Hagan, Mike, Lynn, Tim and Pat, of Midway, spent two weeks in Florida over the Christmas holidays. Diana Paul has been named to the dean's list for the fall quarter at Asbury College. Thomas M. Hackney was a December graduate of the University of Kentucky. Bo Lanter and Ben Carter, with 23 and 20 points, respectively, led the Woodford County Yellow Jackets to a 62-56 conquest of Lexington Bryan Station Monday night.

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