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10 Years Ago January 11, 2007 A Woodford County grand jury returned an indictment Jan. 3 charging a 25-year-old Versailles man with attempted murder. Jeffrey R. Parker also faces charges of first-degree robbery, first-degree wanton endangerment and being a second-degree persistent felony offender related to an incident that occurred on Oct. 27 at a Cherry Hill Court residence. The possible relocation of the Blue Grass Stockyards to Midway is an issue that has garnered a great deal of public interest, and concerned residents could have an opportunity to voice their opinions on the matter. On Tuesday night, the Woodford County Fiscal Court unanimously approved a motion to send a proposed text amendment that would allow an "agricultural marketing center" as a principal use in the I-2 (light industrial) zone designation to the Versailles-Midway-Woodford County Planning and Zoning Commission. A mixed-use, new urban development being proposed for the site occupied by the old Woodford County Middle School and its adjacent athletic fields is scheduled to come before the Versailles-Midway-Woodford County Planning and Zoning Commission tonight, Jan. 11 at 7. The plan proposes to renovate the old WCMS building into 57,000 square-feet of B-1 (neighborhood business) uses, according to a letter from Bruce Simpson, an attorney representing developer Equestrian Park, Inc. (Matt Matthews, owner). 25 Years Ago January 9, 1992 U. S. Rep. Larry Hopkins, a Lexington Republican, will not seek reelection to an eighth term in Congress. Meanwhile, three-term Democratic U.S. Sen. Wendell Ford has raised more than $1 million for his reelection campaign. Miss Evelyn Jennesse Clarke, a beloved longtime Midway resident, former teacher, and accomplished poet, died Jan. 4 at the age of 99. Ben Chandler of Versailles took office Monday as state auditor of public accounts. Combined deposits at the Woodford, United, and First National banks in Versailles totaled $210,703,727.80 at the close of 1991. On Transylvania University's dean's list for the fall term were William Sudduth Foley III, Amanda Lacefield Foley, Tamitha Waller Foley, Robert Lawrence Johnson, Patricia Lynn Kimball, Misha Craig Warren, and Tracey Ellen Wilson. The Woodford County Middle School eighth-grade cheerleaders were among the top 20 squads at a national competition held in Nashville in December. Members are Anne Blankenship, Nicole Webber, Amy Stout, Heather Pope, Jessica Davis, Tiffany Lundergan, Carey Jones, Tara Hunter, Michelle Jackson, and Beth Weil 40 Years Ago January 13, 1977 Drifting snow and extreme cold brought Woodford County and much of the Bluegrass almost to a standstill Monday night. Several roads were closed and some motorists were stranded when caught in snowdrifts. Several homes lost electrical service and Kentucky Utilities issued an alert asking customers to cut back on the use of electricity. Schools have been able to operate only one day - Jan. 6 - since the end of Christmas break. Meetings of clubs and government bodies have been postponed, as have WCHS basketball games. Gentry McCauley Jr. has been reelected to the University of Kentucky Alumni Association board of directors. William Page has been reelected president of the Blue Grass Council, Boy Scouts of America. Kay Threlkeld received a master of arts degree from the University of Michigan in December. On dean's lists for the past semester were. Joellen Gill, at Georgia Tech, and Kimberly Terry, at Converse College.