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10 Years Ago January 25, 2007 A public hearing to discuss a proposed text amendment that could allow the relocation of the Blue Grass Stockyards to the Midway Station Industrial Park remains set for Feb. 8, despite a request from the Midway City Council for the hearing to be reconsidered. At Tuesday night’s meeting of the Woodford County Fiscal Court, no action was taken on Midway’s request. The court did not entertain public comments from those on either side of the debate. An expansion/renovation of the Kroger grocery store in the Lexington Road Plaza will provide locals with a shopping experience that is comparable to Kroger stores in Lexington or Louisville, according to store Manager Glenn Meadows. He said the expansion encompassing about 15,000 square-feet of additional sales space will increase the existing 59,000 square-foot store by about 25 percent. Staff Sgt. John Edward Cooper, 29, of Ewing, a member of the U.S. Army, brother of Sherri Springate of Versailles, died Monday, Jan. 15, 2007, in Iraq from injuries received when a homemade explosive device detonated near a Humvee in which he was riding during combat operations in Mosul. Three other soldiers were also killed by the explosion. Sgt. Cooper was part of the 2nd Battalion, 7th Cavalry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, out of Fort Bliss, Texas. Congressman Ben Chandler announced Jan. 18 that he was chosen by House Majority Whip James E. Clyburn (D-SC) to serve on his Whip Team for the 110th Congress.  In this leadership role, Rep. Chandler will help Clyburn gather support for the Democratic agenda.  25 Years Ago January 23, 1992 U.S. Sen. Wendell Ford has filed for reelection to a fourth term. Robert Stephens, chief justice of the Kentucky Supreme Court since October 1982, will seek reelection to the court. In asking for $17,000 to help get the girls’ softball field at the county park ready for the coming season, spokesman Darrell Green told the Versailles City Council that the girls’ facilities should be on a par with the boys’. Dean’s list students from Woodford County for the 1991 fall semester include Leangela Amburgey, Rhonda Lee Koontz, and Joseph T. Zann at Eastern Kentucky University, and Samuel Channing Rock at Washington and Lee University. Emily Phillips of Versailles has pledged Phi Mu at Transylvania University. Graduates of Eastern Kentucky University in December were Brian Baxter Cotton, Elgin F. Cottrill, Michele Lynn Davis, Rhonda Lee Koontz, and Kelly S. Mitchell. Julie Bishop, a student at Woodford County Middle School, was the winner of the 1991 county Conservation Essay Contest. The runner-up was Lindsey Roberts, who attends St. Leo School. Sixth-grade honor students at St. Leo Sc4-H Fashion Revue modeling awards were presented to Jennifer Caywood, Suzie Morgan, Elizabeth Kelly, Jodianne Clark, Michelle Jackson, Audrey Johnson, Darlene Lodmell, and Carlene Lodmell. 40 Years Ago January 27, 1977 Schools, industries, and businesses are feeling the crunch of new cutbacks in supplies of natural gas caused by unusually cold weather and the resulting large use of gas. The gas company is urging that all thermostats be set no higher than 65 degrees and that businesses shorten their hours of operation. Tire chains have been ordered for the entire fleet of county school buses. Woodford Fiscal Court appropriated funds Saturday to allow the county police department to operate on a 24-hour basis. On the dean’s list at Western Kentucky University for the fall semester were Rebecca Lynn Bruce, Teresa Darlene Dutton, John Mark Miller, and Beverly Frances Padgett. Helene Holman McGoldrick, a member of the Woodford Memorial Hospital nursing staff for the past 23 years, died Saturday at the age of 57.

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