From Our Files
10 Years Ago February 1, 2007 The Kentucky United Methodist Home for Children and Youth in Versailles has taken steps to retrain and increase its staff in order to address issues related to providing more effective supervision of its residents, according to its president. The Rev. Alex Carmichel said a decision to address staffing issues had begun several months before an off-campus incident that may have involved sexual contact between a teenage resident and staff member in early January. Len Greathouse will retire from coaching at season’s end, but continue teaching at Woodford County Middle School. He said he will most miss working with academic team members, but the avid cyclist and model airplane enthusiast is also looking forward to having more time when the school day ends to pursue his other interests. The Woodford County Economic Development Authority (EDA) and Lexington developer Dennis Anderson currently have an agreement on the table for the development of the Weems property adjacent to the Midway Station Industrial Park, and the EDA unanimously approved development and conceptual landscape plans Friday morning, Jan. 26. Plans for the property include a hotel, a “suites” hotel, a fast food restaurant, a gas station/car wash and a dine-in restaurant. According to the plans, the hotel is expected to sit on the east side of the property, and the convenience store will occupy the parcel’s southeastern end. The plans were submitted in early December. The Rev. Marc Vance, a native of Versailles, recently accepted the call to serve as rector of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Columbus, Ind., where he began his duties on Dec. 1, 2006. Last Wednesday was Senior Night for the Woodford County High School swimming and diving teams, where the six senior members of this year’s squad were honored before their final regular season home meet. This year’s seniors – swimmers Kristina Kirk, Betsy Claunch, Meredith Walsh and Lauren Coffey and divers Jennifer Childers and Chris Rice – went out on top, as Woodford dominated on all sides. In combined team score, Woodford finished on top with 346 points, easily ahead of second place Scott County’s 247. Both the girls (179 points) and boys (167 points) had no problems in finishing first, as well. 25 Years Ago January 30, 1992 The Woodford County Board of Education voted 3-2 last Thursday to bus elementary students who live in the Merewood subdivision to Northside Elementary in Midway beginning in the 1992-93 school year. Democrat Jerry Atwood of Midway and Republican Jack May of Versailles have filed as candidates for the 56th District Kentucky House seat held by Joe Barrows of Versailles. Woodford students on the dean’s list at Morehead State University for the 1991 fall semester were Brian Anderson, Woody Fairchild, and Janet Gaunce. The Jack Jouett House restoration project in Woodford County earned a state Bicentennial Commission salute and a grant of $10,000. Woodford County’s work in publishing the Kentucky Textile Directory was also recognized and awarded a similar grant. Helen Clifton of Midway has retired after being employed 19 years at Midway College. Laura Riddle of Midway has been promoted to lieutenant commander in the United States Naval Reserve Nurse Corps. Clay Mattingly, who attends Simmons Elementary School, was the Division I and county winner of the county Conservation Poster Contest. Rachel Noble, also a Simmons student, was the Division II winner and county runner-up. The Woodford County High School Mat Jackets took second place in the third state duals championships last weekend in Frankfort. Simon Kenton prevailed over WCHS, 32-26. 40 Years Ago February 3, 1977 The curtailment of natural gas service due to the severe cold spell has caused schools in the area to remain closed for the fifth straight week, ·but it is hoped that the curtailment will be lifted by Monday. A restriction of gas service for businesses has led stores to reduce their hours of operation and to keep thermostats set low. Farmers are finding it difficult to feed and water their livestock. New officers of the Woodford Chamber of Commerce are Daniel Bach, president; Jim Freeman, vice president; Charles Lathrem, secretary-treasurer, and Ned Meekins and Henry Carl, directors. Dr. Ed Ford, a Cynthiana veterinarian, has formally announced his candidacy for the state Senate from the 30th District, which includes Woodford County. On Kentucky University’s dean’s list were Stephanie Godby, Mary L. Ladd, Warren G. McLean, John M. Mize, and Kevin K. Shipp. Phyllis L. McSpadden and Tillman Drury have enrolled in the Kentucky National Guard Noncommissioned Officer School.