From Our Files
10 Years Ago February 8, 2007 An annual tradition of commemorating the life and legacy of Dr. L. L. Pinkerton began anew at Midway College last week as administrators, teachers and students gathered in the institution’s dining hall. Those at the noontime lunch shared a cake honoring Pinkerton during a celebration of Founder’s Day, the anniversary of Pinkerton’s birth (Jan. 28, 1812) and death (Jan. 28, 1875). Founder’s Day had not been commemorated in recent years. The Versailles-Midway-Woodford County Board of Adjustment voted on Monday night to expand a conditional-use permit that will allow Christian Broadcasting System, LTD to proceed with plans to construct an addition to its existing facilities at 3950 Lexington Road. The revised conditional-use permit limits the use of the A-1 (agricultural) zoned property to radio operations as long as broadcasting continues on-site. Tamra Gormley has announced her candidacy for the position of family court judge for the 14th Judicial Circuit representing Bourbon, Scott and Woodford counties. Gormley is also seeking the gubernatorial appointment to the position which is available because family court is a newly created court in the 14th Judicial Circuit. AST Environmental, Inc., an environmental engineering firm, filed a lawsuit against the Woodford County Economic Development Authority (EDA), alleging that the EDA failed to disclose its negotiations with Blue Grass Stockyards, LLC, when the firm was considering purchasing property at the Midway Station Industrial Park. Anyone who missed the Jim Curtis photography show, “A Slice of Woodford County Life,” can now see it at the Woodford County Historical Society at 121 Rose Hill in Versailles, where the photographs have become part of the society’s permanent collection. “A Slice of Woodford County Life” is a retrospective of black-and-white photographs of people and events taken during the 1960s and 1970s in Woodford County by well-known local photographer, the late Jim Curtis. 25 Years Ago February 6, 1992 Warren Blades, 71, former Woodford County jailer, Versailles chief of police, restaurant operator, and painting contractor, died Jan. 29. George Johnson Sr., 65, longtime orderly at Woodford Hospital, died Jan. 28. A $160,000 cutback in state funding to Woodford County Schools has been announced. The Versailles City Council has decided to look into actions it could take to halt the busing of Merewood subdivision elementary students to Northside School at Midway next year. The Woodford County Middle School academic team took second place in last weekend’s Governor’s Cup competition. Tim Wright has been appointed environmentalist for the Woodford County Health Department. Violinist Betsy Jo Comer of Versailles will participate in the Kentucky All-State Orchestra this weekend in Louisville. On the fifth-grade all-A honor roll at Huntertown Elementary were Allison Brown, Vickie Aguilar, Mandy Hicks, Forrest Rutherford, Paul Allen, Matthew Bland, Mandy Carl, Cindy Clifton, Tripp Humston, Brandon Kurtz, Jason Resinger, Tiki Allen, Abigail King, and Nina Hall. 40 Years Ago February 10, 1977 Woodford County schools reopened yesterday following a record-setting number of days closed because of weather. Students and teachers were in the classroom only one-half day, on Jan. 6, since the schools broke for the Christmas holidays on Dec. 17. Saturday classes to make up for lost days will begin this week. Tamra Lynn Gormley won second place in the statewide 1976 Conservation Essay Contest. She has won the Woodford contest for the second year in a row. Eugene M. Barnes Jr., Ph. D., has been promoted to associate professor of biochemistry at the Baylor College of Medic ine, Houston, Texas. Dr. Norman S. Fisher and son, Matt, were in Tampa, Fla., over the weekend visiting the campus at the University of Tampa. Dean’s list students for the fall semester included Pamela Ann Williams at Mary Baldwin College and John Breckinridge Carter and Margaret Lacy Widener at the University of Montana. The Woodford County Yellow Jackets defeated Somerset 67-65 to capture the CKC tourney championship Saturday night. Bo Lanter, who finished with 21 points, scored the final three points with just seconds left to lift the Jackets to victory.