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10 Years Ago March 1, 2007 James F. Carter, 71, a downtown fixture as a former clerk for Cornerstone Pharmacy, formerly The Corner Drug Store, died Saturday, Feb. 24, 2007, at Northpoint Healthcare Center in Lexington. Born in Midway, he was the son of the late Charles and Christine Young Carter. In addition to Cornerstone Pharmacy, he had worked at the former Duncan Drug. He was a graduate of Simmons High School in Versailles and was a member of the First Baptist Church. Following a hearing on Feb. 22, the Versailles-Midway-Woodford County Planning and Zoning Commission unanimously recommended that the Versailles City Council approve the rezoning of 6.614 acres at 101 Maple Street from R-3 medium density residential) to B-1 (neighborhood business) and 5.306 acres at 302 Laval Heights from R-3 to B-4 (highway business). Property owner Matt Matthews told the commission that a high demand for office space in Versailles led to him acquiring the old middle school property from the Woodford County Board of Education. Woodford County Middle School once again reigned supreme in the Capital Chapter of MathCounts Saturday, Feb. 24. The entire team advanced to state MathCounts after defeating 13 teams in its region. WCMS has won the Capital Chapter of MathCounts for three consecutive years under Coach Curtis Wall. Becky Keith, a Spanish teacher at Woodford County High School, was recently awarded a grant for $2,500 from Best Buy for integrating interactive technology into the curriculum. Keith will use the grant to acquire equipment for digital storytelling with podcasting and vodcasting (audio and video digital recordings) with her classes. 25 Years Ago February 27, 1992 A proposed bypass around Versailles extending from Frankfort Road to the Troy Pike has been dropped from the state's six-year plan. In another highway matter, the state will add on and off ramps on the east side of the Blue Grass Parkway-Troy Pike interchange. Henry Witten, manager of the Kroger Store in the Woodford Plaza, has retired after 40 years with the grocery company. The Woodford County High School wrestlers took second place in last weekend's state tournament, losing to Hopkinsville. The Mat Jackets' Shawn Meckley captured an individual championship. The Versailles City Council has forbidden non-city residents to place garbage on streets for pickup by city sanitation workers. Richard B. Pratt, 69, a retired editor and columnist, died Feb. 23 at his farm on the McCracken Pike. Versailles students on deans' lists include Bleik Pickett at the University of Pittsburgh; Jason Michael Ladnier at DePaul University; Jason Allen at Asbury College; Cynthia S. Searcy at Georgetown College; and Michelle L. Bendis at Western Kentucky University. Christy Howard, a Midway Elementary sixth-grade student, won the county spelling bee last Thursday. 40 Years Ago March 3, 1977 St. Leo's School had an unusual visitor Monday afternoon when part of a 21-car Southern Railroad freight-train derailed in the school's back yard at 4 p.m. Rand McNally has purchased the property and building formerly owned by International Paper Co. on the U.S. 60 Bypass at Big Sink Pike for $1,085,001. The site will be used for Rand-McNally's tour bureau and as a warehouse. Natural gas curtailments have been eased as the weather has improved, and most local businesses have returned to normal operating hours. Four farms located on the fringe of the proposed urban service area around Versailles will probably remain within the service area boundary. They are the Elliott, Nuckols, Mereworth, and Wells farms.

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