From Our Files
10 Years Ago March 8, 2007 Congressman Ben Chandler along with Congressman Ric Keller (R-8th-FL) is taking the lead in the U.S. House of Representatives to reject the president's proposal to sell public land. Chandler led the charge against a similar proposal last year, which was ultimately rejected by the Congress. Cancer is one of the leading causes of death in the African-American community, and members of St. Paul AME Church are implementing a new program to raise awareness and make needed lifestyle changes. The women will be participating in the Body and Soul program, which enables African-American churches to assist members in the areas of diet and exercise. Woodford County High School graduate and Transylvania University sophomore Brittny Congleton and home school graduate and Transylvania freshman Kim Rodgers recently performed in Transylvania University music program's "An Evening at the Cabaret: Pop Music of the 80s." The show featured songs performed by soloists as well as the Transylvania Choir, Transylvania Singers women's choir and Pioneer Voices men's choir. Congleton, the daughter of Michael and Julie Congleton of Midway, sang a duet of "Walk Like An Egyptian." Rodgers, the daughter of David Rodgers and June Harrison of Versailles, sang "Girls' Night Out" and "Somewhere Out There" with the Transylvania Singers. The Midway community, led by Mayor Tom Bozarth, will honor the members 1937 Midway High School Basketball Team with a celebration dinner on the occasion the 70th anniversary of that team winning the Kentucky State High School Championship. The dinner is scheduled for March 20 at Midway College at 7 p.m. A video tape of the recent Blue and White Celebration at Woodford County High School will be shown and a multimedia program recreating the '37 tournament using photographs over a sound track created from newspapers articles written in the Lexington and Louisville papers of that day will be presented in honor of the Bluejays. Three of the five surviving team members, Armon Portwood, and Sherman and Quentin Columbia will be honored. They will be accompanied by Margaret Ware Parrish, one of the '37 Bluejay cheerleaders. 25 Years Ago March 5, 1992 Construction is well along on Southside Elementary School, which is expected to open this fall for the beginning of the 1992-93 school year. The temperature here Tuesday was 75, one degree short of the record set in 1901. New records were set at Louisville and Jackson, where it was 80. Angela Kay Craig of Versailles earned a 4.0 standing for the fall semester at the University of Kentucky. Stewart Richard Gatewood of Versailles was named to the honors list at Indiana University. Midway Elementary third grade honor roll students were Courtney Burge, Justin Corn, Hunter Correll, Randi Hunton, Ellen Moore, Jonathan Juett, Jessica Armstrong, Tory Tucker, Angel Rogers, Ashley Robinson, Joseph Smith, Aletha Armstrong, Andrea Dunbar, Nickie Logan, Scotty Parks, and Ben Smith. Bill Bland is marking his 20th year as a basketball coach at Woodford County High School, where he is varsity assistant. 40 Years Ago March 10, 1977 The Wells farm zoning controversy continued in the legal spotlight when the Kentucky Court of Appeals last week upheld Woodford Circuit Judge Robert Hall Smith's finding that fiscal court had acted arbitrarily and without due process of law when it denied the rezoning from agricultural to residential. The matter is now back in fiscal court's hands. The Woodford Bank and Trust Company, fifth oldest bank in Kentucky, is observing its 125th anniversary this month. Victor Hellard Jr. was selected on Wednesday of last week as head of the Kentucky Legislative Research Commission. The old Woodford Hotel on North Main Street was recently purchased by Fred Faust from Jimmy Bond for $80,000. The United Way campaign has raised $41,000, surpassing the goal of $39,900. Among persons filing for political office recently were Harold Carmickle and Carl Whalen Sr. for magistrates from Districts 7 and 8, respectively; Paul Noel for re-election to the Versailles City Council; and David Knox of Scott County for district judge. Earning dean's list honors at the University of Kentucky for the first semester were Elizabeth Campbell, Clay Gaunce Jr., Evelyn Hutcherson, Phyllis Sharp, William M. Smith, James Fetter, Richard Macemon, Beth Wilson, Mary Withers, and Cheryl Clifton. S. B. Boston, a well-known Woodford County farmer, died last Thursday. The WCHS Yellow Jackets were upset by the Frankfort Panthers last Thursday night in double overtime, 74-65, ending their season at 17-6. The Lady Jackets lost to Frankfort's Lady Panthers 63-55. Jeff Fitch of Versailles, who wrestles for Indiana University, qualified last weekend for the NCAA wrestling championships at Norman, Okla., March 17-19. Charlie Reed of Versailles has been selected by the NCAA to officiate in a first-round game on March 1 in the Midwest Regional of the NCAA Basketball Tournament at Omaha, Neb.