From Our Files
10 Years Ago March 29, 2007 Three Woodford Countians and one Lexington man associated with the 1937 Midway High School Championship basketball team received a sustained standing ovation at Rupp Arena Friday night, March 23, as the Kentucky High School Athletic Association named them "Sweet Sixteen Legends." Armon Portwood, Sherman Columbia and Margaret Ware Parrish, all of Midway, and Quintin Columbia of Lexington were recipients of the honor which culminated nearly 10 weeks of events celebrating the 70th anniversary of team's victory over Inez High School to become the basketball champions of the commonwealth. Ms. Parrish was the hit of the evening as she walked to the center court at Rupp Arena dressed in the full blue and white uniform of a Midway cheerleader, which she was 70 years ago. The Woodford County Board of Education directed schools Superintendent Paul Stahler on Monday night to negotiate with representatives of Woodford Fiscal Court on a lease agreement that would pay the "reasonable costs" to replace Community Stadium's grass playing surface and scoreboard. A preliminary cost estimate for making those improvements, which include the installation of an artificial playing surface, was $652,000. Woodford County Schools would make annual lease payments to Woodford Fiscal Court, which would then use the rent to make its bond payments over a 20-year period. Local residents who support and oppose the possible relocation of the Blue Grass Stockyards to Midway filled the Anne Hart Raymond Center at Midway College to voice their opinions. On Tuesday night, the Midway City Council listened to more than three hours of presentations, including testimony from the Woodford County Farm Bureau and the Midway Preservation Association, as well as a plethora of comments from concerned citizens. The Sun published a correction to a story reporting that the Midway Station property had been on the market for "nearly a decade." EDA Chairman Joe Graviss has asked The Sun to state that the property has been owned by the EDA for about six years, but has only been "heavily marketed" for about three years. 25 Years Ago March 26, 1992 Jeff Fitch, who began his wrestling career with Woodford County High School's team while a sixth-grader in 1968, was inducted Tuesday night into the Dawahares-Kentucky High School Athletic Association Sports Hall of Fame. He now lives in Los Angeles. Eugene M. Barnes, a longtime Versailles clothing store owner and bank director, died Monday at the age of 80. Vic Hellard Jr. was recently honored for his 15 years as director of the Kentucky Legislative Research Commission. Hornback Realty has opened a new office on Frankfort Street. Nancy Nave Fritschner, formerly of Versailles, has been elected to the Board of Trustees of the University of the South at Sewanee. Her husband, the Rev. John B. Fritschner, is rector of St. David's Church in Cheraw, S. C. John Powers and Polly Shrewsbury of Versailles are on Centre College's dean's list. Named to Huntertown Elementary's sixth-grade honor roll were Rebekah Deter, Missy Lynch, Brad Kerkhoff, Leslie Lott, Angie Story, Hallie Craig, Kelly Field, Krista Green, and Kellee Mantle. The WCHS baseball team will play its first game at the new A. B. Chandler Field Tuesday. 40 Years Ago March 31, 1977 Cornelius Terry was elected chairman of the Woodford County Planning and Zoning Commission at last week's meeting, succeeding J. Pat Williams, who had served as chairman since January 1974. Controversy continues over the P&Z Commission's recent adoption of a revised Comprehensive Plan without forwarding it to the various governing bodies in the county. Beverly B. Bruckner, Emily C. Gay, Deborah A. Huffman, and William F. Baker Jr. have been named to the dean's list in the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture for the fall semester. Alfred H. Nuckols of Hurstland Farm, Midway, has been elected president of the Thoroughbred Club of America.