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10 Years Ago April 5, 2007 Faced with the city's toughest decision in quite some time, the Midway City Council voted Monday to approve a text amendment that could result in the relocation of Blue Grass Stockyards to the Midway Station Industrial Park. Councilwoman Charlann Wombles' motion passed with a vote of 4 to 2. Councilwomen Sheila Redmond and Sharon Turner voted against the measure. A large crowd gathered at Midway City Hall, anticipating the outcome of the proceedings, but fell silent after the vote was tallied. Mayor Tom Bozarth said residents, regardless of their opinions on the issue, should unite as a community. Gov. Ernie Fletcher visited Woodford County on Wednesday, March 28, to deliver funding for a number of community transportation projects, including a surprise check that will pave the way for a safer route to school for Woodford County Middle School students. The governor presented a total of nearly $700,000 during the ceremony in Versailles. Woodford Reserve Distillery was named the winner of the Woodford County Chamber of Commerce 2007 Tourism Award Wednesday, March 28. About 70,000 tourists visit the distillery each year, and Woodford Reserve is the official bourbon of The Kentucky Derby and The Breeder's Cup. Forrest Courtney, Madison Courtney, Sanders Courtney, and Ashton Hall of Woodford County were named to the A-B Honor Roll at Frankfort Christian Academy for the third nine-week period. 25 Years Ago April 2, 1992 Woodford County's Enhanced 911 system is 99.2 percent complete, said Sgt. Steve Tracy of the Versailles Police Department. A Civil War reenactment will be held at the county park Saturday and Sunday, April 11 and 12. The Merewood Concerned Citizens organization has called for the reconsideration of a decision to bus elementary school children from the subdivision to Midway. Calumet Farm, on the Versailles-Lexington Road in Fayette County, was sold at auction last Thursday for $17 million to Polish-born Henryk de Kwiatkowski, an aerospace magnate. St. Leo School's sixth grade honor students: Walker Thrash, Ginny Blankenship, Laura Gregory, Janie Gregory, Rob Humkey, Fred Pimentel, Lindsey Roberts, Jessica Thornton, Blake Steele, Dan Deaver and Phil Luckett. In one of the most exciting college basketball games ever played, Duke defeated the Kentucky Wildcats 104-103 in overtime in the NCAA East Region title tilt, on a last-second shot by Christian Laettner. Tammy Washer and Shana Raglin were honored Monday night as Most Valuable Players for the WCHS Lady Jackets. 40 Years Ago April 7, 1977 A total of 57 persons have filed for local offices in this year's elections. An appeal of Circuit Judge Robert Hall Smith's ruling in the Pineway Farms residential development ha5 been filed by neighborhood residents and Woodford Save the Land Association. The Versailles City Council plans to file a suit in Woodford Circuit Court this week to require the P&Z Commission to send a copy of its recently amended comprehensive plan to the council. Edwin E. Barnes, 65, who with his brother, Eugene, operated the Barnes Brothers Clothing Store on Main Street, died Saturday. The Katherine-Nell Shop, established in Versailles on May 17,1949, by Katherine Edger and Nell Roberts, has been sold to Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Rose. Word has been received at Margaret Hall of the death on March 26 of Sister Jeannette, Order of St. Helena. She came to Margaret Hall in 1930 and remained there for many years, serving at several different times as mother superior. The new track at Woodford County High School was inaugurated last week. Marcus Crawford and Bo Lanter were honored as Most Outstanding Players at the WCHS basketball banquet last week.