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10 Years Ago April 12, 2007 Versailles resident Jane Gentry Vance has been selected as Poet Laureate for Kentucky, succeeding Dr. Sena Jeter Naslund. Vance, who writes under the pen name Jane Gentry, is an English professor at the University of Kentucky, a position she has held for about 35 years. The Kentucky Arts Council selects the winner of the prestigious honor. The Woodford County Library will present a new art exhibit titled "Vivid Colors" by Woodford County artist Beverly Baker. Beverly has created many original works of art during her time as a student at Latitudes in Lexington. Her works have been featured on the cover of Nougat Magazine and at several group art shows in Central Kentucky. The show will be located in the new Rich Art Gallery on the second floor, and will be open during the library's usual hours, Army Pvt. Joshua E. Woods has graduated from basic infantry training at Fort Benning, Columbus, Ga. Woods is the son of Lloyd and Rebecca Mosher of Versailles. 25 Years Ago April 9, 1992 Emma-Lee Paulette Ralston of Versailles was recognized for outstanding achievement during Eastern Kentucky University's Honors Day. George and Niesje Spragens and Sara Hicks have returned to Midway after spending last week in Cocoa Beach, Fla. Butch Armstrong has been appointed fire chief at Midway, succeeding Jerry Columbia. Seniors on the 4.0 honors list at Woodford County High School were Tracie Ball, Charliese Brown, Marti Burton, Shelley Downey, Faith Edelen, Amanda Forman, Lisa Goins, Gena Green, Holly Henry, Andrea Jones, Jacqueline LaFrana, Candy Mason, Elizabeth Neff, Clinton Newman II, Julie Pierce, Carey Royalty, Sara Shearer, and Sue Shrewsbury. The Wolf Wile store; which was founded in downtown Lexington in 1889 and was known to generations of area shoppers, will close by the end of this month. 40 Years Ago April 4, 1977 The annual horse show, held each summer in conjunction with the Woodford County Fair, has been cancelled this year due to restrictions placed on the use of athletic fields adjacent to Woodford County Junior High School. The two-story brick house at 156 Elm Street, known for years as the Mrs. Susan McLeod property, was purchased at public auction Saturday by Mr. and Mrs. Lee Warley Harper for $62,000. Martha Westfall is the newly elected chairwoman of the Woodford Recreation Board. Houses that will be open on the Midway Woman's Club Spring Tour, will be Pinkerton Place and the homes of Dr. and Mrs. Norman Fisher, Mrs. Ernest McWilliams, Mr. and Mrs. James C. Raisor, and Mr. and Mrs. Don Bozarth. Joe Foley of Versailles is one of 20 Centre College students named junior marshals for the college's 1977 commencement exercises. Robert C. Grady, a political science instructor at Eastern Michigan University and a former Versailles resident, has been chosen as one of 200 recipients of the National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Stipend Awards for 1977.