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10 Years Ago May 10, 2007 Two Lexington residents entered guilty pleas to burglary and theft charges during Woodford Circuit Criminal Court May 2. The charges against Jeffrey Wayne Gabbard, 20, and Sherry Gabbard, 22, stem from a series of burglaries on Carpenter Pike and Sellers Mill Road last September. As was promised the night the Midway City Council approved an amendment to the Woodford County Zoning Ordinance that allows agricultural marketing centers to operate in I-1 (light industrial) zones, a group that opposed the amendment has taken the divisive issue to court. The Midway Preservation Association, Wanda Lucas, Lynn Ison, and Brenda Ison filed suit in Woodford Circuit Court against the Midway council, as well as the Versailles City Council and the Woodford Fiscal Court, both of which subsequently passed the same amendment, and the Woodford County Economic Development Authority, which sought the amendment to pave the way for a possible move by the Blue Grass Stockyards to the Midway Station development. The owners of two farms adjacent to a parcel of property slated for the new Versailles United Methodist Church complex have filed suit against the Woodford County Board of Adjustment for approving the church's application for a conditional use permit for the site at Lexington and Paynes Mill roads. Doug Arnold, owner of Buck Pond Farm, and Wayne and Margaret Lyster, owners of Ashview Farm, filed the suit, the second suit filed contesting a board of adjustment decision in favor of the church. 25 Years Ago May 7, 1992 A public meeting will be held in the Woodford County Middle School auditorium next Thursday to discuss the community's desires for the future of Woodford Hospital. Martha Henderson, a graduate of Morehead State University, is Woodford County's new 4-H Extension agent. Derek M. Christenson will receive a bachelor of arts degree from Miami University, Oxford, Ohio, on May 10. Auditions have been scheduled for the Woodford County Theatrical Arts Association's forthcoming production of "Bye Bye Birdie." The Midway City Council is considering a fiscal year budget of $875,400. Christopher Moore of Simmons Elementary and Matthew Moore and Tim Knittel of Woodford County Middle School will take part in the 1992 National High School Chess Championship May 8-10 in Lexington. Fifth-grade all-A students at Huntertown Elementary were Paul Allen, Matthew Bland, Cindy Clifton, Keith DeYoung, Tripp Humston, Brandon Kurtz, Jason Resinger, Abigail King, Richard Gallimore, Mandy Hicks, and Natasha Brown, and at Midway Elementary, Sarah Comley, Jennifer Neal, and James Roach. 40 Years Ago May 12,1977 The Woodford County Board of Education has voted a $700-a-year raise for every teacher next school year. The board has restored part-time physical education instruction to the Mortonsville and Nonesuch schools and squelched a rumor concerning the closing of Pisgah Elementary School. The county's tax rolls showed an increase of 5.8 percent in assessments over 1976, PVA Jim Owen Gaines reported. The 1977 assessment is $297,156,755. Bob and Honey Raybourn have opened an antique store, the Then and Now Shop, on Lexington Road. Rebecca Adams has been installed as president of the Woodford County BPW Club. Suzanne M. Kain is a candidate for a degree to be awarded by Murray State University on May 14.