From Our Files
10 Years Ago May 31, 2007 Versailles attorney Tamra Gormley and Georgetown attorney Neil Duncliffe will vie for the post of Family Court Judge for the 14th Judicial Circuit in November's general election. Gormley and Duncliffe were the top two vote-getters in the Tuesday, May 22, primary for the position. "The Lions have come to Versailles." Those six words in the May 9, 1957, edition of The Woodford Sun hailed the organization of the Versailles Lions Club 50 years ago this month. A photo of the local chapter's officers, including President Homer Hughes, accompanied the front-page story. The Versailles Lions Club was formally incorporated on May 27, 1957. The Woodford County High School Alumni Band held a joint concert with the Woodford County Middle School on Tuesday, May 22, in the middle school gymnasium. The alumni played as a group, and then once the middle school had completed their portion of the program, the middle school band, and alumni band ended the concert with a joint playing of "My Old Kentucky Home." The band was conducted by former WCHS band director Nat Carter. 25 Years Ago May 28, 1992 A class of 211 Woodford County High School seniors will graduate tomorrow night in a ceremony at the Woodford County Park stadium. (Editor's note: the commencement was held Sunday after being postponed twice because of rain. Sue Ashley Shrewsbury is the WCHS Class of 1992 valedictorian and Candy Lee Mason is salutatorian. Outstanding WCHS undergraduate students recognized at Honors Night were Linda Mitchell, junior class; Teresa Duba, sophomore, and Ayana Jackson, freshman. Linda Foley has announced that she will retire this summer after 20 years with the Woodford County Health Department. Woodford Fiscal Court has proposed raising the county's occupational tax from one percent to one and one-half percent. The project to renovate the old Woodford Hotel on North Main Street has been completed. Susannah C. Vance of Versailles, who is graduating after three years at Woodford County High School, will attend Columbia University in the fall. 40 Years Ago June 2, 1977 Woodford County High School will graduate a record class of 238 seniors tomorrow. The valedictorians are Lea Ann Hill, Cathy Fitzgerald, Larry Williams, and Marc Williams. Former Gov. A. B. Chandler, who has two grandchildren, A. B. Chandler III and Celeste Lewis, in the class, will deliver the commencement address. Ron Hays, formerly of Versailles, has been chosen as the recipient of the 1976 Kansas Association of Broadcasters award for agricultural service. Hays works for KFH radio in Wichita. Nursing scholarships from the Ethel Witherspoon Alexander Trust were presented to three WCHS students last week. They are Peggy Aines, Debbie Tucker, and Jenny Dutton. Joellen Gill, 1976 WCHS graduate, has been awarded a Wright State University scholarship for 1977-78. Joe P. Foley of Versailles received the Nelson Allen Chemistry Award in honors ceremonies at Centre College on May .17. Paintings by Cynthia Kelly and photographs by J.N.E. Prichard are on exhibit at the Woodford County Library this month. Bill and Margaret Shanks are the new owners of the franchise for the Convenient Food Mart on South Main Street.