From Our Files
10 Years Ago June 28, 2007 James Turner Alexander, 89, a lifelong resident of Woodford County, a businessman and member of the Kentucky General Assembly, died Sunday, June 24, 2007, at the Saint Joseph Hospital, Lexington. The Bluegrass Stockyards "have found the door no longer appears open" for the facility to move from its downtown Lexington location to the Midway Station development on I-64, said stockyards Chairman Gene Barber in a letter to the editor in this week's issue. The decision by stockyards owners to end negotiations with the Woodford County Economic Development Authority to buy property in the industrial park brings to an end at least part of the rancorous debate that gripped Midway in recent months and led to a lawsuit by a group opposed to the relocation of the stockyards to Midway. Sue and Sherman Dozier of Versailles celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on June 16, 2007, with a dinner at Spindletop Hall for family members and their wedding party. Woodford County sand sculptor Damon Farmer has just returned from a project near Venice, Italy. Nineteen artists from Holland, Denmark, Japan, Spain, Canada, Australia, Czech Republic, USA and Australia worked 10 days to create a 1,200-ton sand display. The annual show was themed "The Far West" for 2007 and featured scenes from the American frontier. Farmer's contribution was a 30-foot-wide rendition of a stagecoach robbery. 25 Years Ago June 25, 1992 After a month of controversy, Woodford Fiscal Court has passed a one-half percent increase in the county' s occupational tax, which now stands at 1-1/2 percent. A roadside marker honoring former Gov. A. B. Chandler will be unveiled June 30 by the Kentucky Historical Society at the intersection of Lexington Road and Pisgah Pike. Candidates for Miss Woodford County at the county fair are Callie Atwood, Tressa Brumley, Brenda Davis, Beth Ethington, Emily Patton, Samantha Rice, Laurie Simpson, Jackie Stutts and Maylee Weber. Sarah Stopher was crowned Miss Teen Woodford County Tuesday night at the county fair. Runners-up were Amy Agler, Jessica Davis, Stacy Frey, and Stefanie Duff. A record low of 46 degrees was set here Monday - the first day of summer - three degrees below the previous record, set in 1958. Deborah Baker Reed was recently awarded a master of science degree in nursing from the University of Kentucky College of Nursing. Leigh Harvey Palmore received her doctor of dental medicine degree from UK's College of Dentistry. Sisters Chantel and. Charliese Brown were recent graduates - Chantel from the University of Kentucky and Charliese from Woodford County High School. Fourteen-year-old Bradley Herrera defeated his father, AI, in the Men' s A finals of the Woodford County Open Singles Tennis Tournament. Tammy Woodrum Collins defeated Teresa Scates in the Women's A final. William S. Farish, owner of Lane's End Farm in Woodford County, has been elected chairman of Churchill Downs, Inc. 40 Years Ago June 30, 1977 Legal action over the zoning of the Wells farm on Big Sink Pike continue, as yet another suit has been filed in Woodford Circuit Court challenging the zone classification. Several property owners adjoining the property filed the suit. L. D. Sweazy, chief executive officer of the Woodford Bank and Trust Co., was greeted with a surprise reception in his honor last Thursday morning, marking his 25th year with the bank. Mrs. Lawrence Brewer of Lexington and James Cogar of Midway will select the furniture and furnishings for the Jack Jouett House at the behest of the Woodford County Heritage Committee. The proposed county park on Lawrenceburg Road may be financed through a $1.3 million corporate revenue bond issue rather than a voted bond. Lea Anne Hill has been awarded a Regent's Scholarship by Western Kentucky University for 1977-78. Joellen Gill was named to the dean's list at Georgia Tech for the spring semester. Tani Burns, Diane Murphy, and Kathy Wilson were on Midway College's dean's list.