From Our Files
10 Years Ago July 5, 2007 A 5 p.m. deadline came and went Monday without the Woodford County Economic Development Authority and the Blue Grass Stockyards signing a contract to purchase land at Midway Station, effectively ending a possible move by the stockyards from Lexington to Midway. The stockyards owners are considering another Woodford County site "eight or nine miles" from Midway, but the exact location was not disclosed. Dr. Frank Fletcher has been appointed to serve on the Board of Examiners for the Malcolm Baldridge National Quality Award from the US National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). Fletcher is a professor of business at Midway College, and serves as the college's chair of the Business Administration and Math Division. Thirty contestants from across the state will be vying for the title of Miss Kentucky 2007. Among them will be Brittany Norman, Miss Belle of the Bluegrass. Norman is the 17 year-old daughter of Karen Norman of Versailles. She won the title of Miss Belle of the Bluegrass at the local pageant held last September in Corbin. The Southside Daisy Girl Scouts recently bridged over to become Brownie Girl Scouts. They included Maddy Chapman, Abigail Cheek, Jenson McMurry, Alexis Duncan, Tara Barbour, Brooke Cissell, Josie Coyle, Summer Delgado, Grace Nelson, Anna Nuckols, Mia Stang, Macie White, Maddie Springate, and Caryl Lyn Akers. The Scout leaders are Piper White and Janna Cheek. 25 Years Ago July 2, 1992 Brenda Davis was crowned Miss Woodford County at the county fair Saturday night. Runners-up were Laurie Simpson, Jackie Stutts, Callie Atwood, and Beth Ethington. Ashley Tincher was named Miss Pre-Teen Woodford County and Jessica McCourt was the winner of the Young Miss Woodford County title. Melissa Scott and Virgil David Peyton III were Little Miss and Mister Woodford County. Joseph Coleman Carter III, a Versailles native and nuclear engineer who worked on the Manhattan Project, died Friday, June 26, in Versailles. A historical marker honoring the late Gov. A.B. "Happy" Chandler was unveiled Tuesday morning at Pisgah Pike and Lexington Road. Woodford Hospital is still searching for answers to its money woes. The hospital is said to be losing about $100,000 a month. Polly Shrewsbury of Versailles, a member of the student newspaper staff at Centre College, * will be assistant features editor for the coming academic year. The University of Kentucky College of Agriculture has awarded scholarships to Versailles students Holly Henry and Michael Dotson. Paul Noel, a former Midway University of Kentucky, and National Basketball Association standout player, is featured this week in an article by Mack Calvert. Willie Wilson, an All-State soccer player at Woodford County High School, will begin a three-week competition tour in the United Kingdom on July 23. 40 Years Ago July 7, 1977 Jane Hutcherson was crowned queen of the Kiwanis-sponsored pageant at the Woodford County Fair Tuesday night. Runners-up were Tricia Haynes, Mary Beth Mastin, Debbie Harris, and Bev Donnell. The Versailles City Council has passed an ordinance to annex the old International Paper plant site on the U.S. 60 Bypass and to issue $1 million in bonds for the purchase of the property. Ronald H. Reed of Versailles has been named chief engineer at the Lexington plant of the Square D Company. Versailles residents will find their property tax rate lowered from 18 cents to 15 cents this fiscal year. A general budget of $764,050 has been adopted by the city. A display of the history of Woodford County is being presented by IBM in its main office in Lexington. Wendell Grayson of Versailles was the coordinator of the project. David M. Chacko, Tom H. Greene, and William M. Smith, all of Woodford County, were named to the dean's list in the University of Kentucky College of Arts and Sciences for the spring semester.