From Our Files
10 Years Ago July 12, 2007 After 33 years in ministry at larger churches in Danville, Owensboro, Louisville and Lexington, Mike James has been called to serve as pastor of Glen's Creek Baptist Church. Woodford County Economic Development Authority Chair Joe Graviss announced July 5 that an as-yet unidentified prospect is interested in buying the whole 130 acres remaining in the Midway Station industrial park. The announcement came in the wake of the EDA's acknowledgement that any deal with the Bluegrass Stockyards for that entity to buy some or all of the property had fallen through. First-year Woodford County Middle School track and field Coach Jill Hall was recently named middle school track Coach of the Year by the Kentucky Track and Cross-Country Coaches Association (KTCCCA), but Hall said the Tigers' 2007 success was the result of a "group effort." The WCMS girls' track squad captured the state title May 19, and shattered several school and state records along the way. United Way of the Bluegrass has announced Kathy Love as the 2007 - 2008 United Way of the Bluegrass Woodford County board of trustees chair. Love is the chief executive officer with Bluegrass Community Hospital in Versailles. Mark Johnston has been named the 2007 Woodford County campaign chair. Johnston is in human resources at OSRAM Sylvania in Versailles. Both are longtime supporters of United Way and are very active in the Woodford County community. Last year, the United Way of the Bluegrass campaign raised $185,000 for Woodford County. 25 Years Ago July 9, 1992 The construction of Northside Elementary School at Midway is near completion. The $4 million school, begun in the fall of 1991, will join Southside Elementary as one of the county's two new schools. The old A&P Grocery building on the corner of Lexington and Locust streets in Versailles was torn down last week. A&P closed its doors here in December 1981. P&Z statistics show that from 1987 to 1992, a total of 765 building permits were issued for single-family dwellings in Woodford County. Midshipman Christopher Farha, Versailles. graduated cum laude on June 15 from the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy in New York. The McCauley and Mattingly law firm has been formed by Gentry E. McCauley Jr. and Phyllis Sharp Mattingly. Mary Jane Wilhoit Phelps is associated with the firm. Laura Lee Monette of Versailles graduated cum laude from Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio, with a bachelor's degree in biology. 40 Years Ago July 14, 1977 The school board has adopted a $4.3 million budget and increased the tax rate from 47.7 cents to 51.4 cents. The board, still wrestling with facilities plans, continues to support the construction of a new junior high school and the renovation of WCJHS as an elementary school. Fiscal court has decided to divide the county park development project into several steps, giving first priority to building a maintenance facility. A motion for a $1.1 million corporate revenue bond issue to finance the entire park project was defeated. Combined deposits at Woodford County's two banks at the close of business on June 30 totaled $53,207,212.15. The M.B. Food Corp. is planning to move its operation from Lexington to Versailles when construction of a warehouse is completed on a 7-1/2-acre tract in the Versailles Industrial Park. Anita M. Britton of Versailles has been appointed public information officer for the Lexington Fayette Urban County Government. Frank M. Slater has been awarded a master's degree in management from Xavier University. Nancy Louise Presley has been named to the dean's list at Berea College for the spring term. Stephanie Rabe graduated from Morehead State University with a bachelor of arts degree in elementary and special education. Philip Owen, a Kentucky native and former assistant football coach at Clemson University, has been hired as head football coach and math teacher at Woodford County High School.