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10 Years Ago July 19, 2007 Rainfall in Woodford County on Independence Day and Tuesday last week, as well as from isolated showers this week, has helped relieve drought conditions for crops, yet most of Kentucky is still six to seven inches below normal rainfall, according to Tom Priddy, a meteorologist with the agriculture Extension office at the University of Kentucky. "Things are starting to green back up; however, after an extremely difficult start to the growing season, we needed this rain," Priddy said. A new urban preliminary subdivision plan for Equestrian Park on Lexington and Maple streets was approved by the Versailles-Midway-Woodford County Planning and Zoning Commission July 12. The approval included waivers related to public streets, storm water management and street trees. One approved waiver allows a "concrete block paver system" to be used in lieu of conventional asphalt for paving the development's public streets. A second waiver allows a crushed stone base beneath the concrete block streets to provide the retention and water quality systems for the development. Autumn Wilson of Versailles, a student at Eastern Kentucky University, was one of 10 Kentucky college students to receive the annual Kentucky Broadcasters Association's Harry Barfield Scholarship. 25 Years Ago July 16, 1992 Stuart Mims of Versailles was the co-winner of the $19-million jackpot in last Wednesday's Lotto Kentucky drawing. His share is $9.5 million. A proposed zone change that would allow construction of a Farm Bureau office on Troy Pike near Southside Elementary School and Rose Crest Cemetery has met with opposition. A pilot breakfast program that began at Simmons Elementary School this year will be set up in the rest of the county's schools next term. Woodford County's three banks reported combined deposits of $200,452,529.71 at the close of business on June 30. The Woodford County Theatrical Arts Association's summer production of "Bye Bye Birdie" will open tomorrow night at the county park amphitheater. Clint Newman, a 1992 graduate of Woodford County High School, has received an Honor Scholarship from Centre College and will enroll there in the fall. Vic Hellard Jr. of Versailles has been appointed to the newly established Long-Term Policy Research Center Board. 40 Years Ago July 21, 1977 Work has begun on the restoration of the Crittenden Cabin at a new site on the grounds of the Methodist Home. An article in Sunday's Lexington Herald-Leader re-emphasized the possibility that Supreme Court Clerk Martha Layne Collins of Versailles will run for lieutenant governor in 1979. Bill Nave will have the leading role when the University of Kentucky Opera Workshop presents "Man of La Mancha" Aug. 4-6. Marvin and Mary K. Woodrum won the mixed doubles in the Woodford County Doubles Tennis Tournament last Friday by defeating Gary and Mary Lee Gillis. Glowing Tribute, a 4-year-old filly trained by Mac Miller of Versailles, won the $109,500 Sheepshead Bay Handicap Saturday at Belmont Park in New York. A Long John Silver's restaurant held its grand opening here last week. It is the first building completed in the industrial park off the U.S. 60 Bypass. Demolition of the Woodford Inn Motel on Lexington Street began last week. The construction of two fast-food outlets - Taco Tico and Pizza Hut - is anticipated on the site. The adjacent Dixie Cream Donut Shop will be remodeled.