From Our Files
10 Years Ago July 26, 2007 After a July 2007 employee newsletter featuring Woodford County Judge-executive John Coyle's front-page perspective on the fiscal court's recent budget decisions, several magistrates at fiscal court raised some protests during the court's meeting Tuesday night. In the newsletter, Coyle expressed disappointment that the court, he said, had decided not to raise county employees' salaries by 5 percent. Versailles police department and planning and zoning employees received the well-deserved raise, Coyle wrote, and other county employees should too. A Woodford County contingent joined other Central Kentuckians on "The Bluegrass Region's 2007 Washington Fly-In" July 11 and 12. Business, education and government leaders from the area met with Kentucky's six U.S. congressmen and two U.S. senators individually, and urged those leaders to support legislative measures that will benefit the Bluegrass region. The following Western Kentucky University students received degrees at the end of the spring 2007 semester: Emily A. Brown, Versailles, bachelor of science; Alex G. Edwards, Versailles, bachelor of science; Joel E. German, Versailles, bachelor of arts; Barbara M. Herbert, Versailles, bachelor of science; Ashley M. Noel, Versailles, bachelor of science; Matthew L. Whitley, Versailles, bachelor of arts. Ten volunteers from Versailles Presbyterian Church returned on July 12 from their second village water purification project in the Yucatan in two years. This year's project was set up in partnership with the village of Oxchabal ("Osh-ka-bal"). Donations from members and friends of the church provided the funding for the project. The people of Oxcabal built the building and provided a group of men to work on the installation, maintain the system, and provide clean water for the community. 25 Years Ago July 23, 1992 The Versailles City Council will seek appraisals of three properties in the Wooldridgetown area with an eye toward buying them with funds from a Community Development Block Grant. Wooldridgetown is the focus of a revitalization project that has significantly upgraded housing in the neighborhood. Andrea D. Jones of Versailles has been awarded a Transylvania University Regional Scholarship for the 1992-93 academic year. Joni Michelle Schenck, 15, and her sister, Megan Nicole Schenck, 12, will compete next week in a national dance pageant in Toronto, Canada. Kathleen Gormley of Versailles has been elected secretary of the Kentucky Young Democrats. George and Niesje Spragens have returned to Midway after spending last week in Crystal Lake, Mich., where the Spragans family reunion was held. Neil Craig of Midway has been named to the dean's list at Queen's College, Charlotte, N.C. Texas billionaire Ross Perot announced last Thursday that he will not run as an independent candidate for president. 40 Years Ago July 28, 1977 Woodford Fiscal Court reversed itself Saturday regarding financing the county park and voted to float a $1.35 million corporate revenue bond issue. In another surprise move, the court voted not to reappoint Alfred Portwood as administrator of the county's occupational tax. Sufficient signatures have been obtained on petitions to form a library taxing district here. The petitions bearing 2,832 names were accepted by fiscal court Saturday. Tommy Wade and Mark Lucas will return to defend their crowns in the 1977 Pisgah Invitational Tennis Tournament. Wade is the championship flight title holder and Lucas is the reigning Class A champ. Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Courtney and granddaughter, Kenna Courtney, have returned from a two-week vacation in Hawaii.