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10 Years Ago August 9, 2007 About 50 people, most from the local farming community, argued against the proposed closing of the Woodford County office of the Farm Service Agency (FSA) at a public meeting on the issue Monday night. Jeffrey S. Hall, state executive director of FSA, spent the first part of the meeting explaining the rationale behind the proposed closing of the Woodford office and combining its operations with the Franklin County office. The proposal also includes folding the Anderson County operation into Franklin County. A unanimous vote during Midway City Council's Monday evening meeting gave two-and-a-half city acres to a task force entrusted with development of a planned nursing home located near Midway College. Unlike most nursing homes, the facility would utilize simpler, more-streamlined procedures for the care of those living there. That's according to Keith Knapp, chief operations officer of the Louisville-based Christian Care Communities, who gave a presentation to council members about his organization's hopes for the facility. Three lawyers, including former Versailles attorney Melbourne Mills Jr., were ordered Aug. 1 to repay $42 million plus interest to clients who were part of a $200 million diet drug settlement. Boone Circuit Court Special Judge William Wehr ordered Mills and attorneys Shirley Cunningham Jr. and William Gallion, all of whom have been temporarily disbarred by the Kentucky Bar Association, to pay the more than 416 former clients who claimed injury by taking the diet drug fen-phen, and who received $74 million of the settlement. The rest of the $200 million went to lawyers, consultants, and a non-profit organization, which paid the lawyers $60,000 a year to serve on its board. Last year, Wehr ruled that the attorneys breached their fiduciary duty by taking the majority of the settlement money. The three lawyers also face federal criminal charges of conspiracy to commit wire fraud. 25 Years Ago August 6, 1992 Residents in the Southland and Ridgewood areas of the Versailles will soon be asked to participate in a pilot curbside recycling program. Woodford Hospital's interim administrator, Don Sieg, was dismissed last week by the hospital's board of directors. In the forthcoming school board election, Dr. William Foley is unopposed for reelection. Incumbents Ambrose Wilson IV and Judy Clark will have opposition - Wilson from Jack M. Zeleznik and Clark from P. T. Vance, Peggy Cremeans, and Steven Blake. Attending the recent Summer Leadership Conference at Eastern Kentucky University were Woodford Countians Rose Gavenonis, George Binder, Marchel Kirk, Joy Arnold, and Carol Youngblood. 40 Years Ago August 11, 1977 The federal controller of currency has accepted an application for the establishment of a national bank in Versailles, the first step toward obtaining a charter. State Sen. Tom Easterly of Jessamine County is campaigning for the office of congressman from the Sixth District, seeking the seat currently held by John Breckinridge of Lexington. A slight increase in enrollment is expected for Woodford County schools this year - about 30 students. Ricardo Harmsen was the winner of the Championship trophy and Mark Lucas repeated as Class A winner in the annual Pisgah Tennis Tournament, which concluded Saturday night.

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