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10 Years Ago August 16, 2007 As the long hot summer of 2007 continues, the entire state is now in a severe drought condition, according to Monday's Palmer Drought Severity Index figures. The index shows the Bluegrass Region, which includes Central and Northern Kentucky, at -3.27. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the Palmer Index "uses temperature and rainfall information in a formula to determine dryness." It has become the semi-official drought index. The Ocean Corporation of Houston, Texas, has announced that Nathan Lamirande of Versailles graduated in July with an Ultimate Diver Training certification. He is the son of Lisa and James Lamirande. The Ocean Corporation, located in Houston, Texas, is the premier commercial diving training organization in the United States and has been training commercial divers since 1969. A development plan to construct a hotel, convenience store and two restaurants on Leestown Road at Georgetown Road near downtown Midway was approved by the Versailles-Midway-Woodford County Planning and Zoning Commission following an Aug. 9 hearing. The approved final development plan and preliminary plat for the 7.14-acre site in the B-5 (highway interchange service business) district included five subdivision regulation waivers. 25 Years Ago August 13,1992 State Auditor Ben Chandler is pictured with Democratic presidential candidate Bill Clinton, who visited Louisville in his first post-contention foray into the Midwest. Gov. Brereton Jones was released from King's Daughters Hospital in Frankfort Sunday after suffering back injuries in a helicopter crash in Shelby County last Friday. Woodford Schools Superintendent Jim Jackson said the district's two new elementary schools - Northside and Southside - will open on time this year. A state grant of $241,164 has been approved for widening and resurfacing Big Sink Pike from Quail Run (Stonegate subdivision) to the Old Frankfort Pike. The GTE Sylvania Versailles glass and lamp plants will be included in a sale of part of the communications giant's lighting division to OSRAM, a subsidiary of Siemens AG, and a group of investors. Dr. Harold E. Resinger of Versailles was awarded an honorary doctor of science degree recently by the University of North. Dakota. Neil K. Craig of Midway is on the dean's list at Queens College, Charlotte, N. C. Ferrell Pauley Wellman will receive a master of mass communications degree from the University of South Carolina, Columbia, S. C., on Aug.15. Joey Simpson, 20, a Versailles native, won the National Amateur Bowling Championship in Chula Vista, Calif., last week. She will become a member of Team USA. Ian Skidmore won his second consecutive Pisgah Invitational Tennis Tournament championship Sunday, defeating Brent Austin. Malik Daniel defeated Tyrone Sparks for the Class A title. Woodford County High School track star Chris Jackson has been named to numerous Ail State and All-Area 6 teams. 40 Years Ago August 18, 1977 The pros and cons of a zone change for a shopping center on the U.S, 60 Bypass were argued at a Planning and Zoning Commission public hearing last Thursday night. One side says the center would provide a shot in the arm for Versailles's retail sector and the other side claims it would destroy downtown Versailles. Continued debate in Woodford Fiscal Court has led to postponement of action on a bond issue for the county park on Lawrenceburg Road. The Woodford County Board of Education is calling for a referendum on a bond issue to build a new high school. The Versailles City Council is proposing the adoption of a sewer service district boundary. The Kentucky Court of Appeals has upheld Woodford Circuit Court in a zone change for 28.3 acres of land adjoining Merewood from agricultural to residential. Stephen W. Farley, D.M.D., who graduated in May from the University of Kentucky College of Dentistry, will open an office here on Sept. 6. Thom Thompson of Versailles has been elected president of the Cola Clan (collectors of memorabilia of Coca-Cola). Judy Smith, Maxine Harrod, and Nola Reed of Midway have returned from Grand Rapids, Mich., where they attended the Northern Church Music Conference conducted by John W. Peterson, well-known gospel composer.