From Our Files
10 Years Ago August 23, 2007 Robert Todd Williams, 69, formerly of Versailles, a Russian River, Calif., vintner who founded Toad Hollow Vineyards and turned it into one of Sonoma County's most recognizable wine labels, died Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2007, at Santa Rosa, Calif., Memorial Hospital, of complications from heart surgery. Williams, whose younger half-brother is actor Robin Williams, grew up in Versailles with his mother, leaving to "seek his fortune" on a motor scooter at age 14. Despite Tuesday's soaking rain, Woodford County Judge-Executive John Coyle has declared a water shortage advisory for the 220 Woodford County customers served by Kentucky American Water Company. The declaration is in response to an Aug. 16 request from Kentucky American Water President Nick Rowe. More than 30 volunteers came out to help Woodford Habitat For Humanity begin construction on its latest build project last Saturday, Aug. 18, at 246 Green Street. They had all four exterior walls completed by noon and all interior walls constructed and erected by the end of their workday. They will continue the Build Blitz through this week and hope to get the roof on by this Saturday. Woodford County Historical Society Curator Danna Estridge will portray Susan B. Anthony during a reenactment of an event from 1879 which will be part of a joint fundraising effort with the Bluegrass Scenic Railroad and Museum on Sept. 22 and 23. The reenactment is based on a visit by the woman's rights activist to the Bluegrass Region in October 1879. 25 Years Ago August 20,1992 The Versailles City Council has given first reading to an ordinance annexing the site of a proposed shopping center on Lexington Road near Dan Drive. Woodford Fiscal Court has received the recommendations of a committee charged with redrawing magisterial district boundaries. The boundaries must be redrawn every 10 years, following a census, to achieve equal distribution of voters. Woodford's schools will open for the 1992-93 term on Aug. 26. Jeffrey Cline, a 1992 graduate of Woodford County High School, has been awarded a scholarship for the coming academic year at Murray State University. Marshall Pennie, a WCHS basketball standout from 1965 to 1967, died Saturday after collapsing while housing tobacco. He was 43. Just two weeks before, Bill Darneal, the tallest player in Midway High School basketball history, died following surgery to remove a brain tumor. He was 49. Tommy McDaniel, formerly of Versailles, has been named administrator of a new nursing home in Lake City, Fla. 40 Years Ago August 25, 1977 The Woodford County High School Yellow Jackets, under new head coach Phil "Duke" Owen, will open the gridiron season tomorrownight at Henry Clay High School in Lexington. A petition drive against a shopping center on the U.S. 60 Bypass is taking place in downtown Versailles. The Woodford Bank and Trust Co. has published a 24-page historical booklet to commemorate its 125 years of financial and community service. Sally Haydon of Versailles won championships in equitation and showmanship and reserve honors in the intermediate three-gaited pleasure pony division at the state 4-H Horse Show in Louisville. Landmark Lodge No. 41, F&AM, will celebrate its 160th anniversary on Aug. 27. Libby Nave of Versailles has one of the leading roles in the comedy "Under The Yum Yum Tree," now playing at Diners' Playhouse in Lexington.