From Our Files
10 Years Ago October 11, 2007 The Versailles City Council reversed course Tuesday and voted unanimously against adoption of an ordinance that would have down-zoned 23.92 acres adjacent to the Versailles Center on Lexington Road from B-3 PUD (planned shopping center) to A-1 (agricultural). A lawsuit filed last week by property owner Rubloff Holding Group LLC figured prominently in the council's decision not to follow through with the down-zone. A 40-year-old man, who formerly lived in Versailles, was sentenced to 30 years in prison for the 1996 rapes of two Woodford County women. Trevor Devon Johnson pleaded guilty to two counts of first-degree rape, first-degree robbery, two counts of first-degree burglary, second-degree burglary, first-degree attempted sodomy and being a first-degree persistent felony offender during Woodford Circuit Criminal Court rule day Oct. 3. Police were able to link Johnson to sexual assaults in Woodford, Anderson and Fayette counties using DNA evidence. The Woodford County High School football team completed the season sweep of its newly formed district this past Saturday night with a 48-13 whipping of visiting Ashland Blazer. The win earned the Jackets the top-seed in District 6, which means that Woodford would play at home in their first two, possibly three, playoff games. Woodford County (6-1, 4-0 Dist. 6) looked impressive in Saturday's victory, especially in the second quarter. 25 Years Ago October 8, 1992 Although a pilot recycling program in Versailles has gotten off to a slow start, Solid Waste Coordinator Cy Brown remains optimistic that the program will grow and succeed. Woodford Hospital has issued a statement that there has been no sale of the hospital or any other type of reorganization. Lori Craig of Versailles was the winner of the Most Beautiful Eyes in Kentucky competition sponsored by the Kentucky Society to Prevent Blindness. The Versailles City Council has asked that an ordinance be drawn up establishing a three percent transient room tax to be levied on short-term room rentals, such as bed and breakfast rooms. Woodford County's property assessments for 1992 have risen just slightly over those of 1991. This year's assessments total $1,213,206,387. Last year's was $1,123,924,778. The Rev: Joseph S. Girdler has been named senior pastor at King's Way Assembly in Versailles. Exchange students from Denmark, Germany, Italy, Japan, and Indonesia are attending Woodford County High School. The WCHS Yellow Jackets upset the 10th ranked Bryan Station Defenders 22-14 Friday night. WCHS homecoming queen candidates are Brooke Smith, Tish Stepp, Kippy Kennedy, Amy Smith, and Christy Watson. 40 Years Ago October 13, 1977 An attorney general's opinion is being sought in connection with a controversy arising from the City of Versailles's failure to file annexation suits in Woodford Circuit Court following passage of annexation ordinances. AI Rabe Jr., a native of Versailles now living in Irving, Texas, will represent the United States next summer in the world championships of miniature aircraft control line precision aerobatics, to be held in Liverpool, England. Freeman Furniture has moved to 127 North Main Street, the former location of the R. H. Hobbs Co. The Rev. and Mrs. Henry Mayer were visitors in Versailles over the weekend, stopping here en route to Perry, Fla., where Fr. Mayer has accepted a call as rector of the Episcopal Church there. A son, James Andrew, was born to Mr. and Mrs. James M. Boggess of Frankfort Sept. 27. The paternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. James P. Boggess of Versailles. Anita Wilson has been installed as worthy matron and Ambrose Wilson III as worthy patron of the OES chapter here. Miss Marilyn Littlejohns of Norwich, England, is spending two weeks in Midway with her aunt, Mrs. Emory Horn, and family. The Woodford County High School Yellow Jackets suffered their first football loss of the season Friday night in a 9-6 upset by Shelby County. The Jackets' record is 6-1.