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10 Years Ago November 8, 2007 Democrat Steve Beshear defeated incumbent Republican Gov. Ernie Fletcher Tuesday in convincing fashion in the race for Kentucky governor. A hiring scandal early in Fletcher's administration crippled his reelection efforts. At the request of the local public school system, the director of the Woodford County Health Department wrote a letter dated Oct. 31 informing parents that a student at Woodford County High School has a confirmed case of Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus or MRSA. "We wanted to get the correct message out to the parents and not panic anybody," said schools Superintendent Paul Stahler during an interview last week. "...It's at the high school. It's an isolated incident, but we are dealing with it." Ed and Mary Ann Miller of Versailles have been named to the Transylvania University Parents Council for 2007-08. Their daughter, Amanda, is a graduate of Anderson County High School and a freshman at the university. Parents council members serve as goodwill ambassadors for Transylvania, help recruit new students, identify internship and career opportunities for students and graduates and raise funds to enhance the campus library. 25 Years Ago November 5, 1992 In Tuesday's elections, Arkansas Gov. Bill Clinton defeated President George Bush, ending 12 years of Republican rule in the White House. At press time, Clinton had 430 electoral votes (270 required). Locally, Lexington Mayor Scottie Baesler won the 6th District Congressional seat over Republican Chuck Ellinger (Larry Hopkins, R-Lexington, did not seek re-election). For the Woodford County School Board, P. T. Vance unseated Judy Clark in District 3; incumbent Ambrose Wilson IV defeated challenger Jack Zeleznik in District 1, and Dr. William S. Foley Jr. was reelected with no opposition in District 4. Democrat Joe Barrows was re-elected state representative in the 56th District over challenger Jack May. Bob Stopher has been employed as public works director for Versailles. 40 Years Ago November 10, 1977 Facing his first Republican opposition since 1945, County Judge Matt T. Blackard retained his claim as the longest-tenured county judge in Kentucky by winning Tuesday's election over Jenny Sue Given. A school building tax which would have provided funds for new county-wide high school was defeated Tuesday. Fiscal court members Clay Waite and Harold Carmickle were defeated by Burgess Oliver and Gerald Dotson, respectively. Magistrates Harry Tingle and Tommy Turner won re-election, defeating John Barrows and Jeffrey Ashley, respectively. Pat Matthews defeated William Wade Smith for membership on the Woodford County Board of Education. Scott County attorneys David Knox and J. Craig Bradley III were elected to newly created district judgeships in the 14th Judicial District.