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10 Years Ago January 24, 2008 Enrollment in Woodford County Public Schools rose by 70 students this year when compared to a year ago, according to data supplied by Assistant Superintendent Betty Luckett.The county’s public schools reported a total enrollment of 3,943 students this year (Jan. 11, 2008) compared to 3,873 students last year (Jan. 12, 2007). Helen Waldie Hicks, 79, of Midway, widow of Dr. Newell G. Hicks, died Friday. Mother Ellen Curran, 84, founder of the Sisters of Saint Joseph the Worker, died Thursday, Jan. 17, 2008, at Taylor Manor Nursing Home. Two junior varsity teams representing Woodford County High School at the Dorman Cavalier Academic Challenge in Roebuck, S. C., had top-10 finishes. A team composed of R.J. Abel, Bennett Coffey, Jason Hill and John Phillips earned a sixth-place finish and received a plaque for being a quarterfinalist Lucie Chandler, Hannah Leatherman, Logan Pauley, Jared Rogers and Hannah Schultz finished 10th in the JV division. Three local girls, Jessica Lee Reed, Marissa Bryce Baker and Morgan Jolly, were recently recognized as state finalists in the Miss Kentucky Teen America Organizations annual pageants on Jan. 6. Fourteen Woodford County residents currently attending Transylvania University have been named to the dean’s list for the 2007 fall term: freshmen Jeffrey Gullett, Amanda Holt, Brenda Kirkpatrick, Jordan Michael and Elizabeth Siegelman; sophomores John Coyle and Matthew Roark; juniors Brittny Congleton, Brandon McHenry, Katherine Thornton and Ryan Wood; and seniors Hallye Griffin, Rachel Hogg and Candace Rayburn. Meredith Dixon named to the dean’s list at Belmont University for the fall 2007 semester. Luiza Oliveira DeCamargo was named to the dean’s and chancellor’s lists for the fall 2007 semester at the University of North Carolina-Asheville. Pamela Jeanne Burkich and Rebecca Lovelace Burkich were named to the dean’s list for the fall 2007 semester at the Hazard Community and Technical College. 15 Years Ago
January 28, 1993
Seventy-eight candidates - probably a record - have filed for local offices in the 1993 elections.
Among the incumbents bowing out of this year’s contests are County-Judge Executive Denny Nunnelley, County Attorney Mark Gormley, Circuit Clerk Mary Nave Alcoke, Jailer James L. Moore Jr., and Midway Mayor Carl Rollins, the latter seeking the county judge-executive post instead. Also entering the judge-executive race is Republican Jenny Sue Given, a former holder of that position. Patricia Nave Kittinger is unopposed for succeeding Mrs. Alcoke, her aunt, as circuit clerk. Others announcing this week are William K. Moore for county attorney; incumbent Marlin Mitchell, Larry W. Craig and Bobby L. Gaffney for magistrate; incumbent Steve Ward for coroner; Tony Alsabrook, Robert Giles, Gary Gilkison and George Raider for jailer; incumbent Phil House and Mary E. Bradley for Versailles City Council, and Paul W. Noel Jr., James K. Johnson and Jean Sharon for Midway City Council.
Gene Osborne has been appointed Versailles postmaster, succeeding Jack Stumbo.
Combined deposits at the Woodford, United, and First National banks here totaled at the close of 1992.
Josh Crain of Versailles has pledged Phi Delta Theta fraternity at Centre College.
On Transylvania University’s fall dean’s list were Woodford Countians Kelley R. Eaves, Amanda L. Foley, Andrea D. Jones, Misha C. Warren, Gail M. Weinberger, and Amy T. Buckley.
The Woodford County High School wrestlers captured their second State Duals title last Saturday.
Leslie Saunders and Kippy Kennedy of WCHS have been named to the first girls’ soccer All-State team.
40 Years Ago
January 26, 1978
A snowfall of three inches fell Friday on top of the 13 inches already on the ground complicating the lives of most Woodford Countians.
The state’s education budget may leave the Woodford school system $13,000 short of its needs, Superintendent Joe D. Gormley said.
W. Julian Walden Sr., 78, prominent Midway horseman, and seedsman, died Jan. 20 in Naples,
Miss Lillian Berryman, descendant of a prominent pioneer family of Woodford County, died Jan. 19 at the age of 88.
Billy L. Currens, 42, died from injuries he received on Jan. 18 when he fell through a skylight while apparently attempting to clean snow off the roof of the Woodford Feed Co., Lexington Road.
On the dean’s list for the fall term at Western Kentucky University were Denis Donaldson, Teresa Dutton, Catherine Fitzgerald , Lea Anne Hill, Theresa Middleton, John Mark Miller, Charles Raglin, and Laverne Raglin. At Georgetown College, Mary Catherine Wehrle was on the dean’s list.
The Rev. and Mrs. Clinton Meininger, of Iowa, were in Midway over the weekend visiting C.F. Voigt and Miss Betty Ann Voigt. Mr. Meininger was a former minister in Midway and Versailles.
John Michael Gormley was the winner of the 1977 Conservation Essay Contest in Woodford County. Jennifer Calvert was the runner-up.
A group providing services to children and citizens interested in the welfare of children has been formed here, known as the Children’s Services Committee of Woodford County.