From Our Files
10 Years Ago January 31, 2008 Quebecor World Inc., Versailles’s largest employer whose corporate parent faces reorganization after filing for bankruptcy Jan. 21 will be soon hearing more reasons for keeping its plant open and possibly even expanding. Mary Lee Gillis retired after 22 years in Woodford County government with the last six years as fiscal court clerk. The Woodford County Board of Education voted unanimously on Jan. 24 to enter into a contract with Preston Construction Group to renovate Huntertown Elementary School with a bid of $7,068,642. At the January meeting of the board of directors of United Bank, J.J. Martin was promoted to vice president and Melody Wade was promoted to assistant vice president. James P. Lagrew, son of Mr. and Mrs. Jeff Lagrew of Versailles, was named to the dean’s list at Furman University for the fall 2007 term. Chase Aitkin, son of Rick and Jackie Aitkin of Versailles, graduated from Georgetown College at the end of the fall 2007 semester with a bachelor of science degree in physics and a minor in mathematics. Six Jacketfish seniors, Meghan Mulvaney, Caitlyn Boyd, Trent Goodin, Dusty Hicks, Nathan Hicks and Sean Siaens, were honored at the conclusion of Woodford County’s home swim meet Jan. 23. WCHS senior Taylor Wade signed a Letter of Intent to continue her softball career at Midway College. 25 Years Ago February 4, 1993 Completing the list of announcements for political office this week are Jenny Sue Given for county judge-executive; Alan J. George for county attorney; Betty J. Dozier, Theresa Scates, and Bobby H. Smith for magistrate; Freeman Bailey for coroner; Virgil Cremeans, Martha Goodwin Dempsey, Gary Michael Montgomery, and incumbent Henry Witten for Versailles City Council; Betty Allison, Lindsay Campbell, and Deen Craig for Midway City Council, and Ethyle Noel for Division 2 district judge. The sale by GTE Corporation of the Sylvania Glass and Lamp plants here to OSRAM GmbH of Munich, Germany, has been completed. Raymond Lane, 77, prominent farmer and community leader, died Jan. 27. On Eastern Kentucky University’s fall semester dean’s list were Tressa H. Brumley, Crystal L. Cox, Shelley R. Downey, Kathy M. Elkins, and Rhonda L. Koontz, all of Versailles, and Dusty M. Columbia, Carey A. Given, and Martin G. Pittmen, all of Midway. Jason King of Versailles has pledged Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity at Centre College. Ann Mook, a Centre College student from Versailles, is studying in England as a part of the Centre-in-London program. St. Leo School in Versailles is celebrating its centennial. Chris Jackson of Woodford County High School defeated several college runners in the 55 meter dash at the Mason-Dixon Games in Louisville. 40 Years Ago February 2, 1978 Winter continued to ravage the area as a blizzard swept Kentucky last Thursday, adding two more inches to the 16 inches of snow already on the ground and covering roads with ice and wind-driven drifts. The roads were so bad that it took a fire truck two and one-half hours to reach Mortonsville, where a fire that broke out at 9 a.m. destroyed the home of Saint Lancaster and a storage building adjacent to the home. The county’s REACT team received a total of 637 calls for emergency assistance from Thursday through Sunday. Volunteers with four-wheel drive vehicles, members of law enforcement agencies and others joined REACT in attempting to handle the emergencies. Woodford Fiscal Court was highly critical Saturday of the state’ s failure to clear the roads it maintains in this county. Dan Tuttle has been named interim administrator and consultant for Woodford Memorial Hospital, succeeding Robert Moore, who resigned. The Offutt-Cole Tavern, once an inn and stagecoach stop on the Old Frankfort Pike and Midway Road in Woodford County, has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places. Bev Donnell, 16, is a finalist in the Miss Kentucky National Teenager Pageant to be held later this month. The Woodford County High School Yellow Jackets lost to Anderson County, 53-49, in the CKC playoff last Wednesday night, before the snowstorm hit. University of Kentucky football coach Fran Curci has signed a new five-year contract. Amy Kerr, a student at St. Leo School, was the county winner of the Conservation Poster Contest.