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10 Years Ago February 7, 2008 A screening committee has begun reviewing the credentials of 40 applicants interested in becoming Woodford County Schools’ next superintendent.

Following Quebecor World’s filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy and subsequent efforts toward corporate reorganization in recent weeks, local vice president and plant manager Frank Setlak said questions about the Versailles plant closing have been only speculation. Arbella Sawyer of Versailles, daughter of Steve and Cindy Sawyer, won nine awards and was in the top 15 out of 5,000 in the International talent competition IMTA in Los Angeles, Calif., with Images Agency.

St. Leo School finished third overall in District 40 Governor’s Cup action on Jan. 26.

The Woodford County High School academic team dominated its competition at the District 41 Governor’s Cup in Lawrenceburg Saturday, Feb. 1.

The Bluegrass Railroad Museum was preparing for the grand re-opening of the rebuilt station on May 17 and 18. The museum was recovering from a fire suffered in late 2006.

A Simmons Elementary School-wide “Souper Bowl of Caring” food drive resulted in students collecting more than 1,300 nonperishable food items leading up to this past Sunday’s Super Bowl.

Woodford County Middle School seventh-graders Matthew Shultz and Grant Sparks advanced with top-10 finishes at the Capital Chapter of MathCounts at Frankfort Christian Academy on Saturday, Feb. 2.

Versailles photographer Dave Huntsman was honored by the Kentucky Professional Photographers Association as Kentucky Photographer of the Year. This was the fifth time in seven years and the seventh time in Huntsman’s 20 year career as a photographer he has been awarded this honor.

More than 550 students were not in class on Tuesday, according to former assistant schools Superintendent Betty Luckett.

The Woodford County High School’s Jacketfish claimed sixth straight Region 3 title in regional championship.

25 Years Ago February Il, 1993 Buckler’s Grocery, long a central gathering place in the southern Woodford County community of Troy, has closed its doors.

Dr. Robert Wagoner, principal of Woodford County High School since 1990, has resigned to take a position with the state Department of Education.

Ellen Hellard of Woodford County has retired from her 27-year career with the state library system. She had been director of field services for the library system since 1975.

Woodford Fiscal Court has concurred with the Planning and Zoning Commission in denying a zone change for a housing development between Payne’s Mill Road and Cabin Brook Golf Course.

Jennifer L. Jarman of Versailles graduated from the University of Kentucky in December with a B.S. degree in nutrition and dietetics.

On the fall semester dean’s list at Western Kentucky University were Michele L. Bendis, Lori A. Burger, Holly A. Hedden, and Gretchen K. Krell, all of Versailles, and Marla J. Mitchell of Midway.

Joseph T. Seitz has been commissioned a 2nd lieutenant in the U.S. Marine Corps.

The Woodford County High School Mat Jackets won their 10th straight district crown last Saturday.

40 Years Ago February 9, 1978

Although most roads have been cleared of ice and snow, Woodford County schools remained closed Wednesday because of extremely cold weather. So far this year, students have missed 25 days of classes.

Tuesday morning’s low temperature was 9 degrees below zero; Wednesday’s was from 5 to 8 above.

Todd Hillard, 5, of Faywood in Woodford County, has been named Kentucky Heart Fund campaign poster child.

Kathy Goode will represent Woodford County in the Kentucky Junior Miss Pageant in Louisville today through Saturday.

Belinda Wasson was the first runner-up in a pageant at Midway College to select the school‘s candidate for Mountain Laurel queen.

Rex Cecil of Woodford County has been elected president of the East Kentucky Chapter of the American Institute of Architects.

The Woodford County High School wrestling team won the CKC and regional tournaments laud qualified eight wrestler’ for the state tournament.

Jim Freeman has been installed as president of the Woodford Chamber of Commerce, succeeding Dan Bach. Also installed were Dan Daffron, vice president, and Charles Lathrem, secretary-treasurer.

Acting Versailles Fire Chief Paul Downey has called on the city council to make a firm commitment to help improve and advance the department before he is sworn in as chief.

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