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10 Years Ago

May 15, 2008

The primary election will be held May 20.

The Woodford County Board of Education voted 4-1 on Tuesday night to spend proceeds from the sale of the old middle school property to maintain teacher and instructional assistant (IA) staffing levels for next school year.

This Friday brings the Bluegrass Railroad Museum’s official opening for the season, after a year and a half of remodeling, following a November 2006 fire that damaged the building’s second floor and roof.

Gary Wayne Wotten, former Versailles insurance agent, was told to make his restitution payments as ordered or he would face jail time by Woodford Circuit Judge Paul Isaacs. In May 2002, he entered an Alford plea to six counts of insurance fraud and 16 counts of second-degree forgery. A seven-year prison sentence was suspended.

25 Years Ago

May 20, 1993

A savage spring storm lashed the area Tuesday afternoon, bringing high winds and heavy rain and hail. Trees were knocked down across the county, temporarily blocking several roads.

Chris Allen of Versailles was awarded a bachelor of arts degree in political science from Westminster College, Fulton, Mo., on May 9.

Norb Ryan of Versailles has been honored as an outstanding alumnus of Eastern Kentucky University’s College of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Athletics.

Woodford County Middle School students Nancy Meares, Brian Duba and Michael Mitchell have been recognized in the Duke University Talent Identification Program.

Christine Rice Sheets, 86, long-time owner and operator of the Corner Antique Shop, died May 12.

The number of registered voters in Woodford County is 12,048, a gain of 630 over those registered for last November’s general election.

This year’s primary election will be held next Tuesday.

Sea Hero, the Kentucky Derby winner trained by Mac Miller of Versailles, finished fifth in the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Saturday.

The Woodford County High School boys’ track team won the CKC track and field meet Saturday.

40 Years Ago

May 18, 1978 The Planning and Zoning Commission last Thursday narrowly approved an amendment to expand the definition of manufacturing in a light industry zone to include the manufacture of compost and other soil conditioners.

An effort by several P&Z members to fire Zoning Enforcement Administrator Jenny Sue Given failed at last week’s meeting when eight commissioners split their votes and chairman Cornelius Terry abstained.

The Versailles City Council has approved the extension of water and sewer service to Stourbridge Il.

Nick Berryman and Kathy Goode reigned as king and queen of the Woodford County High School senior prom last weekend.

Nancy King Mills of Versailles and William Ralph Paris Jr. of Fredonia were married Monday, May 15. Dr. M. Ward Crowe of Fayette County, who has close ties to Woodford County, was one of six University of Kentucky professors honored with Great Teacher awards Friday. Dr. Crowe is a professor of veterinary science.

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