From Our Files
10 Years Ago
May 29, 2008
The following persons and organizations were honored at the Woodford County Chamber of Commerce’s annual Progress Awards celebration on May 15: Hall of Fame, Ray Holbrook; Educator of the Year, Garet Wells; Horse Industry, Chris McCarron/North American Racing Academy (NARA); Business Person of the Year, William B. Drake Jr., president of Midway College; Ruth Roach Community Thru Unity, Woodford County Repair Affair; Community Spirit Award, Francisco’s Farm Arts & Craft Show; Tourism Award, Thoroughbred Theater; Industry of the Year, WinStar Farm; Volunteer of the Year, Bryan Dowell and Chris Mateyoke; 2007 President’s Award, Margie Holbrook.
The Woodford County Middle School girls’ track team capped its 2008 season with another victory at the KTCCCA Middle School State Championships May 17, and this year’s Tiger squad managed to set seven new school records.
25 Years Ago
June 3, 1993
A class of 221 graduated from Woodford County High School Friday night. The commencement ceremony was held in the stadium at Woodford County Park.
Dr. William R. Martin, of Midway Road, a well-known drug addiction researcher, died in a tractor accident outside his home last Thursday. He was 72.
Stella Hogan, 99, of Versailles, who had been active in the Women’s Suffrage Movement and in PTA, 4-H and Extension Homemakers’ activities, died last Thursday.
Versailles Police Chief Robert Y. Brown has announced that he will retire on Aug. l.
Wanda Rodgers of Woodford County High School was honored for 25 years of teaching service and received a Golden Apple Award on May 20.
Teachers honored for their work in helping special needs students were Jeanie Halter, Mary Don Coyle, Danny Haynes, Mary Lou Lannum, and Myron Moore.
Recent graduates of Georgetown College from Woodford County are Christopher G. Dotson, Christopher M. Hogan, James N. Kash, Daniel B. Gould, Kathryn E. Mabry, Megan Forman, and Megan’s mother, Donna Forman.
Gretchen Shoot was the Division II county winner of the Woodford County Conservation District essay contest.
WCHS wrestler Robert Kemper, a state champion, has signed a letter of intent to attend Miami of Ohio University.
WCHS’s Chris Jackson won his third straight state championship in the 100-yard dash Saturday.
40 Years Ago
June 1, 1978
A record class of 243 seniors will receive diplomas when Woodford County High School holds commencement exercises tomorrow night.
The valedictorians of the WCHS Class of 1978 are Lisa Anne Conway, David Scott Hardin, and Katherine Scott Noye.
The cost of mailing first-class letters went to 15 cents Monday, an increase of two cents.
The Sisters of Divine Providence will leave St. Leo’s School and the community in mid-June after 52-1/2 years here.
James P. Tune, 97, retired dry goods merchant, and W. Dowell Oldham, 86, a former longtime Versailles resident and property owner, died during the past week.
Hope Shaw, a sophomore at Transylvania University, has been elected a student government senator.
Catherine D. Bell graduated Saturday from St. Andrew’s Presbyterian College, Laurinburg, N.C.
Mrs. Hubbard Endicott of Midway was honored Monday evening upon her retirement after teaching 26 years at the Midway Public School. Warren Gene McLean of Midway graduated with high distinction from Eastern Kentucky University on May 13. Mark Matthews and Gus Wade of the WCHS tennis team captured the doubles competition of the Regional High School Tennis Tournament last weekend in Lexington. In girls’ singles, Woodford’s Tammy Woodrum advanced to the semifinals, where she was defeated by Henry Clay’ s Lee McGuire.