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Woodford Schools Hall of Fame announces 2018 class

The Woodford County Public Schools Hall of Fame announced its 2018 inductees today, Thursday, June 28. With the exception of the Patron category, all inductees are graduates of a Woodford County public high school.

The induction ceremony is scheduled for Sept. 8 at Woodford County Middle School, and the 2018 class will be introduced during halftime of a WCHS football game on Sept. 7. Nominations were made by friends, family members and a committee composed of Woodford County alumni and educators.

Academics (Distinguished achievement as a student, teacher, professor or administrator):

• Betty Dozier (Versailles High School, 1948) Serving Woodford County Schools for 36 years as a teacher and administrator, Dozier was lauded for her education and civic leadership. She taght 14 years at Versailles Elementary, then became director of instruction for the school district, a role she held for 22 years. During that time, Dozier oversaw the transition of Woodford’s junior high school to a successful and accredited middle school.

• David Lodmell (Woodford County High School, 1997) A graduate of Bellarmine University’s first doctoral program in physical therapy, Lodmell also graduated with honors from Western Kentucky University, majoring in biology and chemistry with an emphasis in biophysics, and from WCHS, where he was the recipient of the prestigious Michael C. Wallace Award.

Arts and Humanities (Widespread public acclaim in the arts: performing, visual or literary):

• Charlie Crowe (WCHS, 1978) A successful guitarist and songwriter, Crowe is best known for his 12 years on lead guitar with the popular country music duo Brooks and Dunn. The Nashville-based musician also toured with John Michael Montgomery and performed with artists that include Johnny Cash, ZZ Top, Reba McIntyre and Keith Urban. An award-winning writer, Crowe crafted the music and lyrics for the 2003 top 5 radio hit, “Chicks Dig It.”

• David Hall (WCHS, 1976) Along with teaching clarinet and saxophone for nearly four decades, Hall has been a member of the Lexington Concert Band, The Bourbonaires and Men of Note. He performed with and opened shows for artists such as The Temptations, Blood Sweat & Tears, Christopher Cross and Bob Hope. Named a Friend of Music in 2015 by the Kentucky Music Educators Association, Hall is perhaps best known for his 23-year run as the house band at Giuseppe’s Ristorante Italiano in Lexington.

Athletics (Extraordinary achievements as a high school athlete or coach in a Woodford County school):

• Andrea “Bug” Brown (WCHS 1991) Woodford County’s most accomplished soccer legend was a prolific scorer, a successful coach and pioneer. Brown was a star on WCHS’s first girls soccer team, a national All-American and Kentucky Sports Woman of the Year while at Midway College, and an award-winning coach who never suffered a losing season. In high school, she was team captain, MVP and member of multiple all-tournament teams. Brown led Midway College to two national titles. Twice named state coach of the year at WCHS, Brown’s 2004 team reached the state championship game.

• Andre Flynn (WCHS 1981) An enormously successful basketball player and coach, Flynn holds one of the top three spots in seven WCHS boys’ basketball records, including career and season points scored. A four-year letterman at Transylvania University, Flynn was twice named team MVP and still ranks as Transy’s 8th all-time scorer. As a high school basketball coach in Georgia, Flynn has notched nearly 400 wins in 25 years, and has taken his present team to the state playoffs each of his 16 years.

Career Achievement (Extraordinary achievement through exceptional leadership or service):

• Tom Preston (VHS, 1952) The founder of a public relations firm with international acclaim, Preston is a leading expert in crisis management planning for the workplace. A journalism graduate and Fellow of the University of Kentucky, he is the only Kentucky native to receive the Public Relations Society of America’s highest honor. Preston served in state and federal governments as press secretary for Wendell Ford during the latter’s terms as Kentucky governor and as U.S. senator, and as director of the Kentucky office of Homeland Security.

• Moss Vance (VHS, 1946) Army veteran, newspaper editor and noted Woodford County historian, Moss Vance was managing editor of The Woodford Sun for 37 years, from 1964 to 2001. He served in the Army 1946 to 1948 with the occupational forces in Japan, and then interrupted his studies at the University of Kentucky to re-enter the service in 1950, during the Korean conflict. He worked in broadcast technology before joining the Sun. Noted for his fairness as a newspaper editor, Moss was lauded in the Sun’s bicentennial edition.

Patron (Advanced a Woodford County public school as a non-alumnus, through leadership or donation of time or money):

• Ed Allin - As coach of the Midway High School basketball team, Allin became the first coach at a racially integrated school in Kentucky to start an African-American player. Allin coached at Midway for 12 seasons, from 1951 to 1963, and he coached for another eight years at WCHS after consolidation. His 1964-65 team won the conference with a 17-0 record. His wife, Jean, said of her husband’s decision to start a black player ahead of white players, “Ed started the best players, regardless of color, and that just didn’t happen in those days.”

• Joe Carr Sr. - An integral component of Woodford County’s enormous success in high school wrestling, Carr coached WCHS wrestlers for 33 years. A master in technique and motivation, Carr coached 43 individual state champions, 129 state placers and seven All-Americans, and teams he led or assisted won eight Kentucky state titles and finished in the top 10 on 23 occasions. Nationally renowned for his instructional and leadership skills, Carr was named Coach of the Year three times by the Kentucky Wrestling Association.

Public Service (Extraordinary achievement in public service):

• Bill Phelps (WCHS, 1965) A longtime public servant and community volunteer, Phelps worked in state government for three decades, notably serving as assistant director of the Legislative Research Commission. He has served Versailles as a firefighter for five decades, starting as a volunteer and now holding the title of major. Phelps has served on many community boards and has been a tireless supporter of the Food Pantry for Woodford County, where he was instrumental in raising funds for the new facility.

• Owen Range (VHS 1931) A pioneer in radio technology, Range was a public servant and involved citizen who brought progress to Versailles in many ways. The owner of a downtown appliances store, Range developed the prototype for what would become WVLK radio station. As a four-term mayor of Versailles, he helped recruit major employers to the city, including Texas Instruments, Rand McNally and Sylvania. As a realtor and developer, Range created Southland, Merewood, Sycamore, Derby Hills and other subdivisions.

Special recognition for a notable team: Honored this year are the WCHS state champion wrestling teams of 1972, 1973 and 1974.

Individual champions from 1972-1974 were Jeff Fitch (three titles, two MVP awards), Jack Wood, Rick LeMaster and Wayne Campbell.

Finishing second or third were Vaughn Cordle, Randy Cotton, Arnie Guy, Tilton Hancock, Steve Hillock and Billy McDaniel. With two undefeated seasons in this span, Coach Ron Becker was twice named Coach of the Year.

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