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10 Years Ago

July 31, 2008

Beginning Aug. 4, 2008, smoking anywhere inside a restaurant, store, office or any other public location in Woodford County will be illegal - at first resulting in reprimands and later possible fines up to $1,000.

United Bank & Trust Co. will be expanding its area and services due to a merger with two of United’s sister banks. The merger plan includes combining Citizens Bank of Jessamine County, Nicholasville, and Farmers Bank and Trust Company, Georgetown, into United Bank & Trust Co. of Woodford County.

Judge Wilson of Versailles and Noel Hall of Louisville, formerly of Versailles, climbed to the summit of Mt. Rainier.

Melissa Gallagher received the Small Business of the Year Award from the Woodford County Chamber of Commerce. Gallagher owns Melissa’s Cottage Café in downtown Versailles.

Meleah Matthews, daughter of Doug and Ethelwyn Matthews, of Versailles, recently signed a full time coaching contract with the University of Texas at Austin. Matthews has been at Texas as a part time assistant Strength and Pilates coach since August of 2006.

The 12U Kentucky Rockers baseball team continued its winning ways with a first place finish in the USSSA Ft. Knox State Championship Tournament this past weekend.

25 Years Ago

July 29, 1993

Woodford Circuit Court Judge David Knox has ruled in favor of the development of the Homeplace farm at Midway owned by Dr. Ben Roach and his family.

Versailles Police Detective Kevin Shipp has been tapped by County Judge-Executive Denny Nunnelley to succeed Paul M. Smith as chief of the Woodford County Police Department. Smith plans to retire on Aug. 1.

Woodford County’ s three full service banks reported combined deposits of $197,153,104.13 at the close of business June 30.

Joe Graviss and Gary Gillis have been appointed to the board of the Woodford County Economic Development Authority, succeeding Hampton “Hoppy” Henton and Ed Humston.

Ann Mook of Versailles was named to the dean’ s list at Centre College.

Officers of the Cleveland Home trustees’ board are Charles Dawson, chair; Jean Baker, vice chair; Howard Montague, treasurer, and Jane Frye, secretary.

Several Kentucky Lottery Corp. board members and officials resigned following the release last week by State Auditor Ben Chandler of a scathing report on the lottery. The audit, requested by a legislative committee, accused the lottery of mismanagement and questioned whether the corporation had broken state laws in awarding multimillion-dollar contracts.

Woodford County athletes won a total of 94 medals at last weekend’s Bluegrass State Games. Kristen Kramer, 10, was the top individual, winning six medals, three of them gold.

40 Years Ago

July 27,1978 The Woodford County Police Department will assume police protection for Midway on Aug. 1 under the terms of a recent agreement approved by Woodford Fiscal Court and the Midway City Council.

A team of Indiana University consultants has begun a study of the local school system’s facility needs and is seeking input from the community in a series of meetings at various schools.

Ricardo Harmsen will return to defend his crown in the Championship division of the Pisgah Invitational Tennis Tournament next week.

Virgil “Hicks” Redmon, a Woodford County farmer and a past school board and fiscal court member, died Monday at the age of 71.

A highly laudatory critique of a thesis by Jeffrey J. Lewis of Versailles was forwarded to him by Hampshire College, Amherst, Mass., following his completion last month of requirements for a B.A. degree from the liberal arts college.

A mass at St. Leo’s Church was sung July 23 in honor of the Rev. Clement Monroe’ s 25 years as a Redemptorist priest. Fr. Monroe, who has been pastor of St. Leo’s Parish for six years, has been reassigned to a pastorate in Okmulgee, Okla.

Tim Hagan of Midway returned last Friday from a three-week tour of Europe.

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