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10 Years Ago May 7, 2009 No confirmed or probable cases of swine flu had been reported in Woodford County as of Wednesday morning. But hundreds of schools across the country closed their doors (though later reopened) because of the H1N1 virus. Woodford County High School graduate William Mulder returned to Versailles with five of his Kentucky Horsemen teammates for a homecoming at the Woodford County Senior Citizens Center on April 29. John Stephen Hogg, 77, of Versailles, owner and operator of Rainbow Coal and Oil Company for 42 years, husband of Edith Dotson Hogg, died May 1, 2009. Woodford County High School senior Kelsey Bobzien signed a letter of intent to swim for the University of North Florida in Jacksonville. The Woodford County Middle School girls’ track team successfully defended its Bluegrass Middle School Conference title. The Lady Tigers earned points in 13 out of 14 events, for a total score of 124, beating second place Royal Springs by 31 points.
25 Years Ago May 5, 1994 The Versailles City Council has voted to give $200,000 to the Woodford County Hospital District to help keep the local hospital from closing its doors. Versailles resident Jamey Campbell said he “about had a heart attack” when he and his wife received a city water bill for just over $20,000. The city quickly corrected the bill, which came to just $7.24. Elizabeth Neff, a sophomore at DePauw University, will serve as special sections editor of the university’s semi-weekly campus newspaper during the fall semester. Pamela Nell of Versailles won first place in the Innovative Pieced Quilt, Amateur Category, at the American Quilters’ Society show held recently in Paducah. Dawn Hornback/Mulligan of Cincinnati, formerly ofVersailles, was honored last week by becoming the 1994 recipient of the Soroptimist International of Cincinnati Women Helping Women Community Service Award. James L. Royalty of Versailles has been elected president of the Wesley Foundation at the University of Kentucky for 1994-95. Woodford County High School freshmen earning grades of 4.0 and above for the recent grading period are Daniel T. Bengston, Megan E. Canfield, Katie Moore, Hannah K.Rhodes, Brian S. Settles and Paul B. Smiley.
40 Years Ago May 3, 1979 An electrical fire which started under some steps at the back of the Versailles Market in the old Amsden Bank Building on Wednesday night of last week caused extensive damage. Most of the building, owned by Jim Owen Gaines and Victor Slatten, had recently been renovated. The Woodford County Board of Education has accepted an architect‘s recommendations for a new 800-pupil elementary school on Huntertown Road. Woodford County Schools recently received the dubious distinction of ranking second among the 180 school districts in the state in terms of school construction needs. Demolition of the historic Shadowlawn house on the Midway Road to make way for a new mansion has begun. The present house was built in about 1875 by the Van Meter family and had been the home of the W.J.Walden family for 40 years, until about 1974. The current owners of Shadowlawn are Dr. William Lockridge and Harry Ranier. Susan Bozarth of Midway has been elected vice president of the sophomore class at St. Mary’s College in Raleigh, N.C. Outstanding class members of the Woodford County High School Future Homemakers chapter are Donna Gilliam, freshman; Tammy Smith, sophomore; Toni Wilson, junior, and Sheri Hebenstreit, senior.