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10 Years Ago July 16, 2009 Howard Bradford Montague, 97, a longtime Woodford County farmer and community leader, died July 9, 2009. Nearly 65 years after being wounded in the Battle of the Bulge in Belgium during World War II, Paul Sims was given a Purple Heart at the American Legion post on Main Street. The following Western Kentucky University students from Woodford County were awarded degrees following the spring 2009 semester: Nykia R. Wilson, Midway, bachelor of arts; William C. Bishop, Versailles, bachelor of arts; Ryan K. Boyd, Versailles, bachelor of arts; Kristina M. Dyer, Versailles, bachelor of arts; Jordan A. Fey, Versailles, bachelor of science; Michelle L. Fusting, Versailles, bachelor of science; Sarah A. Manley, Versailles, bachelor of arts; Michael E. O’Brien, Versailles, bachelor of arts; Ashley N. Parker, Versailles, bachelor of arts; Jamie L. Tulenko, Versailles, bachelor of arts. The Heat won the Woodford Youth Softball Major League Softball Championship on July 12 20-13. They were also the regular season champs. Coaches were Mike Slugantz, Eric Hysell and Brad Saum. Team members were Sommer Calvert, Jessica Combs, Ashlyn Anderson, Megan Berry, Erica Hysell, Kelsey Berger, Loni Saum, Marly Maristany and Amanda Angeli. 25 Years Ago July 14, 1994 Kentucky’s new seat belt law takes effect tomorrow. Work is progressing rapidly on the new agricultural services building in the Woodford County Park. Erin Leland, a 1994 graduate of Woodford County High School, has been awarded a four-year music scholarship in piano to Eastern Kentucky University. Tyrone Sparks of Versailles is a recent graduate of Kentucky State University. Klarissa Lauderdale of Versailles was on the spring dean’s list at Asbury College, Wilmore. Buck Stewart has been named new football coach at Woodford County High School, succeeding Mike Burkich. The Angels swept the Junior Softball League regular season and tournament titles and finished the season unbeaten. Members of the team are Jennifer Byrge, Cassie Wells, Megan Glass, Amanda Curry, Lindsey Settles, Sasha Williams, Kim Kidd, Elise Holt, Danielle Cushingberry, Katie Martin, Morgan Daulton, Bailey Wells, and Mary Beth Wethington. Dr. and Mrs, Andrew Turner and children, Simon and Fiona, of Melbourne, Australia, are visiting Mrs. Helen Hicks and family in Midway. 40 Years Ago July 12, 1979 The collapse of a relocatable classroom being placed at Simmons Elementary after having been moved from Pisgah Elementary has forced another space problem on the Woodford County Board of Education. A decision on how to come up with another classroom was not reached during the last school board meeting. Dr. Jerry Adkins, 74, has retired from dentistry after 47 years of practice in Versailles. A strike by members of the United Auto Workers local union at Kuhlman Electric ended July 5 upon ratification of a new contract. Former Gov. A. B. Chandler has been reappointed to the University of Kentucky Athletics Board by UK’s president, Otis Singletary. Jacqueline Elam Prewitt and Stephen L. Collins were named to the B honor roll at Georgetown College for the second semester. Judith A. Gibbons of Versailles and Dr. Timothy L. Sanz of Midway have been named to membership in Beta Phi Mu, the national library science honor society. Cynthia Boggess of Versailles is among junior historians from several cities attending a video production workshop at Appalshop, Inc., in Whitesburg this week. A new novel, “Death’s Pale Horse,” by Jim Sherburne, writer in residence at Midway College, is scheduled for publication early in 1980. The long-awaited widening of the Versailles-Lexington Road may begin before summer’s end, six years after then-Gov. Wendell Ford announced the eight-mile project. The section from Keeneland Race Course to New Circle Road will consist of six lanes. Utility construction crews have begun placing new poles and lines along the highway.