From Our Files
10 Years Ago September 24, 2009
Woodford County’s four elementary schools, middle school and high school all improved their academic index scores when comparing 2009 state assessment results with those from a year ago, according to a news release from Woodford County Public Schools. Road revisions, roundabouts and other solutions for traffic troubles were the focus of a public forum Sept. 17 assembled to address not only a potential new road to Versailles’s north and west, but other ideas such as turn lane changes. The Logan Helm Woodford County Library District Board informed Woodford Fiscal Court Tuesday that the district’s property tax will be increased from 6.3 to 6.5 cents per $100 of assessed value. A $14,310 Highway Safety grant was awarded to the Woodford County Sheriff’s Office on Sept. 21. The grant will fund programs to curb impaired driving, speeding and dangerous driving practices. For 2009, residents of Midway will be paying taxes of 10 cents for every $100 assessed value of real property, and 14.5 cents for every $100 in assessed value for cars and boats. The state’s judicial conduct commission filed four new charges of misconduct this week against Tamra Gormely, a Central Kentucky family court judge, who had been charged earlier this year with misconduct in relation to three incidents in Scott and Woodford counties. A Lexington man, William Bush, was charged in Jessamine County on Sept. 16 with removing 188 marriage licenses from the Woodford County Clerk’s office. The Yellow Jackets shut down Fleming County’s running game during the homecoming game with a 37-24 win Sept. 18. The 2009 homecoming queen was Alyssa Bernard. The court was freshman Ali Boyd, sophomore Elaine Bailey, junior Tressa Shaw and senior Amy Morford.
25 Years Ago September 22, 1994
A Versailles resident, Ruth Earl, won Lotto Kentucky’s grand prize of $8.7 million on Sept. 14. Stephanie V. Bailey, a Lexington native, has been appointed 4-H Extension agent for Woodford County. Although a bypass on the west side of Versailles is not in the state’s six-year road plan, the state has been asked to look into a project between Lawrenceburg Road and Troy Pike to relieve truck traffic in downtown Versailles. Meredith H. Lyster of Versailles has enrolled in Westminster School,Simsbury, Conn. Possible uses for the old Midway Public School building are still being tossed about. The Woodford County High School Yellow Jackets won another close game, rallying in the final five minutes to defeat district rival Ryle, 24-21, at Community Stadium Friday night. The Jackets are 3-1 on the season.
40 Years Ago September 20, 1979
The Woodford County Planning and Zoning Commission has approved a preliminary plat for the Colony subdivision, subject to some contingencies regarding water runoff. In other action, the commission has delayed action on a zone change request for 23.9 acres of the Mereworth Farm. Removal of telephone lines and action to initiate sidewalk improvements on South Main Street and Court Square were approved by the Versailles City Council Tuesday. Donna Dawson of Versailles has been appointed 4-H Extension agent in Carlisle County. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Bill Dawson. Boy Scout Troop 43’s new officers are Mike Hardin, senior patrol leader; Andy Clark, assistant senior patrol leader, and Marshall Dawson, scribe. Jack Lee became new scoutmaster, succeeding Ken Midkiff, who is now serving as assistant scout master. Tommy Hardin advanced to Star and Life Scout rank at a recent Troop 43 court of honor. Merit badges went to Marshall Dawson, Mike Hardin, Andy Clark, Bob Geilear, Scott Griswold, Mike Lee, Ron Griswold, Larry Wikander and Tom Hardin. Woman’s Club Homecraft Department officers are Mrs. Bob DeArmond, president; Mrs. Jim Redden, vice president; Mrs. John Meholovitch, treasurer, and Mrs. William Wilson, secretary. Bruce Richardson, minister of music and youth at the Versailles Baptist Church, will give a musical program during the BPW Woman of Achievement dinner here Oct. 2 honoring Martha Layne Collins. Medical Arts Club officers at WCHS are Teresa Jones, president; Julie Riddell, vice president; Tracey McCabe, secretary, and Lealon Sutherland, treasurer. YES Club officers are Whayne Hougland, president; Bob Klier, vice president; Kevin Applegate, chaplain; Mary Anne Owens, secretary; and Diddy Bond, treasurer.