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10 Years Ago December 31, 2009 When the 2010 session of Kentucky’s General Assembly convenes on Jan. 5, state legislators will begin discussions on how to address a projected $100 million budget deficit for the current fiscal year as well as possible revenue shortfalls of $890 million during the next two fiscal years. State Rep. Carl Rollins, a Democrat from Midway, said federal stimulus dollars of about $485 million should help avoid a need for deeper budget cuts next fiscal year. The newly formed Woodford County Roots and Heritage Festival Committee is planning speeches, workshops and other offerings for 2010 along with a new festival in September to celebrate African-American history and accomplishments. Tim Williams, manager of the Buckley Wildlife Sanctuary for the past 35 years, received the Golden Egret Award from the National Audubon Society. Violet Anne Sellers, daughter of Libby Miller and Eddie Sellers of Versailles, completed her master’s degree in occupational therapy at Eastern Kentucky University with a perfect standing. She previously graduated from the University of Kentucky summa cum laude. She will do an internship in the spinal cord injury unit of Shepherd’s Hospital in Atlanta, Ga. The Midway City Council voted last week to support a grant application to the Kentucky Heritage Council to fund a new market analysis of Midway. WCHS boys’ basketball team battled back from a 13-point deficit to win 43-40 over Nelson County in the final game of the Capital City Invitational on Dec. 23 The Mat Jackets dominated the Region 7 Super Duals at Montgomery County High School Dec. 21-22 winning all 10 of its match-ups to take first place. 25 Years Ago December 29, 1994 Beginning Tuesday, Jan. 3, persons who renew their driver’s licenses will also be able to register to vote in one stop, under the Congressional “motor voter” bill. A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held Dec. 23 to celebrate the opening of Sweet Potatoes Restaurant in the Versailles Center. Joellen Gill of Versailles graduated Dec. 16 from Colorado School of Mines, Golden, Colo., with an M.S. degree in environmental science and engineering. Jim McDaniel of Los Angeles, Calif., is spending the holidays with his mother, Adelaine McDaniel, in Midway. The town of Midway provided much of the backdrop of the Sam Shepard play “Simpatico,” which completed a six-week run at a New York City theater on Dec. 18. Olive Macey Finney, 83, widow of eminent Thoroughbred horseman Humphrey S. Finney, died Dec. 21 at her home on Pisgah Pike. A house at 230 North Main Street, formerly the residence of Mr. and Mrs. H. P. Vance, is being razed by St. John’s Episcopal Church, which now owns the property. 40 Years Ago December 27, 1979 A $3.8-million contract has been awarded by the state for reconstruction of a 2.3-mile section of U.S. 60 between the Versailles U.S. 60 Bypass and the Blue Grass Parkway. The Morgan Street Historic District has been recommended for listing in the National Register of Historic Places. Marie Louise Powell Elliott, 99, widow of James Nathan Elliott, died Wednesday, Dec. 19. Work has begun on the restoration of the Offutt Tavern at Nugent’s Crossroads. Kimberly Terry of Versailles is spending the mid-winter short term at Converse College working as a planning and management intern at the Milliken Corporation in Spartanburg, S. C. A reception was held recently at St. John’s Episcopal Church in honor of Miss Elisabeth Freeland, a longtime member of the administration at Margaret Hall School and a member of St. John’s. Woodford County High School soccer team members receiving awards at a recent banquet were Brett Hornback, Chip Bach, Andy Clark and Scott Simpson.