From Our Files
10 Years Ago January 7, 2010 By placing conservation easements on 1,224 acres in 2009, Woodford County landowners have now donated 37 easements to the Bluegrass Conservancy that protect 5,375 acres from future development. Fomer Midway pharamist B. Allen “Buddy” Dawson, 88, died Dec. 13, 2009, at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Lexington. Born in Versailles, he was a descendant of an early Woodford County family, the son of the late Sheriff Allen B. Dawson and Emma Marshall Dawson. Ashford Stud, located in Woodford County, donated 20 Marmo maple trees to the Woodford Humane Society to provide shade for its dog play yards. Chloe Ellen Depriest, Woodford County Junior Miss 2010, will compete in the Kentucky Junior Miss program on Jan. 15 and 16 at the Singletary Center in Lexington. The Mat Jackets took first at the Woodford County Tournament held Dec. 28-29. The Woodford County High School Yellow Jackets defeated district foe Frankfort High School 49-48 on Jan. 2. The Lady Jackets won 47-43 against Frankfort High School on Jan. 2. Members of the Agility Gymnastics Academy of Versailles level three team pose won first place trophy in the Tumble of the Bluegrass Invitational. They were Kathy Huster, Hannah Wise, Anna Haury, Julia Hill, Ella Wilson, Ryan Allison, Kaitlyn Gray and Madison Hill. 25 Years Ago January 5, 1995 Ruth Slack Roach of Midway, 75, one of Woodford County’s most in fluential and beloved citizens, died tragically Saturday, Dec. 31, in an automobile accident on the Old Frankfort Pike. Vic Hellard Jr. of Versailles announced last Friday that he will retire as head of the state’s Legislative Research Commission at the end of August. An addition of six rooms and more office space at Woodford County Middle School is nearing completion. The area received its first light dusting of snow of the winter season Sunday night and Monday morning. U.S. Rep. Scotty Baesler ruled out a run for governor this year and said the Democrats’ best bet would be State Auditor Ben Chandler. Chandler, said he will stick with his plan to run for attorney general. Jim Beam Brands, a Chicago, Ill., corporation,has sold the Old Taylor distillery property in Millville to Stonecase Properties of Lexington for $400,000. Jim Beam had bought the property from National Distillers, a Virginia corporation, in 1987. Robert L. Johnson of Versailles has been awarded a master of science degree in electrical engineering at Georgia Tech. The Woodford County School Mat Jackets won their record-tying third straight WCI Tournament last weekend.
40 Years Ago January 3, 1980 The United Bank and Trust Company’s new five-story building opened Dec. 26 at United Bank Square on Crossfield Drive. A citizen group called YES (Youth-Education-Schools) has been formed to work for passage of the Feb. 12 school bond referendum in Woodford County. The committee is headed by David Bland. Lt. Gov. Martha LayneCollins has served as acting governor of Kentucky 10 days since being sworn in as the state’s number two elected officer on Dec. 11. George Perry has been installed as president of the Woodford Board of Realtors. Stuart Brown was named Realtor of the Year. Mary Starks Hicks, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Newell G. Hicks of Midway, and Jessica Berryman, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Nicholas G. Berryman of Versailles, made their debuts at the Blue Grass Ball in Lexington Friday night. Versailles’ Bo Lanter was termed “the most unlikely hero” in the University of Kentucky Wildcats’ 86-80 victory over Notre Dame’s Fighting Irish at Freedom Hall in Louisville Saturday night. With several starters in foul trouble, Lanter came into the game in the second half and hit a jumper to boost UK’s lead to 59-47, had an assist and played good defense in seven minutes. Renovation of the city police station in a historic building on Court Street is continuing.