From Our Files
10 Year Ago January 21, 2010
Dr. Gerald L. Smith, professor, author and former director of the University of Kentucky’s African American Studies and Research program, gave the keynote address to attenders of the “Royal Affair” fundraiser breakfast at CastlePost as part of the observation of Dr. Martin Luther King Day on Monday morning. The breakfast was sponsored by the Woodford County Roots & Heritage Festival Committee. Financial Manager Gail Binder presented a $28.8 million draft budget for the 2010-11 school year to the Woodford County Board of Education during its planning meeting on Tuesday night. Sharon Murphy, longtime manager of the McDonald’s restaurant in Versailles, won a Ray Kroc Award for her outstanding performance. She was nomnated by Joe Graviss, who owned the McDonald’s at that time. Versailles horse trainer and owner of Merlin Farms on Huntertown Road Merrill Murray was inducted into the United Professional Horseman’s Association’s Hall of Fame on Jan. 7 in New Orleans. The Woodford County High School’s girls’ basketball team broke a 4-game losing streak with a 68-47 win against the Western Hills Wolverines at the Hive on Jan. 19. The Mat Jackets won all four of its duals in the Woodford Duals at the Hive on Jan. 16. The Woodford County Middle School “Game Team” Cheerleaders placed second in the in-game competition at the Graviss McDonald’s Hoopfest Middle School Basketball Tournament held at Elkhorn Middle School in Frankfort. On the team were Camille Carter, Sydney Rhodus, Chelsea Heilman, Katie Gaines, Chelsey Whittaker, Jodi Driscoll, Stefani Bixler, Kelsey Drury, Faith Robinette, and Tiger Mascot Todd Craig. Woodford County High School freshman Alex Johnson and her horse Take Me There won the 2009 Year End Champion in the Long Stirrup Division and Year End Reserve Champion honors in the Beginner Horse Division at Lakeside Arena in Frankfort.
25 Years Ago January 19, 1995
The First National Bank of Woodford County and its parent company, United Bancorp of Kentucky, were acquired by National City Corp. in an agreement announced Monday. The Rev. W. Thomas Aaron, pastor of St. Matthew’s A.M.E. Church, Midway, delivered the address Monday at the birthday observance in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at the Versailles First Baptist Church. Matt Willey of Versailles is a member of the new executive board named for the Interfraternity Council at Morehead State University, where he is a junior and a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity. Andrea Dane Jones of Versailles was named to the dean’s list at Transylvania University, where she is a junior. Kate Harvey Smith, 103, a teacher in the early 1900s at Glen’s Creek and Versailles schools, died Dec. 29 in Silver Spring, Md. The WCHS wrestlers were edged by Simon Kenton in last Saturday’s Greeneville Invitational in Greeneville, Tenn. Mat Jacket heavyweight Josh Campbell was Woodford’s lone champion among seven finalists. WCHS sophomore Carrie Finnell is the 1995 winner of the Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership Award for Woodford County.
40 Years Ago January 17, 1980 The Woodford Countuy Board of Education took official steps Monday night to place a school bond referendum before the voters on Feb. 12. The Woodford Farm Bureau went on record opposing the referendum. A zone change for 24 acres of land at the end of Shaw Avenue from conservation use to high density, multi-family residential use was approved by the Versailles City Council Tuesday evening. The March 1977 comprehensive plan, drafted in 1975, has been officially adopted by the P&Z Commission. The Rev. Henry Johns, pastor of the Versailles Baptist Church, gave the invocation when the Kentucky Senate convened last week. Diana J. Paul, Kimberly A. Quisenberry, and Jeffrey A. Amburgey were named to the dean’s list at Morehead State University for the fall semester. Melissa Ann Corman was named to the dean’s list at the University of Tennessee at Martin. Composing the Red Cross board for the new year are Doris Leigh, Jean Baker, Wanda Turley, Dalton Evans, Doug Johnson, Stuart Butler,and Linda Jones, executive director. Woodford County High School soccer players named as captains of the 1980 team are Perry Green, Paul Hebenstreit and Eddie Ross. All-A students in the 7th grade at Woodford Junior High for the second nine weeks were Renee Markwell, Davie Prigge, Susan Rylander, Bryce Fujii, and Karen Cecil; 8th grade Virgil Brown, Tanya Green, Charley Krell, Matt Byarlay, Matt Matthews, Eric Richardson, Melanie Welch, Lisa Summers, David Bowden and Robert Clouse. Tamra L. Gormley was the winner of the county Soil Conservation Essay Contest. Steve Biles was runner-up.