From Our Files
10 Years Ago April 22, 2010 Deputies with the U.S. Marshals Service and Woodford County Sheriff’s Office took Derek Capozzi into custody April 17 after the escapee had been on the run for more than 48 hours. Capozzi surrendered without a struggle. Capozzi had escaped from a Grayson County prison van at the Blue Grass Parkway and Troy Pike interchange. He was convicted in 2005 in connection with the murder of a 19-year old woman near Boston, Mass. Woodford Hills, Inc., a nonprofit corporation composed of country club members, signed a 30-year lease agreement to operate Woodford Hills Country Club (WHCC). Many of its members were also a part of the previous ownership group, The New Country Club, Inc., which sold WHCC to Hargus S. Sexton, as trustee of the Hargus S. Sexton revocable trust, for $1.03 million. Robert and Mamie Brown of Versailles celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on April 20. Woodford County native and Lexington resident William Alexander Dunlap was inducted into the University of Kentucky Army ROTC Hall of Fame for his service on April 5. During the WWII, Dunlap’s infantry regiment liberated the Flossenburg Concentration Camp in Bavaria, Germany, and while participating in the 65th Infantry Division’s march, he was given the nickname “Battlewise.” Dunlap was wounded three times during this particular engagement, earning the Distinguished Service Cross during the campaign. 25 Years Ago April 20, 1995 The state Transportation Cabinet is preparing a scoping study to develop a connector road from Troy Pike to Lawrenceburg Road. The Woodford County Board of Education will hold a public hearing Monday on a proposed five-cent increase in the tax on real property. automobiles and distilled spirits. Local cable television customers will begin receiving American Movie Classics on June 1. Monthly cable rates will increase slightly on that date. Vaughn Cordle. formerly of Versailles, in one of a handful of pilots in the world certified to fly the new Boeing 777, the world’s largest twin-engine jet. Cordle is a 1974 graduate of Woodford County High School. Cadet Second Class John R. Lodmell of the United States Air Force Academy has been inducted into Sigma Gamma Tau, the National Aerospace Engineering honor fraternity. The WCHS boys’ and girls’ track teams dominated a 14-team field Saturday to complete the first team sweep in the 13-year history of the Woodford County Invitational. Jessie Wilder set a new school record in the 3.200-meter run, beating her own previous record by nine seconds.
40 Years Ago April 17, 1980 The Woodford County Board of Education has approved architectural plans for additions to Woodford County High School, including a two-story academic wing, an enlarged physical education area, a new agricultural shop. and a new parking area. An option from St. Leo Catholic Church to purchase the Margaret Hall School buildings and grounds on Elm Street for $125,000 has been signed. Several hundred persons attended the open house and tours of the new United Bank and Trust building Sunday afternoon. Matt Semones Jr., 47, a former plumber, Versailles policeman and city public works director, died Tuesday. A $92,500 contract for restoration of the Offutt-Cole/Lee’s Tavern at Nugent’s Crossroads was signed Saturday. Dr. Richard Drayer will assume the optometric practice of Dr. Don McKelvey April 17. John Kelley Hutcherson Jr., a senior at Woodford County High School, has received an Alumni Association Scholarship to attend Western Kentucky University. Preston Darneal, 58, of Midway, drowned Friday in a Leestown Road farm pond when the fishing boat in which he was riding capsized.