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10 Years Ago May 13, 2010 Woodford County voters will go to the polls Tuesday to make their selections for U.S. Senator, U.S. Representative, and a number of county posts. Woodford Fiscal Court magistrates on Tuesday unanimously gave their go-ahead to tax-increment financing (TIF) to redevelop the Versailles Center property. Mark A. Jackson of Huntington, W. Va. and Lavena K. Lear of Harrodsburg were both sentenced to eight years in prison during Woodford Circuit Court’s rule day on May 5. They both pleaded guilty to criminal attempt to conspiracy to commit murder. Jackson and Lear solicited another person, who cooperated with police, to obtain a grenade to blow up a vehicle with Lear’s ex-husband inside, according to Kentucky State Police arrest citations. The new officers for the Woodford County Woman’s club are Delia Spurgeon,recording secretary; Ann Prothro, first vice president; Sharon Hardin, president; Carol Duffy, treasurer; Sara Hellard, second vice president; Karen Kidd, auditor; and Joyce Love, corresponding secretary. The new officers for the Midway Woman’s Club are Sarah Wilson, president; Janice Holland, second vice-president; Lisa Montgomery, co-recording secretary; Jennifer Embry, co-recording secretary; Kelly Brengelman, corresponding secretary; Tonya Steele, parliamentarian; and Pam Thomas, treasurer. Woodford County High School senior Bekah Davis signed a letter of intent to play softball at Centre College on May 5. 25 Years Ago May 11, 1995 Woodford Fiscal Court has granted an additional $100,000 appropriation to the Woodford County Hospital District Board to assist in the financial recovery of Woodford Hospital. A proposed school tax in­crease to finance renovations to Woodford County High School drew sharp criticism as well as some praise at a hearing Mon­day. The school board delayed voting on the matter until next month. A ribbon-cutting ceremony for the King’s Way Academy Child Care Center on Big Sink Pike was held May 1. The opening of Main Street Hardware, the successor to a long line of hardware stores here, will take place on May 15. Teresa L. Duba of Versailles has been initiated into the Alpha Lambda Delta freshman honor­ary society at the University of Kentucky. A number of Woodford Countians, including William R. Buster, a retired Army brigadier general from Midway, took part in the 50th anniversary com­memoration of V-E Day (Vic­tory in Europe) held in Frankfort on May 8. Margaret Cunningham Bodling, formerly of Versailles, will receive a master’s degree in social services from Fordham University, New York City, on May 22. Myra Smith Brooking, 82, former co-owner of the old Brooking’s Restaurant in Lex­ington that was famed for its chili, died May 4 at Woodford Hospital. 40 Years Ago May 8, 1980 Priscilla Blackford, a senior at Woodford County High School, has signed a full basket­ball scholarship with Morehead State University. County Attorney Mark Gorm­ley was at Kentucky Dam Vil­lage recently to address the West Kentucky Prosecutors Meeting. Graduating from Midway College Sunday were Woodford Countians Willena Sue Bruen Allen, Marcia Lee Atwood, Su­san Marie Ballard, Sherri Bates Couch, Karen Sue McDaniel, Katherine Ann Tingle, and Deborah Ann Tucker. Larry Williams has been elected treasurer of the Student Assembly at the University of the South, Sewanee, Tenn., where he is a junior. Edna French Johnstone of Versailles has been named by Gov. John Y. Brown Jr. as secre­tary of the new Kentucky Racing Commission. Louis Lee Haggin III has been elected to succeed his late father as a trustee of the Keeneland Association. The new officers of the Mid­way Woman’s Club are Mrs. Ed­ward Stipp, president; Mrs. L.M. Sharon, first vice president; Mrs. Mike Steen, second vice president; Miss Betty Ann Voigt, secretary; Mrs. Roy Clifton, cor­responding secretary, and Mrs. George Spragens, treasurer. Bo Lanter, a member of the University of Kentucky basket­ball team, was on hand to throw the first pitch of the Little League baseball season in his home town of Versailles.


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