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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.