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10 Years Ago September 9, 2010 Fifth graders from Simmons Elementary School appeared before the Versailles City Council Tuesday with a high-tech plea for an extension of a sidewalk on Tyrone Pike a quarter of a mile from Elizabeth Street to the school. Nine students from Woodford County have been named Sen. Jeff Green Scholars. They were Rachel Adams, Rachel Betts, Peter Bostrom, Zachary Burnett, Bennett Coffey, Rebecca Cooley, Charles Effinger, Kayla Kittinger and Grant Schumacher. At the 46th annual Farm Tour recently, Harold Carmickle, chair of the Woodford County Conservation District Board, presented Wanda Hill the Distinguished Farmer Award in honor of her late husband, Wilbur. Army Pfc. Christopher S. Owsley has graduated from basic infantry training at Fort Benning, Columbus, Ga. He is a 2004 graduate of Woodford County High School. Charles Louis Effinger of Versailles, a graduate of Woodford County High School, has been awarded a Commonwealth Scholarship to attend the University of Kentucky this fall. Woodford County Middle School eighth grade basketball team beat Boyle County 48-24 in the opening of the Woodford County Invitational Aug. 31, advancing to the finals. 25 Years Ago September 7, 1995 Vic Hellard Jr. of Versailles retired last Thursday as the director of the state Legislative Research Commission, a post he had held since 1977. Mayor Charlie Reed made his first appearance at a Versailles City Council meeting since undergoing surgery on July 18. Gov. Brereton Jones was taken to Woodford hospital for X-rays Monday night after falling off a horse on his farm. The X-rays showed that nothing was broken. A suit alleging that State Auditor Ben Chandler is not qualified to run for attorney general was dismissed in Franklin Circuit Court last Thursday. The suit had been brought by Chandler’s Republican opponent, Will T. Scott. A drought persists in Central Kentucky. James Alan Kiel of Woodford County graduated from Eastern Kentucky University at the end of the summer term. Versailles poet Jane Gentry Vance’s newly published collection, “A Garden in Kentucky,” was lauded in a review in last Sunday’s Lexington Herald­Leader. A capacity crowd of over 3,800 filled Community Stadium last Friday night when Leslie County quarterback Tim Couch led his team to a 34-27 victory over Woodford County. Couch completed 34 of 50 passes for 329 yards and two scores and ran for three more touchdowns. 40 Years Ago September 4, 1980 Four residents of Versailles Ill., a tiny hamlet that was named after Versailles, Ky., visited here last week to extend a welcome to anyone in this community who happens to visit there. Versailles has received an unanticipated $30,000 from the state under the municipal aid for streets program. A hearing will be held to determine how the funds will be used. Norman “Tommy” Cox has announced his candidacy for re-election to the Woodford County Board of Education from the Mortonsville-Nonesuch area. Dr. Angela Clifford, a general and vascular surgeon, has established a practice in Versailles. Sara Noland Collins, 60, a postal employee here for the past 18 years, died Monday. A Superior Court jury in Savannah, Ga., has found a Savannah man guilty of murder in the March 25, 1979, slaying of former Woodford County horse trainer Leslie Bower. The man was sentenced to life in prison. Federal funds totaling $46,000 have been approved for development of a park in Stonegate subdivision. Larry and Marc Williams were named to the dean’s list at the University of the South, Sewanee, Tenn., for the second semester. Linda Nave of Versailles and Lily Palmore of Richmond have opened the Maxwell House Antique Shop in Lexington. University of Kentucky Marching Band students from Woodford County are Cathy Birch, Mike Bray, Jim Burns, Scott Dawson and Terry Reynolds. The Woodford County Yellow Jackets opened the football season Friday night with a 14-12 victory over visiting Henry Clay of Lexington.

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