From Our Files
10 Years Ago September 16, 2010 A request to downzone 9.03 acres of undeveloped land in the Cedar Ridge Subdivision was unanimously denied by the Versailles-Midway-Woodford County Planning and Zoning Commission on Sept. 9. Dozens of marijuana plants were found growing and hidden in the cornfield of a Midway farm Sept. 9. Versailles police officers cut down all 135 plants, loaded them onto the police chief’s truck and later destroyed them. Chester and Virginia Southworth of Midway celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on Sept. 17, 2010. They were married on Sept. 17, 1948. Woodford County High School girls’ soccer team 4-0 against district foe Franklin County on Sept. 8. Woodford County High School Yellow Jackets lost to the North Bullitt Eagles 21-7 on Sept. 10. 25 Years Ago September 14, 1995 The Woodford County Board of Education adopted the “nickel tax,” hiking tax rates about 11.5 percent, following a sparsely attended public hearing. The new rate will be 51.2 cents per $100 of assessed value. The Woodford County United Way campaign has begun, with a goal of $117,000. John Coyle is the campaign manager. Derby Hills residents have asked fiscal court to close “stub streets’’ at the ends of Riva Ridge and Sea Hero roads to future traffic use. The Woodford Board of Adjustments has denied two appeals of wrecking permits for the old Simmons School building. Rhonda Koontz and Tina Spradlin of Versailles are enrolled in Eastern Kentucky University’s graduate program in occupational therapy. Susan Offutt of Midway begins her freshman year at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, this year. Gov. Brereton Jones is recovering from a back injury he suffered when he fell from a horse. He was hospitalized from Thursday night until Sunday. Quincy McDaniel’s one-yard plunge with 29 seconds left gave the Woodford County Yellow Jackets a thrilling 31-24 victory over host Anderson County Friday night. It was McDaniel’s fourth touchdown of the evening, tying a record set by seven former WCHS players for the most touchdowns in a single game. The WCHS boys’ soccer team is one of only two unbeaten and untied teams in the state this season (the other is Nelson County). 40 Years Ago September 11, 1980 Doug Matthews has been appointed by Gov. John Y. Brown Jr. to fill the unexpired term of Burgess Oliver on Woodford Fiscal Court from District 6. Oliver has moved out of state. Matthews has also been placed in nomination by the Woodford County Democratic Party to run for election to the post in November. Jenny Sue Given has been placed in nomination by the county Republican Party for the seat. A “Preservation Ball” fundraiser will be held Oct. 11 in support of the formation of a museum and exhibition gallery at the recently restored Big Spring Church on Rose Hill. Music will be furnished by The Men of Note, directed by Charlie Blair. Nancy Nave, a local CPA, spoke to the Versailles Rotary Club Monday night advocating female membership in the organization. The county school system is facing a loss of $80,000 in state funds because of lower enrollment in grades one through 12 and the loss of another $80,000 because of a recent cutback in state funding. The school enrollment is 3,646, compared with 3,668 last year. Thomas M. Hackney of Versailles was recently sworn in as a certified public accountant. Students from Midway attending Eastern Kentucky University this fall are Teresa Jones, Lisa Cloyd, Rhonda Dunn, Anna Anthony, Eddy Anthony, William Wimberly and Melanie Dunn. At the University of Kentucky are Patti Bright, Missy Bright, Susan Bozarth, Sally Weisenberger, Jo Davis and Jonathan Clifton. The WCHS Yellow Jackets defeated Western Hills Friday night, 27-13, for their second football victory of the season.