From Our Files
10 Years Ago
March 3, 2011
At a Monday afternoon of the Versailles City Council, many suggestions for what to do about the latest bout of problems with the old Versailles Center were discussed, which many said was the owner Rubloff Group Holdings’ clear lack of willingness to move forward with a tax-increment finance (TIF) project that the company’s leaders had asked the city and county to support. Four months have passed without Rubloff’s decision-makers moving forward to pay $47,000 to Kentucky’s state Cabinet for Economic Development. That sum would go toward a state-conducted study to confirm Rubloff’s proposed designs for the project.
Dr. James R. Wombles has accepted a new executive position with Midway College. Dr. Wombles is now the executive assistant to the president.
St. Leo fifth grader Justin DeRosa received third place in engineering in the Central Kentucky Regional Science Fair at the University of Kentucky Feb. 19. His topic of study was hydropower.
WCHS boys’ basketball team won the District 41 title Feb. 25 with a 64-53 win over Franklin County. Jay Johnson was named MVP.
25 Years Ago
February 29, 1996
Friday’s high temperature of 80 degrees set a new record for Feb. 23 and Tuesday’s 73 was a record for Feb. 27.
Fiscal court has approved a bid of $249,500 for much-needed repairs to the Woodford County Courthouse, especially the leaking roof.
Rebecca Lynn Hinkle of Versailles and Amanda Susan Forman and Angelica C. DeSousa of Midway have been named to the “A” honor roll at Georgetown College. Kelly Barber of Versailles is on the Dean’s List at Butler University. Twenty-nine students are on the University of Kentucky Dean’s List.
Keith Shapiro, a student at Woodford County High School, has advanced to the Governor’s Cup state competition in Louisville.
The WCHS boys’ basketball team scored a 70-69 upset victory in overtime against visiting Lexington Henry Clay last Thursday in the regular season finale. Derek White led the Jackets with 21 points.
WCHS footballers Jonathan Higgins, Quincy McDaniel, Kenneth Johns and Justin Morris were named to the All-Region II, District 2 team for 1995.
40 Years Ago
March 5, 1981
The Versailles City Council took official action Tuesday to repeal the two-ward election system in the city. From now on, council candidates will run at large.
James W. Freeman, a Versailles businessman, has announced his candidacy for county judge-executive.
Also announcing this week were Isaac P. Rouse and Harry Tingle for reelection as magistrates; Harold Carmickle and Carl Whalen for election as magistrates, and Ben Downey for reelection to the Versailles City Council.
Terrence Heyer has been appointed manager of the Rand McNally plant in Versailles, succeeding Richard Clouse, who has been named director of manufacturing at the company’s offices in Stokie, Ill.
A $4,806-million loan has been awarded for completion of the first phase of the new family health care center at Woodford Memorial Hospital. The construction will entail the rerouting of Amsden Avenue.
Dean’s List students as the University of Kentucky include James A. Day, Timothy L. Mize, Sarah Weisenberger, Mary Katherine Miller, Michael T. Bray, Thomas S. Crawford, William F. Nave II, David L. Powell, Monna Rae Thore, Clifton Wayne Wash, Barry Barnett, Marcus Barnett, Brenda Thompson, Robin A. Bruce, Peggy Louise Scales, Glen Stafford Cotton and Janette Brown.
John Willie McDaniel, the colorful, longtime police chief of Midway who patrolled the city on horseback, died Thursday, Feb. 26. He was 63.
Mr. and Mrs. Rex Lyons have returned to Midway from a visit with Mrs. J. Howard Rouse in Naples, Fla. They reopened their Holly Hill Inn this week.
Dr. and Mrs. Thomas Spragens of Danville were guests of Dr. and Mrs. Lynn Kelley of Midway Sunday evening.
The WCHS Yellow Jacket basketball team opened 41st District Tournament action by defeating Western Hills 62-47.