Woodford County: Midway College student wins $10,000 Breeders' Cup scholarship

Midway College equine student Lauren Moore won the Breeders' Cup Free Ride $10,000 Scholarship at Churchill Downs in Louisville on Nov. 4. Moore entered to win the scholarship during her visit to the Breeders' Cup, and her name was drawn at random.

Henton to speak at economic leadership summit, Woodford Tomorrow meeting

The public is welcome to join community leaders and government officials at the Woodford Economic Leadership Summit 2011 from 8:30 to 11:45 a.m. Friday at Versailles Baptist Church at Main and Green streets.

Nationally known consultant and Woodford County native Doug Henton will review actions taken in the community since his presentation last year.

Henton's company, Collaborative Economics, specializes in helping communities thrive in challenging economic times by developing a community vision and marketing plan that attracts businesses without sacrificing the quality of life and values of the community.

Woodford Tomorrow, the ad hoc community committee formed after last year's summit, will present a report on its progress.

The seminar is free, and a continental breakfast will be provided. Reservations are recommended; call (859) 608-5044 or email

Henton also will be the keynote speaker at the Woodford Coalition's annual membership meeting on Saturday at Addie's at The Woodford Inn, 140 Park Street.

Henton will present information about successful strategies other communities have developed to thrive in a post-recession economy while preserving their quality of life and place. The presentation will recap the content of the Woodford Economic Leadership Summit and will include an opportunity for questions and answers.

The public is welcome to participate in the meeting, which begins at 10 a.m.

The event is free, but seating is limited. Call (859) 608-5044 or email for more information and reservations.

Students take part in Kids Voting

More than 650 Woodford County children younger than 18 voted at Kids Voting booths on Election Day. They picked the overall winners in the races in which they voted. Here are the results:

Governor: Steve Beshear, 262; David Williams, 196; Gatewood Galbraith, 112. Attorney general: Jack Conway, 336; Todd P'Pool, 229. Agriculture commissioner: James Comer, 316; Bob Farmer, 244.

The results closely mirrored the returns from registered adult voters in Woodford County, the only exception being that Galbraith received more votes than Williams from the adults.

225 children get new winter coats

Volunteers from the Woodford County Woman's Club and Midway Woman's Club helped 225 Woodford County public school students during the 30th annual Coats for Kids event at the Versailles Kmart on Oct. 26 and 27. Elementary, middle and high school students participated in the event, which provides new winter gear for needy children.

TV meteorologist speaks to club

WLEX-18 meteorologist Tom Ackerman was the guest speaker at the Midway Woman's Club meeting Nov. 3. He spoke about winter weather patterns, and his background and his interest in meteorology.