Looking back at Winchester and Clark County

Published 9:46 am Thursday, May 23, 2019

15 years ago

May 20, 2004

— The Class of 2004 valedictorian is Sarah Guthrie Conley, graduating with a final GPA of 4.21. Three students tied for Sarah Marie Soberly, Grace Eleanor Shear and Ryan Jon Walker, each with a GPA of 4.15.

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— Frederick L. Bates, a member of the U.S. Air Force since October 1975, has been promoted to Chief Master Sergeant in a recent induction ceremony at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. Bates is a 1974 graduate of George Rogers Clark High School.

May 21, 2004

— Motorists in need of a fill up were greeted rudely when the price of regular unleaded gas in Winchester jumped from a $1.88 to a new high of $2.05 per gallon. Gas prices for the regular unleaded topped the $2 mark for the first time in Central Kentucky.

May 22, 2004

— Winchester native Anthony L. Fannin has been awarded a Citation for Bravery by the Kentucky State Police for his actions during a 23-hour KSP Special Response Team operation, in which a concealed, barricaded suspect fired more than 100 pistol, rifle and shotgun rounds at the team.

25 years ago

May 19, 1994

— Clark County’s Matt Ginter threw a one-hit, 6-0 shutout against the Montgomery County Indians, striking out 10, as the Cardinals advanced to the 40th District title game.

May 24, 1994

— Clark County Public Library officials are optimistic they will reach their goal of 3,716 signatures for library petition to raise the library tax 2.51 cents to 4.9 cents per $100 of assessed value.

— Chip Anderson and Nikki Niemeier, both juniors at GRC, were selected to participate in the Governor’s School for the Arts. Anderson studied the bass trombone and Niemeier studied dance.

50 years ago

May 19, 1969

— Helen Ann Rash, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Donald Rash, has been accepted at the University of Kentucky Medical School. Miss Rash recently graduated with honors from UK, where she majored in microbiology.

May 21, 1969

— It was recognition day at a meeting of the Winchester City Commission. Certificates of appreciation were presented to four Winchester residents for their actions following an armed robbery at the Steak House and a Winchester Police officer was given a certification of commendation for risking his life in an attempt to save another. Receiving the certificates of appreciation were Charles E. Gibson, William Clay (Pete) Cooper, E. Deane Palmer and James W. (Butch) Mastin. The certificate of commendation went to Lt. Bobby Search.

— Construction is underway at the new Clark County Vocational Extension Center adjacent to GRCHS on Boonesboro Road.

May 24, 1969

— Steps have been taken to establish a YMCA here. An organizational meeting of interested citizens was held at The Winchester Bank with 19 persons indicating a willingness to serve as the Y’s first board of directors.