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Downtown Lexington, 1975

Aerial photo of downtown Lexington in January 1975. The Fayette County Courthouse can be seen in the middle of the image, with Main Street on the right side and Short Street on the left. In the lower right corner is a parking lot, which is now Triangle Park. Click on the image for a closer look, and click here to see other aerial images from our archives of downtown Lexington. Photo by E. Martin Jessee | Staff

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Icy driveway in Hazard, 1986

Dennis Combs cleared snow and ice from the road leading to his house near Hazard on  Jan. 13, 1986. Photo by Jim Wakeham | Staff

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Douglass High senior wins public speaking contest, 1948

Rupert Seals, a senior at Douglass High, school received congratulations from his principal, Theda VanLowe, for winning a public speaking contest sponsored by the Lexington Junior Chamber of Commerce in December 1948. The contest was open to Lexington and Fayette County high school students. Herald-Leader Archive Photo

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German shepherd-powered sled, 1994

Bob Carden of Lexington jokingly said he was getting ready for the Iditarod as he was pulled by four German shepherds down Lafayette Avenue on Jan. 17, 1994. Photo by Marvin Hill Jr. | Staff

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Winston Bennett scores on Tennessee, 1988

University of Kentucky basketball player Winston Bennett in action against Tennessee in Rupp Arena in January 16, 1988. Kentucky won 83-65. Bennett is 22nd on the all-time UK scoring list with 1,399 points scored over his four year career (1984-88). The Louisville native was drafted No. 64 overall in the 2nd Round of the 1988 NBA Draft by Cleveland. Photo by Tom Woods II | Staff

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WLEX-18 evening anchors, 1993

WLEX-18 evening anchors Tom Kenny and Mindy Shannon, shortly before Kenny, then 31, was promoted from the morning news beginning Jan. 4, 1993. He was replacing the demoted Jim Bailey. Kenny would be the fourth anchor to sit with Shannon since 1981 — following Bailey, Bob Hale and Mike Barry — at WLEX, which had been No. 2 in the ratings all during that time. Shannon left WLEX in August 1993 to become Gov. Brereton Jones’ press secretary. She currently lives in Lexington. Kenny now co-anchors the WTVQ-36 News at 5, 6 and 11 p.m. Click here to see an image from our archive of WLEX broadcasters later in 1993, and here to see Lexington sportscasters from 1981 and 1982, including WLEX’s Alan Cutler. Photo by Tim Sharp | Staff

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Downtown Georgetown’s Main Street, 1988

Downtown Georgetown in Scott County, looking west down Main Street from the intersection of Hamilton Street, Jan. 4, 1988. The county courthouse is at left. It was the county’s fourth courthouse since Scott County was founded in 1792. The building is on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places but is no longer used for for trials. Today it houses county government offices, and the district and circuit courts are on North Hamilton Street, just off Main Street. At the time of this photo, Georgetown’s population was 11,000. Today it is 33,000. Click here to see other images from our archives of Georgetown. Photo by Clay Owen | Staff

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Memorial Hall after snowfall, 1947

A moonlight view of Memorial Hall at the University of Kentucky after a two-inch snowfall on Jan. 5, 1947. Photo by Ralph Looney | Staff

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Horses in the snow, 1984

Thoroughbreds ran through a blowing snow in a field at Bramble Farm on Winchester Road on Dec. 7, 1984. The forecast for Tuesday calls for a high of 19 and clear skies. Photo by David Perry | Staff

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First twins born in the United States, 1951

Mrs. Douglas W. McCammish held her twin daughters, the first twins born in the United States in 1951, on Jan. 1, 1951, at Good Samaritan Hospital in Lexington. Playing off its slogan, “Which twin has the Toni?,” The Toni Co., makers of Toni Home Permanent, offered prizes that the Winchester family won. The older twin, Mary, was born at 12:23 a.m. at five pounds, one and one-half ounces. Her sister was born eight minutes later, weighing six pounds, six and one-half ounces. They won $500 in gifts, including cribs, mattresses, a twin baby carriage and associated baby supplies. Herald-Leader File Photo

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