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Kentucky’s Marc Logan waiting to be drafted into the NFL, 1987

From left, University of Kentucky football players Mark Higgs, Marc Logan and Greg Doll watched the NFL Draft on April 28, 1987. Logan, who played tailback and fullback for four seasons at UK, was taken in the fifth round by the Cincinnati Bengals. The selection ended a maddening 12-hour vigil at the Logans’ home in Lexington. Logan watched as NFL Commissioner Pete Rozelle opened the televised portion of the draft at 8:05 a.m. For seven hours, as family and friends came and went, Logan waited for his name to be called. Logan’s parents, John and Addie, watched a television upstairs. Logan, Higgs and Doll broke the monotony with games of pool. “To tell you the truth, I thought I’d be taken in the third round,” Logan said later. Eventually, Higgs and Doll returned to UK to attend a team dinner and picnic. Logan, lying in front of the TV, was fighting a losing battle to stay awake. He’d had three hours of sleep the night before. Then he learned from his New York-based agent that he’d been drafted by the Bengals. Logan was one of three Wildcats drafted that day. Safety Tony Mayes was taken in the fifth round by Tampa Bay, and quarterback Bill Ransdell was picked by the Jets in the 12th round. At Kentucky, Logan rushed for 1,769 yards, placing him ninth on UK’s career rushing list. Click here to see an image of Logan in 1986 after UK’s last win over Florida. He enjoyed a 11-year career in the NFL, winning a Super Bowl ring with the San Francisco 49ers in 1995. On the TV in the photo are two of Logan’s trophies during his time at UK. At left is one for being named outstanding offensive back in 1986. The other is for his MVP performance in the 1984 Hall of Fame Bowl. Higgs, who is currently fourth on UK’s career rushing list, was drafted the next year in the eighth round by the Dallas Cowboys. He played in the league until 1995. Photo by Jocelyn Williams | Staff

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University of Kentucky basketball recruit Shawn Kemp, 1987

University of Kentucky basketball recruit Shawn Kemp on July 3, 1987, during a break between games in the Kentucky Prep All-Star Festival at Memorial Coliseum. Kemp, one of the hottest basketball properties on the college recruiting lists at the time, wedged Lexington into his basketball tour that summer. He had come from a basketball camp in New Jersey and left Lexington for a brief pit stop in his hometown, Elkhart, Ind. before heading to a tournament in Arkansas. During the two-game tournament in Lexington, Kemp had 14 points, 12 rebounds, five assists and two blocks in his first game. In the second game, he scored 27 and grabed 14 rebounds. Widely regarded as one of the nation’s top three or four high school seniors that year, Kemp chose to play college ball at UK over Indiana, Iowa, Nevada-Las Vegas, Syracuse, and Ohio University. He had to sit out his first year after failing to qualify under NCAA freshman eligibility requirements and later transferred from UK after trying to pawn gold chains that had been stolen from guard Sean Sutton. Kemp was widely reguarded as one of the best “none-and-done” players to make it to UK’s campus. He went on to play 14 seasons in the NBA, making the All-Star Game six times. Photo by David Perry | Staff

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Lexington Herald comics page, 1967

Comics page from the April 25, 1967, Lexington Herald. Click on the image for a closer look. Two of the strips survive on the Herald-Leader’s current two-page comics section: Blondie and Beetle Bailey. 

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Main Street, downtown Lexington, 1949

Downtown Lexington on March 7, 1949, looking east down Main Street from the First National Bank and Trust Co., the city’s first skyscraper. Up the street at right is the Phoenix Hotel, which is now the site of Phoenix Park, the Central Library and Park Plaza apartments. Click here to see this block from street level a year later, in 1950. To the left, across Main Street, is the Ben Snyder department store. Today, it’s the site of the Fayette County courthouse plaza. Limestone runs horizontally near the bottom of the image. Note that the traffic on Main Street runs both ways. Main Street became one-way in 1971. Click on the image for a closer look. Herald-Leader Archive Photo

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Downtown Lexington’s last department store, Wolf Wile, 1992

The aisles of Wolf Wile’s department store were filled on April 7, 1992, with shoppers looking for going-out-of-business bargains. Sixteen days later, on April 23, downtown Lexington’s last department store closed its doors after 103 years. Wolf Wile was known to generations of Lexingtonians for its sophisticated décor, personal service and lively window displays.Wolf Wile specialized in women’s apparel and accessories, but it also sold men’s clothing, household goods and other merchandise. The store closed at 5 p.m. six days a week and wasn’t open on Sundays. The store became less of a force in Lexington retailing as suburban malls, round-the-clock mail order and bargain outlets became popular with time-pressed consumers. “I’ve traded with this store for 60 years,” Virginia Williams of Morehead said on one of the store’s last days. “I used to come here when I was a teenager. I hate to see it go. It really breaks my heart.” In the days leading up to the closing, much of the merchandise had been marked down as much as 60 percent, creating a shopping frenzy that the store had not seen in years, with hourlong waits at checkout counters. The sale also was tinged with sadness. Shoppers said they would miss the quality of Wolf Wile’s merchandise, the exemplary service of the sales clerks and the excitement of the days when downtown hummed with retail activity. Click on the image for a closer look. Photo by Tim Sharp | Staff

Joseph S. Wile Sr., 86, president of the 103-year-old Wolf Wile Co., in April 1992. The store, founded in 1889 by cousins of Wile’s father, Dolph, was downtown Lexington’s last department store. Wile, who had worked for Wolf Wile’s since 1927, said the closing was forced by declining sales, the lack of a successor willing to take over the business and the lack of a buyer for the store, which has been at 244 East Main Street since 1950. Click here to see an image from our archives of the building under constrcution. Wolf Wile’s had been the only department store downtown since 1980, when Ben Snyder closed the store it had operated on East Main Street since 1935. Earlier downtown closings included Purcell’s in 1970, Stewart’s in 1979, Hymson’s in 1981, Embry’s in 1981 and Woolworth’s in 1990. Wile attributed the survival of Wolf Wile to conservative management and low overhead (the company owned its East Main Street building). Today it is the offices for Gray Construction. Photo by Tim Sharp | Staff

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UK basketball recruits at Derby Festival Classic, 1992

From left, University of Kentucky basketball recruits Jared Prickett, Tony Delk and Walter McCarty, April 22, 1992, at Jeffersontown High School in Louisville during practice for the Derby Festival Classic all-star game. Prickett, West Virginia’s 6-foot-8 Mr. Basketball, was refered to by Kentucky coach Rick Pitino as “a more talented version of (Deron) Feldhaus and (John) Pelphrey.” In his senior season at Fairmont West High School he averaged a triple-double: 20 points, 12 rebounds and 11 assists. Delk, Tennessee’s Mr. Basketball, led his state in scoring the previous two years, averaging 37.5 points as a junior and 38.6 as a senior for Haywood High. His high-arching, long-range three-pointers were a trademark. McCarty played for William Henry Harrison High School in Evansville, Ind., where he averaged 22 points, 10 rebounds and seven blocked shots. At the time of this picture, McCarty said Pitino wanted him to bulk up from his 192-pound frame to hold his own at UK. Three days later, at the all-star game in Freedom Hall, UK fans dominated the crowd of 10,705 and roared every time Delk, McCarty and Prickett did something right. “That kind of surprised me, ” Prickett said, “Being up here in Louisville, and Lexington being a while away, there were a lot more Kentucky fans here than I expected.” If Wildcat fans had a favorite, it was 6-foot-10 McCarty, who had 14 points and 11 rebounds, and made the finals of the slam-dunk contest. Prickett no slouch in the hustle department, either. He had nine points, 12 rebounds and three steals. Delk, however, had an off night, missing 10 of 11 shots, scoring just three points and losing the three-point shooting contest at halftime to Notre Dame signee Keith Kurowski. The 2017 all-star game featured one UK signee. Photo by David Perry | Staff

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Keeneland spring meet race fan, 1980

Harry Hanna of Cincinnati checked out the Daily Racing Form on opening day of the Keeneland spring meet, April 5, 1980. A crowd of 16,732 attended the first day of the meet, and jockey Julio Espinoza won the six-furlong Phoenix Handicap on Zuppardo’s Prince. Photo by Ron Garrison | Staff

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Karate champion Schlondia Jackson, 1986

Schlondia Jackson, 12, a sixth-grader at Russell Elementary School, demonstrated her karate moves in April 1986. Jackson took her first karate lesson in fall 1985 and was at that time a junior champion. She won first place in the open-hand kata, first place in kumite and fourth place in precision kata with partner Anthony Adams at the Kentucky Junior Karate Championship on April 12, 1986, at Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond. She was selected girls grand champion and won a 4 1/2-foot trophy. Photo by Ron Garrison | Staff

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Main Street markings, 1950

State Highway Department employees marked the center of downtown Lexington’s Main Street, April 1950. The double row of yellow plastic discs ran down the two-way road from the railroad tracks at Midland Avenue to Jefferson Street. Main Street became one way in 1971. The marquees for the State Theatre and the Kentucky Theater can be seen in the background. “Cheaper by the Dozen” was showing at the Kentucky. Published on April 28, 1950, in the Lexington Herald.

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Pulaski County Sheriff Sam Catron’s funeral, 2002

Pulaski County/Somerset Rescue Unit No. 5 carried the casket of Pulaski County Sheriff Sam Catron down U.S. 27 during the processional of his funeral on April 18, 2002, in Somerset. Along the road, at the funeral and at the gravesite, thousands mourned the longtime police officer renowned for his dedication. Catron was shot and killed five days earlier, during his campaign for a fifth term, while attending a political rally and fish fry near the Shopville Fire Department. The city showed its grief community-wide. Mourners, including representatives from police agencies in several states, almost filled the 1,900 seats at the Center for Rural Development auditorium, where the funeral service was held. Thousands more stood on sidewalks, on front lawns, on front porches, and even perched on roofs along the route of the funeral procession as it moved from the development center to the cemetery. Many businesses along U.S. 27 put up signs in memory of Catron; others closed in a show of respect. Photo by Mark Cornelison | Staff

Pulaski County Sheriff Sam Catron, 48, was campaigng for a fifth term when he was assisinated on the night of April 13, 2002, during a political rally and fish fry held by the Pulaski County Fire Department near Staab, a community about 80 miles south of Lexington. Photo by the Commonwealth-Journal

Danny Shelley, left pleaded guilty in January 2003 to the murder of Catron in return for a sentence of life in prison without a chance for parole for at least 25 years, avoiding a possible death sentence. Shelley testified that he waited in hiding for hours in woods near the fire station until he got a chance to shoot Catron, and that he carefully aimed at Catron’s head so he wouldn’t risk shooting anyone else. After the shooting, he fled on a motorcycle. Police quickly caught Shelley, and he implicated two other men: Kenneth White, a drug dealer, pictured center, and Jeff Morris, a former deputy running against Catron. Shelley and White were helping Morris in his campaign. Morris said White hoped to install an ally in the sheriff’s office to protect his drug dealing and came up with the idea to kill Catron. Morris also pleaded guilty and was sentenced to life without parole for at least 25 years. A jury convicted White, 58, of masterminding the plot, and he was sentenced to life in prison without parole. Shelley has said he got hooked on painkillers after getting hurt at a factory where he worked. Shelley said White gave him drugs, and, with Morris’ assistance, manipulated him into pulling the trigger at a time when he suffered impaired judgment. Photos by Trevor Frey, The Commonwealth Journal

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