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Long-time Paris grocer Charles P. Cook, 1951

Charles P. Cook, 74, who for 52 years had owned a Paris grocery store, talked with one of his customers, Mrs. James Everman, in January 1951. In a Lexington Leader feature article about the Paris merchant who had been in business the longest, Cook talked about how he competed with the chain grocery stores popping up in the Bourbon County seat. He said people are always looking for something new so he would look for products that the chains weren’t carrying. He introduced the first Kraft cheese into Paris, the first Lux soap, the first green celery, the first Chlorox, the first Wessen oil, and the first mayonnaise. Cook had been dictating many of the people of Bourbon county’s living habits for as long as they could remember. Herald-Leader Archive Photo

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Fishing the Forks of the Elkhorn, 1994

Brad Smith, left, and Adam Curry, both 13 and both of Frankfort, fished near the Forks of Elkhorn in Franklin County in July 1994. Photo by Ron Garrison | Staff

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NSYNC’s Justin Timberlake at Rupp Arena, 2000

NSYNC’s Justin Timberlake after being lowered to the Rupp Arena stage during a June 26, 2000 concert in Lexington. More than 18,000 filled the arena to see one of music’s hottests groups and curly-topped Justin proved the most popular with the masses. With nearly his every move, from a beatbox battle with the group’s drummer to him smacking himself on the bum during “Just Got Paid”, the arena exploded into an ecstatic chorus of EEeeeeeeeeee!!!!!’s. The popular boy band consisted of Justin Timberlake, JC Chasez, Chris Kirkpatrick, Joey Fatone, and Lance Bass. Timberlake went on to successful solo career. He returns to Rupp Arena today. Photo by Mark Cornelison | staff file photo

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Pre-induction physicals, 1950

Doctor F. B. Moosnick exaimed James R. Caudill, Winifred, one of 42 local men who took pre-induction physicals at the area draft processing center Monday August 22, 1950. Augustus Daniels, Paintsville, stood directly behind. Men passing the tests were to be subject to the next induction call, expected in October 1950. The Korean War had just begun in June 1950 and would not end until July 1953. Herald-Leader Archives Photo

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Fleming-Neon flood cleanup, 1982

Jimmy Williams helped shovel debris out of Kincer’s Feed Store and into the street in Fleming-Neon on September 14, 1982. Heavy rains the day before dumped 8 inches of water on Letcher and surrounding counties causing the swollen Kentucky River to flow through Main Street, breaking out windows in businesses and causing heavy damage, cresting after it’s depth reached the height of parking meters. Photo by Charles Bertram | Staff

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Tobacco warehouse fire, 1983

Lexington Firefighters directed water onto the Central District tobacco warehouse on South Broadway after it caught fire in September 1983. The fire sent smoke drifting over downtown Lexington. The building was being razed to make way for an underpass at the Souther Railway tracks. Photo by Ron Garrison | Staff

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Lexington Racing Pigeon Club, 1951

Race-winning pigeons were viewed January 4, 1951 at a meeting of the Lexington Racing Pigeon Club at the Cranfill-Frey Company, 174 Sherman Avenue. Pictured from left to right are Raymond Cranfill, club race-secretary, who held his pigeon, which won a 600 mile race for old birds the previous year; Maj. M. J. Mrakava, of the Lexington Signal Depot, vice president; Dick Warren, club secretary-treasurer, who held his pigeon which won top honors in 1950 in a 500 mile match for young birds, and John Dinsmore, oldest member of the club. Dinsmore was the secretary-treasurer of the organization when it was founded in 1922. Herald-Leader Archive Photo

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Kentucky’s last win over Florida, 1986

University of Kentucky quarterback Bill Ransdell looked downfield during UK’s 10-3 victory over the University of Florida on November 15, 1986 at Commonwealth Stadium. This would mark the last time Kentucky has beaten Florida. The Wildcats meet the Gators at the Swamp Saturday evening. Photo by Tom Woods II | Staff

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ArtsPlace renovation, 1982

Paul Bond, left, and William Neal took a break from tearing down walls in July 1982 at what was to become the home for ArtsPlace on North Mill Street at Church Street. The workers took a break while the media got a tour of the project. Renovation of the former YWCA building began earlier that month under the direction of the Lexington Council of the Arts. The building became the headquarters for the council and it’s 48 member organizations.
Photo by Ron Garrison | Staff

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William H. Townsend and Lincoln papers, 1947

William H. Townsend, Lexington attorney and one of a small group of Abraham Lincoln experts present when the private papers of the Civil War president were opened on July 25, 1947, examined in his office here, items from his collection of Lincoln memorabilia. Townsend reported that he did not believe the newly opened collection would produce any startling new information about the Great Emancipator. Robert Todd Lincoln, President Lincoln’s only surviving son, for some reason, in the latter years of his life decreed his father’s papers be impounded until 21 years after his, Robert Lincoln’s death. Herald-Leader Archive Photo

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