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Snowy sled ride at Kentucky Horse Park, 1981

R.K. Walker, manager of horse-drawn tours at the Kentucky Horse Park, drove visitors through the park on a sled pulled by a pair of draft horses on Jan. 7, 1981. The 30-minute rides, offered seven days a week as long as there was 2 to 3 inches of snow, cost $1.75 for adults and $1.50 for children. Photo by Frank Anderson | Staff

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Actor James Earl Jones in Lexington, 2002

Actor James Earl Jones, a spokesman for Verizon Information Services, was on hand Nov. 7, 2002, for the opening of Information Station/Estacion de Informacion, a bilingual e-branch library kiosk, at the northside Walmart Super Center on Lexington’s New Circle Road. “By itself, this machine is little more than plastic, a keyboard, silicon chips and a screen,” said Jones, whose acting career has spanned more than 60 years on screen and stage. “But once you … click on, this machine comes to life and brings the world — the World Wide Web, to be exact — to your fingertips. And with the internet comes opportunity, and that is exciting.” The kiosk, financed by a $50,000 grant from Verizon to the Lexington Public Library Foundation and housed at no cost by Walmart, provided quick access to library; social and legal services; information about recreation, health, transportation, schools and literacy programs; and Verizon’s SuperPages.com and SuperPages en Espanol. “Now everyone in this community, regardless of whether their first language is English or Spanish, will be able to access the magic of the internet through this kiosk to find a fact or a library or a job,” said Jones, who also is known for his voice roles as Darth Vader in the “Star Wars” film series and Mufasa in Disney’s “The Lion King.” “And, at the same time, they’ll be improving their computer literacy skills. … Reading literacy is a first step to a promising future. But computer literacy is a second step, especially in a world that grows more dependent on the technology.” The kiosk was the first of its type in Kentucky, according to James Lee, president of the library board of trustees, and will supplement the main library and five branches. Jones turns 87 Wednesday. Photo by Pablo Alcala | Staff

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Valley View ferry frozen in, 2001

The Kentucky River was frozen over on Jan. 2, 2001, so the Valley View Ferry was closed and docked on the Madison County side of the river. The river was frozen all the way across in some sections. Tuesday’s forecast calls for a high of 14 degrees and a low of minus-1. Photo by Charles Bertram | Staff

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Lexington NAACP leader, 1983

William S. Dotson was among 300 Kentuckians preparing to leave Lexington on August 26, 1983, to participate in the Aug. 27 march in Washington, D.C. to commemorate the 20th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s 1963 “I Have a Dream” speech. Dotson, who attended the original march, was active in the civil rights movement in Lexington and was president of the Lexington chapter of the NAACP. Lexington will celebrate this year’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day with a freedom march beginning at 10 a.m. outside Lexington Center’s Heritage Hall. Photo by Charles Bertram | Staff

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Marine receives flight training, 1948

Marine Pfc. Class Clyde Gillespie, left, became the first Central Kentucky pilot to receive multi-engine license under the G. I. Flight training program in February 1948. Gillespie received the rating after instruction from Donald Yohe, right, instructor at Cool Meadow airport, while on furlough from the Marine Corps. He was en route to California to await overseas assignment. Herald-Leader Archive Photo

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Georgetown vs. Cumberlands in basketball, 1973

Georgetown’s John Owen grabbed a rebound over Cumberland’s Melvin Harris during the Tigers’ 79-70 win on Jan. 25, 1973. Owen and Van Phillips combined to score 50 of the Tigers’ 79 points before the packed home crowd. The win over the conference foe improved Georgetown’s record to 6-0 in the Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. The conference, historically known as a Kentucky-only conference, is now called the River States Conference and includes schools from Pennsylvania, Indiana, Ohio and West Virginia. In 1995, both Georgetown and Cumberland left to join the Mid-South Conference. The two schools have played annually since 1960, with Georgetown holding a 88-51 series lead. The two schools meet again Thursday. Photo by E. Martin Jessee | Staff

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‘Snow Barracuda,’ 1978

A recent winter storm in early 1978 left Lexington encased in snow and ice. This ice-covered car on Zandale Drive was dubbed a “snow Barracuda” by staff photographer David Perry. Friday’s weather forecast calls for a wintry mix changing to snow by early afternoon across the Bluegrass region.

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Keeneland sales ring, 1946

A bay filly by Stimulus, out of Cash Back, consigned by Warner L. Jones Jr. was shown in the Keeneland sales ring in August 1946. She was sold to Leslie Combs II for $32,000. The 2018 Keeneland January Horses of All Ages Sale continues through Thursday. Herald-Leader Archive Photo

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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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