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New Lexington police cruisers, 1992

In September 1992, Lexington police rolled out a new look with their 20 new cruisers. The 1992 Ford Crown Victorias had a rounder shape that required a new design, Assistant Chief Larry Ball said. The new markings were designed to increase the cars’ visibility by emphasizing the 911 emergency number and the word “Police.” The new markings were phased in as officers received new patrol cars. At the time, police said designs are changed every eight to 10 years. Published in the Sept. 24, 1992, Lexington Herald-Leader. Click here to see an image from our archives of new cruisers in 1950. Photo by Tim Sharp | Staff

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UK Radio Network’s Ralph Hacker, 1996

UK Radio Network’s Ralph Hacker, right, interviewed University of Kentucky basketball coach Rick Pitino on Nov. 28, 1996, after UK defeated Syracuse 87-53 in the Great Alaska Shootout in Anchorage, Alaska. A young Ryan Pitino, left, watched.Hacker spent 34 years on the UK Radio Network. He was the men’s basketball analyst for many years with legendary broadcaster Cawood Ledford. After Ledford retired, Hacker took over play-by-play duties for eight years, including UK’s 1996 and 1998 national championship seasons. Hacker was the play-by-play voice of the Wildcat football team for five seasons. He was inducted into University of Kentucky Athletics Hall of Fame’s class of 2017 this weekend, along with Randall Cobb (football), Collin Cowgill (baseball), Sherry Hoover Bordner (cross country/indoor track/outdoor track), Sarah Rumely (volleyball) and John Wall (basketball). Photo by Charles Bertram | Staff

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EKU, Roy Kidd win second national title, 1982

Eastern Kentucky football coach Roy Kidd hugged senior quarterback Tuck Woolum after the Colonels won the Division I-AA national title on Dec. 18, 1982, in Wichita Falls, Texas. Eastern defeated Delaware 17-14 for its second national title in four years. The Colonels became the first undefeated team ever to win the I-AA title. “Oh, this has to be the greatest,” Kidd said. “To go undefeated and win the national championship, … it’s unbelievable. There’s no doubt that this is the greatest team. … The greatest. The defense definitely won this game for us. But we won this year because we are a team. All year long, this has been a team. One heck of a team.” Kidd retired from his coaching duties at EKU, his alma mater, after the 2002 football season. At the time, he was the sixth all-time winningest coach in NCAA Division I history (FBS and FCS). He coached the Colonels for 39 years, compiling a 314-124-8 (.705) overall record. The National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame inducted Kidd into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2003. Before the 2017 home opener Sept. 23, the school will unveil a statue of the College Football Hall of Fame coach in the north end zone, overlooking the field at Roy Kidd Stadium. Click here to see more images of the legendary coach from our archives. Photo by Charles Bertram | Staff

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First-ever Henry Clay-Lafayette football game, 1947

Henry Clay’s Eddie Williams scored on a 15-yard run against Lafayette on Nov. 8, 1947, at Stoll Field. It was the first meeting ever on the football field between the city-county rivals. Henry Clay was the longstanding power of the 20-team Central Kentucky Conference, and Lafayette was in only its second season. The game was billed as the “battle of the season,” and it was expected to have the largest crowd ever to see a high school game in Lexington. 10,000 people were expected, but rain kept the crowd to 5,000 shivering fans. The Blue Devils coasted to a 28-6 win behind Williams’ two rushing scores and one touchdown pass. The loss ended the Generals’ season at 2-6. The following week, Henry Clay beat Somerset, wrapping up its season at 5-3. Published in the Nov. 9, 1947 Sunday Herald-Leader. The two teams meet again Saturday, 70 years after their first matchup. Herald-Leader Archive Photo

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Brick work on L&L Cafe, 1991

David Hardin, wearing a sweatshirt and a jacket, did tuck-pointing on the L&L Cafe on West Sixth Street on Sept. 19, 1991. A cold front had arrived that morning, dropping temperatures into the low 50s. Photo by Ron Garrison | Staff

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Gov. Paul Patton admits to affair, 2002

Kentucky Gov. Paul Patton gave an emotional speech Sept. 20, 2002, in Frankfort, during which he admitted to having an affair with businesswoman Tina Boyd Conner, then lying about it when first questioned by the news media. Patton, 65, said he never misused his office to grant favors to Conner’s Western Kentucky nursing home or to retaliate against her when she broke off the affair. Conner had sued him earlier in the week for for sexual harassment. “I apologize to the people of Kentucky for my failure as a person. I have already apologized to Judi (his wife) and my family,” he said at a news conference at the Kentucky History Center that was carried live by several television and radio stations. He did not answer questions. With four family members — but not his wife — looking on, Patton, 65, his voice often cracking, indicated that he had no plans to resign from the job he had held since 1995. The state’s Executive Branch Ethics Commission accused Patton of four ethics violations in March 2003, but Patton claimed that the favors he requested for Conner were the same kind of favors that he had requested for dozens of influential constituents. By late 2003, all but one of Conner’s charges in her suit against Patton had been dismissed. The last was dismissed by a judge in 2006. She filed a second lawsuit that was dismissed by a judge who claimed it was an attempt to re-litigate the claims from her first lawsuit. Photo by David Stephenson | Staff

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Secretariat wins Kentucky Derby, 1973

Secretariat won the Kentucky Derby by 2 1/2-lengths over Sham on May 5, 1973, at Churchill Downs. His time of 1:59.4 remains the record for the fastest Derby ever. In fact, ran each quarter-mile segment was faster than the one before it. Secretariat would go on to win horse racing’s Triple Crown. In November 1973, he arrived at Lexington’s Blue Grass Field to stand at stud at Claiborne Farm in Paris. He remained at Claiborne until his death in 1989 at age 19. Secretariat’s owner and breeder, Penny Chenery, died Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017. Retired Lexington Herald-Leader turf writer Maryjean Wall wrote that Chenery gave the racing world grace and class. Herald-Leader archive photo

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Morgan County Sorghum Festival, 1978

Elmer Trusty fed sweet sorghum cane into a mule-powered mill on Sept. 23, 1978, at the Sorghum Festival in West Liberty. This year, Morgan County will celebrate 47 years of the Sorghum Festival, Sept. 22-24 in West Liberty. Photo by Mike Kearney | Staff

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Community Chest junior speakers, 1946

Members of Community Chest’s junior speakers bureau, photographed in late September 1946. Back row from left: Edward Faulkner, Jesse Thomas Yates, Doris Mulligan, Elbert Harber, Gibson Downing, Betsy Houston, Donald Ryles and William Merris. Front row from left: Lois Oldham, Lucia Bland, Edythe Hunt, Jimmy Don Threlkeld and Joe Bachman. Herald-Leader Archive Photo

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Georgia safety Will Muschamp, 1994

Georgia safety Will Muschamp tackled Kentucky sophomore running back Moe Williams during the Bulldogs’ 34-30 win Oct. 22, 1994, in Lexington. Muschamp, who has built a reputation for his strong defenses, is the head coach at South Carolina, which hosts Kentucky on Saturday. During his playing career at Georgia, Muschamp earned his way from walk-on to scholarship player by the spring of his redshirt freshman season and eventually was named co-captain as a senior. His 22-year coaching career includes stops at Eastern Kentucky, LSU and the NFL’s Miami Dolphins. He has been a college head coach for five years, three at Florida and two at South Carolina. Despite the close game with Georgia, Kentucky would finish the season 1-10. Their lone win was against Louisville in the first game of the season. For the year, the Cats were outscored 405-149. Photo by Ron Garrison | Staff

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