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Thanksgiving, 1985

Sandra Ashley-Johnson and her daughter Leah prepare a turkey for Thanksgiving Nov. 24, 1985. Photo by Tom Woods | staff

Sandra Ashley-Johnson, with her daughter, Leah, prepared a turkey for Thanksgiving on Nov. 24, 1985.          Photo by Tom Woods | Staff

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“Hey Vern,” it’s Jim Varney, 1984

Actor and comedian Jim Varney, February 1984. Varney made "Know what I mean?" (said, essentially, as one word) part of our pop culture chatter as the fast-talking bumpkin Ernest P. Worrell. Before those days, the Lexington native was a regular on Bluegrass stages such as Studio Players and the Pioneer Playhouse. With his 'Hey Vern' character Ernest P. Worrell, he was featured in an extensive series of regional ads in the 1980s that eventually made Ernest a national presence, and served to provide financial stability for Varney after years of working to get by in gigs from standup comedy to stage to TV character acting. A heavy smoker, Varney died at 50 Feb. 10, 2000 after being diagnosed with lung cancer, but not before he took his homegrown persona on the big screen including Ernest Goes to Jail (1990), Ernest Scared Stupid (1991) and into roles such as Jed Clampett in the Beverly Hillbillies movie (1993) and as the voice of the slinky dog in the Toy Story (1995). Photo by Frank Anderson | staff

Actor and comedian Jim Varney in February 1984. Varney made “KnowhutImean?” part of our pop culture chatter as fast-talking bumpkin Ernest P. Worrell. Before those days, the Lexington native was a regular on Bluegrass stages, including Studio Players and Pioneer Playhouse. With his ‘Hey Vern’ character Ernest P. Worrell, he was featured in an extensive series of regional ads in the 1980s that eventually made Ernest a national presence and provided financial stability for Varney after years of getting by in standup comedy, stage roles and TV character acting. A heavy smoker, Varney died of lung cancer at age 50 on Feb. 10, 2000. By then, he had parlayed his homegrown persona into success on the big screen with Ernest Goes to Jail, and Ernest Scared Stupid, and into roles including Jed Clampett in the big-screen version of The Beverly Hillbillies and as the voice of the slinky dog in Toy Story. Photo by Frank Anderson | Staff

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South Park Cinema 6, 1988

Patrons line up outside the South Park Cinema 6 Aug. 17, 1988 to purchase tickets for the six movies being shown - Die Hard, Coming to America, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Cocktail, Tucker and Clean and Sober. The movie theater was located in the back of the South Park Shopping Center off Nicholasville Road. It later became a discount theater before closing in 2007. Photo by Michael Malone | staff

Moviegoers lined up outside the South Park Cinema 6 on Aug. 17, 1988, to buy tickets for that night’s movies: Die Hard, Coming to America, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Cocktail, Tucker, and Clean and Sober. The movie theater was in the back of the South Park Shopping Center off Nicholasville Road. It later became a discount theater before closing in 2007.   Photo by Michael Malone | Staff

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Phoenix Hotel demolition, 1981

The wrecking ball brought down part of the Phoenix Hotel on Nov. 17, 1981 in Lexington, Ky. The Phoenix was demolished in 1981 and 1982 by Wallace Wilkinson, who planned to use the site to construct the World Coal Center skyscraper. It was never built and the site eventually became the Park Plaza Apartments and Phoenix Park. Photo by Charles Bertram | Staff

A wrecking ball brought down part of the Phoenix Hotel on Nov. 17, 1981, in Lexington. The Phoenix was demolished in 1981 and 1982 by Wallace Wilkinson, who had planned to build the World Coal Center skyscraper on the site. It was never built, and the site eventually became the Park Plaza Apartments and Phoenix Park.  Photo by Charles Bertram | Staff

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Catholic Church of the Annunciation, 1989

Phillip Quinn of Lexington, a self-employed steeple jack, worked to repair the cross on top of the steeple of the Catholic Church of the Annunciation in Paris, Ky. November 9, 1989. Photo by Clay Owen

Phillip Quinn of Lexington, a self-employed steeplejack, worked to repair the cross on top of the steeple of the Catholic Church of the Annunciation in Paris. Published Nov. 9, 1989.   Photo by Clay Owen

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EKU’s Roy Kidd and Fred Harvey, 1984

Eastern Kentucky University coach Roy Kid, right, with linebacker Fred Harvey on Oct. 10, 1984. Harvey was a four-year starter  for the Colonels and was named a first-team All-American his senior season. EKU’s all-time leading tackler with 503 tackles, Harvey was a two-time OVC defensive player of the year in 1984 and 1986. Eastern travels to play Florida on Friday in the swamp. Photo by Frank Anderson | staff

Eastern Kentucky University coach Roy Kidd with linebacker Fred Harvey on Oct. 10, 1984. Harvey was a four-year starter for the Colonels and was  named a first-team All-American his senior season. EKU’s all-time leading tackler with 503 tackles, Harvey was a two-time OVC defensive player of the year in 1984 and 1986. Eastern travels to play Florida on Friday in The Swamp. Photo by Frank Anderson | Staff

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Corbin football, 1983

Corbin High School football coach Larry "Cotton" Adams checks out a play with his team during practice Sept. 27, 1983. Adams played for Corbin in the early 1960s and served as an assistant for 13 seasons before moving up to head coach in 1981. His 14-year record was 114-46, highlighted by a Class 2A state championship in 1982 and a runner-up finish in 1990. The 2014 Redhounds take on Central in the third round of the Class 3A playoffs today. Photo by Charles Bertram | staff.

Corbin High School football coach Larry “Cotton” Adams checked out a play with his team during practice in September 1983. Adams played for Corbin in the early 1960s and was an assistant for 13 seasons before being named head coach in 1981. His 14-year record was 114-46, highlighted by a Class 2A state championship in 1982 and a runner-up finish in 1990. The 2014 Redhounds take on Central in the third round of the Class 3A playoffs on Friday.    Photo by Charles Bertram | Staff

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Davis Bottom, 1980

Bill Huddleston, left, and his sister Elizabeth Wardle, right,  lived next door to each other in Davis Bottom in 1980. At the time they were paying $85-a-month rent in the low-income community tucked between South Broadway and West High Street. In 2006 the 29 homes in Davis Bottom were torn down to make way for the Newtown Pike Extension. After eight years of work on the infrastructure the first of fourteen affordable housing units for families displaced by the project were dedicated Thursday November 20, 2014, and called Davis Park View.  Photo by Ron Garrison | Staff

Bill Huddleston, left, and his sister Elizabeth Wardle, right, lived next door to each other in Davis Bottom in 1980. At the time they were paying $85 a month in rent in the low-income community tucked between South Broadway and West High Street. In 2006, the 29 homes in Davis Bottom were torn down to make way for the Newtown Pike extension. On Thursday, after eight years of work on the infrastructure, the first of 14 affordable-housing units for families displaced by the project were dedicated. The development is called Davis Park View.  Photo by Ron Garrison | Staff

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Downtown Georgetown, 1976

Downtown Georgetown looking down East Main Street, Oct. 26, 1976. Photo by Shelia Richardson | staff

Downtown Georgetown, with a view down East Main Street, on Oct. 26, 1976.  Photo by Shelia Richardson | Staff

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Crit Luallen, 1984

32-year-old Crit Luallen was interviewed May 14, 1984 after being appointed to the post of Arts Commissioner by Gov. Martha Layne Collins. Ealier this month Gov. Steve Beshear appointed Luallen as the state's No. 2 public official to replace Jerry Abramson, who departed to take a job with the White House to help local officials throughout the country. Luallen, who has served with six other Kentucky governors in high positions was elected state auditor twice, serving from 2003-2012. Photo by Ron Garrison | staff

Crit Luallen, 32, was interviewed on May 14, 1984, after Gov. Martha Layne Collins appointed her as state arts Commissioner. Ealier this month, Gov. Steve Beshear appointed Luallen as lieutenant governor, the state’s No. 2 public official. She replaced Jerry Abramson, who departed to take a job with the White House to help local officials throughout the country. Luallen, who has served with six other Kentucky governors in high positions, was elected state auditor twice, serving from 2003 to 2012.   Photo by Ron Garrison | Staff

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