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Winston Bennett scores on Tennessee, 1988

University of Kentucky basketball player Winston Bennett in action against Tennessee in Rupp Arena in January 16, 1988. Kentucky won 83-65. Bennett is 22nd on the all-time UK scoring list with 1,399 points scored over his four year career (1984-88). The Louisville native was drafted No. 64 overall in the 2nd Round of the 1988 NBA Draft by Cleveland. Photo by Tom Woods II | Staff

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WLEX-18 evening anchors, 1993

WLEX-18 evening anchors Tom Kenny and Mindy Shannon, shortly before Kenny, then 31, was promoted from the morning news beginning Jan. 4, 1993. He was replacing the demoted Jim Bailey. Kenny would be the fourth anchor to sit with Shannon since 1981 — following Bailey, Bob Hale and Mike Barry — at WLEX, which had been No. 2 in the ratings all during that time. Shannon left WLEX in August 1993 to become Gov. Brereton Jones’ press secretary. She currently lives in Lexington. Kenny now co-anchors the WTVQ-36 News at 5, 6 and 11 p.m. Click here to see an image from our archive of WLEX broadcasters later in 1993, and here to see Lexington sportscasters from 1981 and 1982, including WLEX’s Alan Cutler. Photo by Tim Sharp | Staff

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Downtown Georgetown’s Main Street, 1988

Downtown Georgetown in Scott County, looking west down Main Street from the intersection of Hamilton Street, Jan. 4, 1988. The county courthouse is at left. It was the county’s fourth courthouse since Scott County was founded in 1792. The building is on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places but is no longer used for for trials. Today it houses county government offices, and the district and circuit courts are on North Hamilton Street, just off Main Street. At the time of this photo, Georgetown’s population was 11,000. Today it is 33,000. Click here to see other images from our archives of Georgetown. Photo by Clay Owen | Staff

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Memorial Hall after snowfall, 1947

A moonlight view of Memorial Hall at the University of Kentucky after a two-inch snowfall on Jan. 5, 1947. Photo by Ralph Looney | Staff

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Horses in the snow, 1984

Thoroughbreds ran through a blowing snow in a field at Bramble Farm on Winchester Road on Dec. 7, 1984. The forecast for Tuesday calls for a high of 19 and clear skies. Photo by David Perry | Staff

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First twins born in the United States, 1951

Mrs. Douglas W. McCammish held her twin daughters, the first twins born in the United States in 1951, on Jan. 1, 1951, at Good Samaritan Hospital in Lexington. Playing off its slogan, “Which twin has the Toni?,” The Toni Co., makers of Toni Home Permanent, offered prizes that the Winchester family won. The older twin, Mary, was born at 12:23 a.m. at five pounds, one and one-half ounces. Her sister was born eight minutes later, weighing six pounds, six and one-half ounces. They won $500 in gifts, including cribs, mattresses, a twin baby carriage and associated baby supplies. Herald-Leader File Photo

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Stagehands fill balloons for New Year’s Eve, 1977

Members of Stagehands Local 346 were surrounded by a couple thousand balloons as they filled and tied what would about 6,000 of them on Dec. 30, 1977, at Rupp Arena. It took about eight hours to blow them up and suspend them from the ceiling of the arena, where they were released on New Year’s Eve during an Earth, Wind and Fire concert. Photo by Ron Garrison | Staff

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LexTran Transit Center construction, 1991

A view of what would become LexTran’s new transit center on Vine Street, Dec. 30, 1991. The $13 million transit center flanked both sides of the Harrison viaduct, now know as Martin Luther King Boulevard. LexTran began using the center on a limited basis as a bus stop and transfer station in May 1992. The center officially opened July 1, 1992. Photo by Robin Tinay Sallie | Staff

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Dual allegiance at first “Dream Game,” 1983

Kentucky Governor John Y. Brown Jr., wearing a blue and red sports coat and cap representing both the University of Kentucky and the University of Louisville greeted UL coach Denny Crum prior to the NCAA Mideast Regional final in Knoxville, TN, March 26, 1983. UL won the first “Dream Game” between the two state schools 80-68. At right rear is Gov. Brown’s wife, Phyllis George Brown. The Wildcats take on the Cardinals in Rupp Arena today 1pm. Photo by Charles Bertram | Staff

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Polar bear plunge, 2004

Steam rose off Lexington police officer Mike Sweeney after he came out of the water at the “Polar Bear Plunge,” held Jan. 31, 2004,  in front of the Texas Roadhouse on Richmond Road in Lexington. The event, a fundraiser for Special Olympics, allowed participants to raise money and jump into a swimming pool of near-freezing water. The water temperature was 35 degrees and the air temperature was 6. More than 200 people signed up to take the plunge. Sweeney was cheering for fellow officers as they jumped. Click on the photo for a larger image. Meteorologist Chris Bailey said Lexington is enduring the coldest winter stretch since the winter of 2013-14. Photo by Charles Bertram | Staff

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