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Clay County’s Sweet Sixteen champs, 1987

Coach Bobby Keith, front right, and his Clay County High School basketball team rode atop a fire truck as they returned to Clay County March 29, 1987 after winning the Boys Sweet 16 High School basketball tournament the previous night in Rupp Arena in Lexington.

After Clay County won the boys’ state basketball championship in 1987, the first state title for a team from the Eastern Kentucky mountains since Carr Creek in 1956, Coach Bobby Keith, front right, and and star player Richie Farmer, directly behind Keith wearing medal, celebrated atop a fire truck as they returned to home. Next spring, Kentucky will celebrate the 100th year of the boys’ state high school basketball championship. Read Mark Story’s column detailing the history of the tournament. Monday night marks the start of the 2016-17 girls and boys basketball season. Photo by Breck Smither

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Combined I-64 and I-75 opens, 1964

A motorcade crashed through a paper barrier Nov. 24, 1964 officially opening a 13-mile stretch of combined Interstate 64 and 75 in northern Fayette County. The brief ceremony took place at the Newtown Pike interchange. The $16 million project linked I-75 to the north of Lexington with I-64 to the east and I-75 to the south at the Athens-Boonesboro interchange. During the ceremony, Gov. Edward T. Breathitt announced plans for more road construcion project to come in Fayette County, including: a six-mile route from the interstate to downtown Lexington; four-lane widening of Winchester Road from New Circle Road to I-75; and a widening of Versailles Road including an interchange between Versailles and New Circle. Hearlad-Leader staff file photo

A car crashed through a paper barrier on Nov. 24, 1964, during the opening of a 13-mile stretch of combined Interstate 64 and 75 in northern Fayette County. The brief ceremony was at the Newtown Pike interchange. The $16 million project linked I-75 with I-64 to the east and I-75 to the south at the Athens-Boonesboro interchange. During the ceremony, Gov. Edward T. Breathitt announced plans for more road construction projects to come in Fayette County, including a six-mile route from the interstate to downtown Lexington; a four-lane widening of Winchester Road from New Circle Road to I-75; and a widening of Versailles Road, including an interchange between Versailles and New Circle roads. Herald-Leader Staff File Photo

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First Kentucky basketball game in Rupp Arena, 1976

The University of Kentucky men's basketball Wildcats made their move into Rupp Arena on Nov. 27, 1976, playing against the University of Wisconsin and ending over two decades of play in historic Memorial Coliseum on UK's campus. The Wildcats won 72-64, playing in front of 23,266 fans. Photo by David Perry | Staff

The University of Kentucky men’s basketball team made its move into Rupp Arena on Nov. 27, 1976, playing against the University of Wisconsin and ending more than two decades of play in historic Memorial Coliseum on UK’s campus. The Wildcats won 72-64, playing in front of 23,266 fans. Click here to see a gallery of images celebrating Rupp Arena’s 40th anniversary. Photo by David Perry | Staff

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Kentucky wins first Governor’s Cup game, 1994

University of Kentucky football coach Bill Curry celebrated with his team after they defeated the University of Louisville 20-14 in the first meeting of the two teams in 70 years on September 3, 1994 in Commonwealth Stadium. The all-time rilvary is tied at 14-14, although Louisville leads the modern series 14-8. The Wildcats and the Cards meet today at noon at Papa John Stadium in Louisville. Photo by Charles Bertam | Staff

University of Kentucky football coach Bill Curry celebrated with his team after they defeated Louisville 20-14 on Sept. 3, 1994, in Commonwealth Stadium in the first meeting of the two teams in 70 years. The all-time rivalry is tied at 14-14, although Louisville leads the modern series 14-8. The Wildcats and the Cards meet at noon Saturday at Papa John Stadium in Louisville. Photo by Charles Bertam | Staff

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Lafayette over Henry Clay, 1991

Lafayette's Bert Hooper (42) dove over the Henry Clay line to pick up short yardage during first quarter action on November 1, 1991. Lafayette came out on top with a 24-16 victory at Heber Field. The Generals play Scott County tonight in state semi-final action at Lafayette. Photo by Tim Sharp | Staff

Lafayette’s Bert Hooper dove over the Henry Clay line to pick up short yardage in the first quarter on Nov. 1, 1991. Lafayette came out on top with a 24-16 victory at Heber Field. On Friday night, the Generals play Scott County in a state semi-final game at Lafayette. Photo by Tim Sharp | Staff

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Boy Scouts collect toys, 1945

Lexington Boy Scouts collected donated toys in below-freezing weather and falling snow on Nov. 23, 1945. The Scouts planned to repair and redistribute the toys. Published in the Lexington Leader. Herald-Leader Archive Photo

Lexington Boy Scouts collected donated toys in below-freezing weather and falling snow on Nov. 23, 1945. The Scouts planned to repair and redistribute the toys. Published in the Lexington Leader. Herald-Leader Archive Photo

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Front page about JFK assassination, 1963

Front page of The Lexington Herald, November 23, 1963, one day after President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas. A story on the left side of the page says the President was to visit Eastern Kentucky with Governor Bert Combs. Click on the image for a closer look.

Front page of The Lexington Herald on Nov. 23, 1963, one day after President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas. A story on the left side of the page says the president was to visit Eastern Kentucky with Gov. Bert Combs. Click on the image for a closer look.

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Douglass High School honor students, 1958

Top honor seniors got together after the annual Award Day program at Douglass High School to admire the $200 name plaque their graduating class presented to the school at Class Night exercises on Monday May 26, 1958. Honor members of the senior class which "did something" about the fact that Douglass had never had a name marker over its front doors, include, from left, Charlesanna Brown, Delta Sigma Theta sorority $100 scholarship; Randolph Stewart, salutatorian, Female Education Society $100 scholarship and Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity award; Lonny Demaree, third-honor student; James Barlow Jr., valedictorian, Watkins English Plaque; June Taylor, leader award, and Carolyn Dawson, Female Education Society $100 scholarship. The name plaque was installed with neon lighting. Herald-Leader Archive Photo

Top honor seniors gathered after presenting Douglass High School with a $200 gift of lettering identifying the school on May 26, 1958, at Class Night exercises. Honor seniors who presented the name marker over the school’s front doors were, from left, Charlesanna Brown, Randolph Stewart, Lonny Demaree, James Barlow Jr., June Taylor and Carolyn Dawson. The name marker was installed with neon lighting. Douglass High was closed in 1963. On Monday, the Fayette County school board voted to name a new high school after abolitionist Frederick Douglass, in part to honor the former high school.
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San Diego Chicken and Jerry ‘The King’ Lawler, 1983

The San Diego Chicken with wrestler Jerry "The King" Lawler before the A.W.A Southern Heavyweight Championship match Oct. 6, 1983 at Rupp Arena. Tickets were $7 for ringside seats, $6 for general admission to see the famous mascot as Lawler's manager. The wrestling legend was facing another legend, Jessee "The Body" Ventura, who was managed by Jimmy Hart. Lawler won, and as part of a bet, Hart had to wear a chicken suit. After putting on the suit, The Chicken hit him with a flying drop kick that made his feathers fly. Eight days later, The Chicken - one of the most influential mascot in sports history - appeared at a University of Kentucky volleyball game. At 9 p.m. on Oct. 14, a record 7,830 fans paid $1 to see No. 5 UK lose to No. 1 Hawaii in Memorial Coliseum. Three hours later, Wildcats coach Joe B. Hall held the second ever Midnight Madness, the annual first basketball practice of the season. Photo by Tom Woods.

The San Diego Chicken with wrestler Jerry “The King” Lawler before the A.W.A Southern Heavyweight Championship match on Oct. 6, 1983, at Rupp Arena. Tickets were $7 for ringside seats and$6 for general admission to see the famous mascot as Lawler’s manager. The wrestling legend was facing another legend, Jesse “The Body” Ventura, who was managed by Jimmy Hart. Lawler won, and as part of a bet, Hart had to wear a chicken suit. After putting on the suit, The Chicken hit him with a flying drop kick that made his feathers fly. Eight days later, The Chicken — one of the most influential mascot in sports history — appeared at a University of Kentucky volleyball game. At 9 p.m. Oct. 14, a record 7,830 fans paid $1 to see No. 5 UK lose to No. 1 Hawaii in Memorial Coliseum. Three hours later, Wildcats men’s basketball coach Joe B. Hall held the second ever Midnight Madness, the first basketball practice of the season. Click here to read a 1983 Herald-Leader story on the mascot’s visit. Photo by Tom Woods.

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Christian Church, Cynthiana, 1951

The Christian Church at Main and Mill Streets in Cynthiana was one of several buildings featured in a January 7, 1951 article by J. Frank Adams in the Herald-Leader. The story was the seventh in a series on Blue Grass communities and touted the growth of the Harrison County seat which had been founded in 1793 and named for two daughters, Cynthia and Anna, of its first settler, Robert Harrison, a blacksmith. Herald-Leader Archive Photo

The Christian Church at Main and Mill streets in Cynthiana was one of several buildings featured in a Jan. 7, 1951, article by J. Frank Adams in the Herald-Leader. The story was the seventh in a series on Bluegrass communities and touted the growth of the Harrison County seat, which was founded in 1793 and was named for two daughters, Cynthia and Anna, of its first settler, blacksmith Robert Harrison. Herald-Leader Archive Photo

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