Looking back

Published 12:03 pm Thursday, April 11, 2019

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10 years ago: April 9, 2009

Even with cautious buyers, local auto sales rebounding: One of the industries hit hardest nationwide by the failing economy the past year has been the automobile industry. The National Automobile Dealers Association reported almost 600 of the nearly 20,000 new car dealers in the country closed their doors last year due to higher gas prices.
Fire rips through home on Juniper: The Nicholasville Fire Department is investigating a fire that severely damaged a home at 420 Juniper Drive Tuesday afternoon.
County’s retail sales holding steady despite bitterness of sour economy: While the automobile and housing industries have taken a beating from the recent economic downturn, some retail businesses in Jessamine County have weathered the current recession much better.
Powers named Wilmore fire chief: The Wilmore Fire department selected a familiar face to become its new chief after the departure of former chief Jeff Anderson to take the head position at Morehead Fire Department. Jimmy Powers, 53, who has been with the WFD for 29 years, took over the reins April 1.

20 years ago: April 8, 1999

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24 arrested in city’s largest drug sweep: In what police say is the biggest roundup of drug dealers ever in Nicholasville, teams of officers arrested 24 suspects yesterday on charges of trafficking in controlled substance.
Cassity concerned about sewage pact: Jessamine County Judge Executive Neal Cassity wants Lexington to provide sewage treatment for neighborhoods in the northern part of his county, but he doesn’t want the city to hake any say over future development in that area.
Prosecutor drops charges against judges: Allegations of improper conduct have been dismissed against a former district judge who has left office after 17 years on the bench.
House near Woodford burns to the ground: Two people barely escaped with their lives yesterday in an early morning house fire that completely destroyed their home.

30 years ago: April 13, 1989

Woman robbed in Tates Creek Estates by men acting as police: Three white males posing as Lexington Metro Police Department officials intimidated and robbed a woman in her Chris Drive residence at Tates Creek Estates Friday evening.
Wilmore Samaritan center site offers pastoral counseling for those in need: When most people find themselves facing a stressful situation, they attempt to deal with their problem on their own for as long as the solution appears within grasp. A source is near at hand for Jessamine County residents who wish to have their problems assessed on a three-tier level. A branch of the Lexington Samaritan Center has recently relocated from Mt. Freedom Baptist Church to the United Methodist Church in Wilmore.
Stefani Penticuff judged finalist in Miss Kentucky US Teen Pageant: A 16-year-old Jessamine County High School junior has danced her way to the top. Stefani Laine Penticuff has been chosen as a finalist in the 1989 Miss Kentucky US Teen Pageant.

40 years ago: April 12, 1979

Wilmore wins statewide contest, named ‘All Kentucky City’: Wilmore was selected as an “All Kentucky City” in the 1978 annual Kentucky Chamber of Commerce contest.
Mrs. Doran laces Wilmore social graces topic with charm, humor: The Wilmore Woman’s Club welcomed a very distinguished guest and speaker Monday night at the oriental Missionary Society building. Mrs. Mignon Doran the dynamic former first lady of Morehead State University.
Band Fund Drive hits $25,000; pro wrestling event carded next: The revenue drive to send members of the Jessamine County High School Band to Europe on an educational cultural tour this summer continues. Over $2,000 net receipts were realized from the Bennie Rainwater and Copperstones Concert.
Rotary Club presents two Nicholasville medallions: Curtis Cobb and Dr. Burch Wylie, both of Nicholasville, were presented with certificates and medallions at the recent District 674 Rotary Club conference making them Paul Harris Fellows.

50 years ago: April 10, 1969

New 65 acre KY 29 school property site costs $81,250; plans developing: Sixty-five acres of land west of the Nicholasville city limits of KY 29 will be deeded to the Jessamine County School system.
Electrical, grass fires reported: An electrical fire Saturday caused smoke damage, destroyed wiring and resulted in minor water damage in Wilmore.
Two break-ins reported: Nicholasville Police reported two break-ins over the week.
Ky. Inspection Bureau encourages action to house Wilmore fire truck: Wilmore City Council acknowledged a letter Monday from the Kentucky Inspection Bureau encouraging a quick effort in securing a building for the newly-arrived American France fire truck.
Road, county property repairs discussed by fiscal court: In a brief session of fiscal court Thursday, reported fire pumps at the Keene crossroads were in need of repairs.