Looking back

Published 10:41 am Thursday, April 25, 2019

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10 years ago: April 23, 2009

Smokers in a huff over tax hike: Local tobacco outlets still seeing brick business. On April 1, the federal government raised its tax 39 cents per pack, up to $1.01 per pack, the same day a 62-cent-per-pack Kentucky tax also took effect. Facing a $456 million deficit, the Kentucky general assembly approved the tax increase amid protests from both tobacco companies and smokers.
Cycle of life comes full circle for third graders: Students raise, release rainbow trout. Last week, a group of Rosenwald-Dunbar third-grade students from Mrs. P.J. Burns’ class gathered along the pond on a property on Woods Road to release more than 500 fish.
Planners ponder PUDs from ordinances: Commission tables hot-button topic until attorney can research ’76 case. The Jessamine County-City of Wilmore Planning and Zoning Commission is considering striking planned unit developments from the Wilmore ordinances. As of now, there are no PUDs in the city, but the ordinance exists to give developers the option to be creative with their residential plans.
Camp Nelson reenacts Lincoln’s funeral memorial: A crowd of about 75 spectators were greeted with the smell of gun powder from a freshly fired cannon, as the Camp Nelson Civil War Heritage Park reenacted President Abraham Lincoln’s funeral memorial.

20 years ago: April 22, 1999

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Bombing suspect acquitted: Other defendants await trial. The Nicholasville man arrested last week in connection with the bomb explosion at East Jessamine High School has been found not guilty.
Cash, property stolen in break-in at school: The police are appealing for help from the public in apprehending thieves who broke into the Nicholasville Elementary School last week.
Board rejects development on bypass: After four hours of debate at a special called meeting, the Nicholasville Planning Commission unanimously rejected the proposed development of a 300-home subdivision on two farms along U.S. 27 and Ky 169.
Pickup truck demolishes house: Three occupants of a home on Sulphur Well Road escaped injury when a pickup truck plunged through the front of their house, coming to rest in the bathroom. The driver lost control of his vehicle in a curve outside the home.
Boys of summer: One sure sign that warmer weather is on the way is the opening of the little league baseball season, and Saturday was the first day of play in Jessamine County.

30 years ago: April 27, 1989

Southview Drive resident rescues trapped 11-year-old boy: Lee Ivy earned the honor of being a hero April 16 when he pulled a frightened 11-year-old boy from a storm sewer pipe. Phillip Watts was the boy who found himself trapped in a narrow passage.
Gasoline Leak in Wilmore pollutes town branch, closes municipal park, wildlife dies: A gasoline leak in Wilmore Town Branch Friday evening resulted in the closing of Wilmore municipal park because of settled fumes in the area. Death of some wild life inhabiting the stream area was also reported by Jessamine County Disaster and Emergency Services coordinator.
Strauss taps lottery for $5,000: Eugene H. Strauss hit it big in the lottery at the downtown convenient food mart in Nicholasville Saturday evening. The winner is a first-year student at the Lexington Community College where he majors in business.
Windom Lane man hurt in single car accident: A Windom Lane resident sustained a minor injury when the vehicle he was driving overturned in a single car accident on KY 1980, six miles northwest of Nicholasville April 19.

40 years ago: April 26, 1979

Bluegrass Explorer Olympics will be held in Wilmore: The Explorer Olympics will be held for the first time in this area in Wilmore on May 12. Fifty counties in the Bluegrass Council are eligible or participate, according to Neil Ward, associate district executive.
Local Chevy salesman starts club to train talented JCHS students to overhaul cars: Every Tuesday, a group of young car repairman meet in the shop at Sutherland Chevrolet to work on car repair. These teenagers receive free training in car work from Pete Sutherland, a car salesman at the Nicholasville Dealer.
White bass caught at Herington lake: Twenty-nine white bass were caught Monday night at Herrington Lake by Nicholasville residents. The larger was 2 lbs. 6 ounces with an average of 1-1/2 pounds or a total of 45 pounds.
School requests money to continue expand programs for talented, accelerated students: Jessamine County School officials are applying to the state for money to continue and expand the special program at Wilmore Elementary School for “talented and exceptional students.”

50 years ago: April 24, 1969

Nicholasville’s Dr. Burch Wylie is recognized for 50-year practice: A spry 76 years of age, and able to run up the long flight of steps to his office, Dr. Burch Wylie, dentist, has been doctoring teeth since June of 1919.
Three Jessamine County girls’ guests at BPWC: Three senior girls for the Jessamine County High School were guests at the Lena Madesin Phillips BPW Blub dinner meeting Monday. The three ladies made talks on their careers as participants in the club’s annual senior girl award.
Nickel Day Blowout means big Nicholasville weekend: Nicholasville retail merchants plan for Nickel Day took another forward step Tuesday during a special organization meeting under direction of Chamber of Commerce officers. Wooden nickels will be issued for every dollar spent at participating merchant stores.
Second place trophy awarded for ’29 Ford Roadster: Lee Dalee Stinnett was awarded the second-place trophy for his ’29 Ford Roadster during the Blue Grass Autorama held in Lexington earlier this month. Stinnett believes $3,000 has been put into the vehicle which he has owned for eight years.