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Looking back

10 years ago: May 14, 2009

Let freedom rock: Rock Fence Park was alive with the sound of music Saturday evening as the 100th U.S. Army Rock Band out of Fort Knox performed for about 75 people in attendance.
School board honors Royse: Building named for longtime employee. The Jessamine County School board office building will now officially be known as the Herbert H. “Pete” Royse Jr. Building, after a special called meeting. The board made the move at an emotional meeting before Royse’s former colleagues.
Bust nets $600K in pot: 300 plants seized. A Nicholasville man is behind bars after a Tuesday night pot bust netted 300 plants from his house. Chief Deputy Allen Peel said the bust was one of the biggest in the county’s history.
13 lucky number for Journal ad staff: The advertising department of The Jessamine Journal continues to dominate the weekly class 3 division of the Kentucky Press Association winning the General Excellence Award for the 13th consecutive year at the annual KPA Awards.

20 years ago: May 13, 1999

Teachers to share $260,000: KIRIS test rewards announced. Jessamine County school teachers will soon be taking home their share of $26.4 million awarded to the state school last week for improved scores on the 1996-1998 KIRIS statewide test. Seven Jessamine County schools qualified.
Insurance agent charged in scam: During the second police roundup, a former Nicholasville insurance agent was charged last week with stealing more than $65,000 from policy holders in the Bluegrass region.
Teacher named one of the 10 best in Kentucky: Peggy Welch, a science teacher at West Jessamine High School, was named one of the 10 outstanding Kentucky teachers by Ashland Oil as part of their Teacher Achievement Awards.
Rescue: Effort to save one coworker results in another’s injury. The accident involving an excavator and an earth roller could have resulted in death but suffered one employee a broken right arm and some cuts and bruises.
Group opposes Brannon Road development: A proposed development on Brannon Road met with silent public opposition from the Jessamine County/Wilmore Joint Planning Commission.

30 years ago: May 18, 1989

Warner students to enjoy outdoor classes next fall: Students attending Warner Elementary will be offered a different type of learning beginning next fall. Principal Richard Williams presented a plan to turn the school courtyards into outdoor learning centers.
Twenty-one give blood at S&G: Sargent and Greenleaf sponsored blood drive; 21 people registered to donate and 17 pints of blood were collected.
Middle school student to represent Jessamine in state Special Olympics: A Jessamine County Middle School student will represent Jessamine County June 2-4 at the state Special Olympics, Lovie Walker, who earned the right to participate by placing first in the body bowling competition.
Two JCHS girls to attend state PEP school to promote careers: A pair of graduates from Jessamine County High School will attend Professional Education Preparation Workshop this summer to promote careers in medicine and dentistry.
Wilmore home-garden club disbands after 57 years of community service: The Wilmore Home and Garden Club is no more but its final act will leave a legacy of beauty by painting three decorative trees at the Wilmore Post Office.

40 years ago: May 17, 1979

Prime Athlete Scott Blankenship leaves legacy of records, modesty: A familiar face during the later part of the 1970s will be missing from the Jessamine County sports scene next season, Benjamin Scott Blakenship.
Church of Christ building will be constructed this year: Construction is planned to commence on a new church building at the northeast corner of Sparks Avenue and Lake. The church will be Lake Street Church of Christ.
Parks grant is approved: The Executive Board of Bluegrass Area Development District approved a joint application by Nicholasville and Jessamine County for $54,000 in area development funds for park development.
Contest will be held to name Jessamine Elementary School: A $100 savings bond will be given in a contest to name the new Jessamine County elementary school.

50 years ago: May 15, 1969

Fiscal Court increase3s secretary salary, agents travel allotment: Fiscal Court magistrates agreed Thursday to up Miss Betty Peel’s salary $300 a year upon request.
Five Jessamine County High School seniors are competing for senior prom queen status: Susan Davis, Debby Crawford, Paula Gullette, Linda Woodford and Sherry Graff.
Hepatitis hits second graders: Three children and one teacher have officially been declared hepatitis victims at the Nicholasville Elementary School.
House, vehicle fires reported: A defective flue was cited the cause of a house fire in Keene according to the Jessamine County fir chief.
World action singers from Oral Roberts University to perform in Wilmore: The group will appear in concert with a special appearance of evangelist Oral Roberts and Dr. David Seamands.