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Monday's Man

  • Volunteer's gaming interest part of service to Hosparus

    In a back room at Hos­parus Thrift Shoppe in Elizabethtown, Robert Kiper quietly goes about his business, plugging in a portable stereo system and pressing buttons.

    Except for the cassette tape deck, the system gets a thumbs down. An electronic sewing machine he checks afterward gets a thumbs up.

    Checking electric devices and equipment is part of what Kiper does as a volunteer at Hosparus Thrift Shoppe, where the 24-year-old has donated time and effort for six-and-a-half years.

  • For Your Health: Focus on Men’s Health Week

    By Donny Gill

    Men’s Health Week is from June 9th to Father’s Day. We all value the men in our lives, whether they are our fathers, uncles, friends or coworkers. So let us be mindful and focus on their health this week and the 51 other weeks of the year. The following is a general guide for men to follow for tests and screenings.

  • Jerry Foley doesn’t stray from his purpose

    It wouldn’t be a stretch to say Jerry Foley’s life has gone to the dogs. And cats, too.

    Foley, 52, has been the Hardin County animal control supervisor since 1987. He retired briefly but soon returned to the job.

    He said he fell into the job because of his love of dogs, even taking a cut in pay from his previous job.

    “My dog’s never let me down. My dog’s always happy to see me. My dog’s never hurt my feelings,” he said. “So I guess I am a dog person.”

  • Hardin County native embraces New York City life

    As a senior publicist at a major New York City publishing house who works with celebrities such as Sheryl Crow and Jackie Collins, Loren Jaggers is a long way from the Hardin County dairy farm where he was raised.

    Jaggers grew up in Glendale, where his father was a dairy farmer. He remembers feeding cattle before going to school.

    But he had other interests that led him to his current career.

    “I was kind of a bookish kid anyway,” he said.

  • The building blocks of Tree Akers

    John “Tree” Akers spends his ministry building faith and his pastime building with Legos.

    The 42-year-old has been the student minister at Northside Baptist Church for seven years. Overall, he said he’s been in some form of ministry for two decades.

    He grew up in Elizabethtown and worked out of state for a few years but loves being back home, he said.

    Growing up at Severns Valley Baptist Church, he was a teen who was quiet and the in-crowd wasn’t his thing.

  • Elizabethtown businessman donates time, in more ways than one

    The adage “time is money” has special significance to Elizabethtown resident Leo McMillen, who regularly donates his time and railroad pocket watches for benefit auctions.

    The auctioned watches typically raise twice as much as they’re worth or more, McMillen said.

    Shop With a Cop and the Elizabethtown football program are among the causes to which he has donated watches. McMillen, 75, has plenty of watches to choose from when donating because he has been collecting them for years.

  • Kimble uses life experiences to strengthen families

    Through hardships and triumphs, Dr. T.J. Kimble said everything in his life led him to where he is today.

    He is the child and family counselor with Your Best Life Now Counseling in Radcliff and is co-founder of Joshua’s Friends for Exceptional Families.

    His journey began when he was 6 years old. Kimble was in a bicycle accident that resulted in a compound skull fracture. Because of the crash, he was held back in first grade and attended a special needs class. There, he saw the difficulties and challenges faced by other students.

  • Canada native developed volunteer spirit in Kentucky

    Glen MacPherson makes a conscious effort to use the word “I” as little as possible.

    The Elizabethtown resident has a very specific view about his volunteerism with organizations such as Hardin County Habitat for Humanity and Helping Hand of Hope.

    “It’s not about me,” MacPherson said. “It’s about doing God’s work.”

  • Former Congressman Ron Lewis called from retirement

    After almost 15 years in Congress and a few years rest, Ron Lewis said God called him to return to the preaching ministry.

    It was a simple decision for the 67-year-old who has moved from the inner halls of Washington, D.C., as the 2nd Congressional District's member in the U.S. House of Representatives to the pulpit of Youngers Creek Baptist Church in a rural corner of eastern Hardin County.

    “When God calls you, you feel at peace and content,” Lewis said.

  • Central Hardin graduate protects on a destroyer

    Central Hardin High School graduate Jeremy Key does not take safety for granted.

    Petty Officer 2nd Class Key is a damage controlman onboard the USS Cole, a U.S. Navy destroyer homeported in Norfolk, Va.

    “I always wanted to join the military, ever since I was a little kid,” said Key, 23.

    A 2008 Central Hardin graduate, Key said he was influenced by the fact he had a few family members who joined the military. He said a military career seemed alluring, and he joined when he was 19.