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Monday's Man

  • Spike Latimer: Coordinating a national prayer

    “In 1979, God and I got reacquainted,” Spike Latimer said.

    After that life was not the same, he said.

    “My whole life has been one incident after another of God showing up,” he said.

    A graduate of the U.S. Military Academy, Latimer spent 23 years in the Army before retiring in 1995. He then worked as a defense contractor for 12 years before retiring to spend the rest of his life “praying, reading and writing,” he said.

  • Elizabethtown resident puts the wheels of business in motion

    After losing a job a few years ago, Fred Cox seized the opportunity to put wheels in motion and start his own business.

    In March 2011, Cox bought a food truck. Not long afterward, Taco Express began popping up around Elizabethtown and around the state.

    “I’ve built a really good crowd travelling around with this,” Cox said of the truck.

  • Saying 'happy anniversary' and 'I love you' just isn't enough

    It was a Friday morning and a partly sunny day. It was 18 years and one day ago.

    That’s when we were married. Lisa, I couldn’t have made a better choice if I had looked the world over.

    Over the years, we have raised four children together, three from a blended family. We have had dogs running through the house and thankfully, no cats. While we may disagree at times, we are no fans of cats, unless it’s the Wildcats from the University of Kentucky.

  • From physical to spiritual: Eric Oliver leaves the sidelines to be pastor at Cecilia Baptist Church

    Eric Oliver is transitioning from helping with the physical needs of athletes to the spiritual needs of churchgoers as he moves from his job with the Hardin Memorial Health Sports Medicine Program to pastor of Cecilia Baptist Church.

    Oliver has been with HMH since 2006 and six years later, he felt God was calling him into ministry.

  • The Art of Performance: 'MacBeth' comes to the PAC

    By: Dr. Keith Wilson

    This weekend, The Hardin County Schools Performing Arts Center will present “MacBeth.” This PAC presentation is of one of William Shakespeare’s shortest and most famous plays. It has many quotable lines which are used extensively but whose context is often forgotten.

  • Hicks’ shop a stop for visitors for nearly five decades

    The shop on the corner of Hawkins Drive and Valley Creek Road has attracted a variety of visitors during its 46 years of operation, and Elmer Hicks is one big reason.

    As owner of Hicks Repair Service, Hicks, 88, has received visits from customers looking for lawn mower parts, friends looking for conversation over cups of strong coffee and even a rooster with a fondness for cherry tomatoes.

  • For Your Health: Empowering a healthy community

    By DONNY GILL

    It’s impossible to separate our individual health from our community’s health. When it comes to good health, a rising tide lifts all boats. Public health systems work to carefully monitor that tide, pinpointing choppy waters and struggling vessels and taking action to ensure that all boats have an opportunity to sail smoothly to healthier destinations.

  • Lifelong learner finds fit as chiropractor and teacher

    Getting to know Michael Owsley

    Family: Wife, Kelly; stepdaughter, Isabella, 9; and son, Nolan, 2

    Down time: He and his wife enjoy plays and discovering new restaurants. He enjoys books and currently is reading “Red Country,” by Joe Abercrombie. On television, his favorite shows include “Mad Men,” “How I Met Your Mother,” “The Big Bang Theory,” “The Voice” and “The Sing-Off.”

  • For Avenido, life is a Hollywood dream

    For many locals, a flip through the television channels often has them exclaiming, “Hey, I know that guy.”

    That guy is Kent Avenido.

    Avenido has appeared in feature films, television shows and many national commercial campaigns. He most recently was seen in a Sonic commercial that aired during the Super Bowl, his fourth Super Bowl commercial appearance.

  • Birth of a granddaughter stirs emotions and regret

    I knew it would be this way.

    It was just like this in the early morning hours of Oct. 22, 2010, and there it was again on Wednesday morning. I likely will feel this way again.

    The anticipation of a child being born is an emotion that is hard to appropriately put into words. Like most things in life, you have to experience it to fully understand it. Experiencing it as a grandparent, well, it really is pretty special.