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Monday's Man

  • Nothing’s going to slow him down

    About 7:30 a.m. on April 15, while on ambush patrol in Afghanistan, former Rineyville resident Josh Pitcher stepped on an improvised explosive device and lost his left foot.

    A month later, he attended his fiancée’s graduation ceremony at Eastern Kentucky University.

    And on Oct. 20, Pitcher completed the Army 10-Miler in Washington, D.C., toting a 40-pound rucksack for good measure.

    “I don’t give up,” Pitcher said. “It’s a quality I developed in ranger school.”

  • Pait lights up the park

    This time of year, in Elizabethtown, motorists drive by a project important to Billy Pait. For more than a decade he has volunteered on the Christmas in the Park committee.

    Pait became involved with the annual event through his work at Nolin RECC. He’s worked at Nolin RECC for 23 years, starting in engineering and now he’s with member services and marketing. 

  • Plenty to be thankful for beyond turkey

    I have seen many of my Facebook friends posting daily statuses of what they are thankful for.

    I guess the month that plays host to Thanksgiving Day brings that on.

    So over the next several inches on this page you will see some of the things I am thankful for in my life of 52 years, 24 weeks and two days.

    I know many of you will be able to relate.

    I am thankful to have lived 52 years, 24 weeks and two days.

    I am thankful to have a loving and caring family.

  • Run, walk, run strategy for better finish in marathons

    The advice sounds so simple. When a person is doing a distance run like a half marathon or full marathon, it makes logical sense — run, walk, run.

    As a race walker of two half marathons per year, I never paid much attention to this advice.

    Last month, my understanding of this performance principle and the possibility of running distances came colliding together at the Iron Horse Half Marathon in Midway.

  • Bryant continues work as volunteer host of radio show

    Berk Bryant, 82, might be retired, but that hasn’t stopped him from pursuing his love of bluegrass music by hosting “Sunday Bluegrass” on a Louisville public radio station.

    As DJ for the radio program, the Radcliff resident showcases the bluegrass and traditional country music he’s grown so fond of over the years. He has been hosting the program on a volunteer basis since June 1989.

    “I’ve been very fortunate,” Bryant said of the opportunities he feels he’s been given in his lifetime.

  • For your health: November is COPD Awareness Month

     

    Up to 24 million Americans show impaired lung function, which is common among those with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, the third leading cause of death in the United States. It’s a staggering number, made more so by the fact that more than 12 million Americans have been diagnosed with COPD, while an estimated 12 million more have it but have not been diagnosed.

  • Steve Mays, a familiar face on Election Day

    Steve Mays, 58, has been a resident of Elizabethtown most of his life and looks forward to doing his civic duty each Election Day.

    His primary job since 1984 has been with Kentucky Radiation Control. Mays checks X-ray equipment and performs radiation inspections. He also checks to make sure operators are protected, use good radiation safety practices and keep patient exposure at a minimum.

  • From the Cheap Seats: Even brother-sister relationships can be mended

    I can tell you if you have a sister or a brother and you constantly argued as youngsters, there is hope your future together will be gentler.

    I am living proof.

    Growing up, it was just my sister, Shannon, and our parents in our home. No use considering our dog, T.J., because he just bounced around from room to room.

    My sister and I didn’t get along. Whatever she did drove me nuts; whatever I did irritated her. It went on like that for years and years. There were times I could walk by her and not even look her way.

  • Heath Seymour: Painting his vision for downtown

    Heath Seymour is no stranger to downtown Elizabethtown.

    During the ’70s and ’80s, his father owned and operated Seymour Shoes, a downtown shop.

    “I kind of grew up running around downtown,” Seymour, 41, said. “That definitely caused an attachment to downtown.”

    These days, Seymour still runs around downtown.

    As the executive director of Elizabethtown-Hardin County Heritage Council, he often visits the downtown shops and keeps tabs on vacant city-owned properties he hopes to help fill in the coming years.

  • Ray is a sure shot

    What started out as a casual hobby for Bryan Ray has evolved to a source of camaraderie, personal challenge and national recognition. The 34-year-old marksman recently was ranked No. 30 in the country for three-gun shooting and is aiming for a national title.