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Monday's Man

  • The Art of Performance: Get into the thrills of March

    March seems to be a special month for Kentucky. It is particularly special for those who love basketball. This is the month that the NCAA basketball tournament begins, and it dominates the airwaves nationwide. Even the president of the United States has his bracket displayed on national television.

  • Building a good life and reputation

    Bobby Whitehead built a business and a life in Hardin County beginning at an early age at the Glen Dale Children’s Home.

    His parents died when he was in sixth grade and he spent the next six years at the children’s home. Two of his sisters and a younger brother also lived there, his brother for 12 years.

    Now 61, he values his experience at the home.

  • Radcliff resident recalls military, volunteer service

     At age 90, Bill Campbell has seen his share of war, segregation and difficult times.

    Despite that, the Radcliff resident managed to complete 27 years of military service, raise a family and help children with learning disabilities.

  • Little: A proud veteran, community champion

    After a career in the U.S. Army and civil service, Willie Little, 74, and his wife, Berlie, settled in Radcliff and have become active in the community, working with many outreach organizations and as advocates for those with special needs.

    Originally from Tuscaloosa, Ala., Little graduated from Tuskegee University, where he met Berlie. After he and Berlie married, Little was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Army.

  • From the Cheap Seats: Falling in love with E’town’s sense of community

    I must admit, until July of 1986, I never knew Elizabethtown existed.

    And if it wasn’t for coaching baseball, I probably would have gone at least a few more years without knowing this gem off Interstate 65.

    Coaching a 13-year-old All-Star team from Shelby County was my introduction to what I now know as E’town, and more importantly, a place I consider my home.

  • Sheriff's Hardin County roots run deep

    After working in the sheriff’s office for 28 years, in one year and 11 months, Hardin County Sheriff Charlie Williams will say goodbye to the badge and settle into a quiet life on a farm near where he was raised in Franklin Crossroads.

    He grew up the third of five sons.

    “I live within a mile of where I was born and my plans are to die within that mile, hopefully of old age,” Williams, 59, said.

    In 1978, he started firefighting and was one of the charter members of Kentucky 86 Fire Department.

  • The Art of Performance: Comfort dogs rise to the occasion

    Dogs can perform in amazing ways — dogs in show competition, dogs working as herders for livestock or dogs working military assignments.

    And since the massacre at Sandy Hook elementary school in Newtown, Conn., comfort dogs have been performing in a compassionate way.

  • Dwayne Mollison navigates path to success

    Dwayne Mollison’s journey in life might be said to have had as many twists and turns as a pretzel.

    A retired master sergeant, associate pastor, new business owner and soon-to-be licensed counselor, Mollison has navigated those twists and turns in his life on the way to success.

    Growing up in St. Louis, Mollison came from a single-parent household as an only child. A popular belief about being an only child didn’t hold true, he said.

    “She didn’t spoil me,” Mollison said.

  • For Your Health: Five ways to protect your ticker

    February is American Heart Month. Heart disease is the leading killer of Americans even though it is largely preventable.

    More specifically, more than half a million men have heart attacks every year and, according to the Centers for Disease Control, half of all American men younger than 40 will develop heart disease during their lifetimes.

    Lifestyle habits are the primary cause for heart disease. Poor diet, tobacco use, physical inactivity and the stress that life brings us all contribute to poor heart health.

  • From the Cheap Seats: Too much to think about

    I have been searching for days for what to write this month’s column about.

    I’ve thought about it at work and at home. While sweating on an exercise machine and at a way-too-long traffic light. In the shower and while watching “American Idol” and “The Office.”

    Nothing seems to have nudged me one way or another.