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Monday's Man

  • For Your Health: Resolve to be ready this month

    The theme for this year’s Ready Campaign promoting September as National Preparedness Month is “Resolve to Be Ready in 2012.” This public awareness drive encourages individuals and community leaders to make the resolution to take the necessary steps to be prepared for emergencies.

    Preparedness is an individual responsibility. By being prepared as individuals, we free up valuable resources, including allowing our first responders to assist those who are in the greatest need.

  • A star on the field and in the classroom

    Kendrick Johnson hits the gridiron with the Kentucky Wolverines and hits the books as a teacher at Brown Street Alternative Education Center.

    Originally from Michigan, Johnson settled in Hardin County after serving in the military.

    Johnson’s played football in some form for 28 years. At 43, he continues to play semi-pro football.

    He played three years with the Louisville Galaxy then helped form the Kentucky Wolverines in Elizabethtown. He is the founder, president, owner, offensive coordinator and quarterback of the team.

  • Disc golf supporter traces interest to camping trip

    A camping trip with his son more than two decades ago sparked a fire in John Greenwell that resulted in the Elizabethtown man becoming a major supporter of disc golf for the Hardin County area.

    Since then, Greenwell, 59, has helped bring a disc golf course to Freeman Lake Park and has been tournament director at tournaments held at the park beginning in 2002.

    “We had it nine years in a row here until last year,” Greenwell said of the tournament.

  • Wes Blair volunteers in his daughter's memory

    In tragic circumstances, Wes Blair, 30, found an opportunity to help others and give back to the hospital that means so much to his family.

    Before she was 3 years old, in December 2010, Blair’s daughter, Addison, was diagnosed with stage IV neuroblastoma — a pediatric cancer creating tumors in the body and tumor cells in bone marrow.
    She died in March 2011.

  • Art of Performance: Coach helps Gabby Douglas grab the gold medal

    Gabby Douglas became the darling of the 2012 Olympic Games because of her infectious smile and her ability to fly like a squirrel on the uneven parallel bars. This 16-year-old won the all-around gymnastics competition, a premier event in the Olympics. She also is the first American to win the all-around gold medal and the gymnastics team gold medal.

  • One moment in time can offer endless possibilities

    Sometimes you just never know when you will run into a life-changing moment.

    One for me came earlier this month as I was heading west on U.S. 62 and a car parked in Elizabethtown Memorial Gardens caught my eye. It was the only car I could see over the vastness of the cemetery on this day.

    The grass at the cemetery I imagine was soggy from nearly 4 inches of rain the day before. But there sat a man, I would guess somewhere between 65 and 80 years of age, in a chair by a grave.

    It was a stunning picture.

  • For Your Health: Seven reasons to begin your day with breakfast

    By DONNY GILL

    Breakfast is perhaps the most underappreciated and overlooked meal of our day. We tend to skip it altogether or grab something that is not very good for us such as a doughnut. But, just as Mom used to say, breakfast is the most important meal of the day for all of us and especially children and teens.

    Here seven reasons breakfast should be a part of your daily routine.

  • Music paves path from Iraq to Radcliff

    Music provided Sipan Hassan a path from Zawita, Iraq, to Radcliff. Now, the former Kurdish interpreter hopes music continues to pave that road all the way to the west coast.

    “My big goal is how to get into the music industry and Hollywood,” the 36-year-old said.

    Before the capture of Saddam Hussein, Hassan was living in Iraq and had composed a rap song called “Join the Game,” which urged the capture of the deposed Iraqui dictator. U.S. troops liked the song.

  • Rocking around the clock

    Mike Marvin doesn’t just like oldies music. He knows everything there is to know about it.

    A disc jockey for WAKY 103.5, he’s earned the nickname “Mr. Oldies.”

    He spins oldies in the evening time slot at WAKY and also is the go-to guy for any question about rock ‘n’ roll history.

    Station general manager Rene Bell never has worked with anyone with a “vast warehouse of knowledge” like Marvin’s, she said.

  • The Art of Performance: The pressure cooker: 2012 Olympics

    The 2012 Summer Olympics are in session, and the pressures have begun. This competition brings out the best and worst of world class athletes.

    You might remember one of the devastating images of the 2008 Games. The event was the women’s 100-meter hurdles. U.S. hurdler Lolo Jones had a commanding lead but clipped the ninth hurdle, stumbled, fell on the track and finished seventh. It was a devastating turn of events. Her Olympic dreams came crashing down. Later, Jones would say she was thinking too much about technique as the race drew to a close.