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Monday's Man

  • Steve Sherrard makes the wheels on the Bulldogs’ bus go ’round and ’round

    Steve Sherrard is more than a bus driver to the John Hardin High School boys’ basketball team and coaches.

    “The players and coaches look to Steve as part of our staff,” head varsity coach Mark Wells said.

    They jokingly refer to Sherrard as director of basketball operations.

    “He is more than just our bus driver, though he is very skilled and professional about his driving,” Wells said.

    The players often call him Mr. Sherrard.

  • As a longtime volunteer for North Hardin High School basketball, Rick Skeeters moved ... from court to keeper

    Volunteering to keep the books and stats for North Hardin High School boy’s basketball team is a natural fit for Rick Skeeters.

    Head coach Ron Bevars coached Skeeters when he was a student at NHHS.

    “I played on Ron’s very first team,” Skeeters said.

    “We go back,” Bevars said, explaining Skeeters was on his team in 1971 when Bevars arrived at NHHS.
    Skeeters has been watching NHHS basketball teams since 1968-69, he said.

    By Skeeters’ senior year, Bevars was head coach.

  • Fields of dreams can be everywhere

    I took a drive the other day and the silver Envoy found some neat places in Hardin County.
    They were the fields of play for our children from long ago, it now seems.
    I drove by University Drive and found myself looking at the ball fields and remembering all the time our family spent there over the years playing, coaching, watching and working in a hot concession stand.

  • A most familiar voice: Mike Bell on the mic

    If you’ve been to a basketball or football game at Central Hardin High School, you’ve heard his voice bellowing over the PA system. Mike Bell has been the voice of CHHS since it opened in 1990.

    Prior to that, he announced games at East Hardin when it was a high school. He announced for girls’ basketball going all the way back to the 1970s.

    His office at Glendale Christian Church is lined with plaques featuring previous teams and their photos. There are even more in his office at home.

  • The Art of Performance: Eli Manning delivers a confident, calm performance

    Players wants to be at their best when it matters most. The regular season can be gratifying but to play at the highest level in a championship game is sublime.

    Eli Manning has superb physical gifts as an athlete. He had many advantages growing up since his father was an NFL quarterback. Manning was born to be a NFL quarterback.

  • Poe volunteers for Lady Panthers ‘evermore’

    It doesn’t matter that he doesn’t have a daughter on the Elizabethtown High School girls’ basketball team.

    It doesn’t matter that he lives in Bardstown.

    Former Elizabethtown resident John “Chico” Poe has immersed himself in volunteer roles for the Lady Panthers. He drives the bus for the girls’ team and keeps stats.

    “I help out any way that I’m able,” he said.

    Poe enjoys sports and attends any good game he hears about, he said.

  • For your health: Take time to teach children dental hygiene

    In the United States, tooth decay affects children more than any other chronic infectious disease, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
    Children with poor oral hygiene and untreated tooth decay — cavities — can develop pain and infections that can cause problems with eating, speaking, playing and learning.
    In a 2000 U. S. Surgeon General’s report it was estimated that more than 51 million school hours are lost each year to dental-related illness.
    February is National Children’s Dental Health Month.

  • The Art of Performance: Is Billy Cundiff a goat?

    Each year the NFL playoffs provide a spotlight to the best and worst performances in football games that matter.

    During the American Football Conference title game, the spotlight shone on Billy Cundiff. He is the place kicker for the Baltimore Ravens, which were playing the New England Patriots for the conference championship.

  • Lifted up from the depths: Rick Green celebrates 15 years of sobriety

    In jail, on his knees, Rick Green’s life changed.

    “I prayed to God right there on the jail floor, ‘please kill me or heal me,’” Green said, following years of struggling with addiction.

    At that point in his life, he was tired of living and in jail for a DUI. He was chased by the Indiana State Police for more than an hour and couldn’t remember any of it when he woke up in jail.

  • Smartphone cameras push megapixels too hard

    We are living in the Mobile Age, where we can share and receive information no matter where we are.

    This new era is powered by the smartphone, which at one time was reserved for the early adopters and affluent. But prices keep dropping and more people are picking up the little mini-computers that fit in their pockets.