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Monday's Man

  • A father, two sons and baseball

    Baseball often is considered America’s pastime. As a part of that tradition, fathers and sons flock to the fields in summer to coach and play.

    Jeff Gregory and his sons, 12-year-old Jey and 8-year-old Ryder, continue that tradition.

    Gregory grew up in Elizabethtown playing with the Elizabethtown Area Baseball Commission, staring with tee ball and playing all the way through to the big field as a teen.

    He also played at Elizabethtown High School for coach Ron Meyers and was part of the 1992 state runner-up team.

  • Time heals issues, mends relationships for fathers and sons

    I wish I could say my dad and I had a great relationship growing up, but I can’t.

    He worked a lot, which meant he didn’t see his family much. I often would go to the convenience store he and my mom owned just to hang out as a way to spend a little time with him. I thought then the time meant more to me than it did him.

    He was more consumed with paying bills than spending time with his children and enjoying life, it seemed.

  • Farming like their forefathers

    Just beyond the front porch of the Mobley home off St. John Road, vibrant green rows of crops stretch across some of the 400 acres, a testament to the unbroken family line of farmers who have worked the land for five generations.

    “Mobleys came here in 1901,” said Kevin Mobley, 48.

    The long line has included fathers teaching sons to farm the land, planting, fertilizing and harvesting crops.

    “My dad was the only boss I ever had,” Kevin said.

  • The Art of Performance: Knuckleball turns out to be performance pitch

    There is only one knuckleball pitcher in the major leagues in 2012. He is Robert Allen Dickey, better known as R.A.

    This 37-year-old pitcher has been experiencing success with the knuckleball since last year. He is 8-1 with the New York Mets and has the most wins of any pitcher on the team’s staff.

    A Nashville native, he graduated from the University of Tennessee, where he was an English major. He made the U.S. Olympic team and won both games he pitched at the Olympics.

  • Sage Benado's musical innovation

    If you’ve bought a country music album lately, you’ve likely heard the results of Sage Benado’s pedal board design.

    A guitar pedal is a foot operated device that’s used for producing altered sound for an electric guitar. Functions such as reverb and distortion can be controlled  using a pedal.

    Two of Nashville’s most popular session recording musicians, Brent Mason and Paul Franklin, are among those who use the Benado Effects pedal.

  • Balanced life includes boat making, bowl turning

    Creating a balance in his life, psychologist Rollin Rhodes has made time to do a number of things he enjoys, not the least of which is building and sailing full-size wooden boats.

    Rhodes, who has his own practice and also works at Ireland Army Community Hospital, said he began crafting boats as an offshoot of his woodworking hobby. Boat building proved to be the most challenging of his woodworking projects.

    “There’s nothing square about them,” he said.

  • This Digital Life: Click-saving shortcuts add up

    Sometimes it is easy to take for granted what you think people know.

  • From the Cheap Seats: Power of teachers lasts a lifetime

    Earlier this month, schools and communities around the country observed Teacher Appreciation Day.

    Whenever I hear about a day such as this one or about educators who leave a lasting impact on students, my mind always turns to Mr. Bond and Ms. Foulds of good old Cornwall Collegiate and Vocational School at the corner of Fifth and Sydney streets.

    And for much different reasons.

    Mr. Bond was a slender man, with thick black framed glasses who smoked a lot. He cared about all of his students, it seemed, even me.

  • Gary Meredith is on the trail

    Gary Meredith is part of a volunteer organization that specializes in searching for missing people.

    As president and co-founder of Kentucky Bloodhound Search and Rescue, Meredith helps train and deploy dogs to track a person by scent.

    The group was organized in 2005 with five handlers and three dogs. Maggie Mae was the first deployable dog. There now are 11 handlers and six deployable dogs.

  • The Art of Performance: Warrior Games provide healing environment

    The 2012 Warrior Games recently finished at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado. The games provide an important environment for injured military service members to showcase healing in the competitive format of adaptive sports. The competition pits service personnel from the Air Force, Army, Marines and Navy. This year, Special Operations and the British military also sent competitors.

    The spirit of the Warrior Games is highlighted by athletes such as Ryan McIntosh of the U.S. Army. He competed in wheelchair basketball as well as track and field.