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Monday's Man

  • Helping students learn with Legos

    Bill Clagett Sr. uses his engineering knowledge and love of Legos to help students at T.K. Stone Middle School build a brighter future though Lego League.

    Before his 35-year career as a local dentist, Clagett studied chemical engineering. He was drafted into the U.S. Army and served one year in Vietnam before using the G.I. Bill to go to dental school.

    But he always enjoyed engineering. When his children were little, he played with Legos with them. That interest stuck with him and with his children.

  • Mission trips, troubled youth among pastor's service

    At 44, Hodgenville resident DeWayne Gibson has travelled on mission trips around the world, lost 120 pounds in seven months and helped troubled youth, all of which he ties to his faith.

    “I just really want to serve God,” Gibson said.

    Born at Hardin Memorial Hospital and raised in Glendale, Gibson, pastor at Parkway Baptist Church in Hodgenville, worked in student ministry for 24 years. Prior to his current role, he worked at First Baptist Church in Hodgenville and Buffalo Baptist Church.

  • Community keeps T.J. Rhoades going

    Hardin County struck a chord with T.J. Rhoades many years ago.

    The musician, philanthropist and insurance agent strives to give back to the community he calls home.

    Rhoades, who has been with State Farm for 23 years, became an agent in Elizabethtown in 1996.

    He wants his office to be a hometown agency where he knows his customers and thinks of them like family, becoming involved in their lives, he said.

  • Deep friendships left unchanged after 30 years

    Ever wonder what turn your life may have taken if you didn’t meet someone?

    I have been thinking about that a lot the last few months, pretty much ever since it was decided that after more than 30 years removed from seeing each other, my two very best friends and I from college would meet on campus, where our lives were in many ways shaped.

    It has been a long 30 years since we graduated from Morehead State University and went in our own directions.

  • Elizabethtown 'compiler' finds joy preserving history

    Gary Kempf has a history of compiling history.

    The Elizabethtown resident has several books to his name, including works about Elizabethtown, Vine Grove and West Point.

    But he doesn’t consider himself an author.

    “I’m not a writer; I’m a compiler,” Kempf said.

    As a compiler, Kempf’s name can be found on works such as “Methodism in Elizabethtown, KY — And Some Other Things of Interest,” “The History of Vine Grove, Kentucky” and “West Point, KY & The Brickyard.”

  • Memory-filled Christmas tree stands the test of time

    For a few weeks a year, it sits on our dining room table without too much notice most of the time.

    The rest of the year, the nearly 2-foot high ceramic Christmas tree is delicately placed in a downstairs closet with many of our other decorations, waiting to be unwrapped once again.

    At more than 30 years of age, it shows very little wear and tear from its broad travels including four houses, two apartments and two countries.

  • Rineyville man part of space race, science history

    Not many can say they helped man set foot on the moon. Edwin Snyder is a local man who can make that claim.

    Snyder, of Rineyville, worked for more than 20 years with IBM, which led to working seven years with NASA during the 1960s and the Saturn Apollo phase of the space program.

    He was there when Apollo 11 and Neil Armstrong landed on the moon.

    “It was tremendous and I felt really blessed that the Lord allowed me to be a part of it,” said Snyder, 85.

  • From grounds to graduates: E'town man worked his way up at ECTC

    If Bryan Smith had taken the advice of some of his high school teachers, he might have gone to trade or vocational school.

    They told him some students were not suited for college. Smith wanted to show those teachers they were wrong.

    “I sort of took that as a challenge,” said Smith, who is 51.

    The Elizabethtown resident is registrar at Elizabethtown Community and Technical College, having earned a master’s and education specialist degrees.

  • Randy Acton, service to his country and his community

    Randy Acton’s commitment to service to his country and his community have been evident throughout his life.

    An Army veteran, Acton was president and CEO of U.S. Cavalry for 31 years and is involved in a variety of community organizations supporting the members of the military and their families.

    Acton moved back to Hardin County after finishing his military service because he and his wife, Patsy, liked the area when he was previously stationed at Fort Knox during his basic armor officer training.

  • Hobby, lifestyle rope in dental surgeon

    Thirty-nine-year-old Noah Embry is both a healer and a heeler.

    As an oral and maxillofacial surgeon, Embry applies his medical skills to help patients heal from facial injuries, among other things. As a rodeo hobbyist, Embry applies his cowboy skills to events such as team roping, in which he often serves as heeler — the person roping the hind legs of a steer.