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Monday's Man

  • Central Hardin graduate protects on a destroyer

    Central Hardin High School graduate Jeremy Key does not take safety for granted.

    Petty Officer 2nd Class Key is a damage controlman onboard the USS Cole, a U.S. Navy destroyer homeported in Norfolk, Va.

    “I always wanted to join the military, ever since I was a little kid,” said Key, 23.

    A 2008 Central Hardin graduate, Key said he was influenced by the fact he had a few family members who joined the military. He said a military career seemed alluring, and he joined when he was 19.

  • Retiree devoted to 1040 advice

    For retired 1st Sgt. Larry Walko, tax season is a time to help others.

    After joining the military in 1971, Walko served more than 20 years in the military and now volunteers at the Fort Knox Tax Center for the joy of helping others.

    “I like helping people out,” he said.

  • Jack-of-all trades leaves his mark at Legion Post 113

    Steve Stewart has left his mark around Hardin County in ways both tangible and intangible.

    The manager of the American Legion Hardin Post 113 is an Army veteran who retired from the military in 1995 and later earned an engineering degree. He was the construction boss and site manager for Funtopia playground at American Legion Park in Elizabethtown.

    Additionally, he designed the American Legion building at 1251 Ring Road, where he works.

    Stewart also provides moral support to soldiers.

  • Going pink for classmates a cool effort by many EIS students

    Here’s how you sometimes can cross paths with an idea: You drive to the McDonalds on Dixie Avenue for a Thursday afternoon cup of coffee and because the drive-thru line is long, you park your vehicle,
    go inside and place your to-go order, look around and there you go.
    Column idea.

  • Smoot on suits: Belk associate teaches young men to dress for success

    Through his job at Belk department store and visits to schools, Mason Smoot wants to help people gain more confidence by helping them dress well.

    “A lot of times kids want to dress in today’s trends and styles that are not always conducive to job interviews,” Smoot said.

    He volunteers to go to schools to teach young men how to dress well for future jobs. He teaches them how to tie ties, match shirts with pants and, because they often don’t have a lot of money, shows them how to make multiple outfits out of two or three items of clothing.

  • Soup kitchen KP comes from a selfless nature

    When Harry Rogers arrived for volunteer training at The Lord’s Supper Soup Kitchen in Radcliff, he jokingly told them he was ready to wash dishes.

    Washing dishes became part of what Rogers does, but the retired sergeant major serves in many other ways. He also serves food, cleans tables, mops floors and pitches in wherever he can.

    “Everyone needs help,” Rogers said.

    Staff Sgt. Terriance Hamilton, who opened The Lord’s Supper Soup Kitchen with his wife, Joyce, lauded Rogers’ “selfless service.”

  • Shear pleasure

    “One of my patients conned me into doing it,’ Bob Wilkinson said.

    That was 14 years ago. Now the 59-year-old from Rineyville said he’s completely hooked on the St. Baldrick’s experience.

    St. Baldrick’s Foundation raises money for childhood cancer research through volunteers who have their heads shaved for pledges.

  • Family doctor emphasized family atmosphere

    On Valentine’s Day, Elizabethtown family doctor Bernard Greenwell retired from his practice after more than 46 years, taking with him a lifetime of heartfelt memories.

    Crediting his staff of three — Kay Pashea, Jane Ford and Julia Mattingly — with being integral parts of the practice, Greenwell, 77, described a life and career that focused on family.

    Like each of his parents, Greenwell is one of 12 siblings, the third to be precise. He was born in his grandmother’s home near New Haven in Nelson County.

  • Copas invests time to make community a better place

    Kelly Copas’ time in the military gave him the desire to serve his community in retirement.

    He was born in Monroe County and joined the U.S. Army when he was 18. He spent 21 years in the service.

    Now at 41, Copas is the president of the North Hardin Lions Club.

    He uses his work with the Lions Club as a way to continue to give back to the community after his military career.

    “I looked at my military services as if I was giving back and helping others that weren’t able to serve,” he said.

  • Vietnam vet puts in full-time schedule to help others

    The biggest surprise for Butch Ferrell when he took on the role of commander of Veterans of Foreign Wars, North Hardin Post 10281 about a year and a half ago, was the time commitment.

    The role required him to work eight to nine hours a day, he said.

    “We’re busy all the time,” Ferrell said.

    In his office at the Vine Grove VFW post, which has a membership of 953 and is the only VFW in Hardin County, Ferrell indicated numerous folders for the various programs and assistance offered by the organization.