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Monday's Man

  • Local barbecue master leads multifaceted life

    From cookoffs to restaurant cuisine, Jim Clayton knows barbecue.

    Formerly of Houston, Texas, his work as a civil engineer brought him to Kentucky.

    Throughout his previous careers — which also included an aquaculture rainbow trout business with a former owner of the Bengals — he competed in barbecue cookoffs.

  • Text to teens: Your parents just might be right after all

    I was a teenager once.

    And I had the long, sit-down talks, the lectures, the “I don’t know why they are telling me what to do, it’s my life’’ moments, the times when I acted like I listened, nodded at just the right time to get out of the discussion so I could leave and go anywhere.

  • Scott Evans: Pursuing his passion by serving others

    When Scott Evans moved to Elizabethtown in November to begin his role as an AmeriCorps VISTA worker, he discovered the kind of spirit that is especially meaningful to him.

    “My very first day I moved to Elizabethtown, I needed a mattress,” Evans explained.

  • Norman Ayotte and Nero on the road

    If you see Norman Ayotte riding his motorcycle down the road, look closely. His dog Nero is probably riding along.

    Because the two are such pals, Ayotte built a safety rig behind his seat on the bike so Nero could enjoy the rides, goggles and all.

  • Terry Bennett serves in multiple ways

    Serving — in one capacity or another — has been a big part of Terry Bennett’s life.

    An attorney at Skeeters, Bennett, Wilson & Pike, Bennett has served the community, non-profits and his country.

    “There’s nothing greater than helping other people,” Bennett said.

  • One turn around a corner can be life changing

    You see things a little differently when you start getting senior citizen notices in the mail with your name on the envelope.

    With age comes many things. Few are as important as the reflective state of mind it puts many of us in.

    Like, how did you get to this point in your life? Do you know? Do you even want to know? Do you even think about it?

  • Investing in other vets

    When Gary Rice was medically retired from the U.S. Army in 1991 after 16 years of service, he entered a period of hardship he doesn’t want other veterans to face.

    Rice saw his paycheck drop to about one-third of what it had been. He and his wife scrimped in order to send her to college.

  • Performance under pressure in the Super Bowl

    Last week’s Super Bowl was the most watched in history. The game was an absolute great event to watch with two evenly matched teams playing a tight game until the final whistle. During the final minute of the game, it was the best of times and the worst of times for each team.

  • Souvenirs of service include Nazi flag and rich memories

    Vernie Finch has seen a lot in his 98 years.

    His adventures range from U.S. Army service during World War II to farm life and working on post at Fort Knox. And now he fits in a little time for a game of cornhole.

  • New role sends Puster across globe

    Until earlier this month, Maj. Gen. David W. Puster served as commanding general of the 84th Training Command, a U.S. Army Reserve unit at Fort Knox.

    At the beginning of January, Puster took on a new role, assigned to active duty as the deputy commanding general, support for the 8th Army in Yongsan, South Korea.