Monday's Man

  • For Avenido, life is a Hollywood dream

    For many locals, a flip through the television channels often has them exclaiming, “Hey, I know that guy.”

    That guy is Kent Avenido.

    Avenido has appeared in feature films, television shows and many national commercial campaigns. He most recently was seen in a Sonic commercial that aired during the Super Bowl, his fourth Super Bowl commercial appearance.

  • Birth of a granddaughter stirs emotions and regret

    I knew it would be this way.

    It was just like this in the early morning hours of Oct. 22, 2010, and there it was again on Wednesday morning. I likely will feel this way again.

    The anticipation of a child being born is an emotion that is hard to appropriately put into words. Like most things in life, you have to experience it to fully understand it. Experiencing it as a grandparent, well, it really is pretty special.

  • Hicks helps others find calm during storm

    Ray Hicks is well-acquainted with conflict, but he strives to be a signpost pointing the direction to the source of calm.

    Hicks uses the story of Jesus calming the storm as he is out on the sea with his disciples in a boat to illustrate his point of who to turn to. There is no calm in the storm without Christ, he said.

  • The Art of Performance: Get into the thrills of March

    March seems to be a special month for Kentucky. It is particularly special for those who love basketball. This is the month that the NCAA basketball tournament begins, and it dominates the airwaves nationwide. Even the president of the United States has his bracket displayed on national television.

  • Building a good life and reputation

    Bobby Whitehead built a business and a life in Hardin County beginning at an early age at the Glen Dale Children’s Home.

    His parents died when he was in sixth grade and he spent the next six years at the children’s home. Two of his sisters and a younger brother also lived there, his brother for 12 years.

    Now 61, he values his experience at the home.

  • Radcliff resident recalls military, volunteer service

     At age 90, Bill Campbell has seen his share of war, segregation and difficult times.

    Despite that, the Radcliff resident managed to complete 27 years of military service, raise a family and help children with learning disabilities.

  • Little: A proud veteran, community champion

    After a career in the U.S. Army and civil service, Willie Little, 74, and his wife, Berlie, settled in Radcliff and have become active in the community, working with many outreach organizations and as advocates for those with special needs.

    Originally from Tuscaloosa, Ala., Little graduated from Tuskegee University, where he met Berlie. After he and Berlie married, Little was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Army.

  • From the Cheap Seats: Falling in love with E’town’s sense of community

    I must admit, until July of 1986, I never knew Elizabethtown existed.

    And if it wasn’t for coaching baseball, I probably would have gone at least a few more years without knowing this gem off Interstate 65.

    Coaching a 13-year-old All-Star team from Shelby County was my introduction to what I now know as E’town, and more importantly, a place I consider my home.

  • Sheriff's Hardin County roots run deep

    After working in the sheriff’s office for 28 years, in one year and 11 months, Hardin County Sheriff Charlie Williams will say goodbye to the badge and settle into a quiet life on a farm near where he was raised in Franklin Crossroads.

    He grew up the third of five sons.

    “I live within a mile of where I was born and my plans are to die within that mile, hopefully of old age,” Williams, 59, said.

    In 1978, he started firefighting and was one of the charter members of Kentucky 86 Fire Department.

  • The Art of Performance: Comfort dogs rise to the occasion

    Dogs can perform in amazing ways — dogs in show competition, dogs working as herders for livestock or dogs working military assignments.

    And since the massacre at Sandy Hook elementary school in Newtown, Conn., comfort dogs have been performing in a compassionate way.