Monday's Man

  • Tenacity drives Gary Jones' pursuit of martial arts

    Gary Lee Jones is breaking boards and conventional expectations.

    Jones has cerebral palsy. He cannot speak and he has used a wheelchair all his life, but the 60-year-old has worked his way to a first-degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do.

    “I’ve never been as excited as I am now,” his mother, Eleanor Jones, said as she waited for Jones to start a lesson last week, his first lesson since the ceremony during which he was awarded the belt at Lee’s Tae Kwon Do Academy in Radcliff.

  • West Point historian, author has roots in subject


    City of birth: West Point

    City of residence: West Point

    Family: Late wife, Judith; and sons, James, Richard and John.

    Favorite music: Bluegrass, traditional country

    Favorite TV: St. Louis Cardinals baseball and news and weather programming

    Favorite book: Nonfiction on towns along the Ohio River

    Hobbies: Gardening and preserving historic photographs

  • From the Cheap Seats: A bucket list of new adventures, old memories

    I am 53 years old, love my wife, love my children and grandchildren, but it wasn’t until I heard the voice, that I was reminded that there are plenty of things that I want to do before I, well, you know, am not here any longer.

    It came while I was sweating to the oldies a few times last summer, while mowing the grass and listening to some of the best music these ears have ever heard: from the 1970s and a few country hits sprinkled in, of course.

  • Father, son take to the fields

    In the agriculture field, fathers and sons often work together on the farm. While retaining individual farming interest, Larry Jaggers Sr. and Larry Jaggers Jr. plow common ground in row crop production.

    For the elder Jaggers, 69, farming began when he was a child then grew into a career in the spring of 1962. He had a dairy farming business for almost 50 years but now he raises beef cattle and farms crops with his son.

    Jaggers Sr. remembers farming with his dad near the end of the horse-drawn era, before tractors became the farming standard.

  • The Art of Performance: Baseball great lives in the present


    This professional baseball season has a special component built in. This is the year the Mariano Rivera, 43, has announced he will retire from baseball.

    Rivera is no ordinary baseball player. Many people consider him to be the best closing pitcher in the history of baseball. A closer is a pitcher who comes into a tight baseball game usually in the ninth inning to close out the game. That is, finish the game and preserve the lead that his team has established.

  • Strength starts here: Fort Knox garrison commander credits team with success

    As Fort Knox garrison commander, Col. Bruce Jenkins heads seven directorates and he attributes post improvements made during his two-year tenure to a team effort.

    “I’m just the guy who’s been blessed to be a coach of the garrison team,” Jenkins said.

    Garrison partner units and community groups “outside the gates” also contributed to the accomplishment of goals and senior commander priorities, Jenkins said.

  • Mudd lives dream as athletic trainer

    When Chris Mudd was a little boy, he wanted to grow up to be a Major League Baseball player. After realizing that wasn’t in the cards, he decided to continue his desire to work in baseball and became an athletic trainer.

    Mudd was introduced to athletic training when he was in high school in Grayson County. After shadowing the school trainer, he went to Western Kentucky University to study athletic training, later earning a master’s degree in sports medicine and health care at the University of Alabama.

  • Educator comes full circle

    When Vine Grove Elementary School interim assistant principal Kerry Reeves walked the halls of Clarkson Elementary School in Grayson County in the late ’60s and early ’70s, it was as a student.

    When he walked them in 1979, it was as a custodian.

    When he walks them this fall, it will be as principal.

    “I truly am going back home,” Reeves, 51, said.

    He will work with teachers who were students at the elementary school when he was custodian.

  • Meeting someone long-admired can be better than expected

    Early last month, I was able to meet someone I have long admired.

    You know how sometimes you finally meet someone and they’re really nothing like you imagined? Many professional athletes — and even a lot of college athletes — are like that.

    Some are just like you thought they would be.

    Former University of Kentucky quarterback Tim Couch was as folksy in person in a crowded locker room as he appeared with a TV camera on him after throwing for four touchdowns.

  • Remembering soccer referee, man of passion

    Ricardo Portillo represented all that is good about youth sports. He was a soccer referee in Taylorsville, Utah, until he died May 4, a week after he was injured in a soccer match.

    Portillo had refereed in the Hispanic soccer league outside Salt Lake City for eight years. He was passionate about soccer and believed he was an important contributor to his community by being a soccer referee for young people. He loved the game and the opportunity for young people to be focused on a soccer field.