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Monday's Man

  • The passion of Bob Swope

    Bob Swope is known for his Ford dealership in Elizabethtown, but he also is passionate about making sure people have clean water to drink through a project in Guatemala.

  • This Digital Life: A few good stops for your next surf

    Sometimes there’s just too much goodness to focus on one topic. So for December’s column, I’m providing a grab bag of items I hope you find interesting.

    Follow me. I’ve mentioned this before, but it warrants a few more words. If you have not yet checked out Google+, you really should. Yes, it’s another social media platform, and I know, you’re already wasting too much time on Facebook. But Google’s approach appeals to me. The best way I can describe it is “Facebook for grown-ups.”

  • Elizabethtown man takes honoring vets to national level

    Being part of an organization that helps veterans, children and the community is important to Bob Fulkerson.

    As a member of Sons of the American Legion in Elizabethtown, Fulkerson has invested himself in such an organization.

    “We’re a support group of the American Legion, and we’re there to support veterans of the American Legion and their families,” Fulkerson said.

  • From the Cheap Seats: Giving to those in need is a great personal gift

    The tag dangled midway up the church Christmas tree, away from many of the others tags that remained.
    As my wife and I looked at the ages on the tags of the First Christian Church version of an Angel Tree, we looked for a young child, but we came back to the one with the number 14 on it — the age of this Angel Tree child. This young man is the same age as our son.
    We have made our purchases for the youngster — clothes and cologne — and I often have wondered over the last few weeks if this would be all he would receive for Christmas.

  • A long time ago in a galaxy far far away ... Aaron Taylor fell in love with sci-fi collectibles

    At 3 years old, Aaron Taylor was hooked. He went to the theater to see “Star Wars.”

    “That was it, ‘Star Wars,’ at 3 years old, changed me,” he said.

    After seeing the movie he got his first action figure, C-3P0.

    Thus began a lifelong love for sci-fi memorabilia. Now, at age 37, his collection includes memorabilia from “Star Wars,” “Transformers,” “Star Trek” and beyond.

  • AUSA president strives to give back to community

    Making sure the military is represented in Washington, D.C., is not a task Gene Gudenkauf takes lightly.

    Neither is community spirit.

    Gudenkauf, who has been a member of the Association of the United States Army since the mid-1980s, is the current president of the Fort Knox chapter of AUSA.

    On the board of the Community Leadership Program and a three-time member of the Radcliff Chamber of Commerce, Gudenkauf also finds time to get involved in civic activities.

  • Art of Performance: Focus under pressure leads to performance under pressure

    Occasionally a new head coach arrives on the scene and helps players focus on the right things at the right time.

    James Franklin became the head football coach at Vanderbilt University for the 2011 season. He took over a program that had won a total of four games in the last two seasons. Vanderbilt has never been known as a powerhouse in football even though they play in the Southeastern Conference, arguably the toughest football conference in the United States.

  • Allen Baugh: Doing what hits his warm button

    At age 81, Allen Baugh’s life is a mix of farming, faith, science and craftsmanship.

    He’s farmed all his life. He was born near West Point and his family moved to Jefferson County in the mid 1940s. In 1955, the family moved to farm in Hardin County and he’s lived in Hardin County ever since.

    Farming has always been something he enjoyed.

    “It just hits my warm button,” he said.

  • This Digital Life: A little research goes a long way when purchasing electronics

    By Forrest Berkshire

    Caveat emptor. Let the buyer beware.

    It’s an old term, but it still applies today, especially as the holiday shopping season ramps into full gear.

    Electronics — from TVs to tablet computers to digital cameras — are always hot items for Christmas. And judging by the sale ads in the Thanksgiving edition of The News-Enterprise, this year is no different.

  • Childhood memories are a Google search away

    When it comes to the always-changing world of technology, I figure I’m about two years behind most.
    I never thought I would text, and now I do that more than I talk on the phone.
    I had no use for Facebook when it was unveiled and now I get on my page a few times a day and even occasionally offer a status update.
    Browsing the Web? Until about a year or so ago, I was only on the Internet when I needed to be to check on how the Red Sox were doing that night. Now, it occupies a good chunk of my life.