Monday's Man

  • Elizabethtown native finds success in ophthalmology

    Award-winning ophthalmologist Dr. Barry Lee has become a standout in his field as he restores patients’ sight.

    He lives in Georgia, but remains connected to his roots in Elizabethtown.

    The son of Dr. Bill Lee, Hardin County coroner, and Bonnie Lee, he graduated from Elizabethtown High School in 1990 and keeps in touch with many lifelong friends from his years in high school.

  • Art of Performance: In wake of mistakes, performers must cleanse their minds

    There is a performance technique of an unusual origin present in tennis, music, theater or any environment where people want to be their best when it matters most.

    The performance issue concerns the mind getting stuck on mistakes and continually ruminating over them. This rumination is detrimental to any type of performance as it creates a destructive distraction for the performer. The performer is stuck in the loop of continual focus on mistakes.

  • Early start provides Dawson foundation for political leadership

    A lifetime of work in politics and government began for Radcliff resident Les Dawson when he was growing up in West Point.

    Dawson, 83, recalls being as young as 7 when his grandmother — who he described as a “strong Democrat” — would take him along with her on local government visits.

    “She knew everybody in the courthouse,” he said of his weekly trips there.

  • For Your Health: Resolve to be ready this month

    The theme for this year’s Ready Campaign promoting September as National Preparedness Month is “Resolve to Be Ready in 2012.” This public awareness drive encourages individuals and community leaders to make the resolution to take the necessary steps to be prepared for emergencies.

    Preparedness is an individual responsibility. By being prepared as individuals, we free up valuable resources, including allowing our first responders to assist those who are in the greatest need.

  • A star on the field and in the classroom

    Kendrick Johnson hits the gridiron with the Kentucky Wolverines and hits the books as a teacher at Brown Street Alternative Education Center.

    Originally from Michigan, Johnson settled in Hardin County after serving in the military.

    Johnson’s played football in some form for 28 years. At 43, he continues to play semi-pro football.

    He played three years with the Louisville Galaxy then helped form the Kentucky Wolverines in Elizabethtown. He is the founder, president, owner, offensive coordinator and quarterback of the team.

  • Disc golf supporter traces interest to camping trip

    A camping trip with his son more than two decades ago sparked a fire in John Greenwell that resulted in the Elizabethtown man becoming a major supporter of disc golf for the Hardin County area.

    Since then, Greenwell, 59, has helped bring a disc golf course to Freeman Lake Park and has been tournament director at tournaments held at the park beginning in 2002.

    “We had it nine years in a row here until last year,” Greenwell said of the tournament.

  • Wes Blair volunteers in his daughter's memory

    In tragic circumstances, Wes Blair, 30, found an opportunity to help others and give back to the hospital that means so much to his family.

    Before she was 3 years old, in December 2010, Blair’s daughter, Addison, was diagnosed with stage IV neuroblastoma — a pediatric cancer creating tumors in the body and tumor cells in bone marrow.
    She died in March 2011.

  • Art of Performance: Coach helps Gabby Douglas grab the gold medal

    Gabby Douglas became the darling of the 2012 Olympic Games because of her infectious smile and her ability to fly like a squirrel on the uneven parallel bars. This 16-year-old won the all-around gymnastics competition, a premier event in the Olympics. She also is the first American to win the all-around gold medal and the gymnastics team gold medal.

  • One moment in time can offer endless possibilities

    Sometimes you just never know when you will run into a life-changing moment.

    One for me came earlier this month as I was heading west on U.S. 62 and a car parked in Elizabethtown Memorial Gardens caught my eye. It was the only car I could see over the vastness of the cemetery on this day.

    The grass at the cemetery I imagine was soggy from nearly 4 inches of rain the day before. But there sat a man, I would guess somewhere between 65 and 80 years of age, in a chair by a grave.

    It was a stunning picture.

  • For Your Health: Seven reasons to begin your day with breakfast


    Breakfast is perhaps the most underappreciated and overlooked meal of our day. We tend to skip it altogether or grab something that is not very good for us such as a doughnut. But, just as Mom used to say, breakfast is the most important meal of the day for all of us and especially children and teens.

    Here seven reasons breakfast should be a part of your daily routine.