Monday's Man

  • Learning from the past: Judge Easton studies history by portraying its players

    The smell of fresh rain lingered in the air as Judge Kelly Mark Easton stood beneath the cover of a tree June 10 on Fort Hill. He watched as a University of Kentucky researcher pushed a four-wheeled radar device across the thick grass of the cemetery at Fort Duffield.

    “It’s not very exciting to watch,” said Philip Mink, an archaeologist and anthropologist with UK. “It’s like mowing the grass.”

  • For your Health: Practice summer fire safety


    Americans look forward to summer vacations, camping, family reunions, picnics and especially our nation’s birthday on the Fourth of July. Summertime, however, brings fires and injuries caused by fireworks and outdoor grills.

    According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, every year nearly 10,000 Americans are injured by fireworks and almost 5,000 are injured by charcoal, wood-burning and propane grill fires.

  • 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.