Monday's Man

  • The Art of Performance: Taking on helplessness

    By Dr. Keith Wilson

    One of the big factors that undermines effective performance is helplessness.

    A sense of helplessness is detrimental to the mental and physical health of an individual. People give up when they feel helpless. They believe there is no reason to keep trying. They feel defeated. This feeling could happen in a sporting competition or a work environment where the person feels powerless to influence any part of the situation.

  • P.E. teacher exercises passion for fitness

    Doing the job he wants to do is a real workout for Kermit Olive.

    The physical education teacher at Lakewood Elementary School in Stephensburg is serious about child fitness. Olive hopes to promote physical fitness not only in the school but beyond.

    “That’s what I’m striving for,” Olive said, noting it’s good to have knowledge about physical fitness, but it needs to be put to use outside the school.

  • The Art of Performance: Performing at a high level when it matters most

    Quality performance means doing your best when it matters most. It might surprise you that on Sept. 10, 2013, a high level performance took place at the Dairy Queen in Hopkins, Minn.

    Joey Prusak,19, is the manager of that Dairy Queen. He has worked there since he was 14.

  • Daniel Cox sees his hard work pay off

    A farm work ethic and desire to promote good customer service led Daniel Cox to top accolades with the Frito Lay, PepsiCo Company.

    Cox, a Howevalley native, traveled to New York City in June to be recognized with the PepsiCo Ring of Honor as a top salesman with the company at the American Museum of Natural History.

    For six years, Cox has been a route sales representative with about 20 stores on his route. Before working for Frito Lay he worked a route for Murray Cookies for 15 years.

  • Cleaning a closet unlocks a flood of memories, hats

    Who knew cleaning out a closet would unleash a wave of memories?

    I didn’t, until I started coming across things such as plaques and awards. But mostly, recollections came from baseball hats I once wore.

    The top of my closet was stuffed, so much so there really wasn’t much room for anything else.

    I should have counted how many hats I had up there. I know for certain it was more than 10 from many stages of my life in the last 10 years.

  • Investor takes on new venture

    In at least one respect, Terry Shortt has come full circle — like a doughnut.

    Last year, Shortt purchased and renovated a building just steps away from where he met his future wife in 1990.

    In November 2012, Shortt and his wife opened Leo’s Donut and Coffee House at a Radcliff landmark: the Dog n Suds drive-in restaurant. It is next to a building that housed a real estate office where he first met Andra, his wife, who had the idea to open the shop.

  • Joel Ray Sprowls: Meet country music's kingpin

    Hundreds of country music fans came together Saturday, filling all but a few back rows of the 842-seat auditorium at Lincoln Jamboree in Hodgenville. They came to be entertained and celebrate an anniversary.

    Jamboree owner Joel Ray Sprowls has been producing the show for 59 years.

  • Bit by bit: Roofer transitions to computer tech

    For 12 years or so, John Langley counted on physical labor as a roofer to make his living.

    Some years and two surgeries later, Langley put to work the knowledge he gained while recovering from his injured back to become a self-taught computer technician.

    Tucked away in a front corner in a booth at Peddler’s Mall in Elizabethtown, Langley, 52, and his brother, Richard, run a computer repair and service business they started about eight years ago. Two small rooms behind the display cases hold electronic equipment, computers and various parts.

  • The Art of Performance: Parents have responsibility in youth sports

    This is the time of year when children are involved with all kinds of sports and extracurricular activities. For most young people, their parents are deeply involved in these activities as well. Usually, parents are needed for transportation and administration in youth sports. Parents also are important as coaches and support for their child.

    Unfortunately, it often happens parents do not fully understand their role and overstep their involvement. This leads to negative outcomes for the parent and sometimes for the child.

  • Gary Hamm's prescription for success

    As a “people person,” Gary Hamm wanted to be a part of a hometown pharmacy to interact with customers. That goal became a reality in 1998 when Hamm opened ApotheCARE Pharmacy in Elizabethtown.

    He worked in several area drug stores but always knew he wanted to be an entrepreneur.

    When a group of doctors approached him about opening a pharmacy in a medical building, he thought it was the right time.