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Monday's Man

  • Christmas has Clark Griswold, Halloween has Steve Mueller

    Approach Steve Mueller’s Elizabethtown home, and you might hear motion-activated sinister voices addressing you as skeleton figures, hanging bats and a knife-wielding clown greet you.

    Add to the mix giant spiders, a skulking vampire, creepy creatures, a wicked witch, scattered bones, a ghoulish graveyard and a variety of eerie items, and Mueller’s property goes beyond typical decorations.

    “Each year I put more and more,” Mueller said.

  • Driven to deliver: Magnolia man touts 56-year accident-free record

    Five nights a week, Bomar Chaudoin drives a mail truck from Elizabethtown to Louisville with a Little Debbie snack in his shirt pocket for when he gets hungry later.

    In fact, the Magnolia man, who turned 82 on Oct. 3, has been driving various routes for Pepper Mail Service, a contract mail service, since 1956.

    Now in his 56th year, Chaudoin has not had a traffic accident on the job.

    That might be due, in part, to how much Chaudoin enjoys his job.

  • At this stage, happiness is being a grandparent

    We all go through so many stages in life.

    You leave diapers and turn terrible when you are 2. You leave that stage and eventually head to kindergarten and then if you were like me, you occasionally get your knuckles cracked in Catholic school for a smart remark in class.

    Then you become a middle schooler and you fall in love and you truly believe that this person is the one you will spend the rest of your life with. Today, it is hard to even remember their name, let alone what made you lose your mind over them.

  • Jim Routt, grill master and Carpenter for Christ

    Jim Routt of Sonora worked construction for 35 years. When he retired at 65, he stopped building frames and began building fires for barbecue.

    Along with his barbecue business, Bucksnort Barbeque, he also volunteers with Carpenters for Christ.

    Routt, 68, has lived in Hardin County most of his life. He lived outside the county for 10 years when he served in the U.S. Navy and worked for a telephone company in Florida. In 1969, he moved back to Hardin County and started to work in the construction business.

  • The Art of Performance: Preparations, breathing exercises fight test-taking anxiety

    Virtually everyone has some type of emotional reaction concerning taking tests. Tests are important. They produce a record of knowledge. They provide an entrance to a new program or confirm to the world you have the knowledge to be licensed in your professional field. The higher the stakes of the test, usually the higher the test anxiety.

  • For your health: Put away the phone and get to work safely

    The morning commute. Some days, we might not like where we are going but we do want to get there safely. Today is the start of Drive Safely to Work Week.

    The number one cause for most crashes is being distracted. This can be by taking your eyes off the road, taking your hands off the wheel or taking your mind off of what you are doing.

  • Pastor’s stop on the way south spans 45 years

    The Rev. B.T. Bishop made a stop in Elizabethtown on his way from Louisville to Birmingham, Ala.

    That was 45 years ago.

    “I wasn’t planning on staying,” Bishop said.

    He had his own plans, but his calling to dedicate himself to serving the Elizabethtown community was stronger. And over the years, he witnessed that community and its opportunities grow.

  • This Digital Life: Google Docs improves file access

    By Forrest Berkshire

    Technology tends to make our lives easier.

    But at times, it can just make it complicated.

    I write for a living. This doesn’t sound too complicated, but I tend to write when I’m feeling inspired. Unfortunately, I’m not always in front of the same computer when I find my muse.

  • Ray Allan Mackey: A farmer for life

    Getting to know Ray Allan Mackey:

    Travel: When he’s not farming he loves to travel. He doesn’t get to travel as much as he’d like because farming is an around the clock, around the calendar occupation. His family favorite spot is the Smokey Mountain National Park because of location and ease of getting there. A few years ago, we went out west on a bus trip and spent one day in Yellowstone Park, which he said might be one of the most beautiful spots on earth.

  • Motorcycles are Don Green's passion and profession

    Almost 22 years of serving in the military and a lifetime of riding motorcycles have provided Don Green a lot of joy.

    About two years ago, Green retired from the military. A short stint as a contractor made him realize he needed to pursue his true passion, the one that really gets his motor running.

    “I actually took a pay cut to do this,” Green said of his role as a Motorcycle Safety Foundation rider coach.

    His happiness is worth it, he said.