Monday's Man

  • Volunteer provides visits, friendly smiles

    Eighty-two-year-old Roy Keith may be retired, but that doesn’t mean he isn’t busy.

    Keith provides support, companionship and assistance to those who are sick, facing surgery, homebound or just need a friendly smile.

    “I’ve always been very energetic and enthusiastic,” the Elizabethtown resident said.

    The chairman of deacons at Severns Valley Baptist Church, Keith makes visits to homes, nursing homes and hospitals. Those he visits are not necessarily sick or hospitalized, he said.

  • Young Democrat focuses on service

    As president of the Lincoln Trail Young Democrats, Michael Wilson of Magnolia stresses community service and bipartisan cooperation.

    “Anyone engaged in politics should have a friend like Michael Wilson,” said Pete Countryman, publicity chairman of the Republican Party of Hardin County.

    Countryman said even though they sometimes disagree, he can discuss politics, policy and issues with Wilson and “remain agreeable.”

  • Divine intervention marks Morales' life

    The road for the Rev. Marcelino Morales has been marked by what he attributes to divine intervention.

    One example is evident at what became the permanent home at 117 N. Mulberry St. for his church, Iglesia la Viña, the only Hispanic-owned Spanish service church in Hardin County.

    “The Lord actually had this place waiting on us,” said Morales, a native of Puerto Rico.

  • From the Cheap Seats: Love endures good times, Alzheimer's

    The days have just about the same routine in the Radcliff home of Russell and Alpha Knight.

    They wake up, eat and wait for visitors or a phone call, Russell in his living room recliner, his bride of nearly 70 years in her living room bed. Often, with the television on or off, he will sit there and look at his wife who is suffering from Alzheimer’s disease.

    He suffers alongside her, his left hand resting on the side of her bed or on her.

  • The Art of Performance: Cesar Millan whispers, 'I’m back'

    You might recognize the name Cesar Millan as the “Dog Whisperer” who made his name as a trainer of difficult dogs. He had his own television show and wrote several books.

    Millan had a very unfortunate run of events. He was divorced from his wife of 16 years and estranged from his children, his favorite pit bull died, his television show taken away from him and he found out most of the money he earned was no longer his.

  • Roger Ramsey: Culinary cop

    Whether he’s donning a badge or an apron, 47-year-old Roger Ramsey’s work is about serving others.

    Ramsey is an officer with Elizabethtown Police Department and runs a catering business.

    He wanted to be a police officer since he was a boy growing up in Rineyville.

    At age 6 he saw a car crash near his house. Two state troopers worked the wreck.

    “They had great big pretty cars and nice uniforms and I thought, ‘Wow, that’s what I want to do,’” he said.

  • 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