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Monday's Man

  • E'town medical director led to career by family

    Elizabethtown resident Anthony Abang comes from a family that includes many in the medical field, so it might have been a good bet he would join their ranks.

    Abang’s mother is a retired psychiatrist, his wife is a pharmacist, his sister and brother-in-law are in internal medicine, his brother is a pediatric dentist and his sister-in-law is a pulmonologist.

    But it was a spinal cord injury suffered by his father, an anesthesiologist, which led the 41-year-old to his specific area of medicine.

  • Neal Gibbs models leadership for students

    For Neal Gibbs, retirement launched a new focus on instilling leadership qualities in middle school students.

    Born in Brooklyn, and raised in North Carolina, a 27-year career in the Army brought Gibbs to Fort Knox. He was a 19 Delta Calvary Scout and retired as a first sergeant.

    Gibbs, 47, was preparing to retire from the Army while substitute teaching when a position teaching Junior Leadership Corps classes at North Middle School was created. The job, he said, sounded right up his alley.

  • Elizabethtown man's service doesn't end with military retirement

    Even as he served in the Army, Gary Miles knew when he retired he would want to “continue to serve in some capacity.”

    Miles fulfilled that goal by becoming executive director of Feeding America, Kentucky’s Heartland and joining the Elizabethtown Lions Club, where he became president last year.

    It has been about 15 years since Miles retired from the military, where he served as an administrator and comptroller. He has been with Feeding America, Kentucky’s Heartland ever since.

  • Helping students learn with Legos

    Bill Clagett Sr. uses his engineering knowledge and love of Legos to help students at T.K. Stone Middle School build a brighter future though Lego League.

    Before his 35-year career as a local dentist, Clagett studied chemical engineering. He was drafted into the U.S. Army and served one year in Vietnam before using the G.I. Bill to go to dental school.

    But he always enjoyed engineering. When his children were little, he played with Legos with them. That interest stuck with him and with his children.

  • Mission trips, troubled youth among pastor's service

    At 44, Hodgenville resident DeWayne Gibson has travelled on mission trips around the world, lost 120 pounds in seven months and helped troubled youth, all of which he ties to his faith.

    “I just really want to serve God,” Gibson said.

    Born at Hardin Memorial Hospital and raised in Glendale, Gibson, pastor at Parkway Baptist Church in Hodgenville, worked in student ministry for 24 years. Prior to his current role, he worked at First Baptist Church in Hodgenville and Buffalo Baptist Church.

  • Community keeps T.J. Rhoades going

    Hardin County struck a chord with T.J. Rhoades many years ago.

    The musician, philanthropist and insurance agent strives to give back to the community he calls home.

    Rhoades, who has been with State Farm for 23 years, became an agent in Elizabethtown in 1996.

    He wants his office to be a hometown agency where he knows his customers and thinks of them like family, becoming involved in their lives, he said.

  • Deep friendships left unchanged after 30 years

    Ever wonder what turn your life may have taken if you didn’t meet someone?

    I have been thinking about that a lot the last few months, pretty much ever since it was decided that after more than 30 years removed from seeing each other, my two very best friends and I from college would meet on campus, where our lives were in many ways shaped.

    It has been a long 30 years since we graduated from Morehead State University and went in our own directions.

  • Elizabethtown 'compiler' finds joy preserving history

    Gary Kempf has a history of compiling history.

    The Elizabethtown resident has several books to his name, including works about Elizabethtown, Vine Grove and West Point.

    But he doesn’t consider himself an author.

    “I’m not a writer; I’m a compiler,” Kempf said.

    As a compiler, Kempf’s name can be found on works such as “Methodism in Elizabethtown, KY — And Some Other Things of Interest,” “The History of Vine Grove, Kentucky” and “West Point, KY & The Brickyard.”

  • Memory-filled Christmas tree stands the test of time

    For a few weeks a year, it sits on our dining room table without too much notice most of the time.

    The rest of the year, the nearly 2-foot high ceramic Christmas tree is delicately placed in a downstairs closet with many of our other decorations, waiting to be unwrapped once again.

    At more than 30 years of age, it shows very little wear and tear from its broad travels including four houses, two apartments and two countries.

  • Rineyville man part of space race, science history

    Not many can say they helped man set foot on the moon. Edwin Snyder is a local man who can make that claim.

    Snyder, of Rineyville, worked for more than 20 years with IBM, which led to working seven years with NASA during the 1960s and the Saturn Apollo phase of the space program.

    He was there when Apollo 11 and Neil Armstrong landed on the moon.

    “It was tremendous and I felt really blessed that the Lord allowed me to be a part of it,” said Snyder, 85.