Monday's Man

  • Global travels led Guerrieri to ECTC

    Michael Guerrieri spent many years wandering the globe before settling on a career path and aiming his education in that direction.

    A nontraditional student at Elizabethtown Community and Technical College, he will graduate this semester from the automotive and diesel program at ECTC.

  • Keeping up with kids who don't always show up

    Director, actor and comedian Woody Allen is credited with saying, “Eighty percent of success is showing up.”

    Roy Easter is trying to impart a similar philosophy to truant students.

    As Hardin County Schools truancy mediator, Easter attempts to assure attendance by meeting with students and parents as a final step before potential court proceedings.

  • Depression does not have to come with a death certificate

    It seems depression has become as common as the cold. You don’t have to look far to realize the devastating tolls on our communities and societies. Most experts agree out of 39,000 suicides, completed each year, many are driven by misdiagnosed depression.

  • Local barbecue master leads multifaceted life

    From cookoffs to restaurant cuisine, Jim Clayton knows barbecue.

    Formerly of Houston, Texas, his work as a civil engineer brought him to Kentucky.

    Throughout his previous careers — which also included an aquaculture rainbow trout business with a former owner of the Bengals — he competed in barbecue cookoffs.

  • Scott Evans: Pursuing his passion by serving others

    When Scott Evans moved to Elizabethtown in November to begin his role as an AmeriCorps VISTA worker, he discovered the kind of spirit that is especially meaningful to him.

    “My very first day I moved to Elizabethtown, I needed a mattress,” Evans explained.

  • Terry Bennett serves in multiple ways

    Serving — in one capacity or another — has been a big part of Terry Bennett’s life.

    An attorney at Skeeters, Bennett, Wilson & Pike, Bennett has served the community, non-profits and his country.

    “There’s nothing greater than helping other people,” Bennett said.

  • Elvin Smith Jr.: Leaving his own mark by recording local history

    An unplanned teachng assignment may have temporarily detoured him from the path of history and photography, but Elvin Smith Jr. found his way back soon enough.

    A 1960 graduate of Rineyville High School, Smith attended Western Kentucky University where he majored in elementary education with a minor in physical education. He graduated in 1965 and earned a master’s degree in 1967.

    Smith began his 30-year career as a teacher at Maceo Elementary School in Daviess County.

    “I was supposed to teach science and history,” Smith said.

  • Don't hide your inner swan behind a wall of can't

    Have you ever told yourself, “I can’t ... (fill in the blank)”? It’s helpful if you’re honest.

    Truthfully speaking, we have all been there before.

    Sometimes we’re our own biggest critics. Other times, it seems like there’s no shortage of people standing in line to inform us of what we can and can’t do.

  • Helping others find hope at end of a fishing pole

    Elizabethtown resident Roy Grohler coordinated the building of a boat to help wounded warriors navigate away from dangerous waters in other areas of their lives.

  • Billion-dollar industry endorses mind-altering drugs

    What if we proactively ask questions about our health and well being? Sounds strange questioning doctor’s recommendations, especially when considering antipsychotic drugs treating mental conditions.