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Monday's Man

  • Going pink for classmates a cool effort by many EIS students

    Here’s how you sometimes can cross paths with an idea: You drive to the McDonalds on Dixie Avenue for a Thursday afternoon cup of coffee and because the drive-thru line is long, you park your vehicle,
    go inside and place your to-go order, look around and there you go.
    Column idea.

  • Smoot on suits: Belk associate teaches young men to dress for success

    Through his job at Belk department store and visits to schools, Mason Smoot wants to help people gain more confidence by helping them dress well.

    “A lot of times kids want to dress in today’s trends and styles that are not always conducive to job interviews,” Smoot said.

    He volunteers to go to schools to teach young men how to dress well for future jobs. He teaches them how to tie ties, match shirts with pants and, because they often don’t have a lot of money, shows them how to make multiple outfits out of two or three items of clothing.

  • Soup kitchen KP comes from a selfless nature

    When Harry Rogers arrived for volunteer training at The Lord’s Supper Soup Kitchen in Radcliff, he jokingly told them he was ready to wash dishes.

    Washing dishes became part of what Rogers does, but the retired sergeant major serves in many other ways. He also serves food, cleans tables, mops floors and pitches in wherever he can.

    “Everyone needs help,” Rogers said.

    Staff Sgt. Terriance Hamilton, who opened The Lord’s Supper Soup Kitchen with his wife, Joyce, lauded Rogers’ “selfless service.”

  • Shear pleasure

    “One of my patients conned me into doing it,’ Bob Wilkinson said.

    That was 14 years ago. Now the 59-year-old from Rineyville said he’s completely hooked on the St. Baldrick’s experience.

    St. Baldrick’s Foundation raises money for childhood cancer research through volunteers who have their heads shaved for pledges.

  • Family doctor emphasized family atmosphere

    On Valentine’s Day, Elizabethtown family doctor Bernard Greenwell retired from his practice after more than 46 years, taking with him a lifetime of heartfelt memories.

    Crediting his staff of three — Kay Pashea, Jane Ford and Julia Mattingly — with being integral parts of the practice, Greenwell, 77, described a life and career that focused on family.

    Like each of his parents, Greenwell is one of 12 siblings, the third to be precise. He was born in his grandmother’s home near New Haven in Nelson County.

  • Copas invests time to make community a better place

    Kelly Copas’ time in the military gave him the desire to serve his community in retirement.

    He was born in Monroe County and joined the U.S. Army when he was 18. He spent 21 years in the service.

    Now at 41, Copas is the president of the North Hardin Lions Club.

    He uses his work with the Lions Club as a way to continue to give back to the community after his military career.

    “I looked at my military services as if I was giving back and helping others that weren’t able to serve,” he said.

  • Vietnam vet puts in full-time schedule to help others

    The biggest surprise for Butch Ferrell when he took on the role of commander of Veterans of Foreign Wars, North Hardin Post 10281 about a year and a half ago, was the time commitment.

    The role required him to work eight to nine hours a day, he said.

    “We’re busy all the time,” Ferrell said.

    In his office at the Vine Grove VFW post, which has a membership of 953 and is the only VFW in Hardin County, Ferrell indicated numerous folders for the various programs and assistance offered by the organization.

  • Youth minister walks path, runs race

    Clark Hewitt not only keeps himself spiritually fit as an associate pastor at Grace Heartland Church, but also physically fit by competing in triathlons.

    Hewitt and his wife, Angela, have lived in Elizabethtown about 20 years. Originally from New York, Hewitt came to Grace Heartland Church after seminary at Asbury Theological Seminary.

    “Twenty years into it and I don’t want to go anywhere else. The community has been so good to us,” he said.

  • 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.