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Monday's Man

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Student becomes teacher

    Among his accomplishments, Elizabethtown Community and Technical College instructor Jeff Rivera can claim providing inspiration to students in the areas of electrical, science and robotics, and building a working hovercraft.

  • Fall prevention for older adults

    Taking a fall can be scary at any age, but for senior adults a fall can lead to serious and sometimes devastating consequences. Falls are the leading cause of death from unintentional injuries among older adults and the leading cause of traumatic brain injury among Kentucky residents age 65 and older.  

  • A little then and now about growing up

    Where I lived as a child, life always seemed boring. Sound familiar parents of youngsters in Hardin County?

    But now at 54 years of age and thankful to wake up every morning to meet a new day, I am filled with memories from growing up in that "boring'' town that left an indelible mark on my life and still leaves a smile on my face and in my mind.

  • The Art of Performance: Bonsai as a Cross Training Skill

    An important training adage is, “People perform as they train.” Training of skills is very important for any performance whether they are physical or mental skills.