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Monday's Man

  • Volunteer's gaming interest part of service to Hosparus

    In a back room at Hos­parus Thrift Shoppe in Elizabethtown, Robert Kiper quietly goes about his business, plugging in a portable stereo system and pressing buttons.

    Except for the cassette tape deck, the system gets a thumbs down. An electronic sewing machine he checks afterward gets a thumbs up.

    Checking electric devices and equipment is part of what Kiper does as a volunteer at Hosparus Thrift Shoppe, where the 24-year-old has donated time and effort for six-and-a-half years.

  • Jerry Foley doesn’t stray from his purpose

    It wouldn’t be a stretch to say Jerry Foley’s life has gone to the dogs. And cats, too.

    Foley, 52, has been the Hardin County animal control supervisor since 1987. He retired briefly but soon returned to the job.

    He said he fell into the job because of his love of dogs, even taking a cut in pay from his previous job.

    “My dog’s never let me down. My dog’s always happy to see me. My dog’s never hurt my feelings,” he said. “So I guess I am a dog person.”

  • 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.

  • Happy President's Day, Mr. Hobbs

    While the nation sets aside this day to recognize past presidents, Elizabeth­town resident Joseph Hobbs spent many years portraying Kentucky’s link to the White House, Abraham Lincoln.

    Hobbs, 75, spent many years portraying Lincoln and won the look-alike contest during Hodgenville Days about seven years in a row.

  • The Art of Performance: Use a when/then statement to achieve change

    People really do want to change. People want to eat better and be healthier. Often it is a concept everyone embraces, but it is rare for people to actually follow through and create the change they want in their lives.

  • Christmas trees can tell quite a story

    When you are 10 and sitting next to a Christmas tree with big bulbs hanging on branches and silver tinsel draping it, little do you know what significance a tree will have on your life.

  • Making Christmas bright

    For the holiday season, Duke Perdue is collecting teddy bears for the Salvation Army.

    “I think every city has kids in need,” he said adding it feels good that his company, Stanley Steemer, is able to help children in this area.

  • Undercover excellence reveals itself in workplace

    t is a joy to lift up one of many excellent performances that takes place every day in the workplace. This particular event took place in Beaverton, Oregon, the weekend before Thanksgiving.

  • For Your Health: Know symptoms and services related to COPD

    Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD, refers to a group of lung diseases that make breathing difficult. It is a progressive condition, meaning lung damage happens over many years.

  • He’s trying to stop sweating small stuff

    I have been cursed most of my life with the "I sweat the small stuff'' cloud over my head.