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Monday's Man

  • Compassion for others can be uplifting

    I have to admit: There are times in church my mind drifts from the message of the day.

    I am seeing the minister speak, but my mind has wandered a few times over the years about starting baseball lineups, what we should do for lunch and if I made the necessary changes to my fantasy football lineup for the week.

    It doesn’t happen a lot, but it has happened.

    But it didn’t in early May when the sermon was about reaching out to those you typically wouldn’t see in church on a regular basis.

  • Hahn hits the mark with students at West Hardin

    Rick Hahn enjoys working at West Hardin Middle School because “they’re my kind of people,” he said.

    The 52-year-old is a custodian, archery coach and much more.

    Principal Jon Thomas has worked with Hahn for 14 years.

  • Volunteer Geohagan puts woodworking skills to use

    Tuesday through Saturday most weeks, Bill Geohagan reports for volunteer duty at St. Vincent de Paul Consignment Store on North Mulberry Street in Elizabethtown.

    Arriving most days about 8:30 a.m. — an hour and a half before the store opens — Geohagan repairs and refinishes furniture to be sold at the store. He’s usually finished with his work and leaves by noon.

    At 91, Geohagan believes in keeping active and helping others.

    “I’m gonna stop when I drop,” he said.

  • The Art of Performance: Keeping your cool for public speaking

    I recently had a conversation with a college-level English instructor who was lamenting the fear students have in making public presentations. She said the fear is evident in most of her students and yet she knows how important it is for these students to give public presentations.

  • The Art of Performance: Take time to rejuvenate

    The image is relaxing. It is so clear in our minds, walking on the beach in the early morning, watching the sunrise on the Atlantic Ocean. The breeze is blowing gently from the east, providing an aroma of fresh sea salt air. The tide is out and wet sand is exposed, which makes it easy to walk at the water line as the waves come crashing onto the beach.

  • Steve McCann, rock star at heart

    “I would have loved to have been a rock star when I was young but I’m kind of glad I didn’t take that route,” Elizabethtown resident Steve McCann said.

    McCann, an information technology manger at AGC Automotive Americas, said drumming for Soul Soup in Nashville is close enough to his rock star dreams.

    In kindergarten, he asked his parents for the gift all parents dread, a drum set.

  • Volunteer provides visits, friendly smiles

    Eighty-two-year-old Roy Keith may be retired, but that doesn’t mean he isn’t busy.

    Keith provides support, companionship and assistance to those who are sick, facing surgery, homebound or just need a friendly smile.

    “I’ve always been very energetic and enthusiastic,” the Elizabethtown resident said.

    The chairman of deacons at Severns Valley Baptist Church, Keith makes visits to homes, nursing homes and hospitals. Those he visits are not necessarily sick or hospitalized, he said.

  • Young Democrat focuses on service

    As president of the Lincoln Trail Young Democrats, Michael Wilson of Magnolia stresses community service and bipartisan cooperation.

    “Anyone engaged in politics should have a friend like Michael Wilson,” said Pete Countryman, publicity chairman of the Republican Party of Hardin County.

    Countryman said even though they sometimes disagree, he can discuss politics, policy and issues with Wilson and “remain agreeable.”

  • Divine intervention marks Morales' life

    The road for the Rev. Marcelino Morales has been marked by what he attributes to divine intervention.

    One example is evident at what became the permanent home at 117 N. Mulberry St. for his church, Iglesia la Viña, the only Hispanic-owned Spanish service church in Hardin County.

    “The Lord actually had this place waiting on us,” said Morales, a native of Puerto Rico.

  • From the Cheap Seats: Love endures good times, Alzheimer's

    The days have just about the same routine in the Radcliff home of Russell and Alpha Knight.

    They wake up, eat and wait for visitors or a phone call, Russell in his living room recliner, his bride of nearly 70 years in her living room bed. Often, with the television on or off, he will sit there and look at his wife who is suffering from Alzheimer’s disease.

    He suffers alongside her, his left hand resting on the side of her bed or on her.