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Monday's Man

  • The building blocks of Tree Akers

    John “Tree” Akers spends his ministry building faith and his pastime building with Legos.

    The 42-year-old has been the student minister at Northside Baptist Church for seven years. Overall, he said he’s been in some form of ministry for two decades.

    He grew up in Elizabethtown and worked out of state for a few years but loves being back home, he said.

    Growing up at Severns Valley Baptist Church, he was a teen who was quiet and the in-crowd wasn’t his thing.

  • The Art of Performance: California Chrome provides a smart performance

    By Dr. Keith Wilson

    The Kentucky Derby is the most exciting two minutes in sports. Before the race, everyone has  the dream they can win. Dreamers focus on stories of well-known horses that win like Secretariat. And of course there are the stories that keep every long shot believing they are the next Mine That Bird, which won despite 50-to-1 odds.

  • Elizabethtown businessman donates time, in more ways than one

    The adage “time is money” has special significance to Elizabethtown resident Leo McMillen, who regularly donates his time and railroad pocket watches for benefit auctions.

    The auctioned watches typically raise twice as much as they’re worth or more, McMillen said.

    Shop With a Cop and the Elizabethtown football program are among the causes to which he has donated watches. McMillen, 75, has plenty of watches to choose from when donating because he has been collecting them for years.

  • Kimble uses life experiences to strengthen families

    Through hardships and triumphs, Dr. T.J. Kimble said everything in his life led him to where he is today.

    He is the child and family counselor with Your Best Life Now Counseling in Radcliff and is co-founder of Joshua’s Friends for Exceptional Families.

    His journey began when he was 6 years old. Kimble was in a bicycle accident that resulted in a compound skull fracture. Because of the crash, he was held back in first grade and attended a special needs class. There, he saw the difficulties and challenges faced by other students.

  • Canada native developed volunteer spirit in Kentucky

    Glen MacPherson makes a conscious effort to use the word “I” as little as possible.

    The Elizabethtown resident has a very specific view about his volunteerism with organizations such as Hardin County Habitat for Humanity and Helping Hand of Hope.

    “It’s not about me,” MacPherson said. “It’s about doing God’s work.”

  • The Art of Performance: Keep calm and shoot free throws

    Dr. Keith Wilson

    This was a disappointing week for basketball fans in Kentucky. The Wildcats lost in the NCAA championship game by a score of 60-54. One obvious difference was free throws. Connecticut made 10 of 10 free throws and Kentucky made only 13 of 24. Kentucky missed several front-end of 1-1 free throw situations in the second half when making two foul shots would have changed the game completely.

  • Former Congressman Ron Lewis called from retirement

    After almost 15 years in Congress and a few years rest, Ron Lewis said God called him to return to the preaching ministry.

    It was a simple decision for the 67-year-old who has moved from the inner halls of Washington, D.C., as the 2nd Congressional District's member in the U.S. House of Representatives to the pulpit of Youngers Creek Baptist Church in a rural corner of eastern Hardin County.

    “When God calls you, you feel at peace and content,” Lewis said.

  • Central Hardin graduate protects on a destroyer

    Central Hardin High School graduate Jeremy Key does not take safety for granted.

    Petty Officer 2nd Class Key is a damage controlman onboard the USS Cole, a U.S. Navy destroyer homeported in Norfolk, Va.

    “I always wanted to join the military, ever since I was a little kid,” said Key, 23.

    A 2008 Central Hardin graduate, Key said he was influenced by the fact he had a few family members who joined the military. He said a military career seemed alluring, and he joined when he was 19.

  • For Your Health: What does your local health department do for you?

    Even before the days of plague in Europe and disease epidemics that devastated entire populations, we, as human beings, have searched for ways to make the world a healthier and safer place to live, while at the same time increasing our lifespan. In recent history, doctors and scientists have made discoveries that have given us an understanding of how diseases can be transmitted as well as how to prevent and treat them.

  • Retiree devoted to 1040 advice

    For retired 1st Sgt. Larry Walko, tax season is a time to help others.

    After joining the military in 1971, Walko served more than 20 years in the military and now volunteers at the Fort Knox Tax Center for the joy of helping others.

    “I like helping people out,” he said.