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Monday's Man

  • 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.

  • Trying times can reveal best, worst in people

    It is in the most difficult of times when true character is revealed. This is when you really begin to know what people are all about, how their hearts beat and who they share their hearts with.

    We are all faced with good times and bad. I have always believed to fully appreciate the good times you have to endure some bad times.

    Life often is unfair, as we know, but life is always good.

  • 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.

  • From the Cheap Seats: Fun outdoors always beats Xbox session

    Kids today really don't know what they're missing by opting for indoor games over what you can do outdoors.

    When was the last time you saw a bunch of kids walking to a ball field to just play baseball or softball? How about soccer or football?

    Rarely, I would guess, is your answer because it certainly is mine.

  • The Art of Performance - Bridgewater: An example of what’s right in college football

    The academic challenge of talented NCAA athletes in the revenue producing sports of football and basketball recently was investigated by CNN.

    The news report revealed that at least 7 percent of collegiate athletes in the revenue sports leave college reading at or below an eighth-grade level. It is not possible to do college level work with an eighth-grade reading ability.

    This column is not about the failures of collegiate football and basketball but rather it highlights an example of collegiate athletics at its best.

  • 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.

  • Helping students learn with Legos

    Bill Clagett Sr. uses his engineering knowledge and love of Legos to help students at T.K. Stone Middle School build a brighter future though Lego League.

    Before his 35-year career as a local dentist, Clagett studied chemical engineering. He was drafted into the U.S. Army and served one year in Vietnam before using the G.I. Bill to go to dental school.

    But he always enjoyed engineering. When his children were little, he played with Legos with them. That interest stuck with him and with his children.

  • Mission trips, troubled youth among pastor's service

    At 44, Hodgenville resident DeWayne Gibson has travelled on mission trips around the world, lost 120 pounds in seven months and helped troubled youth, all of which he ties to his faith.

    “I just really want to serve God,” Gibson said.

    Born at Hardin Memorial Hospital and raised in Glendale, Gibson, pastor at Parkway Baptist Church in Hodgenville, worked in student ministry for 24 years. Prior to his current role, he worked at First Baptist Church in Hodgenville and Buffalo Baptist Church.

  • The Art of Performance: New Year’s challenge: Follow the Jimmy Fallon example

    Jan. 1 presents a new challenge each year. We feel compelled to set up resolutions, which sound so good and usually fall by the wayside very quickly.

    The problem with New Year’s resolutions is the process used to create them.

    Most people create them as a response to pressure other people put on them. It is one of those “should” things. We “should” make New Year’s resolutions. There is not much commitment to this style of goal setting.

  • Deep friendships left unchanged after 30 years

    Ever wonder what turn your life may have taken if you didn’t meet someone?

    I have been thinking about that a lot the last few months, pretty much ever since it was decided that after more than 30 years removed from seeing each other, my two very best friends and I from college would meet on campus, where our lives were in many ways shaped.

    It has been a long 30 years since we graduated from Morehead State University and went in our own directions.