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Monday's Man

  • The Art of Performance: Give yourself a holiday gift

    The holiday season brings with it many joys and challenges. It is supposed to be the time when families gather and share in the cheer of the season. There are many ways to celebrate during the holiday season and each of them has its own special heritage and meaning for the participants. Many share gifts as part of the season.

  • Rineyville man part of space race, science history

    Not many can say they helped man set foot on the moon. Edwin Snyder is a local man who can make that claim.

    Snyder, of Rineyville, worked for more than 20 years with IBM, which led to working seven years with NASA during the 1960s and the Saturn Apollo phase of the space program.

    He was there when Apollo 11 and Neil Armstrong landed on the moon.

    “It was tremendous and I felt really blessed that the Lord allowed me to be a part of it,” said Snyder, 85.

  • From grounds to graduates: E'town man worked his way up at ECTC

    If Bryan Smith had taken the advice of some of his high school teachers, he might have gone to trade or vocational school.

    They told him some students were not suited for college. Smith wanted to show those teachers they were wrong.

    “I sort of took that as a challenge,” said Smith, who is 51.

    The Elizabethtown resident is registrar at Elizabethtown Community and Technical College, having earned a master’s and education specialist degrees.

  • For Your Health: Take everyday meausres to fight flu

    The Centers for Disease Control recommends a three-step approach to fighting flu.

    The first and most important step is to get a flu vaccination each year.

    But if you get the flu, there are prescription antiviral drugs that can treat your illness. Early treatment especially is important for the elderly, the very young, people with certain chronic health conditions and pregnant women.

    Finally, everyday preventive actions can slow the spread of germs that cause respiratory — nose, throat and lungs — illnesses such as flu.

  • Randy Acton, service to his country and his community

    Randy Acton’s commitment to service to his country and his community have been evident throughout his life.

    An Army veteran, Acton was president and CEO of U.S. Cavalry for 31 years and is involved in a variety of community organizations supporting the members of the military and their families.

    Acton moved back to Hardin County after finishing his military service because he and his wife, Patsy, liked the area when he was previously stationed at Fort Knox during his basic armor officer training.

  • Hobby, lifestyle rope in dental surgeon

    Thirty-nine-year-old Noah Embry is both a healer and a heeler.

    As an oral and maxillofacial surgeon, Embry applies his medical skills to help patients heal from facial injuries, among other things. As a rodeo hobbyist, Embry applies his cowboy skills to events such as team roping, in which he often serves as heeler — the person roping the hind legs of a steer.

  • Some lessons learned result in embracing family and a couch

    There is a simplicity to life when you’re nearing 54 years of age.

    I guess I get that from my parents.

    They never worried about living in a big expensive house or having new vehicles in the driveway. Shoot, they never even had a credit card.

    So I have never worried about material things as a means of satisfaction. But, we do have a few credit cards that remind us we have them once a month.

  • The Art of Performance: Big Papi finishes first

    We often think high-level performers cannot be nice or compassionate people. The World Series provided a great example of high-level performance and a positive personality working together. David Ortiz has been an invaluable player for the Boston Red Sox for more than 10 years. He is known as “Big Papi” because he is 6 feet 4 inches tall and weighs 230 pounds.

  • Navy veteran Jarrett gives back to others who served

    Dave Jarrett is a U.S. Navy veteran in a sea of Army veterans in Hardin County.

    Jarrett, 66, began his Navy career at the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, Md. After graduation in 1969, his first ship went to the Middle East and he visited many ports on the Indian Ocean.

  • For Your Health: Don’t drive while drowsy

    Most people are aware of the dangers of driving while intoxicated, but many do not know drowsiness also impairs judgment, performance and reaction times just like alcohol and drugs.