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Monday's Man

  • Investor takes on new venture

    In at least one respect, Terry Shortt has come full circle — like a doughnut.

    Last year, Shortt purchased and renovated a building just steps away from where he met his future wife in 1990.

    In November 2012, Shortt and his wife opened Leo’s Donut and Coffee House at a Radcliff landmark: the Dog n Suds drive-in restaurant. It is next to a building that housed a real estate office where he first met Andra, his wife, who had the idea to open the shop.

  • Joel Ray Sprowls: Meet country music's kingpin

    Hundreds of country music fans came together Saturday, filling all but a few back rows of the 842-seat auditorium at Lincoln Jamboree in Hodgenville. They came to be entertained and celebrate an anniversary.

    Jamboree owner Joel Ray Sprowls has been producing the show for 59 years.

  • Bit by bit: Roofer transitions to computer tech

    For 12 years or so, John Langley counted on physical labor as a roofer to make his living.

    Some years and two surgeries later, Langley put to work the knowledge he gained while recovering from his injured back to become a self-taught computer technician.

    Tucked away in a front corner in a booth at Peddler’s Mall in Elizabethtown, Langley, 52, and his brother, Richard, run a computer repair and service business they started about eight years ago. Two small rooms behind the display cases hold electronic equipment, computers and various parts.

  • The Art of Performance: Parents have responsibility in youth sports

    This is the time of year when children are involved with all kinds of sports and extracurricular activities. For most young people, their parents are deeply involved in these activities as well. Usually, parents are needed for transportation and administration in youth sports. Parents also are important as coaches and support for their child.

    Unfortunately, it often happens parents do not fully understand their role and overstep their involvement. This leads to negative outcomes for the parent and sometimes for the child.

  • Gary Hamm's prescription for success

    As a “people person,” Gary Hamm wanted to be a part of a hometown pharmacy to interact with customers. That goal became a reality in 1998 when Hamm opened ApotheCARE Pharmacy in Elizabethtown.

    He worked in several area drug stores but always knew he wanted to be an entrepreneur.

    When a group of doctors approached him about opening a pharmacy in a medical building, he thought it was the right time.

  • Time away doesn't change memories

    One of the cliches you hear when you are young and fully understand only when you are older is, “The more things change, the more they stay the same.”

    I recently returned to my hometown in Ontario, Canada. You know, the land of the loonie, toonie and “eh.”

  • Minding his own beeswax: Elizabethtown apiarist Scudder leads busy life

    Going to college to pursue a new career path at age 36, maintaining a full-time job as an automotive technician and maintaining his hobby as an apiarist keep Josh Scudder as busy as a bee.

    “This would be year four,” Scudder said of his beekeeping hobby. “So I guess I’m a bit green by beekeeping standards.”

  • 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.