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Monday's Man

  • For Your Health: Summer safety reminders for you and your home

    By Donny Gill

  • Weise is public library's best friend

    Comedian Groucho Marx is attributed as saying “Outside of a dog, a book is man’s best friend. Inside of a dog, it’s too dark to read.”

    Jim Weise is outside of a dog in a big way.

    Weise was among those who helped re-establish Friends of the Hardin County Public Library last May, and he became president of the organization.

    “We started out with a book sale and had a second book sale,” Weise said.

    After the second book sale, membership grew from around 25 to about 67, he said.

  • The Art of Performance: Lessons learned from Clydesdales

    This is the season of the year more people pay attention to the horse world. The Triple Crown of horse racing has just been completed and lots of people paid attention.

    However, the focus of this article is about another type of spectacular horse. Recently, I had the opportunity to be up close and personal with the Anheuser-Busch Budweiser Clydesdales at Grants Farm in St. Louis. Grants Farm is part of the Busch estate and has housed their Clydesdales since 1954.

  • For Your Health: Focus on Men’s Health Week

    By Donny Gill

    Men’s Health Week is from June 9th to Father’s Day. We all value the men in our lives, whether they are our fathers, uncles, friends or coworkers. So let us be mindful and focus on their health this week and the 51 other weeks of the year. The following is a general guide for men to follow for tests and screenings.

  • Hardin County native embraces New York City life

    As a senior publicist at a major New York City publishing house who works with celebrities such as Sheryl Crow and Jackie Collins, Loren Jaggers is a long way from the Hardin County dairy farm where he was raised.

    Jaggers grew up in Glendale, where his father was a dairy farmer. He remembers feeding cattle before going to school.

    But he had other interests that led him to his current career.

    “I was kind of a bookish kid anyway,” he said.

  • Some random thoughts ...

    I have found column ideas in a lot of places in my lifetime. From fields of play to listening to music to going home where I grew up to watching the every move of our granddaughters.

    I even found one recently in the checkout line at McDonald’s in Elizabethtown.

    Sometimes I do my best thinking when I have a clear mind, such as Wednesday while driving on U.S. 31W when I asked myself, “What can I write about?”

    So it became a smorgasbord of thoughts in the few miles it took for me to drive to Cheddar’s and back.

  • 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.