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In 2001, John DeRamos and his wife, Ranetta, built their first house in Glendale. Since then, they have called the small, quaint town home and have tried to give back to their community.

The day I turned 18, I purchased my first scratch-off ticket. I took a penny to that sucker and watched as the gray residue fell to the ground, revealing whether or not I had wasted five bucks.

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Since moving back to his hometown of Eliza­bethtown about eight years ago, Larry Spear has worked in a few different career fields, including jobs in the real estate and service industries. But all along, Spear has had a great passion for art.

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With a mind for finance, a heart for Christmas and a desire to help his community grow, Steve Rice uses his talents in his business and on the Elizabethtown Planning and Zoning Commission.

As restrictions on area businesses have faded away, I’ve found myself on the road much more these days than I ever was last year. And I must say, I don’t like what I’ve seen.

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Since retiring in 2013, Bob Roush of Eliza­bethtown has made it a top priority to serve his community. One major way he has done this is by working with St. Vincent de Paul in Elizabethtown.

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Using his skills in the art of songwriting and his status as a military veteran, Nate Fowler of Elizabethtown has made helping and raising awareness of homeless veterans a post-retirement mission.

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Jamie Wilkerson supervises multiple groups in his role as director of critical care and cardiovascular services at Baptist Health Hardin.

Retired Tech Sgt. Larry Dreamis Hill of Cecilia often can be found at the replica Viet­nam Veterans Memorial Wall at Elizabethtown Nature Park, donning a long, gray beard and hat that reads “Vietnam Veteran.” For Hill, both the beard and the hat are hard-earned.