Hannah Brown

Taming the untamable

Just as the Lord gave David sheep, Pastor Les Whitlock said he has received horses. “Horses are the gift God gave me,” Whitlock said about the animal that has always been a constant in his life. Horses have taught Whitlock many life lessons that he shares with youth and troubled adults in the community through the program New Day Ministries at his church, First Corinthian Missionary Baptist on Murray Street in South Frankfort. One of Whitlock’s first life lessons learned was how to build a strong work ethic. When he was growing up in Bowling Green, he worked on...

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Back to her roots: Fran Redmon turns to pastels in retirement

After spending the majority of her career helping artists promote themselves and their work, Fran Redmon decided to get back to her artist roots after she retired. Upon graduating from Western Kentucky University in 1977 with a degree in commercial art and a studio concentration in weaving, Redmon went to work for the state in the Public Information Department as a graphic artist. She designed daily press packets, logos, posters and invitations for all state agencies. When former Gov. John Y. Brown Jr. was in office, his party planner Steve Wilson had Redmon handwrite letters and cards for the governor. “He liked my handwriting,” Redmon said. Later in her career, the Department of the Arts was developed and Redmon started marketing for Kentucky Crafted, a program created by then-first lady Phyllis George Brown. “We did promotions and took artists to trade shows in New York and California,” Redmon said. “We helped artists run their businesses.” Redmon said she was able to expand the program to include visual artists and musicians. “It was very rewarding,” Redmon said. “They’re wonderful people. I feel close to many of them still.” Redmon retired in 2007, and since then she has turned back to her artist roots. “I always wanted to get back to some type of art form,” she said. “Working with artists made me want to do it myself.” Redmon was introduced...

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‘Gardening on a dime’

Some of the finer things in life aren’t always the most expensive. For three women who live at Capital Mobile Home Estates, some of their greatest possessions are right outside their front door. Although they don’t have much space, they have turned their yards into their own garden oasis — filled with their favorite flowers and plants — that they didn’t have to empty their pockets to create. Upon entering Linda Flynn’s yard, you walk down a cobblestone path that not only serves as a walkway, but also a way to divert water during heavy rains. The pathway leads...

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Summertime sips

During the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, Gov. Andy Beshear held five o’clock daily briefings from the Capitol. It became a routine time that Kentuckians sat down in their homes to watch and learn about the ever-changing pandemic and how their lives would be affected. To ease the tension of the news the governor was sharing, many people watched the briefings with an alcoholic beverage in hand. Kentuckians’ after work happy hour sessions at the bar were replaced with “Beers with Beshear” and “Cocktails with Andy” in their homes. Toward the end of March, Capital Cellars bartender Anna Latek...

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Singing lessons: Roger Barkley spreading Jesus’ message across the airwaves

When Roger Barkley was 7 years old, he attended a revival at his home church, Long Lick Baptist in Stamping Ground where his father, Roger Barkley Sr. was the pastor. His mother, Bennie, was trying to wrangle all of the children, but Roger kept escaping to go talk to one of the preachers. “That night she was asking me why I wasn’t sitting down and I said because I needed to talk to the preacher. I needed to know more about that Jesus he was talking about,” Roger said. “Why this man would want to give his life for...

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