Slide shows

A steady, stern hand

Whitney Leaming

For Coach Robbie Lucas, life is about more than football.

Active love

Tim Harris

Active Day of Somerset is a place filled with people who love.

Avoiding the rust

Brittany Sowacke

For Carter Muse the secret to a long life is hard work, family and the land

Being Julia

Shelby Mack

Julia Blenkhorn never leaves the house without kissing everyone goodbye.

Breaking even

Carolina Hidalgo

“They’re running the small farmer out,” Jim says, looking out over the pastures of his childhood.

Catering bond

Nat Bayjay

The Sobiecks’ common interest propelled them from being just a couple to being two chefs running a successful catering service.

Coffee and community

Heather Cassano

At Amon’s Sugar Shack, discussions about politics and sports can get as heated as the coffee.

Community pastor

Sam Oldenburg

Since Pastor Reggie Tipton came to White Oak Baptist, attendance has grown sixfold.

Cruising with the oldies

Kevin Cook

Local man, town have a passion for the classics

Cutting Teeth

Khristopher Kramer

Sixteen-month-old Bennett Tucker sees the dentist seven days a week, and seems to enjoy it.

Distributing books, delivering love

Spencer Bakalar

The Pulaski County Public Library’s bookmobile.

Downtown Diner

Justin Philalack

Ask anyone in Somerset where to find a good burger, and they will point you to Lynn’s Lunchbox.

Familiarity breeds ‘content’

Tony Hoare

The grass grows greenest right under Ruth Ann Burton’s feet.

Farming genes

Leslye Davis

Charles and Mark Bishop make their rounds on land that has been in their family for 97 years.

Having the faith to fail

Megan Westervelt

A couple and their six children build a life at Longwood Hollow.

Helping farmers

Katie Rausch

Bruce Bruce grew up on a farm and says he became a veterinarian because it would keep him in touch with agriculture.

Johnny B’s Secret Ingredient

Luke Sharrett

Johnny B and his wife Nellie grill nearly every day.

Life’s second chance

Michael Rivera

The vista offers a dream sequence — and that fits Barry Burkett’s life perfectly.

Love of the Land

Demetrius Freeman

State Rep. Tommy Turner is equally comfortable hashing out legislation or roaming the farm.

Mr. and Mrs. Mayor

Michele Kraus

Breezing through town in his white Corvette or on his Harley, Ron Jones stands out.

No appointment necessary

Alix Mattingly

Jerry can’t remember wanting to be anything but a barber.

Orchestrating life

Crystin Faenza

When the life of Patty Loveless ended in June 2011, her husband Ricky began his life as a conductor.

Puppy love

Lauren Vied

Bob Walther is the proud owner of three rat terriers, two of which are therapy pets.

Staying Afloat

Jerry Englehart Jr.

Businessman J.D. Hamilton hadn’t intended to be a marina operator on Lake Cumberland.

Striving for perfection

Ariana McLaughlin

Mariko Krause has a drive unlike ‘most any other teenager.

The book and its cover

Sarah Gerace

When it comes to Jessica Van Bruggen, the adage, “Don’t judge a book by its cover” fits perfectly.

The Season

Charles Weibel

Somerset duo produces “The Season,” a Web-based series documenting their school’s football team.

The town mother

Megan Tan

Elaine Wilson collects other people’s memories.

Tumbling forward

Lauren Wood

What Katie Dalton might achieve before she turns 15 is anyone’s guess but hers.

Turning wood to art

Natalie St. John

“Other people look at a burl and see disease. I see money,” says Chris Ramsey.

We (heart) animals

Sarah Coulter

Veterinarian Tammie Bumgardner’s compassion has saved countless locals animals

‘He can’t do that, you know.’

Eric Shea

Aaron is a varsity wide receiver who has six fingers.

‘If you break it, I can fix it’

Sammy Jo Hester

At age 95, Ira “Red” Cornett still gets to work at his machine shop every day promptly at 9 a.m.

“Birds of a feather . . .”

Morgan Walker

A nurturing spirit is what drives Francis Carter as she cares for her students and her birds.


A Grave Decision

Bailey Nance

A Way of Life

Celina Fang

A Wild Soul

Andrea Wise

Charlie Lives!

Mimi Schiffman

Committed to Care

Jessica Marcy

Crank It Up

Renée Deemer

Family Values

Gino Siller

Father’s Fury

Wesley Bacon

Forever Young

Lain Ewing

Future Focus

Chris Hintz

In Their Blood

Maya Sugarman

Lean on Me

Greg Moore

Love Song

Sara Lewkowicz

One good note

Vanessa Patchett

Rising from the Ashes

Gaily Ligaiya Romero

Roadside Ark

Terri Flagg

Save Me

Paige Stoyer


Josh Mauser

Take and Give

Andrew Propp

The Rescuer

Mike Mulholland

Timeless Art

Zach Conkle

Unconditional Love

Greg Johnson

Whatever It Takes

Catherine Spangler

Book Portfolios

Picture edit

Ron Page