Somerset, Kentucky, KY
Rooted in Beauty
Oct 18-22 2011
The sun rises over rugged hills, passes over the bustling city of Somerset and sets over rolling farmland to the west. Close by is Lake Cumberland, which draws hundreds of thousands of visitors every year. The landscape inspires strong opinions among residents, including one fellow who says simply: “This is the most beautiful place in world.“ Clearly a lot of people would agree.
A steady, stern hand
by Whitney Leaming
For Coach Robbie Lucas, life is about more than football.
by Tim Harris
Active Day of Somerset is a place filled with people who love.
Avoiding the rust
by Brittany Sowacke
For Carter Muse the secret to a long life is hard work, family and the land
by Shelby Mack
Julia Blenkhorn never leaves the house without kissing everyone goodbye.
by Carolina Hidalgo
“They’re running the small farmer out,” Jim says, looking out over the pastures of his childhood.
by 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
by Heather Cassano
At Amon’s Sugar Shack, discussions about politics and sports can get as heated as the coffee.
by Sam Oldenburg
Since Pastor Reggie Tipton came to White Oak Baptist, attendance has grown sixfold.
by Khristopher Kramer
Sixteen-month-old Bennett Tucker sees the dentist seven days a week, and seems to enjoy it.
Distributing books, delivering love
by Spencer Bakalar
The Pulaski County Public Library’s bookmobile.
by Justin Philalack
Ask anyone in Somerset where to find a good burger, and they will point you to Lynn’s Lunchbox.
Familiarity breeds ‘content’
by Tony Hoare
The grass grows greenest right under Ruth Ann Burton’s feet.
by 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
by Megan Westervelt
A couple and their six children build a life at Longwood Hollow.
by 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
by Luke Sharrett
Johnny B and his wife Nellie grill nearly every day.
Life’s second chance
by Michael Rivera
The vista offers a dream sequence — and that fits Barry Burkett’s life perfectly.
Love of the Land
by Demetrius Freeman
State Rep. Tommy Turner is equally comfortable hashing out legislation or roaming the farm.
Mr. and Mrs. Mayor
by Michele Kraus
Breezing through town in his white Corvette or on his Harley, Ron Jones stands out.
No appointment necessary
by Alix Mattingly
Jerry can’t remember wanting to be anything but a barber.
by Crystin Faenza
When the life of Patty Loveless ended in June 2011, her husband Ricky began his life as a conductor.
by Lauren Vied
Bob Walther is the proud owner of three rat terriers, two of which are therapy pets.
by Jerry Englehart Jr.
Businessman J.D. Hamilton hadn’t intended to be a marina operator on Lake Cumberland.
Striving for perfection
by Ariana McLaughlin
Mariko Krause has a drive unlike ‘most any other teenager.
The book and its cover
by Sarah Gerace
When it comes to Jessica Van Bruggen, the adage, “Don’t judge a book by its cover” fits perfectly.
by Charles Weibel
Somerset duo produces “The Season,” a Web-based series documenting their school’s football team.
by Lauren Wood
What Katie Dalton might achieve before she turns 15 is anyone’s guess but hers.
Turning wood to art
by Natalie St. John
“Other people look at a burl and see disease. I see money,” says Chris Ramsey.
We (heart) animals
by Sarah Coulter
Veterinarian Tammie Bumgardner’s compassion has saved countless locals animals
‘He can’t do that, you know.’
by Eric Shea
Aaron is a varsity wide receiver who has six fingers.
‘If you break it, I can fix it’
by 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 . . .”
by Morgan Walker
A nurturing spirit is what drives Francis Carter as she cares for her students and her birds.
by Greg Johnson
Adam Theodore was starting his senior year in high school when tragedy struck. Now, “family” is the most important thing he has.
Take and Give
by Andrew Propp
Joe Neikirk runs his store according to the principles of his faith. Among them: Thou shalt not steal.
A Wild Soul
by Andrea Wise
Wildlife Rehabilitator, Alan Sidwell, loves animals deeply enough to let them go.
Rising from the Ashes
by Gaily Ligaiya Romero
Terry Moore built a business to begin healing a broken heart.
by Lain Ewing
These days Glenda and Jimmy Eastman are living the grandparents’ dream.
A Way of Life
by Celina Fang
Jerry Gentry works long days, and he has struggled to stay in business. But he can’t imagine doing anything else.
A Grave Decision
by Bailey Nance
Small-town life turns out to be more satisfying than Renny Smith expected.
by Josh Mauser
A terrifying sound challenges champion athlete Makayela Banks.
Lean on Me
by Greg Moore
Rhonda Wilford is the kind of friend you want when life gets really tough.
In Their Blood
by Maya Sugarman
A tragic choice four decades ago still shapes life for Pam Marrinan and her daughter, Charline.
Whatever It Takes
by Catherine Spangler
Tawana Collins wants the best for her daughter. But she can’t do it alone.
Committed to Care
by Jessica Marcy
The answer to our prayers isn’t always what we expect.
One good note
by Vanessa Patchett
Patricia Cooper had always wanted to learn to play the violin. Now, it's about more than music.
by Paige Stoyer
In a world of uncertainty, help sometimes comes from unexpected places.
by Chris Hintz
Like many young waitresses, Christen Stoll has dreams of college and a professional career. But first, she must raise money to overcome another challenge.
Crank It Up
by Renée Deemer
Denzel Gaines refuses to be separated from the Bluegrass music he loves.
by Gino Siller
Shoot safely. Eat what you kill. Honor the Lord. Ronnie Claiborne knows what he believes in.