I am a lifelong Hardin County resident. I was born and raised in Sonora, the oldest of 10 children. My graduating class at Sonora High School had 23 students.
My wife, Mayonia, and I were married in 1951. We first lived on a farm west of Sonora, then moved to Hodgenville and later settled in Radcliff. We have 4 sons: Steve, Larry, Timothy and Wayne, along with 8 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. We started Ireland Heating and Cooling in 1968. Our business has taken my wife and I around the world, including the opportunity to serve as a missionary on a project in Romania.
We belong to Hodgenville Pentecostal Church where I served on the Board of Trustees for 40 years. I have been a Gideon for 39 years and was previously a board member of the Barbourville Children’s Home.
I have served as director for Nolin’s District 6 for over 34 years. District 6 encompasses northern Hardin County and a small portion of the southeast corner of Meade County. District 6 is bordered on the north and east by Fort Knox and includes portions of Bullion Blvd and Knox Blvd. The southern part of the district reaches into Vine Grove and the west touches Meade County. North Hardin High School, the Millpond Industrial Park and businesses along 313 including Blazer’s Fun Zone are just a few examples of businesses on Nolin lines in District 6. It is the smallest Nolin district in physical size, but it has some of the most densely populated areas and significance in the life of our region.
My family moved into our current home in Radcliff in 1964. In the 57 years that have followed, Radcliff has grown into a thriving residential and business center. The growth in Radcliff and northern Vine Grove is one of the reasons District 6 was created in 1986 from portions of other Nolin districts. The area has seen a significant increase in the businesses, industries and neighborhoods that create its unique character. In addition, as a close neighbor to Fort Knox, we have played an essential role in supporting the personnel and families that are brought to the area by their military service.
In May of this year, I was honored when the City of Radcliff, Mayor Duvall and members of the city council recognized me as part of the Radcliff First Community.
I have served District 6 as its director since it was created, and I am proud to have played an active role in the development of this part of Nolin territory. I am also proud of the impact our cooperative continues to have in our community. Here at Nolin, we work hard to be as efficient as possible to provide the most reliable electric service for the best price.