HOMETOWN HERO: Ballard Hogan

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SCOTTSVILLE, Ky. (WBKO) -- A man who spent his life running a milk truck business in Allen County just celebrated a huge milestone on September 4 -- reaching his 100th birthday.

Inside his Scottville home -- where he still lives alone -- Ballard Hogan sits in his favorite chair in the living room.

Pictures and heirlooms fill the walls and shelves as Ballard talks to family and friends, sharing a century worth of stories and knowledge.

"How old am I? 100," he says, smiling.

But for Ballard Hogan, age is nothing but a number.

"It's nothing exciting. I feel about like I did when I was 85 maybe or 90. Nothing exciting," he adds.

Besides living on his own, he still drives his car, mows his lawn, and stays active in the community.

"He's been great at church. Even at 100 years old he still takes responsibility there for the pantry, takes responsibility relative to the grounds. Ballard can still do part of a days work at 100 years old," says long-time family friend, Wilson Stone.

When Ballard isn't out working and talking with neighbors, friends say he can usually be found reading his bible.

Relying on memory, Ballard starts reciting a verse, "Romans 8:28, 'For we know that all things work together for good to them that loves God. To them that are the called according this His purpose.' That's a favorite scripture for me."

"Ballard is an example of how to deal with your neighbors, how to deal in business, how to deal with folks at church, how to deal with your family," says Stone.

Stone continues, saying, "I'm sure many of those things contribute to him living to be 100, but he wouldn't have had to live to be 100 for those to be really good examples for all of us."

Ballard shared his secret with us on how he's made it to 100:

"Well, I've tried to live a normal life. And, as the old saying is, treat everybody else like I want them to treat me. And I've found it's worked fine," he says.

Staying close with family has also been important in his life, as he's now a great-great grandfather.

"My son lives a mile over here, and the other son lives six miles out here in the county," says Ballard, pointing toward the street out the window.

"It's good to know someone like Ballard Hogan who exemplifies what it is to live a quite, peaceful, successful life," says Stone.

For passing on his stories, and knowledge, and being a good friend and neighbor over the last 100 years, we honor Ballard Hogan as this week's Hughes and Coleman Hometown Hero.

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