Extol Cover Stories

Art of the Run

With JD Dotson JD Dotson, our resident explorer, has shared his love of running and photography with Extol readers since we started in 2015. We always send him out ‘n’ about in Southern Indiana – for obvious reasons – but this time, we asked him to cross the mighty Ohio and head into Louisville with…Read More

A Pandemic in Pictures

By JD Dotson In March, when stay-at-home orders were enacted due to COVID-19, life changed for us all. Months later, we’re still grappling with the virus, which has wreaked havoc in many ways while also bringing out our collective ingenuity, adaptability and desire to connect with others. JD Dotson, one of our Extol teammates, captured…Read More


As he writes in his new book, Steve Adams was an admittedly clueless father until divorce and joint custody forced him to reassess his priorities By Conrad Jarret Steve Adams is a successful, hard-working, just-turned-50 real estate agent, a devoted father of two who always makes time for his children – Rachel, a graduating college…Read More

5 Years of Celebrating Southern Indiana

OFF THE PAGE with Extol A RECAP OF EACH ISSUE BY OUR EDITOR IN CHIEF ANGIE FENTON Five years ago, Extol Magazine debuted as a fledgling publication with a small team that had one goal: to highlight Southern Indiana – and beyond. Half a decade later, we’re still here and have grown into a company…Read More

STAND-UP GUY | IUS’S Wiley Brown Talks the High Five, Life After Playing Ball

MENTION THE NAME “WILEY BROWN” anywhere in Kentuckiana, and there’s a good chance someone in the room knows him and watched him play ball: first, basketball at the University of Louisville, and later, football for the NFL’s Philadelphia Eagles, or — perhaps — even as the originator of the high five? Now, the head basketball…Read More

Rockin with Jacob Resch

By Mandy Wolf Detwiler | Photos by Christian Watson JACOB RESCH might not remember much about the musical origins of MySpace (he was 10 during its heyday) or when videos played on regular rotation on MTV (neither do the rest of us), but the 25-year-old easily recalls when his love for music began. “I started…Read More


BY SALLY HUGHES PHOTO BY CHRISTIAN WATSON A First-Person Account by Southern Indiana resident Sally Hughes IN APRIL 2013, I did something that millions of women have done, seemingly without consequence, but for me it would turn out to be a life-altering decision. Back then, life was great. I was newly engaged, madly in love…Read More

Picture Perfect

By Laura Ross Photos by Christian Watson When tinkering turns terrific, magic happens – and a business is born. That’s the lesson Lori Unruh discovered when she took her hobby and turned it into Cadella’s, a thriving jewelry design business. “I started tinkering around making handmade jewelry gifts for friends and family, and once I…Read More

The Business Issue Q and A

ANDREW PRESTON Preston Arts Center 222 6th St. Jeffersonville 3048 Bardstown Road Louisville prestonartscenter.com 812.946.5353 What motivates you? While there is no single motivation, the greatest I have is sharing. I see sharing as a great spark for contact with others, for the exchange of ideas, for showing that we care for each other and…Read More

Banking On Success

A new day at The New Washington State Bank with CEO Jessica Carroll at the helm By Laura Ross Photos by Zach Schansberg FARMER’S WIFE. MOM OF A TEEN. ACTIVE COMMUNITY VOLUNTEER. OH, AND THE NEW WASHINGTON STATE BANK CEO. JESSICA CARROLL IS BUSY. “I’m everywhere these days,” laughed the CEO of New Washington State…Read More