In Mostly Latino Neighborhood, Fears of Deportation Linger

A Bowling Green Police Department squad car crosses the tracks into a neighborhood known as Little Mexico on Saturday, May 6, 2016, in Bowling Green, Kentucky. Story and photos by Nick Wagner Across the tracks…

For undocumented immigrant, traffic stop could be much more

Story, photos and video by Nick Wagner I t was a typical Friday morning on April 7 for Diana Lopez, just another day driving her son, Donovan, to school in Nashville traffic. Lopez conversed with…

Family Scholar Houses change single parents’ lives

A 21-year-old college student is sitting on her couch in her apartment reading her accounting textbook while studying for a test she has soon. Her 3-year-old son walks in the room holding his favorite Superman…

Love you forever: a mother survives after daughter’s suicide

I t was a typical winter evening at the Hack household. Melanie Hack had just picked up her oldest daughter Reagan Harley Carter, 12, from a school basketball game. It was nearly half-past eight in…

High school for refugees and immigrants ends first year

Outside the corner of Warren Central High School is the round annex building; inside are the many international and refugee students of Geo International High School. There are 200 students from countries such as Iraq, Burma,…

Raising awareness about autism

Photos and story by Mhari Shaw Bedtime routines commence around 7:30 p.m. at the Millet household. Allison, husband Rodgie and son Ross participate in 10-year-old Owens nightly routine. For children with autism, routine holds an…

Bridging the gap: An examination of the achievement gap in education

Hallways are abnormally empty during the last week of classes at Parker-Bennett-Curry Elementary School as testing commences. Sharpened pencils and test packets lay in wait on desks. The small black lines of a barcode in…

A place of new beginnings

Jacob rides a 20-year-old Quarter Horse mare, Amber, for his lessons at New Beginnings. A volunteer assists Jacob as he unhooks the cross ties from Amber’s halter to put on a bridle, which is used to…

How To Survive A Car Crash

The driver of this car walked away with minor injuries, thanks to safety features and seat belt usage. Photo by Lauren Shields, used with permission By Jimmy Humphrey Summer is approaching, and with it comes…

Brothers, from Saudi Arabia to WKU

W hen Fares Al Huraibi was driving to the airport in Saudi Arabia in May of 2013 he felt like he was missing a piece of himself. He had been planning his move to the…

Human trafficking: awareness fuels increased reports in Kentucky

  While Patterson’s father was working, Patterson said, her mother took her to motor courts and motels by the river where mats were laid out on the floor and large studio lights were set up…

Hope for Hemp: Cave City family sees future in new crop

Story and photos by Hannah McCarthy Just 2 miles outside of downtown Cave City, Kentucky, the landscape quickly turns from old brick and mortar to farmhouses and dirt roads. Down one such dirt road, a…

Mind Over Medicine

Story and photos by Hannah McCarthy F irst, she checks the post-it notes on the bedside table, the headboard and the walls around her to remind her of the day’s tasks. Next, it is time…

Welcome to Eclipseville

Vehicles on U.S. Highway 68, which runs through Christian County and much of western Kentucky, drive past a new sign that advertises the upcoming total solar eclipse. Signs like these have popped up across Hopkinsville…

Finding Family

by Katie Roberts Kendra, 15, of Bowling Green, Kentucky dialed 911 on New Year’s Eve of 2014. She said her parents were drinking more than usual and a fight arose between her mother and father….

National and local perspectives: the rise in anti-Muslim hate crimes

By Katie Zdunek Rafey Wahlah, a Pakistani international student at Western Kentucky University, said he and his roommates found a note on the door of their apartment calling them a racial slur and telling them…

Wiley, like Calvin

Story and photos by Joseph Barkoff Flying with wasps, part 1 One last trick, showing off the skills that partially enabled his world travels. Climbing up, up, up, pushing the little-two-seat pearl sky blue 1947…

A Home for Judy

Story and photos by Allison J. Call I n the middle of a cold Kentucky winter while most were trying to stay warm, Judy Cardwell stole a bag of ice from a Kroger in Bowling…

Secret life of an Exotic Dancer

Kiana Gonzalez, 20, of Nashville, dances for a crowd of people on stage to the blaring music at the Déjà Vu Showgirls night club in Nashville. Afterwards she collects her money and disappears into the…

Demand for IUDs increases as women fear losing healthcare

by Emily DeLetter Sarah Dolen has tried other forms of birth control before, but none are as effective as her IUD. The device’s convenience was a no-brainer. “There’s no user error because once it’s inserted…

Between two schools: High school life on a college campus

Students enter Florence Schneider Hall which houses the Carol Martin Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science on Western Kentucky University’s campus. Since it was established in 2007, the Gatton Academy has consistently been rated one of…

Unreal

Story and photos by Bryson Keltner I stepped on to the hot, busy streets to the sound of car horns and Arabic. I saw them, and they saw me, but in a different way than…

Flawed system for Kentucky’s mentally ill

Wellness Connection, a center for volunteer support efforts for people with mental illness, located in downtown Bowling Green. By James Line An unusually large snowfall had blanketed the small Kentucky town of Scottsville. On the…

At Claudia’s House

Freshman Year Flickers of orange from the cigarette on the porch. As the cloudy day turns to a dark starless night, the man disappears, but the orange continues to dance its up-and-down waltz. From mouth….

A Bow in the Clouds

By Emma Austin I sat in the backseat of my aunt’s car, sweating uncomfortably in a hand-me-down dress next to my cousin as we circled the lake on the road leading to Grandma’s driveway. It…

Big Red Going Green: Cultivating Sustainability at WKU

By Sally Jean Wegert Tucked away on the outskirts of Western Kentucky University’s campus is a community that does things differently. There, the right decision is not always what is easiest, or even necessarily what…

Remembering Hopkinsville’s Peter Postell Building

The entrance to Sixth Street with the empty lot, where the Peter Postell building once stood, on the right. Story and Photos by Jodi Camp Flames reached 40 to 50 feet in the air as…

Bird Dog: A Local Legend in Hopkinsville

Jim Moss Electric where Bird Dog stores his lawn mower during the off season. It is run by Chip Moss, a long time friend of Bird Dog. Story and Photos by Jodi Camp Walking down…

Stuck Between Two Worlds

Noah Hancock chats with other ASL students at the member retreat for the American Sign Language Organization at Western Kentucky University.  (About this story: Author Austin Rutland conducted some interviews for this story in American…

Unbridled: A story of Kentucky’s forgotten recreational horses

Free-roaming horses eat long grass planted by coal companies with obligations to reclaim strip mined land in Breathitt County, Kentucky. These horses have been abandoned by their owners in the coal reclamation lands of Eastern…

Almost Famous Friends

By Jamie Williams My friends aren’t famous to the public by any means, but they’re definitely more famous than me. After being one of thousands of viewers of their online gaming channels for years, and…

Shopping With Mom

The author and his mom. Photo provided by Brandon Killian. By Brandon Killian I learned of mother’s diagnoses with Parkinson’s disease in 2011, when I was 14 years old. When I found out I didn’t…

The Deli

Story and Photos By: Bryson Keltner Nestled on winding Highway 68 between Edmonton and Sulphur Well, there is a landmark. It does not bear a monument, nor does it have historical significance. It is a…

A Joyful Noise

Story and photos by Bryson Keltner In the outskirts of Lawrenceburg, Tennessee, her house is surrounded by farmland. Her carport is painted red. A cement Tennessee Volunteer dog sits by the front door–it weighs more…

Bosnia to Bowling Green: Finding a Place to Call Home

Gina Dzelil looks through an old suitcase kept by her mother, full of old letters from friends, school supplies and a folder full of  clippings of every Michael Jackson photo Dzelil ever found during high…

Time Stands Still in Tompkinsville: Community Votes to Remain Dry

Downtown Tompkinsville. Photo by John Reecer. By John Reecer It’s a typical Sunday afternoon and, just like any other day in Tompkinsville, Kentucky, there aren’t too many cars on the roads. With a small population…

A Transplanted Purpose

Amelia Wilson showcases one of the shirts she designed and sold in order to increase awareness about organ donation. Photo by John Reecer. By John Reecer One by one, each student nervously walked up to…

Chi Chi Danger Squirrel: It’s all in a name

Story by Joseph Barkoff Photos by Mike Ko of Silicon Valley Design and Gregg Rich of Gregg Rich Photography In roller derby you either pick the name of your alter ego, or it is chosen…

PTSD Affects Veterans Long After Combat

by Casey McCarthy When Jeff Reece first came home to Metcalfe County, Kentucky, after 11 months in Iraq, he thought everything would be the same. A year after returning, Reece fell asleep holding his son, Chase, an…

Boxing with Care: Daughter Finds Purpose Fighting Parkinson’s

Jill working with boxer, Joe Liles, as he punches across from left to right 10 times before continuing to a different move. By Brandon Killian Jill Steffey has been around Parkinson’s Disease her whole life….

‘Trump & Truth’ Lecture Addresses Threats to Press Freedom

Joel Simon, executive director of the Committee to Protect Journalists, discussing international threats to journalists at the 2017 John B. Gaines Family Lecture. He is being assisted by CPJ colleague Kerry Paterson (left). By Courtney…