Single Mothers Pave Way for their Children

A ngel Shoemake, 25, of Bowling Green was not always a single parent and didn’t always attend Western Kentucky University. Shoemake, a Russellville native, went to a private liberal arts school from 2010-2011 in Georgetown,…

The Reality of Dreams

It’s late afternoon on Saturday at Paradise Point Marketplace in Scottsville, nearly a 40-minute drive from downtown Bowling Green, and the smell of steaming hot dogs mingles with the warm April air. Max Erskine, 23,…

Love as steady as a rock

Larry Cushenberry, 74, is a retired health teacher who was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease six years ago. The disease affects his posture, walk, balance, and hand movement. Despite his ailments, Cushenberry’s is the main caregiver and…

Loid’s Legacy: High School Program Promotes Service

Lindsey Houchin, 26, welcomes in her newspaper class then points to the back of the room, “Kyle, what’s been the best part of your day?” Houchin says. Kyle Rubin, senior, turns and says, “coming back…

A Sketch of a Hero

Pinned to the door of the sculpture studio in Western Kentucky University’s Fine Arts Center, a wide horizontal flier depicting a cloud of muscled, mostly female superheroes gazing triumphantly into the sky flaps its corners…

Plant-based diets: trend or lifestyle?

Hayley Burgett, an animal studies major at Eastern Kentucky University, decided to start pursuing veganism almost two years ago. Burgett said that what made her decide to start a plant-based diet was when she made…

To Be Gluten Free or Not to Be

Kennedy Morillo, 21, recalls the first time she had a reaction after eating gluten. Morillo was out getting pizza with a friend, something she did regularly. “I went to the pizza buffet and ate like…

A Day in the Life of a School Shooting

T he sky in Fairdealing, Kentucky, is overcast when Sheriff Kevin Byars begins his morning routine at 6 a.m., no breakfast. Afterwards, he makes the 10-minute commute from his county home to Benton. One of…

Pursue Your Dreams: Eli’s Story

Most of his weekdays are spent working as a greeter supervisor for the Graves-Gilbert Clinic, but Elijah Norwood, 25, finds his real purpose and passion in art. One can see it in the way he…

Bowling Green residents battle nationwide drug epidemic

It’s hard to escape addiction. Brittany Edwards, 28, of Bowling Green said that when you are an addict it follows you everywhere. Prescription pills and a family history of addiction were the main causes of…

The day the music died: EKU cut marching band

Dalton Bates, a 21-year-old junior at Eastern Kentucky University, recalled the days he spent practicing with his high school marching band in Whitesburg, Kentucky. He dreamed of the day when he could experience marching on…

A Crisis in the Commonwealth: The Opioid Epidemic

Josh Justice was an all-American type of boy growing up. He was athletic, a star on his high school football and basketball team, ran cross-country and participated in almost any outdoor activity he could during…

Reclaiming ‘Paradise’

Land, Legacy and Promise in Post-Coal Kentucky I n the soft, golden light of an early-evening sun, an elk flinches and hides its head behind spindly brush. The elk’s mangy, chestnut coat blends in with…

Never the same

Inside the community that experienced America’s first major school shooting of 2018 D arkness covered Mike Miller Park in Benton, Kentucky, on the evening of Thursday, Jan. 25, but the lights from their candles illuminated…

While we wait

D avid Brinkley, 49, is dressed in blue. His jumper is tangent to gray, his jeans are whiter on the knees, and the rubber along the sole of his running shoes is shining white. The…

Bosnian-owned event venue brings community together

People crowd into and around La Gala, a Bosnian-owned event venue in Bowling Green, Kentucky, on March 3 for a Marija Šerifovic concert.  S creaming people crowded around a stage at La Gala for Serbian singer Marija Šerifovic’s…

The Sensei of Sentou Dojo

Act fast, efficient and violent. Strong words coming from such an even-tempered man. These are the three ways Sensei Frank Williams wants his students act if they are confronted and physically attacked on the streets….

Congolese Refugee Rebuilds a Life of Service in America

Story and photos by Hannah McCarthy with photo contribution from August Gravatte. O ut of the misty haze of the early morning, a gleaming white picket fence signifies the entrance to Perdue Farms in the…

The unintentional incident of the cat in the night-time

D itte walked out of the front door in stockings and stepped thrice on her toes before she reached the garage. The almost 6-foot-tall plant wall in the driveway had newly been cut. Among tools, bikes and a big…

Preparation and Reflection: WKU Counselor Looks Back on Career in Mental Health

Dr. Peggy Crowe (left) and Dr. Karl Laves (right) have a conversation in the lobby of the Counseling and Testing Center on a Friday afternoon. Dr. Karl Laves, 60, has worked at the Western Kentucky…

A Hazy Horse Market

In one immobilizing instant, the only thought in Kristy Weistroffer’s mind when she screamed was the safety of her 3-year-old child. Just minutes earlier, Weistroffer sat with her daughter Reagan on the deck outside their…

Parenting a parent: a daughter reflects on mother’s Alzheimer’s disease

Cameron Lebedinsky, 45, sits at her kitchen table with old photos of her mother Winkie Huddleston, who was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in 2008 at age 65. Cameron holds up a photo of Winkie with…

Words in Ink: Owner of a Local Tattoo Shop Makes Permanent Memories

There are artists who do not work with paint or canvas, who do not perform on stage or screen, and whose work will never be framed at a museum or on a collector’s shelves. Some…

Mosque Serves Bowling Green’s Bosnian Community

The prayers are melodic, almost like chanting, and the sound of them, dominated by one voice, fill the building during prayer times. The imam, a tall, slender man with bright brown eyes, and short, black…

Employee who viewed workplace as family loses job

Autumn Jarvis knew she was about to be fired when she received an email from her director on March 7 asking Jarvis to meet with her in her director’s office in 15 minutes. The day…

Louisville cemetery serves as final resting place for the homeless

W hen it rains, the dirt on Dennis Racliff’s grave starts to turn to mud and sink, creating a coffin-shaped depression on top of where the 62-year-old was buried a little over a year ago….

Culture and spirituality: Temple provides community for Cambodian Buddhists

Thyda Freiberger stands at a New Year’s celebration at the Wat Ahram Mein Jai Buddhist temple in Bowling Green.   T hyda Freiberger slipped off her shoes with ease beside the door before entering her…

From Child Bride to Advocate

Seated at a small table at Fantes Coffee, a quiet coffee shop on Grinstead Drive in Louisville, is Donna Pollard, now 34. Wearing a blouse covered in a pattern of small flowers, with her layered…

Refugees from Myanmar’s Chin State gather to worship in Bowling Green

The pamphlet of a church service at the Bowling Green Chin Baptist Church with their logo.   L ong, colorful skirts skimmed the floor as women from Myanmar entered the church room with friends and…

How to be in two places at once

I carefully slide the lid off as I lounge on my bed. A small tan box of nostalgia with a smooth surface sits in my lap. I run my fingers across the striped sides and…

Burial trends change as Bowling Green cemeteries fill

The evening sun creates golden hues over the tombstones in Fairview Cemetery II as it descends into the west. Soft high-pitched tones from wind chimes ring out throughout the cemetery. The stones are decorated with…

Graduating While Black: graduation and retention rates

In the fall of 2012, Camille Williams walked onto Western Kentucky’s campus anxious about the future that was ahead of her. There were buildings all around her with cars in the surrounding parking lots, and…

Lost in a foreign country

Cesky Krumlov was exactly how I had envisioned. It was a little town in the Czech Republic built in the thirteenth century that appeared straight out of a Grimm’s Brothers Fairy Tale. Along the hillside…

Every Day for God: La Luz Del Mundo Church in Bowling Green

Dozens of cars file in to the parking lot behind La Perlita, a small Mexican grocery next to a taquería, a tortilleria and a church with a dome in Bowling Green, Kentucky. Across the street,…

World’s largest cave system battling deadly bat disease

  T he rocky chamber in the world’s biggest cave system, Mammoth Cave, is dimly lit. The echoing chatter from 107 mouths dies out as the flock approaches a slim man with red beard. He…

A History of Car Safety

Car crashes remain a leading cause of premature death, with 37,461 people being killed in crashes in the United States in 2016 – 1.18 per 100 million miles traveled. According to the National Highway Traffic…

WKU Students Rent Without Protection

C ourtney Thompson, a senior at Western Kentucky University, was having a birthday party for a pair of friends at her house in October 2016. All night, people complained that the toilets were taking forever…

Mystery on the Bourbon Trail

O n a warm late April day in 2018, Sherry Ballard pulls off onto the shoulder of the Bluegrass Parkway in Bardstown, Kentucky. The spot is just past mile marker 13. The strip of land…

Rights for Rent

Bowling Green renters face risk of eviction, homelessness and unsafe housing conditions without legal protections By Monica Kast Bowling Green, Kentucky, is the third largest city in the state, home to a university, the only…

Rising from the ashes

T he walls of faded blue were plastered with posters of bands and TV shows, from Panic at the Disco to Supernatural. The smell of rich sandalwood filled the air inside the room. A heap of…