Quick Reads

A Decade of Train History at Railpark Museum

A woman and her young son stand observing an exhibit explaining Abraham Lincoln’s railroad legacy inside the Historic Railpark & Train Museum in Bowling Green, Kentucky. The boy points enthusiastically at pictures of Lincoln, trains,…

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Roxie’s Cottage

Roxie Hatler, 92, has run Roxie’s Cottage Restaurant on the corner of Louisville Road and Old Porter Pike in Bowling Green, Ky, for 28 years. It’s not quite 4 a.m. on a Friday morning in…

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Leisa Hutchison: A Life Devoted to Helping the Disabled

Leisa Hutchison with her son Ben, Nov. 13, 2017. At a table in the middle of a large room at Thanksgiving dinner for Best Buddies, the organization’s president, Leisa Hutchison, 55, scooped food from her…

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Parents in Rural Kentucky Struggle to Help Their Foster Sons

Laura Webb talks with her foster sons Dawson and Alex in the kitchen of their home in Edmonson County. Laura has been their foster mother for over three years and will adopt them in the…

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Growing Together

After long hours of working in the fields, Drew Snider stretches and hops down off his tractor and heads toward the barn. His wife, Laney, greets him with a wide smile and a handful of…

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It Started With Soccer

The boys of the Bowling Green Projects United soccer team huddle in a corner of the field before their game. Their coach, Daniel Tarnagda, opens a box of brand new uniforms and passes them out….

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A Taste of the United States

Many families have come to America hoping to find better opportunities and a better life. Sefika Varajic, and her family were one of those families. In Bowling Green they were able to start a business, which stayed…

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‘Not just about books’: Warren County library serves as millennial hotspot

Yoga classes are taught at the Bob Kirby Branch every Monday from 6-7 p.m. Instructor Laura Beth Fox-Ezell said crowds are usually twice as big as they were on this Monday evening of Thanksgiving week. The…

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The Corvette Museum – A Car Enthusiast’s Dream

Before you step through the doors of the National Corvette Museum, you know that this is a haven for car enthusiasts. A conspicuous yellow dome is designed to evoke the taillight of the Corvette Stingray….

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The Wild World of Waz

On most nights, Waz Blankenship, 62, can be found in his basement, surrounded by 10,000 of his favorite records and the painted faces of dead and tortured artists. His birth name is Warren, but Blankenship…

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Marijuana a solution for Kentucky’s pension crisis?

For Heather Mendez, 38 of Glasgow, the pension crisis in Kentucky hits close to home with her brother being a teacher at Grapevine Elementary School in Madisonville, Kentucky. Mendez’s brother, along with thousands of other…

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Revamping a community favorite

The neon lights above Bowling Green’s Capitol theater used to signify that a social event for the community and its guests lied just beyond the double doors of the building. Recently, though, those glowing letters…

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Debating Marijuana in Kentucky

In the lobby of a crowded doctors office, Lisa Howard, a 53-year-old waitress from Bardstown, is patiently awaiting her appointment with her eye doctor. Howard suffers from glaucoma, a disease that damages the eye’s optic…

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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…

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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,…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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….

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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….

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‘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…

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‘Lost River Sessions’ highlights music scene

By Andrew Critchelow WKU students have helped make “The Lost River Sessions” on Western Kentucky University’s PBS station an award-winning series that showcases regional musicians at local venues. Co-produced by audio engineer James Pearson and…

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WKU alum is youngest Commission candidate

By Hunter Frint The 2016 election for City Commissioner includes a fresh face — Nathan “Nate” Morguelan, a WKU alum who is the youngest candidate in the race as he makes his debut in Bowling Green…

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Nursing student found calling raising sick child

By Savannah Pennington Two days after giving birth, Nicole Pendino watched as her son became stiff as a board and turned blue. “He was pretty much dying in my arms,” Pendino said. Her son, Clay was rushed to…

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Finding a home at Trendy Me

By Abby Ponder When Susan Simmons receives a new shipment of clothes at the Trendy Me boutique in Glasgow, Kentucky, she instantly reaches out to her customers. She’ll pull out her phone, snap a quick…

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Q&A with Sheriff Jerry ‘Peanuts’ Gaines

By Lauren Nolan Lifelong Warren County resident Jerry “Peanuts” Gaines has been the Bowling Green Sheriff for 35 years. Prior to that, he was a Warren County magistrate. In 2010, Gaines was chosen National Sheriff…

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Novo Dolce diversifies local culinary scene

Sasha Mandrapa, the executive chef of Novo Dolce, instructs an apprentice on how to properly cut meat. By Giorgi Meyer Recent years have experienced a rise of a new culinary trend, the gastro pubs. Since…

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Legislators, activists push for statewide adoption of URLTA

Aeryn Darst (left), a member of the Student Coalition for Renters’ Rights, and others from the coalition and Kentuckians for the Commonwealth, distribute information at a recent event to raise awareness about renters’ rights. Photo…

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Brunch is served at White Squirrel Brewery

A Bloody Mary at White Squirrel Brewery in Bowling Green. The brewery recently started serving brunch on Sunday. By Naomi Driessnack There isn’t a wait for a seat, but the place is mostly full and…

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Unconventional candidate for governor promotes weed legalization

Blackii Effing Whyte, a 68-year-old musciain and T-shirt salesman, is an unconventional gubernatorial candidate. HIs main issues focus on dismantling the two-party system and marijuana legalization. Photo by Coaldust By Jessica Voorhees Long white locks,…

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