Kentucky’s last abortion clinic

On the sidewalk of a four-lane, one-way street, a woman walks to EMW Surgical Center in Louisville, Kentucky for her appointment. It’s a Saturday morning in the fall and the sun is just about the…

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…

The value of family

Traveling to America was nothing Senida Husić had ever experienced as a 12-year-old. She and her parents and four younger siblings took three plane rides to reach Bowling Green, Kentucky. This was the family’s first time…

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…

Life of mother and pub owner changed by drunk driving

Johnetta Pryor, 56, said it was a normal Friday evening for her at her bar, Johnetta’s Pub on Scottsville Road in Bowling Green, while she was waiting for her son. Jeremy Pryor, Johnetta’s son, was…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Bowling Green fire department accused of lacking diversity and acceptance

By Brittiny Moore Jeff Queen stood silent as his fellow firemen debated their course of action concerning the unconscious man lying on the floor of his home. Another man who the firefighters suspected was the…

Redevelopment threatens historic black community in Bowling Green

By Brittiny Moore The sun sets on vacant buildings and dilapidated homes that now rest along the north end of State Street in Bowling Green, Kentucky. The area known as the Shake Rag Historic District…

‘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…

Kentucky lacks college degrees, ranks low in adult education

  By Kae Holloway The clock ticked to 3 p.m. on a cool Saturday afternoon. Bradley Moore’s room door in his grandparents’ basement remained shut, a sign that he was still sleeping despite the late…

Kentucky’s Coal-Colored Climate Change Denial

By Tanner Cole he sun is still rising, and the small front office of Trimble County High School is already crowded. There are 11 people standing in the building’s doorway, letting in the cool morning…

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…

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…

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,…