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Bosnian Community Bosnians in BG Feature Long Reads Olivia Mohr Place story Small business

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. 

By Olivia Mohr

Screaming people crowded around a stage at La Gala for Serbian singer Marija Šerifovic’s concert held there the night of March 3. Purple, blue and green lights shone from the stage. Phone screens flashed as people held them up to record the music on stage, and people waved their hands in the air and jumped up and down.

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Bosnian Community Bosnians in BG Michael Allen Place story Quick Reads

Mosque Serves Bowling Green’s Bosnian Community

By Michael Allen

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 hair, wearing a flat, white cap, plain, black robes, and no shoes, leads the prayers here.

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Bosnian Community Bosnians in BG Feature Katie Zdunek

American girl, Bosnian girl

By Katie Zdunek

The chandelier-lit living rooms fills with a burst of laughter that drowns out the Bosnian reality show, “Couples”, on the large TV across the living room. A framed Quran clock hangs above. Damira Ibresevic, 24, tilts her head back and continues to laugh for a moment, as her mother tells her about the role her aunt, Fata Ahmetovic, played in their decision to move to Bowling Green.

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Bosnians in BG Erian Bradley Feature Quick Reads

A Taste of the United States

By Erian Bradley

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.

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Bosnians in BG Feature Laryn Hilderbrandt Long Reads

Appetite for success


Photo courtesy of Mandrapa, chef and owner of The Bistro, Novo Dolce and Pub By Novo.

By Laryn Hilderbrandt

Silverware clinking against plates and light conversation filled the space at The Bistro where 39-year-old owner and executive chef Sasha Mandrapa sat comfortably in a black leather-upholstered booth. On the table there was a notepad covered in hastily written black ink, an open NOS Energy Drink to the left, and a filled old fashioned glass closest to him.

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Bosnians in BG Feature Michelle Hanks

The value of family

By Michelle Hanks

Traveling to America was nothing Senida Husi? had ever experienced as a 12-year-old.

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Bosnians in BG Casey McCarthy Feature Spring 2018 Senior Show

A Little Taste of Bosnia in BG

By Casey McCarthy

On the corner of Old Morgantown Road and Parkhurst Drive, between slender white, wooden columns, in mesh black chairs, hazed by cigarette smoke and steamy espresso, two older gentleman converse, speaking softly, in a language I don’t recognize.

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Bosnian Community Bosnians in BG Emma Austin Feature Long Reads

Bosnia to Bowling Green: Finding a Place to Call Home

By Emma Austin

Every time she enters her Bowling Green home, Gina Dzelil stops to take off her shoes and sees a framed photograph hanging on the wall above her alarm system control panel.

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Alexandria Clark Bosnian Community Bosnians in BG Long Reads

Hijab boutique is American dream

By Alexandria Clark

A small white building sits beside Hobby Town on Russellville Road. Inside, Emina Hotilovac sits in an elegant gray fringed chair. Her small boutique is filled with jewelry, clothing, and various pieces representing her Muslim culture. A large rack of clothing stands across from her small desk.