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A ‘best’ friendship ends and a prison sentence begins

By Emma Collins

Peter Gall stood in the Warren County Justice Center courtroom on Nov. 19 — a little more than a year after shooting to death his best friend Alex Davis.

Dressed in a khaki suit with combed-back hair, Gall barely resembled the red-faced, drunken 21-year-old in the mugshot taken only hours after he fired a shotgun into Davis, killing him in the early morning hours of Sept. 3, 2017.

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Making a good grade in mental health is an increasingly tough assignment

A good home life. A college scholarship. A suicide attempt.

Promising college students like Olivia Eiler (above) hit rock bottom with mental illness. A record number of college students now experience anxiety, depression, and consider suicide while chasing degrees and dealing with the stress that comes with it, a new report shows.

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Single mothers pave way for their children

By Ebony Cox

Angel Shoemake, 25, of Bowling Green was not always a single parent and didn’t always attend Western Kentucky University.

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The reality of dreams

By Griffin Fletcher

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.

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Christine DiMeo Enterprise Story Feature Long Reads Profile

A Sketch of a Hero

By Christine DiMeo

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 at the warm spring breeze every time the nearby exterior door opens.

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Katie Zdunek Long Reads Place story Spring 2018 Senior Show

A Day in the Life of a School Shooting

By Katie Zdunek

The 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 his office workers is on maternity leave. He opens the Marshall County Sheriff’s Department with another employee. There’s an ordinariness to the cold Tuesday morning. It’s Jan. 23, 2018.

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Kacie Brockman Long Reads Spring 2018 Senior Show

A Crisis in the Commonwealth: The Opioid Epidemic

By Kacie Brockman

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 his adolescence. He went on to play basketball at the University of Pikeville.

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Helen Gibson Long Reads Spring 2018 Senior Show

Never the same

Inside the community that experienced America’s first major school shooting of 2018


By Helen Gibson

Darkness covered Mike Miller Park in Benton, Kentucky, on the evening of Thursday, Jan. 25, but the lights from their candles illuminated the spaces between them. Children, teenagers and adults held these candles in their hands as they sang songs and prayed, hugged one another and cried.

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Long Reads Profile Sille Veilmark Spring 2018 Senior Show

While we wait

By Sille Veilmark

David 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 shoes have no marks on them yet, and  they carry him back and forth to the sound of a running dishwasher in the kitchen of his home in Alvaton, Kentucky.

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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.