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From Child Bride to Advocate

By Nicole Ziege

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 shoulder-length red hair draped over dangling hoop earrings, she drinks an iced chai latte. She just got out of an adult acting class, which she said she started taking to help her with her public speaking.

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Burial trends change as Bowling Green cemeteries fill


Fairview Cemetery II is the only city-managed cemetery in Bowling Green where burial plots are available to purchase.

By Nicole Ziege

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 various kinds of flowers—one with two shiny wreaths on either side, another resting beneath a bouquet of blue and red roses, and a third with an artificial bouquet of yellow, red and purple colors lying upon it.

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Lost in a foreign country

Landscape picture of Cesky Krumlov, Czech Republic.

The town of Cesky Krumlov in the Czech Republic was built in the thirteenth century.

By Nicole Ziege

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.

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Human trafficking: awareness fuels increased reports in Kentucky

By Nicole Ziege


Vicki Patterson, 5, poses for a picture in her home. Used with permission from Vicki Patterson.When Vicki Patterson was 3 years old, she said her mother bought her a brand new pair of pink underwear. These new “panties,” as Patterson called them, were meant for her to wear for child pornography.

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 for photography. It was at these locations where, Patterson said, she was sexually assaulted and abused by men.