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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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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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Emma Collins Long Reads Place story

Louisville cemetery serves as final resting place for the homeless

By Emma Collins

When it rains, the dirt on Dennis Racliff’s grave starts to turn to mud and sink, creating a coffin-shaped depression on top of where the 62-year-old was buried a little over a year ago.

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Amelia Brett Feature Place story Quick Reads

Refugees from Myanmar’s Chin State gather to worship in Bowling Green

By Amelia Brett

Long, colorful skirts skimmed the floor as women from Myanmar entered the church room with friends and families. A Chin language, “Hakha,” filled the pages of Bibles and hymn books and could be heard from rows of seats.

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Nicole Zeige Place story Quick Reads Trend

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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Feature Long Reads Place story Sille Veilmark Spring 2018 Senior Show

World’s largest cave system battling deadly bat disease

By Sille Veilmark

The rocky chamber in the world’s biggest cave system, Mammoth Cave, is dimly lit. The echoing chatter from 107 mouths dies out as the flock approaches a slim man with red beard. He is wearing a stiff park ranger hat, and the glue in his hiking shoes are not holding the sole together completely anymore. The air is cold, dry, and tastes slightly of stone. Visitors over the years have burned their names in the flat cave ceiling with torches, in a font that looks like a typewriter.

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Audrey Brown Feature Place story Quick Reads

A Decade of Train History at Railpark Museum

By Audrey Brown

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, and slaves surrounding tracks as he asks his mom questions.

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Callie Miller Feature Long Reads Place story Spring 2018 Senior Show

A place of new beginnings

Story and Photos by Callie Miller

On the outskirts of Bowling Green, in a large but unassuming white barn with a dark green roof, the smell of manure is thick, but the sign promises “new beginnings.”

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Feature Hannah McCarthy Long Reads Place story Spring 2018 Senior Show

Hope for Hemp: Cave City family sees future in new crop

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 45-acre plot of land rests nestled between patches of trees, large stretches of wildflowers and tall grasses. Two 2012 Clayton model mobile homes, an old red barn and a spattering of newer-looking structures dot the immense sea of green grass.