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Taylor Metcalf

Impaired driving in Bowling Green

By Taylor Metcalf

Drunk driving is a constant problem across the United States, and it is no different in Bowling Green.

Like any other city, Bowling Green had seen its fair share of impaired driving. Warren County Sheriff Brett Hightower had seen several drunk driving instances in his time as an officer and since his election as sheriff in 2018.

“Drunk driving is an issue that has plagued a lot of communities,” Hightower said. “When you don’t put a plan in place [for getting home] early on, you make poor choices.”

However, in the past near decade, record rates of driving under the influence in Bowling Green have decreased nearly half. In 2009, records showed that 799 instances of drunk driving were recorded, while 2018 had only 464.

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McKenna Mitchell

Modern Language changes: It’s a smaller world after CAPE

By McKenna Mitchell

Junior Erin Woggon was never able to speak to her German grandparents before they died. She knew very little German, such as asking what someone’s favorite subject in school is, and was only able to have a conversation with them if with the help of her parents.

Despite being a German dual citizen, Woggon said her family only spoke English in the home while growing up in the United States. While this helped her learn English for school, it formed a language barrier between her and her father’s German family. She was never able to overcome this barrier before both of her grandparents died while she was in high school.

After her loss, Woggon entered college with a goal in mind.

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Feature Miles Schroader

Making limestone a lifestyle at Mammoth Cave

By Miles Schroader

According to the U.S. National Park Service, more than 318 million people visited the 58 national parks across the country in 2018. But only about 20,000 get the pleasure of making a career out of the National Park Service.

People who get a job in the park service may be from different walks of life, but most of them will tell you they got into the job for a similar reason to Jackie Wheet of Bowling Green, a park ranger and tour guide at Mammoth Cave National Park.

“I know you’re not making the big bucks; you don’t see park rangers driving new Corvettes,” Wheet said.

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Feature Laurel Deppen

Women carve out a place in STEM at WKU

By Laurel Deppen

Women make up just 37 percent of the students in the Ogden College of Science and Engineering, as opposed to Western Kentucky University as a whole, where 59 percent of undergraduate students are female, according to the WKU Fact Book 2018.

The statistic mirrors a global trend. According to a United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization report, around 30 percent of women in higher education are pursuing degrees in science, technology, engineering and math.

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Quick Reads Samantha Mallon

Groceries on the go for Bowling Green’s food deserts

By Samantha Mallon

BOWLING GREEN — A green-and-white clad school bus-turned-grocery store joined Bowling Green’s weekday traffic at the beginning of March, thanks to the work of staff at the Housing Authority of Bowling Green.

The bus, donated by Warren County Public Schools, carries cargo far different from that of most school buses. In an effort to relieve the struggles faced by the city’s low-income residents who live in food deserts, this bus has been refurbished into the Housing Authority’s Mobile Grocery Store, which is especially utilized by elderly and disabled residents, said Lori Richey, the authority’s elderly and disabled service coordinator.

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Jake Dresman Quick Reads

Emotional support animals provide variety of benefits for WKU students

By Jake Dresman

WKU senior Hailee Bernard says the struggle of owning a dog on campus is worth it because her strong bond with her dog, Beverly, forces her to get out of bed in mornings when she might not have otherwise, giving her a purpose in times of need.

The number of support animals on has increased on college campuses nationwide as more students experience emotional stress, according to US Health News.

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Quick Reads

Answering Faith’s Call

By Mackenzie Montross

The quaint, white house that sits between Student Publications and the Confucius Institute can often be overlooked by those passing by.

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Katelyn Latture Quick Reads

A Labor of Love

By Katelyn Latture

Wedding planner Lydia Petersen knows what it’s like to find a great love. Perhaps that is why she loves her job so much. She gets to send off happy couples on a lifetime journey.

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Long Reads Uncategorized

King of Hearts

Ethan Cale performs a card trick to promote the custom playing card company he hopes to start. Ethan, 20, learned card and magic tricks after a heart condition left him unable to participate in sports and hungry for a new passion. (Cale Card Co. via instagram.com/calecardco)

 By Chris DiMeo

A two of spades flutters loftily through the air, then dives into Ethan Cale’s hand like a slam dunk into a basketball hoop.

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Quick Reads

Stand Up and Cheer with The Red Towel Guy

By Morgan Reagle

“The Red Towel Guy.”

When asked what his name was, those were the words from soon-to-be Western Kentucky University grad Brendan Ward. His answer was uniquely based on how other people would identify him, not his birth name.

And he’s OK with being the nameless Hilltopper sports fanatic. In fact, he relishes it.