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Amelia Brett Feature Long Reads Profile

Culture and spirituality: Temple provides community for Cambodian Buddhists

By Amelia Brett

Thyda Freiberger slipped off her shoes with ease beside the door before entering her family’s temple. A short line of sandals sat next to hers on the front porch. Her black hair hung down her back in a long braid. After walking into the room, she bowed three times to pay respect in front of a large statue of Buddha. With rose red curtains tied back, sunlight reflected on ornamental golden leaves in front of decorative lotus flowers and a light pink box with the word “donation” painted on it in crimson letters. The Buddha’s face shone with closed eyes and a soft smile. The room was silent, except for the sound of Freiberger’s small daughter running around in socks and stopping to carefully pick up an incense stick.

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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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Jennifer King Long Reads Spring 2018 Senior Show

Every Day for God: La Luz Del Mundo Church in Bowling Green

By Jennifer King

Dozens of cars file in to the parking lot behind La Perlita, a small Mexican grocery next to a taquería, a tortilleria and a church with a dome in Bowling Green, Kentucky.

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Casey McCarthy Long Reads News Politics Spring 2018 Senior Show

WKU Students Rent Without Protection

By Casey McCarthy

Courtney Thompson, a senior at Western Kentucky University, was having a birthday party for a pair of friends at her house in October 2016. All night, people complained that the toilets were taking forever to flush in her house on Ogden Avenue in Bowling Green. Thompson brushed the  comments off and chalked them up to her house being old. She and her roommates were going to bed that night when they heard running water.

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Long Reads Monica Kast Spring 2018 Senior Show

Rights for Rent

Bowling Green renters face risk of eviction, homelessness and unsafe housing conditions without legal protections

By Monica Kast

Bowling Green, Kentucky, is the third largest city in the state, home to a university, the only Corvette plant in the world and a high rate of people who rent housing instead of buying.

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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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Feature Jennifer King Quick Reads Small business

Roxie’s Cottage

By Jennifer King

Fresh coffee is brewed in a pot just inside the door at Roxie’s. Customers grab a mug from a large stack beside the pot and serve themselves their own coffee as they walk in the door.

It’s not quite 4 a.m. on a Friday morning in Bowling Green, but the red and blue neon lights of an open sign glow in the window of a small white cottage with a red roof on the corner of Louisville Road and Old Porter Pike.

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Feature Profile Quick Reads Skyler Ballard

It Started With Soccer

By Skyler Ballard

The boys of the Bowling Green Projects United soccer team huddle in a corner of the field before their game. Their coach, Daniel Tarnagda, opens a box of brand new uniforms and passes them out. The boys hold them up, excited about the small Democratic Republic of Congo flag embroidered onto the chest of the jerseys.

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Feature Laryn Hilderbrandt Long Reads

Riverview: The house on the hill

By Laryn Hilderbrandt

The historic house stood on a rounded hill with a slim, autumn leaf-covered driveway looping around it. Christmas wreaths hung from the white double doors and green garland was draped over the railings. The red brick house was intentionally symmetric, reflecting the Italianate architecture. The outside was overgrown, weeds sprouting within the landscape. Light brown leaves affected by the late autumn chill littered the ground and paved path.