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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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Enterprise Story Quick Reads Silas Walker Trend

Bowling Green residents battle nationwide drug epidemic

By Silas Walker

It’s hard to escape addiction.

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Brooke Wright Enterprise Story Quick Reads Trend

The day the music died: EKU cut marching band

By Brooke Wright

Dalton Bates, a 21-year-old junior at Eastern Kentucky University, recalled the days he spent practicing with his high school marching band in Whitesburg, Kentucky. He dreamed of the day when he could experience marching on a “grander level” in college.

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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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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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Callie Miller Long Reads Spring 2018 Senior Show

A Hazy Horse Market

By Callie Miller

In one immobilizing instant, the only thought in Kristy Weistroffer’s mind when she screamed was the safety of her 3-year-old child.

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Feature Long Reads Olivia Mohr Profile

Parenting a parent: a daughter reflects on mother’s Alzheimer’s disease

By: Olivia Mohr

Cameron Lebedinsky remembers the first time she started to become concerned about her mother’s memory. She was at her mother’s house on Pepperidge Drive in Bowling Green, Kentucky, sometime between 2007 and 2008. Her mother, Winkie Huddleston, took Cameron to her backyard garden area to show her a new bench she had bought. Then, five or 10 minutes later, Winkie asked Cameron again if she wanted to see the bench.

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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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Long Reads Nicole Zeige Profile

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.