Bowling Green

Regional
1:24 pm
Wed May 28, 2014

Report: Owensboro Mayor Wants to Boost Population by Annexing Subdivisions

Could the annexation of nearby subdivisions give Owensboro a larger population than Bowling Green?
Credit City of Owensboro

The mayor of Owensboro says the city should consider trying to annex nearby subdivisions in order to boost its population.

Ron Payne made the comments following the release of census numbers showing Bowling Green has grown at a faster pace than Owensboro.

Those figures from the U.S. Census Bureau reflect populations on July 1, 2013.

Bowling Green retained its position as the state’s third-largest city, with a population of 61,488 people. Owensboro remained fourth-largest, with just over 58,416.

That 3,072-person advantage by Bowling Green is more than the gap between the two cities during the 2010 census. Four years ago, Bowling Green had just an 800-person advantage.

The Messenger-Inquirer reports Owensboro Mayor Ron Payne and City Manager Bill Parrish are talking about meeting with homeowner associations in subdivisions along Kentucky 54 in order to gauge their interest in being annexed by the city.

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Education
6:00 am
Wed May 28, 2014

Hearing Officer Stays With Original Ruling in Bowling Green-Warren County Schools Standoff

A hearing officer in the non-resident student dispute between the two school districts recommended Tuesday that the city schools continue to be permitted to enroll 750 county students for the next school year. Those students have to apply to city schools to be accepted and pay a tuition.

“The WCPS Board is committed to doing what is fair and equitable for all kids and this belief remains steadfast," Warren County Superintendent Rob Clayton said in a news release.  "Our Board is not in position to enter into a nonresident contract unless the agreement is transparent, fair and equitable for all students and the Hearing Officer’s recommendation is in stark contrast to this position."

Hearing officer Mike Wilson's recommendation now goes to Kentucky Education Commissioner Terry Holliday for his final ruling, which could still be appealed to the Kentucky State Board of Education.

Wilson's recommendation on the number of county students accepted was virtually identical to a decision he handed down last year. Among the findings in the 40 page report were the opinions that there's no evidence to suggest the non-resident process that Bowling Green uses is unfair. The recommendation did not suggest any guideline or deadlines for future negotiations.

The two school districts have been at odds for more than a year regarding the non-resident student cap.

Politics
9:24 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

Warren County Voters Set November Field for Family Court Judge, City Commission Races

Pat Devlin of Bowling Green and her granddaughter, Anniston Goolesby, 9, of Rockfield hold campaign signs for Alan Blythe, Devlin’s coworker, at the corner of Scottsville Road and Lover’s Lane on Tuesday, May 20, 2014.
Credit Abbey Oldham

Warren County voters have set the field for some important local November matchups.

David Lanphear emerged at the top vote-getter in a five-way primary for Warren County Family Court Judge. Rebecca Adams Simpson came in second place, only one point behind Lanphear.

Lanphear and Adams Simpson both move on to the November general election. The judgeship was formerly held by Margaret Huddleston, who died from cancer in January.

Of the nine candidates for Bowling Green City Commission, eight will compete in the fall, and ultimately four will be elected. Incumbent Joe Denning received the most votes, followed closely behind incumbent Melinda Hill and challenger Sue Perrigin.

Rounding out the field that will appear on the November ballot are Rick Williams, Slim Nash, Mike Clark, Mark Bradford, and Don Langley.

Business
2:11 pm
Fri May 16, 2014

ShopHQ To Double Size Of Bowling Green Distribution, Call Center

ShopHQ is expanding its Bowling Green call and distribution center
Credit ShopHQ

ShopHQ is expanding its distribution and call center in Bowling Green.  The governor’s office says the $25 million investment is expected to bring 150 new, full-time jobs to Warren County.  

ShopHQ, which originally moved to town in 1997, is planning to start work immediately to expand its 260,000 square foot center on Nashville Rd.

When it’s complete in 2015, the center will be 600,000 square feet.  ShopHQ is receiving up to $480,000 dollars in tax incentives from the state.

Arts & Culture
1:15 pm
Thu May 8, 2014

Wet Forecast Leads Organizers to Cancel Music Festival

The forecast for rain this weekend has led to the cancelation of the Stucky Music Festival set for Saturday near the Corvette Museum in Bowling Green.

Thirteen bands had been scheduled to play throughout the day Saturday. Organizers say tickets purchased online have already been refunded, while those who purchased them in person will need to return them for a refund.

The event will not be re-scheduled.

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Regional
7:09 pm
Wed April 30, 2014

Military Veterans Bike Through Elizabethtown, Cave City and Bowling Green On 450 Mile Trek

Military veterans stop for a lunch break in Cave City, Kentucky as part of a 450-mile bike journey across Kentucky into Tennessee
Credit Emil Moffatt

The journey across Kentucky continues Thursday morning for 150 military veterans taking part in the Ride 2 Recovery Bluegrass Challenge.  

Dan Wermuth was an avid cyclist growing up.  But a broken back suffered during the Vietnam War kept him away from the bike for years.  That was until a Ride 2 Recovery event came through the Florida town in which he was living.  Since then, he’s taken part in 10 rides, but many of his fellow cyclists are much younger veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

“I have a lot of connection with them because…especially coming from the era that I did – they didn’t appreciate us so much when we came home. That’s an understatement.  We will not let that happen for our young guys,” said Wermuth. 

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Education
1:35 pm
Mon April 28, 2014

Shelter Pets Help Warren County Students Improve Reading, Confidence

Graciella Ventura, originally of El Salvador (left) and Soe Meh, originally from Thailand, read to puppies at the Warren County Humane Society on Tuesday, April 16, 2014
Abbey Oldham

Cathy Roemer-Garrison is always looking out for innovative ways to teach.  She’s an English as a Second Language instructor at Moss Middle School in Warren County. 

"I came across on the Internet something about children reading to shelter animals, and that the research showed it was successful at improving reading fluency and building self-esteem, which is a perfect fit for my ELL kids," explained Roemer-Garrison.

She took the idea to Principal David Nole, who admits he was skeptical at first.

"I thought, 'How's that going to improve what we're doing?'  The more I listened the more I realized she was going about the heart of the reader, and that's just developing the love to read," Nole said.

And so it began.  An initiative called Paw Pals: Literacy with Love.  Every Wednesday, Roemer-Garrison visits the Bowling Green-Warren County Humane Society with a group of ELL students, or English Language Learners.  Most are from war-torn countries, but at the shelter, those memories are overcome with smiles and laughter.

On this visit, a shelter employee brings out eight-week-old long-haired Chihuahuas.

Seventh graders Graciella Ventura of El Salvador, and Soe Meh and Bway Baw both of Thailand, sit in a circle, each holding a puppy and a book.  Storytime is about to begin.  Ventura has a wide grin as one of the puppies licks her face.

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Arts & Culture
3:48 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

2014 SOKY Book Festival to Feature Nearly 150 Authors

The 2014 SOKY Book Fest is Saturday, April 26.
Credit Southern Kentucky Book Fest

An organizer of an upcoming book festival in Bowling Green says it’s becoming more of a challenge to get authors at larger publishers to appear at events for free.

Kristie Lowry is literary outreach coordinator with WKU Libraries, and an organizer with the Southern Kentucky Book Festival. She says book companies have cut their budgets related to book tours and marketing campaigns.

“So getting the authors to come to an event like ours for free, which would have been a little easier back in the day, is harder to do now,” Lowry told WKU Public Radio. “And Penguin and Random House have their own speaker bureaus now, so they market their authors, but you have to pay a fee in order to have them come into town.”

Lowry says another growing trend in the literary world is the rising number of self-published authors. She says many self-published writers in the southern Kentucky region, like Allison Jewell and Jennie Brown, have loyal followings and are well-received when they appear on panels at local book festivals.

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Regional
2:47 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

Two Injured In Incident at Alumninum Plant in Bowling Green

What’s being called an industrial incident at the Kobe Aluminum Automotive Plant in Bowling Green has left two people injured. The Bowling Green Fire Department says the two people were airlifted to a trauma center, but the extent of their injuries is unknown. 

Seven units and 15 firefighters responded to the scene just before 2 p.m. Tuesday afternoon. But emergency officials say there was no fire.

Regional
3:13 pm
Mon April 21, 2014

Bowling Green Police Investigate Fatal Attack Of Man, 62

A 62-year-old Bowling Green man has died at a Nashville hospital, nearly one week after he was found beaten on the porch of his home. The attack happened on the afternoon of April 14 on Sunrise Drive.  

Bowling Green police say the victim, Gary L. Wynn, died of his injuries early Monday morning.  Officer Ronnie Ward says police have surveillance video of three men who were in the area at the time of the incident.

“Whether they were the ones or whether they saw something, we certainly want to identify them," said Ward.  "As far as the motive goes, we really don’t have any.  We don’t know if it was a robbery or a burglary that had gone wrong. We really don’t have an idea at this point.”

Ward says they’ve been investigating the incident as a homicide from the outset.

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