Bowling Green

Becca Schimmel

Protests against racism and police violence directed at minorities continued for a fourth striaght day Monday morning in Bowling Green.

Posts spread across social media and text message drew dozens of people outside the Warren County Justice Center to hold signs, march, and hear speakers discuss the civil unrest seen in much of the country.

Derik Overstreet is a local mixed martial arts fighter who agreed to help oragnize and co-lead the mostly college-aged crowd in its peaceful gathering.

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Warren County has become a hot spot for COVID-19 at the same time the state is working on a phased-in reopening of the economy. The county has 709 confirmed coronavirus cases as of Wednesday evening.

The Bowling Green coronavirus task force believes there are a couple of reasons for the increase. Warren County is administering more coronavirus tests, and it has increased locations for the screening of the virus. Brian “Slim” Nash is a Bowling Green City Commissioner and member of the local coronavirus task force.


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A southern Kentucky physician who has helped shape the local response to the coronavirus has tested positive for COVID-19.

Dr. Rebecca Shadowen, an infectious disease expert at Med Center Health in Bowling Green, released a statement through the health care group saying she tested positive for the virus Tuesday.

She said she doesn’t think she contracted the virus while working at the hospital, but instead came in contact with an elderly family member who was exposed to an infected caregiver.

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The Bowling Green Housing Authority has gained national attention for its programs, especially its Envision Center. 

A group of visitors from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development  and the philanthropic organization Scholarship America recently came to see some of the activities at the Bowling Green facility. 

The group included Michael Browder, deputy regional administrator for Region 4 of HUD, which covers eight southeastern states, as well as Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

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Bowling Green is home to residents from dozens of countries, and schools where students speak about 90 different languages. One of the biggest challenges facing members of the city’s international community is the language barrier.

That can be especially true in the areas of healthcare and housing. 

Navigating the many obstacles of finding a place to live in Bowling Green can be difficult enough for someone who’s a native of the area. Now imagine the challenges faced by someone who struggles to speak English. 


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The Bowling Green Police Department has won approval to open its own training academy.  

Recruits in Warren and surrounding counties currently have to travel to the Department of Criminal Justice Training in Richmond, and be away from their families during weekdays for five months. 

Police Chief Doug Hawkins says the local academy will offer curriculum and training that’s specific to Bowling Green.


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A measure is moving through the Kentucky legislature that would provide the necessary funding to build a veterans nursing home in Bowling Green.

The Kentucky House of Representatives will vote on Monday on HB 24, sponsored by State Rep. Michael Meredith.

The House Appropriations and Revenue Committee  passed the bill last week that puts $2.5 million toward design work.

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The City of Bowling Green unveiled a new plan Tuesday aimed at building more inclusive communities that are economically vibrant for refugees and immigrants. 

 

The “Welcoming Plan” aims to create a stronger economy, provide safer and more connected communities, and promote resources for New American residents. “New Americans” are defined as any foreign-born person living in the region regardless of immigration status. 

 

Leyda Becker is Bowling Green’s International Community Liason and helped put the strategic plan together. She said refugees and immigrants kept telling her about the challenges they faced finding local jobs. 


Bowling Green Residents Rally in Support of Impeachment

Dec 17, 2019
Becca Schimmel

Bowling Green was the site of one of many rallies held across the nation Tuesday in support of impeaching President Donald Trump.

Kim Gross, a retired teacher from Calhoun, Kentucky, said she admires U.S. House members from swing states who are supporting impeachment.

“If this is not impeachable, then nothing is. You have to put the state of the country and the health of the country over politics,” Gross said.

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Officials in Warren County are asking for residents' input on how to improve local transportation.

The survey from the Bowling Green & Warren County Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) will help shape priorites for future projects. The group's 2045 Metropolitan Transportation Plan (MTP) aims to prepare the region for an estimated 51% population growth within the next 25 years.

MPO Coordinator Karissa Lemon described the MTP as a wish list of projects that's updated every five years, while the Transportation Improvement Program plan covers the near-term.

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A new historical marker is being unveiled this weekend in Bowling Green.

The Kentucky Historical Society will officially dedicate the marker at The Presbyterian Church and Pioneer Cemetery.

The church recently celebrated its 200th anniversary. It once housed a female academy, and served as a hospital during the Civil War.

The cemetery was established in 1811, and is the earliest public burial ground in Bowling Green.

Alli Robic, with the Historical Society, said getting a historical marker in place is a locally-driven effort.

General Motors and the United Auto Workers have reached a tentative agreement to end the strike that began one month ago, the labor union announced Wednesday. The UAW GM National Council will vote on the deal Thursday.

When the national council reviews the deal's terms, it will also decide whether nearly 50,000 workers should remain on strike or whether they should go back to work before the full membership ratifies the agreement.

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The city of Bowling Green will use its new recycling trailer for the first time on Oct. 18 at the downtown Harvest Festival.  

Getting the trailer was easier than finding companies that would take the material for recycling.

Bowling Green partnered with Western Kentucky University on a grant to cover the cost of four recycling trailers, with three for the university and one designated for the city to use at special events.

Bowling Green Environmental Manager Matt Powell said the city reviewed its recycling program and determined that it could increase the collection of recyclables with the flexiblity of a trailer that could be moved around to community events.  


Bowling Green Holding Workshop for Opportunity Zones

Aug 22, 2019
Becca Schimmel

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 created Opportunity Zones in an effort to encourage investment in economically distressed areas.

Akisha Townsend Eaton, a nonprofit attorney in Bowling Green, is helping to organize a workshop Saturday, Aug. 24, about Opportunity Zones.

“They are there to basically drive capital into economically distressed communities that might have otherwise been overlooked,” she said.  


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The leader of a Kentucky LGBTQ-rights group is optimistic another city in the state will pass a Fairness Ordinance by the end of August.

Chris Hartman, executive director of the Fairness Campaign, made the prediction on the heels of the Henderson City Commission adopting a Fairness Ordinance at its meeting Tuesday night.

Hartman said advocates in other cities are encouraged whenever laws are passed that expand legal protections for the LGBTQ community.

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