The Lone Star Championship Rodeo in Bowling Green, Kentucky, began with an opening act of lights, smoke and patriotism before the competition began on Saturday, February 11, 2023. The flag ceremony also honored United States service members. The championship, which completed its 41st year in 2023, featured events such as bull-riding, calf-roping and steer-wrestling.

A member of the Western Kentucky University Student Government Association hugs Ayanna Morgan’s mother, Misha Baskerville, during a vigil for Ayanna after the WKU student was beaten and shot just outside of the university. She later died of her injuries. Several people who attended offered their condolences to Ayana’s mother and other family members. Baskerville hugged almost all of them. The vigil, hosted by the SGA, took place in front of the Guthrie Bell Tower on WKU’s campus. “We are so glad you all came,” Baskerville said. “Try to be like Ayanna, loving life.”

From left: Maris Ianham, Karlee Clines and Maddie Nichols celebrate their win during "Tug" at the Western Kentucky University's farm complex on Friday, April 19, 2024. Alpha Xi Delta placed first after three rounds of pulling. "Without my sisters that win would have never happened," Clines said. Alpha Xi Delta's first place win at "tug" also helped them win the chapters first Greek Week best overall sorority award and various others. "Being around people who are just as competitive as you and push you to be the best you can be is an unbeatable experience," Clines said.

With 50 horses in her stables, Karen Therman, owner of Rainhill Equine Facility, says she struggles with taking care of the horses and running her nonprofit organization located just outside of Bowling Green, Kentucky. Of the 50 horses, 39 are blind. Ever since she can recall, Therman says she’s had a love for animals. This eventually led her to her calling of giving these horses a forever home so they can live out the rest of their days in peace. Most of these horses were given to her by people who either could not take care of them or no longer wanted them. “Some people just drop their horse off and forget about them,” Therman said. “I never see the owners again.”

Ben Rose is a film photographer and developer in Bowling Green Ky. Rose develops film in his home just as a side business and is looking to expand to scanning the film as well. "I just love the process of it," Rose said. "It's very satisfying."

Salma Castillo, middle, a member of the musical group Los Mariachis, lines up before her performance at the Bowling Green “Fiestaval” on Saturday, Sept. 16, 2023. The group performed traditional Mexican music and took part in the Hispanic Heritage Month celebration. The event hosted cultures from all over Central America but mainly featured Mexican food and performances.

Belmont Bruins baserunner, Jeff Clarke, collides with Western Kentucky University third baseman, Aiden Gilroy, during WKU’s 11-1 win over Belmont. Clarke was tagged out on the play.

Adrianne Wallwork (left) and Trevor Angel look up at the sun during a total solar eclipse in Evansville, Ind. on Monday, April 8, 2024. In Evansville, totality lasted for three minutes and for three whole minutes onlookers were able to view the eclipse without eye protection. Even though the eclipse lasted a short time that did not stop the public from celebrating all day. The started shutting down roads downtown early that morning and the vendors poured in. From shirts and other merchandise to a plethora of local food trucks there was something for everyone.

The WKU Lady Toppers celebrate their head coach Greg Collin's 100 career win on Wednesday, Feb. 7. Although La Tech was favored by 11 points WKU came back from a 19 point deficit and won the game by 6. WKU won 64-56.

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