Jenna Mink, Bowling Green Daily News en Two-Year Colleges Outpace Bigger Universities <p><a href="">In an economy when jobs</a> are scarce and money for college is even sparser, two-year colleges trump four-year universities in Kentucky when it comes to student success and affordability, according to the Leaders &amp; Laggards report card on public postsecondary education, which was recently released by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Every few years, the organization ranks education systems in each state, ranging from elementary schools to colleges, giving them letter grades similar to a school report card. Sun, 24 Jun 2012 15:19:15 +0000 Jenna Mink, Bowling Green Daily News 28543 at Kentucky Ranks High for Incarcerating Kids <p><a href="">Children were put into Kentucky</a> jails more than 1,330 times last year for running away, skipping school, buying tobacco products and other offenses. Kentucky has one of the highest rates in the nation of incarcerating kids for status offenses &ndash; actions that are crimes for children but not for adults. It&rsquo;s a situation that harms children, negatively affects communities and costs taxpayers, according to a new study by Kentucky Youth Advocates. Mon, 21 May 2012 17:47:53 +0000 Jenna Mink, Bowling Green Daily News 26808 at Bowling Green Retailers Optimistic About Holidays <p><a href="">It&rsquo;s the busiest time of year for retail workers</a>. They&rsquo;re stocking shelves, creating Black Friday plans and, at Target in Bowling Green, managers are hiring 65 additional employees to get the store through the Christmas rush. While local retailers remain optimistic as the holidays approach, experts warn that a lack of confidence in the economy could create a poor sales season. Mon, 17 Oct 2011 17:30:42 +0000 Jenna Mink, Bowling Green Daily News 14457 at Officials Focus on Fighting Child Abuse <p><a href="">When a 3-month-old infant was thrown to the floor </a>by her father, scarring her for life, Will Constable&rsquo;s organization stepped in. Constable, executive director of the local Court Appointed Special Advocate Association, sees his share of disturbing child abuse cases. He works with several others - from social workers to physicians - to protect children and get help for families. As child abuse continues to plague families throughout the area, those organizations are making a unified effort to combat the problem. Sun, 02 Oct 2011 18:53:53 +0000 Jenna Mink, Bowling Green Daily News 13531 at Fireball Run Participants Focus on Missing Children <p><a href="">There are two main reasons why NASCAR star Geoff Bodine</a> is driving across the country on a scavenger hunt: 4-year-old Trust Everitt and 9-year-old Journey Everitt. The siblings have been missing for nearly a year, and Bodine hopes they are soon found. The mission brought him and teams of other people, including an astronaut and an actor, to Bowling Green on Thursday during the 2011 Chevrolet Fireball Run Adventurally. Teams of people have been driving around the country since Saturday, stopping in different cities where they receive assignments and directions to their next location. By this Saturday, they will have traveled 2,500 miles and stopped in 15 cities, including Bowling Green and Scottsville. Fri, 30 Sep 2011 17:25:23 +0000 Jenna Mink, Bowling Green Daily News 13461 at Fireball Run Participants Focus on Missing Children WKU Speaker is Hopeful for Future Economy <p><a href="">When speaking about the economy</a>, Jim Glassman has a trace of optimism in his voice. That&rsquo;s because the economist believes the market will rebound, albeit very slowly. Glassman, managing director and senior economist for JPMorgan Chase &amp; Co., spoke Tuesday at Western Kentucky University to bank executives, attorneys, students and other community members about his take on the nation&rsquo;s economic woes. While he&rsquo;s confident the economy will improve, he admits it will not be an easy recovery. The recession was both difficult and unusual, and the United States is still suffering. Wed, 28 Sep 2011 17:21:31 +0000 Jenna Mink, Bowling Green Daily News 13317 at Bowling Green Resident Wins Dream Home <p><a href="">On Saturday, Charlotte Oller toured this year&rsquo;s St. Jude Dream Home</a>, playfully picking out rooms for her grandchildren. She was simply looking at the home while it was still open for viewing - the Bowling Green woman never dreamed it would soon belong to her. On Sunday, announcers called out on live TV the winner of the $325,000 two-story house: Oller, a lifelong Bowling Green resident who bought one ticket solely for the grocery coupons that came with it. &ldquo;I was totally blown away,&rdquo; she said through tears. &ldquo;There were all these waves of different feelings.&rdquo; Mon, 19 Sep 2011 17:21:27 +0000 Jenna Mink, Bowling Green Daily News 12721 at Bowling Green Resident Wins Dream Home Schools Serving More Homeless Children <p><a href="">Hundreds of children come in and out of Amy Carter&rsquo;s office</a> each year, but one family stands out. Last year, she worked with siblings at Warren Elementary School whose mother was arrested and then sent to a rehabilitation center. The children bounced from relative to relative, hardly ever staying in the same place for more than a week. As the economy continues to dwindle, local school districts are experiencing a surge in homeless students. Last year, Warren County Public Schools identified 206 students as being homeless - the year before, only 90 students were considered homeless. Sun, 18 Sep 2011 15:51:28 +0000 Jenna Mink, Bowling Green Daily News 12655 at Corvette Factory Marks 30 Years <p><a href="">Linda Green has watched Corvettes </a>roll off the lines in Bowling Green for three decades. Thursday morning, Green sat among fellow employees as she helped celebrate the General Motors assembly plant&rsquo;s 30th anniversary in Bowling Green. Plant employees and community leaders gathered to commemorate the factory that has churned out Corvettes since 1981 and has become an economic powerhouse for Bowling Green.</p><p> Thu, 01 Sep 2011 20:26:58 +0000 Jenna Mink, Bowling Green Daily News 11707 at Corvette Factory Marks 30 Years Warren County Schools Lack Bus Drivers <p><a href="">A growth spurt in Warren County Public Schools </a>requires more than new buildings and additional teachers. It also creates a bus driver shortage, and the district is trying to fix that problem. Transportation officials need to hire around 15 new bus drivers - a majority of those will be substitute drivers to take over when regular drivers cannot work, said John Odom, district transportation director. Fri, 26 Aug 2011 17:26:40 +0000 Jenna Mink, Bowling Green Daily News 11317 at WKU President on Retention Rates <p><a href="">As students begin moving onto Western Kentucky University&rsquo;s campus</a>, President Gary Ransdell wants to get them in, get them through, keep them around and get them out. A major hurdle for faculty and staff this academic year will be student retention, which has dwindled over the years. More than 1,000 students are lost from each new class, Ransdell said during WKU&rsquo;s opening convocation. &ldquo;This is tough to accept,&rdquo; he said. Mon, 22 Aug 2011 17:20:06 +0000 Jenna Mink, Bowling Green Daily News 10999 at WKU President on Retention Rates WKU Professor Helps Detect Explosives <p><a href="">Bruce Kessler&rsquo;s math research has never been a life saver</a> - until now. Kessler, a math professor and associate dean of Western Kentucky University&rsquo;s Ogden College of Science and Engineering, helped develop a piece of software that can detect hidden explosives and illegal substances. It&rsquo;s a breakthrough piece of technology that can help officials screen for such devices in a nondestructive way, which, until recently, has been nearly impossible, Kessler said. Wed, 20 Jul 2011 17:46:37 +0000 Jenna Mink, Bowling Green Daily News 8980 at "Speed Racer" Recreation at Car Show <p><a href="">Adrian Vergot grew up playing with Hot Wheels </a>and watching the television show &ldquo;Speed Racer.&rdquo; He was constantly disappointed that few cars actually resembled his childhood icons, so last year he purchased the ultimate hot wheels. Vergot, of Pittsburgh, brought his 1968 titanic Corvette to the 30th annual National Corvette Homecoming, which wrapped up Saturday at Bowling Green&#39;s Sloan Convention Center. Vergot was one of hundreds of Corvette enthusiasts who flocked to the three-day event, showing off their cars that ranged from the newest Corvettes to cars that were manufactured decades ago.</p><p> Mon, 18 Jul 2011 13:57:28 +0000 Jenna Mink, Bowling Green Daily News 8768 at "Speed Racer" Recreation at Car Show Educators Support State Guidelines <p><a href=" "><strong>For the past decade</strong></a>, local schools have been judged based on federal requirements that some say are unfair and ineffective. Now, Gov. Steve Beshear has requested a waiver from those requirements under No Child Left Behind. His proposal would allow Kentucky schools to be tested under the state&rsquo;s new system instead of the current federal system. It&rsquo;s a move that local educators applaud. Sun, 26 Jun 2011 16:49:33 +0000 Jenna Mink, Bowling Green Daily News 7382 at W-K-U Tuition Hike <blockquote><p><br />Next semester&rsquo;s tuition increase is expected to get a final thumbs-up Friday during Western Kentucky University&rsquo;s Board of Regents meeting. Thu, 23 Jun 2011 19:22:09 +0000 Jenna Mink, Bowling Green Daily News 7266 at Gatton Academy Ranked in Top Five US High Schools <p><a href=" ">This is no ordinary high school. </a>The academy on Western Kentucky University&rsquo;s campus might resemble a typical small school - students are constantly entering and exiting the tall white building, toting backpacks or chatting with friends. But the Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science is an above-average school for exceptional students, and now it&rsquo;s been named the fifth best high school in the nation. Tue, 21 Jun 2011 17:46:19 +0000 Jenna Mink, Bowling Green Daily News 7075 at Gatton Academy Ranked in Top Five US High Schools Standards Turn Students into Good Workers <p><a href="http://New standards call for schools to turn students into good employees">Throughout the state, educators are pushed</a> to better prepare students for college. They&rsquo;re beefing up curriculum, partnering with universities, bringing in specialists and urging students to take advanced classes. But there&rsquo;s another side to life after high school: the workforce. New education standards also call for educators to prepare students for careers, making them good employees as well as successful college students. Mon, 20 Jun 2011 18:18:38 +0000 Jenna Mink, Bowling Green Daily News 6963 at