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On Tuesday, October 31, 2017, the ghosts and the goblins will come out in the City of Bowling Green for candy, costumes and parties. Whether you have kids who are excited about going out to their neighbor’s house for candy or you are planning on passing out treats to others, remember that the recommended day for trick-or-treating for the City will be on Tuesday, the 31st between the hours of 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

Even if you forget to buy candy and your goal is to turn off all of your lights and lay low during the trick-or-treating process, being aware of the recommended day and times will help you succeed in your hiding game.

The ultimate goal on this spooky and candy-filled holiday is safety and fun! Help make sure that your child is in a safe costume with good vision, that jack-o-lanterns or other decorations with candles in them are far enough away from trick-or-treaters that they do not pose a fire threat, and make sure that any prop your child carries is smooth and flexible to avoid injury. Above all, teach your little ones basic safety for this Halloween and everyday including not talking to strangers, looking both ways before crossing the street and never getting in a car with someone they don’t know.

On top of the safety tips, always remember that making a nice Halloween dinner before trick-or-treating will help curb the sugar and candy appetite later in the evening and will give you more of a chance to look over their haul.

And finally, don’t forget to sneak a few of your favorite treats out of your kid’s pumpkin when they aren’t looking – you’re doing them a favor as ALL of that candy wouldn’t really be good for them.

Happy Halloween!

Coats for Kids

As the winter weather moves into our community, many children in the area will be in need of warm winter coats. This year like many others, you can help to keep our kids warm by donating a new or gently used coat to Coats for Kids.

The Bowling Green Police Department, The Bowling Green Junior Woman’s Club and many others have joined together again this year to collect coats for kids in The Bowling Green and Warren County area.


This year’s Coats for Kids event will take place from October 1st – December 1st. Gently used coats can be donated at the Bowling Green Police Department and many other locations.

You can help families in need by donating a coat that can last throughout the winter. All sizes and brands are accepted. All used coats are cleaned as they are donated. Coats are distributed to all local schools and non-profit organizations throughout the campaign. These donated coats are vital to so many young people in our area.

When you arrive at 911 Kentucky Street, you will see a black and white cruiser with its blue lights on. Donated coats can be placed inside the cruiser.

For a complete list of drop off locations as well as distribution days and general information, please visit www.bgky.org or www.bgjwc.com.

Each November, the City of Bowling Green celebrates Veteran’s Day with a fun-filled parade that winds its way through the downtown streets of our great City.

We are still accepting applications for our 17th annual parade taking place on Saturday, November 4th starting at 10 a.m.

Each group or individual who would like to participate in the Veteran’s Day Parade will need to complete an entry form by Friday, October 20th, 2017. The form can be found online at www.bgky.org or by calling 270-393-3603.

All participants will need to make plans to arrive for the line-up at 8:30 a.m. in front of the Kummer/Little Gym located at 333 College Street. Applicants will need to list things such as; how many feet they requite for their entry, what kind of vehicle they will use, and the number of people involved with each entry.

The City of Bowling Green encourages all of our residents to get involved in this great yearly event that recognizes the Veterans of our community.

In addition to the parade, there will be a meet and greet for all veterans at the Kummer/Little Gym from 8:30 to 9:15 a.m.

If you are making plans to attend the parade as a spectator, make sure to remember to get there early and enjoy the route which starts near Circus Square and travels up College Street turning left onto 10th Avenue and then left onto State Street.

Leaf Season


Leaf season is almost here!

As the cold weather moves in and the leaves continue to change color and fall, the City’s Leaf Pickup Season kicks off. Starting on October 16th, residents can call 393-3333 to request a pick-up at their residence. Requested pick-ups will take place through November 3rd and are not guaranteed.

Scheduled zone pick-up will tentatively begin on October 30th and will run through January 2nd, 2018. Dates may change depending on weather, equipment breakdown, or the rate of leaf fall in certain zones. Each zone will be picked up at least twice during this three month period. Please remember that Scott Waste will also pick up bagged leaves if you miss your City date or if you would simply rather bag them.

Please remember that no pick-up will occur on major holidays as our crews will be home with their families during that time.

Zone pick-up dates, zone descriptions, maps and leaf pickup guidelines are already published on the city’s web site at http://www.bgky.org/publicworks/leafpickup/ and will be published in the Daily News, in SOKY Happenings, the City’s Facebook Page, Twitter and on Government Access Channel 4. Pickup dates will also be available on a weekly basis via the Leaf Hotline (270-393-3333). Don’t hesitate to contact us if you have questions or concerns about your zone.

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Finally and MOST importantly, please remember these simple rules when raking leaves to your curb. Although leaves may damage your grass, that is where they belong. Leaves that are raked into the street or onto a sidewalk may cause stormwater, traffic and/or pedestrian issues, and the City reserves the right not to pick these leaves up.  DO NOT put debris, pumpkins, rocks, tires, trash or other non-foliage items in your leaf pile.  The trucks that pick up these leaves are meant for just that – leaves.  Other items can damage this equipment causing delays in zone pick-up. Always try and rake your leaves to the curb a few days early just in case there are changes to the schedule.

If your leaves are INTENTIONALLY not picked up, you may not have followed one of the above rules. If this is the case, an orange door hanger will be placed on your door explaining the reason why your leaves were not picked up along with a contact number.

May your leaf gathering go smoothly and here’s to hoping that they fall all at once and you don’t have to spend too many beautiful fall weekends outdoors with a rake!


Have you ever been witness to or had information about a Crime? If so, the South Central Kentucky Crime Stoppers Program could use your help.  Crime Stoppers is a program which brings the public, the media, and the police together in the fight against crime. Those who report crimes can receive cash for their information.

Citizens can phone in a tip on a crime or possible crime by calling 270-781-CLUE or toll free at 1-800-842-CLUE. Callers do not need to give their name. All that is required of the caller is to relay what is known or suspected.


Once a tip is reported, the individual calling will be given a secret personal ID number that can be used later to find out if an arrest was made and how to collect any cash that they have been awarded.

The Crime of the Week is posted online at http://www2.bgky.org/crimestoppers and citizens can obtain descriptions and or pictures of the current crime that is being investigated. Archives can be viewed and information can be reported on past crimes as well.

In addition, those who call or visit the website may report information regarding a crime at any time, learn more about the Crime Stoppers Program or get information about donating.

For more information about Crime Stoppers please call 270-393-4244.

Fall is almost here and Parks and Recreation has so many activities and sporting events to offer. Two of the larger athletics program include youth basketball and adult indoor volleyball. Registration for both leagues takes place in October and games begin shortly after. Check out the information on both leagues below:

Youth Basketball
In cooperation with Southern Kentucky Youth Basketball. 

 ON-SITE REGISTRATION:  October 11 & 12 from 3:30—6:00 pm and October 14 from 10:00 am—12:00 pm at BGPR.

LATE REGISTRATION:  October 25 & 26 from 3:30—6 pm and October 28 from 10:00 am—12:00 pm



MANDATORY COACHES MEETING:  November 2 at 6:00 pm

MAKE-UP COACHES MEETING:  November 4 at 9:00 am

PLAYER DRAFT:  All at Kummer/Little Gym

 Prep League—November 4 at 10:00 am

 JV—November 4 at 11:00 am


Division                       Grade Level

Beginners                    1st and 2nd Grade

Primary                        3rd and 4th Grade

Elementary                  5th and 6th Grade

Prep                             7th and 8th Grade

Junior Varsity              9th – 11th Grades

Adult Indoor Volleyball
Seasons are offered in a variety of leagues for all levels of play.  All games will be played at Kummer/Little Gym or Sid Carr Gym.  Registrations are accepted on a first-come, first- served basis.  Entry fee must be paid in full at the time of registration.  You may register at the Parks Administrative Office or online at http://playbgpr.bgky.org.

Season            Deadline         Begin Week Of

Fall                  October 20th    October 23rd

League            Fee     

Coed-A           $100

Coed-B           $100

Coed C            $100

Men’s              $75

Women’s         $100

Reverse Coed  $100

In addition to basketball and volleyball, check out http://www2.bgky.org/bgpr/ for information on senior adult crafts, pickleball, the Parker Bennett Community Center Haunted House, youth dodgeball, Pumpkinpalooza and so much more.

City Government Month

Did you know that September is City Government Month in the state of KY? Each September the City of Bowling Green works with the Kentucky League of Cities to educate residents – and primarily elementary students – about our local government and how it is run.

Often times, there are common misconceptions about what form of government we are, how residents can get involved, where our taxes go, what services we offer, how our elections work, and more.

Check out some of these great facts and activities that we use when working with our student population.

  • The City of Bowling Green was founded in 1798
  • The City of Bowling Green was incorporated in 1812
  • From 1898 to 1907, City Hall was located in the Old McCormack Building at 1008 State Street. It burned in 1911, part of the building’s exterior was saved.
  • The current City Hall was built in 1907 and once house the police court, judicial offices, attorneys, a City Physician, a library and jail cells.
  • Bowling Green is a City Manager form of government. The Board of Commissioners (Board)
    appoints a City Manageras the chief administrative officer, whose responsibility is to carry out the decisions of the Board and manage the day-to-day operations of the City.
  • The Board of Commissioners includes one Mayor and four Commissioners.
  • The Mayor serves a 4 year term.
  • Commissioners serve a 2 year term.
  • The Board of Commission meets on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month at City Hall at 4:30 p.m.
  • The capital city of Kentucky is Frankfort.
  • Bowling Green is 38.78 Square Miles.
  • The City of Bowling Green website is www.bgky.org.
  • The City of Bowling Green founding fathers were brothers Robert and George Moore.
  • The City of Bowling Green maintains 20 City Parks, 258 miles of streets and 112 miles of

For more information about City Government Month or to find out how you can get involved, please contact Kim Lancaster at kim.lancaster@bgky.org or 270-393-3642.

Puppy Paddle

August has arrived and there are a lot of great things coming up in the City that we will work very hard to keep everyone up to date on. Over the next several months, we will have free Annual Report Calendars, leaf pick-up will begin, the Veteran’s Day Parade, Fire Safety Month and more.

Saturday, September 9th marks the 14th Annual Puppy Paddle in Bowling Green. Russell Sims Aquatic Center will be open from 10 a.m. until noon for you and your pooch to come out and take a dip one last time.

The fee for each dog is $10 but humans are FREE and there will be activities and contests for the pups as well as plenty of playmates. And speaking of playmates, please make sure that your dog is sufficiently socialized in order for everyone to enjoy this event. Basically, if your dog thinks that other dogs are a chew toy, you may want to re-consider coming out.

All dogs must also have proof of current rabies vaccine either through a tag or documentation in order to join in the fun.

The weather will hopefully be sunny and beautiful so mark your calendars now to come out and enjoy the last bit of summer while donating to the Bowling Green Humane Society and taking advantage of the City’s beautiful facilities.

Russell Sims Aquatic Center is located at 2303 Tomblinson Way.

Biddy Ball Basketball

Do you have a little one who loves sports but isn’t quite old enough to play? If so, Bowling Green Parks and Recreation Biddy Ball Basketball may be just what you are looking for.

Biddy Ball Basketball is for youth ages 3 to 5 years old, and players will learn the basic fundamentals of basketball and have fun playing weekly games against each other. This is a great way to get young kids out and active and teach them the importance of teamwork too.

Registration is taking place NOW through August 25th at 225 East Third Avenue, daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. or you can contact Cathy Maroney at 270-393-3734. Teams will fill up fast and there are 8 kids per team. Pre-registration is required and there will be a mandatory parent/coaches meeting to be announced.

Game days take place on Saturdays at 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. on September 9, 16, 23, 30 and October 7 and 14.

Sign you little one up today to be a part of Bowling Green Parks and Recreation Biddy Ball Basketball.

School Crossing Guards

August is here and with the new school year in full swing, it’s important that motorists pay special attention to crosswalks and school crossing guards outside of local schools.  Although a large number of students ride the bus or are dropped off at school, many still walk daily.

Crossing guards direct pedestrian crossings and traffic flow in order to ensure the safety of children by staying alert to traffic hazards.  Crossing guards typically work one hour before and one hour after school hours and are essential in assisting students in getting to school safely.

Please remember to use caution when going through a school zone and obey all traffic signals, speed limits and crossing guard directions. In the event that a crossing guard is unavailable to work, a Bowling Green Police Department employee will be monitoring the school zone.

City Crossing Guards are located at T.C. Cherry, Potter Gray, Parker Bennett/Curry, Dishman McGinnis and Lost River Elementary Schools.

If you are interested in becoming a school crossing guard or for more information about the program, contact 270-393-3642.  Help keep our streets and our students safe.


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