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Each year in December, City Hall opens its doors to the residents of Bowling Green and Warren County during our annual Christmas Open House. This year will look different than years past due to COVID-19, but we will still be celebrating.

The community is invited to drive downtown on Friday, December 4th, 2020 between the hours of 5:00 and 8:00 p.m. to see the lights at both Fountain Square and Circus Square Parks. In addition, we will be hosting a “Drive-By Christmas Open House” outside of City Hall.

As you drive downtown to look at the lights, keep an eye out for Santa at 6 p.m., brought to you by the Downtown Redevelopment Authority, as he and his sleigh circle the downtown square while being escorted by BGPD and BGFD’s finest. Wave to Santa from the comfort and safety of your own car.

Please note that we are requesting that folks do not congregate in large groups in or around the parks. Restaurants and shops around the square will be open, but the goal is to keep crowds to a minimum.

After you’ve seen the lights and Santa, drive by City Hall on your way out of downtown to meet with City staff and elected officials. Two tents will be set up on either side of College Street and pre-made good bags will be passed out to visitors in their vehicles. These bags will include our holiday keepsake ornament, an “I heart BG” mask, a 2021 Annual Report and Calendar, candy canes and more.

Be sure to join us downtown for Holiday Cheer!

Do you ever wonder where your tax dollars are going or what your local government has done lately? Are you ever curious about the City’s upcoming budget, road projects, public safety goals or Parks and Recreation Facilities? If so, the 2020/2021 Annual Report and Calendar is just for you. If you are also someone who wants to have a yearly calendar but you don’t want to buy one, then our calendar is REALLY for you!

Each year, in the month of November, the City releases a 12-month calendar that features pictures of Bowling Green with a theme.  This year we will highlight some of the amazing ‘We are Bowling Green’ photos from our 2020 contest.  Along with beautiful photography comes information on our budget, past projects, future ideas and general information of what government has done for you over the past year.

Approximately 4,500 copies of this calendar are produced each year and they can be picked up at a variety of local businesses including US Bank, Cambridge Market, Greenwood Mall and the Main Branch Library. City Hall, and all other public city buildings also have copies available. We will also have plenty of copies available at our Drive By Christmas Open House and Downtown Lights Up this year which will take place on Friday, December 4th, from 5 to 8 p.m. at 1001 College Street. Get all the details on our COVID friendly event at https://www.bgky.org/announcements/1024.

Want to make sure that you don’t miss out on a calendar this year?  Feel free to contact us through Facebook, Twitter, or this blog to provide your contact information. We will take down your name and/or address and make sure that you receive yours.

Enjoy this sneak-peek at some of the pictures we will feature this year! We’re always open to future ideas and themes so feel free to contact us with feedback and ideas or to contribute photos!   

Fall is often a time of great weather, beautiful colors, clear skies and most importantly, gatherings with friends and families. While many things in 2020 look different due to COVID-19 and restrictions put on crowds and groups, the City of Bowling Green Parks and Recreation Department is working to bring folks together for fall fun in a new way.

Saturday, November 14, 2020 will mark the first Drive-Thru Fall festival located at Preston Miller Park. This event is free and open to the public and no registration is required. The festival is designed to offer COVID friendly activities where families can participate either from inside or directly outside of their vehicles.

In addition, Preston Miller Park will have festive decorations placed throughout to make the drive more enjoyable. While driving through you can expect family-friendly trivia as well as fun conversation starters. WOVO 106.3 will be live at the festival allowing folks to tune in on their radios to information and fall music.

Bring the whole family out for 10 activities set up for everyone to complete. Activity examples include PCV pipe car ski-ball, car plinko, and a gone fishing game. Hay bale displays will be set up throughout the park, a kettle corn drive through will be available, and Parks and Recreation will have goody bags ready to give out when you first enter the park!

Masks are recommended and fun is required.

For more information on the Drive-thru Fall Festival, please call 270-393-3549.

Veteran’s Day 2020

As early as 1918, when the First World War ended, November 11 has been commemorated in the USA as the day when everyone who has ever served or who is currently serving in the United States Armed Forces is celebrated.

Veterans Day is also known as Armistice Day or Remembrance Day in countries like the UK or Germany. The date, November 11, marks the end of World War I, when the armistice with Germany was signed.  Nowadays, besides the great importance of the national holiday, Americans across the nation enjoy the day off and do their best to spend this day in a way that honors military veterans.

But what can you do in one single day to honor Veterans Day and show your appreciation for US veterans? Here are 5 easy activities that you and your family can plan for November 11:

  1. JOIN A PARADE or virtual event

There are hundreds of parades and virtual events across the country. If you don’t have any plans for November 11, visit https://www.military.com/veterans-day/events.html to find events.


The easiest thing you could do is… dust off your US flag and fly it high in front of your house or apartment window. It doesn’t have to be 2 feet tall, its mere presence says a lot about your thoughts. It shows that you care, it shows that you honor all those who put their life at risk so that you can be safe and free.


This day is completely dedicated to them. So if you brother, friend, sister, cousin, or mom served in the army, it’s your time to pay your respects. Invite them over for a barbecue or accept their invitation to spend the day together. There’s nothing better than quality time spent with family & friends!


If hanging out with your friends is not an option, you can always call them, send them a text, or even chat a bit with them online.

You have to do the rest: pick up the phone and wish all your friends or relatives who served “Happy Veterans Day!”


Even if Veterans Day was previously celebrated and known in the US as Armistice Day, the holiday was renamed to Veterans Day in 1954.

And since many people get it wrong or confuse Memorial Day with Veterans Day, here’s the big difference:

  • Veterans Day stands for remembering & honoring all those who served or are currently serving in the US army.
  • Memorial Day is celebrated on the last Monday in May and is a time to commemorate those who lost their lives while in service for their country.

A special thank you to some of our City employees who have or currently are serving our Country.


Happy Halloween!

The days are getting shorter and the leaves are falling and Halloween is right around the corner on Saturday, October 31. This Halloween may look different than years’ past. For those of you who choose to venture out among the ghosts and goblins, we recommend that you do so during the hours of 4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on Halloween night.

More so than ever this year, if you do not plan on participating in Halloween, please turn off your porch light as an indicator.

As always, 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 the candy haul. J

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.

If you would like State guidance on COVID-19 and Halloween, please visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/holidays.html#halloween for details on low, moderate and high risk activities.

Happy Halloween!




BGPD is Hiring!

Are you ready to begin your career as a police officer? Protect and serve citizens while making a positive impact on your community. The Bowling Green Police Department’s purpose is to protect life and property by enforcing all city statutes, ordinances and the laws and regulations of the state.

The City of Bowling Green is a vibrant, growing, and diverse community located in south-central Kentucky. It is the 3rd largest city in the state and conveniently located between Nashville and Louisville. Bowling Green offers a combination of big-city amenities and small-town feel.

Why become a police officer?

  • Competitive salary ($42,015 annual rate) ($46,015 after completing basic training)
  • Take home vehicle for officers residing in Warren County
  • Cash in personal, holiday, and appreciation leave (twice a year)
  • 24/7 fitness facility
  • Dental and vision care provided at 100% for employee
  • State retirement program
  • $50,000 Term Life Insurance provided by the City
  • Dental and Vision Care Insurance
  • Tuition reimbursement to obtain college degree: $4,800 annually after probationary period

Minimum Requirements: 

  • Must be at least 21 years old
  • Must be a US Citizen
  • Valid driver’s license
  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • Good driving, police, personal, & employment record
  • Males aged 18-26 must be registered with the Selective Service
  • Tattoos cannot be visible while in uniform and  body studs and/or earrings will not be worn while on-duty

Peace Officer Professional Standards (POPS) Test

As part of the application process, all applicants must take and pass a state certified physical agility test (POPS). This test consists of five events:

  • Bench Press (% of body weight)
  • Sit-ups (repetitions)
  • 300 Meter Run (seconds)
  • Push-ups (repetitions)
  • 1.5 Mile Run (min: sec)

This test uses an overall scoring scheme, allowing a lower score on one event to be compensated by a higher score on another event. In order to meet the state standard, an overall minimum score of 50 points must be achieved.

The City of Bowling Green is an Equal Opportunity Employer and a Drug-Free Workplace

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, age or disability.

 Apply online TODAY at https://www.bgky.org/police/jobs/police-officer



Leaf season is almost here!

As the stifling heat moves out and the cooler weather moves in, the leaves will begin to change color and fall, and the City’s Leaf Pickup Season will kick off. Starting October 19, residents can call 270-393-3333 to request a pick-up at their residence. Requested pick-ups will take place through October and are not guaranteed.

Scheduled zone pick-up will begin On November 2 and will run through January 2021. 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 the leaf season. 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.

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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 published on the city’s web site at http://www.bgky.org/publicworks/leaf-pickup and will be published in the Daily News, in SOKY Happenings, the City’s Facebook Page, Twitter, Instagram 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.

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 hoping that your leaves fall all at once and you don’t have to spend too many beautiful fall weekends outdoors with a rake! More dates and information will follow in the next month.


BPGR Pumpkin Trail!

Fall 2020 may not look like every other year, but the City of Bowling Green Parks and Recreation Department is offering a fun new event at Preston Miller Park. Join the City for the first BGPR Pumpkin Trail!

Local businesses and organizations are invited to paint a pumpkin to place along the Pumpkin Trail! The trail will be located in Preston Miller Park, and community members will have the opportunity to visit the park and walk along the trail, providing a fun, safe and festive way to celebrate the fall season! There will be a city-wide vote for the community’s favorite pumpkin, adding a little extra incentive for some local bragging rights! Detail still to come on voting.

The Pumpkin Trail will be open for public viewing October 22 – 25th along the path at Preston Miller. Pumpkin drop off will take place on Thursday, October 22nd between the hours of 12 and 3 p.m. A BGPR staff member will be on site to receive your pumpkin and place it on the trail.

Businesses and Organizations who wish to paint a pumpkin for the trail can do so by filling out the “intent to decorate” form. Forms can be received through email by calling 270-393-3549 or emailing bgpr@bgky.org. Intent to decorate forms need to be filled out by Tuesday, October 20th.


Please note that there will be pumpkin guidelines and themes.

  • Pumpkins will NOT be provided by Bowling Green Parks and Recreation. You must provide your own pumpkin.
  • Businesses/organizations can paint and place more than one pumpkin on the trail. More pumpkins equals more fun!
  • Pumpkins must be brought to the drop-off site completed.
  • Painted pumpkins only; no carved pumpkins or additional materials allowed. This includes craft materials, food items, etc.
  • We encourage businesses/organizations to be creative with their pumpkins, and decorate them with a theme! Some theme ideas include but are not limited to the following: fall, Halloween, superheroes, sports, music, etc.!
  • Businesses and organizations are permitted to use their logos, so long as they adhere to the advertisement disclosure below.
  • BGPR reserves the right to remove or reject any pumpkin that is deemed inappropriate or does not meet guidelines according to the advertisement disclosure below.
  • BGPR is not responsible for any damaged or stolen pumpkins.


The following items are not permitted to be represented on your painted pumpkin:

  • Promotion of the sale or consumption of alcoholic beverages, in name, likeness or implication or promotion of establishments that are licensed for and primarily sell alcoholic beverages, including bars; provided, however, restaurants or other food services establishments and hotels or other places of lodging may be authorized when the commercial message or advertisement promotes only the food services or lodging;
  • Promotion of the sale or consumption of tobacco products or depiction of the use of tobacco products;
  • Commentary, advocacy or promotion of issues, candidates, campaigns or organizations of a social, political, religious, or rhetorical nature including Non-Profit organizations;;
  • Use of language or descriptive material which taken in form and context is deemed to be unsuitable for and contrary to community standards of appropriateness for governmental or family publications.

Veterans Day is a federal holiday in the United States observed annually on November 11 to honor military veterans. In years past, this event has been celebrated locally with a Veterans Day Parade. Unfortunately, due to the unpredictability of the COVID19 virus and the public health risks posed by crowds, the City of Bowling Green is forgoing the annual parade downtown.

For the 2020 year, the City will celebrate our Veteran’s in a different way. From October 1st to October 31st, we’re asking all of our Veterans and/or their friends and family members to email us a picture of their favorite Serviceman or Servicewoman. All we need is the photo, the name of the man or woman who served, the years of service and rank (more information can be provided if the sender chooses).

Email: kim.lancaster@bgky.org
Subject: BG Veteran
Information: Name, years of service, rank

During the week of November 8 – 14, the City will post the photos at www.bgky.org, https://www.facebook.com/citybgky, https://twitter.com/CityofBGKY, and https://www.instagram.com/cityofbgky/. These photos will be posted with the hashtag #BGVets2020. We want to make sure that the brave men and women who have served our Country will be recognized.

In addition, please tune into channel 4 for replays of previous years’ Veterans Day Parades. These parades will be aired the first two weeks of November.

Help us honor our local Veterans this year by sending us a photo!

Stay tuned for announcements regarding other Veterans Day celebrations that are in the works.




Bowling Green is a City Manager form of government as constituted under Kentucky Revised Statute 83A.150 and was established as such in 1969.

All of the powers of the executive and legislative branches are vested in the Board of Commissioners https://www.bgky.org/city-commission (all judicial functions are under the jurisdiction of state government). The Board of Commissioners is made up of four Commissioners who serve two-year terms and a Mayor who serves a four-year term. The Board of Commissioners make public policy and focus the direction for the City of Bowling Green.

The Mayor has the statutory responsibility to preside at Board meetings, recommend appointments to designated boards, and is the signatory of authorized documents on behalf of the City.

The Board of Commissioners also appoints a City Manager https://www.bgky.org/city-manager as the chief administrative officer. The City Manager administers the policies, procedures and directives established by the Board of Commissioners. Oversight and coordination of the daily operations of the City’s nine departments and their divisions is the overall responsibility of this position.

Board of Commissioners meetings occur on the first and third Tuesday of each month. Informational work sessions begin at 4 p.m.; while the regular voting sessions begin at 7 p.m. Proposals for action are placed on the agenda by the City Manager or members of the Board. At the meetings, members of the Board discuss and deliberate items on the agenda, then approve, modify, or reject the proposals by a majority vote. The City Manager then carries out the decisions of the Board.

Meetings are open to the public. They are broadcast live on the local government cable access Channel 4 and streamed live on the internet through the City website.

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