Commonly known as the Bowling Green Daily News, the paper traces its roots to the Bowling Green Democrat, originally the Gazette, which was founded in 1854. In 1882, John B. Gaines established the Daily Times. The newspapers later were merged into what became the predecessor to the Daily News.
The newspaper was owned by the Gaines family for 140 years. On July 1, 2022, the newspaper was acquired by Bowling Green Newsmedia LLC, part of Carpenter Newsmedia LLC and Boone Newspapers Inc.
A lot of people ask why a paper based in Bowling Green would bear the name "Park City," which is the name of a town about 20 miles to the north.
The Park City Daily News owes its name to a speech by noted Louisville editor Henry Watterson at Bowling Green's Fountain Square Park in 1892. Watterson told the crowd gathered to commemorate the city's first park that Bowling Green one day might be known as the "beautiful park city."
The Barren County city of Park City was named Glasgow Junction at the time and there was a pleasant ring to the phrase "park city", which soon began appearing in the names of various businesses.
It was only natural that the late John B. Gaines join his fellow businessmen and include the phrase in naming his newspaper. Then came the establishment of Park City in Barren County and newcomers became confused. Merchants began to refrain from using "park city" and today only the Daily News still pays tribute to its heritage by using "park city" on its front page.
Longtime subscribers still refer to the newspaper as the "park city." The newspaper today has grown to cover a six-county region, with its primary emphasis on Warren County. It publishes six days a week – Monday through Friday and on Sunday.