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Indiana Tech location coming to Bowling Green
 Wes Swietek  / 
 09.09.19

It may not feature homecoming games and dorms, but another college will soon call Bowling Green home.

Indiana Tech, based in Fort Wayne, Ind., will open a downtown location at Stadium Park Plaza.

The school has 19 locations in Illinois, Indiana and Kentucky, with about 9,000 students, according to Steve Herendeen, Indiana Tech vice president for enrollment management. Indiana Tech’s other Kentucky locations are in Louisville and Fort Wright in northern Kentucky near Covington.

What started in 1930 as an engineering school has grown to one offering online and nontraditional student degree programs. That’s where the Bowling Green location comes in.

The roughly 4,000-square-foot location will feature office, classroom and tutoring space.

Herendeen said Bowling Green came on Indiana Tech’s radar from students taking classes in its Louisville and Evansville, Ind., locations who expressed an interest in a facility in southcentral Kentucky. And when the school began researching the area, it “found there are still a lot of working adults who haven’t finished college,” Herendeen said.

The regionally accredited school offers associate, bachelor and advanced degree programs at its campuses and online, which “is growing exponentially,” he said.

Indiana Tech’s niche in the online education space is having local brick-and-mortar locations to offer classes and support, Herendeen said, such as the one coming to Bowling Green.

“Especially working adults need a lot of support ... it can be difficult” for adults who have not been in a classroom for many years, he said.

The location will allow for in-person evening classes to accommodate working adults, as well as registration and tutoring support.

The exact classes to be offered locally will depend on the demand. “We let the market dictate,” Herendeen said.

The facility will be staffed initially by two admission representatives, support staff and adjunct faculty.

When the classrooms are not being used during the day, they will be available to use as corporate training and meeting spaces.

Herendeen said having a regional school such as Western Kentucky University in the same town as one of its locations is a plus.

“For us, it’s an attraction,” he said, noting that Indiana Tech works closely with Purdue University at its Indiana sites. “We want to work with (WKU) closely.”

David Pinchuk, Stadium Park Plaza’s general manager, said the space Indiana Tech will occupy is on the third floor in a previously vacant space.

The building is owned by the Warren County Downtown Economic Development Authority. It is being developed by Jerry Katzoff, who owns several businesses in the building, including Mariah’s, 6-4-3 and the Starbucks franchise.

Herendeen said Indiana Tech hopes to open its Bowling Green location by Nov. 1 with classes starting in January.

Expected to open somewhat sooner on the ground floor of Stadium Park Plaza is a state Department of Motor vehicles office in a 1,726-square-foot space that was the former home of Topper Corner – a gift shop affiliated with WKU, which closed last year.

Construction work on that space “is approaching the finish line,” Pinchuk said, and he anticipates it will open in September.

– Follow News Director Wes Swietek on Twitter @BGDNgovtbeat or visit bgdailynews.com.


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The area where the Vette City Motorcycle Music Fest will take place on Sunday, September 8, 2019, at Edge Hill Farms. (Austin Anthony/photo@bgdailynews.com)


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Country artist Ford takes pride in eclectic collaborations
 
 09.09.19

Colt Ford once again tossed the rulebook out the window for his soon-to-be-released seventh album “We the People, Volume 1” and its planned 2020 companion record “We the People, Volume 2” – perfecting his dynamic distillation of country, hip-hop and rock across nearly 30 songs.

Ford, a Georgia native, has more than 10 years of hit albums and singles to his credit, including recent singles “Slow Ride” and “We the People,” as well as No. 1 songs he co-wrote, such as Jason Aldean’s “Dirt Road Anthem” and Brantley Gilbert’s “Country Must Be Country Wide.”

Ford is scheduled to turn in the final musical performance of this year’s Vette City Motorcycle Music Fest at Edge Hill Farm in Oakland, headlining Sunday’s country-tinged lineup.

“The single, ‘We the People’ and the whole album – to me, where I’m at in my life, I look at what’s going on in the country and the divisiveness and all the finger pointing. ... It’s like, let’s just find a common ground with each other,” Ford said in a recent interview. “Let’s be good human beings. Let’s have common decency.

“It’s not as difficult as we made it out,” he said. “Let’s just go enjoy this music.”

Ford plays an average of 150 national tour dates a year and has compiled a series of successes to earn mainstream notoriety. He notched five consecutive Top 10 debuts on the Billboard Top Country Albums Chart, with “Declaration of Independence” bowing at No. 1 in 2012. Two years later, “Thanks for Listening” ascended to No. 2 on the country albums chart and reached No. 1 on both the Billboard Rap and Independent charts.

Along the way, he has been a trailblazer for collaborations. The country star’s dynamic discography includes work with artists ranging from country stars Toby Keith, Brad Paisley and Keith Urban to hip-hop artist Jermaine Dupri to members of alternative rock bands No Doubt and Lit.

“The fans like seeing different artists work together and do things,” Ford said. “Get managers and record labels and everybody out the way and let the artists be artists. Put artists together that are like-minded or know who they are. ...

You can put me in the room with another artist and I don’t care who it is. That could be Jay-Z, Five Finger Death Punch, the Jonas Brothers, Taylor Swift – I promise you, if people get out the way, we’ll make a cool song. I don’t tell you it’ll be a hit No. 1, but it will be something cool. And that’s fun to me.”

The Vette City Motorcycle Music Fest, launched last year by the Daily News and radio station WDNS (D93), this year features 25 bands. The festival is an all-ages event, with activities including a custom bike show, biker games, a burnout contest, kid zone, food and merchant vendors, downhill Barbie car races and more.

The event begins at 5:30 p.m. Thursday with a free Kickoff Party at Harley-Davidson Bowling Green, 251 Cumberland Trace Road, featuring performances by Dustin Lee Benefield, Wolf Island Kosmonauts, Gravel Switch and Kyle Daniel. The kickoff party will include food vendors, beer garden and tethered hot-air balloon rides.

The music and fun will continue Friday through Sunday at Edge Hill Farm, 13101 Louisville Road, headlined by rock band Puddle of Mudd on Friday and hard rockers Jackyl on Saturday. Other performers include Kiss Kiss Bang, Jasmine Cain, Geneva, Saving Abel, Tantric and Saliva.

“I saw the festival (Vette City Motorcycle Music Fest) and was like, ‘Damn ... absolutely, I’m about that,’ ” Ford said “In the full record, I didn’t do a whole ‘thank you.’ I just wrote ‘I’m the luckiest man alive’ because I get to do this. I get to play music every day and people come to see it. It means something to them and they all tell me their story. I want to hear that stuff. I love that. I want to hear it means something to you because it means something to me.”

– Visit vcmmf.com for more information and to purchase tickets.


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Ten Questions ... with Kevin Goff
 Justin Story  / 
 09.09.19

Current job title: Attorney.

Hometown: Bowling Green.

Family: Mariana, Wynn and Max.

The one thing no one knows about me is ... my middle name is Leslie.

My dream job is ... fishing guide in Alaska.

My first job was ... drying cars at Tender Touch Auto Wash.

The best advice I ever got was ... be kind ... the toes you step on today may be connected to the rump you have to kiss tomorrow.

My hero and why is ... my father. I could confide absolutely anything to him, and he would always provide the best raw, unedited advice.

If I could do it all over again ... I wouldn’t change a thing; life has been good to me.

The one part of my job I could do without is ... attorneys.

The one thing I always carry with me is ... a picture of my family.

The best meal I ever had was ... my mom’s stuffed chicken and mashed potatoes.

At the top of my bucket list is ... learn to fly an airplane.


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Nearing freedom, man accused of escape
 Justin Story  / 
 09.09.19

A Bowling Green man nearing the end of a 10-year prison sentence is accused of illegally helping himself to an early taste of freedom.

A federal grand jury will consider an escape charge against Joshua O’Neal Vincent, 36, who waived his right to a preliminary hearing last week in U.S. District Court.

Vincent was sentenced in 2010 to 10 years in prison followed by five years of supervised release after pleading guilty to possessing chemicals and materials used to manufacture methamphetamine, possessing firearms as a felon and receiving stolen firearms.

Vincent had been serving his sentence in a federal prison in Alabama before being transferred April 2 to Warren County, where he was put on work release as part of the federal Residential Re-entry Management program for inmates nearing release, according to a criminal complaint filed by Deputy U.S. Marshal Ryan Dillon.

Vincent was granted time to leave custody to search for a job, but Warren County Regional Jail personnel on Aug. 16 notified officials with Residential Re-entry Management that he failed to return to the jail, court records show.

Ten days later, when the criminal complaint was filed, Vincent’s whereabouts were unknown, but federal court records indicate he was arrested Sept. 1 and brought before a judge.

Should an indictment be returned, Vincent would be required to appear for arraignment before U.S. Magistrate Judge Brent Brennenstuhl on Sept. 25.

– Follow courts reporter Justin Story on Twitter @jstorydailynews or visit bgdailynews.com.