The Bengal Beat

Generation Frustrations: The Technology Mentality

Three generations of the Ludwig family sit down to watch a replay of a football game on their laptop. Left, Baby Boomer Larry Ludwig; middle, Gen Z-er Luke Ludwig; Right, Gen X-er Jim Ludwig (Photo courtesy of Peyton Ludwig).

Peyton Ludwig, Reporter

November 15, 2019

It’s a battle between the old versus the young, analog versus the digital, golden days versus the modern times -- or, in other words, a battle between generations. Whether it’s been about education, politics, or technology, the tension has always existed, with the young’s need to advance and t...

INNside Scoop

When you think of a small town, Fountain Inn is probably one that may come to mind. Between the close community and huge celebrations, it stands out from other small towns. “I’d say the small-town feel has a lot to do with why Fountain Inn is so special. Even though it is growing at a rapid rate, the small-town feel is still there,” said Fountain Inn firefighter Jody Garrett (Photo courtesy of Emily Fleming).

Emily Fleming, Reporter

November 14, 2019

Quiet and Deafening Thoughts

The photo shows a model of the infamous worn out yellow Volkswagen Beetle that Bundy used to kidnap many women. The color made him seem like a charismatic person, which added on to how bright his personality seemed (Photo courtesy of Alia Abbas, photo credits to Betty the Beetle).

Alia Abbas, Reporter

November 12, 2019

It had been a long week. I flew from my small 751 square foot apartment in downtown Salt Lake City, Utah to Bradford County, Florida on Saturday. In the taxi to my hotel suite from the Gainesville Regional Airport, all I saw through the windows were correctional facilities and courts, and I was quickly o...

True Colors

He thinks he’s the victim of this situation, but he knows more than he thinks he does.
(Photo courtesy of Pixabay, photo credits to Republica).

Alaina Haylock, Reporter

November 11, 2019

October always puts me on edge, as if the howl of the wind holds secrets. With the world being too cold to bear, people pull on layers to protect themselves. Darkness battles for more time, leaving daylight waning. Despite this all, I admire the variety of the leaves as they drift to the ground, findi...

The Skinwalker of Hakabay Mountain

A glimpse of the main character Natalia in the dark searching for the missing kids (Photo courtesy of Alexander Gray).

Alexander Gray, Reporter

November 8, 2019

My name is Natalia Fullsworth, and I am currently with my father, Dan, searching for seven kids who have gone missing in Hakabay Mountain State Park. Along with searching the ground floor, we’re also putting up hunting cameras. So, in case we don’t find them in person, we can see them if they acti...

Something Inside

“Fluorescent lights flickered on one by one, aligning on the ceiling, stopping only at the turn of the building a couple hundred feet in front of us

Mattie McConnell, Reporter

November 7, 2019

“Yes! Hello? My friend and I are at the Brinkham Research Facility. Please send help.” I cried into the phone. “There’s…something else here.”    7 hours earlier   I hopped over the rusty chain-link fence. A fray in my jeans caught on the top, causing me to land unsteadily.  ...

Burnt Out

It's kind of cold being inside of a refrigerator. Brrrrrr.  
(Photo courtesy of Tyler Davidson).

Tyler Davidson, Reporter

November 6, 2019

“Humans have always been afraid of what we don’t know. Aliens, zombies, and other paranormal activity strikes fear into the hearts of many, but I’ve thought about it, and we should fear ourselves more than anything. Most people you’ll meet are trying to take advantage of you or get something from yo...

7 Sins

Follow Nathan Bluu as he encounters a strange group that only call themselves the

Enoch Orozco, Reporter

November 5, 2019

The sky was full of clouds and rain, and Joyce could hardly see the road in front of her. Her son, Tommy, sat in the passenger seat, fast asleep. Joyce glanced at the notification on her phone and immediately called her husband.  “Nathaniel David Bluu! Now is not the time; it's your son’s ...

Out The Window

It was a gangling, skeletal thing with lanky limbs. Its body was darker than Hell itself, but its eyes. Its round eyes covered almost half its face and were bright white, almost empty like there was nothing inside (Photo courtesy of Pixabay, photo credits to Peter H.).

Allie Weber, Reporter

November 4, 2019

It was my house. My home. My safe place.  Beep Beep Beep Beep. I rolled over to check my alarm only to find the inevitable. The clock face read 6:30 AM, also known as my least favorite time of the day. I dragged my drained body out of my bed and witnessed my insufferable appearance in the ba...

Wake Up

Every night, Tommy Byrnes has nightmares. He has had these nightmares since he was little. However, he doesn’t remember the dreams when he wakes up. Instead, he believes he had a dreamless sleep. Subconsciously, he is compelled to do certain actions. He has no reason why he does these things, until he finally remembers a nightmare (Photo courtesy of Sarah Neal).

Sarah Neal, Reporter

November 1, 2019

I met her in the field. She looks me up and down and opens her mouth. Her words sound like screeching bats flying out of a cave. Don’t wear boots. Don’t. You need to run, run, run, run, go, get out of there, running shoes. “Why am I running? What am I running from?”  She stares at me, her eyes cloudy lik...

All Alone

What happens when a young girl feels like someone is following her; will they meet face-to-face? Read to find out! (Photo courtesy of Crystal Neal)

October 31, 2019

The Little-Known Epidemic of Roadkill

A deceased deer lays in the median off Highway 25 (Photo Courtesy of Mattie McConnell)

Mattie McConnell, Reporter

October 28, 2019

As squirrels, deer, turtles, beavers, and even armadillos litter the roads, it is something that most driving citizens see daily, but what is it telling us about our ecosystems, and what can we do to prevent it?  “I probably see roadkill about five times a week,” said Abbi Manos, student driv...

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