Nicole Erwin

Multimedia Journalist (for Ohio Valley ReSource, WKMS)

Nicole Erwin is a Murray native and started working at WKMS during her time at Murray State University as a Psychology undergraduate student. Nicole left her job as a PTL dispatcher to join the newsroom after she was hired by former News Director Bryan Bartlett. Since, Nicole has completed a Masters in Sustainable Development from Monash University in Melbourne, Australia where she lived for 2 1/2 years.

Nicole also worked in South Korea as a journalist where she anchored the local English TV news, hosted a national radio show and freelanced with the Jeju Weekly. She is an avid traveler with more than 25 countries under her belt and finds beauty in the environment and the stories within it.

Kentucky Department of Agriculture

  Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue has appointed a west Kentuckian to a two-year term on the Plant Variety Protection Board.


  McCracken County Jailer Tonya Ray is out of the running for the November election.



Christian County has been certified as a Kentucky Work Ready Community. Governor Matt Bevin announced the designation Wednesday and said in a statement that economic success is contingent on a communities’ skilled workforce.  Bevin said earning a work ready certification gives a county a competitive edge when businesses look to relocate.

Ryan Quarles Facebook page

Kentucky Commissioner of Agriculture Ryan Quarles announced on Facebook new business prospects with Israel on Monday, following the controversial opening of the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem.  

Nicole Erwin, Ohio Valley ReSource

Dairy farmers in the Ohio Valley are feeling pressure from a market that is flooded with milk. Prices have plummeted amid supply from foreign producers and larger operations squeezing out small farmers. The crisis has dairy farmers rethinking the U.S. market system and looking to other countries for solutions.   

Nicole Erwin, WKMS


  U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao addressed the Paducah Area Chamber of Commerce during its Public Policy Luncheon Thursday.

Prairie Farms Dairy, Facebook

  Prairie Farms fluid milk processing plant in Fulton, Kentucky will close by June 30th. General Manager David Atchley notified the Kentucky Division of Workforce and Employment Services Tuesday that the plant closure will result in 52 eliminated positions.

Matt Markgraf, WKMS news

Several West Kentucky Counties will receive disaster aid for damage resulting from severe weather that occurred February 21 through March 21 of this year.

Graves County Sheriff's Office


Update: The Graves County Sheriff's Office clarified in a release that Sperry left with a male subject on the evening of March 27. He said he saw her on the morning of March 28 when they walked out of the Kaler Bottoms area. Police say others say they last saw her on the 27th.  

Todd Shoemake Flickr (Creative Commons License)


Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear said the commonwealth received more than $102 million in tobacco settlement money this week. The 1998 landmark Master Settlement Agreement requires tobacco companies compensate states for some of the medical costs associated with tobacco-related illnesses and restrict the advertising and promotion of cigarettes.