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.

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  Graves County Fiscal Court members are moving toward all but banning commercial hog farm operations. The court's move Monday night reverses a 2014 decision to lift an existing ban.

Sixteen months was enough time for Colley farms to begin construction on their own large-scale pig farm. When neighbors Margaret Merida and Lillian Doughaday caught wind of the operation they notified their neighbors. They worked with Judge Executive Jesse Perry who initiated the first of three required readings for a new ordinance.

Families in western Kentucky that are worried about heating their homes this winter can start applying for the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program, or LIHEAP.  

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  Kentucky Department of Community Based Services Commissioner Theresa James says the Commonwealth is among the recipients of a federal “Race to the Top” grant. She says the money will help parents find quality childcare, an expense that can be as much as a home mortgage. James says the grant will also address child care quality, which can vary drastically based on affordability.

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A feasibility study for a new wastewater treatment plant in Cadiz found expanding the existing plant would be more costly than building a new one entirely.

United States Department of Homeland Security

  Kentucky has received a one-year extension to comply with a federal law stiffening rules for issuing identification in attempt to deter terrorism. President Bush signed the REAL ID law in 2005. Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Spokesman Chuck Wolfe says the extension makes Kentucky driver’s licenses an accepted identification to gain  access to the majority of federal installations. Wolfe says to comply with the law the state must streamline security in issuing the new ID’s.

  A once-missing, mysterious object belonging to the Paducah Composite Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol is getting a new home at Paducah’s Challenger Learning Center.  The McCracken County Fiscal Court had intended to put the NASA space capsule in this Saturday’s McCracken County Surplus Auction before an inquiry from the Challenger Center made its way to former CAP Commander Greg Siener.



   More than 85 participants gathered at the Hopkinsville Senior Citizen’s Center from across the state for the 20th Senior Scam Jam. This isn’t a jamboree, these attendees are here to prevent themselves from becoming another statistic in the fastest growing crime in the nation.

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  The National Weather Service in Paducah is forecasting this weekend to be the chilliest so far this fall. With temperatures falling to the mid to upper 30s Friday and Saturday, Calloway County Ag and Natural Resources Agent Matt Chadwick says growers who want to extend their garden’s growth period, whether that's vegetables or perennial flowers, need to get ready.



  As poultry production booms in Kentucky, more Farmers are using chicken feces as fertilizer, but there is still much to learn about maximizing its potential. University of Kentucky Associate Extension specialist Dr. Brad Lee and his team have built a rainfall simulation plot in a corn field in Calloway County where they’ve treated the soil with two different types of poultry litter and later take measurements of the run-off. Typically poultry farmers apply two different chemicals to the chicken feces to keep ammonia levels down, sodium sulphate or aluminum sulphate. Lee says too much will kill the chicks, and then the remnants stick to the litter.

The Kentucky Department of Agriculture / National Farm to School Program

  School gardens are sprouting across the Commonwealth as Kentucky leads the way in the National Farm to School program.  The state was allocated thirty one $5,000 mini grants to implement a non-traditional market for local producers.  Kentucky Department of Agriculture Spokeswoman Tina Garland says she sees the program as a cornerstone of rural development.