Dalton York

Student Reporter

Dalton York is a student at Murray State University majoring in History with a minor in Nonprofit Leadership Studies.  A native of Marshall County, he is a proud product of his tight-knit community. Dalton has competed nationally in speech and debate, winning numerous accolades in extemporaneous speaking and radio broadcast. He serves on the programming committee at Playhouse in the Park and regularly appears onstage in their community theatre productions. Dalton is also active in the university's Baptist Campus Ministry, serving on the public relations team and as a Bible study leader. He is a member of Hardin Baptist Church. Dalton considers himself a "public radio nerd" and is proud to serve his community through WKMS.

Peel & Holland

A $5,000 gift to a Murray nonprofit feeding ministry could be doubled to $10,000 due to a social media campaign designed to garner votes from community members.

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet

Two western Kentucky counties will no longer use their circuit court clerk to administer driver’s  licenses.

Liam Niemeyer / WKMS

As many Kentuckians are planning to recognize the one-year mark of the death of Breonna Taylor at the hands of Louisville Metro Police Department officers, a group of Murray State University students are also working to honor her memory.

The Homeplace Facebook

A Civil War-era working farm in Land Between the Lakes that faced threats of downsizing and closure last year under the weight of federal budget constraints will largely see no changes during the 2021 season.

Murray State University

Postsecondary institutions in Kentucky are taking advantage of $203,628,298 in COVID-19 relief funding authorized by Congress in December. Murray State University is among them, and set to receive $10.2 million.

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet

Work on a $37.6 million contract to expand U.S. Highway 641 in Calloway County will ramp up March 1, according to a release from the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet.

Gov. Andy Beshear

Kentucky’s deescalation of COVID-19 cases continued Thursday, with the lowest number of new cases on a Thursday since October 8, 2020.


The Tennessee Valley Authority is reassuring customers they are prepared to meet increased energy demands amid crippling winter storms throughout the Tennessee Valley.

Gov. Andy Beshear

Kentucky is bracing for another round of winter weather as state workers continue to clear the damage caused by the deadly first bout of snowfall earlier in the week. 


This story is part of an update to the 2020 newsroom collaboration series highlighting school reopenings in western Kentucky.

The Marshall County School District in western Kentucky reopened to in-person learning in January after a spike in coronavirus cases forced the system to enter non-traditional instruction before the holidays. One teacher in the system spoke to WKMS about the challenges of re-entering the classroom while the virus continues to ravage the commonwealth.