Help sought to track down sign vandals

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet is asking residents of eastern Trigg County for assistance tracking down vandals who damaged signs last week along a 6-mile section of Kentucky 1585 between the Trigg County/Christian County line and Sinking Fork Creek Bridge.

The southern section of Kentucky 1585 is known locally as Caledonia-Pee Dee Road. The northern section is known as Montgomery Road.

A preliminary survey by a sign crew found 14 signs that had been defaced with spray paint. Several of the signs had profanity and vulgar symbols painted over them.

The signs will remain up until replacement signs can be produced, said cabinet District 1 Chief District Engineer Kyle Poat.

"Our crews will work as quickly as possible to replace the defaced signs, but because of the variety and number of signs that need to be replaced, it may take up to a week," Poat said.

Recovery efforts called off at Muhlenberg mine

Recovery efforts have been called off at a Kentucky mine where an explosion caused a 62-year-old worker to fall.

The Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet said in a news release Monday that welder/iron worker Richard L. Knapp of West Frankfort, Illinois, was presumed dead from an explosion Wednesday at the Kenamerican Resources Inc. Paradise Mine in Muhlenberg County.

The release said methane gases dissipated enough Saturday morning to repeatedly lower a camera, but there was no sight of the worker at the water-filled bottom.

The state said mine owners decided to halt further recovery attempts to avoid jeopardizing rescue workers.

Knapp, an employee of Fricke Management & Contracting of Murphysboro, Illinois, was building a form to be used to fill a mine shaft with concrete in an effort to seal and close the mine.

KSP seeking applicants for cadet class

Kentucky State Police say applications are being accepted for the agency's next academy cadet class.

Police said in a statement that the historic class will be the 100th since the agency was created in 1948. The academy class is set to begin next May. Interested applicants can apply at the Kentucky State Police website.

The site includes information about the application process as well as requirements and disqualifications.

Training at the academy in Frankfort lasts 25 weeks and includes more than 1,000 hours of classroom and field study.

Police say application materials must be submitted by Sept. 13.

Lieutenant governor candidate announces pregnancy

There's a new addition to the Democratic ticket in Kentucky: lieutenant gubernatorial candidate Jacqueline Coleman says she's pregnant.

With her husband standing by her side, Coleman said Friday night that their baby girl is due in February.

Coleman made the announcement during a Democratic dinner on the eve of the Fancy Farm picnic, calling her baby the "newest member of team Beshear-Coleman."

Coleman is on the ticket with Democratic gubernatorial nominee Andy Beshear. She and her husband held a onesie with a Beshear campaign logo across the chest.

Coleman is an educator and basketball coach and predicted her baby will be "an awesome shooting guard."

The candidate for lieutenant governor will get time in the limelight Saturday during stump speeches at the Fancy Farm picnic -- Kentucky's biggest political event.

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