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(W)Here's your sign?
August 18, 2008 - Jody Murphy
Apologies to Bill Engvall, but where is Parkersburg South's sign?
I'm referring to signs declaring the city home of the Parkersburg South girls basketball team, the 2006 and 2008 Class AAA state champions.
In March, Patriots' girls basketball coach Scott Stephens asked the City Council about placing some signs at two entrances to the city (W.Va 14 and the Camden Avenue exit off I-77). Stephens and the team was at the Council meeting that evening to recieve some recognition for winning the 2008 state title.
Stephens pointed out there were signs recognizing the city's recent football and wrestling championships - both of which were won by Parkersburg High - but there was nothing highlighting South's accolades.
Not even a sign recognizing the Patriots 2006 title - two years ago!?
This week, I spoke to Stephens to see if the signs had been put up yet - after all it's only been five months. Stephens said he's got the 2006 signs and is waiting for the 2008 signs from the state before contacting the city to put them up.
Stephens said it was not the city's fault. And he's sent the W.Va. Dept. of Transportation a letter outlining his request.
Mayor Bob Newell said Stephens shouldn't be the one contacting the state. It should be city officials.
What's that old saying ... If you want something done right?
Look, I don't know whose responsibilty it is, but Newell's right; it shouldn't fall to Stephens.
But it sure as heck shouldn't take five months to get a few signs put up.
When the News and Sentinel discovered the city had incorrect signs - regarding the state's first and second governors - it was less than a week before the signs were replaced.
How 'bout a little expediency and recoginition for South?
On other note regarding Parkersburg South girls basketball.
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