The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

May 19, 2013

West Virginia Briefs

The Associated Press

— WVU students ignore street sign amnesty offer

MORGANOWN — So much for amnesty. The city of Morgantown says not a single West Virginia University student took advantage of a program allowing them to return stolen street signs without penalty.

Students often claim souvenirs of their college careers, and the practice has become expensive for the city.

It offered to accept signs with no questions asked. But as of Friday, only 16 signs were turned in — and all of them by landlords.

Assistant Public Works Director Lyle Matthews says they typically find them while cleaning out apartments at the end of the year.

Morgantown has experimented with different kinds of signs to deter theft.

Officials have settled on a stronger pole with supports several inches thick — instead of a thin, metal sign that’s often pliable enough to remove.

State stressing highway safety work zones

CHARLESTON — With the unofficial start of summer nearing, West Virginia’s Division of Highways is talking safety in work zones.

The division has scheduled a news conference for Friday to provide driving tips and work zone website information. Transportation Secretary Paul Mattox will be joined by representatives from the State Police and the state and federal highway safety programs.

The long Memorial Day weekend is traditionally one of the busiest times on the nation’s highways.