Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

December 17, 2012

City awaits state approval to erect welcome signs

By KATE COIL
Bluefield Daily Telegraph

PRINCETON — City officials are hoping to soon see signs proclaiming Princeton “The Heart of Mercer County” all across town.

Mayor Patricia “Pat” Wilson said state approval is the last hurdle before the city can erect new signage at several major entrance points.

“We have staked out where the signs will go,” Wilson said. “The state has to make sure the right-of-ways are all right before we can actually put up the signs. We have seen the artist’s rendering of the signs E.T. Boggess has done for us, and to my knowledge, they have already manufactured the signs.”

Designed by E.T. Boggess Architects, the new signs have been financed through a grant the city received from the Transportation Enhancement Program for the purpose of designing new city signage.

The new signs will replace older signs advertising Princeton as “The Gateway to Four Seasons Country.” The city held a slogan contest in 2011 to pick a new motto for the signs and city officials selected the phrase “The Heart of Mercer County” to adorn the new signs out of nearly 600 entries into the slogan contest.

“The old signs have been up for quite a while,” Wilson said. “We have been working on getting these new signs for the past three years.”

Wilson said several major roads leading into the city have been selected for signage as well as a few minor routes.

“There are four or five larger signs and several more smaller signs to be placed,” she said. “There will be a sign on Ingleside Road, Athens Road, Bluefield-Princeton Road and all of the major entrances into the city. We want to get these signs up as soon as possible.”

— Contact Kate Coil at kcoil@bdtonline.com