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West Virginia Maps Flawed, Again

May 8, 1998

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) _ The latest West Virginia map from the state’s highways agency has a few mistakes _ Echo, not Wayne, is listed as the seat of Wayne County, for example. And Nolan, not Williamson, is listed as the seat of Mingo County.

Turns out state highways officials knew about the flaws before it came off the printing press.

Though the maps were released in mid-January, the mistakes didn’t became public until this week when a West Virginia University student bet his roommate a pizza he could name all 55 county seats.

``It’s just human error,″ Division of Highways spokeswoman Carol Melling said Thursday. ``We caught the mistake too late. It was already on the press and it would have been too expensive to stop.″

The division produces about 2 million maps per printing to cover two years. The printing cost $224,640.

The mistakes are disheartening, but are not the first to make it into the state’s official highway map.

``No matter how many times we’ve done them, there’s always something,″ Melling said. ``The last time we did one, we neglected to put Granville in Monongalia County on the map.″

Earlier maps list county seats in the index. The new map denotes the county seat as a circle with a black dot. The county-seat circles cover the wrong towns in Mingo and Wayne counties.

Those mistakes were found by Stephen Capaldo, a freshman chemistry major at the university, and roommate John Hawse.

``I wish I had them as proofreaders,″ Melling said.

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