County sign spelled wrong - a second time

Marina Riker By Marina Riker

June 15, 2017 at 10 p.m.
Updated June 16, 2017 at 6 a.m.

"Dorothy" and "O'Connor" are misspelled on a sign directing motorists to the Dorothy H. O'Connor Pet Adoption Center.

"Dorothy" and "O'Connor" are misspelled on a sign directing motorists to the Dorothy H. O'Connor Pet Adoption Center.    contributed photo by kelly maresh for The Victoria Advocate

Kelly Maresh, 25, was driving from her home in Inez to visit a friend in Victoria when she noticed a county street sign had been spelled wrong - not once but twice.

The sign, which is near Business U.S. 59, is supposed to direct drivers to the Dorothy H. O'Connor Pet Adoption Center. For years, Maresh said, the sign was spelled with an extra "o" - reading "adooption" instead of "adoption," Maresh said.

Within the past week, she noticed a new sign - but this time, Dorothy H. O'Connor was spelled "Dorthy H. O'Conner."

"I know I'm dyslexic, but I know that sign is misspelled," said Maresh, who took a photo of the sign and posted it to Facebook.

County Commissioner Clint Ives, who oversees the area where the sign is, said he was told the original sign was misspelled within the past month. The "adooption" sign was installed by the Texas Department of Transportation in the mid-2000s to help residents find the animal shelter, according to TxDOT.

Ives said he decided to fix it and put up a new one. But the new sign was also spelled wrong.

"It happens," said Ives. "We've got 160 miles of county roads. We've actually had other county road signs (spelled wrong)."

Ives said the county can make a new sign for less than $35. His staff may also be able to correct the spelling of O'Connor's name and save the sign, he said.

"It's a classic expression: You try to do the right thing, and it blows up in your face," Ives said while chuckling.


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