Davis Road dilemma solved

Published 9:33 am Saturday, March 26, 2011

CONWAY — One Davis Road near here now has a new name honoring one of its former residents.

On Monday, the Northampton County Board of Commissioners accepted a recommendation coming from Linda Daye, a homeowner on the road.

After a lengthy discussion, Daye along with the commissioners agreed on Mrs. Mag Road as the new name for Davis Road (State Road 1563) located off Highway 158 near Faison’s Old Tavern.

The road name change comes after residents brought their concerns to the commissioners in reference to there being two Davis Roads within the county. The other Davis Road (State Road 1506) is located off of NCHS East Road near the Creeksville community. In the past, the same road name has led to confusion for emergency services personnel as to where they are needed to respond.

During discussion at Monday’s meeting, Daye said she understood why the name Magnolia Vaughan could not be used because there were several Vaughan Roads in the county.

Daye said she wanted the name of the road to be either Magnolia Road or Mrs. Mag Lane, in honor of Magnolia Vaughan, a late resident of the road who petitioned for the thoroughfare to be added to the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) system.

“I told the board how she walked in the rain to get this road paved, it was very bad out there,” Daye said. “I would like to dedicate this road to her and it means a lot to our community.”

After further discussion, County Manager Wayne Jenkins noted county’s ordinance does not allow state roads to be named “lane.”

“It has to be road,” he said.

Commissioner Virginia Spruill moved to accept Daye’s recommendation to change the name of the road to Mrs. Mag Road. Commissioner Chester Deloatch offered a second and the measure was approved unanimously with Commissioner Robert Carter excused from the discussion and vote, which the board formally approved due to Carter owning property on the road.