Columbia County commissioners soon are expected to decide on a proposal to extend the name of William Few Parkway even further than the newly extended road itself.
The problem with the proposal, as some history buffs have pointed out, is that the name William Few, a signer of the U.S. Constitution who lived in Columbia County, appears poised to trump the name Chamblin.
The good news is that, despite what some of those history lovers might have understood, the Chamblin name will survive.
Currently, William Few Parkway runs from its dead end near the Greenbrier schools and stops at Columbia Road. An extension scheduled to open soon would take it behind the fairgrounds to Chamblin Road, and road officials want the William Few name to continue the road's name to Lewiston Road.
The portion of Chamblin from Columbia to the new William Few would be renamed High Meadows Drive. The portion of Chamblin from Wrightsboro Road to William Few intersection would remain.
That's sensible. Columbia County has far too many roads that change names after intersections; this would clear up at least one stretch. And it would preserve Chamblin, named for educators who had a hand in the original Grovetown School.
Times change. Fortunately, this proposal allows history to remain.
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