Feedback meeting on name change from Bluefield to Graham

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BLUEFIELD, VA (WVVA) Residents in the Town of Bluefield were invited to Graham Middle School on Thursday to give feedback on a proposed name change to the Town of Graham.

Before the discussion began, councilman Ron Holt and Councilman Lee Riffe, who led the meeting today, said there was a lot of confusion surrounding the name change. The said the purpose of the meeting was to simply hear feedback from the community.

“I think overwhelmingly, the voice of the public was against the name change,” said Bluefield, Virginia resident Robin Hall. “Unfortunately nobody that wanted to change the name, or originally had the idea came forward, so we weren’t able to hear their opinions.”

Hall and others offered an alternative they’ve seen in places like Smith Mountain Lake. They suggested the town could form an agreement with the U.S. Postal Service to make both Bluefield, VA and Graham, VA interchangeable under the 24605 zip code.

Residents who attended the meeting cast “Yes” or “No” ballots on the proposed name change.  Council members told WVVA they will review the results of the vote and use the feedback from residents to determine how to move forward.

Rachel Anderson

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