RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — After 63 years of disagreeing with North Carolina over the name of a lake that straddles the state line, Virginia may finally be ready to yield.
To Virginians, it's always been Buggs Island Lake, ever since the Roanoke River was dammed in 1952. North Carolina insisted it was Kerr (pronounced kar) Lake.
Virginia lawmakers once went so far as to order all government agencies to refer to the reservoir as Buggs Island Lake, its "true and proper name."
However, Virginia State Sen. Frank Ruff won unanimous committee approval Thursday for his bill to allow state and local agencies to refer to it as Kerr Lake or John H. Kerr Reservoir.
Ruff said Mecklenburg County's tourism director suggested a more uniform approach would clear up confusion among visitors.