WESTMINSTER - The Carroll County Commissioners have renamed the Carroll County Airport on Route 97 North outside the city.

The new name is "Carroll County Regional Airport/Jack B. Poage Field".

The addition of 'regional' into the title connotes an elevation in operation status, said officials. The name reflects the airport's expanding capabilities and will have a positive effect on economic development marketing efforts, they said.

"Jack B. Poage Field" was added to the name following numerous requests to recognize the late airport manager's contribution to aviation in the county.

"This is quite a tribute to Jack, who gave this place seven days a week for the past 11 years," said Poage's widow, June. "I couldn't be more pleased and Jack is right over there on the hill at Krider's Church Cemetery watching over all the expansion here."

In addition to managing the airport from 1979 until his death Sept. 23, Poage also was president of Westair.

"They have done a tremendous job out there," Commissioner Julia W. Gouge said of Jack and June Poage. "This was a man respected across the nation.

"We're following a tradition across the nation of renaming the field."

The county will notify the Federal Aviation Administration and Maryland Aviation Administration of the name change. Appropriate signs will reflect the change following approval by the state and federal agencies.

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