(Town Crier photo/Revis Blaylock)
Former North County Road 165 has been named Paul Robbins Lane. The new street is part of the newly annexed area west of the City of Manila off Highway 18.
Mayor Clifford Veach and the Manila City Council voted unanimously to name the new street after Mr. Robbins, a longtime area resident and businessman. Veach said Mr. Robbins has long been a part of the Manila Community.
"Mr. Robbins has always done a lot for the city and never asked for a penny," Mayor Veach said. "He has always been a good friend and neighbor to everyone."
There are 14 residences on the street and Mr. Robbins said they are all good neighbors.
"Everyone looks out for each other," Robbins said. "Manila is a good place to live and raise a family."
All four of Mr. Robbins children graduated from Manila High School. His youngest daughter, Robin Baugher, and her husband live on the street as well as his grandson, J.P. Baugher, and family .
"Manila has good leadership with the mayor and city council," Robbins said. "We have the best fire department and police department in the world. We have good doctors who will get out of bed and come if we need them. We have good churches and an excellent school. You can drive from Michigan to Florida and not find a better place to live."
Mr. Robbins smiled when he said it was nice of the city to name the street after him so he could find his way home.
"I don't know why they decided to name it for me, but I do appreciate it," Robbins said. "Manila is a great place to live. Any kind of business will survive in this town."
Robbins had a retail business in Manila for many years. He is also a licensed auctioneer and realtor. Anytime he has been asked by different organizations in the community to volunteer as an auctioneer for different fundraisers, he is there.
Mayor Veach said he is pleased to have all of the recently annexed new residences as part of the city of Manila.
"It is a good thing for the residents and it is a good thing for the city," Veach said.