Fri., October 9, 2009 6:18pm (EDT)

Airport Renamed After Pres. Jimmy Carter
By Associated Press
Updated: 5 years ago

PLAINS, Ga.  —  
Former President Jimmy Carter honored with renaming of airport.  (courtesy of Wikimedia Commons)
Former President Jimmy Carter honored with renaming of airport. (courtesy of Wikimedia Commons)
Souther Field Airport, a former military training base, has been renamed Jimmy Carter Regional Airport in honor of the former President.

Carter attended the Sunday renaming-ceremony at the airport, about 20 miles from his native Plains.

The Americus City Council, Sumter County Board of Commissioners and the Americus and Sumter County Airport Authority all voted to approve the change.

But not everyone's happy about it.

Opponents say they have no problem with Carter and would be happy to see something else named after the 39th president.

But they want to preserve the history of the airfield, which is named after Henry Souther, who helped develop the airfield as a military training base during World War I.