HOKIE SHARE THE HANDS:The chief of a Hoagie town in North Carolina said he’s raising $1.3 million to change the name of the town.
The Hoagies were a family of eight people in the late 1800s.
It’s a name that is so important to the community that Hoagiestown Mayor Joe Smith said the town is planning to rename itself.
Smith said the name Hoagietown was chosen because it was one of the first towns in the South to have a strong Hoagien family name.
He said his community was named Hoagiotown when the town was founded in the 1850s.
He said the new name is meant to honor the people of the Hoagialyans who settled the area in the 1800s and who gave birth to the town of Hoagiacre in the early 1900s.
Smith is asking anyone who has a friend or family member who is related to the Hoags to contribute.
Smith says he plans to ask the town council to reconsider the name, and if they choose to change it, he said he’ll make sure it is registered and used in the future.
Smith’s campaign is raising money through a GoFundMe page.
He says he wants to change Hoagiatown to Hoagiegown.
He added that he’s already raised $5,000 so far.