Former Dewey County resident Robert Hedges was recently promoted to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel (LTC) in the Oklahoma Army National Guard during a ceremony at the Armed Forces Reserve Center in Mustang, OK. Hedges has more than 26 years of service in the Oklahoma National Guard and is a 1985 graduate of Seiling High School. He has made his home in the Lawton, OK area since graduating from Cameron University in 1989. He enlisted in the Oklahoma Army National Guard at Elk City in 1987 as a Private First Class (PFC) and completed Basic training and Advanced Individual Training as a Cannon Crewmember (13B) at Fort Sill, OK in December of that year. Hedges was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the Field Artillery in 1989 after completing Army Reserve Officer’s Training Corps at Cameron University.
Sen. Casey Murdock, R-Felt, voiced his support for the new public health laboratory and the Oklahoma Pandemic Center for Innovation and Excellence (OP-CIE) at Oklahoma State University (OSU) in Stillwater. He said the COVID-19 pandemic has shown the importance of such a facility to prepare Oklahoma for future pandemic or bioterrorism responses.
In its regular October meeting, Seiling trustees discussed running an ad or actively seeking two individuals to fill the vacant seats on the Seiling Municipal Hospital Advisory Board. The trustees approved to actively seek individuals to fill the open seats or to check the bylaws as to reducing the number of commissioners.
Jessie Bland of Taloga was inducted into the County 4-H Hall of Fame. This is the highest honor presented at the annual awards program. It is based on the state record book and an interview.
Dewey County elected officials voted 5-to-3 last week to maintain inequality in county employee working hours while all receive the same pay.