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Street renamed in honor of Spencer

Tuesday, April 19, 2022 - The City Commissioners of Sallisaw held their monthly meeting last week at the Chamber event center at 6:00 p.m. During the meeting, a special resolution was passed and approved to honor a local man, Buddy Spencer, for his countless volunteer hours and dedication to the City of Sallisaw.

The resolution included that the board of City Commissioners of the City of Sallisaw wishes to show honor and respect to Buddy Spencer for his dedication to Sallisaw by renaming a portion of a public road, specifically the portion of South Opdyke located south of Interstate Highway 40, in his name.

Twenty-five years ago, Spencer and his wife, Doris, moved their family to Sallisaw and quickly became an essential part of our community. Spencer's dedication and passion for public education really show, with the Oklahoma School Board Association presenting an annual "Buddy Spencer Leadership Award" in his name.

Spencer has volunteered countless hours for the betterment of Sallisaw and the surrounding area through his work with the Sallisaw Chamber of Commerce, Sallisaw Improvement Corporation, the City of Sallisaw, Sallisaw Public Schools, and Carl Albert State College. He was involved in two (2) successful 1/2 cent sales tax elections, which resulted in Sallisaw’s Carl Albert State College campus.

In addition to promoting and furthering education opportunities for those in the area, Spencer has also been a vital part of both commercial and industrial growth in Sallisaw. He helped bring Aviagen to Sallisaw, as well as the new veterans' center that is currently under construction.

Spencer has been in the automobile business for over fifty years and has owned and operated over ten dealerships in three states. Spencer and his family currently own and operate Blue Ribbon Auto Group in Sallisaw.

Lindsie Dyer, Staff Writer

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