Charles O'Dell Dies in Crash

Longtime Hays County government watchdog died Feb. 1 in an accident

Charles O'Dell
Charles O'Dell

In a great loss to Central Texas activism and general feistiness, longtime Hays County government watchdog and gadfly Charles O’Dell, 75, was killed Feb. 1 in a traffic accident – he was on his motor scooter en route to a Hays Community Action Network meeting.

O’Dell was famous or notorious for insisting on transparency and accountability in government. HaysCAN announced a memorial service Saturday, March 3, 2pm, at the Wizard Academy, 16221 Crystal Hills Dr., Austin (off CR 1826), with an invitation to those wishing to share stories about O’Dell. More at www.hayscan.org.

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