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August 12th

Problem a thing of the past

August 12, 2011

The manager of Poteau
Valley Improvement
Authority said Thursday
that the efforts of county
citizens and a break in the
weather has taken care of
the distribution problems
PVIA was facing just last
week.
Don Goforth said in a
phone interview that he
and his staff have seen
marked improvement at
the PVIA water treatment
plant since he contacted
the newspaper last week
asking citizens to voluntarily
conserve water during
peak hours.
The problem that PVIA
was beginning to see was
not with water levels at
Wister Lake, nor with the
treatment plant but with

August 5th

Officials shut down meth lab

August 5, 2011

The LeFlore County
Sheriff’s Department shut
down a major clandestine
methamphetamine lab
Wednesday evening after
a six month investigation
came to an end.
Michael Chapell, 37,
and Clinton Dewayne
Greene, 46, both of Spiro,
were arrested on charges
of aggravated manufacturing
of methamphetamine,
possession of stolen firearms,
possession of marijuana,
possession of video
surveillance equipment in
the commission of a felony,
possession of firearms
after former felony conviction
and possession of
drug paraphernalia.
According to Sheriff
Bruce Curnutt, his department

PVIA officials requesting help from citizens

August 5, 2011

The Poteau Valley Improvement
Authority is asking residents to conserve
water following a record setting summer
of high temperatures and drought.
According to Don Goforth, PVIA
manager, the problem isn’t with water
availability or the capacity of the water
treatment plant at Wister Lake. The problem
is with distribution.
“There is plenty of water in Wister
Lake and the treatment plant has adequate
capacity. The problem is with distribution.
LeFlore County is just using
water faster than we can pump it,”
Goforth said.
Goforth said that if consumers don’t

August 4th

Nicholson honored as outstanding prosecutor

August 4, 2011

A LeFlore County
Assistant District Attorney
who has dedicated her
entire career to helping
victims find peace through
prosecution was honored
at the annual Oklahoma
District Attorney’s
Conference last week
being named as the recipient
of the 2011 Mitch
Sperry Memorial Award
for Out s tanding
Prosecutor.
Margaret Nicholson,
Meg as most people know
her, began her journey
into helping others at the
University of Texas. She
graduated with her
Bachelor’s Degree in
Psychology and was
quickly accepted to the
Oklahoma College of Law.
She obtained her law

KTC promotes new assistant

August 4, 2011

Kiamichi Technology
Center recently hired
Michael Culwell as their
Assistant Director for
their Poteau and Spiro
Campuses. Culwell brings
15 years experience in
education to KTC.
He is a graduate of
Bokoshe High School. He
received his Associates
degree from Carl Albert
State College. He earned
his Bachelor’s and
Master’s degrees from
Northeastern State
University.
Culwell started his professional
career as a
Spanish instructor at Spiro
High School.
After teaching at Spiro
High School for four
years, Mr. Culwell worked
as high school principal at

July 21st

District Attorney's Investigators search for infants remains

July 21, 2011

Investigators for the LeFlore County District Attorney's Office have spent the last two days searching for the remains of an infant they discovered was buried on the property of a husband and wife charged with child neglect following an investigatio into possible child abuse.
According to an application for exhumation filed by Assistant District Attorney Meg Nicholson on Tuesday, the remains of an infant born to a minor child of James Haskin, 61, and Lucinda Haskin, 39, of LeFlore County was buried on property belonging to the couple after an alleged still birth.

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