LYCS to celebrate 39 years

LeFlore County Youth Services marked 39 years of service on Monday.Board and staff members and retired director Rick Couri gathered to celebrate the occasion as well as the agency's fourth CARF accreditation. The accreditation is for three years.LCYS Inc. was founded in 1974 after a steering committee was put together in 1973 to provide an alternative to jail for teens.As a result of their work, the organization became reality as a not-for-profit agency and first funding started in July 1974. Over the following decades, the agency has grown and expanded services to LeFlore and Haskell counties. Last year LCYS was awarded the Civic Improvement Award by the Poteau Chamber of Commerce for the new facility at 510 N. Broadway.