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Friday, Sept. 26, 2014

Muskogee Phoenix

Bruno Torres
shares his memories of the Lake
Eufaula Dam dedication in 1964. Torres was there as a
news photographer to cover the
presidential
speech. He drove
up from Texas to
attend the 50th anniversary commemoration and
visit a friend.

Dam
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taining the greatness of not


just Oklahoma but our nation, (and) we cannot do
that without thinking beyond the end of our noses.
Watts, who grew up in
Eufaula and saw the lake
as the greatest swimming
pool around, gave the
keynote speech for Thursdays commemoration of the
50th anniversary of Johnsons dedication ceremony.
He was joined by civic leaders, local officials and educators along with U.S. Rep.
Markwayne Mullin and former Oklahoma Attorney
General Drew Edmondson.
Almost every speaker
drew from the message

Staff photo by
D.E. Smoot

Johnson delivered during


the Lake Eufaula Dam
dedication ceremony, which
attracted an estimated
30,000 people. The 50th anniversary festivities drew
200 to 300 people about
a dozen who attended the
inaugural event and scores
of students who have been

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studying the history of the


lake as a school project.
Chris Wheelan, the principal of Eufaula Middle
School, lauded the visionaries who made the lake a
reality: Richard Crumpler,
Ed Edmondson and Robert
S. Kerr were among those
whom he named. He said
those men had the wisdom
to look at things for the
next 30 years, not just the
next 15 minutes.
Mullin said those visionaries laid the foundation
upon which todays generation has an obligation to
build for the future. In order to do that, Mullin said,
differences must be set

aside and political bickering must end.


Edmondson touted the
sensibilities of those lawmakers who recognized the
costs of building the lake
as an investment in the future, not just an expenditure of public funds. That
investment curbed the
threat of floods, created a
recreational playground,
and supplied water for municipal, industrial and agricultural endeavors.
Edmondson, along with
Mullin and others who
spoke Thursday, challenged
those present to consider
what they might do to
move the state and nation
forward.
What are you going to
do in your community and
your state and your nation
that people will show up 50
years later and say, Thank
you for your vision, thank
you for not just thinking
about today, but thinking
about ... 50 years into the
future, Edmondson said.
Its that kind of vision that
builds a state and builds a
nation.
Reach D.E. Smoot at
(918) 684-2901 or dsmoot@
muskogeephoenix.com.

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Hartense Brown, right, of Muskogee and Curtis Jones


of Grand Prairie, Texas, are seen together at an unspecified time. Brown has been missing since Wednesday.

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with a paper tag.
Browns cell phone and
the Buick LaCrosse have
been tracked by satellite to
the area of Jones home in
Grand Prairie, Texas, but
authorities in Grand Prairie
have not been able to locate
Brown or Jones, Mahan
said.
We know that earlier today, the vehicle was in motion for a few moments after
3 oclock this afternoon, Mahan said Thursday evening.
We sent officers with
Grand Prairie to the location, but they have not been
able to find the vehicle, he
said. The phone is pinging
within 1,500 meters of the
residence of the gentleman
we believe she is with. We
cant say if she is with him
or is somewhere in the state
of Oklahoma.

   


  


        
     
   
  
      
    
   




 


   
 
   
    

  


   
 
     

     

 

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Police believe Brown is in


imminent danger because
she does not have her medications.
Those are in possession
of the family, so we know she
doesnt have them, Mahan
said.
Police havent been able
to reach Brown on her
phone. It is not being answered, he said.
The gentleman she was
with, his phone would ring
earlier and then go to voicemail. Now, it goes straight
to voicemail, Mahan said
Thursday evening.
Browns family spoke with
Jones
on Wednesday
evening and believed Jones
and Brown were in Muskogee.
He said they would be
back home in about an
hour, Mahan said. They
havent heard from them
since then.
Police also have checked
with Browns bank.
We believe she did call
her local bank here in town,
Mahan said. She wouldnt
tell them where she was at.
They are aware of the situation.
Police know Jones lives in
Grand Prairie and have his
address because he filled out
a criminal complaint a few
days ago, Mahan said.
Jones was at Browns residence on Tuesday and
claimed that a neighbor of
hers accused him of abusing (Brown), and a verbal altercation took place.
Jones told police that the
neighbor retrieved a rifle
and pointed it in the air. The
rifle turned out to be a pellet
gun, Mahan said.
Grand Prairie police dont
have enough probable cause
to force entry into the home,
Mahan said.
The Silver Alert has been
issued statewide in Oklahoma, and the information
also will be sent to agencies
in Texas.
We have enough information to say we believe she is
imminent harm, Mahan
said. We cant say where
she is at this point.
Reach Elizabeth Ridenour at (918) 684-2929 or
eridenour@muskogee
phoenix.com.

Execution
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come dislodged from his


groin, prolonging his death.
Patton also elaborated on
changes under way in the
execution chamber. The
renovation involved dissembling the death chamber down to the floor, and
were building it back up,
he said. The work is expected to be done next week.
Patton said the renovation has doubled the size of
the operations room from
which the deadly chemical
cocktail is administered.
New lighting and tables
have been ordered, along
with different types of medical equipment including
an ultrasound machine to
help locate veins for an IV
and an EKG machine.
Janelle Stecklein is the
Oklahoma state reporter for
CNHIs Oklahoma newspapers. Reach her at jstecklein@cnhi.com or on Twitter
at @ReporterJanelle.

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