Narconon expanding to McAlester, Oklahoma
Group: alt.religion.scientology Date: Wed, Oct 12, 2005, 3:57am (CDT+1)
A confidential source tells me that Narconon is looking to get into the city of McAlester (Oklahoma) by purchasing a local hotel. Called the Hiway Inn Express, many of the locals remember it as the Ramada Inn or the Holiday Inn. It lays on the south border of town on Highway 69. This hotel changed hands a few years ago for a price in the low millions. I don't know what the current purchase price is, or if the sale is final yet, but it's being done through the Bank of Oklahoma. (Narconon does a lot of business at the Eufaula branch, so that might be the office they are going through.)
It's not clear what the new space will be used for. One report says they're moving the withdrawal section there, and also planning on putting in a medical detox facility, but this has not been confirmed.
McAlester is about 20 miles south of Canadian, Oklahoma, which is where Narconon Arrowhead is located.
You would think that with all the trouble Narconon has caused in Oklahoma, McAlester officials would know better than to allow construction of a new facility in their town. Someone needs to look into this.
-- Dave Touretzky