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Wednesday, June 16, 2021 - 12:00am

OHCE COMFORT BEAR MISSION — The Coal County OHCE After Five club presents 67 comfort bears to local first responders on June 10. The stuffed animals help comfort children in emergency situations and help first responders establish trust with the children. More comfort bears are being made, said OHCE member Sue Tillery. From left (front) – Barbara Elkins, OSU Extension Service FCS/4-H Educator; Frances Brown, After Five OHCE; Sue Tillery, President, After Five OHCE/President, Coal County OHCE; Carmen Chelf and Audrey Gage, Coalgate Fire Department/ EMS; Officer Christian Minyen, Coalgate Police Department; (back) – Jahree Wilson, After Five OHCE; LaDonna Flowers, After Five OHCE; Eugina Loudermilk, After Five OHCE; Trooper John Ivey, Oklahoma Highway Patrol; Deputy Ethan Fomby, Investigator, Coal County Sheriff’s Office; Officer Destin Wilkerson, Tupelo Police Department; Chris Clymer, City of Coalgate Code Enforcement.

Wednesday, June 16, 2021 - 12:00am

The Coalgate School Board held its regular monthly meeting June 7.


Wednesday, May 19, 2021 - 12:00am

Those of us who have taught here or even those that have lived herE for any period of time, know Ernie Fanning. He is as well known around Coalgate as Nike is to tennis shoes. Ernie is a lifelong resident of Coalgate. He graduated in 1975 and received a full football scholarship to East Central University in Ada, OK. During his last semester at ECU, his grandfather, B.B. Franklin, had a stroke. Though difficult, Ernie made the only decision he could make. He left school and headed home to help on the family ranch and the cattle order buying business. He was raised with strong family values. When family needs help, you step up and do what you can. He left college behind and focused on the ranch. While working on the ranch, he also began assisting Bobby English with building homes.

Wednesday, May 12, 2021 - 12:00am

STATE MEDALISTS — Josi Lackey, Patrick Kingston and Coach Matt Lane at the 3A state meet held May 7 in Catoosa. Josi placed 5 in long jump and Patrick placed 4 in 300 hurdles. “The kids worked hard all year to get the opportunity to go to the state track meet,” said Coach Lane. “We coaches are extremely proud of their accomplishments and are excited about them competing in state again next year. First time since 2016 Coalgate has had a state placer, and it was an awesome feeling to get two placers this year. They earned it.” (Photos by Nathan Hill.)


Wednesday, June 16, 2021 - 12:00am

On January 22, 1973, the Supreme Court of America, in the Roe v. Wade case, by a vote of 7-2, opened the gates to the Court’s Greatest Crime against God and Humanity. And the gate is still wide open to this heinous crime.

Wednesday, June 16, 2021 - 12:00am

Jim Priest is CEO of Goodwill Industries of Central Oklahoma and can be reached at