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Need an absentee ballot? It’s time to apply.

Voters in Coal County who want absentee ballots mailed to them for the June 28th Primary Election should apply now, County Election Board Secretary Amber Fanning said today.

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Pennie Shipley retires after 32 years

Pennie Shipley has decided to lay down her Smartboard remote, throw away her whistle, and retire. Pennie has been in a school system and classrooms in various capacities for 32 years, but she has taught 15 years. She has spent the last 11 years teaching third grade at Emerson Elementary.

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Wanda Utterback honored at chamber banquet

WANDA UTTERBACK, EDITOR OF THE COALGATE RECORD REGISTER, was presented a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Chamber in recognition of her many years of service to her profession and the manner in which she represents the citizens of Coal County. Bill and Dayna Robinson, publishers of the Coalgate Record Register, also presented her a plaque of appreciation. After 32 years with the newspaper, Wanda’s official retirement date was May 31, 2022. Shown above from left - Johnny Sandmann, President, Coal County Chamber of Commerce, Wanda Utterback, Bill Robinson. (Note: Four awards were presented at the May 19 Coal County Chamber of Commerce banquet. Heavybilt Manufacturing Inc. was recognized in the May 25 paper. The remaining two awardees, CHS teacher Linda Strunk and Black Hawk Services will be featured in upcoming issues.)

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Service today for Roy Shoemake

Roy Price Shoemake passed away peacefully in his sleep at home and surrounded by loved ones on May 27, 2022. He was born on September 11, 1937 in Lehigh, Oklahoma and graduated from Coalgate High School in 1956. He was the patriarch of his large and loving family and will be deeply missed.

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Service held for Mary Frances Roebuck

Funeral services for Mary Frances (Breger) Roebuck, a Coalgate resident, were held Saturday, May 28, 2022, at 2:00 p.m. at Brown’s Funeral Chapel in Coalgate with Brother Eddie Hogue officiating. Burial was in Riley Cemetery in Olney with Brown’s Funeral Service of Coalgate in charge of arrangements.

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Local students graduate from Eastern Oklahoma State College

Eastern Oklahoma State College hosted its commencement ceremonies on May 6. An estimated 241 students have earned their associate degree or certificate this year.

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Local students graduate from Murray State College

Murray State College held its commencement ceremony for Fall 2021, Spring 2022, and Summer 2022 graduates on Friday, May 13, 2022, at 7 p.m. on the front lawn of the Tishomingo campus. A long-standing tradition, in a beautiful setting, exercising commencement on the front lawn is a celebration of the hard work and dedication our students, faculty, and staff have shown throughout the academic year.

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