COALGATE — Many Coalgate young people were busy this week. 4-H and FFA members exhibited their livestock projects at the Coal County Junior Livestock Show. More than 200 head of livestock, including beef, sheep, goats and swine, were shown by 70 members.

Thursday and Friday the Lady Wildcats competed in the Class 2A State Tournament Basketball Playoffs, the first to compete at the state level in 58 years. They won the first game against Hinton Thursday but unfortunately lost to Washington Friday.

I echo the opinion of Jim Cox, Coalgate class of ‘59, when he said, “The team represented their community in an outstanding manner. Their exhibition of sportsmanship, character, enthusiasm, heart and class [speaks] volumes for these young people, their families and community.”

These observations concerned the Coalgate vs. Konawa game for the right to go to the state playoffs, but I believe they carry through the state level, and I think his comment “No matter what the outcome...Coalgate is a winner,” could be applied to the 4-H and FFA members as well as the Lady Wildcats.

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Members of the Coal County OHCE will host the Southeast District Oklahoma Home and Community Education Organization meeting Thursday, March 16 at the Emerson Elementary building. More than 350 people are expected to attend the day-long event.

Registration, with refreshments, begins at 8 a.m. The business meeting begins at 9 a.m. with Debra Sevenson, state OHCE president, presiding, followed by session one of the workshops.

Gladys Nokes and Margaret Smith, of the Hourglass Production of Enid, will present an entertaining program called “Catch That Community Vision” during the lunch. Workshop sessions two and three will take place in the afternoon.

For those interested in joining OHCE, the meeting is open to the public and allows them to see, first-hand, the type of workshops and programs the OHCE sponsors all year long. Pre-registration is required for members. For more information, phone the OSU Extension Service at (580) 927-2262.

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Spring is nearly here; time for spring cleaning. Perhaps you already have items that could be recycled. If so, you can bring them to the Shamrock Bank parking lot Saturday, March 18 from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. for Coalgate FCCLA Recycle Day.

The FCCLA will have recycle bins for paper, old cell phones, ink cartridges, cans and plastic.

Concessions will be available. Sign up for the scavenger hunt will be between 11 a.m. and noon at the concession stand. Cost is $1. The hunt will be hosted from 1-2 p.m. and there are cash prizes.

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