COALGATE — Would you like to enjoy a brisket lunch and help the Coal County Volunteer Fire Departments at the same time? You can do that Sunday, Feb. 26, at the Coalgate Park Building when a benefit brisket lunch will be served from 12-2 p.m. If you have ever been the victim of a fire or if your property has been threatened by fire, you know how devastating and terrifying fire can be. Coal County, like many other counties in the state, has been experiencing numerous grass and wildfires. The volunteer fire departments work tirelessly to protect people and property, but their budgets are being stretched to the limit.

The Rural Oklahoma Community Foundation and Shamrock Bank NA, together, have purchased some much needed equipment for each of the volunteer fire departments and plan to present this equipment to them at 1 p.m. Feb. 26, which will be a day to honor Coal County’s volunteer fire departments and show these local heroes that they are appreciated.

For more information, phone Guy Sims, Rick Chaney, Howard Nelson or Starla Gold at Shamrock Bank, (580) 927-2311.

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The Coal County Chamber of Commerce will hold its monthly meeting at noon Thursday, Feb. 23, in the Coalgate Park Building.

Chamber officers were installed at the January meeting and include the following: Starla Gold, president; Beva Haynes, vice-president; Jean Gardner, secretary; and Rebecca Washburn, treasurer.

The Chamber meets the fourth Thursday of each month at the Coalgate Park Building and alternates between noon and 6 p.m. meetings.

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No candidate received a majority of the votes during the Coal County annual school election. Amy Vaughn-Mauk and Jennifer Horton will meet in a runoff election April 4 to determine who will fill the seat for Office 1 of the Coalgate School District Board of Education.

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Teenagers are busy people so if you know a teen who may be interested in learning a unique art form, ask them to mark their calendar for this upcoming program: Origami for Teens will be presented Saturday, March 4 from 12-3 p.m. in the Coal County Library meeting room. This free program will be taught by Rhoda Yokiel.

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