Jeri and Joe McElligott of Ione announce the engagement of their daughter, Melissa McElligott of Ione, to Josh Coiner of Heppner.

The bride-elect graduated in 1996 from Ione High School. She received a bachelor's degree in elementary and special education in 2001 from the University of Nevada, Reno. She completed two years of teaching sixth grade in Stockton, Calif.

Coiner is the son of Barb Coiner of Heppner and Dan Coiner of Sacramento, Calif. He graduated in 1997 from Heppner High School. He received a bachelor's degree in rangeland management and crop and soil science in 2002 from Oregon State University. He works as a soil conservationist with NRCS in Condon.

The couple will be married Oct. 9, 2004 in Heppner.

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