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 By Jack H. Smith    Opinion    October 11, 2017 

Editorial: Work begins on 2018 phone book

Early in 2018, the Ledger will be publishing the annual Whitehall Area Phone Book. The staff at the paper has currently started work on the edition and is using this editorial to remind residents and businesses about the publication. While a phone...

 By Jack H. Smith    Opinion    October 11, 2017 

Column: Old Friends

A few weeks ago, I was able to reconnect with one of my best friends from high school. It had been years since I had talked to him and it was a great feeling to chat with him and relive some crazy stories from the past, some I had forgotten, and... Full story

 By Jim Zachary    Opinion    October 4, 2017

Editorial -- Your local newspaper: The real deal

While no one should ever say “I know it’s real because I saw it on the internet,” everyone should be able to say, “I know it’s real. I read it in the newspaper.” Real newspapers reporting real news have never been more important or more... Full story


The bee in my sweatshirt

It was business as usual last Wednesday at the Whitehall Ledger office. While Melissa is making the weekly jaunt to Anaconda to pickup the paper, I stay put and get the website updated, as well as a variety of other tasks to get ready for the next ed... Full story


Editorial: Let's paint the town Purple and Gold

Whitehall High School is only one week away from one of the most exciting times of the school year. The annual Homecoming Week festivities will take place from October 2 to 6. It will be a fun week for both students and local residents with a... Full story


Column: Working from home is not easy when a kitten makes things difficult

One great thing about my job is that I can do it from just about anywhere if need be. While I often times will bring my computer home on the weekend, I've worked at home a few times during the week as well as a couple times while I was visiting famil... Full story


Editorial: Bleachers are great upgrade at high school

After two away games to start the 2017 season, the Whitehall/Harrison High School football team was able to open their home season earlier this month against Red Lodge. While the game had the importance of the home fans getting their first chance to... Full story


Column: 400 words on the dump.

While I was attending the University of Wyoming, I was waiting tables to help pay for school and expenses, and it was getting really old. While it certainly not the worst job I’ve had, my nerves were getting fried by people who were downright mean,...


Editorial: Do the right thing for the residents of Montana

The past few months have been devastating for Montana as wildfires have burned throughout the state. There was over a 2,700-acre fire locally, and over a million acres have burned in Montana. People are losing their homes, firefighters have lost... Full story


Column: Pumpkin Spice and the end of the world

I’ve always had a fascination with movies and books about a post-apocalyptic world or dystopian society. While they would often times make me feel uncomfortable, it was almost like rubber necking at an accident – you want to turn away, but often... Full story


Editorial: Be careful around schools

Every weekday while I’m at the office, my desk will shake because a semi truck is going too fast down Legion Avenue. I certainly understand the importance of transportation by truck, and that the main street of town is on a highway, but that... Full story


Column: Labor Day

I think it would be pretty safe to say I had a memorable Labor Day weekend. I’m usually not one to travel over a holiday weekend, but when I saw that Guns and Roses was playing last Sunday at the Gorge Amphitheater in Washington, there was no... Full story


Editorial: Thanks for all you do law enforcement

A few weeks ago, I wrote an editorial about commending the Whitehall Chamber for their decision to select the local volunteer fire department as the Grand Marshal of the 2017 Frontier Days parade. This noble gesture said so much about the community... Full story


Column: Video Store

When I was growing up I used to relish Friday evening. My family would make our way to Warehouse Video and rent several movies for the weekend. I can still remember the smell of fresh popcorn they would always give to each customer, and the owner... Full story


Editorial --- Friday Night Lights: Get out and support Trojans

“There is nowhere better to be on a Friday night than a high school football game.” – Mark Correll Late last year, the Whitehall High School football team was on a tear as they made their way to the Montana Class B Semifinals before losing to...


Editorial: Shakespeare in the Parks an asset to community

This week’s issue of the Whitehall Ledger has a front-page article about the upcoming Shakespeare in the Parks performance. The event will take place August 28 in Whitehall, and is a tremendous opportunity for residents of all ages to get out and...


Column: The Snowman

Earlier this month I was able to make a quick trip to my hometown. I closed the office on a Friday and headed out of town around 8 a.m. While an 800 mile round trip is certainly not fun, it’s important from time to time to take a quick break and ge...


Editorial: Try to make it out to the County Fair

There is something special about a small town county fair. It just so happens that local residents will have the chance to attend two in the month of August. The Madison County Fair starts today, and the Jefferson County Fair will run from August 24...


Column: New Things?

The older I get I don’t really like to try new things. I’m not sure if it is a good or bad thing, but I have a comfort zone and don’t often care to step outside of it. Every once in awhile I do, and I have to remind myself that doing something...


Editorial: Fire department well deserving of 2017 accolade

One of the more popular events at Frontier Days is the annual parade that brings a huge crowd that line the streets of Whitehall. At this year's event committee members made an outstanding decision...


Column: Stop it Jerusha!!!!! Just Stop!!!!

A few weeks ago in an editorial I mentioned the tiny kitten I found while walking to the post office. In a short amount of time, Lil Jerusha has very much become a part of our family and has gone from a sick and abandoned kitten, to a rambunctious...

 By Jack H. Smith    Opinion    July 26, 2017

Editorial: Something for everyone at 2017 Frontier Days

It’s once again time for the most exciting weekend of the year in Whitehall. Frontier Days will kickoff Friday and has a packed schedule for two consecutive days. This year’s event will include the popular events like the parade, street dance,...

 By Jack H. Smith    Opinion    July 19, 2017

Editorial: Thanks for all you do 4 Paws, Reed's Rescue

Earlier this month, I was walking back to the Ledger from the post office when something caught my attention. I was a little past the Star Theater when I saw a baby kitten curled up in the shade. The weather had been nearing 100 on the day and the...

 By Jack H. Smith    Opinion    July 19, 2017

Column: Back on the Course

During the summer months as a kid I would spend day after day at the local golf course. I would golf with my Dad, friends, grandpa, or other family members. Sometimes I would get a ride to the course and golf with random strangers. So much for...

 By Jack H. Smith    Opinion    July 12, 2017

Editorial: Volunteers a huge help at Frontier Days

Whitehall is only a few weeks away from the biggest celebration of the year at the annual Frontier Days event. Next week’s Whitehall Ledger will include a special section highlighting the variety of activities at Frontier Days. There is truly...


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