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 By Jack H. Smith    Opinion    August 16, 2017 

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...

 
 By Jack H. Smith    Opinion    August 16, 2017 

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... Full story

 

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...

 
 By Jack H. Smith    Opinion    July 12, 2017

Column: Dear Jack

When I was in grade school, I would wake up way earlier than I needed to and head upstairs to start my day. I grabbed a huge bowl of cereal, possibly a pop tart, and would read two to three newspapers. I would read the papers from cover to cover, and...

 
 By Jack H. Smith    Opinion    July 5, 2017

Editorial: Meth: No stranger to small town America

The past several issues of the Whitehall Ledger have included feature articles about the meth problem in the state of Montana. The series was written by students at the University of Montana School of Journalism, and paints a frightening picture of...

 

Column: Wally World

Earlier this week, citizens came together to celebrate the birthday of the United States of America. I had family in town and it was a great time with warm weather and a lot of food. I also had the chance to do something very American this week with...

 
 By Jack H. Smith    Opinion    June 28, 2017

Editorial: Thanks for running for office

A total of six candidates have filed for the four open positions in the upcoming Town of Whitehall elections. The Ledger would like to take time to personally thank each and every candidate that stepped up to the plate and made the decision to run...

 
 By Jack H. Smith    Opinion    June 28, 2017

Column: Just Right

I saw a picture on the Internet earlier today that really grabbed my attention. It was of probably a second or third graders response to the question, “Why are grown ups weird?” The child answered “Every one of them says how are you? And you...

 
 By Jack H. Smith    Opinion    June 21, 2017

Editorial: Plenty to explore at Lewis and Clark Caverns

Every summer thousands of tourists make their way to the Lewis and Clark Caverns outside of Cardwell. While it's quite the popular destination for visitors, the Caverns are also a great way to spend the day or evening for local residents. Throughout...

 
 By Jack H. Smith    Opinion    June 21, 2017

Column: Spamalama ding dong

About once a week I will go through my spam folders to check to see if I might have missed anything someone may have sent. Every once in a while I catch something that is important and it is well worth it even if I have navigate through a mess of...

 
 By Jack H. Smith    Opinion    June 14, 2017

EDITORIAL: Group represents Whitehall well

Last week, 2017 Whitehall High School graduates Colton Noyes, Braden Larsen, and Andrew Simon all traveled to Billings to compete in the annual Class B All-Star Football game. This week, three Whitehall residents will be making the trip to Tennessee...

 
 By Jack H. Smith    Opinion    June 14, 2017

COLUMN: Pens and Socks

I try to stay organized to the best of my abilities. Unfortunately by about Wednesday mornings my desk looks like a tornado blew into the office and it takes awhile to get back on track to get ready for the next issue of the Ledger. I always tell mys...

 
 By Jack H. Smith    Opinion    June 7, 2017

Editorial: Mule Days packs fun for the whole family

Last week I was able to do an interview with Tara Price, one of the organizers for the upcoming Montana Mule Days event in Whitehall. After our conversation, I was more than pleased that the event scheduled from June 9 to 11 is coming to town. This...

 
 By Jack H. Smith    Opinion    June 7, 2017

Column: Construction Blues

Since I can remember, I have always heard people say there are only two seasons in the Rocky Mountains – Spring and road construction. While this is not entirely true, it seems like near the end of every April construction projects start popping...

 
 By Jack H. Smith    Opinion    May 31, 2017

Editorial: Great job at the schools in 2016-17

The school year has already come to an end or is nearly finished for students at the public schools in Cardwell and Whitehall. This issue of the Whitehall Ledger is full of stories and pictures from graduations and a variety of school events. With...

 
 By Jack H. Smith    Opinion    May 24, 2017

Editorial: Vote would allow residents to decide

While a final decision has yet to be made, it appears local residents will be heading to the polls to let their voices be heard about the creation of the Jefferson Valley Rural Ambulance District. The Jefferson County Commissioners will make the...

 
 By Jack H. Smith    Opinion    May 24, 2017

Column: Spring in Montana

I've got to admit that last Wednesday I was really starting to get nervous. Usually during the winter months I always know there is a chance that the newspaper might be delayed a few hours or possibly a day because of weather, but that isn't...

 
 By Jack H. Smith    Opinion    May 17, 2017

Editorial: Counting the days and making the days count

In less than two week students at Whitehall High School will be graduating during a May 28 ceremony. After four long years in high school they will be moving on to college, the workforce, or spending some time figuring out what they want to do as...

 

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