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 By Jack H. Smith    Opinion    May 16, 2018 

Column: Writing in Spanish

Near the end of my eighth grade year I was able to sign up for freshman year classes that included my first foreign language credit. Like a lot of eighth graders, I was a genius in my own mind and thought the best fit would be to take German. I...

 
 By Jack H. Smith    Opinion    May 2, 2018

Editorial: Spring Cleanup A Boon to Whitehall

Every year prior to summer , residents from Whitehall come together to help tidy up the town with the annual Spring Clean up. This is not only a great way for the community to get the town looking great for the warmer months; it is a wonderful way...

 

Editorial: Play, upcoming events great way to support youth

This week will be the culmination of countless hours of hard work by Whitehall High School students with the Thursday and Friday night performances of the annual spring play. The performances of “See How They Run” by Philip King are scheduled...

 

Column: Uh oh, my pants

One great thing about my job is that it is an equal mix of sitting at a desk and being out in the public for games, events, interviews or taking pictures. This is really wonderful because I can spend a lot of time just focusing on writing or...

 

EDITORIAL: Earth Day Event Big For Caverns

The Lewis and Clark Caverns located 13 miles south of Whitehall is not only a popular destination for thousands of tourists each season, the park is also a premier location for locals who utilize the area for bird watching, hiking, mountain biking...

 

COLUMN: Trash in the middle of nowhere

I grew up in an area that much like Montana had many open spaces to explore. I was lucky enough to have two of my houses growing up that were by "desert" like locations and I could spend hours on my bike and always find a new dirt road or something...

 

COLUMN: The Masters

As a kid, I would often times spend from sunrise to sunset in the summer at the golf course with my dad. I would also spend a great deal of time with him watching golf on television. I'm not talking about the four major tournaments either, we would w...

 
 By Jack H. Smith    Opinion    April 4, 2018

COLUMN: No time for a bully

I recently read about the death of Ken Rex McElroy. If you are unfamiliar with the infamous case, McElroy was a notorious bully in a small Missouri town who had for years harassed and committed some pretty horrific crimes against local residents. In...

 

COLUMN: The mall of yesteryear

I don't think it would be an understatement to say that malls are just not what they used to me. In fact, ten years from now I'm pretty sure there won't be many still around. When I first moved to Montana in 2015 I made a trip to Butte and checked...

 

COLUMN: March Madness and Blue Fields

I'm an avid sports fan and my absolute favorite time of the year is the NCAA Basketball Tournament, especially the first four days. I grew up at a time when the University of Wyoming basketball team had an amazing program and their eclectic player...

 

EDITORIAL: Spread the word about Cardwell celebration

In a little under five months, both current and former residents will help celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Cardwell School. The event is scheduled for Saturday, August 4 starting at 10:30 a.m. at the school, and will also include a dinner...

 

COLUMN: Not the Zoom

When I started my career in journalism as beat reporter for a daily newspaper I would often times have to take photos at meetings, games, or various events. While the paper did have a digital camera, they were not very handy at the time for anything...

 
 By Jack H. Smith    Opinion    March 7, 2018

EDITORIAL: Town meeting a positive step for Whitehall

The Town of Whitehall conducted a meeting late last month to obtain public comment to assist their pursuit of grants that will not only help the town meet their water requirements with the Department of Environmental Quality, but to also benefit...

 
 By Jack H. Smith    Opinion    March 7, 2018

COLUMN: Greyhound I'll never forget you

I'll be the first to admit that I enjoy nothing more than a day off spent at my house binge watching my favorite new show or basketball, but every once in awhile I like to get out of town for a few days. My hometown is eight hours away, which is a... Full story

 

Editorial: Thanks for all that make Montana winters safer

Montana winters can be brutal. Sometimes it is the well below zero temperatures,or the howling winds, or it can be a huge blanket of snow that sticks to the road. Several times a winter all three happen at once and it makes traveling near...

 

COLUMN: Naughty Fans

A few weeks ago I was at the district basketball tournament when I witnessed something that really bothered me. The Whitehall Trojans boys basketball team was taking on Manhattan in a game with everything on the line. The winner would live to play...

 

COLUMN: Not so Happy Meal

When I was a little kid it was always a big deal when my Grandma Smith would take all of the grandkids to McDonalds. It was a special time with a special woman who always made sure we had McDonalds coupons in each of our Christmas and Birthday... Full story

 

EDITORIAL: Plenty of people looking at the local paper

As a publisher, people will often times ask me about the current state of the newspaper business and their relevance in todays society. I will certainly admit that large publications in metropolitan areas have been struggling and many of them have cl...

 

EDITORIAL: Kudos to the music department

Often times the pages of a small-town newspaper are full of articles and pictures for high school sporting teams and this is certainly the case in the Ledger. I also feel it is very important to recognize some of the other great things going on at...

 

COLUMN: Recycling blues

While I was in college, I always dreaded summer coming. It would mean I would have to stop the laidback lifestyle of being a student and have to work my butt of to raise money for tuition. This was certainly different than being a kid and counting... Full story

 

EDITORIAL: Fundraiser huge for Senior Center

Whether it is a cup of coffee with a friend, putting together a puzzle while catching up with the latest town gossip or a nice lunch, the Whitehall Senior Center is an important gathering spot for local residents. Next Sunday, the Center is hosting... Full story

 

COLUMN: 4 Doritos

The other day when picking up a sandwich for lunch I decided to grab a bag of Doritos as a side. I got an interesting surprise when I opened the bag and an astonishing four chips came out. I've noticed the amount of chips that generally come in bags...

 

EDITORIAL: Premier a special evening for Whitehall

There was a special feeling in the air Friday night in downtown Whitehall, when shortly after 5 p.m., a large crowd started to make their way to the Star Theater for a special premiere/fundraiser screening of the film “The Ballad of Lefty...

 

COLUMN: PJ IN MT

I still remember it like it was yesterday. I was in the ninth grade and my friend Paul handed me a CD that he insisted I borrow for a few days. It wasn’t uncommon for him to turn me onto different kinds of music, but this day was different. He insi...

 

EDITORIAL: Country Store continues to give back

Each and every year, the Whitehall Country Store does an incredible job giving back to the local community. In last week’s edition of the Whitehall Ledger there was an article about the Country Store announcing they would be giving five...

 

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