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  • Whitehall Drama Competes At State Level, Will Present THE CAVE CAT in Whitehall March 8 & 9

    ELIZABETH PULLMAN, Whitehall Ledger|Feb 21, 2024

    Whitehall Drama took THE CAVE CAT, written in 1976 by Ford Ainsworth, to state competition at the Montana Thespian Festival at the University of Montana in Missoula over the weekend. WHS competed against schools from across the state, including Hellgate High, Great Falls, Sentinel, Hardin, Big Sky, Capital High, CMR, Plains, Helena, Billings Senior, Gallatin, and Bozeman. This was the first time in fifteen years that WHS Drama has competed at festival. Eleven students and two chaperones took in...

  • School Board Details Strange New Policy Revision as Approved by State Legislature

    ELIZABETH PULLMAN, Whitehall Ledger|Feb 14, 2024

    At the February 6th meeting of the Whitehall School Board, the first in 2024, Whitehall Superintendent Hannah Nieskens detailed two new policies that will affect the Whitehall School District, as approved by the Montana Legislature in their latest session. Though over 30 policies were updated and required to be approved by the Board, two brought discussion. The first involves Montana’s new open enrollment policy - where schools must charge tuition to out-of-district students. The total amount...

  • Trojan Grapplers Work the Mats at State Tournament

    ELIZABETH PULLMAN, Whitehall Ledger|Feb 14, 2024

    The Whitehall Trojan Wrestling team brought seven grapplers to the State Wrestling tournament, held February 2-3 in Billings at the Metra. Results are as follows: Isaac Skogan (126 lbs): 1 team point. Championship Round 1 - Jaren Lingle (Baker) 14-12 won by fall over Skogen; 18-13, fall 1:22. Consolation Round 1 - Skogen 18-13 won by decision over Gage Raihl (Columbus/Absarokee); 22-18, decision 9-3. Consolation Round 2 - Garrett Lefurgey (Big Sandy) 24-15 won by decision over Skogen; 18-13, dec...

  • Skijoring the Big Rock

    ELIZABETH PULLMAN, Whitehall Ledger|Feb 14, 2024

    Over 150 teams competed in Boulder at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds in the growing sport of skijoring. The Whitehall Ledger was right in the midst of the action; on Saturday, serving as the finish line judge and on Sunday, working three gate posts and the rider’s ring in the center of the action....

  • Shodair Accepts ACE Duracell Donation for Rounding Up!

    ELIZABETH PULLMAN, Whitehall Ledger|Feb 14, 2024

    The crew at Whitehall ACE Hardware was proud to offer a check of $7,500 to representatives of Shodair Children’s Hospital on Thursday, February 8th, in honor of Whitehall’s ACE garnering first place in the NATION for rounding up. Duracell generously donated $100,000 nationwide to sponsor the “Power Up the Miracles” contest, where stores competed head-to-head to see who could get the highest percentage of Round-Up transactions from November 24 - December 31. Whitehall ACE Hardware...

  • Clara's Crusade Garners $34,000 For Myrstol Family

    ELIZABETH PULLMAN, Whitehall Ledger|Feb 7, 2024

    "For everyone involved in the Clara Myrstol fundraiser benefit, you have truly touched our hearts with your generosity and kindness bestowed to us," Montina Rawson, Clara's mother, said. "We are genuinely grateful to live in such a loving and supportive community. We are completely overwhelmed by the love, friendship, and offers of assistance we've been shown and appreciate our little town very much." Clara's Crusade, held at the Whitehall Community Center on Saturday, February 3rd was attended...

  • Love Local Chamber Get-Together This Thursday

    ELIZABETH PULLMAN, Whitehall Ledger|Feb 7, 2024

  • Clara's Crusade This Saturday, February 3rd

    ELIZABETH PULLMAN, Whitehall Ledger|Jan 31, 2024

    On October 1, 2023, Clara Myrstol was life-flighted to Primary Children's in Salt Lake City, Utah. She was diagnosed with AML Leukemia. On her admission, Clara immediately started chemotherapy and received 14 platelet transfusions and 4 whole blood transfusions. The bone marrow biopsy from her first round of chemo brought her to a non-detectable status (no cancer found). She has gone through three rounds of chemotherapy and will receive a bone marrow transplant on February 28th, 2024. Now, four...

  • Town Council Hears From Visionary Broadband

    ELIZABETH PULLMAN, Whitehall Ledger|Jan 24, 2024

    Visionary Broadband representative Brian Worthen met with the Whitehall Town Council at their January meeting on Monday, January 16 at the Whitehall Town Hall. For many, his information was an exciting new development of business opportunity for the Whitehall area. For the town, it was a bit of a headache in the form of legal processes, and for some local businesses, potential competition in the fiber internet realm. Worthen detailed the federal grant he was awarded to put fiber internet throughout the town of Whitehall, information he had...

  • Shooters Descend Upon Whitehall

    ELIZABETH PULLMAN, Whitehall Ledger|Jan 24, 2024

    The 21st Annual Cori Bishop, Steve Dyson, and Dave McLaughlin Memorial Pool Tourney brought in 70 teams, and 134 matches were played during the two-day event, held Saturday, January 20th, and Sunday, January 21st at multiple locations throughout Whitehall. The Whitehall Pool League would like to thank all sponsors and volunteers for making this tournament a success. The results of the tournament are as follows: 1st: Dustin Hamper & Luke Johnson; 2nd: Dave Custer & Sam Pickett; 3rd: Kevin LaFond...

  • Whitehall Sustainability Committee Opens Grant Cycle for New Projects

    ELIZABETH PULLMAN, Whitehall Ledger|Jan 24, 2024

    The Whitehall Sustainability Committee (WSC), with oversight from Golden Sunlight Mine, was formed in 2022 to help Golden Sunlight rank community projects in the Whitehall area by a local advisory group. In 2022 the WSC funded $135,000 worth of projects in the form of the new playground on Legion Avenue and the upcoming daycare facility next to the Whitehall Schools. In 2023 it heard projects from the Whitehall Recreation Complex and Gold Junction Presents - 2023 grants have not yet been...

  • WHS Drama to Compete at Festival

    ELIZABETH PULLMAN, Whitehall Ledger|Jan 24, 2024

    Whitehall High School’s Drama group has not participated in the Montana Thespian Festival for several years (I believe the last time was in 2009, but can’t be certain). The 2023-2024 WHS drama participants are excited to change that with their entry into competition this year. Thespian Festival is held at the University of Montana in Missoula February 16th - 17th. As the drama director at WHS, I am very proud of these students and the hard work they’ve put into this play. This is my second year as director - last year I truly wish we had...

  • The Ledger Tradition Continues... 24 Best Wishes for 2024

    ELIZABETH PULLMAN, Whitehall Ledger|Jan 3, 2024

    In the January 7, 1998 issue of the Whitehall Ledger, owner Glenn Marx offered up 98 Best Wishes for 1998. What a great idea - and in the January 4, 2023 edition I restarted this tradition, though lucky for me, as we entered 2023, I only need to offer 23 Best Wishes. Now, on to 2024, and some best wishes for the new year! 24) Best wishes to everyone involved in the highly anticipated new Golden Sunlight daycare facility. 23) Best wishes (and speedy finishing) to the new Whitehall Town Pump. We can’t wait to see it! 22) Best wishes to the...

  • 2023 Photos of the Year

    ELIZABETH PULLMAN, Whitehall Ledger|Jan 3, 2024

    PHOTOS THAT MADE 2023: Hundreds of photos were sent to the Whitehall Ledger in 2023 - landscapes, portraits, events, and more. Each week a photo was named BEST of the week, then placed on Facebook for your enjoyment. At the end of each year, the most "liked" photos are named the best. This year's first-place honors go to Sarah Smart's cloudy winter day. Second place is Tanya Johnson's peacock with a rainbow in the Jefferson Valley. Third place goes to Judy Chadwick's lovely river capture. Want...

  • Gold Junction Presents Assumes Ownership of Star Theatre Business

    ELIZABETH PULLMAN, Whitehall Ledger|Jan 3, 2024

    Gold Junction Presents (GJP) is excited to move into 2024 with many plans for movies, events, game nights, theatre, and renovation for Whitehall’s Star Theatre. GJP consists of Colton Anderson, Ron Jung, Chiara Schober, and Elizabeth Pullman - all Whitehall residents with a love of this town, its history, its people, and the endless possibilities Whitehall’s epicenter - The Star Theatre - brings. GJP is assuming ownership and running the business of the Star, and eventually (hopefully by...

  • Kickstart Your Resolution with Adult-Ed Walking at WHS

    ELIZABETH PULLMAN, Whitehall Ledger|Jan 3, 2024

    As the majority of New Year’s Resolutions are to “get healthier,” “lose weight,” and “look better in swimwear,” Whitehall’s newest Adult-Education class has you covered. Headed by Brenda Volz, join the Indoor Walking group Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:20 PM until 5 PM, and Fridays from 9:30 AM to 10:15 AM. The group meets at the main entrance to the WHS varsity gym to get started. Have questions? Contact Brenda Volz for more information at 406-498-6916....

  • Editorial: A More Well-Rounded ME in 2024

    ELIZABETH PULLMAN, Whitehall Ledger|Jan 3, 2024

    Every New Year’s I set myself up for failure. I’m going to lose 30 pounds this year! I’m going to wake up early and go for walks every morning! I’m going to cut sugar, wheat, milk, and all things fattening out of my diet. Yeah...right. However, this year feels a bit different. My best friend Stevie, when we were making New Year’s plans, stressed me out when she said she wanted her NYE to be “intentional.” What does that mean? But it turned out to be an evening of girl talk, Love Island Games, and creating 2024 vision boards. We...

  • Correction: 1/3/2024

    ELIZABETH PULLMAN, Whitehall Ledger|Jan 3, 2024

    The winner of the Whitehall Chamber's Best Decorated Home was misidentified in last week's edition. The winning home belongs to Brent and Sandi Mabbott and is located at the Jefferson Skypark at 18 South Centurion Way. Go check it out before it's put away for the season! Apologies to the Mabbotts for the incorrect information published....

  • NOODLES Brings in the Laughs

    ELIZABETH PULLMAN, Whitehall Ledger|Jan 3, 2024

    NOODLES CAST & CREW BOO BOODLE: Sara Cheuvront NED BOODLE: Jakin Cheuvront KRYSTAL: Jennene Armstrong GRANDPA BOODLE: Bill Hildebrandt JACK: Creed Cheuvront LULU BOODLE: Chiara Schober STU BOODLE: Kerry Wafer MRS DOODAH-DOODAH: Terry Chadwick NORA: Julia McNew ELAINE: Kylee McLaughlin Luke: Tim Schober Director: Ron Jung Sets: Liz Pullman, Ron Jung, Kerry Wafer Props & Costumes: Liz Pullman and Cast Lights/Sound: Tim Schober, Boaz Cheuvront, Charlie Morris Script Assistance: Millie...

  • Ledger Looking Back What Happened in 2023?

    ELIZABETH PULLMAN, Whitehall Ledger|Dec 27, 2023

    JANUARY (1/4/2023): • The Whitehall Sustainability Committee opened its second grant cycle, with applications due by February 1st. (1/11/2023): • The Whitehall Town Council updates the Rec Complex bylaws, while a Rec Board working session brings in opinionated crowds. • LaHood Park reopened in Cardwell after rebuilding from a fire in 2021. • Obituaries: Patty Strozzi (94), Amy DuBois (44), Loren Shaw (80), and Claire Best (85). (1/18/2023): • The Whitehall Chamber holds First Business After Hours and introduces new goals. • Six WHS...

  • Don't Miss NOODLES This Friday and Saturday at the Star

    ELIZABETH PULLMAN, Whitehall Ledger|Dec 27, 2023

    Whitehall Community Theatre, brought to you by Gold Junction Presents, is excited to bring its third production to the Star Theatre. NOODLES will be presented on Friday, December 29th at 7 PM, and twice on Saturday, December 30th, at 2 PM and 7 PM. Admission is $5 and donations to help fund future productions are appreciated. Ned (Jakin Cheuvront) is the 30-ish son of Boo (Sara Cheuvront) and Stu (Kerry Wafer) Boodle whose efforts to introduce girlfriends (Jeannene Armstrong, then Julia McNew)... Full story

  • Vote For Photo of the Year!

    ELIZABETH PULLMAN, Whitehall Ledger|Dec 27, 2023

    Each week the Whitehall Ledger spotlights a photograph taken by a local resident of the beauty that surrounds our hometown. These photos are placed on the Ledger's Facebook page and, at the end of each year, voted on with "likes" to crown the winner of PHOTO OF THE YEAR. In 2022 this honor went to Sarah Smart, and in 2021 to William Ulrichny. It's time to start voting! Visit the Ledger's Facebook photo album entitled 2023 Photos of the Week ( and start voting! Likes will...

  • Brought to Whitehall by a Purpose: Meet The Trodicks

    ELIZABETH PULLMAN, Whitehall Ledger|Dec 27, 2023

    We each have a calling - sometimes it just isn't clear to us right off. We have to learn and we have to live, before we realize where we are meant to be. For Jacob and Brittany Trodick, their calling brought them to God and the church and, more recently, to Whitehall. The Trodicks, along with children, moved to Whitehall earlier this year, taking on the youth director position for ages 5-11 at the Whitehall Assembly of God Church, pastored by Bill Lanes. Jacob and Brittany, who knew (and...

  • Tilden Brings Classic Style to Whitehall

    ELIZABETH PULLMAN, Whitehall Ledger|Dec 27, 2023

    Tilden Yamamoto and his business have been flying under Whitehall's radar for a while now, but with his top-selling wreath with custom jeans selling to Split Diamond Ranch at the 25th Annual Whitehall Saddle Club Wreath Auction making front page news, his days of being inconspicuous are numbered. The custom clothing business is nothing new to Tilden, who has been designing classic silhouettes since 2000. "I started really early sewing, as a kid, just for fun and I ended up going to a state...

  • A Whitehall Tradition

    ELIZABETH PULLMAN, Whitehall Ledger|Dec 27, 2023

    For the fifth year in a row, Whitehall resident Pati McLaughlin put together a crew of carolers to visit Meadowlark Manor, as well as spread some Christmas cheer throughout Whitehall on Friday, December 22nd. LEDGER...

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