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 By Jack H. Smith    Sports    November 7, 2018 

Feight wins state Wendy's Heisman award

Whitehall High School senior Max Feight has been named The Montana winner for the Wendy's National Heisman award. The national finalists will be announced on November 8. The award was created by...

 
 By Jack H. Smith    Opinion    November 7, 2018 

OUR VIEW: Whitehall needs Halloween event

A few weeks ago, members of the Whitehall Chamber of Commerce discussed the idea of hosting a Halloween festival. This is not only a great idea, it is something that is very needed for the community. Halloween has changed quite a bit over the past... Full story

 
 By Jack H. Smith    Opinion    November 7, 2018 

Column: Home chef

I really enjoy what I do for a living, but at the same time often think what it would be like to have picked another career. While I certainly love sports about as much as one can, the fact I can barely go up or down the stairs without falling, I...

 
 By Jack H. Smith    News    October 31, 2018

I-186 opponents discuss initiative

STOP I-186 Campaign members have been busy since mid June spreading their message about the proposed Initiative they say will have devastating impacts to both future and current mining operations as well as mining jobs in the Treasure State. STOP...

 

Whitehall School play set for Nov. 8, 9

It's once again time for the annual fall play from the Whitehall High School drama department. The performances of "Happy Birthday Dear Grandpa" are set for Thursday, November 8 and Friday, November 9...

 

Column: 6 things...

There are days when I can produce up to 10 stories without a care in the world, and other days where I struggle to write even the lead to one. Whenever I'm struggling with a block, I will usually start with my weekly column and go from there. Sometim...

 

EDITORIAL: I-186 is a bad idea for Monatna

In a little under a week, voters in Montana will go to the polls to decide the fate of Ballot Initiative I-186. Simply put, I-186 is a horrible idea for the state. It could not only have a detrimental affect on all of Montana, the consequences would...

 
 By Jack H. Smith    News    October 24, 2018

Northwestern Energy Meeting Next Week

Earlier this month, a power outage led to the cancellation of morning bus routes in the Whitehall School District. In June, numerous local businesses were affected by a 12 plus hour outage in the Whitehall and Cardwell areas. Local business owners...

 

Trojans wrap up season at state meet

The season came to an end Saturday for the Whitehall Cross Country team at the State Meet in Missoula. Whitehall head coach Kerry Sacry said all of the state times were slower than the kids had...

 

Trojans gain valuable experience

While their season may have ended without a return trip to the Class B Playoffs, the future seems to be bright for the Whitehall/Harrison High School football team. Following a 48-0 road loss in the season finale against Manhattan, fifth-year...

 
 By Jack H. Smith    News    October 17, 2018

Campaign signs stolen, vandalized

The Jefferson County Sheriff's Department has responded to several recent complaints of vandalized campaign signs. "It always seems to be a problem during the campaign season," said Sheriff Craig Doolittle. " I have had several of my signs...

 

JVCF hosts grant awards

Since 2002, the Jefferson Valley Community Foundation has awarded 107 grants to 39 non-profits in the local area for a total of $151,139. At a special ceremony last Thursday night in Whitehall, the...

 

After school students give back

Throughout the year, students Whitehall School's 21st Century Community Learning Center's After School Program take part in a variety of worthwhile activities. Last Thursday, the students made a trip...

 

Column: Hitchhikers

It's pretty safe to say that the warmer are days of 2018 are long gone and the next few months will have some chilly days. As idiots drive by way to fast on the Interstate people will long for the days when there were warmer temperatures and clear...

 

Trojans still with shot at playoffs

The Whitehall/Harrison High School Football team still has a shot at making a third straight trip to the Class B Playoffs. The Trojans (2-6. 1-4 Sothern B) will first need to win their regular season...

 

Column: Over a giraffe

A large part of my job is covering high school sports and in the fall a fair portion of my time is spent under the "Friday Night Lights". It's usually a lot of fun, but sometimes people can change that in a hurry. When I'm covering a game I like to... Full story

 

Trojans look to rebound against Columbus

The Whitehall/Harrison High School football team will look to rebound from a two-game losing streak October 12 when they host Columbus. The Trojans will be coming into the game following a tough 22-0...

 
 By Jack H. Smith    News    October 3, 2018

S.A. Neff Jr. visits Montana with passions of angling, bookbinding

In the fall of 2011, S.A. Neff Jr., loaded up his van and made the nearly 2,000-mile trip from western Pennsylvania to Montana. With a self-professed love of exploring rivers, Neff had heard from a...

 

Column: Fantasy Blues

While I wouldn't say I'm a gambling man who has a bookie in his phone contacts and will bet everything from the World Series to a horseshoe competition at the county fair, I've been known to make a bet or two over the years. Because I wouldn't mind...

 

Trojans have eye on playoffs

With three games left in the regular season, the Whitehall/Harrison High School football team has their eye on the playoffs. Following a 40-8 set back last Friday night at home against Townsend, the...

 

Trojans compete at Butte meet

For the second time this season, the Whitehall High School cross country team was able to compete at the Fairmont Golf Course. Head Coach Kerry Sacry was pleased with the way his team competed at last Thursday's Butte Invitational at Fairmont, the...

 

Trojans win double overtime thriller

To say last Friday's Whitehall/Harrison High School football teams win over Three Forks was exciting would be an understatement. Trailing 22-14 late in the fourth quarter, the Trojans were able to cut... Full story

 

Lady Trojans show potential in homecoming loss

There has been marked improvement each and every time the Whitehall High School volleyball team has the taken the court during the 2018 season. One of the biggest highlights of the seasons for the Lady Trojans came last Friday evening during a...

 

Fall Festival Saturday in Whitehall

Ann Palmer can remember several years ago when the Whitehall area community would come together on an annual basis to celebrate a large fall festival. This weekend a similar event will return to Whitehall with Saturday’s Homegrown 406 Fall...

 

Column: Chavez Ravine

I watched a lot of baseball growing up. In fact many of my favorites summer memories were watching the Atlanta Braves play on TBS, followed by night games outside with kids in my neighborhood. At the time and for a reason why I to this day can’t... Full story

 

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