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 By Jack H. Smith    News    January 16, 2019 

Council approves ordinance letter

The Whitehall Town Council approved Monday a generic letter that will be sent to residents who are in violation of town ordinances. According to Town Clerk/Treasurer Summer Fellows, the letter will notify the resident of a ordinance violation, will...

 By Jack H. Smith    Opinion    January 16, 2019 

Column: The Top

I'll be the first to admit that I sometimes find myself so busy that I will forget to truly enjoy the little things that can make life so enjoyable. Last weekend I learned a valuable lesson from my kitten Jerusha that was a great reminder to always... Full story

 By Jack H. Smith    Sports    January 16, 2019 

Great weekend for Whitehall wrestling

The Whitehall High School wrestling team once again showed last week they are among the top teams in Class B with a fourth place finish at the Choteau Classic. Led by first place finisher Connor Johns...

 By Jack H. Smith    Sports    January 16, 2019 

Lady Trojans bounce back from first loss with win over Loyola

One night after dropping their first game of the season, the Whitehall High School girls basketball team responded in impressive fashion with a 59-57 road victory over a strong Missoula Loyola team. The Lady Trojans (9-1, 4-1 5B) lost Friday night...

 By Jack H. Smith    Sports    January 16, 2019 

Trojans seeks consistency

With the second half of their conference schedule set to start this week, Whitehall High School boys basketball coach Zach McLean wants to see more consistency from his team. In action last week, the Trojans (3-7, 2-3 5B) fell on the road 46-32...


Shakespeare in the Park moving back to August

After moving to the Friday of Frontier Days in 2018, the Montana Shakespeare in the Park performance in Whitehall will be returning to August in 2019. At a Whitehall Chamber of Commerce meeting last... Full story


Column: Garry

A few days before Christmas I received some saddening news about the death of a longtime friend in Wyoming. In my time knowing Garry Gouger he was a co-worker who I would later work directly for. He was a mentor and someone who always made me laugh e... Full story


Trojans pickup win against Manhattan

Whitehall senior Cade Briggs had a huge night Saturday leading the way for the Trojans impressive 53-37 home conference win over Manhattan. Briggs finished his night with a career high of 23 points....


Trojans wrestlers compete in Bozeman

The Whitehall High School wrestling team faced off against some strong competition at last week's Tom LeProwse Invitational in Bozeman. Assistant Coach Steve Sacry said the invitational is designed as a Class AA tournament and the Trojans were one...


Whitehall moves to 8-0, faces undefeated Townsend Friday

It will be a battle of two of the top teams in the state this Friday night when the Whitehall High School girls basketball team travel for a road matchup against Townsend. Both squads will enter the matchup with perfect 8-0 records. The Lady Trojans...


Briggs selected to prestigious game

In a yearly tradition, the Montana East West Shrine Bowl rosters are announced at Midnight on Christmas. As has been the case in the recent years, Whitehall once again had a football player named to... Full story


Column: Christmas Eve

With Christmas falling on a Tuesday in 2018, I really needed to be on top of things so that I could have the newspaper sent to the printer by early on Christmas Eve. On a normal week, I will usually have the pages ready to go by early Tuesday...


Lady Trojans move to 7-0 in dominating fashion

While it had been 12 days since their last game, there were no signs of rust Thursday night for the Whitehall High School girls basketball team. The Lady Trojans dominated the first quarter... Full story


A look back: Changes at town hall in 2018

There were plenty of changes at Town Hall in 2018. At a special meeting in January, Council members Barbara Gagnon, Katy James, Jason Good and Montina Rawson, and Mayor Mary Janacaro Hensleigh were sworn into their positions. The seat of James was...


Keener signs with Montana Western

One of the best linebackers in the state, Whitehall High School senior Sawyer Keener will be continuing his football career at the University of Montana Western. Keener signed a National Letter of...


Column: The Elevator

In last week's column I wrote about how much I missed my big green trunk full of collectibles from my youth. While thinking about the contents of the trunk I remembered one of the favorite books from my childhood. It was a book about the 50 states, a...


Feight signs with the Grizz

After one of the most storied careers as multi-sport star in Whitehall High School history, senior Max Feight will be heading to the University of Montana. Feight signed a National Letter of Intent...


Wrestlers wrap up 2018 in style

The Whitehall High School wrestling team continued their strong start to the season at two events last week. The Trojans sent five wrestlers to a mixer Thursday at Manhattan and won seven of ten...


Lady Trojans defeat Big Timber, move to 6-0

With a 51-42 win last Thursday night on the road against Big Timber, the Whitehall High School girls basketball finished the 2018 portion of their schedule with a perfect 6-0 record. Trailing 13-10 at the end of the first quarter, The Lady Trojans... Full story


Reported error leads to lockdown

A system error led to an unexpected lockdown December 12 for K-12 students in Whitehall. Superintendent John Sullivan said once they once they determined the lockout alert was not caused by a real threat, students and teachers were informed a system...


Lady Trojans move to 5-0

The hot start to the season continued last week for the Whitehall High School girls basketball team. The Lady Trojans improved to 5-0 on the season winning their first two 5B District games of the sea...


Our View: Ground breaking a great day for WPT

Since it's inception in 2011, Whitehall Public Transportation has provided an amazing service for local residents. During a special groundbreaking ceremony last week, WPT came one step closer to the completion of their new bus barn. The Richard (Dick...


Column: My Big Green Trunk

When I was around fix or six years old I received a present for Christmas that I really did not know what to think of. A few weeks before Christmas a large wrapped box had been placed under the tree with my name on it and I was ecstatic. I can... Full story


Whitehall defeats rival Boulder

Not only was the Whitehall High School boys basketball team able to pick up their first conference win of the season in impressive fashion in road action last Saturday, they were able to do so over a...


Trojans find success at large meet

The Whitehall High School wrestling team once again shined against a high level of competition at last week's CMR Tournament in Great Falls. The Trojans placed 18th out of 54 teams in a field that included a large number of Class AA teams and a... Full story


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