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 By Jack H. Smith    News    May 15, 2019 

Robbins hired as new 6-12 principal

There is a new grades 6-12 principal in Whitehall. The Whitehall School Board of Trustees voted May 8 to hire Melissa Robbins who is currently serving as a counselor for the district. She will take over for Hannah Nieskens who has been hired as the n...

 
 By Jack H. Smith    Community    May 15, 2019 

Set the date for 'Lights On' 3

With the production a week away, the Music Ensembles at Liberty Place are excited about hosting their third annual "Lights On" concert. The production is scheduled to take place Thursday, May 23 at...

 
 By Jack H. Smith    Opinion    May 15, 2019 

Our View: Looking at future development

In the last few issues of the Whitehall Ledger, Jefferson County Commissioner has done an exemplary job discussing economic development and ongoing projects in his "State of the County" articles. I'm...

 
 By Jack H. Smith    Opinion    May 15, 2019 

COLUMN: Moo

Throughout the years I've moved around quite a bit and had a lot of different neighbors. Some of them have become friends, some of them barely said a word, there were plenty that were mean, and have made for some very interesting stories. The one...

 
 By Jack H. Smith    Sports    May 15, 2019 

Track strong to start postseason

The transition to the postseason went smoothly for the Whitehall High School track and field team. Competing at the 5B District Tournament last Thursday in Belgrade, the Lady Trojans put in another...

 
 By Jack H. Smith    Community    May 8, 2019

River Rally/Safety Fair next Friday

Every spring local residents of all ages come together in downtown Whitehall for the annual Jefferson River Rally/Health and Safety Fair. This year's event is scheduled to take place Friday, May 17 at...

 
 By Jack H. Smith    News    May 8, 2019

Sunlight closure impacts discussed

In late April, community leaders, business owners, and local residents came together to discuss the impacts of a possible closure at the Barrick Golden Sunlight Mine. Tom Harrington of the Jefferson...

 
 By Jack H. Smith    Opinion    May 8, 2019

COLUMN: Kitchen Chaos

As I type this article, I'm still in the process of moving which as I have said before in my weekly column is one thing, I do not enjoy doing at all. Later this afternoon will be the absolute worst part because it is time to move all the big stuff...

 
 By Jack H. Smith    Community    May 8, 2019

Spring Art Show next Thursday

Next week will be a wonderful opportunity for local residents to check out some of the wonderful pieces created by local students at the Whitehall High School Spring Art Show and Sale. The event will...

 
 By Jack H. Smith    Sports    May 8, 2019

Tennis strong at home event

The Whitehall High School tennis team was impressive last week in their lone home event of the season. The Lady Trojans won two out of three contests with a huge 8-1 victory over Three Forks and a...

 
 By Jack H. Smith    Community    May 1, 2019

Black Tie Blue Jeans fundraiser Saturday

Not only is it a great time for those in attendance, Black Tie Blue Jeans is also the largest local fundraising event of the year with thousands of dollars going back to the community. The 15th...

 
 By Jack H. Smith    News    May 1, 2019

Gun show returning to Whitehall

A gun show is returning to Whitehall for the first time since 2017. The Whitehall Gun Show is scheduled to take place Friday, September 13 to Sunday, September 15 at the Community Center located at...

 
 By Jack H. Smith    Opinion    May 1, 2019

COLUMN: Spiders and KISS

I'm not sure of how old I was, but I remember as a kid spending a great deal of time with my Uncle Howie. It was always a lot of fun until he brought out his records. I've always been a huge fan of music, but as a younger child I was very frightened... Full story

 
 By Jack H. Smith    Sports    May 1, 2019

Another solid week for Trojans track

Whitehall High School Track Coach Dan Lacey was very pleased with his teams performance last week at the Manhattan Christian meet in Bozeman. The Lady Trojans ended the day in third place while the...

 

Summer season nears at Caverns

New LED lights and plenty of family friendly events should make for a great summer at the Lewis and Clark Caverns. Parks Manager Rhea Armstrong said they are very excited as they prepare for the 2019...

 
 By Jack H. Smith    News    April 24, 2019

Giono travels to Washington D.C. event

Earlier this month, Whitehall resident Francine Giono traveled to Washington D.C. to take part in the 2019 EMS on the Hill Day. Giono was one of three Montana members of the National Association of...

 

COLUMN: Jack in Jackson Hole

With a winter that won't seem to stop, I haven't been this is excited for summer in a really long time. Although I'm moving in a few days, I'm not getting too depressed about everything that goes along with packing up everything and taking it...

 
 By Jack H. Smith    Sports    April 24, 2019

Whitehurst nets top Class B time

As they inch closer to the postseason, the Whitehall High School track team is starting to put together their best performances of the season. Head coach Dan Lacey was pleased with the way his team competed at last week's Gallatin Valley...

 
 By Jack H. Smith    News    April 17, 2019

Reduction in force set for September 30

Barrick Gold officials are anticipating a reduction in force at the Golden Sunlight Mine on September 30. At a Community Transition Advisory Committee meeting last week, Mine General Manager Dan Banghart said an email was sent to employees April 10 i...

 

Spring cleanup next week

For Mayor Mary Janacaro Hensleigh, the annual Town of Whitehall Spring Cleanup is her favorite week of the year. This year's event is scheduled to take place April 23 to 26. Janacaro Hensleigh said...

 

COLUMN: Store Shenanigans

The other day I was at the grocery store searching for some chipotle peppers in adobo sauce when I overheard two ladies having a conversation. They had not seen each other in quite some time and were very happy to see each other and exchange...

 
 By Jack H. Smith    Sports    April 17, 2019

Briggs, Mercer nab first place at meet

There were plenty of strong performances last Thursday for the Whitehall High School Track team at the Big Timber Meet in Columbus. The Trojans had two individual champions in their second meet of...

 

Celebrating 100

On a rainy Friday afternoon, Whitehall's Mary Davis smiled when she reminisced about her love of baking and how she is known for making a wonderful strawberry shortcake. Her smile grew bigger as she...

 

WHS play next week

Whitehall High School drama students have been working hard in anticipation of their annual spring play. The student's performances of "The Hitchin' Post" are scheduled for Tuesday, April 16, and...

 
 By Jack H. Smith    News    April 10, 2019

Nieskens new Superintendent

The Whitehall School Board of Trustees did not have to look far to select a new Superintendent. The board voted 6-0 last week in favor of hiring current high school principal Hannah Nieskens. Trustee Jeff Briggs abstained from the vote. She will...

 

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