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 By Jack H. Smith    News    March 20, 2019 

Sandbags available at Town Rec Complex

During her monthly report at Monday's Whitehall Town Council meeting, Mayor Mary Janacaro Hensleigh reminded residents that sandbags are available at the Recreation Complex. Hensleigh said with the all the snow Whitehall has had she thinks it is...

 
 By Jack H. Smith    Sports    March 20, 2019 

Whitehall wins state title

The Whitehall Little Guys Wrestling team are state champions. The squad finished in first place out of 14 teams at last week's Southwest Montana Little Guys State Tournament in Dillon. Steve Sacry...

 
 By Jack H. Smith    Opinion    March 20, 2019 

OUR VIEW: Time to start thinking about BTBJ

It's time to start thinking about the annual Black Tie Blue Jeans fundraiser scheduled for May 4 at the Whitehall Community Center. The event is the largest annual area fundraiser and is vital to so many non-profit organizations in the Whitehall...

 
 By Jack H. Smith    Opinion    March 20, 2019 

Column: Sweet, sweet karma

I'm by no means a spiritual guru who spends hours a day cross legged on the floor mediating, but I'm a firm believer in karma. What goes around often does come around. While I certainly have my moments, I try to do the best I can and treat people the...

 
 By Jack H. Smith    News    March 13, 2019

Positive Audit Results for Whitehall School District

There was good news last week for the Whitehall School Districts. At a school board meeting March 6, Debbie Ouellette with Newland and Company presented her audit findings for the district. Superintendent John Sullivan said they received the highest...

 

COLUMN: Bella, Peaches, and an unexpected visitor

I had written a column about bullying for this week but decided at the last moment to not run it. It was perhaps a bit too aggressive and I'm sure it would have ruffled some feathers, so I decided to go with something a little more lighthearted....

 
 By Jack H. Smith    News    March 6, 2019

Weather a challenge in Whitehall area

Large amounts of snow last week and temperatures well below zero Monday and Tuesday have been quite the nuisance for residents in the Whitehall area. The winter weather has created problems for the...

 
 By Jack H. Smith    News    March 6, 2019

Trustees to discuss expulsion of student

The Whitehall School Board of Trustees will decide tonight on the possible expulsion of a student who brought an unloaded handgun to the high school. School officials announced February 26 that students reported that another student had brought a...

 
 By Jack H. Smith    Opinion    March 6, 2019

Column: Storm People

When a severe winter storm hit recently, I didn't think it would stick around for nearly a week. I'm over the freezing cold, horrible roads, snow everywhere, crappy drivers and everything else that has to do with winter. For the first time I really...

 
 By Jack H. Smith    Sports    March 6, 2019

Future bright for Whitehall basketball

Throughout the 2018-19 season, the underclassmen on the Whitehall High School boys basketball team showed a great deal of promise. The Trojans will return three starters next year in Hayden Hoagland,...

 

Hardworking Lady Trojans achieve success

After picking up 15 wins and finishing the regular season second in the 5B District, Whitehall High School girls basketball Kelly Nieskens is proud of what his team accomplished during the season....

 

Column: Bleacher Butt and Romper Room

When I first started in journalism, I always thought a dream job would be a major movie critic. Several times a week I'd be able to watch movies and then would get the opportunity to write about them. I don't watch nearly as many movies as I used...

 

NorthWestern Energy plans March 5 outage

NorthWestern Energy officials announced last week a planned four-hour long power outage next month in the Whitehall area. The outage will take place Tuesday, March 5 starting at 1 a.m. and will impact an area that will cover the town of Whitehall...

 

Column: Social Media

I'm a little bit ashamed of how much time I spend a day on social media. I cannot imagine how productive I would be without it, but it does connect me with friends and family from afar, and is also useful for work, so it does have value. It also...

 

Season comes to an end for Trojans

The Whitehall High School boys basketball teams season ended last week with a 50-35 loss to rival Jefferson in the consolation championship of the 5B District Tournament. Following the game, head...

 

STATE CHAMP: Johnson wins 132 pound title

Whitehall's Connor Johnson is a state champion. The senior captured the 132-pound championship at last week's state tournament with a win by fall 46 seconds into his finals match against Nathan... Full story

 

Whitehall Council appoints Andersen

The Town Council voted Monday to approve the four-year appointment of Steve Andersen as the Whitehall Justice Court Judge. Mayor Mary Janacaro Hensleigh said she appointed Andersen because he contacted her and showed interest in the job, adding she...

 

Column: Adam & Janet

In the days after the Super Bowl social media was on fire and it wasn't about the actual game that just so happened to be probably the least exciting championship affair in recent memory. Instead of talk about how the Patriots defense played or how...

 

Trojans open district tournament with Manhattan

The third-seeded Whitehall High School boys basketball team will open the 5B District Tournament Thursday in Belgrade at 4:30 p.m. against sixth-seeded Manhattan. While the Trojans (7-11, 5-5...

 

Lady Trojans open postseason play Friday

After one of the most successful regular seasons in school history, the Whitehall High School girls basketball team will now move onto postseason. The second seeded Lady Trojans (15-3, 7-3 5B...

 

Survive and Advance: Trojans headed to semifinals

It wasn’t always pretty, but the Whitehall High School boys basketball took care of business with a strong defensive performance Thursday evening in the opening round of the 5B District Tournament at the Belgrade Events Center. The third-seeded...

 

Trojans finish third, 3 win individual titles

It was an amazing day of action last Saturday for the Whitehall High School wrestling team. Competing at the Southern B/C Divisional Tournament in Townsend, the Trojans finished third as a team, had...

 
 By Jack H. Smith    News    February 6, 2019

Headliners announced for Headwaters Country Jam

The lineup has been announced for the 2019 Headwaters Country Jam near Cardwell. The event is scheduled to take place from Thursday, June 13 to Saturday, June 15 at "The Bridge" and will include...

 

Close Up fundraiser set for February 12

Later this year, 14 Whitehall Middle School students will be traveling to Washington D.C. and New York City as part of the Close Up program. The students have been working hard throughout the year to raise money for the trip scheduled for June and...

 

Column: February in Moscow

The past few days of below zero temperatures reminded me of growing up in what is known as the "high desert" of Wyoming. It is full of wide-open spaces and plenty of outdoor opportunities and also has some cold temperatures during the winter months....

 

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