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 By Jack H. Smith    Community    July 8, 2020 

Whitehall Pool open for summer season

The Whitehall Community Swimming Pool is officially open for the season. The pool opened for the season July 7 and will be open Tuesday through Saturday from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. Pool Manager Allissa...

 
 By Jack H. Smith    Community    July 8, 2020 

Organization lends a helping hand

Sincerely Paul Feeding His Sheep is making a positive impact for residents of the Whitehall area. The 501c3 non-profit organization, whose mission statement is caring people caring for people and feeding the hungry through the love and compassion of...

 

Rotary Hosting July Blood Drive

The Whitehall Rotary Club is sponsoring a blood drive later this month. Vitalant Donor Recruitment Representative Shawn Muffich stressed the importance of the blood drive scheduled for July 14 from...

 
 By Jack H. Smith    News    June 24, 2020

County Fair Officials Announce 2020 Decisions

Officials for the Madison and Jefferson County Fair announced last week how they would be proceeding with their events in 2020. The Madison County Fair Board decided last week the event scheduled for...

 
 By Jack H. Smith    News    June 24, 2020

District receives Cook Fresh Award

There was more great news last week for Whitehall Schools with the notification they were one of four districts statewide to receive the Office of Public Instruction's Cook Fresh Award. Superintendent Hannah Nieskens said Thursday Whitehall School...

 

Community Garage Sale Saturday

Local residents will have plenty of chances to find a hidden gem this Saturday at the annual Whitehall Community Garage Sale. The event is scheduled for Saturday, June 27 and maps can be picked up...

 

WTIF board accepting 2020 applications

The Whitehall Tax Increment Financing District (WTIF) will begin accepting applications July 1 for their 2020 grant cycle. Formed in 2012, the WTIF is an Urban Renewal program created to foster the revitalization and economic development of the...

 
 By Jack H. Smith    News    June 17, 2020

School District receives MCLSDP grant

There was some amazing recent news for the Whitehall School District. The Montana Office of Public Instruction announced the local district was a Montana Comprehensive Literacy State Development...

 
 By Jack H. Smith    Sports    June 17, 2020

New Crow's Nest installed at field

There will be a fresh new look next year for those who attend games and other activities taking place at Whitehall High School. Superintendent Hannah Nieskens reported last week that the "Crow's...

 
 By Jack H. Smith    Opinion    June 17, 2020

Our View: Pool opening great news, fundraising key

At last week's Town Council meeting, the governing body voted to open the Whitehall Community Pool early next month. The decision came after it was decided in May the pool would not open because of issues related to COVID-19. The decision was very...

 
 By Jack H. Smith    News    June 10, 2020

Pool to open next month

The Whitehall Community Pool will open after all in 2020. Near the conclusion of Monday night's council meeting, the governing body approved a motion from council member Shawn Hoagland to use the...

 
 By Jack H. Smith    News    June 10, 2020

Administration praises staff

The administrative team at the Whitehall School District took time at last week's Board of Trustees meeting to recognize staff for their efforts during the COVID-19 pandemic. Superintendent Hannah Nieskens said the staff was resilient, flexible, and...

 
 By Jack H. Smith    News    June 3, 2020

Voters deny 2 levy increases

Jefferson County voters narrowly defeated Tuesday a levy increase for both the library system and nine-mill for a non-profit animal shelter. The library increase was defeated by a vote of 1,209 to 1,058. The increase would have brought an additional...

 
 By Jack H. Smith    Opinion    June 3, 2020

Our View: Great Job by the Whitehall Chamber

This evening the Whitehall Chamber of Commerce will honor Whitehall Eighth Graders with a special event scheduled for Legion Park. This event is just one of the many recent hosted by the chamber in...

 

Loomis is 2020 Valedictorian

On the first day of her freshman year in the fall of 2016, Madison Loomis had her sights set on becoming the 2020 Whitehall High School Valedictorian. Earlier this year, school officials informed...

 
 By Jack H. Smith    News    May 20, 2020

Council discusses Public Safety Mill Levy

The Whitehall Town Council discussed last week a possible mill levy increase on the general fund. The Council unanimously approved a motion that will set up two hearings for public comments on a...

 

Local writer publishes second book

What started at out as a "goofy poem" has now turned into two published books and a third on the way for Whitehall based writer Shirley Baustian. After publishing the children's book "Good Friends" in 2017, Baustian recently received the published...

 
 By Jack H. Smith    Opinion    May 20, 2020

Our View: Great news for Golden Sunlight Mine

There was some great economic news last week with the Golden Sunlight Mine announcing they have secured a customer for their Tailings Reprocessing Project. Mine officials have been working meticulously with the project and this is a very positive sig...

 
 By Jack H. Smith    News    May 13, 2020

Town of Whitehall Pool will not open in 2020

The Town of Whitehall Swimming Pool will not open in 2020. At Monday's City Council meeting, Mayor Mary Janacaro Hensleigh announced the news to the governing body. Hensleigh said pool operators will...

 

Binkowski hopeful for summer events

Jefferson County Events Coordinator Bruce Binkowski is hopeful phase three of the reopening of Montana will happen in time to still have local events this summer. At a Chamber meeting last week,...

 
 By Jack H. Smith    News    May 13, 2020

Positive test: Resident has been out of state

Monday's daily Governor's Coronavirus Task Force report showed the third confirmed case of COVID-19 in Jefferson County. While the report did show the local case, Karen Wandel (BSN-RN) with the Jefferson County Health Department stated the adult...

 
 By Jack H. Smith    Opinion    May 13, 2020

COLUMN: D.C.

For about five straight days I don’t think I slept more than a few minutes. Just about every type of trouble I could get myself into I did, and it felt so good doing it 2,000 miles away from home. There were rules, but I was like a 1970’s punk...

 
 By Jack H. Smith    Sports    May 13, 2020

Moulchin hired as new Trojans basketball coach

There will be a new head coach on the sidelines next season for the Whitehall High School boys basketball team. Mike Moulchin was recently hired to take over for longtime coach Zach McLean who resigne...

 
 By Jack H. Smith    Sports    May 13, 2020

Golf to start in 2021, coaches hired

There will be a new sport next year at Whitehall High School. The school board of trustees voted earlier this year to add a boys and girls golf team. Julie Kieckbusch has been hired as head coach and Kerry Sacry will serve as an assistant....

 
 By Jack H. Smith    News    May 6, 2020

Burning closed in Whitehall District

From February to April, the Whitehall Volunteer Fire Department responded to 14 wildland fires. To deal with the dry conditions, Fire Chief Joe Granvold recently announced all burning within the Whitehall Fire Department is closed. Granvold said duri...

 

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