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 By Jack H. Smith    Business    July 17, 2019 

New Coffee House opens in Whitehall

On a gorgeous Montana morning, family, friends, and local residents came together for an open house and ribbon cutting July 13 for Bluebird Sky Coffee in Whitehall. The new business is located at 301...

 By Jack H. Smith    Opinion    July 17, 2019 

EDITORIAL: Our View: Volunteers key to Frontier Days

It's a little over a week away from Frontier Days, the biggest celebration of the year in the Whitehall area. Since the 2018 event, chamber and other volunteers have been working extremely hard in...

 By Jack H. Smith    Opinion    July 17, 2019 

COLUMN: Glad I didn't have the choice

I'm really glad I didn't have a cell phone as a kid. I could certainly say that I would have not used it as much as kids do today, but that's probably not the case. Adults these days say they would have never been glued to a phone, but look around...

 By Jack H. Smith    News    July 10, 2019

From Alaska to Argentina: Ferrero makes a stop in Whitehall

When Kevin Ferrero was an eight-year-old in France he was inspired by his older brother's four-year bike journey from Alaska to Argentina. Now in his 20's, Ferrero is now making the trip on his own...


Music Days at the Park July 28

The sounds of music will be coming to Lewis & Clark Caverns this summer. The Montana State Park will be hosting their annual Music Days at the Park with the first event scheduled for Sunday, July...

 By Jack H. Smith    News    July 10, 2019

Chamber seeking marshall nominations

he Whitehall Chamber of Commerce is currently seeking nominations for the Grand Marshall of the upcoming Frontier Days parade. With a theme of "Big Dreams in a Small Town", the chamber is opening...

 By Jack H. Smith    Opinion    July 10, 2019

COLUMN: 3 Parking Spots

The 4th of July is always a great time for friends and family to come together to celebrate one amazing Country. It also means the Interstate and Highways are jam packed with people. The increase in traffic means that gas stations and truck stops...

 By Jack H. Smith    Sports    July 10, 2019

Whitehall players a spark for Outlaws

With a 13-1 conference record, the Gallatin Valley Outlaws are looking to keep up the momentum as they inch closer to the postseason. Assistant coach Ryan Murphy said the team is currently sitting in first place and in a great position to win the...

 By Jack H. Smith    News    July 3, 2019

Future of Cardwell container site in question

Changes could be on the way for the Madison County Cardwell Container site. Kacey Smart with the Madison County Sanitarian's Office said the Solid Waste and Recycling Board is considering combining... Full story


Mobile food pantry headed to Whitehall

The Montana Food Bank Network Mobile Food Pantry will be in Whitehall later this month. The free of charge pantry will be making a local stop July 17 at 10 a.m. at the Education Station located at the corner of Legion and Division. The pantry visit...

 By Jack H. Smith    News    July 3, 2019

Whitehall Department Responds to 4 Fires

It was a busy week for the Whitehall Volunteer Fire Department. According to Chief Jeremy Ward, the department responded to four fires, the first a truck fire Wednesday morning on Homestake Pass.... Full story

 By Jack H. Smith    Sports    July 3, 2019

Trojan football releases schedule

The Whitehall High School will have a difficult three-game non-conference slate to open their 2019 season. The Trojans will be looking to return to the Class B Playoffs for the third time in four... Full story

 By Jack H. Smith    News    June 26, 2019

4 file for council

A total of four candidates filed prior to the June 17 deadline for the six open seats on the Whitehall Town Council. Incumbent Logan Reiff was the lone candidate to file in Ward 1 and incumbent Katy James was the lone candidate in Ward 2. Incumbent... Full story

 By Jack H. Smith    Opinion    June 26, 2019

COLUMN: The smell of Taco Bell

I'm not sure if I had to choose, I could pick a favorite sport between football and basketball but would easily admit that the NCAA basketball tournament is my favorite sporting event of the year. I also really enjoy covering high school basketball...

 By Jack H. Smith    News    June 19, 2019

Cirucs coming to Whitehall

For the first time since 2013, the circus is coming to Whitehall. The Culpepper and Merriweather Circus will be in town Friday, June 28 with performances scheduled for 5 and 7:30 p.m. The tent will...


Deadline nears for community garage sale

The deadline is approaching for the 2019 Whitehall Community Garage Sale. The annual event is scheduled to take place Saturday, June 29 and the deadline to signup is June 25. The cost is $5, and this... Full story

 By Jack H. Smith    Opinion    June 19, 2019

COLUMN: Let em score...

While I much rather watch a basketball or football game, whenever the United States soccer team is playing in a World Cup, I pay attention. I don't know much about soccer, don't like it enough to call it football, but do love cheering on my country...

 By Jack H. Smith    Sports    June 19, 2019

Keener awarded Sportsmen Scholarship

Not only was Sawyer Keener able to represent his school at the recent Class B All-Star Football game in Billings, he also walked away with a scholarship. The 2019 Whitehall graduate was awarded the Sportsmen Scholarship. "I was really excited to...

 By Jack H. Smith    News    June 12, 2019

Hoagland appointed to Whitehall Council

The Town of Whitehall has a new council member in Ward 3. Shawn Hoagland was appointed Monday night to fill the position of council member Jason Good. Hoagland will start in the position July 8 and his term will run until the end of the year. The...

 By Jack H. Smith    Opinion    June 12, 2019

Column: TOO much honking

When Oliver Lucas created the first vehicle horn in the 1910 it was a much-needed invention that is still as relevant today. It has also become a major pain in the back side. Rather than just use it for what is intended, the horn has become as source...

 By Jack H. Smith    News    June 5, 2019

Montana Mule Days this week

The 35th annual Montana Mule Days will take place later this week in Whitehall. The event that will be hosted for the third straight year at the Whitehall Rodeo Grounds is scheduled for Friday, June...

 By Jack H. Smith    Opinion    June 5, 2019

Column: Some field trip...

Over the past weeks kids from across the area were able to wrap up the school year with their annual spring field trips. I was able to read online about what seemed to be some pretty amazing trips and the kids really seemed to be happy about where...

 By Jack H. Smith    News    June 5, 2019

Whitehall Council seat vacant

The Town of Whitehall is currently seeking a Ward 3 Council Member. Alderman Jason Good resigned from his position last week. This will be the third new council member appointed in 2019. Ward 3...


WHS graduates 32

The list of accomplishments for the Whitehall High School Class of 2019 is long. Not only did the class soar academically with the highest composite ACT score in school history, they also... Full story

 By Jack H. Smith    Opinion    May 29, 2019

Column: Horsing Around

When I was in seventh grade it was a very normal routine to go to the high school for every home football game. I'm sure there was some cheering going on for the Tigers, but it really was more about socializing. The first year of junior high was a...


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