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  • Trojans stay alive at Divisional Tournament

    Jack H. Smith, Ledger Publisher|Mar 1, 2017

    By JACK H. SMITH Ledger Publisher It's all about survive and advance for the Whitehall High School boys basketball team. One night after a tough 55-46 loss late Thursday night to Roundup in the opening round of the Southern B Divisional Tournament in Billings, the Trojans rebounded Friday afternoon with a 62-48 win over Shepherd High School. With the win, Whitehall kept their season and hopes at a spot in the state tournament alive, and will play Saturday morning in the loser out consolation...

  • Water options discussed at town meeting

    Melissa Jenkins, Ledger Publisher|Mar 1, 2017

    The Town of Whitehall hosted a public informational meeting Monday night with members of the DEQ (Department of Environmental Quality) and NCI Engineering out of Great Falls. The purpose of the forum was to give residents updates and information about the uranium issue with the drinking water. “The Town of Whitehall engaged the firm to help with the uranium problem and what we are headed for, or hope to head for, is to find an alternate water source; another well that doesn’t have uranium in it. We strongly believe that is a preferred alternati... Full story

  • Trojans open with Roundup

    Jack H. Smith, Ledger Publisher|Mar 1, 2017

    Tomorrow night the Whitehall High School boys basketball team will return to the court for the first time since a 62-33 5B District Tournament challenge game win over Three Forks. It just so happens it will be their biggest game of the year to date. The Trojans are set to face off against Roundup (17-4) in the first round of the first round of the Divisional Tournament slated to take place March 2 to 4 at the MetraPark Arena in Billings. The tipoff is scheduled for 8 p.m. Whitehall (16-5) will g... Full story

  • The Wiz of the West

    Staff Report|Mar 1, 2017

    A total of 49 Whitehall students took part in last Saturday's Missoula Children's Theater performance of "The Wiz of the West". The play based on the "Wizard of Oz" was written by Michael McGill and sponsored by the Whitehall PTSA, Art Work, the National Endowment for the Arts, and Montana Arts Council. The main cast included Emily Smith as Dotty, Mason Miller as Mooch, Chloe Brown as Scared Crow, Tommy Emerson as Lionel, Hallee Kelley as Hawknose Halley, Mack Williams as Dr. Ozzy, Addison...

  • Monday Munchies a hit with kids

    Jack H. Smith, Ledger Publisher|Mar 1, 2017

    Growing up in Whitehall, Darcy Volz fondly remembers spending time in the kitchen with her mom learning how to cook. She is now sharing her experience with local youth at a Monday Munchies event every first and third Monday of the month the Whitehall Community of Christ Church located at 88 First Rd. At each session, kids are not only taught how to cook, but they also learn about the food they are cooking. Volz said the idea behind the event is to not only get kids into the kitchen, but to also...

  • Legislature hits halfway mark, budget still looms

    Michael Siebert, UM Community News Service|Mar 1, 2017

    The 65th Montana Legislative Session has reached its halfway point, and the state budget still weighs heavy. Both Republicans and Democrats are working to reach a compromise on how to fund state programs, with battles over other policy happening simultaneously. March 1 marks the session’s transmittal break, when general bills have to be moved from one chamber to the other. Roughly 300 bills are currently active in both the House and Senate. The House has also tabled nearly 150 bills, while the Senate has tabled over 60 of their own. This l...

  • Daines speech, infrastructure bill, pipelines mark legislature's halfway mark

    Michael Siebert, UM Community News Service|Mar 1, 2017

    U.S. Sen. Steve Daines addressed the Montana House of Representatives last week, touching on his role in Washington, his support for the Keystone XL Pipeline and support for the appointment of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court. Daines repeatedly said he and other Republicans in Washington are seeking less federal power and more states' rights. "Montanans are best at running Montana," Daines said. Daines opened his speech by applauding the "peaceful transition of power" from Barack Obama...

  • Ledger office closing for basketball tourney

    Mar 1, 2017

    The office of the Whitehall Ledger will close for the week Thursday, March 2 at Noon. The staff of the newspaper will be covering the Divisional Basketball Tournament in Billings. The office will reopen Monday, March 6 at 8:00 a.m. The deadline for the March 8 paper will still be March 6 at 5 p.m. Go TROJANS!...

  • Column: Knock, Knock

    Jack H. Smith, Ledger Publisher|Mar 1, 2017

    I cannot complain about the location of the Whitehall Leger office. It is centrally located in downtown Whitehall, which is a real plus. I've worked at or visited smaller newspaper offices whose location was in a bad spot that was not good for the business or customers. If I had a complaint, it would be the door to the office is not made of glass, is heavy, and makes things awkward for people who have never come to the office. I will be sitting here daydreaming, and someone will knock on the...

  • Jefferson County Sherrif's Report

    Mar 1, 2017

    Monday, Feb. 20 12:10 p.m. – agency assist, 26 Sugar Beet Row, Whitehall 12:56 p.m. – welfare check, I-90 westbound MM 249, Whitehall 1:42 p.m. - abandoned auto, I-90 eastbound MM 247, Whitehall 5:34 p.m. – transport, 208 1st Street West, Whitehall 6:02 p.m. – traffic stop, Hwy 69, Whitehall Tuesday, Feb. 21 1:05 p.m. - suspicious/person/vehicle/circumstance, Piedmont Road, Whitehall 5:12 p.m. – traffic stop, Makowski Lane, Whitehall 9:03 p.m. – traffic stop, Hwy 69, MM 14, Cardwell 9:31 p.m. – traffic stop, Hwy 69, MM 11, Cardwell Wedn...

  • For Your Information

    Arcylle Shaw, Contributing Writer|Mar 1, 2017

    Just returned from the LOVE INC. (Love in the Name of Christ) informational and thank you meeting in Whitehall. This isn’t just another welfare program - it’s helping people transform their lives. Without a doubt, Christ will be the center of this ministry, but the value to those who need help will be life-changing. Volunteers will discover the changes in their own lives, as well. From this meeting some of the information included the variety of ‘needs’ that can be addressed. Tutoring, finances, mechanical help, household help, etc. etc. are ju...

  • Looking Back 25 Years

    Mar 1, 2017

    Wed., March 4, 1992 Patricia Duffey Joy of Whitehall is among the 70 Montana State University student achievers who were selected for this year’s edition of Who’s Who Among Students in American universities and colleges. The listing is based on academic success, community service, leadership and potential for continued success. WHS Lady Trojans finished their regular Volleyball season with a 13-4 record after splitting the final two matches. Last Wednesday night Whitehall held off the relentless attack of Manhattan Christian to add the win to...

  • Whitehall Middle School Wrestling

    Mar 1, 2017

    The Whitehall Middle School wrestling team traveled last Saturday to compete at the Bozeman Duals....

  • County Commission Update

    Leonard Wortman, Jefferson County Commissioner|Mar 1, 2017

    Hi Folks, At our regular meeting last week, we met with Road Supervisor Rory Parsons. The crew has been very busy trying to keep up with winter and spring maintenance issues. One of the big issues this time of year is trying to keep culverts flowing. They generally tend to freeze up and then when the water starts to run there is no place for it to go. They try to get out and unthaw the culverts before we get big flows but that doesn’t always work. We have had some closures on Milligan Canyon Road because we just couldn’t keep ahead of the fre...

  • Between the Stacks

    Jeannie Ferriss, Whitehall Community Library|Mar 1, 2017

    Last call for beginning computer classes! There are five spots left for the new session of beginners starting on March 6th. The advanced group will begin their new sessions in March as well with TechBoomers “Internet Safety 101”. If you are interested in the beginning classes just give us a call at 287-3763. For all of you “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” fans, I just saw a teaser trailer release for the new movie “Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul”. It looks like it will be released this summer so watch out for it . You can watch the teaser at:...

  • Editorial: Great intent, but no notification

    Jack H. Smith, Ledger Publisher|Mar 1, 2017

    I would like to take time to commend Whitehall Town Officials for hosting the recent public meeting about the uranium levels in the water. I feel this was an important step to let the community know about what the problem is, and the steps being taken to remedy the problem. This is should be an important issue for each and every resident of the Town of Whitehall, and the public forum was an outstanding way to share information about some of the work being done with the DEQ and NCI Engineering. I do however question the timing and advertising...