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  • Trojans advance to state

    Jack H. Smith, Ledger Publisher|Mar 8, 2017

    With their backs to the wall, there was no quit in the Whitehall High School boys basketball team. After dropping their opening game of the Southern B Divisional Tournament last Thursday night to Roundup, the Trojans (19-6) bounced back with three consecutive victories to secure a spot in this week's MHSA Class B State Championship in Billings. The number three seed from the South, the Trojans will open Thursday against a familiar foe in the top seed from the west Anaconda. The game is... Full story

  • JVSA Banquet next Saturday

    Jack H. Smith, Ledger Publisher|Mar 8, 2017

    It will be a good time for a great cause next Saturday at the Whitehall Community Center. The Jefferson Valley Sportsmen Association will be conducting their annual banquet March 18 with a cocktail hour slated for 6 p.m., and dinner scheduled for 7 p.m. JVSA member Hervey Perez said the event is not only a fun time, it is also the biggest fundraising method for the club that has been in existence for over 30 years. Perez said said the money donated will be put to good use. He added past accomplishments of the JVSA include building a children’s...

  • WHS Hall of Fame Ceremony March 25

    Staff Report|Mar 8, 2017

    The Whitehall High School Athletic Hall of Fame will enshrine its second class, the Class of 2017. The Induction Ceremony will take place Saturday, March 25th from 6 to 10 p.m. at the Whitehall High School Multi-Purpose Room. The public is welcome, but RSVPs are required no later than March 15th. RSVPs can be sent via email to or by calling 406-396-3556. Cost is $10 per meal and can be paid at the door. The 2017 class features a coaching legend from the 1930s and 1940s, Hiney P. Lund. It also highlights nine...

  • The Moose is Loose

    Mar 8, 2017

    Local resident Sarah Smart was able to get a picture of young male Moose was hanging around last week on MT Hwy 55....

  • Editorial: Representing Whitehall the right way

    Jack H. Smith, Ledger Publisher|Mar 8, 2017

    I’ve only lived in the area for a short amount of time, but I proudly call myself a Whitehall Trojan. I really enjoying following the Whitehall High School teams and this takes me a lot of different places throughout the state. While I am certainly there to do a job, that does not stop me from cheering and taking pride in both the team and the community they represent. Last weekend I had the opportunity to attend the Southern B Divisional Basketball Tournament in Billings. I was once again proud of our community for coming out to represent t...

  • Column: The Nutcraker

    Jack H. Smith, Ledger Publisher|Mar 8, 2017

    A few weeks ago I decided to take a Friday off and relax at home. Seemed like a great idea and everything was going well until I got out of bed and checked my email. While most of it was junk, there was one email that made me want to crawl right back into bed. It was from Melissa and had to do with a headline I wrote in the prior Wednesday's paper. Instead of putting "Season of promise for Lady Trojans", I had put "Season of promise for Lady Wolves". I'm sure a lot of people were wondering what...

  • Betty Ann Spackman Simonich

    Mar 8, 2017

    Betty Ann Spackman Simonich, age 84, of Whitehall passed away March 1, 2017 at Sheridan, MT. She was born to Archie and Ann Desy at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Lewistown, MT on February 9, 1933. She graduated from St. Leo’s High School in Lewistown in 1951. Betty moved to Butte in 1951. She was employed by Dun and Bradstreet from 1951 to 1954. She married Vern Spackman, Jr. in 1954 in Lewistown. They moved to Whitehall in 1954. They had two children Michael and Michelle. Vern preceded her in death. She later married Norman Simonich September 2, 19...

  • Mary J Martin

    Mar 8, 2017

    Mary J Martin, 84 passed away peacefully Thursday, February 16 at the Life Care Center of Coeur d'Alene. Mary was born to George and Mary Jackson (Pyfer) on December 27, 1932 in Whitehall, Montana. She was the second oldest of seven siblings all of whom were raised in Whitehall. Mary graduated high school in 1950 with her classmate and future life partner, Carl Martin. Following high school Mary and Carl planned their future together while he completed college at Montana State University and she...

  • Jefferson County Sherrif's Report

    Mar 8, 2017

    Monday, Feb. 27 3:01 p.m. - assist other agency in state, 112 1st Street East, Whitehall 5:58 p.m. – traffic stop, North Whitehall Street, Whitehall 9:16 p.m. - dog at large, 17 Mormon Lane, Whitehall Tuesday, Feb. 28 12:13 a.m. - welfare check, 3 Patty Cake Drive, Whitehall 10:47 a.m. - care for sick/injured, 105.5 South Division Street, Whitehall Mt 11:22 a.m. - VIN inspection, 313 East 2nd Street, Whitehall 3:30 p.m. - traffic accident/ hit & run, 415 North Whitehall Street, Whitehall 4:53 p.m. - DUI—liquor, 113 West Legion Avenue, Whi...

  • Lewis and Clark Caverns hosting recruitment event

    Mar 8, 2017

    A volunteer recruitment day is being planned for next week at the Lewis and Clark Caverns. Montana State Parks announced that it is holding a volunteer recruitment day Sunday March 19 from 1 to 3 p.m. There will also be a a gathering to view some historical memorabilia from the beginning days of the park to present day. In addition to the history display, a guided tour will be led by Ken Soderberg to discuss some of the park’s notable CCC contributions. This event is to attract people from the surrounding area to the park to discuss upcoming v...

  • Whitehall Rotary's International Dinner -- Making a Difference

    Mar 8, 2017

    Whitehall Rotary’s International Dinner – Making a Difference The Whitehall Rotary Club will hold their third annual International Dinner on Sunday, March 12th starting at 4:00 p.m. with food service ending at 6:30 p.m. Musical entertainment will continue until 7:00 p.m. A variety of people and organizations will be providing a great selection of menu items. These include Hungarian Goulash, Asian Orange Chicken, Southern Jambalaya, Cornish Pasties, Hawaiian Chicken, Peruvian Causa (potato dish), Lithuanian Saltibarsciai (cold beet soup) and oth...

  • Jefferson County records first flu death of 2017

    Karen Wandel, RN for Jefferson County Health Department|Mar 8, 2017

    Jefferson County has recorded its first influenza death this year in a hospitalized individual, a reminder of how severe influenza can be. The person was over 65 years of age and had more than one chronic health condition. Fourteen Montanans have died from influenza this flu season, all adults 50 years and older. In Montana and nationwide, the highest rate of influenza hospitalizations has occurred in the 65 and over age group. Children under 5 and adults 50-64 age groups have the next highest rates of flu hospitalization. The influenza season...

  • County Commission Update

    Leonard Wortman, Jefferson County Commissioner|Mar 8, 2017

    Hi Folks, At last week’s meeting we reviewed claims at 9:30 and talked with the County Sanitarian, Megan Bullock about water and sewer issues in Clancy. Megan has contracted with Montana Tech to do water sampling and testing within the Town site of Clancy because of some test results that showed high levels of Nitrates in the well water. Road Supervisor, Rory Parsons updated us on what is going on in the Road Department. Kip Harris from the Boulder shop has left to take another job. We are currently advertising for that position. County T...

  • Looking Back 25 Years

    Mar 8, 2017

    Whitehall High’s Lady Trojans captured the 4-B District title Saturday night after posting a second victory of the day over the Three Forks Wolves, 16-4, 15-8. It was the first time in Whitehall’s volleyball history that its team took first place honors in District play. Whitehall teacher Todd Breitenfeldt will work with fifth and seventh grade students and students from his Environmental Biology class in a special program aimed at teaching students more about weeds and the biological control of weeds. Student of the Week is Grant Rodway, a f...

  • Love INC hosts community event

    Dave Klem, Contributing Writer|Mar 8, 2017

    Monday evening a brief meeting at the high school cafeteria was conducted, bringing together approximately fifty people representing the community churches, the community at large, and the organization of Love INC, a non-profit organization being established here in Whitehall for the purpose of coordinating the efforts of local churches and agencies to provide help to those members of our community who are experiencing difficulties in meeting basic needs. During the evening, several presentations were made, highlighting how these needs can...

  • For Your Information

    Arcylle Shaw, Contributing Writer|Mar 8, 2017

    Recently, a picture of the 1930 Cardwell High School football team was posted for sale on e-bay. Naturally, that intrigued me, so with the help of Roy Millegan’s compiling of information from years and years of newspapers, I located some fascinating stories. Football was first played at Cardwell according to what I found, in1929, but no records of the games, etc. There didn’t seem to be a name for the High School team. Scores were crazy. One was Cardwell 115 to 0 over Twin Bridiges! Whitehall often beat Cardwell, and Cardwell won a few. I wou...

  • The Roving Reporter

    Mar 8, 2017

    Several families attended the 21st CCLC Dr. Seuss themed read-in last Thursday following our regular after school program. Children read to parents, and parents read to children while munching on some of the regularly served after school program snacks....