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  • New restaurant opening next month

    Jack H. Smith, Ledger Publisher|Mar 29, 2017

    In 1996, Ken and Tina Bates opened Stageline Pizza restaurants in Dillon and Anaconda. They would later decide to sell both businesses to spend more time with their children and pursue other opportunities. Now over two decades since they opened the two Montana stores, they have decided to get back into the pizza business and will be opening a Stageline next month in Whitehall. Along with the popular pizza and breadsticks featured in Stageline franchises across Montana, Ken said they would also b...

  • Three file for trustee spots

    Jack H. Smith, Ledger Publisher|Mar 29, 2017

    Barring any last minute write in candidates, the scheduled May 2 mail in election for three open school board trustee positions in the Whitehall and Cardwell districts will not take place. Jeff Briggs was the lone candidate to file by the March 23 deadline for the three-year position that will be vacated by Angie Davis in Whitehall School Districts 4 and 47. Incumbent Paul Shaw was the lone candidate to declare for the Whitehall District 2 (Cardwell) position. This is also a three-year term. If there are no write in candidates filed by March...

  • Fish fry next week

    Jack H. Smith, Ledger Publisher|Mar 29, 2017

    It’s once again the time of year for the Whitehall Knights of Columbus Fish Fry. The 12th annual event is slated to take place Friday, April 7 from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at St. Teresa’s Hall in Whitehall. Knights of Columbus member Jim Stearns said they would once again be serving Alaskan Pollock, a fish people really seem to enjoy. The cost to attend the popular event is $9 for adults, $6 for children 4 to 10, and $27 for a family. Stearns said the proceeds would go to charities in Whitehall and Ennis. He said some of these include Coats for...

  • Athletes, teams honored at banquet

    Jack H. Smith, Ledger Publisher|Mar 29, 2017

    A total of 11 individuals and four teams were inducted last Saturday night to the Whitehall High School Athletic Hall of Fame. Among the teams that were honored at the second annual ceremony in front of a packed house at the high school was the 1997 state runner up volleyball team. Hall of Fame Board member Shane Shaw said 100 percent of the team made it to the ceremony. The team was inducted by head coach Brent Mabbot, who discussed working with the girls from the time they were in seventh grad...

  • Future students head to Kindergarten Roundup

    Mar 29, 2017

    Children from around Whitehall made there way to the Varsity Gym last week for the annual Whitehall Elementary School Kindergarten Roundup....

  • High school play next week

    Jack H. Smith, Ledger Publisher|Mar 29, 2017

    Next week Whitehall High School students will be taking local residents on a trip to the backwoods of the American Bible Belt, where things are rarely tidy and always done with a sense of humor. The high school drama department will be performance of "Dearly Departed" is scheduled to take place Thursday, April 6 and Friday, April 7 in the multi purpose room. Both of the performances will begin at 7 p.m. According to Drama Director Cheri Shaw, the play is something really different than what...

  • Editorial: Students work hard to bring play to life

    Jack H. Smith, Ledger Publisher|Mar 29, 2017

    Next Thursday and Friday students at Whitehall students will take to the stage for the annual spring play at the high school. The performance of “Dearly Departed” is scheduled for April 6 and 7 at 7 p.m. in the high school multi purpose room. The students have put in numerous hours of work for this play and I really hope there is a great turnout. Under the direction of Cheri Shaw, the high school performances are always great, and it also gives local residents something different to do. Along with the daily duty of going to school and hom...

  • Column: That's not gel

    Jack H. Smith, Ledger Publisher|Mar 29, 2017

    I just could not get ahead last week. While I certainly had things going on that I could not control, I did not make things easier with some really genius mistakes. I usually get up at 7:30 for work, and am out the door by 8. I hate morning, so I just try and rush through what I need to do to get ready as quickly as possible. Last Wednesday I went through the same morning routine as normal. Things were going smoothly till I went to put a little bit of product in my hair. I thought I had put gel in my hair, but realized a few seconds later I...


    Mar 29, 2017

    George G. Johnson died at the age of 93 on May 22, 2017 with his family by his side. George was born in Mason City, Iowa on May 16, 1923 to Violet and Ole Johnson. He was one of seven children. George and his family moved to Glendive, Montana where they made their home for many years. He was an employee of the Northern Pacific Railroad when he was called to serve his nation in 1943. George was drafted into the Navy and served on the USS Hamlin (AV-15), a seaplane/aviation tender. Seaplanes... Full story


    Mar 29, 2017

    Jane Ann Robert, age 95, of Whitehall died at her home in Whitehall March 23. Jane Ann was born June 14, 1921 at Whitehall, MT. She was raised in Whitehall and San Diego. She graduated from Hoover High School in San Diego and later attended USC where she earned her nursing degree in 1973. She worked as a registered nurse in San Diego and then was the Jefferson County Public Health Nurse for 17 years. Jane Ann worked until the age of 78 She enjoyed flower gardening and painting. She loved her cat. She raised all of her children to have a sense... Full story

  • Jefferson County Sheriff's Report

    Mar 29, 2017

    Monday, Mar. 20 9:56 a.m. - prisoner transport, 108 West First Street, Whitehall 12:11 p.m. - citizen assist, 413 Yellowstone Trail, Whitehall 12:56 p.m. - care for sick/injured, 104 McKay Street, Whitehall 5:59 p.m. – traffic stop, Whitetail Road, Whitehall 7:47 p.m. - 911 hang-up, 8 West Legion Avenue, Whitehall 8:17 p.m. - civil assist, 90 Kountz Road, Whitehall 9:00 p.m. - stranded motorist, I-90 eastbound, MM 269, Cardwell Tuesday, Mar. 21 11:42 a.m. - dog at large, 1061 Hwy 2 West, Whitehall 11:55 a.m. - care for sick/injured, 208 West 1...

  • Museum annual meeting April 6

    Staff Report|Mar 29, 2017

    The annual meeting of the Jefferson Valley Museum will be held at 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 6, 2017 in the Fellowship Hall at the Trinity United Methodist Church on 102 North Brooke Street. A short board meeting will review the Museum’s key business items and an election will be held for the expiring board member positions currently held by Kermit Hoyenga and John Joy. The annual historic program will follow. This year, museum volunteer Arlene Weber will provide a review of Piedmont, Pleasant Valley, Renova, and some of the events and people wh...

  • Whitehall girls team finishes undefeated

    Jack H. Smith, Ledger Publisher|Mar 29, 2017

    It was quite the season for the nine girls on the Whitehall Elementary girls basketball team. The team recently wrapped up their season with a perfect record in the Butte Elementary 5th grade Basketball League. The team was led by fifth graders Lindsay Briggs, Ellis Mastel, and Charity Nieskens. Fourth graders on the team were Hope Nieskens, Kari Ellison, Lainey Ellison, Maddi Seccomb and Hope Moriarty. Third-grader Julia Hoagland was also on the team. Gina Ossello and Kelly Nieskens coached...

  • Wrestlers compete at Montana Open

    Jennifer Hoerauf, Contributing Writer|Mar 29, 2017

    Whitehall took 19 wrestlers to the Montana Open last weekend in Billings. There were approximately 1640 wrestlers from Montana and neighboring states. Garret Wagner took 4th place, Tucker Witzel took 5th place, Kase Wagner took 3rd place, Sage Buus took 4th place, MIles Hoerauf took 6th place and Dawson Hoerauf took 3rd place. Montana Open Results for Whitehall Wrestling: 6 & Under 52 - Tyse Wilkinson Champ. Round 1 - Tyse Wilkinson (Whitehall Wrestling) received a bye Champ. Round 2 - Auzzy Car...

  • No easy solutions to Montana's drug epidemic

    Michael Siebert, UM Community News Service|Mar 29, 2017

    Liz Schwartz's brother overdosed in their parents' garage after sucking prescription opioids out of a used fentanyl patch. His mother found him on the floor and immediately called an ambulance. He made it to the hospital in time and survived. But within a year, Schwartz's father overdosed the same way. He, too, survived. "You think the addict is getting clean, or they're on the right track to getting there, and there's setbacks like that," Schwartz said. "It's terrifying." While Montana's drug...

  • Tennis starts season Friday

    Jack H. Smith, Ledger Publisher|Mar 29, 2017

    It will be an equal mix of youth and experience for the Whitehall High School tennis team when they open the season March 31 in Livingston. According to head coach Kerry Sacry, the team will have six returning players, five of them with varsity experience. The team will also include seven freshmen players. Sacry is very pleased with the high number of freshmen, and said while they do not have experience, he has high hopes. He also has tall expectations for the returning members of the team...

  • All star games extend Trojan season

    Jack H. Smith, Ledger Publisher|Mar 29, 2017

    While their season may have officially ended earlier this month at the MHSA Class B State Tournament in Billings, members of the Whitehall High School boys basketball team were not quite done. Since finishing the season with a fourth place finish at state, the Trojans have several players and coaches taken part in All Star games throughout the state. Last weekend, senior Braden Larsen, head coach Zach McLean, and assistant coach Kelly Nieskens participated in the 31st annual Hi-Line Invitational Basketball Tournament in Havre. Larsen and...

  • Between the Stacks

    Jeannie Ferriss, Whitehall Community Library|Mar 29, 2017

    By the time you read this I will be almost done with a week at the Montana Library Association (MLA) annual meeting in Billings. MLA provides a myriad of training in all types of areas and relevant issues relating to library funding, new laws, the latest technology, and more. It is also a chance for libraries to network together with new ideas and share programming that has worked well in their communities or maybe not worked so well. It is a mix of academic librarians, school librarians, specialty librarians, and of course, public librarians w...

  • Looking Back 25 Years

    Mar 29, 2017

    April 1, 1992 Captain Andrew F. Weaver has been promoted to Major. He is the son of Florine Hager of Whitehall, and the late Alex Weaver of Bozeman. Weaver is stationed in Nuremberg, Germany, with his wife Dell and step-daughter Stephanie. Cardwell students recently took part in a week-long puppet workshop held at the Cardwell School. Sherry Johns, an experienced teacher and performing artist, helped students produce their own puppets and prepare special presentations. Sock-mouth puppets, simple rod, mouth rod and shadow puppets were designed...

  • For Your Information

    Arcylle Shaw, Contributing Writer|Mar 29, 2017

    Some weeks are slower than others- unless, of course, you are on Facebook. Activities at the school during April will include a Garage Sale on April 29th and 30th. Details will be advertised soon. They will welcome donations. Arrangements can be made by calling 406-498-5205. Mrs. Moser is the teacher to contact. Montana Outdoor Science School starts next week and will run for several weeks. This provides the students with exceptional science opportunities. Plans are being made by the Cardwell Community Church for the annual Easter Sunrise...

  • Water break on Whitehall Street

    Melissa Jenkins, Staff Writer|Mar 29, 2017

    Town Clerk/Treasurer Summer Fellows reported a water break on Whitehall Street Wednesday evening. Fellows said the Town of Whitehall is unsure how long the break will take to fix, but city workers are working on the break diligently. Fellows said Town Hall employees tried to call everyone they knew would be affected, but there were some they were unaware were connected to the line. The Town hopes to have the problem resolved quickly as the break has some residents without water.... Full story


    Jack H. Smith, Ledger Publisher|Mar 29, 2017

    The annual meeting of the Jefferson Valley Museum will be held at 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 6, 2017 in the Fellowship Hall at the Trinity United Methodist Church on 102 North Brooke Street. A short board meeting will review the Museum’s key business items and an election will be held for the expiring board member positions currently held by Kermit Hoyenga and John Joy. The annual historic program will follow. This year, museum volunteer Arlene Weber will provide a review of Piedmont, Pleasant Valley, Renova, and some of the events and people wh...