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Articles from the October 5, 2016 edition

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  • Trojans demolish visting Wolves

    Jack H. Smith, Ledger Publisher|Oct 5, 2016

    By JACK H. SMITH Ledger Publisher Going into Friday night's home game against Three Forks, Whitehall/Harrison High School Football Coach Dan Lacey said his team was eager to get back onto the field after a tough road loss last week. He was right. The Trojans (6-1, 2-1 Southern 5B) came out of the gates quickly, and scored 36 points in the first quarter of the 50-6 win over the visiting Wolves (0-7). "We really executed our game plan tonight. We understood we had an opportunity to bounce back... Full story

  • Hall of Fame announces second class

    STAFF REPORT|Oct 5, 2016

    The Whitehall Hall of Fame Athletic Hall of Fame has announced its second class. The Class of 2017 will be inducted at a ceremony later this year. This year's class features a coaching legend from the 1930s and 1940s, Hiney P. Lund. It also highlights nine outstanding athletes, including Rick Shaw and Peggy Patacini in basketball during the 60s and 70s, T.J. Nelson, Mike Hedegaard, Roger Sacry, Mark Joy and Nathan Reiff in wrestling during the 80s and 90s, and Darby Jones, and Trenna Loomis in...

  • Local youth celebrate national 4-H Week

    KATHERINE SMITH, Contributing Writer|Oct 5, 2016

    According to the National 4-H website, more than six million young people from across the country will be celebrating the Annual National 4-H Week, October 3rd through October 8th, 2016. During that time 4-H clubs from all over the world will celebrate and showcase the great things 4-H offers young people and highlight the incredible youth in our communities who work each day to make a positive impact. The theme for 2016 is “4-H Grown” and “True Leaders”. Everyone involved with the program and others who value it are encouraged to post pictures...

  • Work continues on Roper's Building

    Jack H. Smith, Ledger Publisher|Oct 5, 2016

    Residents driving on North Main in Whitehall may have noticed the ongoing construction at the Roper's Building. According to owner Jeffrey Hansen, they are currently working on re-stuccoing and refacing the façade of the building. "The majority of the building will be stucco with a small amount of new brick around the Roper's side storefront windows. They also will be applying two different colors to give the building an appearance of being two different buildings," Hansen said. "It also...

  • Two Bit garners recognition

    Jack H. Smith, Ledger Publisher|Oct 5, 2016

    esidents that the Two Bit Saloon and Grill is a great place to go for chicken strips, burgers, and a steak, the word is also spreading statewide about the establishment located on Legion Avenue in Whitehall. The Two Bit was recently recognized in a June edition of the Billings Gazette as one of the four best spots in Montana to "Get Your Fried Chicken Fix." The restaurants hand cut chicken strips that are breaded with a special recipe, were listed in the Gazette alongside Roost in Bozeman, Suds...


    Oct 5, 2016

    Hertha Lucile Segmiller Larson was called home on Wednesday, September 28th. She was born on February 20th, 1965 in Denver, Colorado to Milton and Kyleen Segmiller. She spent most of her youth in Fairfield hunting, and packing into the Bob Marshall on horseback with her sister Kyla, brother Kyle, and parents. She graduated from Fairfield High School in 1983. She married her high school sweetheart, Darrel Larson on July 14th, 1984 in Fairfield. Together they had four children, Katherine Lynn,... Full story

  • JVCF grant dinner slated for October 13

    STAFF REPORT|Oct 5, 2016

    The Jefferson Valley Community Foundation will be holding their Celebrate Community Grant Award event on Thursday October 13 at 7:00 p.m. in the Borden's Conference room. The event will feature an Ice Cream Social for all Whitehall Area Non- Profit organizations. This year also includes a "Mystery Grant" that will be awarded to a non-profit organization that is not receiving a regular grant; a member of the organization must be present to win. Organizations can contact Millie Baycroft at...

  • Editorial: Sixty-five would be the right call

    Jack H. Smith, Ledger Publisher|Oct 5, 2016

    The Jefferson County Commissioners were recently sent an analysis from the Montana Department of Transportation in regards to the possibility of lowering the speed limit for a majority of Homestake Pass. The analysis states that for a ten-mile stretch of the pass, it is recommended the speed limit should be lowered in both east and westbound lanes from 75 to 65 miles per hour. This is a stretch of highway that is used often by local residents and it can be downright nasty during inclement weather. It can be sunny in Whitehall, and a whole nothe...

  • Column: Would you read?

    Jack H. Smith, Ledger Publisher|Oct 5, 2016

    My eyes are heavy while I'm writing this column, and with every word I type I can feel myself slouching further down into the chair. I've got a horrible cold and the medicine I took this morning is making it difficult to keep my eyes open. As I was getting ready for work this morning, I started thinking to myself what would be a more idea situation, being home sick, or at work feeling 100 percent? My initial answer was that not being sick would be the way to go. There is nothing fun about a...

  • Letter to the Editor: Response to Cross Letter

    Dawn Welch, Whitehall|Oct 5, 2016

    Before people get too excited about waiving their flags and being all patriotic about democracy, here is some food for thought concerning the article written by Chad Cross. Let me start with our Bill of Rights; Articles V and XIV. Article V tells us that in our great nation we cannot be held to a crime without the right to a jury of our peers, double jeopardy is unlawful, nor can we be deprived without Due Process of law. Article XIV also states that if we are born in these United States that we are American, but also, importantly, “nor can a... Full story

  • Sheriff's Report

    STAFF REPORT|Oct 5, 2016

    Monday, Sept. 26 12:38 a.m. - traffic stop, North Whitehall Street, Whitehall 9:28 a.m. - VIN inspection, 954 Hwy 55, Whitehall 11:08 a.m. - traffic stop, Hwy 55, Whitehall 11:39 a.m. - VIN inspection, Capp Lane, Whitehall 2:46 p.m. - trees/debris on roadway, Hwy 69, MM 11, Cardwell 3:17 p.m. - animal problem- road killed, Hwy 69, MM 7, Cardwell 5:55 p.m. - traffic stop, Kountz Road, Whitehall 6:22 p.m. - care for sick/injured, 1122 Hwy 55, Whitehall 8:32 p.m. - traffic stop, I-90 MM 249.5, Whitehall 9:27 p.m. - traffic stop, Legion Avenue,...

  • Lady Trojans win two at Manhattan tourney

    Jack H. Smith, Ledger Publisher|Oct 5, 2016

    The Whitehall High School volleyball team ran into some strong competition last Saturday at the Manhattan Christian High School Tournament. The Lady Trojans finished the pool play event with a 2-6 record, picking up wins over Cut Bank (21-13), and Shields Valley (25-21). Whitehall lost to White Sulphur Springs (21-20), Colstrip (21-3), Townsend (21-20), Twin Bridges (25-15), Manhattan Christian (25-22) and Cut Bank. First-year head coach Lauren McDonald said the tournament was not one of the...

  • Senior duo shines at last week's Butte Invitational

    Jack H. Smith, Ledger Publisher|Oct 5, 2016

    For the second straight week, the Whitehall High School Cross Country team went head to head with larger schools from across Southwest Montana last Saturday at the Butte Invitational. Senior runner Hunter Flynn once again showed he is one of the best in the state finishing 19th out of 154 runners with a time of 16:19.50. Sophomore Clancy Russell was the next Trojan to finish with a time of 18:34.10. Justin Gipson ended the race with a time of 19:25.60, Ryan Gipson finished the race at 19:40.00, Cade Briggs had a time of 22:06.90, Kadin Smith...

  • Trojans drop heartbreaker, battle Three Forks Friday

    Jack H. Smith, Ledger Publisher|Oct 5, 2016

    There is no quit in the Whitehall/Harrison High School football team. After trailing 14-0 late in the third quarter last Friday against host Manhattan, the Trojans were able to claw their way back into the game and pulled within one with 1:39 left in the game. Whitehall (5-1, 1-1 Southern 5B) rolled the dice and went for the two-point conversion, but was unable to connect and suffered their first loss of the season, 14-13. Following the game, head coach Dan Lacey praised his team for fighting th... Full story

  • Garden Club announces September winner

    STAFF REPORT|Oct 5, 2016

    Driving into the yard of Kathy Foster off of Paul Gulch Rd., one is presented with the beautiful mound of bright colors bursting from a large of assortment of perennial and annual flowers. Delphiniums, petunias, dianthus, the purple flash of catmint, the glowing yellow of "Black-eyed Susan's and the contrast colors of Russian Sage are all arranged in a beautiful garden with natural grasses and strategically placed rocks, making your trip over the freeway a visual treat for the eye. Just as you...

  • County Commission Report

    Leonard Wortman, Jefferson County Commissioner|Oct 5, 2016

    Hi Folks, At our regular meeting last week we opened bids to replace the culverts on Kountz Road across Pipestone Creek with a bridge. The low bidder was Tamietti Construction for $213,730.50. We are going over the bid documents and will award the bid at our meeting this week. We held a Public Hearing and adopted Resolution 28-2016 to create the Mockel Road Rural Maintenance District near Montana City. We adopted Resolution 29-2016 Declaring October Breast Cancer Awareness Month in Jefferson County. The resolution encourages all County...