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  • How bout them Trojans: Whitehall/Harrison wins conference title

    Jack H. Smith, Ledger Publisher|Oct 18, 2017

    For the first time in 35 years, Whitehall will play host to a playoff football game. Playing on senior night at Trojans Field Friday night against Manhattan, the Whitehall/Harrison High School football team won a 19-14 thriller over the Tigers to finish the regular season undefeated (9-0) and win the Class B Southern Division Championship. With the win, Whitehall earned the number one seed in the South and will host fourth seeded Shepherd Saturday, October 28 at 1 p.m. It will be the first White... Full story

  • Council discusses sale of ambulance barn

    Jack H. Smith, Ledger Publisher|Oct 18, 2017

    The Whitehall Town Council voted 4-1 to give Dr. Cory Tebay of Western Veterinary Services a buy/sell agreement with contingencies for the purchase of the ambulance barn located at 207 East Legion. At a special meeting Tuesday night, Whitehall Town Attorney Ed Guza said the offer made by Tebay for the building was $288,000. Council members Joe Adams, Tom Jenkin, Mac Smith, and Gerry Keogh voted yes on the agreement for the building last used by the Community Beacon of Hope Inc. Ambulance Service. Council member Gary Housman was the lone... Full story

  • Editorial: The Power of 11

    Jack H. Smith, Ledger Publisher|Oct 18, 2017

    In my three seasons covering the Whitehall/Harrison High School football team there have been plenty of wins by the Trojans, perhaps none bigger than a heart stopping 19-14 win Friday night over Manhattan. In a game with the conference title on the line, Whitehall stood its ground against a tremendous opponent and made big plays when they needed them to finish the regular season 9-0. While the team has a lot more work to do, it's important to look back on just how special the regular season... Full story

  • Stover receives high honor

    Oct 18, 2017

    Roger G. Stover of Whitehall (middle) was presented with a certificate of 50 years of continuous membership to the local American Legion Post 24. He was presented the certificate by Post Adjutant Tom Harrington and Post Officer David Hanley....

  • JVCF awards $18,794

    Jack H. Smith, Ledger Publisher|Oct 18, 2017

    The Jefferson County Community Foundation awarded nine grants to local non-profits for a total of $18,794 at a special ceremony last Thursday night at the Borden's Building. JVCF Co-Chair Millie Baycroft said this is the most money they have awarded in 16 years, and the endowment fund has grown to just under $235,000. Baycroft said all the money donated to the JVCF not only goes back to the community, it says in the community as the fund grows. Love Inc. received an $850 grant they will be using...

  • Rotary Harvest Dance set for October 29

    Staff Report|Oct 18, 2017

    The Whitehall Rotary Club will host their annual Harvest Dance on Sunday, October 29 at the Whitehall Community Center. The door will open at 4:20 p.m., music will begin at 4:30 p.m. and last until 7:30 p.m. Admission is $10 per person and a family of four or more (two adults and children under 18) is $35. This includes a meal that will be served from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m. The meal includes a bratwurst (also, a limited selection of all beef, chicken or vegetarian options will be offered), potato...

  • Barrick officials discuss projects

    Jack H. Smith, Ledger Publisher|Oct 18, 2017

    Officials at the Barrick Golden Sunlight Mine discussed three underground projects at last weeks Community Transition Advisory Committee meeting in Whitehall. Mine Environmental Superintendent Chuck Buus said they are currently working with the state to update permits to go underground at the North Area Pit South Area Extension (NASA), and 2B locations at the mine. He said both had been previously permitted for open pit mining and they would be changing them to underground. He said they are hoping to get the change on the NASA area to the...

  • Editorial: Huge crowd needed Friday night

    Jack H. Smith, Ledger Publisher|Oct 18, 2017

    It doesn’t matter if you drive, walk, arrive via horseback or hang glider – just make sure to be at Trojans Field Friday night for one of the biggest regular season games in Whitehall/Harrison High School football history. The Trojans will not only be looking to cap off an amazing regular season undefeated, they will also be looking to secure home field advantage at least through the semifinals of Class B Playoffs. The Whitehall/Harrison team will face no easy task when they take on the 6-1 Manhattan Tigers, a team they have not beaten sin... Full story

  • Column: Rest area blues

    Jack H. Smith, Ledger Publisher|Oct 18, 2017

    Everyone who has ever been on a road trip is surely to have stopped at one of numerous and often times convenient state operated rest areas. They are a great way to stretch your legs, use the bathroom, sleep for a few hours, or let the family pet take care of some business. I travel every once in awhile for a Trojans football game, but also make a few personal trips here and there and always find myself at a rest area. I’d like to say that all of them are similar, but that is not really the case. A recent quick trip through Utah showed me j... Full story

  • Margaret Stilson Irish

    Oct 18, 2017

    Margaret Stilson Irish, 90, of Whitehall, MT died October 10, 2017. Margaret, born in Lewistown MT to Caroline (Hruska) and Arthur Stilson passed away in her home. Margaret was recently diagnosed with gallbladder cancer. Until her illness. Margaret was an active member in her community and served as the Whitehall Senior Center President. Margaret retired after 25 years of providing and supervising the care of residents at the Boulder Developmental Center. She had her own small business for many...

  • Whitehall Fourth graders visit archeological dig site

    Contributed Story|Oct 18, 2017

    Whitehall Elementary fourth grade classes recently got to take part in a very interesting learning opportunity. We were contacted by Crystal Alegria of Project Archeology and the Montana Site Stewardship Program, about an opportunity to tour an archeological dig site being conducted by the Montana Department of Transportation. This was a great opportunity to involve the students in place based science and connect them to science in their own back yard. Ms. Alegria came to the school and gave...

  • Dennis A. Bird

    Oct 18, 2017

    Dennis A. Bird, age 65, of Whitehall died October 10, 2017 at St. James Healthcare in Butte, Montana. Dennis was born March 21, 1952 at Great Falls, Montana to Melvin and Verna (Boucher) Bird. He was raised in Butte and graduated from Butte High School in 1971. He entered the US Navy in 1971 and served until 1980. After the service he worked for a short time at the VA hospital in San Diego and then worked as a machinist for General Dynamics NASSCO in San Diego. He retired and returned to...

  • WHY Whitehall?

    Oct 18, 2017

    WHY Whitehall? Dina and I love the small community and it's a great place to raise our children, we are especially grateful to serve in an outstanding church. Also, location and climate are well balanced. Some say this valley is a "banana belt", well no bananas are grown here but weather is all round good. How did you end up in Whitehall? I was born and raised in Anaconda, my folks came here in the late 80's. After serving in ministry in Baker and Libby both ends of the state we landed here....

  • Conference title on the line Friday night

    Jack H. Smith, Ledger Publisher|Oct 18, 2017

    The Whitehall/Harrison High School football team took care of business Friday night in Columbus, and will play for an outright divisional championship October 20 against Manhattan. Up 6 to 0 at halftime, the Trojans (8-0, 6-0 Southern B) used two long second half scoring strikes from Max Feight to Wyatt Alexander on their way to a 26-6 road victory. "Overall I thought we played well. We ran the ball a lot more than usual and I thought that style of physical play wore Columbus down in the second...

  • Sullivan discusses planned giving

    Jack H. Smith, Ledger Publisher|Oct 18, 2017

    Amy Sullivan, Director of the Office of Gift Planning at the Montana Community Foundation, made several stops in the Whitehall area last Thursday to discuss not only the importance of building permanent wealth in communities throughout the state, but also the importance of planned gifts through a will or estate. Sullivan first visited the Whitehall Senior Center where she discussed wills. Sullivan said that currently only three out of 10 Montana residents have a will, and without one there is no...

  • Ladies using matches as learning experience

    Jack H. Smith, Ledger Publisher|Oct 18, 2017

    The Whitehall High School volleyball team has wrapped up their regular season and will have over a week to get ready for the postseason. The Lady Trojans will next play October 27 and 28 at the 5B District Tournament at the Belgrade Events Center. According to head coach Lauren McDonald, the bracket will be released later this week. Whitehall ended their regular season Tuesday, October 17 with a three set home loss (25-12, 25-11, 25-11) to Three Forks. Playing in her last game at home, senior...

  • State meet Saturday in Helena

    Staff Report|Oct 18, 2017

    The season will come to an end Saturday for the Whitehall High School Cross Country team. The Trojans will be competing at the State Tournament at the Bill Roberts Golf Course in Helena. “I feel like we are ready for state,” head coach Kerry Sacry said. The team last competed Saturday at a meet in Townsend. Sacry said he felt the team had some good runs and highlighted Lady Trojan Madison Loomis who ran a 23:10 and placed 23rd, and Dawson Powers who finished 23rd in the boy’s race at 19:23.34. Kenzie Hugulet had a time of 23:14.96, and Dalto...

  • Between the Stacks

    Jeannie Ferriss, Whitehall Community Library|Oct 18, 2017

    The Jefferson Valley Community Foundation has once again selected the Whitehall Community Library to receive a $2,500 grant, this time for new public computers. The Friends of the Library won the Mystery Grant drawing, adding $1,000 to the computer fund. They have also pledged $1,900 for new computers and software! I want to thank the Board of the Jefferson Valley Community Foundation for their continued support of the Library’s technology outreach program, as well as so many others in their organization who work tirelessly to fundraise for n...


    Arcylle Shaw, Contributing Writer|Oct 18, 2017

    God’s paint brush has been at work changing the trees and bushes into such gorgeous colors. They won’t last long with the wind stripping the leaves. (It would be handy if the same wind would blow those leaves out of the yard.) Indian Summer is wonderful! God promised in Genesis 8:22 that the seasons would continue as long as the earth remains. God keeps His promises. We live in a transient society. Sometimes people move into a community and out of it without ever meeting others. However, that will not be true of the Nieskens family.. They pur...

  • Save the date for Cardwell School Centennial

    Arcylle Shaw, Contributing Writer|Oct 18, 2017

    On August 4, 2018, the Cardwell School will be celebrating its Centennial. This is an opportunity for former students, teachers and anyone who has an interest in celebrating this once-in-a-lifetime experience. During the next 9 months, articles will appear in the Ledger, those with Facebook accounts along with phone calls and mailings, will be the catalysts to make this a weekend to remember. If you are interested in jumping on board with those who have already began the process, come to the meeting on November 9, 2017 at Arcylle Shaw’s at 9...

  • Jefferson County Sheriff's Report

    Oct 18, 2017

    Monday, Oct. 9 9:57 a.m. – stray livestock, Hwy 2 West, Whitehall 11:44 a.m. – theft, 460 Hwy 2 West, Whitehall 12:12 p.m. – property found, Kountz Road, Whitehall 1:14 p.m. – civil assist, 38 Edwards Addition Road, Whitehall 4:02 p.m. – civil assist, 414 West Olive Street, Whitehall 5:08 p.m. – hit & run, Whiskey Gulch Road, Whitehall 6:19 p.m. – traffic stop, West Legion Avenue, Whitehall 8:42 p.m. – stranded motorist, I-90, MM 258, Cardwell 10:01 p.m. – traffic stop, 415 North Whitehall Street, Whitehall Tuesday, Oct.10 1:01 a.m. – traff...

  • County Commission Update

    Leonard Wortman, Jefferson County Commissioner|Oct 18, 2017

    Hi Folks, At our regular meeting last week, we started at 9:30 reviewing the claims. That process consists of each of us looking at each claim that is submitted that week and initialing it. Most of the time the claims are pretty routine and straight forward. Occasionally, something will pop out to one of us and we all look at it a little better. If we still don’t understand it, we contact the Clerk and Recorder or the Department Head that submitted the claim. Usually the Clerk and Recorder staff can answer our questions, because before we g...