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Articles from the November 1, 2017 edition


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  • Trojan football advances to Class B quarterfinals

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

    One week after a thrilling 26-18 first round playoff home victory over Shepherd, the Whitehall/Harrison High School football team will once again be at home this Saturday when they take on Shelby (6-3) in a MHSA Class B quarterfinal matchup. The number one seeded Trojans (10-0) will be matched up with the number two seeded Coyotes in a game that will kickoff at 1 p.m. Shelby advanced to the quarterfinals with a 23-20 home victory over the third seed from the west, Big Fork. With the win, the Coy... Full story

  • Trojans fall in playoff heartbreaker

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

    A magical season came to end Saturday for the Whitehall/Harrison High School football team in a heartbreaking 16-13 quarterfinal loss to Shelby. The Coyotes broke a 13-13 tie with 21 seconds remaining on a 33-yard field by Wyatt Bruvsen to seal the victory. Following the game, Whitehall (10-1) head coach Dan Lacey was emotional talking about the six seniors (Dawson Hoerauf, Lane Buus, Garrison Shaw, Braden Smith, Wyatt Alexander, Kayden Howser) who played their last game for the Trojans. "You... Full story

  • Festival of Trees set for Nov. 16

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

    In its 20th year, the annual Liberty Place Inc. Festival of Trees has become not only an amazing evening for all those in attendance, it also serves as the primary fundraiser for the non-profit organization to raise money for programs for brain injury survivors. The 2017 event will take place Thursday, November 16 at the Best Western GranTree Inn in Bozeman. Trees will be on display starting November 13 and the November 16 gala will start at 5:30 p.m. Reservations are required to attend the...

  • Local schools hosting Veteran's Day programs

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

    Area students have been busy preparing for Veteran’s Day programs scheduled in Whitehall and Cardwell. The Cardwell program will take place Thursday, November 9 at 9 a.m., while the Whitehall event will take place Friday, November 10 at 10:30 a.m. in the Varsity Gym. Local Veterans and residents are invited to attend both programs. “Roll call” forms for the Whitehall program can be found in this edition of the Ledger or at the school offices. Prior to the 2016 program, Whitehall School Musical Director Janet Heilig said when preparing, she f...

  • LaHood Park hosting special event

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

    "It's all good at LaHood" has become a common expression heard throughout the Lower Jefferson Valley. Over the past several decades, the LaHood Park Steakhouse has not only become synonymous with quality dining for local residents, it has also garnered a reputation as one of the best meals in Montana. On Saturday, November 11, LaHood Park is thanking their customers for 25 years of support at a Customer Appreciation Party. The event will begin at 7 p.m. and feature music by Sam Platts and the...

  • Montana DOT grant a boon to Jefferson Valley EMS and Rescue

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

    There was recently some great news for Jefferson Valley EMS and Rescue (JVEMS) when they were notified of a grant award from the Montana Department of Transportation. According to Grant Bureau Chief Audrey Allums, JVEMS has been awarded grant funding for three Stryker Power Cots, one Stryker Power Loader, two Stryker Rail Systems and 1 Zoll x-series Monitor. Allums said the grant award is based upon an estimated total cost for the equipment of $138,000, which MDOT has determined though their purchasing experience for the EMS Grant Program. She...

  • Editorial: Donations needed during the holiday season

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

    With Thanksgiving and Christmas just around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about those who are less fortunate during the holiday season in the Whitehall area. A profound help to those in need would be donating money through a Town Pump statewide food drive, or via a direct donation of food or money to the Whitehall Food Pantry. Town Pump is hoping to raise $3 million throughout the state and will match up to $3,500 on behalf of the Whitehall Food Pantry. This is a tremendous campaign that really does make a difference not only d...

  • Column: When the phone rings I cringe

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

    Despite the fact the volume is turned down as low as it can go, when the phone rings at the office it sounds like the town siren is going off about five feet from me. I should really invest in a new phone because it honestly does startle me and I cringe whenever anyone calls. I know getting phone calls is part of the job, but there have been plenty of times I wanted to throw it against the wall because of how violently loud it is. It is even worse when Melissa or myself picks up the phone and someone who can barely speak English says, “Can I pl...

  • Legends giving back to community

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

    Starting November 1, Legends Bar and Grill in Whitehall will be giving back to the local community. The business located at 13 W. Legion will be implementing a community outreach program with the first recipient being the Whitehall Volunteer Fire Department. The organization will receive 10 percent of all pizza sales at the restaurant from November 1 to 30. "Honestly, I believe God put this idea in my mind," Legends owner Tammy Baxter said. "It just popped in my mind while driving back from...

  • Franich art exhibit opens

    Staff Report|Nov 1, 2017

    The historic Boulder Hot Springs has invited local resident Michele Franich to exhibit her art from November 1, 2017 to mid-January next year. An open house reception will take place November 12 from Noon to 2 p.m. in the dining hall. Franich was first inspired to paint during a brief trip to Mexico after witnessing a street artist create beautiful and complex art, using only spray paint, match book covers and plastic bags. Tough she had no formal training; Michele's art journey began in late...

  • Dennis Michael Turman

    Nov 1, 2017

    Dennis Michael Turman (Mike), 74, of Amarillo, TX went to be with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ on October 8, 2017. Mike was born to Fred and Eva Turman on February 24, 1943 in Denver, CO. Mike lived a full life. He spent his youth in various places including the Cheyenne, Wy. area, Springfield, MO., and the Denver, CO. area. As the only boy in a family of 3 sisters, Mike enjoyed the "challenges" that brotherhood brought to his youth. He was both the greatest pest and protector of all three...

  • County Commission Update

    Leonard Wortman, Jefferson County Commissioner|Nov 1, 2017

    Hi Folks, I was in Butte at a training about Tax Increment Financing Districts, Targeted Economic Development Districts, and Urban Renewal Districts last Tuesday at the same time as our regular meeting. The information was great. Some of the types of businesses are different, but for the most part they are pretty similar. They all allow taxes on new improvements to stay in the District to support Public infrastructure needs. At the regular meeting last week, Bob and Cory adopted Resolution 34-2017which ordered abandoning a portion or the...

  • WHY Whitehall?

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

    How did you end up in Whitehall? Whitehall has been a second home to me my entire life. My Mom (Jean Kountz Stearns) was raised here and our Harlowton family visited relatives here every Christmas & summer. I worked for my grandfather (Joe) & my aunt & uncle (Bernadette & Bill Connor) on their ranches for 7 summers, from 1962 thru 1968. How long have you lived here? I'm going on 12 years living in Whitehall. I moved here from Helena in December of 2005 to help my aunt Bern. In the summer of...

  • Lady Trojans end season at 5B District Tournament

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

    There is something special about the environment at a high school postseason event, and two matches last week provided plenty of valuable experience for the Whitehall High School volleyball team. While the Lady Trojans were eliminated from the Class 5B District Tournament after losses Friday to Manhattan (25-3, 25-18, 25-13) and Townsend, head coach Lauren McDonald discussed the importance of the learning from the post season setting at the Belgrade Events Center. After coming out of the gates...

  • Whitehall PTSA hosts Fall Carnival

    Nov 1, 2017

    Top l fifth grader Hope Moriarty takes part in a fishing game at the carnival. She was dressed up for "Nerd Day", which was part of Red Ribbon Week at the School. Below, Abby Petterson is blindfolded prior to a game by fourth grade teacher Donna Loomis. Sawyer Osborne focuses on his game at last week's event. Ledger photos by Melissa Jenkins...

  • Between the Stacks

    Jeannie Ferriss, Whitehall Community Library|Nov 1, 2017

    What a glorious fall we are having in Whitehall! It is great time to get out and attend some amazing programs the Library is having in honor of our veterans. On October 8th at 6:30 p.m., Arlene Weber will be discussing life in Whitehall during the First World War. She will be bringing artifacts and information to share from the museum about people, lifestyles, military life, and other fascinating stories about an era Whitehall will never forget. I also want to get a special thanks to the Friends of the Library for providing treats for all of...

  • Voters approve district

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

    Voters Tuesday approved a new ambulance district in Jefferson County. In results sent from election administrator Bonnie Ramey, the Jefferson County Rural County Ambulance District was approved by a vote of 372 to 188. The district does not include the Town limits of Whitehall. Five members were also elected Tuesday to the ambulance district board. The members are Tara L. Tebay, Susan Pullman, Amy DuBois, Rico Patacini and Dana Brunet.... Full story

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