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  • Town Council votes to suspend member

    Jack H. Smith, Ledger Publisher|Nov 30, 2016

    At a special meeting last Wednesday, the Whitehall Town Council voted to suspend member Francine Giono-Janik without pay. The motion passed by the governing body states Council Member Janik will be suspended "until she fully discloses the full extent of her involvement with the installation of hidden cameras in the ambulance barn and her role as a consultant with Partners United For Life Saving Education (P.U.L.S.E.)." According to Town Attorney Matthew Haus, the Council voted 5-0 on the motion...

  • Three fires over holiday weekend

    Jack H. Smith, Ledger Publisher|Nov 30, 2016

    The Whitehall Volunteer Fire Department responded to three fires over the holiday weekend. According to Fire Chief Jeremy Ward, the first fire the department responded to was Thanksgiving night at La Casa Trailer Park No. 2 in Whitehall. Ward said they were paged at 6:20 p.m., and had seven fire fighters and five trucks at the fire. He said the cause of the fire is still under investigation, and the trailer has mostly external damage. Ward said a family was displaced the night of the fire and as of Monday, he was unsure if they had returned to...

  • Wreath Auction set for December 10

    Jack H. Smith, Ledger Publisher|Nov 30, 2016

    Each year local residents come together to build wreaths for the Whitehall Christmas Stroll Wreath Auction. In its 18th year, the event serves as not only a fundraiser for the Whitehall Food Pantry, but also raises thousands of dollars for numerous local non-profit organizations. The 2016 event will take place December 10 starting at 7 p.m. at the Community Center. The Christmas Stroll Wreath Auction is sponsored by the Whitehall Saddle Club, who uses the popular event as a way to give back to...

  • Concerts next week, meeting moved

    STAFF REPORT|Nov 30, 2016

    With the Whitehall Schools K-5 Christmas Concert set for Tuesday, December 6 at 7 p.m., the monthly School Board of Trustees meeting has been moved. The meeting will take place Wednesday, December 7 at 7 p.m. in the library. The Whitehall 6-12 concert will take place Tuesday, December 13 at 7 p.m....

  • Ambulance district election cancelled

    Jack H. Smith, Ledger Publisher|Nov 30, 2016

    Local voters may have to wait a while to cast their votes to determine if there will be a new Ambulance District in Jefferson County. An election scheduled early next year for a district proposed by members of the Jefferson Valley EMS and Rescue has been cancelled. Jefferson County Commissioner Leonard Wortman said the County made a mistake during the process for a referendum creating the district. “Because the decision to create the district would be up to the people of the district we didn’t think we needed to do a Resolution of Intent to...

  • Editorial: Job well done with Christmas decorations

    Jack H. Smith, Ledger Publisher|Nov 30, 2016

    Anyone who has recently taken a drive down Legion Avenue in Whitehall will have noticed the numerous holiday decorations. Simply put, it looks awesome! Last Saturday, members of the BY's and Ag Cats 4-H Clubs, Whitehall Chamber of Commerce members, town employees and local residents came together to decorate the town for Christmas. The Ledger would like to thank each and everyone who took time to participate, and a special kudos to the 4-H members that helped decorate. These kids are learning...

  • Column: Not the engine light

    Jack H. Smith, Ledger Publisher|Nov 30, 2016

    Sometimes my weeks are a lot like the movie "Groundhog Day", so I was really excited for the Thanksgiving Holiday. I was planning to travel to Wyoming last Wednesday after the paper was finished, and I was eager and ready to visit friends, family, and pets. Things were moving along smoothly Wednesday morning when I got a call from Melissa, who had traveled to Anaconda to pick up the newspaper from the printer. She informed me the check engine light had come on and the car was making a horrific...


    Nov 30, 2016

    Lola Smith "the apple strudel lady" of Whitehall died November 23, 2016 at Butte. She was born August 1, 1937 at Radebeul, East Germany. Lola found her way to the United States fulfilling her dream of freedom and the opportunity to live the American dream. She arrived first in New York, then moved to Illinois, and later to San Jose, California where she became a manager in the electronics industry. Upon retirement she and her husband Harry moved to Montana. Lola loved baking and was known in... Full story


    Nov 30, 2016

    Juanita (Nita) Latimer passed away in her home in Whitehall on October 9, 2016. She was born near Cincinnati, Ohio on September 16, 1950. Nita was the loving wife of Jerome (Jerry) Latimer and was an integral part of his life for 37 years. She and Jerry were married February 16, 1979 and spent their days together enjoying each other and their common interests. She was especially fond of camping, cooking, and photography, loving all things related to the outdoors. She attended nursing school at St. Petersburg (Florida) Junior College and... Full story

  • Jefferson County Sheriff's Report

    Nov 30, 2016

    Monday, Nov. 21 5:37 a.m. - care for sick/injured, 1 Bowman Lane, Whitehall 10:18 a.m. - traffic/roads parking, I-90 westbound, MM 237, Whitehall 7:02 p.m. - fish & game violations, Hwy 69, Cardwell 8:08 p.m. - suspicious/person/vehicle/circumstance, Whiskey Gulch Road, Whitehall Tuesday, Nov. 22 9:43 a.m. - animal problem- road killed, 960 Hwy 2 East, Cardwell 9:46 a.m. - stray livestock, Hwy 55 MM 7-8, Whitehall 11:09 a.m. - disorderly conduct, 102 North Brooke Street, Whitehall 3:14 p.m. - civil assist, 601 East Legion Avenue, Whitehall 5:44...

  • For Your Information

    Arcylle Shaw, Contributing Writer|Nov 30, 2016

    Thanksgiving begins the Holy Days Celebrations. Among the many dinners, etc., the annual Thanksgiving dinner hosted by the staff and students (and some Moms) of the Cardwell School, triggers the festivities for many. Donations to the Food Bank were abundant, but the elaborate menu awaiting the senior citizens was tantalizing. There’s always mac and cheese, something that for some reason just doesn’t fit the turkey and the trimmings. The dessert table was laden with an amazing variety of mouth watering items. Among them was Tara Tebay’s famou...

  • Lady Trojans start season Saturday

    Jack H. Smith, Ledger Publisher|Nov 30, 2016

    After two week's of practice, Whitehall High School girl's basketball head coach Herman Gerving is pleased with the way his team has started the season. "Things have been going fine. The girl's are really working hard and have a positive attitude about the season," Gerving said. The Lady Trojans will open the season Saturday at Manhattan Christian. Gerving said he would not only like to see a team that plays together, but also wants them to give 110 percent and represent themselves with Trojan...

  • Trojans focused on opener

    Jack H. Smith, Ledger Publisher|Nov 30, 2016

    When the Whitehall High School boy's basketball team opens the 2016-17 season Saturday at Manhattan Christian, they will do so with a plethora of returning talent. The defending Class 5B Regular Season champions will return three All-Conference players. Senior Braden Larsen was first team All-Conference and All-State, senior Andrew Simon was first team All-Conference, and sophomore Max Feight was second team All-Conference. Head Coach Zach McLean said the team has been very excited to get back...

  • Wrestlers start season in Cascade

    STAFF REPORT|Nov 30, 2016

    The Whitehall High School wrestling team will open the 2016-17 season Friday and Saturday at a tournament in Cascade. The Trojans will return five wrestlers who qualified for last year’s state tournament in Billings. Connor Johnson, Kayden Howser, Wyatt Powers, Dawson Hoerauf and Braxtyn Armstrong all competed at state last season. Hoerauf, Johnson, and Armstrong all won MHSA Southern B-C Division individual titles last season. Read a team preview and results from the Cascade Tournament in the next issue of the Whitehall Led...

  • Christmas Stroll section next week

    STAFF REPORT|Nov 30, 2016

    The annual Whitehall Christmas Stroll is just around the corner. The popular annual event is scheduled to take place Saturday, December 10 with a variety of events in downtown Whitehall. Please look for the “Christmas Stroll” special edition in the next issue of the Whitehall Ledger. The section will be published Wednesday, December 7. The edition will feature ads, schedules, articles, pictures and a coloring contest for kids....

  • Chamber recognizes member anniversaries

    STAFF REPORT|Nov 30, 2016

    Nearly 100 individuals, businesses, and organizations make up the membership of the Whitehall Chamber of Commerce. This year, The Chamber Board determined that member retention was more important than ever and moved to create a program that would focus on recognizing their members in an effort to demonstrate their appreciation. Discussion regarding a Member Recognition program began in March, and development has ensued. The program outlines that Chamber Members are celebrated on anniversary years of their commitment to The Chamber. On the...

  • Preventing norovirus from attending holiday gatherings

    Karen Wandel, RN, PH Supervisor Jefferson County Health Department|Nov 30, 2016

    Tis the season to share your dinner table with relatives and friends. The holiday season hits just after Montana DPHHS logged in 7 gastrointestinal (GI) outbreaks in the first three weeks of November. Five of these GI outbreaks have been caused by norovirus, a bug that causes 1-3 days of nausea, vomiting and diarrhea sometimes accompanied by fever, chills and body aches. It is highly contagious and can be spread either directly from a sick person, or indirectly from contaminated food or commonly touched surfaces such as doorknobs, remote...

  • Jefferson County Commission Update

    Leonard Wortman, Jefferson County Commissioner|Nov 30, 2016

    Hi Folks, We have had several phone conferences over the past couple of months to finalize the loan and grants for the Sugar Beet Row sewer project. The final step will be the creation of the Rural Special Improvement District to take place on December 13th. The request for bids will go out shortly after the first of the year and construction should take place this spring. I had several calls this weekend because of an article and ad in the Whitehall Ledger from North Western Energy saying they were going to close Kountz Road for ten days,...

  • The Roving Reporter

    Casey McLean|Nov 30, 2016

    The 2nd and 3rd graders spent some time building during the after school program this week. They used various materials during their construction. Towers were built using popsicle sticks, clothes pins, and binder clips. They also used pencils, blocks, Legos, and dominoes to construct other structures. One of the goals of the 21st century grant is to have the students engage in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) activities. This week they were able to use various materials to...

  • Between the Stacks

    Jeannie Ferriss, Whitehall Community Library|Nov 30, 2016

    December is here and the Library schedule is full of fun holiday activities. Tuesday afternoons, December 6 and 13 at 2:00 p.m. will be the adult ornament making classes. The itinerary will include traditional German stars and Danish heart baskets with materials provided. Please let us know if you would like to attend. The Library will also be participating in the Whitehall Christmas Stroll on December 10 from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm. The Friends of the Library will be hosting an open house with lots of goodies for the adults and students, while the...

  • Letter to the Editor: Thanks for the decorations

    Jayne and Mke Dean|Nov 30, 2016

    Ho-Ho-Ho! Driving down Legion this weekend we noticed how festive it all looked. The park area, the fish pond area, the whole run of the street is decorated to the max and done beautifully! Whom ever made all the wooden decorations, painted them for display year after year needs to be thanked year after year, too. The display groupings this year are so well done, the trees are so well looks just like Christmas/winter and has inspired us to begin the "process" at our own home. (my hubby is thrilled).So thank you, thank you, and...

  • Ruth Kountz Habeger

    Nov 30, 2016

    Ruth Kountz Habeger of Bozeman, formally a 60 year resident of Billings, Montana went home to be with the Lord Monday, November 28, 2016, at the age of 97. Ruth was born on May 14, 1919, in Whitehall, Montana to Frank and Charlotte Cogdill Kountz, pioneer ranchers in the Jefferson, Madison, and the Gallatin Valley. She attended Whitehall High School and graduated in 1938. Following graduation Ruth attended Montana State College, now Montana State University and graduated with a bachelors of...