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 By Zoe Merrill    News    June 16, 2021 

Public Town Meeting to discuss water and Sewer Rates

The Big Sandy City Council town meeting to discuss water and sewer rates was held in the large room in the back of City Hall. Approximately 30 residents were in attendance. Mayor Shaud Shcwarzbach...

 
 By Zoe Merrill    News    June 16, 2021 

Four Council seats up for election

Big Sandy is divided up into two wards. Ward one runs south of the main street that runs from the Catholic Church to the cemetery. Ward two runs north of the same street. The council has two...

 
 By Zoe Merrill    News    June 16, 2021 

Sarah's Craft Creations, a new Big Sandy Home business

I have known Sarah Shaw for quite a while. I was also looking for someone who could do alterations or mend small projects. Yes, I sew, but finding the time or, for that matter, the desire to mend hasn...

 
 By Zoe Merrill    News    June 9, 2021

Durl Gibbs, guest speaker in Big Sandy-An incredible story!

At the Memorial day Presentation at the Big Sandy High School Auditorium, the guest speaker was Durl J. Gibbs of the Lewistown area. He is a 95-year-old World War II veteran. Born in 1925 in Idaho,...

 
 By Zoe Merrill    News    June 2, 2021

Public meeting to discuss Water and sewer rate increase Wednesday, June 9

There is an important public meeting on Wednesday, June 9, at the city hall to discuss the new sewer and water rates. I have been covering this issue for three years attending the city council...

 
 By Zoe Merrill    News    June 2, 2021

Piano Recital for 21 students

This May 26th, a spring Piano Recital featuring the private students of T. J. Bond, Nona Danreuther, Susie Sant, and Marla Ray was held at the Christ Lutheran Church. There were 21 impressive students: seventeen grade school students and four...

 
 By Zoe Merrill    News    May 26, 2021

Congratulations Big Sandy High School Class of 2021

The class of the 2021 Graduation Ceremony was held on May 23, 2021, at two o'clock at the Big Sandy High School gymnasium. The gym was full, and I heard so many say it was good to get back to the...

 
 By Zoe Merrill    News    May 19, 2021

Big Sandy Medical Center ; A Small Parade-Priceless

Nothing is nobler than having a parade just for the joy of the residence of Big Sandy Medical Center. The joy it brings to our community's seniors is well worth the few minutes to walk three blocks. T...

 
 By Zoe Merrill    Sports    May 19, 2021

Big Sandy Girl's Track brings home 2nd Place from Districts

Big Sandy Pioneer girls won second place at District 9C. Those girls attending Northern Divisional this week will be: Malaysia Baumann in five events; Amy Gasvoda in four events; Mattie Gasvoda in...

 
 By Zoe Merrill    News    May 12, 2021

Bear management Specialist informs

For the second year in a row, Grizzle Bears have been seen in the Big Sandy area. Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks presented a Grizzle Bear informational meeting in Big Sandy. There were three representatives present at the meeting, including...

 
 By Zoe Merrill    Opinion    May 12, 2021

Thoughts with Zoe

I like reading autobiographies because I enjoy getting to know people. I find them inspirational. I have never read a movie star's autobiography, and to be honest, I don't care, but I was impressed...

 
 By Zoe Merrill    Sports    May 12, 2021

Schwarzbach will swim for College of Idaho

Congratulations to Cam Schwarzbach, son of Shaud and Melanie Schwarzbach, for earning a scholarship in swimming at the College of Idaho! Cam has been swimming for nine years as a member of the Big San...

 
 By Zoe Merrill    News    May 5, 2021

BSMC celebrating Hospital Week May 9-15

It’s been a year since we acknowledge the Big Medical Center, but it was for the entire staff what it year. They did an excellent job during the pandemic. I was looking forward to visiting with the staff and the residence but found myself ill when...

 
 By Zoe Merrill    News    May 5, 2021

Windy Hill Creations taking orders

Emily Cox moved from a larger city. But she loves it here. Emily lives on the edge of town with her mother and step-father, Karin and Ron Baumann. She said smiling, "I can look at the mountains and a...

 
 By Zoe Merrill    News    April 28, 2021

Rotary's banquet was well attended after a difficult 2020

Finally, something a little closer to our normal. Camelot was held April 24, 2021, at the Big Sandy High School gym. The Rotary's District Governor, Sandy Mundahl, attend the banquet. Sheri Moore, pre...

 
 By Zoe Merrill    News    April 28, 2021

Ray receives sentencing

Darin Ray was found guilty of four felonies of aggravated assault by accountablity. His sentencing was held on April 20th. In the Minute Entry, the Montana District Court in Chouteau County reads, “The court sentences the defendant on Count I to a...

 
 By Zoe Merrill    News    April 28, 2021

Teachers hired and school maintenance was discussed

The recent school board meeting held on April 20th had 35 guests present. Chairman Glen Terry reminding everyone, “School Board meetings are held in public but are not public meetings.” There was plenty of discussions, even by zoom, as everyone...

 
 By Zoe Merrill    News    April 21, 2021

Big Sandy's Rotary Banquet Returns

I was visiting another service organization representative who said he had great admiration for the Rotary members and the amount of service they do for our community. To date, they have raised and given to the community through various projects...

 
 By Zoe Merrill    News    April 21, 2021

In Celebration of Earth Day, April 22

This year Earth Day falls on Thursday, April 22nd. There isn't much celebration for the Holiday here in Big Sandy. Here in God's Country. Here in the middle of farm and ranch country. I get it....

 
 By Zoe Merrill    News    April 14, 2021

Learning to be kind: Autism Awareness Month

This year at the FE Miley Elementary school, because of Autism awareness month, students will be learning why and how to be kind. They made a rainbow of seven colors representing all seven classes....

 
 By Zoe Merrill    Sports    April 14, 2021

Pioneers Tracksters compete at Havre Lions Meet

It was cold and windy-a typical track day in Havre, Montana. As one parent put it, 'It's better than no season at all," as was the case last year, with the entire year was lost. This track meet was th...

 
 By Zoe Merrill    News    April 14, 2021

Beds made in United States in Fort Benton

In 1924 Everton Mattress Factory began as a small bedding company in Utah before moving to Twin Falls, Idaho. That’s important because they have always been a company that made beds in the United States. It is one of the reasons that Ed Lehman has...

 
 By Zoe Merrill    Opinion    April 14, 2021

Thoughts with ZOE

Maybe you have noticed. After the first of the year, I had a good look at the direction the Mountaineer was taking and realized I needed to do more. It still felt like we were struggling to stay connected, to feel a part of a rural community. It...

 
 By Zoe Merrill    News    April 7, 2021

Kulbeck was sworn in as Big Sandy's new City Council member and New Pool was discussed

Mayor Shaud Schwarzbach mentioned that the pivot soil samples had been taken. Diane Labuda from the Big Sandy Pool Committee attended the meeting and reported on the recent meeting held with KLJ...

 
 By Zoe Merrill    News    April 7, 2021

Big Sandy Paraprofessionals win award

A surprise assembly at the F. E. Miley school was held to award Amy Terry, Alma Terry, Cat Lopez, Brittany Sherburn, Cheryl Ostrom, and Dick Thornton the Paraeducator/Teacher Team of the Year award....

 

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