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 By Zoe Merrill    News    May 20, 2020 

Remember Memorial Day

Although the importance of Memorial Day should be honored and remembered, Lindsay Boyce wrote to me, saying, “We would like to notify people that the whole parade and program at the high school are canceled. The American Legion Post will still be...

 
 By Zoe Merrill    News    May 20, 2020 

American Auxiliary Poppy Poster Contest winner Brooke Schwenke

I interviewed Brooke Schwenke on the internet, and she wrote her answers to my questions. I asked her about her drawing that she had received an award for. Brooke wrote, "I entered the American...

 
 By Zoe Merrill    News    May 20, 2020 

Congratulations Class of 2020!

Not your traditional graduation, but it made me cry just the same. It was a beautiful hot day, the weather held, and the sun shined right into parents’ faces. It started with the graduates walking...

 
 By Zoe Merrill    News    May 20, 2020 

Parade for the Big Sandy Nursing Home residence

I had to go. I knew it would be heart-warming to watch a parade that was formed just so people at the nursing home could get outside. It was a beautiful day; the sun was shining, and there wasn't any...

 
 By Zoe Merrill    News    May 13, 2020

Graduation Ceremony Approved by Big Sandy Board

Angel Johnson, PHN, Chouteau County Public Health wrote the following letter: “To all Big Sandy Senior Parents--Currently, we do not have an answer as to when the Governor will move the community into Phase II of the re-opening plan....

 
 By Zoe Merrill    News    May 13, 2020

Big Sandy Barracudas will have registration, May21

The Big Sandy Barracudas are planning on a swim season. They are hopeful the Governor will move us into Phase II of reopening Montana before June 1st. They are holding swim registration on May 21st at 5:00 pm at the football field concession area....

 
 By Zoe Merrill    News    May 13, 2020

Town of Big Sandy Receives Grant for Sidewalks

Last Thursday at the Big Sandy City Council meeting, they learned Big Sandy had won the Montana State Park and Recreation grant for a Walking Trail (sidewalk). The Walking Trail would start at the...

 
 By Zoe Merrill    News    May 13, 2020

Big Sandy Food Bank receives donations

The Big Sandy Food Bank staff and food bank recipients have expressed great gratitude for the support of the local community that has given dollars to help provide food to those in our community. Ther... Full story

 
 By Zoe Merrill    News    May 6, 2020

The school will continue to be closed

The school board voted to keep the school closed and continue online learning for the rest of the school year. In the interest of transparency, I will be quoting from the Big Sandy School district COVID-19 Emergency Policies as voted on. Please note...

 
 By Zoe Merrill    News    May 6, 2020

Chouteau County Environmental Health COVID-19 Guidance for Restaurant

To open the local restaurants, there are several rules they must follow. The Mint will be opening while following these guidelines as well as Ma's in Loma. Peps will not be opening and will continue...

 
 By Zoe Merrill    News    April 29, 2020

School Board met April 21, 2020

The full school board met along with guests on Google Meet for the school board meeting on April 21. They also met on Monday, April 27, but that meeting took place after the printing deadline of Monday morning, therefore, we were not able to cover...

 
 By Zoe Merrill    News    April 29, 2020

Heimbigner wins the Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) grant

Severin Heimbigner, a member of the Big Sandy FFA, has won an SAE Grant from the National FFA. He won one of the 176 SAE grants given nation-wide. Severin received $1,000 to support his lawn mowing...

 
 By Zoe Merrill    Opinion    April 29, 2020

Thoughts with Zoe

Earth Day came and went without a mention from me. Surprisingly, because right now, walking outside is what brings normalcy to my life. My granddaughter was the one that brought it to my attention....

 
 By Zoe Merrill    News    April 22, 2020

The Internet is a lifeline during COVID-19, but there are concerns

During this COVID-19 crisis, the Internet and our cell phones have been a lifeline. The technology we currently have has allowed us to connect. The school, though different as continued to be able to teach students long distant. You can take free...

 
 By Zoe Merrill    News    April 22, 2020

Larry and Ann Bitz Neighbors We Care About

Editor's note: OK, so during these times, there isn't much news, but it is also true that during these times when we need to pull together as a community. Get to know one another better, reach out and...

 
 By Zoe Merrill    News    April 15, 2020

COVID-19: The objective is to keep people safe

The community is the first responder and the first line of defense. The public is responsible for stopping the spread of COVID-19, and it is going to be harder to continue social distancing the... Full story

 
 By Zoe Merrill    News    April 15, 2020

Bailey Gasvoda receives FFA state officer

Bailey Gasvoda will be one of the state's FFA officers during her first year at MSU. She doesn't know which office yet, Usually, they travel to Bozeman to be interviewed, but this year Bailey was inte... Full story

 
 By Zoe Merrill    News    April 15, 2020

Getting to know our Neighbors: Terry and Twila Grant

Editor's note: OK so during these times there isn't much news, but it is also true that during these times when we need to pull together as a community. Get to know one another better, reach out and... Full story

 
 By Zoe Merrill    Opinion    April 15, 2020

Thoughts with Zoe

During this time of trial, I see a lot of caring people, reaching out to help, to bless those who are in need. But I also hear and read a lot of negativity. It is during times like this I am reminded... Full story

 
 By Zoe Merrill    News    April 8, 2020

Easter Will Always Be Celebrated

It's Easter whether or not we have our traditions or not. It can be an incredible time for families if we use our creativity and allow for personal or family time to revisit the foundations of our...

 
 By Zoe Merrill    News    April 8, 2020

Reece Ophus running for County Commissioner

Reece Ophus finally made up his mind to run for Chouteau County Commissioner. "I was going to file a long time ago. I've been talking about running for County Commissioner for a while. I was...

 
 By Zoe Merrill    News    April 8, 2020

Shaud Schwarzbach First Bank's New Loan Officer

Shaud Schwazbach is First Bank's new loan officer. Shaud said, "The community has been very supportive so far, so that's awesome." It's been several years since a Big Sandy bank has had anyone,...

 
 By Zoe Merrill    News    April 1, 2020

Big Sandy Schools Closure Extended for two more weeks

The Big Sandy School board held a quick board meeting over the internet. Although the governor said school need to be closed for two more weeks, the school board had to officially declare the school closed per regulations. They voted to do so. It...

 
 By Zoe Merrill    News    April 1, 2020

Marlene Terry Making Face masks

Marlene Terry has been sewing for years. What she loves doing is sewing with scraps of material, like they use to do a long time ago, "in the older days." Quilts were made out of leftover material,...

 
 By Zoe Merrill    News    April 1, 2020

Matthew Gullickson makes 3-D Masks and flour

Matthew Gullickson is a farmer, an engineer, and now a manufacturer of 3-D masks. This new COVID-19 pandemic has made him do something different. He has to try to do something to make things better....

 

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