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 By Zoe Merrill    News    January 13, 2021 

Tester's new book and his experience at the Capital building last week

What was your reason for writing Grounded? "I just thought after the election that I had in 2018 that the time to write it was then. There were so things that I had seen in the Democrat party which...

 
 By Zoe Merrill    News    December 30, 2020

Christmas is a wonderful time to give

Christmas is a wonderful time to give, but sometimes the gifts we give are more than a purchased item. Sometimes as LeRita McKeever said, "We need to have something to give back to the community....

 
 By Zoe Merrill    News    December 30, 2020

A New Business comes to Big Sandy

Exciting news for Big Sandy! The old Napa building will be the home of a new business for Big Sandy. Chauncy and Amber Terry will be opening Central Machine and Ag Repair, LLC in April. Chauncy was bo...

 
 By Zoe Merrill    News    December 30, 2020

Big Sandy School Board met to discuss and finalize a letter of approval

I attended the School Board meeting on the internet, which is available to anyone who would like to participate in the meeting and not attend. This is a great option. Thankfully I was reminded by Darin Genereux to turn off my microphone. Guests can...

 

Thoughts with Zoe

The year 2020 was a "no good very bad year." But I'm a half-full kind of girl, so I choose to look at the year differently. I ponder thoughts like what can we learn from the year? How can I change to...

 
 By Zoe Merrill    News    December 16, 2020

The Big Sandy City Council meets in person and by Zoom on December 10th

Two guests that were present made a public comment on the numerous places in the town of Big Sandy that need to be cleaned up. After they commented, Rich Jespersen shared with them about the progress...

 
 By Zoe Merrill    News    December 9, 2020

Big Sandy Organics has new owners

Two weeks ago, Thomas and Heather Dilworth purchased the Big Sandy Organics, a local business, from Bob and Ann Quinn. Heather said, "The Kamut is an awesome product. We hope to bring on some other he...

 
 By Zoe Merrill    News    December 2, 2020

Supporting Big Sandy Businesses

Editor’s note: This article is usually not attempted for fear of not getting everybody in home-based businesses based in Big Sandy listed; however, it is too important not to proceed. If I did not get your business listed, please let me know, and...

 
 By Zoe Merrill    News    December 2, 2020

James E Griffin, Thankful for photography

Jimmy Griffin grew up in Simpsonville, South Carolina (Upstate, Foothills, Piedmont region). "I was born when my parents were living in a trailer house that was parked on the college campus, where my...

 
 By Zoe Merrill    News    November 25, 2020

It's the little things of life

Thanksgiving in 2020 will be unique in its own way. After eight months of COVID-19 and ugly political rhetoric, we find ourselves celebrating a holiday where we are supposed to give thanks. As usual, if you go around the table, as is the tradition...

 

What to do to survive a different COVID

Although here in Big Sandy, the general rule remains controversial is to wash your hands frequently, don't touch your face, stay six feet away from other people, and wear a mask when you are indoors....

 
 By Zoe Merrill    News    November 11, 2020

Koren War Veteran, Chuck Comp

One of my favorite school activities is the Veterans Programs that were held these last few years. The afternoon started with a free meal for the Veterans at Senior Citizens. Afterward, you would go...

 
 By Zoe Merrill    News    November 4, 2020

Masks/ No Masks, that is the question

Upon researching Covid-19 on the CDC website, I found 8,911 results. If I just searched masks, I found 6,112 results on masks. The first travel-related case of COVID-19 in the United States was on January 21, 2020. The first Person-to Person spread...

 
 By Zoe Merrill    News    October 28, 2020

Voting in 2020

The 2020 Primary Elections had higher than normal turnout. Statewide there are 696, 262 Registered Voters; of that 382,072 voted making it a 54.87% turnout. Chouteau County has 3,490 registered voters; 2,244 voted for a 64% turnout. Voting is a...

 
 By Zoe Merrill    News    October 28, 2020

Big Sandy School Board meeting

During public comment, the problem with car congestion by school pickup areas was brought forward and discussed. Big Sandy Booster club was present and talked to the school board members about the Pioneer logo the booster club uses. There is no...

 
 By Zoe Merrill    News    October 28, 2020

City Council Discuss but waits to take action

The City Council met in the City Hall’s big room, with appropriate spacing, even though some still attended the meeting by Zoom, including this reporter. There were three city employees and two guests present. The meeting started as usual with the...

 
 By Zoe Merrill    News    October 14, 2020

FFA Invitational held in Big Sandy

Layne Taylor Ag Ed and FFA advisor has no idea how many FFA contests have been held since 1935. It takes a considerable amount of work to put on an FFA Livestock and Range contest. He was frustrated...

 
 By Zoe Merrill    News    October 14, 2020

Pearson Pumpkin Patch has had another sucessful year

Going down to the Missouri River in the fall is always an incredible road trip. The county road was busy and dusty as we made our way to the entrance of the ranch. It was my first visit to the Pearson...

 
 By Zoe Merrill    News    October 14, 2020

Republicans get together in Loma

This time of year, Loma is beautiful to visit. The Loma valley is full of beautiful fall foliage. This year the Republican party held a supper at the Loma Community Hall. Besides the candidates...

 

Mountianeer featured artist; Tana Rai Faltrino

I first saw Tana Rai Faltrino's art when her cousin Gay Pearson showed me a picture of her granddaughter with a horse that she had. I thought it captured the moment wonderfully. She lives in Havre....

 
 By Zoe Merrill    News    October 7, 2020

Covid-19 Hasn't Stopped Rotary

Yes, it has been more interesting to meet, but Rotary continues to meet weekly now that fall is here. They wanted everyone to know they are still alive and well! Big Sandy Rotary has remained active...

 
 By Zoe Merrill    News    September 30, 2020

Keeping Big Sandy Great

One thing about a small town, you know almost everyone driving down the street. I was walking down the street when Shane and Gwen Ophus, from Ophus Auction Company, pulled up by the side walk. Shane...

 
 By Zoe Merrill    News    September 23, 2020

Big Sandy Booster Club continues to support the schools

The monthly meeting of the Big Sandy Booster Club was held on September 8th. During this time, when so many activities have been canceled, the Booster Club is trying to maintain a positive approach n supporting the activities of the Big Sandy...

 
 By Zoe Merrill    News    September 16, 2020

Revolutionizing School Safety

I was able to talk to Jason Gardiner, CEO of Kart Kleen Technologies, last week about the development of a mobile disinfecting unit that would allow students to clean their personal belongings before they entered the school. Along with company...

 
 By Zoe Merrill    News    September 9, 2020

Two Months before Voting; Mail-in Ballots are safe

Lana Claassen, Chouteau County Clerk, from the Chouteau County Clerk and Reporters office, whose primary job is to ensure we have a fair and reliable voting process, is 99.99% sure voting is fair. Every person who is registered to vote has a...

 

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