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 By Zoe Merrill    News    January 12, 2022

Big Sandy's Rock School and RD Recording

It's the beginning of a new year, and although RD Recording and Rock School are a year and a half in, it's still a perfect example of going for an idea or dream and making it real. RD Recording and...

 
 By Zoe Merrill    Opinion    January 5, 2022

Thoughts with Zoe

I didn’t find the Christmas spirit till the week of Christmas, so I’m disappointed to find Christmas is over. So, I pondered the idea of celebrating Christmas all year. What would it be like? What would I do to remind myself of the glory of...

 
 By Zoe Merrill    News    December 29, 2021

Big Sandy School Board Schedule discussion for public access to the gym

The latest Big Sandy School Board meeting was short. I attended by Google Meet. Superintendent Kelly Haaland mentioned that the gym floor would be touched-up again with a water-based finish during Christmas break. We also have a few electrical...

 
 By Zoe Merrill    News    December 22, 2021

Wreath Across America

Sunday, December is the nation's Wreath Across America. According to their website, "Wreaths Across America (WAA) was started in 2006 to expand students and community education by putting veterans...

 
 By Zoe Merrill    News    December 15, 2021

Mountaineer Increases rates

I have now owned the Mountaineer for two years. It’s been a great learning opportunity, as I have never owned a town-down business before. It is amazing what businesses are required to do. I struggled through Covid-19, and with the help of a...

 
 By Zoe Merrill    News    December 8, 2021

Big Sandy Medical Center Annual Meeting held in November

There were 21 guests present at the Medical Center Annual Meeting, which was held at their new building across the street from the dining room and kitchen. The audit was a clean audit with no journal entries. Leah Griffin, CEO of the Big Sandy...

 
 By Zoe Merrill    Sports    December 8, 2021

Pioneer Basketball hits the court this weekend at Pre- Season Tournament in Dutton

This year, the Pioneer Girls coaches are Travis Baumann, Katy Nicholson, and Ella Jurenka as a volunteer coach. There are 14 players for Varsity and JV, 12 high school girls, and two 8th graders....

 
 By Zoe Merrill    Sports    December 8, 2021

Pioneer Wrestling season has started : Baumann takes 4th in first wrestling meet

The Big Sandy Pioneer Wrestling team has three boys. Darryl Sunchild is coming back from an injury he sustained in football season. Tucker Taylor, the coach, said, "The big thing, my goal from...

 
 By Zoe Merrill    News    December 1, 2021

Supporting Big Sandy Small Businesses

Editor's note: If I did not get your business listed, please let me know, and I will run a correction detailing your business in the next Big Sandy Mountaineer: It is essential to shop at home as it d...

 
 By Zoe Merrill    News    December 1, 2021

Big Sandy Organics moves forward

Big Sandy Organics has hired Claude Smith. He recently retired from his other job in Great Falls and is excited to take the reins and help Big Sandy Organics continue to grow. What is exciting is...

 
 By Zoe Merrill    News    November 24, 2021

Celebrating Thanksgiving in Big Sandy

Thanksgiving is mostly a time to eat with extended family members. People travel home to celebrate together. Traditionally every family has its meal. Gramma makes something; others make a salad, two...

 

Thoughts with Zoe

This time of year, when the bright colors of fall have fallen off or blown away, driving to work is rather dull, with faded goldfields, brown dirt, dry grass, and dead stems. Usually, I'm a little...

 
 By Zoe Merrill    News    November 24, 2021

Big Sandy School Board Meeting

The student Council would like to bring Amberley Snyder, a motivational speaker, to Big Sandy High School. Snyder was in an accident, driving without a seat belt and over-corrected after looking down at a map. She was driving to compete in a...

 
 By Zoe Merrill    News    November 17, 2021

November 14 Town Council Meeting

During Public Comment, Lorrie Merrill informed the council that it would cost $380 for each main street user to use a camera to look and see if there are any issues with their sewer. They recommend doing it closer to the spring because any makers...

 
 By Zoe Merrill    News    November 17, 2021

Veteran's Honored by Big Sandy Students

For some reason, I always cry at the Veteran's Day Program. I thought it was because my daughter and her husband are veterans, but they have moved from Big Sandy. And I still found myself crying....

 

"I will win if I don't quit."

Both the volleyball and football seasons have ended with a loss. However, as one of the principles of Ro Wiggins says, "I will win if I don't quit," has been proven true. These teams saw weekly...

 
 By Zoe Merrill    News    November 10, 2021

Community Decay Ordinance nears completion

The city council met to have a work meeting for Ordinance No 20021-1, Community Decay Ordinance. Besides the city council members, five residences attended and expressed their opinions about having such an ordinance. The next action the council is...

 

My history comes Alive

You can know what some of your family histories are. I wasn't necessarily interested in my family until my sister, Dena, started digging into it herself. Her friend Liz looked up something for her,...

 
 By Zoe Merrill    News    November 3, 2021

Meet the new owners of LIFT Fitness

The new owners of LIFT are Maryls Myers, Tracy Schuster, and Connie Reichelt. Maryls has gone to LIFT for 4 ½ years and said, "I have never stuck with anything this long." Following that,...

 
 By Zoe Merrill    News    November 3, 2021

Red Ribbon Week, A Week to Make Choices

The Theme for the 2021 Red Ribbon week is “Drug Free Looks Like me.” At the High School, Diana Keen said the student council was stepping up to run the week. They talked about Nicotine on Monday. They are learning that both regular cigarettes...

 
 By Zoe Merrill    News    October 27, 2021

Big Sandy School Board Meeting October 19th

At the last school board meeting, they visited about repairing the new gym floor. The floor is peeling in numerous places. The oil-based polyurethane was put on this summer. The company will be coming in to patch it with a water-based urethane and fi...

 
 By Zoe Merrill    News    October 20, 2021

Council discusses current events

Big Sandy City Council met for their regular meeting on October 14 at 7:00 p.m. The Big Sandy Pool continues to raise funds. However, some of the more substantial funding needs to have a non-profit status to give to before they can give to the...

 
 By Zoe Merrill    Sports    October 20, 2021

Big Sandy Pioneers run over Valier Panthers 46-14

(Editors Note: This is my first attempt to cover a football game. I watched it on NFHS Network. At first, I could read the numbers of the players, but it got darker I couldn’t see who did what, and if the announcer didn’t tell me, the information...

 
 By Zoe Merrill    News    October 13, 2021

One Incredible Weekend for the Big Sandy community

It started with a children's parade with pulled wagons that each class decorated. They even called me from the school to make sure I would see them and take a picture. The children walked from F.E....

 
 By Zoe Merrill    News    October 6, 2021

School Board discuss masks during COVID-19 quarantine

The Big Sandy School board held a special meeting to discuss two items during a Covid-19 quarantine. There was one kindergartener who tested positive for Covid. This reporter does not know if it was the Delta strain or not. The result of that, and...

 

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