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 By Zoe Merrill    News    October 9, 2019 

Volunteer Fire Fighters: Local Heroes

Fire can be mesmerizing. Anyone can sit for a long time by a fire pit or a fire-place just watching it burn, but a grass fire races towards you is a totally different thing. Instantly everyone...

 
 By Zoe Merrill    News    October 9, 2019 

Fire Safety to discuss as a family

Although Chili Feed is about celebrating local heroes and is the annual fund raiser it is also when the firefighters visit the schools and talk to the students about fire safety. In part, it’s something all families should discuss. Here is a...

 
 By Zoe Merrill    News    October 9, 2019 

North 40 To Open at new location

I was invited to go to the sneak preview of the North 40 as a representative of the press. I went because I am a farmer's wife who has discussed numerous times around the dining room table, "I wonder...

 
 By Zoe Merrill    News    October 2, 2019

Celebrating 4H week, October 6-12

National 4-H week: It takes 4-H leaders In 4-H, it takes leaders, adults that care, willing to volunteer. Leaders have always stepped up. To become a 4-H Volunteer leader, the first step is to...

 
 By Zoe Merrill    News    October 2, 2019

Creative Writing Club to start

Creative Writing Club will start Monday October 7th after school. Any grade school student in grades 3rd -6th are welcome to come. Depending on the number of students I might need parent to volunteer to support their child. We need healthy snacks to...

 
 By Zoe Merrill    News    September 25, 2019

Big Sandy Medical Guild Rummage Sale Oct. 3-5

Time to clean our closets and garages. The Big Sandy Medical Guild is holding their annual Rummage sale on Thursday October 3rd between 8:00-5:00; Friday October 4th with a Box Sale between...

 
 By Zoe Merrill    News    September 18, 2019

Emily Sparkes agriculture guest from England

Jim and Marla Drga opened their home to Emily Sparkes, an agriculture guest from England for two and a half weeks. She said, "I thought I should just come over and just see a different scale of...

 
 By Zoe Merrill    News    September 11, 2019

Montana has the highest suicide rate in the nation

It's like living with a dark cloud constantly around you. It's like a storm always heading your direction. World Suicide Prevention Day is September 10. Every 40 seconds, someone loses their life to...

 
 By Zoe Merrill    News    September 4, 2019

Pioneer Fall Kickoff Largest one yet

The second annual Powder Puff football game was a big hit. The mom's and teachers won, making it back to back wins! The new English teacher's speed earned her the nickname "Wheels." I went to a barbeq...

 
 By Zoe Merrill    News    September 4, 2019

Personal Big Sandy Parks

I was driving past Dan and Pat Matthews yard when my granddaughter said, "Look at that very very pretty park." I told her it wasn't a park, but someone's personal yard and she said, "well some people...

 

Cheering for Big Sandy

For the second year in a row, Big Sandy will lead in Pioneer spirit by Big Sandy Cheerleaders. There are four cheerleaders for the football and volleyball games and eight to 10 cheerleaders for the...

 
 By Zoe Merrill    News    August 28, 2019

Budget Approved by Big Sandy School Board

At the end of the regular Big Sandy School Board meeting, the budget for the year 2020 was approved by the council. The school districts were combined a few years ago. The total budget for all funds is $3,259,046. You can contact the school for a...

 
 By Zoe Merrill    News    August 28, 2019

EMT trains for football injuries

There will always be two EMT personnel at the football games. They have the best seats in the house. They have 10 active EMT members Krystyl Kulbeck, Medical Director; Dusty Allderdice, Service...

 
 By Zoe Merrill    Opinion    August 28, 2019

Thoughts with Zoe

It takes a village to raise a child they say. It takes a community to withstand all the difficulties of time. A community bands together over the years if it wants to survive 110 years. The...

 
 By Zoe Merrill    News    August 21, 2019

Make the Fair Great! Congratulations

Eating cotton candy is a requirement at a county fair. So is eating fried bread, Indian tacos, and drinking lemonade. I was sitting in the 4-H Chuck Wagon eating the fair special pulled pork, baked...

 
 By Zoe Merrill    News    August 21, 2019

City Council votes to make repairs to the pool

A full Big Sandy Council voted unanimously to fix the pool according to state requirements. As published in the Mountaineer in August, "Leslie Gregory reported the Big Sandy Swimming Pool Inspector...

 
 By Zoe Merrill    News    August 21, 2019

Shrine Club Beef Raffle tickets on sale now to support Shrine Hospital

If you have ever known a child who Shriners Hospital in Spokane as helped you know supporting their fund-raising efforts are well worth it. According to their web site, "For more than 90 years,...

 
 By Zoe Merrill    News    August 14, 2019

Chouteau County Fair "Make the Fair Great" August 16-18

The Chouteau County Fair will be taking place Friday, August 16 through Sunday, August 18. The fair’s theme, “Make the Fair Great.” According to Shirley Embleton, Chouteau County Fair Office Manager, they chose the theme because it’s local...

 
 By Zoe Merrill    News    August 14, 2019

Wells Fargo Bank Closing its Big Sandy Branch in November

I tried to visit with Wells Fargo personal to ask a few questions. Some of the questions I asked were leading, I admit. I only got the same information everyone received in their letters informing...

 
 By Zoe Merrill    News    August 14, 2019

Big Sandy High School Welcomes TJ Bond as the New Music Teacher

Timothy Bond, who prefers to be called TJ, is from Edwardsburg, MI. "I like being out of the city. I love the space. It' nice, quiet, peaceful. The community has been so welcoming. Everything here is...

 
 By Zoe Merrill    Sports    August 14, 2019

Barracudas celebrate their year of accomplishments

The end of the swim year for the Big Sandy Barracudas was held on August 8th with a dessert buffet, presentation of awards, slide show of the year, and team swim. It's been a long season with everyone...

 
 By Zoe Merrill    News    August 14, 2019

Booster Club plans Fall Kick-Off and purchases needed equipment

Before the Booster Club meeting, the fall sports player/parent meetings were held with new rules concerning Booster club donations to the school. (See Article from Melanie Schwarzbach) The Booster Club met at 8:00 for short, let’s make the...

 
 By Zoe Merrill    Opinion    August 14, 2019

Thoughts with Zoe

It was hot that day and still in the high 80's when it approached the hour I go for my walk. I have accepted a #365challenge to go for at least a mile walk/run/bike ride every day for a year. I wasn't...

 
 By Zoe Merrill    News    August 7, 2019

The Pool repairs a must

Big Sandy received the following letter from the State of Montana Public Health and Sanitarian, Staci Evangeline. “Can you tell me what year the Big Sandy pool was built and any years it had major changes? We need to determine what rules apply to...

 
 By Zoe Merrill    News    August 7, 2019

Two Barracudas complete their Swimming in Sidney

Senior Swimmers who have swum for 13-14 years have their last walk and dive into the pool at half time during the state swim meet. Tyler Schwarzbach is the son of Shaud and Melanie Schwarzbach and has...

 

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