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Coming full circle

As the clock nears the 10 a.m. hour, the last members of an intimate gathering quietly enter the sanctuary, finding themselves a cozy spot on one of several sofas or easy chairs.  Warm rays of morning light shine through stained glass as worshippers greet each other with smiles and welcome salutations. A small dog curls up next to her master on a pew pulled into the circle to make room for a few newcomers to the Sunday service. This is “Journey Be.” Formerly The Disciples of Christ Church in Polson, Journey Be (still a Disciples of Christ congregation) is a “forward-thinking Christian gathering,” led by Rev. John Payne. By design, the atmosphere is comfort...

Barry Webb receives high school diploma

POLSON — Barry Webb got a special valentine on Friday, Feb. 12. — a high school diploma. At a gathering at Cherry Valley School at about 2:30 p.m., Polson High School Principal Bill Appleton presented Barry with a PHS diploma as well as a mortarboard and tassel. Barry’s tassel sported a ...

Fire meeting generates lively discussion

POLSON — Opinions were expressed and voices were raised at the Polson Rural Fire District Trustees meeting on Feb. 10.  Big Arm resident Paul Maurer gave his opinion when he spoke to the trustees before any business was conducted. Maurer’s concern was that the new fire station, a $230,000...

Concerned citizens pack Ronan Community Center

RONAN — For the second time this year, the Ronan Community Center was filled nearly to capacity on a Tuesday evening as local concerned citizens’ group Calling All Conservatives held its monthly meeting Feb. 9. “We’re just really pleased with what we’ve seen these first two e...

Pure gasoline still top product at Jette Store

POLSON — “Real gasoline. No ethanol.” Proudly displayed on the reader board outside Jeff Schumaker’s Conoco station, known locally as the Jette Store, that slogan raises many questions about what motorists are putting in their fuel tanks these days. And according to Schumaker, who ...

Trustees hear presentations, approve MOA

POLSON — Multiple presentations led to a long Polson School Board of Trustees meeting on Feb. 8 at 5 p.m.  Head Speech Coach Judie Woodhouse and Assistant Coach Janis Jette donned their new Polson Speech Debate and Drama shirts, grabbed a selection of hardware won this speech season and accompa...

Ronan High School robotics team wins Innovate Award, fourth place

BOZEMAN — The Ronan High School Robotics Team snatched the Innovate Award and took fourth last weekend at the FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) competition. The team competed against robotics teams from all over the state of Montana on the Montana State University’...

School board approves superintendent contract

RONAN — At a Ronan/Pablo School Board Meeting Monday, the board unanimously approved the contract for Superintendent Andy Holmlund until 2013. Holmlund’s contract was extended from two years to three years. Indian Education Coordinator Leslie Caye presented the Mid-Year Indian Education Report...

Eighth-graders present peer mediation program

POLSON — “Peer mediations are not usually this good,” Wyatt Lytton told the audience at the Superintendent’s Community Council.  Lytton, Alisha and Melina Jore, Sharidan Russell and Claire Bick are all 8th graders at Polson Middle School (PMS), and they were demonstrating how ...

Local family strengthens Haitian connection

POLSON — “Pr rile” or suckers are the perfect treat for Peterson and Adlerson Watkins, but they also like “fromage” or string cheese sticks.  Since Peterson, 5, and Adlerson, 3, are from Haiti, they speak Haitian Creole, which is where the words “pr rile” and...

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