News Briefs

Christmas service offered in Forest Grove


The Forest Grove Bible Church will host a Christmas flashlight service today (Saturday) at 5 p.m. in Forest Grove. A potluck fellowship will follow at the home of Bill and Bobbi Cox. For more information call 538-8376.


This weekend is for the wallflowers; no dance today


There will be no Saturday afternoon dance at Third Avenue South and Barnes Street today due to the Christmas holiday. The dances will resume on the following weekend. 


Head Start holiday movie to be held Dec. 27 and 28


Friends of Head Start will host a special movie event during the holiday break for the entire family – three showings of the movie “Norm of the North.”

On Wednesday, Dec. 27, Friends of Head Start will host a matinee at 10:30 a.m. at the Judith Theatre. On Thursday, Dec. 28, two show times will be offered, 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.

For more information, please contact Central Montana Head Start at 535-7751 or Jennifer Pfau at 538-4777.


Noxious Weed Management Advisory Council to meet in Great Falls


The Noxious Weed Management Advisory Council will meet at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018, in Great Falls at the Heritage Inn (1700 Fox Farm Rd.). The agenda for the meeting can be found here.

The Montana Department of Agriculture’s mission is to protect producers and consumers, and to enhance and develop agriculture and allied industries. For more information on the Montana Department of Agriculture, visit This meeting is open to the public.


Be safe in the new year: attend the tri-county homeowner fire preparedness meeting


Homeowners concerned with wildfire preparedness: put this on your calendar. The Tri-County Homeowner Wildlfire Preparedness meeting is sponsored by a partnership of a host of agencies, including the Farm Bureau Federation, Snowy Mountain Development Corporation, Fergus County Disaster and Emergency Services, Judith Basin and Petroleum counties, Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation, Central Montana’s rural fire departments (Beaver Creek/Cottonwood, Lewistown, Moore, Denton, Winifred, Hilger, Roy, Heath, Cheadle, Coffee Creek, Grass Range, and the north fork of Flatwillow), U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, National Weather Service and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

The tri-county meeting will be held in the Trade Center at the Fergus County Fairgrounds on Jan. 17, 2018 from 5-8:30 p.m. Burgers and brats will be served from 5-5:30 p.m., courtesy of Fergus County Disaster and Emergency Services.

Topics include: an overview of the local fires of 2017, discussion on fire behavior, fire weather, what mutual aid is, private land owner responsibilities, defensible space principles, hazard assessments and fuels mitigation, and evacuation preparedness.

For more information, contact Cathy Barta at 535-8118 or Don Pyrah at 538-7789.


Sign up for Lewistown’s archery league in January


Lewistown Bowhunter Adult and Youth archery winter league signups will be held Jan. 2 and 3 from 6-8 p.m. in the basement of the Civic Center.


Musicians and poets: share your talents at Cowboy Church


 Western musicians, singer/songwriters and cowboy poets desiring to share their talents at the 73rd Montana Winter Fair’s Cowboy Church on Sunday, Jan. 28, are invited to contact Keith Kluck, event superintendent, at 366-0835.

Cowboy Church will be held once again at 10 a.m. at Celebration Community Fellowship Church, located at 361 W. Frontage Rd., across from Snowy Mountain Motors. Everyone is invited to join in this thoughtful, inspirational gathering. Already some new faces will be sharing their talents at Cowboy Church: Krystal Kluck-Ferguson a local teacher and Sean Kunau and his sister will be performing.

This casual, entertaining service, celebrating our Montana heritage, is free and everyone is welcome.



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