News Briefs

Barn square dance on Sept. 2


Jayson Shobe is calling a barn square dance on Friday, Sept. 2, at the Merrill Ranch barn. The dance includes a chili cook-off potluck supper at 6 p.m., with the dance in the “loft” to follow. The Merrill Ranch is 12.4 miles south of Eddie’s Corner on Hwy. 191, on the east side of the highway (turn left after the big oil tanks).


Calling all Democrats


Central Montana Democrats will gather for their Summer Picnic in Frank Day Park on Thursday, Aug. 25. The picnic begins at 4 p.m. 

Larry Jent, Democratic candidate for State Attorney General, will attend and speak.

A picnic dinner of burgers and dogs and much more is provided. Local and other state Democratic candidates are invited to attend and speak.

The public is welcome.


Bread of Life Baptist 

holds revival meetings


Bread of Life Baptist Church invites the public to revival services with guest speaker Rev. Mike Goodson.  The meetins begin on Sunday, Aug. 21 and continue through Thursday, Aug. 25. The Sunday service will be held at 11 a.m. Weeknight services will be at 7 p.m. The church is located at 900 Reynolds St. in Lewistown. For more information, call 535-3381.


Hearing screenings 

coming to area schools


The Central Montana Learning Resource Center Cooperative will be screening students in Melstone, Roundup, Lavina, Ryegate, Golden Valley Colony, Harlowton, Martinsdale Colony, Deerfield Colony, Duncan Ranch Colony, Judith Gap, Hobson, Stanford, Surprise Creek Colony, Geyser, Moore, King Colony, Spring Creek Colony, Roy, Winifred, Grass Range, Ayers Colony, Denton, Winnett and Lewistown to identify those who may have hearing difficulties.

The screenings will begin the middle of August and will continue until approximately the end of September. All kindergarten, first, and 10th grade students, new students, and students referred by parents and/or school personnel will be screened. Children who do not pass the hearing screening will be rechecked by an audiologist.

For further information, parents may call the Central Montana Learning Resource Center Cooperative at 535-9012, or they may call their child’s school.


LIDB next meets on Aug. 22


The five-member Lewistown Improvement District Board created by the Lewistown City Commission has scheduled its next meeting for 8 a.m. on Aug. 22 at the Civic Center.

The board has the responsibility to oversee the operation of the Lewistown Improvement District (Tax Increment Financing District). These responsibilities include public purpose activities, promotional activities, façade building conservation and loan programs and administrative functions. Monday’s meeting will concentrate on the preparation of an annual work plan and a budget for the year beginning July 1.

The officers for the newly created board include Gregory Clark, Chair and Charlie Pfau as Vice-Chair. All meetings of the board are open to the public. Further information about the Lewistown Improvement District and the board meetings can be obtained from the city office by calling 535-1760.


Saturday dance returns with Silver Sage


The Silver Sage Country Band is scheduled to play for the Aug. 20, Saturday afternoon dance. The band features Lloyd McKenna on mandolin and guitar, Meryl McKenna on piano, Barbara Engle on bass guitar and Don Engle on lead guitar. All will participate in harmony vocals.

The dance goes from 2 to 4 p.m. with a short coffee/cookie break at 3 p.m. Dancers of all ages are welcome.

The dance hall is located at the corner of Third Avenue South and Barnes Street. There is a small admission fee.


Watershed council to meet Monday


The Big Spring Creek Watershed Council has set Monday, Aug. 22 as its next meeting date. The meeting will begin at 3 p.m. at the Fish, Wildlife and Parks Lewistown Area Resource Office. The meeting agenda includes an update on the status of several community projects including the trail system, Spring Creek restoration, Fish Hatchery restoration and the proposed Creekside Park development. The council will also begin a review and update of the watershed strategic plan adopted in 2009. The public is invited to attend the meeting. Further information about the meeting or the watershed council can obtained by contacting Clay Dunlap, Council President, at 366-6887.



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