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One last time for the PCN

So, here it is. With both sadness and excitement, I sit in the PCN office on Saturday morning penning what is likely my last column for this newspaper. After nearly seven years as the publisher of the Phillips County News, I am setting sail for...

 By Mark Hebert    News    November 25, 2020

Yesterday's Phillips County News Memories for 11.25.20

100 years ago November 18, 1920 A group of Malta boys were apprehended and confessed to thefts from the Koke Harness Shop, Cauffman's Grocery Store and the Valley Drug Store. ** Several farmers from...


Sorry if you disagree...but not really

I have heard the grumblings about the PCN office being closed to the public (for the most part) and about the “No Mask, No Entry” signs I have posted on the front door. I am sorry if you are upset. I am not sorry for the decision. A popular...

 By Mark Hebert    News    September 9, 2020

Gov. Bullock commends Phillips County for COVID-19 response

The Phillips County Health Department reported on Wednesday, September 9, that all of the 113 people who tested positive for the COVID-19 virus have recovered, none are in the hospital, and there are now no active cases in the county. “Throughout... Full story

 By Mark Hebert    Opinion    August 26, 2020

Maybe I agree with 45?

Well, if I am not going to see it, maybe I am okay with no longer paying it. US President Donald Trump signed a series of executive orders recently to provide temporary relief to Americans who are dealing with the economic-impact felt during the...

 By Mark Hebert    News    August 12, 2020

Confirmed COVID-19 cases hit County

After months of no positive COVID-19 virus cases in Phillips County, last week that changed when on Tuesday, August 4, the first five positive cases were reported and since then, the number has...

 By Mark Hebert    News    August 12, 2020

Malta's Troop #1429 makes the most of Joe's In & Out opportunity

A staple at any Phillips County Fair for many years in Dodson has been the Boy Scout's Burger booth - and all the deliciousness that entails - but ahead of this year's fair, it was decided the Malta...

 By Mark Hebert    News    August 12, 2020

Malta City Council final July 28 recap

At the final Malta City Council meeting of July, the Council heard updates and reports from various department heads. Malta Public Works Director Jim Truelove reported that some people had been living in Trafton Park but had been asked to move along...

 By Mark Hebert    News    August 5, 2020

Malta non-profit on a mission to help local cats

In May of this year, the Malta City Council was tasked with lowering the amount of stray cats around town and after much discussion and several plans, a group of local animal lovers formed the...

 By Mark Hebert    News    August 5, 2020

First Cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Phillips County

The Phillips County Health Department confirmed via social media Tuesday night (Aug. 4, 2020) that there has been five confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 in Phillips County. “As there are currentl...

 By Mark Hebert    Opinion    July 29, 2020

Farewell, Facebook, at least until Nov. 4

I paused my Facebook account because I am tired of the hatred and fake news that is posted there. You can call me “triggered” but I argue I am less inclined to be such without this branch of social media …or any social media, for that matter...

 By Mark Hebert    News    July 29, 2020

Yesterday's Phillips County News Memories for July 29, 2020

100 years ago July 27,1920 A big celebration was advertised for July 20, at the H. R. Huston place, seven miles Southwest of Malta. *** Grover Wait had promised to repeat his Wild West Show staged the...

 By Mark Hebert    News    July 22, 2020

PC 4-H Livestock Sale offers two ways to buy

The Phillips County Fair 4-H events have been shuffled around a bit this year and the livestock sale has been moved online and only buyers will be in person as COVID-19 concerns grow. Those looking to...

 By Mark Hebert    Opinion    July 22, 2020

Since you're minding yours, I'll mind mine

E-gads! What an outcry from the people who refuse to wear masks. I hear ya, the choice is yours…but not really. Last week, Montana Governor Steve Bullock issued a mask mandate for certain counties in the state where there are four or more...

 By Mark Hebert    Opinion    July 15, 2020

Feel free to mind your business

Yesterday I heard a jackass bleat. “Baaaahhh… Baaaahhhh.” As I sat in my Jeep with Goose the News Hound riding shotgun, the line behind me started to grow and folks lined up for free COVID-19 virus testing at the Milk River Pavilion last...

 By Mark Hebert    Sports    July 8, 2020

P.C. Fair ready to roll with modifications

The show will go on this July 30 through August 2, but with some modifications from the original plans due to the COVID-19 virus. Phillips County Fair Board Member Eric Wilke told the PCN last week...

 By Mark Hebert    News    July 1, 2020

Book signing and kid's fun at GPDM

The Kid's Day and book signing at the Great Plains Dinosaur Museum in Malta last Saturday had GPDM Paleontologist Cary Woodruff pleased as punch on Monday morning. "Our community is the tops!" he...

 By Mark Hebert    News    June 24, 2020

Book signing and Kid's Fun Day at GPDM in Malta

Great Plains Dinosaur Museum and Field Station (GPDM) Paleontologist Cary Woodruff has penned his first children's book entitled "Beyond Dinosaurs! My First Book About Flying Creatures" and to celebra...

 By Mark Hebert    News    June 17, 2020

GPDM's Woodruff to be featured on PBS

As anyone in Phillips County knows, if you have a question about anything prehistoric-related, Great Plains Dinosaur Museum and Fieled Station's Director of Paleontology Cary Woodruff is your...

 By Mark Hebert    News    June 17, 2020

Family Matters celebrates 20 years

"We are so excited to announce our 20 year anniversary! Especially with the past six months that we have had, we couldn't wait to celebrate something positive!" said Avery Sorensen. Sorensen has been...

 By Mark Hebert    News    June 17, 2020

Malta City Council Meeting recap

In case you hadn't noticed, the City of Malta is currently spraying for mosquitoes because, well, tis this season. That was reported during the City of Malta Public Works Director Jim Truelove's...

 By Mark Hebert    News    June 10, 2020

Knudsen wins contested race, Christofferson, Dunbar, and Lang retain offices following primary

Statewide in Montana, nearly 55-percent of registered voters turned out for last Tuesday's Federal Primary Mail-in Ballot Election, an all-time record for a primary election in the Treasure State,...

 By Mark Hebert    News    June 10, 2020

Live music to highlight NW Realty customer appreciation party at the Stockman Terrace

As some summer events for Phillips County have bit the dust this week, one this Friday, June 12 in Malta as Kyle Shobe & the Walk 'Em Boys head to town to take the stage at the Stockman Terrace...

 By Mark Hebert    News    June 10, 2020

Concert, Jamboree, and Car Show canceled due to COVID-19 restrictions

One by one, events in Phillips County and around the country keep disappearing from the 2020 calendar and three more added to that list for this summer recently; Easton Corbin mainstage concert at the 105th Phillips County Fair in Dodson, The First...


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