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 By Mark Hebert    News    February 12, 2020

Malta's Branham adds PC Spelling Bee to list of victories

Though she hasn't lived in Montana for very long, Malta Middle School sixth grader Sadie Branham most likely knows how to spell it. Branham was crowned Phillips County's 2020 Spelling Bee Champion at...

 By Mark Hebert    News    February 12, 2020

Transit staff readies for new bus barn

Mornings for the bus drivers for the Phillips Transit Authority (PTA) are going to look a lot different next winter...and feel warmer, for a little while at least, too. A typical morning for any one...

 By Mark Hebert    News    February 12, 2020

School, County, and State election updates

The 2020 election year is gaining steam with positions coming open and candidates throwing their hats in the ring. On the State level, incumbent Sen. Mike Lang announced that he has officially submitted the documentation for candidacy of Montana...

 By Mark Hebert    News    February 5, 2020

Mayor Demarais signs 'Scouting Anniversary Week' proclamation at Malta City Council meeting

There were four members of Malta Boy Scout Troop #1429, along with three of their adult leaders and one member of Malta Cub Scout Pack 432 attending the final Malta City Council meeting of January...

 By Mark Hebert    News    February 5, 2020

Mustang Foundation awards $3,652 to area educators for classroom upgrades

The Mustang Foundation recently announced that there five winners of their annual Teacher's Scholarship Awards and with the monies granted, those educators used the money to improve their classes.... Full story

 By Mark Hebert    News    January 29, 2020

County Spelling Bee nearly set, ready for flight Feb. 5 in Dodson

The table is nearly set, Malta Elementary and Dodson Public Schools will add the final contestants this week, ahead of the annual Phillips County Spelling Bee to be held in Dodson on Wednesday,...

 By Mark Hebert    News    January 22, 2020

Malta Council meeting includes $40,000 donation from HFF for pool; Electronic speed limit updates

Though they were not on the agenda for last Tuesday night's Malta City Council meeting, Hi-Line Future Foundation (HFF) President and Vice President Jenifer Anderson and Mary Oxarart made a big...

 By Mark Hebert    News    January 22, 2020

Benton is best at MES GeoBee

Rain that falls on the slopes of Triple Divide Peak in Glacier National Park eventually flows to the Pacific, the Atlantic and which other ocean? Give up? Malta Elementary School fifth grade student...

 By Mark Hebert    News    January 15, 2020

Christmas Scrip totals slightly down, but program remains popular in Phillips County

Phillips County residents kept a total of $239,368 of their local dollars in the 2019 holiday season as a result of participating in the annual Christmas Scrip program hosted by the three Malta banks and the Malta Area Chamber of Commerce. The total...

 By Mark Hebert    News    January 15, 2020

Malta Public Schools Board Meeting Recap

The first Malta School Board meeting of 2020 was quick, to the point, and mostly focused on upcoming events at the three schools as well as an update in a room at the elementary school that took...

 By Mark Hebert    News    January 15, 2020

11 more free Lunch Webinar's scheduled in Malta

Though the classes were announced too late to be previewed on last week’s PCN, six people attended the first of 12 “webinar” lectures classes held in the Phillips County Library Conference Room...

 By Mark Hebert    News    January 15, 2020

2020 elections officially underway

The 2020 election process is officially underway as of last Thursday, January 9, which was the first day for candidates to file for office according to the Montana Secretary Corey Stapleton, and will continue until 5 p.m. on Monday, March 9 this...

 By Mark Hebert    News    January 8, 2020

Emma Cole recognized nationally for Ag essay

What started as a 1,133-word essay penned by Emma Cole, Dodson High School freshman, in her spare time, resulted in a trip to Las Vegas, Nev., and a spot at the largest American Indian Food Growers...

 By Mark Hebert    News    January 8, 2020

Commissioners pass County Ordinance on Marijuana Dispensaries

After a nearly hour-long public hearing on a zoning ordinance to prohibit the licensing, opening, or operation of any medical marijuana business in Phillips County on December 30, the Phillips County...

 By Mark Hebert    News    December 25, 2019

Yesterday's Phillips County News Memories for December 25, 2019

100 years ago December 25, 1919 ♠♠♠ John Bruckner and Ida Johnson of the Harb Community were married at the Methodist parsonage by Reverend Scheneflet. ♠♠♠ About a score of Malta men were...

 By Mark Hebert    News    December 11, 2019

Ushering in the Holiday Season at Museum

It was a night of "Christmas Memories" at the 16th Annual Phillips County Museum and Historical Society holiday social last Thursday night... as well as a few other memories. As visitors took their...

 By Mark Hebert    News    December 11, 2019

Holiday giving in Phillips County

There are plenty of opportunities around Phillips County for people to give to those that might be less fortunate this Christmas. This Thursday, December 12, Phillips County Title Company is hosting...

 By Mark Hebert    News    December 11, 2019

County Commissioners to hold Medical Marijuana public hearing on Dec. 30

The Phillips County Commissioners will hold a public hearing on Monday, December 30, at the Phillips County Courthouse in Malta ahead of a proposed ordinance that would prohibit the growth, sale, and distribution, of medical marijuana, and any...

 By Mark Hebert    News    December 11, 2019

Car chase ends with arrest in Dodson after Harlem start

Last Monday night’s Parade of Lights in Malta was followed by another parade of lights down Highway 2 as a motorist led law enforcement on a highspeed chase which traveled through Harlem, Fort Belknap and ended in a Dodson wheat field. Robert Bear...

 By Mark Hebert    News    December 4, 2019

Parade of Lights followed by Santa visit

Though the Bank of Malta's Santa Open House wasn't slated to begin until 6 p.m. last Monday night in Malta, parents and children were lined up down the block and visiting Saint Nick ahead of schedule...

 By Mark Hebert    News    December 4, 2019

Something's brewing in Malta

The weather on Black Friday in Phillips County was somewhat frightful, but the smell of coffee brewing coming from Milk River Mocha was oh so delightful. Milk River Mocha owner Janessa Salsbery and...

 By Mark Hebert    News    November 27, 2019

Celebrating National Rural Health Day

Three years ago, the Organization of State Offices of Rural Health, the member organization for each of the 50 State Offices of Rural Health leads National Rural Health Day to give recognition and... Full story

 By Mark Hebert    News    November 27, 2019

Santa, Parade of Lights, and Button Drawings

Once the leftover turkey, mashed potatoes, and pumpkin pie have been successfully wrapped and placed in the fridge, the Christmas celebration in Phillips County begins and this upcoming week will feat...

 By Mark Hebert    News    November 27, 2019

PCN Construction reporter recalls 'Family Circus' comic contribution

Nearly 30 years ago, Malta's David Veseth, then living in Laurel, Mont., and but age four at the time, quipped "Mommy, can I unplug some grapes and eat them?" as he looked at a bowl of grapes and...


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