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April 24, 2014  RSS feed
WHS Ranks With Best in State
Waitsburg schools receive multiple recognitions in State Achievement Awards

WAITSBURG – Waitsburg High School Principal Stephanie Wooderchak “saved the best news for last” as she announced, at the April 17 school board meeting, that Waitsburg High School has received the Overall Excellence Award in the state’s 2013 Washington Achievement Awards – an honor reserved for the top five percent of Washington elementary, middle and high schools. More...

Water Rates Rise for Repairs
Waitsburg’s $6 bump will fund water line replacements

WAITSBURG – Waitsburg residents will see a six dollar increase in their next utility bill. The increase, which brings the base water rate to $33.90, was approved at the April 16 City Council meeting in order to meet imminent water line repair needs. The rate adjustment arrives on the heels of a 3% increase that took effect in January. More...

Prescott Design Unveiled
Town to get future gathering place for all generations

PRESCOTT – “Do we have the green light? Are we good to move ahead?” asked artist and Pomegranate Center founder and executive director Milenko Matanovic. Attendees at the April 15 Prescott Vacant Lot Project Open House responded with an enthusiastic round of applause. More...

Dayton School Bond Levy Trounced
Preliminary Results from April 22 Special Election:

Approved - 381 (27.73%) Rejected - 993 (72.27%) These preliminary results were available just as The Times was going to press Tuesday. We will have in-depth coverage of the Dayton School Bond Levy special election in our upcoming May 1 issue. More...

Touchet Valley News

WEEKLY CALENDAR
     25 Dayton Developmental Disabilities Leadership Reception Dayton best Western Plus Hotel and Suites 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
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PIONEER PORTRAITS
     Ten Year Ago April 29, 2004 Jill Bickelhaupt, the daughter of Dan and Nancy Bickelhaupt, and Gabe Keifel, the son of Michael and Kristi Kiefel, were the recipients of the Junior Achievement Award presented by Masonic Lodges of Southeastern Washington.
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Pacific Power Donates $4500 to Waitsburg Pool
     WAITSBURG – “You can get us some money for the pool,” said City Clerk Randy Hinchliffe at a City Council meeting last fall, responding to community activist Joy Smith who had asked what she could do to help. Smith took the request to Blue Mountain Resource Conservation and Development Council Executive Director Lisa Naylor, who did just that.
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Opinion


Ken Graham: From the Editor
The Schools Belong to Us
     A s this issue of the Times went to press, initial results showed that the Dayton School District’s capital bond levy was going down to a big defeat. This isn’t a surprise, but it leaves the Dayton community with a problem.
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Worrying About College
     I t seems as though I talk about college (or college related topics like the SAT) quite a bit in this column. I’m not sure why. My lead theory is that I’m so preoccupied with getting all the right forms into all the right people on time, in order to apply for scholarships and sign up for tests, that it sort of tints my whole life with equal parts anticipation and anxiety.
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Sports

No Balls, 2 Strikes, 2 Outs, Man on Second
      A Pomeroy baserunner and the second base umpire look on as WP pitcher Chad Pearson throws a pitch to try to get out of the inning. The Tigers won their home game against the Pirates 11-1.
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Tigers Win Big Against Pomeroy
Six-run third inning blows game open for WP boys
     PRESCOTT – The Waitsburg-Prescott Tigers baseball team put up six big runs in the third inning in their home game against Pomeroy on their way to a dominating 11-1 win on Tuesday, April 25.
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Bulldogs Sweep Saturday Double Header After Tuesday Loss
DAYTON BASEBALL BOX SCORES
     Tuesday, April 15 River View 6, Dayton 4
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Touchet Valley Life

AAUW Honors Tech Trek Campers
     DAYTON – Three Dayton Middle School students were recognized by the Dayton AAUW chapter last week for their participation in the 2013 Tech Trek camp. Eighth-graders, Payton Dowdy and Melody Reeves, were given certificates, and Kailey Newhouse, a seventh-grader, was honored as the 2014 scholarship awardee for the 2014 Tech Trek camp.
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Harpists Perform at First Thursday Concert
     WALLA WALLA -- The next First Thursday concert will take place on May 1 at 12: 15 at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 323 Catherine Street. The Walla Walla University harp ensemble will perform, directed by Chelsea Spence. Admission is free. Donations are gratefully accepted and will be given to the ASWWU mission project, “To Build a Home”.
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Correction
     We regret that two 8th grade students were omitted from the 3rd Quarter Preston Hall Honor Roll printed last week. Chloe Pearson (4.0) and Cade Branson should have been included in the list.
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