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 By Dena Wood    News    May 25, 2017 

Jim Davison is 2017 Community Service Recipient

WAITSBURG – The late Tom Baker has held the honor of awarding the Waitsburg Commercial Club's Community Service Award for many years. While he wasn't present in body this year, he was very much...

 
 By Dena Wood    News    May 25, 2017 

Mel McWhorter Retires after 30 Years at WHS

WAITSBURG – After 30 years teaching in Waitsburg, Mel McWhorter will be the third long-time staffer to retire from the Waitsburg School District this summer. Mc Whorter, a favorite among students,...

 
 By Dena Wood    News    May 18, 2017

Howard and Dona Jean Smith are 2017 WCD Parade Marshals

The Smith family has farmed in Waitsburg since 1919 WAITSBURG – Because she has never driven a truck, and has sat in the saddle only one time (and immediately wanted off!) Dona Jean Smith said she w...

 
 By Dena Wood    News    May 18, 2017

Structural Damage Closes W-P House

WAITSBURG – Members of the Waitsburg Historical Society received some unwelcome news while trying to be proactive about maintaining the Bruce Museum Complex properties. Inspectors discovered...

 
 By Dena Wood    News    May 18, 2017

Carol Clarke Retires after 13 Years in Waitsburg

WAITSBURG – Carol Clarke has faced and overcome many challenges in her life, but when it comes to retiring she's already chalked it up as a "fail." The school district superintendent and elementary...

 
 By Dena Wood    News    May 11, 2017

Celebration Days is May 19-21

WAITSBURG – Waitsburg Celebration Days, held the third weekend each May, is just around the corner. The weekend, May 19-21, promises fun for everyone, with a parade, car show, brewfest, bonfire, ATV...

 
 By Dena Wood    News    May 11, 2017

Trevor Johnson Starts Johnson Family Towing

WAITSBURG – Waitsburg resident Trevor Johnson is putting his army experience to use, operating a new tow truck business, while he furthers his education. The bright green wrecker, with "Johnson Fami...

 
 By Dena Wood    News    May 11, 2017

Odako Club Awards its Final Scholarship

WAITSBURG – Waitsburg's Odako Club is no more – at least not in an official capacity. The community service organization will award their final scholarship this June, but intends to maintain its...

 
 By Dena Wood    News    May 11, 2017

Waitsburg Resource Center Hosts Disaster Prep. Course

WAITSBURG – Nearly two dozen people gathered at the Waitsburg Christian Church to spend last Saturday learning how faith-based organizations can help in preparing for and dealing with disasters....

 
 By Dena Wood    News    May 4, 2017

Waitsburg Grange Revival

WAITSBURG – Waitsburg holds the honor of being home to the very first Grange in Washington, even before Washington was a state. And while memberships have ebbed and flowed over the years, the...

 
 By Dena Wood    News    May 4, 2017

Retiring Together

WAITSBURG – For Waitsburg residents John and Dinah Lindsey, attending a local sporting event together has always required careful consideration, to find a seat in the most neutral location...

 
 By Dena Wood    News    May 4, 2017

School Board Update

-Dr. Clarke suggested that the board budget for the same number of students they budgeted for last year, which was 270. The graduating class of 30 is exiting the system and she said there are 15-17...

 
 By Dena Wood    News    April 27, 2017

City Approves Rezone of Aronson Property

WAITSBURG – It has taken nearly a year's worth of effort, but a rezone of a property owned by Marvin Aronson just off Highway 124, which was recommended by the Waitsburg Planning Commission, was...

 
 By Dena Wood    News    April 27, 2017

Prescott Installs New Playground Equipment

PRESCOTT – Last year, Prescott Park saw the replacement of much-needed toddler playground equipment. Just last week, equipment for 6-12 year-olds was installed at a cost of roughly $65,000. As with...

 
 By Dena Wood    News    April 27, 2017

City Plans to Cut Corners

WAITSBURG – It will probably be years in the making, but Waitsburg's city council took the first step toward straightening Taggart Road, making it a straight shot from Millrace Road to Highway 12....

 
 By Dena Wood    News    April 27, 2017

Christine Richards Opens Essential Theraputic Massage

WAITSBURG – After 14 years in the business, massage therapist Christine Richards still loves what she does. And with her recent move here, she's brought her business, Essential Theraputic Massage,...

 
 By Dena Wood    News    April 27, 2017

May Melodrama Will Hit the Liberty Theater Stage, May 12-14

DAYTON – On a dark and stormy night, Purity Dean, a working girl with a secret, seeks shelter form the storm in a Vermont Inn. So begins the very first melodrama to grace the Liberty Theater stage....

 
 By Dena Wood    News    April 20, 2017

Dunn Easily Wins Re-election

WAITSBURG – Preliminary election results for Waitsburg's mayor and city council members were tallied Monday night, with a few upsets resulting. Incumbent Mayor Marty Dunn received 239 votes, easily... Full story

 
 By Dena Wood    News    April 20, 2017

Public Hearing Coming on Pot Store

DAYTON – Columbia County planning commissioners have received plenty of feedback – mostly negative – in response to the conditional use permit recently filed by Kathy Sali, to open a marijuana store just outside Dayton. A public hearing is...

 
 By Dena Wood    News    April 20, 2017

Waitsburg Addresses Meter Tampering

WAITSBURG – How to deal with a reported increase in water meter tampering became a topic of discussion at the March 15 city council meeting. The council is hopeful that the problem can be mitigated when the meters are replaced in the future. In...

 
 By Dena Wood    News    April 20, 2017

Lighting Upgrade Will Save Waitsburg Schools Thousands

WAITSBURG – At their March meeting the Waitsburg School Board approved a lighting upgrade purchase in Preston Hall that will save the district thousands of dollars each year. An energy incentive...

 
 By Dena Wood    News    April 20, 2017

Switchgrass to Sasayama

WAITSBURG – Local youth bluegrass band Switchgrass Delta will join with other local talent in a fundraising concert at the Plaza Theater in Waitsburg on Sun., April 23 at 4 p.m. Funds from the conce...

 
 By Dena Wood    News    April 13, 2017

City Candidates Face Citizens at Forum

WAITSBURG – Approximately two dozen citizens showed up to hear from candidates at the April 10 Waitsburg City Elections Candidate's Forum, hosted by the Waitsburg Commercial Club, and held at Town...

 
 By Dena Wood    News    April 13, 2017

Walla Walla County Names New Fairgrounds Manager

WAITSBURG – Walla Walla County is right on track with their timeline for selecting a new Fairgrounds Manager. Interim Fairgrounds Manager Perry Dozier will hand over the reins to newly selected...

 
 By Dena Wood    News    April 13, 2017

Eagle Scout Project Brightens Bleachers

WAITSBURG – Waitsburg High School senior Jacob Elder got what he wished for when a break in the rain allowed him to finish his Eagle Scout project during Spring Break. He squeaked the requirement...

 

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