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 By Michele Smith    News    July 19, 2018 

After School Program Name Changed to 'The Club'

DAYTON--Dan and Ginny Butler have announced a name change for Dayton’s new after school program, from “Boys & Girls Club of Dayton,” to “The Club.” They said they are taking the “best practices” of Boys and Girls Clubs into the daily...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    July 19, 2018 

Report from Dayton City Council

DAYTON—At the regular meeting of the Dayton City Council on July 11, the council approved the following: Resolution No. 1345, Certifying that the city meets the requirements to apply and accept a public works assistance account low-interest loan fo...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    July 19, 2018 

From Wheat Field to Pulp Plant

STARBUCK-Phil Farmer, CEO of Columbia Straw Supply, said he and business partner, CFO Ben Rankin, were brought in on the straw supply side of Columbia Pulp's business by its CEO, John Begley, four yea...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    July 12, 2018

Columbia Pulp Pilot Plant at Pomeroy is a Beehive of Activity

POMEROY--The Columbia Pulp Pilot Plant, located at the Port of Garfield in Pomeroy, is a hub of activity. "It's busy here, which is good. It's what we want," said Kyler Lovgren, maintenance manager...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    July 12, 2018

Kristina Brown is New Dayton MS/HS Principal

DAYTON-The Dayton School Board has approved Superintendent Doug Johnson's recommendation of Kristina Brown for Dayton Middle and High School Principal. "Kristina has a strong desire to support...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    July 5, 2018

Dayton Principal Candidates Meet the Community

DAYTON--Stephanie Kubej and Kristina Brown are the two finalists for the Dayton secondary principal position, and they spent the day last Thursday getting acquainted with students, staff and...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    July 5, 2018

Ferrians to be New Liberty Theater Manager

DAYTON-Former Waitsburg Christian Church Pastor Mike Ferrians will become the new manager of Dayton's Liberty Theater at the end of this month. He will replace Kirsten Schober. Schober says she is...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    July 5, 2018

Community Health Conversations

DAYTON – The last of four Community Health Conversations took place in Dayton last week and drew a crowd of about 17 interested citizens from around the community. Catherine Veninga, from the Community Council in Walla Walla, led the discussion,...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    June 28, 2018

Jay Penner Wants 100% "Yes" Votes for August EMS levy

WAITSBURG-When the ballots are counted in August for the proposed emergency medical services levy, Jay Penner wants to see one-hundred percent of voters in favor of it. Penner and his wife, Jackie,...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    June 28, 2018

Marijuana Grow will be Indoors Only

DAYTON – A request by Cobalt Cannabis Co. for a condition use permit to develop a marijuana grow facility in northern Columbia County was the subject of a public hearing on Monday. If the CUP is approved, the facility will be located at 402...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    June 28, 2018

Dayton School Board Summary

DAYTON – During last week’s regular meeting, Dayton School Superintendent Doug Johnson told the school board that no athletic director has yet been hired for the Dayton/Waitsburg athletic combine, and there is still work to be done to hire some...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    June 28, 2018

Report from Dayton City Council for June

DAYTON—Speaking at the June Dayton City Council meeting last week, Planning Director Meagan Bailey said dividing the city into eight zones has made code enforcement easier. Vehicles and RVs parked in the right of way is the biggest current...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    June 21, 2018

Dain Nysoe Seeks Columbia County Commissioner Seat

DAYTON-There is now a two-way race for the District 3 Columbia County Commissioner seat in this year's November election. The winner will replace retiring commissioner Merle Jackson beginning in Janua...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    June 14, 2018

Dayton Graduates Receive Well-Earned Diplomas

DAYTON--Family and friends crowded the Dayton High School gymnasium on Saturday to hear the Class of 2018 Salutatorian Morgan Riley and Class Valedictorian Emma Sierra deliver their speeches and...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    June 14, 2018

Columbia County Struggles to Make Up Revenue Shortfalls

DAYTON— Columbia County Commissioner Merle Jackson has said it before, and he said it again last week, “How do we ever dig ourselves out of the hole if everybody keeps giving away our money?” The county has only two principle sources of tax rev...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    June 7, 2018

Foley Joins Columbia County Sheriff Race

DAYTON-Former Sheriff's Deputy Don Foley has announced his candidacy for Columbia County Sheriff. Foley will appear on the August primary ballot for sheriff along with Deputy Jeff Jenkins and Chief...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    June 7, 2018

Carla Rowe, Cathy Shochet to Face Off for Columbia County Treasurer

Carla Rowe DAYTON – Dayton native Carla Rowe said she will bring her expertise in the field of accounting and bookkeeping practices to the position of Columbia County Treasurer if she is elected in...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    May 31, 2018

CCHS Finances Improving According to Auditor

DAYTON—The overall financial picture for the Columbia County Health System is positive, according to Tom Dingus, with DZA and Associates, an independent auditing firm that works with the Hospital District. Dingus outlined the 2017 audit report...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    May 31, 2018

Golf Course Irrigation Grant Delayed

DAYTON--A discussion about what steps to take regarding funding the much-needed irrigation system at the Touchet Valley Golf Course took place between Dayton Country Club Board President Roger Trump, board member J. E. McCaw, state Representative...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    May 24, 2018

Dayton Days Gets Bigger & Better

DAYTON—This year’s Memorial Weekend Dayton Days celebration, put on by the Dayton Chamber of Commerce, will kick off on Saturday, May 26, at 10 a.m. with the Dayton Days Main Street Parade. The crowd lining Main Street will enjoy another great pa...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    May 24, 2018

Dayton High Principal Shaber resigns

Dayton—Dayton Middle and High School Principal Paul Shaber has announced that he will resign at the end of this school year to take a job in Richland. “Paul has been an important part of our team here in Dayton,” said Superintendent Doug...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    May 24, 2018

Port Moves Forward on Dayton-Waitsburg Trail Grant

DAYTON – During their regular meeting last week, the Port of Columbia commissioners adopted a greenhouse emissions policy, as requested by the Washington State Department of Transportation. DOT has requested the policy as part of the grant...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    May 24, 2018

Dayton School Board Update

DAYTON-- During the Show and Tell portion of the May 16 school board meeting, Youth and Government Advisor Shayna Hutchens and four of her students talked about their experience at the state capital...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    May 17, 2018

Friends of the Pool to Begin Fundraising

DAYTON—Vicki Zoller from the newly formed Friends of the Dayton Community Pool Committee was present at last week’s city council meeting to talk about efforts the committee is making to help raise funds for repairs at the Dayton City Pool. The...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    May 17, 2018

Dayton Council Gets Planning, Code Compliance Updates

DAYTON—At last week’s city council meeting, City Administrator Trina Cole said the public works staff was to meet with the Washington Dept. of Ecology on May 15 to talk about the wastewater treatment plant and the financing for it. Planning Direc...

 

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