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Articles from the January 8, 2015 edition

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 By Dian Ver Valen    News    January 8, 2015

Hospital Board Sets Planning Retreat

DAYTON – In November, voters approved the Columbia County Hospital District’s $5.5 million bond levy measure for major renovations to Dayton General Hospital. This winter, the district hopes to es...

 
 By Ken Graham    News    January 8, 2015

Development Hearing Rescheduled for Monday

WAITSBURG – The Waitsburg Planning Commission has rescheduled its public hearing to receive comments from the public on the proposed Whoopemup Meadows housing development in Waitsburg’s northeast...

 
 By Dian Ver Valen    News    January 8, 2015

County Approves Power Switch

DAYTON – The Columbia County Commissioners have agreed to "begin the process of switching power providers" for the Columbia County Courthouse and county public works building from Pacific Power...

 

Stanley Roy Pierson

Stanley Roy Pierson, 86, died peacefully in his home with his family by his side after a long battle with cancer. Stanley was born Sept. 14, 1928 in New Rockford N.D. to Anna Katherine and Roy Sanford Pierson. The family lived there for 13 years...

 

Pioneer Portraits

Ten Years Ago January 13, 2005 A plaque commemorating Waitsburg High School’s Kison Court will be dedicated in ceremonies during halftime of the Waitsburg-DeSales boys basketball game Friday, January 21. The local gymnasium was formally named Kison...

 

Dayton City Council Meeting Change

DAYTON – The Dayton City Council has changed its meeting schedule. They will now have regular meetings once per month, on the second Monday of each month in council chambers at city hall. In November, however, the council will meet on the second...

 

Births - December

To Felice and Travis Garcia of Dayton, a girl, Kimberlynn Jean Garcia. Born on December 11, 2014 weighing 5 lbs 10 oz. To Kelilah Benavides and Tyler Hopwood of Dayton, a girl, Ariyah Kay Hopwood. Born on December 27, 2014 weighing 6 lbs 14...

 

Police Notes - 12/24 - 1/5

Waitsburg Nothing reported Dayton Dec. 23 Deputies recovered property from an unreported theft. A handbag was taken from an unlocked vehicle parked in the alley south of E. Main Street overnight; the handbag was located in a garbage in the same...

 

Ken Graham: FROM THE PUBLISHER

About four years ago, when I was publisher of the Blue Mountain News, I interviewed State Representative Terry Nealey as he was preparing to start the 2011 legislative session. The economy was in the...

 

Emma Philbrook: STUDENT LIFE

It’s been one of those days. After wasting two cups of good pecans on a batch of gritty pralines, I discovered that one of my college applications is missing some components – in other words,...

 

Nealey Prepares for 2015 Legislative Session

DAYTON – Republicans are in a stronger position in the Washington state legislature this year, and the state's economy is stronger as well. Those are two factors that State Representative Terry Neal...

 

Ebony and Ivory Benefit Concert Saturday

DAYTON - The second annual Ebony and Ivory benefit concert will be held Saturday at 3 p.m. at the Liberty Theater in Dayton. The concert will present the Touchet Valley’s finest classical pianists, Randy Pearson, Jim Thorn, Nicholas Pearson and...

 

TVAC Gears Up for Spring Variety Show

DAYTON - The second annual Ebony and Ivory benefit concert will be held Saturday at 3 p.m. at the Liberty Theater in Dayton. The concert will present the Touchet Valley’s finest classical pianists, Randy Pearson, Jim Thorn, Nicholas Pearson and...

 
 By Dena Wood    News    January 8, 2015

Whiskey Creek Hires General Manager

WAITSBURG – Construction of the Whiskey Creek Sports Bar & Grill on Waitsburg's east side is moving ahead right on track, and owners expect to open the doors in late March or early April. The...

 
 By Dian Ver Valen    News    January 8, 2015

Dayton Puts Sales Tax Increase Before Voters

DAYTON – The city of Dayton will ask for voter approval of a sales and use tax increase this February to help maintain city streets. The increase would raise sales tax by two-tenths of 1 percent, or...

 
 By Dian Ver Valen    News    January 8, 2015

Arrest Made in 2011 Firearm Theft

DAYTON – Dayton resident Joshua A. Roska, 33, was arrested on Monday, Dec. 29, as part of an ongoing investigation into a 2011 gun theft. The firearm, a Walther P22 pistol, was taken in October...

 
 By Ken Graham    Sports    January 8, 2015

Dayton Girls Win After Big Comeback

DAYTON – A sputtering Dayton girls' basketball team came to life late in the third quarter Friday and rallied to beat Lind-Ritzville, 49-46. The Lady 'Dogs trailed by as much as 18 points in the...

 
 By Dena Wood    Sports    January 8, 2015

WP Wrestlers Have Busy "Break"

WAITSBURG – WP wrestlers continued to compete through the Christmas school break, participating in a tournament in Pomeroy on Dec. 30 and the Jo Hi Invitational in Joseph, Ore. on January 2. Senior...

 
 By Ken Graham    Sports    January 8, 2015

WP Boys Overmatched by Liberty

WAITSBURG – Led by 6 foot 8 inch Match Burnham's 31 points, the Liberty Lancers won big over the WP boys' basketball team Friday night, 62-38. The Cardinals struggled in the first half, falling...

 

Lady Cards Lose to Lancers, 62-22

WAITSBURG – The W-P Cardinals girls' basketball team fell to the Liberty-Spangle Lancers, 62-22, in Friday's home-court non-conference match. Liberty took an early lead, pulling ahead 17-5 at the first quarter and maintaining the lead with the...

 

County agrees to Purchase Public Records Software

DAYTON – Columbia County Commissioners agreed unanimously on Dec. 31 to purchase public records software GovQA to assist Leanne Peters, clerk of the board, with tracking and fulfilling public records requests. The software costs $1,500 up front...

 

WWCC Offers Community Classes in Dayton

DAYTON – Walla Walla Community College offers community education courses in all sorts of subjects, but did you know you can now take courses in Dayton? Beginning this winter, the Dayton Historic Depot and Blue Mountain Station are hosting four...

 

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