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Articles from the August 17, 2017 edition

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Where the Sidewalk Ends

Contractors broke ground on replacement of the Academy Street sidewalks on Monday. The job should be finished in the next week, or so, well before the first day of school on Sept. 6, according to...

 
 By Ken Graham    News    August 17, 2017

Construction Begins on Columbia Pulp Plant

DAYTON – Excavation began in earnest this week at the site of Columbia Pulp's new straw pulp plant, about five miles west of Starbuck. Crews from Pacific Civil and Infrastructure, the general contra...

 
 By Dena Martin    News    August 17, 2017

Juvenile Shenanigans Result in School Yard Closure

WAITSBURG – Anyone with a late-night urge to play basketball in Waitsburg is out of luck. Abuse to the school grounds and a lack of respect for neighbors has resulted in a closure of the...

 

Grooms Celebrate 50th Anniversary

Ron and Marilyn Groom celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary Aug. 12, 2017, with family and friends. They were married at the First Nazarene Church in Walla Walla (now Amazing Grace Nazarene)....

 

Pioneer Portraits

Ten Years Ago August 23, 2007 Photo caption: Slowly the mule-drawn wagon carrying the casket of Kenneth G. Smith climbed the gently sloping hill at the Waitsburg City Cemetery, conveying the prominent wheat rancher and Quarterhorse enthusiast to his...

 

Fort Walla Walla Museum Ice Cream Social

WALLA WALLA – Fort Walla Walla Museum will host its annual ice cream social from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Sun., Aug. 20 on the museum lawn, located at 755 Myra Road, Walla Walla. There will be entertainment for the whole family and ice cream is free...

 

Are You Registered for School?

WAITSBURG – All Waitsburg School District students, both new and returning, need to register the week of Aug. 21-24. That week, all school offices will be open from 8 a.m. – 3 p.m., Mon., Wed., and Thurs. and from 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. on Tues. to...

 

Campground No. 3 and Deer Lake Closures

COLUMBIA COUNTY - Campground No. 3 and the access road to Deer Lake are going to be closed longer than originally anticipated, as construction to Rainbow Lake begins this week. For more information contact Kari Dingman, DFW, Assistant Wildlife Area...

 

Lyons Ferry Marina Public Input Meeting

The Port of Columbia County has scheduled a public meeting on Wed., Aug. 23 from 6-8 p.m. at the KOA Lyons Ferry Marina restaurant, to get public input on the updated facilities plan design. Several options will be presented for consideration and...

 

Health and Well-being Survey

OUCHET VALLEY – Through last year’s series of Community Conversations meetings the Community Council learned that Health and Well-being is a top priority in the region. A workgroup is currently seeking additional input on priorities, activities,...

 

Birthdays - Week of Aug. 17

August 18: Kay Pettichord, Wiley Miller, Angela Hopkins, Clark Hulce, Nicole Page, Levi Fluharty, Paula Cooper, Jeanie White, Keith Williams, Alex Dill, Janell Groom, Chris Wood, Vincent Wright, Madison McCaw, John Stellwagen. August 19: Nicki...

 

Waitsburg Fairgrounds Grandstand Issues

Dear Editor, When the issue of problems with the Waitsburg Fairgrounds grandstand first came up more than a year ago, it was supposed to be easy and inexpensive to determine whether to fix the problems and keep the structure or tear it down. After...

 

No More 'Bells and Whistles'

Dear Editor, A few years ago Waitsburg was torn up one summer to make Main Street look pretty. Why wasn’t the infrastructure taken care of then? A couple of years later we had a leak on Main Street. Now a bridge needs to be replaced without the...

 

Moments in Times

* On Aug. 31, 1886, an earthquake near Charleston, South Carolina, leaves more than 100 people dead and destroys hundreds of buildings. It was the largest recorded earthquake in the history of the southeastern U.S. * On Sept. 3, 1935, Britain’s...

 

Farm-to Table Dinner, Aug. 19

On Aug. 19, the Blue Mountain Station Co-op and local food producers are sponsoring “Savor Summer,” a farm-to-table dinner, featuring whole lamb with chimichurri sauce, grilled vegetables, wheat berry salad and grilled garlic bread. Starters may...

 

State Parks Seek Snowmobile Advisory Committee Member

OLYMPIA – The Wash. State Parks and Recr. Commission needs snowmobilers from eastern Washington to serve on the state Snowmobile Advisory Committee. The committee will have two vacancies this fall and one must be filled by a resident of Adams,...

 

Dayton Boys & Girls Club Named Finalist in National Competition

DAYTON – Dayton resident and State Farm Insurance agent Bette Lou Crothers is doing what she can to support Dan and Ginny Butler in their quest to organize a Boys & Girls Club in Dayton. Now...

 
 By Dena Martin    News    August 17, 2017

WHS Boasts Highest College Enrollment Rate in State for 2015

WAITSBURG – Waitsburg High School earned a well-deserved nod of recognition in an Aug. 10 article in The Seattle Times. The article, titled ‘Fewer Washington students who go to college need to take remedial courses,’ says that the state’s...

 
 By Dena Martin    News    August 17, 2017

Eclipse Preparedness, Better Safe than Sorry

WASHINGTON STATE - People don't typically think of an eclipse being an emergency, but depending on where you live, it could be something you need to prepare for well in advance. According to the...

 

MCT Debuts 'Beauty Lou and the Country Beast' at the Liberty Theater

DAYTON – The Missoula Children's Theatre (MCT), the nation's largest touring children's theatre, has once again partnering with the Liberty Theater to bring a week-long summer camp to our...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    August 17, 2017

Deconstructed 1898 Cabin Will Be Rebuilt at Museum Site

Dayton – Beau Sabin and Rick Nicely of Pillars of Society Woodworks, LLC have been tasked with moving a small log cabin from its current site in the backyard of a home on W. Richmond St., to its...

 

County to Provide City with Planning and Building Services

DAYTON—With no immediate plan to replace Planning Director Karen Scharer, who is no longer employed by the city, and with the news that Columbia Pulp is moving forward with its development plans, local officials have been scrambling to put...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    August 17, 2017

Commissioners Approve Topographic of County

At last week’s meeting the Columbia County Board of Commissioners signed agreements between the county and the U.S. Geologic Survey Department, and between the county and the Department of Natural...

 

Code Compliance Focus for August

Note from the Editor: Dayton Code Compliance Officer Clint Atteberry, will be providing The Times with a monthly code compliance focus, beginning this month. Foot traffic safety is very important, and cars being able to see these pedestrians is...

 

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