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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...

 

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...

 
 By Clint Atteberry    News    August 17, 2017 

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...

 
 By Dena Martin    News    August 17, 2017 

Slow and Steady Wins the Prize

WAITSBURG – With six weeks on-the-job under his belt, new Waitsburg School District Superintendent Dr. Jon Mishra says his welcome has been "excellent" and he is excited about his future in...

 

Dr. Mishra's Back-to-School Tips

Waitsburg School District Superintendent Dr. Jon Mishra reached out to The Times about offering some back-to-school suggestions for parents and students as they begin thinking about coming back to school. -Start getting back into school year sleep...

 
 By Dena Martin    News    August 17, 2017 

Waitsburg Elementary School Welcomes Two New Teachers

Bailey Carlson is New Fifth Grade Teacher WAITSBURG – New Waitsburg Elementary School fifth-grade teacher, Bailey Carlson, shares a similar philosophy as her predecessor, Gabe Kiefel, who will...

 

Stuck Truck

A harvest truck garnered plenty of attention earlier this month when its driver cut the corner from 7th Street onto Coppei a bit too close and got hung up on a fire hydrant. Interestintly enough, at...

 
 By Dena Martin    News    August 17, 2017 

Zach Bartlow Plays Football in Finland

Zach Bartlow said his summer got "flipped upside down rather quick" when he received a surprise call from Finland asking him to play quarterback for the Turku Trojans, part of the country's Maple...

 
 By Dena Martin    News    August 10, 2017

Wheat Fire Threatens Homes but is Quickly Contained

WAITSBURG – A fast-moving wheat fire northwest of Waitsburg resulted in about 12 Weller Canyon homes being evacuated Saturday afternoon, but thanks to a fast-acting command and support from area...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    August 10, 2017

Denise Smith is New Dayton Elem. Principal

DAYTON-Denise Smith of Deer Park, Wash., has been chosen by school officials to be the new Dayton Elementary Principal, and she will begin work , officially, on Monday, Aug. 7. "I'm so excited. I'm...

 
 By Dena Martin    News    August 10, 2017

Spend the Night in a Teepee

HUNTSVILLE – For those looking to add a bit of adventure to the camping experience, two teepees have been installed at Lewis & Clark Trail State Park and became available for rent Aug. 1. The...

 

WWCSO Press Board

Aug. 3 Adult male arrested in Waitsburg on a warrant out of College Place....

 
 By Dena Martin    News    August 10, 2017

Analisea Araya Spends Summer in Uganda

WAITSBURG – It was four years in the making, but 2017 Waitsburg High School graduate, Analisea Araya, spent part of her summer making a dream come true. The wait was worth it, and her three-week...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    August 10, 2017

It's Teamwork at the Extension Office

DAYTON-Not only is Rachel Hutchens the WSU Extension Office Weed Control Board coordinator, but she is also the extension office manager, assisting WSU Extension Agent Paul Carter with accounts...

 
 By Ian Smay    News    August 10, 2017

Weed Board Can Provide Help for Columbia County County Residents

DAYTON – Almost everyone in Dayton (and probably the surrounding areas) is aware that Dayton is home to the Columbia County’s Washington State University Extension Office. What many people may not know is that the office is also home to the...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    August 10, 2017

Library Board Evaluates Staff Structure After Two Employees Resign in August

DAYTON—The Columbia County Rural Library District Board of Trustees met last week to evaluate and discuss the structure of the staff positions and job descriptions, after the library lost two key...

 
 By Dena Martin    News    August 10, 2017

Lifelong Learner Brings Inspiration to the Classroom

WAITSBURG – It may not be back-to-school time for Waitsburg students yet, but kindergarten teacher Pam Nolan-Nolan-Beasley spent last week in "school," honing her skills along with other select...

 

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