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 By Beka Compton    News    May 19, 2022 

Waitsburg Celebration Days brings ATVs, classic cars, and live music

The weekend kicks off on Friday evening with the ATV Sunset Cruise WAITSBURG-The third weekend of May is here, and after two years of cancellations, Waitsburg Celebration Days is back and bigger than...

 By Beka Compton    News    May 12, 2022

Tonne, Katsell selected as WCD Parade Marshalls

WAITSBURG-Waitsburg Celebration Days officials announced that Karen Peters Tonne and Dan Katsel will lead the 2022 festivities as the Parade Marshalls. Karen Peters Tonne is a lifelong area resident,...

 By Beka Compton    Specials    May 12, 2022

Bard and Bee Meadery celebrates honey, bees, and education

Great stories often start with a man and his dog. In Dayton, it is the story of an entertainer and his winged pollinators making a run at an ancient art. "I'm a farm kid," said Mike Collins, owner...

 By Beka Compton    Specials    May 12, 2022

Boil the water, kill the weeds

Ray and I are celebrating one year of homeownership with a Vicki-and-Daniel style standoff; it's even garden-related! Ray works for one of the biggest agriculture-chemical supply companies in the area...


Celebration Days hostesses selected

WAITSBURG-Waitsburg Celebration Days, always the third weekend in May, is peaking over the horizon. After two years of event cancellations, a new Board of Directors has planned a jam-packed weekend... Full story

 By Beka Compton    News    April 28, 2022

Play surface, ARPA projects were April City Council topics

WAITSBURG—The Waitsburg City Council met on Wednesday, April 20, for a regularly scheduled meeting. April was the first month that the council offered a Zoom option. The option will be available...


Imagination Library comes to town

Listening to Jolene while working a 9-5 might be where your mind goes when you think of Dolly, but mine goes straight to books. In December 2021, The Times received a press release from the United...

 By Beka Compton    News    April 14, 2022

ComNet seeking board members to continue fiscal aid to local non-profits

DAYTON—Winston Churchill once said, “We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” Since 1995, the Columbia County Community Network, ComNet, has provided “umbrella...

 By Beka Compton    News    April 7, 2022

Chicken Bills is back at TVGC

Bill and Teresa Ayotte have brought the beloved cafe back to Dayton DAYTON-After more than a year, Dayton-area golfers and foodies alike can finally enjoy their favorite Chicken Bill burger,...


Slow down on South Touchet Road

DAYTON—Drivers, prepare for a speed limit change on South Touchet Road in Dayton. Columbia County Commissioners voted to lower the speed limit from 50 to 35 miles per hour for certain sections of... Full story

 By Beka Compton    News    March 31, 2022

Columbia County fights back against 'government transparency advocate'

DAYTON—Columbia County is just one of many Washington government entities that received a Public Record Request from self-proclaimed ‘government transparency advocate’ Eric Hood. The state...

 By Beka Compton    News    March 31, 2022

Fire hydrants, Park & Rec focus of March Council meeting

WAITSBURG-The Waitsburg City Council met for its regular meeting on March 23, 2022. Councilmembers Jim Romine and Jillian Henze were unable to attend the meeting. Mayor Marty Dunn, Councilmembers...

 By Beka Compton    News    March 24, 2022

Where the (blue)grass grows

When Kate Hockersmith convinced me to join her music group after school in 2010, I never thought I'd be writing about it in The Times more than a decade later. I spent much of my childhood inspired...

 By Beka Compton    News    March 17, 2022

EMS service falls through gaps in Waitsburg

WAITSBURG-A lack of volunteers at the Columbia-Walla Walla Fire District 2 has had an ongoing impact on the community it serves, primarily Waitsburg. Fire Commissioner Ashley Strickland cannot stress...

 By Beka Compton    News    March 17, 2022

Waitsburg Friday Market gearing up

WAITSBURG-Spring is in the air, and there is opportunity at the upcoming Waitsburg Friday Market. Formerly the Waitsburg Farmers Market, the small outdoor market opened last year with a handful of...

 By Beka Compton    News    March 10, 2022

Surplus nearly finished for City Hall, pocket park

WAITSBURG-Since accepting bids for two properties on Main Street last month, the city sees the surplus process coming to an end by the March City Council meeting. The sale of 124 Main Street, the lot...

 By Beka Compton    News    March 10, 2022

The Wrestler's Daughter takes over the Royal Block

WAITSBURG-It was a full house on Saturday night at the Royal Block, when a crowd of more than 30 gathered for a book reading by local author Markeeta Little Wolf's from her new book, The Wrestler's...

 By Beka Compton    News    March 3, 2022

Garden with the Columbia County Rural Library

DAYTON-The Columbia County Rural Library District welcomes the WSU Extension's Master Gardening Program for a four-week intro into all things gardening, starting with the dirty work- literally! The...

 By Beka Compton    News    March 3, 2022

Prescott schools, Parks and Rec team with Walla Walla YMCA

Prescott finds solutions to bring swimming and drowning prevention training to students. PRESCOTT-Students at Prescott Schools will soon be headed to the Walla Walla YMCA for swimming, CPR, and first...

 By Beka Compton    News    March 3, 2022

Roadside Northwest offering basic roadside services

PRESCOTT—Flat tires, locked doors, and empty gas tanks are just a few common car troubles that Roadside Northwest can help with. Brian Danaher said that he founded Roadside Northwest in 2014, after...

 By Beka Compton    News    February 24, 2022

City council accepts bids for city surplus properties

WAITSBURG-Sales agreements will be negotiated with the city for two Main Street properties after bids were accepted at the February 16 Waitsburg City Council meeting. Mayor Marty Dunn, Councilmembers...

 By Beka Compton    News    February 24, 2022

Waitsburg School Board discusses upcoming Job Fair

WAITSBURG—The Waitsburg School Board met Thursday, February 17, for a regular monthly meeting. Board members Christy House, Stephanie Cole, Lisa Morrow, Carol Clarke, and Sarah Boudrieau were all...

 By Beka Compton    News    February 24, 2022

Royal Block adds local writers to the menu

WAITSBURG-Wine enthusiasts, art lovers, and musicians have all enjoyed the opening of the Royal Block, in Waitsburg last year. Preparing for the third book reading in less than a month signals the... Full story

 By Beka Compton    News    February 17, 2022

Coppei Creek Handyman Services opens in Waitsburg

Makaiwi Wachter is serving the Waitsburg, Dayton, Walla Walla, and Prescott area WAITSBURG-If that honey-do list just keeps getting longer, it may be time to change over to a handyman-do list. Coppei... Full story


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