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 By Dena Martin    News    May 23, 2019 

Dayton Days is May 25

Memorial Day weekend kicks off a season of festivities in Dayton with the annual Dayton Days festivities, followed closely by Mule Mania and All Wheels Weekend. Dayton Days, May 25 The annual Main...

 
 By Dena Martin    News    May 23, 2019 

Firefighter Focus

As longtime volunteer firefighters are retiring, the local volunteer pool continues to dwindle. With less than 20 active volunteer firefighters and four EMTs, Columbia-Walla Walla Fire No. 2 is...

 
 By Dena Martin    News    May 23, 2019 

Leena Baker is WHS valedictorian, Loren Negron is salutatorian

WAITSBURG-Fifteen seniors will mark the end of their high school careers with a walk down Kison Court during Waitsburg High School's 122nd commencement ceremony on Fri., May 31 at 8 p.m. A...

 
 By Dena Martin    Sports    May 23, 2019 

DW Tracksters Kirsten Miller and Mason Finney head to State meet

QUINCY, Wash.- Kirsten Miller will represent Dayton-Waitsburg in two events at the state track meet in Cheney, Wash. on Thursday after qualifying at the District 5/6 meet here last week. Miller...

 
 By Dena Martin    News    May 16, 2019

Pat Mohney is Celebration Days Parade Marshal

WAITSBURG-Pat Mohney will trade in his traditional behind-the-scenes role in the Waitsburg Celebration Days parade to take a seat front-and-center as this year's parade marshal. He was selected by...

 
 By Dena Martin    News    May 16, 2019

District aligns grad requirements with state Standards

WAITSBURG—In an attempt to retain students who might otherwise attend Running Start or SEATech, as well as address budgeting issues, the Waitsburg High School Board of Directors unanimously...

 
 By Dena Martin    News    May 16, 2019

Firefighter Focus

WAITSBURG-As longtime volunteer firefighters retire and fresh faces fail to fill the void, the local volunteer pool continues to dwindle. With less than 20 active volunteer firefighters and four...

 
 By Dena Martin    News    May 16, 2019

Waitsburg math teacher Jim Leid retires next month

Leid has spent 15 years teaching at Waitsburg High School where he graduated in 1969 WAITSBURG-For Jim Leid, advocating for students and staff has been a priority throughout his teaching career. After...

 
 By Dena Martin    News    May 16, 2019

Waitsburg FFA attends State Convention

PULLMAN, Wash.-Fifteen Waitsburg FFA members attended the 89th Washington FFA convention in Pullman over May 9-11 under the direction of Advisor Nicole Abel. "Along with the various contests and volun...

 
 By Dena Martin    News    May 16, 2019

The Club summer program is fully funded

DAYTON—Thanks to multiple funding sources, The Club’s summer program is fully funded and the endowment fund is being replenished. Summer Program In an email update to The Club board members, Ginny Butler said that, in addition to the $5,000 The...

 
 By Dena Martin    Sports    May 16, 2019

Taelor Carter tackles Bug Sur marathon

CARMEL, Calif-Waitsburg graduate Taelor Carter was on a trip to Maine with friends when she woke up unable to lift her foot. Little did she know then that the frightening experience would ultimately...

 
 By Dena Martin    Sports    May 16, 2019

Siblings survive the Race to Robie Creek

BOISE, Ida.-Payback is a bummer! Christy House, who ran the Race to Robie Creek half marathon in Boise, Ida. side-by-side with her brother, Mitch Davis of Caldwell, Ida. on April 20, can testify to th...

 
 By Dena Martin    News    May 9, 2019

Capital budget allocates over $30 million to the 16th District

OLYMPIA— A $456,000 allocation to the Taggart Road Waterline Project and an $80,000 allocation to The Club after-school-program in Dayton were among projects approved for the 16th Legislative District in the capital budget passed by Washington...

 
 By Dena Martin    News    May 9, 2019

Mark Pickel is new Waitsburg School District Superintendent

WAITSBURG-The Waitsburg School Board announced the selection of Garrison Middle Assistant School Principal Mark Pickel as the new District superintendent and elementary school principal on May 1....

 
 By Dena Martin    News    May 9, 2019

Waitsburg Celebration Days is May 17-19

WAITSBURG—The Waitsburg Celebration Days Committee has been working for months to organize the city’s annual Celebration Days festivities, which run May 17-19. The three-day event, held the third weekend in May, was organized as a placeholder...

 
 By Dena Martin    News    May 9, 2019

The local who's who of pulp

COLUMBIA COUNTY-With all the media attention surrounding the innovative Columbia Pulp mill, which is preparing to open near Starbuck at Lyons Ferry this spring, it would be challenging to find a...

 
 By Dena Martin    News    May 2, 2019

Historical Society memorial fund will honor Broom family

WAITSBURG—The Waitsburg Historical Society is hopeful that a soon-to-be established memorial fund, in recognition of the contributions of the Broom family, will provide dependable funding for the organization. The new Broom Memorial Endowment Fund...

 
 By Dena Martin    News    May 2, 2019

Candidate Filing Week is May 13-17

COLUMBIA and WALLA WALLA Counties—Candidates filing for 2018 local and state elections opens Mon., May 13 and runs through Fri., May 17. Candidates for joint districts must file with the lead county. In Walla Walla County, candidates may...

 
 By Dena Martin    News    May 2, 2019

Sherrad J. Lahd is arrested and charges are filed in Dayton 'active shooter' case

DAYTON—Law enforcement from across the region, including the Walla Walla SWAT team, descended on Dayton on the morning of April 25, in response to a report of an active shooter in the vicinity of Columbia County Transportation offices at 507 West...

 
 By Dena Martin    News    May 2, 2019

The outdoor season is off to a fine start at The Last Resort campground

POMEROY-Area anglers have been pulling in some big ones at the freshly stocked lakes just past the Last Resort campgrounds, located at 2005 Tucannon Road. But fishing is just one of many activities...

 
 By Dena Martin    News    April 25, 2019

Waitsburg City Elections Are Certified

WAITSBURG—Waitsburg 2019 City election results were certified at the April 18 council meeting with no council seat changes from the preliminary results. The only minor “upset” is that longtime council frontrunner Kevin House, who was one vote...

 
 By Dena Martin    News    April 25, 2019

Superintendent Interviews Begin this week

WAITSBURG—Interviews of five Waitsburg School District superintendent applicants are scheduled for Mon., April 22 and Wed., April 24. Search advisor Dr. Bill Jordan vetted applications and performed background checks before bringing applications...

 
 By Dena Martin    News    April 25, 2019

Waitsburg School Board Summary

Secondary Principal Report (Stephanie Wooderchak) WHS FFA Trap team participated in State Competition on April 12-13 SBAC testing for grades 6-12 began Mon., April 15 Prom will be held with Dayton on...

 
 By Dena Martin    News    April 25, 2019

Doris Huffman is Citizen of the Year

WAITSBURG-The Waitsburg Commercial Club presented Doris Huffman with its 2019 Citizen of the Year award during the annual dinner and Community Service Awards presentation at Waitsburg Town Hall on...

 
 By Dena Martin    News    April 18, 2019

Couple wins fight to save home but suffers devastating losses

WAITSBURG-While most of Waitsburg is heaving a collective sigh of relief at having been bypassed by the heavy flooding that hit several not-so-far-away communities, not everyone was so lucky. Les and...

 

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