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 By Dena Martin    News    August 1, 2019

Life is stranger than fiction

WAITSBURG-What are the odds of finding a ring that was lost in a river 26 years earlier? And what are the odds of showing that same ring to the one person in town who could recognize it and return it...

 
 By Dena Martin    News    August 1, 2019

Former Times intern is KREM2 News investigative reporter

SPOKANE, Wash.-Dayton High School graduate and former Times intern Ian Smay graduated from Washington State University (WSU) in December of 2018 and went to work for KREM 2 News in Spokane, as an...

 
 By Dena Martin    News    August 1, 2019

Waitsburg VBS and bike rodeo are a success

WAITSBURG-A whopping 85 kids participated in last week's Mega Sports Camp Vacation Bible School at the Waitsburg Christian Church. During the five-day event, children learned Bible stories while learn...

 
 By Dena Martin    News    July 25, 2019

Dayton Elementary School principal and librarian resign

DAYTON—Dayton Schools Superintendent Doug Johnson announced the resignations of Elementary School Principal Denise Smith and Librarian Valerie Kerr at the July 17 school board meeting. Smith was chosen from a field of three finalists as elementary...

 
 By Dena Martin    News    July 25, 2019

Missoula Children's Theater, Aug. 5-10

DAYTON—Sixty local children will have the opportunity to appear on the Liberty Theater stage in a Missoula Children’s Theater (MCT) production of “Pinocchio” in early August. Pre-registration...

 
 By Dena Martin    News    July 25, 2019

YoungLife Area Director moves to Olympia

DAYTON—Terry and Jan Nealey will host a farewell ice cream social on Aug. 1 for YoungLife Area Director Marne Henderson, who is making the move to Olympia where she has accepted a staff position with Greater Olympia YoungLife. Henderson worked...

 
 By Dena Martin    News    July 25, 2019

Waitsburg School Board Update

All board members present: Ross Hamann, Christy House, Lisa Morrow, Jason Kaehler, Randy Hinchliffe Waitsburg Superintendent Mark Pickel took the Oath of Office. Secondary Principal Report (Mark Pickel for Stephanie Wooderchak) Stephanie Hinchliffe,...

 
 By Dena Martin    News    July 25, 2019

Local data plays role in national effort to support agriculture

COLUMBIA COUNTY-Have you ever wondered how annual wheat yields are calculated? Local data-gatherer Joe Huether wasn't sure before, but he is now a part of the process, which he says he has found to...

 
 By Dena Martin    News    July 11, 2019

New funding is game changer for Dayton disabilities group

COLUMBIA COUNTY-For the first time, the Columbia County Development Disability Group (CCDG) has funds available to support, educate and meet the needs of the developmentally disabled and their...

 
 By Dena Martin    News    July 11, 2019

2021 will mark the event's 10th anniversary

WAITSBURG-Waitsburg's Patriot's Parade and community potluck is a nearly decade-old tradition, but many may not know how it originated. As the story goes, the whole thing began with a dare. In 2011,...

 
 By Dena Martin    News    July 11, 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    July 11, 2019

Walla Walla and Columbia Counties see share of $126 million in outdoor recreation and preservation grants

OLYMPIA—On July 2, The Washington State Recreation and Conservation Funding Board announced the award of more than $126 million in grants awarded to 333 projects that build and maintain outdoor recreation facilities and conserve wildlife habitat...

 
 By Dena Martin    News    July 11, 2019

Hay Harvest

A line of ready-and-waiting equipment next to a field of freshly cut hay made for a pretty picture at the top of Whiskey Canyon on Sunday....

 
 By Dena Martin    News    July 4, 2019

Waitburg hosts Firewise presentation

WAITSBURG-Emergency response and firefighting personnel from multiple area agencies were on hand to present information and answer questions at a Firewise meeting held at the Lions Club Building at...

 
 By Dena Martin    News    July 4, 2019

Waitsburg Parks and Recreation District changes focus

WAITSBURG—In the process of developing its long-term plan, and in response to public input, the Waitsburg Parks and Recreation District has changed its focus from taking over maintenance of public facilities to providing more community recreation...

 
 By Dena Martin    News    July 4, 2019

Bye takes action against Dayton library district

DAYTON—After several months of attending negotiations, board meetings and public meetings, former Dayton Memorial Library employee Shakira Bye has taken formal action. On June 13 Bye’s attorney, J...

 
 By Dena Martin    News    July 4, 2019

Blush Salon & Spa makes the move

WAITSBURG-Why did the salon owner cross the street? Bigger space, better opportunity, a building of her own and a location next door to a coffee shop. At least those were the reasons mentioned by...

 
 By Dena Martin    News    June 27, 2019

Waitsburg City Council opens pool

WAITSBURG-Several residents commented on a range of topics at the regular June 19 Waitsburg City Council meeting. Under new business, the council opened the pool and discussed the Public Work Board...

 
 By Dena Martin    News    June 27, 2019

Freedom's Outpost is coming to Waitsburg

WAITSBURG-Last week saw the demolition of the building located at the junction of Highway 12 and Highway 124 in Waitsburg. The building, which was formerly owned by Richard Lybecker, was purchased by...

 
 By Dena Martin    News    June 27, 2019

Columbia County to receive $385,583 in PILT funds

WASHINGTON, D.C. — On June 21, eastern Washington Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers (WA-05) announced the 2019 Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) program disbursements totaling more than $3.5...

 
 By Dena Martin    News    June 27, 2019

Prescott Pool receives $50,000 Sherwood Trust impact grant

WAITSBURG—The Prescott Joint Park and Recreation District received a $50,000 Sherwood Trust Core Grant to aid with pool repairs and facility improvements earlier this month. The District was one of...

 
 By Dena Martin    News    June 27, 2019

Prescott Pool makes quick repair recovery

PRESCOTT—As the only area pool open last week, aside from Walla Walla, a flex pipe leak was the last thing the Prescott pool needed. Nonetheless, quick thinking by pool staff and help from Dunning Irrigation made for a quick repair and only...

 
 By Dena Martin    News    June 27, 2019

Drive-through history

WAITSBURG-The Times got a little drive-through history lesson last week when a gentleman stopped in to check out the building and shared that he was following the trail his grandfather had taken while...

 
 By Dena Martin    News    June 27, 2019

Downtown history lessons

WAITSBURG-History buffs, or anyone interested in learning a little more about Waitsburg's past, need only walk to the north end of Main Street for a mini history lesson. Main Street Bridge While the...

 
 By Dena Martin    News    June 20, 2019

State reps weigh in on legislative session

OLYMPIA—State representatives Bill Jenkin and Skyler Rude met with The Times last week to recap the 2019 regular legislative session, which ended April 28. Both agreed the session proved to be a...

 

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