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 By Dena Wood    Sports    August 8, 2019

DW volleyball athletes benefit from camps

WAITSBURG-Dayton and Waitsburg volleyball players took advantage of coaching from Whitman College Head Coach Matt Helm at a three-day volleyball camp in Waitsburg last week. Camp organizer and middle... Full story

 By Dena Wood    News    June 13, 2019

Stella's Homestead is site of the Walla Walla Valley's first Huichica music festival

WAITSBURG—The Huichica Music Festival will make its debut in the Walla Walla Valley this fall with a two-day festival at Stella’s Homestead, the former site of Jim and Geraine’s Hansen’s farm...

 By Dena Wood    News    June 13, 2019

Rolling Thunder comes to Dayton, June 21-23

DAYTON-Rolling Thunder, the Blue Mountain Rocketeer's (BMR) most popular event of the year, will take place over three days, June 21-23. Model rocketry enthusiasts from all over the Pacific Northwest...

 By Dena Wood    News    January 31, 2019

Waitsburg Welcomes 2019, Part 4

In this multi-part series, The Times visits with businesses, organizations and agencies to learn their plans for 2019. This week, we wrap up our walk around Main Street. In future issues we will talk...

 By Dena Wood    News    June 29, 2017

Waitsburg's Main Street Bridge to Close July 5

WAITSBURG – Following nearly two years of planning and preparation, Waitsburg’s Main Street Bridge will finally close on July 5. Demolition and replacement will follow, with the expectation that...

 By Dena Wood    News    June 29, 2017

'Embracing Orphans' in Jamaica

WAITSBURG – Waitsburg Christian Church pastor Matthew Wyatt is excited to finally be planning a long-anticipated service trip with Carl Robanske, founder of Embracing Orphans. The Waitsburg Christia...

 By Dena Wood    News    June 29, 2017

Waitsburg Cited as Community Example in Cityvision Magazine

WAITSBURG – There's rarely a day goes by that at least one passerby doesn't stop in front of The Times to have a photo taken with Jeffrey Hill's Founding Fathers sculpture. Now, that sculpture,...

 By Dena Wood    Specials    June 29, 2017


Teeny is on vacation so I (Dena) am filling in for her. She's asked repeatedly if I have any good recipes and I've told her that my grandma's bean recipe is a favorite. Unfortunately, I keep...

 By Dena Wood    News    June 22, 2017

Dayton-Waitsburg Athletic Combine on Hold Until 2018-19

WAITSBURG – Earlier this month, the Dayton School District approved a full athletic combine with Waitsburg, for both middle and high school. With recent survey results showing approximately 80% of...

 By Dena Wood    News    June 22, 2017

Waitsburg School Board Update

Board members present: Ross Hamann, Christy House, Randy Pearson, Marilyn Johnson, Russ Knopp. Facilities/Maintenance/Transportation Report: -Supervisor Colter Mohney said he had made a clerical...

 By Dena Wood    News    June 22, 2017

Patriot Jeep Returns Home

WAITSBURG – Bob Brock met his goal of driving his Patriot Jeep in the Washington D.C. Memorial Day Parade, but says "the journey is not over." Brock, who recently returned from his cross-country...

 By Dena Wood    News    June 22, 2017

Community Groups Step in to Support Pool

WAITSBURG – Operating and maintaining the Waitsburg City Pool can be a drain on the city's budget, but council members continue to agree that keeping the community asset up and running is worth the...

 By Dena Wood    News    June 15, 2017

Lions Install New Officers, Give Awards

WAITSBURG – It was the guys cooking for the gals as the Waitsburg Lions Club members wrapped up their year with a traditional Ladies Night thank you dinner of hamburgers salads and oysters, on...

 By Dena Wood    News    June 15, 2017

Prescott Graduates 13 Seniors

Graduates are looking happily to the future PRESCOTT – Thirteen Prescott High School seniors were all smiles as they walked the aisle to collect their diplomas at the 2017 commencement ceremony...

 By Dena Wood    News    June 15, 2017

Daves Qualifies for National 4-H Shooting Competition

State 4-H Shotgun Shoot earns Timothy Daves a spot at Grand Island, Neb. competion WAITSBURG – Training and hard work paid off for 4-H sharp shooter Timothy Daves, whose performance in the...

 By Dena Wood    News    June 8, 2017

Waitsburg Seniors Celebrate Memories

WAITSBURG – Friends and family members stood as the traditional strains of 'Pomp and Circumstance' marked both an ending and new beginnings for the Waitsburg Class of 2017 on Friday. Thirty-three se...

 By Dena Wood    News    June 8, 2017

Eddie Perez and Tiffany Robinson are PHS Valedictorian and Salutatorian

PRESCOTT – Graduating members of the Prescott High School Class of 2017 will walk the aisle to receive their diplomas at noon on Saturday in the high school gymnasium. This year's honor speakers...

 By Dena Wood    News    June 1, 2017

Jacob Dunn is WHS Valedictorian, Taylor Hays is Salutatorian

WAITSBURG – Thirty-three seniors will end their high school careers with a walk down Kison Court during Waitsburg High School's 121st commencement ceremony on Friday. Baccalaureate will be held at...

 By Dena Wood    News    June 1, 2017

Veterans are Remembered

WAITSBURG – This year's annual American Legion/Auxiliary Memorial Day Service included the addition of two names, Mel R. OpBroek and John A. Lanning, to the memorial wall, and included a muster for...

 By Dena Wood    News    May 25, 2017

Jim Davison is 2017 Community Service Recipient

WAITSBURG – The late Tom Baker has held the honor of awarding the Waitsburg Commercial Club's Community Service Award for many years. While he wasn't present in body this year, he was very much... Full story

 By Dena Wood    News    May 25, 2017

Mel McWhorter Retires after 30 Years at WHS

WAITSBURG – After 30 years teaching in Waitsburg, Mel McWhorter will be the third long-time staffer to retire from the Waitsburg School District this summer. Mc Whorter, a favorite among students,...

 By Dena Wood    News    May 18, 2017

Howard and Dona Jean Smith are 2017 WCD Parade Marshals

The Smith family has farmed in Waitsburg since 1919 WAITSBURG – Because she has never driven a truck, and has sat in the saddle only one time (and immediately wanted off!) Dona Jean Smith said she w...

 By Dena Wood    News    May 18, 2017

Structural Damage Closes W-P House

WAITSBURG – Members of the Waitsburg Historical Society received some unwelcome news while trying to be proactive about maintaining the Bruce Museum Complex properties. Inspectors discovered...

 By Dena Wood    News    May 18, 2017

Carol Clarke Retires after 13 Years in Waitsburg

WAITSBURG – Carol Clarke has faced and overcome many challenges in her life, but when it comes to retiring she's already chalked it up as a "fail." The school district superintendent and elementary...

 By Dena Wood    News    May 11, 2017

Celebration Days is May 19-21

WAITSBURG – Waitsburg Celebration Days, held the third weekend each May, is just around the corner. The weekend, May 19-21, promises fun for everyone, with a parade, car show, brewfest, bonfire, ATV...


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