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Waitsburg City Council Report

Present at last week’s meeting of the Waitsburg City Council were members Terry Jacoy, Kevin House, Jim Romine, and Kate Hockersmith, along with Mayor Marty Dunn. Basin Disposal, Inc., which contrac...

 

Waitsburg City Council Report

Oct. 17, 2018 Present at last week’s meeting of the Waitsburg City Council were Mayor Marty Dunn and Council members K.C. Kuykendall, Terry Jacoy, Kevin House and Kate Hockersmith – as well as...

 

Waitsburg School Board Report

WAITSBURG—Present at last week’s meeting of the Waitsburg School Board were Chairman Ross Hamann and members Christy House and Lisa Morrow. Member Russ Knopp, while not onsite, attended remotely...

 
 By Emma Philbrook    News    August 30, 2018

FFA Kids Ready for Walla Walla Fair

WALLA WALLA-"We are decorating Sunday," said the post on the Waitsburg FFA's Facebook page. "Please meet [at] 10 a.m. Bring extra supplies such as zip ties, wire, or side cutters if you have them."...

 
 By Emma Philbrook    News    August 23, 2018

Waitsburg Board delays decision on Grad Requirements

WAITSBURG—The Waitsburg School Board has decided to postpone its decision on whether to keep a life-skills class as a graduation requirement until the community has had more time to offer input. Nancy Bickelhaupt, who has taught the Life...

 
 By Emma Philbrook    News    August 23, 2018

Johnson Resigns from Waitsburg School Board

WAITSBURG-After serving for nine years, Waitsburg School Board member Marilyn Johnson has handed in her resignation. While Johnson and new board member Lisa Morrow exchanged a few jokes about Johnson...

 
 By Emma Philbrook    News    August 23, 2018

Waitsburg School Board Summary

Aug. 16, 2018 WAITSBURG—Present at last week’s meeting of the Waitsburg School Board were board chair Ross Hamann, vice-chair Marilyn Johnson, members Christy House and Russ Knopp, and...

 
 By Emma Philbrook    News    August 16, 2018

Waitsburg School Board Wrestles with Graduation Requirements

WAITSBURG—Most Waitsburg High School alumni over the past couple of decades were required to take a class called “Life Management Skills” their junior year. The class met in the Home Ec lab, a long room in the middle of the building with a row...

 
 By Emma Philbrook    News    August 2, 2018

Bicycle Rodeo Coming to Waitsburg

WAITSBURG – For years, summer in Waitsburg has been an excuse for residents of all ages to pump up their bike tires and two-wheel their way through the streets. But this year, Waitsburg’s...

 
 By Emma Philbrook    News    July 26, 2018

Bats Take Up Residence at Waitsburg Elementary

WAITSBURG – At the Waitsburg School Board meeting on July 19, 2018, Chairman Ross Hamann, Vice-Chair Marilyn Johnson, and board members Russ Knopp and Christy House were all present. The Facility Supervisor’s report was enough to give anyone the...

 
 By Emma Philbrook    News    July 26, 2018

Waitsburg City Council Report

WAITSBURG -- Council Members KC Kuykendall, Terry Jacoy, Kevin House, Jim Romine, Kate Hockersmith and Mayor Marty Dunn were all present. The maintenance needs of the city’s fire-hydrant system...

 
 By Emma Philbrook    News    July 26, 2018

Awana Coming to Waitsburg

WAITSBURG -- "A-W-A-N-A! I'm gonna build my life God's way!" chanted the autotuned voices of children over Waitsburg Christian Church's loudspeakers. On July 17, a small crowd of community members...

 
 By Emma Philbrook    News    July 12, 2018

Randy Pearson Retires from Waitsburg School Board

WAITSBURG – After 20 years as a member of the Waitsburg School Board, Dr. Randy Pearson has stepped down, leaving a vacant seat which the district is trying to fill. The reason for his resignation?...

 
 By Emma Philbrook    News    July 5, 2018

Candidates Meet Voters at Waitsburg Forum

WAITSBURG-Last week, on a balmy Wednesday evening, area voters pressed through the propped-open doors of Waitsburg's Town Hall to meet the candidates running for four positions in local, state, and...

 
 By Emma Philbrook    News    June 21, 2018

Waitsburg and Prescott Pools are Now Open and Ready for Summer Fun

WAITSBURG – While the Dayton city pool is closed for this summer, facilities in Waitsburg and Prescott are stepping up to meet the area’s demand for chlorinated summer fun. Both the Waitsburg pool (across Coppei Avenue from Preston Park, open...

 
 By Emma Philbrook    News    May 3, 2018

Teaching Kids the Value of Trees

WAITSBURG – It takes a lot to keep a schoolkid's attention on a sunny Friday, but Allison Bond managed that minor miracle last week at Waitsburg Elementary. In the school cafeteria, 150 five-inch...

 

An Update From Emma

Hey there, everyone! I’m sorry I haven’t been updating you guys more frequently, but that’s mainly because nothing much has happened. Life is still pretty much the same – pointless craft proje...

 

Emma Philbrook: STUDENT LIFE

Hey there, everyone! Okay, so maybe that was a bit too peppy a start for the last regular edition of this column, but if there’s one thing I can’t stand, it’s when the final book in a series...

 

Emma Philbrook: STUDENT LIFE

As the nurse at my last doctor’s appointment so delicately put it, my vision is down the toilet. I am, according to that infamous test with the rows of progressively smaller letters, 20/70 in my...

 

How to Outfit a Dorm Room

As I am about to depart for college, I have been doing an extensive amount of research concerning what I need to bring with me, and I have found out that nobody on the internet knows anything about...

 

Emma Philbrook: STUDENT LIFE

I’m an avid Dear Abby reader, and I’ve always thought that I’d be good at writing something like that. The only problem seems to be that nobody wants my advice. So I’ve decided to write down...

 

Emma Philbrook: STUDENT LIFE

I had glorious plans for this week which involved Bennington Lake and my little blue kayak, but due to the wildfire situation, Bennington Lake is closed to boaters lest they be unwittingly scooped up...

 

Emma Philbrook: STUDENT LIFE

I am supposed to be folding the clothes right now. I’m also supposed to be running a few errands and getting ready to vacuum the carpet in my grandparents’ motorhome. I have done none of that yet....

 

Emma Philbrook: STUDENT LIFE

Hey, everybody, guess what day it is! (Well, not today, necessarily. I think it might be this weekend, or it might have been last Monday, but it’s this week and this is a weekly newspaper, so just...

 

Emma Philbrook: STUDENT LIFE

Do you remember those commercials (I think they were for Charter) that listed an implausible sequence of events resulting from having ordinary cable TV? (Example: “When you have expensive cable...

 

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