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 By Michele Smith    News    February 21, 2019 

Dayton negotiates land deal for wastewater treatment plant site

DAYTON-Items on the agenda at last week's city council meeting included an update on the city's Wastewater Treatment Plan Project. "We're getting closer in negotiations with some land owners," said Ma...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    February 21, 2019 

Vaping e-cigarettes cause nicotine addiction and other harmful effects

DAYTON-"They make them in fun, flavored colors. They are very easy to use and are very discreet, too," said Chelsey Eaton, a county public health program coordinator. Eaton was talking about...

 

An old gardener learns some new tricks

Because most of my gardening experience has been in the desert, the prospect of getting to grow an English-style cottage garden when we moved to Dayton, in 2012, was beyond my wildest dreams. Little...

 

Dayton Depot Fashion Show

DAYTON-"Women are going to be excited about it," Museum Director Tamara Fritze said about the new exhibit currently on display at the Dayton Historic Depot. This exhibit includes clothing, foundation...

 

Columbia County Considers Flood Control Zone District

DAYTON—At their regular meeting last week, the Board of County Commissioners and Charles Eaton, the county engineer, discussed moving ahead with their intention to create a county-wide flood...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    February 7, 2019

Col. County Health System receives funds for home health

DAYTON—The state Health Care Authority is providing Columbia County Health System with an initial award in the amount of $150,000 to help focus on the elements needed to achieve accreditation in Patient Centered Medical Home care, said CEO Shane...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    February 7, 2019

A Day at The Club in pictures

DAYTON-This school year has been a learning curve year for the staff at The Club, Dayton's new after school program. Director Jim Pearson said some of the loftier goals originally set by the staff...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    January 31, 2019

Passmore resigns commission seat

DAYTON-County Commissioner Norm Passmore has submitted his resignation from the Board of County Commissioners, effective Wednesday. Passmore said he, and his wife, Ann, have sold their house in...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    January 31, 2019

Deputy Prosecuting Attorney April King returns to County

DAYTON—The new Columbia County Deputy Prosecuting Attorney, April King, isn’t all that new to the job in Columbia County. King said she served in the same capacity, back in 2003, when Colleen Fenn...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    January 24, 2019

Helping Starbuck students learn through better nutrition

DAYTON – There is a kitchen, but there is no breakfast or lunch program for the 18 K-8 students and seven preschoolers enrolled in the Starbuck School District. Surprisingly, that's nothing new....

 
 By Michele Smith    News    January 24, 2019

Dayton School Board January Update

DAYTON-Associated Student Body (ASB) Vice-President Kira Boggs shared that group's activities with school officials at last week's school board meeting. She said the ASB has raised $500 for the Cush...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    January 24, 2019

New Dayton School District athletic director enjoys the challenges

DAYTON--Since she was hired in November, Dayton School District's athletic director, Vicki Luper, has had her hands full. Although she works on a part time basis, Luper wears many hats, including...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    January 17, 2019

Orozco murder trial delayed (again)

DAYTON—Outside Superior Court last week, Benjamin Orozco’s attorney, Jane Richards, said Orozco’s poor health and the difficulty in locating material witnesses are responsible for the lengthy amount of time it is taking to bring him to trial....

 
 By Michele Smith    News    January 17, 2019

Dayton Auto Repair to open this week

DAYTON--Robert Bryant, an independent auto repair mechanic, is opening an auto repair shop in Dayton this week. "It's a fact," said Bryant, who has been in the auto repair business since 1984. Bryant...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    January 17, 2019

Zac Weatherford elected Dayton mayor pro-tem

DAYTON—Zac Weatherford was elected Mayor Pro-Tempore for 2019 by the Dayton City Council at their first regular meeting of the New Year. “I’m excited. Zac’s going to do a good job,” said...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    January 10, 2019

CCHS: A Year in Review

DAYTON-When the Hospital Board of Commissioners met in December, Columbia County Health System (CCHS) CEO Shane McGuire took the opportunity to thank them for their show of support since he has been at the helm of the organization. "You have been gre...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    January 10, 2019

4-H Robotics team competing at FIRST Lego finals in Spokane

DAYTON – In January, the Space Gatos, Columbia County's 4-H Robotics and FIRST Lego League Team, advance to the State Finals in Spokane, after winning the Community Connection Award at FIRST Lego...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    January 10, 2019

TVAC Presents Nana's Naughty Knickers

DAYTON-If you think Victoria has a secret, wait until you meet Sylvia Charles in the Touchet Valley Art Council production of Nana's Naughty Knickers. This fast-paced romp, co-directed by Leah...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    January 3, 2019

Columbia Pulp Plant to be Operational by March

DAYTON-Tony Waldo, Operation Manager for Columbia Pulp, spoke about the Lyons Ferry Straw Pulp Mill at the annual Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy Update meeting, on Dec. 19. Waldo said...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    January 3, 2019

Status of Community Projects Discussed at Annual CEDS Meeting

DAYTON—At the annual Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy update meeting on Dec. 19, community leaders discussed some of the projects in the Dayton area in the works, and progress that is...

 

CCPT Manager Robanske Resigns

DAYTON—Craig George, President of the Columbia County Public Transportation Board of Commissioners announced that General Manager Dwight Robanske resigned at last week’s Board meeting. George said Robanske, who has been on paid administrative lea...

 

Columbia Pulp Construction, Hospital Grand Opening Lead Dayton/Columbia Co. 2018 News

DAYTON-Voters in Columbia County were busy this year, with the passage of two levies, along with an election that will result in changes to key positions, in Columbia County. In February, the Dayton...

 

Friends of the Fairgrounds Working Hard

DAYTON-The Friends of the Fairgrounds-Columbia County have an abiding interest in maintaining the rural and historic nature of the county fairgrounds, said the group's president, Julia Mead. Since...

 

Group Addresses Suicide Awareness and Prevention

DAYTON—Talk to someone about how you feel. That was the take-away message about suicide when the Columbia County Coalition met last week. Matthew Wyatt, Pastor of the Waitsburg Christian Church, said the topic of suicide is something most people...

 

Seen with Green Giant

Economic Development Coordinator Kathryn Witherington and Port of Columbia Executive Director Jennie Dickinson posed with the “Jolly Green Giant” at the Port’s first annual Night Market at the...

 

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