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 By Tracy Thompson    News    December 12, 2019 

Waitsburg's Hometown Christmas

"When everybody steps forward like they do in this community it makes such a big impact," said Joy Smith, President of the Waitsburg Commercial Club, and coordinator of this past weekend's events....

 
 By Tracy Thompson    News    December 12, 2019 

Representative Rude visits Waitsburg schools

WAITSBURG-Representative Skyler Rude (R) visited all three Waitsburg schools on Monday, December 9th. In his commitment to meet the needs of his constituents, he is on a mission to visit every school...

 
 By Tracy Thompson    News    December 12, 2019 

Coffee with the Superintendent

WAITSBURG-Immediately after Cocoa with Santa in the multipurpose room, Superintendent Mark Pickel met with parents and grandparents of Waitsburg Elementary students for coffee and donuts in the music...

 

Waitsburg's Hometown Christmas

WAITSBURG-The annual Waitsburg Hometown Christmas events start Saturday morning at 9 a.m. with breakfast and vendor shopping at the Waitsburg Town Hall located at 121 Main Street. The 1919 Tractor...

 

Citizens complain of persistent burning odors in town

For months, citizens have been remarking on the sour smoky odor noticeable in town. The smoky smell is particularly apparent in the early morning hours when the inversion layer is in effect. A...

 

Mary Poppins delights with a cast of community

Well, the bar has certainly been set high for any future productions at the Liberty Theater. My attendance at Mary Poppins this past Friday night, was my first at Dayton's Main Street theater, and...

 

Walla Walla Foundry CEO Mark Anderson passes at age 65

WALLA WALLA-The Waitsburg Times staff is reflecting on the passing of Walla Walla resident Mark Anderson this past week. He had just celebrated his 65th birthday and was a visitor to the Art X Agent...

 

Before & After: Garden Street house

WAITSBURG-Paul and Karen Gregutt bought their Waitsburg home in 2005. Busy with professions in Seattle, Paul is a noted wine writer and music afficionado, and Karen is a filmmaker, they had been...

 

Waitsburg Parks & Recreation levy passes; Chapman, Chabre voted in to Waitburg & Prescott School Director positions

WAITSBURG—Pam Chapman narrowly defeated incumbent Randy Hinchliffe for the Waitsburg School Director position #5. Chapman received 51.91% of the vote total, while Hinchliffe drew 46.81%; there were three write-in votes. Chapman stated, “I was...

 

Make time for giving

With the cold weather comes an array of options to help those less fortunate. You can start assembling your 12 Days Box, by adding a shelf-stable non-perishable item to your box once a day for 12 days to donate to the Waitsburg Resource Center’s...

 

New Fire Commissioner sworn in

Walla Walla—Columbia County Fire district #2 held a meeting of the commissioners on Wednesday, November 5th at the Fire Hall in Waitsburg. Commissioners in attendance were Deb Fulton, Jake Long,...

 

Album review: The Highwomen

If you watched the Country Music Awards last night, you may have caught the opening performance by the 'super-group' The Highwomen. With a play on the name of the Highwaymen, the outlaw country...

 

Prescott Preschoolers Practice with Pumpkins

PRESCOTT—Brittany Zuger, ECEAP Lead Teacher at the Prescott School District shared some photos of her students having fun with the pumpkins that were donated to the class from the District office...

 

Plan ahead to help your neighbors over the holidays

WAITSBURG—Help your friends and neighbors celebrate the holiday season this year by getting in on a fun new tradition proposed by the Waitsburg Resource Center. For the first twelve days of December place one of the items listed on page seven into...

 

Coffee with the Superintendent proves informative

Waitsburg School District Superintendent Mark Pickel welcomed a small group of parents to a coffee hour this past Friday at the Waitsburg Elementary music room. With chocolate donuts, and fresh hot...

 

Trail design workshop generates new ideas

For Dayton Resident Joanne Poolman, participating in the Touchet Valley Trail design charrette this past weekend is part of "being a good human." As a resident of this area for 50-some years, she...

 

Prescott Joint Park and Recreation District urges levy passage

PRESCOTT—In November 2018, voters of the Prescott Joint Park and Recreation District (PJPRD) voted 62.63% YES on the $115,000 Maintenance & Operation levy request. Because of the levy passage, the...

 

Out and About: California college tour

Way back in the last century, my father, a teacher at Eastern Washington University in Cheney, WA, let me know that I could go to any college I wanted to: as long as it was located in Washington...

 

Dumas Station acquires Birch Creek Vineyard, builds new website and refreshes labels in 2019

DAYTON—Dumas Station Wines has acquired Birch Creek Vineyard, a 32 acre vineyard located in the heart of the Walla Walla Valley American Viticultural Area (AVA). Birch Creek consists principally of...

 

Waitsburg Parks and Recreation board members encourage a "Yes" levy vote

WAITSBURG—In operation for just one year, the Waitsburg Parks and Recreation District is organized and energized to continue with their goal of actively involving citizens with their community. In s...

 

Two face off in Prescott School Board race

Karen Tonne is a 10-year veteran of the Prescott School Board. She sees the biggest challenge facing the distict as "funding all programs for all students. We need to consistently send information to...

 

A fan connects with Star's Hollow stars at Gilmore Girls FanFest

WAITSBURG-Locals know Sarah Putnam as one of the friendly Sarahs at the Waitsburg Post office. What people may not know is that she carries with her an active appreciation for an erudite TV show set...

 

Columbia County Sheriff's Office Deputies, Walla Walla Police Department Officers, and Crisis Response Team members respond to Waitsburg home

WAITSBURG⎯On Thursday, October 10, officers from the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office, the Walla Walla Police Department and Crisis Response Team members responded to a Main Street home in...

 

Mr. C's Smokin Co.

WAITSBURG-Sharp-eyed Waitsburg visitors notice Mr. C's Smokin Co. at the corner of Preston Avenue and Highway 12. Area residents know the location as the place for smoked cheeses and meats, with good...

 

Schulke family finds purpose and focus with pumpkin sales

In 2002, the Schulke family lost their beloved son and brother Cooper who died at age 7-1/2 from a brain tumor. The Walla Walla area family have addressed the heartache of that loss by growing and...

 

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