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 By Tracy Thompson    News    October 17, 2019 

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...

 
 By Tracy Thompson    News    October 17, 2019 

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...

 
 By Tracy Thompson    News    October 17, 2019 

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...

 
 By Tracy Thompson    News    October 17, 2019 

Two candidates up for Waitsburg School Board position

Randy Hinchliffe Randy Hinchliffe is relatively new to the Waitsburg School Board having joined in fall 2018 when Board member Russ Knopp moved to Walla Walla. The father of two boys, he is married to...

 
 By Tracy Thompson    News    October 17, 2019 

Tailgate party a fun tradition

WAITSBURG-Susan Wildey, Director of Child Nutrition for the Waitsburg School District, is a big San Francisco 49ers fan. Her love for the San Francisco team has garnered a good bit of harassment...

 

Walla Walla County Commissioners held an open house at the Waitsburg Lions Club to give residents a forum to address county issues.

Attending the meeting were Walla Walla County Commissioners Todd Kimball and Greg Tompkins, Walla Walla County Director of Public Works Tony Garcia and Director of the Walla Walla County Emergency Management System Liz Jeffries WAITSBURG—A small...

 

Life-saving devices not always available

Pointed questions were raised about the availability of automated external defibrillator devices (AEDs) and naloxone at the County Commissioner's Open House on Monday, September 30th, revealing two si...

 

Fundraiser slated for Dayton toddler facing cancer

DAYTON-Chayton Gatlin's family will be holding a fundraising gathering on Saturday, October 12 at the Dayton Eagles Club located at 222 E. Main. From 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. Chayton's cancer diagnosis and...

 

Creative Corner

Debra Callahan is tenacious. She is determined that Waitsburg adults and children are offered opportunities to be creative. Despite not having a permanent space in which to hold classes, or to offer...

 
 By Tracy Thompson    News    October 3, 2019

Burgeoning Hemp Industry Gains a Foothold in Walla Walla County

Sharp-eyed travelers on Middle Waitsburg road might have noticed a distinctive looking crop on a field there this summer. The large, leafy plant seen growing is hemp, and a nearby sign identifies the...

 
 By Tracy Thompson    News    October 3, 2019

The Club in Dayton Looking to Add Services for Waitsburg Students

DAYTON—The Club is interested in expanding its program to give Waitsburg students the opportunity to attend its after school program. Several Waitsburg students attended the Club’s Summer Program and expressed interest in the ability to attend...

 

Two Stolen Vehicles Found

WAITSBURG—City Councilman Kevin House mentioned at the recent Council meeting that two vehicles had been brazenly stolen from in front of McGregor Seed on September 14. He said that the perpetrator(s) entered through an unlocked gate to steal the...

 
 By Tracy Thompson    News    October 3, 2019

Deputy City Clerk Searches for Pool Staffing Solutions

Staffing a small-town pool has proven to be a difficult task for the City in recent years. According to Deputy City Clerk Kelly Steinhoff, the issues of training and retaining the part-time pool...

 
 By Tracy Thompson    News    October 3, 2019

Sweet Adelines Chorus Raises Money at Karaoke Fundraiser

Waitsburg's Plaza Theater hosted a broad range of community vocalists at the Blue Mountain Chorus Sweet Adelines of Walla Walla's first-ever karaoke event on Saturday, September 21. The fundraiser...

 

Wags and Wheels

Blue Mountain Humane Society Executive Director Sara Archer brought a mighty crew of staff and volunteers to Walla Walla's McCurley Integrity Toyota on Saturday, September 21 for the Second Annual Wag...

 

Touchet Valley Trail Open House in Waitsburg

The Touchet Valley Trail organizers held a meeting on Monday, September 23 at Waitsburg's City Hall. The meeting's content and delivery closely followed last week's meeting in Dayton (covered below)...

 

Lion's Club Annual Salmon Feed BBQ

The best part about getting ready for the Lion's Club Salmon Feed BBQ according to volunteer Dan McKinley? "All the great camaraderie between the Lion's Club members and the community," he said. "We...

 

Broken Lock to Be Fixed by September 30

The goods transport and vessel crisis due to a broken lock at the Bonneville Dam along the Columbia River now has an end date. According to the Portland District of the Army Corps of Engineers the...

 

Columbia Pulp Has Steam

STARBUCK—The startup process for Columbia Pulp continues, with the business announcing on Friday, September 13th that contractor Allnorth Engineers signed off on mechanical completion of the pulp mill, and that general contractor PCI has completed...

 

Waitsburg Area Farm Welcomes New Type of Music Festival

"Our goal was to welcome people to a beautiful location, where they can listen to great music and experience a sense of community, " said Cheryl Hansen, owner of Stella's Homestead, the site of last...

 

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