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Articles from the March 28, 2024 edition


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  • Commissioners appoint Walling to Library Board

    Lane Gwinn, The Times|Mar 28, 2024

    DAYTON - The Columbia County Commissioners met for a special meeting on March 25, 2024. Chairman Jack Miller and commissioners Ryan Rundell and Marty Hall were present. The commissioners and County Prosecutor Dale Slack discussed changes to the county's coroner services required due to amendments to RCW 36.16.030. The coroner function must be separated from prosecutors starting in 2024. The commissioners decided not to turn the position into an elected office, choosing to appoint or contract...

  • School board waits for new superintendent to approve contract

    Justin Jaech, The Times|Mar 28, 2024

    DAYTON – The Dayton School Board met in the high school library at 6:30 p.m. on March 20, 2024. Board members present were Chair Jeffrey McCowen, Zac Fabian, Ryan Paulson, Aneesha Dieu, and Grant Griffin. Superintendent Rich Stewart and student representative Madison Richardson were also present. Jeremy Wheatley, the prospective superintendent, attended using Zoom. The school board approved the consent agenda, including the senior class trip, two HS band trips, and a GEAR UP spring break trip. Richardson informed the board about the plans for t...

  • At the Liberty: "Kung Fu Panda 4"

    The Times|Mar 28, 2024

    DAYTON — In “Kung Fu Panda 4” comedy icon Jack Black returns to his role as Po, the world’s most unlikely kung fu master. The movie is the hilarious, butt-kicking new chapter in DreamWorks Animation’s beloved action-comedy franchise. After three death-defying adventures defeating world-class villains with his unmatched courage and mad martial arts skills, Po the Dragon Warrior, is called upon by destiny to … give it a rest already. More specifically, he’s tapped to become the Spiritual Leader of the Valley of Peace. Rotten Tomatoes crit...

  • Annual scavenger hunt collects food for Waitsburg Food Bank

    Lane Gwinn, The Times|Mar 28, 2024

    WAITSBURG - Members of the Waitsburg Corral Wranglers and Pen Pals 4H gathered on Main Street Monday afternoon to break into four scavenger-hunting groups for their annual food drive. Each team received a list with nearly 50 items broken into 11 categories. Items were given values from 10 to 50 points each. The team with the highest point total would win the evening's philanthropic competition. Coveted items on the list included proteins like canned tuna, chicken, and ham, each with 40 points.... Full story

  • Pedicures vs. Manicures

    The Times|Mar 28, 2024

    WAITSBURG—In the first week of the Waitsburg Youth and Government Jars Project, the public has expressed opinions on the crucial issues Waitsburg has been facing for years. Customers at the Waitsburg Grocery chose salad over soup by four dollars. Waitsburg Grocery results: Soup – 17 Salad – 21 At Blush Salon, pedicures were exactly 5 dollars better than manicures. (We can’t help but agree.) Blush salon results: Manicures – 2 Pedicures – 7 In what organizers thought would be a much closer cont...

  • COMMUNITY SUPPORTS NANCY'S GARDEN CENTER

    The Times|Mar 28, 2024

    WAITSBURG - Spring is here and it seems everyone is back outside. Since its opening, Nancy's Dream Garden has helped many in Waitsburg and surrounding areas have productive and beautiful gardens. Owners Doug Biolo and his sister Janet Biolo Lawrence, working with Janet's son Mark Laroue, Jr, have created a full-service, year-round nursery. Earlier this month, Mark sustained extensive injuries in an accident. Janet has been by his side at a Seattle hospital as he begins the long journey to heal.... Full story

  • Cardinals Beat Burbank

    Karen Huwe, The Times|Mar 28, 2024

    WAITSBURG - Starting pitcher Jayce Gleason controlled the first five innings of the game against Columbia-Burbank on Thursday, March 21. His teammates added impressive baserunning, and the Cardinals won 10-8. The Cardinals scored two runs off three hits in the first inning and three runs off three in the fourth inning. The team scored in the fifth with four runs on four hits. Quinn Benavides was the catcher for Gleason. Klint Kuykendall led the team with three hits. "I would say it was our most...

  • Middle School Girls Basketball Awards

    Karen Huwe, The Times|Mar 28, 2024

    WAITSBURG - Coach Karen Huwe acknowledged her ten middle school basketball players and manager at the awards assembly on Friday, March 8 in the Waitsburg High School auditorium. Manager Shylo Hedges and players Lucy Lacross, Maeci Strickland, Lillian Carpenter, Madyson Potter, Tanna Ray, Kaitlyn Paul, Audrey Kiefel, Sophia Castillo, Kayla Kuykendall and Olivia Kiefel received participation certificates. Potter was named Most Improved on Offense, and Ray was the Most Improved on Defense. Paul...

  • Waitsburg Track at Hawk Invite track meet

    The Times|Mar 28, 2024

    WAITSBURG - Waitsburg High School track team competed against thirteen other schools at College Place High School's Hawk Invite Track Meet on Saturday, March 23. The 4 x 100-meter boys' relay team Teegan Kenney, Blake French, Brenton Segraves, and Reuben Yutzy competed for the first time this season, earning a third-place finish. (47.41) Yutzy earned second-place medals in shot put (41' 8.75") and in the high jump (5'6"). Kenney placed sixth in the 200-meter (25.25) and the long jump (19'1")...

  • PIONEER PORTRAITS

    The Times|Mar 28, 2024

    1 Years ago April 3, 2014 The Waitsburg High School Band performed at a Band Festival in Clarkston on March 25 and scored a superior rating. "This is especially difficult at the high school level, and the band played very well," said Band Director Brad Green. The band played "Fanfare for a Celebration" and "Prairie Dance." Green said both are complicated songs with many solos. Seniors Meara Baker (flute) and Kimmie Hamann (trumpet) played important parts. "I was very proud and happy," said...

  • Spring Spaghetti with Shrimp

    Luke Chavez, The Times|Mar 28, 2024

    After six years of living in the Inland Northwest, there are still a few things about the other side of the state that I miss terribly. At the top of this list is access to fresh, local seafood, something I might have taken for granted at the time. Thankfully, there are many wonderful options for local and sustainable seafood that can be found flash-frozen in area grocery stores. Domestic, wild-caught shrimp, frozen raw, have become a staple in our freezer, perfect for quick weeknight dinners....

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