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Articles from the July 7, 2022 edition

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  • Summer concerts at Wine Country Amphitheater in Walla Walla

    The Times|Jul 7, 2022

    Walla Walla has a new music venue bringing top musical entertainment to an unexpected location. Last week Chris Isaak and Lyle Lovett came to town for the third concert in the summer series. Bonnie Raitt and Mavis Staples will be here in August. Producers W3Entertainement and The Knitting Factory have created the Wine Country Amphitheater on the driving range of city owned Veterans Memorial Golf Course. The impressive stage and sound system are brought in for the night of the concerts and taken... Full story

  • Dayton principal position full-time

    Justin Jaech, The Times|Jul 7, 2022

    DAYTON – The Dayton School District held a special board meeting on Wednesday, June 29, 2022, at 5:00 p.m. in the Dayton High School Auditorium and on Zoom. For the first hour, the board held a joint meeting with the Waitsburg School Board to discuss the DW Combine. The combined school boards discussed ten items that were previously identified as issues that required further clarification. The two boards agreed to change policy to require principals, or their designates, to attend the monthly C...

  • On-campus location for childcare center moves forward

    Michele Smith, The Times|Jul 7, 2022

    DAYTON—The Hospital Board of Commissioners has given the nod to hospital administrators to have Hallway II at the Booker Rest Home evaluated for turning it into a childcare and early learning facility, as proposed by CCHS CEO Shane McGuire at last week’s board meeting. Hallway II at the rest home is the wing closest to the Touchet River and Rock Hill. It will be empty later this year when many nursing home residents go to live in the new assisted living facility. McGuire said he was walking aro...

  • At the Liberty:The Duke

    The Times|Jul 7, 2022

    The Duke is set in 1961 when Kempton Bunton (Jim Broadbent), a 60-year old taxi driver, stole Goya’s portrait of the Duke of Wellington from the National Gallery in London. Helen Mirren plays as Bunton’s wife. This portrait theft has been the only theft in the Gallery’s history. Kempton sent ransom notes saying that he would return the painting on condition that the government agreed to provide television for free to the elderly. What happened next became the stuff of legend. Only 50 years later did the full story emerge -- a startling revel...

  • Bluegrass Kids program is Back!

    The Times|Jul 7, 2022

    WAITSBURG—Dust off the family banjo, or borrow one from the Touchet Valley Acoustic Music Project’s instrument library. Bluegrass is back for the summer! The first 2022 Bluegrass Kids session runs for 8 weeks and will begin on July 8. The Bluegrass Kids program is free and open to children age 7 to 18 from Walla Walla and Columbia Counties. Weather permitting, the program will meet at Preston Park in Waitsburg on Friday mornings 10:00 a.m - 11:00 a.m. Many instruments are available for loan. For more information email Kate Hockersmith at: TVA... Full story

  • Vikki's Sweet Shoppe brightens up DAyton

    The Times|Jul 7, 2022

    DAYTON-Vickki's Sweet Shoppe is the place to satisfy that sweet tooth with a selection of chocolates, hard candies, and candies from our childhood. The shop is building a selection of over 100 sodas, including original recipe Dr. Pepper, Squirt, Route 66, Jones, and other sodas made with pure cane sugars. There is even a Bob Ross Positive Energy drink. Owner Vikki Griffin has brought years of retail management experience and a natural cheerfulness to open this shop. Her daughter Rylee was on...

  • County candidates celebrate July 4th

    The Times|Jul 7, 2022

    DAYTON-Columbia County candidates participated in events to celebrate Independence Day with food, games, and fundraising for school supplies. The two County Commissioner candidates took center stage at two events. The Columbia County Conservatives sponsored an Ol' Fashioned Family Picnic at Dayton City Park. The well-attended event included cake walks, games, food, and Commissioner Amerein volunteering for the fan-favorite, dunk tank. Columbia County Commissioner candidate Jack Miller and...

  • Quilt of Valor presented to Dayton Veteran

    The Times|Jul 7, 2022

    DAYTON­-The Dayton chapter of the American Legion presented a quilt of honor to Jim Korsberg, on July 4, 2022 at the veteran's memorial. Mr. Korsberg is a veteran of the Vietnam War.... Full story

  • Further flag facts

    The Times|Jul 7, 2022

    Dear Editor, Re: “Fun Flag facts for the Fourth: The 4th of July is a popular day to display the flag; here are some common myths debunked,” June 30, 2022 Myth #1: Betsy Ross created the first American flag 1. Although the person who stitched the first Stars and Stripes flag is unknown, the designer is. Scholars now credit Francis Hopkinson as the American flag’s designer. (Source: Leepson, Marc. “Flag: An American Biography.” St. Martin’s Griffin. 2005. p. 33.) 2. The Flag Manufacturers Association of America (FMAA) issued the following T... Full story

  • Harold Vance Price

    The Times|Jul 7, 2022

    Harold Vance Price ("Vance") passed away peacefully on Friday, June 24, at Providence St. Mary Medical Center in Walla Walla, Washington, surrounded by family. Vance was born to Harold W. Price and Verna Melvina (Hurst) Price of Waitsburg, Washington, on May 11, 1934. Vance was raised on the family farm in Waitsburg, along with his sister, Donna, and his uncle, Lyman "Ike" Hurst, who made a great impact on his life. He graduated from Waitsburg High School in 1952 and attended Central Washington...

  • Vendor showcase is coming to Waitsburg July 9

    The Times|Jul 7, 2022

    WAITSBURG-The first Small Town Big Heart Showcase is headed to Waitsburg this weekend. More than 20 vendors will set up at the Gary Thomas Lot at the corner of Coppei and Preston Avenues on Saturday, July 9, starting at 9:00 a.m. Sponsored by the Waitsburg Commercial Club, President Kim Smith said she hopes this will become an annual event. Smith said that while the vendor list is already extensive, more businesses may sign on before the weekend rolls around. Vendors will offer products from...

  • Palouse Outdoors: Pedaling for Petals

    Brad Trumbo, The Times|Jul 7, 2022

    It had been some time since I made the drive up to the Godman Guard Station. As familiar geography passed by, I realized I had never made the drive outside of hunting season. A steep and jagged ridge, narrow as a razor's edge, reminded me of a time one archery season when I contemplated trying to find mule deer in the bowls of the canyon below. Considering the pack out cured me of that notion. Passing Stockade Spring and Midway Campground reminded me of my last hunts for snowshoe hare and...

  • Smiles and Laughter

    Karen Huwe, The Times|Jul 7, 2022

    The sounds of laughter, singing, and children at play will bring a smile to your face. Children involved in indoor and outdoor activities create wonderful memories of their youth. Recently, members who attended the June school board meeting were treated to songs by the middle and high school choir. All those present had smiles on their faces. The choir had recently entertained participants at a mature exerciser's class at Town Hall. There, Anita Baker played the school fight song on the piano,...


    The Times|Jul 7, 2022

    Ten Years Ago July 5, 2012 The City of Dayton and its leaders are getting frustrated. The city has just six years to solve a wastewater problem that seems unsolvable. Dayton's wastewater treatment plant, located at the west end of commercial Drive, was built in 1938 and has had several tune-ups since that time. Mayor Craig George said many people have a big misconception about the current treatment plant thinking it is a brand-new facility. "New things were added in 2000," George said. "But it...

  • Bulgur & White Bean Stuffed Grape Leaves

    Luke Chavez, The Times|Jul 7, 2022

    Inspired by the world-class winemakers of our region, and the phenomenal growing conditions in our backyard, last year we planted three rows of little Cabernet Sauvignon starts next to the plum trees. From little twigs they have doubled in size this year, adapting beautifully to their protected sunny spot. While it will be a few years before we harvest enough fruit to make wine, the beautiful tender leaves had me researching a Mediterranean culinary favorite, stuffed grape leaves also called dol...

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