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  • Waitsburg's Christmas Light Contest has its 2023 winners.

    The Times|Dec 14, 2023

    WAITSBURG — The winners of the 2023 Christmas Light Contest won awards in three categories; No Place Like Home, Christmas Carol, and Reason for the Season. Tony and Diana Messenger's home on 10th St. won the Christmas Carol Award. Gabe and Jessica Kiefel's home at the corner of Main St. and 7th St. won the Reason for the Season Award. The No Place Like Home Award went to Randy and Antoinette Charles' home at the corner of Orchard and 5th Streets.... Full story

  • Stakeholders vote on top three priority projects at Port's planning meeting

    Michele Smith, The Times|Dec 14, 2023

    DAYTON—Each year in December, the Port of Columbia holds its Community Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) meeting for stakeholders in the community to review and update an ongoing five and ten-year project list, cast ballots for the three projects each of them deem most important for the community, listen to guest speakers about progress on current projects, and learn about specific economic indicators for Columbia County. This year, stakeholders voted for their top three project priorities i...

  • Physicians Neace are retiring

    The Times|Dec 14, 2023

    DAYTON - Columbia County Health System announced the retirement of esteemed doctors Dr. Gwynneth Neace, a board-certified pediatrician, and Dr. Lewis Neace, a board-certified emergency medicine physician. The two talented physicians chose to come home in 2016 to lend their considerable skills to the communities they love. Giving back to the towns where they were raised has been the capstone of their accomplished medical careers. After eight years of devoted service, they have decided to retire.... Full story

  • At the Liberty: "The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes"

    The Times|Dec 14, 2023

    "The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes" DAYTON­ ­— Return to The Hunger Games, the landmark film franchise that has earned over $3 billion globally, with Lionsgate’s adaptation of Suzanne Collins’ #1 New York Times Bestseller -"The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes." Years before he would become the tyrannical President of Panem, 18-year-old Coriolanus Snow (Tom Blyth) is the last hope for his fading lineage, a once-proud family that has fallen from grace in a post-war Capitol. With the 10th annual Hunger Games fast approac... Full story

  • Dayton School Board approved placing levies on ballot

    Justin Jaech, The Times|Dec 14, 2023

    DAYTON — The Dayton School Board met in the high school library at 6:36 p.m. on December 6, 2023. School Board members present were Chair Jeffrey McCowen, Zac Fabian, Aneesha Dieu, and Grant Griffin. Superintendent Rich Stewart was also present. Matthew Smith, who briefed the Dayton City Council on the Community Needs Assessment the previous evening, gave essentially the same briefing to the school board. The board turned its attention to EPO (Educational Programs and Operation) Proposition 1 and Capital Levy Proposition 2. The EPO would f...

  • City Council covered year-end business

    Justin Jaech, The Times|Dec 14, 2023

    DAYTON- Mayor Zac Weatherford called the Dayton City Council to order at 6:00 p.m. on December 5, 2023. Council members Teeny McMunn, James Su’euga, Michael Smith, Kyle Anderson, Dain Nysoe, Laura Aukerman, and Shannon McMillen joined Weatherford at City Hall. Jasmin Helm presented results from the Community Needs Assessment completed by the Coalition for Youth and Families under the Columbia County Department of Public Health. She said the coalition hired Tanner Accountants & Advisors (TAA) to help the department address the issues i...

  • PIONEER PORTRAITS

    The Times|Dec 14, 2023

    Ten Years Ago December 12, 2013 [Photo Caption] Eastern Star members Marilyn Wilson (l) and Lenore Krom (r) enjoy showing their Christmas swags to an interested customer at Sunday's Hometown Christmas event. Twenty-Five Years Ago December 17, 1998 St. Mark's Altar Society met at the White Stallion for a no-host luncheon on Thursday, December 10. Twelve members were present. A meeting followed at Betty Jo Donnelly's home. Winners of the Christmas Raffle Basket drawing at Hometown Christmas were:...

  • Basketball Season Has Begun

    Karen Huwe, The Times|Dec 14, 2023

    WAITSBURG - The Waitsburg High School basketball teams had a busy first week, playing three away games. They traveled to Pomeroy on December 5, went to WWVA on December 7, and played at Touchet on December 9. They will play their first home game on Friday, December 15. Jayton Gleason scored seventeen points in the junior varsity game at Pomeroy. Tyler Coulston scored two points, and Rollin Carpenter had seven rebounds in the 64-19 loss. At WWVA, Teegan Kenney had two steals and three rebounds in...

  • Cardinals Beat LC

    Karen Huwe, The Times|Dec 14, 2023

    WAITSBURG - Waitsburg Middle School boys basketball lost both games at Desales on December 6. The "B" team lost 28-11, with Damien Karl scoring seven points and Arrow Groom and Carsyn Pennington scoring two points each. Alex Zuniga scored 11 points in the 52-27 loss for the "A" team. Jake Lynch contributed with six points, Liam Kiefel scored four, and Carter Barron and Rowdy Cole scored three each. The "A" team got revenge on Liberty Christian of Walla Walla on Monday, December 11. The last...

  • Chewy Chocolate Peppermint Cookies

    Luke Chavez, The Times|Dec 14, 2023

    In a season of sparkling extravagance, I have always felt that it is often the simplest gifts that can have the sweetest impact. A box of homemade cookies or candy from a neighbor or friend is always among my favorite parts of this time of year. It is always a delight when I am surprised by a new flavor, or a twist on a classic, in an assortment of holiday treats. These playful cookies have the chewy texture of the best fudgy brownie with a perfectly balanced zip of peppermint. The crushed...

  • Eleanora Montgomery's Waitsburg Pre Schoolers send Santa their lists

    The Times|Dec 14, 2023

    This Christmas I want Santa to bring me. A big racecar, a monster truck and a four-wheeler that is all I want for Christmas. Axel Stenson A big rocking horse and a monster truck that I can drive around my house. Adilynn Knighton A book, an alligator and lots of presents. Bryson French A Monster truck launcher with fifty-monster cars. Emmett Kibler A real train, a real tiger, and a fishing pole. Ethan Hays A remote control racecar and a Megalodon monster truck with a remote control. Jesse Giacalo... Full story

  • Dear Santa from Jordan Greer's Kindergarteners

    The Times|Dec 14, 2023

    My name is Aiden, I am 6 years old, I live in Waitsburg far from town. I would like to know, where do the elves live when it is not the Christmas season? I have been very good, I always clean up and help my sister at home. I am most excited to see you and your reindeer when you come to my house. For Christmas I would really like some new crayons. Love, Aiden My name is Ayla, I am 6 years old, I live in Waitsburg with my mom and dad. What is your favorite cookie? I have been a little naughty and... Full story

  • First Grade Winter Cinquain Poems 2023

    The Times|Dec 14, 2023

    Family Loving, Caring Dercorating, Cooking, Laughing My family decorating together. Tribe By: Ricard Chavez The Grinch Funny, Furry Stealing, Keeping, Loving The Grinch steals Christmas. The Grump By: Maddison Miller Presents Red, Smooth Wrapping, Giving, Unwrapping Opening presents on Christmas. Gifts By: Gracia Compton Christmas Tree Green, Bright Shining, Decorating, Glowing Christmas trees shining bright. Tree By: Elizabeth Hays Cookies Yummy, Warm Decorating, Baking, Cooling Cookies cool... Full story

  • Wenda Parr's Second Grade Winter Haikus

    The Times|Dec 14, 2023

    Winter Snow is falling down. I play with my family. We drink hot cocoa. by Carmine Pastorino Winter Snow is cold and white. Snowflakes, icy and frosty. Family, friends, play. by Quill McLaughlin Winter Light snow is falling. Christmastime is coming soon. The snow is freezing. by Jace Jadin Winter Season Winter comes with frost. Christmas is chilly and cold. I skate on the ice. by Ethan Grabinski Cold Winter It is cold outside. Warm and cozy in the house. Baking with my mom. by Marcus Reynolds Wi...

  • Christmas Riddles by Tabitha Jadin's Third Graders

    The Times|Dec 14, 2023

    I am mean. I stole Christmas. I have a mean smile. Who am I? -By Victoria It is my birthday I am in the sky. I'm right by you sometimes. Who am I? -By Amelia Nesje I live in the arctic. I'm furry. I dive in the snow. What am I? -By Isaac Knudson I'm something that you drink. You might drink me during Christmas. I'm guessing Santa likes to drink me. What am I? -By Julian Gillentine I am green. I hate christmas. I don't like Whoville. Who am I? -By Sawyer Harvey I was born on Christmas. I created...

  • Deanna Coulston's Fourth Grade class share what they love about Christmas

    The Times|Dec 14, 2023

    What Christmas Means to Me Waitsburg Elementary Fourth Grade Christmas is special to me for many reasons. One reason Christmas is special is because I get to go to my Grandma's house. Another reason is we drink a lot of hot cocoa. Lastly love because what is Christmas without love? I hope this holiday means a lot to you. The first reason I love Christmas is my family. I love my family because I adore waking up and seeing the gifts under the tree and seeing my family’s faces every Christmas. T...

  • Tracy Barron's Fifth Grade share their perfect Christmas

    The Times|Dec 14, 2023

    My Perfect Christmas By Emerson Kiefel My perfect Christmas would be waking up on my own at exactly 8:00 in the morning. My family is already awake and ready to open presents. Snowflakes fall from the sky as we open them around our wonderful Christmas tree. After a while, my sister and I decide if we have a snowball fight and have one. After our snowball fight, we would go to our cousin's house to celebrate at 12:00 pm. When we get to the house, my family and cousins are arriving there, and we...

  • Friends and family create the Melissa Harting Nursing Scholarship

    Deanne Wilbur, The Times|Dec 14, 2023

    My name is Deanne Wilbur, and I was a friend and co-worker of Melissa Harting. Over the last month, I have been working closely with her family, friends, and Walla Walla Community College to initiate a nursing scholarship to honor an incredible person. Melissa had a rare and exceptional work ethic. She was the staff member that everyone else was measured against. While working in the high-stress environment of the emergency department, she still found the time to provide compassionate and... Full story