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 By Dena Martin    News    April 18, 2019 

Couple wins fight to save home but suffers devastating losses

WAITSBURG-While most of Waitsburg is heaving a collective sigh of relief at having been bypassed by the heavy flooding that hit several not-so-far-away communities, not everyone was so lucky. Les and...

 By Dena Martin    News    April 18, 2019 

Commissioners address rights in response to Judge Gallina arrest

Update: The below article was posted on The Times website on April 11, following last week's press deadline. Since the time of the original article, Superior Court Judge Scott Gallina was formally...

 By Dena Martin    News    April 18, 2019 

Dayton School District prepares for staff cuts

DAYTON—Like dozens of rural districts across the state, the Dayton School District is scrambling to build a budget based on worse-case scenarios in the face of uncertain state funding. At an April...

 News    April 18, 2019 

Waitsburg Welding Works

Pam Goucher stopped by The Times office with this photo she found and thought would be fun to share with The Times' readers. The words Waitsburg Welding Works are written across the tank with the...

 News    April 18, 2019 


Easter cantata DAYTON—The Easter Cantata (musical choir presentation) “Christ is Risen Indeed” will be shared by the Dayton United Brethren Church choir this Sunday,April 21 at 10:45a.m. The church is located at 1106 S. 4th, Dayton.  All...

 News    April 18, 2019 


LEGAL ASSISTANT and VICTIM/WITNESS ADVOCATE The Columbia County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office is seeking applicants for a unique full-time position as Legal Assistant and Victim/Witness Advocate. 40% of the workload consists of communication with...

 News    April 18, 2019 


In the April 4, 2019 article on the CCHS materials management Intalere award, CCHS PurchasingManager Chris Davis was incorrectly listed as Chris Dave....

 News    April 18, 2019 

Easter marks the 140th anniversary of Waitsburg Christian Church

This Easter, April 21, marks the 140th anniversary of the formation of the Christian Church of Waitsburg. The State of Washington recognizes the formation as Jan 21, 1880, but it is April 21, 1879, th...

 News    April 18, 2019 

Community Easter Events

Waitsburg Easter Egg Hunt Preston Park, Waitsburg Sat., April 20 10 a.m. Prizes, candy, lots of eggs and the Easter bunny. Sponsored by the Waitsburg Grange #1, E-Lyn Farms and the Waitsburg Commercial Club. Dayton Community Easter Egg Hunt Dayton...

 News    April 18, 2019 

Several local fundraisers are underway

Community members don't need to look far to support local groups and organizations. Below are some of the fundraisers currently underway. Waitsburg FFA Members are getting ready for the State FFA...

 News    April 18, 2019 


Random acts of kindness can make anyone's day. I was at the St Mary's cafeteria, getting dinner before a meeting. A doctor was behind me. I was waiting for my salad to be weighed but stepped aside so...

 News    April 18, 2019 

Cultural Night

Exchange students from Yamate High School in Yokohama, Japan arrived to stay with Dayton host families last week. On Monday evening, students shared their culture with students and community members...

 News    April 18, 2019 

Celebration Days Parade Marshal Nominations Requested

WAITSBURG – The Waitsburg Celebration Days parade committee is currently accepting nominations for 2019 parade marshal(s). To nominate an individual or family that has made significant contributions to Waitsburg or has been involved with the Days...

 By Brianna Wray    News    April 18, 2019 

At the finish line

WAITSBURG-The tail end of the Tour of Walla Walla came whirring through Waitsburg Sunday. Athletes tackled high winds and adverse road conditions while spectators enjoyed the bright day bundled up...

 By Dena Martin    News    April 18, 2019 

Discover Dayton's Diversity

DAYTON—The catch phrase, “Discover Dayton’s Diversity,” will be used in the City’s comprehensive plan and Boe Stevenson of Boe Designs created a corresponding graphic. Phrase development...

 News    April 18, 2019 

Community is invited to Dayton Dispatch Open House, April 19

DAYTON-Columbia County Emergency Management will celebrate National 911 Telecommunicators Week with an Open House on Fri., April 19 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. The public is invited to tour the dispatch...

 By Dena Martin    News    April 18, 2019 

Rebecca's Lodge Honors Starbuck History

STARBUCK-With a year of business under its belt, Rebecca's Lodge restaurant owner Carol Wildman says things are going well. When The Times stopped in on a Thursday afternoon, locals relaxed and...

 By Michele Smith    News    April 18, 2019 

Dayton City Council April Report

DAYTON—City of Dayton Mayor Craig George presided over a lengthy city council meeting last week, which will be his last before he retires on Apr. 30. “I really want to thank the council. I’ve be...

 News    April 18, 2019 

Local ham radio enthusiast is setting up a Waitsburg emergency communication center

Brian Treadway hopes to garner interest from new or future operators WAITSBURG-Waitsburg's Brian Treadway said he followed his grandfather's footsteps into ham radio but now uses the platform mostly...

 By Dena Martin    News    April 18, 2019 

The Club youth program receives strong community support

DAYTON-With The Club youth center nearing completion of its first school year, co-founder Ginny Butler said community members are still confused about how the center is funded. Butlers said that...

 News    April 18, 2019 

LOve america tour kick-off

The north end of Waitsburg's Main Street was awash with displays of patriotism on Sat., April 13 as Bob Brock brought his Patriot Jeep and Patriot Jet Fighter to town for the official kickoff of his...

 By Michele Smith    News    April 11, 2019

Fish and wildlife habitat improvement plan is underway for Touchet River

DAYTON-The Walla Walla and Columbia Conservation Districts are the lead agencies for a restoration and improvement plan for fish and wildlife habitat on the Touchet River, from the SR 125 bridge at Waitsburg, upstream, into the upper reaches of the...

 By Dena Martin    News    April 11, 2019

Columbia County 'Opportunity Zone' designation opens door to development

COLUMBIA COUNTY—In April of 2018, Governor Jay Inslee approved 139 census tracts in 36 counties for Opportunity Zone status. One of those designations included the majority of Columbia County and allows the county to offer special federal tax...

 By Dena Martin    News    April 11, 2019

Grim budget outlook forces staff cut considerations

WAITSBURG—Three Waitsburg teachers will be retiring with the end of the 2018-19 school year but the District is currently only advertising for two teaching position openings. The unpopular option of not filling the spot vacated by Family and...


Coppei in Flood

Waitsburg photographer Bill Rodgers took this photo at 7:30 a.m. on Tuesday morning as Coppei Creek explored a small side channel across a field south of the Fairgrounds. The National Weather Service... Full story


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