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 News    March 26, 2020 

Inslee announces stay-at-home order

OLYMPIA, Wash.,-On Monday, March 23, Governor Jay Inslee spoke directly to Washingtonians to announce he will sign a statewide order that requires everyone in the state to stay home. The order will...

 
 By Beka Compton    News    March 26, 2020 

Former Waitsburg Mayor Walt Gobel passes away

WAITSBURG-Former Waitsburg Mayor Walt Gobel passed away on Wednesday, March 19, 2020. A very active member of the Waitsburg community, Gobel was a well-loved leader in our small town. A retired...

 
 By Tracy Thompson    News    March 26, 2020 

Hockersmith leaves Mayoral race to focus fully on the Flood and Emergency Preparedness Committee

Ballots are in the mail for Waitsburg’s next City Council and Mayoral election. Although current councilmember Kate Hockersmith is listed as a candidate for Mayor, at the March 18 City Council meeting Hockersmith announced that she was taking...

 
 By Beka Compton    News    March 26, 2020 

Waitsburg City Council issues disaster declaration

WAITSBURG—The Waitsburg City Council met Wednesday, March 18 at the Waitsburg Lions Building. All members of the council were present, and all attendees practiced social distancing measures for a...

 
 News    March 26, 2020 

Waitsburg Schools continuing meal drop-offs

WAITSBURG—On March 17, Waitsburg School District’s Food Services began delivering breakfast and lunch to children under 18 years of age, in Waitsburg. Hoping to help ease stress for families following the state’s mandated school closures, Food...

 
 By Beka Compton    News    March 26, 2020 

Waitsburg School Board Meeting

WAITSBURG—On Thursday, March 19, the Waitsburg School Board met for their regularly scheduled meeting. Superintendent Mark Pickel, Board Chair Ross Hamann, and board members Lisa Morrow and Sarah...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    March 26, 2020 

Port of Columbia County and Dayton Chamber of Commerce offer assistance to small businesses

DAYTON—Washington State Governor Jay Inslee’s March 15th proclamation calling for the mandatory closure of bars, restaurants, recreational facilities and large social gatherings, is scheduled to...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    March 26, 2020 

Columbia County businesses and services impacted by coronavirus policies

DAYTON—Government, businesses, and services are being impacted by COVID-19. Here’s a run- down of impacts: On March 18 the Dayton City Council closed the Dayton City Public Works Facility and the...

 
 By Dave Schreindl    News    March 26, 2020 

Dayton school board approves graduation date and shares student meal schedule

In a meeting held virtually, the Dayton School Board met to discuss a few items including the impact of the health crisis on the schools. When discussing the budget, board members noted that district costs have gone down with travel out of district...

 

Social distance, yes! -but I won't be a hermit

I am not complaining about our "new normal;" I believe the doctors and the scientists, I will adhere to social distancing guidelines, I have been washing my hands until they are raw, I will not...

 
 By Emma Philbrook    News    March 26, 2020 

Studies interrupted: local law student settles into her hometown

You're stuck with me for a bit longer, I'm afraid – as of last Wednesday, in-person classes at Notre Dame Law School are cancelled for the rest of the school year. I should probably finish...

 
 By Beka Compton    News    March 26, 2020 

Keep calm and stay busy

Self- isolating during a pandemic isn't easy. Throw a very social, extremely busy toddler in the mix, and self-isolating suddenly seems impossible. After spending a couple of years as a full-time...

 
 By Tracy Thompson    News    March 26, 2020 

Mayor Marty Dunn runs for re-election

Mayor Marty Dunn is once again up for re-election as mayor. Dunn, who has served on council since the early 2000s and served as mayor from 2004-2007 and 2016-present is running against Debra Callahan....

 
 News    March 26, 2020 

Debra Callahan vies to be Waitsburg's next mayor

I am Debra Callahan. I moved to Waitsburg almost 40 years ago with my husband, Jim. We have two sons and a daughter, and a deceased daughter Missy. Brian lives in Waitsburg and Bill, who lives in...

 
 By Brianna Wray    News    March 26, 2020 

What to do with yourself

SECLUSION-"You're handling this almost too well," a friend said to me. Sure, I've always been the upbeat type, it usually comes pretty naturally, but these days serenity isn't achieved without...

 
 By Mike Ferrians    News    March 26, 2020 

Theater Manager offers a heartfelt message

DAYTON-Closing the doors of the Liberty Theater, clearing the marquee, wiping everything down with sanitizer, cancelling all our film bookings for the time being and issuing notices of postponement fo...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    March 26, 2020 

Coronavirus infection strikes close to home for Times staff writer

DAYTON—The thought never crossed my mind that COVID-19 would infect anybody at the senior living center where my 92-year-old mother lives. I just didn’t think it was likely because most of the...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    March 26, 2020 

Columbia County 4-H Robotics Club placed fifth in combined league competitions

DAYTON-Jeanne Walter, Coach of the FIRST Tech Challenge and Columbia County 4-H leader, said the 4-H Robotics Club will be focused on fundraising activities during the 2020-21 school year. The Club...

 
 News    March 26, 2020 

Health officials confirm first two Walla Walla County cases of COVID-19

WALLA WALLA—Walla Walla County health officials confirmed on Saturday, March 21 that a local resident had tested positive for COVID-19. The Walla Walla County man in his 40s. On, Tuesday, March 23, a second local resident tested positive for...

 
 News    March 26, 2020 

Senior meals curbside delivery

Richard Clark from Walla Walla Senior Center is out in front of Waitsburg Presbyterian Church delivering a meal to Phil Monfort. Clark will be distributing senior meals on Tuesdays during this time...

 
 By Beka Compton    News    March 19, 2020

Local restaurants open for business

Local restaurants are rolling with the punches this week as they adjust their schedules to comply with Governor Inslee's temporary closures. The closures are part of the effort to slow the spread of...

 

Inslee announces statewide social gathering limits

Earlier announcement calls for Statewide school closures SEATTLE-Gov. Jay Inslee announced on Monday, March 16, an emergency proclamation that mandates the immediate two-week closure of all...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    March 19, 2020

Columbia County school closures, coronavirus concerns

DAYTON—On Monday, March 16, Dayton Schools Superintendent Doug Johnson announced Dayton schools, athletics, activities, and clubs are closed to student participation beginning on Tuesday, Mar. 17...

 

Leave some for your neighbors: Don't buy more than you need

OLYMPIA—The COVID-19 pandemic may have you rushing to the store to stock up on hand sanitizer, disinfectant wipes and other supplies. But before you sweep the store aisles clean of these items, you might want to remind yourself of the harm...

 

Waitsburg announces Kindergarten and Preschool registration dates

WAITSBURG—Waitsburg Elementary will hold Kindergarten and Preschool registration for the Fall of 2020 on Monday, May 18th through Friday, May 22nd. Registration will be in the Elementary School office from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. All children who turn 5,...

 

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