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  • Waitsburg Presbyterian has new pastor

    Lane Gwinn, The Times|Jul 11, 2024

    WAITSBURG - The Waitsburg Presbyterian membership has made it official; Heidi Lum has been named Pastor of the church. She takes over from Pastor Stan Hughes, who has been serving in a transitional role since April 2019. Lum, her husband Ellery, and son Matthew moved to Waitsburg last year after Hughes invited her to intern at the church. She met Hughes at the Presbytery of the Northwest after the Lums moved to Kettle Falls, Washington from Honolulu, Hawaii. Lum said she chose Washington to...

  • An enduring story of family, community, and heros

    Lane Gwinn, The Times|Jul 11, 2024

    WAITSBURG - Wendy, Brian, and Coe Richards are inviting the Waitsburg community to join in celebrating the 25th anniversary of the surgery that saved their family. In July 1999, two-year-old Coe had already endured months of chemotherapy and hospitalization at Seattle's Children's Hospital before undergoing a liver transplant. A softball-sized tumor was found on his liver the prior December. Though the seven rounds of chemo managed to reduce its size by half, the tumor's position on the liver...

  • Waitsburg OES members attend Grand Chapter session

    Patricia Wilson, The Times|Jul 4, 2024

    Six members of the Waitsburg Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star (OES) attended the annual Grand Chapter meeting in Wenatchee from June 23 – June 26. Those attending were Karen Palmer, Diane Rice, Sam Poulson, Susie Payne, Barbara Danforth, and Patricia Wilson. They reunited with many friends while there and everyone had a good time with lots of laughter and memories. However, the annual business meeting also held everyone's attention. The Worthy Grand Matron Judy Turchin's and Worthy G...

  • Waitsburg Councilmember Jillian Henze elected to the Association of Washington Cities board of directors

    Lane Gwinn, The Times|Jul 4, 2024

    OLYMPIA — Councilmember Jillian Henze of Waitsburg was elected to the Association of Washington Cities (AWC) Board of Directors by members representing 281 cities and towns in the state. The election was held at the AWC Annual Conference in Vancouver, Washington, held from June 18-21, 2024. Henze will represent the 34 cities and towns in Asotin, Benton, Columbia, Franklin, Garfield, Walla Walla, and Whitman counties. “I’m honored, humbled and so excited to serve Waitsburg and its neighboring cities and towns in southeast Washington on the AWC b...

  • City accepts Chronicle's high bid for legals

    Justin Jaech, The Times|Jul 4, 2024

    DAYTON - Mayor Roger Trump called the meeting of the Dayton City Council to order at 6 p.m., June 11, 2024. Mayor Roger Trump and council members Teeny McMunn, James Su'euga, Michael Smith, Laura Aukerman, Joann Patras, and Shannon McMillen met at City Hall. Kyle Anderson was not present. Sheriff Helm reported to the council that his department handled 632 incidents in May, including 90 traffic stops, 40 other traffic calls, two DUIs, and six traffic accidents. Helm said his office completed a...

  • Columbia County Health System's Population Health Program Empowers Community Health

    Sean Russell, The Tines|Jul 4, 2024

    DAYTON — Columbia County Health System (CCHS) is taking significant strides to enhance the health and well-being of the local community through its innovative Population Health Program. This initiative aligns with the national Healthy People 2030 campaign, which aims to improve health outcomes, eliminate disparities, and create environments that promote health for all individuals. Population Health is a national, comprehensive approach designed to improve the health of all individuals within a human population. The program focuses on three k...

  • Summer youth activities are heating up

    Karen Huwe and Lane Gwinn, The Times|Jul 4, 2024

    WAITSBURG-Summer youth programs kicked into gear this weekend for kids in Waitsburg, Dayton, and Prescott. The Waitsburg Christian and Waitsburg Presbyterian churches offered Vacation Bible School to preschool through sixth-grade students from June 26 through 28. This year's "Breaker Rock Beach" theme was a hit with more than 40 kids who enjoyed the beach decorations, crafts, songs, games, and other activities. On Saturday, June 29, from 9 to 11 a.m., the two churches and Waitsburg's Firemen's...

  • Waitsburg Main Street sees big changes this month

    Lane Gwinn, The Times|Jun 27, 2024

    Bar Bacetto and Gaudy Gals on Main are closing, and former city hall sale is moving forward. WAITSBURG -The last few years have seen significant changes on Waitsburg's Main Street. This June, the city lost two popular businesses, and several empty buildings are finding new owners. Mike and Erin Easton announced they would not reopen Bar Bacetto in July. The James Beard 2024 nominee for Best New Restaurant opened in October 2022 and offered Easton's signature pasta, cocktails, and excellent servi...

  • Dayton School Board prepares for new superintendent and district reorganization

    Justin Jaech, The Times|Jun 27, 2024

    DAYTON – The Dayton School Board met in the high school library at 6:30 p.m. on June 19, 2024. School Board members present were Chair Jeffrey McCowen, Zac Fabian, Ryan Paulson (on Zoom), Grant Griffin, and Superintendent Rich Stewart. Aneesha Dieu attended the final five minutes using Zoom. No members of the public were present at the meeting or on Zoom. The board approved the consent agenda, which included hiring Anna Fortier as an elementary school teacher, Shannon James as the annual advisor, and Sam Korslund as a bus driver. Two r...

  • The Oregon Trail Adventure

    Karen Huwe, The Times|Jun 27, 2024

    WALLA WALLA - Sunday, June 23, was a big day for groups of settlers traveling from Independence, Missouri, to Fort Walla Walla. Traveling west with me was my great-nephew Gabe, whom we chose as our leader. My great-nephew Sam, niece Michelle, and sister Sandra joined us as we endured numerous hardships along the way. But we were determined to reach Fort Walla Walla. Our journey started at the general store in Independence. After purchasing a few needed supplies at the store: medicine, matches,...

  • All Wheels Weekend revved up Dayton's over Father's Day Weekend

    Karen Huwe, The Times|Jun 20, 2024

    DAYTON - All Wheels Weekend offered automotive fun for everyone from Friday, June 14, through 16. Over Father's Day Weekend, Dayton was filled with classic cars, trucks, motorcycles, tractors, and bicycles. There were cackle cars all day, and later, the noisy, adrenaline-pumping Drag the Gut featuring the roar of nitro-fueled cars. These restored vintage dragsters brought the noise to town. Later that evening, the Frog Hollow Band played music on the courthouse lawn, and the Presentation of Cars...

  • Hotel Hardware to open in summertime

    Michele Smith, The Times|Jun 20, 2024

    DAYTON-For the past few months, people have been peeking through the cracks in the shuttered windows of the former Weinhard Hotel on Dayton's Main Street, trying to see what's going on inside the newly rebranded Hotel Hardware. Owner and General Manager Padraic Slattery is the man behind the mystery, and he is eager to launch the hotel website and reservation platform in the coming weeks, inviting people in. When the hotel opens to the public this summer, guests can expect a four-star boutique...

  • Port receives CERB funding for grain cluster project

    Justin Jaech, The Times|Jun 20, 2024

    DAYTON — The Port of Columbia Commissioners held their regular meeting at 5 p.m. on June 12, 2024, at the Lyon’s Ferry Marina. Commissioners Seth Bryan, Johnny Watts, Mike Spring, and Executive Director Jennie Dickinson were present. Watts arrived near the end of the meeting, saying he stopped to assist at a vehicle accident scene. There was no public comment during the first opportunity to do so. In the budget report, Dickinson said it was a low-expense month. Nothing unusual, she commented on the progress of the lighting project. Dic...

  • Waitsburg Scouts hold a flag retiring ceremony

    Karen Huwe, The Times|Jun 20, 2024

    WAITSBURG - Girl Scout Troops 2127, 5381, and 5383 and Boy Scouts of America Troop 337 held a Flag Retirement Ceremony at the Waitsburg Cemetery on Flag Day, June 14. The ceremony began with the raising of the Flag of the United States. Emylee Willams, Lillian Carpenter, Shylo Hedges, Chelsea Faden, Sidian Stegall, and Katherine Roberts followed with retirement ceremony readings. "The Flag of the United States of America is an honored symbol of our nation's unity, its hopes, its achievements, it...

  • Dayton School Board tackle 2024-2025 budget

    Justin Jaech, The Times|Jun 13, 2024

    DAYTON – The Dayton School Board met for its monthly work session at 6:31 p.m. on June 5, 2024, in the high school library. School board members present were Chair Jeffrey McCowen, Zac Fabian, Ryan Paulson, Grant Griffin, and Superintendent Rich Stewart. Aneesha Dieu attended using Zoom. The board approved the consent agenda, which included approval of two overnight trips and approval of the 2024-2025 contract with Amy Cox for K-12 Principal. One trip is for students to attend the FFA National Convention on October 23 through 26 in I...

  • SCA is back to the past at Preston Park

    Lane Gwinn, The Times|Jun 6, 2024

    WAITSBURG/AN TIR KINGDOM-Waitsburg's Preston Park will be the weekend base for members of the Society for Creative Anachronism from June 7 to 9. The society is an international community in which members choose a pre-seventeenth-century period to research through immersive reenactment. Dame Katherine of Akornebir, once Baroness of Wastekeep, and known in present-day as Kathy Carpenter, encouraged anyone interested in history to come to the park, ask questions, borrow a tunic, and join the...

  • Goal of 100 donated laptops, cellphones, tablets almost met

    Lane Gwinn, The Times|Jun 6, 2024

    DAYTON - Area non-profits and charities, including Project Timothy, Blue Mountain Action Council, and the Walla Walla YWCA, appreciate the generosity of retired computer tech Gordon Gerlitz. After owning and operating GWhiz Computing for twenty years, Gerlitz now offers his considerable skills to help his community. Gerlitz has collected, refurbished, and donated over ninety laptops, tablets, and phones since he started this project in January 2022. He is now within five devices of 100, a goal...

  • WHS sent student Youth Legislation Delegation to Olympia

    Karen Huwe, The Times|Jun 6, 2024

    OLYMPIA - In early May, Waitsburg Youth and Government sent a Youth Legislature Delegation to Olympia for the first time since 2019. Advisors Matt Elder and Heather Baker spent four exciting days with students Will Ahler, Mylie Jones, Chasity Paddock, Grayson Teal, and Lucas VanHoose at the state capital. Before traveling to Olympia, the students met weekly during their lunch break, preparing to debate issues that affect citizens in their state, propose legislation, and learn procedures they...

  • ASB election, yearbooks and games at Waitsburg High

    Karen Huwe, The Times|Jun 6, 2024

    WAITSBURG - On May 31, Waitsburg High School students attended a morning assembly to hear speeches by candidates before voting for 2024-2025 ASB officers. The new officers are Cedar Stegall as ASB President, William Daves as vice-president, Miley Jones as secretary, and Isaac Mahre will serve as the public relations officer. After the assembly, the students enjoyed Spring field day activities. The Mi Pueblito Taco Truck was on-site for the lunch break. The students then gathered in the Cage for...

  • Dayton School Counselors present plans to School Board

    Justin Jaech, The Times|May 30, 2024

    DAYTON – The Dayton School Board met in the high school library at 6:30 p.m. on May 22, 2024. School board members Chair Jeffrey McCowen, Zac Fabian, Ryan Paulson, Aneesha Dieu, Grant Griffin, and Superintendent Rich Stewart were present. The board approved the Consent Agenda, which included administrative items and the approval of Polla Laib’s retirement at the end of this school year. Laib has been a teacher for 43 years, the last 38 years at Dayton Elementary. Much of the board meeting consisted of two insightful presentations. The fir...

  • Living History and Ice Cream Social coming to Fort Walla Walla

    Karen Huwe, The Times|May 30, 2024

    WALLA WALLA-Fort Walla Walla Museum will host The Ice Cream Social: The Oregon Trail Game, its biggest summer event. On June 23, from 10 am to 5 pm, visitors will be able to play an interactive live-action version of the popular 1985 video game "Oregon Trail." Bring your team and survival skills to travel from Independence, Missouri, to Fort Walla Walla. In this kid-friendly game, participants pack a wagon to travel the Oregon Trail and stop at forts along the way, where the wagon party will be...

  • Makenna Barron Elected Washington FFA State Treasurer

    Karen Huwe, The Times|May 30, 2024

    PULLMAN - The 94th Washington FFA Convention was held in Pullman, Washington, on May 9 through 11. Students from around the state competed in competitions, and members who met the final requirements ran for a State FFA office. Waitsburg's Makenna Barron ran and was elected FFA State Treasurer. Barron will serve a year leading over 14,500 Washington State members with five other officers. Barron will serve with President Emily Ryder of Ellensburg, Vice-President Levi Kukes of Quincy, Secretary...

  • Waitsburg City Council assigns committees

    Lane Gwinn, The Times|May 23, 2024

    The Waitsburg City Council met at the city hall for its regular meeting on Wednesday, May 15, at 7 p.m. Council members Kevin House, Jim Romine, Jennifer Bishop, and Court Ruppenthal attended in person, and Jillian Henze attended on Zoom. In new business, the council discussed Ordinance 2024-1090, which would amend the municipal code regarding how the city council conducts business. Council members would no longer be limited in the use of a virtual option to attend meetings. Another change was adding Section I(10), which limits council members...

  • Dayton City Council update

    Justin Jaech, The Times|May 23, 2024

    DAYTON — Mayor Roger Trump called the Dayton City Council to order at 6 p.m. on May 14, 2024. Trump and council members Teeny McMunn, James Su’euga, Michael Smith, Kyle Anderson, Joann Patras, and Shannon McMillen met at Dayton City Hall. Laura Aukerman was absent. Sheriff Helm reported to the council that his department handled 585 incidents in April, including 86 traffic stops, 31 other traffic calls, one DUI, and two traffic accidents. His department is looking for volunteers to help with neighborhood crime watch. In conclusion, Helm said, ...

  • Commissioners Rundell, Hall seek re-election in Columbia County

    Michele Smith, The Times|May 16, 2024

    DAYTON—Ryan Rundell and Marty Hall are each running unopposed in the November 2024 general election for second four-year terms on the board of Columbia County commissioners. Rundell was appointed in March 2019 to fill the remainder of Norm Passmore’s term, representing District 1, and was elected to his first full term in 2020. He said there is a need to ensure regulations advance conditions in the county in a holistic manner, which, in turn, will help those who are working to improve cou...

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