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 By Brianna Wray    News    August 30, 2018

Waitsburg Council Delays Grandstand Decision

WAITSBURG-During their August 15 meeting, the Waitsburg City Council agreed to delay a decision on what to do with the grandstand structure at the Waitsburg Fairgrounds. Council members said they want...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    August 30, 2018

Columbia County Fair: Fun for Young and Old

DAYTON-"Dirty Hands and Country Fans" is the theme of this year's 128th Columbia County Fair. From the opening ceremonies at 9 a.m. on Sept 7 until the fair closes at 5 p.m. on Sept. 9, expect to see...

 
 By Emma Philbrook    News    August 30, 2018

FFA Kids Ready for Walla Walla Fair

WALLA WALLA-"We are decorating Sunday," said the post on the Waitsburg FFA's Facebook page. "Please meet [at] 10 a.m. Bring extra supplies such as zip ties, wire, or side cutters if you have them."...

 
 By Brianna Wray    News    August 23, 2018

Waitsburg Council Faces Wastewater Concerns

WAITSBURG-During their Aug. 15 meeting, the Waitsburg City Council discussed potential solutions to ongoing issues with the city's wastewater treatment facility. According to City Administrator Randy...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    August 23, 2018

Port to Purchase Building 2 at Blue Mtn. Station

DAYTON—During a special meeting last week, Port of Columbia commissioners voted to move forward with purchasing Building No. 2 at Blue Mountain Station in Dayton. Port officials say they have determined that owning the building will assist in the...

 
 By Emma Philbrook    News    August 23, 2018

Waitsburg Board delays decision on Grad Requirements

WAITSBURG—The Waitsburg School Board has decided to postpone its decision on whether to keep a life-skills class as a graduation requirement until the community has had more time to offer input. Nancy Bickelhaupt, who has taught the Life...

 
 By Brianna Wray    News    August 23, 2018

Vacation Bible School & Bicycle Rodeo

WAITSBURG-The Waitsburg Christian Church, located at 6th and Main, sponsored Vacation Bible School for youths ages 4 to 6th grade on August 13-25. This summer's theme was The Moose on the Loose which...

 

Veneta Simpson's Glass Jewelry

A mile north of Venice, Italy, is a series of islands called Murano. Linked by bridges within the Venetian Lagoon, Murano is renowned for its glassmaking, a process its artisans have perfected over ce...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    August 23, 2018

Suzi Tasker to Offer Wholistic Health and Beauty Services

DAYTON-Sometimes you have to leave home before you appreciate it. Suzi and Duane Tasker and their 11-year-old son, Noa, did just that, and are now happy to be back in Dayton. The Taskers called...

 
 By Emma Philbrook    News    August 23, 2018

Johnson Resigns from Waitsburg School Board

WAITSBURG-After serving for nine years, Waitsburg School Board member Marilyn Johnson has handed in her resignation. While Johnson and new board member Lisa Morrow exchanged a few jokes about Johnson...

 
 By Emma Philbrook    News    August 23, 2018

Waitsburg School Board Summary

Aug. 16, 2018 WAITSBURG—Present at last week’s meeting of the Waitsburg School Board were board chair Ross Hamann, vice-chair Marilyn Johnson, members Christy House and Russ Knopp, and...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    August 23, 2018

Clint Attebery Wears Many Hats in Dayton and Columbia County

DAYTON-Clint Atteberry is well into his second year working out of the county Planning and Building Department as the Code Enforcement Officer for both the City of Dayton and Columbia County....

 
 By Michele Smith    News    August 16, 2018

National Night Out

Washington Army Guard pilot Chief Warrant Officer Melissa Coombs and her co-pilot, Major Ray Leonard, flew this Lacota UH-72 light utility helicopter to Dayton for the Aug. 7 National Night Out...

 
 By Emma Philbrook    News    August 16, 2018

Waitsburg School Board Wrestles with Graduation Requirements

WAITSBURG—Most Waitsburg High School alumni over the past couple of decades were required to take a class called “Life Management Skills” their junior year. The class met in the Home Ec lab, a long room in the middle of the building with a row...

 

Columbia Co. EMS Levy Gets Strong Yes Vote

DAYTON—Preliminary results from the Aug. 7 election showed that the Columbia EMS Levy is passing with just over 71% yes votes. A 60% yes vote is required for passage. Fire District 3 Chief Jeromy Phinney said that although there are still votes...

 
 By Brianna Wray    News    August 16, 2018

What the Cat Dragged In

WAITSBURG – After two days missing, Kate Hockersmith, of Waitsburg, began to worry about her cat, Finn MacCool. "He's an indoor cat during the day, then he goes out at night," Hockersmith explained....

 
 By Michele Smith    News    August 16, 2018

Dayton City Council Hears from Friends of the Pool

DAYTON-Vicki Zoller, President of the Friends of the Dayton Pool Committee, spoke to the Dayton City Council last week about work the committee is doing to help the community build an aquatic center...

 

Other City Council Business

Authorized Anderson and Perry and Associates, Inc. to complete engineering services associated with Inert Waste Landfill Project. Authorized Change Order No. 1 for the FEMA Street Repairs Project – FEMA portion Authorized Change Order No. 2 for...

 

Civil Service Commission Rules Foley Firing Justified

DAYTON—On Monday, the Columbia County Civil Service Commission ruled that Columbia County Sheriff Rocky Miller was justified in firing deputy Don Foley earlier this year. Foley was terminated by Miller in May for overstating his time on...

 

Inland Cellular Experiences Voice, Text Service Outage

LEWISTON—On August 10, a large fire on the top of Lewiston Hill damaged Inland Cellular’s infrastructure, causing a significant loss of service to a large area affecting several counties, including Columbia and Walla Walla. Inland reports that...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    August 9, 2018

Jim Pearson is Ready to Launch 'The Club'

DAYTON-Jim Pearson, Program Director at The Club, Dayton's new after school activity center, has been busy helping the team get the program up and running for a Sept. 4 opening. Pearson said building...

 

Waitsburg, Dayton Receive Public Works Board Loans

OLYMPIA - The Washington State Public Works Board last week awarded $5,430,540 in pre-construction loans to 10 cities, counties and water districts throughout the state, including Waitsburg and...

 

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