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 By Lane Gwinn    News    September 29, 2022

Dayton candidate forum at The Liberty Theater

DAYTON-The Dayton Branch of the American Association of University Women will hold a Candidates Forum at the Liberty Theater on Wednesday, Oct. 5, from 7 to 9:30 p.m. The public is advised to arrive at 6:30 p.m. in the theater foyer, where they can f...


Dayton School Board update

DAYTON – The Dayton School Board met for their regular meeting at 6 p.m., September 21, 2022. Present in the high school library were board members Zac Fabian, Jeffrey McCowen, Korinda Wallace, Grant Griffen, and Superintendent Rich Stewart....

 By Karen Huwe    News    September 29, 2022

Waitsburg Homecoming activities a success

Waitsburg High School celebrated homecoming week September 19- 24.  The students decorated the high school cage and link areas, participated in dress-up days, class competitions, field night, buff... Full story

 By Paul Ocker    News    September 22, 2022

Waitsburg Fall Festival back after two-year hiatus

WAITSBURG-Hundreds of people visited the Waitsburg Pioneer Fall Festival on Sunday, 18 September, following a two-year hiatus due to COVID protocols. Early morning rain showers caused some concerns,...


Port hears concern over FB use by commissioner

DAYTON – The Columbia Port Commissioners held their regular meeting at 5 p.m. on September 14, 2022, at the Port of Columbia and on Zoom. Commissioners present were Genie Crowe, Seth Bryan, and the Executive Director, Jennie Dickinson. Members of...


Dayton City Council update

DAYTON- The Dayton City Council held its regular meeting at 6 p.m. on September 13, 2022. Mayor Zac Weatherford and council members Shannon McMillen, Teeny McMunn, James Su’euga, Kyle Anderson, Laura Aukerman, and Tiger Dieu were present at City...


Darling Donkey Duo find a home in Waitsburg

WAITSBURG-Since Ed and Cathy Lambert started visiting Bob, Waitsburg's beloved donkey on E. 8th, they have developed a love for the breed. Lambert said that for many years the couple would visit and...


Columbia County updates: resignations, hires, budget

COLUMBIA COUNTY­-Virginia Schmidt is the ever-capable Clerk of the Board for the Board of Columbia County Commissioners (BOCC), in that position for a year and a half. Here is what this reporter...


School Board discusses Superintendent search

DAYTON – The Dayton School Board met for its regular meeting on September 7, 2022. Present in the high school auditorium were board members Zac Fabian, Jeffrey McCowen, Korinda Wallace, and Superintendent Rich Stewart. Grant Griffen did not...

 By Luke Chavez    News    September 15, 2022

2022 Waitsburg Pioneers: The Albert Land family

WAITSBURG-This year, the Waitsburg Historical Society has selected the Albert Land Family as the 2022 Pioneers of the Year. Albert Land's three surviving children, Elaine Reese, Joan Miller, and Tom L... Full story


Local Students Stand Out at Walla Walla County Fair

WALLA WALLA-At the Walla Walla Fair and Frontier Days this past weekend, the region's students competed to show the four-legged friends they raised over the summer. In each livestock class (steer, she...

 By Lane Gwinn    News    September 8, 2022

Electric travel on an american sized, scooter

WAITSBURG-Richard Harbuz is an overlander explorer making his way on an electric scooter. He has ridden the well-outfitted scooter from his home in Colorado across Canada to Alaska. And back again,...

 By Lane Gwinn    News    September 8, 2022

Weller Public Library welcomes new library staff

WAITSBURG-The newest members of the Weller Public Library in Waitsburg, started work this past Saturday. Sarah Roberts and Amanda Withers join Librarian Twila Tate in opening the doors with new... Full story


The Dixie Grocery is open

DIXIE-When Stacy Startin, his wife Maria, and their five-year-old daughter Arla moved to Dayton from Moses Lake, they had no plans to buy a store. Startin explained that it was a "spur of the moment"...


CCHS to operate Walla Walla University clinic

DAYTON--Last week, Columbia County Health System CEO Shane McGuire provided updates on different initiatives at the monthly meeting of the hospital board of commissioners. He spoke about the...


What's happening at Weller Public Library

WAITSBURG-Weller Public Library (WPL), located at 22 Main Street in Waitsburg, Washington, has been operating as a public library since the 1940s in the historic building that had been the Exchange Ba...

 By Lane Gwinn    News    September 1, 2022

Dayton Library Director encourages feedback

The Times reached out to Todd Vandenbark, MLS, Director of Library Services for Columbia County Rural Library District to respond to the recent requests to remove content from the collection during public comment at the last Library Board meeting, Th... Full story

 By Lane Gwinn    News    August 25, 2022

There's a new golf pro in town

Meet Touchet Valley Golf Course's new pro on Saturday, August 27 DAYTON-The Dayton Valley Golf course has a new golf pro. Tyler Huff brings his experience working with novices to experts, golf pros, a...

 By Beka Compton    News    August 25, 2022

School Board recognized Linda Henze on reitirement

Board discuss special education contract WAITSBURG–The Waitsburg School Board met Thursday, August 18, for a regularly scheduled meeting. After serving the district for 25 years, board members and...

 By Lane Gwinn    News    August 25, 2022

Proposed Columbia County Metropolitan Park District Seeking Board of Commissioners

DAYTON—The Friends of the Pool (FotP) and the Focus Advisory Group seek volunteers to serve on the proposed Columbia County Metropolitan Park District. The proposed district would be a new, unfunded taxing district to support the construction,...

 By Lane Gwinn    News    August 25, 2022

Dayton Library Director shares information about book choices for the library

DAYTON— Comments made at the August Columbia County Rural Library Board of Trustees meeting has left many in the community unsettled. During the public comment period elected officials County Commissioner Chuck Amerien and Dayton City...

 By Lane Gwinn    News    August 25, 2022

An invitation to Waitsburg's Open House event

WAITSBURG­-Waitsburg's business community has been growing. Empty buildings have found new owners, and the town has a hotel again. New ventures are joining established businesses to bring food,...

 By Michele Smith    News    August 18, 2022

County officials report to the Dayton City Council

DAYTON—Columbia County Sheriff Joe Helm spoke at length in his report to the Dayton City Council last week. Most notably, he reported about traffic stops and criticism he has received from some who...

 By Lane Gwinn    News    August 18, 2022

Waitsburg taking bids on historic city hall building

WAITSBURG—On September 21, 2022, Waitsburg City Council will consider bids for 147 Main Street, which until recently housed City Hall. The city decided to surplus the building last year and accepted a bid for the assessed value of $205,000. The...


Columbia Port meeting includes public hearing on surplus property

DAYTON – The Columbia Port Commissioners held their regular meeting at 5 p.m., July 13, 2022, at the Port of Columbia and on Zoom. All Commissioners were present in person, Genie Crowe, Seth Bryan, and Johnny Watts, along with the Executive...


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