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DW Combine survey results show community support

WAITSBURG-Results from a community survey sent to the public by the Waitsburg School Board last month showed overwhelming support for continuing the athletic combine severed in November, according to...

 By Lane Gwinn    News    October 27, 2022

Goblins, ghosts, witches, and candy are coming

Activities this weekend include a Trunk or Treat at the Waitsburg Prespryterian Church Parking lot on Sunday; Axe Throwing at American 35, Friday; Witch Witches Dinner, 5 - 8pm Sunday; Gaudy Gals are... Full story

 By Beka Compton    News    March 17, 2022

EMS service falls through gaps in Waitsburg

WAITSBURG-A lack of volunteers at the Columbia-Walla Walla Fire District 2 has had an ongoing impact on the community it serves, primarily Waitsburg. Fire Commissioner Ashley Strickland cannot stress...


The Times has a new phone number, (509) 337-3042

This week the telephone lines at The Times offices were hacked. When dialing the old number, callers are connected to suspicious calling centers NOT affiliated with The Times. Please DO NOT call the... Full story


GWhiz! Donated electronics heading to Dayton residents in need

DAYTON-Old phones, computers, and tablets are getting a second chance, thanks to an unofficial project created and run by Dayton's Gordon Gerlitz. Gerlitz, who recently came out of retirement after ow... Full story


Schools, sports resuming planned activities

WAITSBURG—As the number of COVID-19 cases associated with local schools dropped this week, the Dayton and Waitsburg School District superintendents made the calls to bring back in-person learning starting February 1. The Dayton School District... Full story

 By Beka Compton    News    December 2, 2021

Waitsburg City Administrator temporarily contracting with City of Dayton

WAITSBURG-Over the past month, City Administrator Randy Hinchliffe has been helping the City of Dayton with budgetary tasks, filling gaps left after former Administrator Trina Cole was dismissed from...

 By Beka Compton    News    July 15, 2021

Weekend chock-full of fun events

TOUCHET VALLEY-It will be a busy weekend in the Touchet Valley, so clear your calendars! From golf tournaments to demo derbies, fun is bound to be had. Friday, July 16, the Waitsburg Block Party will...

 By Beka Compton    News    June 17, 2021

CWWFD2 hears from hiring committee on Chief job description, expectations

WAITSBURG—Columbia-Walla Walla Fire District 2 (D2) fire commissioners met Wednesday, June 9, for a regular meeting. During the meeting, Ashley Strickland presented the revised Fire Chief job descri...

 By Beka Compton    News    April 1, 2021

Kyle's RSA ready to help on the road

THE TIMES-Roadside assistance is closer than ever for Waitsburg residents. Kyle's RSA, owned by Kyle Sickles, is now available for "everything but the tow." Sickles said that he got the idea for a roa...

 By Beka Compton    News    January 7, 2021

WIAA sets critria for spring wrestling, basketball seasons

WAITSBURG-Many students are eagerly anticipating the start of the new sports seasons after traditional fall and winter sport schedules were cleared to keep athletes safe. At this time, Washington Inte... Full story

 By Brianna Wray    News    December 31, 2020

The Waitsburg Times year in review

2020 isn't necessarily a year we want to look back at too closely just yet. There was no shortage of bleak headlines, it's true, but this year also proved how well the Touchet Valley bands together in...


Teeny is retiring

After more than four years with The Times, Teeny McMunn is retiring. Since joining the team, Teeny has handled a long checklist of essential newspaper needs. She has handled advertising, legals, bookk...


Shop local this season!

From vibrant poinsettias to reclaimed furniture, Waitsburg businesses have everything you need to be the favorite Santa in your family. This holiday season, shop your local businesses, whether... Full story

 By Beka Compton    News    November 12, 2020

CWWCFD2 Commissioners monthly update

WAITSBURG—The Columbia/Walla Walla County Fire District 2 (CWWCFD2) Commissioners met Wednesday, November 4 via Zoom call. During the meeting, the commissioners discussed renewing the Emergency...


Dayton's Green Giant gets a refresh

The Green Giant outside of Dayton, Washington gets a needed refresh with paint and weed maintenance....


Area businesses offering safe Halloween alternatives

Calling all goblins, ghouls, and ghosts! Halloween is still happening in the Touchet Valley, with some minor adjustments. Social distancing will be enforced at all events listed below for the safety of all the spooky participants. Per state guideline...

 By Michele Smith    News    October 1, 2020

October is breast cancer awareness month

18- year survivor tells her story DAYTON—Eileen McMunn, “Teeny” to those who know her, is an eighteen-year survivor of breast cancer, an amazing feat considering her cancer was identified as...

 By Mike Ferrians    News    August 20, 2020

Energy and Compassion: a powerful combination

Dayton-­Licensed Massage Therapist Kahla Harrington describes herself as an introvert. She can appear shy, but she's acted on stage before. She's apprehensive about being in front of crowds, but her...


Recovery group forms to assist flood victims

In the wake of February’s flooding event, the Blue Mountain Long-Term Recovery Group (BMLTRG), a multi-state, multi-county organization, has been formed to reflect the structure of similar long-term disaster recovery groups across the nation. The...

 By Beka Compton    News    July 2, 2020

Salmon in Schools program says goodbye to educator

DAYTON—Andrew Bassler, of Dayton, chose to combine his career and his love of fishing when he took the Education Coordinator position with the Salmon in Schools program. After four years of...

 By Beka Compton    News    April 16, 2020

Waitsburg and Dayton safely honor Class of 2020 amid pandemic

There is not much one can control during a pandemic. Many people have lost something 'normal' during these times, but the Class of 2020 has lost the last few months of their senior year. Community...

 By Tracy Thompson    News    April 9, 2020

Columbia Pulp closes abruptly

Columbia County's second largest employer and third-highest taxpayer began an orderly shutdown of its wheat-straw pulp mill on Sunday, March 29, and completed the suspension of operations on Tuesday,... Full story

 By Michele Smith    News    April 9, 2020

Blue Mountain Artists Guild monthly show goes virtual

DAYTON-The Blue Mountain Artists Guild has been adorning Dayton's public spaces with their artistic endeavors every month, since the Guild was started by local artist Vivian Eslick McCauley, in 2008.... Full story

 By Tracy Thompson    News    March 12, 2020

Columbia-Walla Walla Fire district #2 commissioners meet

The Columbia-Walla Walla County Fire District #2 held their monthly meeting last Wednesday. Topics on the agenda included the hiring of a designer for a new, more user friendly website for the...


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