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The County Public Health Department relies on grants to provide important services

DAYTON-Columbia County Public Health Administrator Martha Lanman said $1500 is all it would take for 28 students enrolled in the Starbuck School District to have lunch prepared by the Dayton General...

 

Dayton Discusses School Levy

DAYTON— With the budget deficit in mind the Dayton School District Board of Directors and Administration have agreed not to fill the vacant position for elementary school principal. At their monthly work session last week, Superintendent Doug...

 

Port offers home buyer classes

DAYTON—The Port of Columbia is sponsoring a class in Home Buying 101 on Thurs., Sept. 12 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Port of Columbia office at 1 Port Way in Dayton. Shawn Brown with Evergreen Home Loans and Julie Bickelhaupt with Blue Mountain...

 

Setting up for the fair

DAYTON-Setting up for the fair last week was no easy task. Just ask Rose Engelbrite, the Superintendent in charge of the Pavilion. Englebrite referred to last Wednesday as "panic day." She said the...

 

Talk About Art

Around the age of 10, a certain percentage of girls goes crazy nuts for horses. Artist Alison Oman of Clarkston was one of these girls, and her experience was idyllic: she learned to ride in the...

 

Ski Trip Fundraiser

Teacher Jeff McCann and Dayton Middle School students took advantage of fair traffic to hold a carwash outside HomeStreet Bank on Fri., Sept. 6. The students are working to raise money for a ski trip later this year....

 
 By Dena Martin    News    September 12, 2019

Columbia Pulp anticipates next week startup

LYONS FERRY—Columbia Pulp stands on the threshold of its facility startup with a “go live” date the week of Sept. 15, According to Columbia Bio-Polymers Product Manager K.C. Kuykendall. Kuykendall said the Lyons Ferry facility has transitioned...

 

Columbia County Fair celebrates 130 years

DAYTON-"Timeless Traditions" is the theme of the 130th Columbia County Fair, and from the time of the opening ceremonies at 9 a.m., on Fri. ,Sept. 6, until the fair close, at 5 p.m. on Sun., Sept. 9,...

 

Dayton Memorial Library September Events

September is National Library Card Sign Up Month! If you haven’t already, come to your local library and get sign up today. Additionally, banned book week takes place from September 22-28. Censorship keeps us in the dark. Keep a light on, by...

 
 By Dena Martin    News    September 5, 2019

Caboose Park exceeds expectations

DAYTON-"The start of a playground kicked off one idea, which led to another, which led to a beautiful town center for all to use," said Dayton Development Task Force (DDTF) Chair Bette Lou Crothers....

 
 By Dena Martin    News    September 5, 2019

Area comp. plan updates are finalized

COLUMBIA COUNTY—Comprehensive plan updates for Columbia County, the City of Dayton, and the Town of Starbuck are wrapping up with final public hearings planned for September and October, according...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    August 29, 2019

Guilty verdicts reached in the case of the State of Washington vs. Benjamin Orozco

DAYTON-"It's been a long time coming," said Ed Terry last Friday, when a jury returned verdicts of "guilty" to all three charges in the Benjamin Orozco case. Orozco has been charged with second...

 
 By Dena Martin    News    August 29, 2019

City of Dayton to appoint new planning director

DAYTON—Barring a majority of ‘nay’ votes, Columbia County Planning Director Meagan Bailey will become the new City of Dayton Planning Director next month. Mayor Zac Weatherford called an Aug. 27 special meeting with two actions items; the...

 
 By Dena Martin    News    August 29, 2019

Steve Henderson image to appear on LA billboard

DAYTON—Dayton artist Steve Henderson’s art has gone big – literally! As a winner in a Fine Art America contest, his image, Ocean Breeze, will grace a Los Angeles billboard this fall. Ocean...

 
 By Dena Martin    News    August 22, 2019

Former Dayton Mayor Craig George passes away

DAYTON-Craig George, who served as Dayton's mayor from 2008, until his resignation on April 30 of this year. He passed away at his new home in Tucson, Arizona on Aug. 15. George and his wife, Kathy, w...

 

Columbia County Fair entry deadline, Sept. 3

DAYTON-Columbia County Fair entry books are available at Waitsburg City Hall, Waitsburg Grocery and at businesses throughout Dayton. Pavilion Supervisor Rose Engelbrite reminds citizens that the fair...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    August 22, 2019

Misty Yost is appointed to Dayton Council

DAYTON-At last week's Dayton City Council meeting Mayor Zac Weatherford said he has received three applications for the position of Community Development Planning Director, and he has formed a...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    August 22, 2019

Council says 'Go' to Affordable Housing Commission

DAYTON—At last week’s Dayton City Council meeting Planning Director Meagan Bailey talked about the perception most people have regarding what defines affordable housing, saying most people think...

 

Dayton woman dies in single vehicle Hart Rd. collision

PRESCOTT—Dorietha Kay Rothe, 69, died in a single-vehicle accident south of Prescott on Hart Road Friday afternoon. At 1:25 p.m. on Aug. 16, the vehicle was reported to be upside down and on fire with an occupant trapped inside. According to a...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    August 22, 2019

Dan Aschenbrenner appointed to Port commission

DAYTON-At their regular meeting last week, Port Commissioners Earle Warren and Fred Crowe appointed Dan Aschenbrenner to fill the remainder of Gene Warren's term on the commission, which was to end...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    August 22, 2019

Dayton Cut and Wrap IS under new management

DAYTON-Dayton Cut and Wrap has a new name and is under new management. Derek Katsel and his wife, Savana Cole, have received their custom meat facility and custom farm slaughter license through the...

 
 By Dena Martin    News    August 15, 2019

Missoula Children's Theater visit boosts self-esteem

DAYTON-Fifty-three Touchet Valley kids enjoyed performing live on stage in the Missoula Children's Theater (MCT) adaptation of Pinocchio last week. Of those, about a dozen were new to the stage...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    August 15, 2019

Dayton's Dog Park is a hit with four legged friends (and their owners)

DAYTON-The Dayton Dog Park has been a godsend for Dayton's four-legged friends and their owners, since it officially opened in Sept. 2017. The early morning hours, and the hours after supper are a...

 

Talk About Art

Treasure hunting doesn't have to involve sunken Spanish galleons and buried chests of gold doubloons. Today, we encounter treasures in vintage stores, second-hand shops, yard sales – and people...

 

Weatherford takes mayoral primary by a landslide

DAYTON-Incumbent Dayton Mayor Zac Weatherford received a strong show of community backing in last week's primary elections for city mayor, with a 66 percent support vote. Weatherford garnered 504 of...

 

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