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 By Michele Smith    News    January 24, 2019

Helping Starbuck students learn through better nutrition

DAYTON – There is a kitchen, but there is no breakfast or lunch program for the 18 K-8 students and seven preschoolers enrolled in the Starbuck School District. Surprisingly, that's nothing new....

 

There's a new sheriff in town

On Monday, Columbia County Auditor Anne Higgins (l) conducted a swearing in ceremony for the newly-elected county sheriff Joe Helm, and for Helm's newly-appointed undersheriff, Robbie Patterson (r)....

 
 By Michele Smith    News    January 17, 2019 

Orozco murder trial delayed (again)

DAYTON—Outside Superior Court last week, Benjamin Orozco’s attorney, Jane Richards, said Orozco’s poor health and the difficulty in locating material witnesses are responsible for the lengthy amount of time it is taking to bring him to trial....

 
 By Michele Smith    News    January 17, 2019 

Dayton Auto Repair to open this week

DAYTON--Robert Bryant, an independent auto repair mechanic, is opening an auto repair shop in Dayton this week. "It's a fact," said Bryant, who has been in the auto repair business since 1984. Bryant...

 
 By Dena Martin    News    January 17, 2019 

Volunteers tackle a massive makeover

DAYTON - Dozens of volunteers from Dayton, Waitsburg, Dixie, Starbuck and Walla Walla, many with no association to the Columbia County equine facilities, pooled resources and labor to remove the old...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    January 17, 2019 

Zac Weatherford elected Dayton mayor pro-tem

DAYTON—Zac Weatherford was elected Mayor Pro-Tempore for 2019 by the Dayton City Council at their first regular meeting of the New Year. “I’m excited. Zac’s going to do a good job,” said...

 
 By The Times    News    January 10, 2019

House Fire Destroys Dayton Home

A cowboy silhouette appears to be taking in the devastating scene of a house fire that destroyed the home of Joe and Kandis Cush at 740 S. 4th Street in Dayton in the wee hours of Monday morning....

 
 By Michele Smith    News    January 10, 2019

CCHS: A Year in Review

DAYTON-When the Hospital Board of Commissioners met in December, Columbia County Health System (CCHS) CEO Shane McGuire took the opportunity to thank them for their show of support since he has been at the helm of the organization. "You have been gre...

 

Dayton Offers Citizen's Academy

DAYTON – Sheriff Joe Helm is pleased to announce the 2019 Columbia County Citizen’s Academy. The Citizen’s Academy will be held every Friday night from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. for 11 weeks beginning Feb. 1, 2019 through April 19, 2019. The classes...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    January 10, 2019

4-H Robotics team competing at FIRST Lego finals in Spokane

DAYTON – In January, the Space Gatos, Columbia County's 4-H Robotics and FIRST Lego League Team, advance to the State Finals in Spokane, after winning the Community Connection Award at FIRST Lego...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    January 10, 2019

TVAC Presents Nana's Naughty Knickers

DAYTON-If you think Victoria has a secret, wait until you meet Sylvia Charles in the Touchet Valley Art Council production of Nana's Naughty Knickers. This fast-paced romp, co-directed by Leah...

 

Talk about Art . . .

All day, every day, we use things. While this sounds ridiculously simple, think about it: when you make a tuna fish sandwich, you grab the can opener, scoop tuna into a bowl with a spoon, stir in...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    January 3, 2019

Columbia Pulp Plant to be Operational by March

DAYTON-Tony Waldo, Operation Manager for Columbia Pulp, spoke about the Lyons Ferry Straw Pulp Mill at the annual Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy Update meeting, on Dec. 19. Waldo said...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    January 3, 2019

Status of Community Projects Discussed at Annual CEDS Meeting

DAYTON—At the annual Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy update meeting on Dec. 19, community leaders discussed some of the projects in the Dayton area in the works, and progress that is...

 

Columbia Pulp Construction, Hospital Grand Opening Lead Dayton/Columbia Co. 2018 News

DAYTON-Voters in Columbia County were busy this year, with the passage of two levies, along with an election that will result in changes to key positions, in Columbia County. In February, the Dayton...

 

Dayton City Council Report

DAYTON—The Dayton City Council decided to table a request from PocketiNet, of College Place, for a franchise agreement with the city to install fiberoptic line north of Main St, between Front St. and 2nd St, and the ability to expand in the...

 

Christmas Tractor

Drivers passing through downtown Dayton this Christmas season have been greeted by Santa Claus, showing off the town's new antique tractor, which is on display in front of Flour Mill Park. The...

 

Friends of the Fairgrounds Working Hard

DAYTON-The Friends of the Fairgrounds-Columbia County have an abiding interest in maintaining the rural and historic nature of the county fairgrounds, said the group's president, Julia Mead. Since...

 

Group Addresses Suicide Awareness and Prevention

DAYTON—Talk to someone about how you feel. That was the take-away message about suicide when the Columbia County Coalition met last week. Matthew Wyatt, Pastor of the Waitsburg Christian Church, said the topic of suicide is something most people...

 

Seen with Green Giant

Economic Development Coordinator Kathryn Witherington and Port of Columbia Executive Director Jennie Dickinson posed with the “Jolly Green Giant” at the Port’s first annual Night Market at the...

 

Winter Rose Café & Boutique Now Open in Dayton

DAYTON-Tyler Usco and Amanda Toms want you to relax when you visit their new café and boutique at 217 East Main St. in Dayton. Usco said there was a soft opening for the Winter Rose Café & Bouti...

 

Pre-trial Conference for Benjamin Orozco Set for Jan. 9

DAYTON—A pre-trial conference for accused murderer Benjamin Orozco has been set in Columbia County Superior Court for Jan. 9. Orozco has entered a plea of not guilty to charges of second degree...

 

Dayton School Board Report

December 5, 2018 DAYTON—High School Senior Kaleigh White was interviewed and accepted by members of the Dayton School Board at last week’s meeting to be a student representative on the Board....

 
 By Michele Smith    News    December 6, 2018

Will Dayton Permanently Shutter its Pool?

DAYTON-The Friends of the Dayton Community Pool met with city officials last week to discuss whether, and if so, how to move forward on repairing or replacing Dayton's pool. The city's 35-year-old poo...

 
 By Michele Smith    News    December 6, 2018

Safety Star Award

Bruce Goodell, Darla Brown, David O Campo, Melissa Ferrians, Steve Mertens, and Dayton Mayor Craig George are shown with the 2017 Safety Stars trophy the Columbia County Public Transportation Board...

 

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