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  • At the Liberty: "The Fall Guy"

    The Times|May 23, 2024

    DAYTON — “The Fall Guy” (Ryan Gosling) is a stuntman, and like everyone in the stunt community, he gets blown up, shot, crashed, thrown through windows and dropped from the highest of heights, all for our entertainment. And now, fresh off an almost career-ending accident, this working-class hero has to track down a missing movie star, solve a conspiracy and try to win back the love of his life (Emily Blunt), all while still doing his day job. What could possibly go right? This movie has been rated highly by both the Rotten Tomatoes criti...

  • Sherwood Trust Awards $1 Million in Local Grants

    The Times|May 23, 2024

    WALLA WALLA -Sherwood Trust will disburse more than $1 million in competitive Core grants to 11 local organizations, CEO Brian Hunt announced. The Trust also announced $226,101 in noncompetitive grants to three organizations. "We continue to be both amazed and delighted at the great work being done in The Valley with the intention of thriving and flourishing for all," said Sherwood Trust Board President Kazi Joshua. Sherwood Trust is a private foundation founded in 1991 to continue the legacy... Full story

  • Sign up for Citywide June 1 Garage Sale

    Lane Gwinn, The Times|May 16, 2024

    WAITSBURG-The Waitsburg Citywide Garage Sale is coming up on Saturday, June 1. "The Times" will publish the go-to map for the event in the May 30, 2024, edition. The map will have addresses for all the participating garage and yard sales in Waitsburg and Prescott. It is free to be included on the map, so send your garage sale details to "The Times" to be included. Information must be sent to "The Times" by 3 p.m. Friday, May 24. Please email with all the necessary... Full story

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    The Times|May 16, 2024

    DAYTON — “Unsung Hero” is the true story of what happened after David Smallbone’s successful music company collapses and he moves his family from Australia to the States, searching for a brighter future. With nothing more than their seven children, suitcases, and their love of music, David (Joel Smallbone) and his pregnant wife Helen (Daisy Betts) set out to rebuild their lives. Based on a remarkable true story, Helen’s faith stands against all odds and inspires her husband and children to hold onto theirs. With their own dreams on hold, Dav... Full story


    The Times|May 16, 2024

    WALLA WALLA — Walla Walla County is seeking community members interested in applying for positions on the Walla Walla Fair and Frontier Days Board of Directors. The vacancy is due to Chris Forbes’ resignation. A second seat on the board of directors will become vacant in September 2024 after Stan Bly completes his third term as a board member and is no longer eligible for reappointment. All applicants will be considered for appointment to fill the vacancy. Board terms are three years, with members eligible to serve up to a maximum of three ter...

  • Warren Family Awards $58,750 in grants to local nonprofits

    May 16, 2024

    WALLA WALLA – The Warren Community Action Fund at the Blue Mountain Community Foundation has approved 19 grants to support local nonprofits providing services in eastern Walla Walla and Columbia Counties. This is the seventh year of grant awards through the Warren Fund, with more than $400,000 distributed to support the community over the years. This year, awards were made to the following projects: • Abundant Life Childcare- $2,000 to support their childcare program • Blue Mountain Heritage Society- $2,500 for assistance in relocating the E... Full story

  • At the Liberty:"Murder's in the Heir"

    The Times|May 9, 2024

    DAYTON — “Murder’s in the Heir” is a live theater production of a murder mystery-comedy, which will be audience interactive. It is a gripping tale filled with mystery, intrigue, and plenty of plot twists. Set in a grand estate filled with secrets, the play follows the investigation into the murder of the wealthy tycoon Simon Starkweather. With a colorful cast of characters, including conniving relatives and suspicious servants, “Murder’s in the Heir” promises thrills and chills at every turn. This production is directed by Wolf Harter and fe...

  • Waitsburg students return from Amazing Shake Competition

    Karen Huwe, The Times|May 9, 2024

    WAITSBURG - Seven Waitsburg students traveled to Atlanta, Ga., at the end of March to compete in the National Amazing Shake competition at the Ron Clark Academy. They joined over 400 students from the United States, Germany, Honduras, and Canada who attended the event. After preliminary rounds, the top 50 competed, and a student from Germany won. This was the first time that students from the Waitsburg School District participated in the competition. Faculty advisors Dusty Wirtzberger and...

  • Community Yard Clean-up at Bruce House

    The Times|May 9, 2024

    WAITSBURG — Community Yard Clean-up at the Bruce House on Main Street. Saturday, May 11, from 9 a.m. to noon The Waitsburg Historic Society is asking for volunteers to bring your gardening gloves, tools, including shovels, racks, hoes. Let’s make the museum’s grounds beautiful for Celebration Days weekend and the Quilt Show.... Full story

  • Glass recycling at BMS second Saturdays through Oct

    The Times|May 2, 2024

    DAYTON – Residents and businesses in Dayton and Waitsburg will have the opportunity to participate in a glass recycling program with monthly collections at Blue Mountain Station. The initiative, spearheaded by local organizations and supported by community grants, aims to divert glass waste from landfills and transform it into new bottles and jars. The initial collection date at BMS is Saturday, May 11. Businesses and residents are encouraged to bring rinsed glass containers with everything r...

  • At the Liberty: "The Long Game"

    The Times|May 2, 2024

    DAYTON — “The Long Game,” inspired by the book “Mustang Miracle” follows the true story of five young Mexican American caddies in 1955 who created their own golf course in the middle of the South Texas brush country. Despite outdated and inferior equipment and not professional instruction to begin with, they would go on to compete against wealthy, all-white teams and win the 1957 Texas State High School Golf Championship. This movie has high rating from both the critics (80%) and audience (97%) on the Rotten Tomatoes website. Their critics s... Full story

  • A big country bike ride

    Lane Gwinn, The Times|May 2, 2024

    WAITSBURG - Four bike riders stopped at Ten Ton Coffee in Waitsburg on their estimated 50-day journey to NYC. Bob Zalnis, Chris Watson, Lucas Murga, and Paul Brazeau began on April 24 after the riders and bikes arrived at the Seattle Airport. Chris Watson traveled the farthest, from Salisbury, England, to meet up with friends Brazeau and Zalnis from Wisconsin and Murga from California. The bike adventurers told The Times, "We do this not because it is easy, but because we thought it would be...

  • Every Quilt Has a Story

    The Times|May 2, 2024

    WAITSBURG - Join us for the First Annual Waitsburg Historical Society Quilt Show at the Bruce House and Wilson Philips House on the corner of Main and 4th Street, in Waitsburg, Wash. The show will display beautiful, handcrafted quilts from talented quilters from Waitsburg and the Walla Walla Valley Quilt Guild. Learn about quilting, including patterns and fabric that are used. All ages can participate in the "Q is for Quilt" Scavenger Hunt. There will be historic self-guided museum tours of...

  • Pioneer madam portrayed at Ft. Walla Walla

    The Times|May 2, 2024

    WALLA WALLA - Fort Walla Walla Museum will bring back a favorite Living History character, the turn-of-the-century madam Josephine Wolfe, for a Living History performance on May 5 in the Pioneer Village, weather permitting. Diane Somerville will portray the famed Walla Walla brothel owner and philanthropist. In 1859, Wolfe, a 23-year-old German woman, established one of Walla Walla's first and longest-running brothels at 11 W. Alder Ave. With miners and speculators pouring through town, there...

  • At the Liberty:"Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire"

    The Times|Apr 25, 2024

    DAYTON — The epic battle is an all-new adventure that pits the almighty Kong and the fearsome Godzilla against a colossal undiscovered threat hidden within our world, challenging their very existence—and our own. “Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire” delves further into the histories of these Titans and their origins, as well as the mysteries of Skull Island and beyond, while uncovering the mythic battle that helped forge these extraordinary beings and tied them to humankind forever. The critics at the Rotten Tomatoes website did not particu...

  • Dayton Parks and Rec ask public to help prioritize pool design

    Michele Smith, The Times|Apr 25, 2024

    DAYTON - Last Thursday, Columbia County Parks and Recreation Pool District commissioners Ted Lowe and Katie Leid, and Dianne McKinley spoke at the Dayton elementary multipurpose room about the next steps in planning for a Dayton community pool. The commissioners asked the attendees for their top priorities from a list of amenities, including a heated pool, a seasonal or an all–year covered pool, 0-entry to depth pool, lap swimming, water aerobics, and six lanes or eight lanes. The tabulated r...

  • Ruppenthal selected for council seat

    The Times|Apr 25, 2024

    Changes to the uitility late fee waivers, concerns about community drug use discussed. WAITSBURG - The Waitsburg City Council met at the city hall conference room on April 17, 2024. Council members Jim Romine, Jennifer Bishop, Juliian Henze, Keven House, Mayor Marty Dunn, and City Administrator Randy Hinchliffe were present. The council discussed and approved the annexation of property owned by Timothy, Patresa, and Nancy Mathews into the city. The council approved amending Chapter 1 of Title 9...

  • At the Liberty:"Arthur the King"

    The Times|Apr 18, 2024

    DAYTON — “Arthur the King” is based on an incredible true story. Over the course of ten days and 435 miles, an unbreakable bond is forged between pro adventure racer Michael Light (Mark Wahlberg) and a scrappy street dog companion dubbed Arthur. This movie follows Michael Light, desperate for one last chance to win, as he convinces a sponsor to back him and a team of athletes for the Adventure Racing World Championship in the Dominican Republic. As the team is pushed to their outer limits of endurance in the race, Arthur redefines what victo...

  • Providence St. Mary Foundation Raises $1 Million to Combat Heart Disease

    The Times|Apr 18, 2024

    WALLA WALLA – Donors to Providence St. Mary Foundation contributed $1 million toward replacing the cardiac catheterization laboratory at Providence St. Mary Medical Center. Along with a matching investment from Providence health care system, the funds raised through the recent Providence St. Mary Foundation Cardiac Care Campaign will cover costs related to a complete renovation of the cardiac care procedure room and imaging equipment. The new facility, commonly known as a cath lab, is used for diagnostic treatment, pacemaker insertion, or o...

  • Update on youth and government jar project, money talks

    The Times|Apr 18, 2024

    WAITSBURG — The Waitsburg Youth and Government students are still raising money for their Olympia trip in May. Here are this week’s updates on some of the burning questions that supporters have voted on with their money in the question jars at participating businesses. Starting with the original questions’ final results: •Soup was $2 better than salad. •Pedicures were favored $5 over manicures. •The Beatles gave Elvis a hard day’s night with $21 more. •To everyone’s great relief, good outdid evil by $7. As for the newest questions, found...

  • At the Liberty:"Cabrini"

    The Times|Apr 11, 2024

    DAYTON —“Cabrini” is the powerful epic of Francesca Cabrini, an Italian immigrant who arrives in New York City in 1889 and is greeted by disease, crime, and impoverished children. Cabrini sets off on a daring mission to convince the hostile mayor to secure housing and healthcare for society’s most vulnerable. With broken English and poor health, Cabrini uses her entrepreneurial mind to build an empire of hope unlike anything the world had ever seen. This movie, directed by Alejandro Monteverde (who also directed Sound of Freedom), has been we...

  • At the Liberty: Movie Premier for "Color of Threads"

    The Times|Apr 11, 2024

    Lights, Camera, Action! A movie premier is coming to The Liberty Theater in Dayton. On Monday April 22 at 7pm, you will get a chance to see Dayton on the big screen. In the Summer of 2023, a short movie, Color of Threads, was filmed at the Depot in Dayton and other area locations, produced by Walla Walla University. The cast is made up of Hollywood professionals as well as local actors. There will be a photo opportunity, screening of the film and a Q&A session with filmmakers/cast. Don’t wait to get your seat by going to www...

  • Columbia County Community Pool workshop April 18

    The Times|Apr 11, 2024

    DAYTON — The Columbia County Parks and Recreation Pool District will host a community work session on Thursday, April 18, 2024, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Dayton School Multipurpose Room. The work session will be led by board commissioners Ted Lowe and Katie Leid. Community members are invited to come and collaborate in developing a vision for a community swimming pool. The work session will build off the results from the Pool Party session hosted by the Friends of the Dayton Community Pool in 2022. The CCPRPD says this is the time for the c...

  • The Debate Goes On

    The Times|Apr 11, 2024

    WAITSBURG -Waitsburg Youth and Government students are still raising money for their trip to Olympia in May. The Jars Project asks the public to express opinions on crucial Waitsburg issues by putting their money where their mouths are. The jars can be found around town at participating businesses. Here is an update on some of the results: Final results for the original questions: • Soup is precisely $2 better than salad. • Pedicures are $5 better than manicures. • The Beatles are $21 bette...

  • At the Liberty:"Kung Fu Panda 4"

    The Times|Apr 4, 2024

    WAITSBURG — “Kung Fu Panda 4” starring comedy icon Jack Black who returns to his role as Po, the world’s most unlikely kung fu master, with a hilarious, butt-kicking new chapter in DreamWorks Animation’s beloved action-comedy franchise. After three death-defying adventures defeating world-class villains with his unmatched courage and mad martial arts skills, Po the Dragon Warrior, is called upon by destiny to … give it a rest already. More specifically, he’s tapped to become the Spiritual Leader of the Valley of Peace. Rotten Tomatoes crit...

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