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Dill-Lightful Deviled Eggs

Of all the holiday parties, one of my favorites to host has always been New Year's Eve. Combining the effervescent excitement of counting down to midnight with my love for fancy finger foods and...



Ten Years Ago December 29, 2011 A group of Waitsburg residents wants to resurrect the town’s defunct flood control district, a prospect city officials say they welcome. “We want to keep Waitsburg... Full story


Waitsburg's heARTfelt Christmas Parade

Waitsburg residents and supporters came together to put on a holiday parade Saturday night. With less than a month to plan, build floats, advertise, or warm up our singing voices, the heARTfelt... Full story


Baking for the birds

It's day two of Winter Break here in the Compton household, and it feels like week six of cabin fever for my daughter, Gracie. To combat the boredom, Gracie and I have been busy whipping up treats...


Weird, Wonderful, and Sleep

My life seems weird now that we have decided to slow down the operations at the restaurant. Our new focus on catering, take & bake, and working with some winemakers for special dinners is more fun...


Book Review: Director's Choice

Razorblade Tears by S.A. Cosby Perfect for fans of John Wick, Razorblade Tears is a fast-paced, can't-put-it-down tale of revenge. After their sons are gunned down in broad daylight, two ex-convicts...


Pioneer Portraits

Ten Years Ago December 22, 2011 The WP Cardinals aren’t just the toast of Waitsburg, which honored the team with a special dinner sponsored by the Commercial Club at the Town Hall last Thursday ... Full story


Gingered Waldorf Salad

For the food-obsessed, like me, planning a menu for a holiday fête can take weeks of research and recipe testing. While Thanksgiving is often made up of standard classics to pair with turkey, for me...


What Waitsburg Preschool students want Santa to bring them for Christmas

Mrs. Montgomery's Preschool students answer "This Christmas I want Santa to bring me" A magic book that can write for me. -Elizabeth Hays A magical teacup that can pour water, milk and orange juice... Full story


Letters to Santa by Mrs. Trump's Kindergarten class

Dear Santa! Hello, my name is Aiden and I am 5 years old. I live in Washington. What do reindeer eat? I think maybe they eat snow. I have been a little good and little bad. One thing I am really excit... Full story


Mrs. Hinchliffe's first graders present winter chinquapin poetry

The Times presents its annual Holiday Edition featuring poetry, essays and letters to Santa by the students of Waitsburg Elementary School.... Full story


Winter Diamante Poetry by the Second Grade

Winter Icy, fun Playing, eating, sledding Hot cocoa, snowball, snowplow, Santa Drinking, snowing, icing Wet, snowy Christmas By Adeline Brock Winter Wet, cold Freezing, sparkling, icing Santa, hot... Full story


Riddles from the Third Grade

I'm gingery and sweet , I taste good as a holiday treat, What am I? - Shylo Hedges I'm Santa's helper, And I go on a tree, But do not touch me, As my name starts with an E, that's me. -Wyatt Vasquez... Full story


Fourth Grade answers "What Christmas means to me"

What Christmas Means to MeWhat Christmas Means to Me What Christmas Means to Me By Mitchell Hays Christmas means sharing time with my family. On Christmas Eve we get together with my family to... Full story


Fifth Grade tells us their perfect Christmas

My Perfect Christmas by Cody Coulston My perfect Christmas would be waking up and seeing a scooter, a video game and just all sorts of cool toys. Also, we don't have to wait to open presents. We alway... Full story


Waitsburg Elmentary School Winter Program

Waitsburg Elementary students danced and sang Christmas songs in front of a full crowd on December 14. The students practiced for weeks, led by music teacher Elizabeth Jagelski. Mrs. Jagelski was... Full story


heARTfelt Christmas is coming to town

WAITSBURG—Coming out of a pandemic has been no match for Waitsburg’s Christmas spirit. With Hometown Christmas, typically held the second weekend after Thanksgiving, on hold, due to the pandemic,...


Festival of Trees

First Place winner is Karl Law Office... Full story


Last-minute gifts for all

I have been busy driving around the past couple of weeks, finding fun gift ideas from local businesses. Gaudy Gals on Main is a true gem that is found close to home in Waitsburg. It is the type of sto...


Eggnog Panna Cotta

Among the things I love about living in Waitsburg are the packages of homemade Christmas cookies that we receive from several of our neighbors this time of year. Brightly frosted sugar cookies,...


Women on the Wing Lands in Walla Walla

While hunting is still largely viewed as a man's activity, the number of women hunters increased 25 percent between 2011-2016, according to US Fish and Wildlife Service, and the numbers continue to...



Ten Years Ago December 15, 2011 Waitsburg’s Town Hall was turned into a child’s Christmas-shopping paradise last Thursday night. For about 15 years, community volunteer Rose Englebrite said the... Full story


"Sunset Over the Eyebrow"

The sunrises and sunsets have been particularly spectacular the past few days. Fortunately, the photographer saw this happening as he headed home from a quick trip to the store. He zoomed up the...


Trees, Trees, Trees

Waitsburg High School teacher and FFA Advisor Nicole Abel (front left) oversees the Festival of Trees each year. Fellow teachers decorated their tree, located near the new City Hall... Full story


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