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  • 30th Annual All Wheels Weekend races into Dayton

    Loyal Baker|Jun 13, 2024

    DAYTON–With summery weather in the forecast, the 30th All Wheels Weekend 2024 Car Show will again roll along Main Street with that activity time-honored by teenagers of all ages–dragging the gut. One of the Dayton Chamber of Commerce's signature events, the car show highlights Father's Day weekend with upwards of 150 entries-machines of all makes and models, according to Chamber Manager Belinda Larson and the All Wheels Weekend Committee. There's activities planned for Friday, Saturday and Sun...

  • Twenty-seven walk at 138th D.H.S. Commencement

    Loyal Baker|Jun 13, 2024

    DAYTON–A full house of family and friends gathered at the Dayton Gym for the 138th commencement of Pietrzycki High School, also known as Dayton High, and heard inspirational addresses by honor graduates, marveled at the scholarships awarded and witnessed one graduate flip over receiving his diploma among the 27 who received high school diplomas here on Saturday, June 8, 2024. Co-Valedictorian Kameryn Tupling congratulated her classmates on their accomplishments, thanked all who gave support, r...

  • Quote of the Week

    Jun 13, 2024

    “You cannot step into the same river twice.” – Heraclitus... Full story

  • Guest Commentary

    Jun 13, 2024

    By Eric McKeirnan POMEROY––When I occupied a younger body, and all the troubles of the world were my parents’ concern, movies and TV shows played a role in how I would see the world in future days. Since the recent verdict delivered in New York, a memory sparked from the past. It was a movie titled, “The Devil and Daniel Webster.” This land of the lost we now live in made me recall the gist of that movie. The story is about an honest and well-known lawyer (Daniel Webster), who takes on a client who has sold his soul to Satan. If memory se...

  • D.H.S. Valedictorian and Salutatorian Graduation Speeches

    Jun 13, 2024

    Co-Valedictorian Kamryn Tupling Good afternoon. First of all, I would like to start by giving a special thanks to everyone who helped make this day possible for all of us. Thank you to all the teachers, administrators, staff, coaches, community members, and families, for all of your support. I want to congratulate the Class of 2024 for making it to the end of this chapter in our lives, and what the future holds for all of us. We are here today to celebrate the hard work and dedication we have...

  • Newhouse graduates Magna Cum Laude

    Charlotte Baker|Jun 13, 2024

    WALLA WALLA–Kailey Newhouse graduated Magna Cum Laude from Walla Walla Community College with a Bachelor's of Business Management Entrepreneurship Concentration; and an Associate of Applied Science in Accounting Technology. WWCC held commencement exercises June 8 at 10 a.m. in the grass area outside of the Warrior Dome for students seeking Associate and Bachelor degrees. Newhouse, a former Dayton High School 2019 graduate, and Dayton Chronicle High School Correspondent, finishes her studies w...

  • Weather Forecast

    Jun 13, 2024

    Thursday: Sunny, with a high near 84. Calm wind becoming north around 6 mph in the afternoon. Thursday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 55. North wind 5 to 9 mph becoming south in the evening. Friday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 77. Friday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 49. Saturday: A 20 percent chance of showers after 11am. Mostly sunny, with a high near 68. Saturday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 42. SundaySunny, with a high near 68. Sunday Night: A slight chance of...

  • From the Dayton Chronicle archives

    Kaye Eaton|Jun 13, 2024

    Ten Years Ago June 11, 2014 Staff members of Dayton School who are retiring at the conclusion of the school year are; Art teacher Debbie Baxter, 15 years; Denise Hoon, 35.4 years; Sharon Mendel 23.6 years; Suzi Hubbard, a paraprofessional, 20 years; Paul Ihle, 23.1 years; Steve McLean, Vo-Ag, 36.5 years; Del Avery, bus driver, 22 years and over a million miles. Together they have touched the lives of hundreds of local students for a combined total of 175.6 years. Twenty-Five Years Ago June 9, 19...

  • Obituary

    Jun 13, 2024

    Tammy Brown March 27,1970–March 22, 2024 Tammy Brown, age 54, passed away peacefully on March 22, 2024, at Providence Saint Mary Medical Center in Walla Walla. Tammy was born on March 27, 1970, in Dayton, Wash. to Walt and Rosie Warehime. She was a proud resident of Waitsburg and graduated from Waitsburg High School in 1988. After high school she attended Walla Walla Community College and Whitworth College where she received degrees from both schools for sports medicine and physical e...

  • Community awards over $115k in scholarships

    Loyal Baker|Jun 13, 2024

    By Loyal Baker DAYTON–Local philanthropically minded individuals and organizations presented scholarship awards exceeding $115,000 to graduating Dayton High School Class of 2024 members and D.H.S. alumni at Scholarship Night at the Fairgrounds Pavilion Thursday, June 6. When university or college scholarships were added, students received a grand total of $870,391 to further their education. Receiving scholarships were: Kameryn Tupling: John Israel, Archer Ranch, Guy and Nyda Prater, Elk D...

  • Pastor's Corner

    Greg Brownell|Jun 13, 2024

    The boys were happy when their mother wrapped Christmas gifts because it not only meant presents to come, but also the joy of playing sword fights with the empty cardboard wrapping tube. They played swords in a harmless fashion that gave them joy, though the flimsy cardboard tube easily gave way and was quickly destroyed. God's Word is a sword that will never be destroyed. Neither does it give way. It always accomplishes the purpose for which God sends it. It is a victorious and effective Word....

  • At The Theater

    Jun 13, 2024

    Garfield, voiced by Chris Pratt, the world-famous, Monday-hating, lasagna-loving indoor cat, is about to have a wild outdoor adventure! After an unexpected reunion with his long-lost father–scruffy street cat Vic, voiced by Samuel L. Jackson, Garfield and his canine friend Odie are forced from their perfectly pampered life into joining Vic in a hilarious, high-stakes heist. Rotten Tomatoes critics gave this movie a 36% favorable rating, but audiences gave it 80%. It is rated PG for a...

  • Odd Couple" to be staged at Liberty

    Loyal Baker|Jun 13, 2024

    DAYTON–The female version of Neil Simon's "The Odd Couple," is coming to the stage of the Liberty Theater here June 21-23, starring Elizabetha Arebalos-Jagelski and Deanna Tipton. The production will be directed by Dave Campbell. Joining Arebalos-Jagelski and Tipton in the case will be Katie Leid, Savannah Vance, Shelley Franklin, Margaret Terry, Kyle Terry and Fred Crowe. Simon's delightful pretext of the slob and the neatnik takes a womanly twist in this comedy....

  • Waste-processing plant looking to locate locally

    Jessica Ruffcorn|Jun 13, 2024

    DAYTON–The Columbia County Commissioners (BOCC) heard a presentation to put a waste processing plant out at the rock quarry; consideration of the concept of framework pay; potential bear lawsuit; and approved a liquor license. Dave Dressler, who owns and operates Bio-Environmental Resource Recovery International, known as BERRI LLC, transforms hazardous landfill materials into safe, nutrient-rich dirt. According to Dressler they can take food waste, yard clippings, diapers, tires, leather, p...

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  • School Lunch Menu

    Jun 13, 2024

    Enjoy your summer!... Full story

  • Senior Round Table

    Jun 13, 2024

    Tue, May 14: Chicken & Dumplings, Mixed Veggies, Salad, Cottage Cheese, Bread, Banana, Milk Thur, May 16: Country Fried Steak, Mashed Potatoes & Gravy, Corn, Bread, Broccoli Salad, Fresh Fruit, Milk Tue, May 21: Beef Lasagna, Salad, Zucchini, Garlic Bread, Sunshine Gelatin, Milk Thur, May 23: BBQ Drumsticks, Macaroni Salad, Green Beans, Roll, Juice, Cookies, Milk... Full story

  • Community Events Calendar

    Jun 13, 2024

    Submit an Event Wed, Jun 12 Dayton Historic Depot–222 E. Commercial Ave.–10 a.m.-4 p.m. Library–111 S. 3rd St.–10 a.m.–5 p.m. Port of Columbia Meeting–Lyons Ferry Marina or ZOOM–5 p.m. Thurs, Jun 13 Senior Center Luncheon–403 E. Patit–pick-up available–11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Library–111 S. 3rd St.–12–8 p.m. AA Meeting–First Congregational Church, 214 S. 3rd St.–7 p.m. Fri, Jun 14 All Wheels Weekend Events Library–111 S. 3rd St.–10 a.m.–5 p.m. Palus Artifacts and Veterans Museum–426 E. Main St.–1-4... Full story

  • Dayton High School Graduation Saturday

    Jun 6, 2024

    DAYTON–Commencement Exercises for the Dayton High School Class of 2024 are set for 12 noon, Saturday, June 8, in the Dayton Gymnasium, and three honor speakers will give their graduation addresses. There are co-valedictorians in the Class of 2024: Kameryn Tupling and Ashley Essency, and Salutatorian Grace Trump, and each will speak during the ceremony. Kameryn Tupling is the daughter of Ashley and Diego Trevino, and has been quite busy as a Dayton High School student. She counts maintaining a G...

  • Port of Columbia Awarded Funds for Craft Malt Facility

    Jun 6, 2024

    DAYTON–The Port of Columbia has been awarded a $5 million grant and loan package from the Community Economic Revitalization Board (CERB) for construction of a craft malt facility at Blue Mountain Station. The package consists of a $3,750,000 loan and $1,250,000 grant. The committed private partner, Mainstem Malt, will be investing an amount equal or greater than $5 million for this project. This funding will connect to and extend existing infrastructure and construct a 12,000-square-foot b...

  • County Parks and Recreation commissioners mull budget and plans for future levy

    Jessica Ruffcorn|Jun 6, 2024

    DAYTON–During the regular meeting of the Parks and Recreation District on May 30, the commissioners discussed the first draft of the proposed budget and plans to seek voter approval for their first levy. Commissioners Katie Leid and Dianne McKinley put together a preliminary budget for the board to review. The budget accounts for income of approximately$200,000, which would be acquired if voters pass the levy in November for the maximum allowed of $0.20 per thousand dollars of assessed property...

  • Dayton High Scholarship Night tonight at Pavilion

    Charlotte Baker|Jun 6, 2024

    DAYTON–Members of the 2024 graduating class from Dayton High School, and alumni set to receive additional scholarships for their university studies will be honored at the Dayton School District's Scholarship Night at the Columbia County Fairgrounds Pavilion at 6 p.m. on Thursday, June 6, 2024. The dessert reception event will honor Class of 2024 seniors receiving scholarships. The reception will be hosted by the D.H.S. Junior Class as a fund raiser. Scholarship recipients will receive their a...

  • Quote of the Week

    Jun 6, 2024

    “Your task will not be an easy one. Your enemy is well-trained, well-equipped, and battle-hardened. He will fight savagely. I have full confidence in your courage, devotion to duty, and skill in battle. We will accept nothing less than full Victory.” – General Dwight D. Eisenhower D-Day Commander... Full story

  • Guest Commentary

    Jun 6, 2024

    Is it possible that the most popular solutions proposed to recover Chinook salmon will fail if implemented? Most proposed solutions to Chinook recovery focus on habitat. Advocates seek to remove dams, convert farmland into large, inflexible stream buffers, and restrict or eliminate water access. This paper will introduce science studies important to this discussion. It will show: 1) Why most salmon species are flourishing 2) The causes for Chinook decline and failing recovery efforts 3) The prop...

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