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 By Jessica Ruffcorn    News    May 16, 2024 

School Board Meeting

DAYTON–The School Board were advised of Hot Poetry winners; approved the CTE plan; High school English teacher Martin Surridge announced that out of five winners, three Dayton seniors, Justina Abrahamson, Solomon Brenner, and Logan Berg, won the P... Full story

 
 By Jessica Ruffcorn    News    May 16, 2024 

Port moves forward with funding applications for Lyons Ferry Upgrades and Mainstream Malt Building

DAYTON–The Port of Columbia Board will move forward with applications for Lyons Ferry and Mainstream Malt. The Recreation and Conservation Funding Board (RCO) application for funding to upgrade Lyons Ferry was turned in. There will be a chance for t...

 
 By Jessica Ruffcorn    News    May 9, 2024

Elementary School Cinco De Libro event is a great success

DAYTON–Laughs, whoops, and hollers of joy were heard across the front lawn of the Dayton Elementary school during their Cinco De Libro Event on May 1. The event featured multiple bounce houses, g...

 
 By Jessica Ruffcorn    News    May 2, 2024

Columbia County Parks and Rec District prepares for upcoming levy to support a new pool

DAYTON– The Columbia County Parks and Recreation District Commissioners (P&R) discussed the upcoming levy proposal at the recent board meeting. P&R are working toward a levy budget plan to set before the voters in November. Currently the district i...

 

Athletics making a resurgence among Dayton student-athletes

By Jessica Ruffcorn Dayton Chronicle Reporter DAYTON–Dayton Schools' Athletic Director Sam Korslund reported remarkable success in spring sports to the Dayton School Board of Directors at their A...

 

Columbia County Parks and Rec hosts a Community Input Meeting

DAYTON– The Columbia County Parks and Rec District hosted a public forum focusing on the type of pool that would benefit the community. The April 18 meeting was informal and allowed the audience to c...

 

Port and Lyons Ferry Marina to seek grant

DAYTON–Port of Columbia Commissioners approve resolution 2024-03; signed a one-year lease for new business; and were advised of lighting program cost during the meeting April 10. Executive Director J...

 

Council declines to put library annexation to a vote

DAYTON–The City Council voted unanimously to not place the library annexation on the November ballot at their regular meeting. Dayton resident Katie Roughton had made the request to the council back in January in hopes that city voters would have t...

 
 By Jessica Ruffcorn    News    April 4, 2024

Pool Board prepares for community meeting

DAYTON–The Parks and Recreation District Pool Board (PB) is planning a community meeting for April 18 at 6 p.m. at the Elementary School multi-purpose room. They are seeking public input on what is n...

 
 By Jessica Ruffcorn    News    April 4, 2024

School Board approves contract with Jeremy Wheatley

DAYTON–The Dayton School Board unanimously approved a three-year contract with Jeremy Wheatley for the superintendent position during a special meeting on March 29. During the "Meet The Candidates F...

 

BOCC discusses option to elect or appoint a coroner

DAYTON–The Columbia County Board of Commissioners (BOCC) heard from Prosecuting Attorney Dale Slack who advised them of a change in RCW 36.16.030 that the prosecuting attorney will no longer be an ex officio coroner for counties with a population o...

 

City discuss HB 5824, de-annexation, office hours and more

DAYTON–The City Council addressed House Bill 5824, and de-annexation of the city from the Columbia County Rual Library District at the workshop on March 19. In addition, they discussed a change in business hours for City Hall; results of the r...

 

Foundation donates adaptive tricycle

DAYTON–Local High School student Kaylee Coleman, receives an adaptive tricycle from the Charge Syndrome Foundation. Kaylee Coleman is a sophomore at Dayton High school who has CHARGE syndrome. This c...

 

Council hears public comment on library annexation

DAYTON–The City Council heard public comments about the library annexation and feedback about council members and policies at the March 12 meeting. Katie Roughton spoke to the council about her request for the annexation of the city into the C...

 

Port approves applying for a CERB loan

DAYTON– The Port of Columbia Board of Commissioners (PORT) approved applying for a CERB loan to build a facility for a potential new business, Mainstream Malt, at the meeting March 13. In addition, the public addressed concerns over the Port C...

 

City resurfacing project starts in May

By Jessica Ruffcorn Dayton Chronicle Reporter DAYTON–Public Works Director Ryan Paulson presented a map and discussed plans on how best to use a $2 million grant to resurface most of the roads in the...

 

Jeremy Wheatley chosen Dayton Schools' superintendent

DAYTON–The Dayton School Board voted to extend a contract offer to Jeremy Wheatley, pending contract negotiations, for the position of the school superintendent at their meeting on March 7. W... Full story

 

Two-year Elementary School Improvement Plan approved

DAYTON–During the regular board meeting of the Dayton School District on March 7, the board approved the recommendation to approve the School Improvement plan and Title 1 reading plan for Dayton E...

 
 By Jessica Ruffcorn    News    March 7, 2024

Pool Town Hall event planned

DAYTON–The Columbia County Parks and Recreation District (CCPD) discussed funding options; first steps in pool blueprint; Town Hall Meeting; and approved Resolution 2024-01, at the meeting February 29. CCPD Chairperson Dianne McKinley reviewed RCW 3...

 
 By Jessica Ruffcorn    News    March 7, 2024

Panel explores the effects of drugs and our youth

DAYTON–The Youth and Families Coalition presented a key leader conference to discuss the effects drugs have on our youth, their families, and community at the Liberty Theater, February 29. The p...

 

Potential business could bring family-wage jobs

DAYTON–Port of Columbia Commissioners heard discussion on a possible new business opening here and glass-recycling protocol at the meeting held on February 14. The Port received an update that a new business, Mainstream Malt and Grain Cluster, that w...

 

Golf carts, ethics code and annexation part of workshop discussion

DAYTON–The City Council held a workshop on February 20 for the purpose of discussing a possible golf cart policy, reviewing the council policy and ethics handbook, and discussing the request for a ballot initiative on the topic of library a...

 

FFA Trap Shoot team headed for State Tournament

By Jessica Ruffcorn Reporter DAYTON–The Dayton School's FFA Trap Shoot Team requested approval from the School Board to travel to Wenatchee for the state tournament at the most recent board meeting o...

 

Citizen presses Council for city-wide library annexation conversation

DAYTON–The City Council discussed a previously made request regarding the Columbia County Rural Library District annexation issue and heard a formal complaint of an alleged ethics violation at the February 13 meeting. Katie Roughton of Dayton, who h...

 

Port Commissioners change Executive Director's contract

DAYTON–Port of Columbia Commissioners voted 2-1 to change the status of the position of Port Executive Director from contracted to a non-contracted, at-will position following an executive session d...

 

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