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These are indeed interesting times. Liberty in the United States is under threat and it is because the communication channels are held in too few hands. Those who control the news media have manipulated public opinion and swayed voters. It’s...

 
 By Loyal Baker    News    January 7, 2021

Coronavirus virtual town hall meeting planned

DAYTON–Interested in hearing the latest on Columbia County’s activities regarding the COVID-19 pandemic and vaccinations? The public is invited to join a Zoom virtual Town Hall meeting next Tuesday, January 12, according to Martha Lanman,...

 
 By Loyal Baker    Opinion    January 7, 2021

Commentary

I can easily count up my college roommates. Eight. Two at community college, six while attending E.W.U., where I majored in journalism. Three I consider having attended school from K-16. I’ve also been fortunate, blessed, honored that we all have...

 
 By Loyal Baker    News    December 31, 2020

Fire damages Ryan and Nancy Laughery residence December 27

The Ryan and Nancy Laughery residence at 108 Penny Lane, Dayton, suffered smoke and water damage, plus damage caused by firefighters gaining access to interior ceilings and roof spaces last Sunday...

 

Chronicle's Christmas Spree puts smiles on winner's faces

DAYTON–The Christmas season was made merrier for five lucky winners of the Dayton Chronicle's 42nd Annual Holiday Shopping Spree. The yearly shop-local promotion, sponsored by two dozen local...

 

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“The great thing about getting older is that you don’t lose all the other ages you’ve been.” –Madeleine L’Engle The step over from 2020 to the New Year will be robustly celebrated by most as the twentieth year of this century...

 
 By Loyal Baker    News    December 24, 2020

Scott Marinella to retire from M&B law practice

DAYTON–People you meet while in college sometimes turn out to have profound impacts in later years, when viewed from the threshold of retirement. The same could be said for those ubiquitous...

 
 By Loyal Baker    News    December 24, 2020

Extension Agent Paul Carter to retire

DAYTON–Helping local farmers make more money through proper soil condition has been the focus of Columbia County Extension Agent Paul Carter's 15-year stint here, and Carter is gratified by the...

 

Commentary

Seriously, I grew up in a family that enjoyed having a lot of fun, especially at Christmas. There was always an air of anticipation, of course, as Christmas approached. I would spend hours on my belly in the living room, turning through the pages of...

 

In difficult times, Project Timothy is there

DAYTON–In the spirit of the season, teamwork among several local organizations and the generosity of volunteers and donors made the Christmas holiday more enjoyable for 100 families in the...

 

Generosity of community highlights Christmas Season

DAYTON–Christmas is a time of giving, and this community, once again, has come forward in a big way to make a brighter holiday for the less fortunate in the area. At Dingle's of Dayton, the floor...

 
 By Loyal Baker    News    December 17, 2020

Glittering Christmas fireworks Saturday

DAYTON–Something the pandemic won't stop is the Dayton Chamber of Commerce's Christmas Fireworks Exhibition, planned for this Saturday, December 19. "People are invited to come downtown to view the...

 

COMMENTARY

He came bounding into my life some 34 years ago on this day. As one interested in aviation, it was seemingly prophetic. On this December 17 date in 1903, two brothers from Dayton, Oh., successfully flew their Wright Flyer into a stiff North Carolina...

 
 By Loyal Baker    News    December 10, 2020

Generous donor offers match for golf course renovation donations

DAYTON–The Touchet Valley Golf Course has been seeking funds to improve the course with an underground irrigation system, and it is raising money for the second phase: construction of an irrigation...

 

Commentary

The seventy-ninth anniversary of the entry of the United States into World War II via the attack on Pearl Harbor just went by, and, coincidentally, military hero Chuck Yeager died at age 97 on that da...

 
 By Loyal Baker    News    December 3, 2020

Chamber's "Believe" Christmas Cruise delights Dayton neighborhoods

DAYTON–The air was brisk and the lights were bright as this community made the best of its annual Christmas celebrations with a BELIEVE Christmas Cruise in, through and around Dayton last Friday,...

 
 By Loyal Baker    News    November 26, 2020

"Believe" Lighted Christmas Cruise Friday

DAYTON–Adapted for the coronavirus, the community's Christmas celebration, "BELIEVE," gets underway this Friday, November 27, with a Lighted Christmas Cruise. All are invited to spiff up their...

 

Commentary

Here we are with the holidays just around the corner, and one with long tradition in our country, Thanksgiving. In addition to the turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy, and pumpkin pie, we’ve always had an affinity to the holiday, for which...

 
 By Loyal Baker    News    November 19, 2020

"Believe, A Small-Town Celebration" will replace traditional Christmas Kickoff

DAYTON– Once again, the coronavirus will make the year 2020 one to remember. This community's long-time favorite holiday event, the Chamber of Commerce-sponsored Christmas Kickoff has been kicked...

 

Commentary

DAYTON–Good ol’ Governor Inslee has stepped up the “across-the-board” restrictions. As of November 16: • Restaurants and bars are closed for indoor service. Outdoor dining and to-go service is permitted. (Restrictions on restaurants take...

 

Brix & Brew fund raiser a success

DAYTON–All things considered, the 2020 Brix & Brew Fundraiser was a success for the Chamber of Commerce. The event, which is usually held in March but was postponed due to the coronavirus,...

 
 By Loyal Baker    News    November 12, 2020

Paige's Floral & Gifts up and running

DAYTON–One of Our Fair City's long-time institutions has changed ownership and name-but the vital products and services remain an important part of the community. And the mother-and-daughter...

 

Commentary

It is interesting that the national media, which is already biased against conservatism due to influence in hyper-liberal political forces, has glossed over the Election Night improprieties and declared Joe Biden the winner. I just shake my head...

 
 By Loyal Baker    News    November 5, 2020

Columbia County voters mark record turnout

DAYTON–As the country anxiously awaits the outcome of the presidential contest, Columbia County voters turned out at a phenomenal rate, choosing a new county commissioner and weighing in on local,...

 
 By Loyal Baker    News    October 29, 2020

2020 General Election Nov. 3

DAYTON–Over a year of campaigning at the national level, and races and issues at the local level will culminate on November 3 when ballots for the 2020 General Election are due. Ballots must be in b...

 

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