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 By Melissa Gemmell    News    November 26, 2020 

Port turned down for broadband grant funds

DAYTON–The Broadband Project did not receive the grant from the Public Works Board with funds needed to move forward, reported Port of Columbia Executive Director Jennie Dickinson at the November...

 
 By Melissa Gemmell    News    November 26, 2020 

Dayton Schools halts in-person classes; will re-evaluate plans Saturday

DAYTON–An emergency School Board meeting was held Monday evening, November 23, to determine classroom protocols in response to a local outbreak of COVID cases. The school district made a decision...

 
 By Melissa Gemmell    News    November 26, 2020 

Still crunching budget numbers

DAYTON–The Board of County Commissioners have been meeting with the various department heads over the past month to review of proposed budget requests for 2021 in anticipation of County Auditor...

 

City Council approves interlocal agreement with Columbia County

DAYTON–The City of Dayton and Columbia County have worked out their differences regarding law enforcement coverage, dispatch services and municipal court services, and the City Council approved a...

 

CCHS adopts 2021 budget; capital projects in the works

DAYTON–Columbia County Health System (CCHS) held a special board meeting to hold two public hearings for the approval of a request for a 1% levy tax increase, as well as the adoption of the 2021...

 

COVID–19 restrictions

DAYTON–While restrictions are implemented, Columbia County basks in a "pocket" of lower COVID incidences. Martha Lanman, Columbia County Public Health Administrator, reported to the Board of...

 

School calls Monday a snow day, temporarily suspends in-person classes Tuesday

DAYTON–An emergency School Board meeting was held Monday evening, November 23, to determine classroom protocols in response to a local outbreak of COVID cases. The school district made a decision to... Full story

 

A minor COVID increase pales to lack of flood repair funding

DAYTON-Martha Lanman, Columbia County Public Health Administrator reported six new cases of COVID in the County with no hospitalizations and does not impact the school or students at the Columbia...

 

Dayton Memorial Library to reopen November 9

DAYTON-The Columbia County Rural Library will reopen November 9 with specific hours for at-risk patrons and other hours for the general public between 11 a.m.–4 p.m., Monday–Friday. Since the...

 

CCHS moves forward with dental project

DAYTON-Columbia County Hospital District Board of Directors approved moving forward with the proposed Dental Project presented by CEO Shane McGuire, to contract with Davis Construction of Walla...

 

School reaps COVID funding rewards

DAYTON–Public Health Administrator Martha Lanman indicated because the department has not done as much contact tracing as anticipated, they have money that could be given to the District to cover...

 

Budget revisions anticipated by County Depts.

DAYTON-The Columbia County Commissioners’ heard requests for wages revisions, lack of winter road preparation and debris removal, 4-H reopening and personnel replacement at the Board meeting...

 

Port Commissioners call for Touchet Valley Trail public meeting

DAYTON– Engineering consultant Anderson Perry is close to 30% complete on the Touchet Valley Trail (TVT) design, the Port of Columbia Board of Commissioners were advised, prompting the Board to set...

 

Third Street Sidewalk Project well underway

DAYTON–The City Council, presided by Mayor Pro Tem Dain Nysoe, passed a resolution authorizing funding for Third Street Sidewalk Replacement project; approved handing over additional CARES funding...

 

City Lumber & Coal Yard burglarized

DAYTON-A break-in and burglary of carpentry equipment, tools and paint occurred at the City Lumber & Coal Yard sometime during the night October 16 and the morning of October 17. Employee T.J. Dobbs... Full story

 

DW sports practices to start October 19

DAYTON–Superintendent Guy Strot provided updates on the return of athletic practices on October 19-November 27 with basketball season starting December 28 and the roofing project in the elementary...

 

$7.2 million flood damages assessment

DAYTON–County road damages from the February flooding has been assessed at $7.2 million of which Columbia County's portion is $1.3 million over the next two years, as a match requirement for...

 

Fine tuning fairground protocols

DAYTON–The Board of Columbia County Commissioners (BOCC) decided to disallow the use of the white barn at the fairgrounds for hay storage by horse stall renters presently until the new rental...

 

Commissioner seeks solution to stall renters' issue

DAYTON–County Commissioner Chuck Amerein called an unofficial Stall Renters meeting October 6, 2020 with the intention of finding resolution of issues to differences between two groups renting...

 

Many participated in the local 2020 Prayer Walk

DAYTON-Over 100 people from in and around Dayton gathered at the Courthouse for the Prayer Walk for the community and nation on September 26 at 9 a.m. The crowd was met by event organizer and Faith...

 

BOCC hears complaints over leadership at fairgrounds

DAYTON–A formal complaint was given by Alicia Adkins to the Board of Columbia County Commissioners in regards to alleged mistreatment of some of the children, including her own, boarding their...

 

No new COVID-19 cases in past three weeks

DAYTON– There have been no new cases of the Coronavirus-19 since September 2, according to County Public Health Administrator Martha Lanman in a report to the Board of County Commissioners (BOCC)...

 

CCHS moves forward with a $350,000 improvement project

DAYTON–The Columbia County Health System (CCHS) Board of Commissioners approved moving forward with a $350,000 medical air, vacuum and oxygen upgrade project. Previously, the board discussed a...

 

Indigent Defense Contract offered to Rachel Cortez

DAYTON–The Board of County Commissioners offered the Indigent Defense Contract to Rachel Cortez on Tuesday, September 8, 2020. She will represent Columbia County through the end of the year,...

 

Free summer meals program extended through December

DAYTON-The Dayton School District announced last week that they were approved for the free breakfast and lunch program through December for any child in the Dayton community 18 years and under....

 

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