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 By Melissa Gemmell    News    November 24, 2022 

School Board votes to dissolve sports combine

DAYTON–The Dayton School Board reviewed agenda-item proposals to dissolve the combined sports program and consider the resignation of Dayton-Waitsburg Athletic Director Sam Korslund before...

 
 By Melissa Gemmell    News    November 24, 2022 

Sexually explicit content remains available to minors, citizens complain

DAYTON–The Columbia County Commissioners (BOCC) heard comments from concerned citizens regarding the sexually explicit content in the library; certification of several levies; HVAC contract...

 

Getting multiple agencies' approval holds up sediment removal in Touchet River

DAYTON-The City Council heard discussion on the Touchet River sediment removal; a brief update about the Wastewater Treatment Project and the Third Street Project; designated Councilman Jim Sueuga as...

 

Port working on budget and property sale

DAYTON–The Port of Columbia Commission held a budget hearing within their regular monthly meeting on November 9; met with a consultant firm by Zoom for beginning the process of updating the Comprehe...

 

COVID emergency officially ends in Columbia County

DAYTON-The Columbia County Commissioners (BOCC) approved three resolutions during their November 7 meeting, two for county roads and another ending the local state of emergency due to COVID. They...

 

PBIS seems to be working

DAYTON-The November 2 Dayton School Board work session topics included a presentation from the Dean of Students Hannelee Farrell about the Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports (PBIS) the...

 

BOCC makes appointments and approve new hires

DAYTON-During the October 24 special meeting, the Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) hired or made appointments for Emergency Management Director, Interim Assessor, County Engineer, and a recruiter...

 

Goals set to restore confidence in local school

DAYTON-The School Board heard from Superintendent Rich Stewart about the goals of the district to improve community perception of the schools by having consistent discipline and a positive learning...

 

Port balances budget

DAYTON-Attendees packed the Port of Columbia board room with more who attended by Zoom for a special meeting to continue the review of the 2023 budget that began during the regular October 12...

 

Hospital and assisted living facility remain stable

DAYTON-The Columbia County Health System board reviewed budget matters, and was updated on Assisted Living facility certification. Washington hospitals continue to face operational cost losses for...

 

Jann Manwell appointed Interim County Auditor

DAYTON-The Columbia County Commissioners (BOCC) appointed Jann Manwell as Interim County Auditor after an interview. Auditor candidate Jann Manwell has been working as Columbia County Deputy Auditor f...

 

Council returns to an American tradition

DAYTON-The Dayton City Council opened the October 11 meeting in with an American tradition, citing the Pledge of Allegiance. The new practice was suggested by Council member Laura Aukerman and...

 

School did receive $5 million grant

DAYTON-Superintendent Rich Stewart issued a correction to a previous statement he made at the October 5 work session regarding a $5 million State grant for capital projects that the Dayton School...

 

Stewart makes funding clarification

DAYTON- Superintendent Rich Stewart made a correction to information of grant funding at the Dayton School Board meeting on October 19. Stewart corrected a previous report, confirming that the...

 

Candidates answer probing questions at Republican Forum

DAYTON-Some 100 interested voters gathered to question candidates at the Columbia County Republican Central Committee (CCRCC)-hosted candidate forum at the Dayton High School Auditorium on October... Full story

 

Meat processing plant being planned here

DAYTON-The Port of Columbia Commission unanimously approved moving forward on a proposal made by Table Rock Meat Company of Dayton to purchase Port property for the future site of a USDA-approved...

 

Library patrons object to and defend explicit books for youth

DAYTON–Nearly 50 attended in person and another 20 online to give or hear comment on the book collection to the Columbia County Rural Library Board of Trustees at the monthly board meeting on...

 

AAUW forum draws a large crowd

DAYTON-Some 80 interested citizens attended when the American Association of University Women (AAUW) held a candidate forum for local candidates, including 5th District Representative, County...

 

School District denied $5 million grant; Directors grapple with building needs and maintenance

DAYTON-The local School Board (DSB) heard information about bonds and levies; and about the Senior Life Class, at the work session on October 5. The DSB held their monthly work session on October 5...

 

Informational forum held for Dayton community pool

DAYTON–The Friends of the Pool held a public forum workshop in an effort to seek input as to the type of swimming facility the community would support at the Dayton Elementary multi-purpose room...

 

BOCC approves Environmental Health position

DAYTON–The Columbia County Commissioners approved a job description and salary to establish an Environmental Health position for Public Health during the October 3 meeting. They also heard from a...

 

Homecoming Week highlighted to Dayton School Board

DAYTON–The School Board meeting on September 24 coincided with Homecoming Week as reported by ASB representative and high school junior Grace Trump. Superintendent Rich Stewart announced during his...

 

Dayton School District Key Communicators group meets

DAYTON-The Dayton School District Interim Superintendent Rich Stewart held the first of what will be monthly meetings called Key Communicators on September 16 with the help of Administrative...

 

Dayton Kiwanis celebrates 100 years

DAYTON–A wonderful time was had by the local Kiwanis Club at the 100th year celebration event held on September 17 at The Barn at Blue Meadows. Governors and Lieutenant Governors old and new from...

 

Dozens attend library meeting to voice opinion about content

DAYTON–There was standing room only for the hybrid monthly Library Board of Trustees meeting on September 19 which coincided with Banned Book Week. Members of the community came to listen in or...

 

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