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 By Melissa Gemmell    News    June 30, 2022 

Rally for the Flag draws supporters

DAYTON–Nearly 50 peaceably assembled to show support for the flag of our country and historical values at a "Rally for the Flag," held on the sidewalk next to the Dayton Historic Depot on June 25...

 
 By Melissa Gemmell    News    June 23, 2022

Council on track to proceed with Wastewater Treatment Project

DAYTON–City Council confirmed it is proceeding with the Wastewater Treatment Project and Misty Yost stepped down in business June 14. Following an executive session to discuss the Wastewater...

 
 By Melissa Gemmell    News    June 23, 2022

Emergency Management budget hearing held

DAYTON–The Board of County Commissioners heard reports from the departments heads to start the regular meeting on June 21. A budget hearing has held to add Emergency Management projects to the...

 
 By Melissa Gemmell    News    June 23, 2022

Guinevere Joyce is newly hired permanent secondary principal

DAYTON-The School Board approved the hire of secondary principal Guinevere Joyce; continued sport combine discussion; K-12 curriculum and policies at the meeting June 15. In addition, a proposed a...

 
 By Melissa Gemmell    News    June 16, 2022

Special Meeting County Engineer dismissed

DAYTON– Following an executive session to discuss personnel on June 13, County Commissioners approved action for separation of employment for cause with County Engineer Jeremy Weiland, effective...

 
 By Melissa Gemmell    News    June 16, 2022

Sheriff states policy in case of active shooter

DAYTON-The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office released a statement declaring their policy in the event the community has an active threat or shooter emergency as defined as one of more persons...

 
 By Melissa Gemmell    News    June 16, 2022

Port Commission to review Comprehensive Plan

DAYTON-Port of Columbia Commissioners toured Lyons Ferry Marina before reviewing the Comprehensive Plan at the meeting June 8. Port Commissioners Genie Crowe and Seth Bryan toured Port asset Lyons...

 
 By Melissa Gemmell    News    June 9, 2022

School Boards meet over athletic combine

DAYTON-The School Boards of Dayton and Waitsburg met with the district Superintendents Guy Strot, Mark Pickel, and Athletic Director Sam Korslund to discuss the future of the athletic combine on June...

 
 By Melissa Gemmell    News    June 9, 2022

Rich Stewart named interim supt.

DAYTON-Former Dayton superintendent Rich Stewart will serve as interim superintendent, the Dayton School Board approved. Stewart was superintendent here from 2004-2009. The School Board approved an...

 
 By Melissa Gemmell    News    June 9, 2022

Issues explored at town hall on wastewater treatment project

DAYTON-Newly formed local political action committee Neighbors United for Progress (NUP) held a hybrid town hall meeting at the high school auditorium on June 2. The town hall featured a panel of...

 
 By Melissa Gemmell    News    June 2, 2022

CCHS financials favorable

DAYTON-The Columbia County Health System board of commissioners were advised of a $46,000 net gain in April financial report given on May 25, the accounting firm DZA, PLLC presented an audit report...

 

Athletic Combine future in spotlight

DAYTON–The past, present and future of the Dayton-Waitsburg Athletic Combine (DW) was examined and explored by Dayton School Directors and school patrons in attendance, with recommendations by...

 
 By Melissa Gemmell    News    May 26, 2022

Community Forum on Childcare

By Melissa Gemmell Dayton Chronicle Reporter DAYTON-A community forum was held at the Columbia County Fairgrounds Pavilion on May 23 to discuss childcare here. A panel was assembled to provide...

 
 By Melissa Gemmell    News    May 19, 2022

Shannon McMillen appointed to Council

DAYTON–The City Council appointed Shannon McMillen to an open position, a updated resolution for the purchase of land for the waste water project (WWTP) was passed and other business was handled...

 
 By Melissa Gemmell    News    May 19, 2022

Departments meeting work demands

DAYTON–A brief Flood Control Zone District meeting was called ahead of the regular Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) on May 16. County Engineer Jeremy Weiland provided an update on the...

 
 By Melissa Gemmell    News    May 19, 2022

Addressing the lack of housing

DAYTON-The Port of Columbia Commissioners heard a housing presentation, data analysis from 2020 census, and other Port business during the monthly regular meeting on May 11. It was given by...

 

Quilt of Valor presented

DAYTON–Veteran Charles Amerein (center) was presented the Quilt of Valor on May 11 by fellow veteran Brian Black (right). The quilt was commissioned by his mother Amy before she passed away to be...

 
 By Melissa Gemmell    News    May 12, 2022

Loss of DHS student prompts serious discussion

DAYTON– The Dayton School District and the community experienced the tragic loss of the one of its high school youths to suicide last week, school directors discussed during the May 9 work session....

 
 By Melissa Gemmell    News    May 5, 2022

EM Director Ashley Strickland resigns

DAYTON–Emergency Management Director Ashley Strickland has submitted his resignation, effective May 20. Strickland presented a brief letter of resignation to the Commissioners during the regular...

 
 By Melissa Gemmell    News    May 5, 2022

City Council holds wastewater treatment project workshop

DAYTON–Mayor Zac Weatherford scheduled a workshop for the wastewater treatment project on April 27, at the request of the Dayton City Council members, after they voted down the purchase of the...

 
 By Melissa Gemmell    News    May 5, 2022

CCHS making budget work hard

DAYTON–Columbia County Health System (CCHS) reported at the monthly Board meeting on April 27 a net loss for the third consecutive month. Project updates were also given for the Rivers Walk...

 
 By Melissa Gemmell    News    April 28, 2022

BOCC approves $90,000 for broadband project

DAYTON-The Board of County Commissioners met for a brief work session on April 25 before they went into an executive session to discuss personnel with Superior Court. They approved a contract with...

 
 By Melissa Gemmell    News    April 28, 2022

No COVID shot required for school entry

DAYTON-The School board was informed of the new COVID requirements for school entry; heard discussion on sex ed; advised of budget overage; and a $30,000 grant award were presented at the meeting Apri...

 
 By Melissa Gemmell    News    April 28, 2022

Pavilion bathrooms stalled

DAYTON–County Engineer Jeremy Weiland updated the Columbia County Commissions about the lack of progress on the fairgrounds pavilion bathrooms at the recent meeting April 18. In addition, a public...

 
 By Melissa Gemmell    News    April 21, 2022

Council nixes sale of property for Dollar General

DAYTON–An offer of $65,000 for the vacant lot behind the 100 block of East Main–proposed as the future site of a Dollar General store–was unanimously turned down by the Dayton City Council at...

 

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