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  • Former Dayton resident under investigation in Jamaica

    Loyal Baker|Feb 2, 2023

    JAMAICA–Jamaican authorities are investigating allegations of improprieties in connection with a former Dayton resident, the faith-based orphanage he established to serve wards of the state here in 2014 and an official in charge of the government agency responsible for overseeing Embracing Orphans' The Father's House, the transitional facility established with the purpose of protecting vulnerable female wards of the state. Jamaica's Office of the Children's Advocate (OCA) issued an extensive a...

  • Eagles Aerie opens passageway between buildings

    Feb 2, 2023

    Dayton Eagles' Aerie is setting up housekeeping in its new location at 258 E. Main Street, and work was recently completed on a passageway between the former Weinhard Café and former Blue Mountain Realtors' offices, both of which are part of the Aerie's new facility. Bob Yost, center, and Lupe Benavides, right are assisted by Beau Hazelbaker, left, and Braxton Bly as they work on finishing the passage....

  • Blue Mountain Counseling hires substance abuse counselor

    Melissa Gemmell|Feb 2, 2023

    DAYTON-Blue Mountain Counseling recently added a substance use disorder/abuse counselor to their staff. Greg Hall comes from Yakima where he just retired from serving at the Veterans Administration. He said, “I love what I do. That’s why I came out of retirement to go back to doing it. It’s all about purpose…I found out a long time ago that the only service that human beings can offer one another is helping one another, so if we’re not doing that, what else are we doing? And that’s why this en...

  • Reported losses recover

    Melissa Gemmell|Feb 2, 2023

    DAYTON-Losses reported of $416k for Columbia County Health System in November were recovered in December with a net income of $887k according to the January 25 report during the monthly meeting. An end of the year financial analysis was provided by CEO Shane McGuire who also gave updates on progress towards obtaining the licensing to open Rivers Walk Assisted Living, as well as next steps for the Childcare Project. He also spoke about several facilities maintenance issues that occurred in Decemb...

  • Damage minor in residential fire

    Feb 2, 2023

    There were no injuries and damage was relatively minor when District 3 firefighters responded to 321 W. Clay Street at 12:45 a.m. January 31. The fire was inside the residence and firefighters observed smoke coming from the front door when they arrived. The resident had used a fire extinguisher prior to leaving the house, and District 3 personnel were able to extinguish the fire before it got into the wall, said Chief Jeromy Phinney. The cause of the fire, he said, appears to be a nail driven...

  • Quote of the Week

    Feb 2, 2023

    “If you aren’t fired with enthusiasm, you will be fired with enthusiasm.” – Vince Lombardi... Full story

  • Olympia Update

    Rep. Joe Schmick, Washington State House of Representatives|Feb 2, 2023

    OLYMPIA–Various surveys conducted around the state over the last year continue to show that public safety is high on the list of concerns for the average Washingtonian. It doesn't matter if it's someone living in downtown Bellevue or someone residing in the 9th Legislative District. People are feeling less safe and less secure in their homes and communities. According to annual statistics compiled by the Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs (WASPC), the numbers support this f...

  • A. F. Branco

    Feb 2, 2023

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  • BOCC approved purchase of six sheriff vehicles

    Melissa Gemmell|Feb 2, 2023

    DAYTON-The Board of County Commissioners voted to approve several items during the January 30 special meeting including the purchase of six sheriff vehicles; a budget amendment for solid waste; the sale or disposal of surplus property including the EMS truck; the contracts for indigent defense attorneys and to join the Resource Advisory Committee. A public hearing to amend the solid waste fee schedule was scheduled, as well as an agenda item was added for the February 6 regular meeting to fill t...

  • Pastor's Corner

    Feb 2, 2023

    Former Starbuck school pupil (Dayton born) Eugene Fletcher became lead pilot of a B-17 bomber that performed 35 missions over enemy territory in World War II, some of which were extremely dangerous. Prior to a mission in which the odds were against them returning, Eugene participated in a prayer time in which the crew sought God's protective deliverance. Later, the bombardier referred to the Lord's presence in their prayer time saying, "He showed up!" It was his way of saying the Lord made...

  • Clarification and correction

    Feb 2, 2023

    DAYTON–In the front-page article in the January 26, 2023 edition of the Dayton Chronicle “Library Director’s decision appealed” by Melissa Gemmell read: “During the meeting, Library Trustee Charles Beleny (corrected spelling) recommended to the Board and motioned for them to place a freeze on purchasing LGBTQIA books for one year while the controversy gets sorted out.” It should also read: Beleny’s motion also included to not use the books in question for children story time; take them out of the little libraries around town; and do not use th...

  • Obituary

    Feb 2, 2023

    Frank Jay Reser March 10, 1951–January 3, 2023 Frank Jay Reser passed on January 3 2023 with a nail gun in his hand, doing what he loved. Frank was born March 10, 1951 in Ritzville, Wash., to Gene and Fern Reser. They spent time in Stevensville, Mont., and Huntsville, Wash., before settling in Waitsburg, where Frank would eventually raise his own family. He graduated Waitsburg High School (WHS) in 1969 and received his teaching degree from Washington State University in 1973. He started and e...

  • What's New at School?

    Wyntr McCauley|Feb 2, 2023

    DAYTON–The High School (DHS) Class of 2025 put together the “Hippies in the 60’s” themed Sadie Hawkins Dance on February 17 at the Columbia County Fairgrounds Youth Building from 8-10 p.m. Sadie Hawkins is a Dayton-Waitsburg Dance that DHS will be hosting this year. The DHS Sophomore class will be selling tickets for both couples and singles at the door to fundraise for any future Class of 2025 events or purchases. National FFA Week is February 18-23. Dayton FFA officers have been working...

  • From the Dayton Chronicle archives

    Kaye Eaton|Feb 2, 2023

    Ten Years Ago January 30, 2013 The Watco Company, who operates the Palouse River & Coulee City Railroad, would like a new lease agreement with the Port of Columbia. The current lease agreement states it may be renewed in 20 years. The railroad, which was given to the Port in the 1990s, is part of a 67-mile stretch of rail from Dayton to Wallula. The Liberty Theater recently received a $2,000 safety grant from the PSE Foundation to improve safety in their lower level dressing rooms and a second...

  • Dayton Weekly Weather

    Feb 2, 2023

    Thursday: Increasing clouds, with a high near 46. Southeast wind around 6 mph becoming calm. Thursday Night: A 20 percent chance of rain after 10pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 33. South wind 8 to 11 mph, with gusts as high as 18 mph. Friday: A 20 percent chance of rain before 10am. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 51. Friday Night: A 20 percent chance of rain. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 36. Saturday: A 30 percent chance of rain, mainly after 4pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 52....

  • DW in third as season closes

    Loyal Baker|Feb 2, 2023

    BURBANK–Dayton-Waitsburg is in third place with a 4-4 league record as it heads into the last game of the season tonight against Walla Walla Valley Academy and Senior Night. In action from last week, DW was blistered by Columbia-Burbank. The Coyotes were hot, shooting 85% from the floor and 53% from the arc as they rode a huge, 33-point second quarter to an 84-20 pummeling of Dayton-Waitsburg Jan. 28. None of the Wolfpack's shooters could get untracked, with Spencer Hansen leading with six p...

  • Lady Wolfpack finds success against Coyotes

    Loyal Baker|Feb 2, 2023

    BURBANK–In a season with few bright spots, Head Coach Dirk Hansen is proud of them when they happen. Dayton-Waitsburg Lady Wolfpack, playing against fourth-ranked Columbia-Burbank on Jan. 28, scored 24 points in the 51-24 loss. "We only scored four on them when we first played them," Hansen said. "Again, only with six girls. We are improving." The Lady Wolfpack wraps the season tonight, Feb. 2, with a Senior Night contest versus Walla Walla Valley Academy, tip off at 6 p.m. DW is 0-8 in l...

  • Young Basketball Players giving half time crowds fast action

    Feb 2, 2023

    There is a flock of young basketball players learning the game and they delight Dayton-Waitsburg Wolfpack fans with their play during half time of home games. The action is fast...look for them two times, and the second time they're gone! Here, from left to right, Hadley Clarys, Ellie Thurston, with the ball, Reagyn Fabian and Charlotte Billow move the ball up court....