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  • Jeremy Wheatley chosen Dayton Schools' superintendent

    Jessica Ruffcorn|Mar 14, 2024

    DAYTON–The Dayton School Board voted to extend a contract offer to Jeremy Wheatley, pending contract negotiations, for the position of the school superintendent at their meeting on March 7. Wheatley was one of three candidates who were the subjects of a day-long interview process involving school staff, students and the community March 6. Other candidates were current Dayton School Secondary Principal Guin Joyce, and Jodi Thew of Baker City, Ore., who previously lived in Waitsburg and was e...

  • Dick Rogers named Kiwanian of the Year

    Loyal Baker|Mar 14, 2024

    DAYTON–Dick Rogers is a doer, and doing is what he does best-at least for the Dayton Kiwanis Club. Rogers was honored as Kiwanian of the Year by the long-time Dayton service organization. President Kim Lyonnais made the presentation to the first-year Kiwanian at the February 22 luncheon meeting. "I joined just to be a grunt," Rogers said. "I just want to get out, to help with the project and have fun." Serving in additional roles such as an officer or board member isn't anything Rogers is i...

  • Two-year Elementary School Improvement Plan approved

    Jessica Ruffcorn|Mar 14, 2024

    DAYTON–During the regular board meeting of the Dayton School District on March 7, the board approved the recommendation to approve the School Improvement plan and Title 1 reading plan for Dayton Elementary School. Principal Amy Cox, along with Teachers Jamie Rushing and Darby Souza, presented a report showing the board what testing is being done, what data is being collected and how the staff is utilizing that data to improve learning opportunities for students. Tests provided to students t...

  • New childcare center, RoseMary's Place, to hold open house

    Mar 14, 2024

    DAYTON- RoseMary's Place, a new childcare center located in the former Booker Rest Home at Dayton General Hospital, will hold an open house Saturday, March 16, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The facility is the result of a collaborative effort between the Columbia County Health System and YWCA-Walla Walla, with support from YWCA community partners including Sherwood Trust, Wildhorse Foundation, Columbia REA, the Blue Mountain Community Foundation's Warren Community Action Fund, Innovia Foundation and...

  • Quote of the Week

    Mar 14, 2024

    “Big doesn’t necessarily mean better. Sunflowers aren’t better than violets.” – Edna Ferber...

  • Olympia Update

    Mar 14, 2024

    By Sen, Mark Schoesler, Rep. Joe Schmick, and Rep. Mary Dye OLYMPIA–The 2024 legislative session is now in the history books. After 60 days, in which 201 House bills and 180 Senate bills passed the Legislature, we can report a mix of great successes and disappointments. We fought hard for public hearings on all six citizens' initiatives to the Legislature. Closer to the end of the session, Democratic leaders in both the House and Senate reluctantly agreed to hear three of the measures but s...

  • Commentary

    Charlotte Baker|Mar 14, 2024

    As a farmer's daughter, and later during the first five years of my previous 19-year-marriage, a farmer's wife, the standing rule was to never say anything about how things were going, such as "How's harvest?" The answer to that was always "I'll tell you when it is over." I broke that rule. In a recent column in this space, I reported that I was finally well after living through one illness after another from last September through February, compliments of some of my music students. I spoke too...

  • Guest Commentary

    Mar 14, 2024

    By Roger Harnack Let's take a few words that should be on the minds of all Eastern Washingtonians concerned over efforts to breach Snake River dams - agreement, restoration and sovereign, to name a few. Recently in the White House, President Joe Biden signed onto the "Commitments in Support of the Columbia Basin Restoration Initiative and in Partnership with the Six Sovereigns" agreement. The so-called "sovereigns" refers to the states of Washington and Oregon, and four tribes - the Yakama in Wa...

  • Letters to the Editor

    Mar 14, 2024

    To the editor, I've looked at life from both sides now..." by Joni Mitchell A story told in our community is an older adult female went to CC Rural Public library and was immediately confronted by a large display featuring a book opened to a page with sexual images. She was upset, especially for the children. The library had been a place she enjoyed going to. Being of a similar generation I understand her shock at seeing a book with sexual content on display. It didn't happen when we were...

  • Parenting workshop offered

    Mar 14, 2024

    DAYTON–The Coalition for Youth and Families offer a five-week family workshop series which includes free dinner and childcare at 112 N. 2nd St. on March 19, 26, April 2, 9, and 16 at 5:30-7:30 p.m....

  • Weather Forecast

    Mar 14, 2024

    Thursday: Sunny, with a high near 56. Calm wind becoming north around 6 mph in the afternoon. Thursday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 32. Northeast wind 5 to 7 mph becoming calm in the evening. Friday: Sunny, with a high near 60. Friday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 35. Saturday: Sunny, with a high near 63. Saturday Night: Clear, with a low around 39. Sunday: Sunny, with a high near 66. Sunday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 42. Monday: Sunny, with a high near 69. Monday...

  • Civility Café host to 100 to discuss books

    Melissa Gemmell|Mar 14, 2024

    DAYTON–The Friends of the Library hosted a Community Civility Café with grant funding from the INATAI Foundation, at the Fairgrounds Pavilion March 7. Some 100 attendees came to listen, discuss, and break bread. Sandwiches, cookies, and beverages were offered while engaging in the question of "Which books should be available in our school and public libraries?" As the community has experienced, differing positions have caused divisions in this community and many communities around the na...

  • Dayton Chamber's Brix & Brew Friday

    Mar 14, 2024

    DAYTON–The Dayton Chamber of Commerce's 23rd annual Brix & Brew Fundraiser is set for 5:30 p.m. Friday, March 15 at the Columbia County Fair Pavilion. Brix & Brew's premium trip is an all-expense paid trip to beautiful Costa Rica! Attendees enjoy a fun evening with food, local beer and wine and entertaining live and silent auctions. Items include trips near and far, jewelry, gift certificates, wild rides up the Snake River, riverboat cruises on Lake Coeur d'Alene, Broadway musicals and c...

  • Obituary

    Mar 14, 2024

    Roma Margaret Laybourn February 8 –February 8, 2024 Roma Margaret Laybourn, a beloved mother, sister, and friend peacefully departed this world on her birthday, February 8, 2024. Roma found solace in the simple pleasures of life such as a mountain flowers, preparing a Thanksgiving feast or tending to her garden in the springtime. Her personal relationship with God guided her steps along the way and she lived by the teachings of the Bible embodying compassion, and faith. Roma expressed her l...

  • Library News

    Mar 14, 2024

    DAYTON–This month the display features Women's History Month. You can find many resources on the subject through the internet and on the shelves. For young crafters, the Easy Take-and-Make is a paper heart strawberry, and for the advanced Take-and-Make is a paper flower pop-up Also, for those who wish to start your gardens, the Seed Library is back. From the Director: This week I'd like to talk about the Children's Internet Protection Act, and what the library does to ensure the safety of all ou...

  • From the Dayton Chronicle archives

    Kaye Eaton|Mar 14, 2024

    Ten Years Ago March 12, 2014 Dayton was recognized by True West magazine as number three in a top ten ranking of True Western Towns for 2014. The distinction was given to cities that have made an important contribution to preserving their Old West Heritage. The current exhibit at Dayton Historic Depot is "Our Old Quilts: Patterns of Love & Memory". The exhibit consists of 20 quilts from the permanent collections of the Dayton Depot and the Boldman House Museum. A new National Park Service...

  • Bulldog track opens season at Walla Walla

    Loyal Baker|Mar 14, 2024

    WALLA WALLA–Dayton's Track and Field team competed in the Walla Walla Jamboree to launch the 2024 season March 9. Schools competing included College Place, DeSales, Waitsburg, Kennewick and Walla Walla. "The early meets are about getting your feet wet (sometimes literally) again," said Head Coach Dan Nechodom, "and for many, the first time. It's about navigating between multiple events, and helping others do the same. It's about watching the technique and habits of more experienced athletes. O...

  • Bulldog Winter Sports awards presented

    Loyal Baker|Mar 14, 2024

    DAYTON–Bulldog student-athletes were recognized for their efforts and accomplishments of the recently completed basketball season at the Winter Sports Awards March 5 at the D.H.S. Auditorium. Both girls and boys basketball teams were named WIAA Distinguished Teams for their academic achievements. The girls had a team G.P.A. of 3.394 and the boys 3.300. The Lady Bulldogs finished fifth with a 1-9 league record, 4-16 overall, and the Bulldogs finished seventh with a 1-11 league mark, 3-16 o...

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