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Articles from the March 21, 2024 edition


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  • RoseMary's Place child care introduced to community

    Loyal Baker|Mar 21, 2024

    DAYTON–Dozens of local residents turned out to tour the recently completed RoseMary's Place, the child-care facility situated at Dayton General Hospital in a former wing of the Booker Rest Home. A formal ribbon-cutting ceremony inaugurated the new facility, attended by YWCA Executive Director Anne-Marie Schwerin, YWCA Director of Childcare Tabitha Haney, Richard Evans from Senator Maria Cantwell's office, Becky Kettner, president of the YWCA's Board of Directors, Columbia County Health System C...

  • Council hears public comment on library annexation

    Jessica Ruffcorn|Mar 21, 2024

    DAYTON–The City Council heard public comments about the library annexation and feedback about council members and policies at the March 12 meeting. Katie Roughton spoke to the council about her request for the annexation of the city into the Columbia County Rural Library District (CCRLD) to be put on the November ballot for a vote. "I really appreciate the workshops you have had, but it is really frustrating to listen to you talk about what you think I am getting at, and then I am not able to i...

  • Brix & Brew Fund Raiser a howling success

    Mar 21, 2024

    Barbara Miller, left, who with Jack Miller, donated a registered Yellow Labrador puppy for auction at the Dayton Chamber of Commerce's Brix & Brew Fundraiser last Friday, says a final goodbye to the puppy in the arms of new owners John and Nichole Whitchurch of Lowden, who successfully bid for the beautiful dog. The event garnered well over $23,000 in funds from silent and live auctions, all to benefit future events of the Chamber. "Brix & Brew was a fantastic evening and very successful!"...

  • Quote of the Week

    Mar 21, 2024

    “The better I get to know men, the more I find myself loving dogs.” – Charles de Gaulle... Full story

  • Commentary

    Charlotte Baker|Mar 21, 2024

    Spring, oh sweet spring, how your splendor bades me, with spectacle of green emerging from winters arms, bending into an explosion of color. Spring, oh sweet spring how your rain awakens what was once benumbed, welcome home birds red, yellow, green, blue, all afresh. Spring, oh sweet spring how you birth life anew, preparing for longer, warmer days of porch sitting and ice tea sipping. Spring, oh sweet spring how you tenderly sing of life renewed, to open the gate of hope, winding through all, near and afar. Spring, oh sweet spring, how you...

  • Port approves applying for a CERB loan

    Jessica Ruffcorn|Mar 21, 2024

    DAYTON– The Port of Columbia Board of Commissioners (PORT) approved applying for a CERB loan to build a facility for a potential new business, Mainstream Malt, at the meeting March 13. In addition, the public addressed concerns over the Port Commissioners' recent decision to change the status of the Executive Director's contract from a contracted position to non-contracted. The board unanimously approved the request to apply for the CERB loan package. The application would be submitted by the d...

  • Pastor's Corner

    Greg Brownell|Mar 21, 2024

    Nearly thirty years ago Susie and I made a trip to Dayton to be interviewed, which would determine if we would Pastor here. On the way we came across a few sheep on the main highway a couple miles out of town. We stopped, moved the sheep off the road, found the owner, and helped them back to their pen. In all the trips we've made on that highway since, we've never again come across sheep on the road. I believe the Lord was calling us to Dayton to help care for His sheep. Jesus spoke of the...

  • Letters to the Editor

    Mar 21, 2024

    To the editor, Have you noticed the up grades of our county fairgrounds of late? For example, gravel in parking areas, upgrades on youth and exhibit buildings, the rodeo arena has some new work done to the sorting alley and a new timed event chute, golf course looks great, tree trimming. We are proud of our county fairgrounds and consider its use a privilege. Kelly Gallaher Dayton, Wash....

  • City resurfacing project starts in May

    Jessica Ruffcorn|Mar 21, 2024

    By Jessica Ruffcorn Dayton Chronicle Reporter DAYTON–Public Works Director Ryan Paulson presented a map and discussed plans on how best to use a $2 million grant to resurface most of the roads in the city. The resurfacing project will use a process called Otta Seal, a surface treatment that uses a medium of rock that interlocks with each other like hot mix. Otta Seal can look like gravel after immediate installation, but over time the black oils will work up, creating the appearance of a normall...

  • Dayton man charged with assaulting Columbia County Sheriff's deputy

    Loyal Baker|Mar 21, 2024

    DAYTON–A Dayton man is facing a felony charge in the aftermath of an altercation with a Columbia County Deputy on March 10. Travis R. Garcia, 37, 1201 S. 2nd St., is scheduled to appear in Columbia County Superior Court on Wednesday, March 20, 2024, on charges of third-degree assault-resisting, and obstructing a law enforcement officer. The assault charge is a Class C felony punishable by five year and/or $10,000 fine. The obstructing charge is a gross misdemeanor, punishable by 364 days i...

  • From the Dayton Chronicle archives

    Kaye Eaton|Mar 21, 2024

    Ten Years Ago March 19, 2014 Living out the dream on the field, for two Dayton High School graduates, Miles Lytle (2009) and Dain Henderson (2011), are both part of the Washington State University Athletic Program as football student equipment managers. Two High School students, Marisa Klein and Angie Dedloff, were inducted into the National Honor Society. Membership is an honor bestowed upon eligible students that have a minimum grade point average of 3.60, demonstrate character becoming of a m...

  • What's New at School?

    Wyntr McCauley|Mar 21, 2024

    DAYTON–FFA members participated at sub-Districts in Pomeroy last weekend where Wyntr McCauley and Tristan Rennaker place third and fourth in Extemporaneous Speaking. Dayton FFA only has one member, Wyntr McCauley, who has participated in speaking competitions for three years. However, they have also added Sophomore Tristan Rennaker as a competitor this year. These two FFA members traveled to Pomeroy on March 13 to compete at Sub-Districts for Extemporaneous Speaking. Wyntr McCauley brought home...

  • Bulldog baseball off to good start

    Loyal Baker|Mar 21, 2024

    DAYTON–Bulldog baseball is back with a vengeance. The Dawgs are 4-0 after the first week of action on the diamond following sweeps of the White Swan Cougars in the opening twin bill March 12 last week, then shutting out the Waitsburg Cardinals in last Saturday's opener and finishing with an eight-run win in the nightcap. The Bulldogs played Touchet last Tuesday and host a double header with Colton Saturday, then visit Colton for a single game on March 26. Spring Vacation week will wrap with a S...

  • Lady Bulldogs sweep Cardinals

    Loyal Baker|Mar 21, 2024

    Waitsburg's catcher puts the tag on sliding Dayton Lady Bulldog Lucy Trump in time for the out at home plate, but Trump was safe and scored the in-the-park home run hit to left because of interference as Trump negotiated third base. The Lady Bulldogs have jumped into the spring schedule with three wins and a loss, sweeping Waitsburg last weekend 20-3 and 15-0. They opened March 12 at White Swan, dropping the opener 15-13 then rallying for a 22-7 win in the second game. -Chronicle...

  • Wheel-chair lift grant awarded

    Mar 21, 2024

    DAYTON–Dayton School District has been granted $96,367 to install a new wheelchair lift in the High School building. This improvement will provide access to the eight second-floor classrooms and the auditorium for both students and community members. The Health and Safety ADA Equal Access Grant was awarded in effort to improve compliance with both the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Jana Eaton, Business Manager for Dayton School is o...