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  • Dale Walling appointed to library board

    Melissa Gemmell|Apr 4, 2024

    DAYTON–Local resident Dale Walling was chosen from among seven candidates for the open Columbia County Rural Library District Board of Trustees on March 15 by the Board of County Commissioners (BOCC). The BOCC spent most of the business day interviewing the applicants for the open position, including incumbent Karin Spann who completed a five-year term. Board trustees can serve up to two terms. Other applicants were Thomas Utt, Kaye Eaton, Ken Graham, Peggy James, and Joann Patras. The i...

  • Representatives review 2024 Legislative session

    Loyal Baker|Apr 4, 2024

    DAYTON–Both Ninth District representatives, Mary Dye (R-Pomeroy) and Joe Schmick (R-Colfax), were delighted that three of six initiatives to the Legislature were passed, and both weren't unhappy that the three initiatives not addressed by the Washington State Legislature will be going before voters on the November General Election ballot. "The people of Washington sent these initiatives to us," Dye and Schmick said in a joint news release. "We listened and responded." Initiative I-2113 (...

  • Pool Board prepares for community meeting

    Jessica Ruffcorn|Apr 4, 2024

    DAYTON–The Parks and Recreation District Pool Board (PB) is planning a community meeting for April 18 at 6 p.m. at the Elementary School multi-purpose room. They are seeking public input on what is needed and wanted for a community pool. The board would like to encourage the public to come out and participate and express what is important to them, but also understand that at this event they will add some parameters to keep expectations realistic. "Everybody gets to have a voice, but then it d...

  • Dayton youngsters find prize Golden Eggs

    Apr 4, 2024

    It was all smiles for those who found the prized golden eggs at the Dayton Kiwanis Club Easter Egg Hunt last Saturday at the Dayton City Park. Back row: Aiden Donovan, Reece Lambert, Jaxson Fabian, Mason Gatlin. In front is Jeremiah Lentz held by mom Jessie Lentz and Greyson Pollan held by mom Jaimee Pollan. The annual egg hunt was co-sponsored by Bank of Idaho. Not pictured: Nathan Payne. -Photo courtesy of Carla Rowe...

  • Quote of the Week

    Apr 4, 2024

    “Never put off till tomorrow what you can do the day after tomorrow.” – Mark Twain... Full story

  • What's New at School?

    Wyntr McCauley|Apr 4, 2024

    DAYTON–Spring Break for the School District began April 1. Students will be back to school Monday, April 8. When students return, the Dayton High School (DHS) "Spring Spirit Week" will kick-off April 7-13. DHS Associated Student Body (ASB) has been actively planning fun activities for week leading up to the Junior Class sponsored Prom. On Monday, April 8, the dress-up day theme is "Hat Day," and there will be locker area decorating for each class that day and class meetings. "Jersey Day," t...

  • SB5824, bill to close library voter loophole, signed into law

    Charlotte Baker|Apr 4, 2024

    OLYMPIA–Gov. Jay Inslee signed Senate Bill 5824 sponsored by Senators Sam Hunt, D-Olympia; Karen Keiser, D-Des Moines; Patty Kuderer, D-Bellevue; Marko Liias, D-Edmonds; and T'wina Nobles, D-Fircrest, which changes requirements to place a library initiative on the ballot. The measure was in response to a ballot proposition to dissolve the Columbia County Rural Library District (CCRLD) in 2023. The SB5824 requires that petition signatures from the voting populace be increased to 25% (instead o...

  • School Board approves contract with Jeremy Wheatley

    Jessica Ruffcorn|Apr 4, 2024

    DAYTON–The Dayton School Board unanimously approved a three-year contract with Jeremy Wheatley for the superintendent position during a special meeting on March 29. During the "Meet The Candidates Forum" at the beginning of March, Wheatley, a 1994 Dayton High School graduate, stated he was "itching to get back here, and that he believed the timing was right for his family to make the move." "There is the challenge of getting the job done; there is always something," said Wheatley. "But, as f...

  • Waitsburg man recovering from burn accident

    Loyal Baker|Apr 4, 2024

    WAITSBURG–A Waitsburg man, Mark Leroue Jr., is recovering from third-degree burns at Harbor View Medical Center in Seattle following a March 11 explosion at Nancy’s Dream Garden Center on Second Street. Leroue, 34, was helping insulate a 10-foot by 10-foot shed when something sparked an explosion and the blast blew the door shut, trapping Leroue inside with the flames. Doug Biolo reacted to the sound of the explosion, broke down the door and doused Leroue with water until the ambulance arrived. Columbia County Fire District No. 3 ambulance res...

  • Yamate students arrive April 12

    Apr 4, 2024

    DAYTON–The High School will again participate in the Yamate exchange this year. Students arrive on April 12 approximately 5 p.m. There is a cultural presentation at the high school gym on April 15 at 5-6:30 p.m....

  • Pastor's Corner

    Greg Brownell|Apr 4, 2024

    The young couple often picnicked in the cemetery overlooking Dayton. They explained that though many would think it a strange location, they enjoyed the peaceful quietness and the green beauty surrounding them. It was of note that they could be so comfortable in a place where many would be troubled. They attributed their attitude to their personal belief in Jesus Christ who promised to raise the dead. The cemetery held no fear for them. Death seemed to be their friend. Their attitude was very...

  • OBITUARY

    Apr 4, 2024

    Roland Delbert Schirman November 1, 1937–March 22, 2024 Roland Delbert Schirman, 86, of Dayton, Wash., went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Friday, March 22, 2024, after a brief but aggressive infection, while visiting in Denver, Colo. Born in Salem, Ore., on November 1, 1937, Roland was raised on a berry and dairy farm before he received his B.S. in Agriculture from Oregon State University. He then went on to complete his Master's in Agronomy at the University of Wisconsin (Madison). H...

  • From the Dayton Chronicle archives

    Kaye Eaton|Apr 4, 2024

    Ten Years Ago April 3, 2013 Bank of America trustee Kevin Paulson VSP, presented a summary of income money from the farm in the W. W. Day Trust for the crop year 2012. The farm has 1379.2 tillable acres. The trust had $136,000 for disbursement with the school and health districts each receiving check for $68,000. Edith Dull, a 2010 graduate of Dayton High School, recently sang with the Chamber Choir from College of Idaho at Carnegie Hall in New York City. Twenty-Five Years Ago April 1, 1999 The...

  • Dawgs run, throw and jump at Clay Lewis Invite

    Loyal Baker|Apr 4, 2024

    HANFORD–Large meets with scores of competitors from 4A schools down to 1B was an experience for the Bulldog Track and Field program here March 30 at the Clay Lewis Invitational. "Large meets like this can be very intimidating," commented Head Coach Dan Nechocom. "With several big schools in the mix, a person could have their best performance ever and still place in the double-digits. Way down in the double-digits! Many of our athletes not only stepped up and made big PRs, but also watched the t...

  • Undefeated Dawgs resume season Saturday

    Loyal Baker|Apr 4, 2024

    COLTON–The Bulldogs notched a 12-2 win over the Wildcats here Tuesday after sweeping the team at home on Saturday, 21-3 and 15-3. A non-conference game at Touchet on March 19 ended in a tie, 8-8. Dayton travels to Garfield-Palouse for a conference double header here Saturday, April 6, then hosts the Vikings for a 4 p.m. home game on Tuesday, April 9. The Bulldogs journey to Milton-Freewater on Thursday, April 11 for a non-league single....