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  • Yamate students arrive Friday; Cultural Presentation Monday

    Apr 11, 2024

    DAYTON–A busload of Yamate High School exchange students will arrive in Dayton at around 5 p.m. this Friday, April 12 at Dayton High School on 3rd Street. Upon arrival, students will be introduced to their host families and embark on their experiences during the two-week visitation. The community is invited to a Cultural Exchange Night from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Monday, April 15, at the High School Gymnasium. Attendees will be able to meet and experience cultural demonstrations by the Japanese v...

  • Stegall, Hollingsworth, Wilson and Mikesell are 2024 CC Fair Hostesses

    Charlotte Baker|Apr 11, 2024

    By Charlotte Baker DAYTON–The Columbia County Fair Board (CCFB) selected four area girls, Cedar Stegall, Alyssa Hollingsworth, Sara Ann Wilson, and Makayla Mikesell, all from Waitsburg, Wash., in February as this year's "Buckles, Boots, and Rodeo Chutes" 2024 Fair Hostesses. The hostess candidates met with the CCFB selection committee at the Columbia County Fairgrounds Youth Building in February where they were asked to give a brief talk providing an overview of their school, sports, c... Full story

  • Dayton on the big screen

    Apr 11, 2024

    DAYTON–The Liberty Theater will present a movie premier of Dayton Monday, April 22 at 7 p.m. Lights, Camera, Action! In the Summer of 2023, a short movie, Color of Threads, produced by Walla Walla University, was filmed at the Dayton Historic Depot and other area locations. The cast was made up of Hollywood professionals as well as local actors. A photo opportunity, screening of the film and a Q&A session with filmmakers and cast will be included at this evening event. To reserve your seat, g...

  • Pool District work session scheduled

    Apr 11, 2024

    DAYTON–The Columbia County Parks and Recreation Pool District (PD) will host a community work session at the Dayton School Multipurpose Room on Thursday, April 18 at 6–7:30 p.m. Community members are invited to collaborate to develop a vision of a community swimming pool. This work session will build off the results of the Pool Party session hosted by the Friends of the Pool in 2022. This is the time to express your vision; and wish list. Your voice is important in developing the overall concept plan of our community swimming pool. The wor...

  • Quote of the Week

    Apr 11, 2024

    “Set your course by the stars, not by the lights of every passing ship.” – Omar N. Bradley... Full story

  • Guest Commentary

    Apr 11, 2024

    By Eric McKeirnan Special To the East Washingtonian If you read my stuff, you might remember that a group of people, some from Waitsburg, Tekoa, Pomeroy and the Tri-Cities joined about an equal amount from the wrong side of the state and went on a pilgrimage to the Holy Land in 2018. I will give you the” Boys in the Boat” version of that journey. If you saw the movie the “Boys in the Boat”, you probably watched a young man go to college, get a scholarship by rowing for the U of W, then go to Germany and win an Olympic Gold medal. “Yea!...

  • Three-generation VGBRA champions

    Charlotte Baker|Apr 11, 2024

    By Charlotte Baker WALLA WALLA–The Valley Girls Barrel Racing Association 2023 results garner an overall grand champion, Payden Henery; reserve champion Dana Greg; and a three-generation champion run: Adelle Smith, Honors Champion, Angela (Smith) Adams, Amateur Champion, and Oaklee Adams Junior Champion and Rookie Champion. Smith is mother to Angela Adams and grandmother to Oaklee Adams; all three reside in Waitsburg, Wash. The Yearend standing for 2023 as overall champion is Payden Henry, a...

  • At The Theater

    Apr 11, 2024

    Cabrini is the powerful epic of Francesca Cabrini, an Italian immigrant who arrives in New York City in 1889 and is greeted by disease, crime, and impoverished children. Cabrini sets off on a daring mission to convince the hostile mayor to secure housing and healthcare for society's most vulnerable. With broken English and poor health, Cabrini uses her entrepreneurial mind to build an empire of hope unlike anything the world had ever seen. This movie, directed by Alejandro Monteverde, who also d...

  • Columbia REA Director achieves credential in Today's Electric Utility competencies

    Apr 11, 2024

    WALLA WALLA–Philip Mehlenbacher, District 2 Board Director, recently received the Credentialed Cooperative Director certificate from the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA). Philip Mehlenbacher is currently serving his first full term as a Board director, after being appointed to replace the retiring Vic Parks in 2022, then being duly elected to the Board in 2023. An ever-changing business environment has imposed new demands on electric cooperative directors, requiring i... Full story

  • Letters to the Editor

    Apr 11, 2024

    To the editor, I am just recovering from a month of agony with shingles. The most painful thing I have ever been through, and the very worst part, it could have been prevented if I had only had the shot. So, I am writing to encourage any of your readers who have not had the shingles shot to run, not walk, to the nearest health provider and ger the shot! Zonia Dedloff Starbuck, Wash....

  • Weather Forecast

    Apr 11, 2024

    Thursday: Mostly cloudy, with a high near 67. Calm wind. Thursday Night: A 30 percent chance of showers, mainly after 11pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 45. West wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening. Friday: A 50 percent chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 70. Friday Night: A 50 percent chance of showers, mainly before 11pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 45. Saturday: A 20 percent chance of showers after 11am. Mostly sunny, with a high near 74. Saturday Night: A...

  • From the Dayton Chronicle archives

    Kaye Eaton|Apr 11, 2024

    Ten Years Ago April 9, 2014 Residents of Smith Hollow, Prater, and Messner roads have requested a speed reduction on the county roads north of Dayton. The roads are posted at 50 mph per state law, due to the numerous hills and curves, as well as children and barn access and the increase in the number of vehicles traveling faster than road conditions allow, the residents are requesting a speed reduction. Twenty-Five Years Ago April 7, 1999 The winners of the Annual Dayton Easter Egg Hunt were...

  • Obituary

    Apr 11, 2024

    Patrick Marlyn Scheik March 25, 1970–January 10, 2024 Patrick Marlyn Scheik passed away at his home in Krum, Tex., on January 10, 2024. Patrick was born on March 25, 1970 in Colfax, Wash., to Evan Scheik and Carolyn (Waggoner) Scheik Criss. He lived with his family in Saint John, Wash., until 1976 before moving to Dayton, Wash., to own and operate the local bowling alley, Dayton Lanes. Patrick was an avid bowler and used to beat some of the best bowlers at the alley. He attended schools in D...

  • Iwamoto sprints to first in 100m. for Bulldogs

    Loyal Baker|Apr 11, 2024

    By Loyal Baker POMEROY––Dayton Bulldog sprinter Hikaru Iwamoto topped all competitors in the 100 m. dash at an 11-school Southeast B track and field meet here Tuesday. Schools competing in the meet included Asotin, Gar-Pal, Prescott, Waitsburg, Dayton, Oakesdale, SJEL, Yakama Nation, DeSales, Pomeroy and Tekoa-Rosalia. Iwamoto also set a personal best in the 200 m. dash, finishing fourth with a 24.89 time. Winner of the 200 was Brody Fleming of SJEL, who was second to Iwamoto in the 100m. The...

  • Lakes across Eastern Washington open

    Apr 11, 2024

    OLYMPIA – More than two dozen Eastern Washington lakes open March 1 for trout fishing, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) fishery managers announced today. "Early spring is a great time to get out fishing at some of our east side lakes," said Steve Caromile, WDFW statewide inland fish program manager. "It has been a warmer than normal winter and looks like we may have an early spring. The March 1 opener is a great chance to get out of the house with friends and family and s...

  • Top scores, trophies, and good times at CPTA Walla Walla Championship

    Larry Bunch|Apr 11, 2024

    POMEROY–Seventeen Pomeroy Gun Club members traveled to Walla Walla Gun Club for all or part of the 2024 Camas Prairie Championships March 21-24. They captured several trophies over the weekend. There were as many as 291 Shooters in the nine events. On Friday's 16-yard competition Tracy Hanger posted the top Pomeroy score with a 98X100 which was one target behind All American Laura Winkle of Kennewick in the Lady division. Holly Ledgerwood was close behind with a 96. Jim Adams 97 was good e... Full story

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