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  • Variety Show highlights cinematic hits

    Apr 20, 2023

  • Cornerstone centennial commemoration tonight

    Loyal Baker|Apr 20, 2023

    DAYTON–A community celebration to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the placing of the cornerstone of Pietrzycki High School on April 20, 1923, will take place tonight, April 20, beginning at 5:30 p.m. at the school campus. Several events make up the celebration, including a dramatic presentation, historical facts, and a reception and refreshments. The Dayton Kiwanis Club will be serving free hot dogs in Ms. Franklin's Home Ec classroom and there will be a cake and punch reception in the H...

  • BOCC hears of crisis in the lack of crisis management in the County

    Melissa Gemmell|Apr 20, 2023

    DAYTON-The Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) were advised of two town hall meetings; heard from medical staff from Columbia County Health System during an extended public comment period on April 17 regarding a crisis in the lack of crisis management. Helm also provided key updates from his department, as well Kristi Zinn from Human Resources. Dena Martin from Planning and Building provided information about the Comprehensive Flood Hazard Mitigation Plan. The first quarter finance report was...

  • City advances in the process for WWTP

    Melissa Gemmell|Apr 20, 2023

    DAYTON-The City Council were informed of signed Wastewater Treatment Project (WWTP) purchase agreement, met new City Planner Clark Posey; voted in Heather Hiebert for Planning Commission; presented with the Just a Pool petition; report relating to Jasper Pines; and discussed interlocal agreement as the April 11 meeting. Mayor Weatherford announced to Council that he had received the signed purchase agreement for the proposed property for the Wastewater Treatment Project. This allows the city to...

  • Quote of the Week

    Apr 20, 2023

    “We have a system that increasingly taxes work and subsidizes nonwork.” – Milton Friedman...

  • Olympia Update

    Rep. Mary Dye|Apr 20, 2023

    As you read this, House Bill 1498, approved unanimously by both the House and Senate, is on its way to the governor. This is the bill I authored that would ensure our local fire departments are reimbursed by the state when they deploy aircraft for an initial attack on a fire. It seems like common sense to get on top of a brush, grass, or timber fire when it's small, before it blows up into a catastrophic wildfire. Small fire departments, such as in Asotin County where Noel Hardin is the fire...

  • Land and money changing hands

    Melissa Gemmell|Apr 20, 2023

    DAYTON–The monthly report on Port assets was provided by Executive Manager Jennie Dickinson during the April 12 Port of Columbia meeting. For Rock Hill Industrial Park, the Commission heard from the General Manager of Columbia County Public Transportation David Ocampo who came with a request to purchase their facility that was constructed for their use. Dickinson said they would continue the discussion, review the financials, and request an appraisal of the property. For Lyons Ferry, they h...

  • School Board adopts resolution for reduced education program

    Melissa Gemmell|Apr 20, 2023

    DAYTON-The Dayton School Board held a special meeting on April 5 at the recommendation of Superintendent Rich Stewart to approve a Reduced Educational Program for the 2023-24 school year. This would allow the Board to begin the process to provide adequate notice to affected employees and in time to draft the budget for next year. Several factors affect next year's budget including predictions of enrollment and legislation, a review of current staff considering seniority, programs and what is...

  • Letters to the Editor

    Apr 20, 2023

    To the editor, I walked into the library, saw Todd and said: "I think you are great, even if others don't agree." My first recollection of a library was at Jefferson grade school in Richland, when the librarian told me I could not check out that many books, but don't worry, I will keep these extra books under the counter for you when you are ready for them. I could not get enough. The library, school and the whole city was owned by the federal government, because we had built the Atomic Bomb. A...

  • What's New at School?

    Wyntr McCauley|Apr 20, 2023

    DAYTON–Students returned from a week off for Spring Break and prepare for end of the school year activities. FFA received a $63,000 grant; and the Associated Student Body officer election is underway. Dayton FFA has worked hard on the greenhouse over the few past years. Recently, they received a grant of $63,000 through the Columbia County Conservation District to renovate and expand the greenhouse. With this grant, students enrolled in agricultural classes and Dayton FFA chapter members will h...

  • OBITUARY

    Apr 20, 2023

    Carroll Lee Carter June 17, 1947–March 28, 2023 Carroll Lee (Dycus) Carter, 75, a resident of Dayton, Wash. passed away peacefully at home on Tuesday, March 28, 2023 with her husband (Paul) at her side. Carroll, the eldest of seven children to Robert Carroll Dycus and Mary Lucille (Thomas) Dycus, was born Salt Lake City, Utah, June 17, 1947. She graduated (1965) from Gavit High School in Hammond, Ind. She continued her education to earn a BA degree in Library Science (1971) at Purdue University (West Lafayette, Ind.). She met her husband P...

  • Pastor's Corner

    Apr 20, 2023

    The motorcyclist knocking at the door asked the homeowner about the families that formerly lived in that neighborhood. It's where he had grown up and he wanted to visit his former friends. The homeowner said he'd never heard of the people, to which the visitor responded: "I guess it's true. They say you can never go home again." His face fell and his sadness was apparent. God's love invites us to come home to Him. He invites us to a saving, fulfilling relationship with Him that tells us we are f...

  • From the Dayton Chronicle archives

    Kaye Eaton|Apr 20, 2023

    Ten Years Ago April 17, 2013 The Columbia County Commissioner appointed Rocky Miller of Dayton as Columbia County Sheriff effective of July 1, 2013, and will replace Sheriff Walt Hessler, Jr., who plans to retire at the end of June. Twenty-Five Years Ago April 20, 1998 An organizational TOASTMASTERS meeting is planned for April 15, at the Tee Time Café at the golf course. Dayton had a very active TOASTMASTERS chapter a few years back and the goal is to resurrect this worldwide organization in...

  • Dayton Weekly Weather

    Apr 20, 2023

    Thursday: Sunny, with a high near 55. Southwest wind 10 to 17 mph, with gusts as high as 23 mph. Thursday NightA 30 percent chance of showers, mainly after 11pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 37. Southwest wind 5 to 8 mph becoming south in the evening. Friday: A 40 percent chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 57. Friday Night: A 20 percent chance of showers before 11pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 43. Saturday: A 20 percent chance of showers. Partly sunny, with a high near...

  • Golf Carson Potter scores first birdie

    Loyal Baker|Apr 20, 2023

    POMEROY––Dayton-Waitsburg Golf team found Pomeroy's Crystal Springs course challenging, their scores reflecting the difference after a better showing earlier in the week at Richland. "The golfers had a bit of a letdown compared to the previous match on Thursday," said Coach Mike McGhan. "I don't know what caused this other than Pomeroy is quite a challenging course, especially if you are not familiar with its up-and-down nature. Abbi Paolino and Sarah Daves both scored well, Paolino carding a 1...

  • Wolfpack Baseball

    Apr 20, 2023

    WAITSBURG–The Warden Cougars’ relentless offense and sticky defense held sway here last Saturday, handing the DW Wolfpack baseball nine 17-5 and 21-0 losses. DW visited Walla Walla Valley Academy last Tuesday and heads to Colfax for a non-conference game April 25, then play a double header at Riverview April 28. Hosting Warden April 15, the Cougars jumped on DW with three runs in the first, two in the second and third and wrapped up the win with seven in the top of the seventh for the 17-5 win...

  • DW Track & Field

    Loyal Baker|Apr 20, 2023

    BOARDMAN–The Wolfpack boys finished at the bottom of the pack in this 21-team Columbia River Invitational here April 14, Dayton-Waitsburg junior Ruben Yutzy getting four personal records along the way. "Our first time attending this very nicely run event," observed Head Coach Dan Nechodom. "Several of our athletes tried out new events, in some cases pushing themselves well out of their comfort zone," he said. "Some got bumped from their normal events due to limited entries, and volunteered to t...

  • A lot of fight in DW fastpitch team

    Loyal Baker|Apr 20, 2023

    DAYTON–The Warden Cougars overpowered Dayton-Waitsburg's Lady Wolfpack Fastpitch team here last weekend, winning 25-10 and 21-2. The season record is 4-5 overall, 0-2 in league. DW played Colton last Tuesday at home, and next faces River View for an April 28 double header. Warden piled on 11 first-inning runs to set the tone for the first game then coasted to the win. DW's offense was productive for just a few runs in each inning, not enough to overcome the first-inning blast. Hendrix Groom n...

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