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  • Centennial of Pietrzycki Cornerstone showcases namesake's remarkable life

    Loyal Baker|Apr 27, 2023

    DAYTON–A throng of Dayton and Columbia County residents turned out to an Open House at Pietrzycki High School April 20 to soak in the history and legacy of a man whose 30-some-odd years in the region were marked with inspiration, tragedy and success–Marcel Pietrzycki, M.D. Organizers estimate between 150-200 people passed through the doors to enjoy the Pietrzycki Cornerstone Centennial commemoration. The evening Open House started off at 5:30 p.m. with visitors invited to roam the hallways and...

  • Board selects Gonzalez as representative

    Melissa Gemmell|Apr 27, 2023

    DAYTON-The Dayton School Board heard several presentations by students in both the elementary and secondary schools during the April 19 meeting; approved revised Dayton Athletic Codes for parents and athletes and approved the declaration of April 20, 2023, as Crimson/Gold Pietrzycki Day to commemorate the school's cornerstone dedication on that day in 1923. Three eighth-grade students presented a Career Showcase of their future career to the School Board to choose one to represent Dayton at the...

  • Rust joins Library Board; Ball retained as chairman

    Melissa Gemmell|Apr 27, 2023

    DAYTON-The Columbia County Rural Library District (CCRLD) Board of Trustees welcomed newly appointed board member Kevin Rust during the meeting April 17, followed by the voting of the trustees into positions; heard the director's and financial report from Todd Vandenbark; reviewed the policy for employee substance use and abuse, and a portion of the Strategic Plan. Public comment was heard from a full room of attendees before going into executive session to give Vandenbark his performance...

  • Quote of the Week

    Apr 27, 2023

    “Honest disagreement is often a good sign of progress.” – Mahatma Gandhi... Full story

  • Olympia Update

    Rep. Joe Schmick|Apr 27, 2023

    By Rep. Joe Schmick When our state's budget surplus reached approximately $15 billion last year, many of us felt it was time to give some of that back to taxpayers in the form of meaningful property tax relief. Unfortunately, that didn't happen. Instead, Democrat budget writers continued a decade-long trend of spending just about every dime given to them. They even changed some rules to take money that should have gone into the state's rainy-day fund, just so they could spend it on new programs...

  • Semi tractor catches fire on SR 12

    Apr 27, 2023

    District 3 fire units responded to Mile Post 384 on SR 12 at about 5 p.m. Monday, April 24, to put out a fire which consumed the tractor of a semi-tractor trailer rig of Dundee Trucking out of Lewiston. There were no reported injuries and the cause was not determined as of this week's press deadline....

  • What's New at School?

    Wyntr McCauley|Apr 27, 2023

    DAYTON–High School (DHS) students were getting excited about the one-hundred-year anniversary of their school last week and the upcoming Prom. Present day DHS students participated in activities to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of Pietrzycki High School throughout the day Thursday, April 19. Some of the activities the Senior High and Middle school students participated in were a scavenger hunt, cake, and fun games in the gym with the Walla Walla DJ. They ended the day with some line d...

  • Pastor's Corner

    Apr 27, 2023

    The grandson had just heard his grandpa call his grandma a "back seat driver" even though she was sitting in the front passenger seat. The grandfather explained to him that he meant his wife was trying to control his driving. He even pointed out the worn foot mat under her feet where she was continually applying invisible brakes. It's not easy to give up control to someone else–especially when we don't trust them. A mother was tormented with the thought that her very sick child might die. Even t...

  • Dayton man shot in Walla Walla

    Loyal Baker|Apr 27, 2023

    WALLA WALLA–A Dayton man, Skyler Ian Glasby, 34, is being held in Walla Walla County Jail on $50,000 bond following an incident which resulted in Glasby sustaining a gunshot wound in a residence in the 500 block of N. Roosevelt Street here on April 6. Glasby was charged in Walla Walla County Superior Court on April 12 of Residential Burglary (Class B Felony), Harassment (Gross Misdemeanor), Unlawful Possession of a Firearm (Class C Felony), Possession of a Stolen Firearm (Class B Felony) and a Department of Correction violation (Class C F...

  • From the Dayton Chronicle archives

    Kaye Eaton|Apr 27, 2023

    Ten Years Ago April, 2013 "Fire-Grab some iron!" inspires the name of Spring's brew pub. Mike and Ann Spring would have such a theme, and so Chief Spring's Fire and Irons Brew Pub has ignited. The Springs relocated to Dayton last October and purchased Skye Book and Brew on February 1, 2013. Twenty-Five Years Ago April 22, 1998 Following his tour of the Smithsonian exhibit on display at the Dayton Historical Depot, 5th District Representative George Nethercutt stopped by the Dayton Chronicle and...

  • Obituary

    Apr 27, 2023

    David Louis Jones August 16, 1940 - April 1, 2023 With great sorrow in our hearts, we announce the passing of David Louis Jones. On April 1, 2023, he died of a heart attack. David was born on August 16, 1940 and lived to the age of 82 years old. He loved God first and foremost and looked for His will in all things. He was a pastor, and together with his family led the wagon-train ministry. Even as he retired from ministry, he never stopped teaching the gospel. The Lord gave him great passion...

  • Obituary

    Apr 27, 2023

    Bessie M. Tate September 15, 1936-January 1, 2023 Bessie M. Tate, 86, died January 1, 2023. She graduated from Dayton High School and continued her education in the Tri-Cities and Spokane, completing her nursing degree. She enlisted in the U.S. Army, serving in Viet Nam and at numerous bases stateside. She retired from the military at the rank of lieutenant colonel. While deployed in the Far East, she remembered family by sending mementoes from the Orient. Tate finished her nursing career at...

  • 'Pack baseball sweeps WWVA

    Loyal Baker|Apr 27, 2023

    COLLEGE PLACE–The Dayton-Waitsburg Wolfpack hammered the Walla Walla Valley Academy Knights in an April 18 double header, slicing up a 12-1 win and a 22-0 hammering. DW made 12 hits in each game, with Isaias Reyes clobbering a home run in the nightcap. Reyes counted seven RBIs in the second game. Levi Boudrieau pitched well for five innings in the opener, striking out nine, walking only two, and giving up two hits. In game two, Jasper Morrow threw five innings, struck out 10, walked two and g...

  • DW Golf hosts match here

    Loyal Baker|Apr 27, 2023

    DAYTON–The local links were the site of a league golf match April 18, hosted by Dayton-Waitsburg Golf. Due to some holes being unplayable because of the ongoing Touchet Valley Golf Course irrigation project, the match was 16 holes, par 64. Dayton-Waitsburg's Carson Potter carded a 90, William Daves came in at 135 and Sarah Daves finished with 125. "Carson continues to do the little things to improve his game," observed Head Coach Mike McGhan. "Sarah's score did not show it, but she is hitting t...