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Articles from the September 7, 2023 edition


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  • Columbia County Fair celebrates Dreams in a Small Town

    Loyal Baker|Sep 7, 2023

    DAYTON–The 135th edition of the Columbia County Fair will highlight those "Fair Dreams in a Small Town," celebrating all that is good about rural living when it gets underway this weekend, Friday through Sunday, September 8-10, at the Columbia County Fairgrounds. There's plenty of activities, entertainment and fun events planned for this year's Fair, open daily from 9 a.m. until 10 p.m., including a couple new ones: Stick Horse Races and Farmer Olympics. It should be a great weekend for fair g...

  • NUP seeks injunction to remove library dissolution proposition from November ballot

    Loyal Baker|Sep 7, 2023

    DAYTON–A local political action organization and two associated individuals have sued Dayton resident Jessica Ruffcorn, organizer of a petition to dissolve the Columbia County Rural Library District, also naming Columbia County, County Auditor Will Hutchens and Director of Elections Cathy Abel, seeking an injunction to prevent Proposition 2 from appearing on the November, 2023 General Election Ballot, and fees. The complaint was filed Tuesday, August 29. The complaint asserts that the p...

  • Quote of the Week

    Sep 7, 2023

    “Ultimately, we wish the joy of perfect union with the person we love.” – Mortimer Adler... Full story

  • From the Dayton Chronicle archives

    Kaye Eaton|Sep 7, 2023

    Ten Years Ago September 4, 2013 Hostesses Heidi Miller and Emma Philbrook invite you to the 2013 Columbia County Fair. New bleachers have been installed in the Dayton High School Gymnasium. Taxpayers approved a maintenance and operation levy during the fall of 2011 specifically for the replacement project. Twenty-Five Years Ago September 2, 1998 Christy Bell, program technician for the Columbia County Farm Service Agency, was presented a Certificate of Appreciation by County Committee Chairman...

  • Bulldogs upended by Sunnyside Christian in season debut

    Loyal Baker|Sep 7, 2023

    DAYTON–Taking the field as the Dayton Bulldogs for the first time in eight years, youth and inexperience played a role in the Dawgs' 46-14 loss to Sunnyside Christian here September 1, but first-year Head Coach Lucas Collier is hopeful. "I think we will end up being competitive," Collier said. "We're still a young team with lots to learn." Sunnyside chalked up a couple of touchdowns before 5-8, 162-lb. senior running back Kaylub Prather ran to daylight and beat all pursuers into the end zone to...

  • Cheering the Bulldog Football boys

    Sep 7, 2023

    Spirits were high on Dayton's home football field last Friday as the Bulldogs took on Sunnyside Christian in the school's return to eight-man football under the D.H.S. aegis. Cheering everyone on was Brutus and Bulldog Cheer Squad, from left, Ashlyn Thornhill, Kinsey Fuller, Laney Crow and Skylar McCann. -Chronicle photo...

  • Guest Commentary

    Sep 7, 2023

    By Chris Corry The ongoing battle over Washington’s unconstitutional capital gains tax continues. The Freedom Foundation has filed a Petition for Writ of Certiorari with the US Supreme Court. The petition asks the US Supreme Court to overturn the decision made earlier this year by the Washington State Supreme Court. In the filing, the appeal presents the following question: “Upset with what they saw as an unduly regressive tax system, a narrow majority in the Washington legislature recently enacted a 7% long-term capital gains tax that exe...

  • Letters to the Editor

    Sep 7, 2023

    To the editor, I find it interesting that you want to shut down the library because you don't like some of the books that are on the shelf. When I was a teenager, they had an adult only section in the library. I couldn't check out any books from there. Are you also going to ban TV shows and movies? Some of the shows now have same sex couples groping each other and deep kissing. I've stopped watching two of my shows for this reason. I did let the producers know why I've stopped watching them. I...

  • Pastor's Corner

    Greg Brownell|Sep 7, 2023

    My wife and I were alarmed at the conclusion of a church conference when a Pastor took off for home, forgetting his wife. He left her stranded in the church yard. She calmly stated that he often forgot her. She said that he would eventually remember and return for her. It's hard to imagine that kind of forgetfulness. The Bible tells of a woman who forgot. She was so taken by Jesus' words of living water that she went to tell others "leaving her water jar". She forgot her valuable and needed wate...

  • Judson Hall shows Grand Champion

    Sep 7, 2023

    Judson Hall, son of Curtis and Siera Hall of Dayton, exhibited the Grand Champion Market Steer at the Walla Walla Fair last week. Judson's Charolais Cross steer came in a 1,394 lbs. He is a member of the Columbia County Corrals 4-H Club. -Submitted photo...

  • At The Theater

    Sep 7, 2023

    Meg 2: the Trench–Dive into uncharted waters with Jason Statham and global action icon Wu Jing as they lead a daring research team on an exploratory dive into the deepest depths of the ocean. Their voyage spirals into chaos when a malevolent mining operation threatens their mission and forces them into a high-stakes battle for survival. Pitted against colossal Megs and relentless environmental plunderers, our heroes must outrun, outsmart, and outswim their merciless predators in a p...

  • Fire contained on N. Touchet Road; disaster averted says chief

    Loyal Baker|Sep 7, 2023

    DAYTON–An accidentally started fire in the 900 block of North Touchet Road was contained to around three or four acres with some vehicles, fencing and trees sustaining damage on Monday, August 28, but the flames were literally seconds from breaking out and erupting into a major fire incident, says Fire District 3 Chief Jeromy Phinney. The fire was accidentally started by homeowner Tom Konen, who was treating ground around his residence with gopher gasser, which caught on dry vegetation in the e...