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Articles from the September 14, 2023 edition


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  • Restraining order granted to remove library dissolution question from ballot

    Loyal Baker|Sep 14, 2023

    By Loyal Baker DAYTON–Following a hearing here on September 6, plaintiff Neighbors United for Progress, a Columbia County political action committee, obtained a temporary restraining order from Court Commissioner Julie Karl, who found cause to enjoin Auditor Will Hutchens from placing the Proposition 2 on the General Election ballot. The measure would dissolve the library district, if approved by voters. It was authorized following a petition effort by defendant Jessica Ruffcorn and others in p... Full story

  • Crowds enjoy sunshine, livestock, food and fun at Columbia County Fair

    Sep 14, 2023

    The 2023 Columbia County Fair not only celebrated Fair Dreams in a Small Town, but also celebrated a group of 32 of the community’s movers and shakers who participated in a new event: Farmer Olympics. Needless to say, there was plenty of dirt, mud, eggs, milk, ropin’ and leather gloves involved, with eight teams of four competing in events like the greased pig catch, nail hammerin’, artificial cow milkin’, plastic calf ropin’ and other events which had the hometown audience in the grandstan...

  • School Board: Time to consider a capital levy

    Melissa Gemmell|Sep 14, 2023

    DAYTON–The School Board heard a broad discussion on initiating a capital levy; and reviewed Washington Standards-Based Superintendent Framework and specific goals during the meeting on September 6. Superintendent Rich Stewart began with a chart that showed taxpayers have been paying the lowest rate per $1000 of assessed property value from 2021-23. Under consideration is a four-year capital levy of $0.50 which would total $1.7 million; a $1.00 totaling $3.4 million; and $1.50 which would b...

  • Quote of the Week

    Sep 14, 2023

    “I know I am getting better at golf because I am hitting fewer spectators.” – Gerald R. Ford... Full story

  • From the Dayton Chronicle archives

    Kaye Eaton|Sep 14, 2023

    Ten Years Ago September 11, 2013 Students at Dayton Elementary School have a new piece of equipment on the playground. To help purchase the piece of new play equipment, students participated in a Read-A-Thon fundraiser. Other financial assistance came from the PTSO, donations from Elk Drug, Rock Hill Concrete, Barker Inc. and Wind Works. PTSO also received a grant from the Blue Mountain Community Foundation. Several parents donated their labor to erect the structure. Twenty-Five Years Ago...

  • OBITUARY

    Sep 14, 2023

    Beldon Lafayette Pearson March, 28, 1935 - Sept 11, 2023 It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Beldon Pearson, who left us on September 11, 2023, at the age of 88. He was born on March 28, 1935 in Kelso, Wash., to Sherman and Nora Pearson. He graduated Dayton High School and was class of 1953. Beldon served in the U.S. Army from 1958-60, where he was stationed for 18 months in Darmstadt Germany. He returned home where he was a part of WSDOT for over 35+ years, serving as a Civil Engineer. He dedicated his life to his family...

  • Bulldogs rally for first home win since 2014

    Loyal Baker|Sep 14, 2023

    DAYTON–The Dayton Bulldogs overcame a deficit in the first half to tie the score, then went on to register a seismic 62-38 win over the Yakama Nation Tribal Eagles, winning the first home game for the Dawgs since a game against LaCrosse-Washtucna-Kahlotus in November, 2014. Dayton is now 1-1 in S.E. 1B Eight-Man play and visits Waitsburg where some former teammates will clash this Friday, kick off at 7 p.m. "They started out really good and then as number three [Andrew Sampson] and then as n...

  • Lady Dawgs open season with five-set win

    Loyal Baker|Sep 14, 2023

    DAYTON–The reconstituted Lady Bulldog Volleyball Program got off to a rousing start with a five-set win over White Swan here Thursday, September 7. The win puts the Bulldog's record at 1-0 as the program jumps right into league play this week at Colton Tuesday and against Tekoa-Rosalia on the home court tonight, Thursday, September 14. Jayvees get started at 5 p.m. with the varsity serving at 6 p.m. The first four sets against White Swan were back-and-forth: Dayton took the first 25-15 then f...

  • What's New at School?

    Wyntr McCauley|Sep 14, 2023

    DAYTON–This year, Walla Walla Fair & Frontier Days took place on August 31 through September 3. Four Dayton FFA members, Gloree Grace, Kaelie Jonas, Elsie Mann, and Wyntr McCauley all brought their projects to this fair. Gloree and Wyntr both showed swine, Elsie showed a steer, and Kaelie showed a lamb. All these members participated in livestock judging, fitting & showing classes, market classes, and sale. Kaelie Jonas and her lamb won Grand Champion FFA Market Lamb, third Overall Market L...

  • At The Theater

    Sep 14, 2023

    Gran Turismo is based on the unbelievable true story of a team of unlikely underdogs–a struggling working-class gamer (Archie Madekwe), a failed former racecar driver (David Harbour), and an idealistic motorsport executive (Orlando Bloom). Together, they risk it all to take on the most elite sport in the world. Gran Turismo is an inspiring, thrilling, and action-packed story that proves that nothing is impossible when you're fueled from within. This movie is rated 64% and 98% by the critics a...

  • Letters to the Editor

    Sep 14, 2023

    To the editor, After attending the last Library Board meeting, it seemed clear that the Library Board has no intention of acting on the concerns of parents who want sexually explicit books out of reach of small children. I was told that a board member made a motion months ago, when this concern was first brought to the library board's attention, to relocate sexually explicit books out of the reach of small children, but it failed to pass with two members voting in favor and three voting...

  • SAIL is back!

    Charlotte Baker|Sep 14, 2023

    POMEROY–The Stay Active and Independent for Life Class (SAIL), sponsored by Garfield County Public Health, returns for a ten-week program at the Senior Center located at 695 Main St., on Tuesday, September 26 through November 28, at 1:15-2:30 p.m. SAIL is a fitness program for adults 65 and older that provides an opportunity to exercise often to improve strength, endurance, and balance all to help prevent the chance of falling. To sign up for the class, please call Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 509-843-3412. Space is limited t...

  • Local takes top place at Palouse Empire Fair

    Charlotte Baker|Sep 14, 2023

    COLFAX–Pomeroy FFA member Colby Ledgerwood receive Grand Champion Fitting and Showing, and place third overall for FFA market steer. Ledgerwood took his steer Double Stuff to the Palouse Empire Fair last weekend where they place Grand Champion in the Jr/Sr FFA Fitting and Showing and third place overall for FFA Market Steer. They both worked hard to earn Grand Champion in Jr/Sr FFA Fitting and Showing and third Overall FFA Market Steer," said Amy Ledgerwood. "Colby is proud that Double Stuff c...