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Articles from the September 28, 2023 edition


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  • Court stays Proposition 2 from appearing on General Election ballot

    Loyal Baker|Sep 28, 2023

    DAYTON–A Columbia County Court Commissioner has granted an injunction, ordering County Auditor Will Hutchens to withhold a ballot initiative which would have dissolved the Columbia County Rural Library District (CCRLD), had it been voted upon and approved by Columbia County voters on November 7. In a related action, defendant Jessica Ruffcorn, who was named in the action along with Columbia County, Auditor Hutchens and Director of Elections Cathy Abel, was dismissed from the suit. Both p...

  • Three injured in Sunday rollover

    Loyal Baker|Sep 28, 2023

    DAYTON–Three members of a Clarkston, Wash., family were injured in a single-car rollover accident on State Route 12, 10 miles east of Dayton Sunday, September 24. Driver Amanda J. Greene, 28, and passenger seven-year-old Kiera L Greene, are at Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane, and passenger Ayden K. Greene, 10, was treated at Dayton General Hospital following the 12:51 p.m. accident. The driver is reported to be in satisfactory condition, a Sacred Heart spokeswoman informs the C...

  • Quote of the Week

    Sep 28, 2023

    “The real menace in dealing with a five-year-old is that in no time at all you begin to sound like a five-year-old.” – Jean Kerr... Full story

  • Attorneys for complainants and defendants in library suit give statements in court

    Loyal Baker|Sep 28, 2023

    The attorney for the Neighbors United for Progress, Ric Jacobs, and Prosecuting Attorney C. Dale Slack both gave statements in the Sepember 20 hearing before Court Commissioner Julie Karl. "We're also here because of the misguided efforts of Proposition 2 sponsors to effect a book ban in Columbia County," began Attorney Ric Jacobs, in an opening statement. "The sponsors first parroted the talking points of extreme right groups like Moms for Liberty, and fabricated details about the only public...

  • Library board initiates collection policy review

    Melissa Gemmell|Sep 28, 2023

    DAYTON-The Columbia County Rural Library Board of Trustees initiates collection development policy review; and were advised of other library regular business during the September 18 meeting. The collection development policy was introduced, and board members present agreed to review the first two chapters over the next month to be prepared to discuss and revise during the October meeting. The original policy was adopted in 2008 and some revisions were made in 2013 regarding digital collections....

  • District to consider superintendent options

    Melissa Gemmell|Sep 28, 2023

    DAYTON–The Dayton School Board was advised to consider options for a permanent superintendent by interim superintendent Rich Stewart; advised of the Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS); change to meeting time from 6 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.; and other district business reports at the meeting on September 20. Stewart presented his self-review to the Board based on the State's standards for superintendents. He rated himself in the middle two categories as basically or proficiently meeting standards f...

  • Letters to the Editor

    Sep 28, 2023

    To the editor, I feel that I must respond to a recent letter to the editor that stated a personal opinion about the book "Our skin..." and stated that in that person's opinion "children do not even notice skin color". I know, respect, and very much appreciate the person who wrote this letter, and what they have done for this community, but I must respectfully disagree with this statement and perception. I can tell you that when my son was about 4 years old, we were living in a community with...

  • Stork Calls

    Sep 28, 2023

    Matthew and Lexus Richter of Bismarck, North Dakota announce the birth of their second born child. Ethan Anthony Richter was born at 5:54 p.m. on Saturday, July 15, 2023 at Sanford Medical Center in Bismarck, North Dakota. He weighed 9 pounds, 1 ounce and 21.75 inches long. The maternal grandparents are Joseph and Mary Ann Ward of Dayton, Wash. The paternal grandparents are Gary and Coreen Richter of Moffit, North Dakota....

  • Pastor's Corner

    Greg Brownell|Sep 28, 2023

    Strange things happen with the telephone. Years ago, I hung up the phone after a visit with one of our church ladies. Later, when I went to make a call, I heard distant voices (which I recognized) on the other end, seemingly visiting together. It took a moment for me to realize that the call I'd made earlier was still connected. I spoke loudly into the phone repeatedly to ask them to properly hang up their phone (so I could make a call) but they couldn't hear me. The experience was a blessing....

  • From the Dayton Chronicle archives

    Kaye Eaton|Sep 28, 2023

    Ten Years Ago September 25, 2013 Morgan Breland accepted a donation from President Gary Schroeder of the Kiwanis Organization, to help finance her dancing to London. Public comment was heard regarding a moratorium on the recreational use of marijuana in Columbia County. The Commissioners approved Ordinance 2013-02, establishing an immediate moratorium on the recreational use of marijuana for up to 12 months. Twenty-Five Years Ago September 23, 1998 Frank Jamison, who serves on the Chamber of...

  • Obituary

    Sep 28, 2023

    Frances Nellie Randolph August 9, 1919–September 19, 2023 Frances Nellie Randolph, lifetime Dayton resident, passed away on September 19, 2023 in Dayton. She was 104. Frances was one of five children born to Robert and Nellie (McCall) Pugh on August 9, 1919 in Dayton. She attended grade school on Eckler Mountain and finished up her education at Dayton High School. She married Gerald Randolph on August 9, 1937 in Dayton. She worked various jobs throughout her life, ultimately retiring in 1975. S...

  • 2023 COLUMBIA COUNTY FAIR LIVESTOCK RESULTS

    Sep 28, 2023

    4-H MARKET BEEF GRAND CHAMPION 4-H: Jaycee Cox RESERVE GRAND CHAMPION 4-H: Delaynee Cox Blue: Kellen Coulston, Cindi Howard, Lila Hutchens, Judson Hall, Monte Richie, Graci Turner, Traecyn Turner, Rae Howard, Janie Howard, Ava VanAusdle 4-H NON-SALE MARKET STEER: Blue: Kellen Coulston 4-H NON-SALE FEEDER STEER: Blue: Jaycee Cox FFA BRED HEIFER Blue: Graci Turner 4-H BEEF FITTING & SHOWING 4-H JUNIOR MEMBERS GRAND CHAMPION: Janie Howard RESERVE GRAND CHAMPION: Rae Howard Blue: Traecyn Turner, Ava...

  • Lady Bulldogs battle unforced errors and inexperience in search for momentum

    Loyal Baker|Sep 28, 2023

    DAYTON–The Lady Bulldogs are in the hunt for some wins as the young squad works and battles its way through the first half of the 2023 1B volleyball season. Last week, Columbia-Burbank downed the Lady Dawgs in three sets at home on Thursday, and the Lady Pirates took the match in Pomeroy in three sets. This week Dayton hosted St. John-Endicott/LaCrosse on Tuesday, visits Garfield-Palouse tonight and gets ready for the Regional Rumble this Saturday in Pomeroy. Next Tuesday, Colton comes to D...

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