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  • Disney's "The Little Mermaid" opens Nov. 9 on Liberty stage

    Nov 2, 2023

    DAYTON–This year's fall musical at the Liberty theater is Disney's The Little Mermaid, a story familiar to many of us from two Disney movies and the older fairy tale. It's the story of a young woman growing up, following her dream, finding herself. It's the story of a loving parent learning to understand the person she has become, and letting her go into the world. It's the story of two families with different cultures learning to accept each other as their children get married. It's also a s...

  • General Election ballots due November 7

    Loyal Baker|Nov 2, 2023

    DAYTON–Ballots for the 2023 General Election are due to be mailed or delivered to the County Auditor or an authorized drop box by 8 p.m. Tuesday, November 7. On the ballot in Columbia County is a proposition which proposes creation of a parks and recreation district solely for building and operating a swimming pool, and to include Columbia County and the City of Dayton, excluding the Town of Starbuck and county portions of the Prescott Joint Park and Recreation District. In addition, voters will select a five-member commission to oversee the d...

  • Woo-ooo-ooooo!

    Nov 2, 2023

    Hundreds of mermaids, ninjas, gladiators, dinosaurs, and characters of all shapes and descriptions plied the sidewalks and front porches of Dayton's neighborhoods, gathering Halloween goodies from residents like Dain Nysoe, here doling out some Halloween candy to a trio of Trick or Treaters who ambled to his doorstep last Tuesday. Hundreds also converged on Dayton's Main Street earlier in the day, going from business to business, visiting the Columbia County Sheriff's Office and other spots....

  • Jeep slide-off mishap near Godman claims driver

    Loyal Baker|Nov 2, 2023

    DAYTON–A 67-year-old Milton-Freewater, Ore., resident died following an accident near Godman in the Blue Mountains last Saturday, October 28. Bodean M. Smith was driving a 1998 Jeep Wrangler with an acquaintance, Craig C. Harrigan of Walla Walla, who was traveling behind Smith in a separate vehicle, when the Jeep slid off the muddy roadway at about 4:10 p.m. and rolled down the hill, according to the Columbia County Sheriff's Office. Emergency vehicles were summoned to the site on roads r...

  • Vehicle crashes into Dayton Ave. residence

    Loyal Baker|Nov 2, 2023

    DAYTON–A 54-year-old Cheney, Wash. Resident, in the area hunting, apparently suffered a medical episode possibly related to diabetes, and collided his 2016 Ram pickup into 300 E. Dayton Avenue on Oct. 24. Christopher A. Smith, of Cheney, was driving his vehicle into Dayton to fuel up and get some food before heading back to deer camp when he apparently blacked out. Smith's vehicle collided with the home of Glen A. Herbst. Smith was checked by medical personnel and stated to Columbia County S...

  • Quote of the Week

    Nov 2, 2023

    “There’s a difference between a philosophy and a bumper sticker.” – Charles M. Schulz... Full story

  • Mass Band and Choir Concert delights

    Nov 2, 2023

    The High School Mass Band and Choir Festival performed in Dayton last Wednesday, Oct. 25, in the High School Gym. The event, presented by the Southeastern Washington Music Educators Association, included music programs from high schools in Dayton, Waitsburg, Clarkston, Colfax, Asotin, Washtucna, Kahlotus, St. John-Endicott and Garfield-Palouse. The Mass Band, under the direction of WSU professor Dr. Danh Pham, performed The Avengers, Transmutation, by Joe Covill (who was in the audience), and...

  • Dayton FFA competes in Soil Judging Contest

    Nov 2, 2023

    Dayton FFA competed at theGarfield County Career Development competitive event in Pomeroy Wednesday, October 18 with successful scores and will move on to compete at the State contest near Moses Lake on Nov. 7. The Dayton FFA team from left to right Colton Steinhoff, Sawyer Brenner, Lila Hutchens, Rosemary Yutzy, and Vanessa Acevedo. -Submitted photo...

  • What's New at School?

    Wyntr McCauley|Nov 2, 2023

    DAYTON–Homecoming spirit week began on October 30 and will continue through November 4, with many activities happening each day and a dance to wrap things up. High School Football season is coming to an end shortly, and the Associated Student Body (ASB) has been planning the final touches for Homecoming Week. ASB President Wyntr McCauley will sell Homecoming tickets before and after school throughout Homecoming week. Prices of the tickets at the dance door will go up but are available to t...

  • Guest Commentary

    Nov 2, 2023

    By Eric McKeirnan Guest Columnist I ran into an old friend a few weeks ago who was all juiced up with the excitement of traveling with his wife and friends and former pastor to the land of Jesus Christ. Nearly four years ago a core group of about a dozen locals, (local includes Waitsburg and Tekoa), set off to the Holy Land. During the Covid lockdown I entertained the idea of writing about our adventure on the other side of the planet and having my traveling companions include their thoughts and impressions with mine. If you would like that,...

  • Letters to the Editor

    Nov 2, 2023

    To the editor, This letter is for the silent majority. The time has come for you to be silent no more. It is time to get off the couch and get involved before you totally lose your right to be heard. We have allowed the mouthy minority to move in and take over, forcing us to bow to their whims, not to mention the indoctrination of the children through the public library. IT'S TIME FOR THE LAMBS TO BECOME LIONS. GET OUT AND VOTE. Gary Quinby Dayton, Wash....

  • From the Dayton Chronicle archives

    Kaye Eaton|Nov 2, 2023

    Ten Years Ago October 30, 2013 Early in October Kaleigh White, daughter of Fred and Kelly White, gave her farewell speech at the Miss Rodeo Washington pageant held in Ellensburg. Kaleigh will continue to hold the title until the first of the year, at which time she will officially be stepping down. Halloween has a long history from the Celts and Christianity. The origins of what we celebrate as Halloween go back centuries to the enactment of All Saint's Day, a Christian holiday. Along the way, i...

  • Obituary

    Nov 2, 2023

    Florence S. Delp March 4, 1036–October 24, 2023 Florence Stella Delp passed away Tuesday, October 24, 2023. She was born on March 4, 1936, to Jacob Richard and Susan Mace Scarbrough. Because her parents spent many summers working for the U.S. Forest Service, Florence and her sisters, Joan and Carolyn, spent many memorable years with their grandparents, Joe and Stella Mace. Florence loved sharing the many adventures of her sisters and cousins growing up on Grouse Flats. She also enjoyed remembering the many guard stations at which she stayed wit...

  • Bulldogs slammed by DeSales 78-6

    Loyal Baker|Nov 2, 2023

    WALLA WALLA–The DeSales Irish had an answer for nearly every Bulldog strategy and cruised to a 78-6 win here October 27. The 2-6 Bulldogs close the 2023 team-building season this Friday with Homecoming and Senior Night against Garfield Palouse, kick off at 7 p.m. Senior Recognition gets under way at 6:45 p.m. and Homecoming ceremonies will occur at half time. The DeSales defense stifled Dayton's offense, holding the rushing game to just 23 yards and preventing two-thirds of the Bulldog air a...

  • Weather Forecast

    Nov 2, 2023

    Thursday: Rain. High near 59. Southwest wind 7 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New precipitation amounts between a half and three quarters of an inch possible. Thursday Night: Rain, mainly before 11pm. Low around 43. Southwest wind 11 to 14 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New precipitation amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible. Friday: A 50 percent chance of rain. Partly sunny, with a high near 59. Friday Night: A 40 percent chance of rain. Mostly cloudy, with...

  • Pastor's Corner

    Nov 2, 2023

    In chapter 22 of Matthew's Gospel, Jesus is asked by the Pharisees, "Is it lawful to pay the census tax to Caesar or not?". It was a trap: answering "no" would place Jesus in opposition to Caesar and the Romans and make way for his prosecution by them; answering "yes" would be used by the Pharisees to turn away from him those devout Jews who despised Roman governance over the land of Israel. Jesus asks for a Roman coin and questions, "Whose image is this and whose inscription?" They respond,...