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Articles from the November 30, 2023 edition

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  • Christmas Kick Off is a hit

    Nov 30, 2023

    Some of Santa's reindeer were in Dayton last week for the Chamber of Commerce's Christmas Kick Off celebration, and they undoubtedly brought joy to this young lady who got the opportunity to meet this magical creature up close and personal. "It makes me so emotional to see all the kids and their faces that just light up from seeing Santa or reindeer, the parade or on the hayride," commented Belinda Larson, Chamber Executive Director. Larson applauded turnout for the 5K Ugly Sweater Dash, noted... Full story

  • Suspect flees from Walla Walla Police in RV, crashes in Waitsburg

    Nov 30, 2023

    WALLA WALLA–Detectives from the Walla Walla Police Department pursued suspects in a motorhome at speeds up to 75 m.p.h., the high-speed pursuit coming to an end in Waitsburg when spike strips were deployed and the motorhome stopped in a collision with a fence near Preston Park. The incident started when two detectives from the Walla Walla Police Department Career Criminal Apprehension Team (CCAT) observed the motorhome driving on N. 2nd Ave. near Highway 12 just after 5:30 p.m. on November 2...

  • Dayton City Council raises water utility tax rates

    Jessica Ruffcorn|Nov 30, 2023

    DAYTON–The City Council unanimously approved raising water utility tax rates for overage consumption from 12% to 15% and approved Ordinance 2007 during the November 21 meeting. Ordinance 2008 relates to taxation of utility providers, amending certain sections of the Dayton Municipal Code, to change the 12% Utility tax to 15% on the gross income of those engaged in the distribution of water and wastewater operations. The increases in utility rates came after much consideration and review. H...

  • Superintendent input session set Dec. 4

    Nov 30, 2023

    DAYTON–Public input on what the community would like the next superintendent of the Dayton School District to possess will be gathered at an informal meeting set for 8:30-9:30 a.m., Monday, December 4, at the Dayton Elementary School, Room 65. The Selection Committee is seeking thoughts and input from school district patrons on the characteristics that would be desirable. The hour-long session will include coffee and cookies for those who drop by to contribute their input. Visitors to the school are required to check in at the Elementary O...

  • Quote of the Week

    Nov 30, 2023

    “One that would have the fruit must climb the tree.” – Thomas Fuller... Full story

  • Letters to the Editor

    Nov 30, 2023

    To the editor, First, I commend the library in obtaining several books I recently requested. The books were not available in the library collection at the time of my requests. I believe one was added to the collection and others were available with the inter-library lending program. All were received in reasonable time of a few days to a couple weeks. Next, I highly recommend these books to any and all persons who wish to better understand what has contributed to the events we have experienced...

  • From the Dayton Chronicle archives

    Kaye Eaton|Nov 30, 2023

    Ten Years Ago November 27, 2013 The Annual Kiwanis Turkey Bingo drew a huge crowd to win the many prizes and turkeys that were awarded for a Bingo. "An Old Fashioned Christmas" Kick-Off is scheduled for November 29 and 30 in Dayton "The Town that Still Believes." Visitors and attendees can always expect great fireworks, hay rides, Santa on Main Street, a lighted Christmas parade, wine tasting, a Christmas market, multiple venues for shopping and entertainment and much, much more. Dr. David W.W....

  • What's New at School?

    Wyntr McCauley|Nov 30, 2023

    DAYTON-Students returned from Thanksgiving break and Christmas Kick-off last week but many still look forward to Christmas break in three weeks, starting December 19 and ending January 3. Students enjoy activities throughout the last few weeks of school before being released for the long Christmas break. The Senior Class will sell the World’s Finest Chocolate candy bars and cartons on November 28 while supplies last. These funds will go towards their Senior Trip taking place on June 4. The S...

  • Library's 2024 budget passes with 1% levy increase

    Melissa Gemmell|Nov 30, 2023

    DAYTON- The Columbia County Rural Library 2024 budget hearing was held during the regular monthly meeting on November 20 for the Board of Trustees to review and approve the draft for the 2024 budget. Included in the budget was the allowed 1% increase of the county tax levy. The 2024 Budget Hearing took a good part of the meeting on November 20. The draft budget did not include the beginning fund balance because according to Brigham the amount is unknown until the end of the year. Last year the...

  • Pastor's Corner

    Greg Brownell|Nov 30, 2023

    A young Dayton serviceman stationed in California shared that he was discouraged. He missed home. He missed Dayton. He happened to be in a public place where a radio was broadcasting the news. Strangely, a small, insignificant item was mentioned about Dayton, Wash. A warm, homey feeling crept over him. He took that news report as a special gift and was encouraged. The Bible says, "Like cold water to a weary soul is good news from a distant land" Prov. 25:25. It is inestimable what a timely word...

  • Dayton Bulldog Student-Athletes ready for basketball season

    Nov 30, 2023

    Bulldog basketball gets underway this week with the boys and girls playing in a jamboree at Mac-Hi....