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  • Suspect flees from Walla Walla P.D. in RV, crashes in Waitsburg

    Dec 7, 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...

  • Ladies' Night Out a Blast

    Dec 7, 2023

    Ladies' Night Out was a resounding success last Monday as mild temperatures made the shopping a warm evidenced here at Dingle's of Dayton, where shoppers mingled and Mindy Betzler kept the cash register bell singing. Here the Candy Canes were singing Christmas Carols, as they did at several locations around Dayton's Main Street that evening. Some 16 local businesses participated in the "shop-local" promotion. -Chronicle photo...

  • Pomeroy residents injured in head-on

    Dec 7, 2023

    POMEROY––Two Pomeroy women were injured and transported to St. Joseph Regional Medical Center after being in a head-on collision on SR 12, on the Pomeroy side of the Alpowa Summit Friday, December 1, according to the Washington State Patrol. Melanie K. Herman, 33, of Pomeroy, was driving a 2004 Buick sedan westbound on SR 12 at 12:43 p.m. seven miles east of Pomeroy, when the vehicle crossed the center line and struck an eastbound 2021 Ford Explorer driven by Nicole L. Bruner, 49, of Pasco, head on. Both vehicles were totaled. Herman and a pas...

  • Columbia REA Director receives Director Gold Certification

    Dec 7, 2023

    WALLA WALLA–Columbia REA Board Director Patrick Dennis, PhD, has earned his Director Gold Certificate. The Director Gold Certification recognizes Directors who are committed to continuing their education beyond Credentialed Cooperative Director (CCD) and Board Leadership Certification (BLC). To earn Director Gold Certification, directors must first earn NRECA's CCD and BLC, plus three additional credits from the BLC courses. Director Gold demonstrates to co-op members and other stakeholders a di...

  • Quote of the Week

    Dec 7, 2023

    “Whenever you do a thing, act as if all the world were watching.” – Thomas Jefferson... Full story

  • Commentary

    Dec 7, 2023

    By Luis Franco, senior loan specialist, Center for Rural Affairs The holiday season is right around the corner and it comes with great news. According to a Gallup survey, 74% of holiday shoppers said they expect to pay about the same amount or more on holiday gifts this year compared to last. Moreover, 23% of shoppers said they choose one retailer over another because they want to support small and local businesses in their community. Small businesses are essential to rural America. When buying from local small businesses, you are supporting...

  • Columbia County Health System awarded for efforts to improve rural care for coronary artery disease

    Dec 7, 2023

    DAYTON–The American Heart Association's Get With The Guidelines® Coronary Artery Disease Rural Recognition Bronze award recognizes the Columbia County Health System for their efforts to address the unique health needs of rural communities. For efforts to optimize acute cardiac care and eliminate rural health care outcome disparities, Columbia County Health System has received the American Heart Association's Get With The Guidelines® - Coronary Artery Disease (CAD) Rural Recognition B...


    Mark Harmsworth|Dec 7, 2023

    OLYMPIA–If you are not an employer, you may not care about exempt and non-exempt employee salary ranges, but changes to an obscure state law is causing many employers to lay off staff and reduce available working hours, so you might want to pay attention. Washington State requires employers to pay non-exempt employees (those employees that don't meet several thresholds the state defines) overtime for every hour worked. Over the last few years, the minimum salary threshold to qualify as an exempt...

  • Letters to the Editor

    Dec 7, 2023

    To the editor, In response to a November 23, 2023, Waitsburg Times school board meeting. Board members, It has come to my attention after reading a November 23 article in the Waitsburg Times that CCC member Aneesha Dieu stated that she wanted a bit of "heightened awareness" on what kind of books were being brought into the school. I would like to caution the board members and staff on entertaining such cynical ploys to undermine public education. Over the past 18 months, we have witnessed an...


    Dec 7, 2023

    Thursday: Rain. High near 45. Breezy, with a southwest wind 18 to 22 mph, with gusts as high as 32 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible. Thursday Night: Rain likely before 4am, then rain likely, possibly mixed with snow showers. Snow level 2900 feet lowering to 2300 feet after midnight . Mostly cloudy, with a low around 31. Southwest wind 11 to 16 mph, with gusts as high as 24 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. Little or no sno...

  • Foundation kicks Community Giving Event Kicks Off November 28

    Dec 7, 2023

    WALLA WALLA–The Sixth Annual Valley Giving Guide, which was distributed in area newspapers on November 30 kicks off the widely anticipated month-long celebration of generosity which is set to benefit 163 cherished nonprofits in the heart of Walla Walla, Columbia, Garfield, and Umatilla counties. The Giving Guide, co-hosted by the Blue Mountain Community Foundation and United Way of the Blue Mountains, was inserted in the Dayton Chronicle and East Washingtonian, and other area publications last w...

  • At The Theater

    Dec 7, 2023

    Killers of the Flower Moon is set in 1920s Oklahoma and depicts the serial murder of members of the oil-wealthy Osage Nation, a string of brutal crimes that came to be known as the Reign of Terror. This story is based on David Grann's broadly lauded best-selling book. The movie features Leonardo DiCaprio, Robert De Niro, Jesse Plemons, Lily Gladstone, and others, and is directed by Martin Scorsese. Rotten Tomatoes critics give this movie a 93% favorable rating, but audiences gave it an 84%. The...

  • Pastor's Corner

    Greg Brownell|Dec 7, 2023

    Years ago, Paul Harvey reported the story of a road grader operator who became aware that a nearby ambulance wouldn’t get the critical accident victim to the hospital in time. Taking matters into his own hands he plowed through a fence row and made a road that cut off the time and distance to the hospital. It was later he learned that the patient he helped save was his own daughter. The Bible teaches we “reap what we sow.” In such a personal way, the road grader operator reaped the benefits of what he had sown. The same is true of inves...

  • From the Dayton Chronicle archives

    Kaye Eaton|Dec 7, 2023

    Ten Years Ago December 4, 2013 Concert to provide canned goods for the Food Bank. Zella Powers, hoping to win a CD or other give away item, entered the contest for prizes by successfully calling into Ed Dailey's radio segment on KORD 102.7 FM. Dailey, who is a musician himself, hosts the Legends of Country on Sunday mornings, and provides a monthly benefit concert as one of his prizes. Zella's name was drawn for the benefit concert, which she donated to help raise food for the Columbia County Fo...


    Dec 7, 2023

    Susan Ann Dunlap July 4, 1942–November 21, 2023 Susan 'Susie' Ann Dunlap, Dayton resident, passed away on Tuesday, November 21, 2023, after a brief stay in the Trios Hospital in Kennewick. She was 81. Susan was born on the Fourth of July, 1942, in Traill County, North Dakota, to Loren and Lucille Rice Larson. She lived near Maddock, North Dakota, with her family until moving to the Seattle area when she was a young girl. She graduated from Lincoln High School in Seattle. Susan was a baton t...


    Dec 7, 2023

    Ronnie Allen White passed away December 4, 2023....

  • Young Dawgs downed by Granger Spartans 78-28

    Loyal Baker|Dec 7, 2023

    GRANGER–After the young Dayton Bulldogs adjusted to the speed of varsity basketball and settled down, they turned in a better second-quarter performance and finished the season opener here with a lop-sided 78-28 margin. The Dawgs faced Highland at home last Tuesday (results next week) and will visit St. John-Endicott/LaCrosse on Friday before hosting the Pirates of Pomeroy on Saturday. Jack Zanger scored seven to lead the Bulldogs, with Beau Hazelbaker with six, Denver Hutchens with five, Jordan...

  • Lady Spartans' notch win over Lady Bulldogs

    Loyal Baker|Dec 7, 2023

    GRANGER–If not for the few points the Lady Spartans tacked on in the first and fourth quarters, the Lady Bulldogs would've been much closer in their 33-22 season-opening loss. Dayton faced Highland at home last Tuesday (results next week) and will face visiting Pomeroy this Saturday. Walla Walla Valley Academy comes to Dayton Tuesday, December 12 and Dayton travels to Colton December 16. "We had a rough night," said Head Coach Jorie Aukerman, "not making our free throws and shots not falling i...

  • Prather named to All-League Second Team for O and D

    Loyal Baker|Dec 7, 2023

    DAYTON–Bulldog footballer Kaylub Prather received an armload of plaques and honors during the Bulldog Fall Sports Awards, held November 30 in the H.S. Auditorium. Dayton High's volleyball team, cheer squad and football team were honored by coaches for their efforts in the recently completed season. Prather was the only Bulldog to be named to an All-League honor, making the S.E. B-8 Second Team twice–as defensive linebacker and offensive running back. Prather also received plaques for Off...