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  • Community Spirit Shines Bright

    Dec 14, 2023

    DAYTON–Project Timothy held its annual Christmas Basket giveaway Saturday, December 9, spreading joy and warmth to families in need. The community came together in a heartwarming display of generosity to distribute 75 boxes of groceries to those who had signed up for assistance. The boxes included canned fruits and vegetables, whole or half ham (depending on size of the family), stuffing mix, rolls and butter, pumpkin pie, cool whip, 10 pound sack of potatoes, and gravy mix. Project Timothy h...

  • Capital Levy on February ballot

    Jessica Ruffcorn|Dec 14, 2023

    DAYTON–The Dayton School Board voted unanimously to put resolutions 2023-01 EPO and resolution 2023-02 Capital Levy on the ballot for the February 2024 Special Election at their December 6 meeting. The EPO is an Educational Program and Operations which funds the extracurricular activities for the students and also helps fund under-funded programs such as custodial, food programs, and transportation services. The replacement levy being put before voters is for $1.42 per $1,000 of assessed propert...

  • Council approves 2024 Budget approved; Dollar General halts building

    Jessica Ruffcorn|Dec 14, 2023

    DAYTON–The City Council adopted the 2024 budget at the December 5 meeting and were advised Dollar General has stopped building, plus heard farewell messages from exiting Mayor Zac Weatherford and Council member Dain Nysoe. The Council also approved the authorization for the Mayor to approve amendments to the 2023 budget and approved December 26 as a paid holiday for city staff. Planning and Community Development representative Clark Posey gave the council and update that Dollar General has c...

  • Quote of the Week

    Dec 14, 2023

    “When you go in search of honey you must expect to be stung by bees.” – Joseph Joubert... Full story

  • Economic Development Strategy Group reviews successes in 2023 and priorities for 2024

    Jessica Ruffcorn|Dec 14, 2023

    DAYTON-The Economic and Development Strategy Committee met December 5 to discuss progress on its 2023 goals and establish top priorities for the next year. This year’s top projects included the Wastewater Treatment Facility progress, the new Parks and Rec District, Assisted Living, Childcare, and Broadband. This meeting was in person by RSVP only, and included approximately 55 people from the community representing different clubs, committees, and businesses dedicated to economic development. The purpose of the meeting, according to Jennie D...

  • OPINION

    Mark Harmsworth|Dec 14, 2023

    While January 8, 2024 is the first official day of the Washington State legislative session next year, things are already happening in Olympia. Legislators have the ability to ‘pre-file’ bills to get new legislation into the hopper ready for consideration in January and things are already happening. One such bill, Senate Bill 5793 (SB 5793), filed by Senator Saldaña (37th Legislative District), would expand Washington State paid sick leave law adding new qualifying events including work site...

  • Letters to the Editor Encouraged

    Dec 14, 2023

    The Letter to the Editor space on the opinion page provides a forum for local residents to express their opinions and concerns about matters of public interest as part of the "community conversation." Letters may be mailed to Letter to the Editor, 163 E. Main Street, Dayton, WA 99328. Pomeroy and Garfield County residents may email the editor at [email protected]. Dayton and Columbia County readers may email letters to [email protected]. Please include a telephone number and...

  • Pastor's Corner

    Greg Brownell|Dec 14, 2023

    When a lady unexpectedly dropped off a tasty crockpot meal with an unsuspecting family, she surprised them even further by saying, “And keep the crockpot! I don’t want it back!” When another lady was complimented for her nice purse, she emptied it of its belongings and handed it to the stranger. She said, “I get the most enjoyment out of things by giving them away” (a practice she often repeats). Jesus Christ taught giving in love. He said, “Freely you have received. Freely give” Mt. 10:8. At this Christmas season we celebrate God’s giving....

  • Avoid driving under the influence

    Dec 14, 2023

    Celebrations frequently involve entertaining guests or heading out for nights on the town to enjoy the company of others. Often food and beverages are part of the fun, and that includes alcoholic beverages, which may flow a little more readily during festive occasions. Niznik Behavioral Health says crash fatality rates involving alcohol increase by about five times during holidays. Roughly 131 people die in crashes involving alcohol each holiday, compared to 25 deaths during non-holidays,...

  • Drs. Lewis and Gwynneth Neace to retire

    Dec 14, 2023

    DAYTON–Dr. Gwynneth Neace, Board Certified Pediatrician, and Dr. Lewis Neace, Board Certified Emergency Medicine Physician, two esteemed Columbia County Health System doctors, have announced their retirement. Both Drs. Lewis and Gwynneth Neace chose to return to this area in 2016 and lend their considerable skills to the communities they love. Being able to give back to the towns they were raised in was the capstone of the two accomplished careers in medicine, and after eight years of devoted s...

  • OBITUARY

    Dec 14, 2023

    Robert M. Crossler March 16, 1936–December 11, 2023 Robert M. Crossler, passed away at the Mercy Hospital St. Louis, Creve Coeur, Mo., on Monday, December 11, 2023, at the age of 87. Bob was born in Dayton, Wash. on March 16, 1936. He was the beloved husband of the late Dorothy Jean Crossler; son of the late Kenneth and Grace Crossler; devoted father of Debi Addis and Kathy Coughlin; cherished grandfather of Stefani Sammons, Elisha Sammons, Melissa (Warren) Gordiner, Sean Wilson, and Rob B...

  • Secret dam-breaching pact released

    Dec 14, 2023

    By Roger Harnack Special to the Dayton Chronicle/East Washingtonian WASHINGTON D.C. - The Biden and Inslee administrations have been colluding secretly with extremist environmental groups and four tribal governments on plans to breach dams on the Snake and Columbia Rivers. A "confidential mediation document - not for distribution" on their dam-breaching efforts was leaked to Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers last week, and then to the media Wednesday, Nov. 29. McMorris Rodgers, R-Spokane, represents...

  • At The Theater

    Dec 14, 2023

    The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes. Return to The Hunger Games, the landmark film franchise that has earned over $3 billion globally, with Lionsgate's adaptation of Suzanne Collins' #1 New York Times Bestseller -The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes. Years before he would become the tyrannical President of Panem, 18-year-old Coriolanus Snow (Tom Blyth) is the last hope for his fading lineage, a once-proud family that has fallen from grace in a post-war Capitol. With the tenth...

  • Lady Dawgs in hunt for first win

    Loyal Baker|Dec 14, 2023

    By Loyal Baker DAYTON–The Pirates sailed into town and pillaged the Lady Bulldogs with a 12-2 first quarter and left with a 51-28 win last weekend as the Lady Dawgs, now 0-4, are still looking for their first win. Dayton (0-1, 0-4) faced Walla Walla Valley Academy last Tuesday (results next week) and travels to Colton Saturday, then hosts Touchet on Tuesday, December 19. The team plays at Tekoa-Rosalia on December 22 before breaking for Christmas. Against Pomeroy, the Lady Bulldogs couldn't h...

  • Bulldog wrestlers compete at Granger match

    Loyal Baker|Dec 14, 2023

    GRANGER–Dayton's two-man wrestling team competed at the Tony Saldivar Ironman here last weekend, Bulldog Byron Collier winning one out of three matches and Andrew Wertz going winless in the team's second match of the season. Next up for the Bulldogs is the Royal City Christmas Tournament on December 29. Collier, competing in the 175 lb. class, drew a first-round bye then was pinned by Emanuel Fernandez of Zillah at 3:46. Collier was leading 7-4 at the time Fernandez made the fall. Dropped to t...

  • Pirate defense quiets Bulldog attack

    Loyal Baker|Dec 14, 2023

    DAYTON–The young Dayton Bulldogs were pitted against a more experienced Pomeroy Pirate team, and struggled with the pressure while Pomeroy piled up points in long runs for a 72-12 Southeast 1B league win. The Bulldogs are 0-5 overall, 0-2 in conference play. Dayton lost to Walla Walla Valley Academy Tuesday 68-46 (story next week), and journeys to Colton on Saturday and plays host to visiting Touchet on December 19. A road trip to Tekoa-Rosalia on December 22 closes out the 2023 part of the s...