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  • 30th Annual All Wheels Weekend races into Dayton

    Loyal Baker|Jun 13, 2024

    DAYTON–With summery weather in the forecast, the 30th All Wheels Weekend 2024 Car Show will again roll along Main Street with that activity time-honored by teenagers of all ages–dragging the gut. One of the Dayton Chamber of Commerce's signature events, the car show highlights Father's Day weekend with upwards of 150 entries-machines of all makes and models, according to Chamber Manager Belinda Larson and the All Wheels Weekend Committee. There's activities planned for Friday, Saturday and Sun...

  • Twenty-seven walk at 138th D.H.S. Commencement

    Loyal Baker|Jun 13, 2024

    DAYTON–A full house of family and friends gathered at the Dayton Gym for the 138th commencement of Pietrzycki High School, also known as Dayton High, and heard inspirational addresses by honor graduates, marveled at the scholarships awarded and witnessed one graduate flip over receiving his diploma among the 27 who received high school diplomas here on Saturday, June 8, 2024. Co-Valedictorian Kameryn Tupling congratulated her classmates on their accomplishments, thanked all who gave support, r...

  • D.H.S. Valedictorian and Salutatorian Graduation Speeches

    Jun 13, 2024

    Co-Valedictorian Kamryn Tupling Good afternoon. First of all, I would like to start by giving a special thanks to everyone who helped make this day possible for all of us. Thank you to all the teachers, administrators, staff, coaches, community members, and families, for all of your support. I want to congratulate the Class of 2024 for making it to the end of this chapter in our lives, and what the future holds for all of us. We are here today to celebrate the hard work and dedication we have...

  • Community awards over $115k in scholarships

    Loyal Baker|Jun 13, 2024

    By Loyal Baker DAYTON–Local philanthropically minded individuals and organizations presented scholarship awards exceeding $115,000 to graduating Dayton High School Class of 2024 members and D.H.S. alumni at Scholarship Night at the Fairgrounds Pavilion Thursday, June 6. When university or college scholarships were added, students received a grand total of $870,391 to further their education. Receiving scholarships were: Kameryn Tupling: John Israel, Archer Ranch, Guy and Nyda Prater, Elk D...

  • Waste-processing plant looking to locate locally

    Jessica Ruffcorn|Jun 13, 2024

    DAYTON–The Columbia County Commissioners (BOCC) heard a presentation to put a waste processing plant out at the rock quarry; consideration of the concept of framework pay; potential bear lawsuit; and approved a liquor license. Dave Dressler, who owns and operates Bio-Environmental Resource Recovery International, known as BERRI LLC, transforms hazardous landfill materials into safe, nutrient-rich dirt. According to Dressler they can take food waste, yard clippings, diapers, tires, leather, p...

  • Dayton High School Graduation Saturday

    Jun 6, 2024

    DAYTON–Commencement Exercises for the Dayton High School Class of 2024 are set for 12 noon, Saturday, June 8, in the Dayton Gymnasium, and three honor speakers will give their graduation addresses. There are co-valedictorians in the Class of 2024: Kameryn Tupling and Ashley Essency, and Salutatorian Grace Trump, and each will speak during the ceremony. Kameryn Tupling is the daughter of Ashley and Diego Trevino, and has been quite busy as a Dayton High School student. She counts maintaining a G...

  • Port of Columbia Awarded Funds for Craft Malt Facility

    Jun 6, 2024

    DAYTON–The Port of Columbia has been awarded a $5 million grant and loan package from the Community Economic Revitalization Board (CERB) for construction of a craft malt facility at Blue Mountain Station. The package consists of a $3,750,000 loan and $1,250,000 grant. The committed private partner, Mainstem Malt, will be investing an amount equal or greater than $5 million for this project. This funding will connect to and extend existing infrastructure and construct a 12,000-square-foot b...

  • County Parks and Recreation commissioners mull budget and plans for future levy

    Jessica Ruffcorn|Jun 6, 2024

    DAYTON–During the regular meeting of the Parks and Recreation District on May 30, the commissioners discussed the first draft of the proposed budget and plans to seek voter approval for their first levy. Commissioners Katie Leid and Dianne McKinley put together a preliminary budget for the board to review. The budget accounts for income of approximately$200,000, which would be acquired if voters pass the levy in November for the maximum allowed of $0.20 per thousand dollars of assessed property...

  • Dayton High Scholarship Night tonight at Pavilion

    Charlotte Baker|Jun 6, 2024

    DAYTON–Members of the 2024 graduating class from Dayton High School, and alumni set to receive additional scholarships for their university studies will be honored at the Dayton School District's Scholarship Night at the Columbia County Fairgrounds Pavilion at 6 p.m. on Thursday, June 6, 2024. The dessert reception event will honor Class of 2024 seniors receiving scholarships. The reception will be hosted by the D.H.S. Junior Class as a fund raiser. Scholarship recipients will receive their a...

  • Weather Forecast

    Jun 6, 2024

    Thursday: Sunny, with a high near 84. Calm wind becoming northwest around 6 mph in the afternoon. Thursday Night: Clear, with a low around 55. North wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening. Friday: Sunny, with a high near 90. Friday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 60. Saturday: Sunny, with a high near 93. Saturday Night: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 11pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 62. Sunday: A slight chance of showers before 11am. Mostly sunny,...

  • Dayton Days dedicates 2024 rodeo to Tim Donohue

    Loyal Baker|May 30, 2024

    DAYTON–Both days of the 2024 Dayton Days Rodeo were kicked off with a ceremony honoring the contributions of the late Tim P. Donohue, president of Dayton Days, Inc. since its reinvigoration a few years ago, which included efforts to reintroduce pari-mutuel horse racing to Dayton, while, in the meantime, putting on a Memorial Day rodeo as a community event to promote Dayton and Columbia County. Donohue passed away in January, 2024. Loyal Baker, who succeeded Donohue as president of the non-profit...

  • Dayton Days Parade and Rodeo - 2024

    May 30, 2024

    A bit of breeziness welcomed friends, family and visitors from out of town to Dayton for the 2024 Dayton Days Parade, courtesy of the Dayton Chamber of Commerce. Sheriff Joe Helm guided the Frank E. Bauers Post 42-American Legion Honor Guard down Main Street, leading the first responders from Fire District No. 3 and the rest of the variety of parade entries, horse-back courts, organizations, local businesses and more. Two days of rip roarin' rodeo were enjoyed by throngs. -Chronicle...

  • Policy changes in the works

    Jessica Ruffcorn|May 30, 2024

    DAYTON–The District School Board heard reports on both a school counselor framework, and on policy governance; and approved a teacher retirement at the meeting on May 22. The counseling staff have been working on the school counselor framework project throughout the year, and passed on a 30-page document detailing a framework plan of role description, mission, and goals of counselors. The counselor team believes this plan was tailor made to the needs of the Dayton School District and follows t...

  • No open carry allowed on library premises

    Melissa Gemmell|May 30, 2024

    DAYTON–the Columbia County Rural Library District Board of Trustees approved the small works roster and a revision to the Public Code of Conduct to disallow the open carry of weapons according to a new law; were given the Director's and Financial Reports for April from Ellen Brigham; reviewed part of Chapter 6 of the Collection Development Policy which covers receiving gifts, as well as the Purchasing Policy; and discussed making Narcan available at the library; concrete work bids for the front...

  • Students Receive Rasty E. and Nona F. Ketcherside Scholarships

    May 30, 2024

    WALLA WALLA–The Walla Walla Community College Foundation is pleased to announce the Rasty E. and Nona F. Ketcherside Scholarship recipients for 2024-2025. The generosity of lifetime Waitsburg farmers Rasty and Nona Ketcherside provides 14 students the opportunity to pursue their educational dreams at Walla Walla Community College this fall. Recipients include Alyssa Anglin, Quinn Benavides, Lexus Brooks, Grace Coulston, Mary-Jo Day, Megan Forney, Madison Gallardo, Tatiana James, Phineas Kerr, R...

  • Trump, Reser receive P.E.O. Citizenship Award

    May 30, 2024

    DAYTON–Grace Trump and Joshua Reser were chosen as recipients of the 2024 P.E.O. Citizenship Award. Trump is the daughter of Jeremy and Jamie Trump of Dayton and the salutatorian of the Class of 2024. She will attend the University of Idaho and major in Elementary Education so she can return to Dayton, teach and give back to the community. Trump was active in volleyball and basketball, lettering and earning scholar-athlete honors. Activities include leadership roles in the A.S.B. and National H...

  • Trio presented Quilts of Valor

    Loyal Baker|May 30, 2024

    DAYTON–Local veterans and American Legion Post members Tim Hollingsworth, Garrett Bickelhaupt and John Hutchens were honored with Quilts of Valor presentations in a ceremony at the annual Memorial Day Breakfast at the Frank E. Bauers Post 42 here Monday, May 27. Post Commander Tim Hollingsworth enlisted in July, 2001, between his junior and senior years in high school. In active duty, his initial position was as an armored crewman on the M1A1 Abrams tank. He progressed through the ranks to p...

  • Rural Clean Energy survey continues

    May 30, 2024

    An Online public meeting which seeks input from the public as part of a rural clean energy study will be holding a session on June 5. The public is invited to register for the Zoom meeting Wednesday, June 5, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. The state is seeking input from residents of rural Washington communities with an interest in how development of large or community-scale solar, wind and other types of clean energy projects may affect the community. The public is invited to join a virtual statewide...

  • Dayton Days Rodeo this weekend

    Charlotte Baker|May 23, 2024

    By Loyal and Charlotte Baker DAYTON–The 2024 Dayton Days-Columbia County Fair Rodeo, this Friday and Saturday, May 24 and 25, will not only feature plenty of Western livestock action and thrills, it will also be more affordable as ticket prices have been reduced to encourage families to attend this year's two performances of buckin', snortin' hide and hair. The 2024 edition of the Dayton Days Rodeo will be dedicated to the late Tim Donohue, who passed away in January, and who served as president...

  • City may consider new site for Wastewater Treatment Plant

    Jessica Ruffcorn|May 23, 2024

    DAYTON–The City Council heard the update on the Wastewater Treatment Plant Project and investigation into new property; approved the city and school district lease agreement; the American Rock Products OTTA Sealroad project; the contract between the City and Washington State Department of Corrections work crew; recommendation to dissolution of standing committees; the council’s procedures and ethics handbooks; and Anderson Perry’s ADA sidewalk designs on 4th Street; and the OTTA Seal project at the meeting on May 14. Public Works Director Ryan...

  • Essency, Tupling and Trump to speak at Dayton High School Graduation June 8

    Loyal Baker|May 23, 2024

    By Loyal Baker DAYTON–Commencement Exercises for the Dayton High School Class of 2024 are set for 12 noon, Saturday, June 8, in the Dayton Gymnasium, and three honor speakers will give their graduation addresses. There are co-valedictorians in the Class of 2024: Kameryn Tupling and Ashley Essency, and Salutatorian Grace Trump, and each will speak during the ceremony. Kameryn Tupling is the daughter of Ashley and Diego Trevino, and has been quite busy as a Dayton High School student. She c...

  • Would you know it if it was "Hidden In Plain Sight?"

    Jessica Ruffcorn|May 23, 2024

    DAYTON–Would you know what items in your teen's room might indicate drug or alcohol use? The Coalition for Youth and Families, in partnership with Columbia County Health Department, hosted a public event at the Liberty Theater on May 15, to learn more about youth substance abuse. The event began with a mock set of a teenage girl's bedroom. People were instructed to walk around and search for substance items hidden in plain sight and some tucked away in inconspicuous places. There were 100 i...

  • One of three state-wide Rural Clean Energy study meeting held here

    Melissa Gemmell|May 23, 2024

    By Melissa Gemmell Dayton Chronicle Reporter DAYTON-The first of three public meetings to glean community feedback for the study on Rural Clean Energy sponsored by the Department of Commerce, was held in Dayton on May 14. This study is in response to an amendment to policy for HB1216 requiring public input on the impact of clean energy to rural communities. The meeting was hosted by the consultant firm Ross Strategic who is conducting the study for the Department of Commerce. Susan Hayman from...

  • Hours-long standoff ends with arrests

    Loyal Baker|May 16, 2024

    DAYTON–An alert neighbor who noticed something amiss and called police set off an hours-long standoff between two alleged burglars and the Columbia County Sheriff's Office late Saturday night and early Sunday morning, May 11 and 12. Columbia County Sheriff's Office deputies responded to 410 S. 2nd Street late last Saturday and discovered two individuals had gained access to the vacant two-story house. Following an hours-long stalemate, during which Columbia County Fire District No. 3 r...

  • County residents gather for National Day of Prayer

    Melissa Gemmell|May 16, 2024

    DAYTON–Columbia County residents gathered at the steps of the courthouse on Thursday, May 2 for the National Day of Prayer led by Undersheriff and Pastor Robbie Patterson, Pastors Tony Sykes of Faith Chapel, Dewayne Ramsey of The Community Bible Church, and Jeff Hall of Abundant Life Ministries with one location in Waitsburg. The pastors led those gathered in prayer. Pastor Sykes opened with verses from 2 Samuel 22:29-31. "For you are my lamp, O Lord; and the Lord illumines my darkness. For b...

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