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Articles from the September 7, 2023 edition


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  • 2023 Hall of Fame Honoree is Susie Bowles

    Sep 7, 2023

    POMEROY–The traditional celebration announcing the new 2023 Hall of Fame Honoree will take place at Spinners Maple Hall on Saturday, September 16 at 6:30-8:30 a.m. This year, the Chamber of Commerce will recognize Susie Bowles as the 2023 Hall of Fame Fair Honoree. The Pomeroy Chamber of Commerce's annual tradition of honoring a long-time Garfield County Fair volunteer will be held at the Spinners Maple with a full Cowboy Breakfast. The award will be given by Pomeroy Chamber President Ashley D...

  • Wendt resigns; two new parapros join staff at Pomeroy Schools

    Naomi Scoggin|Sep 7, 2023

    POMEROY–The School District (PSD) Board of Directors has accepted High School Principal resignation; hired two Paraprofessionals and a Junior High Basketball Coach at their meeting on August 29. Dan Wendt has resigned as Pomeroy Jr/Sr High School Principal. Rachel Gwinn is assuming the duties of High School Principal as well as Elementary Principal and PSD Superintendent. Jaden Steele and Hannah Ranes will be the two newest Title 1 Paraprofessionals, and Brock Ledgerwood will be the Junior H...

  • NUP seeks injunction to remove library dissolution proposition from November ballot

    Loyal Baker|Sep 7, 2023

    DAYTON–A local political action organization and two associated individuals have sued Dayton resident Jessica Ruffcorn, organizer of a petition to dissolve the Columbia County Rural Library District, also naming Columbia County, County Auditor Will Hutchens and Director of Elections Cathy Abel, seeking an injunction to prevent Proposition 2 from appearing on the November, 2023 General Election Ballot, and fees. The complaint was filed Tuesday, August 29. The complaint asserts that the proposition to dissolve the Columbia County Rural Library D...

  • Quote of the Week

    Sep 7, 2023

    “I just invent, then wait until man comes around to needing what I’ve invented.” – R. Buckminster Fuller... Full story

  • Guest Commentary

    Sep 7, 2023

    By Chris Corry The ongoing battle over Washington’s unconstitutional capital gains tax continues. The Freedom Foundation has filed a Petition for Writ of Certiorari with the US Supreme Court. The petition asks the US Supreme Court to overturn the decision made earlier this year by the Washington State Supreme Court. In the filing, the appeal presents the following question: “Upset with what they saw as an unduly regressive tax system, a narrow majority in the Washington legislature recently enacted a 7% long-term capital gains tax that exe... Full story

  • Letters to the Editor

    Sep 7, 2023

    To the editor, I find it interesting that you want to shut down the library because you don't like some of the books that are on the shelf. When I was a teenager, they had an adult only section in the library. I couldn't check out any books from there. Are you also going to ban TV shows and movies? Some of the shows now have same sex couples groping each other and deep kissing. I've stopped watching two of my shows for this reason. I did let the producers know why I've stopped watching them. I...

  • Pomeroy Pioneer Portraits

    Naomi Scoggin|Sep 7, 2023

    Ten Years Ago September 11, 2013 Spinners News-August was fairly slow for Spinners in terms of events and functions. Many members were busy with harvest and other summer work. We did help Town and Country by offering bar services August 9 and 10 for its Elvis Impersonator Shows. A few Spinners die-hards have already been focusing on the fair! The Spinners baked potato booth is a historic icon at the Garfield County Fair. It is also one of our Spinner's biggest fundraisers for the year, so we...

  • Pastor's Corner

    Greg Brownell|Sep 7, 2023

    My wife and I were alarmed at the conclusion of a church conference when a Pastor took off for home, forgetting his wife. He left her stranded in the church yard. She calmly stated that he often forgot her. She said that he would eventually remember and return for her. It's hard to imagine that kind of forgetfulness. The Bible tells of a woman who forgot. She was so taken by Jesus' words of living water that she went to tell others "leaving her water jar". She forgot her valuable and needed wate...

  • Judson Hall shows Grand Champion

    Sep 7, 2023

    Judson Hall, son of Curtis and Siera Hall of Dayton, exhibited the Grand Champion Market Steer at the Walla Walla Fair last week. Judson's Charolais Cross steer came in a 1,394 lbs. He is a member of the Columbia County Corrals 4-H Club. -Submitted photo...

  • At The Theater

    Sep 7, 2023

    Meg 2: the Trench–Dive into uncharted waters with Jason Statham and global action icon Wu Jing as they lead a daring research team on an exploratory dive into the deepest depths of the ocean. Their voyage spirals into chaos when a malevolent mining operation threatens their mission and forces them into a high-stakes battle for survival. Pitted against colossal Megs and relentless environmental plunderers, our heroes must outrun, outsmart, and outswim their merciless predators in a p...

  • Fire contained on N. Touchet Road; disaster averted says chief

    Loyal Baker|Sep 7, 2023

    DAYTON–An accidentally started fire in the 900 block of North Touchet Road was contained to around three or four acres with some vehicles, fencing and trees sustaining damage on Monday, August 28, but the flames were literally seconds from breaking out and erupting into a major fire incident, says Fire District 3 Chief Jeromy Phinney. The fire was accidentally started by homeowner Tom Konen, who was treating ground around his residence with gopher gasser, which caught on dry vegetation in the e...

  • Pirates fall to Patriots in season opener, 38-26

    Loyal Baker|Sep 7, 2023

    PASCO–After getting hammered in the third quarter, a fourth-quarter rally fell short and the Pomeroy Pirates fell 38-26 to the Liberty Christian Patriots in the first game of the season here Sept. 1. Pomeroy hosts Waitsburg at Lybecker Field on Friday. "We just had too many turnovers and couldn't capitalize on some good opportunities that LC gave us," commented Head Coach Kyle Kimble. " I was very proud of our guys as they went toe to toe with a 1B powerhouse with only 13 healthy players a...

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