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Waterville will have a new Christmas tree this year, which will be located at the north end of the Douglas County Museum at the entrance to Pioneer Park. It will be lit for the season beginning Nov. 28. Due to the Covid pandemic, the Main Street Association has decided not to do its typical …


It was suggested that I use pond water to irrigate my garden. It's a thought, all right, but it seems like dirty work. I love our pond! The beautiful water lilies entrance the viewer into a fantastical world. But not anymore. Our pond is frozen. Not solid yet, but getting there. It is beauti…

It all started with a grand vision for our small dog-friendly backyard garden. I had pictured myself sitting at a desk with copious amounts of drawing paper, straight edges, angles, and several types of number 2 pencils. Reminiscing of my junior high woodworking class where I was one of the …

Order your Christmas cookies now. Due to COVID-19, the Federated Guild will not hold their annual Christmas bazaar and cookie bar. In its place, the Guild is holding a Bake Away. Order your Christmas cookies and baked goods in advance and pick them up curbside at the Federated Church, 224 We…

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The Washington Interscholastic Activities Association (WIAA) announced a timeframe for determining whether the upcoming high school basketball season would move forward while providing an idea as to what postseason competitions would look like. Read more

Our Past

It wasn’t long ago when the older generation could still remember riding horse-drawn sleighs for transportation in this area during the winter months. This article from the Sept. 25, 1930, edition of the Waterville Empire-Press documents the transition to snow removal, which I suppose was ne… Read more

Below are two selections from the Sept. 11, 1930, edition of the Waterville Empire-Press. The first selection is about some boys who thought they could get away without paying for their gas. Then as now, one wonders how some crooks can think they will get away so easily. Then there are some … Read more


Students aren’t famous for liking to get back to school after an absence, but eight months of absence seems to be more than enough for Waterville School students. The last classes to be phased into a hybrid model of instruction are thrilled to be back, according to superintendent Tabatha Mires.

On the morning of Oct. 20, the members of Waterville School’s new pre-Kindergarten class, called “Waterville Wonders,” were seated at desks carefully spaced six-feet apart in the classroom and were threading colorful plastic shapes onto strings.

Pet of the Week

Caterpillar is a medium-sized, brindle and white, 5-year-old American pit bull terrier mix. Caterpillar is the happiest guy. He is so much fun… Read more

Dr. Pepper is as sweet as his name, say officials at the Wenatchee Valley Humane Society. Dr. Pepper is a 12-year-old, medium-sized, black and… Read more

Curtis is a 2-year-old, medium-sized, black and brown Rottweiler mix. Curtis has a heart filled with love, say officials at the Wenatchee Vall… Read more



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