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Dad Comes Home

Command Sergeant Major Wayne Chastain Surprises His Children

S. John Collins / Baker City Herald Ashlie Chastain, 16, is overcome with emotion when her father, Wayne, surprised her during her band practice at Baker High School Thursday morning. His return from Afghanistan has been a well-kept secret.

By Chris Collins

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A conspiracy of the sweetest kind played out at two Baker schools Thursday morning.

The co-conspirators were parents Farrah and Wayne Chastain and staff members at South Baker Intermediate School and Baker High School. They worked together to orchestrate the surprise homecoming of the Chastain children’s father, a soldier who’s spent the past year in Afghanistan.

Dress Express at BHS

S. John Collins / Baker City Herald Prom dresses can be rented at the Dress Express at Baker High School. From left, Kara Bennet, Ashlie Chastain and Corrin Wilson help keep the selection ready and presentable as part of a leadership class.

By Lisa Britton

For the Baker City Herald

The girls sort through fancy dresses of all hues — some strapless, some not; some with sparkles, some with ribbons, some just simple satin.

The idea for this “Dress Express” at Baker High School began in 2010 and has slowly been gaining momentum, providing an affordable option for fancy high school dances.

Last year, the BHS leadership class used proceeds from the Sadie Hawkins dance to increase the Dress Express inventory.

County mulls pot sales ban

By Joshua Dillen

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Baker County is preparing to follow Baker City’s lead in banning the commercial sale of marijuana.

County commissioners on Wednesday discussed Ordinance No 2015-02, which would ban recreational and medical marijuana stores in the unincorporated parts of the county.

Front doors at Brooklyn School locked this morning but threat didn't materialize

Teachers at Brooklyn School were on alert this morning and the front doors of the building were locked in anticipation “of a potential problem with a parent that didn’t come to fruition,” said Betty Palmer, interim superintendent.

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