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Line dance

class postponed

The Sunnyside Recreation Department has postponed the start of its fall line dance class.

The class was to have started yesterday, Sept. 25. Recreation department spokesman Sandra Medrano the class will be offered in the next few weeks. Those interested in signing up for the class are asked to call the rec office (837-8660).

Meininger earns national honor

Sunnyside Christian High School Principal Dean Wagenaar has announced that Luke Meininger has been named a commended student in the 2007 National Merit Scholarship Program.

Approximately 34,000 “commended” students throughout the nation are being recognized for their academic promise. Although they will not continue in the 2007 competition for a National Merit Scholarship award, commended students placed in the top 5 percent of more than 1.4 million students who entered the 2007 competition by taking the 2005 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship qualifying test.

SHS academic

pep assembly

put on hold

The academic pep assembly that had been scheduled at Sunnyside High School for this Wednesday, Sept. 27, has been postponed until probably sometime in November.

School officials had planned on sharing the results of the 2006 WASL testing during the assembly, but those scores are not readily available.

West Nile virus strikes again

PIERCE COUNTY – A Pierce County woman in her 40’s was confirmed yesterday as the state’s second case of a person infected with West Nile virus. She is the wife of the man who was listed as the state’s first case two weeks ago.

State health officials say the couple did not travel out of state during the time they were likely bitten by an infected mosquito.

Although most people who are infected with the virus don’t ever get sick or have symptoms, the West Nile infection can be a very serious disease for a small number of people, especially those over age 50. The virus can cause encephalitis (inflammation of the brain) or meningitis (inflammation of the lining of the spinal cord and brain).

Mabton council

to meet tonight

MABTON – Agenda items for the Tuesday, Sept. 26, Mabton City Council meeting include discussions on an interlocal agreement for an interim police chief, additional sidewalk improvements and dog bite procedures.

Council members are also scheduled to adopt two resolutions—the first a blueprint of Mabton’s six-year street plan and the other a contract for a school resource officer.

Tonight’s meeting will get underway at Mabton City Hall with a 6 p.m. council workshop, followed by the regular meeting at 7 p.m.

WSU honor roll students named

PULLMAN – Three Lower Yakima Valley students have been named to the Washington State University 2006 summer semester President’s Honor Roll.

To be eligible for the honor roll, the students had to carry a minimum of 12 graded credits and earn at least a 3.75 grade point average for the summer.

The academic achievers include Andrea Yarber of Sunnyside, Nancy Hultberg of Mabton and Deborah Schlotfeldt-Harris of Grandview.

Outdoor recreation guide available

The Yakima County Sheriff’s Office has released the third edition of its outdoor recreation guide.

The guide is a map that covers all the mountainous areas of Yakima County that are used for various types of outdoor recreation. Included on the map are the White Pass and Chinook Pass areas of the Naches Ranger District, including the wilderness areas, the south portion of the Cle Elum Ranger District, the Ahtanum and the western portion of the Cowiche Drainage.

The maps are printed on a waterproof and tear-resistant paper. The maps, at a cost of $10, are available at the sheriff’s office in Yakima and in Naches at Many’s Market.

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