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Friday, September 28

OBITUARIES

;ELSIE M. LAKEY

;ELSIE M. LAKEY

Capitol Theatre to host STREB extreme action group

YAKIMA - Laws will be broken at Yakima's Capitol Theatre on Friday, Oct. 12, and Saturday, Oct. 13.

Christian songwriter Janie Barbosa working towards releasing her own CD

Janie Barbosa has been singing as long as she's been able to make noise.

Thumbs up so far for school uniforms

The early verdict is in, and residents in the Sunnyside School District favor school uniforms.

Story Time

Good riddance!

Good riddance!

Dalrymple earns track championship

He only won two races and finished as runner-up in one this year, but Sunnyside's Josh Dalrymple earned enough points in this year's NHRA Jr. Dragster season to be named the track champion at Renegade Raceway in Parker.

Huskies bark at Grandview girls, but have no bite

GRANDVIEW - The Grandview High School volleyball team kept its perfect record in matches and games intact last night, Thursday, in a 3-0 sweep of visiting Othello.

Local band trying to get on the map

Formed in March of 2006, the band Diminished has quietly built a following and most recently took the top prize at a "battle of the bands" contest held in the Tri-Cities.

Hurtful story

I would like to say I am very saddened by this newspaper allowing such write-ups such as the one that was written about the Bickleton volleyball team (Sept. 10).

Thursday, September 27

DEATH NOTICE

UNA LEE KRUSE

UNA LEE KRUSE

West Nile virus confirmed in Mabton area red-tailed hawk

MABTON - A red-tailed hawk found in the Mabton area has tested positive for West Nile virus. It's the first infected dead bird found in Washington state this year.

Grandview girls score first victory of season

QUINCY - The Lady Greyhounds soccer team edged Quincy yesterday by a 2-1 score. It was Grandview's first victory of the year in six attempts.

New Miss Sunnyside will focus 2007-08 community service efforts on providing gang resistance education

In a relatively short period of time, two of Antassia Hammond's aspirations became a reality. First, she learned she'd been accepted to the Sunnyside Police Explorer program. Then she was crowned Miss Sunnyside.

SHS Grizzly harriers clip Falcons' wings

RICHLAND - Jacob Rogers, Jordan Esqueda and Gracen Gonzalez all crossed the finish line ahead of the entire Hanford High School boys cross-country team to lead the Sunnyside Grizzlies to a 27-30 Columbia Basin League victory over the Falcons this past Tuesday.

Wednesday, September 26

Lady Grizzly swimmers make splash against Kennewick

YAKIMA - Despite dropping a 91-69 decision to Kennewick Tuesday, four Sunnyside swimmers and its 400-yard freestyle relay team came away with victories.

DEATH NOTICE

MARIO AMARO

MARIO AMARO

S'side Christian girls fend off Lady Pirates

BICKLETON - Despite a swash-buckling attack by the Bickleton Lady Pirates in game two last night, Sunnyside Christian's volleyball team swept to a 3-0 victory.

FORUM

There are things to be learned standing on the sideline

There are things to be learned standing on the sideline

Lady Grizzlies victorious again

Things are starting to turn around for the Sunnyside volleyball team, which recorded its second straight victory last night with a 11-25, 25-15, 25-16, 25-13 win over the West Valley Rams.

GUEST EDITORIAL

Are good looks a get-out-of-jail-free card?

Are good looks a get-out-of-jail-free card?

There are things to be learned standing on the sideline

BICKLETON - A community effort to restore Bickleton's carousel was honored on Friday, Sept. 14.

Cutting to the Core

It's our right to sue

It's our right to sue

Young entrepreneurs offer web services to Mabton

MABTON - Four young entrepreneurs approached Mabton City Council, offering to provide web site services to the city for a fee.

Tuesday, September 25

OBITUARY

REVEREND ISAIAS LARA

REVEREND ISAIAS LARA

DEATH NOTICE

ANDREW BYMA

ANDREW BYMA

Hutchins, Hidalgo top finishersin annual President's Cup tourney

Gary Hutchins and Antonio Hidalgo topped the field this past Sunday in the annual President's Cup competition at Sunnyside's Black Rock Creek Golf Course.

Noel shoots low round at senior tour tourney

YAKIMA - Black Rock Creek's James Noel bested the field at last week's Columbia Basin Senior Golf Tour competition, staged at Apple Tree Golf Resort.

Merchants protest highway name change

It was quite obvious from last night's public hearing on whether the city of Sunnyside should change the name of Yakima Valley Highway to Wine Country Road, that business owners along the road didn't want it done.

Emerson family shares thoughts on loss of son in Iraq

GRANDVIEW - There were tears and more than a few smiles as L.J. and Ginger Emerson of Grandview spoke about their son Matt, an Army Specialist who died last week in Iraq.

Monday, September 24

Greyhounds win one for Emerson

GRANDVIEW - On an emotion-filled night, the Grandview High School football team fought back tears and the Wapato Wolves to earn a 19-13 overtime win last Friday night.

Close, but no win for Lady Pirates

GLENWOOD - In another match away from home, the Lady Pirates faced Trout Lake-Glenwood this past Friday night, battling it at the net through four games.

Lady Grizzlies beat 2A Wapato

WAPATO - The Sunnyside volleyball team improved its overall record to 2-5 with a straight set victory over the Wapato Wolves last Saturday.

OBITUARY

MATTY BESTEMAN

MATTY BESTEMAN

City manager, council mum on Stockwell's sudden resignation

In a surprise move last night at a special meeting of the Sunnyside City Council, city manager Bob Stockwell announced his retirement, effective immediatley.

Friday, September 21

Wapato narrowly slips by Lady Grizzlies, 4-3

For the first 25 minutes last night the 3A Sunnyside High School girls soccer team could do no wrong in forging a 3-0 lead over visiting 2A Wapato.

Story inaccurate

I must say that I am thoroughly disappointed in this publication for allowing the article "Lady Knights show Bickleton exactly what's up" to be printed with false accusations.

Jennie's Journey

Kudos to float builders

Kudos to float builders

Prosser balloon rally takes to the air Sept. 28-30

PROSSER - Lower Valley skies will soon be filled with color. Next weekend the 18th annual Great Prosser Balloon Rally will be held, Sept. 28-30.

Mabton named 'model' school

MABTON - Students sit in groups in Ryan Downing's math class, discussing the problems and helping each other through them. It's part of the college preparatory math curriculum at Mabton Jr./Sr. High School.

Grandview angler wins SNICKERS Big Bass award

RICHLAND - With 344 fishermen competing for the daily prize of the Big Bass award at the Wal-Mart FLW Western Division Series bass fishing tournament, Grandview's James Castillo earned the Big Bass prize last Wednesday and received $300.

Washington's congressional delegation should approve South Korea trade pact

Free and fair trade is important to Washington state and is in the best interest of the United States. Economic opportunity improves everybody's standard of living, which is vital to world peace.

FORUM

Give all middle school football players time on the field

Give all middle school football players time on the field

Local agency shows support for cancer victims

In addition to being "trendy," pink hair extensions were added to the locks of the women and family members of Sunnyside's WorkSource office Thursday afternoon in an effort to raise cancer awareness.

Fugitive caught after long chase

It took several Sunnyside police officers and a bounty hunter named John to catch him but in the end Victor Carrillo was carted off to jail.

Thursday, September 20

WASL test scores in Mabton steadily improving

MABTON - The Mabton 2006-07 WASL results are in, with some slight differences than last year.

OBITUARY

JAMES JACK CARLYLE

JAMES JACK CARLYLE

Teachers, administrators meet with mediator

GRANDVIEW - In the first of several mediation meetings this past Monday, the Grandview School District and Grandview Education Association discussed issues still needing resolution in the current contract dispute.

Sunnyside schools hold on to most WASL gains

The 2006-07 WASL scores are out for the Sunnyside School District and the good news is that the district held on to most of the gains it made on the previous testing year.

Grandview 10th graders improve WASL scores

GRANDVIEW - The WASL results for the 2006-07 school year have been recently released and Grandview's 10th graders showed improvement in all areas of testing.

Wednesday, September 19

Grandview maintains grip on league lead

MOXEE - CWAC volleyball powerhouse Grandview rolled into East Valley last night, Tuesday, to take on the second place Red Devils in a key league match.

Words from Wahsington

We need to build upon 'No Child Left Behind Act'

We need to build upon 'No Child Left Behind Act'

Unidentified passer-by saves local family from possible tragedy

Early Tuesday morning a family of four was awakened by a man pounding on their door to warn them their house was on fire.

Lightning singes Bickleton

BICKLETON - The 2B LaSalle Lightning struck quickly against Bickleton High School's volleyball team last night, winning in three straight games.

OBITUARY

PHILIP A. MARRO

PHILIP A. MARRO

Lady Grizzlies lose at Hanford

RICHLAND - The score was a little closer than some of their previous matches, but the Sunnyside girls soccer team still came away with a 7-1 defeat at Hanford High School last night.

Fundraiser on tap for boy stricken with cancer

ZILLAH - Every parent's dream for their child is a healthy life...the worst nightmare is a deadly illness.

"F" as in Frank

Rants and raves

Rants and raves

FORUM

Vying for title of Miss Sunnyside great experience

Vying for title of Miss Sunnyside great experience

Grandview soldier perishes in Iraq

GRANDVIEW - Army Specialist Matthew "Matt" Emerson, son of L.J. and Ginger Emerson of Grandview, died Monday, Sept. 17, while serving in Mosul, Iraq.

Tuesday, September 18

Move didn't help long-standing vacuum and sewing center

In spite of a move from Eastway Center to East Lincoln Avenue in anticipation of an increase in customer base, Bernina Vacuum and Sewing Center has closed its doors.

Grandview police propose curfew

Tougher punishments also sought for gang-related crimes

Tougher punishments also sought for gang-related crimes

Sunnyside High band among winners during Sunshine Days Parade

The results are in from this year's Sunshine Days Parade, held this past Saturday.

'Is it good enough?' ponders Christian club speaker

PROSSER - Guest speaker Joyce Wallace of Issaquah told the Lower Valley Christian Women's Club at its monthly meeting this past Monday that she often asks herself, "How good is good enough?"

OBITUARY

BRENDA RAE FULTON

BRENDA RAE FULTON

Monday, September 17

OBITUARY

PHILIP A. MARRO

PHILIP A. MARRO

Grizzlies dominate Davis

YAKIMA - Playing for their coach, the Sunnyside Grizzlies turned a 14-6 halftime lead into a 42-6 football blowout last Friday night in Yakima.

BRIEF

Pearl Hughes Guild to meet

Pearl Hughes Guild to meet

Grandview can't fend off Vikings

SELAH - Two offensive plays, two touchdowns.

Great Grandview Grape Stomp draws large crowd

GRANDVIEW - All told, about 90 people spent Saturday afternoon stomping close to 2,000 pounds of grapes during the second annual Great Grandview Grape Stomp, which drew a crowd of about 300 people.

DEATH NOTICE

JAMES CARLYLE

JAMES CARLYLE

Antassia Hammond named Miss Sunnyside

The theme of this year's Miss Sunnyside Pageant, held this past Saturday, was "Shanghai Surprise" and the pageant provided plenty of surprises, none more than for Antassia Hammond.

Friday, September 14

Gross Point Blank

I've got a brother for that!

I've got a brother for that!

Community concert series to kick off season Tuesday, Sept. 18

The Lower Valley Community Concert Series is slated to launch the season Tuesday, Sept. 18, at 7:30 p.m. at the Sunnyside High School auditorium, featuring the band Presidio Brass.

DEATH NOTICE

OTTIE L. MUNSON

OTTIE L. MUNSON

Sunnyside cuts Yakima Valley Highway traffic to one lane each way

Sunnyside residents were surprised Thursday afternoon, yesterday, to find that traffic on the Yakima Valley Highway running between Scoon Road and 16th Street was restricted to one lane in each direction.

Pounding the Rock

Bickleton shows me "What's Up"

Bickleton shows me "What's Up"

Dedication of Workforce Education Center draws dignitaries

GRANDVIEW - The Grandview campus of Yakima Valley Community College hosted a dedication ceremony for its newest addition, the Workforce Education Center, Thursday morning.

OBITUARY

PEGGY STEPHENS

PEGGY STEPHENS

Sunnyside girls lose non-league tilt

MOXEE - The 3A Sunnyside High School girls soccer team lost yesterday, Thursday, 6-1 to 2A East Valley in a non-league match.

Mendez, Sanchez tops in the field

GRANDVIEW - Though the Grandview cross country team lost its meet against Toppenish and Quincy Thursday night in Grandview, Jose Mendez and Jordan Sanchez were the top performers in the running field for Grandview.

Mission to benefit from golf tourney

Come Oct. 3, sisters Jessica and Caitlin Aleman will head off to South Africa to help children in need. In order to help these children, the sisters are sponsoring the Tee-Off for Africa glow in the dark golf fundraiser at Granger's Cherry Hill Golf Course.

Jennie's Journey

Children don't often listen to parents

Children don't often listen to parents

FORUM

Community participation encouraged for Sunshine Days Parade

Community participation encouraged for Sunshine Days Parade

Sunnyside Community Hospital Foundation receives donation at HAPO ribbon cutting and open house gathering

At an open house and ribbon cutting ceremony Thursday night, the HAPO Community Credit Union presented the Sunnyside Community Hospital Foundation with a donation of $25,000.

Sunnyside throws monkey off its back

Finally, after going winless last season and losing its first two matches to start the 2007 season, the Sunnyside girls volleyball team beat the visiting Eastmont Wildcats 30-28, 26-24 and 25-19 in a hard fought league game Thursday night.

Thursday, September 13

PAID OBITUARY

ROBERT LYLE IRWIN

ROBERT LYLE IRWIN

Testimony presented on Padelford annexation

An application for annexation of approximately 128 acres of land north of the Sunnyside Municipal Airport in January of 2006 will soon be given an appropriate zoning designation.

Remer, Bernick win Banana Belt tourney

The annual Banana Belt golf tourney was held at Black Rock Creek Golf Course this past weekend.

Sunnyside Fire Department trains with controlled burn

Firefighters from the Sunnyside Fire Department, the Grandview Fire Department and Yakima County Fire District No. 5 were on scene at 4140 Outlook Rd. in Sunnyside last night (Wednesday) to participate in the controlled burn of a house.

Braves shut out Sunnyside girls

KENNEWICK - Columbia Basin League power Kamiakin was too much for the Sunnyside High School girls soccer team last night, Wednesday, in a 10-0 win.

DEATH NOTICE

EDITH HOWARD

EDITH HOWARD

Wednesday, September 12

Cutting to the Core

Russell family grows

Russell family grows

Sunnyside receives $2.3 million construction grant

This past Monday, Sept. 10, the Sunnyside City Council amended its 2007-2012 six-year transportation improvement program to allow for a $2.3 million grant it received from the Yakima Valley Conference of Governments.

Broersma top swimmer for Sunnyside

YAKIMA - Sunnyside swimmer Kaitlyn Broersma won two of her events last night (Tuesday) against Prosser and West Valley.

"F" as in frank

Insuring safety

Insuring safety

Lady Grizzlies thumped by Falcons

The Sunnyside girls volleyball team ran into one of the best teams in the CBL Tuesday night, losing to Hanford in three games, 25-14, 25-12 and 25-23.

Tuesday, September 11

A day at the derby

GRANDVIEW - An estimated 16 competitors turned out for the annual Grandview Soap Box Derby, held last Saturday on the city's Euclid Avenue hill.

Chase gives overview of what has led school district and teacher's union to impasse

GRANDVIEW - Monday night's Grandview School Board meeting had a large attendance of Grandview Education Association (GEA) members to exhibit their unified feelings regarding the current contract impasse with the school district.

No liability insurance, no car, says Sunnyside

The Sunnyside City Council made it tougher for people to drive Sunnyside's streets without insurance during action at Monday night's council meeting.

SHS leadership students gather school supplies for needy kids in district

When students in Sunnyside High School's leadership class learned that there were elementary children in the district that didn't want to come to school due to lack of basic school supplies, they sprung into action.

DEATH NOTICE

ERIC LEE LOPEZ

ERIC LEE LOPEZ

G'view teacher's union president says district not completely honest

GRANDVIEW - A mediation effort between the Grandview School District and the Grandview Education Association (GEA) has not yet begun, yet the president of the teacher's union, Jamie Downing, is stating that the district superintendent, Kevin Chase, has not been completely honest.

OBITUARY

MARIA CASTRO

MARIA CASTRO

Monday, September 10

DEATH NOTICE

ELLEN ROSE EDWARDS

ELLEN ROSE EDWARDS

Grandview man injured in possible gang-related shooting Saturday night

GRANDVIEW - Grandview police are currently investigating what appears to be a gang-related shooting that took place early Saturday evening, Sept. 8.

Lady Knights show Bickleton exactly "What's Up?"

The Bickleton Pirates came down from the hills last Friday with one thing on their minds, beat Sunnyside Christian in volleyball.

Grizzlies lose tough game to Panthers

WENATCHEE - Take away Wenatchee's first six plays, and it could have been a different story.

Columbia Basin Cruisers make stop in Grandview

GRANDVIEW - The Columbia Basin Cruisers, an organization that's part of the Family Motor Coach Association, made a stop in Grandview this past weekend to tour the area.

Warden outlasts Mabton Vikings

MABTON - The Mabton High School football team made things interesting for a half against Warden before falling 34-6 last Friday.

Lady Grizzlies go 1-6 at Walla Walla Invite

WALLA WALLA - The Sunnyside High School Lady Grizzlies volleyball team got some much needed experience this past Saturday at the Walla Walla Invite.

Climate change supports need need for Black Rock, says study

A climate change independent study recently released by the Northwest Power and Conservation Council is helping to make the case for the Black Rock reservoir project, according to Yakima Basin Storage Alliance Board Chair Sid Morrison.

OBITUARY

BETH MAXINE GOODWIN

BETH MAXINE GOODWIN

Model T cars roll through Sunnyside

Lower Valley motorists could be excused for doing a double-take, or two, this past weekend as about a dozen vintage Model T vehicles rolled through the area.

Friday, September 7

Braves slay Lady Grizzlies in three

The Kamiakin Braves wasted no time in their three game win over the host Sunnyside Grizzlies Thursday night as the Braves won 25-10, 25-16 and 25-13.

Sweet Adelines offers singing class

The Rolling Hills Chorus, the Mid-Columbia's barbershop harmony chorus for women, will present "Learn to Sing with the Sweet Adelines" a free, four-week group vocal class for women who love to sing.

Jennie's Journey

What kind of vacation is this?

What kind of vacation is this?

Grandview FFA offers home football meals

GRANDVIEW - The Grandview High School FFA Club has announced it will barbecue hamburgers, cheeseburgers and chili dogs for all home Greyhound football games.

Grandview High to hold open house

GRANDVIEW - Grandview High School will host an open house/parent meet and greet on Wednesday, Sept. 12, beginning at 7 p.m. in the high school gym.

Grandview tames Wapato Wolves

WAPATO - The Grandview High School girls volleyball team quickly dispatched host Wapato last night, Thursday, in a 25-3, 25-9, 25-8 sweep.

FORUM

Fire district #5 personnel praised

Fire district #5 personnel praised

State auditors office posts two findings against Sunnyside School District

A recent state audit of the Sunnyside School District's books noted two findings against the district.

Model T club to run through Sunnyside

The Three-Rivers Model T club will roll through Sunnyside this weekend, starting with an appearance tonight, Friday, at Stokes Burger Ranch around 6 p.m.

OBITUARY

MELDA A. SHRONTZ

MELDA A. SHRONTZ

'The Pajama Game' encounters schedule conflict

The Over the Hill theater group has reluctantly had to cancel plans for its November production of "The Pajama Game."

Mercer's Boy Scout contributions to be recognized at breakfast

Free breakfast open to public

Free breakfast open to public

Thursday, September 6

Kerry Grombacher to highlight dinner at Bon Vinos

Performing songwriter Kerry Grombacher, from New Orleans, will appear in concert at Bon Vino's Bistro in Sunnyside this Friday, Sept. 7.

Ground is broken on new elementary school in Sunnyside

Ground was broken on the new Sun Valley Elementary School in Sunnyside on Wednesday. The new school will be just north of Sierra Vista.

Sunnyside Post Office parking could be updated within 30 days

The city of Sunnyside's previous plan to install parallel parking at the Sunnyside Post Office most likely won't happen, but changes are going to be made.

Grandview says class sizes in line with other school districts

GRANDVIEW - The Grandview School District and its teachers are negotiating a contract, and one of the issues being discussed is class size.

DEATH NOTICE

LAYNAH BETH MYERS

LAYNAH BETH MYERS

OBITUARY

JANE DELANA COX

JANE DELANA COX

Wednesday, September 5

Greyhounds sweep volleyball tourney

ELLENSBURG - The Grandview High School volleyball team picked up where it left off last season by opening the 2007 campaign with a perfect 3-0 mark at last night's Ellensburg Jamboree.

Lady Knights go down in three

The Sunnyside Christian High School girls volleyball team opened season play last night, going down in three games to Liberty Christian 25-14, 25-22 and 25-8.

Benton County Cattleman's Association to begin yearly meetings

PROSSER - The Benton County Cattleman's Association will to meet Tuesday, Sept. 11., at 7:30 p.m., in the Benton REA meeting room in Prosser.

Lady Grizzlies win one game at jamboree

YAKIMA - The Sunnyside High School girls volleyball team matched up with three other teams at last night's jamboree in Yakima, winning one game.

FORUM

Blood drawing a success

Blood drawing a success

Hillcrest Manor's silent auction to end Friday

Time is running out to bid on 110 silent auction items at Hillcrest Manor in Sunnyside.

Davis outkicks Sunnyside girls

The 3A Sunnyside High School girls soccer team had its opportunities, just not enough of them in a 5-2 season opening loss at home last night to 4A Davis.

New city ordinance designed to keep citizens safe

The Sunnyside City Council adopted an ordinance at last week's meeting setting up a special event zone for gatherings and events with more than 100 people.

Number of recycling bins dwindle in Sunnyside

Over the course of time, the number of full recycling drop off bins in Sunnyside has dwindled from 10 down to three.

OBITURARY

MARK DEAN CLEMMENS

MARK DEAN CLEMMENS

OBITUARY

ONA MAE CAMP

ONA MAE CAMP

"F" as in Frank

Walking in another's shoes

Walking in another's shoes

Tuesday, September 4

Sunnyside's Pascua appointed to Governor's Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs

Rey Pascua of Sunnyside has been appointed to serve a three-year term on Governor Christine Gregoire's Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs.

DEATH NOTICE

EARL HOMER CRAWFORD

EARL HOMER CRAWFORD

Outlook teacher marks 50th year in school district

OUTLOOK - Dwight Eisenhower was President, fins were in with Detroit auto makers and the U.S. only had 48 states when Bobbi Quigley started teaching in the Sunnyside School District.

Grizzlies run all over Greyhounds

For 48 minutes last Friday night the Sunnyside Grizzlies football team beat up on the Grandview Greyhounds, earning a 35-13 home victory to open their season.

Rogers leads Grizzly harriers at Hanford Jamboree

RICHLAND - It won't count in the official league records, but the Sunnyside High School cross country team displayed a promising start to the new season at last Friday's Hanford Jamboree.

Grandview's SIRT team competes at Hanford course

GRANDVIEW - Officers from the Grandview Police Department's Special Incident Response Team (SIRT) recently traveled to Hanford to compete against other police teams from across the state.

OBITUARY

JEAN PIERRE WILSON

JEAN PIERRE WILSON