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Wednesday, April 30

Lady Knights zap Lightning twice

UNION GAP - Pounding out 20 hits yesterday afternoon, the Sunnyside Christian High School girls fastpitch softball team swept a non-league doubleheader from the LaSalle Lightning, 10-9 and 7-4.

Project Linus seeks to comfort tykes in trouble

They say a picture is worth a thousand words, but one picture has been worth more than two million blankets since the formation of Project Linus in 1995.

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Child abuse awareness events

Child abuse awareness events

Forget Perfect

The scariest reptile of all lies deep within

The scariest reptile of all lies deep within

Grandview girls pick up first win of year

GRANDVIEW - The Lady Greyhound tennis team garnered its first victory of the season yesterday, defeating the Prosser Mustangs 3-2.

'F' as in Frank

Counting the cost

Counting the cost

Guest speaker living example of tobacco use danger

Rick Bender never thought about the possibility of cancer when he was younger.

Grizzlies win District tourney tune-up

YAKIMA - Resting most of his starters for this coming Friday's District game, Sunnyside Coach Juan Pineda got a chance to see his younger players in action Tuesday night as the Grizzlies beat Davis 2-1.

Southridge takes two from Sunnyside

Oh, what might have been. For four of the five innings the Sunnyside High School fastpitch softball team played Southridge to a 1-1 draw.

'Meet the Travelers' program kicks off at Sunnyside library

Sunnyside's Joyce Heffron and Holly Adiele met with a group of community members at last night's "Meet the Travelers" program held at the Sunnyside Library.

Grandview troop member named Washington state's Eagle Scout of Year

GRANDVIEW - David M. Tobin of Grandview Troop 643 has been named the American Legion's Eagle Scout of the Year for the state of Washington.

Guest Column

Say thank you while you have the chance

Say thank you while you have the chance

Tuesday, April 29

Partida, Visser low scorers for Sunnyside girls

KENNEWICK - Sarasa Partida and Renea Visser posted the two lowest individual rounds for the Sunnyside High School girls golf team at yesterday's 3A Columbia Basin League POD match.

Long-running battle over

City pays $135,000 to settle Paul land dispute

City pays $135,000 to settle Paul land dispute

Grandview boys, girls squads fall to Toppenish netters

GRANDVIEW - The Grandview Greyhound boys and girls tennis teams fell to Toppenish yesterday afternoon with identical outcomes of 4-1.

DEATH NOTICE

DORAN A. KNIGHT

DORAN A. KNIGHT

Hay stacks up in smoke at local dairy

OUTLOOK - Firefighters from Yakima County Fire District No. 5 were called to a vehicle fire in the 5100 block of Dekker Road at noon yesterday.

Grandview leaders discuss cooperative efforts

GRANDVIEW - In a joint meeting last night between the Grandview City Council and School Board, leaders of the community discussed cooperative efforts between two entities.

Monday, April 28

OBITUARY

RONALD LEE MERRILL, SR.

RONALD LEE MERRILL, SR.

National VFW Ladies Auxiliary president visits Mabton

MABTON - Local VFW and Ladies Auxiliary members gathered in Mabton this past Sunday to officially welcome National VFW Ladies Auxiliary President Virginia Carman.

Grizzlies use fifth straight shutout to claim league title

EAST WENATCHEE - The Sunnyside High School soccer team has relied on its defense all season long. This past Saturday was no different as the Grizzlies posted their fifth straight shutout by beating the Eastmont Wildcats 1-0.

Kibby ties Bickleton's school record in pole vault

GOLDENDALE - A small handful of Bickleton tracksters traveled to Goldendale last Friday for the Lions Club Invite.

Banner day for Grizzlies

Everything that could possibly go right for the 3A Sunnyside High School baseball team did in a 12-1 thumping of 4A Davis this past Friday.

Friday, April 25

Newest Miss Cinco de Mayo hopes to make a difference in Sunnyside

With the hustle and bustle of last week's Miss Cinco de Mayo Pageant over with and the new court selected, the 2008-09 Miss Cinco de Mayo sat down with the Daily Sun News to speak of her plans and goals for the next year.

Grizzlies set numerous personal-best marks

KENNEWICK - Sunnyside High School track and field athletes set several personal and/or season best marks yesterday, Thursday, in a Columbian Basin League dual meet against Kamiakin and West Valley.

School district to implement anonymous reporting program

Sunnyside High School and middle school students will soon have anonymous means of alerting school officials to potentially dangerous situations.

Gross Point Blank

There are times when disgust flies in the face of American rights

There are times when disgust flies in the face of American rights

Partida low scorer in match against GHS

Sunnyside High School sophomore Sarasa Partida, by all indications, is a quick study.

SHS boys making strides on the links

Heading into this spring, the Sunnyside High School boys golf team knew the season was going to be a grind.

What's Happening

FRIDAY

Sunnyside schools looking to keep foster kids in the community

Sunnyside School Board officials are currently considering implementing the "Family to Family" program to help kids who've been removed from their homes and placed into foster care.

Guest Editorial

Grandview has no gang ordinance

Grandview has no gang ordinance

Newhouse singles three times in SCHS win over Grandview

The class 1B Sunnyside Christian Lady Knights, behind the 3-for-4 offensive performance of Emma Newhouse, powered past the 2A Grandview girls fastpitch softball team, 8-1, yesterday afternoon.

Greyhounds improve to 11-1 in league

GRANDVIEW - The Grandview High School boys soccer team continued its winning ways last night with a 3-2 decision over visiting Ephrata.

The sky's the limit for Prosser winemaker

PROSSER - Seven years ago, Michael Haddox had a vision: creating a Tuscan-style, old world themed winery where up to seven labels could create their own wines, each with their own tasting room and barrel storage, but sharing a tank room, lab and conference room. Three years ago, he quit his job to pursue building The Winemaker's Loft.

Suns shine too hot for Grizzly squads

The visiting Southridge Suns blanked the Sunnyside High School boys and girls tennis teams yesterday, Thursday, by identical 7-0 scores.

Thursday, April 24

Johnny 'B' Good team member adds to drag racing points lead

WAPATO - Racing in the inaugural Top Sportsman Class, Yakima's Jay Fulcher raced to win the top prize at Renegade Raceway last Sunday and then went on to win the "King of the Hill" race against the Super Pro Class winner.

Nozaka, Barnhill, Noel, McIntire lead Black Rock Creek charge at 2008 senior tour opener

PASCO - Sunnyside's Black Rock Creek 50 & over golfers, the defending Columbia Basin Senior Golf Tour champions, opened the 2008 season last week right where they left off in 2007.

High school senior projects reach far and wide

100 volunteers needed to judge student presentations

100 volunteers needed to judge student presentations

Dividing the pie

Sunnyside starts districting process for city council member elections

Sunnyside starts districting process for city council member elections

Candlelight vigil brings awareness to sexual assault

Statistics show that one in four girls and one in six boys will be sexually abused before their 18th birthday.

Wednesday, April 23

Cutting to the Core

Global warming?

Global warming?

Moratorium placed on promissory notes for past due water bills

MABTON - A moratorium, effective immediately, has been placed on promissory notes for past due water bills in Mabton, following a regularly scheduled city council meeting last night (Tuesday).

GUEST COLUMN

Perhaps Oprah's appeal lost on men

Perhaps Oprah's appeal lost on men

SHS Grizzlies one win away from league title

The Sunnyside High School soccer team took another step towards a league title last night with a 1-0 win over the Southridge Suns.

S'side Christian takes two from Mabton Lady Vikings

Hilari Bosma twirled a one-hitter in the opener yesterday, and teammate Emma Newhouse went 3-for-4 at the plate in the nightcap enroute to the Sunnyside Christian Lady Knights sweeping a non-league doubleheader from the visiting Mabton High School girls fastpitch softball team.

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ARLENE THELMA (BERG) BAIR

ARLENE THELMA (BERG) BAIR

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Bicycle path asset to area

Bicycle path asset to area

Rams shut out SHS tennis squads

West Valley proved to the Sunnyside Grizzlies yesterday why both its boys and girls tennis squads are again at the top of the 3A Columbia Basin League standings.

Tuesday, April 22

Hermiston man Washington State Open Cribbage champ

Bill Hill of Hermiston, Ore. won top honors at the Washington State Open Cribbage Championships, staged at the Sunnyside Fraternal Order of Eagles lodge this past weekend.

Parsons leads Wildcats to top finish at league match

KENNEWICK - Eastmont's Brady Parsons tamed the rock-hard greens at the Tri-City Country Club yesterday, winning medalist honors with a 2-over-par 67.

Court tosses Grandview's 'gang' law

Judge rules it unconstitutional

Judge rules it unconstitutional

OBITUARY

CELIA BRYAN TRAVIS

CELIA BRYAN TRAVIS

Monday, April 21

YVCC celebrates tasting room's opening

GRANDVIEW - At long last, Yakima Valley Community College's Grandview campus officially celebrated the opening of its wine tasting room with a ribbon cutting ceremony this past Friday.

DEATH NOTICE

ARLENE BAIR

ARLENE BAIR

Grizzlies move into first place league tie

KENNEWICK - The Sunnyside Grizzlies soccer team took revenge against the Kamiakin Braves this past Saturday, beating them 3-0 and moving into a tie for first place with Eastmont.

House fire suspicious

Sunnyside firefighters were called to the 1200 block of Hilzer Alley at 2:24 a.m. Sunday morning and then back again at 1:28 a.m. this morning (Monday) for a structure fire.

SHS boys nearly pull off first victory of the season

KENNEWICK - "A heartbreaking loss" is how Coach Troy Whittle described last Saturday's 4-3 defeat at the hands of the Kennewick Lions.

Jaquish cracks top 10 at Pasco Invite

PASCO - Jordyne Jaquish was the top finisher for the Sunnyside High School track team during this past Saturday's Pasco Invite.

Bos shares medalist honors with Selah linkster

A four-jack on the ninth and final green prevented Sunnyside High School senior Justin Bos from topping the field in last Friday's non-league golf match against the visiting Selah Vikings.

OBITUARY

MARIA HERMINIA VAZQUEZ DE RUIZ

MARIA HERMINIA VAZQUEZ DE RUIZ

Friday, April 18

Story Time

A bit of dictatorship called for

A bit of dictatorship called for

BIRTHS

SUNNYSIDE COMMUNITY HOSPITAL

SUNNYSIDE COMMUNITY HOSPITAL

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Coverage appreciated

Coverage appreciated

Senior meals volunteers honored at county luncheon

WAPATO - Some 100 senior meal volunteers were honored recently at a luncheon at the Wapato Community Center for their service to senior citizens across Yakima County.

Guest Editorial

Mind the pay gap

Mind the pay gap

Veterans plaza upgrade awaits city council nod

The granite is on order and the funds are in hand, now all that's needed is the Sunnyside City Council's thumbs up in order for work to start on the Jerry Taylor Veterans Plaza.

Jennie's Journey

Best gifts can't be bought

Best gifts can't be bought

Thursday, April 17

Country Fair Park priorities include paint, lighting

GRANDVIEW - A laundry list of needs for Grandview's Country Fair Park was whittled to a short to-do list last night to get the grounds here spruced up in time for the Yakima Valley Fair and Rodeo later this fall.

Volunteers turn out in droves for Mabton 'day of caring'

MABTON - Volunteers turned out in droves for Mabton's "Day of Caring," a work-party event that took place yesterday to help new home owners beautify their lawns.

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FRED CURTIS HALLETT

FRED CURTIS HALLETT

Wednesday, April 16

Parker low scorer for GHS 'Hounds v

EPHRATA - Grandview's golf team didn't exactly bring it, the goods that is, to last Monday's three-school match at the Ephrata golf course.

S'side Christian girls claim second straight doubleheader sweep over 1A softball club

The class 1B Sunnyside Christian Lady Knights upended the Goldendale Timberwolves twice yesterday, 10-4 and 10-5.

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Corrupt?

Corrupt?

Guest Editorial

Focus on learning math, not on the test

Focus on learning math, not on the test

Potty may be coming to your home very soon

GRANDVIEW - Last Sunday morning, Dan and Shelby Hall of Grandview were wakened by the sound of mischief in their front lawn.

Words From Washington

House blow to fair trade hurts Washington state farmers

House blow to fair trade hurts Washington state farmers

OBITUARY

CARL E. MCDONALD

CARL E. MCDONALD

'F' as in Frank

Whither Mabton?

Whither Mabton?

Tuesday, April 15

G'view Dairy Queen undergoing expansion

GRANDVIEW - Ken Herber, owner of the Grandview Dairy Queen, has always wanted to provide his customers with a better seating area than the business' 1953 structure offered.

Padelford annexation deferred to planning commission

The Sunnyside City Council passed a resolution at last night's meeting, Monday, to defer any action on the Padelford Annexation zoning and refers the matter to the Planning Commission, pending development and approval of the comprehensive airport land use plan.

Council hears update on Choices program

Sunnyside School Board Director Miguel Puente was on hand at last night's Sunnyside City Council meeting to inform council members of the progress made in the Choices program.

Anthony Kim chosen as Mr. SHS at pageant

The annual Mr. SHS Pageant was held this past Saturday evening at the Sunnyside High School auditorium.

OBITUARY

DOROTHY MAXINE BRUNKHORST

DOROTHY MAXINE BRUNKHORST

Sunnyside woman gives back to community, church by helping others

Murphy, a four-year-old field bred Springer Spaniel, trots through the area looking for his target. Since the wind is blowing the scent he is looking for it everywhere, and that can sometimes prove difficult when he is in the midst of a search.

Monday, April 14

DEATH NOTICE

DOROTHY MAXINE BRUNKHORST

DOROTHY MAXINE BRUNKHORST

OBITUARY

PETRA CARDENAS

PETRA CARDENAS

Shorthanded Greyhounds hold off Prosser

PROSSER - Minus four players due to injury, including leading scorer Sammy Villa, the Grandview High School soccer team still had enough to defeat Prosser 1-0 this past Saturday in CWAC South action.

Hastily called meeting in Mabton turns ugly

MABTON - Mabton residents and some city council members gathered at the Silver Dollar Cafe this past Saturday to participate in a meeting facilitated by League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) National Vice-President of the Northwest Region Maria Rodriguez-Salazar.

Bickleton's Hess fourth in boys discus

YAKIMA - Bickleton tracksters competed amongst 4A and 3A peers this past Saturday at Davis High School.

Grizzlies shut down Hanford, 3-0

RICHLAND - The Sunnyside High School soccer team stayed tied with Eastmont and just one game back of Columbia Basin League leader Southridge with a 3-0 defeat of the Hanford Falcons this past Saturday.

Grizzly relay teams shine at Davis Invite

YAKIMA - The Sunnyside High School track squad had three relay teams finish in the top three of their respective events during the Davis Invite held this past Saturday at Zaepfel Stadium.

Friday, April 11

YVCC's Grandview campus to expand leadership training

A leadership class in its infancy will be expanded for the 2008-09 school year at Yakima Valley Community College in Grandview.

FORGET PERFECT

Why husbands get dumped without ever knowing why

Why husbands get dumped without ever knowing why

GUEST EDITORIAL

The presidency is no job for a rookie

The presidency is no job for a rookie

Hastings displeased trade agreement with Colombia postponed

WASHINGTON D.C. - In an unprecedented move to wipe out a long standing requirement in American trade law, the House of Representatives yesterday (Thursday) indefinitely postponed action on the U.S. Colombia Trade Promotion Agreement.

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WESLEY EDES

WESLEY EDES

SHS senior seven strokes off the winning pace at Central Washington Invite

YAKIMA - Had they been selling mulligans at the start of yesterday's Central Washington Golf Invitational at Apple Tree Golf Course, Sunnyside High School senior Justin Bos would have been wise in purchasing a couple of them.

NFL great found acceptance in Jesus, not football

Even as he sought to fit in and be accepted when his family moved to Sunnyside in 1950, Jake Kupp knew he had greatness in him to play baseball for the New York Yankees.

Grizzlies claim 1-0 overtime win over Kennewick

After losing three of its last four games the Sunnyside High School soccer team still found themselves tied for second place in the Columbia Basin League.

Trek to African orphanages an eye-opener for Sunnyside sisters

When Jessica and Caitlin Aleman left Sunnyside this past fall to work in South Africa with orphaned children, they knew nothing could prepare them for the experience.

Gross Point Blank

Who is this man and what did he do with my big brother?

Who is this man and what did he do with my big brother?

Thursday, April 10

Councilmen accuse mayor of violating city policies, state law

MABTON - Mabton Mayor Velva Herrera came under fire at this past Tuesday night's regularly scheduled city council meeting.

De Groot accepts scholarship to play soccer at Dordt College

Having already made his decision to attend Dordt College in the fall, Sunnyside Christian High School's Michael De Groot accepted a soccer scholarship as well last month.

Wednesday, April 9

Sunnyside tennis squads bombed by Richland

The Sunnyside High School boys and girls tennis teams lost 7-0 non-league matches to the Richland Bombers yesterday.

Wenatchee's Breckenridge throws perfect game against Lady Grizzlies

It's hard to win a game with errors and walks but it's darn near impossible to win if a team can't get a hit.

Cutting to the Core

'Redacted' fails to deliver

'Redacted' fails to deliver

Gregoire keeps promise to Sunnyside farmer

It wasn't just the hope of four more years that brought Gov. Christine Gregoire to Sunnyside yesterday, part of a day-long campaign junket stretching from Yakima to the Tri-Cities.

City planner outlines for Rotarians future projects on Sunnyside's horizon

Sunnyside City Planner Jamey Ayling was the Wednesday morning guest speaker at Sunnyside's Daybreak Rotary Club meeting.

GUEST EDITORIAL

New research reveals that female students in programs that promote abstinence exclusively are more likely to get pregnant than those in programs that teach about the full range of contraceptives as well as abstinence.

Future of Grandview pool topic of last night's meeting

GRANDVIEW - Grandview's outdated and cracked swimming pool was the topic of discussion at a public outreach meeting held by the Grandview City Council last night.

DEATH NOTICE

YULIANA GUZMAN

YULIANA GUZMAN

Jardine's best ever round leads G'view Greyhounds at CWAC three-team match

Grandview sophomore Josh Jardine crossed a major threshold yesterday, in the world of boys prep golf, shooting his first ever sub-90 round.

Battle continues over Sunnyside airport

Battle lines were again drawn last night in Sunnyside's year-long struggle over what to do with land annexed near the airport.

Tuesday, April 8

Tucker Cellars wine wins best of show honors

LACEY - With its flavors of pear, pineapple and spices, Tucker Cellars newly released 2007 Viognier took top honors at the 2008 Capital Wine and Food Festival event in Lacey late last month.

Two Sunnyside teens arrested, charged with theft of guns

Sunnyside police arrested two juvenile males and recovered several weapons stolen in a residential burglary this past Sunday.

OBITUARY

WILLIAM A. JOHNSON

WILLIAM A. JOHNSON

DEATH NOTICE

MARIA CRUZ ROJAS

MARIA CRUZ ROJAS

Mabton Lions Club folds, redirects community service efforts

MABTON - The Mabton Lions Club has been whittled down to three remaining members struggling to help the community.

SHS students lead search for answers to underage drinking

Continuing alcohol and drug awareness education beyond the freshman year of high school and imposing community service requirements on students found with alcohol were some of the suggestions made last night to curb underage drinking.

'Hounds no match for Othello Huskies

GRANDVIEW - Both the Grandview High School boys and girls tennis teams fell to Othello at home last night, 4-1, 4-1.

Monday, April 7

BIRTHS

SUNNYSIDE COMMUNITY HOSPITAL

SUNNYSIDE COMMUNITY HOSPITAL

Greyhounds romp past Selah, 7-2

SELAH - Greyhound sophomore Sammy Villa scored a goal in his sixth consecutive match, and the Grandview High School boys soccer team won its sixth consecutive contest last Saturday in a 7-2 romp over Selah.

Sunnyside councilman named to state jail board

Sunnyside City Councilwoman Theresa Hancock was recently appointed to serve on the Washington State Jail Industries Board.

'Doc' seeks return to D.C.

PASCO - Congressman Doc Hastings at last Friday's Benton-Franklin County Republican Party Lincoln Day Dinner announced he will seek re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives.

Lower Valley Riders donated stuffed animals to children

Sunnyside residents might have got a shock this past Sunday when about 60 motorcyclists rolled into town with stuffed teddy bears strapped to their handlebars.

Smith Funeral Home expands grief support services

Watching people grieve has compelled Sunnyside's Smith Funeral Home to expand grief support.

Friday, April 4

GUEST EDITORIAL

Material kids

Material kids

FORGET PERFECT

Americans love the Kathie Lee Factor

Americans love the Kathie Lee Factor

Researcher discusses Concord grape studies

PROSSER - Dr. Markus Keller was the featured guest speaker at the Grape Fieldman's meeting held at The Barn Restaurant in Prosser yesterday morning (Thursday).

Wall of fame unites patients and staff at kidney center

If you had just one wish, what would it be?

Early intervention key in stemming child abuse

Nearly 2,000 cases of child abuse were reported in Yakima County last year.

OBITUARY

JEAN MYERS

JEAN MYERS

Top responder enjoys best of both worlds

GRANDVIEW - When Kevin Glasenapp was growing up, he knew he wanted to be either a fireman or a policeman. Now, at 22-years-old, Glasenapp's got the best of both worlds.

April events planned at Rattlesnake Hills wineries

Wineries throughout the Lower Yakima Valley are gearing up for spring events, including those along the Rattlesnake Hills Trail.

Legislative results mixed, say local lawmakers at Sunnyside GOP meeting

It was a mixed message from local state legislators this morning, who spoke during a breakfast meeting of the Sunnyside Republican Club.

Thursday, April 3

DEATH NOTICE

EVANGELINA PRECIADO

EVANGELINA PRECIADO

Nine Harrison students earn third quarter perfect marks

Nine Sunnyside Harrison Middle School students earned perfect 4.0 grade point averages for the third quarter of the 2007-08 academic year.

Mabton man dies in I-82 auto accident

GRANGER - 52-year-old Louis Vijil of Mabton was killed yesterday as the result of a two-vehicle accident on I-82, approximately a quarter mile east of Granger.

Wednesday, April 2

GUEST COLUMN

;Lessons from the photo box

;Lessons from the photo box

Youths face significant consequences for fighting at school

GRANDVIEW - It used to be that when two kids got in a fight at school, an adult would say "Break it up," and that would be the end of it. Or, said Grandview Assistant Police Chief Mark Ware, "The teacher would give you a hack and be done with it."

GUEST EDITORIAL

Made in USA hinges upon innovation, quality and cost control

Made in USA hinges upon innovation, quality and cost control

Gregoire will headline Democrats FDR dinner

YAKIMA - Gov. Christine Gregoire will be the featured speaker at the Yakima County Democrats' annual FDR Dinner Saturday, April 19, in the Yakima Convention Center, according to Yakima County Democratic Central Committee officials.

F as in Frank

Worthy effort

Worthy effort

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Support for West Nile virus clinic appreciated

Support for West Nile virus clinic appreciated

Grizzlies top Eastmont Wildcats in shootout

After two straight losses in the Columbia Basin League the Sunnyside High School soccer team viewed last night's game with Eastmont as a must-win affair.

Lady Grizzlies drop two to Eisenhower

Mental errors and walks proved to be the downfall for the Sunnyside High School softball team yesterday (Tuesday.)

DEATH NOTICE

WESLEY E. EDES

WESLEY E. EDES

Tuesday, April 1

Sunnyside hospital decontamination team conducts drills

The Sunnyside Community Hospital decontamination team conducted training and drills yesterday (Monday) to become more proficient.

DEATH NOTIC

HAZEL LAVERNE FRANK

HAZEL LAVERNE FRANK

Cold Lower Valley weather has cherry growers scrambling

The Lower Yakima Valley has experienced extremely cold temperatures in recent nights, and those sub-freezing temps have cherry growers scrambling to keep the buds from freezing.

Mabton girl brings home the gold

After two trips to the second place podium in as many years, Mabton's Desiree Zavala finally has herself a state campionship.

Long-time Embarq employees will miss co-workers

Four Embarq employees with a combined total of more than 150 years working for the communications company say they will miss the people they work with.

Hospital's director of nursing readies to retire

After about eight years as Sunnyside Community Hospital's director of nursing, Linda Garner is gearing up for retirement come this Friday.

Recent cold snap stresses valley propane supply

Although there isn't a national shortage of propane, the recent cold weather has seriously depleted the Lower Valley's propane supply.

OBITUARY

LES C. GRIMSLEY

LES C. GRIMSLEY