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Jennie McGhan

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S’side native a World bench press champion

As a Sunnyside High School athlete, Zachary Marquez stayed in shape by hitting the weights.

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Christian students lauded for supporting Union Gospel Mission

Sunnyside Christian students during the annual Thanksgiving chapel service learned how the life of one woman has been changed via programs offered at Union Gospel Mission in Yakima.

Giving thanks for the season

Although yesterday was Thanksgiving, I can’t help but share how grateful I am with the people who have chosen to share their lives with me.

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Not all treasure made of gold and silver

Historical artifacts unearthed on the streets of Sunnyside

He’s yet to unearth a trunk full of pirates’ gold, nonetheless Sunnyside’s Don Outhet has been hunting for, and finding, lots of small treasures for the last 14 or so years.

Longtime ’Hound takes helm of new girls wrestling team

For the past few years there has been a greater interest in girls wrestling programs.

$15.6 million budget discussions take up most of council’s time

Grandview City Treasurer Matt Cordray last night continued discussions with city council regarding the proposed $15.6 million budget for 2015.

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Air flight service saves lives of critical patients

Most hospitals in the state of Washington are designated as level IV trauma centers, meaning patients needing critical care must be transferred to a higher level care facility.

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In service to others

Some wear the title of “Christian” as a badge of honor, others wear it as a shield and a few live their lives as an example without boasting.

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Lighted Farm Implement Parade route changed this year

Changes to the downtown streets of Sunnyside mean the route for parades, particularly the annual Lighted Farm Implement Parade, must be altered.

City of Grandview addresses minor issues found by state auditors

The Washington State Auditor’s Office last week released its accountability audit for the city of Grandview, finding three areas that needed to be addressed based on financial activities from Jan. 1 through Dec. 31, 2013.

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Providing credit opportunities for others motivates loan officer

There have been many challenges for Estefania Olivera, but adversity has made her appreciative of life.

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McClure Elementary focused on improving learning for students, teachers, parents

Educating students requires teamwork on the part of teachers, parents and students, which is the focus of the three indicators emphasized by McClure Elementary School’s improvement plan presented to the Grandview School Board last night.

‘Underground’ serving those who don’t have place to call their home

In the face of homelessness, the community of Sunnyside doesn’t have a lot of options for helping everyone in need.

Contract negotiations with Mabton teachers as of yet still unresolved

Teachers in Mabton have been working without a contract since Aug. 31.

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Ozuna appointed to vacant council seat

Robert Ozuna was this past Wednesday night appointed to fill the vacant Grandview City Council seat.

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Grandview’s 2015 budget relies on small dip into reserves

The Grandview City Council this past Wednesday night attended one of two planned budget meetings during which City Treasurer Matt Cordray explained what the city plans to spend in 2015.

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An extra set of eyes looking out for safety of Mabton students

MABTON – Students and parents in Mabton have had an opportunity to get to know the new face on the campuses of Artz-Fox Elementary and Mabton Jr./Sr. High schools since the beginning of the school year.

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Mabton’s season ends in playoffs

OKANOGAN – What a turn-around! In a span of two seasons the Mabton High football team has gone from snapping a 36-game losing streak to qualifying for the playoffs.

Winter elected county’s newest top cop

Brian Winter is leading the Yakima County Sheriff’s race handily.

Personal injury attorney wins prosecutor’s race

Voters, it appear, have elected personal injury attorney Joe Brusic to serve as the next Yakima County prosecutor.

John Q. Public no-show at county budget hearing

Saying there was little interest from the public at yesterday’s county budget hearing would be an understatement.

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Police department vacancies public safety meeting focus

In addition to touring the “Exit Drills in the Home” fire escape training house and looking at the Sunnyside Fire Department’s newest ambulance, the Sunnyside Public Safety Subcommittee held discussions with Police Chief Al Escalera regarding personnel needs last night.

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Deadline to purchase dinner theater tickets at high school is this Wednesday

Sunnyside High School senior Reyna Vargas is hoping to serve as many as 200 diners at a dinner theater event she is coordinating with the assistance of members of the SHS Family Community Career Leadership of America (FCCLA) and Drama clubs.

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Domestic violence advocate supports a healthy community

Domestic violence doesn’t just affect a couple of people or their direct family. It impacts an entire community.

Mabton loses playoff match to Liberty Bell by 3-1 score

The Mabton Lady Vikes had one final chance to advance to District, but this past Saturday Liberty Bell proved to be the better team.

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Don’t count out those Lady Grizzlies just yet

Despite picking up just its second victory of the season this past Saturday, the Sunnyside volleyball team is still very much alive.

Mabton opens playoffs at Okanogan

The Mabton football team suffered a 36-29 loss to Warden last Friday.

Sunnyside’s 1-11 conference record good enough to get Grizz a playoff match

The Sunnyside volleyball team lost 3-0 to visiting Eastmont last night, but not without a fight.

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God answers atheists

More than $113,000 raised at Life Options fall fundraiser

Although he is a successful producer, being credited for his work on the movie “Bella,” Jason Jones is a man on a mission to save lives.

Sunnyside struggles against Wenatchee

The Sunnyside volleyball team couldn’t win a set last night against Wenatchee. The host Panthers defeated the Lady Grizzlies in three straight.

Mabton’s season ends with 4-0 loss to Warriors

The Mabton girls soccer team ended its season with a 4-0 loss to host Cle Elum last night.

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Marketing plan to be emphasized by Port of Grandview

With the purchase of property on Higgins Way on the horizon, having sold nearly all its Wallace Business Park properties and Byam Business Park having several available properties, the Port of Grandview will in the coming year focus on marketing.

WEA is asking too much

I remember being in a classroom of 36 students when I was in elementary school. Somehow the teacher managed to educate each of us and meet our needs.

Consultant shares public awareness strategy at Port of Grandview retreat

During a Port of Grandview retreat in Yakima this past Monday, Consultant Wilma Dulin shared a useful strategy to help commissioners meet their marketing goals.

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Sunnyside Chamber of Commerce may be left holding an empty bag

Could be, the Sunnyside Chamber of Commerce may have to make do next year with a whole lot less money than it’s accustomed to receiving from the city.

Turnovers costly for Vikes

WHITE SWAN – The Mabton football team’s league record dropped to 2-2, 4-4 overall after losing last Friday’s game 20-8 to White Swan.

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City partners with lumber company to land nearly $1 million for expansion

GRANDVIEW – The city of Grandview was last week awarded nearly $1 million in Supporting Investment in Economic Development (SIED) funding.

Lady Vikes 5-2 winners over Goldendale Timberwolves

The Mabton Lady Vikings took to the pitch and won 5-2 over vising Goldendale last night after having canceled its last three matches due to a shortage of players.

Visiting Cadets chalk up 3-0 sweep at Sunnyside

It was another tough match for the Sunnyside Lady Grizzly volleyball team, which has so far this season won just once.

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New postmaster search underway in Outlook

The Outlook Post Office is currently without a postmaster. That doesn’t mean its customers are without service, however.

County’s preliminary budget for 2015 totals $240.9 million

YAKIMA – Yakima County commissioners yesterday (Tuesday) adopted a $240.9 million preliminary 2015 budget for the county and set the dates for the county’s 2015 budget hearings.

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Vikings blast Soap Lake 42-7 in homecoming game

It was a triumphant homecoming for the Viking football team last Friday.

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Being found means one was lost, says Christian women’s speaker

To acknowledge that she has been found, Christian Women’s Connection speaker Lois Williams said she had to admit she had been lost.

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Cisneros looking forward to promoting health among seniors

Newly crowned Miss Sunnyside, Liliana Cisneros, is passionate about promoting health and fitness for seniors in the community.

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Parents of swimmers form pool committee

A new swimming pool committee has been formed in Grandview.

Lady Grizzlies fall in three to Moses Lake

Sunnyside didn’t borrow momentum from last Thursday’s win over Davis against Moses Lake last night.

Sunnyside City Council approves airport resolutions

Submitted to the Sunnyside City Council for approval last night were three resolutions that pertain to the Sunnyside Municipal Airport.

Ladder truck bids rejected, city inks agreement with Texas firm

The Sunnyside Fire Department received three bid proposals for a new aerial ladder truck, all of which were rejected at last night’s Sunnyside City Council meeting.

Mabton blanks Raiders, 32-0

“Although we did make some mental mistakes, they didn’t threaten us in the red zone,” Mabton Football Coach Trevor Curtis said of last Friday’s game against Lake Roosevelt.

Sunnyside has mixed results at Wenatchee Invite

There were 10 teams competing this past Saturday at the Wenatchee Invite.