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Jennie McGhan

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Local Rainier crop sustains some damage

Some cherry growers in the area were hit hard by rains over the weekend that resulted in bruised fruit and damaged trees.

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U.S. flags given their proper due

In a manner befitting her, Old Glory was given a proper retirement this past Saturday at Black Rock Creek Golf Course.

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Giddy up…

Sunnyside teen isn’t horsing around when it comes to raising money for college

College can be expensive.

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Candidates share willingness to serve Yakima County residents

This morning (Friday), four candidates who will be on the Aug. 5 Primary Election ballot spoke to those attending the Sunnyside Republican Club meeting, sharing their experience and qualifications. Jose Trevino and Janelle Riddle are both vying for the position of county clerk.

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Local drama students lauded at annual 5th Avenue Awards

SEATTLE – High school students from across Washington state packed Benaroya Hall this past Monday night for the 12th annual 5th Avenue Awards, honoring high school musical theater.

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Seneca expansion on track for completion this August

The warehouse is more than halfway finished and in approximately two months will be ready for operations.

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County bans pot businesses in rural areas

Yakima County commissioners yesterday deliberated whether or not to impose a ban on retail businesses, producers and processors of recreational marijuana in unincorporated areas of the county.

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GED standards on the rise with Common Core standards

With the adoption of Common Core Standards in Washington state, students must meet higher expectations.

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$26 million Roza Irrigation reservoir project underway

Roza Irrigation District is in the process of constructing a $26 million re-regulation reservoir for the purpose of storing water that will provide irrigation to its users when demand is higher than normal.

Public input necessary to complete state transportation plan

Every four years People for People, on behalf of the Washington State Department of Transportation, conducts a forum to provide the public input on the state’s transportation plan.

SHS scholarships ceremony tomorrow

In an effort to minimize the length of commencement exercises on graduation night, Sunnyside High School last year began announcing the names of scholarship recipients in a special ceremony the night beforehand.

Don’t miss out on next year’s fun

It’s an event that is planned a year in advance, bringing thrill-seeking visitors to the Sunnyside area from near and far.

Mabton Bridge now closed to big rigs

A few days after it was re-opened following bridge deck repairs, the SR 241 bridge near Mabton is again closed – this time to vehicles weighing more than three tons.

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Sunnyside’s top educators lauded

The Sunnyside School District takes pride in the quality of education delivered by its many teachers and staff.

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Grandview seeking funds for Fourth Street project

The city of Grandview has for a couple of years been interested in making improvements to East Fourth Street between Elm and Ash streets.

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Steve Sherman longtime fixture at Bleyhl Country Store in S’side

When walking into Sunnyside’s Bleyhl Country Store one expects knowledgeable, friendly staff members to provide assistance with products that benefit animals and property.

Youth soccer program sign-ups tonight

Sunnyside’s youth soccer program did not have a season last year because of a lack of volunteers, according to Lower Yakima Valley Youth Soccer Association President Tyler Everett.

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Fate of Yellowstone Trail rests with city of S’side

It was nearly 15 years ago that Lower Valley residents were alerted to the history behind the Yellowstone Trail when Yakima County decided to repave Grandview Pavement Road.

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Lower Valley Pathway part of county’s trails plan

ZILLAH – Community leaders and the public last night voiced their ideas and thoughts about Yakima County’s trail plan, which is also included in the county’s comprehensive plan.

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Youths, adults have meeting of the minds

Sunnyside United, an adult coalition formed with the objective of identifying drug and alcohol problems, and Lead and Seed students, the youth coalition formed for the same purpose, held a joint meeting yesterday.

Chickens in city limits?

Planning commission evaluating city’s livestock and poultry code

The current Sunnyside Municipal Code prohibits residents within the city limits from raising poultry on their property.

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Marking memories of the tender years

Elementary school is a time for many changes and development. It is a time when students mature from kindergarteners with a limited knowledge of the world around them to fifth graders preparing to enter middle school.

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NW Nitro Nationals return to Sunnyside

For Team Peterson it’s a family affair

Kerry Peterson of Team Peterson isn’t just the father and team manager overseeing the logistics that make it possible for Bret and Chelsea Peterson to compete in hill climb events across the nation.

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Othello brings end to Grandview’s season

It was a disappointing end to a whirlwind of a season for the Grandview soccer team.

Grandview season ends at 0-20

GRANDVIEW – The Lady Greyhounds gave last night’s twin bill against visiting Prosser everything they had, according to Grandview Coach Doug Hansen.

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Toppenish upends ’Hounds in District title match

One more chance for Grandview to qualify for State

GRANDVIEW – The Greyhound soccer team is very familiar with Toppenish and the odds were in Grandview’s favor during last night’s CWAC District championship game.

New police chief upbeat about impending changes

With changes in management there are bound to be changes to any organization.

Auditor’s office deems Mabton schools in compliance

The Mabton School District passed its two most recent state audits with flying colors.

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Euclid lift station improvements showcased for Grandview Council

Improvements to Grandview’s Euclid lift station are nearly complete.

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’Hounds to play for District title

Greyhound soccer fans were on their feet during a nail-biting, nerve-wracking District semi-final match-up against Othello last night at Rich Leenhouts Stadium.

Grandview finances in much better shape

The 2014 budget is healthier than originally projected.

Sunnyside 19-3 winners in chalking up second victory

Although the season hasn’t been chockfull of victories, the Sunnyside fastpitch softball team last night had something to celebrate.

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Grandview School District leaders honored

GRANDVIEW – Despite the lack of a quorum at last night’s Grandview School Board meeting, Superintendent Kevin Chase moved forward with the district’s annual employee of the year awards. Staff members were lauded for their commitment to the students in Grandview.

Grandview suffers 19-1 losses to Ephrata

The Grandview fastpitch softball team continues to work through the many challenges it has faced this season, including loss of players due to injury and ineligibility, as well as those who have just chosen to leave the program.

Mabton ends 2014 season with playoff loss

Mabton’s hopes of advancing beyond the opening round of SCAC playoff action were dashed with a 2-0 loss to Wahluke this past Saturday.

Ike pitcher tosses no-no against SHS

Eisenhower’s Abigail Watkins pitched splendidly last Friday against visiting Sunnyside.

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Youngsters gearing up for Grand Prix Pinewood Derby

After earning their cars via a points system established by their AWANA leaders, several youngsters in the youth program at Grace Brethren Church in Sunnyside are preparing for a Grand Prix Pinewood Derby event.

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Catholic Charities provides number of opportunities for Lower Valley residents

Catholic Charities has been helping families in the Lower Yakima Valley find affordable housing for a number of years.

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Helping others heal motivation for S’side massage therapist

The benefits of massage therapy are not just physical, but emotional, as well.

Mabton Vikings disappointed with 5-3 loss to Highland

MABTON – The Mabton boys soccer team set the pace against visiting Highland last night, but had too many missed opportunities.

Police officers going awry

It sickens me to hear about law enforcement or former law enforcement officials taking a turn toward criminal activity.

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New police chief pleased with Cinco de Mayo festivities

Sunnyside Police Chief Albert Escalera experienced his first Cinco de Mayo festival, meeting members of the community this past weekend.

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Las Lupitas Panaderia has a new home

For approximately 15 years Las Lupitas Panaderia has been providing Sunnyside residents with delectable Mexican baked goods at its location on the corner of Yakima Valley Highway and North 13th Street.

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3-D printer brings new technology to the classroom

GRANDVIEW - It’s been widely acknowledged that students need to be more engaged in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) programs to meet the needs of the workforce.

Ellensburg remains undefeated with wins over Grandview

Ellensburg maintained its winning record this past Friday to retain its No. 1 position in the CWAC softball standings.

Mabton Vikings’ slide continues with 4-1 loss to Warden

The Mabton boys soccer team was unable to snap its recent losing streak this past Saturday against host Warden.

Panthers take bites out of Sunnyside girls

“The first game was probably one of the best games we have played against Wenatchee in a long time,” Lady Grizzly fastpitch softball Coach Ralph Mendoza said of last Friday’s twin bill against the Panthers.

’Hounds win battle of CWAC unbeatens

GRANDVIEW – For the second time in five days the Grandview Greyhound soccer team found itself in a shootout situation.

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The key is remembering your vows

For the past 15 years my husband and I have shared our lives together.