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John Fannin

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City to re-think tourism proposal

Council questions management of contracts

The City Council is going back to the drawing board to promote tourism.

Sunnyside woman enters guilty plea in theft case

A former caregiver has pleaded guilty to embezzling from a 90-year-old woman, nearly two years after police first requested charges.

I’m still happy listening to ‘vital vinyl’

The pictures, liner notes, the snap-crackle-pop sound when you plop down the needle are all reasons to love vinyl records.

Sunnyside schools name three finalists

Familiarity is a common theme among the School District’s three superintendent finalists.

City to spend to attract retail, again

Texas firm hired to recruit businesses

Ten years later, the city is going back to the same well in a bid for economic growth.

Council hears pot, vape concerns

Garden owner, city officials dispute social media reports

Retail marijuana may be illegal, but there are concerns the product is for sale anyway.

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Greet and eat

Shoppers, growers mingle during Sunnyside event

A day on the farm yesterday gave consumers a chance to meet the growers responsible for their food.

Sunnyside man killed in crash

Second fatality in three days

A Sunnyside man is dead following a single-car crash yesterday.

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City to celebrate housing development

More than 50 new homes for farmworkers

The community is throwing a party to mark completion of a new 51-unit affordable housing development.

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Museum volunteers prepare for grand re-opening

Ribbon cutting planned 4 p.m. Wednesday

Starting next week, visitors will have unprecedented access to the Sunnyside Museum.

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‘Better, not bigger’ tour makes stop

Governor, auditor candidates focus on results

A former Yakima Valley fruit exporter and a one-time King County Democrat are pushing for more government accountability.

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Eating out? Sidewalk seating available downtown

Code allows firms to offer outdoor dining

Enjoying a cool drink or a hot meal outside in the evening sun is now reality downtown.

Vape store opening tomorrow on Lincoln Avenue

City says shop’s debated mural will stay put

The vape shop a block away from local schools opens tomorrow.

Deadline looms for nitrate testing

Rural Benton County residents have until April 15 to get their well water tested for free.

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Crash halts Interstate 82 traffic

Defective brakes are likely the cause of a crash that snarled traffic on Interstate 82 for nearly two hours last night.

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Preserving history, one petal at a time

Volunteers keep city rose tradition alive

A city landmark is ready for its summer close-up.

Class is still in session

Inslee preserves charter school funding source

Charter school backers in Washington state are breathing a sigh of relief after legislation funding the schools became law Sunday.

Suspect free on bail in cold-case slaying

Trial starts June 20 for former Pasco officer

A Sunnyside native is free on bail after being held for nearly a year in jail on charges related to a cold-case murder.

Public to meet finalists April 18

School board could make superintendent choice April 21

The School Board last night finalized a plan for staff and the community to meet the superintendent finalists.

April Fools’ and a primary idea

It’s April Fools’ Day, a time to look over your shoulder and take things with a grain of salt.

Board reviews options for softball complex

The School Board continues to review its options to answer a civil rights complaint regarding girls softball fields.

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Community bus system may see route changes, cost increase

Possible rider fare, schedules up for review

Charging a fare, as well as changes to bus stops and evening schedules are on the table for the Community Connector program.

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Reaching into the neighborhood

Sunnyside United takes to the streets

A local non-profit is taking its message to city neighborhoods.

Student expelled for threat

Teen has a history of 20 discipline issues

A student is facing emergency expulsion after making verbal threats to harm a school staff member.

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Democratic caucus turnout ‘bigger than Obama’

Sanders sweeps Lower Valley

From Granger to Prosser, Democrats turned out in droves to caucus Saturday.

Third candidate vies for post

Pastor seeks county seat

A mentor and former stockbroker is seeking the County Commissioner, Dist. 2 seat.

Group plans busy spring

Permanent drug drop-off programs are in the works for a local non-profit organization.

Child finds porn at school

A family is considering legal action after their daughter was exposed to pornography in a third-grade classroom.

Party faithful get their say Saturday at caucuses

Sanders’ appearance fueling energy for Democrats

Yakima County Democrats will make their presidential pick Saturday when they caucus at 18 different sites.

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Another Mabton worker leaves city post

The city is welcoming a new police chief as it says farewell to its finance director.

Lower Valley native seeks county post

A candidate for county commissioner believes his experience, which includes growing up in the Lower Valley, will serve him well if elected.

$3 million softball complex to be considered

School Board may sell bonds for project funds

The School Board will consider a $3 million bond to pay for a new softball complex.

Knights fifth at golf tournament

Grandview finishes 15th

Hospital plans to unveil new cancer center

Ribbon cutting Wednesday at noon

A ribbon cutting and open house this week will give the public an inside look at Sunnyside Community Hospital’s new cancer center, 1013 E. Edison Ave.

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Crash kills Sunnyside man

Ford pickup overturns near Prosser

One person is dead and two others injured following a crash yesterday near Milepost 84 on westbound Interstate 82.

Britt eyes Grandview for 2017 camps

Seahawk plans Lower Valley return

One school’s loss could be another’s gain, as Seahawk Justin Britt is looking to bring his camp back to the Lower Valley… in Grandview.

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Seahawk supports youth club

Sunnyside principal seeks aid for community

The Prosser Boys and Girls Club is benefitting from Seahawk Justin Britt’s recent camp here.

State, utility differ over rate

A state official and utility are at odds today over a proposed rate hike.

‘The most interesting man’

I read the other day that the actor portraying “the most interesting man in the world” in beer commercials is being replaced by a younger version.

Farmers market seeks liquor license

Visitors to the local farmers market will be able to sample wine.

Review panel appointed

A retired prosecutor, Yakima lawyer and accountant will determine recommendations for the clerk’s office.

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Report: Grandview third highest jobless rate

City officials say report doesn’t reflect new business growth

A county report shows the city’s five-year unemployment average tops 9 percent.

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Sunnyside picks a flower

The city and its official flower will share the same name.

Spring harvest

Housing project on the grow after hiatus

After nearly a year of quiet and calm, construction is again underway at the Harvest Village housing development.

Veteran asks for case dismissal

Sunnyside native says he was overseas

A Sunnyside native is seeking to have his murder charge dismissed on the grounds he was serving overseas in the military at the time of the killing.

Commissioners consider review

Tomorrow, Yakima County Commissioners will consider a three-pronged independent review panel of the clerk’s office.

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True Britt

Seahawk teaches basics to valley kids

More than 500 Yakima Valley kids are applying life and football basics they learned yesterday from the Seattle Seahawks.

And the Effie goes to...

Awards season is in full swing in the Lower Valley. Granger’s awards banquet is tomorrow, Zillah, Grandview and Sunnyside’s follow next week.

Gov. Inslee orders special session

Gov. Inslee vetoes 27 bills

State lawmakers are headed back to work today to hammer out a supplemental budget.

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Walmart plans to expand

Store to hire more workers

Walmart is planning a nearly $500,000 remodel and adding 55 new jobs this month.

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