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John Fannin

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Weary of McCleary

The Beatles - aka Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band - advised us when we die to “…declare the pennies on your eyes.”

Lady Grizz fall to Panthers

WENATCHEE – The Sunnyside Lady Grizzly soccer team put up some impressive stats last night, but couldn’t capitalize in a 3-0 loss at Wenatchee Thursday night.

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‘No excuses’

Football player overcomes hurdles

Joey Silos likes rap music. He also likes playing football for Sunnyside’s Harrison Middle School.

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Sunnyside unites on teen drug/alcohol issue

“Did you drink alcohol when you were a kid?”

Shockers edge Mabton

MABTON – “The girls sure played their hearts out…just a couple of point swings and we win the match,” Coach Sandy Jaquish said of his Mabton Lady Viking volleyball team’s tough loss to Waterville Tuesday night.

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Ike no match for Sunnyside

The Sunnyside Lady Grizzly soccer team took control of the match early and never let up in a convincing 4-0 rout of visiting Eisenhower Tuesday night.

Grandview native faces new sentencing on murder conviction

A U.S. Supreme Court ruling two years ago will apparently result in re-sentencing for Jose Munguia of Grandview.

Budget consultant confirms Mabton headed right direction

City police coverage 24 hours a day and building a bigger rainy day fund are among areas of consensus the Mabton City Council reached Monday night during a budget workshop.

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Second-quarter surge too much for Grizzlies

For a quarter the Sunnyside Grizzly football team gave visiting Cheney all it could handle before the Blackhawks pulled away for a 35-7 non-league win last Friday.

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Candidates stump for votes in Sunnyside

With the General Election less than six weeks away, the Sunnyside Republican Club is hosting a series of head-to-head appearances by the candidates.

Septembers with mom

Mom was here for her annual visit last week.

Coyotes sweep Mabton in three

The Mabton Lady Viking volleyball team fought hard in its 2B league opener before falling 3-0 to host Kittitas on Thursday night.

Rams blank Lady Grizz

Though the end result was a 4-0 loss at West Valley Thursday night, Sunnyside Lady Grizzly Coach Sylvia Villagrana noted the outcome showed improvement for her squad.

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Knights rally for first-ever win over Colton

Eight-man football is known for basketball-like scores and offenses running wild.

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Growing pains

City of Mabton will seek to make changes to its urban growth area

Change or lose a vital industry.

Port’s 2015 budget won’t mirror this year’s

A new year will apparently bring some changes, financially speaking, for the Port of Sunnyside.

Lady Vikes shine in tourney

The Mabton Lady Vikings proved competitive this past Friday during the SunDome volleyball tourney.

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Grizzlies come up short second straight week

For the second consecutive game the Sunnyside Grizzly football team reached the opponent’s 1-yard line in the final seconds of the first half…only to not score and end up on the losing side of the scoreboard.

Knights falter late against Touchet Indians

Sunnyside Christian home opener set for Friday, Sept. 19

TOUCHET – The Sunnyside Christian Knight football team gave 2013 State runner-up Touchet all it could handle before falling 72-38 last Friday night.

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SVID prepping for winter projects

Sometime next month, SVID users will see irrigation water again dry up for the fall and winter season.

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Chromatik could be music to your ears

To paraphrase Abba, yes, you can sing, you can jive, and now you can perform live to some of the most popular music ever produced.

GHS thumps Davis in three straight

The 2A Grandview Lady Greyhound volleyball team had something to prove Thursday evening against the host 4A Davis Pirates.

High court puts lawmakers back on the clock

State legislature found in contempt for not providing education funding plan

Ordering the sale of public property, invalidating portions of the state’s budget, cutting funding for state highways and parks.

Paulsen for county cleriff

I’m at my wit’s end trying to figure out the messy county races we have to decide this November.

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Mabton mayor accused of abusing public office

If it’s possible to suck the air out of a room, Mabton city attorney Jamie Carmody accomplished just that in diffusing potentially explosive allegations made Tuesday night against Mayor Mario Martinez.

County clerk candidate will challenge job termination

If elected Yakima County clerk on Nov. 4, Sarah Matheny could days later face the city of Yakima in court.

Contempt of court charges hang over state’s lawmakers

While lawyers joust before the state Supreme Court over whether to find the state legislature in contempt, there will be a very real price to pay for residents of the Evergreen State.

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Greyhounds hold off Grizz in fall opener for both clubs

Two plays in a span of 153 seconds vaulted the Grandview Greyhound football team to a 20-0 lead over Sunnyside.

Sunnyside Christian corrals Mustangs in rout

As promised, the Sunnyside Christian Knight football team went with a balanced attack in a 42-12 thumping of Rainier Christian last Friday.

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Sunnyside shoots past GHS in season opener

Quality counted for more than quantity as the shorthanded 4A Sunnyside Lady Grizzly soccer team battled to a 3-1 victory over visiting Grandview last Saturday.

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F as in fantasy

The NFL season and Seattle’s defense of its Super Bowl title kicked off last night.

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LaFever back at helm of volleyball program

A year after he retired, John LaFever is back as head coach of the Grandview Lady Greyhound volleyball program.

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Christian Knights hope to take flight under new head coach

Jeremy Thomas may be the new head coach of the Sunnyside Christian Knight football team, but he’s no newcomer to the program.

State test results show progress, as well as challenges for local schools

It’s once again report card season for school districts in Washington state.

Mabton officials dig into budget season with a review

The city of Mabton’s books had a check-up Tuesday night and generally came through in fine health.

Schools not pleased with report card grades

The Washington State Board of Education’s annual task of creating an achievement index for public schools has been turned on its head by a conservative think-tank.

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Department manager a cut-up on the job

Where’s the beef?

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Local family stars of reality TV show

Redwood Kings episode to air on Sept. 12

June 18 brought two new arrivals to the Brent and Erin Martin household on Sunnyside’s Scoon Road.

A return to order is needed

There’s Gangnam Style, then there’s Mabton style when it comes to running a city council meeting.

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Mabton clears the air

MABTON – One episode of the hit TV comedy Seinfeld focused on the fictional December holiday of Festivus.

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Governor delivers climate change message

Gov. Jay Inslee’s plane touched down at Sunnyside Municipal Airport Tuesday afternoon as part of a statewide tour to tout the effects of climate change.

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New budget, changing of guard for Grandview schools

Just in time for school to start this coming Thursday, the Grandview School Board Monday night approved the budget for the 2014-15 school year.

Grandview Port puts the development in community development

The Port of Grandview is living up to the Community Development Award it received from the Grandview Chamber of Commerce earlier this year.

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Not quite my type

How’s this sound?

Time for cops to cut ties with Raines

During the 2011 race for Sunnyside City Council the Sunnyside Police Guild for the first time decided to formally and publicly endorse a political candidate. They threw their support to Jason Raines, who was successful in his bid for city council.

Two Lower Valley firms dinged for missed reports

Fourteen businesses were fined last week for failing to submit stormwater monitoring reports for three or more consecutive quarters, says the state’s Department of Ecology.

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Screening for drugs at home

Sunnyside United mulls idea of providing parents with drug tests for their children

Members of the Sunnyside United coalition are considering an idea that would give a whole new meaning to the phrase “take home test.”

Sunnyside calling all high school freshmen

Cheerleaders, ice cream socials and building trust are all on the agenda for Sunnyside High School freshmen during the fifth annual Grizzly Academy planned for Monday, Aug. 18, through Thursday, Aug. 21.

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Not much support shown for suggested pay raise

MABTON – The people of Mabton have spoken, and they are not wild about the idea of giving their mayor a four-fold salary increase.

City’s public works department seeks to increase staffing by three positions

The Sunnyside Public Works Department wants to add three new employees to its payroll in 2015.