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Jennie McGhan

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Darigold construction nearly complete

Company hosts ribbon cutting Wednesday

Crews are putting the finishing touches on a $97 million expansion project.

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Doctor keeps it in the family

Father and sons share medical practice

A father and his two sons have been ensuring Lower Valley residents can see clearly for three decades.

City OKs pay hikes

Grandview staff getting nearly $500K in raises

Top-level city workers are going to receive a total of nearly a half-million dollars in raises.

Superior Court sets hearing in child assault case

A Sunnyside woman is hoping to reach a plea agreement for allegedly assaulting her children with a hot griddle.

Two injured in crash

A Kennewick woman and Pasco man are recovering from injuries sustained in an early morning crash 9 miles west of the city.

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Group prays for Orlando victims

Church hosts community service

Prayers and reflection marked the atmosphere last night at a service for the victims of the shooting at Pulse Orlando in Orlando, Fla.

Local man pleads guilty

Resident agrees to 22 months for eluding officers

A local man agreed to serve 22 months in prison for crimes committed on Jan. 28.

Researchers looking to stem powdery mildew on cherries

Powdery mildew on agricultural products can cause economic hardship for growers looking to export their products.

Man faces drug, DUI charges

The State Patrol is requesting multiple charges for a local man arrested Friday.

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Prosser High School celebrates class of 2016

A total of 209 graduates walk in ceremony

The class of 2016 is preparing for the future beyond high school.

Former PTA head files guilty plea in theft

Local woman ordered to pay more than $25,000

A woman charged with embezzling will have to pay a school more than $25,000 in restitution.

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Grass, sagebrush fire closes state highway

Crews still mopping up 300-acre blaze

Officials are trying to determine what caused a brush fire yesterday that burned 300 acres and closed state Highway 241 for four hours.

Nine charges filed against Granger man

A local man faces multiple charges after eluding law enforcement officers on two occasions.

Mabton to pay fees for fired employee

Employment arbitration hearing set for tomorrow

A former employee is one step closer to concluding his disputes with the city.

Sunnyside sets June temperature record... again

National Weather Service issues alert

Early June is proving to be hotter than normal for the second year in a row.

Man nabbed for warrants, obstruction

Police have in custody a man they were looking for Monday on Van Belle Road near Lower Valley Memorial Gardens.

Man faces kidnapping, rape charges

Woman from Moxee beaten before arriving at Avila’s home

A local man appears in court today on first-degree rape and second-degree kidnapping charges.

Former cop arraigned on rape charge

Zillah man scheduled for Aug. 1 trial

A former Wapato police officer accused of raping his wife was arraigned Monday.

Man uses daughter as shield

A man accused of using his 11-year-old daughter as a shield against police faces first-degree kidnapping and second-degree malicious mischief charges.

Cemetery manager draws gun

Prosecutor to consider possible charges

A cemetery manager pulled his gun during a dispute Saturday.

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Graduates go out with a smile

Sunnyside celebrates biggest class

The high school’s biggest graduating class joined others around the Lower Yakima Valley in saying goodbye Friday and Saturday.

Dispatch center moving

Safety concerns prompt possible change

The current site for Yakima County Fire District No. 5’s dispatch center raises “a few red flags,” Chief Brian Vogel said.

Local woman in court today

PTA president charged with embezzlement

A woman charged with embezzling more than $5,000 from a local PTA is in court today.

Trial set for inmate killing

Two suspects in the death of a Yakima County inmate are headed to trial July 18, court records state.

Water testing agreement inked

Lead and copper contamination in potable drinking water is a concern for schools across the state.

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Crews battle grass fires

At least four lower valley blazes reported

Yakima County fire crews kept busy chasing grass fire calls yesterday afternoon.

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Car crashes into school bus

64 students were aboard; no injuries reported

Students riding home on a school bus that crashed yesterday are safely back in class today.

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Eatery opens today

Stella’s at Willow Crest Wine Estates opens today.

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Guilty verdict

Mabton man awaits June 20 sentencing

A Mabton man will be sentenced June 20 after being found guilty yesterday in the shooting death of his former girlfriend.

Homicide case deliberations under way

Suspect awaits his fate in murder case

The fate of a man accused of killing the mother of his child is in the hands of a Benton County Superior Court jury.

School Board director resigns

Jepson steps down to retire

The School Board has a vacancy following the resignation of a longtime director.

City Council to review agreement

The City Council will review an official employment agreement for the city administrator/public works director position.

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Annual gala pairs wines and foods

The Yakima Valley Community College Grandview campus hosted its eighth annual Grape to Glass Gala to generate scholarship funds for the wine and enology program at the college.

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‘Dogs end Vikings season

The Vikings softball team dropped both games at districts Saturday.

New Wapato police officer faces rape charge

Zillah man in court today for preliminary hearing

A Wapato police officer accused of raping his wife appears in court today.

Homicide trial continues today

Defense attorney moves for mistrial

A Zillah woman testified yesterday in a Mabton man’s murder trial that is continuing today in Benton County Superior Court.

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Pathway project planned

Benton County has grant for improvements

Benton County is accepting bids June 1 to make improvements to Lower Valley Pathway.

Paramedic program keeping hospital visits at minimum

It is the only home visit program of its kind in the state.

Murder trial begins

Former Mabton man charged in Christmas Eve homicide

Testimony is continuing today in a Mabton man’s murder trial in Benton County Superior Court.

Trial postponed for two facing drug charges

A pair accused of selling drugs from a bus have a few more weeks before they go to trial.

District offers support for students, staff

Teacher/coach on paid leave for exploitation

The School District has a substitute teacher and counseling for students affected by the recent arrest of a teacher.

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Superintendent finalists promise engagement

Residents meet potential School District leaders

The three finalists for School District superintendent promised during a meet-and-greet last night that they would be visible and engaged in the community.

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Bail set at $25K for teacher

Arraignment set for May 19 in Superior Court

A high school physical education teacher and track coach is being held on $25,000 bail for alleged sexual exploitation of students and three other charges.

Grandview names new superintendent

Strom selected to replace Kevin Chase

Child pornography investigated

A 17-year-old boy is the victim of exploitation via the internet, Yakima County Sheriff’s detectives said.

Mabton chief faces hearing

Charges stem from previous employment

The city’s new police chief faces allegations of dishonesty from a previous post.

Court date set in fatal crash

Wapato resident charged with vehicular homicide

A 19-year-old Wapato woman was arraigned Monday on a charge related to a crash that killed a local couple last July.

Pippins gearing up for summer season

Team general manager visits local Rotarians

The season-opening game of Yakima Valley’s amateur baseball team is little more than a month away.

Former Mabton employee denied unemployment claim

Second employee’s battle not over

A dispute between the city and a former employee has been resolved.

Five fires damage homes since Friday

Granger home destroyed

At least five fires damaged homes in the Lower Yakima Valley since Friday.