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Jennie McGhan

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Lady Vikes suffer 3-2 loss in league opener

With just one other school fielding a soccer team in the Central Washington 2B South League, the Mabton Vikings have only two league matches during the 2014 campaign.

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Prestige Care in Grandview shutters its doors due to rising health care costs

GRANDVIEW – “The decision to close Prestige Care & Rehabilitation – Grandview was incredibly difficult,” said officials with Prestige Care, Inc.

Mabton falls to DeSales, 27-18

Despite a pair of touchdown tosses by Roy Zavala, Mabton’s football team came up on the short end of a 27-18 score to the DeSales Irish last Friday.

State auditors nick city of Grandview

The Washington State Auditor’s Office found the city of Grandview did not properly report federal funds the municipality received for its wastewater treatment plant improvements.

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LTAC looks at future of tourism promotion in Sunnyside

The Sunnyside Lodging Tax Advisory Committee (LTAC) wants to look at the possibility of funding a position solely focused on promoting tourism.

Alcohol, drug abuse focus of town hall meeting

Yakima woman to share her tale in Sunnyside Sept. 30

Not only will Sunnyside residents get to hear from a guest panel, but those attending Sunnyside United’s town hall meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 30, will get to hear the personal story of someone who chose to drink alcohol, smoke marijuana and get involved in gangs.

Signs point to new sign ordinance

A newly drafted ordinance that outlines acceptable signage in the city of Grandview will be considered for adoption at the Tuesday, Oct. 14, city council meeting.

Gone in the blink of an eye

My heart has been heavy since hearing the devastating news that a good portion of my hometown was destroyed by a wildfire.

Scotties win at home against Vikes

The 1A Highland Scotties, with home field advantage, prevailed 2-1 against visiting 2B Mabton last night.

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New assistant principal a familiar face

A familiar face to Grandview residents young and old alike, Georg Graf has taken on a new role in the local schools.

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Future dental hygienist working way through college

Looking forward to a future career as a dental hygienist, Lily Rangel has been serving the clientele at Bon Vino’s Bistro and Bakery for nearly a year.

Vikes sustain first loss

The Mabton Viking football team last Friday, in its home opener, took on a tough opponent in Tri-Cities Prep.

Lady Vikes win first game of season, 1-0

This past Saturday the Mabton girls soccer team proved to itself that hard work pays off.

Mabton wins two matches at Waitsburg-Prescott invite

The Mabton volleyball team this past Saturday competed in the Waitsburg-Prescott Volleyball Invitational, winning two of its five matches.

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Miss Sunnyside candidate Mickayla Wert

Wanting others to understand “...what it’s really like living in Sunnyside,” Mickayla Wert decided to compete for the 2014-15 Miss Sunnyside title.

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Swimming pool got used more than was expected this summer

Sunnyside’s municipal swimming pool accommodated more people this past summer than was anticipated.

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School library bustling with activity

The old days of keeping library conversations to a whisper are a thing of the past at Harrison Middle School.

Sunnyside’s struggles continue at SunDome Festival

The Sunnyside High School volleyball team was unable to secure a win this past Saturday at the Yakima Valley SunDome Festival.

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Health promoter inspired by empowering community members

Helping members of the community, interacting with a variety of individuals and working towards the goal of seeing people enjoy healthy lifestyles makes Nathan Marchello’s job enjoyable.

Mabton’s win over Granger first for Vikes since 1997

GRANGER – It took two overtimes to decide the final outcome of the non-league match-up between 2B Mabton and host 1A Granger this past Friday.

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Tigers scratch out 2-1 victory over young GHS team

GRANDVIEW – With just one senior on its roster this season, the Grandview High School girls soccer team is undeniably young.

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Miss Sunnyside candidate Madison Marro

Madison Marro is no stranger to the Miss Sunnyside program, having had two sisters compete for titles. Older sister Josie was a member of the 2012-13 court.

PLCs focus of meeting in Mabton

Two of the discussions at the Mabton School Board study session last night (Thursday) centered around professional development and working toward the goals set out in the district’s strategic plan.

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Prosser rallies from behind to subdue SHS Lady Grizzlies

The Sunnyside volleyball team dropped its first regulation length match of the season to Prosser last night. It was a back-and-forth affair through five sets of action, but the Lady Grizzlies fell short.

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Communication miscues costly for Mabton girls

The Mabton High School girls soccer team last night struggled with communication, missing connections between its midfielders and forwards.

Rental housing ordinance approved in G’view

GRANDVIEW – Although there were many concerns voiced by citizens regarding a new rental housing registration ordinance, the Grandview City Council on Tuesday of this week decided to move forward with it.

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Road construction work in Grandview starts next week

GRANDVIEW – Motorists traveling on Wallace Way in Grandview can expect traffic delays as early as next Monday, Sept. 15.

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Declaring park as surplus property paves way for school district to buy it

Citing difficulty keeping up with maintenance, the need to resurface the tennis courts and the need to replace the restroom facilities, the city of Grandview is looking at selling Euclid Park to the local school district.

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Sniffing out contraband

Grandview School District bringing in dogs to help ensure local students’ safety

In an effort to maintain a safe learning environment in its schools, the Grandview School District recently inked a contract with Ron Grogan of Interquest Detection Canines in Polson, Mont.

Sunnyside’s flaws exposed at jamboree in the Tri-Cities

It was a learning experience for the Sunnyside Lady Grizzly volleyball team.

Mabton runaway winner against 1A Scots

Last Friday’s season-opening game at 1A Highland gave 2B Mabton a great start to the 2014 season.

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Miss Sunnyside candidate Annie Lara

Motivated by the opportunity to express her appreciation to the Sunnyside community via philanthropic opportunities, Annie Lara is seeking the 2014-15 Miss Sunnyside title.

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Menudo fest draws large crowd

The sun was shining and the people were smiling at the 11th annual Washington State Menudo Festival in Granger this past Sunday.

On the one hand...but on the other, well?

Fewer traffic infractions means less court revenue

Fewer traffic infractions can be a good thing, but it can also have a negative impact on the city’s municipal court budget.

New branch manager at Sunnyside bank

Ben Eisenga is stepping into his role as the new branch manager of Columbia Bank in Sunnyside.

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Port district secures final loans for anaerobic digester construction

During a special meeting held yesterday (Wednesday), Port of Sunnyside Commissioners Jim Grubenhoff and Arnold Martin authorized Director Jay Hester to sign loan documents associated with Benton REA’s rural development loan grant program.

Rental property ordinance considered in Grandview

GRANDVIEW – The city of Grandview has for five years been looking at how it can better enforce city codes and deal with rental properties that are non-compliant.

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School improvement plans detailed for Mabton School Board

MABTON – The Mabton School Board last night deemed the school improvement plan presented by Mabton Jr./Senior High School Principal Caleb Oten as “ambitious,” but he is confident the school can meet its goals.

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Miss Sunnyside candidate Carissa Juarez

Miss Sunnyside candidate Carissa Juarez believes it is important to help her community.

Former Sunnyside coach at the helm of Mabton High’s volleyball program

MABTON – After a year away from his favorite sport, former Sunnyside High School volleyball coach Sandy Jaquish has taken on the role as head coach for Mabton.

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Miss Sunnyside candidate Krisana Fernandez

Being a role model to younger children and her peers, representing her community in a positive manner and being an example of what her community is about…these are the reasons that compelled Krisana Fernandez to compete for the 2014-15 Miss Sunnyside title.

Administrative secretary to superintendent of Mabton School District settling into new role

MABTON – Recently hired to serve as the new administrative secretary to Mabton Superintendent of Schools Minerva Morales is Jessica Prieto.

End of an era?

Last week I read a story detailing the impending closure of Yakima’s only record store, Off the Record.

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Miss Sunnyside candidate Brianna Dunn

The community of Sunnyside has supported Brianna Dunn most of her life.

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Prosser teen raising funds for prostate cancer research

GRANDVIEW – Wyatt Wentz of Prosser is organizing “Makin’ 8 for Prostrate,” a fundraising event for prostate cancer awareness and research.

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HVAC technician finds hands-on work has its rewards

Although he doesn’t always get to work in the most desirable of environments, TJ’s Refrigeration technician Bryan Redick enjoys what he does.

Cul-de-sac project moves ahead in Grandview

GRANDVIEW – Port of Grandview commissioners this past Tuesday authorized its engineering firm to advertise for bids for its cul-de-sac project.

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Miss Sunnyside candidate Sophia Dominguez

Continuing to serve her community, expanding upon the opportunity to give back to a citizenry that has supported her through most of her life, Sophia Dominguez is seeking to serve as the 2014-15 Miss Sunnyside.

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Department heads outline needs at city council retreat

GRANDVIEW – Gearing up for the 2015 fiscal year, the Grandview City Council attended a half-day retreat this past Tuesday.

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Mabton School Board adopts $11.2 million general fund budget

The Mabton School Board Monday evening adopted a $12,129,105 budget for 2014-15.

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