Wednesday, July 31
Girls who want to be princesses are invited to spend a day with the 2012-13 Miss Sunnyside Court and 2013-14 candidates for the Miss Sunnyside Pageant learning about nail painting, pageant walking and how to wave like a princess.
During Mother's last few months, conversations were extremely difficult to follow because her mind seamlessly switched from one decade to another.
I am absolutely amazed at the 70 percent drop in the crime rate within our community in comparison to just four years ago.
Tami Rae Mathison, 41, of Sunnyside was born on March 13, 1972 in Spokane, to Raymond Carroll Hoffman and Gloria Ann (Blanck) Hoffman.
Last week Joni and I completed a session as a Nielsen household. For one week we were asked to document everything we watched on television.
Sunnyside branch of American West Bank staff are hosting a silent auction Sunday, Aug. 11, from noon to 3 p.m. to benefit their branch manager, Sandy Purcell.
The community of Sunnyside's book drop box in the parking lot of the Daily Sun News will be removed soon.
MATTAWA - Powered by Akira Nozaka's even-par 72, the Sunnyside-area Black Rock Creek team notched a second-place finish last week at the eighth stop on the 2013 Mid-Columbia Senior Golf Tour.
A WSU Cougar baseball camp will be held at Sunnyside's South Hill Park Tuesday and Wednesday, Aug. 13-14.
Students from Heritage University started conducting door-to-door surveys in the Lower Yakima Valley this week to get residents' opinions on drinking water and its safety.
GRANDVIEW - Last night (Tuesday) just before 9 p.m. a 42-year-old Grandview man was shot in the 200 block of Avenue E.
Despite earlier reports that the woman trapped in a house fire near Sunnyside last Thursday night was standing near an upstairs window and appeared afraid to jump, apparently was not the case.
GRANDVIEW - Grandview's low-income families now have a new place to call home.
GRANGER - For the second time in less than a week a crowd of Yakima Valley residents unanimously sided against a proposal to prohibit manure applications during burn bans.
Tuesday, July 30
YAKIMA - Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital didn't have to look far for its next CEO, as current Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Russ Myers was appointed to the post.
PROSSER - Sattler & Associates, certified public accountants in Prosser, has changed its name to Newhouse & Associates, but the change will not affect the Sattler & Associates office in Sunnyside.
Megan Armstrong likes the close-knit community she's found in Sunnyside.
PROSSER - Residents from Prosser to Zillah now have a new option for medical care with the opening of the Adventist Health Medical Clinic in Prosser.
Sunnyside physical therapist Micah Heeringa recently acquired Toppenish Physical Therapy and Zillah Physical and Occupational Therapy, as part of a merger handled by an outside health care company.
SEATTLE - Four University of Washington students from Sunnyside earned their Bachelor's degrees during commencement ceremonies held this past June on the Seattle campus.
SELAH - Four and counting....that's how many Mid-Valley Summer Swim League championship meet titles the Selah Dolphins have claimed in the last four years.
BICKLETON - Despite rumors, Bickleton has not yet received an evacuation order from the Klickitat County Sheriff's office due to the Mile Marker 28 fire, although the entire area is on alert.
It was short service, filled with long pauses, accented by the gentle flutter of Old Glory. The military send-off held Monday afternoon at Jerry Taylor Veterans Memorial Plaza attracted a small, but thankful crowd.
Homer Eugene "Gene" Fields, 90, a former Sunnyside resident, passed away on Friday, July 26, 2013, at his home in Cashmere.
Monday, July 29
Marie E. Johnson, 86 of Sunnyside passed away on Wednesday July 24, 2013. Marie Olson was born in Longview, to Anna and Carl Olson. Marie attended elementary school in Longview, before the Olson family moved to the Sunnyside area.
Yakima County Sheriff deputies have started the investigation into a shooting in the 300 block of South Outlook Road reported at about 3 a.m. yesterday morning (Sunday).
Attorney may seek dismissal of Townhouse Motel case
"It complicates things terribly, as of this moment I'm not sure who I'm supposed to deal with." That's attorney Doug Garrison's take on the lack of a permanent prosecutor in Sunnyside. Last Thursday the Sunnyside lawyer and his clients, Townhouse Motel owners Fred and Helen Kim, felt the full impact of prosecutor Kathleen Hitchcock's suspension from her post due to DUI charges just a day earlier.
The cause of a fire that took the life of Sunnyside businesswoman Tami Mathison, 50, last Thursday night is still under investigation, according to the Yakima County Fire Marshal's office.
YAKIMA - The Yakima Valley Community College board of trustees has a new appointee. Rosalinda Mendoza, appointed by Gov. Jay Inslee earlier this week, is currently an independent consultant who provides expertise in the areas of strategic planning, program and organizational development, operations, and policy.
Jim Davidson of Grandview was elected to serve as the Washington Department Commander of The American Legion at the 95th annual convention held earlier this month in Yakima.
Friday, July 26
The Sunnyside School Board bade farewell to Miguel Puente last night after first taking its time establishing who would take his place as president of the board.
Less than six months after a tearful plea to keep her job, Kathleen Morehouse was suspended from her post as the Sunnyside city prosecutor after she was arrested on DUI charges this week.
John "Jack" Meek, 86, of Sunnyside passed away on Thursday, July 25, 2013, at home surrounded by his loving family.
Aurora Escobar, 74, of Sunnyside passed away on Wednesday, July 24, 2013. Aurora was born Feb. 23, 1939 in Carrizo Springs, Texas.
Marie E. Johnson, 86, of Sunnyside died on Wednesday, July 24, 2013.
Arnold Trevino, 66, of Grandview died on Monday, July 22, 2013.
Eight months ago Sunnyside United was formed.
Maybe you were never told. Maybe you just forgot. But you probably don't think about your car "spying" on you.
YAKIMA - Cyclists who want to experience Yakima's wine country on a 25-mile journey aimed at helping people in need can sign up now for the first annual Ride D'Vine to be held Saturday, Aug. 10, starting at 9 a.m.
District's patience wearing thin on $30 million-plus high school upgrade
Nearly a week ago, Sunnyside School District administrators learned the district had qualified for an additional $5 million in capital construction funds, which has already been designated to add 13 new classrooms and a multipurpose room at Sunnyside High School.
The C&S Transport company employees showing up to work early this morning were shocked to learn their employer, Tami Mathison, had presumably perished in a fire at her family home late Thursday night.
Thursday, July 25
Interim Finance Director David Layden was scheduled to have a budget financial print-out for the first six months of 2013 at Tuesday’s meeting, but he said glitches Tuesday afternoon delayed it.
Sunnyside's Oasis Community Church, known locally for its many efforts to offer comfort to the homeless, has now announced plans to launch a ministry to change for the better lives of at-risk youth.
National Night Out will be observed in Sunnyside on Tuesday, Aug. 6, with 12 block parties planned, according to the Sunnyside Police Department. National Night Out festivities are designed to bring together residents of local neighborhoods in an attempt to curb criminal activity.
TOPPENISH - The Sunnyside contingent of Katelyn Banks, Kalie Bestebreur, Summer Hazzard, Aidan Hudgens and Lindsay Schilperoort rang up a 65-0 scoring advantage in the girls 16&U division last night.
Playing under a scorching, sun-soaked sky, Maryanne Currier of Prosser sizzled on the links this past Tuesday in 18-hole ladies play at Black Rock Creek Golf Course. Play of the day was to post the low gross score on the front nine at the Sunnyside-area course.
Ernestina Valdez Castellanos, 88, of Sunnyside went to be with God and her loved ones on Friday, July 19, 2013, after a short battle with cancer.
Wednesday, July 24
GRANDVIEW - The rate of major crime in Grandview is the city's lowest in at least a decade. It's been slashed by half in a span of just five years.
GRANDVIEW - In all areas things are looking good in Grandview, but department heads here say they need more staffing.
BICKLETON - Bickleton School District may need to dip into its cash reserves to meet operating expenses this next year, according to Business Manager Judy Naught.
Christina Knoth, 61, of Outlook died on Monday, July 22, 2013.
Central Washington farmers are working harder than ever to produce some of the world's finest and most diverse agriculture products.
MABTON - Could a new city well be in Mabton's future? While public works crews continue to work to get well #4 back on line, Mabton City Council has found itself worrying that well #5, now supplying the city's water lines, won't hold.
Don Vlieger may be not a politician, but one heck of a good leader and role model.
YAKIMA - Alejandro Guadalupe Martinez of Grandview has been sentenced to just more than 19 years in prison for the murder of Mariano Cuevas in 2011.
Tuesday, July 23
"It seems like every time I come to the city council I come to beg, borrow and steal," said Bill Flower at last night's Sunnyside City Council meeting. "And tonight I've come to beg." Flower explained that he wanted money to trim the trees in the downtown core.
GRANDVIEW - Why would a teenage mom of a 4-year-old boy want to get up at 5 a.m. each day to learn how to use a hand saw? Ask Gisel Sandoval, a 2013 graduate of YouthBuild, who is currently working with Habitat for Humanity on a Granger construction site.
Dolores (Alba) Monson, 80, of Yakima died on Friday, July 19, 2013.
Ernestina V. Castellanos, 88, of Sunnyside died on Friday, July 19, 2013.
Schreiner Title Co., a business with long ties to the Sunnyside community, has relocated to the offices located at 308 Yakima Valley Highway.
The Maverik chain of convenience stores, based out of Salt Lake City, Utah, has been selected to receive the 24th annual Convenience Store Decisions Chain of the Year Award.
YAKIMA - Crystian Ramirez, Pedro Garibaldo, Victor Aguilar and Yonic Quiroz, all of the Sunnyside area, were among the students to graduate from Perry Technical Institute during ceremonies held June 20 at the Yakima technical school.
GRANGER - It may have missed the asparagus and cherry seasons, but there's optimism Cosecha Court will open in time for next month's apple harvest.
MABTON - If it's July there must be a school uniform brouhaha at Mabton Jr./Sr. High School.
MABTON - Following a 45-minute study session, the Mabton School Board last night approved a $10.6 million general fund budget for the 2013-14 school year.
Monday, July 22
A motorist whom police believe was intoxicated attempted to avoid being taken into custody last Saturday night in Sunnyside.
Combining a love of teaching, travel and linguistics, Sunnyside's Hannah Vlieger will be teaching English in Russia beginning this coming fall. Vlieger said she is planning to help both children and adults in Obninsk, which is about an hour-and-a-half's drive from Moscow.
An emergency drill will be taking place at the Sunnyside Municipal Airport on Wednesday, July 24, starting at about 7:30 p.m.
The 2013 Yakima Valley cherry harvest has wrapped up, and despite the unpredictable weather, the season ended with growers shipping 400,000 boxes of cherries a day during the past few weeks, said B.J. Thurlby of Northwest Cherry Growers.
Friday, July 19
Vera Vern Roderick, 92, of Grandview passed away quietly on Thursday, July 11, 2013, at Grandview Health Care Center.
Nancy Carole Schaneman, 65, formerly of Sunnyside passed on to heaven on Monday, July 8, 2013, surrounded by her family and friends.
John (Jack) Philip Norling, 87, of Grandview died on Tuesday, July 16, 2013. He served in the U.S. Army.
I was disappointed to learn the League of Women Voters of Washington is part of a coalition that is challenging the constitutionality of Initiative 1240.
From the beginning, people who would ban all private guns if they could have used the George Zimmerman case to push their agenda.
Last week the police came knocking at my door late at night. I was told someone had called and complained about me.
MABTON - The July Gospel music jamboree in Mabton will welcome back Charlie Walker of Prineville, Ore. He will be the featured musician on Sunday, July 21, at the Mabton Grace Brethren Church.
Lacking a quorum with only five of its 13 board members present, the Sunnyside United group pressed on during its monthly meeting yesterday. Sunnyside United is a community coalition that essentially has taken the place of Sunnyside's Promise in receiving funding from the city, school and hospital. Its focus is on steering youths away from drugs, alcohol and gangs.
GRANDVIEW - Those who are ages 55 and older or who have a disability can enjoy a free shuttle service provided at this year's Yakima Valley Fair & Rodeo in Grandview.
A 21-year-old Sunnyside man who pled guilty to raping a 14-year-old girl was sentenced yesterday to 12 months and one day in prison.
GRANDVIEW - Chalking up 55 victories on the night compared to the 16 first-place finishes notched by the Grandview Neptunes, Sunnyside's summer swim team strode off with a dominating 602-168 decision Thursday evening.
After 47 years of serving the medical needs of Lower Valley animal owners, Dr. Jonathan Mercer of Sunnyside is closing the doors of The Veterinary Clinic, located on Zillah Avenue.
2013-14 Miss Sunnyside candidate Ashley Davis has always enjoyed reading. As someone who has found books to be enjoyable since she was a young child, she would like to inspire younger children to pick up a book for the same reason.
Financial directors in the local school districts can breathe a little easier thanks to the recently approved state budget, which restores funding for some basic education programs. Sunnyside School District, based on the 2012-13 budget figures, will receive nearly $3.4 in additional funding from the state for the 2013-14 school year.
It was a banner day for the Port of Sunnyside, as yesterday it garnered funds totalling more than $4 million for local development and jobs. Thursday, the state's Community Economic Revitalization Board (CERB) awarded the port a $1 million package that includes $850,000 in loan and $150,000 in grant proceeds.
The city of Sunnyside has hired a recreation coordinator, Megan Razey, and as a result the city's existing arrangement with the Sunnyside Arts and Sports Association (SASA) has changed.
Thursday, July 18
MABTON - Mabton city water users are facing a water shortage after city officials learned of a pump failure early this morning (Thursday).
SEATTLE - Gov. Jay Inslee, joined by federal and state health care leaders and a coalition of more than 100 local organizations from across the state, this past Tuesday announced a plan to educate Washington residents about new opportunities for health care coverage under Medicaid expansion and Washington's health benefit exchange.
Heading to a mailbox near you is the city of Sunnyside's 2012 water quality report, which is scheduled to be inserted in the next batch of water bills to city businesses and residents. The report measures a laundry list of compounds found in city water, ranging from iron to calcium and arsenic.
For the Messmore sisters, their planned 80-mile cycling tour through Skagit Valley is more than an opportunity to take part in the 2013 Ride to Defeat ALS. The two-day cross country bicycle tour is a ride being done with love and commitment for and in memory of their late mother, Loni Messmore of Sunnyside.