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Jennie McGhan

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Mabton comes away with three titles at tourney

Although not all Mabton wrestlers fared as well as they would have liked at the Kittitas Express Wrestling Tournament this past Wednesday night, three came out on top.

Looking ahead anxiously to Christmas with my family

It’s hard to believe, but Christmas is nearly here.

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Airport rules, regulations under review by advisory board

Line by line, paragraph by paragraph…the Sunnyside Airport Advisory Board is looking at the rules and regulations for the Sunnyside Municipal Airport.

Teachers’ contract inked in Mabton

The Mabton School District and the Mabton Education Association have come to terms.

Sunnyside Grizzlies still hunting for first win

It was a tough weekend for the Grizzly boys basketball team, which suffered a couple of non-league losses to Hanford and Kamiakin.

Bickleton Pirates notch two weekend victories

The Bickleton boys basketball team this past weekend secured a couple of wins, defeating Glenwood on Friday and Helix this past Saturday.

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Engineer sticks with local company through thick and thin

Since graduating from Eastern Washington University in 2008 with a degree in mechanical engineering technology, Josh Ziegler has seen several changes at the company he was hired to work for…Sunnyside’s ShirAul Bullet Trailers.

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Message of Christian club speaker is that we are all products of change

Whether we are experiencing times of joy or times that are challenging, the choices a person makes will bring about changes.

Transportation benefit district projects OK’d

A $232,000 budget was last night adopted by Grandview’s Transportation Benefit District Board, which consists of the members of the city council.

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Longtime mechanic thrives on looking out for others

Ensuring he has time for his family and wanting to help out members of his community, Tony Cromwell has operated Cromwell Radiator and Auto Repair in Grandview since 2003.

Bickleton Pirates lose season opener to Granger’s JV squad

After canceling two games last week the Bickleton Pirates were finally able to dust off their sneakers and took to the hardwood against Granger’s JV squad last night.

Three Vikes unbeaten last night at double-dual meet held in Mabton

It was a trio of Vikings who went undefeated last night against White Swan and Tri-City Prep.

Sunnyside Christian ekes out 60-58 win

The Sunnyside Christian girls basketball team in its first regulation game of the season narrowly escaped a loss.

Soar Scholarship opens doors for 2014 SHS graduate

When Nereyda Barajas of Sunnyside was considering her options for college last year, she had her mind set on three state universities.

Three Mabton wrestlers earn top honors at Ellensburg invitational

ELLENSBURG – It was a great start to the 2014-15 season for the 2B Mabton wrestling team this past Saturday at the Ellensburg JV Invitational.

Local non-profit expanding services with move to Granger

GRANGER – Sunnyside Transformation Yakima Valley is no longer headquartered in Sunnyside.

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S’side native a World bench press champion

As a Sunnyside High School athlete, Zachary Marquez stayed in shape by hitting the weights.

Jamboree games jump start season for SCHS girls

The Grandview girls hoops jamboree last night showed Sunnyside Christian High School Coach Al Smeenk that the Lady Knights still have some work ahead of them.

Giving thanks for the season

Although yesterday was Thanksgiving, I can’t help but share how grateful I am with the people who have chosen to share their lives with me.

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Christian students lauded for supporting Union Gospel Mission

Sunnyside Christian students during the annual Thanksgiving chapel service learned how the life of one woman has been changed via programs offered at Union Gospel Mission in Yakima.

Longtime ’Hound takes helm of new girls wrestling team

For the past few years there has been a greater interest in girls wrestling programs.

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Not all treasure made of gold and silver

Historical artifacts unearthed on the streets of Sunnyside

He’s yet to unearth a trunk full of pirates’ gold, nonetheless Sunnyside’s Don Outhet has been hunting for, and finding, lots of small treasures for the last 14 or so years.

$15.6 million budget discussions take up most of council’s time

Grandview City Treasurer Matt Cordray last night continued discussions with city council regarding the proposed $15.6 million budget for 2015.

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Air flight service saves lives of critical patients

Most hospitals in the state of Washington are designated as level IV trauma centers, meaning patients needing critical care must be transferred to a higher level care facility.

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In service to others

Some wear the title of “Christian” as a badge of honor, others wear it as a shield and a few live their lives as an example without boasting.

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Lighted Farm Implement Parade route changed this year

Changes to the downtown streets of Sunnyside mean the route for parades, particularly the annual Lighted Farm Implement Parade, must be altered.

City of Grandview addresses minor issues found by state auditors

The Washington State Auditor’s Office last week released its accountability audit for the city of Grandview, finding three areas that needed to be addressed based on financial activities from Jan. 1 through Dec. 31, 2013.

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Providing credit opportunities for others motivates loan officer

There have been many challenges for Estefania Olivera, but adversity has made her appreciative of life.

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McClure Elementary focused on improving learning for students, teachers, parents

Educating students requires teamwork on the part of teachers, parents and students, which is the focus of the three indicators emphasized by McClure Elementary School’s improvement plan presented to the Grandview School Board last night.

‘Underground’ serving those who don’t have place to call their home

In the face of homelessness, the community of Sunnyside doesn’t have a lot of options for helping everyone in need.

Contract negotiations with Mabton teachers as of yet still unresolved

Teachers in Mabton have been working without a contract since Aug. 31.

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Ozuna appointed to vacant council seat

Robert Ozuna was this past Wednesday night appointed to fill the vacant Grandview City Council seat.

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Grandview’s 2015 budget relies on small dip into reserves

The Grandview City Council this past Wednesday night attended one of two planned budget meetings during which City Treasurer Matt Cordray explained what the city plans to spend in 2015.

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An extra set of eyes looking out for safety of Mabton students

MABTON – Students and parents in Mabton have had an opportunity to get to know the new face on the campuses of Artz-Fox Elementary and Mabton Jr./Sr. High schools since the beginning of the school year.

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Mabton’s season ends in playoffs

OKANOGAN – What a turn-around! In a span of two seasons the Mabton High football team has gone from snapping a 36-game losing streak to qualifying for the playoffs.

Winter elected county’s newest top cop

Brian Winter is leading the Yakima County Sheriff’s race handily.

Personal injury attorney wins prosecutor’s race

Voters, it appear, have elected personal injury attorney Joe Brusic to serve as the next Yakima County prosecutor.

John Q. Public no-show at county budget hearing

Saying there was little interest from the public at yesterday’s county budget hearing would be an understatement.

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Police department vacancies public safety meeting focus

In addition to touring the “Exit Drills in the Home” fire escape training house and looking at the Sunnyside Fire Department’s newest ambulance, the Sunnyside Public Safety Subcommittee held discussions with Police Chief Al Escalera regarding personnel needs last night.

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Domestic violence advocate supports a healthy community

Domestic violence doesn’t just affect a couple of people or their direct family. It impacts an entire community.

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Deadline to purchase dinner theater tickets at high school is this Wednesday

Sunnyside High School senior Reyna Vargas is hoping to serve as many as 200 diners at a dinner theater event she is coordinating with the assistance of members of the SHS Family Community Career Leadership of America (FCCLA) and Drama clubs.

Mabton loses playoff match to Liberty Bell by 3-1 score

The Mabton Lady Vikes had one final chance to advance to District, but this past Saturday Liberty Bell proved to be the better team.

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Don’t count out those Lady Grizzlies just yet

Despite picking up just its second victory of the season this past Saturday, the Sunnyside volleyball team is still very much alive.

Mabton opens playoffs at Okanogan

The Mabton football team suffered a 36-29 loss to Warden last Friday.

Sunnyside’s 1-11 conference record good enough to get Grizz a playoff match

The Sunnyside volleyball team lost 3-0 to visiting Eastmont last night, but not without a fight.

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God answers atheists

More than $113,000 raised at Life Options fall fundraiser

Although he is a successful producer, being credited for his work on the movie “Bella,” Jason Jones is a man on a mission to save lives.

Sunnyside struggles against Wenatchee

The Sunnyside volleyball team couldn’t win a set last night against Wenatchee. The host Panthers defeated the Lady Grizzlies in three straight.

Mabton’s season ends with 4-0 loss to Warriors

The Mabton girls soccer team ended its season with a 4-0 loss to host Cle Elum last night.

WEA is asking too much

I remember being in a classroom of 36 students when I was in elementary school. Somehow the teacher managed to educate each of us and meet our needs.

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Marketing plan to be emphasized by Port of Grandview

With the purchase of property on Higgins Way on the horizon, having sold nearly all its Wallace Business Park properties and Byam Business Park having several available properties, the Port of Grandview will in the coming year focus on marketing.