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John Fannin

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Commissioner race heats up

After the first day of candidate filing there’s already a four-way race among Republicans for a seat on the county commission.

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Love’s truck stop may open this year

Company plans hotel for spring 2017 debut

After breaking ground late last month, a truck stop may open for business sooner than expected.

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Guerrero signs with YVCC

The Yaks women’s hoops team will lean on a Viking this winter.

Granger teacher remains in custody

Tonight is the deadline to charge Prosser man

It’s 72 hours in custody and counting for a local man in the Benton County Jail for alleged child molestation.

FFA students making an impact at state convention

Prosser students winning awards

More than 40 Prosser High School students are in Pullman for the state’s annual FFA convention.

Zillah focusing on in-house candidates

Board meets May 19 for review

The School District’s next superintendent will likely be a current district administrator.

Teacher held for child molestation

District places Prosser man on paid leave

A Granger school teacher is in custody after after he was allegedly found possession of child pornography.

‘Angry Birds,’ the local reality show

The “Angry Birds” app-turned-movie opens soon as a feature-length film.

Prosser man sentenced for child molestation

A local man will serve at least eight years in prison for first-degree child molestation.

Prosser council approves commercial design changes

Facades, lighting and entry ways will change for new commercial construction.

Contest forming for Superior Court judge

Sunnyside attorney seeks judicial position

A local man has thrown his hat into the ring as a candidate for Yakima County Superior Court judge, Position No. 3.

Teacher out on bail in molestation case

Prosser man faces July 11 trial on two charges

A Granger school teacher charged in a child pornography case bonded out of jail yesterday.

High speed chase ends at church

Pursuit reached 60 mph in town

A Toppenish man is in the city jail today after leading officers on a high speed chase that ended at a local church.

Festival getting good reviews

Sheriff, Yakima provided security help

Pointing to big crowds and little crime, city leaders are calling last weekend’s Cinco de Mayo Festival a success.

Vikings split with Granger

Mabton to open postseason at Ephrata

A fourth-inning outburst sparked the Vikings softball team to a 22-12 victory Monday night in a doubleheader opener at Granger.

GOP faithful heading to state convention

Trump invited to deliver keynote speech

Whether they trust Ted or stand with Trump, Republicans will gather starting tomorrow for the state convention.

Commission candidates file for office

Seven sign up for county posts

Two more candidates are in the running for Yakima County Commissioner District 2.

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Line break floods school

Prosser crew to monitor school’s line

The city will keep an eye on the high school’s water line after stemming a flood in the halls yesterday.

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State losing its snowpack

Water forecast dims with warm spring weather

A warmer-than-usual spring may be a boon for outdoor recreation, but it is dampening prospects for valley irrigators.

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Artists go ‘Extra Mile’

Masterpiece works takes stage at mentoring center

An after-school student center turned into an artists’ colony Friday night for the Extra Mile Student Center’s first talent show.

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Rain dampens lower valley Relay for Life weekend

Event canceled after four hours

Hundreds turned out to battle cancer, but they couldn’t overcome the weather.

Prosser man enters legislative race

The local School Board president is the third candidate vying for a 16th Legislative District seat.

Arson blamed in fires

Home goes up in smoke twice in three hours

A vacant house went up in flames twice in less than three hours last Saturday.

Court overturns conviction

Three men convicted in a drive-by shooting will get a new trial, the state Supreme Court ruled yesterday.

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Students learn about bug life on the farm

Fifth-graders get hands-on science lesson

Insects can be our friends, and you can raise a school at school.

City finalizing official flag

What started out as a proposed insignia for a city coin has instead become a flag.

Former aide seeks state House seat

Walla Walla man, Prosser councilwoman vying for post

A former legislative aide is now seeking a seat in the state legislature.

Tractor crash kills Sunnyside man

Local recently moved back to the area

A local man died yesterday after a tractor flipped.

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Demolition starts tomorrow on collapsed building

Health clinic will re-open Monday

Demolition starts tomorrow on a partially collapsed building.

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Mabton mini-mart sale in the works

A mini-mart owned by a family company for the past five decades may change hands within two weeks.

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School district’s ‘front porch’ ready to start construction

Granger breaks ground on new gymnasium

The School Board broke ground on a new gymnasium yesterday during a ceremony adjacent to the existing high school building.

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Granger festival its biggest yet

Parade features more than 100 entries

Front lawns, door steps and even the curb served as viewing points for the Cherry Festival Parade on Saturday.

Grandview School District selects finalists

Candidates to visit Thursday

Three superintendent finalists will visit the community this Thursday.

Prosser community to weigh school needs

District plans next meeting for May 11

Deputies asked to provide security

The Republican Party may get assistance from Yakima County during it’s National Convention in July.

New superintendent prepares for transition

The School District’s new superintendent is already making plans to visit staff and students.

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Weather keeps school construction on track

A warm spring is helping Washington Elementary School construction stay on track for completion by the start of the 2016-17 school year.

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City to re-think tourism proposal

Council questions management of contracts

The City Council is going back to the drawing board to promote tourism.

Sunnyside woman enters guilty plea in theft case

A former caregiver has pleaded guilty to embezzling from a 90-year-old woman, nearly two years after police first requested charges.

I’m still happy listening to ‘vital vinyl’

The pictures, liner notes, the snap-crackle-pop sound when you plop down the needle are all reasons to love vinyl records.

Sunnyside schools name three finalists

Familiarity is a common theme among the School District’s three superintendent finalists.

City to spend to attract retail, again

Texas firm hired to recruit businesses

Ten years later, the city is going back to the same well in a bid for economic growth.

Council hears pot, vape concerns

Garden owner, city officials dispute social media reports

Retail marijuana may be illegal, but there are concerns the product is for sale anyway.

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Greet and eat

Shoppers, growers mingle during Sunnyside event

A day on the farm yesterday gave consumers a chance to meet the growers responsible for their food.

Sunnyside man killed in crash

Second fatality in three days

A Sunnyside man is dead following a single-car crash yesterday.

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City to celebrate housing development

More than 50 new homes for farmworkers

The community is throwing a party to mark completion of a new 51-unit affordable housing development.

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Museum volunteers prepare for grand re-opening

Ribbon cutting planned 4 p.m. Wednesday

Starting next week, visitors will have unprecedented access to the Sunnyside Museum.

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‘Better, not bigger’ tour makes stop

Governor, auditor candidates focus on results

A former Yakima Valley fruit exporter and a one-time King County Democrat are pushing for more government accountability.

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Eating out? Sidewalk seating available downtown

Code allows firms to offer outdoor dining

Enjoying a cool drink or a hot meal outside in the evening sun is now reality downtown.

Vape store opening tomorrow on Lincoln Avenue

City says shop’s debated mural will stay put

The vape shop a block away from local schools opens tomorrow.