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Sonny's Tavern reopens in Washtucna

WASHTUCNA – Headlights lit up Main Street on Thursday, Oct. 26, as diners headed to the newly re-opened Sonny's Tavern for their first night open since the business's acquisition by Bridget and Paul Coon.

Farmers, firefighters and first responders, who were the inaugural guests during the opening service, were greeted with smiling faces of Farm Bureau representatives, the familiar smell of frying chicken and the sight local farm brands that were burned into the interior walls and supports upon entering.

The opening day event began at 4 p.m., with several tables of locals and supporters already full. By 4:30 p.m., Sonny's was already at half capacity as servers and cooks were working out some of the opening day jitters. By 5 p.m., only one or two seats were left without a guest.

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Harvest In Bloom Market OCT 14


Event by In Bloom Boutique

Connell, Washington

Duration: 5 hr

Saturday, October 14, 2023 from 10am-3pm.

In Bloom Boutique invites you to join us for our first annual HARVEST IN BLOOM Market.

FACEBOOK Event Page (press here)

🍂 This vendor market will be held on our century-old family farm located at 120 Paradise Rd, Connell, WA. (Look for the red barn!)

🛍️ Shop from the very BEST vendors of our community, from clothing & home decor to pumpkins, plants, & flowers. Be sure to take a class (or two!), pamper yourself with a spa treatment & stay for lunch!

➡️ Visit https://yourinbloom.com/events-classes for all the details & to register for classes. 

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Lady Eagles Soccer Begins Season at Othello

By: Jeff Stoker

Othello – The Connell Lady Eagles (0-1) traveled to Othello on Saturday, September 2 to challenge the Lady Huskies in their season opener. The Lady Huskies (1-0) dominated the match from start to finish, running away with the 9-1 victory. It was a disappointing start to the new season for the Lady Eagles, who are looking to earn a repeat trip to state to take care of some unfinished business.

The Lady Eagles will travel to Wapato on Tuesday, September 5 to face the Lady Wolves (0-0). The roar warriors will continue with a difficult opening schedule by traveling to Toppenish (0-0) on Thursday, September 7 and again to Union Gap on Tuesday, September 12 to face the La Salle Lady Lightning (0-0) before hosting Reardan (0-0) on Thursday, September 14 for the home opener. Come out to the Yakima Valley and support your Lady Eagles soccer team before welcoming them home.

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Football Kicks Off Season at Othello

By: Jeff Stoker

Othello – The Connell High School (0-1) football team faced off against rival Othello (1-0) on Friday, September 1 in Othello.  The Huskies looked to put the Eagles away early, jumping to a 20-0 lead in the second quarter.  The Eagles did not bow to the early deficit however and clawed their way back into the game.  Despite a valiant effort to come back and win, the Eagles fell to the Huskies 27-20.

Carson Lloyd passed for three touchdowns in the comeback effort, completing 19 of his 36 passes for 179 yards.  Jackson Forsyth led the rushing attack with 82 yards on the ground on 10 carries.  Kellen Riner led the team with 9 receptions and 74 yards and one of Lloyd’s touchdown passes.  Mathieu Cope and Joshua Forsyth also had a receiving touchdown in the losing effort.

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The Franklin County Graphic (FCG) newspaper opened in 1954 under founding editor Dave Adams to fulfill the need for community news. Today, it continues as a locally owned and operated, weekly source of community news and information across Franklin County.

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C Street Vault, aka Old Legion Building progress

New trusses arrived this week for the C Street Vault, aka Old Legion Building. Demo inside is making progress too thanks to our helpers this week: Brandon Schouviller, Tucker Loeber, Penelope Hathaway, Levi Danz, Shelly Harper and Connie Heider Koch.

Thank you to the following who have donated this past week: Helen Tobin, Ella Mae Hudlow Hudson, Eppich Grain, Community First Bank, Rande Gjerstad, B&R Aerial Crop Care, 395 Farms (Hart), Karla Hays and Bob and Connie Koch. Without all of you, this building would be soooo SAD!

We still need lots of help! Our community is amazing. Please send donations to POBox 1185 Connell Wa 99326

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Livestock Booster fundraising for local youth projects

The North Franklin Livestock Booster (NFLB) is pleased to announce its inception. NFLB was established to use funds acquired to help boost kids with livestock projects at our three terminal fairs.

Organizers shared, “There are times that kids simply do not get enough at auction to pay for their project. NFLB recognizes that these kids work hard and we want to help these kids stay in agriculture by helping to boost those prices. NFLB is sustained by donations of money and time. Our goal is to gather funds, with donations from our community, to then use at the three fairs this fall.”

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The Franklin County Graphic (FCG) newspaper opened in 1954 under founding editor Dave Adams to fulfill the need for community news. Today, it continues as a locally owned and operated, weekly source of community news and information across Franklin County.

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Joshua Snyder Photography - Starfield

I went out Saturday night northeast of Connell, Washington hoping for a fantastic viewing of the Perseid meteor shower. After about an hour of continuous shooting with little to show for it, my patience waned and I moved on to more fruitful subjects. Thankfully with a nearly new moon and only slightly smoky skies, the Milky Way was highly visible.

Joshua Snyder Photography is in Connell, WA

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One dead, 6 injured in Mesa crash

MESA – An Othello man was killed and six others injured in a five-vehicle pileup Aug. 7 about three miles north of town. Jesus Camacho-Augustine, 21, of Othello, was pronounced dead at the scene near Milepost 10 of state Highway 17. Nicholas L. Abbott, 28, Valentin Galvez-Gonzalez, 24, and Estella DeJesus Gonzalez, 31, all of Othello, were injured in the crash, as were Anthony J. Mawer, 25, and...

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Othello gets $850,000 for Kiwanis Park

OTHELLO – Kiwanis Park will benefit from two grants approved by the state Recreation and Conservation Office. The agency has awarded $500,000 to add a water park and renovate trails. A second grant of $350,000 was awarded to build a futsal court. The funds will be administered through the city. The first grant will allow the city to build the water park, renovate walking trails and add lights...

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