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Doughnut Hole annexation hearing postponed for the third time

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PASCO, Wash.-- An update on the battle over annexing part of Franklin County's Doughnut Hole.

A hearing in the lawsuit that's trying to stop the annexation was delayed Monday for the third time. The judge scheduled to hear the case, recused himself from the case for unknown reasons.

The preservation group believes that utility agreements that the city is using to start the annexation process are invalid because they weren't correctly notarized. The city wants the case dismissed. The group says they're going to fight annexation till the end.

"This has been an issue that's been going on for 18 months. Every day that we get up it's a day that we're still alive so it's not dead. As long as we have the ability to go forward we're going to do that," said Roger Lenk, Citizens for Lifestyle Preservation.

The group says if the city's request for dismissal is granted -- then they will file an appeal.

Monday night, Pasco City Council is scheduled to vote on whether to go forward with annexation. The next scheduled court hearing for this case is Friday at 10:30 am.