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New faces appear at Daily Sun News office

There are some new faces roaming around the Sunnysdide office of the Daily Sun News. Actually, four new faces.

The most recent add-ons to the Daily Sun News staff are Guy Williams and Norma Gonzalez.

Williams is the new advertising salesman here. He has been in the area for the past four years but has been working in the Tri-Cities and Yakima.

"I'm a small town guy and I wanted to find something local," he said.

Williams said he has done sales forever so when he saw the position advertised, he applied.

Why sales?

"I like the people and I'm a people guy," he claimed. "My first job was at a paper and it's nice to get back. I like the paper business."

Williams started at the Daily Sun News Dec. 1, the same day Gonzalez started her position in advertising layout.

Gonzalez is fresh out of college, graduating from Calvin College last August, where she received her degree in graphic design and photography.

She has been living in Sunnyside off and on for the past nine years. She came to work at the Daily Sun News to gather experience and to work in a field she likes.

"I like it," she said. "I'm so excited, I'm learning a lot."

The position Gonzalez took over was vacated by the Daily Sun News' own Jennie McGhan.

McGhan made a lateral move to a reporter position on Dec. 1, as well.

"One of my longtime passions has been writing," she said. "I took several writing classes in school because of my love for writing."

She said she won some awards for her writing in school and by the time she was a freshman in high school, she was writing mini-novels.

Making the change from an advertisement design and layout position to that of a reporter has been an adjustment for her, she said.

"Learning how to pace myself has been my biggest challenge," she said. "But, I'm getting good feedback."

She joins Lynda Jo Gross as the Daily Sun News' newest reporters.

Gross joined the staff Sept. 18. Her most recent job was working at the Grandview Chamber of Commerce but before that she spent five years at the Grandview Herald.

She said she had always had a passion for writing but was too "chicken" to pursue it. After finally getting over her stage fright she worked her way up the ranks at the Grandview Herald. She went from reporter to lead reporter. She then became an editor and then a managing editor.

Gross grew up in Prosser, lives in Grandview and is the mother of 11-year-old Dennis Gross.

Aaron Rider is the last of the four new faces at the Daily Sun News.

Rider started work at the DSN in late May of 2006. He has been in the Sunnyside area for two years with his wife. Originally from Iowa, the Riders moved to the Lower Valley when Christina Rider, Aaron's wife, got a job working as a physician's assistant in Sunnyside. He ran his own business, Symbiosis Design, for the past two years before coming to work here.

At Symbiosis Design he made items such as wine labels, business cards, pamphlets and newsletters.

Rider graduated from Calvin College with a degree in graphic design and photography like Gonzalez did.

"I like it here," he said. "It's interesting and challenging."

Rider lives in Sunnyside with his wife, two parakeets, a cat and his dog.

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