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Julia Hart

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‘Bye Bye Birdie’ auditions scheduled

Valley Theater Company will hold open auditions for performance of the spring 2018 production of “Bye Bye Birdie” in the Princess Theatre in two sessions – one for the band and one for the actors.

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Prosser woman takes on Daily Sun circulation

Judy Rodriguez had only three children to worry about before she began her new job as The Daily Sun circulation specialist Friday.

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Local’s art hits national airwaves

Hispanic artist’s work to appear on “Madam Secretary”

Sunnyside High School alum Consuelo Soto Murphy’s art will be a part of the interiors of a national Sunday night television show beginning Jan. 14.

Wine research review set

Industry to determine funding

The Washington State Wine Commission will hold its annual Research Review on Jan. 18-19, at the Walter Clore Wine and Culinary Center, 2140 Wine Country Road.

Local man promoted to co-op store manager

For a young man, who started his career working the sales counter at the Grandview Bleyhl Store, taking on store manager duties is a natural fit.

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Eaton creates ‘Amazing Race’ challenges

Sunnyside man also did Survivor, Ninja Warrior

When Trent Eaton makes it home for the holidays, it’s a time to relax after weeks of globetrotting.

Disposing of trees poses problem

Most people take down their Christmas tree right after New Year’s Day and some are even faster about dismantling Tanenbaum.

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When in Rome

Dream trip of a lifetime for Sunnyside couple

For a few days in late December, Jim and Jeri Honeyford “did as the Romans do”, with a twist.

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Lower valley students to hatch salmon

Salmon project begins at local schools

The care of 100 salmon eggs is now the responsibility of high school science teacher Jennifer Santjer.

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Painting a little and sampling a little

Everyone is getting in on the latest trend of learning to paint while sipping wine.

Forming a peaceful community is aim

Crisis response team training offered to plan

Helping people to plan for crisis response instead of reacting to crisis is the purpose of a program being organized by Sunnyside woman Vanessa Alviso.

Four New Year’s babies born

Carlos Martinez of Outlook first at Astria Sunnyside

It could have been the gravitational pull of first new moon of the new year or it could have been the noise explosion of party-goers after midnight on Jan. 1.

Fashion City; long time truck repair shop close

It may have seemed like Fashion City in the Mid Valley Mall just closed over night, but a mall spokesman said the clothing store management, said the store’s lease ran out Dec. 31.

Portland woman returns home to open new shop

Grace’s Revente latest shop to open in Zillah

Opening her own store comes naturally to Nansi Lopez, the owner and manager of Grace’s Revente, located on Vintage Parkway Drive.

Finding solutions for resolutions

Not all resolutions have to be about food and exercise. Some resolutions can focus on mental health. How better to improve mental health than by helping others or learning a new skill.

Graduate enjoys time spent at the museum

Love of history leads to spot on board

A lover of history, her interest in preserving community history was piqued when Shyleen Stremler decided to take part in a spooky night at the Sunnyside Museum.

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Pajamas drive aids area foster program

Shining Star queens donate 150 “pjs’ to help

Because children are rarely dressed in their pajamas when they are rushed to the emergency room, the organizers of the Washington Shining Star programs collect ‘pjs’ as a part of the pageant’s community service project.

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Gathering toys gladdens givers’, children’s hearts

That extra toy in the shopping cart not meant for one’s own child is being put to good use by the local fire and police departments this Christmas holiday.

Burgeson named board chairman

Has held same post in past

Following his re-election to the School Board in November, Dale Burgeson found himself sworn in and elected president of the board Monday night.

High school plans on track

The plans for the voter approved construction of a new Grandview High School are moving along on schedule, district officials said. The high school is expected to be completed as early as December 2020.

Santa visits are reminder to be nice

Nearly every day, Santa Claus has been making visits to the lower Valley schools and community centers, not to mention local malls.

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Local boy journeys to find roots

Reese Campbell missed out on being a foreign exchange student this school year.

November building permits valued at $1.7 million

HVAC units and plumbing connections permits top list

The City Planning Department during November issued 91 permits of which 19 were for mechanical installations and 14 for plumbing hook-ups.

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Wreaths honor area heroes

Observances take place in Sunnyside and Grandview

Lower Yakima Valley organizations and residents honored deceased veterans during Wreaths Across America observances Saturday.

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Sharing the holiday musical joy

This time of year, winter concerts feature a variety of music – but all can be counted on to feature most holiday favorites.

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Thieves lift Christmas gifts

Packages vanish from front porches

With reports of packages vanishing off front porches in broad day light and mail boxes being broken into beginning to pop-up on police blotters, it’s time to get serious about how to protect one’s packages.

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Lady of Guadalupe feast begins

The American Mother Mary feast observed

The sounds of a festival to honor Our Lady of Guadalupe filled St. Joseph’s Catholic Church Parish Center to mark the 478th birthday of the patron saint of the Americas’ Catholic faithful.

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Glamping across her mantel

Tiny colorful campers indulge her holiday passion

When it comes to Christmas collections, people love what they love. For some collectors, it’s trains, Santas, snowmen or nativity sets.

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Decorating for the holidays

Limited budget brings out the artist

Dressing up Christmas trees needn’t be extremely costly for an elegant look.

Zillah plans old-fashioned holiday

Tree lighting Sunday at 4:15 p.m.

A long-standing event in the community takes place this Sunday in historic Krieger Park on First Street.

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Festival of Trees shared

Gala benefits hospital replacement

More than 100 people turned out to admire the 60-plus trees dressed in holiday finery at the annual Festival of Trees.

American Legion to observe Pearl Harbor Day

World War II and 9-11 heroes honored

American Legion Post No. 73 will host its annual Pearl Harbor Day Service at 11 a.m. Thursday, December 7. The observance will take place at Jerry Taylor Veterans Plaza on South Ninth Street.

Facing all of life’s challenges

It takes just three seconds to call for help

She calls it her three-second rule.

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Brother-sister team open barber shop

Businesses asked to sign up for program

Octavio Ramos gave up being a barber for a short time to operate a family-owned grocery store.

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Fresh or artificial

There are benefits to both types of trees

For people with allergies, the scent of evergreen trees can be a problem.

From welder to metal artist

Mabton man works full-time at his art

After 16 years of working as a welder, James Appling, 48, has found a new way to use his skill.

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Historic city hall not safe, says mayor

Building closed, city services have moved

Ever-widening cracks in the foundation and throughout historic City Hall have rendered it unsafe for occupancy, says Mayor Mario Martinez.

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Penny drive adds to funding pool

Students empty their banks for new splash park venture

The children’s penny banks are empty, but all for a good cause. The Roosevelt Elementary School students launched a drive earlier this month in support of the community’s Splash Park.

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The winter air fills with song

The band rooms throughout the lower valley are echoing with the sounds of music, students learning songs of the holidays.

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Christmas magic looms

The countdown begins for the 29th annual Lighted Farm Implement Parade weekend.

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Shooting the African wild

Couple’s winning bid takes them on trip of a lifetime

Witnessing two male lions fighting over a lioness in heat near the famous Kruger National Park in South Africa was about as up close and personal as anyone would want to be to the king of the jungle.

Couples that judge together, win together

Fujiuras named PNWBA ‘judges of the year’

Ray and Melba Fujiura have been feasting on barbecue since 2010 when they volunteered to be judges at the very first Skewered Apple barbecue contest held in Yakima.

Farming couple named parade marshals

He is a third-generation farmer, working the land his father settled at the end of East Alexander Road in the 1930s.

Thanksgiving attendance low

Visitors may have been watching the Apple Cup

The weather was fabulous for a weekend in wine country, and, according to local winery spokesmen, Friday was busy.

Black Friday attracts thrifty shoppers

Merchants say sales event sets stage for Christmas buying season

While a couple of local big box stores planned to be open Thursday afternoon as a harbinger of Black Friday sales, most shoppers waited until Friday morning to hit the shops for major discounts.

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Seniors give thanks

Center offers holiday meal, social setting

Settling in for an hour of socializing and playing silly games is a normal part of most People for People Meals on Wheels lunches at the senior center, at 812 Wallace Way.

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Peace destroyed following break-in

It’s been a week since Connie Fuller came home to find it had been violated.

Government, banks to close for Thanksgiving

Lots of people taking a break for America’s day of thanks

Up and down the lower valley with a few exceptions, most businesses and government offices will be closed.

It’s wine weekend in the valley

Do some shopping, relax and visit the local wineries

The weekend may be wet, but the snow-free mountain highways should bring lots of people to the enjoy the annual Thanksgiving in Wine Country which begins Friday.

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Black Friday top items may be electronic, again

The newspapers are full of the top door busters at any business hosting Black Friday sales, even those which open right after Thursday’s turkey dinner.

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