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Julia Hart

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White House visit for Sunnyside man comes with surprises

A trip to Washington D.C. earlier this month included a few surprises for Sunnyside’s Rey Pascua.

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Neon signs slated for restoration

Sunnyside’s East Edison Avenue once boasted a bevy of colorful neon signs from South Fifth Street to South Seventh Street.

Challenger wants to give voters in Grandview a mayoral choice


Saying there is really nothing wrong about the way incumbent Grandview Mayor Norm Childress is doing the job as the city’s top administrator, Councilwoman Joan Souders simply feels the voters need a choice.

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Mabton installs visitor management system


Visitors to Mabton Junior-Senior High School can expect to be greeted with locked doors.

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Stay the course...advises financial investor

When it comes to understanding the workings of Wall Street and the rise and fall of stock and bond prices, it’s probably best to consult your financial advisor.

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Talking numbers added to family night activities

Grandview School Board directors took a few minutes to defend their solutions to a simple math problem during Monday night’s bi-monthly board meeting.

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Walking for fun, health and money

GRANDVIEW - Harriet Thompson Elementary School students flooded the playgrounds last Friday morning to participate in the school’s annual walk-a-thon.

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New Miss Sunnyside ready to launch Lower Valley Pathway clean-up project

Just barely two weeks into her reign as Miss Sunnyside, Jessica Linde is already adapting to the demands of her new position.

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Former newspaper reporter transitions to media contact

Amber Schlenker Betts has gone from being a beat reporter on the Sunnyside Daily Sun News staff to being a communications coordinator for the Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic’s health organization, with a couple of stops in between.

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Input sought on economic development ideas

New Vision representative Jean Brown knew Tuesday night’s Yakima County Development Association forum in Sunnyside might not attract many community members.

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New car wash set to open

Motorists will soon be able to give their dirty vehicles a state-of-the-art car washing experience when the Castle Car Wash opens in Grandview.

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Daily Sun News publisher bids farewell

Benton City native named his replacement

After four decades in the newspaper business – all of them right here in Sunnyside – Daily Sun News publisher Tim Graff is retiring.

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Prosser woman named as afterschool ambassador

Prosser native Beth Wyant has been named as an “Afterschool Ambassador” by the national Afterschool Alliance, a position that fits quite well with her job as the Northwest Community Action Center program coordinator.

Mediators called in for contract talks with Sunnyside Community Hospital nurses

The yellow “RNs Care” yard signs, which began cropping up in Sunnyside neighborhoods during the last six months, are a reminder that the local nurses’ union continues to seek a contract settlement.

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DECA leaders’ travel plans get OK from school board

Monday night, the Grandview High School DECA chapter officers had their presentation well planned out to convince the Grandview School Board to give its approval to several overnight trips, including a cross country field trip to New York City in early December.

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New school construction on schedule

The construction on the new Washington Elementary School is well underway and is expected to be completed by August 2016. That’s according to Dr. Rick Cole, Sunnyside Schools Superintendent.

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City manager calls for community investment

“Things are getting better, but we are not there yet,” was the message Sunnyside City Manager Don Day gave Daybreak Rotary Club members at their meeting last week.

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Some wars are fought on the home front

During World War II the headlines were being made overseas. Unbeknownst to many though, while many young American men were heading off to war, the home fires on several fronts needed tending.

You drop it - you pick it up

Buddy and I were out for a stroll the other night and instead of using the litter bag I had to pick up after him, I found myself picking up after the horde of litter bugs who left their trash behind in the high school parking lot.

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Pacific Power outlines money-saving options

When a renovation of a firm’s lighting system not only saves money, but increases sales, local business owners sit up and pay attention.

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Businessman seeks to grow after-school club for youths

Most evenings Sunnyside’s Jose Cruz Ramos can be found out in his Jackson Avenue garage teaching local youths the finer points of boxing.

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Prestige Care earns perfect patient care grade

The staff and administration at Sunnyside Prestige Care & Rehabilitation facility are celebrating the news that the long-term care facility has earned a perfect grade for services to its patients.

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Texans tour Yakima Valley on seven-day, three-state swing

An 18-man delegation of Texas State Farm Bureau members stopped for lunch in Sunnyside this past Monday at Snipes Mountain Brewery and Restaurant during one leg of a three-state visit to the Pacific Northwest.

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Attendance top priority for new assistant principal

For every student absent from class, there are a hundred reasons for missing school.

Buckle up…the race appears to be on in S’side

Buddy and I have had some close calls with other motorists since last week, when summer vacation ended for most local children.

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Cook Book cooking up meals for Grandview diners

GRANDVIEW – Bill and Ranae Evans have converted a 1938 landmark gas station into Grandview’s newest American fare restaurant.

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Yakima Valley firefighters lending aid on Okanagan fire lines

OMAK – Even as fire relief donations were coming into local fire stations destined for north central Washington wildfire victims, a team of eight Yakima County Fire District #5 volunteers are among the frontline firefighters manning the wildfire containment lines.

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One last ‘sleigh’ ride

The late Mary Henderson will take one last sleigh ride...uh, make that motorcycle ride with her beloved husband, the late Dinnie Henderson, this coming Saturday thanks to some special arrangements being made by their children.

Engineering a weekend getaway

Buddy is eager to take a vacation. Frankly, so am I.

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DSN carrier team takes pride with speed and reliability

Rene, Sylvia and Lydia Alvarez arrive early to pick up their daily packets of newspapers. They double check their bundles to make sure they have adequate copies for their combined paper routes before the siblings hit the streets to deliver the current edition of Sunnyside’s Daily Sun News.

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Sunny proposition suggested by Sunnyside Arts Commission

The sunflower is being recommended as the official flower for the city of Sunnyside.

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Cactus Juice kitchen closing

For the past 24 years, Sunnyside’s Cactus Juice Café has been a place where friends have met for lunch. Along with the home-style food the clientele has also enjoyed friendly conversations with owner Gladys Graham and her daughter, Lori Alvarado.

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American fare to be served up at new restaurant

Sunnyside will have a new restaurant in a familiar location, perhaps as early as the end of August.

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Auto parts salesman enjoys helping local mechanics

Michael Angel Grajeda still remembers working on cars with his uncle as a small child.

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Sunnyside Ace Hardware on the move

Sunnyside Ace Hardware owner Dennis Allen announced this week that the store will be moving closer to downtown Sunnyside by year’s end.

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Quaint country windmill brought back to life

Most times, mending various pieces of yard art only requires a little paint and a few nails.

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Sears sales associate prefers selling appliances to home construction trade

After having worked both at Washington Beef in Toppenish and Sunnyside’s Valley Manufactured Housing, David Espinoza finds he much prefers working at the Sunnyside Sears store as a sales floor associate.

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American Belgians top team pull horses

GRANDVIEW – Simon and Tommy, a matched set of American Belgian draft horses, made pulling a sled loaded with 8,500 pounds of concrete blocks look easy.

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Summer rec programs wrapping up later this month

There were more children playing in the Sunnyside parks and in the city pool this summer than last year, according to Megan Razey, Sunnyside Parks and Recreation coordinator.

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Amundson to be honored in state World War II exhibit

Sunnyside’s Les Amundson will be among 12 World War II veterans honored when the “Washington Remembers World War II” exhibition opens Thursday, Aug. 20, in Olympia.

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New Pet Clinic veterinarian has local ties

A lifelong love of animals led Granger native Brandon DeVries to seek a career in veterinary medicine.

Bickleton author releases 17th book

BICKLETON – Author Tami Whitmore has just completed her newest book, and thanks to modern technology the publication of her book was done within two weeks.

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‘Goat Tale’ contestant a former fair exhibitor

Long gone are the days when Peggy Crook prepared her animals for the 4-H showing and fitting contests held each summer at the Yakima Valley Junior Fair, now known as the Yakima Valley Fair & Rodeo.

New face at city hall

Lisa Lopez of Sunnyside is the new face greeting utility customers at Sunnyside City Hall.

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Barista loves her busy life

Coffee lovers lined up at the Homestretch Espresso and Beverage stand window are greeted by the smiling face of Nicole Garcia each morning.

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Grandview Council begins 2016 city budget discussions

The outlook is good, but it would be prudent to continue to be fiscally conservative moving into the next budget year. That was the message presented to the Grandview City Council at its annual retreat this past Tuesday afternoon.

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New lounge dedicated to video gamers

Taking the video game player out of the family’s living room is Hazely’s Realm, a new lounge in Grandview created especially with the so-called electronic game geek in mind.

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Port commissioners conduct business in record time

The Sunnyside Port Commission needed just 45 minutes to conduct its business Monday night, which included the adoption of a short consent agenda.

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Mabton council tables new fireworks policy

The proposed Mabton city ordinance to detail the use fireworks in the Mabton community was tabled by the city council following a brief discussion at last night’s council meeting.

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Granger School District breaks ground for 14 new classrooms

Thanks to overwhelming voter approval of a $10.7 million bond, the Granger School District will be seeing a lot of new construction during the coming months.