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Julia Hart

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‘The Voice’ finalist shares with students

An opportunity to listen to live music during the school day is a treat, but having that music provided by nationally famous musicians is a rarity.

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Don’t delay

Holiday mail deadlines loom

Planning to ship out Christmas packages and still hope to have them arrive before Christmas Eve?

Food banks looking for help

This time of year, area food bank volunteers say they see an increase in the number of people seeking extra assistance with food.

Non-profits eyeing fir fundraisers

The lights are on at local lots offering evergreen fans a selection of fresh-cut trees for their Christmas celebrations.

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Childhood memories of Pearl Harbor

The Dec. 7, 1941 Pearl Harbor attack still resonates today with a local woman who was a child at the time.

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Christmas Belles marks its final weekend

The Valley Theatre Company’s holiday production of Christmas Belles will complete its run today and Saturday, Dec. 4 and 5, at Princess Theatre, 1228 Meade Ave.

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Drama club play worth seeing just for fun

For more than six weeks Grandview High School’s Drama Club has been rehearsing for last night’s premiere of its production of How the Other Half Dies.

‘Share the Love’ video contest needs more votes

“All we need are 50 people to vote every day until Dec. 24 to win $10,000 for Rotary,” said Ray Morrow a marketing vice president for Lower Valley Credit Union.

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A labor of love

Charity for others is her own lifesaver

With a passion for raising money for the American Cancer Society, Carol Carrillo has nearly destroyed her health.

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Pop-up store adds to parade weekend fun

Western furniture designs mixed with vintage decor items will be featured at the first-ever pop-up store opens in conjunction with this weekend’s 27th annual Lighted Farm Implement Parade.

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Hospital prepping Alexander Road site

While the date to break ground for the new community hospital and clinics campus on the former Scheenstra dairy site hasn’t been set, preparations are in the works for next year.

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Love of tree climbing leads to unusual career

Daniel Hernandez loves climbing trees. He also loves working with a chainsaw.

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Kilian family to mark parade’s 27th anniversary

Parade set for Saturday, Dec. 5

Saturday, Dec. 5, will mark the 27th annual Lighted Farm Implement Parade.

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Kids parade Dec. 4; businesses open

Committee accepting parade registrations

Rosy-cheeked children dressed for cold weather; sporting lights on their bikes, battery-operated cars, wagons and ponies will mark the second annual Kids Lighted Christmas Parade.

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Students share tribal knowledge

After nine weeks of studying the cultures of Native American tribes, Pioneer Elementary School third graders held a potlach earlier this week as part of their pre-Thanksgiving activities.

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Roza supporting basin water plan

Faced with a drought this past summer and possibly another one next year, the Roza Irrigation District is on board with the Yakima Basin Integrated Plan.

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Lighted parade route revised

Entry deadline Nov. 30

Parade goers attending the 27th annual Lighted Farm Implement Parade next Saturday, Dec. 5, will be looking at it from a different perspective.

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‘Black Friday’ opens tomorrow at local stores

Jumpstart your shopping

Some local businesses are offering a jump start on “Black Friday” deals by opening on Thanksgiving Day.

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Teaching better nutrition

Tamales, a staple at any special event in Hispanic homes, are a tasty combination of corn flour, lard and spicy pork, all rolled into a dried corn husk and then steamed until done.

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First snow

Freezing rain, snow pack double punch

Snow-covered, icy roads led to crashes and interrupted some school schedules this morning.

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100-year-old Outlook man ready to celebrate more birthdays

A farmer, rancher, father and all-around family man is the way Graciela Gomez of Outlook describes her 100-year-old father.

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Prosser artist translates drawing into color book

His studio is tucked away on the backroads, far from the interruptions of city life, which is just fine for award-winning illustrator Herb Leonhard.

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ESL classes gain new teachers

The Nuestra Casa English as a Second Language classes have grown so much in the past years the organization has hired three new teachers to help those wanting to learn English.

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Annual YVF&R fundraiser a night to celebrate

It was a night for of a job well done and a time to relax as supporters of the 88 year-old Yakima Valley Fair & Rodeo gathered for its annual dinner and fundraiser.

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Rising from ashes, student center opens in new digs

Larger study rooms and expanded recreational spaces are the first thing visitors to the Extra Mile Student Center notice when they enter the center’s new facility at 300 W. Second St.

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Long time short order cook now helping to prepare healthy food

Preparing snacks for more than a thousand elementary school children a day is a full time job for school district food services worker Joann Tucker Smith.

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Sunnyside spared major wind damage

While Tuesday’s gale-like winds took out power, fed brush fires and toppled over a semi-truck in communities all around the Lower Valley, little or no damage has been reported inside city limits.

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Former Sunnysider reflects on recent Paris bombings

While the world watched in horror as bomb blasts ripped through the streets of Paris last Friday night, relatives of former Sunnysider Darcy Staggers Liddell sought news of her safety.

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Finding treasures while bazaar shopping

Nothing says tradition like getting up early on a November Saturday morning to hit local church bazaars.

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Grape growers face industry surplus, low prices, declining consumption

People need to drink more grape juice. That’s the considered opinion of Trent Ball, an agricultural program chair with Yakima Valley Community College.

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Growers may see a repeat of 2015 drought

To say the 20015 water year was strange is, by anyone’s standards, an understatement.

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Bringing Dr. Seuss to the stage

A complaint about a one-feather tail, above, sets the scene for the song of how Miss Gertrude McFuzz (Kayla Bos, second from right) got her plumage to grow in the Sunnyside High School Drama Club presentation of Seussical the Musical. Pictured (left to right) with Bos are Rebecca Schaneman, Estrella

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Patrons invited to re-opening of new library

After months of anticipation, library patrons will have an opportunity to visit a completely new reading center at its 621 Grant location.

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Past POWs honored on Veterans Day

A reminder that every day approximately 1.4 million men and women are in military service around the world, was the message given by Congressman Dan Newhouse at Wednesday’s Veterans Day observance.

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Taylor’s family attends Veterans Walls dedication

Each year the Jerry Taylor family continues to mark Veterans Day by attending ceremonies held at the memorial plaza named in his honor.

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Calming art of origami

Grandview woman shares love of Japanese art

Sharing her Japanese culture has led Kanari Tomizawa to teach classes in the art of folding small slips of paper into intricate designs.

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Hawaiian-themed fundraiser benefits Miss Sunnyside Court

A dinner to help fund the Miss Sunnyside program is planned for this coming Friday, Nov. 13 at Bon Vino Bistro and Bakery, 122 N. 16th St.

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Facing fears with God at her side

Everyone is afraid of something, and Pam Pingle, a retired teacher, knows that better than anyone.

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Sunnyside man to observe Veterans Day on duty

This Veterans Day, Boatswain’s Mate Third Class Andres Rodriguez will mark the day stationed aboard his ship at Bangor Naval Yards.

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Support sought to replace flags

Fire Captain Tony Castillo has a dream.

Granger clinic set to reopen

The long shuttered Granger Medical Clinic will be re-opening under new management very soon.

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Sunnysider says FFA leadership big aid in her banking career

For Callie (Fernandez) Sims living in Sunnyside and working in Richland as a US Bank relationship manager, suits her just fine.

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Plans made to celebrate area veterans

The community is invited to attend Veterans Day programs scheduled next week to honor the sacrifices of area veterans.

Hospital’s plans to build new facility awaits state approval

Answer could come in December

With land purchased and an announcement made to create a new Sunnyside Community Hospital medical campus south of Sunnyside, hospital leaders still need project approval from the state Department of Health.

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Local FFA volunteers to go on the auction block Nov. 19

The youngest members of the Yakima Valley Fair & Rodeo Foundation surprised the more seasoned members of the board recently by suggesting an unorthodox auction item for the group’s upcoming annual dinner and auction.

Hanson leads Bickleton race

Two political newcomers vie for school board seat

Mary Jo Hanson is leading Jennifer Wutzke in the race for School Board Position No. 4.

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New publisher turns focus to young readers

Daily Sun News Publisher Roger Harnack believes the next generation of newspaper readers may never touch a paper product.

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He hauls farm tractor, but he’d rather be sailing

If Stuart Knee could spend more time sailing he would be a happy man.

Hanson leads Bickleton race

Two political newcomers vye for school board seat

Mary Jo Hanson is leading Jennifer Wutzke in the race for School Board Position No. 4.

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Sunnyside clinics moving to hospital’s 50-acre site

Price tag estimated at $70 to $90 million

Last week Sunnyside Community Hospital announced plans to build a replacement hospital campus on nearly 50 acres in the southeast corner of Sunnyside.