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Julia Hart

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Food bank reopens tomorrow

Sunrise relocates to Ninth Street

Sunrise Outreach Center community food bank volunteers expect to be ready tomorrow to handle distribution of food at its new location at 529 S. Ninth St.

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Summer art focused on state history

Elementary students are learning about their state’s history in addition to improving their math and reading skills this summer.

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Sunnyside sports bar reworking its image

Egley’s angling to attract after work crowd

A local bar’s new management is hoping to create a new image.

Eagles rally for crash victim

His friends are gathering to give back to a young man whose family have been ardent volunteers in the community.

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Erica Linde | Miss Sunnyside Candidate

As the youngest of six children, she has always felt loved and secure within her family environment.

Locals earn medical degrees

The regional medical community has grown by two with the recent graduation of two local residents.

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Library turns science lab

Huddled around a large bin of water, children counted off the number of pennies placed on a piece of sponge craft material.

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Kids keeping cool, entertained at libraries

Enhancing reading skills is program goal

Following an afternoon of swimming in the local pool, local libraries offer another option for keeping cool this summer.

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Museum treasures discovered

Cleaning out 100 of years’ worth of family treasures at the local museum is like being on an archeological dig site.

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Licensing office makes a move

Family business moves four doors down

The family-owned Robinson Licensing on Decatur Avenue has a new look and new location.

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Local theater company honors actors

Valley Theatre’s version of the Broadway Tony Awards saw Naomi Alhadeff, named best actress at a red-carpet event at the Princess Theatre June 25.

Valley man lives to blow stuff up

Pyrotechnician has four local shows tonight

The thrill of blowing up rockets and starbursts runs in Milt Brown’s blood.

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Honor Guard serves regardless of the weather

They can be seen at nearly every parade in the Lower Yakima Valley.

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Preparing for Independence Day

New flags to grace city streets

This year, thanks to the efforts of firemen and donations from local businessmen David Humpherys and Tim Morris, more than 100 flags will line the South Sixth Street and East Edison Avenue, from the center of town to Yakima Valley Highway.

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Pageant to aid cancer victim

A pageant to raise awareness and cash for a two-year-old Sunnyside toddler’s medical plight is planned Saturday.

Go forth this Fourth

Area’s July 4 activities abound

The July 4 weekend is shaping up to be fun-filled and colorful in the Lower Yakima Valley.

Little Miss Prosser candidates sought

Application packets for Prosser girls seeking the Little Miss Prosser title are now available.

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Brothers earn degrees

Sisters provide role models

Born of migrant workers, the Ramos’ 10 children learned early their parents wanted a better life for each of them.

SEEDS seeks to create new work sites

Finding training or even employment for disabled individuals is the mission of SEEDS.

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Pet owners welcome at winery

Good wine, casual atmosphere and pet friendly are just some of the hallmarks of Two Mountain Winery.

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Ale Fest draws a crowd

Event raises more than $18,000

Saturday’s second Summer Ale Fest was a night for enjoying local microbrews and wines.

Old church gives New Life

It was both a happy and sad occasion for parishioners when the joint congregations of the First Christian and the New Life churches met Sunday.

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Samantha Gonzalez | Miss Sunnyside Candidate

If selected as the next Miss Sunnyside, one candidate will promote Special Olympics as her community service project.

Summer Ale Fest on tap Saturday

Organizers expect more than 700

More than 700 logo-embossed pint glasses are on hand for tomorrow’s second Summer Ale Fest.

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Walmart store marks grand re-opening

Festivities continue this weekend

This morning’s grand re-opening ribbon cutting nearly ended before it began.

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Students write Critter Tales for the fair

Young artists create fair promotion

A writing assignment for Tanya Weron’s Washington Elementary School classroom became entries for Yakima Valley Fair and Rodeo’s “Critter Tale” contest.

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State delegates share Girls State experiences

Lower Valley Evergreen Girl State delegates are still unpacking from their experiences at the 70th annual political boot camp last week.

Police looking for bicyclist

No evidence of crash found

Police today were looking for a bicyclist who was thought to have been struck by a motor vehicle.

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Dr. Seuss characters fill stage

Combining popular characters from the classic Dr. Seuss stories is the foundation for Seussical the Musical.

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Andrea Diaz | Miss Sunnyside Candidate

A love of animals and a desire to make the most of her education are driving forces in the life of this Miss Sunnyside candidate.

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She speaks for herself

Woman uses ventriloquism to share message

Recovering from a near fatal automobile accident in the late 1960s, Faye Pruitt found that her faith needed help to bring her back from despair.

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Sunnyside restaurant hosting art show

In an effort to give local artists an opportunity for more exposure, the city’s Arts Commission has launched what it hopes will be a rolling art show.

Pierce leads Mabton fest

Community Days starts tonight

Start tomorrow morning with a fireman’s style breakfast and a parade through the streets of town.

What to do with Dad?

Activities abound this weekend

Temperatures are expected to be in the mid-50s to high 70s, making it a perfect weekend to cruise the valley with dear old dad.

Haggis and anvils coming to Prosser

Don your kilts in the family plaid and tartan and head to the highlands of Prosser for the annual Scottish Fest and Highland Games this weekend.

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Arboretum offers chance to tour area’s ‘finest gardens’

The Arboretum is offering valley gardeners two chances to peep over the garden wall as part of its 2016 Garden Tour.

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Wineries host BBQ event

Competition could replace Wine and Food Fair

The city’s first barbecue competition hosted by wineries might just be a new tradition.

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Allison Davis | Miss Sunnyside Candidate

After years of participating on the Sunnyside Rotary Swim Team, this Miss Sunnyside candidate feels strongly about promoting water safety.

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Author releases children’s book

It’s here. Author Tami J. Whitmore has just announced the release of her fifth book, Squirrel Eggs and Popcorn Trees, published on Create Space, and available on

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Prosser graduates march Saturday

The High School’s class of 2016 will accept diplomas Saturday to mark the completion of 13 years of school.

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Alder Creek honors Mains

Bickleton-area picnic, rodeo celebrating pioneer history

The high plains timberline setting is considered by many to be the prettiest place in the region for a community picnic.

‘Go fishing’ is biologist’s mantra

Free fishing weekend starts Saturday

With a free-fishing weekend on the horizon, the Noon Rotary Club hosted a fish biologist at its Monday meeting.

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Sunnyside man recalls meeting Muhammad Ali

Sports collector, Ali both at 1980 Democratic Convention

Boxing legend Muhammad Ali’s death last week sparked a memory for one local man.

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Ceremony marks homecoming for Sunnyside native

Housing official grew up in former barracks

Friday’s ribbon-cutting ceremony for Rainier Park was a homecoming for one participant.

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Graduates go out with a smile

Sunnyside celebrates biggest class

The high school’s biggest graduating class joined others around the Lower Yakima Valley in saying goodbye Friday and Saturday.

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Local steel company comes full circle

Curfman returns to custom manufacturing

A company that has undergone a number of changes is back doing what it does best — steel fabrication.

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Sunnyside on its way to ‘City of Flags’

Community businessmen aid downtown display project

Thanks to a donation from Valley Hills Funeral Home owner David Humpherys, the community is one step close to becoming a “City of Flags.”

Graduation season gets started tomorrow

Five ceremonies planned for Friday night

The Lower Yakima Valley will have all sorts of choices for “pomp and circumstance” this Friday with five graduation ceremonies that night.

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Next in a family of Dr. Swoffords graduates

The seventh in a line of “Dr. Swoffords” graduated earlier this month.

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Local hero honors region’s war veterans

Dunbar keynote speaker for Memorial Day ceremonies

Speaking at yesterday’s Memorial Day ceremonies was bittersweet for Dr. Bonnie Dunbar.