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Julia Hart

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Summer recreational programs wrapping up

Plans underway for next year’s activities

The city’s list of summer recreation activities for 2017 are nearly complete, giving city Parks and Recreation Program Director Lander Grow an opportunity to begin thinking about the fall program.

Grandview woman launches new service

Business offers custom moving solutions for families

Helping a loved one relocate or clearing the estate after someone has passed can be extremely emotional and challenging; but thanks to a new business in the area, families don’t have to do it alone.

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‘Big Latch’ a success

Organizers happy with first time turn-out

From the street, the gathering at Westside Park looked like a group of moms and children enjoying a cool morning in the shade.

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Benton City girl is rodeo queen

Alley is ready for her Grand entry

Although she has been the reigning Miss Toppenish Junior Rodeo Queen since January, Mikenzye Alley will make her first grand entry at the local rodeo tonight (Friday).

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Relay for life adds changes

Work is underway on making the 2017 Relay of Life event a success, say local organizers.

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Area schools getting updates

YVC Grandview campus to get access

The earthmovers are making short work of the a portion of land near the local Yakima Valley College campus.

Summer reading program results in 12,840 minutes

The summer reading program was a big hit at the Grandview Library this summer, which wrapped up this week, assistant librarian Ruth Dirks said.

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Benton Franklin Fair promises varied line-up

Boyz II Men kicks off entertainment

In less than two weeks, the Benton-Franklin Fair and Rodeo will welcome Boyz II Men in concert.

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Health officials: Stay hydrated

Temperatures expected to continue above 100 degrees

With triple digits temperatures predicted for the entire week, area medical experts are cautioning residents to use avoid lengthy exposure to the heat.

Lincoln City man named crib champ

The 16th Summer Classic champion is Bernie Nelson, Lincoln City, Ore., who topped California’s Kai Lemrise in the finals.

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Miss Sunnyside Candidate | Jessica Estrada

Jessica Estrada describes herself as shy, but she is pushing herself to break loose and become more outgoing this summer.

United Way board named

Six company officials seated for nonprofit

The United Way of Central Washington has appointed six new board members.

Longtime senior care administrator Arthur retiring

‘Cheerful’ style her trademark during career

For those who know her, she is always asking, “How may I serve you?”

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Granger breaks ground on splash pad

City previously operated a pool from 1939-2000

It may not be a swimming pool, but it is still cool.

National Night Out party set

A giant social gathering is planned from 6-9 p.m. at Central Park in celebration of National Night Out.

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Valley Choir puts Sunnyside on the map

At long last, the YouTube video created by the Valley Children’s Choir is ready for viewing.

‘Mad Dog’ Mattis visits Bern’s Tavern

U.S. defense secretary enjoys Prosser respite

The regular lunch crowd at Bern’s Tavern didn’t notice the nation’s top defense leader enjoying his favorite hamburger and a cold beer alongside them Tuesday.

On the hunt for wild fungi

Rotarians learn about mushrooms

Not many people would enjoy foraging in the woods, looking for fungi under the layers of decomposing bark.

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Small town life appeals to employee

DiFalco takes on new role in Grandview

Making the move to the Grandview School District seems a like a natural fit to Shawnta DiFalco.

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Families feted

Annual graduation party salutes parents

Central Park’s performance stage was transformed into the setting for the 15th annual Panda Bear Child Care Center’s graduation ceremony last friday.

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Aug. 1 is deadline for local elections

More than 41,000 ballots mailed out

Although the 2017 Primary Election deadline isn’t until Aug. 1, the ballots are trickling in.

Miss Sunnyside Candidate | Carina Cuevas

Hoping to become a role model for community youth, Carina Cuevas, 16 is seeking to be the next Miss Sunnyside.

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Mixing studies with the day’s events

Students turn engineers, reporters

The soon to be fourth graders in Magda Garcia’s summer school classroom did more than focus on math and reading during the past three weeks.

A weekend of cribbage play planned

Hundreds of cribbage boards will fill the tables at local VFW post as American Cribbage Congress enthusiasts settle in for multiple rounds of cribbage this weekend.

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Time to enjoy blueberries

July is National blue berry month and locally the harvest is well under way with u-pick blue berry signs posted throughout the lower valley.

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Reading efforts pay off

Ornelas wins scooter, safety helmet

A shiny green trick scooter and a safety helmet were awarded to Selena Ornelas, 10, yesterday.

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Enroll in summer reading program

July 24 last day to sign up to complete project

Children gathered around a variety of building materials and puzzles when Kate Wellens of the Pacific Science Center Science on Wheels program came to town.

Weeds out of control?

Is it just me are have the weeds gotten bigger faster than in any previous year?

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Miss Sunnyside Candidate | Victoria Cardenas

A love of community is prompting Miss Sunnyside candidate Victoria Cardenas, 16, to seek the coveted crown this summer.

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Summer camp with a spiritual bend

Summer is the time when being in school is not at the top of childrens’ “to do” list, but attending summer camp is.

Local girl continues pageant sweep

She loves tiaras. But Sunnyside’s Brianna Garza also loves helping others.

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It’s true: Standard Paint is expanding

Paint store to more than double in size

Standard Paint and Flooring has purchased the former Nobles Furniture and Flooring Store building at 717 E. Yakima Valley Highway, Yakima Store officials said.

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New CEO to take hospital to next level

Gibbons, Gallagher promoted

As Sunnyside Community Hospital transitions into a regional health agency, a new chief executive officer quietly took over local management in April.

Art and Wine Walk on tap Saturday

Prosser event runs from 6-10 p.m. downtown

As the sun dips below the city’s historic downtown skyline, art lovers and wine connoisseurs will be ready to enjoy the best of both worlds at the 14th annual Art Walk and Wine Gala.

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‘Little Women’ cast named

Play opens Sept. 30 at high school auditorium

The beloved classic, “Little Women” will be staged for lower valley audiences in September now that a cast has been chosen, Over the Hill Theatricals director Sheila Hazzard announced.

Business group tours city today

Organization offers services to cities without chambers

Mayor Jim Restucci will be escorting visitors around the business community today as one of his duties as the city leader.

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Miss Sunnyside

Clarisa Calderon

A desire to encourage health and fitness is one of the goals of Miss Sunnyside candidate Clarisa Calderon.

Feedlot’s fate awaits hearing examiner action

Some residents object to Veldhuis’ plan

A decision about plans for the development of a 36-acres feedlot off Glade Road south of town should be known within 10 business days, following testimony given Thursday.

Girls to advocate for diabetes research

Two girls have Lower Valley ties

Two girls with links to the local community are preparing to travel to the nation’s capital to advocate for juvenile diabetics’ research funding.

Prosser boy headed to Iowa conference

Plans to compete for national officer

Tye Taylor hasn’t started packing his bags for a trip to Johnson, Iowa yet, but the 2016 Prosser High School graduate is excited to begin.

Theatre company’s murder cast named

Show kicks off 2017-2018 season

In a suspenseful who-done-it story line, a man remarries after his first wife’s mysterious death, unaware of his jealous secretary’s role in her death and her nefarious plans for his second wife.

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A mother’s grief becomes guide

Local woman pens book on child death

Working through the tragedy of a child’s death is the topic of a new book written by local author Kimberly Starr.

Go forth on this Fourth

Lower valley offers family fun throughout July 4

From Zillah to Prosser, the Yakima Valley skies will be lit with the aerial color come Tuesday night.

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Nine lower valley girls learn rules of government

Sunnyside, Grandview and Granger high school delegates learned what it takes to become statemen following a weeklong immersion into civic duty

New church plans open house

A celebration to mark the official opening of the Spring of Life Church will be July 8, at the church, 501 Concord Ave.

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French Vanilla Market set to open

Little building packed with vintage and fun

Long a landmark building at the corner of South Seventh Street and Railroad Avenue, a tiny brick building has been added to the city’s #Sunnyside Renaissance scene.

Local credit unions seek to assist state employees

With a possible state government shutdown looming, local credit unions are prepared to help clients who are state employees.

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Community rallies for Granger family

Fundraiser brings in more than $3,475

Area businesses and residents contributed $3,475.74 to help eight children whose mother was slain earlier this month allegedly by their father.

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Sunnyside scientist collects international honors

A Sunnyside science fair standout has make her mark on the international field after taking second place in the Genius Olympiad this past week.

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Growing farm going organic

Lopez family working on certification

Listening to Ramona Lopez talk about the various varieties of fruits and vegetables grown on her 37-acre farm, you would think she was talking about her children.