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Julia Hart

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Flea markets find new audience

Spring crowds encouraged to shop awhile

New tourist attractions are popping up around the Lower Yakima Valley that may at first seem like ‘just another flea market.”

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Miss Grandview crowned

Trevino crowns Maritza Alvarez as new queen

Maritza Alvarez was crowed Miss Grandview 2017 as the soundtrack of the hit Broadway play, “Hairspray”, plays on Saturday night.

Daisy Romo

Miss Grandview Candidate

With desire to help people, this Miss Grandview candidate is setting her sights on attending Washington State University.

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Special delivery

Family recovers from baby’s abrupt arrival

Saturday had been an unusual day for Jessica Pena, but she had no idea that things were about to get stranger.

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New bench added to parkway

Families join effort to add shade to path

Walkers using the Lower Yakima Valley Pathway between Sunnyside and Grandview can thank two local people for a new bench located on the walkway.

Kendall Roberson

Miss Grandview

In a few short years, this Miss Grandview candidate has already served her school and community in a myriad of ways.

It’s yard sale time

Bargain hunting is the name of the game this weekend as yard sale fans will have more than 70 yard sales, sidewalk sales and other special events during Zillah’s 13th annual community yard sale Saturday.

Who will be the next Miss Grandview?

Eight girls vie for title

Eight candidates will be competing for the title of Miss Grandview 2017 during a pageant at 7 p.m. Saturday in Grandview Middle School, 1401 W. Second St.

Easter egg hunts on tap

‘The Lorax’ will be presented in Prosser, too

Two Easter Egg hunts are planned for Saturday and both have unique features — one includes a movie and other features a breakfast.

Spirit of Sunnyside banquet to honor city’s best

Celebration scheduled for Saturday night

Who will be selected as the educator of the year or the volunteer of the year?

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Hillbilly antics to take over Grandview stage

After weeks of rehearsals, and school closures due to winter weather, the Grandview High School Drama Club is nearly ready to present its spring musical.

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Carousel Museum opens for summer

Just as the blue birds return to the Bic high plains, so to do visitors to the Bickleton Carousel Museum.

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Sinkhole closes Sunnyside street

Irrigation district investigating 14-foot deep hole

An observant resident in the 1500 block of Federal Way may well have saved motorists from falling into a large hole in the middle of the street Monday night.

Joanna Perez-Arrezola

Miss Grandview

Learning the skills needed to be a leader is a full time mission for this Miss Grandview contestant.

Easter bunny hopping into the Lower Yakima Valley

Sunnyside to offer over 5,000 eggs

Thanks to local sponsors, City Parks and Recreation director Lander Grow has more than 5,000 filled Easter eggs to scatter on the South Hill Park lawns Saturday morning.

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Sunnyside students rack up state trophies

SHS sends 27 competitors to two-day event

Sunnyside High School science students all came home with hardware and many earned special certificates from a state competition last weekend.

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Toddler’s family benefit raises funds

More than $2,000 collected by dairies, police

The death of a small child in a local shopping center parking lot last month continues to resonate with many residents.

Grandview woman dishes up bread pudding, Mexican style

Sally Witt loves to cook and she always has a few family and friends’ favorites stashed in the freezer in case they crave some of her tamales or homemade tortillas.

Husband, wife head Cinco de Mayo

Cinco de Mayo celebration is May 5-7

It’s not like Amy Rubio and husband Roy Campos are new to local festivals.

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Immigration workshop closes street

More than 350 turn out for Sunnyside event

Cars lined up for four blocks in both directions near 11th Street and Lincoln Avenue Saturday as lower valley residents sought information on immigration rights.

‘Special needs’ prom planned

The Prosser Eagles Auxiliary is organizing a special prom for very special community members.

Agency offers conflict resolution out of court

Divorce, child custody issues and property line disagreement are the types of cases that routinely come be before Dispute Resolution Center mediators.

Event to remember crash fatality

Police, dairies seek support for toddler’s family

The death of a little girl on March 11 has captured the sympathies of the local members of the Dairy Farmers of Washington.

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Sonic Escape to end concert season

Tickets on sale for 2017-2018 season

“Celtic with a twist” is how Sonic Escape, the next group in the Lower Valley Community Concert series, has been described.

Granger music teacher honored for her dedication

Longtime music teacher Marilyn A. Linde was recently honored by the Music Teachers National Association for her years of dedication to music education.

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‘Yummy Tummy’ making a difference in Mabton

Student-driven project enters fourth year

What started as a project when she was in seventh grade to help others has become a yearly mission for Jessica Gorman.

Jasel Hope Perez

Miss Grandview Cadidate

Jasel Hope Perez is a swimmer and the captain of the Grandview High School girls varsity wrestling team.

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Class of 2029 goes paper-free

Most parents are already introducing their children to the wonders of technology in the form of videos on their cell phones.

Specialty shop fills niche

Party supplies now available in Prosser

After working retail sales for weddings and quinceaneras for the past three years, Laura Garcia saw a need for specialized party supply outlet in her adopted community in Benton County.

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Stalled pick-up makes a special entry for Sunnyside car show

Yakima man finally makes first car show

His 1934 Ford pick-up may have stalled out on its way to the 13th annual Sunnyside High School “All Vehicle” Show ‘n Shine on Saturday, but that didn’t keep Gary Campbell of Yakima from making sure his prized classic made it to the show.

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Clothing drive aids local students

Westside schools bring supplies to Grandview

It only took School District volunteers about 10 minutes Friday to unload a 16-foot trailer of clothing to be distributed among students.

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Toddler laid to rest

Community rallies to support family of Isabella Orozco

A tiny white casket, covered with stuffed toys and white and pink carnations was carefully placed in the ground yesterday marking the end of a week that has been filled with tragedy for the family of 18-month-old Isabella Orozco.

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Rotary hears from Attorney General on Trump travel ban

Sunnyside hosts morning Q&A session

State Attorney General Bob Ferguson made national news last month when he filed an injunction to quell President Donald Trump’s travel ban executive order on immigration and refugees.

‘Math is Cool’ conference is a go

More than 40 teams expected to compete

The parking lot at Sunnyside High School will be filled with buses Saturday as budding math geniuses converge on the school to compete in the first local “Math is Cool” Conference.

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Trophies are in a class of their own

Pistons, rockers, carburetors and assorted other automotive parts have been transformed into shining works of art by the welding students at YV-Tech.

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Simplify ‘Fish Fridays’ with sheet pan dinners

The Lenten season observed 40 days before Easter often creates dinner dilemmas for families who are faced with no-meat Friday.

Kai’Lei Rae Elizondo

Miss Grandview

High School cheerleader Kai’Lei Rae Elizondo hopes one day to be a journalist for national magazines.

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‘March for Meals’

92,000 meals in county served in 2016

Local couple Mary and Jessie Leija look forward to dining four times a week thanks to the Meals-on-Wheels program.

Two seek Dairy Ambassador title

Coronation banquet set for late April

Two Sunnyside Christian High School students are seeking the opportunity to vying for the Yakima Valley Dairy Ambassador title.

Orozco fundraiser tops $3,000 mark

Funeral service for toddler set for Wednesday

The community is reaching out in support of baby Isabella Orozco’s family.

Sunnyside ale festival set for June 24

Annual event celebrates the hop industry

The idea of calling Sunnyside “Hop Town USA” is being floated about as the popularity of an ale festival gains traction.

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Caleb Mortensen crowned Mr. SHS

Pageant raises $8,470 for foundation

He may have sung “Mr. Cellophane,” a song about an invisible guy, but Caleb Mortensen was anything but during the 2017 Mr. SHS pageant and fundraiser Saturday in the high school auditorium.

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Snakes alive!

Winery ‘banishes’ rattlesnakes

“Be gone all ye snakes,” demands “Father Gail” as he waves his grapevine decorated snake stick about.

Nominees sought for banquet

Award nominations due Tuesday

Planning for the 2017 Spirit of Sunnyside Awards Banquet, a celebration of all thing great about the community, is well under way, organizers said.

Krystal Bravo

Miss Grandview Candidate

This candidate hopes to become a surgical assistant following high school graduation.

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Granger chamber to celebrate community’s growth

Awards banquet is tomorrow

For a small community, the town has experienced a lot of growth over the past year.

Marketing student brings home the gold

DECA store manager reaches goal

The High School’s DECA Store — Greyson’s Grub Zone — can now claim gold standards.

Retired brigadier general talks training

Toppenish native holds military honors

It isn’t often a local Rotary group invites a retired brigadier General to talk at 6:45 a.m.

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The ‘true’ Robin Hood revealed

This show is not exactly Men in Tights.

Marlene Castilleja

Miss Grandview Candidate

Marlene Castilleja is already working on gaining skills for her future career choice.