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Julia Hart

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Make plans now for Valentine’s Day

Opportunities abound for sweethearts

The most romantic holiday of the year for many is Tuesday.

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Talent show brings out community’s creative side

Leadership students host fundraiser

The High School leadership class’ 17th annual Hospice Talent Show is 7 p.m. Saturday.

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Local VEX robotics teams headed for state

Teams host area schools Saturday

With several competitions under their belts the School District’s VEX Robotics teams will host a second regional contest Saturday at the high school gym, 1801 E. Edison Ave.

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Local students share program concerns with lawmakers

Two local High School career and technical education students participated in the state legislature’s annual Civic Day last week.

Four to vie for Miss Prosser title

Pageant is 3 p.m. on Feb. 19

A pageant to determine who will be the next Miss Prosser is 3 p.m., Feb. 19, in the High School multi-purpose room.

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Annual hospice auction nearly hits $100K goal

Sunnyside event draws more than 300

Event committee members hoped to raise $100,000 at this year’s annual Groundhog Day Ball.

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Train Station tasting room yet another draw

When the Côte Bonneville Train Station tasting room closed the day after the 2016 Red Wine and Chocolate event for remodeling, it missed Spring barrel tasting.

Groundhog is nobody’s friend today

Groundhogs poking their head out of burrows in vineyards in the Lower Yakima Valley yesterday saw their shadow, an omen wivestales suggest means six more weeks of winter.

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Scout finishes Grandview project for Legion Park

SHS senior’s effort a salute to veterans

A local teenager wanted to get his flagpole project done before his 18th birthday and earn his Eagle Scout award.

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Cribbage Man: Local passionate about pegs and points

Sunnyside tournament is Saturday at local VFW post

A local man doesn’t know for sure how many cribbage tournaments he has entered. But James Morrow’s stacks of trophy boards may be a good indicator.

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Prosser chamber honors city’s volunteers and leaders

Bell named volunteer of the year

The community celebrated its best and brightest Monday during the annual Chamber of Commerce awards banquet.

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Therapy service expands to meet needs

Therapists now serving Grandview

A Sunnyside business saw a need to accommodate clients traveling long distances to receive therapy services.

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Crowns presented for shining stars

A pair of Tacoma friends claimed top honors at the third annual Shining Star Pageant at Bethel Church Saturday.

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From migrant child to patient care

New nurse practitioner at local clinic

As an immigrant child, she found ways to quickly learn to speak and read English.

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YV-Tech building tomorrow’s workforce

Business leaders see results on tour

Lower Yakima Valley students are being equipped for work in the local job market, and finding that training close to home at YV-Tech skill centers in Sunnyside and Yakima.

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Handbook charts an exciting retirement

Deciding to take up writing as a hobby has quickly turned into an opportunity for a Granger man to explore his own approach to retirement.

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Turnout light for Homeless Connect event

Fewer participants visited yesterday’s Project Homeless Connect than last year’s event, a situation which can perhaps be blamed on the weather, organizers said.

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Groundhog Day Ball set for Feb. 4

When the auction committee decided to switch from a summer fundraiser to a winter fundraiser, setting Groundhog’s Day for the event seemed like a perfect solution.

ShelterBox project helps in case of disaster

What if a small group could provide humanitarian relief to families displaced by disaster?

Leaders meet to talk drugs, safety

Washington state’s legalization of marijuana has brought about new disturbing trends; area drug prevention program leaders said.

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Students hear survival story

Speaker shares Holocaust escape

Doris Berg grew up listening to her parents tell stories of the old country.

Fire officials announce 2017 honors

Morrow named volunteer firefighter of the year

The Fire Department’s 2017 Volunteer Firefighter of the Year award goes to a woman.

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Cemetery staff looking to help end hunger

Pantry committee unveils resource

Lower Valley Memorial Gardens staff is working to do its part to end hunger in the lower valley.

Snow impacting school schedules

In-service, summer eyed as make-up days

A longer school year and rescheduling professional development days are the result of a spate of snow days to start 2017.

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Women’s group aids Miss Sunnyside Court

Nouvella Club presents $350 to local court

It may come as a surprise to many, that the Miss Sunnyside Court does more than ride on floats and look pretty.

Despite the weather, the show must go on

Rehearsals for a variety of theatrical productions are in full swing throughout the Lower Yakima Valley.

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Pet care important on these cold days

It’s cold outside so bring your pets indoors.

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New owners, venue for Zillah eatery

The Chophouse opens new music hall

The Chophouse at the Old Warehouse is a long name, but it’s part of an even bigger venture.

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Dinner with royalty aids travel fund

They traded tiaras and sashes for aprons and water pitchers for their first fundraiser of the season Friday night.

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There’s no business like snow business

Retailers hard-pressed to keep supplies in stock

Snow shovels are flying off the shelves at area stores at breakneck speed, leaving many shoppers empty-handed.

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Volunteers needed to help homeless

Annual survey is Jan. 25-26

The annual Point in Time Homeless survey and the Project Homeless Connect are Jan. 25 and 26 in Yakima and Sunnyside.

Snow cancels, delays MLK assemblies

Peace march set for Monday in Toppenish

Snow days and two-hour delays have left little time to work Martin Luther King Jr. assemblies and observances into schedules.

Nashville music coming to Zillah night spot

The Chophouse, formerly known as The Old Warehouse Restaurant, 703 Railroad Ave. will bring Nashville on Jan. 28 to kick-off the opening of the small town restaurant.

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Snow angels of a different sort

Shovel armed volunteers help each other

With snow piles blocking driveways in many area of the valley, seeing enterprising individuals out in the cold packing shovel is a sight for snow-blinded eyes.

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What to do with a free snow day

With schools being canceled four times during the past two weeks, parents are challenged to find ways to keep children amused.

Ministry seeking more volunteers

Compassion Now serving 500 people

A ministry to serve the poor is finding the need greater than its organizers suspected.

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Stay out of the cold, read a good book

It’s too cold to go outside.

Bring on Detroit

Area '12th Man' ready for Wildcard Weekend

The “Hawk house” will be lit up like Christmas when the Seattle Seahawks and the Detroit Lions face off Saturday in the opening round of NFL playoffs.

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Visit a gallery for inspiration

New shows opening this month

What better way to start off the new year for inspiration than to visit local art galleries?

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Ag Expo begins today in Yakima

More than 500 exhibits are expected

The eighth annual Yakima Valley Ag Expo opened this morning and continues through tomorrow at the Yakima Valley SunDome.

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A ‘Star Wars’ collection of memories

Woman honors daughter’s memory

Collections are created for all kinds of reasons.

Help available for families facing winter weather issues

Agencies ready with housing options

Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinics, Northwest Community Action Center (NCAC) and Neighborhood Health Services are cooperating to house the homeless during the current bone-chilling weather.

How to survive cold weather conditions

Red Cross offers suggestions during outages

With the wind chill factor expected to remain in the sub-zero range, safety is a necessity when it comes to keeping warm.

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2017 New Year babies make debut

A local couple can claim the bragging rights to having the first baby of 2017 born in the Lower Yakima Valley.

Gunshot revelry strikes Mabton home

New year’s shooting hits window

New Year’s morning gunfire hit a local home.

Local girl wins trophies, prizes in pageants

The youngster competed in Las Vegas

Alysianna Aguirre, 5, participated in several pageants in recent weeks, her mother Janet Aguirre said.

New Year’s Eve... where’s the party?

If going out on New Year’s Eve is not really your thing, consider frequenting your favorite sports bar to watch the fourth-ranked University of Washington Huskies in the Peach Bowl Saturday as they face-off against top-ranked Alabama at noon.

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Area non-profits look to 2017

Organizations are beginning to see stabilization

After years of see-saw funding, officials with non-profit organizations said they are beginning to see stabilization in their ability to provide services.

Local author provides human interaction

Reading about the teaching profession often comes in the form of technical jargon that only the academics like to read.

Food banks still in need of donations

The holiday may be over, but the need for extra food hasn’t gone away among the needy in the Yakima Valley, as local food bank directors can attest.