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Julia Hart

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Travel agent turns author to help clients

Finally, a travel book of practical packing and safety advice for extended trips.

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‘Maybelle’ kicks off the fair

Get to the fair early for first day free entry

The ceremony surrounding the unveiling of Maybelle the Holstein in the Valley Building on Tuesday was the unofficial opening of the Central Washington State Fair, 1301 S. Fair Ave.

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Hot air balloons to fill Prosser skies

Festival starts with first flight Friday morning

Weather permitting, the 26th annual Great Prosser Balloon Rally will lift off early Friday morning for three days of ballooning.

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Local re-enlists for six more years

Sunnyside native Yeoman Abel Cardenas will sign papers Saturday to serve another six years in the U.S. Navy.

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Fall clothing trends lean toward casual wear

Plaids and stretchy fabric mean comfort

What is in for a fall fashion?

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A glass of wine with a view

With a glass of chilled Kamiakin Rose in hand, a summer afternoon sitting under the trees at Dineen Vineyards is an experience not to be missed.

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Little girls sparkle in mini ‘miss’ event

Sporting their best smiles, 14 little girls ages 5 to 11 vied for the title of Little Miss Sunnyside on the Central Park Performing Arts Stage on Sunday.

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O’Hallaran’s vehicle top winner at car show

A 1993 Ford 3-window coupe, owned by Gary O’Hallaran was the big winner at the Sunshine Days Car Show.

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Molly Marquez named Miss Sunnyside 2016-17

New royalty makes pageant history

Delight and amazement flashed across the face of the new Miss Sunnyside upon hearing her name called out Saturday as the 2016-17 title holder.

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A brother’s life-saving gift

Marine donates kidney for sister

She calls him an all-American hero. He says he is happy he could help.

Diverse line-up planned for state fair

Central Washington States Fair runs Sept. 23-Oct. 2

Valley residents can “Get Your Fair On” when the Central Washington State Fair opens at 10 a.m. Sept. 23 for a 10-day run.

Oregon speaker tells of loss, faith

It’s the kind of nightmare call no parent wants to receive.

From vet tech to welding wiz

When thinking about a career beyond high school, veterinary work sounds like a good idea.

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Elder thespians return to hometown

Sleeping Beauty on stage Oct. 8

The sets are nearly complete for the move to the Sunnyside High School auditorium stage Sunday.

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Sunnyside prepares for Sunshine Days

Twelve girls compete for royal positions

Sunshine Days weekend is approaching and with it comes a visit from the Seattle Seahawks’ SeaGals cheerleaders.

Pray for a cop program examined

A local branch of the national “Pray for a Cop” program will be explained at 7 p.m. tomorrow at the community center, 812 Wallace Way.

Massacre survivor celebrated 99th birthday

Pioneer boasts more than 130 grandchildren

She survived a massacre, worked the fields most of her life, and was a mother to 16 children, all born in the United States.

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Sunnyside prepares for 9/11

Austin Villanueva wasn’t even born when the terrorist bombings occurred on Sept. 11, 2001.

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The Bard deserves his PG-13 rating

I have mixed feelings about recommending The Complete Works of William Shakespeare, Abridged and Revised to area theater-goers. I fear this is not a play for anyone under 15.

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Trophies and prizes awarded to top car entries

The birdhouse-style trophies were in keeping with being in the Bluebird capital of the world at the annual Bickleton Car Show and Flea market Saturday.

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Bloomerang Market opens Saturday

Anyone who loves repurposed items, antiques and other vintage items will want to attend the Fifth annual Bloomerang Vintage Market.

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Connell claims sweepstakes

Elise Murphey wins annual Valley’s Got Talent contest

It was a perfect weather for the thousands of people who turned out to watch the 75th annual States Day Parade.

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Grandview Lumber marks grand opening

Local company celebrates new location

Cliff Lewis has waited a long time to celebrate the grand opening of his expanded business.

Sunnyside schools have new teachers

District introduces 47 new hires

Last week, all of the School District’s new teachers were introduced during opening ceremonies at the high school auditorium.

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Granger man celebrates his father’s labors

Artist’s father worked in coal mines

Celebrating Labor Day is more than just a day off of work for retired writer and artist Guillermo Castaneda.

Menudo on tap for this Sunday

Valley has Labor Day options

The Lower Yakima Valley is filled with festivals and celebrations this Labor Day weekend.

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Circus runs in ringmaster’s DNA

Big top show opens tonight

Being a circus performer is an avocation dating back four generations in the Osorio family.

Chamber duo lead Sunshine Days Parade

In what many view as a herculean effort, two women made good on a backlog of Chamber of Commerce federal taxes this past year.

Worksource offering another option for employers

Local employers now have an additional option in their search for suitable employees – – a new service offered by the state’s WorkSource program.

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New address, same box number

Ace Postal plans move next week

Beginning Sept. 6, Ace Postal will have a new name and location.

New faces in Prosser schools

With school starting today, students will be greeting a number of new faces in the hallways.

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Quinn Yates | Miss Sunnyside Candidate

Her study of the eco-system and its impact on the economy is something this Miss Sunnyside candidate is passionate about.

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Local recovers his high school ride... 35 years later

Auto shop owner to restore pick-up

A 35- year-old mystery is partially solved after a local man is reunited with his pick-up Greg Schlieve’s once- pristine white 1954 pick-up had been missing since 1981, when it was stolen from a shop on Mabton-Sunnyside Highway.

Voice of the Valley silenced

Longtime KREW sports broadcaster signs off

Longtime Yakima Valley radio sports broadcaster Gary Staggers died Tuesday, at his home in Fort Smith, Ark.

New teachers set

Zillah and Granger school districts are welcoming new teachers.

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A family of principals start new jobs

Anderson men share desire to impact success

As child, he may not have thought he’d following his parents’ footsteps as an educator.

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Grizzly speaker offers good advice

Freshmen urged to be a family

Calling on the 2020 high school class to make good choices, Los Angeles motivational speaker Gabe Salazar rallied the class to commit to dream about their futures.

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Community ambassadors fulfilling their duties

Parades, early mornings, new business ribbon cuttings and the list of duties undertaken by the 2015-16 Miss Sunnyside Court goes on.

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Mabton welcomes 18 new teachers

Students begin classes tomorrow

When the bell rings tomorrow signaling the start of the new school year, 18 new teachers will greet students.

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Room for more veterans’ names

More veterans’ names have been added to the granite walls at the Jerry Taylor Veterans Plaza, said the founder and architect of the one-of-a-kind memorial.

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Hoptown Pizza has a new home at former winery

The idea of going into business has long been a dream of friends and now business partners Lori Roy and Carrie Wright.

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Locals share memories of Washington Elementary School

Students recall years at former school building

The School Board has done its walk through of the brand new Washington Elementary school, which will open to students Sept. 6

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Miss Sunnyside Candidate

Elizabeth Ruldo

The opportunity to meet new people and learn about neighboring communities is the motivator for this Miss Sunnyside candidate.

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A night at the movie

Movie night a prelude to museum tours

By yesterday afternoon, organizers of last night’s “Movie at the Museum” knew at least 90 people might show up for the featured film.

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Benton-Franklin line-up named

It time for the Benton-Franklin Fair and Horse Heaven Round-up Rodeo.

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Tales of Dutch freedom fighters

Author tells of life under the Nazi regime

World War II was over and the Fokke and Antje Boersma family had emigrated to the U.S. to escape worn-torn Europe.

Rob Conciene’s 1948 Chevy takes ‘Best of Show’

A total of 86 classics took part in the 11th Annual Grandview Chamber of Commerce Car Show on Saturday in Grandview Country Park.

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The insulating factor

Glass insulator collectors share hobby

As soon as electricity was discovered to be a power source, man has tried to harness it.

Grandview Library offers new reading program

We ‘transform’ lives every day

The Library is now part of Libraries Transform, a public awareness and advocacy campaign about what libraries and librarians do for and with people.

Sawhorses, stories earn cash awards

Critter Tales draws entries from all ages

The winners of the Decorated Critter and Critter Tale contests saw the Lower Valley Knitting Club’s peacock as the first-place winner in the senior division of the Foundation for the Yakima Valley Fair and Rodeo.