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Julia Hart

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Museum board to be parade marshals

A group of hard working behind the scenes volunteers have been chosen to be the Grand Marshals for the annual Sunshine Days Parade at 10 a.m. Saturday.

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Partnership in mission and service

Women gather strength in mutual cause

Saturday’s rummage sale at 1105 Taylor Ave. is more than just a fund-raiser, although raising money is a good thing, the event organizers admit.

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Sunnyside gets first JROTC unit

Program offers leadership, citizenship skills

When Kent Palmer and Tim Gallon were selected to be the lead instructors of the new Sunnyside High School Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps Program, they weren’t ready for the response the program was about to receive.

Relay for Life canceled

The Relay for Life of the Lower Valley, scheduled for this Saturday on the high school track, has been canceled due to unhealthy air.

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Miss Sunnyside Candidate | Gina Lopez

Street safety is a huge deal for a Miss Sunnyside candidate who once was hit by a car.

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Golden Apple awards presented

School district staff who made positive impressions on their co-workers were honored at the all-staff welcome back to school ceremonies Aug. 25.

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Northwest Farm Credit shows support for hospice

Hospice given rural community grant

Giving its support to local hospice programs is just one of the ways Northwest Farm Credit Services gives back to communities it services.

States Day honors Prosser heritage

City to host 92nd annual celebration

For 92 years, the residents of the “pleasant town with pleasant people” have gathered on the first Monday of September to celebrate States Day.

Summer project to aid fellow students

Running Start student collects cash for backpacks

High School senior and Running Start student Irene Rangel didn’t need to do another community service project.

Continuing a 60-year tradition

Sunnyside Fire Department will again be out collecting money for Muscular Dystrophy Association as a part of its annual “Fill the Boot” campaign. Friday from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. at the corner of South Seventh Street and East Edison Ave., near the U.S. Post Office.

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Who’s got the winning talent?

Valley contest seeks all ages, all talents for annual competition

A vocal group, a magician, a yo-yo artist and a soloist are among those who have already registered for the 6th annual Valley’s Got Talent contest to be held as part of States Day on Monday.

Her experience helps others

It’s been 30 months since her 16-year-old son took his life.

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Miss Sunnyside Candidate | Andrea Limon

Miss Sunnyside candidate Andrea Limon admits she struggled with math.

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Gorgeous summer night greets beer and whiskey fans

Date change may account for lower attendance

The Mayweather-McGregor pay-per-view prize fight may have damped attendance at this year’s Beer and Whiskey Festival but not the spirit of those who did attend the 4th annual event held at the Food and Wine Park on Lee Road.

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She cooks for the menudo crowd

64 gallons of popular soup is hot item at annual Menudo Festival

The 300 pounds of tripe needed to make a soup at the center of the 14th Annual Menudo Festival will arrive at the home of Roy and Teresa Cardenas.

Regional health moves ahead with needs decision

Certificate carries certain conditions to be met before final approval

It’s not quite a done deal, but the purchase of the Yakima Region Regional and Cardiac Center and Toppenish Community Hospital by Regional Health system is gaining support.

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All Nations powwow focus on diversity

Dancers, drummers to converge on Heritage campus

Since helping organize the first All Nation Student Pow Wow at Heritage University last year, Jacob Billy found himself immersed in the pageantry during Native American drumming and dancing.

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College inspiration wall greets Zillah students

College-bound culture gets a visual

Walking past high school math teacher Josh Simmons’ classroom one will see a veritable flash of college pride.

Parades are this court’s favorite duty

Miss Sunnyside Court have two more parades to go

With just two parades left, the current Miss Sunnyside Court is wrapping up its year as the community ambassadors.

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Miss Sunnyside Candidate | Samantha Galindo

Samantha Galindo believes her run at becoming Miss Sunnyside will make a difference in her life.

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Eclipse in the Lower Yakima Valley

Birds went quiet, temperatures dropped

Kevin and Kela Ness of Snohomish didn’t want to drive all the way to Oregon to see yesterday’s Solar Eclipse.

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Men promote movie night as family event

State Farm agents join forces to bring back outdoor movies

In a nod to the old drive-in movies, local State Farm agents Ben Sartin and Bryan Robison are hosting a free outdoor movie night Friday night at the site of the historic U&I Sugar Beet factory.

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Company allows men small garden plot

Daily lunches filled with fresh produce

Most mornings Wilbur Ellis employees Reynaldo Barragan and Jose Cardenas spend a few minutes before work caring for a large garden plot to the north side of the business property.

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Coffee cash helps school supplies

A surprise donation of cash will help provide school supplies to Sunnyside School District children, thanks to a sizable donation from a local coffee stand.

It’s back to school

Mabton and Sunnyside Christian return to classrooms

When students head back to school tomorrow, there will be several new faces in the classrooms.

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Luminaria help honor cancer suriviors

Sales under way locally to aid local Relay

Most people who have attended a Relay for Life event are moved by the luminaria ceremony held in the evening of the overnight American Cancer Society fund-raiser.

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Time to sample beer and whiskey

Fourth annual festival Aug. 26

Last year the crowds turned out in mass for the Beer and Whiskey Festival held in October.

Library to track books by radio

Tracking books is going to be a lot easier with the installment of some new technology at the Yakima Valley Libraries, officials said.

Natural is key to good health

Reflexologist Jacqueline Lyczewski shared her studies on nutrition and diet at Tuesday’s Lower Valley Christian Women’s meeting.

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Miss Sunnyside Candidate | Trinity Hamil

A desire to be more involved in her Community prompted Trinity Hamil, 16, to vie for the Miss Sunnyside crown. That, and knowledge there is a sizable scholarship attached to the title.

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Tackling depression with faith and prayers

Retired college professor shares story of travels

She grew up in Minnesota and as she grew she longed to do missionary work.

Class of ’67 enjoyed local stay, planner said about reunion

When the Sunnyside High School class of 1967 met for its 50th class reunion Aug. 4-5, they came away with rave reviews, reunion chairman Eva (Urrutia) Garcia said.

A rare cancer plagues local woman

Woman raising awareness for NET

When Peggy Rosales, 63, started experiencing trouble in her stomach, she had no idea the breath-taking pain was being caused by a rare form of disease.

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Hanford clean-up continues

But the end is not in sight

It will be closer to the end of the century before the Hanford Nuclear Reservation clean-up will be completed, if then.

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Camp for princesses-to-be

The camp where little girls learn how to smile, wave and how to turn pretty feet - all necessary skills for becoming a princess - came to an end Friday.

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Author’s latest books are for the beach

Latest book gives tips for beach behavior

One might not think the hills of Bickleton would bring up many images of walking beaches, despite the surrounding waves of golden wheat.

Miss Sunnyside Candidate | Janessa Frank

Being a high school sprinter and a cheerleader takes up a lot of this Miss Sunnyside candidate’s time.

Students earn white coats

First step toward earning PA credentials

Heritage University’s Physician Assistant Educational Program Class of 2019 received the most important symbol of their chosen profession, the white coat during a ceremony at Heritage University Aug. 5.

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The fair opens today

Gates open at 8 a.m. every day through Saturday

The animals are all bedded down and the open class buildings are decorated with exhibits for opening day at the 90th annual Yakima Valley Fair and Rodeo at the Country Park, 812 Wallace Way.

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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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.

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Turtle Lounge is open for gaming

Grand opening set for Aug. 19

It’s taken a little longer than business owner Andy Cervantes had hopes to open his video game lounge. Nearly two months longer, he said.

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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).

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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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.

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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.

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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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.