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Julia Hart

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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.

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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.

Weeds out of control?

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

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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.

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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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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.

Local girl continues pageant sweep

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

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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.

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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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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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

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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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.

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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.

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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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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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Sacrificing for a place to call home

Building a home with sweat and tears

Building one’s own houses is a long process, but if you have problems navigating the financing process, the options of ever being able to build a home may never become a reality.

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Laila Aguilar crowned Miss Mabton

She may have been the only high school girl brave enough to seek the Miss Mabton crown, but Laila Aguilar proved to the crowd Friday night that she was worthy of the title.

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Grandview dad ‘a powerful example’

Bill Michener came from a small family, as did his wife, Julie.

Prosser grads ready to walk

Art Fiker Memorial Stadium will be filled with people in cap and gown at 10 a.m. Saturday for a commencement exercise ceremony.

Mabton set for annual celebration

Community Days to mark street upgrades

It was a long winter for residents, and they are now ready to celebrate spring as Community Days kicks off, Greater Mabton Association spokeswoman Gaye Vandermyn said.

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Cancer survivor to tackle the world

Friday’s graduation ceremony was bittersweet for 19-year-old Kyle Cameron.

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Sunnyside brewery unveils progress

Any day now, the state liquor and cannabis board will issue the liquor permit and the Varietal Beer Company brew masters will launch into full time brewing.

New mobile market on its way to Sunnyside

Program will aid Granger family

The Dairy Farmers of Washington are partnering again with and supporting 2nd Harvest in a mobile market (food bank) from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday at the Sunnyside Adventists Community Service Food Bank, 1875 E. Lincoln Ave.

SHS class of 2017 awards announced

Two receive first-ever

The Class of 2017 was honored during an awards and scholarship dinner and presentation Thursday prior to the annual baccalaureate ceremony.

Youth honored with awards

The third annual Sunnyside Youth Awards honors youth involved with community and campus service, according to awards organizer Christian Peabody.

Look out UCLA: she’s headed your way

Anyone who has meet Alondra Perez never fails to comment on her poise, confidence and maturity.

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Districts wrapping up school year

Like the winter of 2017, the 2016-17 school year just won’t quit.

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Maryhill Museum beckons

For nearly 100 years, the Maryhill Museum has overlooked the Columbia Gorge, a romantic reminder of what man will do for a beautiful damsel in distress.

Four schools to honor graduates

Ceremonies planned Friday and Saturday

Graduates from four schools will receive diplomas this week.

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Mabton man loses barn to blaze

Firefighters were able to save house

A local man is temporarily out of his home after fire destroyed his barn, vehicles and some outbuildings yesterday.

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New tennis club promotes summer camp

Camps start June 27

When the former Sunnyside Tennis Club dissolved and left area youth without a place to take lessons, a small group of tennis “lifers” decided to change the score.

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Another Kids Day parade on the books

More than 150 children dressed as super heroes and in club uniforms filled South Sixth Street Saturday morning for the 60th annual Kiwanis Kids Day Parade.

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Stay close to home for loads of entertainment

This weekend kicks off a month of community festivals in the Lower Yakima Valley.

Granger prepares for annual Dino-N-A-Day event

Dino No. 33 to be replaced Saturday

It’s quite the event, organizers say of the Dino-N-A-Day event starting at 9 a.m. Saturday near Hisey Park.

Grads ready to walk

Sunnyside Christian kicks off ceremonies

The air will be filled with the sounds of “Pomp and Circumstance” for the next three weekends, beginning Friday night, for area high school graduation ceremonies.

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‘Candyland’ a winner on parade tour

Float wins Moses Lake honors

Since its twilight parade in late April, the Sunnyside Community Float, “Candyland,” has been in a winning roll through each of the communities where it has appeared.

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Library marks its history

100 years of free reading

More than 100 years ago Sunnyside opened its first free library, thanks to philanthropist and business tycoon Andrew Carnegie’s donation for its establishment.

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Time to visit the farmers markets

Locally grown vegetables and fruits are beginning to show up at vendors booths at area farmers markets.

New Prosser downtown director named

School Board member takes group’s help

Jesalyn C. Cole is the new Historic Downtown Prosser Association executive director.

Tribute set in Mabton

Veteran plans service for Memorial Day

As he looks around the city cemetery overlooking the Yakima River, Rudy Cortez wonders who will pick up the duties of honoring the native sons buried there after he is gone.