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Julia Hart

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‘Catch the Crush’ weekend underway

Valley wineries promise guests a juicy time

Get ready to squeeze grapes between your toes at any of the many grape stomping events being held at local wineries this weekend from Prosser to Union Gap.

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Store gives to the community

Ross Dress for Less gives out funds for youth and reading programs

Making themselves known as community partners, the new staff at Ross Dress for Less in the Mid Valley Mall, is already contributing to local youth-related programs.

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‘Hidden Figures’ is Valley reads pick

Series of related events planned throughout October

Valley Reads, the annual community reading event hosted by Yakima Valley Libraries is in full swing.

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Ross opens; residents crowd new store

Ribbon-cutting took place Saturday

Shoppers may not have flooded the latest addition to the Mid Valley Mall early Saturday morning, but there was a steady stream of families eager to check out Ross Dress for Less.

Color artists win fame and prizes

Hundreds of color sheets flooded the City community center last week pronouncing the end of a two-weeks “Welcome back to School” coloring contest, hosted by the Parks and Recreation Department.

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Suspense ends; Ross set to open Saturday

With its final inspection approval in hand, the Ross Dress for Less store in the Mid-Valley Mall is set to hold its grand opening early Saturday morning - as soon as the mall opens at 9 a.m.

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City construction on upswing

Sunnyside issues 82 permits in last two months

Construction is underway on a new cold storage unit at the corner of Blaine Avenue and South First Street, valued at $1.5 million, according to city officials.

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The ‘girls’ prepare for opening night

‘Little Women’ take the stage Saturday

The “girls” in the Over the Hill Theatricals production of “Little Women the Musical” are well past the ages of Louisa May Alcott’s heroines in her classic story, “Little Women.”

Man with local ties joins advertising staff

Matt “Mikel” Sagen joins The Daily Sun

Matt “Mikel” Sagen feels like he had returned home.

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Granger dairyman honored

Fair milking parlor renamed in Robert Golob’s memory

The family of long-time Yakima Valley dairyman Robert Golob stood by his widow, Edna Golob Saturday at a ribbon cutting held in front of the Central Washington State Fair milking parlor.

Miss Sunnyside pays visit to Council

The Miss Sunnyside Court was presented to the city council Monday night with a slight change.

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Old makes way for modern new building

Silvia’s Tax Services to get new offices

The 1000 block of East Lincoln Ave. is the newest area of the city to undergo urban renewal, thanks to businesswoman Silvia Ramos.

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Nouvella welcomes fall in style

Fall fashion trends point to jewel tones and plaids

The last day of summer was marked with a fashion show featuring what is new for autumn at the annual Nouvella Club Style Show last Thursday.

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Family doctor, P.A. join local clinic

A Lower Yakima Valley native and a new family physician are now a part of the staff at Swofford and Halma Clinics, 2303 Reith Way.

Ten days of enjoyment at the state fair

125 years in the making

The 125th Central Washington State Fair opens its gates to the public Friday, and what a fair it will be, according to fair officials.

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Classic ‘coming of age’ story

‘Little Women’ opens Sept. 30

They may not run around the stage as fast as they used to and they might event forget a line or two, but their heart is on the stage and eager to present their latest production.

Selah’s float wins sweepstakes

1963 Stingray named best of show

The Sunshine Days float judges had a tough decision this year, in determining the winners of the sweepstakes trophy. In the end, the honor went to Selah’s Community float with its “Kick’em up” theme.

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Students shaken, but escape injury in school bus crash

Police say inattention is the likely cause

Three School District students, a bus driver and a para-educator were shaken — but not hurt — Tuesday morning when the bus they were in was struck on the driver’s side by a white van.

Prosser readies for The Great Balloon Rally

Harvest and Street Painting Festivals on tap

Balloonists pilots from across the Northwest will converge on the Prosser Airport for sunrise launches during The 28th annual Great Prosser Balloon Rally this weekend.

Homecoming season is here

Sunnyside Knights play Eniat Friday

Friday night lights must mean homecoming season is just around the corner. So, for the next five weekends lower valley schools will hold spirit week activities, culminating in a football game and in most cases a homecoming dance.

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Volunteers clean up town

Community Day of Services draws hundreds

In what has become an annual event to give back to the community, a fall clean-up day was held Saturday to prepare several community landmarks for the winter.

Electric car charging stations on horizon

Public station planned for city of Prosser

Benton Rural Electric Association Manager Troy Berglund drives his electric car from his home in the Tri-Cities to work in Prosser everyday.

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German Shanty choir coming to Sunnyside

Former Rotary exchange student returns

Thanks to fond memories from her high school career, former Rotary exchange student Helga Menke has encouraged her musical group to make a concert stop at the Sunnyside High School, Principal Ryan Maxwell said.

State Fair is ready for area entries

Earn state honors for crafts

The Central Washington State Fair opens Sept. 22, so anyone with a entry can relax a little.

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Guitarist kicks off community concert season

The first performer on the Lower Valley Community Concert 2017-18 Series has been described as a sizzling composer, guitarist and singer with a unique style and Mediterranean flavor.

Fair adds “Let’s party” event featuring regional wines

Now whether this qualifies as entertaining – it will be a fun part of this year’s Central Washington State Fair “Let’s Party” theme.

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Mystery worth the drive

Company scores with “Speaking of Murder”

You know that any play that involves children, a dog and a jealous love-sick secretary is going to be suspenseful in a “sitting on the edge of your seat” way.

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Making attendance real

High school outlines steps to reduce absenteeism

His sophomore year was hard on high school junior Abel Ortega.

Babysitting, child care classes registration deadline nears

There is a lot to know when entrusted with the care of someone’s children.

Miss Sunnyside Candidate | Laurissa Ruiz

Miss Sunnyside Candidate

A desire to change her outlook is the motivation for Laurissa Ruiz, 16, to seek the Miss Sunnyside title.

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Shield a badge in prayer

For the past 10 years, the Cornerstone Assembly of God Church has hosted a special 9/11 worship service, a service that calls for congregation to cover the officers in prayer.

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Giving T-shirts a trendy punch

Once a lowly garment, T-shirt now a professional staple

A quote from a favorite childhood book, is the inspiration for the name and philosophy behind young entrepreneur Chelsea Dimas’ new apparel company.

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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.

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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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.

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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.

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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.

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.

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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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.

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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.