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Julia Hart

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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.

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.

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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.

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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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.

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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.

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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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.

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.

Miss Sunnyside Candidate | Janessa Frank

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

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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.

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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.

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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‘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.

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Miss Sunnyside Candidate | Jessica Estrada

Jessica Estrada describes herself as shy, but she is pushing herself to break loose and become more outgoing this summer.

United Way board named

Six company officials seated for nonprofit

The United Way of Central Washington has appointed six new board members.

Longtime senior care administrator Arthur retiring

‘Cheerful’ style her trademark during career

For those who know her, she is always asking, “How may I serve you?”

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Granger breaks ground on splash pad

City previously operated a pool from 1939-2000

It may not be a swimming pool, but it is still cool.

National Night Out party set

A giant social gathering is planned from 6-9 p.m. at Central Park in celebration of National Night Out.

On the hunt for wild fungi

Rotarians learn about mushrooms

Not many people would enjoy foraging in the woods, looking for fungi under the layers of decomposing bark.

‘Mad Dog’ Mattis visits Bern’s Tavern

U.S. defense secretary enjoys Prosser respite

The regular lunch crowd at Bern’s Tavern didn’t notice the nation’s top defense leader enjoying his favorite hamburger and a cold beer alongside them Tuesday.

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Small town life appeals to employee

DiFalco takes on new role in Grandview

Making the move to the Grandview School District seems a like a natural fit to Shawnta DiFalco.

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Valley Choir puts Sunnyside on the map

At long last, the YouTube video created by the Valley Children’s Choir is ready for viewing.

Miss Sunnyside Candidate | Carina Cuevas

Hoping to become a role model for community youth, Carina Cuevas, 16 is seeking to be the next Miss Sunnyside.

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Families feted

Annual graduation party salutes parents

Central Park’s performance stage was transformed into the setting for the 15th annual Panda Bear Child Care Center’s graduation ceremony last friday.

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Aug. 1 is deadline for local elections

More than 41,000 ballots mailed out

Although the 2017 Primary Election deadline isn’t until Aug. 1, the ballots are trickling in.

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Mixing studies with the day’s events

Students turn engineers, reporters

The soon to be fourth graders in Magda Garcia’s summer school classroom did more than focus on math and reading during the past three weeks.

A weekend of cribbage play planned

Hundreds of cribbage boards will fill the tables at local VFW post as American Cribbage Congress enthusiasts settle in for multiple rounds of cribbage this weekend.

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Time to enjoy blueberries

July is National blue berry month and locally the harvest is well under way with u-pick blue berry signs posted throughout the lower valley.

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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.

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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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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.

Weeds out of control?

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

Local girl continues pageant sweep

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

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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.

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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.

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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‘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.

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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.