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Julia Hart

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New lounge dedicated to video gamers

Taking the video game player out of the family’s living room is Hazely’s Realm, a new lounge in Grandview created especially with the so-called electronic game geek in mind.

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Port commissioners conduct business in record time

The Sunnyside Port Commission needed just 45 minutes to conduct its business Monday night, which included the adoption of a short consent agenda.

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Mabton council tables new fireworks policy

The proposed Mabton city ordinance to detail the use fireworks in the Mabton community was tabled by the city council following a brief discussion at last night’s council meeting.

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Granger School District breaks ground for 14 new classrooms

Thanks to overwhelming voter approval of a $10.7 million bond, the Granger School District will be seeing a lot of new construction during the coming months.

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Granger couple ready to move on from their ‘field of dreams’

GRANGER – Randy DuFord sometimes calls his Granger business his field of dreams.

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World War II veteran enjoys staging weekly concerts

The sounds of Spanish music waft through the halls each Monday night at Sunnyside’s Prestige Care & Rehabilitation Center. Those melodic strains provide a sense of peace and comfort to the facility’s staff and residents, and it’s all thanks to longtime musician Fernando Farias.

A fined Fourth

Tickets are in the mail to Mabton firework violators

It was supposed to be a quiet, fireworks-free Fourth of July in Mabton last Saturday. But apparently not everyone got the city-issued message that all pyrotechnic discharges were banned.

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Kentucky native now calls Sunnyside home

It’s a long way from the bluegrass hills of Kentucky to the hot and dry Yakima Valley, but the move has brought Melissa Stephens closer to her family.

Kentucky transplant settling into new role at hospital

Originally from Kentucky, Cynthia Lewis is finding Sunnyside very much to her liking.

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Men’s health issues need to be front and center

Talking about men’s health, especially topics such as enlarged prostates and erectile dysfunction in mixed company, is bound to result in a few giggles from even the most stoic of individuals.

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Brother, sister training for ‘Fallen Heroes’ 5K run

Saying it is just one more adventure, Sunnyside’s Mike Hazzard and Caroline Smith will be among the dozens of Fallen Heroes 5K Run participants taking their place at the starting line this coming Saturday.

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Girls State delegates gain much better understanding of how government operates

Nearly everything about their week at the 2015 American Legion Evergreen Girls State Conference was a new experience for Sunnyside High School delegates Sheyanne Desmarais, Alexis Cardenas and Nayeli Martinez.

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Former caregiver loves role as bus driver, tour guide

Lia Pena has had a lot of different jobs in her life, but her latest job, that of chauffeuring, is her favorite.

Expect traffic delays in Grandview next week

GRANDVIEW – The stretch of Grandview’s Wine Country Road, between Fir Street and the bridge near the Grandview Bleyhl Farm Supply Store, will be reduced to one lane of traffic, beginning Monday, June 29.

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Sun Terrace has new marketing director

After spending the past eight years promoting the community of Sunnyside, Pam Turner is now looking forward to marketing Sunnyside’s largest retirement facility as its new director of community relations.

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Fun galore this summer at Snipes

In an effort to attract more customers and to create a family-friendly environment, Sunnyside’s Snipes Mountain Brewery and Restaurant is offering several new summer activities.

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Love of life could explain why Sunnyside woman is looking forward to her 100th birthday

On July 5, Pauline Padgham Shockley of Outlook will celebrate her 100th birthday, surrounded by her family and friends.

Silverdale woman shares her testimony of boldness with Lower Valley women

Once shy, admittedly of her own shadow, Evelyn Burt of Silverdale can’t be described that way today.

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Lost-and-found experience for local mountain climber

Serendipity and a lot of luck combined to reunite Sunnyside winemaker Kerry Shiels with a camera she lost on Mt. St. Helens last month.

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‘Let’s go write the rest of our story’

A warm spring evening set the tone for last Friday night’s Sunnyside High School graduation ceremonies held for the 351-member class of 2015, a class described by school officials as “exceptional.”

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Family of Norwegian exchange student treks to Sunnyside for daughter’s graduation ceremony

For the past week Sunnyside High School senior Frida Berg has been getting reacquainted with her parents, Jarle Marthinson and Vigdis Berg of Hammerfest, Norway.

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Family’s Sunnyside house home to Jean Nisely for 90 years

The landscape outside Sunnyside native Jean Nisely’s North 16th Street home has changed a lot in 90 years.

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Heroes honored

Two real life Sunnyside heroes were honored at the annual Sunnyside School District Golden Apple Awards ceremony held Wednesday night at the Sunnyside High School auditorium.

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Sunnyside schools present 2015 Golden Apple awards

Heroes, mentors and role models from the Sunnyside School District were all honored at the annual Sunnyside School District Golden Apple Awards ceremony held Wednesday night at the Sunnyside High School auditorium.

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Donations to benefit Mabton football program

Thanks to the efforts of the Mabton High School football coaching staff, the Vikings football program is $5,000 richer.

Longtime Sunnyside lawyer plans to retire

When longtime Sunnyside native son and lawyer Paul Hart retires at the end of May, he expects do a little traveling, visit his grandchildren, spend some time at the family cabin and maybe do a little golfing.

Crazy, right?

Buddy, my faithful Yorkie, and I are about to embark on another adventure.

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They’re getting the scoop at Harrison Middle School

“Why don’t sixth graders have sports?” is the question young reporter Savannah Mirelez asks in the latest edition of The Golden Paw, the Harrison Middle School student newspaper.

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Time to review estate and yard sale rules

They may be unwritten, but there are definitely rules in place for attending estate and yard sales.

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BBQ and chainsaws big hit in Grandview

The aromas of barbecue and wood shavings hung in the air at the second annual Stihl and BBQ Demonstration Day held last Saturday at the ACE Hardware Store in downtown Grandview.

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Sunnyside man marks 100th birthday

After a life time of serving his community, church and family, Gordon Olsen has reached a milestone few people reach.

There are good reasons to walk the Relay for Life

I’m sorry, but Buddy will not be attending this year’s Lower Valley Relay for Life. The fundraising event is scheduled for next Saturday and Sunday, May 16-17.

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Local doctor specializes in urinary tract treatments

Here is a bit of unsettling news - everyone is guaranteed to experience the embarrassment of urinary incontinence sometime in their life.

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Earthquake relief efforts underway in Sunnyside

What began as an adventure trip to Nepal this past April turned out to be more than local winemaker Kerry Shiels bargained for.

Bickleton’s boys, girls garner runner-up honors at Agar invite

Bickleton and Mabton athletes competed at last Friday’s Jeff Agar Memorial Invitational in Glenwood. Bickleton athletes had a great day while the Vikings had some difficulty.

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Summer camp not an easy sale to some of Sunnyside’s youngsters

The first time Anna Green attempted to recruit Sunnyside children to attend a mountain summer camp, she was met with a lot of resistance.

Cleanliness, friendliness important to New Walmart manager

While shopping at the Sunnyside Walmart Store and hearing a call for a clean-up in the deli, don’t be surprised if the person who responds is Store Manager Amy Smart.

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Newly elected county auditor pays a visit to city of Sunnyside

Yakima County Auditor Chuck Ross isn’t sure how his office can make voting any easier than it already is for Yakima County’s more than 107,000 registered voters.

Change...ooooh, I hate that dirty word

Change – nobody likes it. No one is immune to it.

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Students’ love of writing highlighted for school board

GRANDVIEW – Her initial reaction when asked to speak to the Grandview School Board last night, Monday, left fourth grader Kendra Candanoza speechless.

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Volunteering an addiction for some

GRANDVIEW – Longtime Grandview School District volunteer Lonnie Hendrickson says he is attempting to cut back on the number of hours he donates to the Grandview School District.

Fields of Cambodia, Vietnam an eye opener for S’side visitor

A two-week trip to Southeast Asia was an eye opener for Sunnyside’s Brian Campbell, who recently traveled to Vietnam and Cambodia.

Teacher appreciates Rotarians’ classroom efforts

Learning takes on a different feel when a person can see up close the layers that have gone into transforming a single grain of sand into a rock the size of a child’s head.

Citywide clean-up offers me a freebie

Every year I vow I’ll do a better job of fall clean-up in my postage stamp-sized yard to make my spring cleaning easier.

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Knitters just kiddin’ around

GRANDVIEW - Grandview Knitting Club members aren’t ‘kidding around’ when it comes to getting ready for the 2015 Yakima Valley Fair and Rodeo.

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Steep learning curve for freshman congressman

Just three months into his new role as a U.S. Congressman, Republican Dan Newhouse admits that his learning curve in the halls of the U.S. House of Representatives is still pretty steep.

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School board unyielding to parents’ request

Stadium upgrade won’t be delayed to accommodate graduation ceremony

Concerns about the relocation of the 2015 Grandview High School graduation ceremony dominated discussions at last night’s Grandview School Board meeting.

Pastor Katie Haney announces retirement

After 12 years as Sunnyside Presbyterian Church’s spiritual leader, Pastor Katie Haney has announced her last sermon will be given on Sunday, June 14, to the more than 150 members of the 16th Street congregation.

A young boy’s brush with history is basis for new children’s novel

A young boy’s mission to carry messages between dissatisfied English barons fighting to end the unjust treatment by the 12th century’s King John of England is the basis for a new historical children’s book, Rupert’s Parchment, A Story of Magna Carta.

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Former teen mom knows that ‘all things are possible’

Graduating from Sunnyside High School in 1995, with a two-year-old son in tow, the world must have looked pretty daunting to 18-year-old Carmen Cruz.

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